Karachi carnage Smoke screen US pressure working well Ground preparing to let Shakil Afridi go LIAQAT TOOR I SLAMABAD —Though the Government has denied the recent approval by the Cabinet to sign the Council of Europe Convention on the transfer of sentenced persons has anything to do with the release of Dr Shakil Afridi, but the evolving events have indicated that ground is being prepared for his happy voyage to Washington. leasing Dr Afridi who helped the It was officially said the US to track down Osama Bin Cabinet approval will pave way for repatriation of TARIQ SAEED Dr Aafia Siddiqui from the US, but it is PESHAWAR—The FCR coma smokescreen missioner on Thursday set aside with hidden the sentence of Dr Shakil Afridi, agenda of re- who had allegedly facilitated the London by launching a fake vac- Continued on Page 6 Sindh, Federal govts responsible: CJP Expresses dissatisfaction over Sindh CS, IGP reports IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry while expressing dissatisfaction over the reports presented before the SCP Karachi Registry by the Inspector General of Police, Sindh Shahid Nadeem Baloch and Sindh Chief Secretary (CS) Muhammad Ejaz Chaudhry in his remarks said that the Sindh provincial and federal governments were responsible for the bloodshed in Karachi. These remarks were made by the CJP on day 2 of the hearing of the Karachi Lawlessness Case (KLC) at the SCP Karachi Registry Thursday. The KLC was heard by a 5-member Bench that comprised the CJP Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry while in the 5-member bench were present Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Athar Saeed, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed. The CJP had disapproved and showed his dissatisfaction on the reports and said that if the Bench would consider the reports were correct then it would mean that not a single murder would be committee in the city. The CJP said that despite the apex court had given its verdict two years ago on the situation but the blood of the citizens continued to shed on streets and hence the apex court would say that the provincial and federal governments were responsible for that manslaughter in Karachi. The CJP said that in previous hearing the Rangers and Polices did not accept there were No Go Areas in the city but now they were accepting it. The situation could have turned better provided that the law enforcement agencies had acted accordingly for the elimination of the No Go areas in Karachi. The CJP said that the narcotics, goods smuggling and latest arms and ammunitions were being brought in the country Afridi’s jail sentence set aside Abbottabad operation to hunt Osama Bin laden on May 2, 2011, a decision that may lead to opening new dimensions of the episode of Afridi who is en- Continued on Page 6 Earthquake shocks felt in Punjab MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—Tremors were felt in different parts of Punjab on Thursday. Najeeb Ahmed, Deputy Director (DD) at Pakistan Meteorological Department’s Head Office, said the earthquake was approximately 4.6 on a Richter scale. Lahore, Gujranwala, Chiniot, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Bahawalnagar and other parts were recipients of the tremors, which were felt about 20 to 30 seconds apart. Buildings were quickly evacuated as fear and panic gripped the people, who ran out of their homes in fear. JUI-F joins govt Akram Durrani appointed federal minister STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The JUI-F of Continued on Page 6 Maulana Fazlur Rehman has formally joined the federal government as on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the president has approved the appointment of Akram Khan Durrani, MNA, as federal minister. IRFAN ALIGI Earlier, Maulana Fazlur ISLAMABAD—Federal Interior Governor Sindh Ishratul Ibad Khan and provincial Chief MinRehman called on the prime Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali KARACHI—Muttahida Qaumi minister at the Prime Minister Khan proposed on Thursday the ister Syed Qaim Ali Shah. Nisar Movement (MQM) chief Altaf said any decision taken over House on Thursday and re- formation of a parliamentary Hussain said that the Sindh proquested for making Akram Khan committee to review the deterio- Karachi would be implemented vincial government led by the under chief minister’s leadership, rating law and order situation in KARACHI: Vehicles of NATO forces are seen loaded on the trucks at Karachi Port, before Durrani as a federal minister. Pakistan People’s Party ParliaDurrani remained chief minister Karachi whereas Muttahida and that establishment of law and mentarian (PPPP) had launched their return. of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during Qaumi Movement leader Farooq order was a provincial issue. The interior minister said that the state terrorism against the the MMA government. He is Sattar accused the Sindh governthe civil society, judiciary and MQM. considered as the most trusted ment of engaging in ‘politics of Raids were being conducted NEW DELHI—The National and close parliamentarian of JUI- revenge’ by arresting several political parties would need to on houses of leaders, elected repunite in order to rid Karachi of Investigation Agency (NIA) on F to Maulana Fazlur Rehman. party workers in overnight raids extortionists and terrorists. The resentatives and workers of the Thursday got a three-day transit in the provincial capital. interior minister also submitted MQM at the behest of the Sindh remand of Indian Mujahideen Pakistan’s federal interior the case. A public prosecutor had third time in Anti-Terrorism Court I SLAMABAD —The Pakistan (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal minister said that Prime Minis- a proposal to form a parliamen- provincial government. He was addressing to the People’s Party decided on Thurs- been advocating the case prior to (ATC) here on Tuesday. and Asadullah Akhtar alias ter Mian Muhammad Nawaz tary committee over the issue. The former military ruler day to become party in the Benazir the decision. He said that all the arrested members of the MQM’s coordi‘Haddi’. The latest developSharif would visit Karachi on The PPP on its exit from General (retd) Pervez Musharraf Continued on Page 6 ment in this regard took place Bhutto murder case and in this Continued on Page 6 Sept 3 and hold meetings with regards submitted two applica- power had decided to lead the case was indicted on three counts on after Bhatkal was produced itself. The trial of accused persons, Aug 20 this year, in Rawalpindi’s tions to gain access to the case before a Motihari Court. records. Moreover PPP’s Secre- including former president Pervez anti-terrorism court (ATC) over The Motihari Court gave WASHINGTON—The US and the three-day transit remand to tary-General Sardar Latif Khosa Musharraf, in Benazir Bhutto the 2007 murder of ex-prime min- UK on Thursday appeared to murder case started afresh for the ister Benazir Bhutto. would be counsel for the party in the NIA to bring Bhatkal to have backed down from an imDelhi. Reports state that the mediate punitive military strike man arrested with him, against Syria until UN team reContinued on Page 6 ports back from Damascus. resentatives of Exchange Com- nies to play their due role in AMANULLAH KHAN Even as US President panies here on Thursday at the maintaining stability in the marBarack Obama said military K ARACHI —Federal Finance State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). ket and curbing speculative senstrike was in US interest and Minister, Senator Muhammad The Governor of the SBP was timents. FRANKFURT (GERMANY)— leadership are required to meet is needed to soften the impact of Britain said armed action would Ishaq Dar, has pointed out that also present on the occasion, says Giving an overview of the be legal, however intervention Addressing a cross-section of se- the current challenges being tapering of quantitative easing state of the economy, the Finance an official statement. the budget 20013-14, negotiafaced by emerging market econo- (QE) policies and that the IMF looked set to be delayed. Now, tions with the IMF for fresh loan nior bankers at The Finance Minister said Minister listed the measures all action shifts to Syrian capimies. can play a constructive role in this a financial intal where UN inspectors have program, addressing of circular the focus of the present govern- taken by the government to Aziz believed that the Inter- regard. dustry gatherdebt, and introduction of fiscal ment was on securing financial stabilise the economy and adcompleted their national Monetary Fund (IMF) He said: “Talk of cuts to ing in Frankreforms in the tax sector were the discipline which had been diluted dress macroeconomic imbalprobe in the alleged August 21 and international capital markets quantitative easing by the US RAWALPINDI—The Chief of furt, former measures to give a direction to over the previous years, and fo- ances. should help bolster reserves for Federal Reserve in particular has gas attack. Prime Minister Army Staff (COAS), General He said the fiscal figures rethe economy in right direction. cus on real economy which is The team will leave Syria on countries facing increasing curimpacted investor confidence and Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who is of Pakistan, leased on June 30, 2013 are a tesThe finance minister who agriculture and industry. Saturday and then report to Secrent account deficits, depleting needs to be met by credible backon an official visit to Tajikistan, Shaukat Aziz, He was appreciative of the timony that as a result of strict visited the central bank today had reserves and exchange rate depre- stop liquidity arrangements as retary-General Ban Ki-moon. a significant meeting with chief lower differential between the financial discipline the fiscal said that strucon Thursday met senior France and Germany urged the ciation. Furthermore, Aziz well as greater clarity around the tural reforms, military leadership of the executives of local and foreign inter-bank and open market rates deficit which was projected at backstop funding and strong stressed that global coordination Continued on Page 6 country. Continued on Page 6 banks, corporate leaders, and rep- and urged the Exchange CompaContinued on Page 6 Chief of Army Staff (COAS) called on Colonel General Sherali Khayrulloev, Defence Minister of Tajikistan and held delegation level talks which were followed by one on one meeting. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) also visited Military Training Centre of Tajikistan.—INP dent Middle East of China Na- projects of generation of power SALIM AHMED tional Power Company Wu while Q Investment Company of LAHORE —A ceremony re- Wenhao signed the document. Qatar which is an Islamic investgarding signing of memoran- Under the tripartite agreement, ment bank will make investment dum of understanding between ten plants of 660 megawatt each of billions of dollars in the enfederal and Punjab government, will be set up at Gadani. The ergy projects. The Chief Minister said that China National Power and Q In- projects of 3000 megawatt will vestment Qatar for more than be completed within first 30 China Power Company has exHARARE—Pakistan 6600 megawatt coal-based months while the remaining pertise in generation of electricdefeated Zimbabwe by projects worth more than five projects of 3600 megawatt will ity from coal and has worked a 90 runs in the second be executed in the next two and lot on several such projects in billion dollars was held. One-day International to India and other countries. He said Punjab Chief Minister a half years. level the three-match Chief Minister Muhammad that Pakistan is facing energy criMuhammad Shahbaz Sharif, series here at the Harare Federal Minister for Water and Shahbaz Sharif said that this sis which has left negative imSports Club ground on Power Khawaja Muhammad agreement between Pakistan, pact on economy. He said that Thursday. Chasing a huge Asif, Provincial Ministers, vari- Qatar and China will prove to be industrial development is not target of 300, Zimbabwe were ous federal and provincial sec- milestone in energy sector and all possible without electricity, going well towards victory retaries as well as senior offic- out efforts will be made for the therefore, the government is paywith 200-4 in 39th over when ers concerned were present. early completion of this project ing special attention to power Saeed Ajmal dismissed Federal Secretary Water & of power generation from im- generation from alternative Zimbabwe captain Brendan Power Saifullah Chatha, Secre- ported coal. He said that China sources for controlling energy Taylor who top scored with 79. tary Energy Punjab Usman is a close friend of Pakistan while problem. He said that Punjab Then pace bowler Junaid Khan Bajwa, Chief Executive Officer Qatar is a brotherly Islamic coun- government is already working LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Federal Minister for Water and Power Khwaja Muhammad Asif witnessing the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Federal and Punjab Government, China National of Q Investment Qatar Tamim try. He said that China is already got two wickets in an over. Power and Q Investment Qatar on Thursday. Hamad Al Kuwari and Presi- extending cooperation in various Continued on Page 6 Details on Sports Page Nisar proposes parliamentary body Altaf slams Sindh Govt for ‘State terrorism’ NIA gets 3-day transit remand of Yasin Bhatkal PPP decides to become party to Benazir murder case West backs down from immediate attack on Syria Shaukat Aziz for reforms in emerging economies Addresses bankers at Frankfurt event Govt focusing on revival of financial discipline: Dar COAS meets Tajikistan senior military leadership 6600 MW coal-based projects to cost $5b, MoU signed Quaid-i-Azam Solar Pak in Cholistan Pakistan beat Zimbabwe to level ODI series Mumtaz supports MQM’s demand for Army deployment in Karachi KARACHI—Though Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) has rejected the plans of calling army to control the situation of metropolitan city, Karachi, its ally in Sindh supported Mutahida Qaumi Movement’s call. Ex-Governor Sindh Mumtaz Bhutto, who one year ago merged his entire political party in PML-N has supported the verdict of MQM of calling army. In an interview to local media, he stated no option can be fruitful other than calling armed forces to save metropolitan city of Karachi from turning into hell. He stated that the people are fleeing away from their homes leaving everything behind in order to save their He also criticized Goverlives. The bloodshed and ter- nor Sindh on his role towards Karachi since he has been in office for the last 12 years. If federal asks for any solution from me, I would recommend nothing else other than giving the metropolis under the control of army. He said that according to the stats by the government and media, 22,000 people have been killed and yet no one has claimed responsibility. In the last 6 years of the government, Karachi was thought as a target. Everyone from top to bottom prefered to loot ror will take Karachi back to rather than taking necessary where it started, so Islamabad steps to control the situashould take action to protect tion of the largest city of the business hub of Pakistan. Pakistan.—Online President’s role eulogised for strengthening democracy I SLAMABAD —Senators on Pakhtunkhwa province and adopting a policy of tolerance Senator Kalsoom Parveen the past President house reThursday paid tribute to President Asif Ali Zardari for his vision, tolerance and pursing policy of reconciliation for strengthening democratic norms in the country. Senator Haji Adeel speaking during the Debate on Presidential address to the joint session of parliament said he was the first president who surrendered his powers to the parliament and lauded president’s role in NFC award, provincial autonomy through the 18th amendment, allocating one percent of divisible pole to terrorism affected Khyber steps taken for provincial harmony. He said it was policy of reconciliation which strengthened democracy and made possible transfer of power from one elected government to other in a democratic manner. Haji Adeel said that credit of peaceful and democratic transition of power from one elected government to other goes to the vision and political wisdom of the President and all political parties and their leadership. Senator Nasreen Jalil appreciated Pakistan Peoples Party and President for and reconciliation which strengthen democratic norms in the country. She said the government should take the Upper House into confidence over national security and economic issues and apprise the senators of steps being taken for revival of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Railways, Steel Mills and other national organizations. She alleged that Sindh government has failed to protect lives of the citizens that is why Muttahida Qummi Movement demanded handing over Karachi to the army. appreciated the President for addressing the joint sitting for six times. She said President took decisions in larger interest of the country and strengthening institutions. She said President deserves commendation for amicably promoting the policy of reconciliation and political harmony in the country. She also appreciated the President’s role for economic reforms, Balochistan package, NFC Award, reinvigorating the Council of Common Interest and pursing a successful foreign policy. Senator Saeed Ghani said that in mained hub of conspiracies against democracy but President Asif Ali Zardari worked for strengthening democracy during his five year tenure. He lauded President’s role in important amendments for the restoration of 1973 constitution in its original shape and implementing the charter of democracy. He said that pursing policy of reconciliation as envisioned by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto is basis of peaceful and democratic transition of power.—APP MoRA to intimate Hajj schedule to pilgrims via SMS I S L A M A B A D —Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) and Interfaith Harmony was devising a mechanism to intimate the intending pilgrims about Hajj flight schedule by sending them a message on their mobile phones, said an official of the ministry. Talking to APP, he said the schedule would be sent to each intending pilgrim through Short Messaging Services (SMS) on their mobile. The service would be initiated form next week. The ministry has already placed the Hajj flight schedule of Government Scheme on website of the ministry (www.hajjinfo.org/ hajjinq/sr_govt_2012.aspx) for the convenience of intending pilgrims. Any pilgrims can see his flight schedule by just submitting application number or his Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC). The month long pre-Hajj operation would begin from September 09 and continue till October 09. The post-Hajj flight operation would be initiated from October 20 and concluded on November 19, 2013, he said. A total of 143,000 Pakistanis would perform the sacred religious ceremony this year including 86,021 under Government scheme. The ministry has already hired 122 buildings to accommodate Government Scheme Hujjaj. He said PIA will operate a total of 214 Hajj flights to Jeddah and Makkah. The PIA will operate Hajj flights from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan and Sialkot. In all, PIA will transport more than 70,000 intending pilgrims to Saudi Arabia through 160 pre Hajj flights. PIA will operate same number of flights for post Hajj operation. This year due to ongoing construction of extending facilities at Khana e Kaaba the Saudi government has reduced Hajj quota by 20 percent. The ministry has issued orders to the airlines to strictly adhere to depart and arrival schedule, on failure the heavy fine would be imposed on the airline. He said pilgrims are allowed to carry five liters of Zamzam (subject to conditions of Saudi government). A committee comprising parliamentarians and officers would monitor the Hajj operation. As many as 46,000 pilgrims would not perform the sacred religious obligations due to 20 percent quota cut imposed by the Saudi Government.—APP Entry of five persons banned B HAKKAR —DCO Mumtaz Hussain Zahid has banned the entry of the following persons within the revenue limit of the district with immediate effect, the official sources said here Thursday. The entery of Maulana Muhammad Ahmed Ludhyanvi, Raja Nasir Abbas, Abdul Khaliq Assady, Asghar Husain Askari and Ameen Shaheedi in the district have been banned. **** A two-day training for Rescue-1122 officials and workers of various NGOs concluded here on Wednesday. The training was organized by United Nations Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) experts.—APP ‘PTV license fee not raised’ ISLAMABAD—The Spokesman of Pakistan Television Corporation said on Thursday that monthly television license fee has not been raised from Rs.35 to Rs.60. While strongly contradicted a news item published in a section of press in this regard, he termed it totally baseless and fabricated.—APP Students demand electrical communications degree Edu to bring change Phaktunkhawa Provincial Minister for Education Muhammad Atif Khan on Thursday said that education was the ultimate source of positive change. He expressed these views while addressing award distribution ceremony at Abbottabad Public School (APS). He said majority of students was unable to get education due to different reasons in APS-like institutions. He called for providing better and quality education to poor segments of the society. The Minister said “APS is one of the oldest educational institution and provincial government will fully support this institution.” The Minister expressed the disappointment over non-release of grants for construction of two collapsed hostel during 2005 earthquake. Meanwhile, students of Engineering University Peshawar Kohat Campus here Thursday staged a protest camp, demanding awarding of electrical communicaof additional subjects in the course. Holding placards and banners inscribed with different slogans in favour of their demands near KP Assembly Building, the students said although the prescribed course of electrical communication taught in Peshawar campus was completed by them and still they are awaiting the transcript course completion certificate. They said they have been deprived of the transcript course completion certificate despite completion of the course and urged the authorities concerned to intervene and direct the university administration to address their problems at earliest. The students claimed that they have been asked to complete seven more subjects despite reading all the subjects included in the prescribed course. They also appealed the Peshawar High Court Chief Justice to take a sou moto notice of this matter and save their future. —APP Canadian Orthopaedic, Rehab Centre opens OBSERVER REPORT dic & Rehabilitation Centre (CORC), a subsidiary of Canadian Decompression & Pain Centres (CDPC) is a pioneer in Spinal Decompression and Traction. Through highly qualified and prestigious orthopedic doctors and physiotherapists, CORC provides comprehensive, multi-disciplinary therapeutic services to patients suffering from intense chronic pain. CORC, with a promise to revolutionize and deliver solution for chronic and spinal issues, is credited for introducing breakthrough international technologies called “Spinal Decompression” and “Shock Wave Treatment” to Pakistan. Represented by Dr Seyed Shamssaddin Shams, one of the top Canadian consultants and trainers, and advocate of CDP’s exclusive and patent Neuro Oxygen Spinal Decompression treatment. HYDERABAD: Flood affected people sitting along with their luggage at safer place after shifting from the flood-hit areas near Indus River. A B B O T T A B A D — K h y b e r tion degree without inclusion L AHORE—Canada Orthope- Saad: Trains security strengthened manifold I SLAMABAD —Minister for calls for extorting money, he managed to reduce Rs.0.7 Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Thursday informed the National Assembly that security of trains has been increased manifold and pragmatic steps were being taken to ensure safety of passenger and railways tracks. Replying to a Calling Attention Notice raised by MQM lawmakers Sajid Ahmed, Saman Sultana Jaffri and others regarding recent terrorist attacks on Pakistan Railways’ trains and insufficient security arrangements for the passengers, the minister said that trains were being targeted for the past several years. Even, the owners of Shalimar passenger train were receiving threatening said and added that these calls were being made from Afghanistan. He said that there was a plan to make hostage 600 passengers of Jaffer Express and rocket was fired at it locomotive. However, he said that the security personnel deployed inside the train foiled the terrorist’s plan and engaged them for over two hours. He appreciated the railways police and FC personnel for foiling nefarious design of the terrorist and later 10 terrorists were killed in encounter with FC. The minister said that Pakistan Railways (PR) was in very despicable condition and currently was running in Rs.32 billion losses. He said that we have million losses per month. Saad Rafique said that despite financial constraints, motorcycles were provided to railways police besides reviving patrolling on railway tracks. He said that satellite gadget would also be provided to PR with the help of Information Technology ministry. The PR has only one scanning machine at Lahore Station, which was also out of order, he added. He said that unfortunately no anti-terrorist training was given to railways police despite facing the menace since 2002. He said that railway was being equipped with modern technology and CCTV cameras were being installed.—APP Mobile eye unit opened in Fata PESHAWAR—The Directorate of Health Services Fata here Thursday launched a mobile eye unit with an objective to provide best medical facilities to ailing tribesmen. In this connection, a ceremony took place at FATA Secretariat in which the mobile eye unit funded by KFW, a German organisation was handed over to Arbab Mohammad Arif, Additional Chief Secretary FATA. Dr Aftab Akbar Durrani, Secretary Social sectors FATA, Dr Parvez Kamal Khan, Director Health Services FATA and Dr Uzma Daud Programme Manager Eye Care Services FATA also attended. The Fata Health Directorate has become pioneer in launching a mobile eye unit, first of its kind that was not only equipped with diagnostic facility.—APP KP Revenue Authority soon P ESHAWAR —Director General Excise and Taxation Department Javed Marwat Thursday said the provincial government has decided to set up Revenue Authority soon to collect sales tax on services. Talking to media here, he informed that earlier, Federal Board of Revenue was responsible to collect sales tax on series however, the 18th amendment in the constitution has given the mandate to provinces. He said the department of Excise and Taxation has set Rs 6 billion annual revenue target for the current fiscal year. Adviser to Chief Minister on Excise.—APP Skin, respiratory infection reported in flood-hit areas MULTAN—Over 53,000 patients, mostly having skin and respiratory tract infections, were treated in Multan and DG Khan districts during the flood. As 36 mobile outreach teams were still active to provide medical aid to prevent spread of contagious diseases in waterlogged areas, health officials said on Thursday. EDO Health Multan Dr Iftikhar Qureshi told APP that 28,930 patients were treated in flood-hit areas of riverine belt and 16 per cent of them carried acute respiratory tract infection (ARTI), 10 percent skin diseases like scabies, eight percent diarrhoea and gastroenteritis and five percent fever. Cases of eye infection and other diseases also emerged and effectively handled at medical camps. EDO Health Dera Ghazi Khan Dr Munawar Abbas said total 24,500 patients were treated in 13 flood-hit union councils in riverine area of the district and majority of them, 7,227, were found to be caught by skin infections. Another 3,810 infected by ARTI, 3,389 by diarrhoea, 1,911 by fever, 958 by eye infection and 6,473 by other diseases. All 24 medical camps, eight of them mobile and 16 static and 13 outreach teams were active in water-logged areas of DG Khan. Thirteen flood-hit union councils have a population of 10,000 people, 4,000 of them hit by hill torrents and rest by the river Indus overflow. In addition to providing medical aid, the outreach teams and mobile health teams comprising doctors, LHSs, LHWs, vaccinators, health and nutrition supervisors, were also giving awareness to people on how to adopt healthy lifestyle in water-logged areas in DG Khan. Union Council Darkhwast Jamal emerged as a sensitive in DG Khan for water was still four to five feet high in its low lying sections, EDO Health DG Khan said. He said process of larviciding and smoke spray was also being carried out to prevent mosquitos from developing colonies. EDO Health Multan Dr Iftikhar Qureshi said static health camps had stopped operation today after majority of the affected people returned to their homes. However, he added that 15 mobile teams were still operating in water-hit areas while all facilities and medicines were available at rural health centres and basic health units. He said larvicide and smoke spray would be applied wherever needed for prevention of contagious diseases. It may be noted that two snake bite cases were reported in DG Khan and one in Shujabad (Multan) and patients survived after proper treatment. Some dog bite patient also got treatment in DG Khan. Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has provided medical assistance to about 3121 patients in flood hit areas. Dr. Muhammad Shafqat Javed, Director PIMA relief said in a statement that PIMA is the largest medical relief organization and actively involved in relief work for flood victims since day one. He said that free of cost medicine worth of 0.32 million provided to the affectees, adding that PIMA doctors are providing medical assistance through its mobile clinics. He said that there is a threat of diseases specially related to skin, gastro and stomach, as water has stopped on a large area in flood affected districts. He said that PIMA striving to combat these diseases in flood hit areas through its medical camps in the areas of Sialkot, Rajanpur and Hafizabad. Meanwhile, State Minister for Works and Housing, Usman Ibrahim Thursday said that federal government would provide every possible assistance to provinces for rehabilitating flood affected people. Talking to a private news channel, he said that more than five thousand bags of ration had been distributed among flood victims of six relief camps so far. He added that 25411 cattle had been vaccinated for saving them from different diseases in the area. In another report it has been pointed out in Punjab, 71 people have been reported dead and 1010 sustained injuries, 24 expired and 26 injured in Khyber Pakhtunkhaw (KPK), 44 people have died and 40 injured in Sindh, 18 dead and 17 injured in Balochistan, 15 dead and 11 injured in FATA.—APP QUETTA: Students of a local girls school attending a ceremony in their school. Cadet College admission schedule PESHAWAR—The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engineer Shaukatullah has asked the management of the Cadet College Razmak to publicise next admission schedule and make sure that candidates from across the country get the opportunity to avail quality educational facilities against the prescribed seats under open merit criteria. Presiding over a meeting of the Board of Governors of the institution at Governor ’s House here Thursday, the Governor said that the spacious campus of the college, spread over 91 kanals at Nowshera Cantt is indeed second to none and no effort will be spared to meet all its future needs on priority basis. Being First institution of its nature in FATA, this college carries great importance and “We are in the process to establish a series of institutions of similar nature in each tribal agency which will benefit the entire population of FATA”, he added The meeting was also attended by G.O.C. 7-Div; ACS FATA, Senior joint secretaries of Federal ministries of SAFRON and Finance and the other concerned departments and organisations while the principal of the college briefed the participants about salient features of the working as well as achievements of this institution. It merits a mention here that the new campus of the Cadet College Razmak has been provided by Pak Army in its times old historic buildings at Nowshera Cantt which have been renovated and refurbished through the joint efforts of FATA Secretariat and the Federal Government. Meanwhile the meeting discussed various proposals relating to administrative and financial aspects of the institution and gave go ahead to the management as part of its efforts to further streamline its functioning.—APP Students advised to refrain from Work on 2 hydel power stations soon: Siraj fake medical colleges admission ABDULLAH MADANI ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has advised all students and parents not to take admissions in unrecognized and fake medical colleges. Addressing a press conference, Registrar PMDC Dr Amjad Dr Raja Amjad Mahmood along with Vice President PMDC Prof Awais on Thursday said their is a mafia misleading students and parents seeking medical profession and asked them to confirm the registration of medical colleges with the PMDC before taking admission. Dr Amjad said that on the recommendation of the PMDC, the Peshawar High Court has stopped the Northern Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) from functioning. He added the court while endorsing the decision of the PMDC directed that all the students of the NIMS be adjusted in the private sector medical colleges under the supervision of PMDC within 15 days in line with all the legal requirements. Earlier, P&DC had refused the recognition of the college in 2008 as it did not comply with the inspection criteria of the Council due to major deficiencies in its faculty and infrastructure, he added. However, overruling the criteria and subsequent denial of NOC from PMDC, the college had enrolled about 390 students and kept functioning without the approval of the council. He said that in writ petition, submitted by the students of the college, the Peshawar High Court has ordered that students of the final year, who were permitted by this court to appear in the final year exams, are also to be adjusted in private sector medical colleges in final years, after verification of the documents by the PMDC and they will have to re-appear in the final year from that institution, he added. He said that under the decision, a committee will be constituted comprising all private institutions of the province along with Council representative and Vice Chancellor of the Khyber Medical University, Peshawar, as its Chairman for the adjustment of the students. He added the college will be liable to reimburse all the amounts according to the slips and receipts submitted by the students. He said that the students should refrain from taking admission in the medical colleges included Indus medical College, Tando Muhammad Khan Sindh, Rahbar Medical College, Lahore, Faryal Medical College, Lahore and Northern Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Abbottabad.—APP T IMERGARA —The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa senior minister and deputy chief of the JI Sirajul Haq on Thursday announced that work on two hydel power stations in Dir would soon be resumed as the central government on the request of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had given approval of the projects. Addressing a public gathering at Samar Bagh Dir Lower, the minister said that two separate hydel power stations at Sharmai and Koto dir lower would be established. He said that Rs 35.510 billion would be spent on construction of the Sharmai hydel power station, which would produce 150-megawatt electricity. He said that another Rs 8.31 billion would be spent on the Koto hydro power station that would produce 31 mega- watt of electricity. The minister said that people of Malakand division had been facing acute shortage of electricity and completion of these projects would end power crisis in the region. “You will get cheap and uninterrupted electricity after completion of these projects,” Siraj told participants. He said it was a longstanding demand of the people of Malakand. He congratulated the participants and said their prayers had been heard. The minister said that approval of both the projects was given by the central government during a recent meeting of the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) meeting held at Islamabad. The minister said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government was planning to resolve people problems on priority basis. More rains likely ISLAMABAD—Rain with thundershower is expected at scattered places of Kashmir,Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Hazara divisions, Sargodha, Malakand, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next 24 hours. Synoptic Situation/ Outlook:Seasonal low lies over Northwest Balochistan and adjoining areas. Light to moderate monsoon currents from the Arabian sea are penetrating into central and upper parts of the country. A shallow westerly wave is also prevailing over Kashmir and adjoining areas. Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan. Rain with thundershower is also expected at scattered places of Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan during next 24 hours. The KP Meteorological Department on Thursday forecast rain for Hazara and Peshawar divisions during next 24 hours that would hopefully bring the existing temperature down. According to Spokesman of Met Office here, rain-thundershowers is also expected at isolated places of Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Lahore due to seasonal low lies over Northwest Balochistan and adjoining areas. Light to moderate monsoon currents from the Arabian sea are also penetrating into central and upper parts of the country and a shallow westerly wave is also prevailing over Kashmir and adjoining areas. In next 24 hours, mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country, however, rain-thundershower is forecast at scattered places of Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Hazara divisions, while at isolated places of Sargodha, Malakand, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu divisions and Gilgit- Crackdown against graft on cards P ESHAWAR —Deputy Speaker, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi has said that departments and organisations of the provincial government would be purged of black sheep soon. Corrupt elements would be dealt with iron hand to bring maximum improvement in the performance of the public sector organisations, he added. He expressed these views while talking to a delegation from district Kohat here in the Conference Room of the Assembly Secretariat on Thursday. He was of the view that till bringing honest and sincere officers in forefront, improvement in the performance of departments is impossible. The delegation headed by member provincial assembly (MPA) Ziaullah Bangash was comprised of district president, PTI, Hamayun Chacha, senior vice president, Faheem Dada Bangash, vice presidents Sultan Noor, Qazi Tariq, tehsil president, Ishtiaq Qureshi, president, Tehsil Lachi, Arif Khattak, Suhail Bangash, Jamal Khan Afridi, Mohammad Ejaz, Brig (Retd) Mohammad Ali and several other party workers. Speaking Baltistan. In next 48 hours, on the occasion, Deputy Speaker, Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi SHANGLA: Subdivisional Forest Officer Ihsanullah, Major Ali Shah and others praying after planting a sapling to mainly hot and humid weather said that the present government is not only determined in inaugurate tree plantation campaign. is expected in most parts of rooting the corruption out, but also ready for offering any the country. However, rainkind of sacrifices in this regard. He said that the people thundershower is expected at would soon hear good news of initiating crack down against isolated places of Kashmir, corrupt mafia. He appealed the people to pinpoint corrupt Hazara, Gujranwala, Lahore, elements in government departments as corruption will Islamabad, Rawalpindi divinot be tolerated in any circumstances. The Deputy Speaker ISLAMABAD—”There is need as its Chairman at Pakistan and Wildlife Departments of The MAB is an international sions and Gilgit-Baltistan. assured the delegation the rights of the people of Kohat to speed up process of get- Science Foundation (PSF) Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, programme of UNESCO to set a scientific base for improvehere he said that many PakiKhyber Pakhtunkhwa, GilgitScattered rain-thunderting declared more sites as would be protected in any situation and would make no shower occurred in Islamabad/ biosphere reserves to set a stani areas have good poten- Baltistan and Azad Jammu and ment of relationships between comprise in this regard.—APP Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, scientific base for improve- tial to be declared as bio- Kashmir, Ministry of Climate people and their environment Hazara divisions and Kashmir ment of relationship between sphere reserves, which will Change, MoST, UNESCO, globally. The Federal SecreKP Technology varsity soon and at isolated places in people and their environ- help in sustainable develop- PSF, PMNH, International tary asked the members to iniLahore, Malakand and Kohat PESHAWAR —Senior Provincial Minis- ment, globally as well as ment and equitable use of Union for Conservation of tiate and expedite consultative divisions in last 24 hours. ter for Irrigation and Energy Sikandar biodiversity conservation”, natural resources for human Nature (IUCN) and World process for nomination of sites Wildlife Fund (WWF) Paki- and preparation of dossier to However, weather remained Hayat Sherpao said the provincial Federal Secretary, Ministry of well being. get these sites as biosphere reThe Meeting was ar- stan, attended the meeting. hot and humid in other parts government would soon set up Uni- Science and Technology MoST and UNESCO Paki- serve. The PSF Chairman beof the country. Maximum rain versity of Technology in the province (MoST), Kamran Ali Qureshi ranged by MoST, PSF, Pakiwas received by Rawalpindi to equip the youth with higher tech- said on Thursday. While pre- stan Museum of Natural His- stan have revived the ambi- ing the Co-Chairman of NaChaklala 82, Shamsabad 56mm nical education. Addressing a prize siding over the 2nd Meeting tory (PMNH) and UNESCO. tious project-UNESCO’s MAB tional MAB Committee brifed rain followed by Islamabad distribution among the position holder of “National Man and Bio- The Committee members rep- Programme in Pakistan re- a presentation on the concept Saidpur 73.—APP students of Diploma of Associate En- sphere (MAB) Committee” resenting provincial Forest cently after a long dormancy. of Biosphere Reserves.—APP gineering here at a ceremony, he said the government realizes that unemployment is a big challenge in the province and that can only be overcome through imparting technical education and by improving economic situation of the province. He said the coalition government of KP is taking pragmatic measure for promotion technical education and allocated an amount for 500 students of Skill DevelSHER GONDAL Wednesday. RAO ATIQ opment Department, besides allocating Rs. 2 billion The traders’ delegation under “Khud Kifalat Scheme” in annual development MIRPUR—As a result of on- from Srinagar and Jammu cit- MANDI BAHAUDDIN—Mehar programme. He said the government intends to give a ies of the Indian-held Kash- Gulzar Ahmed Advocate and respectable job to each and every skilled youth of the going escalation of tension mir state was scheduled to residents of Kotli Afghana on the Line of Control due province so that he may live a respectable life. The Mincross the LoC on Wednesday have urged government to ister also lauded the efforts of private sector in promo- to frequent unprovoked fir- through weekly trans-LoC stop army personnel to ocing by the Indian troops from tion of technical education in the province. Later, he Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus cupy their land illegally. He congratulated position holder students and distributed across the LoC, the sched- to commence the visit of said army had taken some land uled visit of the traders delcommendation certificates and shields among them. The Muzaffarabad and Mirpur, the from Irrigation Department for Minister also extended Rs. 10,000 cheque to each posi- egation from Indian-iccupied major business hubs of AJK forestation and the disputed Jammu & Kashmir to Azad tion holder student in his personal capacity. On the octo exchange ideas with their land is adjacent to it. casion, the Minister inaugurated the website of board Jammu & Kashmir has been local counterparts from AJK This land was acquired by postponed for about a of Technical Education. MPA Abdul Karim, Secretary for promotion of the cross- WAPDA in 1965 for making couple of months, AJK CCI Technical Education Sajid Jadon, Chairman Technical EduLoC trade between IOK and diversion of Lower Jhelum cation Nasir Ali, Director General Technical Education, announced. AJK besides other matters of Canal to facilitate construc“Yes, the visit of the IHK Controller Examination and parents of position holder stution of Rasul Qadirabad Link mutual interests. trade delegation has been dents were also present on the occasion.—APP “The visit has been de- Canal with an undertaking that delayed due to the tense situation along LoC and the re- layed till mid October this after completion of the ported current strange rela- year”, the AJKCCI official project, the land would be reModernization of media to real owners. So ac- HYDERABAD: Residents of Samaro Walyan hold a protest against alleged rape of a HYDERABAD—Former federal informa- tions between Islamabad and said and hoped normalcy and turned cording to the agreement af- little girl. better sense would prevail in New Delhi ”, said tion minister Javed Jabbar has ter completion of the project, emphasised the need of an effective Muhammad Shafiq, Secre- the best interest of all includ- possession of land was reing the people of Jammu & tary General AJK Chamber of system which could bring the print and turned and since then the resielectronic media at par with modern Commerce & Industry while Kashmir living across the dents had been cultivating it. needs and bring positive effects in the talking to this scribe here late LOC. society by averting a clash between the state and media. He expressed these views while addressing a round table sion from 26 defaulter conSTAFF REPORTER conference here at a hotel, which was sumers Rs. 18 lacs have been Q UETTA —No proceedings also addressed by the senior journalPESHAWAR—In this connec- recovered while power sup- could be carried out in the ists of Hyderabad. Jabbar informed that the Supreme Court tion an open katchery was ply was disconnected from 3 Balochistan Assembly due to has set up a Media Commission for fixing the responsibiliheld at Rano Ghari near Mo- distribution transformers to lack of quorum, here on ties of public and private media. He informed that Salim tor Way under the supervi- several defaulter consumers Thursday. The assembly Gul Shaikh is acting as the Secretary of the Commission sion of SDO Lala sub-divi- due to non-payment of Rs 3 session started with Speaker with Justice (Retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid and he himself as Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali in sion and recovered an lacs. the members. He said that the Commission had also Power supply was dis- the chair. Awami National amount of Rs 2.5 Lacs form organised such round table conference with media perdefaulters.Pesco Detection connected to 73 defaulter Party MPA Eng. Zamarak sons in Karachi and after Hyderabad, the same will be Team of Dir sub division Re- consumers of 11 kv Achini Piralizai pointed out the lack arranged at Lahore, Peshawar, Multan and Quetta and the covered rupees 2 Lacs,while feeder from three 200 KVA of quorum and the Speaker recommendations of the participants of these conferences power supply was discon- distribution transformers due adjourned the house for five will be incorporated in the report of the Commission. He nected from 50 kva trans- to non payment of dues of minutes. said that the direction of print and electronic media as well **** former to consumers of direct Rs 8 Lacs.Pesco Hangu Reas social media is not up to the mark and the Commission Kidnappers on Thursday covery teams recovered 3 hooks. has though prepared its detailed recommendations, howSimilarly Disconnection lacs rupees from 78 defaulter released a doctor and busiever, consultation with the senior journalists, editors, ownTeams of Mathani sub divi- consumers. Defaulters have nessman after taking heavy ers of print and electronic media as well representatives of sion recovered Rs 1.5 lace been strongly warned to de- ransom from their families, the important segments of life is being carried out so that from defaulters while power posit their dues, other wise official sources said. Dr their effective recommendations could be reviewed and supply was disconnected electricity will not be re- Ahmed and Ishaq Mughal, incorporated in the report. Javed Jabbar on the occasion from 100 KVA transformers to stored. Due to illegal use of owner of Madina Iron Store spoke at length on the performance of public and private those using direct hooks. electricity in these areas, were kidnapped by armed sector radio and television channels, news agencies, newsSimilalry in Cantt Division power supply system was men some two months back papers and cable operators and underlined the need of makNowshera Millions have severely over loaded and was respectively. The captors ing the system of self accountability more strong. He said that over 30 million Pakistanis are using internet therefore it is PESHAWAR: SP City Ismail Karak addressing press conference regarding arrest of been recovered from default- causing frequent power dropped them near their homes.—APP ers. Similarly in Kohat Divi- breakdowns. a dire need to make the social media more responsible.—APP two extortionists at Police Lines. Need urged to declare more sites as biosphere reserve urged to stop Escalation of tension on LoC Govt army from taking land illegally IHK traders postpone visit Pesco disconnection, recovery campaign in full swing Balochistan Assembly faces quorum lack DG Rangers shows courage to speak truth MEDIA WATCH D IRECTOR General Rangers (Sindh), Major General Rizwan Akhtar certainly deserves appreciation for picking up courage to speak truth about the factors responsible for the deteriorating law and order in Karachi. He told Supreme Court on Wednesday that armed wings of the political parties were mainly to be blamed for the delicate security situation and that criminals nabbed by the law-enforcing agencies are later released because of political considerations and pressure. What DG Rangers has said is no secret but one must give him due credit for identifying the real cause of trouble in the city of the Quaid. This highlights the need for an across-the-board and transparent operation to weed out crime and criminals. His assessment has also been endorsed by Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan, who categorically stated that majority of target killers, extortionists and criminals belong to different political parties and that the DG Rangers told him the situation can definitely be improved in Karachi if there was no political interference. Different political parties surely have stakes in Karachi and the worsening law and order situation is said to be part of the on-going turf war among them but in a true democracy dominance is achieved through political and peaceful means and not through killing of other people and trying to grab power and capture maximum resources of the city. One wonders that on the one side individual candidates are scrutinized on the touchstone of Articles-62 and 63 of the Constitution but political parties are free to keep armed wings that play havoc with the lives of the innocent citizens and disrupt economic and commercial activities. We believe that stringent laws should be framed against raising of armed wings of political parties and those violating the law should be banned from politics for ever. As for the current murky situation, as per statement of the Interior Minister, the Federal Government has prepared a plan aimed at targeted operation against target killers, extortionists and terrorists/criminals under the supervision of the Provincial government. This would be a step in the right direction and we hope all the political parties would extend fullest possible cooperation for implementation of the plan without loss of further time. More answers needed on Syria espite the pumped-up threats and quickening military preparations, President Obama has yet to make a convincing legal or strategic case for military action against Syria. While there should be some kind of international response to the chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of civilians last week, Mr. Obama has yet to spell out how that response would effectively deter further use of chemical weapons. For starters, where is the proof that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria carried out the attack? American, British, French and Turkish officials have been unequivocal in blaming Mr. Assad for the attack, which seems likely since there has been no indication that his regime has lost control of its chemical weapons arsenal or that the opposition has the capability to deliver such a weapon. Still, no evidence to support this claim has been released. If the Obama administration has such evidence, it should make it public immediately. Before Britain proposed a resolution at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, the White House seemed ready to ignore the UN because Russia and China had repeatedly thwarted efforts to hold Mr. Assad to account. Despite diplomatic frustrations, the Security Council, on which Russia and China sit and have veto power, should be the first venue for dealing with this matter since chemical weapons use is a war crime and banned under international treaties. Ideally, once presented with evidence, the council would condemn Mr. Assad, impose a ban on arms shipments to Syria (including materials used to make chemical weapons, which the regime is trying to buy on the open market) and send Mr. Assad’s name to the International Criminal Court for prosecution. That is what should happen; Mr. Assad’s Russia and Chinese enablers are the ones most able to stop his brutality. Instead, Britain proposed a draft that would authorize military force against Syria. Predictably, Russia, Syria’s main arms supplier, and China balked, but there is still value in pushing the resolution to a vote so they are forced to choose to defend a leader accused of gassing his people. Whether that resolution is acted on or not, President Obama now seems prepared to move toward military strikes. But not only is he unlikely to win Security Council backing for such an operation, he has failed to lay out any legal basis for it and has not won support from key organizations — namely the Arab League and NATO — that could provide legitimacy. The league, in a statement, did charge the Syrian government with chemical weapons use, but its member states like Saudi Arabia, a top funder of the anti-Assad rebels, declined to support the use of force publicly. Without broad international backing, a military strike by the United States; France and Britain, two former colonial powers; and Turkey could well give Mr. Assad a propaganda advantage. There is also no sign that the White House will ask Congress to authorize military action, which seems to put Mr. Obama at odds with his own past statements about the limits of presidential war powers. House Speaker John Boehner sent Mr. Obama a trenchant letter on Wednesday, asking more than a dozen critical questions, including whether the administration had contingency plans in case foreign powers, especially Iran and Russia, were implicated in the chemical attacks and how the administration planned to pay for the military action. Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain also ran into domestic pressure that forced him to push back a quick vote in Parliament to support military action. Mr. Obama has yet to make clear how military strikes — which officials say will last one to two days and target military units that carried out chemical attacks, the headquarters overseeing the effort and the artillery that have launched the attacks — will actually deter chemical attacks without further inflaming a region in turmoil and miring the United States in the Syrian civil war. Any action, military or otherwise, must be tailored to advance a political settlement between the Assad regime and the opposition, the only rational solution to the conflict. If military action has a broader strategic purpose and is part of a coherent diplomatic plan, Mr Obama needs to explain it. — The New York Times D NATO succumbs to Sharon Syndrome Syndrome and thereby becoming targets of Shia terror groups. The anticipated attack on Syria by the US, France and the UK will tip the balance sufficiently to M D Nalapat make this unpleasant fate a reality, the effects of which Email: firstname.lastname@example.org will begin to get fully manifested only after a time lag, so that Obama, Cameron riel Sharon is regarded in and Hollande can pretend that they Israel as a hero, much as were not responsible. Ironically, the toppling of Jawaharlal Nehru is in India, despite his chaining the economy in Saddam Hussein in 2003 could have bureaucratic coils and retaining the been the moment when the US and apparatus of colonial rule in its en- its NATO partners made allies of the tirety. As for Sharon, the reality is Shia. After all, Iraq under Saddam that the “hero” of Israel was respon- was a country where the Shia majorsible for some of the worst secu- ity were treated much the same way rity threats that his country faces, as they still are in Bahrain, as a secthe worst being the way in which ondary people. Had the US quickly he placed the Israel Defense Forces devolved power to Iraqi hands rather on the side of the Maronite Chris- than see to re-create the British Emtian leadership of Lebanon in 1981- pire in the form of Viceroys such as 83 in their armed battle against the Paul Bremer, much of the pain which Shia population. Led by the thug- Iraq is now suffering could have been gish Gemayel brothers, Maronite avoided. However, Washington gangs killed thousands of innocent seems unable to shed the colonial Shia civilians in encounters across legacy it has acquired from some of Lebanon. The way in which the US its European partners, and this was leadership led by Ronald Reagan - evidenced not only in the manner in who made no pretense of under- which the occupation of Iraq and Afstanding the Muslim world and ghanistan was handled but in the way showed this ignorance in his poli- in which the Libya attack took place cies - converted the Shia population and the manner in which the Egypof Lebanon from friends to critics tian military has been bullied by the of the US. However, it was Israel Obama administration to soften its that became the only country on the domestic policies in ways that would globe to face Shia (as distinct from reduce Egypt to chaos. If a semblance of order is returning to Egypt these Wahabi) terror groups. Since the invasion of Iraq in days, it is because military in coun2003 by George W Bush (who has try has refused to listen to NATO domade the same miscalculations as gooders who have descended on Reagan about a community that Cairo in hordes in their self-appointed comprises more than 1.5 billion), the role of Saviours of Humanity (via arentire membership of NATO has maments of NATO). It was clear by 2007 that the through its policies placed themselves at risk of following the Sharon Iraqi people would rise against the Thank you Sardar Akhtar Mengal! M EMBERSHIP of the Balochistan Assembly was completed on Wednesday with the oath-taking of two members of the Balochistan National Party, including its chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal. Mengal had previously some reservations and after swearing in he said they are swallowing a ‘bitter pill’ for the sake of rights of the people. It is indeed a turning point in the recent political history of the Province and hopefully presence of a leader like Sardar Akhtar Mengal in the Provincial Assembly would not only add to the prestige and credibility of the House but also augurs well for overall political scenario of the Province. This is the second major event after decision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to allow National Party of Dr Abdul Maalik Baloch to form the Provincial government and to hand over Governorship of the Province to PKMAP of Mahmood Khan Achakzai. Dr Maalik has been urging Sardar Akhtar Mengal and others to join hands in addressing challenges confronting Balochistan and the latest development indicates he is getting positive response in his sincere endeavours for the purpose. We are confident that the decision of Sardar Akhtar Mengal would send right kind of signal to estranged leaders and elements and they too would finally come to the negotiating table. Federal Government led by Mian Nawaz Sharif is prioritizing development of Balochistan. Some of the mega projects being conceived by the Government like development of Kashghar-Gwadar Economic Corridor and establishment of National Power Park at Gaddani, would immensely benefit the Province in terms of socio-economic progress and job generation. But all this can be implemented only in peaceful environment and all political entities should help realize this objective. Geopolitical notes from India A occupation of their country were such an alien administration to continue in power for much longer. The consequence was the transfer of formal power to Iraqi hands, although there is still considerable interference by NATO in the inner workings of the government of Iraq, although not on the scale which confronts the Government of Afghanistan. Since Nuri Al-Maliki took office, there has been relentless pressure on him to ensure that the Shia Samantha Power, Susan Rice, John McCain and others who are responsible for pushing a reluctant Barack Obama towards armed intervention in Syria are entering the Sharon Syndrome. majority get powers far below what their weight in the population entitled them to. A similar concern has not been shown towards Shia minorities in other countries in the region, nor indeed to the Shia majority in Bahrain. Such discrimination has led to the perception that the entire Shia community in the region is being subjected to collective punishment because of the defiance shown by Shia-majority Iran towards NATO. This despite the fact that few Shia regard Iran as their most admired country. The attack by NATO on Syria, once it takes place, will lock in the already strong perception that NATO and its members are anti-Shia and that NY Mosques labelled as terror centres HE New York Police Department (NYPD) has secretly labelled all the mosques in the city as terrorism organizations, a designation that allows Police to use informants to record sermons and spy on Imams. This means that any one attending prayers in these mosques could be subjected to surveillance. The Police may have their own reasons but it is bound to injure the sensitivities of Muslims not only in New York and other parts of US but the world over. We are sure that even other religious communities including Christians and Jews would not approve this approach because people go to worship places to offer prayers with concentration and without any fear. If there is a fear among the people that undercover agents are following them, their attention would be diverted from prayers. Though the New York Mayor and the Police Commissioner have denied these accusations but documents published by Associated Press Reporters in their recent book show in detail how in its hunt for terrorists, the Police investigated countless innocent Muslims. In our view the step should be an eye opener for Muslims as to why the New York Police has taken this extreme step. There might have been some suspected people visiting the Mosques or some sermons delivered in these mosques might have attracted the attention of the Police. As true believers of the last religion - Islam, which preaches peace and tolerance, the Muslims and particularly the Imams should not allow any one to enter the Mosques with ulterior motives because as US citizens it is also their duty to contribute in maintaining peace and order in their areas. In any case, we hope that the Mayor of New York and US Administration would intervene and the decision of declaring Mosques as terror centres would be got rescinded to give a sense of relief to the Muslims. T the alliance looks the other way whenever Shia get targeted. The very groups that NATO helped in Libya and are on the side of Syria are behind the attacks on Shia in Iraq and elsewhere. The weapons and cash given to Wahabi groups in Libya and Syria are getting diverted to countries across the region, so that Wahabi extremists conduct a violent war against both the Shia as well as the Sunni population, which as a whole is free of the intolerance and extremism of the Wahabis. Samantha Power, Susan Rice, John McCain and others who are responsible for pushing a reluctant Barack Obama towards armed intervention in Syria are entering the Sharon Syndrome. They are creating conditions whereby the Shia population worldwide will see NATO as their enemies, and where the extremists within that group will take up violence against NATO, the way they have since the 1980s against Israel. The members of NATO will pay a huge price for the miscalculation of Rice, Power and Mc Cain, but it is unlikely that they will face any opprobrium as a result. Samantha Power can take heart from the fact that the Chief Patron of the Taliban, Robin Raphel, prances around a Washington ignorant of her 199297 role in Afghanistan. The same way, Samantha Power, who believes in saving civilian lives by launching air strikes that will kill thousands, can expect to continue to land one high-power job after another, years after she has got NATO to join Israel as direct targets of Shia terror groups. —The writer is Vice-Chair, Manipal Advanced Research Group, UNESCO Peace Chair & Professor of Geopolitics, Manipal University, Haryana State, India. YouTube ban should continue of its citizens have everything to gain from massive free education. They have Sultan M Hali online pleaded that present moribund Email: email@example.com state of education can be partly alleviated if online education is utilized effectively and inocial media website You Tube telligently. Their logic is that at was banned in Pakistan in Sep present, Pakistan cannot do so betember 2012 after a blasphe- cause of a state sponsored ban on sites mous video titled “Innocence of like You Tube, which are at the helm Muslims” was uploaded on it which of distributing this material online. caused mass scale protests/riots lead- The reasoning is sound but governing to loss of life/property across the ment has to see the broader picture. Muslim world and the operator of Last week, the State Minister for the popular webpage Google, re- Information Technology, Anusha fused to remove it. This was not the Rehman, announced that the ban on first offense of the website, which YouTube would be removed in the in 2008 had also hurt the sensitivi- coming few days after the sitting of ties of Muslims across the globe by Inter-Ministerial Committee. She disuploading a short film by Dutch closed that Pakistan is testing URL Member of Parliament Geert filters, which will enable it to selecWilders, which explored links be- tively block controversial content intween Islam and terrorism. Then too stead of banning the entire service. Pakistan had blocked YouTube in The technology is reportedly proresponse to street-wide demonstra- vided by Pakistan Telecommunications, but later lifted the ban. A tion Company, which will offer the couple of years earlier, the same so- services to the government for a year cial media website had organized a and will charge for the service after competition on the social media des- this duration. The URL filters are also ecrating the respected persona of the said to have been tested, blocking a Holy Prophet Muhammad list of 4,000 objectionable URLs. (MPBUH). This activity had cause Clarifying that the decision could not great mental agony to millions of be made by her Ministry alone, she Muslims all over the globe. declared that the final decision to lift A year on, there have been the ban would be made by the Intermixed reaction to the ban. Most Pa- Ministerial Committee, which will kistanis initially agreed with the ban also be responsible for preparing the as the blasphemous content was of- list of blocked URLs, which will be fensive and insensitive. However, as handed over to Pakistan Telecommuthe ban persisted, some groups have nication Authority. voiced concern over continued ban. The new government, which is With the change in government this still less than ninety days old and June, petitions were made to the new under normal circumstances, would Prime Minister to lift ban. Student have been enjoying the honeymoon bodies and some members of the period, where the opposition and meacademia have lobbied that countries dia give them a fair chance before like Pakistan who straddle in lower criticizing them harshly. 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Running helter-skelter to find solutions, the government of Mian Nawaz Sharif has been forced to make judgmental errors by acting in haste. The crucial decision of lifting the ban on You Tube must also be thought through, lest a hurriedly taken pronouncement may cause more damage and regret. The decision of blocking YouTube was also in line with the Honorable Supreme Court directives/ observations, orders of the Prime Minister and in the larger national interest. This scribe recommends that if at all the ban is to be lifted, Google must first apologize to the Muslims for causing them mental anguish. It should remove all clippings of the movie “Innocence of Muslims” and “The Innocent Prophet” from YouTube and promise to respect the emotions of the Muslim Ummah. Essentially, Google, and YouTube should get registered with PTA for being available in Pakistan and it should pay taxes. It has been observed that social media websites are earning tremendous revenue from Pakistan thus Federal Board of Revenue should take action against those search engines/ social media websites who are earning from Pakistan but evading local taxes. It is also important that Google should respect the legal clauses of Pakistan and before being permitted to operate in Pakistan, it should enter into formal agreements with the relevant Ministry for legalizing its services. Respecting the need of research scholars, the academia and student body, favorable agreements may be signed with Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other Social Media Networking Sites but these must include Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) and automatic filtering software. In order to safeguard the mental health of Pakistan by discouraging pornography and block anti state content, especially those that incite separatism, hatred against specific sects/minorities or the armed forces of Pakistan, the Government should implement physical/electronic filtering of internet data like that adopted by a number of other countries, which the State Minister for I/T was alluding to. Simultaneously, OIC should take up a case with UN for drafting a resolution not allowing any person to misuse the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) name and make movies / caricatures on him, Umhat-ul-Momineen RA, Khulfae-Rashideen RA and Sahaba. Necessary legislation as was carried out by Jews on laws related to denial of Holocaust should be adopted. The OIC should setup central or regional hubs of filtering units. OIC and Pakistan should ensure that evil attacks on Islam do not occur both internally and externally. It would also be prudent to develop Pakistan based equivalent of YouTube to benefit the public. Own versions of Search engines, Video sharing platforms and Networking sites be designed like Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter etc. In light of the above suggestions, perhaps further anguish to the faithful can be avoided by the machination of Islam bashers and those suffering from Islamophobia while enemies of the state can be kept at bay from misusing the social media for their nefarious designs. —The writer is retired PAF Group Captain and a TV talk show host. Force is not a remedy. —John Bright British politician p Satisfaction of the heart A llah the almighty says, “Ver ily! Only in the Zikr of Allah will your heart find peace.” (Surah 13- Verse 29). Everything that hearts find of worries and sadness is because of what they have been denied of beholding Allah. Abu Darda narrated that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said, “Should I not tell you of such a thing which are the best and purest deeds in the court of your Lord, high in ranks (darajat), better for you then spending gold and silver (in Allah’s path), and better than slaying the neck of the enemy during war? The Sahaba said, “Yes, Oh Rasool Allah! .” He said, “It is Zikr of Allah.” (Tirmizi). Every one of us looks for satisfaction and success. People find it in materialistic things such as money, cars, luxurious homes etc. Allah has put satisfaction in His Zikr (remembering of Allah). The Holy Qur’an often reminds us to keep remembrance of Allah at all times. Certainly this is quite a challenge for us forgetful humans, but the merits of remembrance are so great that we must strive for continual remembrance of Allah in every moment. The word zikr has many meanings. It means Allah’s book and its recitation, prayer, learning and teaching, Du’aa, remembrance of Allah in ing Him in whatever he does. Allah the heart, or in both the heart and the made the reward of those who retongue, and even pondering over member Him frequently is to remember them as well. Is Allah’s creation. Remembrance of The Spirit Of Islam there anything better than Allah Allah is the founda(Glory be to Him) tion of good deeds. when He rememWhoever succeeds bers His Believing in it is blessed with Servant? Allah the close friendship (Exalted be He) of Allah. That is says- “Therefore why the Holy remember Me (by Prophet (PBUH) praying, glorifyused to make reing), I will remembrance of Almember you, and lah at all times. be grateful to Me When a man com(for My countless plained, “The laws Atif Noor Khan Favors on you) of Islam are too heavy for me, so tell Email:firstname.lastname@example.org and never be ungrateful to Me.” me something that I can easily follow,” the Prophet told [Surat Al Baqarah- 152]. We should him, “Let your tongue be always busy not despair of the mercy of Allah the with the remembrance of Allah.” almighty and never lose hope of (Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah). Zakir is re- Allah’s clemency. Zikr of Allah Ta’ala is the most membrance. In Islamic terminology it is remembrance of Allah. It has praiseworthy work to earn Allah’s many forms and, in fact, all worship pleasure, the most effective weapon is Zikr. It grows an intimate relation- to overcome the enemy, and the most ship with Allah and one may engage deserving of deeds in reward. It is the in Zikr all twenty-four hours of the flag of Islam, the polish of hearts, the day, remembering Allah inwardly and essence of the science of faith, the doing what pleases Him and obey- immunisation against hypocrisy, the head of worship, and the key of all success. There are no restrictions on the modality, frequency, or timing of Zikr whatsoever. The restrictions on modality pertain to certain specific obligatory acts which are not the issue here, such as Salat. The Shari‘a (Islamic Law) is clear and everyone knows what they have to do. Indeed, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said that the People of Paradise will only regret one thingnot having made enough Zikr in the world! Are not those who are making up reasons to discourage others from making Zikr afraid of Allah Ta’ala in this tremendous matter? Zikr is the greatest thing in life. What could be more important than filling your heart, mind and mouth with the remembrance of the One True God. What is life? To do Zikr is truly to be alive. The wise always remember Allah (SWT) and think of Allah (SWT) and his Judgement, and of the wonders of Creation. But Zikr also leads to wisdom. Remembering God, all the time, as you go through life, is the golden key that opens the door to learning the answers to the secrets of life. —The writer is Islamabad-based freelance columnist. Voice of the People Cell phones and suicides HASHIM ABRO he incidence of suicides among teenagers and students has alarmingly increased in the rural Paki stan, in particular, in the rural areas of the Sindh Province. Mobile phones are to be blamed for rising suicides among the young people in my home Province because they remain engaged with the mobile phones day in and day out. Night packages, at times, cause intense depression and lead the immature teenagers even to end their lives. In year 2012, more than 350 teenagers, students and young people including unmarried young ladies and mothers committed suicide in the upper and lower regions of Sindh and many of them went unreported. Intense depression caused by night vigils due to “Night packages” is the major reason. Many teenagers have also been reported to have hanged themselves using their mobile phone charger cable in different parts of the Province. Apart from suicides, this telecommunication boom can be blamed for other major and minor offences such as prostitution, misguided or cheated marriages what they call “love marriages”, gang rapes, kidnapping for ransom and many other social evils crept among the youth in the rural areas of Pakistan, particularly, in Sindh. Keeping in view the alarming trend of suicides and other crimes among the young people in the rural Pakistan, it is proposed that a proper legislation may be done in this behalf. Secondly, regular counseling and motivational programmes may be conducted to keep the deprived and frustrated jobless youth of Pakistan to bring them in right frame of mind and thirdly, once and for all a ban may be imposed on the “Night packages” so as to save the innocent young lives - the young talent- in Pakistan. —Islamabad T Calling army in Karachi? M A BUTT With reference to news MQM asking Mian Nawaz Sharif to handover Karachi to Army due to prevailing serious law and order situation which is resulting in daily target killings of innocent people in double figure. What is wrong with this demand? Is it because it has come from MQM? The fact of the matter is people of Karachi has been demanding to handover Karachi to once for all clean it from criminals but their demands, agitation fell on deaf years. Let me remind the rulers, opposition parties and other political groups the words of Quaid Azam’s speech delivered on 11 Aug 1947 to the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan. He said” The first observation I would like to make is that “You will no doubt agree with me that the first duty of the government is to maintain law and order, so that the life, property and religious beliefs of its subjects are fully protected by the state” Now the question arises are we meeting this obligation. The answer is emphatic NO. If the government machinery fails, what are the options? We have only one option to take help from our Constitution that provides the answer in Article 245 1(1) of the Constitution of Pakistan. It says “That the armed forces shall under the direction of the Federal government, defend Pakistan against external aggression or threat of war, and, subject to law, act in aid of civil power when called upon to do so”. What is preventing Provincial government no seek help of Federal government. It is so surprising when you call army for catching dacoits, apprehending criminals, kidnappers, escort public convoys, rail disaster, hijacking, floods, control sectarian violence, distribution of atta, holding elections but when people are being killed on daily basis what is the justification to keep quiet. There is total collapse of civil administration. Rulers should wake up from their slumber and see the ground realities before it is too late. If there is a big fire, fire tenders are called from all sources including armed forces to combat the fire, what is wrong in demanding deployment of army in Karachi for a short period. Let us not compare Karachi situation with other Provinces, as it has no relevance with their situation. Lastly army can not and shall not sit as silent spectator when the country is burning, so it boils down that our rulers, opposition and all political forces take immediate decision before it is too late —Karachi Cantt Youth faces health hazards Iftikhar Mirza Email:email@example.com W e live in a society marred with myriad of problems. Our lifestyle, eating habits, impure food, pollution, mental stress caused mostly by limited income resources has given rise to poor health standard. Hospitals with limited resources are always flooded with patients; the main cause of various diseases is unhealthy food and unawareness of nutritive diet in general masses. It is a pity that our children are exposed to unremitting publicity for soft drinks, evidence of their dangers accumulates. The consumption of soft drinks, like land-mine terrain, is riddled with hazards. We, the civil society members, must discharge our duty of bringing awareness in public, especially children. As a practitioner and advocate of a healthy life-style, I recognize that consuming even as little as one or two sodas per day is undeniably connected to a myriad of pathologies. The most commonly asso- ciated health risks are obesity, diabetes and other blood sugar disorders, tooth decay, osteoporosis and bone fractures, nutritional deficiencies, heart disease, food addictions and eating disorders, neurotransmitter dysfunction from chemical sweeteners, and neurological and adrenal disorders from excessive caffeine. Since we miss ethics in every sphere of our life, the business community is no exemption. Inducing & tempting young generation to have heavy intake of carbonized water is undoubtedly beyond ethics. Companies selling carbonized water must mention maximum quantity of its intake for a normal person. Alas! no such action appears anywhere. Huge increases in soft drink consumption have not happened by chance, they are due to intense marketing efforts by soft drink corporations. The adult market is stagnant so kids are the target. Soft drink companies spend billions on advertising. Much of these marketing efforts are aimed at children through playgrounds, toys, cartoons, movies, videos, charities and amusement parks; and through contests, sweepstakes, games and clubs via television, radio, magazines and the internet. Their efforts have paid off. Consumption of soft drinks has increased manifold. Fast food companies selling soft drinks now run ads on different TV channels, the commercial television networks with programming shown in classrooms is a negative trend. Celebrities of sports are shown drinking jumbo packs in one go, almost every day to millions of middle, junior and high school students. How could the medical community and we as responsible citizens concerned with health policy have been apathetic for a half a century? Considering this question makes me feel ashamed like a tired old guard that knows he is ignoring his responsibilities, but is too worn down to do anything about them. Even if inertia were not a problem, the money and effort required to launch a public interest campaign to stand up to the soft drink industry would be Herculean if not impossible. Ingredients in soft drinks:- Aspartame, used in diet sodas, is a potent neurotoxin and endocrine disrupter. Caffeine stimulates the adrenal gland without providing nourishment. In large amounts, caffeine can lead to adrenal exhaustion, especially in children. Phosphoric acid, added to give soft drinks “bite,” is associated with calcium loss. Citric acid often contains traces of MSG, a neurotoxin. A larger, cross sectional retrospective study of 460 high school girls was published in Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The study indicated that cola beverages were “highly associated with bone fractures.” In their conclusion the authors warned that, “. . . national concern and alarm about the health impact of carbonated beverage consumption on teenaged girls is supported by the findings of this study”. In the nutshell, excessive intake of cold drinks may prove fatal to health. Health department must mention maximum quantity of its intake for a normal person and kids on the bottle and the same must be read in cold drink’s advertisements. Indeed, Health is Wealth and we must take care of our health. —The writer is Rawalpindi-based social activist. Views From Abroad West must not act as global policeman Hans M Blix I t is true that the UN Security Council is not a reliable global po liceman. It may be slow to take action, or paralysed because of disagreement between members. But do we want the US or Nato or “alliances of willing states” as global policemen either? Unlike George Bush in 2003, the Obama administration is not trigger-happy and contemptuous of the United Nations and the rules of its charter, which allow the use of armed force only in self-defence or with an authorisation from the Security Council. Yet Obama, like Bush and Blair, seems ready to ignore the council and order armed strikes on Syria with political support from only the UK, France and some others. Such action could not be “in self-defence” or “retaliation”, as the US, the UK and France have not been attacked. To punish the Assad government for using chemical weapons would be the action of selfappointed global policemen – action that, in my view, would be very unwise. While much evidence points to the guilt of the Assad regime, would not due process require that judgment and consideration of ac- tion take place in the UN Security Council and await the report of the inspectors that the UN has sent to Syria – at the demand of the UK and many other UN members? We may agree with John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, that the use of gas is a “moral obscenity”, but would we not feel that “a measured and proportionate punishment”, like striking at some missile sites or helicopter bases, is like telling the regime that “you can go on with your war but do stay away from the chemical weapons”? And what is the moral weight of the condemnation by nuclear weapons states of the use of gas as a serious war crime when they themselves will not accept a norm that would criminalise any first use of their own nuclear weapons? It is hard to avoid the impression that the political and military developments now in overdrive stem partly from pressure exerted by the rebel side to trigger an American military intervention – by trying to hold President Obama to an earlier warning to Assad that a use of chemical weapons would alter his calculation. Equally, if not more important, may be a need felt by the Obama administration to avoid criticism for being hesitant and passive – and appearing like a paper tiger to countries such as Iran that have been warned that the US will not allow them to have nuclear weapons. In 2003 the US and the UK and an alliance of “friendly states” invaded Iraq without the authorisation of the Security Council. A strong body of world opinion felt that this constituted a violation and an undermining of the UN charter. A quick punitive action in Syria today without UN authorisation would be another precedent, suggesting that great military powers can intervene militarily when they feel politically impelled to do so. (They did not intervene when Iraq used chemical weapons on a large scale in the war with Iran in the 1980s.) So, what should the world reaction be to the use of chemical weapons? Clearly, evidence available – both from UN inspectors and from member states – should be placed before and judged by the Security Council. Even if the council could only conclude that chemical weapons had been used – and could not agree that the Assad regime alone was responsible – there would be a good chance of unanimous world condemnation. Global indignation about the use of chemical weapons is of value to strengthen the taboo. Condemnation is not enough. With 100,000 killed and millions of refugees, the civil war itself is a “moral obscenity”. The council must seek to achieve not just an end to chemical weapons use but an end to all weapons use, by a ceasefire. As was planned not long ago by the US and Russia, the council must seek to bring about a conference at which relevant parties and states can form an interim authority. The alternative is continued civil war in Syria and worsening international relations. Is the ending of active hostilities totally unrealistic? Let us be clear that the government in Syria, as well as all rebel groups, depends upon a flow of weapons, munitions and money from the outside. Much is reported to come to the rebels from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey; and much is reported to come to the government from Russia and Iran. The supplier countries have leverage. Agreement should be sought, under the auspices of the Security Council, that all parties that have given such support demand that their clients accept a ceasefire – or risk losing further support. The writer is a Swedish diplomat and former head of International Atomic Energy Agency. — Courtesy: The Guardian lapsed beyond repair. Each day brings killings of innocent people in double figure; who is going to stop it? The Constitution provides the solution and, therefore, Article 245 should be invoked. PPP is in no mood as they have reinforced their own security and is not pushed about the issue at all. Let us put the record straight. MQM has just joined in protest to call the army where as this demand was persistently made by other stake holders specially the parties that represent large segment of population in Sindh. Federal Interior Minister has no clue about the Karachi situation. Lyari has seen over 50 operations and the output is zero, even the Rangers are fired upon if they enter the area. There is no writ of the Government in Karachi; traders have shut down their business, common man lives in fear and no one is safe. The Provincial Government has proved to be lame duck, three fourth Police is deployed to protect the high-ups whereas common is left at the mercy of God. If the situation of Sindh is under control why Army was deployed to hold by elections? There appears to be some misunderstanding about calling the army and generally the perception is that perhaps it will be Martial Law. This is not correct as army shall come for a specific period and go back and shall be acting under the command of the Provincial Government. The situation is out of control; and further delay shall be suicidal. The city is heading towards total anarchy. There is no other solution except to call army for help, if it is not done the Federal government will have no option except to impose Governor’s rule, and that will be the worst option and will further destabilize the Province. The deployment of army should not be opposed only because the MQM is also demanding it but should be seen in over all situation of Karachi I can only disagree when you suggest that Police, Rangers and civil bureaucracy are as capable as army to handle the situation and tomorrow other Provinces may require the same treatment. Can any one deny that army has been called in to catch kidnappers, dacoits, extend help during earthquake, floods, sectarian violence, rail disasters, hijackings, distribution of flour, holding census, holding elections, handing over WAPDA - the list is unending. Is it not slap on the face of democracy and the government that has totally collapsed when they have well established institutions to deal such matters for which army is called? Lastly situation of other Provinces is totally different than the Karachi situation. Immediate decision is needed before it is too late —Via email Recently, India has comprehensively beaten Zimbabwe. However, with this crushed morale, the hosts overpowered Pakistan easily. With this performance where shall we stand in World Cup 2015? —Islamabad PIA: Great people to fry with IFTIKHAR MIRZA Once upon a time PIA was rated among one of the world’s top airlines. Alas! Gone are those days. Now, every now and then we read different news stories about the scams, the national flag bearer is replete with. The inefficient & incompetent staff swarming the Airline has added to the miseries of passengers. Despite management’s hollow claims of setting higher standards, PIA’s performance is touching its lowest ebb. More than half of its fleet has been grounded for one reason or the other which speaks volumes of bungling in PIA. Unnecessary and lengthy delays in flights has now become a normal feature and no one sitting at the top echelon is bothered. Such is the state of affairs in our national airline. Another serious problem that teases the passengers most, is improper cooling facility in airplanes. I flew more than ten times during past six months from Islamabad to Karachi. Passengers are boarded on plane around 30 minutes before departure, however, inappropriate cooling in plane perspires everybody. Unfortunately, there is no remedy. Old ford buses plying in rural areas of county have rather better ventilation for their passengers. If you complain of heat inside plane the crew answers back impolitely that there is some fault in airplane’s cooling system. Many times, passengers reach destination with wet clothes. Absence of ventilation irritates children who shriek loudly to give vent to their anguish. The situation inside airplane resembles fish market. Time and again I complained but nobody paid heed to this issue. We live in a society where problem solvers are problem creators. Their indifferent attitude adds insult to injury and public runs from pillar to post and post to pillar but to no avail. Indeed PIA is an airline for — Great people to fry with. —Islamabad We don’t need naya Pakistan FATIMA HASAN ZAIDI Pakistan was achieved after great struggle. Though, we say that we are living as an independent nation but we are still not liberated as we are continuously struggling to get independence from many problems. We are encircled around by terrorism, lack of electricity, poor education system, lack of proper law enforcing system, the ones who make laws themselves break these laws. Are laws just for the public? Are laws just for those who do not have power? Are laws just for those who are natives and it is just obligatory for them only? Why is it so that everybody is not equal in the eyes of law when they are equal in the eyes of God. So, we need to focus on these problems, try to resolve them, try to find a better way to improve the on-ground conditions; and then our Pakistan of Quaid will b the best place instead of creating Naya Pakistan. Think better and prosper. —Rawalpindi ***** MUKHTAR AHMED Apropos to your editorial “Nation rightly rejects MQM’s call for Army”(Aug 29). I am really surprised to learn that ‘nation’ has rejected MQM’s call for the army. It is unfair to involve nation in this issue as it is only the people of Karachi who are in agony for the last so many years. The statement of DG Rangers should be eye opener for the Federal Government. The CJ on Wednesday while hearing suo moto on Karachi law and order situation said Police, Rangers have failed in Karachi and that the Government’s writ in the port city had been reduced to zero It is not only MQM that has demanded army but large number of traders’ associations are crying day and night to hand over Karachi to army. It is on record that ANP had been demanding army to be called in Karachi for the last four years. Army carried out operation against MQM in 1992 and now if the same MQM is joining hands with traders and the ANP, it means that there is really something wrong in Karachi. The Provincial government and its machinery have col- Breaking 15 years old record IFTIKHAR MRIZA Pakistan cricket team stooped so low that it helped Zimbabwe in breaking their 15 years old record of defeating Pakistan. In the first one day match played between Pakistan and Zimbabwe, the hosts came out with flying colours. Pakistani cricket team rubbed its nose in the dust of disgrace. The below average performance of our team proved one thing; we must shed off unnecessary and extra burden of bowling and batting coaches. As they have failed to deliver anything practical. If we do not succeed against Zimbabwe, what to speak of other good and strong teams. The 40 years old captain is now obsolete and calls for some fresh blood to be inducted immediately. It is our sheer bad luck that first class cricket standards are extremely poor in Pakistan. Hoping to get some good players from domestic cricket would be a wild goose chase. In the instant match Misbah failed to use bowlers efficiently. Drop catches and sub standard fielding paved the way to defeat. With this negative frame of mind, how can we win matches against tough teams. New inmates in jail..! J ail authorities have suddenly noticed an increasing number of visits to prisons by MPs, MLAs and other elected representatives. These netas studiously study the insides of jails, ask about living conditions, food, and have friendly conversations with jailors. “Yesterday a minister even asked me over to his house for tea,” said a jail warden. “He asked whether I would like a car to pick me up. It is so very nice of these minister sahibs.” “Did you go?” I asked the jail warden. “How could I refuse him?” said the warden. “Sahib treated me like a VIP. He introduced me to his family, and memsahib told me how to cook his special kichadi. She even told me when sahib has to take his blood pressure tablets and what diet he normally follows for his uric acid.” “I wonder why she told you all that.” I said. “Arrey she became like my sister yesterday. She said from next week she would visit my house in jail every week.” “Now I wonder why she would want to do that?” I asked. The jail warden waved me into his little office. “I have a new proposal from another minister,” he said. “He has recommended that prisoners not be handcuffed when produced in court. Instead prisoner’s hands be manicured before jail visits!” said the warden. “Isn’t that sweet?” “I wonder why?” I wondered The warden showed off a gold watch. “This came this morning from another minister,” he said proudly. “Now why did he send that?” I asked. A jail inmate who was cleaning the warden’s office looked at me happily. “They are planning to do away with prison walls,” he said happily. “Really!” I said. The jail officer stood up as we heard the sound of police sirens outside the jail gates. “I think a minister is coming, “ he said. “On an official visit?” I asked. “Just checking everything,” said the chief. “Why does he want to do that?” I asked. “To see every thing is up to his standard.” “ Where am I staying honourable jailor sahib?” asked the minister as he got down from his official car. “In the 5 Star cell sir,” said the superintendent. “Have you air conditioned the place?” “Next week sir,” “Next week?” I asked. “Next week sahib will be officially brought here. He has been convicted!” “Don’t forget his blood pressure tablets,” said a voice from the official car. “Sister, your husband is in good care,” shouted the jail warden. “I’m sure he is..!” I whispered to myself. —Email:firstname.lastname@example.org READERS are requested to type their letters legibly with double spacing and only on one side of the paper. —Editor Email:email@example.com US pressure From Page 1 cination campaign in Abbottabad. At that time the US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta had confirmed Dr Afridi worked for CIA. Since then Washington has been putting pressure on Islamabad to let Afridi go. Diplomatic sources told this scribe during Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visit to Islamabad, he discussed with Pak authorities for his release. The events have started developing in sequence after the Cabinet approval of the Convention as on Thursday Commissioner Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) Sahibzada Mohammad Anees suspended the 33-year sentence of Afridi on the plea that the previous judge in the case had exceeded his authority and referred back the case to Political Agent of Khyber agency for retrial. Afridi’s lawyer pleaded his client has no link with Lashkare-Islam, rather he was kidnapped by Lashkar-e-Islam in 2008 and ordered to pay one million rupees. At that time, the court had not entertained evidence relating to Shakil Afridi’s involvement with the CIA saying it was not under his jurisdiction. Raymond Davis, a US agent responsible for killing of two Pakistanis in Lahore was finally travelled back to the US when Washington put pressure on Islamabad and found a way for his release. The US will not a bandon Afridi who worked for CIA and helped them to kill their the most wanted enemy in Abbottabad. The Prime Minister has directed the Interior Minister to fast track the process of the signing of the convention as after that the US government will be requested under the relevant provisions for the repatriation of Dr Aafia presently undergoing imprisonment in a US jail. Dr Afridi will also be the beneficiary, diplomatic sources said. Afridi’s jail sentence set aside From Page 1 joying full backing of the US government. The Commissioner Peshawar Sahibzada Mohammad Anis, who also holds the charge of commissioner Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR) ruled that the previous judge in the case exceeded his authority. He directed the Political Agent Khyber Agency to conduct new trial of Afridi who is undergoing 33 years imprisonment in central jail Peshawar amid tight security measures. He further directed that Dr Afridi could not be released before the orders of the Political Agent. This changed Dr Afridi status from convict to accused and fresh trial will be initiated against him. Dr Afridi, who was arrested 20 days after the Abbotabad operation, was sentenced to 33 years imprisonment under 40 FCR in the court of Assistant Political Agent (APA) Khyber agency in 2011 apparently for having links with the militant organization and banned religious outfit Lashker-i-Islam. Giving verdict on the appeal filed by Dr. Shakil Afridi lawyer against his conviction in the appellate court, the FCR commissioner observed that the court of APA has no authority to give his verdict in such a trial where as the lawyer of Mr. Afridi had also contended that the APA had no power to power to award punishment for more than seven years and that his client was not given opportunity for his defense. Shakil Afridi’s lawyer Samiullah Afridi advocate said whatever decision the Political Agent Khyber Agency may give against his client, he has the right to file appeal in the appellate court adding there was no need to shift Dr. Shakil Afridi to the Political Agent’s jail since number of prisoners from Khyber agency have already been going imprisonment in the Central Jail Peshawar. It will be pertinent to mention here that the new Government of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa had further beefed up security around central Jail Peshawar, that is housing the doctor from Khyber agency as well as a few Taliban militants, in the first week of August. Though apparently the step was taken following an intelligence alert and militants attack on a Dera Ismail Khan (D I K) central jail in the last week of July 2013, the insiders believe the PTI led government was more concerned about Shakeel Afridi as it has vehemently been asking the Federal Government to shift the former to some other place. Sources believed that the Central Jail Peshawar does not only face threats from the militants specially the Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) but also from the “well-wishers” of Shakeel Afridi who have repeatedly been calling for his release. Those benefited by Dr. Shakeel Afridi in getting closer to the Osama Bin Laden, the man continued to shatter the nerves of Americans for long years, may not face much difficulty to penetrate into Central Jail Peshawar and whisk away their facilitator with in no time. Shakeel Afridi who, is alleged to have carried out a fake vaccination campaign to obtain DNA of Osama bin Laden and his family for the Americans facilitating the American Navy seals to get hold of OBL, it may be recalled had also gone on hunger strike last year when security around him was tightened extraordinarily after his reported interview with the representative of American Fox TV who somehow mysteriously managed to have access to him in Peshawar Jail. Likewise, though the lawyers of Shakeel Afridi have constantly been denying his role in the Abbotabad operation, the American administration has been all praise for the doctor from Khyber agency and expressed their concern about his well-being so many times. Even the spokesperson of US foreign ministry Victoria Noland is on record to have said that her country wanted early release of Dr. Afridi and protection to him adding detaining Afridi and putting him on trial would send wrong message to the world and that they were taking up issue with the Pakistani government. Both US foreign minister as well as Defense minister have raised their concern about Dr. Afridi detention and called for his release which, many believe, is on the card. NIA gets 3-day transit remand From Page 1 Asadullah Akhtar alias ‘Haddi’, was wanted by the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad for planting the bombs in the serial explosions on JM Road in Pune in 2012. Earlier, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde had confirmed Yasin Bhatkal’s arrest, and said that he is in the custody of the Bihar Police.—Agencies Altaf slams Sindh Govt From Page 1 nation Committee in Karachi over telephone from London at the MQM headquarters, Nine Zero in Azizabad Thursday. He warned the PPPP to bear the consequences of the state terrorism being launched against the MQM if it was not promptly stopped. Hussain said that the MQM had called for the deployment of the Pak Army for the elimination of the criminals gangs, extortionists, kidnappers for ransom, target killers, extremist groups and those involved in heinous crimes and had demanded the federal interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to conduct enquiry on the Safari Park police encounter wherein police had arrested cops’ killers but were released. The Sindh provincial government had been perplexed over the demands for the deployment of the Pak Army and for the enquiry of the safari park incident after which the Sindh provincial government had launched a crack-down against the MQM and the Awami national Party. Hundreds of workers of the MQM and the ANP were arrested overnight without any formal charge, which was a severely condemnable act. The MQM had in past faced the tyranny of the PPPP and again the workers of the MQM would remain ready for facing the tyranny and the days would not be far when the PPPP would disintegrate into pieces and those behind the tyranny would have to answerable for their wrong deeds. The tactics of tyranny were not new to the MQM as the party had suffered from such oppressive acts and still remained intact. Those that had in past made attempts for crushing the MQM had himself become a portrait of self-extinction and again today and in future, all such elements would see their vested designs totally collapsed. Husain warned the PPPP to stop the oppressive crackdown against the MQM or else it would face the outcome of its wrong policies. The PPPP would failing to promptly stopping the crackdown would face the divine wrath. He said that the MQM reserved the constitutional and legal right for protest against the state-based oppression and that the MQM’s coordination Committee would shortly announce for its future strategy over the raids on houses of the elected representatives, leaders and workers of the MQM and their arrest. He said that the MQM could never be intimidated with the raids and arrest as the party had in past faced the same situations very courageously against the oppression. He directed the MQM’s Coordination Committee to ensure the MQM’s legal aid committee commences immediate legal measures for the release and legal support to the arrested workers. The MQM lawmakers had expressed their premonition over the missing workers of the MQM as they feared that they might be killed in fake police encounters. In this regard, the MQM belonging members national assembly said that although police had arrested a number of workers and sympathizers of the party on Wednesday night, both the police and the administration had been refusing to share any information especially about at least 3 workers. They said that since 3 workers of the party, Mohammad Aslam, Younus and Zulfiqar, belonging to Nazimabad, Defence and Mehmoodabad, were picked up by police on Wednesday night, had neither been released not produced before any court of law. They said that the arrested workers had subjected to torture under the custody of police. The MQM legislators demanded of Prime Minister Mohammed Nawaz Sharif, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, Chief Justice of Sindh High Court Justice Musheer Alam, Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to take immediate notice of the arrested workers who had gone missing and produce them before courts. West backs down from immediate attack on Syria From Page 1 world body to pass its report on to the decision-making Security Council as soon as possible. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday it was “unthinkable” that Britain would launch military action against Syria to punish and deter it from the use of chemical weapons, if there was strong opposition at the United Nations Security Council. “It would be unthinkable to proceed if there was overwhelming opposition in the (UN) security council,” Cameron told parliament, when asked if Britain would press ahead with action if there was strong opposition at United Nations.—Agencies Sindh, Federal govts responsible From Page 1 through Karachi Port and the authorities should claim their knowledge if there was any other route for those stuffs. On that point of hearing, the CJP while talking to the Sindh Chief Secretary said that the CS had failed to apprise the federal government about import of the smuggled weapons at the Karachi Port, while the CS had his constitutional responsibility to inform the federal government. Meanwhile, the Advocate General of Sindh informed the Bench that the Sindh provincial government had 5 months ago requested the federal government to issues the No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the imported 20 police armoured cars but the federal government had yet to issues the NOC. The CJP on that occasion said that the tilt of the government should never be in a particular side. It is pertinent to mention that the CJP had during the hearing of the Karachi Lawlessness Case at the Karachi Registry on Wednesday directed the Sindh Advocate General to submit a detailed report on past two years progress regarding steps taken for the curing of the crimes in the city regarding measures the Rangers and Police had taken for the eradication of target killings. extortion, kidnappings for ransom, land mafia and gangs of the hardened criminals during last two years commencing from 2011 till date. The CJP had also directed the Sindh Rangers Director General Maj General Rizwan Ahmed and the Inspector General of Police, Sindh to submit one month detailed report before SCP regarding their performances for the improvement of law and order in city. CJP asked the IGP to present a detailed report on law and order from 28.4.2011 in the city and apprise the Bench as why Police and Rangers failed to maintain the law and order in the city. Despite that the Rangers DG had informed the Bench that Rangers had arrested many hardened criminals but were released fro courts and that the political parties had militant the apex ccourt had held the provincial and federal governments responsible and the reports that were presented before the apex court were disapproved by the Bench, which was a big question on the efficiency of the law enforcement agencies. The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Sindh (District South) Ameer Shaikh said that police officers and cops that took part in the operation clean-up in Karachi in 1998 were all silenced to death one after another. Police faced severe resistance in case the activists belonging to Pakistan Sunni Tehreek, Muttahida Qaumi Movement or Baloch of Lyari as the political parties start creating unrest in the city while women and children obstruct police from conducting any operation against the criminals in Lyari. Owing to these reasons, police’s moral was lessened and the cops were intimidated for taking any action against the criminals. The DIG Shaiks stated this before the Supreme Court of Pakistan Thursday during the hearing of the Karachi Lawlessness case at the Karachi Registry. The DIG informed the Bench that police officers that were determined to perform honestly were not spared and transferred and in that regard, his service record was a clear manifest of his grievances that also portrayed the sufferings of other honest police officers. He said that he had never been allowed to stay on a position more than 2-4 months and in that situation, no police officer could deliver the results especially for the maintenance of the law and order. On hearing the statement of the DIG, the Chief Justice of Pakistan said that none from police department including him (DIG Shaikh) never ever approached the apex court in black and white with any such complaint seeking support from the apex judiciary. Henceforth, the police officers should show some courage and approach the apex court in such cases so that the apex court should play its role. The CJP asked the inspector General of Police Shahid Nadeem Baloch whether or not he was in a position to address the situation and remove the grievances of the officers. On the occasion, Justice Jawwad S Khwaja asked the IGP that he should take prompt decision so that things could be placed in odder. The IGP should forget about the police progress for the time being and should tell the Bench what was the truth behind because it was the question of the writ and reputation of the government as if it existed or not. Justice Khwaja said if the government had a policy of not to tell the truth, then it would be difficult for the Bench to give guidelines and directives. the Chief Minister should be consulted to find an amicable solution to the problem, which was being quite complex so that the things could be put in proper order and to overcome the ongoing situation. IHCBA lauds govt approval to the Bill for creation of IBC OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD—The Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) appreciated the Federal Cabinet’s approval to the Bill regarding creation of Islamabad Bar Council (IBC) under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. A delegation of the IHCBA led by Haroon-ur-Rashid, President met the Secretary, Law, Justice and Human Rights. This development is shared and discussed with the Executive Committee of the IHCBA which also appreciated the approval of the Islamabad Bar council Bill by the Federal Cabinet. According to the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Act, 1976, it was a legal requirement that there should be a Bar Council for each High Court. IHCBA has already invited the Prime Minister to address its General House meeting. Prime Minister will inaugurate the Islamabad Bar Council after its formal establishment through an Act of Parliament. Nisar proposes parliamentary body From Page 1 suspects would be dealt with according to the law and that none of the detainees would be allowed to go ‘missing.’ Moreover, MQM lawmakers staged a walk-out from the National Assembly session against what they called “the prejudice of the Pakistan People’s Party-led provincial government and the arrest and harassment of its party members” during overnight raids conducted in different parts of the provincial capital. Addressing a press conference after NA session, MQM leader Farooq Sattar said PPP-led Sindh government was engaging in “politics of 90s” and political revenge against MQM workers. Sattar claimed that no ‘wanted suspects’ were taken into custody during the raids and that more that one hundred innocent civilians, including “cancer and tuberculosis patients, and the elderly” were harassed and picked up by law enforcers. He demanded the production of all arrested party workers in courts within 24 hours. The MQM leader also warned authorities against forcing the detainees into giving statements under duress. He termed the actions of the Sindh government as “extra-judicial and extra-constitutional.” Sattar said MQM chief Altaf Hussain had asked for the Army to be deployed in Karachi as the provincial police and government had completely failed in restoring peace to the city. 6600 MW coal-based From Page 1 on various projects in this regard and Quaid-i-Azam Solar Park is being established in Cholistan where all out facilities will be provided to investors. Shahbaz Sharif said that he is thankful to Qatar government, royal family, Q investment and the people for making heavy investment in energy projects. He also expressed gratitude to Federal Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, concerned ministry, Energy Department Punjab and Punjab Investment Board for their efforts towards signing of this agreement. In reply to a question, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that work is in progress on Thar coal project, however, time is required for mining and installation of plant. Govt focusing From Page 1 8.8% was brought down to 8.2%. The Finance Minister said that international banks and financial institutions which were hitherto hesitant were now prepared to do business with Pakistan as a result of measures taken by the government. He said that despite strict discipline on expenditures the budget allocated for social safety net and public sector development program would be protected. The clearance of circular debt, addition of 1,700 MW to the national grid and a robust plan of constructing new power plants including 969 MW NeelamJehlum hydropower project, 425 MW Nandipur power plant, 2,117 MW Karachi coastal power plant, 6,600 MW coal thermal power plant at Gadani, 1,200 MW coal plant at Jamshoro and others have now set a direction towards resolution of the energy crisis. The Finance Minister disclosed that an agreement was recently reached with Karachi Electric Supply Corporation to ensure regular supply of power to Karachi. Talking about the IMF programme, the Finance Minister assured that PML (N) government has entered into the programme in line with its manifesto and in the best national interest. He said there is now no question of any default as we have entered into commitments which shall take care of our international obligations for the next three years. Shaukat Aziz From Page 1 timetable for QE exit to facilitate a reduction in volatility and uncertainty.” Aziz stressed the need for urgent coordinated action by all stakeholders. Failure to do this would mean the contagion effect of the rapid reduction of QE could create disruption in global markets with a more pronounced impact on emerging markets, as has been seen this week. President From Back Page dent has approved their appointments. The President also on the advice of the Prime Minister approved appointment of 3 Additional Judges of the Balochistan High Court (BHC). Those appointed include Shakil Ahmed currently posted as Advocate General of Balochistan, Muhammad Ejaz Swati, Advocate and Muhammad Kamran Mulakhail, Advocate. Hafeez helps Pakistan to beat Zimbabwe to level ODI series H A R A R E —Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by 90 runs in the second One-day International to level the threematch series here at the Harare Sports Club ground on Thursday. Chasing a huge target of 300, Zimbabwe were going well towards victory with 200-4 in 39th over when Saeed Ajmal dismissed Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taydaunting total, and the middle order couldn’t cover the slack. Pakistan, though, responded better to the challenge. Put in to bat, Pakistan had a better idea of the kind the score needed to intimidate a confident Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe were guilty of dropping catches in the first ODI but those let-offs, fortunately, didn’t cost them in Umar Amin stepped up to give Hafeez the support he needed. Amin looked busy at the crease, looking to push the singles and attempting the odd slog, looking on nervously at his senior partner who urged him to play straighter. Amin opened up at the start of the batting Powerplay, taken in the 36th over, clipping Utseya wide of midwicket and then launching him over cover the next ball. He found the gaps with ease through the off side and reached his maiden fifty in ODIs off just 61 balls. Pakistan smashed 43 in the Powerplay without losing a wicket, setting the platform for their late-innings acceleration. Amin was eventually run-out from a direct hit by Tendai Chatara, but not before adding a valuable 129 with Hafeez. Hafeez made sure his side didn’t lose the initiative, like they did on Tuesday with a collapse, batting positively and finding the gaps. He had all but bettered his highest ODI score (139*), made on the same ground two years ago. A blazing cameo from Shahid Afridi took Pakistan to the doorstep of 300. Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda had, until this game, produced opening stands of 53, 50 and 107 so it was a relief for Pakistan that the openers disbanded early as the third over. Masakadza found early momentum with some powerful boundaries off Mohammad Irfan before he was beaten for pace by Junaid Khan, losing his off stump. Much depended on Brendan Taylor to lead the way. He and Sean Williams weren’t afraid to take on the spinners, reverse sweeping them regularly. They targeted Pakistan’s main bowler, Saeed Ajmal, in his first over, playing the conventional and reverse sweeps to give the chase some momentum. Taylor kept Zimbabwe’s hopes alive with a positive fifty - his first in 13 innings and it got to the stage where Pakistan were in need of a breakthrough. Ajmal provided that when he beat an advancing Williams, getting him stumped. Taylor had added 70 with Williams and 65 with Malcolm Waller, but all along they failed to keep with the rising asking rate. The slide started towards the end of the batting Powerplay - taken after 35 overs - when Taylor topedged a sweep off Ajmal, only to be caught onehanded by the 7ft 1" Irfan. Any other fielder, it would have been a boundary. Pakistan lost three wickets for one run, as Junaid ran through the lower order. Zimbabwe were rolled over with more than seven overs to spare. The lack of a matchturning partnership hurt them in the end.—AFP MINGORA: Golfers in action on the opening day of the First Swat Open Golft Tournament at CEDAR Golf Course. Faisal looking for permanent spot in Pakistan team K A R A C H I —Middle-order batsman Faisal Iqbal was looking forward to find a permanent spot in Pakistan team. Since his debut in 2001, Faisal operated mostly as a “replacement player,” in the shadow of Muhammad Yousuf and Inzamam-ul-Haq and was never able to cement his place in the team. “I always have been treated as a replacement in the past. I was actually groomed to take over from Inzamam or Yousuf once they were done with their careers, but unfortunately I have been deprived,” he told cricinfo.com website on Thursday. “For most of my career, since my [international] debut, I have kept waiting for a proper slot so that I could play as a permanent player and I am obviously disappointed. But I am always optimistic and ready to grab the chance,” said Faisal Iqbal, who had played 26 Test matches over the past 12 years. “It would be great to get games in succession to prove myself. I obviously won’t be looking at Zimbabwe as an easy opponent as, for a batsman, it’s all about one good ball,” he said. Amjad leads opening day round of first Swat Open Golf M INGORA —Promising professional golfer from Karachi Golf Club Amjad Yousaf of Pakistan Navy with his round of eight under par 64 over 18 holes was the leader on the opening day of the 54-holes first Swat Open Golf Tournament, which got under way here at lush green CEDAR Golf Course, Kabal Thursday. Commander Brig. Muhammad Ejaz Mira was the chief guest on this occasion who formally inaugurated the tournament in which more than 200 golfers from all across the country are taking part. Amjad Yousaf, a Pakistan Navy professional, carded 64, eight under par over 18 holes on the opening day with 32, four under par at front nine holes and 32, four under par, at back nine by scoring five birdies and a eagle at hole no. 5 par four. Amjad Yousaf succeeded in hitting all greens where he finished either with birdies or par. Golf, as all know - a game of calculations, wherein one good stroke bring a golfer to top and one bad short is enough for slipping other from the top to bottom, was well illustrated when Imdad Hussain finished his round at 65, seven under par. He was struggling, one stroke behind from the opening day leader, Amjad Yousaf. Imdad was 6 under till holes no. 13 but a bad short kept him down and he finished with his seven under par score of 65. Imdad Hussain carded 32, four under par, at front nine and 33, three under par, at back nine. Imdad Hussain scored seven birdies and missed a stroke at hole no. 18. Talib Hussain, Muhammad Nazeer and Ashfaq of PAF with their four under score 68 each were struggling at third. Talib Hussain carded 33, three under par, at back nine and 35, one under par at back nine by securing five birdies while he missed a stroke over hole no. 15. Muhammad Nazeer carded 33, at front nine and 35 at back nine with five birdies while missing two strokes at holes no 10 and 15, Ashfaq carded 35, at front nine and 33, three under par at back nine with seven birdies at holes no, 1, 5, 12, 13, 14, 16, and 17 and missed a stroke over holes no. 8 and 10. Wisal Khan 69 over 18 holes trailing behind with other golfers comprising Zahir Shah, Ghazanfar Ahmed, Talat Ijaz, Khalid Khan were sharing the position with their gross score 70, two under par. Haroon of Frontier Corps and Muhammad Khursheed were behind them with their 72, par, each. More than 200 golfers from all across the country are taking part in the Tournament carrying professional, amateur 0-12 handicap, Senior Professionals, Senior Amateur, Amateur 13-18 and subsidiary matches organised in picturesque CEDAR Golf Course, Kabal Swat.—APP SCOREBOARD HARARE: Mohammad Hafeez anchored the innings with an unbeaten 136 against Zimbabwe in 2nd ODI on Thursday. lor who top scored with 79. Then pace bowler Junaid Khan got two wickets in an over and later Abdul Rehman also got two to wrap up the match as the hosts were all out for 209 in 42.4 overs. Both sides, while batting, were removed from their comfort zones. Pakistan didn’t have the safety net of a steady Misbah-ul-Haq innings for the other batsmen to bat around. A rare failure from Misbah gave Hafeez the chance to step up and guide the innings. Zimbabwe, for a change didn’t have the luxury of a solid opening stand in the face of a the end. While they were relatively better today, one lapse cost them plenty of runs. When on 30, Hafeez went for the slog sweep but as the ball dipped towards deep square leg, Brian Vitori was a touch too late on the dive. He couldn’t hang on and Zimbabwe were made to rue the missed chance. Hafeez’s driving, flicking and defense against the seamers was solid and he used his feet against Prosper Utseya, lofting two sixes over long-on. He launched Elton Chigumbura over the same region as he progressed to his fifty off 65 balls. Following Misbah’s departure - he limped to 3 off 23 balls Pakistan had lost all their experienced batsmen, but Pakistan innings: N Jamshed lbw b Utseya 32 Ahmed Shehzad b Vitori 5 Hafeez not out ............. 136 Misbah b Vitori ................ 3 Umar Amin run out (Chatara) ......................... 59 Shahid Afridi not out .... 39 Extras: (lb 3, w 20, nb 2) 25 Total: (4 wickets) ......... 299 Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-62, 384, 4-213 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W T Panyangara .... 10-1-71-0 BV Vitori ............. 10-1-68-2 Chatara ............... 10-2-50-0 P Utseya ............. 10-2-54-1 Masakadza ........... 4-0-24-0 E Chigumbura ...... 1-0-10-0 SC Williams .......... 3-0-12-0 Waller ...................... 2-0-7-0 Zimbabwe innings: Masakadza b Junaid ..... 24 Sibanda c Sarfraz b Irfan 2 Taylor c Irfan b Saeed .. 79 T Maruma run out ........... 8 Williams st Sarfraz b Saeed Ajmal ................ 37 Waller b Junaid Khan ... 40 Chigumbura lbw b Junaid Khan .................... 0 P Utseya b Junaid Khan 3 T Panyangara not out .... 3 Chatara b Abdur Rehman 2 Vitori c Irfan b Abdur Rehman ............................. 0 Extras: (lb 6, w 4, nb 1) .. 11 Total: (all out) .............. 209 Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-42, 365, 4-135, 5-200, 6-200, 7-201, 8-206, 9-209, 10-209 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Irfan ....................... 8-1-45-1 Abdur Rehman . 9.4-0-36-2 Junaid Khan ......... 7-2-15-4 Hafeez ................... 6-0-35-0 Saeed Ajmal ......... 7-0-40-2 Shahid Afridi ........ 5-0-32-0 Pak enjoys edge over Korea in Hockey Asia Cup: Islah K ARACHI —Pakistan would four years ago. have an edge over South Korea in the semi-finals of 9th Hockey Asia Cup which is being played on Friday, former captain Islahuddin Siddiqui said on Thursday. “Pakistan playing well at “Koreans are quickfooted and could cause worry and trouble Pakistan defence line,” Islahuddin, who was manager-cumcoach when Pakistan beat India 3-1 in the final at New kistan beat Malaysia, it showed that they in the right frame of mind. “Barring any major blunder, Pakistan are favourites to reach the final,” he predicted. Forward Sherwani, who was a member of Pakistan’s Los Angles Olympics gold medal winning team in 1984, said experience Shakeel Abbasi and Shafqat Rasool must click in the game because of they are key players in the team. “Players have shown well off or with the ball and their follow up is good,” he said. Former International Jan Muhammad, who played back to back Champions Trophy in 1980, 1981, also rated Pakistan’s chances bright against the Korea. “This will be the biggest test for Pakistani team after they overwhelming won their three league matches,” he pointed. Pakistani defence line as well as forwards must play to their potential if they want to reach the final. “Team is in good rhythm, momentum and must maintain it to win their semi-finals,” he commented.—APP PTF Ranking Tennis Arsenal’s Podolski out for up to 10 weeks L ONDON —Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski will be unavailable for up to 10 weeks due to a hamstring injury, manager Arsene Wenger revealed on Thursday. The Germany international had to be stretchered off during Arsenal’s 2-0 home win over Fenerbahce on Tuesday, which saw the Premier League giants qualify for the group stage of the Champions League. Speaking immediately after the game, Wenger predicted that Podolski would be out for around three weeks, but subsequent tests revealed that the extent of the injury was greater than initially feared. “It is bad news about Lukas Podolski as he will be out for eight to 10 weeks,” Wenger told the Arsenal website. “His hamstring is much more damaged than we thought at the start. It is very disappointing and we have paid a very heavy price for that win. We have to be patient now.” Midfielder Aaron Ramsey scored both goals against Fenerbahce but came off in injury time with a groin problem, while Jack Wilshere was the recipient of some robust challenges in the game’s final stages. However, Wenger said that both players should be available for Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.—AFP Zheng outlasts Venus to reach Open third round NEW YORK—China’s Zheng Jie advanced to the third round of the US Open on Wednesday by outlasting seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5) in a victory she called “unbelievable.” Deadlocked 5-5 in the tiebreaker, 60th-ranked Williams sent a backhand volley into the net to give 56thranked Zheng her first match point chance. When Williams sent a backhand wide, Zheng jumped for joy in triumph. Zheng, who lost her only prior match against Williams in the second round at Miami in 2004, will play for a berth in the round of 16 against Spanish 18th seed Carla Suarez Navarro. Williams, the 2000 and 2001 US Open champion, missed her first third-round appearance since 2010. At 33, she had been the oldest remaining player in the field, although she had been nagged by back pain that kept her out of Wimbledon, where she is a five-time champion. Zheng, 30, matched her best US Open runs — thirdround efforts in 2008, 2009 and 2012 — and apologized to Williams’ home-soil supporters after the match. Williams hit 29 winners to only 18 for Zheng but also committed 44 unforced errors, 13 more than Zheng. In a match that was de- Abid to face top seed Aqeel in semifinal I SLAMABAD —Aqeel Khan, Muhammad Abid, Usman Ejaz and Yasir Khan on Thursday qualified for the semifinals of men’s singles event by defeating their opponents in the quarterfinals of 1st Eastern Testing Services PTF Ranking Tennis Championship 2013 here at Syed Dilawar Abbas PTF Tennis Complex. Top seed Aqeel Khan eliminated Ahmed Ch in one sided affair 6-0,6-1. Second seed Yasir Khan won the match against Faizan Khurram. Yasir will face 4th seed Usman Ejaz in the semifinal. Fourth seed Usman Ejaz was in fine touch and did not allow his opponent Sanaullah Khan to settle down throughout the match with his powerful forehand and backhand drives and won the match 62,6-0. The best encounter of the day was between M. Abid and Shahzad Khan which was decided in three sets. Shahzad Khan won the first set 7-6 by displaying quality net game. Abid took the second set in the same fassion and won the set tie break at 7-5. In the final set Shahzad Khan build up the winning lead 3-0 by breaking 2nd game of Abid. Abid leveled the score 3 all by breaking 5th game of Shahzad by hitting some good passing shorts and won the final set at 6-4 by breaking 9th game of Shahzad.—APP NEW YORK: China’s Zheng Jie reacts after beating seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in the third round of the US Open. layed and then halted after chance in a fifth game that two points by rain, Zheng lasted more than 13 minutes. broke Williams in the third Williams denied Zheng on game of the match and then four break chances in the withstood a fightback, deny- eighth game before holding ing Williams on four break to force a third set. points in the sixth game beAn early break powered fore holding serve. Zheng to a 4-1 lead in the Zheng broke Williams in third set but Williams broke the ninth game to take the back in the seventh game first set after 43 minutes when Zheng sent a forehand when the American swatted long. Zheng broke again for a backhand beyond the a 5-3 lead and served for the baseline. match but Williams anWilliams broke to open swered with a break and they the second set and took ad- held serve into the deciding vantage of her fourth break tie-breaker.—AFP the moment. They got better international ranking than Korea and are rich in experience as compared to Korea,” he told APP in an interview here. However, he made it clear that Muhammad Imran’s team got to do their best, avoid missing and display their natural game to reach the final. Defending Champion Korea defeated Pakistan 1-0 in the last edition of Asian Cup at Kuantan (Malaysia) Delhi in 1989, said. “Small complacency, missing and or weakness in defence could prove fatal,” he warned. He said because of super fitness of the Korea team they can put Pakistan defence under pressure. “Checking of our midfielders should be strong because Korean forwards swift could prove dangerous if not handle properly,” he said. Olympian Salim Sherwani of the view that the way Pa- Harris out for up to 8 weeks SYDNEY—Australia paceman to his right hamstring during Ryan Harris faces a race to be fit for the return Ashes series opener against England after being ruled out for up to eight weeks with a hamstring injury, Cricket Australia said Thursday. Harris, Australia’s leading wicket-taker in the recent 3-0 Ashes series loss in England, had the injury assessed after arriving back home in Brisbane on Thursday. Harris suffered the injury last weekend’s drawn fifth Test at The Oval in London. The fast bowler had been hopeful he would be declared fit to fly out for India in a fortnight for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament. However a CA statement said scans had ruled him out for six to eight weeks, which could mean a return in late October. The first Ashes Test, at Brisbane’s Gabba ground, starts on November 21. The 33-year-old’s injuryprone body had held together for four straight Tests in the recent series in England for the first time in his stop-start career as he took 24 wickets at 19.58 to be his team’s player of the series. Harris, who has never played a Test at his home Gabba ground, has been plagued by a series of injuries including a chronic knee problem that will be with him until he retires.—AFP EOBI appointment FFC declares 4000 appointments made byAshraf non-transparent I SLAMABAD —Fact Finding be faced. The change which Mubashar, general secretary Committee (FFC) has declared 400 appointments made by former Prime Minister (PM) Raja Pervez Ashraf in respect of grade 16 to 20 employees in EOBI non transparent and worst example of nepotism. A threemember bench of Supreme Court (SC) led by Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali took up the EOBI appointments case for hearing on Thursday. Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali remarked “the way the government jobs were distributed and nepotism was practiced and norms of merit were trampled, stern action be initiated against all those found responsible therein . Justice Khilji Arif observed “ if all the institutions work within their stipulated parameters then no difficulty can comes from blowing of wind of change causes irreparable loss not only to the institutions but also to the country. Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan while presenting stance from EOBI told the court his client had completely changed its stance as earlier it was declaring the appointments made in EOBI fair and just and his client is declaring them illegal and non transparent now. “ I have filed fact finding committee report in the court with reference to it”, he added. The learned judges remarked “ this nepotism has ruined the country. Had there been transparency, the institutions would not have been annihilated. Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam, counsel for EOBI employees and Syed EOBI Trade Union while giving arguments said in the court “ now the EOBI management is admitting its incompetence but no responsibility has been fixed in this report. The court directed them to obtain report of fact finding committee and file your reply before September, 12 and court will render decision after reviewing them. Deputy Attorney General Ali Zai told the court with reference to daughter in law of former PM Raja Pervez Ashraf that he had not only resigned but also World Bank has accepted the resignation. The court while adjourning the haring of the case till September, 12 made it clear that no further adjournment will be allowed.—Online Insurgent killed, eight injured SIBI —A militant was killed and eight others injured in the security forces operation against insurgents here on Thursday. The security forces launched operation against miscreants involved in insurgency across Balochistan. The choppers of security forces shelled the suspected hideouts of militants in Sangan and Macch areas. As a result of operation an insurgent was killed while eight others sustained injuries besides destroying the suspected hideouts. Sources said that the security forces took action after the reports of presence of extremists involved in attacks on passenger buses and trains in the area.—INP A Patriot surface-to-air missile battery is positioned in the Mediterranean coastal city of Haifa, north of Israel, amid growing expectations of a Western military strike on neighbouring Syria. Five people swept away by flash flood in Chenab River M UZAFFARGARH —At least The sources said that wa- surrounding five members of a family were swept away by flash flood in River Chenab at Kachi Lal here on Thursday. Rescue officials reached at the scene and started search operation for recovery of missing bodies but could not find out any till filing of this report. Meanwhile, Floodwater submerged many villages in Nogoth, forcing large number of people to shift to safer places. Sources said that water level was increasing in River Indus near Dadu-Moro bridge. ter level at the bridge was recorded 127.4 feet. The Irrigation Department said that 22 villages were also submerged in Mehr, Dadu, Sehwan and Manjhand tehseels. As many as 15 villages of the katcha areas of Dadu and Sehwan submerged in flood water on Thursday. On the other hand matured crops of cotton, rice and onion on several hundreds of acres have been completely or partially destroyed. The residents of Dadu, Sehwan and areas have started migrating to the safer areas. Floods and heavy monsoon rains have now killed around 193 people and affected 1.5 million across Pakistan in the last few weeks. According to NDMA official, the rains had wounded 855 people, affected 5,615 villages and destroyed 20,312 houses all over the country. He said more heavy monsoon rains are expected in Pakistan next month, but the NDMA is fully prepared.—INP 41 dead in Kenya bus disaster NAROK, KENYA—At least 41 people were killed Thursday in a bus crash west of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the Kenyan Red Cross said. “It is a horrible scene. Bodies are strewn all over,” traffic police official Samuel Kimaru said by telephone from the scene near the town of Narok. The bus was travelling from Nairobi to Homa Bay on the banks of Lake Victoria when it flew off the road, rolled over and plunged down a hill. “It is difficult to tell exactly what happened but all indications point to speeding and possibly overloading,” he said.—AFP Human trafficking Five men from Pak, Iran, Afghanistan held CANBERRA—Five men from Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan have been arrested and accused of facilitating the passage of up to 132 asylum-seekers boats in Australia’s largestever people-smuggling sting, police said Thursday. The men, an Iranian, 21, a Pakistani national, 46, and three Afghans aged 40, 34 and 33 were detained in a major nationwide operation culminating 12 months of work and seven separate probes into 132 voyages. Four of the men, described by police as “key” syndicate members, came to Australia on smuggling boats themselves between May 2012 and July 2013. The ring was allegedly active in the recruitment of passengers and the collection and transfer of money. Three are in immigration detention, and stand accused of orchestrating activities from Indonesia prior to their arrival. One of the men, Barkat Ali Wahide from Afghanistan, appeared briefly in court in erth, telling a magistrate he had been in immigration custody for 17 months.—AFP Govt to bring new law to curb extortions: Qaim STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said on Thursday that the Sindh provincial government would table a bill for the elimination of the extortion from the province after which the cases of the extortion would be tried in the anti-terrorism courts. He stated this while talking to a high level delegation of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry here. The delegation comprised eminent businessmen Siraj Kassam Teli, Sindh Investment Board chairman Zubair Ahmed Motiwala, Haroon Agar and others. Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Enam Memon, Sindh Chief Secretary Muhammad Ejaz Chaudhry, Inspector General of Police Sindh Shahid Nadeem Baloch, Additional IGP Ghulam Qadir Theebo, Sindh Industrial Trading Estate Ltd Managing Director Sajjad Hussain Abbasi, special Secretary Muhammad Abbas Baloch also attended. The delegation demands that government should immediately launch a decisive operation against the extortionists, target killers, hardened criminals and others involved in heinous crimes. They also assured the CM of full cooperation in this regard from the business community. The CM said that the Sindh government was fully aware of the problems faced by the traders and the businessmen of the city and had taken steps for the resolution of their problems and would not leave any stone unturned. MNA Alizeh resigns from NA ISLAMABAD—Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNA barrister Alizeh Iqbal Haider has resigned and quit her National Assembly’s membership. Alizeh Iqbal was facing difficulty in continuation of Dubai’s job along with membership of National Assembly, so she decided to resign from the Parliament. Speaker of National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has approved resignation of Alizeh Iqbal and forwarded that to the Election Commission for further action.—Online Pakistan assures help to Afghans in reconciliation I SLAMABAD —Pakistan on Thursday termed the recent visit of Afghan President Hamid Karzai as successful and said it has assured Kabul of continuing help and assistance for the success of reconciliation and peace process. Foreign Office Spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry in his weekly press briefing here at Foreign Office said, “Pakistan has taken a principled stance of fully supporting the Afghan peace and reconciliation process and these sentiments were assured to President Karzai by Pakistani leadership during his recent visit to Pakistan.”—APP President approves appointment of 11 SHC, BHC judges IRFAN ALIGI K ARACHI —President Asif Ali Zardari approved appointment of Shaukat Ali Memon, District and session Judge (D&S)Karachi (Central), Mrs. Ashraf Jehan, D&S Judge Karachi (East), Shahnawaz Tariq, D&S Judge Karachi (West), Abdul Malik Gaddi, Registrar Sindh High Court, Nazar Akber Advocate, Muhammad Junaid Ghaffar, Advocate, Zafar Ahmed Rajput, Advocate and Hassan Feroze, D&S Judge, as Additional Judges of Sindh High Court (SHC). The Summary stated that their nominations were forwarded to Parliamentary Committee on Judges Appointment in the Superior Courts by the Judicial Commission of Pakistan. The Committee agreed to the nominations and forwarded them to the Prime Minister for advising the President to accord his approval to their appointment as Additional Judges of the High Court of Sindh for a period of one year. Acting upon the advice of the Prime Minister therefore, the Presi Imran announces protest if polls rigging not probed L AHORE —The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Thursday announced to come on the roads to protest against nonfulfilment of their demand of investigation of the elections rigging through verification of fingerprints. Addressing the party workers in PP-148 constituency here, Imran Khan said that after acceptance of his application by the Election Tribunal in the National Assembly constituency NA-122, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, the winning candidate against Imran Khan who is now speaker NA, has taken a stay order. Imran Khan said why Ayaz Sadiq was hiding behind the stay order if he has won through free and fair elections —INP OIC SG visits Al-Quds, talks to Abbass, Malki HAMEED SHAHEEN ISLAMABAD—The OIC Secretary General (SG), Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, has concluded has visited Al-Quds Sharif during his two-day visit to Palestine. He toured the precincts of the Blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque. The SG also visited the Arab Child Foundation School and Islamic Philanthropic Services Hospital there. The SG examined the conditions which contribute to the sufferings of Palestinians because of violations by Israel the occupying entity. He expressed shock over continued restrictions imposed on the city with the aim of changing its Islamic and Arab demographic character, says an emailed message to Pakistan Observer here Thursday. It is the first ever visit to Al-Quds Sharif by any Secretary General of OIC. The Secretary General’s visit to Al-Quds comes at a time when unrest witnessed by several Middle Eastern States, distracted attention from Palestine. He was shocked to see continuous violations of human rights of the Palestinians and changing the Arab character of the heart of Islam – Al-Quds Sharif. In his meeting with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbass, at his office at Ramallah District Headquarters he discussed the latest developments of the Palestinian issue especially the international efforts to resume the peace process. During the meeting, Ihsanoglu expressed OIC support to the steps taken by the State of Palestine and its political options towards the restoration of its legitimate rights and the establishment of its independent state with Al-Quds Asharif as its capital. Earlier the SG held talks with Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyadh Malki, in which he dealt with means of cooperation between the OIC and the State of Palestine and mechanisms for coordination between the two sides on common issues with the aim of supporting the Palestinian cause particularly Al-Quds Asharif. The OIC Secretary General underlined the need to take practical and implementable measures to provide support to the city’s inhabitants. 20 meter readers arrested twenty meter readers of Lahore Electric Supply Company along with their accomplices involved in power theft have been arrested by police, accused were earning millions from this business. The government of Punjab has decided to take action against power thieves present inside the department, by initiating raids against meter readers in different areas of Lahore. Police has also registered FIRs against the accused after arresting them. DIG Lahore Rai Tahir has said that operation against accused involved in power theft will continue across the board and culprits will be brought to justice as per law.—Online L AHORE —Atleast Continued on Page 6 Intelligence on weapons no ‘slam dunk’ WASHINGTON—The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed at least 100 people is no “slam dunk,” with questions remaining about who actually controls some of Syria’s chemical weapons stores and doubts about whether Assad himself ordered the strike, U.S. intelligence officials say. President Barack Obama declared unequivocally Wednesday that the Syrian government was responsible, while laying the groundwork for an expected U.S. military strike. “We have concluded that the Syrian government in fact carried these out,” Obama said in an interview with “NewsHour” on PBS. “And if that’s so, then there need to be international consequences.” However, multiple U.S. officials used the phrase “not a slam dunk” to describe the intelligence picture - a reference to then-CIA Director George Tenet’s insistence in 2002 that U.S. intelligence showing Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was a “slam dunk” - intelligence that turned out to be wrong. A report by the Office of the Director for National Intelligence outlining that evidence against Syria is thick with caveats. It builds a case that Assad’s forces are most likely responsible while outlining gaps in the U.S. intelligence picture. Relevant congressional committees were to be briefed on that evidence by teleconference call on Thursday, U.S. officials and congressional aides said. The complicated intelligence picture raises questions about the White House’s full-steamahead approach to the Aug. 21 attack on a rebel-held Damascus suburb, with worries that the attack could be tied to al-Qaida-backed rebels later. Administration officials said Wednesday that neither the U.N. Security Council, which is deciding whether to weigh in, or allies’ concerns would affect their plans. Intelligence officials say they could not pinpoint the exact locations of Assad’s supplies of chemical weapons, and Assad could have moved them in recent days as U.S. rhetoric builds. That lack of certainty means a possible series of U.S. cruise missile strikes aimed at crippling Assad’s military infrastructure could hit newly hidden supplies of chemical weapons, accidentally triggering a deadly chemical attack. Over the past six months, with shifting front lines in the 2 1/2-year-old civil war and sketchy satellite and human intelligence coming out of Syria, U.S. and allied spies have lost track of who controls some of the country’s chemical weapons supplies, according to one senior U.S. intelligence official and three other U.S. officials briefed on the intelligence shared by the White House as reason to strike Syria’s military complex. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the Syrian issue publicly. U.S. satellites have captured images of Syrian troops moving trucks into weapons storage areas and removing materials, but U.S. analysts have not been able to track what was moved or, in some cases, where it was relocated.—AP Three killed in Karachi violence K ARACHI —At least three persons, including a prayer leader, were killed in firing incidents across the city while a five kilogram bomb was defused in Sohrab Goth area, on Thursday. In a firing incident, a prayer leader Mufti Nadeem Farooqui sustained severe injuries at Jamshed Road No 3. He was taken to Liaquat National Hospital but he succumbed to injuries. Two other political activists were also gunned down in Chamcha Hotel, Orangi Town. Bodies of both activists were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy.—Online PSM not being privatized: Senate told I SLAMABAD —Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi has told Senate government has no plan to privatize Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) and all the reports about its privatization are baseless and unfounded. Replying to call attention notice of PPP Senator Mian Raza Rabbani he said ministry of Industries and Production has sent a summary on comprehensive bail out package for PSM and it will be placed in ECC meeting for further action.—Online Proportion of depressed men comparable to women T Ahmad Chaudhry has remarked “ gross violation of CDA master plan has been made with reference to agriculture farms as people have constructed homes and matter has assumed odd situation. He further remarked “CDA had started this process to favor its favorites. A 3-member bench of Supreme Court (SC) presided over by Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali took up the CDA agriculture farms houses case here Thursday. Ali Zafar advocate appeared in the court at the inception of hearing of the case. He told the court Munir Paracha, counsel for CDA and Attorney General (AG) Munir A Malik are in Karachi due to Karachi law and order case. CDA was to work out policy in collaboration with government and present it in the court but it could not be prepared. The court Deputy Head of Mission Algerian Embassy Khiari Abderrahim paid a farewell call on remarked as AG was not present Executive Editor Pakistan Observer Gauhar Zahid Malik, in Islamabad .—PO photo and his presence was must in this case therefore the hearing of the by Sultan Bashir case is put off till September, 12. CDA should present its policy with regard to agriculture farms in the meantime, court directed.—Online HE proportion of men who experience symptoms of depression may be simi lar to the proportion of women with depression when doctors look for non-traditional symptoms, according to a new study. Researchers found that one third of both men and women met the criteria for a depression diagnosis when traditional and alternative symptoms - such as aggression and sleep problems were taken into account. “You end up getting very similar rates of depression,” Lisa Martin, the study’s lead author from the University of Michigan in Dearborn, told Reuters Health. About 16 percent of Americans currently meet the criteria for depression, Martin and her colleagues write in JAMA Psychiatry. Previous research has found women are about twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with the condition. Other studies, however, have suggested that men don’t exhibit the same symptoms of depression as women. Or, they may not be as willing to divulge their symptoms to a doctor. For example, previous studies found that depressed men are more likely to show signs of anger, self-destruction, self-distractions and irritability rather than outward sadness. For the new study, Martin and her colleagues used data from a nationally-representative survey of 3,310 women and 2,382 men that is used to measure the prevalence of men- tal illness. When the researchers used a scale that was designed to assess depression symptoms common among men, they found about 26 percent of men and about 22 percent of women met the criteria for depression. When they used a scale that included both traditional and alternative symptoms, there was little difference between the two groups: about 33 percent of women met the criteria for depression, compared to about 31 percent of men. “Paying attention to a couple of these other symptoms allowed men who didn’t really meet the threshold of symptoms to be considered,” Martin said. “Right now we’re in an interesting place where clinicians and some research say we really need to pay attention to (alternative depression symptoms),” she added. In addition to decreasing quality of life, previous research has suggested depression is linked to smoking, alcohol use, inactivity and trouble sleeping, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.Martin said her research and past findings suggest doctors should change how they assess their patients to help identify those experiencing or at risk for depression. “It doesn’t do us a lot of good to know more men get depression more than we thought if we can’t get them through the door to get help,” Martin said. Youngsters enjoying themselves at a waterfall in Saidpur Model Village which was formed after rains. SC seeks CDA policy I SLAMABAD —Justice Ejaz Pak attaches importance to ties with Ukraine SHARAFAT KAZMI I SLAMABAD — Speaker National Assembly has said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Ukraine and expressed desire to further strengthen these relations through enhancing parliamentary and economic ties. He said this while talking to the Ambassador of Ukraine Mr. V. Lakomov, who called on him in the Parliament House. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan and Ukraine shared views and perceptions on global issues and both the countries were desirous for peace and prosperity in the world. He said that both the countries should strengthen their parliamentary linkages through enhancing interaction between both the legislatures. The Speaker said that huge economic potential exists in both the countries which needed to be exploited for mutual benefit. He proposed that interaction between business communities of both the countries should be encouraged. The Speaker was pleased to note that Ukraine-Pakistan Friendship Parliamentary Group was the largest in Ukrainian Parliament. He informed the Ambassador that Pak-Ukraine Friendship would be formed in National Assembly shortly so that it could start its activities for bringing both the friendly countries more closer. Ambassador of Ukraine Mr. V. Lakomov said that his country was also keen to strengthen its relations and enhance cooperation with Pakistan in all sectors of the economy. He said that Ukraine was having a high literacy ratio and was providing educational facilities to many countries including Pakistan. He said that his country had also vast expertise in space technology and engineering and Pakistan could also benefit from that. Ghazi’s son files contempt petition ISLAMABAD—Haroon Rashid Ghazi, son of Abdul Rashid Ghazi, former Khteeb of Lal Masjid, on Thursday submitted a contempt of court petition in IHC against police officials over not registering case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf despite the court order. The petitioner made IG Islamabad, SSP and SHO Aabpara police station parties to the case. The court would hear the petition today (Friday). The IHC had ordered the Islamabad Police to register a case against former president Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf for the Lal Masjid operation when Abdul Rashid Ghazi’s son filed a petition in the court seeking the registration of an FIR against Musharra.—INP Violation of hygiene rules Shopkeepers fined R AWALPINDI —Special antiencroachment drive launched by the Rawal Town Municipal Administration (RTMA) and the Traffic Police is in full swing to remove encroachments from markets and the city roads, causing nuisance to customers, pedestrians and motorists. The joint operation is being carried out to remove encroachments from different markets and ensure smooth flow of traffic at all busy roads of the town. RTMA’s special enforcement squad on Thursday visited Commercial Market, Murree road, Pirwadhai road, Gangmandi road, Holy Family Hospital road, Eidgah road, Raja Bazar and Khayaban-e-Sir Syed and purged the areas of encroachers. Town Officer (Regulations) Abid Hussain Malik and Superintendent Pervez Mughal supervised the operation in the selected areas pointed out by the Traffic Police. The RTMA team confiscated four truckload of goods from the raided localities and imposed Rs 1,000 fine to 70 shopkeepers each for their involvement in encroachments.—APP Testing and evaluation in Discipline of Humanities STAFF REPORTER versity Islamabad (IIUI). Renowned literary figures affiliated with literature and research, Dr. Najiba Arif, Sheeraz Fazaldad, Dr. Humaira Ishfaq and Dr. Sabahat Mushtaq delivered valuable lectures. Speaking in workshop, Dr Najiba Arif said that best literature must reflect the reality of life, while both literature and research be accordance with contemporary circumstances of the society. Dr. Humaira discussed Urdu literature and use of new tech- Notices served on hotels, bakeries ISLAMABAD—The District Administration, Islamabad on Thursday issued 89 notices to hotels and bakeries for violating hygiene and sanitation rules and took samples of 31 food items for laboratory tests. During its ongoing drive against sub-standard food items and spurious medicines in the Federal Capital, District Health Department, Food Department and Health Directorate, Capital Development Authority (CDA) conducted inspections of 235 food outlets in city and rural areas during last week.The District Administration has submitted 53 challans in the courts against the violators of pure food laws and poor hygienic conditions at the premises of food outlets. The inspection teams also destroyed sub-standard food items including pakoras and samosas, sub-standard mineral water bottles, 35 kilograms cooked food items, sub-standard oil bottles and ketch-up bottles. Four premises of hotels and bakeries were sealed partially for violation of food laws and 120 filthy utensils confiscated. The administration has directed the food outlets to ensure compliance of food laws failing which stern action would be taken against the violators. Meanwhile, Drug Inspector, Islamabad, Sardar Shabbir Ahmed conducted 26 inspections of medical stores during last week and sealed four medical stores for violations of Drug Act, 1976 and seized six stocks on account of misbranding, unregistered and sub- standard drugs and sent 16 samples of drugs to the laboratory for testing.Drug Inspector, Islamabad, has directed the drug sale outlets to ensure compliance of Drug Act, 1976.—APP August 31 A LITERARY reference in memory of renowned poet, writer and founding Chairman of literary organization ‘Dhandara’, Late Safdar Shahid Malik will be held in Faiz-ul-Islam Complex, Faizabad here on Saturday. ISLAMABAD—Literature is mirror of a society, in the aspect of research in literature, students must possess not only a literary taste but they should also keep in mind about salient features like use of language, coherence and literary criteria. These views were expressed by the speakers of a two-day workshop on “Testing and Evaluation in the Discipline of Humanities” organized by Urdu Department (Female Campus) of the International Islamic Uni- nology and modern ways in its teaching. She added that societal behaviors and socio political circumstances of the society get absorb in the literature. Sheeraz Fazaldad, while talking on the importance of the workshop said that there is a dire need to introduce students with new avenues of modern research. Dr. Sabahaht, in her lecture discussed way of expression and use of language for research. At the end of the workshop, Director female campus distributed certificates among the participants of the workshop. PEHS stands shelved CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Park Enclave Housing Scheme ( PEHS) launched by CDA stands shelved due to lack of funds. CDA sources said CDA administration had decided to spend a sum of Rs 3.8 billion in connection with this scheme but CDA Board has not approved its PC-1 and this way the execution of this scheme is being delayed. Sources said Capital Development Authority is also facing difficulties in payment of compensation to Build Up property as it lacks funds to pay compensation on account of acquisition of land. State Bank delegation visits Arid Agriculture University CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—A three member delegation of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) headed by Mazharul-Haq, Director Development Finance Support Department on Thursday visited Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (AAUR), with an aim to establish linkages between technical and educational institutions and the banking industry. The delegation met with the University Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad and faculty members to explore possibilities of utilizing AAUR’s strength for conduct of seminars, workshops and awareness programs on development finance for the benefit of majority of potential stakeholders. In the meeting, participants also focused on exploring commercially viable proposals on area and region specific projects which could be financed under existing bank credit schemes. They agreed to initiate development fiance course and specialization to cater to the growing demand for the development finance and inviting participants from financial institutions in the programs conducted by AAUR having some commercial interest for the banks. It was also decided in the meeting that both parties will conduct regional surveys studies on key and burning issues relating to expansion, growth and impact of development finance. On the occasion, Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz gave a presentation on educational, research and extension programmes of the university and its future plans. He hailed the financial support from the delegation for different projects like raising nurseries, community center for quality foods, olive plantation and ladies hostel. In the meeting, it was decided that a joint conference will be organized to create awareness about Development Finance Support Program by SBP, other commercial banks and AAUR by inviting the general public, graduates, alumni and industry owners in November. A committee was also constituted from both sides to make arrangements. Attitude of society making eunuchs beggars C ITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD —The pain of being treated as a useless person can better be inquired from someone like self-made eunuchs who are slowly becoming typical beggars after being persistently ignored by the society. Even after clear directives of the Supreme Court to grant equal rights to the eunuchs in all fields of life including education and employment in a dignified manner, the society is not ready to accept and treat them as a normal creature. A surge has been witnessed in eunuchs’ begging as they can be seen pleading for money at traffic signals and shopping areas of the twin cities besides visiting door-todoor for the purpose to meet their both ends. People also willingly donate hefty amounts encouraging them in the business as they think that they are the most deserving in this field. “Who want to be dishonored? We have no other option except begging as no one is willing to employ or engage us in any productive work,” said Baji Perveen, a transgender begging at commercial market, Rawalpindi. She said her community also wants to spend a normal life but the society did not allow them to do so. “We also wish to get education, get employed in different organizations and spend life in a dignified manner but I think this wish will remain a mere wish even after the orders of the supreme court,” Baji Perveen lamented. She appreciated the efforts of the apex court in giving the eunuchs identity besides granting them with their due rights. Another she-male, Anjuman, while sharing her views said people used to hire them at wedding functions which was a source of regular income for them, but that trend had almost vanished in cities. She said begging was neither a profession of her community nor they like it, adding, it was all due to lack of any other job. It is pertinent to mention that the trans-genders can now avail their Computerized National Identity Card, have the right over share in inheritance, can be employed at any place and enjoy equal rights as being experienced by other fellow citizens. All they need is a bit space and encouragement from the society to turn them into useful citizens and reduce the number of beggars as the country is already fighting hard with the menace of begging which is becoming a growing profession. Briefs $10,390.5m forex Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD—The total liquid foreign reserves held by the country stood at $ 10,390.5 million on August 23, 2013. According to breakup figures, foreign reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) stood $ 5,203.6 million while net foreign reserves held by banks (other than SBP) were recorded at $ 5,186.9 million, according to the press statement issued by SBP. Karachi peace first priority, Mamnoon assures businessmen AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—Mamnoon Hussain, President-Elect has assured the leaders of business community to take the law and order and restoration of peace in Karachi as his first priority as soon as he assumes the office of the President of Pakistan next month. Speaking at a reception organized by the Busuinessmen Group led by Siraj Kassam Teli the President elect reassured that Business Community will remain his identity. He recognized that he could not forget those memorable moments when he was elected as the President of KCCI with the sincere support of BMGIANs. He assured that after assuming the responsibility as the. He urged the Chairman BMG Siraj Kassam Teli and the Business Community to put their pressure on the Provincial Government of Sindh to control law and order situation; the Federal Government has already shown its willingness to extend its support to the Sindh Government in this respect. He also urged the Business Community to keep him apprised about their problems. He stated that prosperous Karachi means prosperous Pakistan. Boosting the economy of Karachi will strengthen the national economy. He underlined the need of collective efforts to address the challenges confronting to the economy. Economy must dominate over politics which is the mantra of the developed economies these days, he opined giving the example of brother country Turkey. Commenting on the taxation issues faced by the business community, he said that the Federal Finance Minister hold a vibrant personality who can address the issues if he is convinced. He asked KCCI to give suggestions to Finance Minister for enhancement of revenue. Sharing views on Karachi’s law and order situation, he said that he has communicated in the Party’s meeting that being the Karachiite he is well aware about the problems of Pakistan’s largest metropolitan city as well as the Sindh province and should be taken on board on all relevant matters. He told that Interior Minister was not satisfied with the performance of the intelligence agencies and wanted to improve inter-agencies coordination to report chances of crimes before its happening to eradicate it. Pointing out recent hike in the power tariffs and energy crises, he said that the previous government as well as the caretaker government signed agreement with IMF, therefore, the new government had no choice but to increase the power tariffs. Progress on exploiting Thar Coal by previous government was slow. The projects of national interest must be exploited and materialized on fast track, he said. Thar Coal will become feasible when coal in huge bulk quantity will be digging out. The Gadani Power initiative of new Government will produce energy of 6000 MW on approx. cost of Rs.9 per unit. He said that the power production was enhanced from 11000 MW to 17000 MW. In the next three years, the government will drastically start reducing the power tariffs. He stated that he has resigned from his political party after electing as the President of Pakistan and he endeavours to be the President of Pakistan supported by all the political parties. Import of LNG Staff Reporter KARACHI—Sui Southern Gas Company Managing Director Zuhair Siddiqui has said that import of LNG is company’s top priority. He highlighted different hurdles and issues being faced by the company’s management in this regard. He was giving the presentation to the Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi who visited SSGC head office for the first time after assuming the charge of the ministry. He was also accompanied by the Minister for State Jam Kamal Khan and Federal Secretary, MP&NR Abid Saeed. Federal Minister gave suggestions and instructions to SSGC management for addressing these issues. Focusing on other important developmental projects, MD SSGC informed that in Balochistan, Zarghoon Gas Pipeline Project will be completed during September 2013 and the cost incurred would be Rs 1.458 billion. After completion of the said project around 25 mmcfd gas will be added in SSGC’s system that will be provided to Quetta city. The project consists of around 64 km long pipeline network. KARACHI: President Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industries Haroon Agar presenting a shield to President-elect Mamnoon Hussain during a reception in his honour hosted by KCCI. OGDCL’s AGM on Sept 25 STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) of Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on September 25, 2013 in Islamabad. This meeting would confirm the minutes of 15th Annual Genral Meeting (AGM) held on October 4, 2012. This AGM would approve the final cash dividend @ 27.5 percent, i.e. Rs . 2.75/- per share ( having face value of Rs 10/- each) for the year ended June 30, 2013 as recommended by the Board of Directors. This is an addition to three interim cash dividends totaling 55 percent, i.e. 5.5/- per share already paid during the year. The annual General Meeting will appoint auditors for the year 2013-14 and fix their remunerations. Low quality imports threatening economy AMANULLAH KHAN K ARACHI —Zafar Jalil Mastikhel, Acting President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has laid stress on protecting Pakistan’s vulnerable industries from the onslaught of cheap and low-quality imports through the cautious use of anti-dumping duties. He said this while chairing a seminar on Trade Defense Laws which was held by the National Tariff Commission in partnership with FPCCI and USAID at the FPCCI premises. While welcoming the NTC speakers at the seminar, the Acting President-FPCCI pointed out that Pakistan needed to pursue trade liberalization measures with neighboring countries while ensuring measures were in place to safeguard weak sectors in order to prevent mass-scale unemployment. He FPCCI had always supported the trade liberalization process in South Asia, and would continue to do so, but care must be taken to address the reservations of the business community in this respect. The NTC team informed the participants that WTO rules provide protection to domestic industry against unfair practices, such as dumping and subsidies. Under Pakistan’s trade defense laws, NTC is empowered to impose antidumping or anticountervailing duties, if it is established that the dumped or subsidized imports have caused material injury to the domestic industry producing a similar product in Pakistan. NTC also assists Pakistani exporters facing dumping allegations by defending their cases before the investigating authorities of the relevant countries. The seminar was very interactive, and several technical questions were raised during the course of the presentation about various matters. The NTC team answered all questions diligently and encouraged the businessmen to approach NTC in case any further clarification was required. Shahbaz meets delegation Mutual trade to up manifold thru Pak-China Economic Corridor STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Punjab Chief MinCh. Sher Ali Khan, Col. (Retd) Shuja Khanzada, Chief Secretary besides concerned secretaries, Chinese Ambassador and senior officials of NDRC were also present on the occasion. Matters regarding promotion of bilateral relations and increasing mutual trade and economic ties were also discussed during the meeting. Talking to the delegation, Shahbaz Sharif said that cooperation of China in construction of economic corridor, energy and infrastructure projects is laudable. He said that China has helped Pakistan in every sector including construction of Heavy Mechanical Complex. He said that present government wants to further increase the volume of Pak-China mutual trade. The Chief Minister said that agreements are being made with Chinese companies in energy, infrastructure and other sectors. He said that all possible facilities and incentives would be provided to the Chinese investors. Vice Chairman NDRC Mr. Zhang Xiaoqiang said that Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has presented best proposals with regard to construction of metro bus system, underground subway in Karachi, other projects of energy and infrastructure. He said, no doubt, Shahbaz Sharif is the popular politician of Pakistan. He said that Shahbaz Sharif is famous in giving practical shape to his steps and Punjab has made remarkable progress under his leadership. He said that PakChina friendship and trade will be further promoted with the construction of economic corridor. He said that cooperation will be extended to Pakistan in the construction of industrial park. Mr. Zhang Xiaoqiang said that Punjab has made excellent development in economic and social sectors under the leadership of Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif. He said that completion of metro bus project in 11 months under the leadership of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif is an excellent achievement. He said that the development being made in Punjab is worth emulating for all. A briefing was given to Chinese delegation about various projects in infrastructure and energy sectors in Punjab. The Chief Minister also hosted a dinner in the honour of Chinese delegation. ister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that mutual trade will be increased manifold through construction of PakChina Economic corridor and thousands of new job opportunities would be available. He said that China has always supPakistan in every hour of Shipping activity at ported need. He said that Pak-China PQ friendship is higher than Himalayas, deeper than ocean, KARACHI—Four ships CV sweeter than honey and stronCMA CGM Wagner, M.T Quetta M.T Ginga Ocelot and ger than steel. He said that present government is pursuing M.T Atlantic Glory carrying a comprehensive agenda for procontainers, furnace oil, palm oil and chemicals were allotted moting economic relations with berths at Qasim International China. He said that NDRC Container Terminal, FOTCO should extend cooperation in Oil Terminal and Liquid Cargo construction of metro bus system and underground subway in Terminal and Engro Vopak Terminal respectively at Port Karachi and provide assistance Qasim on Wednesday, August to the government from complete planning to implementa28. Meanwhile, three more ships with containers, general tion of these projects. He expressed these views cargo and steel coil at arrived while talking to a delegation of at outer anchorage of Port National Development Reform Qasim during last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was managed and Finance Commission China (NDRC) led by Vice Chairman at the Port at fifty percent on Wednesday where eight ships Mr. Zhang Xiaoqiang. Federal Minister for Planning & Develnamely C.V CMA CGM opment Ahsan Iqbal, Provincial Wagner, M.V Ikan Salmon, Ministers Rana Sanaullah Khan, M.V Aoyono, M.V Inlaco Brave, M.V Panagia Stenion, M.T Atlantic Glory, M.T Ginga Ocelot and M,T Ouetta are currently occupying berths to load / offload containers, cement, wheat, rape seeds, chemicals, palm oil and furnace oil respectively during last 24 hours. Cargo handling remained upward trend at the Port on Wednesday where a cargo volume of 140,162 tonnes comprises 106,446 tonnes imports.—APP ISE index witnesses mixed trend STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Islamabad Stock Exchange witnessed a mixed trend on Thursday as the ISE-10 index was slightly up by 0.89 points to close at 4183.17. A total of 110,500 shares were traded, which were down by 108,000 shares as compared to previous day’s trading of 218,500 shares. Out of 128 companies, share prices of 38 companies recorded increase and those of 90 registered decrease. No company remained stable. The share price of Glamour Textile increased by Rs. 9.98, while that of Mitchell’s Fruit Farma decreased by Rs. 25. Lafrage Pakistan Cement, Byco Petroleum. PSO posts highest ever turnover in fiscal 2012-13 AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—Pakistan State Oil (PSO), which posted highest ever turnover during financial year ended June 30, 2013 has announced a final cash dividend of Rs. 2.5 per share in addition to the earlier interim cash dividends of Rs. 2.5 per share (equivalent to 25%) and issuance of bonus stock at the rate of 20%. Combined with the earlier interim cash dividends the total cash dividend for the year stands at Rs.5 per share The Board of Management (BoM) of Pakistan State Oil (PSO) convened at the PSO head office to review the company’s performance for the year ended June 30, 2013. The turnover during the period estimated at Rs. 1,295 billion as compared to Rs. 1,200 billion in FY12 representing a growth of 8%. Similarly the Company’s bottom line improved significantly as after tax earnings rose to Rs. 12.56 billion as compared to Rs. 9.06 billion in the previous financial year. Substantial growth was also displayed as earnings per share grew by 38.64% to Rs. 50.84 as compared to Rs. 36.67 (diluted) during the corresponding period last year. In the period under review, PSO continued to dominate the market with its share in the Black Oil and White Oil segments standing at 75.5% and 55.7% respectively, thereby contributing to an overall market share of 64.3%. During the stated period, the Company’s liquid fuel sales grew from 12.3 Million Metric Tons to 12.5 Million Metric Tons during the current year. During the meeting the Board Members appreciated the comprehensive debt resolution plans introduced by the Government of Pakistan (GoP) over the past fiscal year which have resulted in significant clearance of circular debt from the energy sector. These settlements significantly eased the pressure on PSO’s liquidity position, reduced financial costs while increasing profitability for the current period. The BoM commended the PSO management and staff on their impressive performance and further directed the management to continue working closely with the concerned ministries and business partners to ensure timely realization of payments. The PSO management thanked the members of the BoM for their guidance and pledged to act on their instructions for the future benefit of the shareholders. Banking spread shrink by 70bps in August STAFF REPORT K ARACHI —Fresh banking expected in the lending rates thereby exerting further pressure on the spreads, analysts said. However, rising inflationary concern will inevitably warrant interest rate hike back into double digits providing relief to core margins, they added. Analyst Syed Asad Ahmed stated that economic environment was broadly unchanged during first half of 2013 keeping banks at bay from expanding their loan book. However, certain sectors such as power and cements can attract banks to increase their loan portfolio as the industry dynamics remain firm along with capex requirement going forward. The WA lending rates continued to slide as they declined 8.0 bps on monthly basis and a massive 165 bps on yearly basis to 11.28 percent. Overall cost of deposits too witnessed a drop of 4.0 bps on monthly basis and 91 bps on yearly basis to 4.97 percent. Rates for conversion KARACHI—The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S. Dollar Bonds and profits thereon by all banks and for providing Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Deposits (excluding F.E- 25 deposits) by the State Bank on August 30, 2013. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs 104.5097, Japanese Yen Rs 1.0643, Pound Sterling Rs 162.0318 and Euro Rs 138.6321.—APP spreads in August have followed a similar trend to weighted average (WA) spreads as it reduced by 70 basis points (bps) on monthly basis to 4.75 percent after it had improved by 97 bps to 5.45 percent in the previous month on the back of higher cost of deposits. With current interest rate ISLAMABAD: Dr M Munir Ahmad Goraya, NPD (Olive) inaugurated two-day International Training Workshop on GIS environment to continue in at PARC headquarters. September 2013, another dip is WFP donates Rs4.3m equipment to Sindh health deptt STAFF REPORTER HYDERABAD—The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today handed over medical and information technology equipment worth over 4.3 million rupees to the Health Department, Government of Sindh. The donation is designed to boost the quality of nutrition and healthcare services provided in 10 key Sindh districts, and includes weighing scales, height boards, MUAC tapes, Heamocues, Stethoscope and Blood Pressure apparatus. Dr. Dur-e-Shahwar and Dr. Saleem Ahmed of health department received the equipment on behalf of InamUllah, Secretary Health and Dr. Ashfaq Memon, Director General of the Provincial Health Department, from Lola Castro, WFP Pakistan’s Country Director, in a ceremony organized at a local hotel in Hyderabad. Ms. Marit Fikke, Head of WFP Provincial Office Sindh was also present on the occasion. “We have to address the route-cause of the problem, we know Sindh has bad health indicators and malnutrition levels are also alarming, but together with the government we are trying to address this issue. WFP has been providing support to national institutions through the supply of non-food items, in addition to providing food assistance to those in need,” said Lola Castro. “This donation will benefit provincial public health structures in the delivery of quality medical care to malnourished children and pregnant and nursing mothers.” The nutrition activities in the province are carried out through the Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) intervention in 10 districts. WFP partners with the Health Department of Sindh, UNICEF and national and international NGOs. To treat moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) in children 6 to 59 months of age, and pregnant and nursing mothers, WFP has been distributing specialised nutritious foods. The agency provides additional food assistance to the siblings of registered severely acute malnourished (SAM) and moderately acute malnourished (MAM) children, as well as malnourished pregnant and nursing women in areas where food insecurity is most pronounced. WFP donated medical equipment to contribute to the improvement of health care services in 254 rural health facilities in 10 targeted districts (Tando Muhammad Khan, Badin, Sanghar, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Tharparkar, Jacobabad, Dadu, Larkana and Kashmore), and to strengthen monitoring, reporting and coordination capacities of Project Implementation Units and the Provincial Nutrition Cell. In 2013, WFP has to date distributed over 1,335 metric tons of specialized food (supplementary food being locally produced in the country) under the CMAM intervention in Sindh province only. Nearly 192,030 moderately malnourished children (including siblings) and 34,502 pregnant and nursing women are being assisted through 175 CMAM sites. You must remain focused on your journey to greatness. — Les Brown Proportion of depressed men comparable to women T HE proportion of men who experience symptoms of depression may be simi lar to the proportion of women with depression when doctors look for non-traditional symptoms, according to a new study. Researchers found that one third of both men and women met the criteria for a depression diagnosis when traditional and alternative symptoms - such as aggression and sleep problems were taken into account. “You end up getting very similar rates of depression,” Lisa Martin, the study’s lead author from the University of Michigan in Dearborn, told Reuters Health. About 16 percent of Americans currently meet the criteria for depression, Martin and her colleagues write in JAMA Psychiatry. Previous research has found women are about twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with the condition. Other studies, however, have suggested that men don’t exhibit the same symptoms of depression as women. Or, they may not be as willing to divulge their symptoms to a doctor. For example, previous studies found that depressed men are more likely to show signs of anger, self-destruction, self-distractions and irritability rather than outward sadness. For the new study, Martin and her colleagues used data from a nationally-representative survey of 3,310 women and 2,382 men that is used to measure the prevalence of men- tal illness. When the researchers used a scale that was designed to assess depression symptoms common among men, they found about 26 percent of men and about 22 percent of women met the criteria for depression. When they used a scale that included both traditional and alternative symptoms, there was little difference between the two groups: about 33 percent of women met the criteria for depression, compared to about 31 percent of men. “Paying attention to a couple of these other symptoms allowed men who didn’t really meet the threshold of symptoms to be considered,” Martin said. “Right now we’re in an interesting place where clinicians and some research say we really need to pay attention to (alternative depression symptoms),” she added. In addition to decreasing quality of life, previous research has suggested depression is linked to smoking, alcohol use, inactivity and trouble sleeping, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.Martin said her research and past findings suggest doctors should change how they assess their patients to help identify those experiencing or at risk for depression. “It doesn’t do us a lot of good to know more men get depression more than we thought if we can’t get them through the door to get help,” Martin said. KARACHI: Women activists of Kachi Tribe hold a demonstration in support of their demands outside Supreme Court Registry during the hearing of Karachi unrest case. Sindh govt to purchase 20 armoured vehicles KARACHI—The Sindh government has decided to purchase 20 armoured vehicles to cope with the current deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi. According to a private channel, the armoured vehicles are being purchased to facilitate targeted operation in the metropolis so that the elements involved in ruining peace in the city could be brought to justice. The federal government has also issued a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the provincial government in this connection. It is worth mentioning that the law and order situation is deteriorating in the provincial capital day by day and several persons become victim of the violence in the city while the provincial government has failed so far to control the menace.—INP Dengue getting out of control, claims 10 lives KARACHI –At least 10 lives gue fever on daily basis. were claimed by dengue in Karachi up till now while more than 800 cases have been confirmed in the Sindh province. According to details, around 3035 people are being admitted to hospitals with symptoms of denThe authorities have claimed that the situation is under control, stating that fumigation spray is being done on priority basis to curb the spread of dengue. Meanwhile, the EDO health Karachi said that the most affected areas include Jamshed Town, Orangi, North Karachi, North Nazimabad, Landhi and Sadar Town. The surge in the dengue cases has been linked with the torrential rains and accumulated water following rains.—INP Minister seeks health, LG departments coordination KARACHI—Sindh Minister for Local Government and Health, Syed Owais Muzzafar has ordered close coordination between health and LG departments to expedite prevention campaign against dengue and malaria in Karachi. In his directives to the local government and health departments’ officials on Thursday, he said fumigation against dengue fever as well as malaria needed to be more focussed. “Simultaneously, all suspected cases must be immediately provided needed assistance at the facilities with equal attention that suspected patients are neither under treated nor over-treated,” said the minister, according to a press release. He said the doctors and paramedics as well as general public must be duly sensitized about symptoms of dengue fever. Owais said that since clean and healthy surroundings are extremely relevant to public health, therefore, all attention has to be paid towards removal of garbage dumps and regular fumigation..—APP Dodman awards certificates to new nurses STAFF REPORTER KARACHI–The Consul General Dodman observed, “At present, there is only one nurse per two doctors in Pakistan. The recommended nurse to doctor ratio should be 7 to 1. To overcome this shortage, there was a need to train nurses, midwives, and other paramedical staff and ensure that they apply their skills in the health sector. He congratulated them on completion of the training and expressed his best wishes for new careers as nurse assistants. The Research Alliance for Advocacy and Development (RAAD) developed this training program in collaboration with Koohi Goth Women’s Hospital, which had been training nurses and midwives for the past 8 years. According to RAAD, the rural areas surrounding Karachi are home to many young, bright, and enthusiastic women without the formal education necessary to realize their dreams of becoming health-care professionals. The RAAD Nurse Aides Project, funded by a grant from the U.S. Consulate General Karachi and the Pakistan U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN), brings hope to these individuals while also satisfying a demand in the current health care system. KARACHI: Mr. Faisal Zahid Malik, Editor Pakistan Observer, meeting with Consul General of Qatar H.E Saad Al Mehmoud at Qatar Consulate.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki Mahenti for unity of Ummah regardless of any discrimination STAFF REPORTER KARACHI–Jamaat-e Islami (JI) Karachi Chief Muhammad Hussain Mahenti stressed upon the unity of Muslim Ummah without any discrimination of cast, colour and creed. He said that the external powers including United States of America, Israel and India are carried out their aggression against entire Muslim World. He expressed these views during his address at Ulema Convention, organised by Jamiat Ittehad-e Ulema at Idarae Noor-e Haq Thursday. JI Naib Ameer Sindh Asadullah Bhutto, Hafiz Muhammad Salfi, Qazi Ahmed Noorani, Mirza Yousuf Hussain, Mufti Iqbal Deobandi, Zameer Iqbal Mansoori and others were also spoken on the occasion. Mahenti regretted that the evil powers are united while the Muslim Ummah is divided on the basis of different sects. The movement in Egypt will definitely bring Islamic revolution in the Muslim World. He termed the silence of western powers and others over the deteriorated situation in Egypt and Syria, “regrettable” and said that a war between Muslims and non-Muslims is being fought in the world. He also criticised the dual standard of western powers over the democracy and said that whenever the pro-Islamic movements were come into power through a democratic way, the opinion of western world about the democracy had been changed. He urged the Ulema of different sects to play their due role in order to unite the Muslim Ummah at a single platform. The atrocities on Muslims were being continued in Bangladesh on the fate of India, while the Buddhists were continued to kill Muslims in Burma. of the United States of America in Karachi, Michael Dodman awarded certificates of completion on Thursday night to 30 graduates of a US-funded nurse assistant training program associated with Koohi Goth Hospital. The graduates, women from the rural areas near the hospital, completed 9 months of intensive training in basic nursing skills and are now qualified for jobs as nurse assistants, an area of need and opportunity in Karachi. KARACHI–Fine Art Pakistan Speaking to the graduates, Gallery is organizing exhibition of portraits of Personalities of Pakistan by Zulfikar Aazeen tomorrow (Saturday) at 5:00 pm at the gallery in DHA, Karachi. Zulfikar Aazeen did his B.Sc from Adamjee Science College, Karachi and later on pursued his art career by receiving training in portrait engraving from Thomas De La Rue Basingstoke, England. He has worked in fine art, calligraphic and commercial arts, sculpture, portrait painting, cultural paintings and pen works. Amongst the many of his past exhibitions is a solo exhibition of calligraphic paintings at Arts Council, Karachi. The portraits of Benazir Bhutto, Moin Akhtar, Noor Jahan, Imran Khan, Saadat Hassan Manto and many more will be dis- KARACHI: Michael Dodman, Consul General of the United States, Karachi, giving a cerplayed in the exhibition.—INP tificate to a nurse at local hotel.—PO photo Exhibition of portraits tomorrow Several held in police crack down KARACHI—Police rounded up several suspects, including political activists during a crackdown in different parts of Karachi in the small hours of Thursday. SSP City Tariq Dharijo said that several suspects were arrested during raids in Kharadar and Meethadar areas. He said that drugs and arms were also seized during the raids. Police said that four people were held in Usmanabad area of Garden and arms were also recovered from the possession of the accused. According to reports, the police also conducted raids in Shah Latif Town and Landhi, arresting three political activists.—APP KESC displays sense of social responsibility AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI–Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has signed seventh Memorandum of Understanding under its Social Investment Program with ‘The Kidney Centre” to share cost of electricity to the medical facility providing renal care to mainly poor patients for free or minimal charges. Under the MoU, KESC would provide support through subsidized electricity charges to The Kidney Centre (TKC) located in Karachi Cantonment, a state-of-the-art medical and postgraduate training facility having wide-ranging and quality renal care. The TKC treated 63,169 needy patients last year. The MoU was signed by the CEO TKC Mrs. Abida W. Ahmed and Ghufran Atta Khan Chief Engagement Officer of KESC. Mr Khan in his message on the occasion said that “ Serving humanity beyond its scope of functioning was part of KESC’s vision as a responsible corporate citizen. He said KESC would continue to support social welfare sector in order to offer a helping hand to the deserving and the needy.” While welcoming KESC’s efforts in working towards the sustainable development of the city, CEO of TKC said: “We believe that everyone’s assistance ensures in its own way that the welfare sector of Pakistan functions.” Mrs. Marianna Karim, Chairman, Board of Governors, TKC, said that KESC had proved to be a torch bearer of the cause of social welfare and its Social Investment Program was a great help in this regard. Mr. Mohsin Nathani, Member of the Board of TKC also attended the ceremony. Mr. Tabish Gauhar, Chairman Board of Directors KESC, on this occasion expressed satisfaction over the successful implementation of the utility’s Social Investment Program aimed at extending support to various vital healthcare and educational institutions serving the under-privileged and needy on purely humanitarian grounds. Under the SIP, KESC pays electricity bills of welfare entities in part or in full to subsidize their energy cost in recognition of the noble causes these institutions are pursuing. Prior to this, KESC has signed six memorandums, the first being with Indus Hospital for bearing 50 per cent of their electricity cost, the second and third with Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC) & with Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust (LRBT) respectively, while the fourth MoU was signed with TCF (320 TCF schools), for covering 100 per cent of the cost of electricity used by these institutions every month. Fifth memorandum was signed with Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT), to provide absolutely FREE of cost electricity to its three dialysis centers in the City. KESC signed its sixth memorandum with ‘Karwane-Hayat’ for providing absolutely FREE of cost electricity to its three facilities in Keamari, Korangi and Khayaban-e-Jami. Dioxin Testing Lab inaugurated at PCSIR STAFF REPORTER KARACHI–Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid visited the Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) laboratories, Complex, Council for Works and Housing Research (CHWR) and Institute of Oceanography Thursday where he inaugurated the Dioxin Testing Lab at PCSIR. The Minister had also visited Fuel Research Centre-PCSIR regarding inauguration of FRCPCSIR and PSF joint venture project “To speed-up the pilot plant production of humic acid” The Federal Minister Zahid Hamid was briefed about the chronology of the FRC, its achievements to curtail down the prevailing energy deficit of the country with its R&D efforts. Federal Secretary for Science and Technology Kamran Ali Qureshi, Chairman PCSIR Dr. Shoukat Parvez, Masroor Ahmed Qureshi, Joint Technological Adviser, Ministry of Science and Technology Bruno Valanzuolo, Chief Technical Advisor TRTAII Programme, Ricccardo Rossi, Development Advisor, EUD, Engr. Dr Sayed Naimat Ali Rizvi, Director General, PCSIR, Dr Alia Bano Munshi, CSO, PCSIR labs Complex, Karachi were also present. While addressing the ceremony and talking to Media, Federal Minister Zahid Hamid said that PCSIR laboratories are internationally accreditated and their results are accepted worldwide. The Ministry of Science and Technology had initiated necessary steps to implement these proposals, including in particular, measures to establish strong linkages among the research institute and academic institutions on the one hand and public sector entities, industry and individual entrepreneurs on the other hand, with a view to reorienting R&D towards market requirements. The Minister showed keen interest in projects like “Continental Shelf Extension”. Pakistan presented its case to UN on Aug 16, 2013 for the extension of its territorial waters from 200 nautical miles to 350 nautical miles. The Minister also showed interest in Pakistan’s Expeditions to Antarctica and supported NIO’s stance in establishment of permanent stations of Pakistan in Antarctica. He emphasized that NIO should continue to practice the aqua culturing activities and showed full support for the projects like “Bio-resource Mapping” and “Geo-resource Mapping”. Proportion of depressed men comparable to women Anti-dengue drive L AHORE —District government and Punjab Labour department have launched anti dengue drive at towns level to educate the people about safety measure to avoid epidemic of this disease during the next two months. Chairing a meeting of the dengue response committee of the Ravi Town here on Thursday, Secretary Labour Capt (retrd) Muhammad Yousaf stressed the need to widen the drive to the graveyards, tyre shops, hotels, houses and junkyards. Town administration will serve notices to the owners of houses and other target points to ensure the preventive measures at the places. Secretary Labour said that posters and stickers would be published and distributed to the public about the anti dengue mea- LAHORE: Participants of a walk against dengue and measles organized by Punjab University Institute of Education sures. and Research at New Campus. He also instructed to seal the buildings where dengue larva was found.— APP T HE proportion of men who experi ence symptoms of depression may be similar to the proportion of women with depression when doctors look for non-traditional symptoms, according to a new study. Researchers found that one third of both men and women met the criteria for a depression diagnosis when traditional and alternative symptoms - such as aggression and sleep problems - were taken into account. “You end up getting very similar rates of depression,” Lisa Martin, the study’s lead author from the University of Michigan in Dearborn, told Reuters Health. About 16 percent of Americans currently meet the criteria for depression, Martin and her colleagues write in JAMA Psychiatry. Previous research has found women are about twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with the condition. Other studies, however, have suggested that men don’t exhibit the same symptoms of depression as women. Or, they may not be as willing to divulge their symptoms to a doctor. For example, previous studies found that depressed men are more likely to show signs of anger, self-destruction, self-distractions and irritability rather than outward sadness. For the new study, Martin and her colleagues used data from a nationally- representative survey of 3,310 women and 2,382 men that is used to measure the prevalence of mental illness. When the researchers used a scale that was designed to assess depression symptoms common among men, they found about 26 percent of men and about 22 percent of women met the criteria for depression. When they used a scale that included both traditional and alternative symptoms, there was little difference between the two groups: about 33 percent of women met the criteria for depression, compared to about 31 percent of men. “Paying attention to a couple of these other symptoms allowed men who didn’t really meet the threshold of symptoms to be considered,” Martin said. “Right now we’re in an interesting place where clinicians and some research say we really need to pay attention to (alternative depression symptoms),” she added. In addition to decreasing quality of life, previous research has suggested depression is linked to smoking, alcohol use, inactivity and trouble sleeping, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention. Martin said her research and past findings suggest doctors should change how they assess their patients to help identify those experiencing or at risk for depression. NIML District govts responsible for delegation visits Crackdown on fake flood relief smooth supply of medicines CTO’s office camps soon STAFF REPORTER Sharif has directed to ensure an availability of medicines at DHQ/THQ hospitals and health centres in Punjab. In this connection, the Health Department has issued a circular addressing to all divisional commissioners in which they have been asked to direct the district governments within their jurisdiction to conclude the procurement of medicine within a shortest possible time in accordance with the Punjab Procurement Rules 2009 for ensuring uninterrupted availability of medicines in the government hospitals across the province. A circular has been issued by the secretary health Punjab to all the divisional commissioners in which it is clarified that DCOs and EDOs Health of the district governments are fully authorized to sanction the expenditure on the purchase of medicines under Punjab Delegation of Financial Power Rules 2006. The letter also clarified that the procurement of medicines at district level will be reviewed in the next commissioners conference to be held shortly. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said the entire nation has to be united on one platform for facing the challenges being confronted by the motherland. He was talking to a delegation of Sindh Assembly members visiting here. The delegation comprises members of various political parties, including Pakistan People’s Party, Muttahida Quami Movement, Tehrik-e-Insaaf, Pakistan Muslim League (F) and minorities. He said the centre and four provinces would have to evolve a joint strategy for overcoming terrorism, energy crisis and other problems. He said concrete and comprehensive measures would have to be taken for eradicating of the menace of corruption, poverty and unemployment. He said Punjab is not the elder brother but one of four brothers which had set a example of provincial harmony and brotherhood for giving Rs 11 billion of its share to other provinces for the unanimous approval of the National Finance Commission which comes to Rs 55 billion in five years. Welcoming the delegation to Punjab, the Chief Minister said national solidarity and inter-provincial harmony would be promoted through the visits of assembly members. L AHORE —A delegation of National Institute of Management Lahore called on Chief Traffic Officer Suhail Chaudhry at his office on Thursday. The CTO briefed the delegation about administration affairs, smooth traffic flow, performance of wardens and awareness about traffic laws among citizens. He said City Traffic Police were using all its possible resources to help motorists and ensure smooth traffic. It was also running its radio which had started a transmission of live calls recently, the CTO added.—APP L AHORE —Chief Minister L AHORE —The provincial Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz government is launching a crackdown on fake organisations which are collecting relief goods and cash for flood-hit families. A taskforce has already been constituted, official sources told APP on Thursday. The government, sources said, had noticed that some fake organisations had set up flood relief camps across the provincial capital and collecting money and items. According to Relief Commissioner Punjab Nadeem Ashraf, 712 villages in 14 tehsils of nine districts in the province were adversely affected by floods where government teams are already engaged in providing relief facilities to the masses.—APP The Educators, WWF-Pak sign MoU for environ education STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —The Educators signed an MOU with World Wide Fund for Nature–Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) on Thursday to spread environmental education through WWF-Pakistan’s Spellathon and Eco Internship programmes. Ali Raza, Project Director, The Educators and Anwar Naseem, Director Corporate Relations, WWF-Pakistan signed the MOU. Spellathon is a nationwide environment spelling competition for students from class 1 to class 9 which aims to create awareness about various environmental issues through stories and spelling tests. The programme will train 30,000 to 40,000 students from The Educators over three years. More than 125,000 students participate in the Spellathon. Furthermore, nearly 500 students from The Educators will also be enrolled in the Eco Internship programme and take part in six day-long sessions, which will give students the opportunity to be affiliated with a global organization and create a genuine sense of civic responsibility. LAHORE: A child sleeping in makeshift swing with traditional bed in relief camp for flood affected people on Sheikhupura Road. LTC provides best transport facilities to citizens SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Lahore Transport Company (LTC) is playing significant role in planning, regulating, and facilitating the general public by imparting state of the art transport facilities to the citizens of Lahore. The establishment of Bus Monitoring Room will not only track the buses on allocated routes rather will ensure the transparency in disbursing operational subsidy to the private transport operators. The main objective of employing these technical and scientific methods is to spend public money on the welfare of people. This was stated by Chairman Lahore Transport Company Khawaja Ahmed Hassan while inaugurating new Bus Monitoring Room at LTC Headquarter, here today. CEO LTC Khawaja Haider Latif, member Punjab provincial assembly Ramzan Siddique Bhatti, CFO Maryam Khawar and other officials were also present in the meeting. Khawaja Ahmed Hassan has said that domestic and foreign investment in transport sector has transformed the traditional transport culture into modern lines. In this regard many routes have become operational on which buses having International standard are being plied. Hindus celebrate birth anniversary of Krishan L A H O R E —Birth Anniversary of Religious leader of Hindu religion Sri Krishan Ji was celebrated across the country on Thursday. The central ceremony organised by Evacuee Trust Property Board was held at Krishna Mandar, Ravi Road here. The celebrations were attended by a large number of members of Hindu community as well as members from other religions. Dozens of Hindu families offered their worship and prayed for the solidarity of LAHORE: Residents of Jaranwala holding a demonstration for acceptance of their dethe country.—APP mands at Faisal Chowk. Private clinics ‘forbidden zone’ for drug inspectors MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—Private clinics in the Punjab have become a “forbidden zone” for drug inspectors, as they cannot enter these clinics to see whether doctors are involved in illegal drug practices or not. According to official data of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), there are 24,656 registered male general practitioners while 17,191 female doctors across the Punjab. The data depicts 8,156 male and 2,168 female specialist doctors in the Punjab. According to a survey conducted by Pakistan Observer in most of the general practitioner clinics, unsealed tablets and medicated syrups filled in small and unhygienic plastic bottles were found. District Quality Control Board (DQCB) Secretary Dastgeer Ahmed Bhatti said it was illegal to sell tablets after tearing their seals and to pour syrups in unhygienic plastic bottles. He admitted that drug inspectors usually had avoided visiting clinics of general medical practitioners. He, however, did not disclose the reasons behind not inspecting these clinics. He said drug inspectors could be in ‘hot water’ if they interfered in the matters of the doctors’ community. He said 1,831 cases of substandard, spurious, illegal advertisement and expired drugs were put before the DQCB for persecution (from 2006 to 2012), but no medicine sample was recovered from any private clinic in Lahore. He said a doctor could keep a limited quantity of medicine in his clinic and run a medical store adjacent or inside his clinic. He said no doctor could be issued more than one licence. He said, “It was in our notice that some quacks had been issued these licences.” On January 28, District Coordination Officer, who is also chairman of the DQCB, had directed Executive District Officer (EDO) Capt (r) Dr Inamul Haq to start a crackdown on quacks. On condition of anonymity, a Health Department official, said, “It is unethical and illegal to keep syrups in plastic bottles and unsealed tablets. He said a majority of registered medical and dental practitioners were running private clinics. He said, “These practitioners do not give medical prescriptions to the patients, because they want to conceal names of tablets and syrups. Due to this practice, drug inspectors cannot find the expiry date of the medicine.” Pakistan Medical Association spokesman Dr Azhar said general practitioners could give unsealed tablets and syrups in small bottles to their patients. He said the expiry date of medicine should be known for the convenience of the drug inspectors. Submitting of challan ordered in acid attack case L AHORE —Lahore High Court Chief Justice has directed District and Sessions Judge, Multan to ask police to submit challan before the trial court against the accused involved in acid attack on step-mother and her sister. The chief justice also directed D&SJ to send report of the case. According to a news published in a section of press, brother of victim Zahida Bibi of Tatarwala in Jampur told police that his sister was the second wife. He said after the death of her husband, her stepson, Wasim used to mistreat her. He alleged that Wasim would beat her up if she refused to give him money.—APP Sarwar for clean drinking water in public schools STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Punjab Governor Muhammad Sarwar has said that clean drinking water plants would be installed in all public sector schools of the province besides improving the lot of these schools. “Education is the right of all and sundry and the government will adopt all means for the provision of education to the masses,” he said during a meeting with Executive Director Common Grounds USA Dr Zulfiqar Ali Kazmi at the Governor House. The Punjab Governor said that all efforts would be made to realize the dream of the Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif to provide basic education to children across Punjab. He regretted the fact that most of the children in Punjab were deprived of basic education, adding that it was the responsibility of the government as well as the parents to equip them with knowledge. Sarwar said that the government would adopt all possible measures to ensure presence of teachers in schools as part of its goal to educate children. He said that provision of education and basic facilities to the deserving and poor strata of society was the first and foremost priority of the government and one million children would be sent to school every year. The Punjab Governor said that national education conference would soon be held in the provincial metropolis in this regard.