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blocked major arteries countrywide. The sit-ins led by its leadership publically called for the killings of judges—part of the bench that absolved Aasia— and urged army personnel to rebel against Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa for his alleged involvement in the release. After PM Khan’s ‘aggressive’ stance against the protesters in a televised address, the government subsequently caved in and signed a fivepoint agreement. The agreement was widely criticised by the media, civil society and opposition parties. Under the five-point agreement, the government said it would not object to the review petition filed against the acquittal of the Christian woman and would “initiate a legal process” to place her name on the eCL. The protesters had sent at least four Lahore police personnel to hospital beside violence in several cities of the country. The protesters had also torched vehicles. however, the minister told senators that not a single drop of blood was spilled during the three days. Afridi pointed out that protesters had apologised in the agreement that was signed. “To petition the court to review the case is a

legal right,” the minister said. Afridi appeared in Senate to give the government’s version after PPP senators chided the government for its surrender. On Tuesday, opposition parties in the Senate had criticised the government for not being forceful enough in dealing with TLP. “Our army chief was called out by name. The judiciary, the state and the army were dragged [into the mess]: what kind of message is being sent with these actions?” PPP’s Parliamentary Leader, Senator Sherry Rehman, had asked. “The government was all talk and no action. This was the first time we’ve heard the state challenged like this. how can this challenge be ignored?” Senator Raza Rabbani had regretted that the country was shut down for three days and state institutions were attacked.

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he federal government on Thursday gave a clean chit to the hardline Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), whose three-day-long protest against the acquittal of blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi had brought the country to a complete standstill, accusing workers of ‘other political parties’ of resorting to violence and vandalism during the protests. Briefing the Senate on Thursday, State Minister for Interior Shehryar Afridi claimed that political workers from other parties had come out on the streets and resorted to violence, adding that the TLP has distanced itself from the vandalism during the sit-ins. “We showed TLP leadership the footage of the people being violent on the streets and they distanced themselves from those persons,” the minister told the Upper house as he defended the extremist outfit. “We met with the TLP leadership yesterday and I will soon brief the prime minister on what transpired during the meeting,” he said, claiming that while leaderships of the other parties were extending support to the government in parliament, they had unleashed their workers on the streets to damage public property. In a ‘strong’ message to vandals, the minister said those who “challenged the writ of the state and take the law into their own hands will not be given any concessions as the government will make an example out of them”. Justifying the deal with the TLP to end the protests, the interior minister said the agreement was signed to avoid “bloodshed”. “Naya Pakistan does not believe in bloodshed,” the minister claimed. “The government will not use bullets against its own citizens. We will embrace our citizens and hold dialogues with them.” It merits mention here that the TLP led by Khadim hussain Rizvi took to streets soon after the top court’s acquittal of Aasia Bibi and

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02 NEWS Parliamentary panel okays elevation of Athar Minallah as IHC CJ The Parliamentary Committee on Appointment of Judges (PCAJ) on Thursday approved the appointment of Justice Athar Minallah as the new chief justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC). Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan chaired a meeting of the committee on Thursday in Justice Minallah’s appointment as IHC CJ was confirmed. Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Farooq H Naek and Raja Pervez Ashraf, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Rana Sanaullah and Javed Abbasi, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Naumar Wazir and Sarfaraz Bugti from the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) were also present during the meeting. The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar had earlier convened a meeting of the Judicial Council of Pakistan in his capacity as its chairman on November 1 to consider and approve the appointment of Justice Athar Minallah as new chief justice of the IHC. The incumbent chief justice of the IHC, Justice Muhammad Anwar Kasi, is set to retire on November 27. NewS DeSk

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ORMER president and cochairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government gave a National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) to clerics who used derogatory language. Speaking to reporters in Khairpur, Zardari said the government had given an NRO last week, referring to an agreement between the government and protesters belonging to the hardline Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) who staged sit-ins across the country following a Supreme Court verdict acquitting Christian woman

Aasia Bibi in a blasphemy case. Zardari said, “The clerics who used derogatory language against the prime minister, Supreme Court judges and the army chief were given an NRO.” “Those 1,200 poor people who

were captured on TV will be arrested but an NRO was given to those who provoked the vandals,” the former president stated. Commenting on the government approaching the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout,

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An anti-terrorism court in the federal capital on Thursday summoned four federal ministers in the next hearing of the cases related to the mob attacks on Pakistan Television (PTV) and Parliament House in 2014. ATC Judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi heard the cases related to the attacks on PTV and Parliament House in 2014. The court accepted the plea for exemptions from court hearings filed by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Defence Minister Pervaiz Khattak, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Jehangir Tareen and directed them to appear in the next hearing. The ATC is hearing four antiterrorism cases pertaining to the attack on the state television building, parliament and SSP Junejo, against PTI and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leaders. The ATC, in September, had granted Prime Minister Imran Khan permanent exemption from appearing before it in the cases.

Establishment Division prepares list of bureaucrats having dual nationality ISLAMABAD: Establishment Division on Thursday prepared a list of dual national bureaucrats and forward to departments concerned on Thursday. According to sources, in the preliminary report, 23 dual national officials’ list has been prepared. List included the names of Wasiq Ahmad (USA) Ashraf (USA), Ejaz Hussain Shah (Canada), Zaigham Iqbal (UK), Shahid Javed (Canada), Raja Hari (UK), Sherafghan (USA), Sara Saeed (UK), Muhammad Ajmal (Canada), Rashid Mansoor (Canada), Muhammad Azhar, Rabia Aurangzaib and Ehsan Mangi (UK) and others. oNliNe

Pm bars medical treatment of federal ministers, officials abroad on govt budget ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday during a meeting of the federal cabinet ordered a ban to be imposed on the medical treatment of federal ministers and officials abroad on the government’s expense. According to a local media channel, the ban on treatment abroad on national exchequer will also be applied to senior officials, advisers, and federal secretaries. A notification has been issued in this regard after the premier’s orders. The PM informed the cabinet that his visit to China was “more successful than expected” and that the Chinese government has “assured every kind of assistance to Pakistan” besides assuring of its full support in Pakistan’s agriculture sector; a first in the history of Pak-

China bilateral relationship. Finance Minister Asad Umar briefed the cabinet about the agreements signed in China and the decisions made during the National Security Committee meeting will also be discussed. The PM approved a summary empowering the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to issue a tax directory. The FBR will publish a separate tax directory for members of the parliament. Additionally, the appointment of Rizwan Memon as chairman of the Trading Corporation of Pakistan as also approved by the federal cabinet and sanctioned the issuance of a license to Liberty Air Ltd. Furthermore, the federal cabinet also deliberated over signing prisoner exchange agreements with Ireland and Britain. The meeting had a 21-point agenda which also included law and

order situation in the country and the formation of a trading corporation of Pakistan and publishing a tax directory for parliamentarians and public for 2017. Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi also briefed Prime Minister Imran Khan and members of the cabinet regarding the damage inflicted to public property during the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan led three-day protests against Aasia Bibi’s acquittal. Prayers were held for Maulana Samiulhaq and Captain Zargham. Imran Khan stated that Maulana Samiul Haq’s services will always be remembered, adding that “sacrifices for establishing peace in the country will not go to waste.” Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S) Maulana Samiul Haq was assassinated in a knife attack at his residence in Rawalpindi last week. He was 80.

Moon not sighted, Eid Miladun Nabi on Nov 21 KARACHI Staff RepoRt

The crescent of Rabi-ul-Awaal was not been sighted in Pakistan on Thursday and the Eid Miladun Nabi, the birthday of Holy Prophet (PBUH), will be celebrated across the country on November 21 (Wednesday).

Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman made this announcement here on Thursday. Mufti Munib chair the meeting of the Ruet-e-Hilal Committee for moon sighting of Islamic month Rabi-ul-Awal 1440 Hijri on Thursday (today). The meeting of the crescent

sighting body took place at the Pakistan Meteorological Department in Karachi. The central body takes its decision based on evidence which it receives from people and zonal committees across the committee. It is pertinent to mention that Eid Miladun Nabi is observed as a public holiday across the country.

Zardari said, “I don’t think we should go to the IMF. We should instead strengthen our local markets.” Further, the PPP co-chairman said, “When we were in the government, we worked. We paid people for their land and prepared a feasibility draft for Bhasha Dam.” Stating that the people are worried and the prices of all commodities have increased, Zardari said, “When petrol and gas prices are increased then prices of all goods will rise.” “U-turns are always taken, let’s see what happens,” he continued. Pointing to PPP leader Manzoor Wassan, who was accompanying him, Zardari said, “Wassan dreamt that the incumbent PTI government will not complete its term.” Further, speaking on the ongoing inquiries by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Zardari said, “No bureaucrat is ready to work in such circumstances.” Responding to a question on former premier Nawaz Sharif, Zardari said, “Maybe, Nawaz and Maryam Nawaz are cooling down the situation.”

cda issues notice to azam swati over illegal encroachments on farmhouse ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Thursday issued a notice to Minister for Science and Technology Azam Khan Swati over illegal construction on his farmhouse. According to the notice, Swati constructed an illegal basement in his farmhouse that was built on CDA land. An operation will be launched if the minister fails to remove the encroachment, it stated. Earlier, a joint investigation team (JIT) formed on the orders of the Supreme Court (SC) last week to probe alleged abuse of power by Azam Swati initiated the investigation by visiting the lawmaker’s residence on Wednesday. Swati, a senator belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), allegedly played a role in the transfer of former Islamabad police chief Jan Mohammad — an allegation over which the SC had last week pondered taking action against him under Article 62 of the Constitution before forming a JIT. Led by the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) Irfan Mangi, the JIT, also comprises members of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Intelligence Bureau (IB). The incident came to the fore following an altercation between Swati’s domestic staff and his neighbours, whose cattle had reportedly trespassed the minister’s farmhouse and caused damage to his property. The JIT has also sought from the CDA complete details of Swati’s residence.

Opp hails govt’s proposal of formulating code of conduct for lawmakers ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt

Government’s proposal of forming a committee to prepare a code of conduct for lawmakers was received warmly by the opposition leaders on Thursday. During the question hour, the treasury benches and the opposition once again had an argument as Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry accused the previous Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government of destroying every institution in the country. Later, the house was informed by Defence Minister Pervez Khattak that the government had decided that

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the use of unparliamentary language would be discouraged in the assembly proceedings and rules will be strictly enforced. The defence minister also proposed forming a committee to formulate a code of conduct for the lawmakers. The committee would comprise members from the treasury and the opposition benches, he added. PML-N President and Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif then took the floor and welcomed the move as he regretted the use of inappropriate language in the house. He further said that some ministers were habitual of levelling allegations without any evidence. Lashing out at the use of unbecoming language in the house, he

said, “For the past few days, we have turned this house into a fish market.” “We should use parliamentary language in the house and our conversation should be factual. We should talk about national issues instead of wasting time,” he added. Former premier Raja Pervez Ashraf also lauded the government’s suggestion of formulating a code of conduct for smooth proceedings of the house, adding that by using inappropriate language, lawmakers were only ridiculing themselves. Ashraf also highlighted that the house had been unable to wrap up a debate of the country’s economic issues, something that had been on the agenda of the assembly for the past one week.


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HE Pakistani government on Thursday rejected reports making rounds in the local and international media that Aasia Bibi had left the country, saying the recently acquitted Christian woman was still in Pakistan. In a weekly press conference, Foreign Office (FO) Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal rubbished as “fake news”, media reports that the former blasphemy convict has left the country after she was freed from Multan prison late on Wednesday night. He reiterated that Aasia Bibi was in Pakistan and “in a safe place”. “The media should verify such news [before running it].” “Aasia Bibi is a free citizen. After the court’s verdict, she can go wherever she wants. There is no restriction on the

sPokesman says there’s no restriction on aasia’s mobiLity, she’s being kePt at a ‘safe PLace’

info minister fawad terms media rePorts ‘baseLess’, urges caution against sPreading fake news mobility of a free citizen,” said Dr Faisal, adding that only the Interior Ministry or the law could specify if legally her name could be placed on the Exit Control List (ECL). FAWAD SLAMS MEDIA FOR ‘FAKE NEWS’: Separately, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry slammed some media organisations for running the “fake news” regarding Bibi leaving the country. “It has become a norm to publish fake news for sake of headlines, #AasiaBibi case is a sensitive issue it was extremely irresponsible to publish news of her leaving the country without confirmation, I strongly urge section of media to act responsible,” he tweeted. Sources close to Bibi’s family,

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while talking to Pakistan Today, also rejected media reports that she has gone abroad, maintaining that she was taken to Islamabad where she and her family is in protective custody. The sources further claimed that she and her family might go abroad on Friday. Aasia was released from Multan jail late Wednesday night, and shifted to a safe place under the cover of the night soon after an order for her release arrived Wednesday at the jail in Multan where she was held. A civil aviation official, in Multan, said a small plane arrived in the city with “a few foreigners and some Pakistanis” on board to fetch Aasia. “Aasia Bibi has left the prison and

has been transferred to a safe place!” Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, had tweeted. According to the reports, the aircraft carrying Aasia Bibi landed at the old Benazir Bhutto International Airport of Islamabad adjacent to Nur Khan Air Base. From there, she was taken to an undisclosed place in Islamabad amid tight security. The authorities are keeping her movement and whereabouts secret for security reasons. Aasia Bibi’s acquittal had sparked countrywide protests by religious parties and groups, with most parts of the country facing a lock down situation for almost three days. A few days after the government and protesters mainly led by the TLP reached a deal, Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took suo motu notice of the riots and ordered the federal and provincial governments to submits their reports on the loss of life or property of citizens.

Cannot predict Aafia aasia bibi's lawyer Siddiqui's release: FO offered dutch asylum, no sPokesman says Pm’s china visit strengthened biLateraL reLations ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt

The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday said that Pakistan has raised the issue of Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s release with the United States (US), however, no decision has yet been taken in this regard. Siddiqui has been behind bars since 2010 on charges of attempted murder and mounting an assault on US military personnel and is serving an 86-year sentence at the Federal Medical Centre, Carswell, Fort Worth in Texas. In a media briefing, FO spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said, “Since a decision has not been taken regarding her release, we cannot say when she will be freed.” Pakistan has been raising the issue with the US on a regular basis, the Foreign Office (FO) said on Wednesday. The issue was also raised by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in

Tuesday’s meeting with US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells. “Pakistan’s Consul General in Houston Ayesha Farooqui regularly visits Siddiqui to inquire on her wellbeing, as well as, to convey any of her messages to family,” the FO statement read. FM Qureshi is also set to meet Siddiqui’s sister in Islamabad soon. The Foreign Office representative also touched upon the prime minister’s visit to China, adding that the trip had “strengthened bilateral relations” between the two neighbouring countries. “The premier visited the country on the invitation of his Chinese counterpart,” he said. Further, he also condemned a wave of atrocities in Indian occupied Kashmir: “A parliamentary group in the British Parliament issued a damning report accusing India of mass murder of Kashmiris.” He added that this is the second such report, the first having been released by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

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The lawyer for a Christian woman acquitted by the Supreme Court in Pakistan’s most high-profile blasphemy case on Thursday denied making a formal request for political asylum in The Netherlands, hours after the Dutch government offered him temporary asylum in the country. Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok, in a tweet, said that the European country has offered Aasia Bibi’s lawyer, Advocate Saiful Mulook “a place in the Shelter City program in the Netherlands for human rights defenders at risk”.

“The situation of Asia Bibi has our full attention,” he added. However, talking to Pakistan Today, Mulook said that the asylum offer was made by the Dutch government and he had not made any specific request for refuge. “It is up to them [the Dutch govt] to decide,” Mulook said, adding that he was being hosted by a Dutch Christian rights outfit and they would handle the matter. About Aasia Bibi’s whereabouts, Mulook said he was unaware of her whereabouts. “I only know that she was flown out of Multan after her release from prison,” he said. On Thursday, the Foreign Office rejected reports that Aasia Bibi and her family had been flown out of Pakistan to some European country soon after her release from Multan prison on Wednesday night. FO Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said that Aasia was in protective custody of the Interior Ministry but there is no bar on her free movement. “Aasia Bibi is a free citizen. After the court’s verdict, she can go wherever she wants. There is no restriction on the mobility of a free citizen,” said Dr Faisal, adding that only the Interior Ministry or the law could specify if legally her name could be placed on the Exit Control List. NewS DeSk

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Govt sticking to Aasia deal, says TLP's Afzal Qadri Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) patron Pir Afzal Qadri has claimed that Aasia Bibi, a former blasphemy convict, will not be allowed to leave the country until a decision on the review petition against her acquittal is announced. In a Facebook video message, he claimed that Aasia Bibi was in the custody of security agencies even after her release as assured to their leadership by intelligence officials. The TLP leader also claimed that the Supreme Court verdict barred Aasia Bibi from leaving the country till a decision on review petition, which is akin to putting her name on Exit Control List (ECL). Interestingly, the SC judgement does not even mention any ban on Aasia’s travel. NewS DeSk

Top court to hear fake bank accounts case next week KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday fixed the hearing of the fake bank accounts case for Monday. A bench of the Supreme Court headed by the CJP will hear the case. The court has issued notices to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director general, Sindh advocate general and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor general in this regard. A notice has also been issued to Nimar Majeed, son of OMNI Group owner Anwar Majeed, to appear before the court. Earlier, the top court had constituted a sixmember joint investigation team (JIT) to investigate the case. The JIT, headed by FIA Headquarters Additional Director General (Economic Crime Wing) Ahsan Sadiq, includes Commissioner-IR (Corporate Zone) Regional Tax Officer Imran Latif Minhas, BID-I State Bank of Pakistan Joint Director Majid Hussain, NAB Director Noman Aslam, Director (Specialized Companies Division) Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan Muhammad Afzal and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Brigadier Shahid Parvez. Former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur were among over a dozen suspects named in a money-laundering scam. In the FIA list, Anwar Majeed and his son’s names appeared on top of the list while Zardari and Talpur were at the bottom of the list. Staff RepoRt

seven injured as cJP nisar's convoy meets road accident Seven security officials were injured on Thursday when Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar’s convoy met a road accident while travelling from Islamabad to Lahore, according to media reports. CJP Nisar remained safe in the accident. The injured were taken to DHQ Hospital. Later, the chief justice also went there to inquire about their condition. NewS DeSk

SC declares Attaul Haq Qasmi's appointment as PTV MD illegal orders Qasmi, ex-info minister Pervaiz rasheed, exfinance minister ishaQ dar and ex-PrinciPaL secy to Pm fawad hassan fawad to Pay back rs190.78m ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt

The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday declared the appointment of Attaul Haq Qasmi as Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) managing director (MD) and the financial perks received by him during his tenure illegal. Qasmi, formerly the chairman of PTV, had appointed himself as MD in 2017, sparking controversy. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar heard the case in which the top court had reserved its judgement in July. A short order read by Justice Umar

Atta Bandial also held former information minister Pervez Rashid, former finance minister Ishaq Dar as well as former principal secretary to the prime minister Fawad Hassan Fawad responsible for the financial and authority-related perks enjoyed by the former chairman. In the 48-page judgement authored by the chief justice, the top court has pointed out irregularities and violation of rules in Qasmi’s appointment. According to the judgement, the national exchequer suffered a loss amounting to Rs190 million in the form of Qasmi’s paycheck and other perks. The accused in the case have been charged with financial compensation,

50% of which will be paid by Qasmi, 20% by each of the former ministers and the former principal secretary to the premier will have to submit 10% of the Rs190.78 million. “Qasmi’s attitude was unacceptable and he should not be appointed on any such post in the future,” the judgment asserted. The bench noted that Qasmi’s appointment as chairman of the state broadcaster also violated the upper age limit of 65 years, and the former government had moved summaries to relax the rules. “He was given a handsome salary package of Rs1,500,000 in addition to other perks and a sum of Rs284,163,733 was paid to [Qasmi] and/or expense incurred by him or on his behalf”. Holding the “illegal appointment” responsible for PTV’s decline in finances and reputation, the verdict added that Qasmi had lacked the skill and expertise

needed for a running a company. The judgment added that PTV is a public sector entity and hence appointments made in the government-run institution were open to the appropriate jurisdiction.

It was also mentioned that additional attorney journal had informed the court during court proceedings that PTV’s chairman is elected by its board and is out of the mandate of the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage. In defence, Qasmi’s counsel had argued that the appointment had been made by the federal government as it saw fit at the relevant time and “the Court has no jurisdiction to interfere with such discretion/ decision-making power”. Urdu columnist, playwright and poet Qasmi, who was appointed as PTV’s chairman in 2015, went ahead and appointed himself as the state TV’s MD in 2017, in violation of rules. The additional attorney general and information secretary had informed the court that Qasmi had reportedly received a total of Rs278 million in salaries and advertising cuts during his two-year stint at the state-run TV channel.


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KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday expressed dissatisfaction over Civil Hospital Karachi’s (CHK) management and Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on their report pertaining to a petition about the disappearance and possible abduction of a child from CHK and summoned the Health secretary on November 22. The SHC heard a petition filed by parents of the missing child, Nouman, who had earlier disappeared from the hospital. A report, in this regard was submitted before the court which said that some guardians and one woman were taken into custody on testimony of the child’s mother. Later, they were released after the inquiry due to lack of evidence. The report further said they would conduct an inquiry if the parents asked so. On the day when the child went missing, the cameras of the CHK’s OPD were not working, it was learnt during the investigation. The Health secretary, however, presented an apology before the court and said that it was noted that the cameras were disabled before the kidnapping, but all CCTV cameras have now been activated. On which the court remarked if the CHK is in this situation, how would be said of the other hospitals? The court also directed the officials to get help from the cameras of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and police department installed surrounding the hospital. The court also issued orders that police deployment should be increased in the premises of hospitals, and all available technology should be used for the recovery of the missing child. Staff REPORt

KARACHI: Supply of medicines to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) remains suspended for the past three days, causing problems for the visiting and emergency patients, reports said on Thursday. The contractor has stopped the supply of life-saving drugs to NICVD due to some technical reasons. Some 200 drugs are not available at emergency and OPDs for patients since last three days. The emergency and OPDs are facing grave hardships due to unavailability of life-saving drugs. The Chest Pain Units (CPUs) and Satellite Centres are also facing the same situation for the last two days. NICVD spokesperson, however, rejected the news being circulated in some section of media that about the shortage of lifesaving drugs. He said that there is no shortage of drugs in the hospital and the provision of life-saving drugs to OPD and emergency patients is being observed. PPI

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INDH Rangers Director General (DG) Major General Mohammad Saeed on Thursday stressed that the City needs an expanded police force in terms of which must also be fully equipped with modern technologies so that they could efficiently maintain law & order situation of a city with a huge population. Speaking at a meeting during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI), Rangers DG added that under Safe City Project, high-quality cameras have to be installed all over the city to easily identify

and apprehend the culprits while tracker enabled chip-based number plates for vehicles/motorcycles to have to be provided which, if implemented, would surely bring down the street crimes. “The first fundamental requirement is to enhance the number of policemen and install cameras. Secondly, everyone has to participate in order to resolve law and order issues”, he added. KCCI former president and Businessmen Management Group (BMG) Chairman Siraj Kassam Teli, Vice President Haroon Farooki, KCCI President Junaid Esmail Makda, Senior Vice President Khurram Shahzad, Vice President Asif Sheikh Javaid, former presidents AQ Khalil, Majyd Aziz, Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, Younus Muhammad

Bashir and Shamim Ahmed Firpo along with KCCI Managing Committee members attended the meeting. Rangers DG pointed out that Karachi has a total of just 31,000 policemen and 110 police stations, of which only 14,000 policemen are available to Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) on any given day with no helicopter fleet, no forensic labs and no other specialised force. This minimal number of police force is responsible to maintain law and order situation of a city which has remained out of state’s writ for a period of 35 to 40 years. “Rangers force comprises of 12,000 troops, of which 5,000 are fixed deployed at the Airport, Consulates, Strategic Installations, Rangers Pickets and Red Zone who cannot be

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moved. Excluding the administration staff, Sindh Rangers hardly has 4,000 troops available and it is these troops who cleansed Karachi from terrorists and criminals during the last 5 years, which must be acknowledged. In order to effectively deal with car and motorcycle theft and snatching incidents, Rangers DG reiterated the need to introduce tracker enabled chip-based number plates for vehicles/motorcycles so that these could be linked to Centralised Registration Data Bank which, if interfaced with NADRA and RFID system, would help in easily identifying the owners of vehicles and also enable police and rangers to monitor the movement of vehicles. He said that as motorcycles are used in most of the criminal activities, it should be made mandatory for motorcycle manufacturers to put inbuilt trackers in their motorcycles as done in many cities around the world and also in Lahore. With an in-built tracker installed on every motorcycle and cameras all over the city, it would be easy for law enforcing agencies to quickly arrest criminals, he concluded.

Man axes daughter to death in Tharparkar

QUETTA: Baloch rights activist Mama Qadeer and family of Shabir Baloch protest for recovery of Shabir outside Quetta Press Club. ONLINE

MITHI: A man axed his own daughter to death and critically injured another here on Thursday after which the police arrested the accused. Police said that accused Sagram Bhail, who was annoyed over a ‘domestic issue’, attacked his two teenage daughters with an axe in the Khaitalri village, some 60 kilometer away from Mithi – the district Headquarter of Tharparkar. One girl identified as Sameena, 15, was killed in the attack while another Jamna, 12, was critically injured. The body and injured were shifted to Taluka Hospital Diplo for the medico-legal formalities. The police arrested the accused after registering a case against him at the concerned police station and started an investigation. INP

Anti-encroachment operation enters 4th day KARACHI INP

An anti-encroachment drive in the metropolis’ Saddar area entered its fourth day on Thursday. The operation was conducted around Tibet Centre, Akbar Road and Zaibunnisa Street on the Supreme Court’s orders to remove encroachments from Saddar and adjoining areas. The apex court, on October 27, had ordered the removal of illegal encroachments in the city within the next 15 days. However, as the operation entered the 4th day, shop owners were seen protesting outside Empress Market against the demolishing of their shops. According to the shop owners, they have been paying the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC)

and other departments for the past 50 years and despite the payment, their shops were demolished. The shop owners have demanded that they are provided with an alternative place or they will continue to protest. Speaking to media, Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar said, “We want to return the city and Empress Market to its original state.” “We do not want to repeat the mistakes of the past. Contracts of all those areas that KMC had given under rent have been terminated.” He continued, “We will not take away anyone’s livelihood, we just want to remove the encroachments. If anyone takes the law into their hands we will take action against them.” Terming the shop owners’ protest as illegal, Akhtar said, “All institutions should comply with SC’s orders and we will not

let anything unlawful happen with anyone.” “The business community is happy with the removal of encroachments,” he

said, adding, “Those unemployed as result of the operation will be given an alternative space in another market.”

BB’s reforms role model for nation, world: minister

KARACHI PPI

Sindh Minister for Women Development Syeda Shehla Raza said that political and social reforms of Benazir Bhutto are a magnificent role model not only for Pakistan but the entire global community.

We need to identify true Aalims, the government’s writ is to differentiate between Ulema and extremists, the government must not put the nation in front of these extremists. This is high time to enforce the principles and ideology of Benazir Bhutto. She was addressing at the inaugural ceremony of National Conference on Socio-Political Reforms of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto at University of Karachi’s Arts Auditorium. She added that every government except that of Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) considered Steel Mills as a burden and ignored the fact that how many families are dependent on it. These are assets of the nation, those who damaged it, built their own

steel mills. We saved these assets and will save it; our leadership wants the betterment of infrastructure. “Corruption is in every country including India, China and France, it must be eradicated completely. We must tell the world that we are fighting against terrorism for the whole words that’s why our economy is not progressing,” she added. KU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan said that the purpose of establishment of Benazir Bhutto Chair is to propagate the vision of Benazir Bhutto through academic research. “She was a visionary leader and a role model for all the women of the world. She possessed political thinking since she was trained by her father Zul-

fiqar Ali Bhutto. She was advised not to return back to Pakistan but despite all sorts of life threats, she came back and laid her life for the love of the country. We need to research on her services for the country”, the VC added. Advisor to the Cheif Minister Barrister Murtaza Wahab was the chair of the concluding session of the conference. He stated that we cannot forget the efforts of Benazir Bhutto in the resolution of social and political issues. It was BB’s government which liberated the media in 1988, whatever media boom we are experiencing today is because of her efforts. She established first women bank in the country and played a pioneering role

in women empowerment as well as Pakistan’s first women station was also established in 1993 during her tenure, he reminded. First women judge of High Court Justice Majida Rizwi was appointed during her government and now a female judge is serving Balochistan High Court’s chief justice, he said. “It was her vision that lady health workers programme was initiated to promote health awareness among women and these centres were established countrywide in 1993 and working till today. “We talk about the rights of minorities but we forget that it was BB who introduced the ministry of minorities and she also introduced the ministry for women rights,” he added.


WORLD VIEW 05

Friday, 9 November, 2018

AllAhAbAd: The nAme chAnge ThAT killed my ciTy's soul BBC

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HIS is how most introductions start in India. And my answer to the second question has always been Allahabad, the city of India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan. But I won't be able to say that any longer because Allahabad has been renamed Prayagraj. Allahabad is in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which is ruled by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The state government has said the decision was taken to restore the city's ancient identity as a major Hindu pilgrimage centre. BJP leaders have taken issue with the fact that the city's 435-year-old name was given by

a Muslim ruler. Allahabad was indeed named by Mughal emperor Akbar. It was an administrative, military and cultural centre for the Mughal Empire, which ruled most of India and Pakistan in the 16th and 17th centuries. This legacy continued during British colonial rule, and after independence in 1947, the city remained a major political and cultural hub in northern India. It still plays a big role in the Hindu faith. It hosts the Kumbh Mela every 12 years near the confluence of two holy rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna. The event, which attracts tens of millions of devotees, is often described as the world's largest religious gathering. People from all faiths come together to welcome devotees, and hundreds of kiosks offering free food to people are set up during the mela. Allahabad's history is shared by Hindus, Muslims and Christians alike. And every corner of the city has its own share of history: from Anand Bhawan, the home of Nehru; to Sangam, the confluence of the two rivers; to the giant fort built by Akbar, which prevented flooding and helped attract people to settle in the city. "That is why it's hard to imagine these places with any other name," says Azimur Siddiqui, a management teacher. "These places represent Allahabad."

So why change the name of the city? "It's politics," says Professor Heramb Chaturvedi, who teaches history at Allahabad University. "We have general elections coming up in 2019 and this decision seems to have been taken to appease the city's Hindu majority," he adds. This is not the first decision of its kind. The Uttar Pradesh government recently changed the name of the iconic British-era train station Mughalsarai, naming it after a BJP ideologue, Deendayal Upadhyaya. Just this week, the state's chief minister announced Faizabad district would now be called Ayodhya. Then the BJP government in Gujarat said it wanted to change the name of the state's largest city from Ahmedabad to Karnavati. Many see renaming Allahabad as a continuation of the party's policy to change Muslim names of cities and towns. But the BJP, which also leads the national government in Delhi, insists that the decision to rename Allahabad has nothing to do with politics since Prayagraj is the "real name" of the city. The party claims that it is only trying to "correct history" as it was Akbar who changed Prayagraj's name to Illahabad (which means a place where Allah lives) in 1583. But historians say this is not entirely accurate. Professor NR Farooqui, former vice-

The public deserves an Afghanistan war progress report

NAtioNAl review JIM BanKS

On August 21, 2017, President Trump announced a renewed focus on Afghanistan as he unveiled his administration’s South Asia Strategy. Today, the question on the minds of Americans is whether this strategy has made a difference, as we have heard almost nothing from our nation’s leaders about its effectiveness. At the time Trump announced the new strategy, I applauded his decision to change course and said, “We must continue taking the fight there to prevent terrorism from returning to our shores. This is only possible with a sound strategy, a steadfast commitment to building the capacity of our Afghan partners, and enough troops to finish the mission.” Fourteen months later, the American people continue to hear conflicting accounts of progress and stalemate in Afghanistan. On April 12 of this year, during a House Armed Services Committee hearing, I asked Secretary of Defense James Mattis if he would prioritize releasing a public report on America’s progress in Afghanistan. Mattis assured me he would look into it and said, “I see your point.” Six months later, neither Secretary Mattis nor Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has provided more information. The American people hear more about increased Taliban attacks than they do progress after 17 years of the war in Afghanistan. Since 2002, the U.S. alone has provided more than $126 billion in aid to the country. We’ve spent over $750 billion on U.S. military operations in the Afghanistan war. We are set to continue to spend no less than $5 billion annually for the foreseeable future. The sacrifice of over 3,400 coalition lives, and tens of thousands of Afghan lives, must lead to a peaceful outcome. Yet assessment reports show the conflict is at a stalemate. Given the incredible sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform and the billions of dollars of taxpayer money spent on the conflict annually, the American public, including the more than 300 Hoosiers who have served in Afghanistan this year alone, deserves a complete progress report to understand what our future commitment to the country will require.

The administration’s semi-annual report to Congress shows little progress over time. Each assessment over the past five years has recorded essentially the same threat level. The opening line of the threat assessment in November 2013’s report stated, “The convergence of insurgent, terrorist, and criminal networks is pervasive and constitutes a threat to Afghanistan’s stability.” Almost five years later, the June 2018 report’s threat assessment said that Afghanistan still “faces a continuing threat from an externally supported insurgency and the highest regional concentration of terrorist groups in the world. These pervasive insurgent, terrorist, and criminal networks constitute a threat to Afghanistan’s stability.” The most recent United Nations update on civilian casualties shows the consequences of these threats. More civilian deaths in the Afghanistan war were reported from January to June 2018 than at any other period in the last nine years. The situation is only held in balance by international donations into the accounts of an Afghan government riddled with corruption. According to the administration’s latest assessment, the Afghan military requires $6 billion annually, yet the Afghan government provides less than 10 percent of that total. Two key components of the military, the special security forces and the air force, together require more funding than the Afghan government collects in revenue annually. I fear we are building an unsustainable military in Afghanistan. While serving as a naval reserve officer in Afghanistan just four years ago, I encountered a complex situation. When the U.S. reduced its footprint and formally ended combat operations, the Taliban took advantage of the drawdown, increasing its foothold. At the same time, the Afghan presidential election became mired in controversy. The situation has not improved in any significant way since, despite the perseverance of the Afghan people. While China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran dominate the news, too often people forget about the importance of America’s presence in Afghanistan. This year, we will be sending new recruits into a conflict that started before they were even born. We want President Trump and his administration to succeed in making “this strategy work, and work effectively and work quickly,” as he said he hoped it would when he announced it in August 2017. Our tax dollars, sweat, and blood must lead to an enduring peace in Afghanistan. We should continue partnering with the people of Afghanistan to accomplish that objective, but we need to hear clearly and transparently from the administration to determine how we get there, and what it will cost. Jim Banks represents Indiana's third congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

chancellor of Allahabad University, says several historical documents and books prove that Prayagraj was never a sprawling city. "Prayag, also mentioned as Jhunsi Prayag in some books, was a well-known pilgrimage destination. The place has been mentioned in several Hindu scriptures as well. But it was never a city," he says. He adds that Akbar laid the foundation of a new city in 1574 and named it Ilahabas. He built a massive fort and used it as an administrative and military centre to rule northern India. The next generation of Mughal rulers started calling it Illahabad, and finally, the British started calling it "Allahabad" for ease of pronunciation. But it continued to be Illahabad in the local Hindi and Urdu languages. The city has witnessed many historical moments between 1574 and 2018. Mughal rulers continued to use the city as a regional power centre. It played an important role in India's freedom movement as Nehru's house, Anand Bhavan, became the "headquarters" for independence leaders, and later for the Congress party. In the first few decades after India's independence, the city flourished as a major cultural and political centre. Many prominent Hindi writers, politicians, actors, scientists and civil servants from the city went on to become legends in their fields.

And the common thread in all their success stories was Allahabad. But it's now broken. "It's amazing that such a small city gave so many legends to the country. It didn't matter whether an achiever from the city was Hindu or Muslim - it celebrated everybody," Professor Chaturvedi says. He acknowledges the name Prayagraj, but says people will always identify themselves with Allahabad. "There is no doubt that the city will always be a major Hindu pilgrimage centre whether you call it Prayagraj or not. But erasing the name Allahabad is like killing the city's soul." Professor Farooqui agrees. "You can't just erase the history of 500 years. Allahabad is not just a name - it's a feeling that every person who grew up in the city carries," he says. It's a sentiment that many others share. Suresh Yadav, former student leader of Allahabad University, believes the city will continue to have multiple identities. "It's a city for all faiths, yet it's a major Hindu culture centre. Nothing will change that. Allahabad will continue to retain this identity," he says. But some, like Professor Rajesh Kumar Singh, also agree with the BJP's decision to rename the city. "I think it's a good decision to restore the city's cultural identity," Prof Singh says. "The name Prayagraj reflects that the city was an important Hindu centre, and many believe that the government has done the right thing." Many residents of the city find it difficult to accept the decision. They have always taken pride in calling themselves Allahabadis. One of the most famous Urdu poets called himself Akbar Allahabadi. It's hard to believe that we may now have to call the great poet "Akbar Prayagraji".

11/6 has become a landmark date in Muslim American history

Al JAzeerA Khaled a Beydoun

There are some dates that are forever etched in the minds of Muslim Americans - dates that live more in infamy or misery, marking moments of unprecedented scapegoating or fear, anxiety and the collective bracing of backlash. 9/11 and 11/9 rush to mind, numbers that memorialise two days when everything changed for Muslim Americans - the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC and the election of an orange-skinned man who rode on a wave of Islamophobia all the way into the White House. Now, 11/6 not only stands apart from those dates, but directly counters the evils and ills they directed at 8 million Muslims that call the United States home. On November 6, 2018, two Muslim American women officially made history. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat out of Minnesota, soundly defeated her Republican opponent to claim a US Congressional seat. Two states over to the east, Rashida Tlaib overwhelmed two contestants in Michigan's 13th congressional district to claim her place in Washington, DC. Two Muslim women are headed to US Congress, a place they have never been a part of. And in the aftermath of their historic wins, the collective prayer of "Please don't be Muslim" that follows every terror attack was replaced with "I'm so proud to be Muslim", uttered by Muslims across the US. Two Muslim American women, one a daughter of a Palestinian refugee and the other a refugee herself, made history by becoming the first Muslim American congresswomen in American history. Their transformative feat cannot be timed any better, converging with a moment when Islamophobia has never been more intense in Washington, and the collective morale of Muslim Americans in dire need of a glimpse of hope. Their stories are equally profound, and a direct blow to the white supremacist vision summoned to the fore by Trump and the legion of candidates that followed his lead. Tlaib grew up in Southwest Detroit, a predominantly Latinx and Black community sprinkled with Arab families, like her own, who embraced the blue-collar culture of the city. Omar found safe haven from her country's civil war as a refugee in Kenya, ultimately settling in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1995, which eventually became the home of the most populous and thriving Somali community in the United States. From the Middle East to the Midwest and from the Horn of Africa to "Little Mogadishu", Tlaib and Omar grew up in cities that simultaneously represent the Amer-

ican heartland and Muslim America. Tlaib's Detroit is widely regarded as an Arab and Muslim American capital, with towns like Dearborn and Hamtramck boasting minarets in their skylines and established and immigrant Muslim communities on the ground. Omar's Minneapolis is a vivid and lurid ballad of Muslim life, replete with Somali sisters and brothers working in the airport, a string of exclusively Somali malls standing alongside American strip malls, and the routine perils of FBI surveillance converging with the mundane routine of everyday life. 11/6 has become a landmark date because of who Tlaib and Omar are, not what they became with their victories. They are both archetypes of the communities they hail from, and the quintessentially Arab and Muslim, and Somali and Muslim, narratives integral to the stories of Detroit and the Twin Cities. Seconds after declaring victory in her hotly contested primary, Tlaib's mother draped her in the Palestinian flag as she thanked her grandparents in the West Bank, surrounded by a diverse sea of supporters, including myself, in Detroit's Northwest side. Tlaib was, at once, unapologetically Palestinian and Muslim, wed with that quintessentially Detroit drive that motivated her to knock on thousands of doors seeking support during her campaign and ultimately knock down a wall in Washington, DC that made her the first Palestinian and Muslim congresswoman in American history. Omar, the first Somali congresswoman in a state home to approximately 100,000 of her countrymen and women, braved freezing, xenophobic and unprecedented terrain to join Tlaib. "We're going to Washington everyone!" she proclaimed, surrounded by a community of Somali immigrants, who travelled the same path that she did, and their children who are now inspired to follow in her footsteps. Omar, a progressive supporter of "single-payer healthcare, tighter gun restrictions and more expansive immigration policies", harmonises the liberal leanings of her city with the aspirations of her Somali Muslim base. And like Tlaib, she was able to form a supremely diverse coalition of supporters that included everybody from white college students to the LGBTQ community, from conservative Muslims to Black Lives Matter activists. While their religious identities will draw them immediate press and praise and invite backlash and bigotry, their substance and what they symbolise is what sets them apart. In an era where identity is flattened, and stripped from the entire anatomy of the story, Tlaib's and Omar's faith will monopolise the headlines. But the faith their communities had in them, and their rooted love for community and clear progressive agendas, is what delivered them to Washington, and into the history books. This, in large part, is why 11/6 will forever stand as a landmark date for Muslim Americans, today and moving forward. Tlaib and Omar's trailblazing victories help reclaim some of the hope lost with the election of Trump on 11/9, and seventeen years after 9/11, retrenches some of the darkness still looming above Detroit, Minneapolis and Muslim communities beyond and in between. Khaled A Beydoun is a law professor, and author of American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear.


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Friday, 9 November, 2018

HEC ‘ovErspEnt’ morE tHan rs 3.13bn undEr dEvElopmEnt budgEt ISLAMABAD

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hE higher Education Commission (hEC) made extra expenditure worth billions of rupees in the last fiscal year 2016-17 under its infrastructure development projects in sheer violation of the rules, it has emerged. In its audit report, the auditor general of Pakistan (AGP) detected that the hEC spent Rs 8,704.628 million against the released amount of Rs 5,569.980 million for infrastructure development projects under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP), causing an expenditure of Rs 3,134.648 million in excess of the released fund, reflecting that the additional funds were utilised from previous year’s savings/retained amounts. The hEC was maintaining an assignment account in the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and according to the terms and conditions, the expected savings/unspent balances must have lapsed to the government well before the closing of the pertinent financial year. The audit report revealed that the previous

government allocated a budget worth Rs 15,287.449 million for the infrastructure development projects, but funds of Rs 5,569.980 million were released under first and second quarters, causing a decrease of Rs 9,717.469 million. The Ministry of Finance released an amount of Rs 5,569.980 million during first & second quarter of FY 2016-17, however, no funds were released during the third & fourth quarter and the shortfall of funds was managed by universities from other sources through bridge financing and carry forward of the previous year. The university/project wise position of budget allocation/release and incurrence of expenditure revealed that under 32 projects/universities, funds worth Rs 3,907.693 million got re-appropriated in favour of the 17 other projects/universities by the Planning, Development & Reforms (PD&R) secretary on March 17, 2017, indicating that either cash plan was prepared/got approved from the ministries/divisions concerned without legitimate need of the projects or execution pace was not up to the mark due to lack of the supervision/monitoring/evaluation controls.

ECp reserves verdict on maintainability of plea against pm Khan’s poll victory LAHORE: An election tribunal on Thursday reserved verdict on maintainability of a petition seeking annulment of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s election victory in NA-95, Mianwali. The petitioner had approached the tribunal set up by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), stating that Khan didn’t disclose his complete [asset] details in his nomination papers, hence his victory should be declared void. In his reply, counsel of PM Khan, Babar Awan, raised an objection on the petition, saying that the petitioner lived in Karachi and he filed a plea in Lahore, which was not permitted under the law. he further said that the petition was filed after passage of time specified by the ECP for hearing complaints regarding poll results. The tribunal then reserved its verdict whether the petition was acceptable for processing. PM Imran Khan had won from all five National Assembly constituencies – Mianwali (NA-95), Islamabad (NA-53), Bannu (NA-35), Karachi (NA-243), and Lahore (NA-131) where he contested July 25 general elections. however, a week later he decided to retain only Mianwali seat while vacating four others. Staff RePoRt

mnas mohsin dawar, ali Wazir call on pm Imran Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) leaders and Members of National Assembly (MNA) Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir called on Prime Minister Imran Khan. human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari lauded the development. She added that PM Imran had always “spoken about the genuine grievances” of the citizens of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the PTM MNAs “will be involved in the division and merger policies in their area”. NeWS DeSK

The report showed that in 44 cases, expenditure of Rs 4,656.015 million was incurred in excess over the budget release. An amount of Rs 249,736,556 was retained against 03 projects as on June 30, 2016, and Rs 170,281,561 against 07 schemes as on June 30, 2017 whereas, according to the instructions of Ministry of Finance, unspent funds of Assignment Accounts are required to have lapsed to the government at the end of the financial year. Moreover, the universities were operating current accounts of projects in the NBP instead of assignment accounts without the approval of the Ministry of Finance. The audit report revealed that in nine projects, the overall budget allocation was enhanced from Rs 800.00 million to Rs 1,679.389 million through a re-appropriation process and an amount of Rs 420 million was released during 1st and 2nd quarters. however, the management did not spend any fund against certain projects during the year 2016-17. HEC RESPONDS: hEC Director Media Ayesha Ikram, in an email reply, said that the facts indicated in the observation were correct, as the amount allo-

cated for development projects of universities during FY 2016-17 was Rs 15,287.449 million. “The funds were being utilised in the execution of development projects and majority of these projects were at advanced stages under various contractual obligations which require the flow of funds to complete ongoing activities,” she added. Ikram agreed that the universities managed the shortfall of funds using other sources through the bridge financing. It is apprised that the commission is maintaining the assignment account for its development projects; however, accounts maintained by universities for development projects are not lapsable as agreed by the Ministry of Finance, besides universities are maintaining current accounts in NBP for development projects as agreed by the Ministry of Finance. The difference of Rs 200.956 million in reconciliation statement was due to direct receipt of funds from foreign donor i.e. USAID to the hEC through the State Bank of Pakistan. however, the settlement of account was requested to the AGPR by the hEC but was not adjusted/incorporated timely.

Policy devised to reform Code of Civil Procedure, SC told ISLAMABAD Staff RePoRt

The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday was informed by the Task Force on Civil Law Reforms that a policy had been devised to reform the Code of Civil Procedure for its compatibility with modern issues. A report in this regard was submitted by the task force on behalf of the Law and Justice Division, stating that it seeks to provide “fair, substantial, inexpensive and speedy justice”. The report also stated that on the recommendations of Federal Minister for Law and Justice Dr Farogh Naseem, a core team, focus on the

task of civil law reforms, had been created which has also started the process of drafting amendments to the Code of Civil Procedure in line with the policy of the incumbent government. The report further stated that it was recommended by the law minister that recommendations made by senior lawyer Zafar Iqbal Kalanuri pertaining to issues affecting the

civil justice system, be taken into consideration for effective alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods. The terms of reference (ToR) of the task force include: the speedy and effective disposal of cases; ensuring fair trial; possibilities for an effective ADR; reduction of incompetence and corruption; amendment of archaic substantive and procedural civil laws; adjudication according to accepted judicial and statutory principles of law; expansion of the judiciary with respect to the number of judges; provision of even-handed justice; and a complete overhaul of the civil justice system, including the laws of evidence.

Pakistan concerned over Indian nuclear submarine’s ‘deterrence patrol’ ISLAMABAD Staff RePoRt

The Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday said Pakistan has taken notice of a first “deterrence patrol” of an Indian nuclear submarine and subsequent “self-congratulatory messages in India”. Addressing his weekly press briefing, FO Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal said, “The development marks the first actual deployment of ready-to-fire nuclear warheads in South Asia which is a matter of concern not only for the Indian Ocean littoral states but also for the international community at large.” Earlier this week, New Delhi had said that its first domestically built nuclear-powered submarine had recently completed a “deterrence patrol”, giving it the

capability to fire nuclear weapons from land, air, and sea in the event of any “misadventure” by enemies. With nuclear-armed China to its north and nucleararmed Pakistan to its west — both of which India has fought wars with — India’s nationalist prime minister, Narendra Modi, said the INS Arihant was a “fitting response to those who indulge in nuclear blackmail”. “The bellicose language employed by the top Indian leadership highlights the threats to strategic stability in South Asia and raises questions about responsible nuclear stewardship in India,” the FO spokesperson said, adding that the increased frequency of missile tests by India, aggressive posturing and deployment of nuclear weapons calls for an assessment of the nonproliferation benefits resulting from Indian membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime.

Cement factory tells SC it has stopped pumping water from Katas Raj area ISLAMABAD: One of the cement factories located in the Katas Raj area on Thursday informed the Supreme Court (SC) that it had stopped extracting water from the area. At the outset, Syed Ali Zafar, representing the factory submitted a report in compliance with the directions of the top court, claiming his client had completely stopped the extraction of water from Kallar Kahar and Chakwal for their factory and had made alternate and proper arrangements, including the installation of new technology and equipment. The counsel submitted the report since the top court had allowed the water usage for domestic purposes, therefore, the relevant officers may be directed to charge domestic rates for this water. On an inquiry from the bench regarding the ongoing investigation against officers for allowing water usage in the past, the Anti-Corruption Department informed that the investigation was underway. As regards the water of Katas Raj Temple, the Government of Punjab undertook that they are still looking for ways and means to rectify the situation. The court directed the DC concerned and the environment department to confirm and verify the report submitted by the cement factories regarding the stoppage of water extraction and submit it on November 14, 2018. Staff RePoRt

Minor’s rapist sentenced to 28 years in jail WAH: Additional District and Sessions Judge Tahir Abbass Sipra on Thursday sentenced the rapist of a five-year-old girl to 28 years of imprisonment in addition to imposing a fine of Rs 0.2 million on him. According to the prosecution, the accused Rashid had abducted and raped the girl in the limits of Taxila Police Station. The police registered a case against the accused under section 376 and 367-A PPC on the complaint of the child’s father and arrested him. aPP

IHC clubs two petitions regarding mml’s registration ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad high Court (IhC) on Thursday allowed clubbing an identical petition with the plea of Milli Muslim League (MML) seeking registration with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECL). Justice Aamer Farooq of IhC conducted hearing on the petition filed by the counsel for the party Advocate Raja Rizwan Abbasi. During the hearing, Abbasi argued before the court that one more application regarding the registration of the political party was pending with the court and requested the bench to also club it with the petition of MML. aPP

Eight dead in Indus Highway accident DADU: At least eight people died including a woman while 26 were injured when a passenger bus collided with a trailer on Indus highway in Dadu, Sindh on Wednesday night. The police told media that the bus was going from Larkana to Karachi when it collided with a trailer near Makhdoom Bilawal area in Dadu resulting eight dead and 26 injured including four women and six children. The authorities said the deceased and injured were shifted to Civil hospital Dadu with four injured in critical condition. Staff RePoRt

Tracking system in final stages for monitoring trains’ movement, fuel expenditure, NA told ISLAMABAD aPP

The Railways Ministry on Thursday informed the National Assembly (NA) that the installation of a tracking system is in the final stages for the strict monitoring of trains’ movement and fuel expenditure. In a written reply in NA, the ministry said that Pakistan Railways (PR) has overcome its losses due to better financial discipline, strict monitoring system and austerity measures. “All-out efforts are

being made to explore new avenues of business to maximise its revenue. PR has earned Rs1367.038 million up to October 20 which is more than its revenue in previous years,” the ministry said. “A total number of 10 passenger trains will be introduced during 100 days. At present, an average of nine to 10 freight trains are being operated from the port as compared to one train a day in the year 2013,” the ministry added. PR entered into an agreement with Pakistan Freight Transportation Co for the transportation of 12,000 MTs of coal per

day. Five coal trains supply coal to Fired Power Plant in Sahiwal daily. PR also entered into an agreement with Pakistan State Oil for the transportation of 200,000 million tons of petroleum products per annum from Karachi to up-country destinations. Under Public Private Partnership (PPP), PR outsourced commercial management of three trains, including hazara Express, Fareed Express and Khushal Khan Khattak Express. Online e-ticketing was also introduced to facilitate travelling passengers at their doorsteps.

Renowned personalities from Punjab and Sindh participate in a collective dua on the 35th death anniversary of well-known industrialist and former senator, the late Chaudhry Muhammad Ashraf, father of former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited former president and Ashraf Group of Industries Chairman Chaudhry Muhammad Zaka Ashraf. PR


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na speaker says Iqbal was visionary poet ISLAMABAD: Speaker Asad Qaiser said that Allama Muhammad Iqbal was a visionary poet who conceived the idea of separate homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent that was ultimately materialised in the shape of Pakistan. In his message on the occasion of the 141st birth anniversary of the national poet to be celebrated on Friday, Asad Qaiser said that prior the passage of Pakistan resolution Allama Iqbal’s philosophical and poetic writings were instrumental in formation and moulding of public opinion. The Speaker NA said that the dream of Allama Iqbal was a great blessing for the Muslims of the sub-continent and added that his poetic message roused and strengthened the spirit and will of the Muslims to get independent and separate homeland for them where they could live according to their religious, culture and traditions. Asad Qaiser said that the great poet visualised the suffering of Ummah and masses that led to their meltdown and also proposed recipe for their revival and regaining the lost glory of the Muslims. Iqbal based his thoughts on the holy Quran and prompted humanity in his interpretations. he also awakened the Muslims from disillusionment and reminded them about the future. INP

president arif alvi says Iqbal helped understand true message of Islam

natIon marKs 141st bIrtH annIvErsary of allama Iqbal today ISLAMABAD

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ATION across the country will mark 141th birth anniversary of our national poet, Allama Muhammad Iqbal today (Friday, 9 November) with a number of activities showing great zeal and fervour. Allama Iqbal was born on the November 9, 1877, in Sialkot. Allama Iqbal is considered among one of the greatest poets and philosophers of the modern era and his literary work is still taught in many universities all over the world. Although the major ceremony of the Iqbal Day will be held at the Mazar-e-Iqbal, Lahore but a number of programmes will be organised in other cities too to make the people, particularly youth aware of

the contributions of the Poet Philosopher of the East. Various notables will visit Iqbal Mausoleum to pay homage. They laid floral wreaths and expressed their views in the visitors’ book. Public and private departments in the federal capital will also organise seminars, discussion programmes, conferences and other activities to remember the contribution of Allama Iqbal the one who envisioned the idea of a separate homeland and motivated Muslims through his poetry to realise this dream. Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) will organise a seminar Fikr-i-Iqbal ki Asri Manwaiyut’ on Friday to mark the birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal where Federal Secretary for National history and Literary heritage (Nh&Lh), Engineer Aamir hasan, Chairman, PAL, Syed Junaid Akhlaq and many literary persons will present on the occasion.

ISLAMABAD: The commemoration of birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal is indeed an occasion not only to recall the message that he propounded but also to ponder how far we have been successful in following the path that was shown to us by the great philosopher and Poet of the East. Allama Muhammad Iqbal will always be remembered not only for envisioning a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Sub Continent but also for his remarkable contributions to understanding the true message of our religion. he awakened the Muslims from their deep slumber and rekindled the spirit among them to seek their true identity and to discover, cultivate and assert “khudi” for individual as well as collective progress and prosperity. Today our country is facing multifaceted challenges while the spirit of Islam and its message is being distorted by religious extremists and zealots. The need to understand his message and reverting to his teachings and philosophy was never as great as it is today. Let us therefore on his 141st birth anniversary reiterate to continue making efforts for translating his vision into reality and strive harder for achieving ideals as envisioned by the great poet-philosopher. Staff RePoRt

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should admit candidly that today when I see that our country is holding a seminar for paying tribute to our beloved Iqbal, I am obliged to feel that this day would prove to be one of the most memorable and exciting days of my life. That luminous spark that washed out from our hearts the darkness of the days of suffocation and repression (through his impressions, poetry, counsel and teachings) and projected a bright picture of the future before our eyes is now transformed into a bright torch to have attracted the attention of our people. Our people who were the first foreign addressees of Iqbal were unfortunately very late to recognise him. The particular conditions in our country, especially the political domination of the colonialist powers during the last years of Iqbal’s life in his favourite country, Iran, never allowed Iqbal to visit this country. This great poet of Persian language, who composed most of his poetry in Persian and not in his own mother tongue, could never breathe in his dear and desired climes. Not only that Iqbal never came to Iran, but the same politics with which Iqbal was at war throughout his life did not allow his ideas, his ideology and his teachings to reach the ears of the Iranian people, who were ever eager to receive his message. I have an answer to this question as to why Iqbal did not come to Iran. At that time, when Iqbal was at the pinnacle of his fame and glory and was known all over the subcontinent and all the renowned universities of the world recognised him as a great thinker, philosopher, scholar, humanist and sociologist (of course none of these titles corresponded to the title by which Iqbal desired to be known), in our country the politicians who ruled the country could not tolerate Iqbal and his ideas in any way. For this very reason he was never invited to Iran and the ground for his visit to this country was not prepared. Not only were none of his books published for years in Iran, even the titles of his - books

remained unknown to us. During the days when the literary works and culture alien to both the Iranians and Muslims were flooding this country like a devastating deluge, not a single poem or work of Iqbal was allowed to catch the public eye. Today the Islamic Republic (i.e. the embodiment of Iqbal’s dream) has been established here, Iqbal, whose heart ached to see the Muslim people having lost their human and Islamic personality, and who viewed their loss of identity and spiritual poverty as the greatest danger to their existence and tried with all the power at his disposal to uproot this vicious weed from the human soul in general and from the inner being of the people of the East in particular and especially the Muslims, had he been alive today, he could have seen a nation standing on its feet, infused with the rich Islamic spirit and drawing upon the inexhaustible reservoirs of Islamic heritage, a nation which has become self-sufficient and has discarded all the glittering Western ornaments and is marching ahead courageously, determining its own targets and moving to attain them, advancing with the frenzy of a lover, and has not imprisoned itself within the walls of nationalism and racialism. I am glad to have this opportunity (though for a brief time) to introduce to our people this great figure, a great thinker, a great reformer of our age, a revolutionary and an unrelenting warrior. I would, of course, be pleased if my presence in this function be free from all formalities, so that, firstly, I may enjoy with satisfaction this commemorative ceremony and, secondly, I may be given an opportunity to give vent to a fraction of my emotions about Iqbal before the audience. I request the brothers and sisters to allow me to speak frankly like a person who for years had been a follower of Iqbal and has lived emotionally in his company, so that to some extent I can give him what is due to him on behalf of me. Iqbal is one of the eminent personalities in the history of Islam. his is such a profound and sublime personality that it cannot be described and measured by only one dimension of his life. Iqbal was a scholar and a philosopher, but at the

same time other dimensions of his life are also so bright that if we consider him to be just a philosopher and a scholar, we feel that we have belittled him. Undoubtedly Iqbal is a great poet and is reckoned among the greatest. Those who know Urdu very well and have written about Iqbal’s Urdu poetry maintain that Iqbal’s Urdu poems are among the best in Urdu. Of course, this may not be a great tribute to him as the poetic tradition of Urdu is not so rich. But it cannot be disputed that his Urdu poetry made a great impact on large numbers of people, on

hindus and Muslims equally, living in the Subcontinent during the early decades of the twentieth century, and motivated them to participate in the struggle (for freedom) that was reaching its climax. In his mathnawi (a long poem consisting of rhymed couplets) Asrar-e-Khudi (The Secrets of the Self), he refers to this point: “Gardener tried the strength of my words He plucked a verse of mine and (through it) my sword appeared I infer from these lines that while he had been composing his Urdu poetry for

quite a long time and was known to all Urdu knowing people of the Subcontinent, in my view Iqbal’s Persian poetry is to be regarded as one of the miracles of poetry. We have a large number of non-Persian-speaking poets in the history of our literature, but I cannot point out any of them whose poetry possesses the qualities of Iqbal’s Persian poetry. Iqbal was not acquainted with Persian idiom, as he spoke Urdu at home and talked to his friends in Urdu or English. he did not know the rules of Persian prose writing. A specimen of Iqbal’s Persian prose is available to us in his prefatory note to his mathnawi Rumuz-e-Bikhudi (The Secrets of the Selflessness) and Asrar-eKhudi (The Secrets of the Self). If you read them you will see that it is hard for the people whose mother tongue is Persian to understand it. Iqbal never studied Persian at any stage in a school or college during the years of his childhood or youth. In his father’s house he used to speak Urdu. Iqbal chose the Persian language as his medium of literary expression only for the reason that he felt that his ideas and themes could not be effectively expressed in the Urdu language. As such he was attracted towards Persian and he studied the collections of the Persian poets like Sa’di, hafiz, and Maulwi as well as the Persian poets who wrote in Indian style like ‘Urfi, Naziri Nishaburi and others. In spite of not having tasted the Persian way of life, never living in the cradle of Persian culture, and never having any direct association with it, he cast with great mastery the most delicate, the most subtle and radically new philosophical themes into the mould of Persian poetry, some of which are unsurpassable yet. In my view this is what can be explained as his poetic genius. When you compare his poetical works with those of other non-Iranian poets who wrote poetry in Persian, you will realise the greatness of Iqbal. Some of the ideas that he has expressed with ease in one couplet, if one tries to render them into prose it will take a long time and great deal of effort to doso. It is not an easy job even for us whose mother tongue is Persian.


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‘Ko Ko Korina’ was never great

A naïve approach to economy PTI government in search of quick fixes

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MRAN Khan visited china along with the team of his economic whiz kids. There was talk in the PTi circles about seeking a financial assistance package similar to the one provided by Saudi Arabia. There had also been suggestions to cut down some the cPEc projects. imran Khan wanted the chinese to hand him over the formula used to eradicate poverty in china. What imran Khan and his team got in return was a reality check. They were frankly told there was going to be no change in the number of projects agreed upon under cPEc. Further, there was no one-size-fits-all formula to end poverty. china on its part had implemented land reforms, gone through more than two decades of austerity with leaders wearing worn out uniforms and sharing transport with subordinates, and had improved relations with neighbours instead of fighting costly wars The problem with the PTi’s financial team is that it likes to talk about what needs to be done instead of moving ahead and do it. There is no use telling the people, as Razak Dawood did, that the government and private sector must identify potential areas for enhancing exports to china and that there was a need to develop local industrial sectors on modern lines to produce competitive products. Similarly Khusro Bakhtiar harped on the need for an oil refinery in Gwadar to enable Pakistan to reduce its import bill by over $7b. Why don’t these gents, who run the economy, implement these reforms if these are so badly needed? The promise to double exports to china in FY19 is good but insufficient. What is needed is to double the country’s total exports of which exports to china are a small fraction. Why doesn’t the government focus on measures needed to make exports competitive? in case the ongoing talks with iMF succeed Pakistan will be able to access iFis, launch bonds and get higher ratings. But the iMF programme comes with a price tag. Will a government which is morbidly scared of negative public ratings, as shown recently by its failure to punish TLP leaders for challenging the state, be willing to implement harsh conditionalities?

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NE of the many promises imran Khan made right through his 22-year struggle was, upon winning the election, making the house run more on the lines of western democracies. Sure, harsh words are exchanged in parliaments across the democratic world, but they also get on with the business of running the country once the back-and-forth is over. And, in the spirit of representative government, imran vowed to present himself to the opposition for question hour at least once every two weeks. Alas the last time imran Khan repeated this promise was upon becoming prime minister. And that, from the looks of things, was the end of it. Khan rightly came down hard on previous administrations for making a joke out of parliament. Any time the prime minister would grace the house would become ‘breaking news’ across prime time television. it’s a different matter, of course, if imran and the rest of the opposition followed suit as if it was a rule. They’d always have justifications; like what will the opposition do when government ministers are not present, etc? Fair enough. But don’t we see the same situation playing out even after PTi forming government? Parliamentary sessions are routinely marked by harsh, often ugly exchanges. And there’s always the government calling the opposition ‘bunch of thieves’, etc, to the point that now everybody has started responding in kind. Then there’s the all too familiar sight of senior minister just not present to answer important questions. There also seem to be more walkouts now than before. And there’s still no sign of the question hour that the prime minister promised. how, then, is imran Khan’s policy, as well as philosophy, different from his predecessors? PTi should understand better than most parties that once parliament is compromised democracy just cannot function. This was, after all, one of the main points of their campaign. it’s unfortunate, to say the least, that they are unable to implement one of their main policies.

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F you’ve been on the internet in the past few weeks, you may have been made aware of the flaming disaster that was coke Studio’s ‘Ko Ko Korina’. This is undoubtedly coke Studio’s most unpopular song to date, garnering 189,000 dislikes on YouTube at the time of writing this piece. While this well-oiled musical giant has produced many songs or even entire seasons with mixed reviews, rarely has it created a cover so despised. Outrage and disgust unifies people as well as love. it didn’t take long for Momina Mustehsan to achieve internet notoriety, as the social media was inundated by memes mocking the vocalist for her underwhelming performance. it wasn’t long before ‘Ko Ko Korina’ transcended the realm of bad music and grew into a full-blown cultural crisis. The catalyst to this transformation was, of course, Shireen Mazari’s tweet about the classic song being ‘destroyed’ by the coke Studio cover. When the human rights minister takes some time out of her presumably busy day of curtailing sectarian crises, forced conversions, and state violence; to post a mini-rant about coke Studio’s atrocity against music, the nation tends to pay attention. A brief feud between Momina Mustehsan and Shireen Mazari evolved into a political issue covered by international media. A plethora of factors contributed to Ko Ko Korina’s monumental failure as a cover. The first,

the least explored, is misogyny itself. Momina Mustehsan, although far from a feminist in practice, has often branded herself a feminist, and thus persona non grata among a huge majority of Pakistani men. Listening to the coke Studio cover, it’s apparent that Mustehsan committed no extraordinary sin. it may not have been a Grammyworthy performance, but it wasn’t exceptionally poor either. her performance was precisely as we’ve learned to expect from her previous works. it was, in fact, Ahad Raza Mir’s un-tuned vocal work that caused the production to unravel into an auditory mess now generating earaches online. The song was presented to a nation of listeners who were seemingly already prepared to launch a cultural strike at Mustehsan, and ‘Ko Ko Korina’ served its purpose well as casus belli. Another factor is historical romanticism. Despite all social, political, scientific, and technological progress, we continue to see our past a lot more favourably than it deserves to be viewed. We bemoan our present as a significant downgrade, even as we enjoy a massive advantages and privileges that were unheard of in the past. Nostalgia is partly responsible for this illusion, but adultism is the real trickster in this situation. ‘Adultism’ is a view that the world must be always cater to the demands and tastes of adults, roughly between the ages of 28 and 60, because all other age groups and their perspectives are either too immature or too senile to be taken seriously. coke Studio’s cover of Ko Ko Korina doesn’t replay the song in improved sound quality for fans of the original. it reinvents the song for a demographic that is decidedly not the older generation. The cover features unfamiliar musical notes, presenting as a significant departure from the original 1966 song. But was the 1966 song truly so legendary that its desecration by the way of Momina Mustehsan is worthy of such outrage? if you believe so, you are invited to give the original song featuring Wahid Murad another look. Ko Ko Korina is a song about a man’s adoration of an outdated female archetype: a “nazuk, sharmili, bholi bhali” (delicate, shy, innocent) woman that sounds more of an object than a real person. The video is far worse. it features Wahid

Genie in the bottle Or out?

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hich one of the two came first? The hen, or the egg? Whereas we can argue days in, and out in attempts to find an answer to this riddle, the fact remains that whichever comes first in the line gives birth to the second one. if the hen comes first, it lays the egg; if it is the egg, comes out of it the chicken. Drawing an analogy to the aforementioned reality comes a society; be it any in the world. is it a leader that creates a nation? Or is it the nation that brings forth the visionary leadership? Similar to the hen-egg case, irrespective of who comes first, it is a reality that the former will give birth to the latter. in wake of our longing dream, still a dream by the way, of emerging as a civilised democracy in the world, the nation must, and should always come first as it holds the power to vote in, or out the aspirant political leadership. The nation’s thought, and behaviour, however, is moulded to a great extent (if not all) by the very political leadership it braces to vote for. A leader is merely a mirror in which a nation sees its own reflection, and vice versa; whether they like it or not at the end of the day. With the second consecutive democratic transition in the country, democracy in general, and democratic values in particular, apparently, are on an all-time decline, courtesy their very self-proclaimed flagbearers. it is not the government, or the opposition that is in peril at present, rather it is the very idea of democracy, jeopardised by the ones who vow/ed to protect it. in Karachi – Ph: 021-35381208-9

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light of rather unfortunate events that unfolded in recent days, at least this seems to be the case. From the country-wide lockdown by Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) over the Supreme court’s decision absolving Aasia Bibi of the allegations against her, to the developments occurring in parliamentary sessions over the past week or so, all are a proof of our moral, and ethical decline as a nation. And this decline is not exclusive to one section of the society, rather appears to be rampant across the board; the nation, the political parties (whether government or opposition), religious parties, and factions, so on and so forth. ironically, what was once exclusive to the roads yesterday, now seems to have taken over even the most honorable house in the country i.e. the parliament. The immoral, and unethical words, followed by equally disturbing acts whereas are a problem, however, the even bigger problem lies in the fact that how comfortable, and used-to have we gotten to such unacceptable behaviour. Even the dictatorial regimes had some discipline, and civilised conduct to offer! This is not an attempt to justify them though, but a wakeup call for us all. While our nation has been experiencing a nose dive with respect to ethics, morality, and civic sense, so is our political and religious leadership. A morally, and ethically corrupt nation can only give birth to corrupt leadership(s), and from such leadership(s) the same lesson goes down the generations of the nation that elects them. After all, what goes around comes around! What today’s government has faced in the form of TLP’s country-wide protest, is the same fire that it used to fuel yesterday as opposition. What was wrong then, is wrong today; and what is wrong today, was definitely wrong then as well. Let us make no mistakes about that. it is astonishingly unfortunate to the core to see that not only have we acquired a comfort level with words, and acts of immorality, but the limits we go to in justifying the wrongs. Nothing can justify the wrong, just like nothing can un-do the right. The conduct of our respectable parliamentarians in the past few weeks has been a cause of dismay to the nation. A house which is meant to hear the issues of the public, and to address the haplessness of the common man by devising appropriate solutions through law making, has recently been a picture of mere blame-game, and a wrestling ring even to go a step ahead. With the

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Murad going from woman to woman, looking for the right one. The first woman turns around to reveal an “ugly” dark-skinned face – its colour comically exaggerated by face makeup, the kind that’s reminiscent of racist minstrels. The ugliness causes Wahid Murad to recoil in fright, and change direction immediately. he taps the second woman on the shoulder, who turns around to reveal a large nose which is supposedly also not worthy of Wahid Murad’s valuable affection. casual misogyny and shallowness was, in fact, a staple of most of our beloved classics. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s works are unapologetic in their tirades against devious, coquettish women who ‘trap’ men only and destroy them. “Ye sumbal se gesu, ye aariz gulabi, Zamane me laayenge ik din kharabi” (These scandalous black hair and rosy cheeks, will harm the society one day). Abrar-ulhaq, known best these days for his religious rhetoric against Ahmadis, owes his success to songs about chasing and ogling women in the streets. is this the legacy whose ‘destruction’ precipitates national panic? instead of decrying efforts at radically modifying and reinventing old works, should we not see these changes as a sign of progress? if the society is indeed moving forward in terms of women’s empowerment, minority rights, worker rights and so on, old works of art will inevitably start to appear as bigoted, cringeworthy monstrosities that ought to either be forgotten or modified. if remembered, they ought to be remembered largely as imperfect creations whose flaws must be carefully studied and understood. it’s only in a society moving backwards, that old works of art may be viewed as superior to anything that can be created in present times. One prefers to be part of a world that’s kinder and more sensitive to offenses against vulnerable people. it is because we choose to progress, that we must let art and culture evolve freely. it’s because we’re committed to improvement, that we ‘destroy’ – so to speak – that which is obsolete and make room for creations that better reflect our progress through the ages. Faraz Talat is a medical doctor from Rawalpindi and an ardent traveller who writes frequently about science, social politics and international relations.

country suffering on several fronts, there is no shortage of problems, and issues that need parliament’s attention, and parliamentarians to act. But to the disappointment further adding to the misery of the nation, the parliamentarians representing both, the government and the opposition, have more important things on their agenda than the country, and the nation. PM Khan vowed to protect the public’s money by ensuring that it will only be spent for the good of the people, his team thinks otherwise; perhaps. Being the visionaries of Naya Pakistan, the government must wake up, and act in an appropriate manner rather than comparing itself with the opposition on the old lines. The public bears the burden of each session of the parliament, it must be put to good use. Rest assured otherwise, the old lines are bound to meet the old destinations. if it all has to come down to a combination of reasons that is responsible for such undesirable, and extreme behaviours, it is simply illiteracy, and intolerance. The 2-I combination has rotten us to our core. it not only has kept us at a good hands distance from ethics, and morality, but also has been the primary cause of violent extremism in the country. Rest, we all are very well aware of how it has made the country suffer, and does till date. The solution lies in imparting quality education, both worldly, and religious to the masses; as only that can help us overcome the undesired conduct. Apparently the genie of extremism, and terrorism on the loose that took a toll to go back in the bottle, once again is out of containment, as many would look at the current situation. This time, it has taken to the streets rather than mountains. While we have secured commendable successes against terrorism on the military front, courtesy the armed forces of Pakistan, we have immensely lagged in confronting the rootcauses of the same. Perhaps, a better implementation of NAP (National Action Plan) would have contributed to a more soothing picture. Failure to do so is certainly to be blamed for prevailing circumstances. But as they say, “better late than never”. The new government must address the rootcauses in time, before the genie runs rampant all across the country once again causing sever carnage to the cause of a peaceful, progressive, and prosperous Pakistan. For only that can account for a permanent solution to the overwhelming problem. Hussaan Tariq is an HR professional. He can be contacted at hussaantariq@gmail.com

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Free expression vs sedition iNDiAN media is chest-thumping recent surrender of scores of `hardcore’ Naxals/cPi (Maoists)/Marxists/terrorists. The stage managed surrender of `hardcore’ is in sync with countrywide campaign to stifle hindutva criticism, condemned by national and international human-rights organisations and some members of the European Union. Several leading intellectuals were dubbed `urban Naxals and arrested. They include economist Devaki Jain (Padma Bhushan awardee), economist Prabhat Patnaik, Satish Deshpande (Sociology professor) and barrister Maja Daruwala, senior advisor with commonwealth human Rights initiative. Let us also draw the thin grey line between free expression and sedition. NIkHaT SHaHEEN Gujranwala

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PM’s China sojourn Boon or bane?

Fifth, the visit enhanced Sino-Pak coordination and cooperation on international and regional affairs. The two countries reaffirmed their support for multilateralism, free trade and win-win cooperation as well as their commitment to promoting the lasting peace and common prosperity of the region and beyond. Both china and Pakistan are satisfied with the outcomes of Prime Minister imran Khan’s visit. The two sides agreed to make concerted efforts to implement all the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and elevate the chinaPakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership to a new height. That should put to rest the speculative rumour mongering. The semantics of the visit and the body language of the chinese president, and both prime ministers speak volumes for the level of the visit. The chinese are excellent judges of character and have in-depth knowledge of the ancient art of Siang Mien and physiognomy. Reportedly, the chinese appreciated imran Khan’s straight talking and simple demeanour. Significantly, following the official visit to Beijing, the prime minister was invited to Shanghai to participate in First china international import Expo in Shanghai, where Pakistan is exhibiting a wide range of export products and was the lead country, which is a singular honour. imran Khan was the key note speaker at the inauguration of the Expo, while on the sidelines of Shanghai Forum; he held meetings with other world leaders and leaders of chinese financial and corporate sector. indeed, the traditionally close, cooperative and friendly ties between Pakistan and china are based on shared principles and mutual interests entailing close cooperation in diverse fields. Both countries maintain close and regular strategic communication for promotion of regional peace and stability and economic cooperation. Economic and industrial cooperation between Pakistan and china expanded significantly after the establishment of cPEc. it was disclosed by a leading Pakistani economist, Dr Ashfaq Ahmad Khan, during a TV discussion program, quoting State Bank sources, that after imran Khan’s government took oath of office, to enable the new government come out of the economic morass, the chinese government silently deposited four billion US dollars in Pakistan’s State Bank. Such is the quality of chinese leadership that it does not beat its chest that it has come to the aid of its closest ally and strategic all weather friend and partner. On its part, imran Khan himself and his financial and foreign affairs team need to do their homework regarding the Belt and Road initiative, of which cPEc is but one tributary, understand its philosophy, avoid rhetoric and plan how maximum benefit will accrue of the mega project to Pakistan.

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lows. We will continue to offer assistance and support within our capacity to Pakistan for its economic and social development in light of its needs and upon agreement by both sides.” Not willing to let go, the protagonist again inquired regarding Prime Minister imran Khan’s just concluded visit to china. he asked that during the visit, imran Khan met and held talks with top chinese leadership and attended the first china international import Expo. The two sides signed agreements on future cooperation and issued a joint communiqué after the visit. he directly solicited the chinese spokesperson’s comment on the outcome of Prime Minister imran Khan’s visit. hua chunying responded that china believed that Prime Minister imran Khan’s visit to china is successful. The two sides issued a joint communiqué which elaborated on the specific outcomes of this visit. The outcomes can be summed up as follows: First, this visit deepened the friendship between the leaders from the two countries. This visit is Prime Minister imran Khan’s first official visit to china after he assumed office, which fully testifies to the importance Pakistan attaches to developing its ties with china. President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and other chinese leaders held friendly exchanges with Prime Minister imran Khan on separate occasions and established good relations with him. Second, this visit cemented china-Pakistan special friendly relations. The two sides believe that the china-Pakistan relations have withstood the test of time as well as the changes in international and domestic landscapes and kept moving forward. The two sides agreed that we should further strengthen the china-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership and forge a closer china-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era. Third, the visit expanded our strategic communication. The leaders from the two countries had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral ties and international and regional issues of mutual interest and reached important consensus. The two sides agreed to establish the foreign ministers’ strategic dialogue mechanism through which we can plan for and coordinate bilateral relations and across-theboard cooperation. Fourth, the visit promoted practical cooperation and friendly exchanges. The two sides agreed to firmly advance the china-Pakistan Economic corridor (cPEc), set up the task force on society and livelihood to constantly enrich and expand cPEc. The two sides also agreed to step up cooperation in economy and trade, finance, science and technology, agriculture and cultural and people-to-people exchanges and signed 15 cooperation agreements covering relevant areas.

RiME Minister imran Khan’s visit to china from November 01 to 05 is the topic of hot debate. The government spokesperson, the foreign as well as the finance ministers are claiming a successful visit while the opposition is crying hoarse that the visit was a failure. TV anchors, columnists and analysts are weighing in their opinion in a biased manner. Pro-government opinion builders are painting rosy pictures while anti-PTi political analysts are poking holes in the claimed achievements. Pakistan’s enemies and detractors are having a heyday echoing and parroting the opposition’s mudslinging on the government. The Parliament, which is meant to have serious debates on issues and plan legislature, is appearing to be a fish market where both the treasury and opposition benches are engaged in casting aspersions and hurling accusations at each other. Under these confusing circumstances, it would be prudent to take the opinion of the historic visit’s hosts, who are measured and calculated in their statements, never indulge in rhetoric or make loud statements but believe in considered diplomacy. chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson hua chunying, who is an accomplished chinese politician and also the Deputy Director of the Foreign Ministry information Department of the People’s Republic of china, in her Regular Press conference on November 7, 2018 broached upon the subject. hua is the fifth spokeswoman and 27th spokesperson since the spokesperson system was established in the ministry back in 1983. She was asked a question on the subject by an international correspondent, hoping to belie Pakistan’s finance minister’s claim that “china has offered immediate assistance to help ease Pakistan’s economic crisis”. Ms hua’s response is worth quoting: “china and Pakistan are all-weather strategic cooperative partners, and our bilateral relations have been running at a high standard. china has been providing utmost assistance to Pakistan as its capacity al-

After Imran Khan’s government took oath of office, the Chinese government silently deposited four billion US dollars in Pakistan

Sultan M Hali is a retired Group Captain and author of the book Defence & Diplomacy. Currently he is a columnist, analyst and TV talk show host.

NBF (National Book Foundation) has been playing a vital role in the field of education for several decades. it is one of the government institutions. The aim of this institution to provide different books to the readers on reasonable prices. it has main office at islamabad and regional offices at Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi,but unfortunately, many of the students and readers of the books don’t know about it. Some days back i visited its Peshawar regional office at hayatabad. i met the director of Peshawar office. he briefed me with detail about NBF and it’s activities. NBF provides books on 55% discount if someone is registered with any of the NBF office. it’s book are of good quality. it visits different schools, colleges, universities and hold different book fairs across the whole province . Peshawar office is very active in this regard because they are playing a key role in spreading education and books culture among the populace in the province. it will eradicate darknesses and curb the menace of terrorism if they continue struggling for promoting books culture. Government should give much attention to this institution because it can illuminate this country. it can solve all the problems by providing books and promoting books culture . i would highly suggest to everyone to visit National book Foundation offices. Only books can change the fate of this country. aTTauR RaHMaN TooRkHEL Bajaur

Diwali: Festival of child labour EVERY time you see a sparkler lighting up the sky or crackers bursting during Diwali,think for a moment of the plight of children working in fireworks industry. Just before Diwali, these child labourers work overtime in fireworks factories to make other school going kids happy. These labourers often have to work under very tough employers who pay them pittance and often don’t provide safety equipment or gloves. Their hands turn yellow due to the presence of cyanide in the gum they use. Prolonged exposure to those chemicals used in making fireworks may cause problems in lungs, skin and eyes. But unfortunately the families of these labourers are living Below Poverty Line (BPL).The families have no other option except to send their children to fireworks factory. The employers nicely exploit this situation. The kids who should be going to school and playing in sunlight sit in a dark dingy room making crackers. Think again. Do they deserve this kind of life? Let us put an end to this exploitation. it is time to fully automate manufacturing of crackers. T S kaRTHIk Chennai

Making firm decisions OF late, soon after the recent protests all over the country some decisions were made. But, within a few days the same were postponed relating to the arrests of the miscreants who had played havoc to the public properties and caused unnecessary damages and unrest. A firm crackdown was ordered with the help of LEAs making use of video footages, etc. Now, suddenly this has been called off till 12 Rabiul Awal ? This delay is a little confusing! RaSHID MaqSooD Lahore

Righting wrongs DOcTOR Aafia Siddiqui, a neuroscientist currently imprisoned in the US, conveyed a special message to Prime Minister imran Khan, in which she sought help for her release from illegal imprisonment. i want to get out of prison. My imprisonment is illegal as i was kidnapped and taken to US. it is very biggest disaster for us that our genius mind kidnapped and now in the custody of America and we cannot do anything about this matter. According to her message, she considers imran Khan as one of her biggest heroes. She also stated that imran khan helped her in the past. That’s why now she seeks help from him. So now it is the moral duty of our government to take some serious steps against this illegal imprisonment. it is not only the duty of government but individual’s duty as well to raise voice to release Aafia Siddiqui. Because it is very shameful situation for every individual that we have a genius person but now this mind is in the custody of America. A Muslim female is not in protection and in future we are accountable to Allah that why we cannot do anything against her imprisonment. Why we cannot protect her? Why we cannot listen her voice? it has been seeking help from us continuously. FaTIMa SaTTaR Lahore


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AfGhAn GovT, TAliBAn To MeeT for firST direcT peAce TAlKS MOSCOW

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USSIA is hosting a high-level talks in capital Moscow on Friday which its Foreign Ministry bills as the "first direct highlevel talks between the Taliban and Afghan government". The importance that Russia attaches to the second session of the Moscow conference on Afghanistan on November 9 is evident from the fact that the

event, which will be held at the level of deputy foreign ministers, will be opened by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who was not present at similar meetings on Syria, even during that country’s most difficult periods. Russia’s Foreign Ministry sent invitations to representatives of 11 countries -- Afghanistan, the U.S., India, Iran, China, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The Afghan government has already

confirmed that a delegation from the country’s High Peace Council will be attending, while the Taliban also said it would send representatives to Moscow. Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai also announced his intention to attend the conference because “any possibility of peace talks with the Taliban should not be ignored”. Atta Muhammad Nur, the former governor of Balkh province, is also expected to attend. According to the Russian Foreign

Ministry’s statement, all the invited countries but one -- the U.S. -- confirmed their participation. The U.S. State Department earlier explained its refusal due to “the absence of significant results of the first meeting in Moscow regarding the Afghan peace process”. But Russian diplomats say off-record that the U.S. will be indirectly involved

and informed. "The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mr. [Ashraf] Ghani, decided to send a delegation of the country's High Peace Council to the meeting. For the first time, a delegation from the Taliban's Political Office in Doha will participate in an international meeting of this level," the statement read.

Ex-marine kills 12 in California bar packed with students: police CALIFORNIA

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns at Trump's request WASHINGTON AGENCIES

US President Donald Trump forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, less than 24 hours Republican party lost control of the House of Representatives. Sessions informed Trump of his resignation in a letter sent to the president earlier in the day. In the letter, which was widely shared by US media, Sessions said he was resigning "at your (Trump's) request". On Twitter, Trump thanked Sessions for his service and wished him well. He said Matthew G Whitaker, Sessions's chief of staff, would become the acting attorney general until a replacement is announced, which the president said would come at a later date. In the resignation letter, Sessions said he was honoured to have worked "to implement the law enforcement agenda" that formed a central part of the Trump campaign for presidency."We did our part to restore immigration enforcement," he wrote.The former senator was a key figure in implementing Trump's antiimmigration agenda.

16 Taliban killed in Baghlan military operation

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At least 16 armed Taliban insurgents were killed during a joint operation between Afghan forces and foreign forces in Baghlan province, local officials said Wednesday, reported TOLO News. According to Baghlan police chief Akramuddin Sare, the operation was conducted in Dand-e-Ghori area of Baghlan province over the past four days and involved both ground and air operations. During the operation at least 19 other Taliban insurgents were wounded, Sare said. He said that during the operation several villages had been cleared of Taliban insurgents and weapons belonging to the Taliban were seized by the forces. No details were provided on whether there had been any military or civilian casualties.

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A 28-year-old former Marine opened fire in a California country music bar packed with college students, killing 12 people including a police officer as dozens of terrified youngsters stampeded towards the door, authorities said on Thursday. The gunman — who apparently killed himself — stepped into the Borderline Bar and Grill around 11:20pm on Wednesday and coolly

began shooting, witnesses said, unleashing pandemonium as terrified patrons scrambled to escape. “He had perfect form,” bar patron Teylor Whittler told Fox News. “He looked like he knew what he was doing, he had practiced.” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told a news conference the suspect had been identified as Ian David Long, a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He was found dead at the bar in Thousand Oaks, California, an upscale city northwest of Los Angeles.

Dean said authorities so far had no indication of a motive, or of any connection to terrorism. He said the victims were apparently targeted at random. “We believe he shot himself,” said Dean, who earlier described it as a “horrific scene.” Dean said his department had “several contacts” with Long over the years, for minor incidents including a traffic collision, and in 2015 when he was beaten up at a local bar. In April this year, deputies were called to his house for a disturbance and found him “acting a little irrationally.” 'EVERYONE DOVE TO THE FLOOR': Among those killed in the assault was a three-decade veteran of the sheriff's department, 54-year-old Ron Helus, who was married and had a grown son. “He went in there to save people and made the ultimate sacrifice,” Dean said. The other 11 victims have yet to be identified by the authorities. Besides the dead, around a dozen other people were injured. Matt Wennerstron, a 20-year-old college student who regularly attended events at the bar, said the shooter fired a short-barreled pistol that apparently had a 1015 round magazine.

Delhi suffers toxic smog hangover after Diwali firework frenzy NEW DELHI AGENCIES

Air pollution in New Delhi hit hazardous levels Thursday after a night of free-for-all Diwali fireworks, despite Supreme Court efforts to curb the smog-fuelling partying. Major monuments including the India Gate and Red Fort were hidden by a toxic haze. Commuters donned masks as visibility on major roads was reduced to barely 50 metres (160 feet). Diwali is the biggest Hindu festival of the year when firecrackers are traditionally let off. Ambient air quality in what the World Health Organisation has said is the world’s most polluted major city touched 595 on Thursday morning, according to the US embassy in Delhi which independently monitors pollution levels. Any reading over 300 is considered hazardous and a danger even to healthy people. India’s Supreme Court ruled last month that only environmentally friendly fireworks — that emit less smoke and soot — can be sold in Delhi, in a bid to cut the smog that has scarred the city’s international reputation. The court also said firecrackers could only be set off between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm. But the capital’s 20 million residents turned a deaf ear to the ruling. Crackers and

rockets reverberated around city neighbourhoods well after midnight. DiwaLi NigHTmaRE: “For a few moments of enjoyment people are willing to endanger the planet. It is insane,” Pranav Yadav, a 19-yearold student wearing a pollution mask told AFP. “I expected people to show some concern but at this rate it won’t be long till every child in Delhi has a respiratory disease,” added Yadav as he headed for a metro train. Delhi police had vowed to punish violaters of the Supreme Court order but could not immediately say whether charges had been made. “Local police stations have registered several complaints, we are trying to collect all the information,”

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Delhi police spokesman Anil Mittal told AFP. Delhi’s air quality typically worsens in winter, due to pollution from the burning of rice stubble, diesel engines, coal-fired power plants and industrial emissions. Levels of PM2.5 — fine particles linked to higher rates of chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart disease — have soared since last month when farmers in Punjab and other nearby states started to burn crop residue. The US embassy air quality index is a combined measure of poisonous gases and fine airborne particles. Once the foul air crosses 500, it causes serious aggravation of heart and lung diseases, with doctors advising residents to skip outdoor activity.

Saudi King Salman supports son MBS on public tour despite Khashoggi crisis RIYADH AGENCIES

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has embarked on a domestic tour this week with his favourite son, demonstrating his support for his chosen heir despite the crisis spawned by the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Roads were lined with Saudi flags and images of the king and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when they arrived in the central region of Qassim late on Tuesday. Distinguished figures greeted them and children offered flowers. The tour is the latest public outreach by the 82-year-old monarch, apparently intended to shore up the power of Prince Mohammed, known as MbS, who has taken over day-to-day rule but whose international reputation was battered in the month since Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. State media said the king laid the foundation for new or planned projects worth $1.12 billion and ordered the release of some people from debtors’ prison in Qassim, a conservative province in the heart of the Arabian peninsula. “There is a lot of tension, fear and apprehension among Saudis in the aftermath of the Khashoggi affair. So it’s a trip that reassures the various regions that the king is still in his place and he’s the highest authority,” said Madawi alRasheed, a London-based Saudi author critical of the Al Saud. Turkish officials have accused MbS of ordering Khashoggi’s murder. US President Donald Trump has suggested ultimate responsibility lies with the crown prince as de facto ruler. Saudi Arabia, which offered numerous contradictory explanations for Khashoggi’s disappearance, now says the US-based Washington Post columnist was killed in a rogue operation. MbS broke weeks of silence on October 25 to vow justice would prevail. King Salman stepped in to defuse the situation. He sent a trusted aide to Turkey last month, then fired five senior officials, including his son’s most trusted adviser. After weeks of lying low, the prince has now returned to the public stage. He visited troops near the border with Yemen, where Riyadh is involved in a 31/2-year war, appearing in an online video on Monday with a soldier he called a hero. In a ceremony at a Riyadh university, he laid the foundation stone for a planned nuclear research reactor. Greg Gause, a Gulf expert at Texas A&M University, said the domestic tour with his father did not indicate that the royal family is in the clear yet, only that “the king is confident that nothing is afoot right now”.


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Friday, 9 November, 2018

CORPORATE CORNER Murtaza Hashwani welcomes Belgian trade delegation to Pakistan

IMF tellS PakIStan to ‘Do More’ EXPRESSES RESERVATIONS ON PAKISTAN’S FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT ITS 14-POINT AGENDA FORMULATED FOUR YEARS AGO ISLAMABAD

KARACHI: Murtaza Hashwani, Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium and Deputy Chairman & CEO of Hashoo Group, welcomed a 24-member trade delegation from Belgium at Karachi Marriott Hotel on Tuesday at a festive dinner held on the dual occasion to celebrate Belgium’s King’s Day and announce their five-day visit to Pakistan. Ambassador to Belgium in Pakistan Frédéric Verheyden also welcomed the delegation and prominent members of the Pakistan business community who attended the event. PR

HFl organises session on breast cancer awareness LAHORE: Haleeb Foods Limited (HFL), one of the leading food and beverage companies of Pakistan, joined hands with Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital (SKMH) to organize a session for their female employees in line with the Breast Cancer Awareness month. Held at the HFL head office in Lahore, the session was graced by HFL CEO Memosh Khawaja and a team of SKMH representatives. Commenting on this positive initiative, HFL CEO Memosh Khawaja stated, PR

BoP assures complete safety to customers LAHORE: With reference to the recent media reports regarding data breach in Pakistani banks, The Bank of Punjab has assured its customers that their data with the bank is secure. “BoP attaches high priority to data security and has deployed necessary technology to monitor and protect its data against such challenges,” said a bank’s statement. The bank confirmed that no customers of the bank was affected in the reported incident, adding that customers could continue to use BOP’s banking services with confidence that their bank will always take necessary measures to safeguard their data. PR

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HE technical team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has asked the government to revoke the subsidy on electricity and called for immediate reforms in the power sector, it was learnt on Thursday. According to media reports, Pakistan presented the details of circular debt, while the IMF delegation, which is visiting Pakistan to assess the economic condition of the country, expressed reservations on Pakistan’s failure to implement its 14-point agenda formulated four years ago. As per details, the power division officials on Thursday tabled its performance chart before the IMF team. The chart included information on tariff, recovery and losses.

The power division also gave a detailed presentation to the delegation on circular debt. The IMF team, while handing over a new performance chart, asked the officials to ensure 100 per cent recovery from the consumers. It is pertinent to mention that a similar performance chart was given to the government in 2014, which was not implemented Meanwhile, the FBR officials briefed the IMF delegation on the taxation system, including the recent reforms undertaken by the board. The IMF team asked the FBR officials to make the system more stringent in order to increase the revenue, besides bringing about across-theboard reforms. The delegation which arrived on October 7 will be in the country for two weeks to hold talks regard-

Dasani to launch plastic recycling competition LAHORE: Dasani, the purified bottled drinking water brand of The Coca-Cola Company, will be launching a nationwide plastic recycling innovation competition titled “The Dasani Discovery Challenge” at the second annual technology conference ‘021Disrupt’ being organized by The Nest I/O, the technology incubator and community hub of the Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) on November 10 and 11 in Karachi. The open competition will seek innovative, efficient, doable and cost-effective ideas to reduce and recycle plastic waste of all types, in line with the company’s global commitment to work for a ‘world without waste’. PR

Zong 4G gears up to 1lInk confirms no compromise further expand its network ISLAMABAD: After reaching the prolific milestone of of online routing system being the first telecom company to have 10,000 KARACHI: Referring to the news circulating on social, electronic and print media regarding disruption of ATM and ADC services, 1LINK has categorically stated that no such disruption took place and all domestic ATM and electronic payment systems are functioning normally. During the last week (November 1-7), 1LINK successfully performed processing of over 10 million domestic ATM and ADC transactions and 1.1 million international schemes transactions. PR

SnGPl clarifies it issues bills as per oGra rules ISLAMABAD: Keeping the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) press conference in view, Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited has clarified that SNGPL is an Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority-licensed company which bills according to OGRA rules. According to a November 2 letter by the finance ministry, the petroleum division was ordered that invoices by SNGP will be according to set price by OGRA and when government will provide subsidy, only then the benefit of subsidy will be given. Further, SNGPL only bills according to orders given by OGRA, finance ministry, petroleum division and the government. PR

operational 4G sites across the country, Zong 4G is aggressively eyeing to rollout additional 2,000 4G cell sites by the end of 2019. With this extensive and fast rollout plan, Zong 4G will maintain the position of the first and sole operator which is investing heavily to provide state-of-the-art 4G services to its customers across Pakistan. PR

JS Bank rejects reports of customer data breach KARACHI: JS Bank has reiterated its commitment to the highest levels of security in terms of customer information and deposit protection. In a statement on Thursday, the bank said, “Our risk management controls and multi layers of protection have ensured that the banks data and systems remain secure against any untoward fraudulent activity. Our 24/7 monitoring and forensic evaluation has also confirmed that no data of JS Bank customers has been exposed to any external party. PR

Soneri Bank reassures security of customer’s data KARACHI: In light of the recent news with regard to cyber-attacks, Soneri Bank has reassured that all the customer’s data is secure and safeguarded at the utmost level. “All our systems are operating business as usual and there has been no incident to date related to compromise on customer information. PR

LAHORE: ACCA Pakistan Head Sajjeed Aslam, Punjab Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawad Bakht, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, Member Punjab Assembly Jugnu Mohsin discuss the ‘importance of ethics and its impact on economic prosperity’ during an event at the Governor’s House. PR

ing a possible bailout package. Finance Minister Asad Umar confirmed on Wednesday that national security will not be compromised in any deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). During a talk show with a private television channel, the finance minister said that conditions presented by the IMF will be taken to the National Assembly for discussion. An IMF delegation is currently in Pakistan for two weeks and the finance minister said a bailout of at least $5 – $6 billion would be negotiated. Umar said that Pakistan is going to friendly countries including Saudi Arabia and China for financial assistance to ensure that if the IMF presents terms of agreement for a bailout package that are “not amenable to us”, the country will not have to

compromise and clarified no such terms had arisen as yet. Calling the IMF a “lender of the last resort”, he said that going to the IMF is not a desirable option and both military and democratic governments had resorted to IMF bailout packages in the past. “This would be the last time Pakistan would have to do this,” claimed the finance minister. Referring to the recent increase in electricity prices, the minister clarified that the hike was not made at the request of the IMF, adding that the hikes were a measure the government independently felt had been a long time coming. “If we do not increase prices and keep taking loans, the burden falls on the poorest parts of the population who have no electricity. We have been spending beyond our means and the effects are now upon us.” Umar said the country could expect good news from China as the government had received assurances from the Chinese head of state Xi Jinping that the country would assist Pakistan with immediate financing and in increasing exports to China. With this, he assured the immediate balance of payment crisis has ended. The finance minister stated the government was bringing Chinese cybersecurity experts to bring in more secure technology transfer in light of the recent hacking attack targetting local banks.

Senate discusses electricity, gas prices and foreign policy ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Senate on Thursday resumed discussion on the agenda items including loans from foreign countries, increase in the prices of electricity and gas and the country’s foreign policy in the context of Yemen issue. Taking part in the discussion, Senator Javed Abbasi appreciated the Senate Chairman and the staff of the Senate Secretariat for holding a successful conference of Asian Parliamentary Assembly in Gawadar. He said the event projected soft image of Balochistan and Pakistan

in the world. Criticizing the government for increase in the rates of gas and electricity and adding burden of taxes on common people, he urged the government to withdraw this increase. He said the parliament should be informed about the conditions on which a financial package was secured from Saudi Arabia. Senator Azam Musa Khel said the government should take parliament into confidence about the agreements with various countries for getting loans. He said Balochistan is not being given due share under ChinaPakistan Economic Corridor.

FM Queshi ignored D-8 Council’s meeting for China ISLAMABAD GHULAM ABBAS

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi preferred visiting China to “strike trade deals” instead of going to Turkey to attend the important session of the D-8 Council of Foreign Ministers. The D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation, also known as Developing-8, is an organization for development of cooperation among the Islamic countries including Bangladesh, Egypt, Nigeria, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Turkey. The session of D-8 Council was held at Antalya, Turkey on November 3. Sources privy to this scribe claimed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs remained undecided about the D-8 meeting, as the government had not nominated anyone from key federal ministers to attend the meeting in Turkey. However, the government at the last moment decided to send Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar without any briefing in this regard. According to sources, Hammad Azhar, when selected for the D-8 Council session, was unaware of the minutes of previous meetings. “In case the foreign minister is unable to attend such meetings, a federal minister, having expertise in foreign affairs, is usually directed to represent Pakistan at international forums,” an insider said. “Pakistan must not ignore this important forum as it includes discussions with friendly countries on economic ties. Since foreign ministers of other countries attended the meeting, our foreign minister should also have visited Turkey.” It was noted that the foreign affairs secretary had also preferred staying away from

the D-8 meeting as he was accompanying the foreign minister in China. Interestingly, when contacted, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal was found unaware of the D-8 Council of Foreign Ministers’ session. The Embassy of Pakistan in Turkey had released a statement on November 3, according to which Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar attended the said meeting on behalf of Pakistan. The minister during the session reiterated Pakistan’s strong commitment and continued support for achieving the objectives of D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation. According to the statement, the minister highlighted the role being played by Pakistan in the D-8 for the realization of its vision, including as its chair from 2012-2017. He underscored the need for increasing the intra-D-8 trade. Hammad Azhar also highlighted the projects underway in Pakistan as part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. The minister of state interacted with the Turkish foreign minister on the sidelines of the conference and had a bilateral meeting with the Malaysian deputy foreign minister. Views were exchanged on increasing trade and commercial cooperation, both in the bilateral context as well as under the umbrella of the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation. According to a report, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, while addressing the opening ceremony of the event, referred to establishing a set-off chamber on which a mechanism free of dollar and euro was underlined by member states. Iran and Turkey during the said meeting urged the D8 members to trade in national currencies in order to mitigate economic threats.


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Friday, 9 November, 2018

PAkiStAni offiCiAlS leAve for ChinA to finAliSe relief PACkAge ISLAMABAD

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high-level delegation from Pakistan left for China to finalise a potential relief package to inject in the country, sources said on Thursday. The delegation included secretaries of finance, trade and planning, as well as the governor of the State Bank of Pakistan. The delegation will hold talks with Chinese officials to finalise a possible economic package, in a follow-up to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s five-day visit to China last week. Discussions will also be held pertaining to Pakistanmade products’ access to the Chinese markets, the sources said. Earlier, a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance stated that Pakistan’s high-powered delegation would be sent to China to work out the modalities on Islamabad’s request for provision of balance of payment support. Official sources said that Pakistan made

a request for BoP support in the range of $3 billion on an immediate basis, including $1.5 billion for deposit into the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and another $1.5 billion as a grant. The loan on soft terms and conditions will be in the range of $2 to $3 billion, so the overall size of the package will be hovering

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around $6 billion. Finance Minister Asad Umar earlier this week confirmed that talks were held with China for a relief package during the prime minister’s visit and that the two sides agreed on continuing discussions in this regard. He said that the talks were not lim-

ited to a financial package, but also encompassed long-term partnership and investment with China. The minister said that there was a need to resolve the balance of payment crisis permanently and the ultimate solution was boosting up exports. He said that Pakistan had made progress on this front during the recent visit of China where Islamabad and Beijing agreed to double Pakistan’s exports within the current financial year. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, during a press briefing on Wednesday, reaffirmed China and Pakistan as all-weather strategic cooperative partners, saying that the countries’ bilateral relations had been running at a high standard. “China has been providing utmost assistance to Pakistan as its capacity allows. We will continue to offer assistance and support within our capacity to Pakistan for its economic and social development in light of its needs and upon agreement by both sides,” the spokesperson had said.

Chinese furniture makers to participate in 10th Interiors Pakistan Expo ISLAMABAD

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China’s exports to the United States and the rest of the world saw a surprise jump in October, data showed on Thursday, suggesting businesses are ramping up transPacific shipments before higher tariffs kick in. Relations between the world’s top two economies have soured sharply this year as US President Donald Trump slapped higher taxes on roughly half of Chinese imports and threatened to hit the other half. Top Chinese officials are currently in Washington, with hopes that those talks could pave the way for a breakthrough on trade later this month when Trump meets Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Argentina. Still, in October, exporters continued to hurry goods across the Pacific, with China’s exports to the US surging 13.2 per cent from the same period last year, according to the data released by China’s customs administration. "October’s surprisingly strong export performance seems to have been partly due to a continuous front-loading effect and is unlikely to be a long-term trend," said Betty Wang, China economist at ANZ. China’s trade surplus with the US fell to $31.8 billion in October, from a record $34.1 billion in September. October marked the first full month of US tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods -- but the tax rate is set to jump from 10 per cent to 25 per cent come January. Trump has repeatedly boasted that the US could not lose a trade war with China, but Beijing’s retaliatory tariffs on American goods have been more damaging to trade so far. China’s imports from the US fell 1.8 per cent in October on-year, while its surplus with the US expanded to $258 billion for the first 10 months of the year. A weakening yuan, which has slipped about nine per cent against the dollar from its January high, has helped offset the extra tariff costs on Chinese products. Analysts are not optimistic the upcoming meeting between the two heads of state will resolve the friction. "We do not expect the sideline meeting of Xi and Trump during the G20 would be positive," said Iris Pang of ING Bank. "We just hope that the meeting won’t create further damage to the trade relationship."

A large number of Chinese furniture manufacturers and investors would participate in the ‘10th Interiors Pakistan Exhibition’ in order to explore trade and investment potential in the sector and to promote bilateral trade between the two countries, it was learnt on Thursday. The three-day mega exhibition, which would be organised by the Pakistan Furniture Council (PFC) from December 14 at the Lahore Expo Centre, is likely to attract a large number of local and international furniture manufactures. In a message from Shanghai on Thursday, PFC Chief Executive Mian Kashif Ashfaq said there existed a vast scope for further enhancement of bilateral trade between Pakistan and China in the furniture sector, adding that private sector of both countries could establish joint ventures in the neglected areas of the economy. He said the PFC’s visit to China along with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s entourage was a big success. “Both sides agreed to hold joint furniture exhibitions not only in respective countries but also in other parts of the world,” he added. The council’s chief claimed that the Chinese furniture mak-

ers and investors praised the quality of Pakistani furniture with calligraphic engravings, and admitted the fact that furniture items produced in Pakistan enjoyed great demand in international markets. “They offered huge trade opportunities to Pakistani business community in furniture sector and invited Pakistani businessmen to visit China in order to tap all the untapped areas in order to enhance the volume of trade and exports,” he maintained. Mian Ashfaq said many Chinese investors were expected to set up industrial units in Pakistan under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and they should give preference to local people in

jobs so that unemployment and poverty could be reduced in the country. He noted that both the countries shared a border and have a collective population of more than 1.5 billion, but the trading activity between the two countries still needed a boost. “Pakistan exports furniture products worth $8 million to $12 million annually, but these figures do not mirror the actual potential of the industry and its capacity to produce high-quality furniture items,” he opined. The PFC chief said Pakistan was providing easy access to Chinese companies in its market and China should reciprocate the same to the Pakistani business community, besides setting up industrial units in Pakistan.

MARKET DAILY PSX closes in red amid volatile trading KARACHI STAFF REPORT

Investors of the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) chose to liquidate positions on Thursday as they wait for clarity on the economic path ahead. As per official reports, the government has managed to get duty-free access into China, which is likely to boost exports, however, quantum of any further assistance remains unclear. The government officials are also in talks with the International Monetary Federation (IMF) for a bailout package. The KSE 100 index was seen trading in both directions, touching an intraday high of 41,650.70 with a gain of 106.72 points during the early trading hours. The index was down to 41,284.64 by noon, before settling at 41,367 points by the end of the day, lower by 176 points. The KMI 30 index and KSE All Share Index also put up a similar show. The KMI 30 index climbed 229.43 points (intraday high) before dropping 478.70 points (intraday low) to conclude the day at 71,241.37. The KSE All Share Index settled down by 114.61 points at 29,908.35. A total of 197 scripts declined while 114 managed to end the day in green. Total market participation came down from 276.93 million in the last session to 224.68 million, a decline of 19 per cent. Over 59 per cent of the total volumes came from the KSE 100 index scripts. The Bank of Punjab (BOP +0.90 per cent) led the volume chart with investors exchanging 31.86 million shares, followed by Lotte Chemical Pakistan Limited (LOTCHEM -0.64 per cent) with 22.52 million shares. According to All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA), dispatches surged 5.40 per cent year-onyear during the first four months of the current fiscal year however, domestic sales remained stagnant. Unlike in the recent past, the growth this time was fueled by exports. The fall in the value of currency helped expand the exports.

Shaheen Air finalises acquisition deal with Saudi prince Shaheen Air International (SAI) has finalised its acquisition deal with a Saudi Prince. The takeover is likely to happen over the course of next two months. SAI Acting CEO Javed Sehbai said, “We have finalized the deal with a Saudi Prince. We will be conducting a press conference very soon to announce about our investor and share the details of the acquisition. This deal will be a breakthrough for the airline as well as for the Pakistani aviation industry. He further added, “It’s a matter of few weeks that Shaheen Air will be in the skies again and shine brighter than before. We are very thankful to our regulator Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). Due payments of government regulatory bodies and our employees’ salaries are our first priority and will be cleared during the first stage of our investment plans”. BUSINESS DESK

Pakistan’s economy to grow 2.9pc annually from 2018-2023: EIU LAHORE MOHAMMAD FAROOQ

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has projected Pakistan’s economy to expand by an annual average of 2.9% in 2018/19‑2022/23, compared with 5.4% previously. The advisory issued by the EIU comes amidst Pakistan’s ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which commenced on November 7th and are expected to conclude by November 20th. EIU stated political considerations, especially of the US may complicate the negotiations, but it expected Pakistan to clinch a $7 billion IMF bailout package by early-2019. It added the government would likely carry out structural reforms at the

IMF’s demand, however, their extent will be limited. Consequently, due to an anticipated reduction on public spending, some projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would progress more slowly and isn’t likely to impact bilateral ties with China, said EIU. On the external sector woes, EIU said it anticipated an imminent IMF programme to be amplified with other bilateral assistance and it would be the country’s 13th bailout since the late 1980’s. Moreover, EIU believed the PTIled government would find it difficult to implement its populist agenda of expanding social welfare provision, which includes promises of low-cost housing and new jobs. However, it added the Washingtonbased lender’s core demand would be fis-

cal consolidation, akin to the ones made in previous bailouts obtained by Pakistan. Also, it projected the governments move to announce a major decrease in planned development spending for FY19 and further cuts would likely bring the fiscal deficit down. It said aside from the recent increases in gas and electricity tariffs, the IMF is likely to demand further rises to remove price distortions and manage growing arrears in the energy sector, which is dominated by public enterprises. Alongside these expenditure reductions, the EIU projects these measures would help reduce the federal government’s fiscal deficit from 5.4% of GDP in FY18 to 4.9% in current FY19. According to the EIU, this fiscal discipline would improve over the projected period of 2019-2023 but may undermine

the PTI governments popularity. Due to this reason, EIU said, “we expect only limited progress to be made on structural reforms in the economy, such as expanding the tax base, privatizing inefficient state-owned enterprises and rationalizing a plethora of subsidies in various sectors.” Furthermore, an IMF bailout package would assist in stabilizing the balance of payment crisis and the government’s decision to levy wide-ranging import tariffs will slowly reduce the large import bill and a weaker rupee should ultimately enhance export receipts, said EIU. Surmising a modest rise in remittances, EIU estimated the current account deficit will fall to $13.1 billion in 2019 against projections of $18.3 billion in 2018. Talking about the policy interest rate, the EIU said it would peak at 14% by end

of 2019 under a possible IMF programme which would hit domestic demand and curtail import growth, contributing to a dip in imports. In addition, with fiscal austerity and tightening of monetary policy is probably going to shrink overall GDP growth sharply, said EIU. “Negotiations with the IMF are likely to be contentious, given Pakistan’s tense relationship with the US, which has the largest voting share in the Fund’s decision-making process. Despite concerns from China, Pakistan is likely to share some information in order to access the needed funding. Furthermore, the government may have to scale back or halt certain CPEC projects owing to constrained fiscal space. Despite this, we expect ties with China to remain cordial in 2019‑23,” said EIU.


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First Time in Pakistan, Enjoy Blockbuster Movies with Your Children in Gluco Minipax If you are a Lahori parent planning to watch a movie but your children are the biggest concern, you have good news. For the first time in Pakistan, Peek Freans Gluco in collaboration with Cinepax Cinemas have kick started Gluco Minipax, a cinema where parents can bring in their children too so that the whole family enjoys movie at their fullest. Located at the Packages Mall Lahore, Gluco Minipax is a treat for your children and its decor is perfect to ignite the playful nature of your child. The kids lounge is beautifully designed to catch the attention of your child and includes everything that makes a child busy and creative at the

same time. Be it the shoe rack where shoes can be kept safely, books that can be read by choice, toys to play or the graffiti on the wall that makes a child feel at a wonderland, the ambience seems all set to make your child all happy go lucky. The vibrant and kiddie color scheme of the whole arena makes you feel at ease and on top of all, the place ensures a safe

environment so that parents can watch movies without worrying about their children. The 10 meter long slide is the pick of every child that sways all the way down to a playground where children can run, play and have their fun time. The cinema is equipped with extra spacious and comfortable cinema seats, family sofa bed, dory bean bags, so that families can relax and enjoy the movie with great zeal. Moreover, even if your child shows boredom with the movie, he can always opt to play hard in the play arena. The launch of Gluco Minipax was star studded event and graced by popular celebrities including but not limited to

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Juggun Kazim, Resham, Kinza Razzak, etc. The event seemed to be a carnival and children of all ages enjoyed the activity more than anyone else. Undoubtedly, the initiative of entertaining kids along with facilitating parents is one of its kind and Gluco Minipax proved to be another jewel in the crown of Peek Freans, a brand that always goes for doing something that has never happened before. Peek Freans always makes a persona of their products and same is the case with Gluco. It has been a part of WRO (World Robot Olympiad). Additionally, the biscuit contributes in

nourishing children with its natural ingredients since ages and Gluco has always been the first priority of parents for their children. Cinepax has implemented this idea of a dedicated mini cinema house globally and it was their very first time in Pakistan. When it comes to facilitating the movie fanatics to the maximum, Cinepax is always seen in the first lane. Well, this time, Peek Freans stole the show by opening a dedicated cinema for parents who want to enjoy movies along with their children. Let’s see what’s next from this brand. Fingers crossed. By Taha ashraf


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MAn Utd stUn JUVEntUs As MAn City, REAL EnJoy Big ChAMPions LEAgUE wins TURIn

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ANCHESTER United produced a stunning late comeback to beat Juventus 2-1 on Wednesday in what could be a turning point in their Champions League campaign, while a Gabriel Jesus hat-trick helped Manchester City all but secure a last-16 berth. Pep Guardiola’s City crushed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 on a night which saw Real Madrid also win big, as Bayern Munich closed in on a place in the knockout stage. Juventus were within seconds of confirming their spot in the last 16 after Cristiano Ronaldo put them ahead in Turin with a superb volley in the 65th minute. The hosts had already hit the woodwork twice before that and should have been out of sight before Juan Mata equalised from an 86th-minute free-kick. The turnaround was completed in the 90th minute when Leonardo Bonucci scored an own-goal, and United boss Jose Mourinho delighted in taking to the field at the end, cupping an ear towards the home support. The former Inter coach said it was a response to insults from Juve supporters, and United are now two points behind the Italians in Group H. “In a beautiful Italian city, they insulted me for 90 minutes. I didn’t insult them. I just made a little thing,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “It is a big victory for us, not just be-

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cause we needed the points but because it was away from home against an amazing team.” The result was a blow for Valencia, who are still two points behind in third after beating Young Boys 3-1 at Mestalla. Santi Mina scored twice either side of a Roger Assale goal, before Carlos Soler sealed the win. Young Boys, who had Sekou Sanogo sent off, cannot now qualify. CoNTRoVERSiAl STERliNG PENAlTY: There was less drama at the

Etihad Stadium, where City — whose financial dealings have come under scrutiny in a series of Football Leaks allegations — eased to their biggest win in the competition. Goals from David Silva and Riyad Mahrez bookended the victory. In between, there was a stunner from Raheem Sterling, who was also awarded a penalty for kicking his own foot into the turf in the box. Jesus scored the spot-kick, the first of two penalties in his hat-trick. City

will head to Lyon later this month requiring a draw to secure a last-16 place. “Unfortunately we haven’t qualified, but we are so close and will try to maintain this level,” said Guardiola, whose team play United on Sunday. City would have been through already had Lyon not squandered a twogoal lead to draw 2-2 at home to 10-man Hoffenheim. Nabil Fekir and Tanguy Ndombele had the French club 2-0 up at the break,

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League, which will feature four teams and be played in June next year. A defeat, though, will give the Netherlands the chance to leapfrog the World Cup winners when they play Germany away on November 19. The friendly against Uruguay will be played at the Stade de France on Tuesday, November 20. FRANCE SQUAD: Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille) DEFENDERS: Lucas Digne (Everton/ENG), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City/ENG), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart/GER), Adil Rami (Marseille), Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace/ENG), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP) MiDFiElDERS: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus/ITA), Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon), Steven Nzonzi (Roma/ITA), Paul Pogba (Manchester United/ENG) FoRwARDS: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona/ESP), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Anthony Martial (Manchester United/ENG), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)

and the Germans had Kasim Nuhu sent off early in the second half. But Andrej Kramaric pulled one back and Lyon missed chances to secure the victory before Pavel Kaderabek’s stoppage-time equaliser. 200 UP FoR BENzEMA: Reigning European champions Madrid had no trouble against Viktoria Plzen in the Czech Republic, with Karim Benzema scoring twice in a 5-0 win. Real were four ahead at the break, Benzema’s goals taking him to 200 for the club. Casemiro and Gareth Bale also netted in the first half, and Toni Kroos completed the scoring with a delicious chip. Santiago Solari has now overseen three victories, all with clean sheets, since being put in charge of Madrid, and the Spaniards are level atop Group G with Roma. The Italians won 2-1 away to CSKA Moscow, Kostas Manolas and Lorenzo Pellegrini scoring their goals either side of Arnor Sigurdsson’s equaliser. CSKA, who had Hordur Magnusson sent off, still have a slim chance of qualifying, but Plzen are out. Meanwhile, Bayern require just one more point to advance in Group E after Robert Lewandowski netted twice — the first a penalty — on his 100th European appearance in a 2-0 home win over AEK Athens, who are eliminated. Ajax remain well placed to progress too. They are second, four points clear of third-placed Benfica, after a 1-1 draw in Portugal. Jonas put Benfica ahead before Dusan Tadic equalised.

UEFA considering fast-tracking VAR for this year's Champions League Video Assistant Referees (VAR) could be introduced into the latter stages of this season's Champions League. European football's governing body UEFA announced in September that VAR will be phased in from 2019. However, UEFA has been discussing fast-tracking VAR for a number of weeks. Fears of highprofile, game-changing mistakes in the biggest games, coupled with the perception that VAR was a success at the World Cup, have prompted leading officials into a rethink. A penalty given to Manchester City against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, after Raheem Sterling appeared to trip himself up, is just the latest incident to attract criticism after a spot-kick was incorrectly awarded. Training and workshops for referees are continuing throughout Europe but it is thought there is growing confidence within UEFA that a sufficient number of officials are now up to speed - enough to introduce VAR for this season's latter stages. SPORTS DESK

Andy Murray says he is physically feeling "a little bit better every day" after returning to the practice courts in preparation for the 2019 season. Murray, 31, ended his season early to focus on making "big improvements", having played in six events since returning from hip surgery in June. The Scot will train in Miami next month before making his competitive return at the Brisbane International in January. "I'm getting closer," said the former world number one. The Briton, now ranked 263rd in the world, has not played since losing to Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the Shenzhen Open in September. He has spent "four or five" weeks building his fitness with off-court training in Philadelphia and plans to increase his workload in Florida before flying out to Brisbane.

Anthony Martial has been rewarded for his impressive recent form with Manchester United by being recalled to the France squad by coach Didier Deschamps on Thursday. Martial, who has scored five goals in United's last four Premier League games, comes in for France's Nations League match in the Netherlands on November 16 and their home friendly against Uruguay four days later. Martial, 22, was not in the France squad that won the World Cup in Russia. He won the last of his 18 caps in a friendly away to the Russians in March. Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy, Lyon captain Nabil Fekir and Marseille defender Adil Rami also return to the squad after missing last month's friendly against Iceland and the Nations League win against Germany. Marseille playmaker Dimitri Payet and Atletico Madrid duo Thomas Lemar and Lucas Hernandez are all absent. The latter two are injured. France know a draw away to the Dutch in Rotterdam will secure their place in the finals of the new Nations

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Paul Pogba admits it was strange to celebrate a win over Juventus as Manchester United claimed a 2-1 come-from-behind win in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Cristiano Ronaldo had broken the deadlock at the Allianz Stadium with a phenomenal volley on 65 minutes, but an 86th minute Juan Mata free-kick and Alex Sandro own-goal three minutes later, turned the tie on its head. Pogba, who left United after his first spell to join Juventus, before making his return last season, acknowledged the strangeness he felt during the tie. After the game, the World Cup winner told BT Sport: "I celebrated, but it was strange. It might have touched a lot of people. "Lovely, we won. I saw the [Juve] fans, they were very welcoming. I appreciate that.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) held its players selection ceremony for the National T20 Cup at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, on Thursday where eight regional sides, including Lahore Blues, Lahore Whites, Karachi Whites, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Multan, FATA, and Peshawar, selected 14 players each to complete their set of 18 players for the tournament. All teams had picked four players each before the start of the ceremony; whereas each team had to include atleast two Emerging Players in their squads. The Player Selection Ceremony was held in a cordial atmosphere, where the regions were represented by Presidents and Coaches. The junior and senior selection committee members assisted the regional teams to make formidable combinations for the T20 tournament. The National T20 Cup 2018-19 will commence from December 10, 2018 to December 25, 2018 in Multan. FATA: Usman Khan Shinwari (C), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Khushdil Shah, Asif Afridi, Sohail

Akhtar, Mukhtar Ahmed, Adil Amin, Kashif Bhatti, Sameen Gul, Usama Mir, Mohammad Saad, Nasir Ahmed, Asad Afridi, Samiullah Jr (E), Bismillah Khan, Abbas Afridi (E), Rehan Afridi, Fazal-urRehman iSlAMABAD; Imad Wasim (C), Shan Masood, Umar Gul, Rohail Nazir, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Junaid Khan, Abid Ali, Sohail Khan, Nauman Ali, Faizan Riaz, Ali Sarfraz, Sarmad Bhatti, Ibtisam Sheikh (E), Arsal Sheikh (E), Shehzad Azam Rana, Ahmed Bashir, Rizwan Ali KARACHi wHiTES: Anwar Ali (C), Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Sami, Khurram Manzoor, Shoaib Malik, Rameez Raja Jr, Awais Zia, Danish Aziz, Mohammad Hasan, Fawad Alam, Raza Hasan, Arshad Iqbal (E), Tabish Khan, Akbar-ur-Rehman, Rahat Ali, Ahsan Ali, Fahad Iqbal, Saim Ayub (E) lAHoRE BlUES: Saad Nasim (C), Aizaz Cheema, Waqas Ahmed, Hussain Talat, Nauman Anwar, Salman Ali Agha, Ehsan Adil, Raza Ali Dar, Mohammad Irfan (SLA), Zaid Alam (E), Rizwan Hussain, Imran Butt, Adnan Akmal, Bilal Khan (E), Bilawal Iqbal, Zain Abbas, Jahid Ali, Salman Fayyaz lAHoRE wHiTES: Kamran Akmal (C), Salman

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Butt, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Umaid Asif, Zafar Gohar, Amad Butt, Hassan Khan, Zeeshan Ashraf, Saif Badar (E), Tayyab Tahir, Naseem Shah (E), Kamran Ghulam, Umar Siddiq, Mansoor Amjad, Ali Khan, Ali Shafiq, Ali Zaryab MUlTAN: Sohaib Maqsood (C), Mohammad Irfan, Zulfiqar Babar, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Hafeez, Zeeshan Malik (E), Bilawal Bhatti, Mohammad Mohsin, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Imran Farhat, Mohammad Imran, Gulraiz Sadaf, Ali Usman, Hasan Mohsin (E), Imran Rafiq, Hasnain Bukhari, Sadaif Mehdi, Waqar Hussain PESHAwAR: Mohammad Rizwan (C), Imran Khan Jr, Israrullah, Sahibzada Farhan, Fakhar Zaman, Zohaib Khan, Taj Wali, Ali Imran, Saad Ali, Waqas Maqsood, Nabi Gul (E), Mohammad Waqas Jr., Gohar Ali, Sajid Khan, Mohammad Ilyas (E), Imran Khan Sr., Raees Ahmed, Suleman Shafqat (E) RAwAlPiNDi: Mohammad Aamer (C), Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Umar Amin, Fahim Ashraf, Saud Shakeel, Sami Aslam, Khalid Usman, Hammad Azam, Umair Masood (E), Naved Malik, Zahid Mansoor, Nasir Nawaz (E), Yasir Ali, Jamal Anwar, Nihal Mansoor, Haider Ali (E)


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hafeez leaves Peshawar Zalmi after three seasons, to go to PsL4 draft SPORTS DESK Pakistan senior batsman Muhammad Hafeez has decided to leave Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Peshawar Zalmi after three seasons. Making the announcement on Twitter, the right-handed batsman wrote: “Thanks @PeshawarZalmi & @JAfridi10 for such a great journey of 3yrs full of fond memories. Had a fabulous time with U all. Now I decided to go to Draft of @thePSLt20 , Thanks to all fans of @PeshawarZalmi for their unconditional love & support. wishing u all the best for future.” The fourth season of PSL will start from February 19 next year in United Arab Emirates (UAE). The last eight matches of the T20 league will be held in Pakistan with final to be played in Karachi on March 17th.

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Usman Khawaja's comeback from surgery on his knee is ahead of schedule with the opener Thursday confident of being ready for the first Test against India next month. The experienced left-hander, who hit a fighting hundred to help Australia scramble to a draw in the first Test against Pakistan last month, has been out of action since the second Test of that series. His stability at the top of the order — which is already without the banned Steve Smith and David Warner — has been sorely missed after a string of recent Australian batting capitulations. He underwent surgery late last month and is already back running. "I'm 10 kilograms lighter than I was in South Africa maybe seven months ago, so I'm sure that helps the knees in some respects," he told cricket.com.au. "My recovery is going really well so far. I'm trying to keep it cool, but it's actually going really well. "I feel like I'm a little bit ahead of where I should be," added the 31-year-old. If I keep doing the little things right — looking after my body, being disciplined — hopefully that'll transition to me coming back in time," added Khawaja. Cricket Australia's website said there was a chance Khawaja could play in Queensland's Sheffield Shield match against Victoria starting on November 27.

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Keaton Jennings century helped England put Sri Lanka on the ropes in the first Test on Thursday, setting the hosts a daunting 462 to win at notoriously low-scoring Galle. England declared at 322 for six on day three with Jennings 146 not out after a patient innings that saw him deal deftly with the home side's spin attack. At the close of play, Sri Lanka were 15 without loss with Dimuth Karunaratne on seven and Kaushal Silva on eight after hanging on for seven overs, with a further 447 to make at a ground where no team has successfully chased more than 99. In the morning session a somewhat shaky Rory Burns, brought in to fill the huge shoes of the retired Alastair Cook, was run out for 23. Moeen Ali, out first ball in the first innings, fared little better, driving straight to Rangana Herath at mid-on off Dilruwan Perera for three. Herath, in his last game before retiring, then got England captain Joe Root out for the second time in the

match, caught behind for three. But Jennings played cautiously and looked comfortable against spin against Perera and the other spinners. An LBW appeal off Dhananjaya de Silva when Jennings was on 58 was turned down and Sri Lanka chose not to review. Ben Stokes hit a brisk 62 off 93 balls that saw three sixes, including one back over Perera's head and an almighty sweep high over midwicket off Dhanan-

jaya de Silva to bring up the 300. But shortly before tea he became Perera's second scalp, a demon of a ball pitching outside leg and angling back to take the Durham all-rounder's off stump. Jos Buttler smashed a quick 35 before being caught off Herath while Foakes belted out 37 before falling to spinner Akila Dananjaya. England made 342 in the first in-

Taylor throwing gesture at Hafeez 'disgraceful', says Sarfraz aBU DHaBI AGENCIES

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has slammed New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor for making a “disgraceful” throwing gesture when facing the bowling of veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez during the one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Taylor appeared to query the bowling of part-time offspinner Hafeez whose action has been deemed illegal by the International Cricket Council several times in recent years. Sarfraz had a heated exchange with Taylor and the on-field umpires as New Zealand, fired by a hat-trick by returning paceman Trent Boult, won the series-opener by 47 runs. “I will say that Taylor’s action was not correct,” Sarfraz said. “It’s not his job to give (the) action which was

shown on TV. It was disgraceful, for me. “His job is to do batting and if he concentrates on that, it’s better. I complained to umpires that his action did not come under sportsmanship. “Ross is a professional cricketer and he should not have done that. He did it two or three times – it’s (the) umpires’ job,” Safraz added. “Hafeez’s action has no problem and (Taylor) was trying to create an issue without a reason.” Hafeez was suspended from bowling twice in 201415 and again in 2017 due to problems with his action. His latest suspension was lifted in April. It was unclear whether Pakistan had made an official complaint to the match referee but Taylor’s gesture is likely to come under ICC scrutiny. Hafeez’s bowling will also be under the spotlight in the second game of the three-match series in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

PCB reconsiders Mohsin Khan's appointment: report SPORTS DESK The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in reconsidering the appointment of Mohsin Hasan Khan in the special cricket committee, a report said. The report published in ESPNcricinfo said the statements of Mohsin have compelled the PCB to start rethinking its decision to appoint him, and it has reportedly placed a gag order on his public comments. The PCB has refused to confirm or deny whether it has asked him to stop talking so publicly, it added. It’s only been two weeks since a four-member cricket committee came into being to oversee Pakistan’s cricket affairs, and though they may not have begun their work properly just yet, they’ve been in the news every single day. That is almost entirely down to Mohsin Khan, the head of committee, who’s made a number of public statements that have put the PCB in an awkward position and have raised tensions with other stakeholders. “My statements are wrongly being taken and few people who are against

my appointment are doing propaganda,” Mohsin told media. “I am here to serve my country and I have had never a discipline issue ever in my entire career. I don’t want to go into details and want to ignore all the negative stuff. I am directly reportable to chairman and he is perfectly fine with me.” Mohsin has riled up coach Mickey Arthur as well as captain Sarfraz Ahmed in his short tenure so far. In

comments made just before his appointment, Mohsin called Arthur a “stupid donkey” on a TV channel. Soon after he argued that Sarfraz should be relieved of the Test captaincy. All that came after his very appointment had forced the PCB into an apparent disowning of the Qayyum Report on match-fixing – something it was then keen to insist was not the case. Arthur is understood to want an

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apology from Mohsin – the pair, according to the terms of the committee, officially meet three times a year – though the PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has said only that all parties should move on from the matter. Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq is also thought to be annoyed by Mohsin’s public comments on selection matters. He has reached out and sought clarity from the board about the committee’s role and suggested that he will not be happy with any intervention in selection affairs. It was reported that the Mohsin’s role and behaviour has been discussed among senior board officials, discussions that have also brought up names of who could replace him should he continue as he has done. All of Mohsin’s comments have been made to TV channels, a few of them to a local news channel to whom he is contracted as an expert for this home season. It is not clear what officials think of his TV commitments though, as his PCB role is honorary, it is unlikely they can get him to stop them.

nings thanks to a century from Ben Foakes, filling in as wicketkeeper for the injured Jonny Bairstow. Sri Lanka were then bowled out for 203, leaving them 139 behind, falling to a spin attack led by Ali who took four for 66. ToUGH SUMMER: Jennings's performance will go some way to silencing his critics -- many of whom were calling for him to be dropped after his poor home series against India this summer. After stumps on Thursday the South Africa-born 26-year-old conceded that the past half year had been "tough for me personally", but that he relishes the pressure. "I enjoy it. I love the process of being involved, I love the process of feeling the heat, feeling the pressure, and I suppose waking up in the morning knowing you are on a knife edge," he said. "So it makes today that much more special," he said. "I have only watched Keaton Jennings live in two test matches and he has got a hundred in both I must be his lucky charm !!!," former England great Allan Lamb said on Twitter. "Well played fantastic and thoroughly deserved by the hard work."

Ramiz believes Pakistani batsmen unable to play short ball SPORTS DESK Former Pakistan batsman and current cricket commentator Ramiz Raja slammed national team’s top order performance against New Zealand in first One Day International (ODI) in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Pakistan lost the match by 47 runs as Trent Boult claimed a hat-trick, removing the top order of the greens. Pointing out the shortcoming in Pakistan’s batting line, Raja wrote: “When will Pakistan batsmen & batting staff realise that batting woes stem from lack of ability & technique against the short ball. Not a single batsman in this team pulls or hooks… not even good at leaving them. Top order will be gobbled up in SA if they don’t pay heed to it.” It was Pakistan’s 12th consecutive loss against New Zealand. Between 2014 and 2018, Pakistan lost a total of 11 ODIs against Kiwis, all of which were played in New Zealand.

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India captain Virat Kohli has provoked a social media storm after telling a critic to leave the country for criticising his batting. Kohli told the Indian fan to "go and live somewhere else" in a video on his newly-launched personal app, in which he responded to comments from the public.The fan had said Kohli was "overrated" and less enjoyable to watch than his English and Australian counterparts, prompting a frosty response. "Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don't mind you not liking me but I don't think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right." His outburst prompted a backlash on social media from cricket lovers across India. "Virat Kohli's statement is a reflection of the bubble that most famous people either slip into or are forced into," wrote prominent cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle on Twitter. "Kohli is highly arrogant and that is one trait which is his Achilles heel," tweeted another user.


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NEWS soldier martyred in cross-loC firing RAWALPINDI: A Pakistan Army soldier was martyred in unprovoked firing by the Indian troops in Thub sector along the Line of Control (LoC), said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Thursday. “Pakistan Army troops responded to Indian unprovoked firing effectively,” the statement further said. The martyred soldier was identified as Zaheer Ahmed. He belonged to Sultan Pur village, Tehsil and District Bhimber, and is survived by a widow. Ceasefire violations are a frequent feature along the LoC and Working Boundary despite the leadership of Pakistan Rangers and India’s Border Security Forces agreeing in November 2017 that the “spirit” of the 2003 Ceasefire Agreement must be revived to protect innocent lives. On November 3, a woman was martyred in India’s unprovoked firing along the LoC. In September, another civilian was martyred in unprovoked firing by Indian forces along the LoC. Pakistan has repeatedly condemned increasing ceasefire violations by Indian forces due to which several civilians have lost their lives in crossborder skirmishes. Unprovoked firing by Indian forces across the LoC had taken 832 lives, left 3,000 injured and had damaged 3,300 houses in the first half of 2017. In September, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi briefed the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on the Indian acts of continued aggression and atrocities in occupied Kashmir. STAFF REPORT

nab arrests two in clean water project PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa arrested two accused over their alleged involvement in the embezzlement of funds in “Clean Drinking Water for All” project which caused a loss millions of rupees to the public exchequer, said a press release issued here Thursday. According to details, accused Ideal Hydrotech CEO Mohammad Ramzan Sheikh and Asghar Khan were taken into custody by the bureau. The NAB had earlier directed certain private companies to accomplish the remaining job of installing filtration plants in different parts of the country. Ramzan Sheikh in connivance with other accused allegedly gave fake bank guarantees and illegally secured mobilisation advance for the execution of the project. Asghar Khan, an employee of a private bank, allegedly verified the fake guarantees produced by the contractors, the bureau said. The “Clean Drinking Water for All” project was started by the Ministry of Industries and Commerce across the country to install filtration plants in different vicinities across the country. The contractors in connivance with others did not execute the project, resulting not only in the huge loss to the national exchequer but also the failure to provide clean water to the general public. Investigation in the case is underway and more revelations are expected to surface, the NAB said, adding that the accused were produced before an accountability court in Peshawar. Lawyer of Ramzan Sheikh said before the court that his client is innocent. The accountability court approved the accused’s physical custody for the next 11 days. Later on, Royal Palm Golf and Country Club (RPGCC), in a statement, clarified that the arrest of Ramzan Sheikh “has nothing to do with, and will in no way, impact the affairs of the RPGCC”. The said project was being undertaken by Sheikh in his personal capacity, it added. STAFF REPORT

Cabinet approves extradition treaties with UK, ireland FAWAD SAYS BALANCE OF PAYMENTS NO LONGER AN ISSUE AFTER CHINA VISIT

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HE federal cabinet on Thursday approved an agreement pertaining to the exchange of prisoners with the United Kingdom and Ireland, as Prime Minister Imran Khan briefed his cabinet of ministers on his “successful” visits to Saudi Arabia and China and other issues of national importance. In October, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar had met British Home Secretary Sajid Javid in London to discuss issues related to the provision of mutual legal assistance, extradition requests, prisoner transfer agreement and steps to curb money laundering as well as recovery of assets acquired through illegal means. PM Khan also took the cabinet into confidence over the decisions taken by the National Security Committee. The cabinet approved a 21point agenda and reviewed the implementation of decisions taken during cabinet meetings in the past. The federal cabinet also gave the green signal to a two-way agreement to promote diplomatic relations with Nigeria. The federal cabinet also gave

a go-ahead to the appointment of a chairman at the Trading Corporation of Pakistan and sanctioned the issuance of a charter license to new airline Liberty Air Ltd. While approving the interior ministry’s appeal to take suspicious persons into custody, the cabinet gave approval for protective custody of Rasool Khan, Waseem Akhtar, Abbas Hafeez, Mohammad Mushtaq and Sajjad Ali Mohra. PM Khan also briefed the members about his visit to China and the agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries. PM Khan said that the visits to China and Saudi Arabia were successful and quite conducive for dealing with the balance of payments crisis. During the meeting, Finance Minister Asad Umar also gave a briefing on the agreements signed with China. PM Khan also approved a summary empowering the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to issue a tax directory. The bureau will publish a separate tax directory for members of the parliament. The cabinet approved a Pakistan-Sri Lanka Coastguard Agreement and also endorsed the decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC). The meeting also reviewed the law and order situation in the country. Interior

‘Judges who hand sentences on false testaments will be held accountable’ ISLAMABAD: Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Thursday said that all judges who handed sentences on false testimonies would be held accountable. “False witnesses will soon be behind bars and the entire system will be back on the right track as soon as a couple of perjurers are sentenced to life in prison,” he

said while hinting at reforms in the criminal justice system. If a judge cannot serve justice in criminal cases, he or she has no right to possess that authority, Justice Khosa said and added that lower judiciary in Punjab sentenced almost every accused to death. “Back in 1985, an English judge of the Lahore High

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore Director General (DG) Shahzad Saleem on Thursday said the accountability watchdog has almost concluded its process of interrogating the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif in connection with Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing Scheme scam. Talking to a private TV channel, he said that it was necessary to arrest the opposition leader in the National Assembly (NA) because it helped NAB in clearing many things up. Shehbaz was arrested on October 6 when he appeared before NAB investigators in connection with Punjab Saaf Pani Company case. Saleem said that it was claimed by PML-N that Shehbaz was summoned in connection with one case but was arrested in another. “It is a political statement. Both ‘Saaf Pani’ and ‘Ashiana’ are part of the case related to alleged corruption in 56 companies. This case was forwarded to NAB by the Supreme Court (SC) and the cases related to all the 56 companies actually form one single case,” he added. He said that the investigation of Ashiana Iqbal Housing Scheme case has been completed and it will be in the court by the

end of this month. “Every day a fire erupts at public buildings, this is how the record is destroyed,” Saleem alleged. Speaking of a case against Shehbaz’s son-in-law Ali Imran, he accused Imran of depositing official cheques in his personal account. The case against Imran pertains to withdrawn official funds and where were they spent, he said. Saleem lamented that whoever is summoned by the NAB flees the country. “Ali Imran has left the country some two to three months ago,” he said, adding that Imran will be answering to the anti-graft body’s questions upon his return to the country. Saleem further stated that suspects say one thing while being under custody, but change their statements once they get out of custody. He said that NAB also launched an inquiry against Shehbaz for allegedly having more assets than his known sources of income after his arrest. When NAB started grilling the PML-N leader and inquired about details of his assets, he said that his financial matters were looked after by his son Salman Shehbaz. “When we summoned Salman, he provided sketchy information to NAB and left the country. We also summoned Hamza Shebaz but he secured a pre-arrest bail and skipped NAB appearance,” he said. “NAB

Court (LHC) said that no dying person tells a lie anywhere in the world except in Punjab, where he or she does so and leaves a couple others struggling.” Justice Khosa maintained that if judges of lower courts were unable to serve justice, the [lower] courts should be closed for once and for all. STAFF REPORT

SC directs PEMRA to take strict action on airing sub-judice matters

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Minister Shehryar Afridi briefed the cabinet on the losses incurred during the three-day long countrywide protests in the wake of the Supreme Court’s (SC) acquittal of Aasia Bibi. ‘BALANCE OF PAYMENTS NO LONGER A PROBLEM’: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday said that PM Khan’s China visit was highly successful as several agreements and MoUs were signed between the two countries. Briefing the media about the federal cabinet’s Thursday meeting, he said that following this visit Pakistan would be able to handle the balance of payments issue. Giving details of the decisions of the cabinet, Fawad said that the cabinet approved revamping of the Evacuees Trust Property Board (ETPB) to improve its functioning and better utilisation of its properties. He said that Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera had been appointed Investment Board secretary. He said that a new board of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) would be constituted. The information minister said that the cabinet had decided that a committee comprising experts would be constituted to formulate policy on taxation to fulfil the longstanding demand of the business community.

Replying to questions of journalists, he said that the opposition wanted that the government should not pursue corruption cases against its leaders, but no such concession would be given to them. He said it was unfortunate that in the past, government and opposition had collusion and they looted and plundered the country turn by turn. On the issue of appointment of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman, he said that the deadlock still persists as Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) demand to appoint Shehbaz Sharif its head to hold an audit of projects during the tenure of his brother Nawaz Sharif was illogical. He said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was of the view that for an audit of the projects undertaken during former premier Nawaz’s tenure, a PTI member should be made the chairman of PAC and for projects of incumbent government tenure’s, Shehbaz could be named as its head. The information minister said that a piece of news by a section of media about the so-called departure of Aasia Bibi to a foreign country was the worst example of irresponsible journalism. He said that the newspapers acted irresponsibly on a very serious issue. Fawad said that a review petition was pending in SC in Aasia Bibi case and the apex court was the competent authority to take a decision on this legal and constitutional matter. About the change in accountability laws, he said that a task force was working under Law Minister Farough Naseem and it would soon present its proposals.

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has now summoned him on Friday in connection with the inquiry,” he added. Meanwhile, NAB filed an interim reference against eight former officers including the CEO of the National Testing Service (NTS) that takes tests for recruitment in public and private organisations. These officials are accused of inflicting loss of Rs165m to the national exchequer by hiring phoney consultants. The reference, filed by NAB Rawalpindi in the accountability Court No 1 of Islamabad, consists of two volumes. It pleads that the eight officers hired fake consultants and paid them Rs165m. the reference includes written evidence as well as a list of 29 pieces of evidence. According to a press release issued by the NAB spokesperson, the regional heads of the NTS were also involved in the alleged corruption. The purpose of the accused was to withdraw heavy sums from the NTS for their personal use. The accused include the NTS former additional director Tahir Maqbool Khakwani, former company secretary Waqar Sami, former additional director operations Faizul Akbar, regional heads Kamil Ahmed and Muhammad Javed, the NTS deputy director Yaqoob Jan and former regional head Imran Khan.

The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to take strict action against TV channels discussing sub-judice matters in their talk shows in future. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar comprising Justice Umer Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan announced the judgment in a suo motu case regarding discussion in a TV talk show hosted by anchorperson Arshad Sharif with regards to a sub-judice matter. SC directed TV channels to constitute impartial and competent in-house monitoring committees to ensure compliance of the code of conduct. The apex court stated, “We issue a writ of mandamus to PEMRA to ensure that the parameters laid down in the law and the code of conduct are adhered to in letter and spirit and that no violations thereof shall be tolerated by PEMRA.” The judgment stated that the code of conduct ensures that the freedom of speech and the right to information (Articles 19 and 19A of the Constitu-

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tion of Pakistan) are protected, and at the same time provide that the discussion of sub-judice matters must be conducted in a manner which does not negatively affect another person’s fundamental right to be dealt with in accordance with the law (Article 4 of the Constitution of Pakistan) and the right to fair trial and due process (Article 10A of the Constitution of Pakistan). “All licensees should be sent a notice/reminder of their basic ethics and objectives, standards and obligations under the code of conduct, particularly Clause 4(10) thereof, in that, editorial oversight should be observed prior to airing of all programmes and any programme, the subject or content of which is found or deemed to be in violation of the code of conduct in its true letter and spirit, should not be aired by the licensee,” the apex court ruled. It stated that any discussion on a matter which is sub-judice may be aired but only to the extent that it is to provide information to the public which is objective in nature and not subjective, and no content, including commentary, opinions or suggestions about the potential fate of such subjudice matter which tends to prejudice the determination by a court, tribunal, etc., shall be aired.

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