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Nawaz says will returN ‘come hell or high water’ P
akistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) supreme leader nawaz sharif on Wednesday said that he will reveal the names of the people who were involved in the conspiracy to oust him from power, as he vowed to return to Pakistan to face imprisonment “for the honour of the vote”. speaking at a press conference that was aired live on Facebook from London with his daughter Maryam by his side, the former premier said that he is returning to the country leaving his wife kulsoom in allah’s protection “despite seeing the bars
RS35BN MONEY LAUNDERING PROBE
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couNSelS for ASif ZArDAri, fAryAl TAlPur Tell fiA Their clieNTS Are buSy iN Poll cANvASSiNg; Therefore, They cAN’T SubmiT rePlieS before 25Th STORY ON PAGE 02
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DeATh Toll iN PeShAwAr SuiciDe bombiNg reAcheS 20, AS bANNeD Terror ouTfiT TTP vowS more DeADly ATTAckS iN ruN uP To geNerAl elecTioNS
PESHAWAR: People attend funeral prayer of ANP’s slain leader, Haroon Bilour, who was martyred in a suicide attack on Tuesday. PPI
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Pakistan’s debt-to-GDP ratio projected at an alarming 74 per cent STORY ON PAGE 12
No ‘blessings’ for Pml-N this time around STORY ON BACK PAGE CMYK
of prison in front of my eyes”. “is there any Pakistani who has had three generations of his family go through an accountability process only to find out that no corruption was ever done?” he asked during the presser. He also criticised the court’s decision to sentence his daughter to a seven-year term in jail, saying those who did so “did not even remember in their hate what stature daughters have in Pakistan”. “these people have not handed a prison sentence to my daughter: they have sentenced every daughter of this nation,” he said amidst chants of “Wazir-i-azam [prime minister] nawaz sharif!”
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MoI turns down NAB’s request for Hussain, Hassan’s red warrants Police all-set to contain Nawaz’s welcome party
Thursday, 12 July, 2018
RS35BN MONEY LAUNDERING PROBE
ZaRdaRi siBlings seek Relief till polls COUNSELS FOR ASIF ZARDARI, FARYAL TALPUR TELL FIA THEIR CLIENTS ARE BUSY IN POLL CANVASSING; THEREFORE, THEY CAN’T SUBMIT REPLIES BEFORE 25TH KARACHI
oRMER president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur did not appear before the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday for submitting their responses in the Rs35 billion money laundering case, citing their ‘hectic’ election canvassing, as Zardari denied involvement in the case. The siblings are expected to appear before the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday in the same case along with 20 other suspects, including prominent businessmen and bankers, in the case that is being said to be the biggest money laundering scam in Sindh till date. A day after the SC’s order for placement of the names of all those connected to the case on the ECL, the FIA constituted a joint investigation team, headed by FIA Sindh Director Munir Ahmed Shaikh, to investigate the matter. The FIA had directed the duo to appear before the team on Wednesday to record their statements and explain their position on the accounts and transactions. However, two junior lawyers appeared before FIA authorities on behalf of Zardari and Talpur and sought more time to provide information about the transactions, saying that since they were busy campaigning for the upcoming polls, the siblings would only be available to respond to queries after July 25. ZARDARI DENIES ALLEGATIONS: Speaking to a TV channel late on Tuesday night, Zardari denied involvement in the scam. The former president said that he will face the ‘bogus cases’ like he did in the past, adding that he
ZARDARI DENIES MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGE, SAYS RECEIVED FIA NOTICE FOR RS150M, NOT RS35BN
was sent notice of Rs150 million rather than propagated Rs35 billion. “It’s difficult to stop whatever is happening through democratic means,” he said, adding that his party would not boycott the forthcoming polls. “We won’t give anyone opportunity by boycotting the election,” he added. He said that it’s the time of election, not accountability. “The accountability should be conducted before or after polls,” the former president said. ZARDARI, FARYAL’S NAME ON ECL: Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry has confirmed that the names of Zardari and Faryal have been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) on the SC’s orders. The SC had ordered the Interior Ministry to place the names of all suspected beneficiaries ─ including Zardari and Talpur ─ and accused persons identified in the case on the ECL, “so that they may not leave the country until the investigation in the matter is concluded or till further orders passed by this court”. Caretaker Interior Minister Azam Khan confirmed that the SC had directed the ministry to place Zardari and Talpur’s names on the ECL on Monday, and that the ministry had complied with the orders. Since 2015, the FIA has been probing suspicious transactions made through 29 ‘benami’ accounts — 16 of which were held in Summit Bank, eight in Sindh Bank and five in UBL. Zardari’s close friend and former chairman of the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSE), Hussain Lawai, along with Summit Bank’s corporate unit head Taha Raza, have been taken into FIA custody in connection with the case. FIA officials maintain that 32 people, including Lawai, are being investigated for laundering billions of rupees through fictitious bank accounts. Seven individuals were said to be involved in suspicious transactions of around Rs35 billion. The ac-
counts were allegedly used to channel funds received through kickbacks. on Wednesday, FIA officials transferred Lawai to Islamabad for further investigation in the money-laundering probe. The suspected beneficiaries the apex court has summoned on Wednesday include Nasser Abdulla Lootah, Ansari Sugar Mills Pvt Ltd (Anwar Majeed, Ali Kamal Majeed), omni Polymer Packages Pvt Ltd, Pak Ethnol Pvt Ltd, Chamber Sugar Mills Pvt Ltd, M/s Agro Farms Thatta Pvt Ltd; Zardari Group Pvt Ltd (Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur), Parthenon Pvt Ltd (Iqbal Khan Noori), A-one International (account identified in Suspicious Transaction Report), Lucky International (STR), Logistic Trading (STR), Royal International (STR) and Umair Associates (STR). Likewise, those who reportedly deposited the money in the accounts were: Bahria Town Karachi (Zain Malik), Sujawal Agro Farms Pvt Ltd, Tando Allahyar Sugar Mills Pvt Ltd, omni Pvt Ltd, Agro Farms Thatta Pvt Ltd, Alfa Zulu Co Pvt Ltd, Haji Mureed Akbar (banker on behalf of contractor), Sher Mohammad Mugheri & Co (contractor), M/s Sardar Mohammad Ashraf D. Baloch Pvt Ltd (contractor), A-one International (STR), Lucky International (STR), Logistic Trading (I.I. Chundrigar) (STR), Iqbal Metals (STR), Royal International (STR) and Umair Associates (STR). As per FIA Director General (DG) Bashir Memon’s report, the persons/companies in whose names fake/fictitious accounts were opened are: Tariq Sultan (A-one International), Erum Aqeel (Ibrahim Linkers), Mohammad Ashraf (Logistic Trading), Mohammad Iqbal Araen (Iqbal Metals), Mohammad Umair (Umair Associates), Adnan Javed (Lucky International) and Qasim Ali (Royal International). They have also been summoned for July 12. Besides, the apex court had ordered the production of the presidents/CEos of UBL, Summit Bank and Sindh Bank (including those in FIA’s custody) on Thursday. The SC had also requisitioned several cases from the Sindh High Court (SHC) in this regard. The court had directed the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to seize/ freeze the account in which Summit Bank had deposited Rs7 billion as equity and that the latter should not be allowed to withdraw the amount.
‘Arrest of PML-N workers violates ECP’s code of conduct’ LAHORE ONLINE
Russian, Chinese, iRanian spymasteRs disCuss daesh with isi Chief NEWS DESK Spy chiefs of Russia, China, Iran and Pakistan met in Islamabad on Tuesday to discuss threat posed by the emergence of Daesh (Islamic State) in Afghanistan, Russian news agency TASS reported. “The discussions focused on the dangers arising from a buildup of the Islamic State on the Afghan territory,” said Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Director Sergei Naryshkin. “The conference reached understanding of the importance of coordinated steps to prevent the trickling of IS terrorists from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan where from they would pose risks for neighbouring countries,” he added. Security and intelligence officials from all four countries agreed regional powers play an active role in resolve the conflict in Afghanistan.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Mushahid Hussain has asked Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Hasan Askari Rizvi to take notice of the arrest of over 200 workers, candidates and senators in Rawalpindi in false cases, terming it vitiating for the political environment. Through a letter, Senator Mushahid Hussain informed caretaker Punjab CM that “over 200 PML-N workers, candidates and senators have been arrested in Rawalpindi in false cases and this act is vitiating political environment. Caretaker CM should take notice of it”. He further said in the letter that “our political rivals are being given free hand and due to arrest of PML-N workers and candidates the political environment is being affected adversely. The detention of workers, candidates and senators is a violation of the code of conduct, he
said adding the Punjab government should make it binding on the institutions to uphold the electoral code of conduct. He stated in the letter that PML-N supreme leader Mian Nawaz Sharif is coming to Pakistan on July 13 and it is their political right to accord a warm welcome to him. ‘WORKERS TO REMAIN PEACEFUL’: The spokesperson of the PML-N Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that they will welcome Mian Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz while staying calm adding that the ECP to consider their objections. “NAB should arrest Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz after their arrival at Raiwind residence,” she said this while talking to a private TV channel on Wednesday. She said that it is not the purpose of our objections that PMLN will boycott the forthcoming elections. Nawaz Sharif had been the PM of this country for three times and if he is presenting any objections regarding the elections than ECP should con-
sider it. “It is the responsibility of ECP and the interim government to hold transparent and unbiased elections,” she held. She said that they will welcome Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz at Lahore airport. ‘’There is no ban to depart at Lahore Airport in section 144,” she added. Marriyum further said that Shehbaz Sharif has clearly said that it is their legal and constitutional right to welcome the supreme leader peacefully. “Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz have faced all hearings while obeying law enforcement so NAB should arrest them after their arrival at their home Raiwind,” she asserted ANTI-RIGGING CELL: Marriyum further observed that the PML-N has established an Anti-Rigging Cell and soon its UAN number will be issued so people can immediately inform in case of such false action. “We will bring forth the evidence in connection with rigging,” she maintained.
naB seizes assets worth Rs1.3bn from mushtaq Raisani QUETTA STAFF REPORT
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday seized assets worth Rs1.3 billion from former Balochistan finance secretary Mushtaq Raisani’s possession. In May 2016, NAB officials raided Raisani’s office and formally placed him under arrest. They also raided his residence and seized Rs730 million in cash and jewellery worth nearly Rs40 million. Further investigations revealed that the finance secretary also possessed valuable illegal properties in Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority. Three days later on May 9, NAB arrested government official Sohail Majeed for allegedly facilitating Raisani in his crimes. According to information, the assets recovered from Raisani were obtained through corrupt practices. Speaking in Lahore earlier on Wednesday, NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal refused to comment on Raisani’s case. “Mushtaq Raisani’s case is in the court. I don’t want to comment on it. However, whatever happened in the case is in front of everyone,” he said. In 2017, the team, including Balochistan Finance Department Additional Secretary Ashaq Jamali, along with the Sindh government as well as Karachi DHA officials started working on transferring the registries of illegal properties to the Balochistan government. The efforts of the NAB Balochistan investigation team bore fruit as the illegal properties were transferred and handed over to the Balochistan government.
no legal standing of a ‘verbal marriage’: CJp KARACHI AGENCIES
Lawyer Farooq H Naek on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that former Sindh Assembly speaker Nisar Khuhro contracted only a verbal marriage in 2007. A two-member Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar, was hearing the appeal of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader against his disqualification. Naek said that Khuhro married his third wife in 2007 verbally and divorced (verbally) her in 2017. The chief justice told Naek that the law has no place for any such verbal dealings and it was necessary to legally register a marriage. He questioned the lawyer on whether Khuhro had sought permission from his first wife before marrying the third, noting that the former lawmaker could be facing another legal case if he hadn’t. Naek informed the court that Khuhro, who had been disqualified by an election tribunal, has also been accused of concealing a daughter. “I don’t think that a person will not accept his daughter in court,” the chief justice remarked, asking whether Khuhro was present in the court. To this, Naek replied that he wasn’t present but his former wife had submitted an affidavit in the court. Citing a previous ruling, the chief justice said that there was no legal standing of a verbal marriage and asked for authentic legal evidence to be brought to court for further investigation. Naek requested the court for further time as Khuhro was busy with the elections.
IHC directs govt to bear expenses of missing person’s family ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The federal government on Wednesday was directed to bear the monthly expenses of Sajid Mehmood’s family. Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge, Justice Athar Minallah, while announcing the verdict on a petition filed by Mehmood's wife Mahera Sajid two years ago, directed the federal government to pay monthly expenses to the family of Mehmood, an engineer who had gone missing in 2016. Mehmood’s wife, in her petition, had claimed that on March 14, 2016, her hus-
band was "abducted from their home in F-10/1 amid circumstances which strongly suggest that this is a case of enforced disappearance". She had requested the court to declare the federal government responsible for the disappearance of her husband. She had also demanded that the federal government provide her and her children maintenance amounting to at least Rs117,500 per month and starting from March 14, 2016, when her husband was "abducted". The verdict, which was reserved in February this year, directed the government to pay an amount of Rs117,500 per month. “The arrears shall be calculated
and paid to the petitioner with effect from March 14, 2016," the verdict said further. The judge also held state agencies, including Special Branch, Intelligence Bureau, Inter-Services Intelligence and the Military Intelligence, responsible for failing "to collect information and promptly report to the concerned functionaries regarding any incident of abduction of a citizen having the characteristics of an 'enforced disappearance' and to take effective measures in tracing the whereabouts of the victim". "Keeping in view the facts and circumstances of this case, this court imposes cost of Rs100,000 each on Lt
General (Retd) Zamirul-Hassan Shah, Secretary Ministry of Defence, Mr Zulfiqar Haider, [then] Chief Commissioner, Islamabad Capital Territory, Mr Khalid Khan Khattak, [then] Inspector General of Police, Islamabad Capital Territory and Capt. (Retd) Mushtaq Ahmed, [then] District Magistrate, Islamabad Capital Territory," Justice Minallah announced. "Besides, a cost of Rs300,000 is imposed on Qaiser Niaz, [the] inspector who was the incharge of police station, Shalimar on March 14 [the day when Mehmood went missing]." "The officials named above shall pay the costs through crossed cheques drawn
in the name of the petitioner within 10 days from the date of announcement of this judgement," the court ordered. Justice Minallah further ordered the federal government to constitute a committee comprising officials — who are not less than a federal secretary in rank — to conduct a thorough investigation into, what the judge termed as the failure of the criminal justice system. In his verdict, Justice Minallah said: "The failure of the criminal justice system to promptly respond to the complaint of the petitioner and then to conduct effective investigations stands established in the instant case."
CMYK Thursday, 12 July, 2018
taliBan stRike as state naps DEATH TOLL IN PESHAWAR SUICIDE BOMBING REACHES 20 AS BANNED TERROR OUTFIT TTP VOWS MORE DEADLY ATTACKS IN RUN UP TO GENERAL ELECTIONS
HAROON BILOUR BURIED AMID TEARS AND FEAR AS ECP DELAYS POLLING IN PK-78
ANP CHIEF SAYS PARTY WILL CONTEST POLLS UNDETERRED; PPP, PTI SUSPEND CANVASSING FOR A DAY IN SOLIDARITY
ESHAWAR remained in mourning on Wednesday over the martyrdom of 20 political activists, including the provincial assembly candidate of the Awami National Party (ANP), Haroon Bilour, as the banned terror outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsible for the deadly suicide bombing that has shocked leaders across the political spectrum at a time when the general elections are just round the corner. The notorious terror outfit claimed responsibility of the suicide attack on the ANP corner meeting in Yakatoot area of Peshawar late on Tuesday night. TTP Spokesperson Muhammad Khurasani accused the ANP of being an “anti-Islam” party and held its leadership, especially the late Bashir Bilour, responsible for “arrest, imprisonment and killing of TTP militants”. He vowed that the TTP will continue to unleash terror on ANP whenever it gets the opportunity. The tragedy has also led the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to postpone the election for PK-78—late Bilour’s constituency. LAID TO REST: Bilour, whose father Bashir Bilour was also killed by Taliban in 2012 during an election meeting, was laid to rest at Wazir Bagh amid tears and fears. The funeral was attended by the
PESHAWAR: Awami National Party (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali Khan talking to media persons during his visit to Bilour House. PPI
ANP's central leadership, including his uncle Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, former chief minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, hundreds of party workers and supporters among others. Funeral prayers of nine blast victims were offered on Wednesday morning; they were laid to rest at Rehman Baba graveyard. ANP WON’T BACK DOWN: “Come what may, the ANP won’t be deterred from taking parts in the polls,” Asfandyar Wali said as he announced that the party would observe three days of mourning. Though it will be a peaceful mourning, Wali said, the party might resort to unrest if it was pushed to a corner. “It will not be a good
sign for the country if party workers shun the policy of patience,” he said. The ANP is under siege, however, it cannot declare every man with a beard to be a member of the Taliban, the ANP chief bemoaned. SECURITY BEEFED UP: The emergence of the terror threat from the TTP has raised concerns over the security of electoral candidates, especially the secular ones. Following the attack, security has been beefed up in all provinces. Law enforcement agencies also conducted raids across Peshawar to arrest those involved in the suicide attack, however, the police have yet to announce an arrest. CONDEMNATIONS: Bilour’s martyrdom was condemned by senior military and
political leaders. Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed grief and condemned the suicide blast. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted that CoAS Gen Bajwa said that “we are fighting against nexus of inimical forces which aren’t willing to absorb a peaceful and stable Pakistan”. Furthermore, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has decided to halt all electioneering in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab following the attack. It was further reported that the party believes that ‘the suicide attack was an attempt to give clear ground to PTI’. Earlier, the PPP chairman had condemned the attack and had said that “the terror attack on pro-democracy individuals is a conspiracy”. “The nation should be aware of the fact as to what do terrorists wish,” the PPP chairman added. KP APEX COMMITTEE SUMMONED: The government has summoned the KP’s apex committee meeting to review the law and order situation after the attack on Haroon Bilour, said caretaker Minister for Interior Azam Khan while summing up the discussion on attack on Haroon Balour in the Upper House. Speaking after the meeting, the minister said that, in light of potential threats, NACTA [National Counter Terrorism Authority] had arranged a high level meeting two days ago on the threat
alerts but no political party representative attended the meeting. He asked political parties’ high ups to tell the administration before holding any corner meeting or gathering. Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani instructed the interior minister to submit the report about the attack on Thursday (today). Earlier the Upper House unanimously passed a condolence resolution regarding the attack on ANP senior leader Haroon Bilour in Peshawar. Senate opposition Leader Sherry Rehman, while talking on the occasion, said, “I condemn the attack on Haroon Bilour, a brave son of brave father Bashir Bilour (late).” She criticised the government for not providing security to the candidates, saying, “If government gives the security than Bilour’s could be saved.” Senator Tanveer Ahmed, on his turn, stated that the terrorists first martyred Bashir Bilour and now his son has also been martyred. ANP IN THE CROSSHAIRS, AGAIN: It seemed with the death of its notorious chief Mullah Fazlullah—aka Mullah Radio—and its former spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan—notorious for Army Public School (APS) attack— in military’s ‘custody’, the ANP had gotten a respite, but the party has been in the crosshairs of militancy, once again. The ANP, including the PPP, were forced to shun their election campaigns in the run up to the 2013 polls after Taliban’s threats. Since the operation in 2009 in Swat, the Taliban have been targeting the ANP leadership for its anti-Taliban stance. In 2012, ANP minister Bashir Bilour—father of Haroon Bilour— was killed when a Taliban bomber attacked his political gathering in Qissa Khawani Bazar in Peshawar. In 2013, Taliban tried to kill Haroon Bilour in another suicide attack wherein Ghulam Ahmed Bilour got injured. The TTP spokesperson at the time, Ehsanullah Ehsan, had told journalists that Haroon was the target.
kp Cm seeks removal of Cs, igp following attack on anp meeting police all-set to contain nawaz’s welcome party LAHORE IHSAN QADIR
The Lahore Police on Wednesday seized a number of heavy vehicles and containers to use them as blockades to prevent workers of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) from reaching Lahore Airport to welcome former premier Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam. The owners of the containers, which could be seen near Punjab Assembly, Racecourse Police Station, Bund Road and other places, said that the police impounded containers on various pretexts and asked them to park these near police stations in the city. They said that most of the vehicles seized were carrying construction and other materials, adding that police, traffic police and officials of local administration have set-up pickets at different spots in and around Lahore, including Manga Mandi, Shera Kot, Shafiqabad and on Kasur Road, to seize the containers. According to sources, the police have seized the containers to place them around important buildings, sensitive installations and residences of the VVIPs. They said that these vehicles and containers have been impounded on orders of the high-ups to block the entry and exit points of the city to prevent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers from other cities to come to Lahore for welcoming Nawaz and Maryam. The police would also place these containers on roads leading to Lahore Airport. A police officer, requesting anonymity, said that Lahore is the hometown and stronghold of Nawaz Sharif and a good number of party activists are expected to reach the Lahore Airport, therefore, the police have no other option but to impound vehicles and place them on roads. on the other hand, the PML-N has finalised a strategy and route for welcoming Nawaz and Maryam. All the party ticket-holders from across the country have been asked to reach Lahore at the earliest and the party has also formed committees for this purpose. Former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz have been assigned the task to finalise the arrangements for welcoming the former premier and his daughter.
PESHAWAR: In view of the suicide attack on a corner meeting of the Awami National Party (ANP) in Peshawar on Tuesday, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Caretaker Chief Minister Justice (r) Dost Mohammad Khan has forwarded a proposal to the federal government, seeking the removal of KP Chief Secretary Kamran Naveed Khan and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muhammad Tahir. “I as the KP chief minister contacted the chief secretary following the incident, however, I was told by the operator that he was away. Personally, he was told to contact the chief minister as soon as possible in view of the serious emergency,” read the proposal. It further stated that a meeting was held from midnight till 9:00 am, during which a report was sought from the chief secretary, which he did not submit. “In all important matters and tasks assigned to the chief secretary, the incumbent CS did not submit a single day report. He does not maintain any arrangements for important matters including security. The chief minister himself, along with other ministers defused the tension.” It also said that in view of consultations with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), “the services of the CS have been decided to be dispensed and he should report to the Establishment Division immediately”. Furthermore, the Establishment Division has been requested to immediately replace Naveed Khan’s services with that of Ahmad Hanif orakzai. “Any delay of even a single hour in the matter may lead to serious consequences, therefore, necessary action should be taken without any delay.” Moreover, the removal of KP IGP Muhammad Tahir was also proposed in the letter. “The incumbent IGP may be immediately relieved of his duty and he should report to the Establishment Division,” said the proposal, adding that Muhammad Naeem Khan may be appointed as the KP IGP immediately. STAFF REPORT
Nawaz says will return ‘come hell or high water’ CONTINUED fROM PAgE 01 He said that he would not stop now whether he is imprisoned or taken to the gallows. Speaking of the Avenfield reference verdict, the former premier noted that it was written in the verdict that he had been absolved of corruption charges. Nawaz said the people of Pakistan once again saw the “real face of justice”. He maintained that he respected every institution of Pakistan, noting that he made the country a nuclear-capable state. “I have immense respect for the ‘Ghazis’ and ‘Shuhada’ of Pakistani armed forces in my heart,” the former premier said. “The martyrs sacrificed their today for our tomorrow.”
Nawaz, however, said that he had set out bearing the flag of “give respect to vote”. “I’m coming to pay off the debt of the nation that thrice elected me the prime minister,” he said. “No force, oppression, imprisonment, jail… nothing will stop me.” WON’T TAKE ASYLUM: The former premier also clarified that he’s not going to seek asylum in the UK. Without naming anyone in particular, Sharif asked: “We have been put on the Financial Action Task Force’s [FATF] grey list again. Is this your success, that you brought Pakistan back into the grey list?” Nawaz claimed that the country’s industry had been adversely affected by the political upheaval over the last year. The China Pakistan Economic Corridor
(CPEC) and many other projects have been halted and the dollar is constantly weakening, he alleged, adding that the PML-N government’s efforts over the past five years had been jeopardised. “My heart is wounded at this current state of affairs,” he said. “our green passport cannot be given the due respect until we are rid of these illnesses.” “Have mercy on Pakistan and stop playing these games. Don’t punish the nation and the country.” Nawaz then questioned why no prime minister in the country’s history has been able to complete their five-year term. “Were they all Nawaz Sharifs?” he asked. The former prime minister said the forthcoming elections are a referendum and urged the public to “come out of their
homes like lions” to vote. “Don’t let any rigging or threat stop you. No power can keep us away from each other,” he said, addressing his voters. He urged the country’s women to step out of their homes and join Maryam ahead of the elections. “Shehbaz Sharif will come like a commander with a caravan and will resonate our chant,” he said, adding that all of their opponents and “those who operate on others’ commands” will have to face defeat. Nawaz said he and Maryam will hear the “judgement” from jail on July 25, referring to the nationwide poll results. “The verdict will break the bars of the prison,” he added.
high CouRt to deCide hanif aBBasi’s naRCotiCs Case BefoRe polls RAWALPINDI STAFF REPORT
The Lahore High Court’s (LHC) Rawalpindi bench on Wednesday decided that a case pertaining to narcotics smuggling against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi will be concluded on July 21. Justice Abdul Rehman Lodhi, during the hearing, also ordered that daily proceedings regarding the case should be conducted from July 16. Abbasi is contesting the upcoming general elections as a PML-N candidate from Rawalpindi’s NA-60 and is charged with misusing 500kg of ephedrine which he obtained from his own company, Gray Pharmaceutical, in 2010. Earlier in June 2012, the AntiNarcotics Force (ANF) booked Abbasi and his accomplices under several sections of the Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) Act. The PML-N leader allegedly sold the drug illegally to narcotic smugglers who used it to make ‘party drugs’. The PML-N leader, his brother and other accomplices were indicted in 2014 by a CNS court. Earlier on April 20, Abbasi requested Judge Muhammad Akram Khan to unfreeze his accounts. Moreover, Abbasi has also been accused of obstructing justice in a matter pertaining to the arrest of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials.
04 KARACHI Minister asks industrialists to dispose of pending cases KARACHI: Caretaker Minister for Labour and Human Resources Simon John Daniel on Wednesday has sought the intervention of industrialists/company owners’ for verification to dispose of 2,216 pending cases of welfare measures for workers’ families pertaining to scholarships, marriage grants and death grants. The provincial minister for labour and Human resources made this appeal while presiding over meeting regarding welfares measure undertaken for workers and their families here at Sindh Workers Welfare Board. Simon John Daniel observed that funds were available with SWWB for disbursement to workers under various welfare schemes which were collected from companies/industrial units adding that SWWB rules of business require merely authentication/verification of workers credentials from relevant industrial unit/company. The caretaker minister also directed to form a committee comprising officials of labour department, SESSI and SWWB on a regional level to hold meeting with chambers of commerce and industries and mill owners’ association to persuade them for verification of pending cases of workers’ families. In this regard, he added that an awareness campaign should be launched through print and electronic media for the information and education of companies. Responding to the variation in a number of registered workers with Labour department, SESSI and SWWB, Simon John Daniel desired to create centralised data of registered workers and computerisation of all relevant record of workers. He said that a smart card on the pattern of CNIC should be issued to each registered worker which would be valid for availing labour department, SESSI and SWWB facilities. Earlier, in the briefing, the minister was informed that during last the three months Rs 46.6 million have been disbursed to workers against 552 marriage grants cases of Larkana region; Rs 1.5 million against three death grants of Karachi region, while Rs 0.5 million in a single case of death grant pertaining to Sukkur region. The minister was further briefed that 500 cases of scholarship; 200 marriage grants and 250 cases of death grants pertaining to Karachi region were pending due to the delay caused in authentication/verification from relevant industrial units/ companies. Similarly, in Hyderabad region, 350 marriage grants and 250 death grants; in Sukkur region, 77 scholarship, 500 marriage grants and 27 death grants; while in Larkana region, 147 marriage and 15 death grant cases of workers families were pending due to non-cooperation of companies for verification. Sindh Workers Welfare Board Secretary Syed Mehdi Shah, Director Finance Anwar Ausaf, Dy Director Welfare Ahtisham, Dy Director Technical Muzafar Shah and others were also present on the occasion. StAff RePoRt
Thursday, 12 July 2018
WEATHER UPDATES THURSDAY
Chief SeCretAry UrgeS ArrAngeMentS At ALL PoLLing StAtionS KARACHI
INDH Chief Secretary Major (r) Azam Suleman Khan on Wednesday urged the officials to arrange all necessary facilities at polling stations across the province. Talking to the officials on his visit to a model polling station at Government College of Commerce and Economics, he said that UPS and generators must be installed at the polling stations for the facility of polling staff. Provincial Election Commissioner of Sindh Muhammad Yousaf Khan Khattak, Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Amjad Javed Saleemi, Karachi Commissioner Muhammad Saleh Farooqi, Home Secretary Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary General (Admin) Syed Mohsin Ali Shah and other senior officers accompanied the chief secretary during his visit. Earlier, Managing Director of National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) Brig Taufeeq Ahmed briefed the chief secretary that training was being imparted to technical staff for operating the CCTV cam-
eras to be installed at all 5673 sensitive polling stations across the province. Adding that 20,000 cameras to be installed at all the sensitive polling stations and their installation would complete by July 22. VIDEO CONFERENCE AMONG SECRETARIES: Meanwhile, a video conference among the Interior secretary Yousuf Nasim Khokar and all provincial chief secretaries was held on Wednesday morning. Suleman Khan presented three key security points, including to arrange security of the heads of main political parties, need to reduce the holding of corner meeting and enhance to strengthening inter-provincial coordination and cooperation with the specific reference inter-provincial borders security, in view of streamlining the intelligence sheering, so that law and order situation be maintained sufficiently to comply with the code of conduct of ECP for 2018 general elections. He defined that these points on materialization could help to save the country from any untoward situation. The interior secretary expressed satisfaction on the election process in all provinces. He also stressed the need to establish law and order more efficiently.
KARACHI: Garbage accumulated on the beach, that creates problems for the visitors and tarnishes the beautiful sight, needs immediate attention of the concerned authorities. onlIne
ACLC arrests four wanted car lifters KARACHI APP
Anti Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) here on Wednesday conducted an operation at KDA Chowrangi in North Nazimabad area and arrested four wanted car lifters and recovered five snatched vehicles from their possession. The arrested accused were identified as Farooq Ahmad alias Umer Sheikh s/o Ameer Sheikh, Irfan Ali Jatoi s/o Muhammad Roshan Jatoi, Hafeez Ullah Beer s/o Hamza Khan and Wahid Bux s/o Sadiq Khan, said a statement issued by ACLC. They used to shift the snatched and stolen vehicles to other parts of Sindh and Balochistan.
Protest held against SALU VC for ‘illegal’ appointment of registrar KHAIRPUR: Shah Abdul Latif University Teachers’ Association (SALUTA) Khairpur on Wednesday took out a rally against alleged illegal appointment of registrar and victimisation of teachers, particularly Ishrat Ali Mirani, assistant professor and syndicate member, who has actively been raising voice against corruption, nepotism, favouritism and fighting for the rights of teaching community. SALUTA President Prof Dr Ameer Ali Chandio, while addressing the participants of the rally, said that the teaching community faced revenge and biased attitude of administration for protesting against the corruption. He condemned the victimisation of teaching community and urged the administration to consume their time and energy to eradicate roots of corruption. General Secretary of SALUTA Prof Dr Ghulam Ali Malah said that the VC was victimising the teaching community by ‘illegally’ appointing the registrar. He also criticised the negative attitude of administration which compelled the teaching community to hold such protests. He further condemned the victimisation of teachers, specially Mirani who has been continuously targeted for raising voice against corruption. He denounced the biased and maligned attitude of administration by serving him three letters: illegal and baseless explanation, evacuation of bungalow and intimation regarding powers used as Syndicate member. The protesting teaching community was carrying placards and banners and chanting slogans against corruption and victimisation of teachers. PPI
Awareness walk highlights significance of family planning NAWABSHAH: To sensitise the general public about issues arising from rapidly growing population, an awareness walk was taken out on Wednesday to commemorate World Population Day (WPD). The walkled by deputy director Population Welfare Riaz Ahmed Shar and attended by other officials of concerned departments, journalists, civil society representatives and a large number of citizens including women and menstarted from Sheraz Chowk and culminated at press club Nawabshah. APP
WORLD VIEW 05
Thursday, 12 July, 2018
israeLi, saudi, and emirati officiaLs privateLy pushed for trump to strike a ‘grand bargain’ with putin EXPERTS SAY THAT SUCH A DEAL WOULD BE UNWORKABLE, EVEN IF TRUMP WAS INTERESTED. THEY SAY PUTIN HAS NEITHER THE INTEREST NOR THE ABILITY TO PRESSURE IRANIAN FORCES TO LEAVE SYRIA
URING a private meeting shortly before the November, 2016, election, Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, floated to a longtime American interlocutor what sounded, at the time, like an unlikely grand bargain. The Emirati leader told the American that Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, might be interested in resolving the conflict in Syria in exchange for the lifting of sanctions imposed in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Current and former U.S. officials said that bin Zayed, known as M.B.Z., was not the only leader in the region who favored rapprochement between the former Cold War adversaries. While America’s closest allies in Europe viewed with a sense of dread Trump’s interest in partnering with Putin, three countries that enjoyed unparallelled influence with the incoming Administration—Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the U.A.E.—privately embraced the goal. Officials from the three countries have repeatedly encouraged their American counterparts to consider ending the Ukraine-related sanctions in return for Putin’s help in removing Iranian forces from Syria. Experts say that such a deal would be unworkable, even if Trump were interested. They say Putin has neither the interest nor the ability to pressure Iranian forces to leave Syria. Administration officials have said that Syria and Ukraine will be among the topics that Trump and Putin will discuss at their summit in Helsinki on July 16th. White House officials did not respond to a request for comment. The special counsel, Robert Mueller, and his F.B.I. team, tasked with probing Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, have been investigating whether the U.A.E. facilitated contacts between Trump’s team and Russian officials and sought to influence U.S. politics. Nine days before Trump’s Inauguration, Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater and a confidant of Steve Bannon, met at M.B.Z.’s resort in the Seychelles with Kirill Dmitriev, the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, whom the Emiratis used as a go-between with Putin. (An April, 2017, Washington Post story that I co-wrote revealed the Indian Ocean encounter and stated that “the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.”) Mueller’s team has also focussed on Trump tran-
sition-team meetings in December, 2016, that involved Emirati and Russian officials. One, at a New York hotel, was attended by M.B.Z., and another, at Trump Tower, was attended by Sergey Kislyak, then Russia’s Ambassador in Washington. During the December 1, 2016, meeting between Kislyak and Trump’s transition team, both sides wanted to discuss the conflict in Syria, and the Russian Ambassador proposed arranging a conversation between Michael Flynn, the incoming national-security adviser, and people he referred to as his “generals,” according to congressional testimony by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. To prevent intelligence agencies from eavesdropping on the conversation, Kislyak proposed using a “secure line,” prompting Kushner to suggest using the secure communications gear housed at the Russian Embassy in Washington. M.B.Z. is regarded as one of the Middle East’s strategic thinkers. More than other Arab leaders of his generation, he hails from the school of Realpolitik. During the Obama Administration, M.B.Z. sought to establish closer ties between the U.A.E. and Putin, in the hope of encouraging Moscow to scale back its partnership with Iran, particularly in Syria. (Much like Israel, the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia consider Iran their biggest strategic threat. They also lacked trust in President Obama.) As an inducement for Putin to partner with Gulf states rather than Iran, the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia started making billions of dollars in investments in Russia and convening high-level meetings in Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, and the Seychelles. It is unclear whether M.B.Z.’s preëlection proposal came from Putin himself or one of his confidants, or whether the Emirati leader came up with the idea. But the comment suggested that M.B.Z. believed that turning Putin against Iran would require sanctions relief for Moscow, a concession that required the support of the American President. If Hillary Clinton had won the election, the idea of accepting Russian aggression in Ukraine would have been a nonstarter, current and former U.S. officials told me. But Trump promised a different approach. Israeli officials lobbied for rapprochement between Washington and Moscow soon after Trump’s election victory. In a private meeting during the transition, Ron Dermer, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States and one of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest confidants, said that the Israeli government was encouraging the incoming Trump Administration to coöperate more closely with Putin, starting in Syria, with the hope of convincing Moscow to push the Iranians to leave the country, an attendee told me. Like M.B.Z., Netanyahu made courting Putin a priority, particularly after Russia’s military intervention in Syria in 2015. The Israeli leader wanted to insure that Israeli forces could continue to access
Facebook is still abusing your privacy DESPITE PROMISES FROM MARK ZUCKERBERG, THE COMPANY’S EMBRACE OF FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY SUGGESTS THAT IT HAS NO INTENTIONS OF CHANGING
new Republic ALEX SHEPHARD
Three months ago, Mark Zuckerberg was sitting before Congress, promising to change Facebook’s ways. “I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here,” he said. “It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy.” Zuckerberg promised to take privacy concerns more seriously, ensured members of Congress that he was open to regulation (so long as it was the “right regulation”), and pledged to do more to stop bad actors from abus-
ing his platform. Zuckerberg insisted that this was the beginning of a new chapter in the company’s history. The company would return to its roots as a “village square,” where people shared personal updates and photographs of their loved ones. Shortly after he left Washington, D.C., Facebook began airing national television advertisements in which it apologized for having lost its way. However successful Zuckerberg’s testimony was as a public relations exercise, it did little to change the real problem. Facebook’s core business model is built around advertising, which means that it will always share its users’ data with advertisers. And, despite the company’s strenuous apologies, it is continuing to push the boundaries of privacy to ensure that its market dominance remains unchallenged. The latest front in that fight is facial recognition. As The New York Times reported earlier this week, “more than a dozen privacy and consumer groups, and at least a few officials, argue that the company’s use of facial recognition has violated people’s privacy by not obtaining appropriate user consent.” The facial recognition software used by Facebook scans photos uploaded to the social network against a database of “unique templates” of user faces to help recognize them. It does so without
Syrian airspace, which the Russians partially controlled, to prevent the deployment of advanced weapons systems by Iran and its proxies that could threaten the Jewish state. A senior Israeli official declined to comment on Dermer’s message but said that “Israel does believe it is possible to get a U.S.-Russian agreement in Syria that would push the Iranians out,” and that doing so “could be the beginning of an improvement in U.S.-Russian relations over all.” Separately, a former U.S. official recalled having a conversation after Trump’s Inauguration with an Israeli Cabinet minister with close ties to Netanyahu in which the minister pitched the American on the idea of “trading Ukraine for Syria.” The former official told me, “You can understand why Russia’s help with Syria is a far higher priority for Israel than pushing back on Russian aggression in Ukraine. But I considered it a major stretch for Israel to try to convince the United States that U.S. interests are well served by looking the other way at Russian aggression in Ukraine. Of course, Trump may disagree for his own reasons.” After Trump took office, the idea was raised again, by Adel al-Jubeir, the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, and Abdullah bin Zayed, the foreign minister of the U.A.E., during a private March, 2017, dinner that included several other guests. “Their message was ‘Why don’t we lift the Ukrainian sanctions on Russia in exchange for getting the Russians to push Iran out of Syria,’ ” an attendee recalled the foreign ministers saying. A senior U.A.E. official said that he did not recall the discussion. The dinner attendee told me, “It wasn’t a trial balloon. They were trying to socialize the idea.” The timing, however, could not have been worse politically, current and former U.S. officials said. In addition to the looming Mueller investigation, members of Congress were pushing at the time to expand sanctions against Russia, not reduce them. Trump told aides that he was frustrated that he could not make progress because of political opposition in Washington. The Americans who heard the Israeli, Emirati, and Saudi pitches in late 2016 and early 2017 assumed that the idea was dead. But ahead of the Helsinki summit, Trump started making statements that suggested he could be open to making a deal with Putin after all. On June 8th, Trump called for Russia to be readmitted to the Group of Seven industrial nations. (Russia was expelled four years ago, after it annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region.) Then, during a dinner at the G-7 summit in Canada, Trump reportedly said that Crimea was Russian because the people who lived there spoke Russian. Several weeks later, when asked whether reports that he would drop Washington’s longstanding opposition to the annexation of Crimea were true, Trump responded, “We’re going to have to see.” Adam Entous is a staff writer at The New Yorker. alerting the person whose face has been identified or obtaining their consent. In Europe, which has much more stringent privacy regulations than the United States, Facebook sold its facial recognition software as a tool for privacy protection. “Face recognition technology allows us to help protect you from a stranger using your photo to impersonate you,” the company said. In the U.S., concerns about Facebook’s facial recognition software have been overwhelmed by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which a Trump-affiliated firm was given access to the private information of tens of millions of Facebook users. But consumer groups asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the company’s use of the technology. This technology is not new, and its implementation—particularly in law enforcement situations—has been enormously controversial. But it does represent a new technological frontier and every large internet player is gunning for supremacy. Amazon found itself in hot water in May when the ACLU criticized its Rekognition program for “automating mass surveillance” and collaborating with sheriffs’ departments. (Some Amazon employees recently wrote a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos decrying the use of Rekognition by law enforcement agencies.) Google was criticized for its seemingly banal “Face Match” app, which compares users’ faces with classic works of art; the company denied that it was building a database of faces or using the app to train facial recognition software. (That may be true, but Google could presumably still use the data to do either of those things at any time.) Facebook insists that it does not share its facial recognition software with advertisers. A Facebook spokesperson told the Times that the company’s technology is only used for those who have “their facial
Live streaming of court proceedings wiLL boost transparency Live streaming of court proceedings, if implemented properly, will boost transparency and help litigants since they would be able to hear the arguments that their lawyers are making inside courtrooms, without spending money and time on travel Hindustan times In yet another move that can improve transparency in India’s legal system, the Supreme Court said it was ready to go live on camera while the Union government mooted a separate TV channel — similar to the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha TV channels — for the live streaming of court proceedings. This decision comes on the heels of two other important apex court orders: recently, the court allowed accredited and non-accredited journalists to carry their mobile phones into a courtroom, a privilege that was previously extended only to lawyers; and earlier this year, it allowed the installation of CCTV cameras inside court premises in at least two districts of each state and Union Territory. The second step was taken for security reasons. The video recordings, the court ordered, will not be accompanied by corresponding audio nor will they be available to the public under the Right To Information Act. The videos will only be released to the public under directives of the high courts. Along with these steps, with an aim to fast-track the disposal of pending cases, the Union government too has been going for a major transformation of courtrooms into digital, paperless entities. According to the plan, 14,249 courts will get these facilities under the central government’s E-courts Mission Mode Project. Live streaming of court proceedings, if implemented properly, will boost transparency and help litigants since they would be able to hear the arguments that their lawyers are making inside courtrooms, without spending money and time on travel. The decision, many feel, could also cut down adjournments, many of which are caused by unpreparedness of lawyers as they will be under public scrutiny. There are already more than 3.4 crore pending cases in India’s courts. More importantly, the use of technology can also solve a critical challenge that the Indian legal system faces: lack of physical space in the court premises. In fact, the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, has often raised this issue, saying that overcrowded rooms make it difficult for judges to maintain court decorum. However, the audio quality to accompany the live streaming needs to be top notch. Otherwise, it will defeat the purpose of this progressive move. recognition setting turned on” and that it deletes the facial data if it is unable to find a match. But Facebook is presumably gleaning data from its software, which it can then use to help target advertising. This might ultimately mean that such data is safe from companies like Cambridge Analytica, but the software still constitutes a violation of privacy. There are also questions about how aware users are that Facebook is scanning their face, or if it has done enough to obtain their consent. Facial recognition appears to have been automatically enabled—I am a very light Facebook user and just noticed that it was being used on my profile—earlier this year with minimal notification. This is in keeping with the defense that Zuckerberg made before Congress. There, he claimed that users had the tools to control their privacy—they just had to use them. He also suggested that, by and large, they also liked being surveilled, since the point of it is to improve their user experience. Some might find ad re-targeting—in which a product that you briefly looked at follows you around for days—creepy, but Zuckerberg told Congress it was popular. With its facial recognition software, the company is making a similar argument, claiming that criticism is overblown and that the technology is being used to improve user experience. What this tells us is that, despite the advertisements that Facebook has run on television and in The New York Times, and despite its CEO’s doe-eyed apology before Congress, the company simply isn’t changing. Terrified of losing ground to competitors, it’s going to continue its ambitious rollout of invasive technology, which it will sugarcoat by claiming that it has its users’ best interests at heart. Alex Shephard is a staff writer at The New Republic.
Thursday, 12 July, 2018
Larkana aLLiance set to chaLLenge PPP in its stronghoLd LARKANA AWAMI ITTEHAD BRINGS ALL ANTI-PPP FORCES AT SINGLE PLATFORM KARACHI
FTeR poor governance and alleged massive corruption across the province, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is likely to face a stiff competition in its stronghold and home district – Larkana – by the anti-PPP alliance namely Larkana Awami Ittehad in the upcoming polls, it has emerged. The political dynamics of the Larkana district, which has remained a winning district for the PPP since past few decades, has now changed as the PPP miserably failed to perform in the district in terms of infrastructure development, provision of basic facilities like health and education etc. Now, an anti-PPP alliance – Larkana Awami Ittehad – formed by PPP stalwarts Haji Munawar Abbasi, Safdar Abbasi and Naheed Abbasi has brought all the rival forces together at one platform to defeat the PPP in the 2018 elections. PPP Chairman Bilawal Zardari is contesting from NA 200 (Larkana-II), a constituency where the PPP has remained undefeatable since 1970. Former prime minister and founding head of the PPP, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, who is Bilawal’s maternal grandfather, was elected twice from this constituency – in 1970 and 1977 – when it was NA-163. Bilawal’s grandmother Begum Nusrat Bhutto was also elected four times from the same seat, which was renamed to NA-164 from 1988 to 1997 elections. The PPP’s candidates retained the seat in the three general elections from 2002 to 2013 with late Mohammad Ayaz Soomro being the last MNA, when this constituency was called NA-204. Bilawal’s mother, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was also elected from this seat in Larkana four times from 1988 to 1997. “We hope that like his grandfather, grandmother and mother, Bilawal will also get elected from this seat and lead the country,” PPP Sindh chapter president Nisar Ahmed Khuhro told Pakistan Today. However, this time, Bilawal will be facing stiff competition from his competitor Maulana Rashid Mehmood Soomro, central leader of Jamiat-e-Ulemai-Islam-F and son of former Senator Dr Khalid Mehmood Soomro. Maulana Rashid Mehmood Soomro is contesting the elections as a candidate of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, having the full support of Larkana Awami Ittehad, Grand Democratic Alliance
(GDA), and have the backing of several other groups. GDA, MMA, PTI BACKING: PPP’s Sindh chapter President Nisar Khuhro’s daughter Nida Khuhro is contesting election for PS-11 as her father got disqualified for providing wrong information to the election Commission of Pakistan. Moazzam Abbasi, son of Haji Munawar Abbasi, will give tough time to PPP’s Nida Khuhro. He is the man who objected nomination of Nisar Khuhro and have full support of GDA, MMA, PTI and other smaller groups. PPP’s candidate for PS10 (Larkana-I) will be facing strong competition by PTI’s Ameer Bux Bhutto, son of Sardar Mumtaz Bhutto, on the said constituency. While PPP’s Sohail Anwar Siyal will have one-on-one competition with GDA candidate Sohail Akbar Shah Rashidi on PS-12 (Larkana-III). His wife and candidate of the PML-F Mehtab Akbar Rashdi got 32,006 votes in 2013 against 50,128 votes of PPP’s nominated Ayaz Soomro (late). PPP’s Khursheed Junejo will also face tough competition against PTI candidate Allah Bux Unnar, having the support of the GDA, Larkana Awami Ittehad, smaller political and nationalist groups. Interestingly, the PPP has fielded Hizbullah Bughio as candidate for PS-13 while sidelining Aziz Jatoi who announced parting ways with the PPP. Hizbullah Bughio will face strong resistance from an independent candidate Ustad Liaquat Mirani and by DGA’s candidate Aadil Altaf Unnar and PTI’s Shafqat Unnar on the same constituency. Larkana Awami Ittehad leader Moazzam Abbasi told Pakistan Today that the citizens of Larkana have faced serious miseries in the tenure of PPP as their genuine issues remained unresolved since the past couple of years. “We are hopeful to have one-on-one competition with these corrupt mafia in the upcoming elections,” he added. While talking to Pakistan Today, MMA candidate for NA-200 Rashid Mehmood Soomro said that all the opposition parties were united against the PPP. In 2013 elections, the opposition votes were divided that resulted in victory of the PPP in past elections. “The biggest union council of Larkana district with a total population of 40,000 falls under the UC-2 where JUIF got elected its chairman. If only voters of my UC come out and vote for me then Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will get no votes in the elections,” he said. Informing about the past experiences, JUI-F leader said last year Ameer Bux Bhutto got around 33,000 votes in PS-10 and Saifullah Abro got 11,000 votes but this time Saifullah Abro is supporting Ameer Bux Bhutto and the JUI-F will also persuade voters to cast their vote for Ameer Bux Bhutto. Moazzam Abbasi got over 36,000 votes last year and this time the JUI-F and MMA votes will also go to them which will ensure their victory in the upcoming elections, Rashid Mehmood Soomro added.
PTI’S IBRAHIM KHAN, JAVED SHAH OF PML-N IN RACE FOR THE CONSTITUENCY SHUJAABAD MIAN ABRAR
NA-158 Multan-V has seemingly become the most sought-after constituency of the country where political heavyweights like former prime minister and Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) leader Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, former minister from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Syed Javed Ali Shah and central deputy secretary general of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Ibrahim Khan, are in a three-way face-off to win one of the most diverse constituency expanded in three tehsils – Multan, Shujaabad and Jalalpur Pirwala. Gilani is one of the few PPP central leaders who not only chose to contest the polls on party’s symbol but has also run an impressive campaign with strong chances to win this constituency. Following the new delimitation, the constituency starts from Makhdoom Rashid Multan city and includes Laarh, Qasba Marral, Mubarak Pur, Basti Daad, Basti Malook, Raja Ram, Sikandarabad, Shujaabad city, Chak-5 Faiz and Hamid Pur Kanora etc. NA-158 (Multan-V) is erstwhile NA-152 (Multan-V) after at least 103,470 new voters were added in the constituency, and where the total number of registered voters has reached 436,391. Facing tough circumstances in his original constituency NA-156, where his group faced defeat in 2013 elections at the hands of former agriculture minister Sikandar Hayat Bosan, Yousaf Raza Gilani has shocked local groups by announcing to contest from NA-158 for the first time in history. Gilani has smartly influenced local heavyweight groups and most of them have announced their support for him led by thrice elected MNA from Shujaabad Nawab Liaquat Ali Khan, who was declared ineligible for being a dual national. However, the two candidates under Gilani for PP-220 and PP-221 are weak and have little influence in the area. For PP-220, PPP has awarded ticket to Khurram Farid Khakwani while for PP-221, Kamran Marral is PPP’s candidate who enjoys support
Hung house predicted in new IPOR survey ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
A new survey ahead of the upcoming elections shows Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in neck and neck fight without any clear winner thus portraying a scenario of a dangled parliament, as the majority of the population believes Pakistan is heading in the wrong direction. However, the number of respondents who expressed the intention to vote this time has increased from 76% in 2013 to 82% in 2018. If the elections are held today, 32% population has shown the intention to vote for the PML-N, 29% for PTI and 13% for PPP, according to a countrywide survey conducted by the Institute of Public Opinion Research (IPOR) in collaboration with an American firm, Global Strategic Partners. The survey was carried out between June 13-July 04 of 3,735 respondents from all across Pakistan. Around 72% responded. Three major issues people tended to hear, watch or read the most about the PML-N are as a corrupt party, its development work and Panama scan-
dal respectively whereas PTI’s fight against corruption, Imran Khan’s marriage with Bushra and Reham Khan’s upcoming book are the issues that attracted the most of public attention. Nawaz Sharif’s slogan “vote ko izzat do” and his attribution to “khalai makhlooq” as a reason of his removal received a split verdict in the survey. Shehbaz Sharif is ahead of Imran Khan when their approval rate is separately judged as a person and as the future prime minister. After a couple of other ques-
tions, the respondents were separately asked about Shehbaz Sharif and Imran Khan as future prime minister: 56% voted for Shehbaz and 37% against him. Likewise, 46% were for Imran Khan 44% against him. As they were bracketed together in yet another question asking them who would be comparatively better prime minister, 47% favoured Shehbaz and 44% Imran. Top three reasons that made Shehbaz popular are his development work (21%), that he is good for
country (19%) and good performance (18%). Top three reasons described by those who dislike him are corruption (53%), false promises (9%) and that focus of his development is only on Punjab (8%). Regarding Imran, the top three reasons why people want to see him as the prime minister is his slogan of change (21%), honesty (19%) and development work (19%). Top three reasons of respondents’ for disliking him as prime ministerial candidate is that he lacks the experience (22%), that he is bad for the country (15%) and that he always takes Uturn (11%). Asked whether they agree with Nawaz Sharif’s allegation that “khalai makhlooq” was behind his removal, 39% agreed and 53% didn’t. If a province-wise breakup analysed of those who agreed with Nawaz Sharif’s narrative, majority is in Balochistan (55%) that follows Punjab (48%), Sindh 26% and KP (21%). Regarding his “vote ko izzat do” slogan, 49% approved his demand and 47% didn’t. Again, a majority of the takers of this slogan are in Balochistan (61%), Punjab (60%), Sindh (36%) and KP (26%).
from his clan. Gilani is charming locals with unprecedented development projects carried out in Multan under his tenure as prime minister. Due to his charm, PML-N Sikandarabad President Rana Akram, Ibrahim Khan’s group in Sikandarabad, Dr Farooq and Mohammad Ali Bhatti of PML-N Shujaabad have also joined Gilani. Moreover, PML-N’s former MPA Makhdoom Rashid Rai Mansab Khan has also joined the Gilani group. Mian Waheed Bodla from Ibrahim Khan group has also joined Gilani. On the other hand, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s rally in Shujaabad has failed to woo voters which could dent Gilani’s chances of bagging the victory. The interior city of Shujaabad is evenly divided between PML-N and PTI voters, leaving Gilani at the trail. Yousaf Raza Gilani is also facing a tough competition from Ibrahim Khan, the PTI candidate who has also served as a member of Punjab Assembly. Ibrahim is also riding on the popularity wave of PTI in the constituency and has served the people of the area over the past decade. Ibrahim Khan, a transporter, is duly supported by his heavyweight wings that have their own vote bank too. Rana Sohail Noon is PTI’s candidate for PP-221 who has a strong political background and has won twice from the constituency. For PP-220, PTI has awarded ticket to Mian Tariq Abdullah who has also won previously and enjoys support from his clan. Former Water Minister Syed Javed Ali Shah is third in line who is putting up a brave fight despite all odds against the PML-N. He has a strong influence in PP-221 where he is duly supported by former MPAs Rana Ijaz Noon and Tahir Shabbir. Though Rana Ijaz and Tahir Shabbir have been opposing Javed Shah for the past five years, an imminent defeat has united the three PML-N leaders who are trailing far behind in the race. PML-N candidate Javed Ali Shah had won the slot in 2013 with 81,015 votes after defeating PTI candidate Ibrahim Khan, who bagged 64,611 votes. Syed Ahmed Mujtaba Gilani of PPP received 32,514 votes. In 2008 general elections, PPP candidate Nawab Liaquat won the slot with 47,880 votes. He defeated PML-N candidate Asad Murtaza Gilani who received 11,923 votes and PML-Q candidate Mujahid Ali Shah who received 38,126 votes. Two Punjab Assembly constituencies PP-220 and PP-221 are attached with the NA-158 constituency. The PML-N had won both the provincial assembly seats in the last general elections.
State should provide basic rights to underprivileged: Imran Khan ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday stressed that it is the state’s responsibility to provide basic rights to the underprivileged. While addressing a religious minorities convention, Imran presented his party’s agenda to uplift religious groups across Pakistan. “Minorities were given rights in Madina’s welfare state,” said Imran. “But the weak don’t get their due rights in Pakistan.” He further stated that during the ‘enlightened Muslim rule’ in the sub-continent, minorities were free to follow their religious beliefs. “The more developed a society, the more protected are the weak from the powerful,” Imran said. “I receive a lot of complaints from the Hindu community in Sindh that women belonging to the minority are forcefully married to Muslims,” the PTI chief added. Imran Khan also said that the law in Pakistan is different for the weak and powerful. Citing the example of American national Raymond Davis, who was not punished for killing a Pakistani man, the PTI chief said, “Had the same incident happened in the US, nobody would have cared about diplomatic immunity. The person who was responsible for the accident would have been punished.” The PTI chief reiterated that only those societies where the supremacy of law prevails are considered civilised. “The constitution has guaranteed that the state will provide education and health facilities to the people but what is actually available for the common man? Facilities are only available for a small segment of the society,” he observed.
Thursday, 12 July, 2018
deadLine for PostaL baLLot Another election, another Bilour extended to faciLitate PoLLing staff, others I ABDULLAH NIAZI
ECP ISSUES SPECIAL GUIDELINES TO PROVINCIAL ELECTION COMMISSIONERS REGARDING TRANSMISSION OF RESULTS ISLAMABAD
N order to ensure that polling staff, security personnel and inmates could cast vote in the forthcoming general elections, the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) has extended the date for sending applications for the postal ballot to July 15 whereas previously it was July 10. Hundreds of thousands of people assigned with the duties to conduct the forthcoming general elections have failed to apply for the facility of postal ballots because either they were not aware of eCP’s facility of the postal ballot or they could not do so due to complexities in the procedure of applying for the postal ballot. Similarly, thousands of prison inmates, people with disabilities and government employees deployed in far-flung areas also failed to apply for the facility due to which they would not able to cast their personal votes on the day of the elections. Taking notice of the situation, eCP decided to extend the date for sending applications for the postal ballot to make it possible for them to cast vote on the polling day. The notification, a copy of which is available with Pakistan Today, reads, “I am directed to say that date for sending applications for the postal ballot for the polling staff and security personnel has been extended and fixed to July 15.” eCP Deputy Director (Cord) Waqas Ahmed Malik issued directives to the returning officers of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan. The returning officers were directed that the applicants who desire to cast their vote should post individually and no department or jail superintendent shall send applications in bulk. The returning officers shall keep the
record of applications received along with the envelopes. The notification reads that the returning officers shall also dispatch postal ballot after necessary security to the applicant individually. Besides, it was directed that the record of the postal ballot shall be maintained at all stages properly by the concerned returning officer. It is further informed that the instructions already issued regarding postal ballot may also be implemented in letter and spirit. RESULT TRANSMISSION SYSTEM: eCP also issued special guiding principles to four provincial election commissioners pertaining to the transmission of votes’ results. Waqas Ahmed Malik said that the presiding officer shall immediately take a snapshot of the result of the count and, as soon as connectivity is available and it is practicable, electronically send it to the commission and the returning officer before sending the original documents under section 90. For the implementation of this section, the IT wing of the commission has developed Result Transmission System (RTS) in collaboration with NADRA. Accordingly, as per the application developed, the NADRA teams are also imparting training to the presiding officer/senior assistant presiding officers for running the application smoothly on polling day. In this regard, it was observed that most of the presiding officers are not in possession of a requisite Android phone with a camera. Also, due to the absence of presiding officer/senior assistant presiding officer during training sessions, it is becoming difficult to assess the real number of presiding officers/assistant presiding officers who would be equipped/registered with RTS application for transfer of results. So in order to address issues, it was directed that the returning officers shall ensure
that the list of polling personnel (presiding officers, assistant presiding officers and polling officers) is complete in all respect by July 15. Besides, it was directed that the returning officers shall also ensure that all presiding officers have been enlisted/registered with RTS application. In case of non-availability of the requisite android mobile set with the presiding officer then the returning officer shall ensure that amongst the other staff deputed at such polling station i.e. assistant presiding officer or polling officer, who possesses an android phone, will be enlisted/registered with RTS application to transmit the result of that polling station. The notification reads that those presiding officers/senior assistant presiding officers, who could not get training of RTS application due to their late appointment or arrangements made as enumerated in para (ii) shall be trained by NADRA officials in coordination with the returning officer with effect from July 18 to 21. The NADRA teams dedicated for registration of RTS application and training will report to all returning officers on July 18 positively. It was directed that the district election commissioners will coordinate with the concerned returning officer for the purpose and the returning officer shall ensure the availability of such presiding officers, assistant presiding officers or polling officers in the office of the returning officers during registration/training of RTS application by NADRA officials between July 18 and 21. eCP directed that the regional election commissioners will give a certificate on July 22 that all presiding officers or senior assistant presiding; officers/polling officers (on behalf of the presiding officer) under their jurisdiction have been registered with RTS application and trained by NADRA. It is, therefore, requested that the same may be conveyed to all regional election commissioners, district election commissioners, district returning officers and returning officers for compliance in letter and spirit.
T was in a sea of red caps, teary eyes and defiant slogans that the ANP’s Haroon Bilour was given his last rites and sent to his maker. The eCP has already announced that the elections in the PK-78 constituency will be delayed in wake of the candidate’s violent death, and it seemed that the city of Peshawar as a whole came out to say goodbye to yet another Bilour. It was just the previous election cycle where Haroon’s father Bashir Ahmed Bilour was killed in a similar explosion. Haroon had vowed to carry on his father’s mission, and he has tragically met his late father’s sacrifice. Whatever one may say about the ANP’s politics, the Bilours have had it tough. These are two generations that have now been snuffed out. With both father and son gone, it was Ghulam Ahmed Bilour’s grief that was gutwrenching to watch. Frail as he is, he has survived a brother, a son and a nephew. That is a heavy toll on any man. One should remember that our politicians are human at the end of the day. Yes, politics is a dangerous business anywhere, but it is especially so in Pakistan. And when you willingly paint a target on your back to take a stand, as the ANP has done, tragedy befalls. The ANP is in shock. Although Bilour was a careful and aware politician, he was well liked and very young. ANP workers have now been chanting slogans previously only heard at PTM rallies,
and the party is in a fix over this. But as an emotional Asfandyar Wali mentioned talking to the press, you can’t begin to compare terrorists to ‘umpires.’ Reminds you that there is more than one threat to democracy in the country, and all of the politicians taking a stand for it are fighting the good fight – policy and ideology aside. This is the first blood of this election cycle. everyone is desperately hoping that there will not be any more. But whatever happens, Haroon Bilour is gone, another martyr to democracy. We can now only pray for Pakistan, for Peshawar and for the Bilours. LATEST ON ThE RETURN: It’s all happening. Mian Nawaz is stepping up the rhetoric, saying that even though he can already see jail bars he is returning to honour the vote. The NAB has requested a helicopter to airlift the Sharifs straight from the Lahore airport. None of this is stopping the League from gathering their supporters and preparing to welcome Mian Nawaz back to Lahore. It’s going to be the force of the state versus the League, and the Noonis aren’t going down without making some noise. PLAYING IT SMOOThLY: Asif Ali Zardari and Faryal Talpur’s response to the NAB is priceless. We’re busy, they say, there are election campaigns to run. You’ll get our response after July 25. That seems to have left the Bureau in a bit of a stupor because Zardari is having none of it. He’ll get done with the polls and then see what happens. One problem at a time it is.
PTI to edge ahead of PML-N: Credit Suisse reports on its research IMRAN KHAN MAY NEED TO ENTER INTO AN ALLIANCE WITH THE PPP KARACHI ARSHAd HuSSAIN
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) is to edge ahead of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the upcoming elections with an expected 92 seats against 73 expected seats of PML-(N) 73 (27%), said Credit Suisse, Zurich-based global financial services and equity research company. According to the rating company, the 2018 elections appears to be a straight fight between the Centre Right and outgoing ruling party, PML-N and the main opposition, Centrist party PTI. The company report said the PTI to bag 92 seats in the National Assembly (NA) and eye a 60 per cent probability of the party forming a coalition government. PML-N may secure 73 seats, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) may get 34 seats in NA, while Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) eight seats, Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) five seats, Jamiat-eUlema Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) eight seats, independent candidate 24 seats and Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) and others may secure 28 seats in the forthcoming elections to be held on July 25. Imran Khan may have to look towards the PPP to shore up the numbers, but the odds of this are low, only 5 per cent. That said, the PML-N can secure 73 seats that are 27 per cent on our assessment; and in the event that the PTI fails to stitch together an alliance, can put forward its own coalition. “We do not expect a simple majority on either side, however, the PTI to edge ahead,” Credit Suisse said in its report released on Tuesday night. In a best-case scenario, the company eye a PTIled coalition forming the government with support from parties in Karachi and Balochistan and collab-
oration with independents. This would provide the PTI with an ideal platform to implement its reform agenda. We also see a 15 per cent chance that Imran Khan may need to enter into an alliance with the PPP in order to shore up the numbers in case the first scenario wavers, the report added. However, this would pose challenges to the sustainability of the setup due to friction with the PPP leader, Asif Zardari, the report claimed. In the event that Imran Khan is unable to cross the magic number of 137 seats and exhausts his ‘first right to form the government’, the PML-N could step forward with a coalition comprising the PPP and a few smaller parties and independent candidates (25% probability), the report claimed. This alliance may
be stable if the PML-N and PPP stick to governing in their own backyards (Punjab and Sindh respectively) while maintaining cohesion at the centre. The rating agency said, “the verdict is likely to negatively impact the PML-N’s election momentum, with the biggest beneficiary being Imran Khan who has campaigned aggressively on tackling corruption, stemming money laundering and curbing tax evasion.” The only scenario where PML-N could benefit from the verdict would be if the Sharifs are able to galvanise supporters at the time of his arrest and lead the last leg of his party’s campaign after obtaining bail, the report claimed. While no single party looks to be in a position to attain a majority, the electoral prospects of the PTI
(led by former cricket-team captain Imran Khan) have brightened since the ousting of the PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif and his subsequent sentencing. The report said that the winning party will have to knock on the IMF’s doors is very likely, in our view, with a Stand-By Arrangement (similar to 2008) being a possible option. Pakistan would need funds of at least 3-5x its quota ($9-14 billion) to provide an adequate buffer to the external account. Beyond this, the PTI would need to take concrete measures on taxation and institutional reforms in the first 100 days of its tenure, to maintain the confidence of markets. The report expects the PTI to usher in relief measures for the agricultural space, grant incentives for exporters and inject funds in the energy sector. WhAT COULD ThE PARTIES BRING TO ThE TABLE? The PTI is a strong proponent of institutional reforms, crackdown on corruption and revenue mobilisation. We expect higher allocations towards education, healthcare and housing sectors. On foreign policy, Imran Khan has hawkish views towards the US and will lean more towards China and Muslim-majority countries, while domestically it will stay on the same page as the military establishment. The PML-N’s operating model will be development-focused but will lag on SOe and tax reforms. elsewhere, the PPP has a poor track record on economic management and is firmly opposed to privatisation. LATEST OPINION POLLS ShOW A CLOSE OvERALL RACE: The recent poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan in June 2018 saw a neck and neck tie between the PML-N (26%) and PTI (25%). As per the results of the survey, the PML-N’s popularity has dropped sharply from May levels when the party polled at 38%. In another poll conducted by the Pulse Consultant, the results illustrated that PTI has surpassed PML-N by garnering 30% of voters relative to 27% for PML-N. Both surveys were uniform in assigning a 15-17% popularity to the PPP keeping the party in third place.
Thursday, 12 July, 2018
Peshawar terrorist attack TTP Influencing the polls
N what is going to be remembered as an election that had already been rigged before it was held, the Taliban too have joined in as collaborators of the forces who want to achieve results of a particular type. After killing ANP’s central leader Bashir Bilour during the 2012 election campaign, the TTP has now targeted his son Haroon Billour while he was conducting his election campaign, killing at least twenty ANP supporters along with him. Are the terrorists still free to dictate who is to be allowed to contest elections as they were in 2013? And this after operation Zarb-e Azb, operation raddul Fassad, and several surgical operations all over Pakistan? The suicide attack that took place in Peshawar was aimed at sending a message loud and clear. As a TTP spokesperson put it, the killing was “revenge for ANP’s previous government” and warned of further attacks. What put the TTP against the ANP-PPP government that ruled the province from 2008-13 was the strong support by the coalition for the operation in swat. The attack is aimed at influencing the polls by sending a wave of demoralisation among the supporters of the ANP in particular and the parties contesting against the PTi in general, thus reducing their participation on the polling day. it was already understood that there were security threats to certain political leaders during the election campaign. Providing security to the contesting candidates is the duty of the caretaker administration and the departments and agencies both at the federal and provincial level. The Peshawar killings are a proof of negligence on their part. There is a perception that more time is being spent by those who matter on influencing the outcome of the elections than providing security to those who badly need it to conduct the campaign. Let us not deceive ourselves. The terrorists have not been destroyed. They are very much there in cities as well as tribal area, at places in the garb of peace committees, at other places enjoying protection as members of the mainstreamed networks. As long as they have nooks and corners to hide, there is going to be no let up to terrorist attacks.
Judiciary on steroids Bar Council rightly concerned
iNALLY a formidable grouping within the judicial fraternity – Pakistan Bar Council in this case – has taken notice of the chief justice’s freewheeling type of suo motto crusade. so far, no matter how well intentioned CJ Nisar’s campaign has been, it has been big on media appearances but not quite the same in terms of results that stick. And now, with the episode about dams – especially volunteer money, etc – it seems the bar council, at least, has had enough and would like to have its collective opinion made public in a formal setting, addressing the CJ as well as the wider constituency. Unfortunately, while the CJ has been out and about trying to put the whole country in order, he has paid only superficial attention to his own backyard. Granted, there is not much in our islamic republic that is not cause for concern – especially if one looks at government hospitals, schools, service delivery and, yes, water scarcity – but it’s not as if the judiciary, too, is not one of the most incompetent and corrupt institutions of the country. The mountain of backlog goes back a good three decades, which means that the common man simply does not have access to justice. And this has not changed, even marginally, under a CJ who has had something to say about almost everything, including phone cards, official salaries, security, hospitals, etc. Perhaps the CJ should first use his energy, and the time he has remaining, to look inwards rather than try and do the executive’s job. This particular wave of judicial activism, not to mention NAB’s hyperactivity, has also raised questions about the institution’s neutrality, especially so close to the election. Now the PBC has also raised similar concerns, it seems, even about the Panama case. “i am sure that the judgment might have been different if the apex court did not supervise the trial proceedings,” said the PBC chairman. CJ Nisar should make his office, and especially his person, less controversial and lend an ear to mounting public concern about his actions.
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Women’s suffrage in Pakistan It’s time to vote
Here was a time when feminism was all about addressing de facto inequalities between the genders. Then came a stage when feminism started becoming known by its waves, its gradual advancements or different periods of the history of the movement. The first-wave, as it is known, primarily dealt with gaining the right to vote. While Jean-Jacques rousseau presented his idea of an ideal democratic society that functions on the basis of equality of men, english philosopher mary Wollstonecraft based her work on rousseau’s theory but expanded the horizon to gender equality. Winning women’s suffrage was not as easy as it sounds; if the amount of difficulty and suppression faced by this other half seems too unbelievable then cast a glance over the situation prevalent in Pakistan. While women across the world have somehow managed to establish a fact that any discrimination against them is actually a manifestation of gender bias, those living in this part of the world are yet tamed to believe that demeaning and discriminatory behaviour is all what they deserve. While American women are fighting their case of reproductive rights, those in Pakistan still cannot refuse to bear an overwhelming number of children owing to societal pressure of birthing
son(s). And the struggle unfortunately remains to be the same in all realms. Though women were granted the suffrage in 1947 with provision of reserved seats in the Parliament existing throughout the constitutional history of Pakistan from 1956 onwards, the gender has been facing degradation and objectification by being eyed as an incapable lot since long. Pre-partition struggle of indian muslims that won them an independent country would have remained incomplete and meaningless had women not contributed their share of hard-work and sacrifice. Yet the prime leader who encouraged women to play their part in the Pakistan movement had to face denunciation by a section of clerics with the view that a woman cannot lead a muslim state. The 1965 presidential elections proved one point – a woman has to do way more than a man to establish her worth in his world and even then she will be blamed for harassment she faces. Fatima Jinnah also had to bear character assassination at the hands of a dictator along with other setbacks, including poor finances and an unfair and unequal election campaign, which collectively deprived us of her leadership. Things have improved since then. many women now contest elections from forums of different political parties, but the focus of the problem has concurrently shifted towards the voting end. The general elections of 2013 were unique in this regard. many women turned out in significant numbers for the first time after getting their national identity cards for the first time. The gap between registered men and women voters, however, is too big to be acceptable, the difference being 11 million in 2013 and 12 million this time. its primary cause seems to be the requirement of holding a Computerised National identity Card (CNiC) in order to be eligible to vote. Though this should not be a problem in democratic countries, where those who are subject to policy should have a voice in its making, yet procuring an iD card is immensely difficult for women thanks to the patriarchal nature of society where out-dated customs have remained unchallenged due to lack of education. This bias exists despite iD card being an essential document that differentiates a citizen from a non-citizen and without
which one cannot even file a complaint in any police station. According to an estimate provided by the National Commission on the status of Women, it would take 18 years to bridge the gap between registered men and women voters even if 6,000 new iD cards are issued to women every day, not to mention 3,500 girls who turn 18 every day on average and, therefore, become eligible to have a CNiC and vote. Thus women have been de facto barred from voting for long, despite being awarded a constitutional right, through agreements between political parties, local elders and other powerful figures who then use their names, like those of the dead, to commit electoral fraud, more commonly known as vote rigging. However, the snowball effect that leads to consequences from their fallouts can be managed by maximally utilising the resources we already have; in other words, it is high time we educate and empower the registered women voters because their right decision can put us on the right track. This speculation is based on the roles which our society has conventionally designated to each gender. men win bread and women make homes and this is precisely what grants them distinct decision-making abilities. While men’s judgement may be affected by their social and peer circles, women tend to focus on issues like electricity, water, health and education. Therefore, an issuebased campaign can convince women more productively than men only if the former gain courage and take resolve to step out of their homes on the election day and cast their votes. American women’s rights activist susan B. Anthony articulates this idea as: “There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.” Women’s sufferings can never be brought to an end until they themselves become part of electoral as well as legislative processes which makes their participation in elections, as voters and as candidates, highly indispensable. The suffrage we have been given as a fundamental right should be utilised with responsibility as an obligation, for the vote is a power, a prayer that can bring about a change in reality. Aminah Mohsin is a freelance columnist.
Kalabagh or the pill? The better alternative
errorism and money laundering are grave issues for Pakistan, but so are shortage of water, low literacy levels, and poor government education, the only education that the masses can afford. Yet the biggest problem of all, which impacts all these issues, even terrorism, is the phenomenal growth of the country’s population. The size of an average household in Pakistan as of last year was 6.45 persons. That means almost seven persons to feed, clothe and keep in health; and if the family includes an elderly grandparent, around four to educate. Given that this is a third world country with low incomes, that is not good news. The first thing any new government must pay attention to therefore is controlling the population, since such a burgeoning population is a much worse threat than any neighbouring country. other countries have tried controlling their population by enforcing policies to lower it, foremost among them China with its one child policy, which three years ago became the two child policy. But the mind boggles at the idea of such a policy being implemented in Pakistan. Pakistan requires a firm hand, but there are factors to be taken in mind here which did not exist in mao’s China. one of those factors is the presence of extreme right-wing religious groups. Following this tampered election, the religious right has been un-
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leashed onto an uneducated public with permission to stand for election. That segment of society is henceforth likely to be stronger than ever, although one would be extremely grateful to be proved wrong. That is the main segment opposed to population control, women’s welfare, and education. only a concerted effort and meticulous planning can counter it, not a strong point with any of the governments in this country. other than right wing ignorance and bias, and the government’s lack of planning, there are other factors against population control. effective population control costs money. Also, aside from a lack of general education, there is a lack of knowledge specifically about what population control involves. There is also the cultural bias against living with a married daughter, which makes it the major reason why people hang out for a son, even at the risk of producing an entire cricket team until a male child arrives on the scene. Parents fear the future and what will happen to them if they do not rear a sufficient number of children to look after them in their old age. Yet in Pakistan, there is the distinct possibility that even if one has several children, only a few might survive the infant and child mortality rate in this country. it is a valid fear in a society that lacks facilities to support the elderly, where even if such facilities existed, most people would not be able to afford them. According to UNiCeF, Pakistan has the worst infant mortality rate in the world. “The differences are stark,” the report in one of the newspapers says. “A baby born in Pakistan — the country with the worst newborn mortality rate — faced a one in 22 chance of death, while a newborn in Japan had only a one in 1,111 risk of dying.” The UNiCeF report also says that more than 80pc of those deaths can be prevented. Which means that for the average Pakistani couple, after producing that entire cricket team, there is a great and definite risk of just the captain surviving at the end of the day. A dire prospect indeed. There is not much attention being paid to the issue of population control, although most people agree that something must be done. What that ‘something’ is, and how it is to be paid for is still up in the air. instead of population control, the issue being more generally discussed is how to ensure water for the coming years, especially with the
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prospect of a much larger population in the coming years. The idea of constructing dams is popular, although there are some very valid arguments being offered by the other side. Think about it. Building the Kalabagh dam is likely to cost billions of rupees. There will also be the additional billions in cost in damages to the more than million people displaced as a result. it is doubtful if these people will ever be adequately recompensed and resettled. in Lahore, to give a small example, with all the construction currently taking place in DHA, cards and bouquets were sent to the residences inconvenienced along the route but there was no provision for the commercial sector that lost business in the process. Kalabagh will cause damage to the environment. Thousands of acres of agricultural land will come under water. Wetlands and agricultural land lower south are likely to be adversely affected. so, although effective population control costs money, it would cost less than building a massive dam and have almost no adverse effects. it if works, and the population growth is controlled as a result there is the prospect of a smaller population requiring less water. Besides, there are also other ways of obtaining and storing water, an issue which should by no means be ignored. Dealing with the matter should include a concerted drive to change agricultural practice so that crops requiring less water are planted. Currently Pakistan relies heavily on sugar cane and rice, two crops that need a lot of water. The billions that would go towards the Kalabagh dam should be diverted towards family planning. it would pay for contraception, and better facilities for the aged who have no family to take them in. The media too can play a huge role in this, as it has shown itself capable of doing during these elections, by changing the current mindset that is wary of contraception, and ignorant about what it involves. At the end of the day though, none of this can take place unless the powers that be are less corrupt than they have hitherto been, unless they are better organised and unless they plan with the best interests of the nation rather than themselves in mind. Rabia Ahmed is a freelance columnist. Read more by her at http://rabia-ahmed.blogspot.com/
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Peace in de-nuked Korean Peninsula China’s crucial role
AYs after North Korea lambasted the Us for its “gangster-like behaviour”, Us President Donald Trump expressed his confidence that his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong-un, will honour the contract they both had signed for denuclearising North Korea. “i have confidence that Kim Jong-un will honor the contract we signed and, even more importantly, our handshake. We agreed to the denuclearisation of North Korea,” tweeted the Us president on the social media network soon after the slurs came from North Korea. Though people are skeptic about the fate of peace overture since the word go, there is a lot to know why President Trump looks optimistic about a peace treaty between North and south Korea. Background interactions and interviews with the officials involved with the peace dialogue between south and North Korea have revealed that after the successful summit meetings of Kim Jong-un with Us President Donald Trump and south Korean President moon Jae-in, it would be hard for the young North Korean leader to go back to his previous provocative and hostile policy. However, the warning shots being fired by Pyongyang from time to time have reignited fears and doubts among policymakers in seoul about fate of the peace talks. These fears are logical to some extent as North Korea has done the same in past too as successive peace overtures have failed to yield results. But it would be a blunder if President Kim tried to fool President Trump who has placed a huge political capital in these talks. Trump, who already faces disapproval at home, is banking largely on peace overture with North Korea and if anything goes wrong, it may attract ire of the most “unpredictable” Us leader in recent times. Peace in the Korean Peninsula would be a dream achievement which can not only help resolve crisis in the Asia Pacific region but its outcome may also help achieve peace in the entire Asia continent. Trump would love to see this magic work as it may guarantee him another term in office. The other success Trump is seeking is Afghanistan where things have started to work for the Us after Pakistan’s cooperation has recently opened a new window for peace. many experts in south Korea and Us admit the fact that the young North Korean leader has taken a bold but wise decision to join the pace process, denuclearise North Korea and come
out of its self-imposed isolation. in North Korea, Kim Jong-un is the supreme leader who has final authority in all state affairs. one needs to understand that the past peace talks between North and south Koreas could not succeed as the initiatives were launched from lower levels of the government. However, this time around, President Kim Jong-un took the initiative which reflects that the opportunity is ripe. soon after his recent trip to Pyongyang, Us secretary of state mike Pompeo also dropped a hint on the long process of denuclearisation, saying that getting North Korea to dismantle its nuclear and missile programs will be a “decades-long challenge”. “Look, this is a decades long challenge, getting the North Koreans to make a fundamental strategic decision, which is that the nuclear weapons that they possess today frankly present a threat to them and not security,” Pompeo said while speaking to Us troops during an unannounced stop in Afghanistan. He said making the denuclearisation happen will take time and to think that this would happen in the course of a handful of hours “would have been ludicrous”. There is no doubt that over the past few decades, North Korea had pursued an ambitious nuclear and missile programme and the denuclearising process would also take some time. one must understand that there is no immediate solution to the decades-old Korean issue. south Korea has been pushing for Complete, Verifiable and irreversible Denuclearisation (CViD). For understanding the peace talks, there are three basic stages of peace talks. First stage is complete and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea, followed by building of an inter-Korean bilateral relationship which would culminate into a third stage – development of a peace regime. south Korean officials believe these three wheals need to go together. if the denuclearisation wheel will roll, the other two wheels will also roll together. With the denuclearisation process starting, the inter-Korean relations have already started to develop. The meetings held between the military officials followed by interactions between transport and communication ministers from the two countries are encouraging signs. These stages would culminate into a Peace regime between two Korean nations. The talks between Us and North Korea also discussed and recognised the need for peace regime, which reflects the significance for the peace regime which also includes guarantees of security to North Korea from the Us. Hence, a real peace regime will guarantee the security of North Korean regime. There is a need that the Us and North Korea issue a declaration for end of Korean War. This will provide the beginning of the peace regime. experts believe that it will be hard for North Korea to go back to its old provocative stance after the recent interactions. once the Us provides security guarantees to North Korea, the deepening ties between Us and North Korea should be the way forward. For the time being, the talks are between the Us and North Korea and neither China nor russia are eager to join the process. However, south Korean experts believe that for the time being, the focus would remain on inter-Korea and Us-Korea talks. once, these two tracks get going, Korea might switch over to six-party or
any other framework of talks. China has certainly a role to play as it was China which had being a part of an arm deal between the UN and North Korea in year 1953. south Korean wants to quickly carry forward the momentum, besides developing a detailed plan to keep the issue alive and keep it moving. The calendar is full with future interactions between the two Korean nations. There will be a family reunion in August 20-26 and more follow support meeting would be held. representatives of south Korea have already landed in North Korea in order to prepare a red Cross-facilitated meeting of families torn apart by the row between the two neighboring countries, which is scheduled to take place in a mount Kumgang resort in August. The delegation is made up of 22 people, including representatives of the Unification ministry, the red Cross and Hyundai Asan Company, which built a hotel in the region to facilitate contacts between separated relatives. Besides, the military talks between both countries are ongoing to turn Western sea into a maritime Peace Zone. The area, better known as the Northern Limit Line (NLL), has for decades been a controversial maritime border, with the North occasionally staging attacks against south Korean ships. During the April 27 meeting between presidents of the two Koreas, an agreement was reached to draw up a series of practical measures to guarantee safe fishing activities by both sides there, by designating the area around the NLL as a peace zone. south Korea is working hard to build mutual trust and to make follow up of long-standing plan. since the April 27meeting, south Korean President moon Jae-in, despite provocations, has remained steadfast for peace accord, saying that there will no Korean war in future and that he will work hard to resolve the issue on dialogue table. once the denuclearisation process goes ahead, economic aid and other concessions would also be used to ensure delivery of human right issues in North Korea. Another major factor is the change of policy by south Korean government which has reversed its priority list. in the past, south Korean leaders used to follow the sunshine Policy, calling for reunification of North and south Korea. However, after overtaking the affairs, President moon Jae-in has shelved the reunification first policy of south Korea, putting denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula atop his priority list. The south Korean leader believes that reunification should be a neutral process and one should not push for it prematurely. if exchanges and trade deals work at some later point of time, the people of the two countries might opt for reunification. President moon feels that reunification should not be used as an unnatural and artificial injection and rather peace talks should be followed by trade and economic overtures. Later, economic and trade unification should come while the political unification should be the last phase. China’s role has been constructive in bringing peace in the Korean peninsula. south Korea believes China will continue to play a positive and significant role for peace in the peninsula. south Korea, despite the peace talks, will not abandon the human rights issue with North Korea and it would keep pressing the North Korean regime for improvement in the human rights situation the.
i want to draw attention of the iG traffic police, Governor of sindh, and any other relevant authority regarding the problem caused by everyday traffic jams in Karachi. The traffic jams due to traffic police negligence and citizens showing extra hurry who do not obey the traffic rules. i request the iG traffic police to make a surprise visit to soldier Bazar in Karachi so he realises how the traffic system is working there. Traffic jams here occur very often due to traffic police not performing duty honestly, dormant traffic signals, and a majority of people always in hurry who do not follow the traffic rules. other woes include wrong or double side parking which are the causes of this mess along with careless driving by bike riders and rickshaws. Those who break traffic rules only create problems for others. everyone moves with his own will and avoid traffic rules like a vice. The traffic jams is not only the problem of soldier Bazar, but the entire city faces this problem, despite which the concerned authority fails to control the traffic flow and abide every citizen to obey the traffic rules. The question is why traffic police is misusing their authority to do only challan, correct or wrong, for their own benefits and to increase department income. making countless challans, the traffic police staff makes fat commissions and are not working honestly. There needs to be a much more robust and modernised challan system in place to avoid this dishonesty. i request the higher authorities and the department of traffic police to take severe steps to discourage the trend by our traffic police of making unnecessary challan instead of control the traffic flow. so that everyone can travel with comfort and the problem of traffic jams can be handled properly. AShFAq ShARiF Karachi
Changing directions PAKisTAN is heading towards its third consecutive election without being interrupted by any alien force. it is the second time a democratic transaction is going to take place. indeed, this indicates that the country is going towards the right direction. Democratic maturity comes with time and expense. Although a country like Pakistan, the expense is always born by the untouched citizens. Who are never considered important by the elected government, although they are the one who is approached by the political parties before the elections to cast their valuable votes but as soon as the elections are over and they are elected as mP’s, they change their kiblah’s and never turn back to look at their voters whom they were with before elections. This is the reality with is sad but true, but whenever asked any politician at the end of their tenure about the situation of their voters, their answers are all the same and that is Democratic transaction is taking place and that’s the victory of the masses. Had they been in the place of the voters they would’ve never said this. Pakistan economic situation is not in any favor of the layman. every newborn is in debt that will be bear by them but not by the rulers. is this the democracy that everyone wants to have? The real essence of democracy is still not visible and the delivery is not benefiting the voters whose doors are knocked after every five years, although they were never knocked during dictatorship they found the delivery very effective. The politicians need to fix their kiblah’s towards their voters regardless of any reason and instead of fighting for the seats they might get, they should fight for their voters because too many crooks spoil the broth. 2018 is being considered the decisive year for the future of Pakistan. The masses should come out read the manifesto to vote for the right electable. Before it was all geek, now being the old hand, the voters are enlightened and now knows the power of their hidden power (votes). The change we envisage is embedded in our votes. iqbAL bAdRuddin Lahore
What next: Iran? As a prelude to waging an attack on a sovereign country, the UsA publishes misleading reports about the target countries capabilities, policies and intentions. The propaganda builds a `cogent narrative’ about the target country and wilts its `will to fight back (iraq, Libya and syria). it is easy to attack nonnuclear countries (iran inclusive). Through media disinformation about impending attack, North Korea was mellowed, if not pulverized, into resilience. Condoleeza rice once admitted that she had contingency plans for Pakistan also. Voracious readers may go through Us-israel fake (or real) contingency plans to attack iran with conventional and nuclear weapons in book Towards a World War-iii Scenario: The dangers of nuclear War by Michel Chossudovsky. The author says (p. 28), `israel possesses 100-200 nuclear warheads. in 2003, Washington and Tel Aviv confirmed that they were collaborating in “the deployment of Us supplied harpoon cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads in israel’s fleet of Dolphin-class submarines”’. `in June 2010…egypt allowed Us and israeli warships to pass through the swiss canal in “an apparent signal to iran”… [in June 2010, saudi Arabia granted israel, the right to fly over its airspace]”’ (p. 50, ibid.). `The UN security Council resolution 1929 grants a de facto “green light” to wage pre-emptive against iran’ (ibid. p. 56). `in April 2005, Washington confirmed that israel was to take delivery of 100 of the more sophisticated Bunker Buster GBU 28 bombs produced by Lockheed martin.’ (ibid. 26), besides applying weather modification technologies (ibid. p. 78). GBU-28 is a 5,000pound laser-guided bomb with 4,400 penetrating warhead. Let Pakistan also stay watchful after operation Neptune spear (osama bin Laden). AJ MALiK islamabad
10 FOREIGN NEWS
Thursday, 12 July, 2018
Trump kicks off NATo summiT wiTh jAb AT GermANy Trump, Merkel to meet at NATO summit u BRUSSELS AGENCIES
NITED States President Donald Trump claimed a pipeline project has made Germany "totally controlled" by and "captive to Russia" during a combative breakfast Wednesday that kicked off what was already expected to be a fraught NATO summit. Mr. Trump, in a testy exchange with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, took issue with the U.S. protecting Germany when the European nation is making deals with Russia. The president appeared to be referring to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would bring gas from Russia to Germany's northeastern Baltic coast, bypassing Eastern European nations like Poland and Ukraine and doubling the amount of gas Russia can send directly to Germany. The vast undersea pipeline is opposed by the U.S. and some other EU members, who warn it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe. Mr. Trump, in a message to Germany, asked why the U.S. should "protect you against Russia" when the two countries are making deals. "You tell me, is that appropriate?" he asked, adding that: "Germany is totally controlled by Russia." He later said that, "Germany as far as I'm concerned, is captive to Russia" and urged NATO to look into the issue. Mr. Trump was to hold a bilateral meeting later Wednesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the White House has confirmed. Merkel responded to Mr. Trump's remarks as she arrived for the summit, telling reporters: "I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union. I am very happy that today we are united in freedom, the Federal Republic of Germany. Because of that
we can say that we can make our independent policies and make independent decisions. That is very good, especially for people in eastern Germany." Stoltenberg pushed back over breakfast, too, stressing that NATO members have been able to work together despite their differences. CBS News White House correspondent Weija Jang says President Trump set the tone for the summit at his breakfast meeting with Stoltenberg; typically leaders hash out conflicts in private, but the tense exchange unfolded with cameras rolling. It left no question as to how hard the president intends to press America's NATO allies over money. Asked about the tone of Mr. Trump's remarks, one European diplomat in Brussels for the summit noted the U.S. leader's proven history of speaking his mind, telling CBS News' Kylie Atwood that, "for Trump there is really no public, private separation -- he says what he thinks, when he thinks it." The diplomat noted that gas from other sources, including the U.S., is more expensive than Russian gas, so there is little economic inventive to buy American gas. For Germans, specifically, Russia is a much closer and cheaper source for the vital resource. They said European diplomats have tried to explain that economic reality to Mr. Trump, "but Trump does not listen. No one has been able to change his mind here." Mr. Trump is expected to continue hammering jittery NATO allies about their military spending during the summit, which comes amid increasingly frayed relations between the "America first" president and the United States' closest traditional allies. Mr. Trump said as he arrived at the breakfast that the situation is "not fair to the taxpayers of the United States but we will make it fair."
US President Donald Trump will hold a one-on-one meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the NATO summit on Wednesday, the White House said. The encounter comes after Trump launched a furious attack on Germany at the start of the alliance gathering, bitterly criticising Berlin for not spending enough on defence and accusing it of being ‘captive’ to Russia for energy. After Merkel, Trump will meet French President Emmanuel Macron. Both meetings are expected to be held behind closed
"They will spend more," he later predicted. "I have great confidence they'll be spending more." Mr. Trump has been pushing NATO members to reach their agreed-to target of spending 2 percent of their gross domestic products on national defense by 2024 and has accused those who don't of freeloading off the U.S. "Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made," he tweeted Tuesday while en route to Europe, asking: "Will they reimburse the U.S.?" That's not how the spending works. The 2 percent represents the amount each country aims to spend on its own defense, not a direct payment to NATO or the U.S. As CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett reports, so far this year, only five of the 29 NATO member countries, including the U.S., have spent 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense. NATO estimates that 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark by 2024 based on current trends.
doors. Trump got the two-day NATO summit in Brussels off to a divisive start with his furious rant over breakfast with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He said Germany was "a captive of Russia because it is getting so much of its energy from Russia", taking aim at the proposed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which he has previously criticised. The US leader also demanded Germany step up its defence spending 'immediately', saying plans to increase budgets over the coming years are not enough. Trump has long complained that European NATO members do not pay enough for their own defence, accusing them of freeloading on America and singling out Germany for particular criticism.
Arriving in Brussels, Merkel also defended Germany's contributions to NATO coffers, arguing that her nation "does a lot for" the alliance. "Germany is the second largest provider of troops, the largest part of our military capacity is offered to NATO and until today we have a strong engagement towards Afghanistan. In that we also defend the interests of the United States." During his campaign, Mr. Trump called NATO "obsolete" and suggested the U.S. might not come to the defense of members if they found themselves under attack -- a shift that would represent a fundamental realignment of the modern world order. He also called Brussels a "hell hole" and "a mess." Mr. Trump has moderated his language somewhat since taking office, but has continued to dwell on the issue, even as many NATO members have agreed to up their spending. Stoltenberg, for his part, has credited Mr. Trump for spurring NATO nations to spend more on defense, noting that the Europeans and Canada are projected to spend around $266 billion more by 2024. He said Wednesday that last year's increases marked the largest in a generation. Arriving for his meeting with
Stoltenberg, Mr. Trump told the NATO chief that "because of me they've raised about $40 billion over the last year. So I think the secretary general likes Trump. He may be the only one, but that's OK with me." Mr. Trump was also participating in a welcome ceremony, a meeting of the North Atlantic Council and a working dinner with some of the same leaders he berated over trade during his last world leaders summit in Canada last month. Brussels is the first stop of a weeklong European tour that will include stops in London and Scotland, as well as a highly anticipated meet with Russia's Vladimir Putin. Mr. Trump predicted as he departed Washington that the "easiest" leg of his journey would be his scheduled sit-down Putin -- a comment that did little to reassure allies fretting over his potential embrace of a Russian leader U.S. intelligence officials accuse of meddling in the 2016 elections to help Mr. Trump win. Despite Russia's aggressive moves in Ukraine and confirmed election meddling in the U.S., the president wouldn't say before he left on Tuesday whether Putin was friend or foe.
Indian army chief declares war Investigators charge Indian on graft, waste and sycophancy lawmaker with teen rape NEW DELHI
NEW DELHI AGENCIES
From preventing misuse of CSD liquor and curbing ostentatious functions and sycophancy to removing orderlies deployed for retired senior officers and awarding exemplary punishment for moral turpitude, Army chief General Bipin Rawat has issued a series of directives for strict implementation to his over 12-lakh strong force. Uploaded as "a summary of directions" on the internal Army Wide Area Network that connects all formations, units and establishments across the country, Gen Rawat's directives have created waves down the ranks in the force as well as the larger veteran community. Some argue the measures are required to improve the "internal health" of the Army, even though the force is justifiably proud of its high standards of discipline as well as far lesser corruption and wastage of resources than their civilian counterparts. But others contend the "not-sonew directives" come at a time when Gen Rawat is facing flak from many in the military community for "succumbing to government pressure" on several fronts, ranging from opening of closed roads in 62 cantonments for civilian traffic to soldiers being deployed for all and sundry tasks like building bridges in cities and cleaning waste left behind by tourists in high-altitude areas. Though such directives in some shape or the other have existed for decades, a senior officer said Gen Rawat was trying to "shake" the entire Army hierarchy out of its "chalta hai" (lackadaisical) attitude with hardly any money being left for new weapon systems due to the ballooning revenue expenditure of day-to-day running costs, pay and allowances as well as the high pension bills. Gen Rawat, in the summary, himself stresses the need for "right-sizing" the Army because the "less liability
we have under the salary head, more budget we would have for modernization". The chief goes on to warn that all those indulging in "corrupt practices" will be "weeded out" irrespective of their rank and stature. "Rising cases of moral turpitude are a matter of concern. Strict punishment, including dismissal without pension, is being given to the offenders," says Gen Rawat. All regimental and station functions "must be military like without being ostentatious", while officers indulging in "sycophancy with an eye on their careers" need to be identified and those "conducting themselves with dignity" given their due. Soldiers,
India’s federal investigators on Wednesday charged a politician from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with raping a teenager whose plight was ignored by police until she tried to set herself alight. The Central Bureau of Investigation charged Kuldeep Singh Sengar with the 2017 rape of a 16year-old girl, whose father was later beaten in custody allegedly by Sengar’s brother and later died. The sense of impunity enjoyed by the state lawmaker, and his brother sparked revulsion and protests across India demanding justice. Sengar, who like his brother was not charged until the crime made national headlines, had smiled and bragged on television that he and his family would be proven innocent. CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal told media that Sengar had been formally charged with rape, criminal conspiracy and child sex offences.
The victim accused Sengar of assaulting her in June 2017 at his home in Unnao district in Uttar Pradesh. Police in the state refused to take action when her family reported the rape. Her father, who kept pursuing her case, was detained by the police and severely beaten. He later died from his injuries. In April, nearly a year after her assault, the girl tried to set herself on fire outside the home of the Uttar Pradesh leader Yogi Adityanath. The chief minister ordered an investigation into the crime and the case was handed over to the federal investigators. Last week, the CBI charged Sengar’s brother Atul Singh Sengar, and four others, with the murder of the girl’s father. The girl’s ordeal went public as India was reeling from the rape and murder of a nomadic girl in Indianheld Kashmir whose attackers were defended by local BJP figures. The two crimes underscored India’s atrocious record on rape and protesters took to city streets in numbers not seen since the 2012 gang-rape and murder of a student in Delhi.
Afghan deported from Germany commits suicide upon returning home BERLIN AGENCIES
in turn, must not be tasked for "menial jobs" to maintain their "dignity" at all times. "Misuse of CSD liquor and groceries to encourage profits must be curbed. CSD facility is meant only for authorized persons but even minor units are indulging in profiteering through inflated sales," says another directive. Turning to declining physical fitness standards, Gen Rawat says the rising cases of disability, lifestyle diseases and "sudden death" of young soldiers during BPET (battle proficiency endurance test) were downright alarming. "Measures to reduce deep-fried and unhealthy food like puris, pakoras and sweet dishes need to be undertaken and replaced with healthy alternatives acceptable to the troops," he says.
One of 69 Afghans deported from Germany last week committed suicide on his return home, Berlin authorities said on Wednesday, prompting calls for Interior Minister Horst Seehofer to resign. The man was sent back as Seehofer was waging a battle within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition for tighter immigration controls. On Tuesday, Seehoffer had welcomed the deportations and noted that the 69 Afghans had left on his 69th birthday. A day later an interior ministry official told journalists: “We received confirmation from the Afghan authorities this morning that one of passengers on the repatriation flight was found dead in accommodation in Kabul. “According to the Afghan authorities, it was a suicide,” the official added.
There was no immediate comment from Seehofer. The Pro Asyl refugee rights organisation said the failed asylum seeker, 23, had lived in Germany for eight years and was a minor when he came to Germany. The government has not confirmed those details. News of the suicide prompted outrage on social media, with some politicians, including members of his coalition, calling for Seehofer to resign. “His resignation is overdue. Hello coalition?!?” tweeted Kevin Kuehnert, leader of the youth wing of the Social Democrats (SPD), junior partner in government with Merkel’s conservative bloc. At a news conference on Tuesday, Seehofer launched his “Migration Masterplan”, hoping to set his stamp on a tougher border and migration-control policy - one at odds with the open-doors policy Merkel announced at the height of the 2015 refugee crisis.
Thursday, 12 July, 2018
mAssive overhAuliNG required for prevAiliNG flood forecAsTiNG sysTem experts estIMAte rs1.397 bILLIon to refurbIsH pMD’s operAtIonAL fAcILItIes LAHORE
AKISTAN may not able to acquire monsoon monitoring capability following the lack of required skilled manpower and modern forecasting equipment besides adopting effective methodology with the existing facilities, international climate experts say. International Hydro-Meteorological and Climate Services experts, currently on a 37-day visit to Pakistan during monsoon, told Pakistan Today that the country lacks the ability to erect Automatic Weather Station (AWS) despite the frequent flooding events which have increased more than three-fold for the last 25 years compared to the previous two decades. The massive overhauling and up gradation of Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) with five Regional Flood Forecasting Centers is needed, they recommended. Referring to their preliminary assessment regarding Pakistan’s ability to cope up with climate change, they said early warnings system for extreme weather-related events such as thunderstorms,
floods, and flash floods cannot be carried out without overhauling the operational facilities of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD). “In particular, overhauling should be extended to the forecasting for flash floods, analysis, and service delivery capabilities to provide guidance for agriculture, water resources and irrigation, disaster risk management, media, civil aviation, health and energy,” they mentioned. Their assessment stressed that overhauling and core refurbishment of PMD’s operational facilities needed on an urgent basis that requires at least Rs1.397 billion. The refurbishment also includes the PMD operational facilities together with the Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics and FFD. An international engineering design and supervision firm may be engaged to support this activity. The bulk of the activities include procurement and installation of goods such as monitoring equipment and ICT. “Because of the large level of investment in highly complex and technical infrastructure in building the setup, it is essential that effective manpower is required for the sustainability of the investment to ensure that the equipment/systems continue to provide their expected benefits throughout their design life,” the assessment added. The evaluation points out that technical modernization of the observation networks is a vital activity to support the
expansion and upgrade of the prioritised stations of the network, expansion of the Doppler radar network, restoration of upper air observations, installation of wind profilers, improvement of hydrological stations and systems, and expansion and re-equipment of the agro-meteorological network. Pointing renewal of PMD data management, communication, and ICT system, their assessment mention that
cannot be materialised without the modernisation of communication and computer equipment in addition of making and managing data systems for weather, climate, and hydrological data, including remote sensing data acquisition and processing. The documents point out that without improvement of the weather forecasting process, including numerical weather prediction (NWP) system, access to
global and regional NWP digital data and products cannot be maintained for implementation of real-time forecast process monitoring and verification, high-performance computers for implementation of now-casting and very-short-range forecasting systems, NWP calibration and post-processing, flood early warning system (FEWS), and establishment of standard operational procedures for weather forecasting.
Maleeha Lodhi’s close aide Masood More than 4,000 Pakistanis have accounts, assets in UAE Anwar gets fifth extension ISLAMABAD
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
A close aide of Pakistan’s Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has been given a three month extension in service for the fifth time, it was learnt on Wednesday. Sources told Pakistan Today that the prime minister has extended Masood Anwar’s contract as a press minister for the fifth time in the last week. Masood Anwar will remain on the seat till September 30, 2018, after the previous extension expired on June 30 this year. Officials said that Maleeha has
managed to extend Anwar’s contract citing that the “Pakistani mission in New York cannot afford to leave the post vacant for any length of time. Therefore, it is requested that the incumbent press minister, Masood Anwer, whose contract is to expire on June 30, 2018, be extended until September 2018.” Masood Anwar, a retired bureaucrat of the information group, is working as the press minister since June 2016. Officials further said that six positions (London, Kabul, Singapore, Berlin, New Delhi and Moscow) are vacant for last several months.
Hussain Lawai shifted to Islamabad for further inquiry ISLAMABAD INP
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has shifted the banker Hussain Lawai to Islamabad for further investigation in a money laundering probe. The FIA team on Wednesday with Hussain Lawai flew from Jinnah International Airport for Islamabad where the banker will be investigated by senior FIA authorities. Earlier on July 06, Lawai was arrested by the FIA on money laundering charges after a case was registered against him in Karachi over a mega money-laundering scandal involving Rs35 billion — said to
implicate politicians, businessmen, and bankers. FIA officials say that 32 people, including Lawai, are being investigated for laundering billions of rupees through 'benami' or fictitious bank accounts. The scandal also includes former president Asif Ali Zardari and several of his close associates, including his sister Faryal Talpur. The Supreme Court has also taken notice of the case and summoned Zardari, among others, on July 12 (Thursday). Hussain Lawai was removed as the chairman of the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) on Tuesday, according to a notification by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).
Army rescues five drowning persons ISLAMABAD APP
Pakistan Army helicopters rescued five persons including a woman and two girls stranded in Sawan River
near Swan Bridge, Rawalpindi. The individuals got stuck in the river due to the sudden rise of water level, an ISPR press release said on Wednesday. All have been evacuated to a safer place.
Several information group officers, despite the end of their tenure, are still serving in different countries and regular officials have not been posted on those positions. The PM gives the approval of new postings on the recommendation of information secretary. No new appointments have been made so far on important press councillors’ or attaché positions since January 2016, officials said. Talking to Pakistan Today, Information Secretary Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera stated that new appointments are not being made as the case is pending before the Supreme Court.
interior ministry turns down NAb’s request of hassan, hussain Nawaz’s red warrants ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Interior ministry on Wednesday returned the application of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) regarding the issuance of red warrants against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s sons, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz. As per the details, the applications were declared incomplete by the ministry, and it was decided that Interpol would not be contacted until complete details of the cases against former premier’s sons were provided. It merits mention that both Hassan and Hussain Nawaz are wanted in the Avenfield Reference by NAB due to consistent absence from the hearings. The anti-graft watchdog, in June, had requested the Interior ministry to issue red warrants of the culprits so that they can be brought back home through Interpol.
The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday learnt that around 4,221 Pakistanis have foreign bank accounts and assets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General Bashir Memon informed Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar of the same as the CJP headed a two-judge bench hearing the case of foreign bank accounts and assets of Pakistani citizens. During the hearing, CJP Nisar said, “FIA should inform us how many Pakistanis have assets and accounts in the UAE,” adding that similar directions were given to the authorities earlier but were not acted upon. “Billions have been kept in bank accounts in Switzerland and Dubai,” Justice Nisar noted. “People looted the money and took it abroad,” he added. Memon responded to the CJP’s remarks stating, “They took the money abroad as per
the law in 1992.” Memon continued, “Some took the money abroad through lawful means but there are also people who looted tax money and transferred it abroad.” “That money was taken to the United States, Canada and Europe,” he informed the court further, adding that “money is also sent abroad through ‘hundi’.” “A plan of action needs to be made to bring back this money,” Memon said adding that they do not have the authority for mutual legal assistance. CJP Nisar also said that there needs to be an end to white-collar crimes in the city. He continued, “The mechanism should not be such that a person travelling abroad even has to declare as little as $200,” adding that these are illogical restrictions. “We just want to stop the transfer of money to foreign countries,” he upheld. The bench also summoned senior lawyer and legal expert Ahmer Bilal Soofi to assist the court. The hearing of the case has been adjourned till August 1.
37 PML-N workers sent to jail for obstructing Safdar’s arrest RAWALPINDI STAFF REPORT
A local court on Wednesday sent 37 Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers to jail on a 14-day judicial remand in cases registered against them for trying to stop National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials from arresting ousted premier Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law (r) Captain Safdar following his conviction in the Avenfield reference. Rawalpindi police produced the PML-N supporters before Civil Judge Munazza Chaudhry who sent them to Adiala Jail on judicial remand. Safdar, who had gone into hiding after the pronouncement of the Avenfield case verdict, reached Rawalpindi and led a rally of supporters before his arrest at the hands of a NAB team on Sunday evening. On Monday, police registered three First Information Reports (FIR) against Captain
(r) Safdar and several other PML-N leaders as well as, workers at different police stations of the garrison city for holding a rally with the intention obstruct Safdar’s arrest by putting up a human shield of party workers. The cases have been registered at Waris Khan, City and New Town police stations. The FIR registered at Waris Khan police station nominated 14 PML-N leaders. Chaudhry Tanveer, Daniyal Chaudhry, and Raja Hanif are among the men named in the FIRs. The former premier’s son-in-law, a convict who was handed out one year’s jail term by an accountability court last week, has been accused of leading a rally and blocking the road without permission. It is alleged that the participants of the rally violated the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) code of conduct for general elections and relevant sections of the amplifiers act. The case has been registered under sections 149, 147, 188, 341, and 3/7 of the Amplifier Act.
Thursday, 12 July, 2018
PakiStan’S dEbt-to-GdP Ratio PRojECtEd at an alaRminG 74PC, EXPECtEd to fuRthER inCREaSE by yEaR End IN DOLLAR TERMS, EXTERNAL DEBT WAS RECORDED AT $69B WHILE TOTAL PUBLIC DEBT HAS SWELLED TO $92.12B ISLAMABAD
ITH an alarming projection, caretaker Finance Minister Dr Shamshad Akhtar painted a gloomy picture and said that the total public debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio will be 74 per cent by the end of current financial year with a 2 per cent increase within a year. The present public debt in terms of the total size of the economy was around 72 per cent, which was 14 per cent running over the fiscal responsibilities. The figure recorded by the end of PML-N government’s tenure was historic in the last 15 to 20 years exposing the country to many risks. The high ratio violates the Fiscal Responsibility and Debt Limitation Act (FRDLA) of 2005. Addressing a seminar on ‘Public Debt – Issues, Challenges and Way Forward’ held here at the Ministry of Planning and Development, the minister said a debt management policy and fiscal consolidation was needed to be strictly followed. She said that under the present situation managing interest rate could also be a challenge. Talking about the rise of debts, she said in Pakistan’s case the investment to GDP ratio has been increased due to development activities but without domestic resources ultimately depending on more borrowings. The domestic borrowings during 2013 to 2018 have been recorded Rs16.5 trillion while external borrowings were registered at Rs8 trillion in the same period. In terms of the dollar, the external debt has been recorded at $69 billion while the total public debt has swelled to $ 92.12 billion. She admitted that there is no short term solution of the issue andthe next government is needed to look into the issue urgently. She, however, said the public debt should not be measured in isolation whereas it is governed under FRDLA and according to this Act, public debt has to be reduced to 60 per cent by 201718 and thereafter a 15-year transition has been set towards a debt-to-GDP ratio of 50 per cent. She said that around 33 per cent of the total public debt is denominated in foreign currencies with an average life of around 8 years. The minister further stated that during the last five years, several structural change were witnessed in the composition of external public debt with an increased share of commercial borrowings, however, there is a need to reduce reliance on this source of financing. The minister suggested that government has to
emphasise on obtaining concessional and long-term external financing to avoid higher debt servicing and putting in place fiscal consolidation measures by reducing fiscal deficit to below 4 per cent as mentioned in FRDLA and reducing the public debt to GDP ratio to 50 per cent through increasing tax revenue and expenditure management. She said debt is a reality for growing economies. Pakistan is also a developing country and it has to pursue its high growth ambitions to expand its infrastructure and has to invest in the social uplift of the country. Finance Division's Director General, Ehtasham Rashid, in his speech said the public debt witnessed an average annual growth of 11.3 per cent from 2013 to May 2018. Debt mainly increased due to fiscal deficit, IMF loan, balance of payment requirements and rupee depreciation. According to him the average cost of domestic debt was around 7.9 per cent while the average cost of external debt is around 2.9 per cent. As per analyses of the ministry, if interest rates will increase by 1 per cent then debt servicing will increase by over Rs100 billion. Besides if the rupee depreciated against the dollar by Rs1 that external public debt stock will increase by Rs70 billion and external public debt servicing will increase by Rs8 billion. Talking about the challenge of shortening of maturity profile and increasing refinancing risk, the DG said, redefining debt dynamics through innovative product structure such as the issuance of ‘floating rate debt’, which attracts market participation particularly during increasing interest rate environment and help to mitigate refinancing risk was needed. To meet the challenge of increasing balance of
payments requirements which required more external financial, the country may focus on other avenues such as the issuance of Eurobonds/commercial loans along with traditional sources. Suggesting a possible way out for the increasing debt to GDP ratio, he says the federal government’s budget deficit could be reduced at 4 per cent of GDP (excluding foreign grants) during the period 2018-2020 and 3.5 per cent of GDP thereafter. Similarly, a 15 year transition should be set to bring down debt to GDP ratio to 50 per cent by 2032-33. Planning Commission's former Chief Economist Dr Pervaiz Tahir said that the present public debt was a record figure since 1990. The total public debt in 2017 was recorded Rs21401 billion from Rs14318 billion registered in 2013. The number of public debt was recorded at Rs711 billion in 1990. Earlier Secretary Planning Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui while giving his welcome remarks maintained that it is very encouraging and appreciable to see that the economic stakeholders have gathered under one roof to discuss the upcoming challenges and way forward. He noted that the policy makers in the government are quite aware to redefine debt dynamics through innovative product structure such as the issuance of floating rate debt which attracts market participation. He said that the government is also devising a strategy to enhance its exports sector through stimulating business community, public private partnership and adopting an innovating approach. The seminar was attended by other senior government officials, policy advisers and the experts including Joint Chief Economist (Macro) Rai Nasir Ali Khan, Senior Officer of the Economist Group Ijaz Wasti, and Chief Money and Pricing, Shoaib Bashir Khan.
Rs577b foreign, Rs1,192b domestic assets filed under amnesty scheme ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Finance, in a statement on Wednesday has claimed that under the ongoing tax amnesty scheme at least 55,225 declarations have been filed in which the declared value of foreign assets is around Rs577 billion and that of domestic assets is around Rs1,192 billion. It says that public response to the schemes has been positive. Declarants have paid around Rs97 billion out of which around Rs36 billion have been collected on foreign assets and Rs61 billion on domestic assets. In addition, $40 million has been repatriated. This response to the amnesty schemes has been unprecedented, the ministry claims. The original closing date for filing declarations under the amnesty scheme was June 30th, 2018. It has been extended till July 31 2018. The Amnesty scheme for foreign assets applies to both liquid and immovable assets such as bank accounts, shares and mortgaged properties. Tax rates range from 2 per cent to 5 per cent, depending on the type of asset. Special tax rate of 2 per cent is applicable to liquid assets which are repatriated into Pakistan. The amnesty scheme for domestic assets covers all types of assets and income, with tax rates of 2 per cent and 5 per cent. To protect declarants from any harassment, both schemes under Voluntary Declaration of Domestic Assets Act, 2018 and Foreign Assets (Declaration and Repatriation) Act, 2018 promulgated on 8th April 2018 which eventually was made part of Finance Act 2018 to ensure complete confidentiality of declarant’s information. Moreover, such information cannot be used as evidence against declarants under any other law. Finance Minister is closely monitoring the operation of the amnesty schemes and constantly advising both the FBR and SBP for improving payment procedures and ensuring effective facilitation. As per directions of the Finance Minister, FBR has set-up helplines, which operate 24/7 with dedicated telephone lines and e-mails for quick response to queries. FAQs, online user guide and all relevant documents have been published on FBR’s website (www.fbr.gov.pk) which are periodically updated on the basis of queries raised by intermediaries and declarants. Frequent interaction with the private sector including accounting professionals and tax practitioner bodies have been helpful. Similar arrangements have been put in place in SBP. GHULAM ABBAS
PSX remains buoyant, closes 133.95 points up LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) started Wednesday morning in the red. Just when it seemed like indices have lost momentum of the previous session, they made a comeback! Stakeholders expect investor confidence to remain as reports from international analysts suggest high volatility in the short term. The KSE 100 share index touched an intraday high of 40,061.59 after gaining 608.78 points. It managed to gain 133.95 points and settle at 39,586.76. The KMI 30 share index appreciated by 471.87 points and ended the day at 66,888.01. While the KSE All share index was up by 0.07 per cent and concluded the session at 28,966.85. The market volume declined by 23 per cent from the previous session and was recorded at 128.43 million. Fauji Foods Limited (FFL - 4.98 per cent) led the volume chart on Wednesday. The script had 8.17 million shares exchanged. Pak Elektron Limited (PAEL -0.75 per cent) was next with a volume of 6.66 million. Followed by The Bank of Punjab (BOP 2.76 per cent), TRG Pakistan Limited (TRG 2.87 per cent) and Fauji Cement Company Limited (FCCL -0.90 per cent).
CPEC ‘green’ projects a torch bearer for region ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
A “green” CPEC is the need of the hour and it can become the torch bearer for China’s promise of a global eco-civilization while ensuring Pakistan’s ecologically sustainable future. The International Union for Conservative Nature (IUCN) Vice President Malik Amin Aslam said this after his meeting with a leading member of CPC Politburo Madam Sun Chunlan, as well as the Vice Premier of China, in Guiyang (China). Converting and championing CPEC as a model of green growth will provide tremendous dividends to both China and Pakistan while further strengthening the strong bonds of friendship between the two countries and IUCN is willing to facilitate this significant transition towards regional environmental sustainability. Malik Amin Aslam said this while attending the 10th anniversary meeting of the “Eco-forum Global” meeting in China which is the country’s premier high level forum for discussing environmental issues and framing the evolving concept of eco-civilization.
Car sales up by 21 per cent in FY2017-18 KARACHI ARSHAD HUSSAIN
Total car sales have gone up by 21 per cent in the last fiscal year with 216,786 units sold as compared to 185,781 units in the last fiscal year. In June 2018, auto sales were up 20 per cent YoY to 15,662 units whereas it was down 15 per cent month-on-month (MoM) due to the Eid holidays during June. In a comment to Pakistan Today, Pak Kuwait Investment Company AVP Research, Adnan Sheikh said that "Auto sales have been increasing mainly due to a lowinterest rate environment and the advent of ride-sharing apps, along with the introduction of new models like Civic BRV, Fortuner and The Wagon-R which have all performed well. But major growth in numbers comes from below 1000cc cars, mainly the Wagon-R for the price-conscious buyer and ride sharing captains. Mehran and Wagon-R together added around 20,000 additional unit sales. So you can see most buyers are in the price conscious category, whereas Honda's sales grew because of two new models - new Honda Civic and BRV. While Toyota shifted production from the Corolla to the high-profit margin Fortuner and Hilux, volumes for the Fortuner more than
SALES HAVE BEEN INCREASING MAINLY DUE TO LOWINTEREST RATE, RIDE-SHARING APPS, INTRODUCTION OF NEW MODELS LIKE CIVIC BRV, FORTUNER AND THE WAGON-R tripled. Going forward, we may witness a slowdown in growth / potential dip in sales if car prices keep rising due to a rupee depreciation and higher international commodity prices, along with a sharp rise in interest rates and a spike in fuel prices; and the market will become extremely competitive when new players start producing with cost advantages under ADP incentives over the next two years. For the Fiscal Year ended 2018, Pakistan auto sales (including LCVs Vans and Jeeps) rose by 21 per cent year-onyear (YoY) with growth seen in all segments. “The strong performance was due to a multitude of reasons ranging from supportive macroeconomic environment, cheaper financing, demand from ridehailing services, as well as demand generated from election activity,’ said an analyst at Topline securities. This slowdown in car sales is due to higher car
prices as the company raised car prices for the third time during this fiscal year, continuous Pak-rupee depreciation against the dollar, he added. The major reason of declining car sales is the restriction imposed by the government on nonfilers for booking and registration of new cars, and resumption of import of used and new cars through personal transfer or baggage scheme, the analyst said. Topline Securities Research Analyst, Syed Daniyal Adil, while commenting on the report, said, "Demand from ride-hailing services is just one of the factors responsible for the recent growth in the Auto industry. Higher household income due to generally supportive macro environment coupled with relatively easier access to consumer financing has also played an important role. Smaller passenger cars (specifically 1000cc and <1000cc vari-
ants; Mehran, Cultus, Wagon-R) have seen significant growth due to demand emanating from the aforesaid factors especially the ride-hailing services. The decline in demand from the likes of Careem and Uber can affect sales in the above-mentioned variants. However, the expected general slowdown in the economy, as well as accompanied tighter monetary policy, are a bigger source of concern for the Auto industry as a whole. It must be highlighted that the Auto industry is highly cyclical i.e. it tends to perform badly in economic downturns." Capital Stake Director, Maha Jafer Butt, in a comment to Pakistan Today, said, "The automobile sector has witnessed increased customer attention in both imported and local assembled cars segment. The rise in buying trend could be attributed to greater buying power of consumers. This was further boosted by easier financing at lower rates and decline in fuel prices. But with both these factors changing it would be interesting to see how customers react". Honda witnessed the highest growth amongst its peers clocking in at 31 per cent YoY to a total of 51,494 units. The growth is mostly attributable to 302 per cent increase in BR‐Vs sold due to the
low base of BR‐V units in 2016-17 as sales of the said SUV were initiated in 4QFY17. Disregarding BR‐V, the company still posted 16 per cent growth originating from City and Civic models. Pak Suzuki Motor Company (PSMC) posted strong growth of 26 per cent, selling 144,070 units cumulatively. The bulk of this growth can be accredited to swelling growth of Wagon‐R (up 65 per cent), while Cultus (up 20 per cent) and Mehran (up 22 per cent) were other significant contributors. The PSMC has issued a notification to shut down the plant of Mehran VX (Without Air-conditioner) from November 2018, which may affect its total sale in the current fiscal year. Indus Motors (INDU) sold a total of 63,068 units in 2017-18 up by a modest 5 per cent YoY. Focus on high margin segment has borne fruit as sales of Fortuner and Hilux have gone up by 204 per cent and 27 per cent respectively. However, sales of Corolla remained dull (down 2 per cent) as the company continued to be plagued by capacity constraints. Major automakers like Indus Motors Company and Pak Suzuki and Honda Atlas Car had announced price hikes for their all models in the range of Rs35,000-100,000.
Thursday, 12 July, 2018
CORPORATE CORNER ffC wins ‘Eminence of the year’ award by RCCi
iSlamabad: Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited (FFCL) has been conferred the “Eminence of the Year” award by Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), in recognition of the company’s contributions in terms investment and payment of taxes among other factors. The award was presented to Company Secretary Brig Ashfaq Ahmed at the 31 RCCI International Achievement Awards-2018 held in Baku, Azerbaijan. PRESS RELEASE
team akzonobel finishes second on final leg at Volvo ocean Race
The hague: Team AkzoNobel has finished second on the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race around the world to claim fourth place in the overall standings, after Leg 11 from Gothenburg, Sweden came to a thrilling conclusion in front of huge crowds on the beachfront of The Hague in the Netherlands. The AkzoNobel crew also set a new outright 24-hour distance time for the Volvo Ocean Race on Leg 9 from the United States to the United Kingdom when they clocked up 602.51 nautical miles (1,115.8 kilometres), making them the fastest Volvo Ocean Race crew ever in the 45-year history of the race. PRESS RELEASE
Western union enters into alliance with al baraka bank
KaraChi: Consumers in Pakistan now have more options to receive international money transfers, thanks to an alliance between Western Union and Al Baraka Bank (Pakistan) Limited. Full activation of 188 Al Baraka Bank locations in 99 cities of Pakistan will expand Western Union’s retail footprint and enable consumers to receive money in minutes from more than 200 countries and territories. Western Union currently has more than 9,600 agent locations across Pakistan. PRESS RELEASE
CSd signs agreement with u microfinance bank to utilise digital services
nEPRa REduCES taRiff ContRol PERiod foR fiVE yEaRS foR mSW PoWER PRojECtS 50 PER CENT OF APPROVED TOTAL PROJECT COST HAS BEEN ASSUMED IN FOREIGN CURRENCY (USD) WHICH SHALL BE ADJUSTED WITH RESPECT TO PKR/USD EXCHANGE RATE VARIATION ISLAMABAD
HE National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has issued a reviewed order with respect to the upfront tariff determination for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) power projects and decreased the tariff control period for five years, among other changes. Interestingly, after the issuance of the tariff determination on 15 January 2018, the Authority (NEPRA) in its decision in a suo moto review proceedings of the upfront tariff for Municipal Solid Waste Power Projects said it has observed few typographical errors in the said determination and decided to review the upfront tariff determination and also correct the errors. The said errors do not have any financial implications, said NEPRA. According to NEPRA’s decision, for 1-10 year years, MSW incineration power projects levelised tariff is set at Rs12.45 per Kilowatt hour (kWh) while Rs5.594/kWh for 11-25 years MSW incineration power projects and levelised tariff is to stand at Rs10.31/kWh. Similarly, the tariff control period has been incorrectly mentioned in the order part as 11-30 years instead of 11-25 years. Therefore, the same has been corrected through an instant decision. Likewise, since the power plant is a must run, therefore, the terms and conditions No. iii at order part i.e."Dispatch criterion will be the energy charge" needs to be deleted. More, variable
O&M has been mentioned as Rs/kW/hr basis instead of Rs/kWh. Accordingly, correction on this account has been made. In addition at paragraph 25.3 of the determination dated January 15, 2018, fixed O&M be read as Rs/kW/hr instead of Rs/kWh, said NEPRA’s decision. As per the authority’s order, the above tariff is applicable for 25 years from COD and is applicable for MSW power projects while variable O&M shall be invoiced separately on unit delivered basis and the equity ratio is 75:25. This upfront tariff has been worked out on the basis of the interest rate of 6 per cent being offered under the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) scheme. In case of commercial local financing, the tariff shall be computed using applicable KIBOR plus a premium of 300 basis points. In case of commercial foreign financing, the tariff shall be computed using applicable LIBOR plus a premium of 450 basis points. In case negotiated rates/spread is less than the said limits, the savings shall be shared by the power purchaser and the power producer in the ratio of 60:40 respectively. The power producer shall submit relevant authentic documentary evidence to the Authority, for the aforesaid adjustment within 15 days of COD of the relevant company. In case the premium on LIBOR/KIBOR is higher than that mentioned above, no adjustment on the basis of actual higher premium will be allowed. Also, the 50 per cent of the approved total project cost has been assumed in foreign currency (USD) which shall be adjusted with respect to PKR/US$ exchange rate variation to be worked out on a quarterly basis as per the assumed schedule of debt and equity. As per Section 7(2)(g) of the Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power Act, 1997 the Authority may review its orders, decisions and determinations. Further, as per regulation 3 of the NEPRA (Review Procedure) Regulations, 2009 the Authority may at any time, on its own motion, review any order passed by it and on so reviewing modify, reverse or confirm the same. According to the terms and conditions for MSW power projects, the upfront tariff will be
trade deficit enhances to $37.6 billion KARACHI: The country’s exports slightly enhanced by 14 per cent in the last fiscal year to $23.228 billion compared to $20.422 billion in the same period last year. Exports increased as per market expectations, but the imports are still out of control despite all measures taken by the government. The imports of the country increased by 15.10 per cent in the last fiscal year, which jumped to $60.898 billion compared to $52.910 billion in the same period last year. The government machinery including the ministry of commerce had used its all tactics to overcome the country’s import by imposing huge taxes on 731 items, but they failed to control imports.The trade deficit of the country is stood $37.670 the last year 201718 compared to $32.488 billion in the same period of 2016-17. STAFF REPORT
Vivo showcases pioneering tof 3d Sensing technology at mWC Shanghai 2018 Shanghai: Vivo today revealed its Time of Flight (TOF) 3D Sensing Technology at MWC Shanghai 2018, with the promise of a paradigm shift in imaging, AR and humanmachine interaction, which will elevate consumer lifestyles with new levels of immersion and smart capability. Vivo’s pioneering TOF 3D Sensing Technology detects the time it takes emitted pulse light to return to the sensor to accurately map objects at up to three meters in front of it. It enables new opportunities in facial, gesture and motion recognition, 3D photography and AR, expanding the capabilities of the next generation of smart devices. PRESS RELEASE
bank of khyber declares bi-annual profit rates on PlS deposits rawalPindi: CSD and U Microfinance Bank have entered into a partnership. A MoU was signed between the two organisations to help CSD provide digital collection services to its 200,000 hire/purchase customers. Through this service CSD customers can make their repayments via all U Bank branches as well as through the U Microfinance Bank wallet – Upaisa. PRESS RELEASE
PeShawar: The Bank of Khyber on Wednesday shared its mid-year profit rates on Profit and Loss Sharing (PLS) deposits. PLS Savings Account grew from January’s 3.75 per cent rate to 4.50 per cent at the end of June. Special Deposit Account (SDA) saw a similar rise from 3.75 per cent in January to 4.50 per cent end of June. PLS 7 to 29 days’ notice deposit is 2.5 per cent, PLS 30 days’ notice deposit is 3.25 per cent. PRESS RELEASE
applicable for all new power projects using Municipal Solid Waste. And, companies recommended by the AEDB / relevant agencies for the grant of the upfront tariff will certify that all the plant and machinery to be installed will be new and of international standards. The option for accepting upfront tariff by power projects will be applicable for one year from the date of notification in the official gazette. The Upfront Tariff will be applicable and become effective after Commercial Operations Date (COD). The decision to opt for upfront tariff once exercised will be irrevocable. The project sponsors will be required to achieve COD within 24 months from the date of approval of upfront tariff by the Authority. No extension will be allowed. The sponsors interested in availing upfront tariff will submit an unconditional formal application to NEPRA for approval by the Authority in accordance with the NEPRA Upfront Tariff (Approval and Procedure) Regulations, 2011. The mode of the transaction will be on taking or pay basis. No allowance/adjustment shall be given other than NEPRA allowed tariff. The power purchaser shall procure power from the MSW power plants on a 'must run' basis. The projects opting this tariff shall secure debt under the concessionary financing scheme of State Bank of Pakistan. This tariff shall be allowed on the approved terms of commercial financing only after availing the option of financing under the SBP scheme. Power Producers shall have the option to offer energy to the respective Distribution Company(DISCO) at 11 KV or 132 KV, or to the CPPAG at 132 KV, provided that the cost of interconnection, grid station upgrades etc. for power evacuation shall be incurred by the respective DISCO/CPPAG. In the 'upfront tariff', no adjustment for certified emission reductions has been accounted for. However, upon actual realization of carbon credits, the same shall be distributed between the power purchaser and the power producer. PreCOD sale of electricity to the power purchaser, if any, will be allowed subject to the terms and conditions of PPA, at the applicable tariff excluding principal repayment of debt component and interest component.
topsun Motors, Pak-China Motors accorded Greenfield status TOPSUN MOTORS HAS SIGNED AN EXCLUSIVE COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH CHONGQING BIG S&T DEV GROUP LTD, MIANYANG HUARUI AUTOMOTIVE CO LTD CHINA FOR THE PRODUCTION OF LCVS ISLAMABAD GHULAM ABBAS
Two more companies namely Topsun Motors and Pak-China Motors have been conferred Greenfield status by the Ministry of Industries and Production (MoIP). The number of companies conferred the Brownfield status stands at two and Greenfield status at ten under the Automotive Development Policy (ADP) 2016-2021. According to MOIP’s notification, under the ADP 2016-21 policy, the government of Pakistan has conferred category-A Greenfield Investment Status to Topsun Motors Limited and Pak-China Motors for the assembly and manufacture of vehicles. Pak China Motors has signed an exclusive technical collaboration agreement with China’s Chongqing Lifan Automobile Co. the company will setup an assembly plant at Karachi with an investment of Rs24.25 million to produce light commercial vehicles (LCVs), passenger cars and specialized utility vehicles (SUVs). However, Topsun Motors will setup assembly plant in Multan, the company has signed an exclusive cooperation agreement with Chongqing Big S&T Dev Group Ltd & Mianyang Huarui Automotive Co. Ltd. China for the production of LCVs with an initial investment of Rs5.43 million. As per the agreement reached, Topsun Motors and Pak-China Motors will have to adhere to the conditions laid down in the agreement and enter into an agreement with the MoIP and comply with the conditions of the ADP 2016-2021. Engineering Develop Board (EDB)
will provide a manufacturing certificate and list of importable components to new investors after the companies authenticate manufacturing and assembly facilities setup by the firm can produce quality vehicles. As per policymakers, the establishment of new production for automobiles will help bring down the prices as it did in case of motorcycles. Also, the growth has shown an increasing trend in motorcycle segment as well wherein EDB has approved manufacturing of motorcycles spare parts manufacturing in June 2018. Crown Group, one of the most prominent groups in motorcycle businesses in Pakistan has been facilitated by EDB in the investment of Rs378 million. In these projects, a total of 544 employees are working under the umbrella of Crown Group including 30 Chinese Engineers and supervisors and 514 local workers. The company will manufacture motorcycle parts that include magnet plate CD-70+magnet plate star, clutch boss, sprocket panel, chain sprocket, complete lever assembly, brake shoe CD-70, gasket/seal, crankshaft, shock absorber front & rear, clutch cable, throttle cable, meter cable, brake cable, and magnetic coil. Topsun Motors founded in 2015 is dedicated to the marketing and maintenance of a wide range of automobiles. Topsun’s exclusive domain is marketing of vehicles of European origin yet it deals in vehicles of other origins as well. Topsun Motors is currently operating in Punjab only. Plans are underway for expanding the business to other provinces of the country as well.
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traffIckIng thrOugh spOrts gOes unnOtIceD PAKISTAN JU JITSU FEDERATION PRESIDENT EXPLOITED SPORTS BODIES FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING Lahore
PORTS bodies have been exploited for human trafficking since at least 1992, despite being brought to the notice of relevant authorities, according to documents available with Pakistan Today. It is learnt that Khalil Ahmed, former disputed former president of the Pakistan Judo Federation, was “indulging in gross irregularities” in 1992 and “was charged with sending people abroad illegally to Japan, Australia and other countries, posing as Judo payers,” according to correspondence between the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) and Mr YS Park, IJF President, Seoul, Korea dated 28.2.1997.
According to an inquiry conducted by the Pakistan Judo Federation (PJF), the Australian High Commission in Pakistan confirmed that Khalil Ahmad, as Secretary General of PJF, “did indeed send people illegally to Australia, who did not participate in the championship in Australia but rather slipped away.” Later, in 1995, Khalil produced a fake letter by forging the signature of the director general of the Pakistan Sports Board, presenting himself as the president of PJF and the body as the “legal body to control and supervise the game… in Pakistan” to the Judo Union of Asia in Tokyo, Japan. In April/May 1992, he helped secure a Japanese visa for his brother, who was not a professional Judoka, and “left his brother behind in Japan to work over there.” It was found that Khalil received “handsome amounts” from team members he took abroad, who were not professional players, and neither participated in tournaments nor returned to Pakistan. Despite documented evidence of Khalil’s corruption, he continues to enjoy prominent positions in sports
India clears Pak’s participation at Asian junior championship: WFI New DehLi Agencies
Decks were on Wednesday cleared for participation of Pakistani grapplers at the Asian Junior Championship after Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) agreed to give an undertaking that the movement of the contingent from the neighbouring nation will be restricted to the competition venue. After much delay, WFI had got the clearance on Tuesday for the sixday event, starting July 17, but the Home Ministry had put on hold participation of Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. A miffed WFI feared that it could be be penalised by the world body United World Wrestling (UWW), if Pakistani grapplers will be denied Visa. The MHA had not cleared participation of Pakistani wrestlers for the Asian Cadet Championship in 2015. “We got a call from a home ministry official today that wrestlers from Pakistan can come to India and compete. They will be granted visas,” WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar told PTI. “We have to give an undertaking to the Crime Branch that we will take responsibility
of the Pakistani wrestlers. We have to ensure that Pakistani wrestlers do not go anywhere except the hotel and the venue,” Tomar added. The WFI official also said that wrestlers from Iraq and Afghanistan have not sent any entry for the competitions. WFI president BB Sharan Singh had sought a meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday to sort out the issue but eventually it was not required. Federation secretary V N Prasood welcomed the development. “It’s a good for us and for the championships. Last time also Pakistani wrestlers had not got clearance and it created problems for us. They had complained to the United World Wrestling. This time they had spoken to the UWW in advance,” Prasood said. “We organise these championships for the development of the sport and our athletes. We are glad that now we can conduct it smoothly,” he added. More than 300 wrestlers, including 100 women, from 18 countries will compete in the Freestyle and Greeco Roman style competitions in the six-day championship which is offering 10 gold, 10 silver and 20 bronze medals.
bodies. The Director General Sports also recognizes him as president of the Pakistan Ju Jitsu Federation since he formed it in the 1990s. The practice of exploiting sports visas to transfer non-professionals through countries qualifies, legally, as human trafficking. According to Section 18 of the Pakistan Immigration Ordinance 1979, such trafficking is a criminal offence that carries a sentence of 14 years rigorous imprisonment. Despite repeated requests, Khalil Ahmad did not return Pakistan Today’s requests for comments.
Mortaza likely to miss B’desh's ODI series in West Indies Dhaka Agencies
Mashrafe Mortaza is unlikely to travel to the West Indies for the ODI series that begins on July 22, since his wife is ill. Bangladesh's selectors, however, will wait until Friday, the day before the ODI specialists' departure from Dhaka, to name his replacement. "Mashrafe's involvement in the ODI series is in doubt," chief selector Minhajul Abedin told ESPNcricinfo. "I spoke to him last night. His wife is really sick. I don't think he will be able to go to the West Indies." If her condition improves, however, Mashrafe could fly out, especially given the length of time remaining before the series-opener. If he stays at home, Shakib Al Hasan will take over the ODI captaincy. Shafiul Islam, meanwhile, suffered an ankle injury during Tuesday's training session. The injury is likely to rule him out of the second Test, which begins on Thursday in Jamaica. Bangladesh's squad only contains four fast bowlers in all, which means they will be unable to make any changes to the pace attack that featured in the innings defeat in Antigua, should they stick with three quicks.
Chandimal uncertainty hangs heavy ahead of opening Test GaLLe Agencies
At first glance, perhaps this is not the most enticing of match-ups. At first glance at recent history, it definitely isn't. The last time South Africa played Sri Lanka - in the summer of 2016-17 in South Africa - they beat the visitors 3-0 on pitches that seamed and spat and rendered Sri Lanka's batsmen no more than mannequins. But the last time South Africa played in Sri Lanka, two enthralling Tests saw them win a series on the island for only the second time, and the first time in 21 years. In Galle, South Africa used reverse-swing to beat Sri Lanka at their own fortress and in Colombo batted out a draw, to begin with success a short Hashim Amla stint as captain. Much has changed for South Africa since then, not least that the captaincy moved from Amla to the now-retired AB de Villiers to Faf du Plessis. Sri Lanka's leadership has also changed - from Angelo Matthews to Dinesh Chandimal - and may be forced to change again, depending on the outcome of Chandimal's code-ofconduct hearing. Chandimal could miss the entire series if the sanction for conduct contrary to the spirit of the game - which he has already pleaded guilty to - is enforced. More's the pity if he misses out, not only because Sri Lanka will need him against a strong South African attack, but also because both he and du Plessis have balltampering history. The big question then would be: would either captain dare touch the ball after putting something in his mouth? Instead, the focus will be on much less murky matters and the actual cricket should take centrestage. South Africa's
batsmen will be scrutinised against spin, especially after their 2015 tour to India and more especially since de Villiers' retirement; Sri Lanka's will be watched against pace, even though there is not expected to be much of it in these conditions. At first glance, it's not a contest for the ages but look a little deeper, and it might be. With 27 Tests and three daddy-hundreds (176 against Australia, 194 and 196 against Bangladesh) to his name, Kusal Mendis has emerged as one of Sri Lanka's most accomplished young batsmen and will want to stand up to a much-vaunted South African attack. Kusal was Sri Lanka's top-scorer on their tour of the West Indies, three runs behind the overall leader Shane Dowrich, and his 285 runs included a century and a half-century. He will hope to carry that form into the South Africa series. All eyes will be on Dale Steyn, who is expected to make his return after more than seven months on the sidelines with a heel injury. Steyn made a successful return to fitness for Hampshire, and though he was "rusty" on return to the national camp, Ottis Gibson is clearly excited to have him as part of the artillery. As long as Steyn can stay on the park, he is all but guaranteed a place in the starting XI, which means he could finally complete his long quest to break the South African wicket-takers' record. But, of course, that's not all he is after. Steyn would like to play at least another full season and will want to show he still has plenty to offer. Sprinklings of rain have been around in the build-up to the match, for a few hours each day for the last week, which could mean an interrupted Test on a pitch that has not dried out as much as the groundstaff would have hoped.
TCL holds biggest FIFA18 showdown event in Lahore Lahore Press releAse
TCL, one of the leading players in the global TV industry and world’s third largest LED TV manufacturers, held a Football Gaming Tournament at Packages Mall, Lahore. The main purpose of this event was to boost the passion of young football lovers by providing them with the best visual experience through TCL’s unique LED smart TV’s. Over 1,000 gamers participated in the event showing their love and excitement for FIFA18 world cup. The event was an opportunity for gamers to participate and play on the latest TCL 4K smart televisions while enjoying a truly unique gaming experience. The tournament also had some exciting prizes for
the winners including Neymar Jr. merchandise, 4K UHD LED TVs and cash prizes. While talking about the success of the event, Majid Niazi, Marketing Manager TCL added, “Sports Marketing is the cornerstone of TCL’s global brand strategy, with Neymar Jr. being our brand ambassador, TCL will consistently support and promote such games in Pakistan.”
Federer kicked out as Nadal to face Djokovic in Wimbledon semis LoNDoN Agencies
Defending champion Roger Federer is out of Wimbledon after eighth seed Kevin Anderson fought back from two sets down in a gripping quarter-final. Top seed Federer, who was aiming for a record-equalling ninth singles title, missed a match point in the third set. It proved pivotal as the South African recovered to win 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-4 1311 in four hours and 13 minutes. The 2017 US Open finalist will meet Canada's Milos Raonic or American John Isner in his first SW19 semi-final. Eight-time champion Federer has already won more Wimbledon singles titles than any other man, but was aiming to equal Martina Navratilova's all-time record. The Swiss, who turns 37 next month, had been utterly dominant on his way to the last eight, swatting off Dusan Lajovic, Lukas Lacko, Jan-Lennard Struff and Adrian Mannarino in a combined total of little more than six hours on court. But Anderson, playing in his first
Wimbledon quarter-final, finally made the 20-time Grand Slam champion look human. The 32-year-old became the first opponent to win a service game, and then a set, against Federer at this year's Championships. DJOKOVIC THROUGH TO SEMIS: Novak Djokovic became a serious Wimbledon title contender as he made his first semi-final since 2015 with a 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 win over Kei Nishikori. It was performance of resilience and resolve from the former number one, reminiscent of the player who held all four Grand Slam titles two years ago. After Djokovic took the first set, his Japanese opponent saved four break points before levelling. The Serb took the next and fought from a break down in the fourth to win. Djokovic told BBC Sport: "It feels great to be in the last four of a Slam. I've been building in the past couple of weeks. The level of tennis has been going up in the past couple of months and tournaments. "This is not the first time I have been in the semi-finals here but I will try to
enjoy this victory. "I am very grateful to play on the court I love [Centre Court] and to be competing at a high level. I am trying to get in the best possible shape for the biggest possible events and it doesn't come much bigger that Wimbledon." Djokovic's last run to the final four at Wimbledon ended with him winning the
tournament - and he then went on to lift the 2015 US Open and 2016 Australian and French Open titles, becoming only the third man to hold all four Grand Slam trophies at the same time. ISNER REACHES FIRST WIMBLEDON: John Isner will face Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon semi-finals after the American ninth seed won the battle of the big servers against Milos Raonic on Wednesday. Isner's 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (9/7), 64, 6-3 victory in the quarter-finals booked his first appearance in the last four at a Grand Slam. On Friday, the 33-year-old will play South African eighth seed Anderson, who shocked defending champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals earlier on Wednesday. Isner holds an impressive 8-3 record against Anderson, winning his last five meetings with the 32-year-old. Isner famously played in Wimbledon's longest ever match against Nicolas Mahut in 2010, but he had never been past the third round at the All England Club until this year.
That lack of success on the big stage wasn't just restricted to Wimbledon Isner had only made one Grand Slam quarterfinal in his career, and that was seven years ago at the US Open. But, in his 41st Grand Slam appearance, Isner is finally into the last four at a major. The only man ever to make it to the semi-finals of a major after a longer wait is his compatriot Sam Querrey, who needed 42 attempts. NADAL BEATS DEL POTRO: Rafael Nadal reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time since 2011 with a five-set victory over Juan Martin del Potro on Centre Court. Nadal was forced to come back from a set down before breaking in a thrilling fifth set to win in almost five hours. The Spanish second seed will play 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. Nadal is bidding to win his third Wimbledon title and his second Grand Slam of the year, having secured the French Open in June. And the 17-time Grand Slam champion is a strong favourite to win the tournament following Federer's shock exit.
Thursday, 12 July, 2018
crOatIa tO Meet france In fInal MANDZUKIC SCORES TO LEAVE ENGLAND FACING WORLD CUP HEARTBREAK
Final France VS croatia
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stunning free-kick from Kieran Trippier. Trippier struck a sweet effort over the Croatia wall in the fifth minute, guiding it perfectly past goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and into the top scorer. Dele Alli had won the free-kick on the edge of the penalty area, when his powerful forward run was abruptly stopped by a Luka Modric foul. As the first half progressed, and with England dominant, the opportunity was there to put the game away. A second goal would likely have done it. Kane had the best shot at it, finding himself through on goal, firing at Subasic, then knock-
ing a second effort against the post. But the game opened up in the second half and while England was enjoying plenty of possession it was giving Croatia the kind of space it enjoys. With 68 minutes gone, things were level. Ivan Perisic made a strong run in the box and raised his left cleat high to deflect a cross past Jordan Pickford and into the net. Suddenly, England was rattled and Croatia was resurgent. Perisic was mightily unlucky not to add to his tally when his angled shot beat Pickford but cannoned off the post. Croatia had already gone into
extra time in the round of 16 and the quarterfinals, prevailing on penalty kicks on both occasions. England had also won on penalties against Colombia in the second round. Extra time arrived again and was predictably tense. Mandzukic had Croatia’s best chance at the end of the first additional period, but Pickford blocked his shot from close range. But Mandzukic would not be denied just after the break. John Stones was slow to pick up Mandzukic’s run onto a Perisic header, and Pickford was beaten by a left-foot shot that sealed England’s fate and sent Croatia into dreamland.
Trump, May get Croatian jerseys ahead of England World Cup semi-final BrUSSeLS Agencies
Croatian President Kolinda GrabarKitarovic gave her US counterpart Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May Croatia jerseys Wednesday ahead of the World Cup semi-final against England. The president posted photographs on her Twitter account showing her with Trump and May holding red and white jerseys bearing their respective names in meetings at a NATO summit in Brussels. Trump was given the number nine jersey of striker Andrej Kramaric -- that number was also worn by the top scorer at the 1998 World
third place Belgium VS england
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NGLAND saw its best chance of ending several generations’ worth of World Cup pain slip away on Wednesday night, as Croatia fought back for a 2-1 win in extra time, securing a spot against France in Sunday’s final. Englandhad not been to a semifinal since 1990, and not reached the title game since it won soccer’s greatest prize for the only time back in 1966. This, for much of a wild and rugged evening at Luzhniki Stadium, looked like the time. Until it wasn’t. Croatia was one of the most impressive teams of the group stage before surviving two penalty shootouts to reach this point. Its technical ability and fierce resiliency allowed it to capitalize on England’s nervous lapses when victory was in sight. Mario Mandzukic got the winner in injury time to put Croatia, with previously a tournament-best semifinal in 1998 to its name, one game away from winning it all. England made a blistering start, surging into an early lead thanks to a
Cup, Davor Suker. May received the number 10 jersey of Croatia captain Luka Modric. After a dramatic win on penalties against hosts Russia, Croatia has repeated the success of the 1998 team which reached the semi-finals in the country's first World Cup as an independent nation. They are hoping to go one better by beating England in Moscow to reach the final against France. The country of about four million people has been gripped by football fever with squares packed with red-and-white painted fans, stalls selling football jerseys and flares, drivers blaring their horns and people hugging and singing -- scenes
reminiscent of 1998. Grabar-Kitarovic, a known football fan, attended Croatia's matches against Denmark and Russia.
About 10,000 Croatia fans are expected in the 80,000-crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium, including Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.
'Beautiful game' offers natO respite from ugly divisions waShiNGtoN Agencies
Football came to the rescue of tense NATO leaders at a summit on Wednesday, providing them with a welcome diversion from the tensions roiling the transatlantic military alliance. The group is facing one its most difficult meetings in years due to US President Donald Trump's criticism of the organisation and his targeting of German leader Angela Merkel. But with the World Cup semi-finals in NATO's traditional adversary Russia made up exclusively of members of the western military alliance, the heads of state and government in Brussels were able to turn to football to lighten the atmosphere. British Prime Minister Theresa May exchanged a team jersey with her Croatian counterpart ahead of Wednesday's night's England-Croatia semi final clash. Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel tweeted a pictured of May smiling with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, saying that everything was "still all ok" between the on-pitch rivals. The Croatian president also gave May a shirt -- and one to Trump with his surname emblazoned on the back, even though the United States did not compete in the World Cup finals. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel meanwhile teased French President Emmanuel Macron about Tuesday's game between their countries that saw France win 1-0 to book a place in the final on Sunday. "Frankly Emmanuel, yesterday the French team was very lucky," Michel said with a smile. But he suggested the sport could provide an example to the military alliance. "Like in football, fair-play and team spirit are what we need more than ever," he said. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg declined to say which team he was supporting when asked by reporters. "Representing 29 nations I will not pick any specific team I would like to win," he said, adding that his own country Norway had not qualified for the finals in Russia.
‘Mbappe is still too young’: French legend Giresse NewS DeSk
england fined £50k for england players' unauthorised socks MOSCOW: England has been fined 70,000 Swiss francs (£50,000) after Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Raheem Sterling wore "unauthorised" socks at the World Cup. The players wore branded ankle support socks over official Nike socks, ignoring a Fifa warning to stop. Fifa said the FA's fine was for "breaching media and marketing regulations and the Fifa equipment regulations". The fine followed England's quarter-final win over Sweden. Fifa said several England players "continued to display unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items before and during the quarterfinal match between Sweden and England". The Swedish FA has also been punished with the same fine for a similar sock offence earlier in the tournament. That makes it the joint second highest fine at the World Cup behind Argentina's 105,000 Swiss franc (£80,000) punishment after their fans threw objects and chanted homophobic abuse. Agencies
Alain Giresse, part of one of the most successful French teams in history, is hopeful Les Bleus can win the World Cup but says that there is too much pressure being placed on the shoulders of Kylian Mbappe. Giresse, one quarter of France’s ‘magic square’ midfield along with Michel Platini, Jean Tigana and Luis Fernandez, reached the semi-finals of the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, as well as winning the European Championships in 1984, and says that this current crop of French internationals have a fantastic chance of emulating the 1998 France side by winning the World Cup this summer. “The French team has performed very well at the World Cup,” Giresse said. “We hoped and believed France could make it to the semi-finals and that’s happened. Anything is possible now, with the teams that have advanced to the semi-finals, why not?" France topped Group C at Russia 2018 and while they didn’t look spectacular in doing so, Giresse says he is heartened to see the team peaking at the right time. “France might make it to the top,” he said. “That’s why now the French people are happy. We’re very glad to see
our team’s progress. They started at a calm pace and then adjusted to the World Cup’s rhythm. Everything is great now.” One word of caution, however. A lot of expectation has been placed upon PSG’s teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe but Giresse says it is up to the senior players in the squad to guide him through the latter stages of the tourna-
ment. “There are players like him in every team. We, midfielders, used our speed to our advantage and served passes to the teammates who opened up, so we knew how to pass and run forward. That’s what France are somewhat missing today. “During the group stage, France were struggling against Australia, Peru and Denmark. Mbappe is still too
young. He needs to progress, he must realize there are different plays - with open space and without. You must be able to play well and individually as a team. So, there is still a lot he can learn. And experienced players like us could help him move forward.” France take on Belgium in the World Cup semi-final at St. Petersburg Stadium on Tuesday.
Thursday, 12 July, 2018
FuNd-rAISINg drIve For dAM CoNSTruCTIoN gATherS pACe EMPLOYEES OF SC, FO AND NBP ANNOUNCE DONATION FROM SALARIES ISLAMABAD
HE fund-raising campaign for the Supreme Court’s initiated dam construction project is gradually gathering pace, as various government institutions and private citizens on Wednesday announced to contribute to the national cause from their salaries and life savings. Supreme Court (SC) employees who are on a Basic Pay Scale (BPS)-16 or above will donate two days’ salary to the Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dams Fund 2018, stated a press release by the SC public relations officer said on Wednesday. The Bank of Punjab will contribute Rs10 million to the fund for the construction of Diamer-Bhasha and
Mohmand dams, its board decided. Similarly, employees National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) have voluntarily contributed one day's salary for the cause. Meanwhile, the employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that their officers will be contributing three days pay, whereas all other staff members will donate one day’s pay to the dam fund. Officials from the Armed Forces, WAPDA and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) have already announced that they will donate two days’ salary to the fund. The account for funds has been created by the Finance Ministry in accordance with the apex court’s orders on July 4. During a hearing on the country’s fast depleting water, the SC while observing that water resources were crucial for survival had directed relevant authorities to take instant action by implementing steps that prove productive in the path to building two dams, the Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand. “The need for water reservoirs is not only expedient but also essential for
NAB seeks helicopter to transport Nawaz, Maryam to Islamabad
the survival of the people and economy of Pakistan. All those present in the court, including officials of various departments and experts on the subject, are unanimous in this regard. They are also unanimous on the point that according to the decision of the Council of Common Interest (CCI) the DiamerBhasha dam and pursuant to the approval of the ECNEC both (this and) and Mohmand dam must be built on an urgent basis by the federal government,” Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar had said while passing the order.
SC reserves verdict in Tallal contempt case
The SC then announced that the projects of constructing the 4,500MW Bhasha dam and 700MW Mohmand dam are open to the general public’s donations, including Pakistanis residing abroad. Chief Justice Nisar initiated donations by contributing Rs1 million from his personal account last week. According to the SC’s latest statement, all of its employees between BPS-2 and 15 will also contribute to the dam funds by donating one day’s salary for the cause. Senior lawyers like Chaudhry Zafar Iqbal and Malik Maqbool Siddiq answered the chief justice’s call for donations by donating cheques of Rs100,000. Female lawyers also chipped in by submitting cheques to Bank AlHabib’s branch manager who collected donations in the Lahore High Court (LHC). The lawyers who submitted donations in the LHC belong to both the SC and the LHC. Punjab Interim Chief Minister Hassan Askari also donated Rs0.5m via cheque on Tuesday.
At least 12 killed in attack on Afghan government office
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday requested for a helicopter from the anti-graft body’s chairman to transport convicted ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz upon their arrival in the country on Friday. The request was made by NAB Director General Saleem Shahzad to transport the convicted from the Allama Iqbal International Airport to Islamabad International Airport, in case of a risky situation that could take place because of the agitation by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supporters. It was further reported that two teams; one at Lahore airport and the other at Islamabad airport, will be deployed to arrest Nawaz and Maryam arrest. Moreover, the entry and exit points of Lahore will be sealed as strict security measures have been taken by the law enforcement agencies. Security has been deployed at 14 sensitive points of the city. PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif will lead the procession from Lohari Gate after Friday prayers. The rally will head towards the airport via The Mall. “Tens of thousands of people will gather in Lahore to welcome Mian Sahib and Maryam Bibi. It will be a peaceful rally,” said PML-N spokeswoman Marriyam Aurangzeb. The former information minister said Nawaz had pledged not to leave the people alone. According to law experts, she said, the verdict against him would be “written in black words”. She said the PML-N never targeted the institutions and Nawaz and Maryam were returning to face the court verdict. “We are against the mindset that does not care about the constitution and gives no respect to the vote,” the former minister said. She also condemned the decision to suspend the local body representatives.
Afghan volunteers carry an injured youth on a stretcher to a hospital following an attack that targeted an education department compound in Jalalabad on July 11, 2018. Gunmen stormed an education department compound in Afghanistan's restive east on Wednesday in an attack that left at least twelve people dead, officials said. Ten others have been wounded in the second attack in Jalalabad city in as many days, Nangarhar provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP. The sound of gunfire followed by a “big explosion” that shattered windows alerted Qari Samiullah that an attack was under way near his shop. “I left my shop and ran when I heard a second explosion,” Samiullah told AFP. “Smoke came out of the building and all the people started to run away.” A security guard employed by the education department branch was among the dead,
Khogyani said. Jalalabad health director Najibullah Kamawal confirmed five wounded people had been brought to hospital so far. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the raid. Local teachers had been delivering exam results from their schools to the office when the gunmen attacked, provincial education department spokesman Asif Shinwari told AFP. “Quite a few teachers are inside the building,” Shinwari added. Jalalabad's education department was also attacked by gunmen exactly a month ago. At least 10 people were wounded. Nangarhar's provincial capital has seen an uptick in violence in recent weeks, with the militant Islamic State group claiming most of the attacks. On Tuesday, a suicide attack in the city killed at least 12 people and ignited a nearby petrol station, with witnesses describing screaming victims “swallowed” by flames. The bomber was targeting Afghan security forces when he blew himself up. Ten civilians were among the dead. IS claimed that attack via its Amaq propaganda agency.
Ex-Minister’s counsel requests court to delay judgement till elections ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday reserved its judgement in the contempt case against former state minister for interior, Tallal Chaudhry. The three-judge bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmad reserved the decision and said the date of the announcement will be issued later. However, he added that the accused must appear in person on the day of the announcement. Kamran Murtaza requested the bench to show restraint in this matter. He also referred to the Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri case wherein contempt proceedings against them were dropped. He also informed the court that the SC registrar had written a note to Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on February 1, 2018, stating that a video clip of his client was contemptuous and was creating hindrances in legal proceedings. The note said that ‘contempt proceedings against Chaudhry should be taken up in compliance with Article 204. which deals with contempt of court against a high court or the Supreme Court’, Murtaza informed the court. “The note was presented on February 1, and an order was issued on the same day, along with a notice,” he said. “However, my client had, in fact, said that disrespecting judicial mandate was the biggest contempt,” Murtaza added. “The court had taken up contempt proceedings on two speeches [delivered by Chaudhry],” the judge observed, adding that he was unaware of the documents mentioned by the defence counsel. “The documents were sent to the CJP by the registrar through a note,” Murtaza said, adding that, “following the chief justice’s order, 22 speeches were collected.” Chaudhry’s legal counsel further said that the proceedings against his client were taken upon the basis of two speeches that had a three-minute duration each. “The reasons for contempt were not listed in the notice,” he argued. “According to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) DG Operations Haji Adam, all of the 117 channels on air are monitored. But there is nobody in Pakistan who can take up so much work,” Murtaza said. Justice Ahmed responded back saying that there was definitely someone in Pakistan who was helping the country run effectively. Murtaza responded by saying that even PEMRA had not taken an immediate notice of both speeches of his client. “The court will not take lead from PEMRA to reach a verdict; it will base its decision on the law,” said Justice Ahmed. Murtaza further requested the bench to announce the verdict after elections. Justice Gulzar, however, said that they are not setting a date for the announcement of the decision.
No 'blessings' for PML-N this time around FORMER PM ABBASI PLAYS DOWN EMERGENCE OF FAR-RIGHT ANALYST SAYS IF PML-N LOSES IN PUNJAB, IT GROUPS, SAYS PARTY IS GALVANISED UNDER SHARIFS WILL BE PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF RELIGIOUS VOTE LAHORE ZAKi ABBAS AnD SHAHAB JAFRY
Already suffering from Nawaz Sharif’s conviction and desertion by scores of crucial ‘electables’, PML-N’s chances are further diminished by the likely loss of its traditional right-of-centre religious vote bank, especially in its stronghold Punjab. “If PML-N loses in Punjab it will be primarily because of the religious vote,” said Rasul Bakhsh Rais, prominent analyst and professor of political science at LUMS. “They have been preoccupied with Imran Khan and taken the conservative constituency for granted for a long time.” A number of religious parties have emerged on the political scene since the last general election. Prominent among them are Milli Muslim League (MML) and the firebrand Tehreek e Labbaik Pak-
istan (TLP). The old religious parties’ alliance Mutahidda Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) has also been revived. MML is an affiliate of Hafiz Saeed’s Jamatud Dawa and though ECP did not register the party because of alleged ties with banned outfits, it will contest the 2018 general election on the platform of Allah o Akbar Tehreek. TLP came into being in reaction to the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, the man who killed former Punjab governor Salman Taseer for his comments regarding the controversial blasphemy law. Yet despite the apparent splitting of its traditional religious vote, the PML-N leadership appears unfazed. “I doubt it will have much impact,” said former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. “Besides, PML-N had been drifting away from religious parties
for a while because they tend to splinter off into alliances near elections.” Earlier senior PML-N leader and former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal told a local daily that these religious parties were created to break the party’s religious vote bank. But it would not hurt their chances. Abbasi agreed. “Attempts to dilute our religious vote go back to the formation of MMA,” he said. And despite more attempts later the party remains unaffected. “Our party is united and Nawaz Sharif’s return will further galvanise it, even from jail.” Prominent religious parties, on the other hand, blame PML-N’s policies for breaking away, though each had its own set of reasons. “It is true that we largely constituted the traditional PML-N vote bank,” said Tabish Qayyum, spokesperson for MML. “But fissures started ap-
TLP AND MML HOPEFUL TO CASH IN ON RELIGIOUS SENTIMENTS
pearing after the 2013 election.” MML blames PML-N’s pro-India stance, particularly its “weak position on India and Modi” for finally parting ways. “If that was not enough, they began attacking the very foundations of Pakistan by adopting a somewhat liberal outlook,” he added. MML believes that since Pakistan was founded in the name of Islam, a greater political effort was required to return the country to its original identity. TLP has very different grievances. It burst onto the scene after the government carried out Mumtaz Qadri’s death sentence in 2016. “We have come into politics over the issue of Khatm e Nabuwat,” said Ijaz Ashrafi, TLP spokesman. “Governments have always fooled people in the name of development, etc, but we will ask for their votes on the basis of faith.”
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In three by-elections in Lahore, Chakwal and Lodhran, TLP finished third after PML-N and PTI each time. MML was close behind at fourth, except Chakwal, where it did not contest. Outside Punjab, TLP also finished third in a byelection in Peshawar. The consistent rhetoric of these religious parties has also had a visible social effect. Preachers of the Barelvi as well as Deobandi persuasion across South Punjab have been spewing venom on the party throughout this electoral cycle. “They are calling PML-N leaders hypocrites and voting for them a sin,” said Dr Rais of LUMS. With Nawaz out of the equation, loyalists jumping ship, and the religious vote bank not just alienated but hostile, PMLN faces its toughest fight yet especially in Punjab.