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resident Arif Alvi on thursday removed Justice shaukat Aziz siddiqui, a vocal critic of the country’s spy agencies, from his post as a senior judge of the islamabad High Court (iHC), a notification issued by the Law Ministry said. the decision came after the supreme Judicial Council (sJC) recommended Justice siddiqui’s removal to the president for making a controversial speech against isi [interservices intelligence] and the judiciary before the district Bar Association, rawalpindi on July 21, 2018. “Mr Justice shaukat Aziz siddiqui, Judge, islamabad High Court (iHC), islamabad had displayed conduct unbecoming of a Judge of a High Court and was, thus, guilty of misconduct and he is, therefore, liable to be removed from his officer under Article 209(6) of the Constitution of the islamic republic of Pakistan, 1973,” the recommendation stated. the 39-page recommendation of the sJC was penned by Justice Asif saeed Khosa and a copy of it was also sent to Prime Minister imran Khan. ‘ISI RESPONSIBLE FOR COUNTRY’S DEPLORABLE AFFAIRS’: On July 21, Justice siddiqui had made a speech in which he had held the higher judiciary and isi responsible for the country’s ‘deplorable’ state of affairs. On the same day, soon after Justice siddiqui’s statement, the army had released a press release on the matter. “An honourable judge of islamabad High Court of Pakistan has levelled serious allegations against state institutions including honourable judiciary and the premier state intelligence agency. in order to safeguard the sanctity and credibility of the state institutions, Honourable supreme Court of Pakistan has been requested to initiate the appropriate process to ascertain the veracity of the allegations and take actions accordingly,” the statement had said. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) saqib nisar while commenting on the whole fiasco had expressed his distaste as well. “i read about the remarks of a judge in islamabad and was deeply saddened,” he had said on the day after the controversial speech was made.

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the apex court then took a suo motu notice of the matter following which Justice siddiqui asked the chief justice to constitute a judicial commission to probe his allegations and offered to resign if he’s proven wrong. earlier in October, the bench had reserved its opinion on whether to proceed further against the judge or send the recommendation to the president of Pakistan for his removal. CORRUPTION CASES: siddiqui’s remarks had come just days before the sJC was to hold an open trial of a corruption reference against him, making it a first such case in the history of the country. He was facing a reference on misconduct moved on the complaint by a retired employee of the Capital development Authority (CdA) for alleged refurbishment of official residence beyond entitlement. On Feb 22, sJC had issued a show cause notice to Justice siddiqui on another reference against him for making unnecessary and unwarranted comments about some “important constitutional institution saying such comments prima facie had the tendency of undermining the respect otherwise such constitutional institution enjoys”. FAIZABAD SIT-IN CONTROVERSY: siddiqui also made it to the headlines last year when he criticised the armed forces for their role as the “mediator” in the agreement that led to an end of the sit-in by religious groups at islamabad’s Faizabad interchange in november. “Who is the army to adopt a mediator’s role?” the judge had questioned at the time. “Where does the law assign this role to a major general?” But the first time siddiqui gained prominence was when he sentenced the officers of CdA for failing to demolish illegal Afghan settlements in the federal capital and for not enforcing judicial orders. ‘ANTI-BLASPHEMY LAW CHAMP’: siddiqui had also taken a notice of blasphemous content on the social media, which was later removed on court orders. Officials from Facebook also visited the country and assured such controversial content would not be uploaded on the social networking site in future. He was also part of the two-member bench that excluded anti-terrorism clauses from the case against Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of the late Punjab governor salman taseer, but upheld his conviction under section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

Pakistan formally reaches out to IMF for bailout CPEC is not being reviewed, says FO STORIES ON PAGES 03 & 06

3 soldiers martyred, 5 wounded in SWA blast STORY ON PAGE 02

CJP assures Musharraf he won’t be arrested on return STORY ON PAGE 02 Opp parties, sans PPP, hold protest against delay in na session STORY ON PAGE 02

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Private sector to build houses for naya Pakistan scheme Dr Manan Wani among 2 martyred in Kashmir CMYK


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NFORMATION Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday said that the private sector will build five million houses for the less privileged on state land, which would then be leased to people on low rates under the Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme. Announcing the decisions taken in the federal cabinet’s meeting earlier in the day, Fawad told reporters that the government had appointed Air Vice Marshal Arshad Khan as the new chairman of the Pakistan International Airline (PIA), Aoun Abbas Bappi as chairman of the Pakistan Baitul Maal and Mohammand Mian Soomro as the chairman of the Privatisation Commission. “Air Vice Marshal Arshad Khan, who is a serving air vice marshal, has been appointed the new PIA chairman. He has been chosen because he is a considered a big figure in the air force and is a thorough professional,” the information minister. “PIA is in debt of Rs406 billion. The new chairman of the national carrier has been directed to immediately fix the institution’s economic condition,” he said. Chaudhry further said that advertise-

Naya PakistaN housiNg scheme will create 6m jobs: Pm imraN Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said the Naya Pakistan Housing Programme will be Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s “most ambitious and a landmark” initiative in which six million jobs will be created, raising the demand in 40 industries. Launched by PM Imran on Wednesday, five million houses will be constructed over the next five years under the residential project. Taking to Twitter on Thursday, the prime minister said: “We have launched our most ambitious, landmark housing policy of building five million homes in five years.” “This will provide affordable houses for our less privileged strata of society, plus six million jobs, create demand in 40 industries directly involved in house building and attract foreign direct investment (FDI),” he added. NEWS DESK

ments will soon be issued regarding the appointment of a new CEO for the airline. “We can no longer afford to sit by and watch PIA incur such massive losses. A loss of Rs2 billion each month translates to a daily loss of Rs70-80 million each day,” he said expressing the gravity of the situation. He also said that a restructuring plan for the company had been submitted to the Finance Ministry, which will be reviewed by Finance Minister Asad

Umar after he returns from Indonesia. He will then present the plan to the cabinet for its approval. While announcing the name of Abbas as the chairman of Baitul Maal, the information minister said, “Pakistan’s condition is like that of a house looted by thieves. Those responsible for the country’s current state should be taken to court.” About the Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme launched by the prime minister

on Wednesday, Fawad Chaudhry informed reporters that state land will be used as the collateral on which houses under this scheme will be constructed, enabling the banks to have a safety net to recover credit if need be. “We will pledge land belonging to the state, a large proportion of which was recently recovered through various means, and the private sector will then undertake construction activities,” the minister said, adding that the government is not investing any money in this. “It’s not like our predecessors left us any money anyway for us to be able to invest,” he remarked. He said that the application form to apply for the scheme will be made available soon at a cost of Rs250. Talking about the Islamabad airport, which saw at least two accidents this week, Chaudhry lamented that the project had crossed Rs100 billion in expenditure on its completion despite being a Rs38 billion project. The minister said that the prime minister and the cabinet had ordered a thorough audit of the project, including a performance audit. He recalled the collapse of the passenger bridge recently and criticised the quality of construction that had taken place in the project.

“We all know which construction company was assigned the contract. Ishaq Dar, [Chaudhry] Munir — everywhere you look you find one of their people.” Shifting the discussion to the former finance minister, he proceeded to say that the NAB chairman had been instructed to expedite an inquiry against Ishaq Dar for owning assets beyond known sources of income. He said that the bureau had also been urged to quicken its pace and wrap up other high profile cases. “We have to face a lot of questions from people. We came into power under the slogan of accountability and so naturally feel responsible for this,” he said. He said that the cabinet had also discussed placing and removing certain names from the Exit Control List (ECL), adding that “there are currently 3,000 names on the list”. The information minister said that prime minister has instructed the interior minister to see that no innocents have been targeted among these 3,000 people. “If it is so, they will be removed from the ECL,” the information minister said, adding that State Minister for Interior Shehryar Afridi will be presenting a report on the matter in the next cabinet meeting. “The National Assembly (NA) speaker issued Shehbaz Sharif’s production orders on the opposition’s request,” he said while adding, “the parliament will get a chance to question Shehbaz regarding the allegations against him”. Hitting back at the Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) criticism of how the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is running things, Chaudhry said, “We are amazed that the PPP has the audacity to tell us what to do”.

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Opp parties, sans PPP, hold protest against delay in NA session

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday directed former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf to record his statement under Section 342 of the criminal procedure code in the treason case against him, assuring the former dictator that he won’t be arrested on his return to Pakistan. The chief justice was heading a bench hearing the case related to National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), passed by Musharraf in 2007. As the hearing went underway, Musharraf’s counsel Akhtar Shah submitted a reply regarding the former president’s return to the country and said, “I request the bench to keep my client’s illness confidential.” Justice Nisar, however, remarked, “There are people present in the country who are suffering from this disease.” Musharraf’s counsel then urged, “If it is necessary for Musharraf to return then he should be allowed to visit a doctor and his name should not be placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).” To this, the chief justice said, “Let Musharraf return to Pakistan, no one will arrest him but I cannot say anything regarding the removal of his name from ECL.” “He should record his statement under Section 342 in the treason case,” Justice Nisar said while adding that “Dubai is not the best place for treatment and there are good doctors in Pakistan”. Musharraf’s counsel then told the court that the former president left the country after permission from the government. The chief justice, however, said, “We are saying it again; we did not grant permission to Musharraf.” Further, he added, “We cannot put anyone’s life at risk. Musharraf should come to record his statement and whenever he wants to leave for a treatment he can.” STAFF REPORT

Chairman Raja Zafarul Haq had said the decision to issue production orders for Shehbaz Sharif was a positive decision but since it also coincides with the end of remand given for Sharif, it would not facilitate the opposition leader. “I feel that Speaker National Assembly acted under pressure from the government. When we had met the Speaker to make formal request for an early requisition of the NA session, we found his attitude as very positive towards our request,” he said. Haq had said the PML-N delegation told the speaker that it was mandatory to requisite the NA session as Shehbaz Sharif was not only an MNA but also leader of the opposition. “Hence, the PML-N leader deserved to be released and an emergent session be called. The speaker told us that he would consult with some people in this regard. I think that the government prevailed over him and asked him not to call the NA session till Shehbaz’s remand ends,” the PML-N leader said. Earlier, NAB had arrested Shehbaz Sharif—who had ruled Punjab for over 10 years—in the Ashiana Iqbal Housing Society Scam case and sent him on judicial remand for 10 days.

450 Pakistanis admit to owning properties in Dubai

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Opposition parties in the National Assembly (NA) held a protest on Shahrah-e-Dastoor on Thursday, taking offence with NA Speaker Asad Qaiser’s decision to hold a session next week, and not earlier, claiming it coincided with the end of remand given for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz

COAS lands in London on official visit RAWALPINDI STAFF REPORT

As many as 450 Pakistanis have admitted to own properties in Dubai in response to a notice sent by a Supreme Court-constituted committee, media reports said Thursday. The committee sent notices to 893 property holders, 443 people have not yet responded to the notices, the report added. The property owners' details have been sent to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for further probe. The state will take action with the assistance of United Arab Emirates (UAE) government to confiscate the property in case it doesn’t get the response from the owners. The SC constituted a commission to ascertain the means and mode of transactions of the multibillion dollar properties abroad. The FBR will be responsible to take action if the owners are unable to prove their means of income, tax returns and mode of transactions. NEWS DESK

(PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif. However, no members of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) were present during the protest. On Wednesday, Qaiser had summoned a session of the Lower House on October 17 and also issued production orders for Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif, enabling him to attend the session. The opposition parties, however,

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday arrived in London on an official visit. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief will hold meetings with civil and military leadership. During the meetings, matters related to regional security will be discussed. The army chief is in London on an official visit during which he will meet the United Kingdom’s civil and military leadership, the DG ISPR said in a tweet. Last week, the army chief met the King of Jordan, Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussain, during his three-day visit to

the country. According to a press statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations on Tuesday, the king of Jordan expressed the desire to enhance cooperation between his country and Pakistan in multiple fields, including security, defence production, education and investment opportunities. General Qamar Javed assured King Abdullah that Pakistan would welcome any positive initiatives with Jordan. Both the figures also discussed the regional security situation and bilateral cooperation. King Abdullah awarded the medal titled ‘Order of the Military Merit’ to the Pakistani army chief in recognition of his services for improving defence and security relations between the two brotherly countries.

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were adamant to protest outside the Parliament House on Thursday, saying the NA speaker did not accept their demand for calling the NA session this week. “We had requested for the NA session to be called ‘timely’ but the NA speaker did not accept our request,” said PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb. Talking to Pakistan Today, PML-N

Three soldiers martyred, five injured in S Waziristan blast At least three soldiers lost their lives and five others were wounded in a roadside bomb blast in South Waziristan near the Pak-Afghan border on Thursday, officials said. The soldiers were reportedly carrying out routine search operations in Makeen Tehsil of South Waziristan district when the explosion took place, local officials told AFP. While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb attack, the military has been battling Taliban and Al Qaeda linked militants in the region for years. Violence across the country has declined in recent years following a series of military operations along the border with

Afghanistan, but militant groups are still able to carry out deadly attacks. There have been a number of fatal assaults in recent months in the northwest, as well as in Balochistan. The army launched an operation in mid-2014 to wipe out militant bases in the area and end the near decade-long insurgency that has cost thousands of lives. The operation was intensified after the Taliban massacred more than 150 people, the majority of them children, in the attack on the Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar in December 2014. In 2016, the army said it has cleared the last militant stronghold in the country's northwest after a three-monthlong operation. NEWS DESK


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Shehbaz coerced directors to give up contract: report ISLAMABAD ONliNE

The incarcerated former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif allegedly made the directors of Chauhdry Latif and Sons contractors withdraw the contract through pressure, according to the documents concerning Ashiana Housing Scheme. According to the documents, Shehbaz made the directors give up the contract of the scheme by threatening them of dire consequences if they didn’t award the multi-billion rupee contract to the company of his choice. Various courts have decided in favour of Latif and Sons and declared Shehbaz’s directions illegal, the report said, claiming that a few media persons had launched a campaign against the company. It was added that the company had previously executed several contracts, including those related to the motorway, Metro Bus, New Islamabad Airport, Karachi Green Line, water supply schemes, construction of bridges and some housing schemes. Shehbaz had also given contracts to the Latif and Sons during his previous tenure. The documents said that the project was not cancelled rather Latif and Sons were put aside in the light of an agreement between the parties as the government contended that it had scarcity of funds required to complete the Ashiana scheme. The clause of the agreement between the government and the company, which was a part of the documents, hinted that Shehbaz was satisfied with the performance of Latif and Sons. According to the documents, the Shehbaz-led government in 2017 had renewed the license of the company and awarded many contracts to it worth billions of rupees, the documents said, adding that the company has also been coming up to the benchmark of the Pakistan Engineering Council regularly. Shehbaz, in a bid to press Latif and Sons, was alleged of registering a case of mud theft of Rs 76,000 in Rajanpur district against them. The DPO concerned has conceded before the court that he had registered the case on the directives of the ex-CM, the report said. ED NOTE: Though this new report is based on an official report, it does not not incorporate the versions of all parties concerned.

Nab orders salman shehbaz to submit financial details LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday ordered Salman Shehbaz, son of Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif, to submit details pertaining to his income and expenditures in connection with an illegal assets probe. According to reports, the anti-graft watchdog had noticed irregularities in the bank accounts of Salman Shehbaz and asked him to appear over the matter. In a questionnaire issued to Salman, he has been asked to provide details pertaining to his membership of different clubs. NAB also asked Salman to submit details of assets he holds including companies, agricultural land, bank accounts, and foreign properties. STAFF REPORT

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NTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde has said that Pakistan has formally requested for financial assistance from the Fund to address its economic woes. In a statement issued on Thursday, Lagarde said that she met with Finance Minister Asad Umar, State Bank Governor Tariq Bajwa and members of their economic team. “During the meeting, Pakistan requested financial assistance from the IMF to help address its economic challenges,” she said. To discuss the matter, the IMF chief said that a team will visit Islamabad in the coming weeks to initiate discussions for a possible IMF-supported economic programme. Twitter Ads information and privacy The formal request follows an apparent seven per cent central bank devaluation of Pakistan’s rupee currency on Tuesday. Moreover, Christine Lagarde said that she would require “absolute transparency” of Pakistan’s debts, including those owed to China. She said such disclosures were necessary to determine the debt sustainability of countries seeking IMF loans. “In whatever work we do, we need to have a complete understanding and absolute transparency about the nature, size, and terms of the debt that is bearing on a particular country,” Lagarde told a news conference when asked

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about Pakistan’s debts to China. She said that the IMF would need to know the extent and composition of the country’s debt, including sovereign debt and state-owned enterprise debt, “so that we can actually really appreciate and determine the debt sustainability of that country, if and when we consider a programme,” she added Earlier in the day, Lagarde had said that she would meet with Pakistani officials with expectations that Islamabad will request a bailout of its shaky economy. “I’m assuming that there might be a programme request on their part, but that has not been discussed and we will explore that this afternoon,” she had told a press briefing. Finance Minister Asad Umar announced earlier this week that the government would seek talks with the IMF on a “stabilisation recovery programme”. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed to steer the country out of a looming balance-of-payments crisis, saying it needs $10-12 billion. “We will get out of this. I will take (the country) out of this,” he had said. PM Imran’s administration took office in August vowing to weigh up whether to seek an IMF bailout as it sought other avenues of financing. He has sought loans from friendly countries, promised to recover funds stolen by corrupt officials, and embarked on a series of populist austerity measures. But help has been in short supply and economists’ warnings have grown increasingly urgent.

Pakistan has gone to the IMF several times since the late 1980s. The most recent was in 2013 when Islamabad got a $6.6 billion loan to tackle a similar crisis. Furthermore, the World Bank in its latest report predicted that the economic condition of Pakistan was likely to remain unstable for the next two years and it needs investment and productivity-driven growth. World Bank country director Illango Patchamuthu has said that Pakistan’s growth has to be driven by investment and productivity which will put it on a path to end the boom and bust cycle its economy faces. “This will create more and betterpaid jobs and is a reliable path to future economic growth and stability,” said the director while commenting on the World Bank’s twice-a-year report, Pakistan Development Update. The report suggested Pakistan’s needs to address growing fiscal and current account deficits on a sustainable basis for long-term growth. The country’s economic growth accelerated to 5.8 per cent in the 2018 financial year – the highest level in more than a decade, the report said. But as consumption-led growth picked up, the macroeconomic imbalances also grew, increasing vulnerabilities that compromise future growth. Meanwhile, the report also proposed a number of structural reforms in various sectors including Pakistan’s revenue sector. Earlier on Oct 10, Finance Minister

Asad Umar held a meeting with the World Bank President Dr Jim Yong Kim on the sidelines of the World Bank/IMF Group Annual meetings in Bali, Indonesia. In the meeting, the current level of cooperation between Pakistan and the World Bank was reviewed. The finance minister shared with Kim the vision of the Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) government and its priorities. Asad Umar also held a number of meetings on the sidelines of the World Bank/IMF Group Annual meetings. He also met with his Indonesian counterpart Sri Mulyani Indrawati and discussed matters pertaining to expansion of bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Finance Minister Umar emphasised expanding trade relations between Pakistan and Indonesia and called for expediting the process of ratification of the additional tariff lines granted to Pakistan after a comprehensive review of the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) in 2017. The minister also held meetings with senior officials of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and OECD. Over 15,000 delegates from 189 countries are currently gathered at Bali, Indonesia for IMF/WB Group Annual meetings from October 10-14. The finance minister is leading Pakistan’s delegation, consisting of the State Bank of Pakistan governor, economic affairs division secretary and special secretary of the finance division.

ecP, govt lock horns over Punjab IgP’s transfer ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has refused to withdraw the notification of suspension Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tahir Khan’s transfer, stating that the notification was lawful. The ECP said this in a statement issued on Thursday. On Wednesday, the government had urged the election commission to withdraw the notification pertaining to the suspension. The ECP had suspended the government’s decision to replace Tahir Khan with Amjad Javed Saleemi as the Punjab police chief on Tuesday, stating that the transfer violated the commission’s directives of September 3, that banned postings and transfers of government officials in the wake

of the by-elections. It had also sought an explanation from the government. The government, however, differed in its Wednesday reply, with the Establishment Division stating that “ECP’s order is not a hindrance in the transfers and postings of police chiefs”.

In a letter to the election watchdog, the Division said, “The ECP had advised against transfers and postings in districts where by-polls are scheduled to be held, however, the Punjab IGP’s transfer was made in accordance with the law after consultation.” Moreover, the Commission on Thursday formed monitoring teams for the by-polls to be held in 35 constituencies on October 14. According to reports, 27 teams will monitor the by-elections. Their responsibilities include overlooking the distribution of polling equipment and training of the polling staff. On the day of the by-polls, the teams will also review security arrangements. They are also expected to monitor the result transmission system (RTS) and votes coming from overseas Pakistanis, as well as tabulation and compilation of results.

ex-FM Shaukat Tarin welcomes AC orders confiscating Shehbaz’s PTI govt’s housing plan son-in-law Ali Imran's property Former finance minister (FM) Shaukat Tarin on Thursday welcomed the ‘Naya Pakistan Housing Programme’ launched by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, calling it a much-needed initiative for the country. During an interview with veteran journalist, analyst and Pakistan Today Editor Arif Nizami, Tarin explained that mortgage finances were an important part of the GDP of any country. Pakistan’s mortgage finance are currently less than 1pc of the GDP while they are 10pc in India, 80pc in the United States (US) and 36pc in Malaysia, he added. On concerns raised regarding the funding of housing plan, he said, “The government will go to private banks and use their surplus liquidity for the housing plan.” He credited the PTI for initially launching the plan for government employees alone, saying that “it will be of zero risk”. While elaborating that the plan could be further extended to other sections of the society, Tarin said the housing project will not

be affected by the IMF bailout. When asked about the basic issue that causes economic crisis every time in the country, the former finance minister said that a large part of the population didn’t pay the due taxes. On the IMF bailout package, Tarin was of the view that the PTI government should have had a decisive plan of action to resolve the economic turmoil after winning the poll, arguing that a situation of panic has been created due to the delayed decision. The former EAC member admitted that it would be wrong to blame the PM Khan-led government for the existing situation of rupee depreciation and debt. “Ishaq Dar’s economics failed to deliver,” he said, adding that the price of oil and commodities had decreased during the tenure of the PML-N government from which no benefit was taken. “All international currencies were depreciating against dollar and the PML-N wrongly appreciated the rupee value,” he argued. NEWS DESK

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An accountability court (AC) on Thursday ordered to seize the property of former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif’s son-in-law Ali Imran. The orders of seizure came after Imran did not appear before the court in the Punjab public companies scam case despite repeated summons. The accountability court had earlier declared him an absconder and ordered to bring him back through Interpol. It is pertinent to mention here that Imran is accused of receiving bribe worth Rs130 million from the chief financial officer (CFO) of Punjab Power Development Company. The Punjab government, under Shehbaz Sharif, had formed 56 companies and registered them under Article42 of Companies Ordinance 1984. Deliberately turning a blind eye towards similar local companies oper-

ating in Pakistan, the Sharif-led Punjab government had awarded dozens of contracts to Turkish conglomerates on hefty paybacks. Before formation of these companies, 113,970 employees were working in different departments across the province and the figure augmented to 157,500 follow-

ing the arrival of Turkish corporations. Rules were either disregarded or revoked while contracts were allegedly given on the basis of sheer nepotism, thus inflicting hefty losses to the provincial exchequer as CM Shehbaz issued mammoth Rs150 billion funds in this regard.


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He Revenue Directorate of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has failed to recover Rs1.9 billion in dues on account of property tax, water and allied charges from various residential buildings, commercial buildings, offices of educational institutes and other entities, Pakistan Today has learnt. The entity wise break-up of outstanding property tax is Rs111 million outstanding property tax to various sectors, including e, F, G

and I, Rs828 million to hundreds of residential and commercial buildings, Rs21 million to Workers Welfare Fund, Rs52 million to media groups, Rs678 million to educational institutions, Rs11 million to US embassy under water and conservancy charges. The non-recovery of outstanding dies was due to inadequate mechanism for enforcing relevant rules and weak administrative and internal controls. Despite repeated notices to the defaulters, the payment remained outstanding. It was recommended that the case should be referred to as-

sistant district collector for legal proceeding for effective recovery along with arrears and surcharges besides taking corrective measures for identification of the nib-tax payers. There was also a recommendation to devise concrete policies and procedures. It is pertinent to mention here that according to Section 49-A of CDA Ordinance, 1960, any sum due to the Authority or any sum wrongly paid to any person under this ordinance shall be recoverable as arrears of land revenue. Rule 26 of General Financial Rules Vol-1 provides that it is the duty of departmental officer to see that all

sums due to the government are regularly assessed, demanded, realised and remitted into the national treasury. CDA has, for the past decade, set its eyes on selling commercial plots located at pristine locations around the city. This month it had put 57 commercial plots up for grabs in an auction from October 2 to October 4 to generate much-needed revenue to keep itself afloat. CDA had also concluded its landmark three days auction of commercial plots held at Jinnah Convention Centre where it auctioned 22 plots worth over 7.48 billion rupees.

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PTI to appoint former MPA candidate Naseem Gondal as its new legal adviser KASHIF ALI MALIK, WHO HELPED WIN LANDMARK CASES, ASKED TO DISENGAGE ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Capital Development Authority (CDA) is all set to have Advocate Shahid Naseem Gondal, former MPA candidate from PP-67 Mandi Bahauddin as its new legal advisor, replacing Advocate Kashif Ali Malik, according to office order issued by Law and Justice Division. Advocate Kashif Ali Malik had represented civic agency before different forums in various cases, including Grand Hyatt case, illegal constructions and expansion by Marriot and Serena hotels among others. According to sources, Malik has been replaced on pressure from Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) high-ups who want to accommodate their blue-eyed Shahid Nasim Gondal who is a Lahore-based lawyer. According to the order, Advocate Shahid Nasim Gondal has been appointed with immediate effect on a monthly retainer to be settled and paid by CDA. “The department may entrust its legal matters/cases to the aforesaid legal advisor,” the order stated. The office order further added that Advocate Malik should be barred from approaching the court. It is pertinent to mention here that cases worth billions of rupees are pending against the civic agency before various courts and forums. A sound, capable and learned legal advisor is the need of the hour for the already imperilled CDA whose inquiries and references are pending before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), ombudsperson and other watchdogs.

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Two gangs busted, vehicles and valuables recovered PESHAWAR INP

The police on Thursday arrested 12 members of two gangs during different actions in the provincial capital and impounded a car, five bikes, qingqi rickshaw and recovered looted cash. Taking notice of surge in cash-snatching at gun point, SSP Operations Javed Iqbal directed SP Rural Tahir Dawar to trace and arrest the culprits. A police team constituted for the purpose traced and arrested the six members of the

gang headed by an Afghan national identified as Safiullah s/o Hidayat and comprising Hashmat s/o Rehmat, Muhammad Dawood s/o Ghulam Habib, Zahir alias Jan s/o Taj Muhammad, Ameer s/o Safdar and Izzat s/o Asif during separate actions. The police recovered Rs1,65,000 looted cash, a car and a qingqi rickshaw from the possession of the detainees. The police confiscated the recovered cash, impounded the car, bikes and rickshaw and after registering separate cases against the detainees at concerned police stations, started the investigation.

ISLAMABAD: Swedish envoys Annika Ben David and Ingrid Johansson call on Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. PID

Pakistan is a modern democratic state: Fawad ISLAMABAD APP

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said on Thursday that Pakistan was a modern democratic state where judiciary was independent, civil society highly vibrant and media pro-actively playing role of a watchdog. He stated this during a meeting with Annika Ben David, Ambassador of Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who called on him here along with Ambassador of Sweden, Ingrid Johansson. He said that current dispensation believed in freedom of expression and highly valued human rights as enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan. He said that Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with Sweden as they were based on commonality of views and shared interest of democratic pluralism. The minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had always referred Scandinavia as a model in regards to establishment of welfare state, so Pakistan would like to learn from Scandinavian system of governance, particularly in the areas of local government. He said that PTI was the only political party which vigorously raised its voice on important subject of environment. He said that Prime Minister’s initiative on Clean and Green Pakistan was aimed at provision of clean drinking water, clean environment and proper sanitation. Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that northern areas of Pakistan were epitome of natural beauty and out of ten top mountain peaks of the world, eight were located in northern Pakistan. He also invited Swedish filmmakers to shoot scenic beauty of the area. He said that media enjoyed unprecedented freedom in Pakistan and the government would continue to support the growth of free and independent media in Pakistan. He said that security situation in the country had been remarkably improved due to Pakistan Army’s operation in the troubled areas and terrorism had been checked in its tracks. Due to improved security situation, the people including media persons feel more secure and business and investment environment have also gained momentum, he added. He said that Right to Information Act had been implemented and whistle blower act was being formulated as the government believed in openness and transparency in affairs of the governance. Annika Ben David said that Sweden highly regarded the values of democracy and human rights and would like to enhance cooperation with Pakistan in these areas. She said that Sweden was keen to further strengthen its trade ties with Pakistan and promote business contacts between the two countries. She also appreciated the increased women participation in various fields and said that gender equality had benefitted the whole society. She also congratulated the minister on assuming his office and extended her best wishes for all his future endeavours.

IIUI employees, students warned against posting defaming content on social media ISLAMABAD HAMID KHAN WAZIR

The administration of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) has threatened the employees and students of the university that disciplinary action would be taken against those who are found to be involved in the initiation/promotion/sharing of activities deemed defaming to the university on social media.

Director HR Muhammad Adnan Khan issued the order with the approval of the university’s president. The order stated, “It has generally been observed by the IIUI authorities that the students and employees initiate, promote and share different nature of sensitive issues relevant to the university and its authorities on social media.” The order further stated, “Such state of affairs portrays a bad image

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and is harmful for the reputation of the university, which is a prominent seat of learning in the entire Muslim world.” The administration also directed the employees and students to refrain from participating in such activities and in case they face a genuine issue, they should approach the administration instead of taking to social media. The administration also warned that strict disciplinary action would

be taken under Pakistan’s cyberlaw, the rules governing the use of social media and the university’s own rules and regulations. It is also worth mentioning here that in certain cases when the university’s employees try to approach the highest authorities to express their grievances, they are told that they must observe the office decorum and refrain from approaching the high-ups.


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AjIt DovAl: the ‘khurAfAtI’ IntellIgence mInD

Imran can’t PAKISTAN’S NEW PRIME MINISTER TURNS TO THE IMF Economist On the campaign trail, Imran Khan, Pakistan’s new prime minister, presented himself as the man to break the country’s addiction to handouts from the West. Whereas previous governments used to go begging to the IMF for funds, he said, his Pakistan Movement for Justice (PTI) would focus instead on recouping billions of dollars hidden from the taxman abroad. But after less than two months in office, Mr Khan reversed himself on October 8th. His finance minister announced that the government would, after all, be seeking a big loan from the IMF. The economy’s troubles are not Mr Khan’s fault. The previous government, led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), lifted annual GDP growth to a ten-year high of more than 5%. But it did so on the back of expensive imports of fuel and machinery, even as its determination to prop up the Pakistani rupee hurt export industries such as textiles. The result has been dramatic growth in the current-account deficit since early 2016. Foreign-exchange reserves have fallen sharply as a result. They currently stand at $8bn, which is not enough to cover the expected bill for imports and foreign-debt repayments until the end of the year. To keep the lights on (literally— many of Pakistan’s power plants run on imported coal), the government needs to find around $10bn in short order. Even Mr Khan could see that Pakistan was going to need a loan. But for the past few weeks he has desperately been seeking alternatives to an IMF bail-out. In a televised address, he asked all Pakistanis living abroad to donate $1,000 apiece to the government, ostensibly to help pay for a big dam. To show that government funds would no longer be wasted, he has engaged in public displays of austerity. The government has auctioned off eight buffaloes kept to provide milk for the prime minister’s residence, along with 61 luxury cars. As recently as October 7th Mr Khan held out hope that “friendly countries” would stump up loans, sparing him the embarrassment of turning to the IMF. Mr Khan has courted Saudi Arabia, in particular, visiting it on his first official trip abroad. Yet the Saudis did not offer a bail-out (it was “awful to beg”, sighed the commerce adviser, Abdul Razzak Dawood). Instead, they volunteered to invest in the ChinaPakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $60bn infrastructure scheme financed mainly by China. That seemed to upset China, Pakistan’s “iron brother”, oldest ally and another potential donor, so was dropped. Some observers had imagined that China might increase its lending to Pakistan rather than have the IMF pore over the details of the contracts behind CPEC, which have not been made public and are thought to be unfavourable to Pakistan. But even the prospect of a row over CPEC does not seem to have been enough to persuade China to become Pakistan’s lender of last resort. As Mr Khan hunted for benefactors, investors panicked. The stock market had its biggest daily drop in a decade on October 8th, doubtless spurring the government’s reluctant reversal the same day. The delay, says Khurram Hussain, a journalist, has weakened Mr Khan’s hand in negotiations with the IMF over the terms of any loan. In addition to demanding a good look at CPEC contracts to make sure Pakistan can afford them, the fund is likely to push for further devaluation of the rupee, increased tax collection and higher interest rates. None of these readily aligns with Mr Khan’s promise to create an “Islamic welfare state”. But if Mr Khan was unsure of it before he assumed power, he must surely now realise that Pakistan’s problems run deeper than corrupt leadership. And if voters were unsure of it before they cast their ballots, they are quickly discovering that Mr Khan, for all his self-assurance and star power, cannot fix things quite as quickly or easily as he promised.

SOME MYTH, SOME REALITY AND MUCH FOLKLORE PRint

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HAT Ajit Doval has had an outstanding career in the Intelligence Bureau is widely accepted. In January 1981, as the new northeast correspondent of The Indian Express, when I made my first visit to Mizoram, the chief minister, Thenphunga Sailo, gave me a long lecture on the past and the future. One key point he made was how things would have been so much better if “we had a few more officers like that AK Doval”. Doval had headed the Mizoram unit of the IB (called Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau) as assistant director until recently then. Almost exactly a year later, when I arrived in Gangtok to cover the funeral of Palden Thondup Namgyal, the Chogyal (or rather former Chogyal as Indira Gandhi had abolished the title after the merger in 1975), the name of Doval was mentioned often enough – in adulation or awe – for you to know that he had recently been there and had left his mark. My next big story took me often to Punjab. Doval wasn’t there yet, but he was across the border, quite legitimately and legally, in the Indian mission in Islamabad. He was undercover only to the extent that his posting, if I recall correctly, was as head of the commercial section. I do not believe there was so

much commerce between India and Pakistan. Doval was busy, however, keeping a close eye, among other things, on the subversion and separatist propaganda to which Sikh pilgrims visiting their holy places in Pakistan were exposed. In an ugly and unfortunate incident, he was once attacked by a jatha at one of these pilgrimages. Ajit Doval is an IPS officer from the 1968 batch, but like many others of his ilk who came to the IB early – including equally legendary MK Narayanan – became an IB citizen for life. Messrs Doval and Narayanan, incidentally, are from the same Kerala cadre and made quite a team at the IB in their heyday. Kolkata publisher and my friend Aveek Sarkar has the most apt description for them: if Doval was the 007, Narayanan was the ‘M’ who controlled him. From the moment Doval returned to India, he walked straight into the Punjab/Sikh crisis and that kept him busy for nearly a decade until that insurgency ended as KPS Gill’s Punjab Police, with quiet help from a rejuvenated IB, destroyed what is often described as the third, and longest, phase in that decade of terror. I am grateful to Gill for the access he gave me, not just to himself and his key officers, but also to a large group of former top (A and B category, as they were classified) militants who were now detained in the Punjab Armed Police centre in Jalandhar. Their capitulation had been spectacular as just until a few months back they held sway over much of the western districts of Punjab. Most of them were barely in their mid-20s and spoke with a degree of innocence. One, a selfstyled “major-general”, in fact,

told me he had already killed 87 Hindus to attain that rank. If only he had killed 13 more, or three policemen (one cop equalled five Hindus), he would have automatically become “lt-general”, but that was not to be. Their stories made it clear to me that the success in Punjab was of the local police, as well as the IB. I have often said that each A or B category Punjab militant killed or captured in the Operation Black Thunder phase (198688) should be marked “caught Doval, bowled Gill”. In the last phase, Doval was more involved in tracking Khalistani terrorists across the country, and did that with his usual panache. Terror ended in Punjab, but another full-fledged crisis had meanwhile grown in Kashmir. Doval was back to what he so loves: operations. You would find his calling card in many key operations, from Kashmir to Dawood. Some of his more “proper” seniors did not approve of his methods. But he was widely respected for his ability to deliver and it was the UPA government that appointed him director, Intelligence Bureau, in July 2004. Doval’s subsequent career is relatively better known. He was the prime mover behind Vivekananda Foundation, which filled the vacuum for a right-ofcentre think tank. He was a key mind behind the spectacular anticorruption campaign, including Anna Hazare’s. The Foundation became a key source of talent for Narendra Modi’s government. His principal secretary, Nripendra Mishra, was there too. Doval, with his hardline image and the legend built around him, was a natural choice for national security advisor (NSA). The essential truth about

him, that his mentors, peers and protégés would tell you, is that he is still compulsively an operations man. Just a whiff of a live operation, and he is back in the field, at least in his mind. That is why the immediate decision to send the National Security Guard (NSG) to Pathankot. But there is a difference between classical intelligence or counter-terror operation and dealing with a larger threat to a place as sensitive and sprawling as an air force base. This is what led to confusion and mix-ups. This left Doval no room for denial as he was widely seen to be controlling the operation. Frankly, I do not even know for sure whether he was. But folklore is often stronger than reality. Doval’s admirers from the ‘80s and the ‘90s know him to be a brilliant, “khurafati” intelligence mind. This was a tactical military operation in a very sensitive military environment. Doval is our fifth NSA. In some ways, on the security side, he is our most powerful yet. The first, Brajesh Mishra, combined the job of principal secretary, but had his focus on running the PMO and foreign policy. The UPA then split the job between JN Dixit (foreign policy) and MK Narayanan (security) until the former passed away. Narayanan controlled intelligence and key levers of foreign policy but left governance alone as that was the remit of TKA Nair. Shiv Shankar Menon, as you would expect, was more focused on foreign policy although he did focus on the military, filling the gap left by AK Antony’s uncommunicative indecision. Doval now brings a compulsive operational mind to the job – and to that extent, makes the NSA’s position much newsier.

Trump administration will double down on its failed Afghanistan approach KABUL GOVERNMENT WILL FALL WITHIN A WEEK IF THE US PULLS OUT OF AFGHANISTAN

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Don’t look for the Trump administration to pull out of Afghanistan any time soon. In fact, expect just the opposite, as ill-advised as it is to continue pursuing a military solution to protect a US-installed corrupt government that is teetering on the brink of its own destruction. The US has entered its 17th year in the Afghan war trying to prop up a government that is fundamentally flawed, corrupt to the core with a security force that still cannot defeat the Taliban on its own. In fact, corruption within the government has actually empowered the Taliban not only to stay the course but has increased its influence after it was all but defeated in 2001. That defeat came after the Taliban government at the time refused to hand over Osama bin Laden, whom the US had determined had orchestrated the terrorist attacks on New York city and Washington on 9/11, an event

which bin Laden later claimed responsibility for. While bin Laden was a guest of the Taliban government at the time, the Taliban asked for negotiations and proof of his involvement. The US refused any negotiation and began a bombing campaign that resulted in the fall of the Taliban government. Once a US-imposed government was installed, there was a totally ill-advised shift in US policy. The then Bush administration turned its attention to regime change in Iraq, taking its eye off the ball of working with that government to make it representative of the Afghan people. Ever since its instalment, those who have run the government there have displayed a level of corruption and self-promotion of personal wealth that have made the function of government there untenable, prompting increasing support for the return of the Taliban. “Afghans do not consider the Taliban nearly as much a problem as government corruption,” said Charles Tiefer in a recent Forbes article. “To put it differently, popular support for the Taliban, compared to support for the Afghan government, has grown despite all of America’s efforts in the war since 2001, including the two

large Obama troop surges. Why? Because the Afghan population will not support a government they find as corrupt as the one led by Ashraf Ghani in Kabul.” Tiefer is not a stranger to the level of corruption in Afghanistan. “When I was Commissioner on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, I took a mission to Kabul and Kandahar in 2011. I was shown a slice of particularly galling Afghan corruption. “The Afghan government not only taxed its own people for money that got diverted, it taxed materials brought in for American reconstruction efforts,” he said. “That money was not kept in any kind of special fund. In other words, in this way the Afghans taxed you and me. We paid into the general government funds that so consistently got siphoned off.” Over the past 17 years, the US still has been unable to get whatever government that is in place to handle corruption which has become an ingrained cultural trait in Afghanistan. Yet, the US has spent more than a trillion dollars over these past 17 years, not to mention billions of US dollars in money meant for reconstruction that has disappeared altogether. The US also has seen some 2,000 of its

finest troops killed, including the deaths of more than 100,000 Afghan civilians. US and NATO forces there also continue to experience increasing “green on blue” attacks of Afghan soldiers killing mainly US military personnel. Nevertheless, the Taliban and now the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants have been increasingly successful in launching attacks in the heart of Kabul, the Afghan capital, while the Taliban continues to occupy some 52 per cent of the provinces today, even though it had been virtually eliminated in 2001. Some 15 million people, or half of the Afghan population, now live in areas either controlled by the Taliban or where they are openly present and are able to mount effective military attacks, according to a recent BBC study. And all this comes even though the Trump administration continues to pour in troops for training and assisting of Afghan security forces. Today, they number some 14,000, even though at one point during the Obama administration there were about 100,000 combat US and NATO forces in the country, and still the Taliban couldn’t be defeated. This raises the question as to why the Trump

administration continues this strategy, knowing that the massive presence of American troops hasn’t worked. The Trump administration is even thinking about dusting off a proposal by Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater. He has proposed using Private Military Contractors, or PMCs, as a substitute for US troops, similar to what he has done in Yemen after being hired by Prince Muhammad bin Majid of the United Arab Emirates. Prince’s PMCs, however, got their butts kicked there. So, what’s the US imperative of pursuing a military solution, and is there an alternative approach? The imperative seems to be to maintain an influence in the area, probably conceding that it can’t defeat the Taliban but will continue trying to train Afghan security forces, even resorting to the use of PMCs, as Prince suggested but Trump had turned down until now. In attempting to maintain that presence, the Trump administration sees that, by leaving Afghanistan, it will create a political and military vacuum which Iran will quickly fill, just as it did when US forces left Iraq at the end of 2011. This may be the reason why the US has turned down repeated offers by Russia to be part of a

standing working group of neighbouring countries on Afghanistan to explore what ultimately must be a political solution to this seemingly endless war. Well, Washington’s relations with Moscow aren’t very good, and any political resolution to the turmoil in Afghanistan will need to include the regional players of Iran, Russia, China, Pakistan and India – all countries with which the US has contentious issues. Yet, it’s going to take a political solution by the countries in the region, but that can’t be achieved without US participation. The Russians admitted to this with this writer in a recent interview. So, it looks like the Afghan war will go on and, as long as it continues, the Taliban, given their gains over the past few years, will just wait out the US and continue fighting, launching attacks into its capital, as it has been doing. Consequently, the Taliban sees little value in negotiating with the US to be included in the US-installed government in Kabul. This is the Taliban position as long as the US occupies Afghanistan. As one US intelligence official recently told this writer, however, the Kabul government would fall within a week if the US were to pull out of Afghanistan without a viable political solution. F Michael Maloof is a former Pentagon security analyst.


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cPec NOT UNDeR ReVIeW, SAYS fO SPOKeSPeRSON ISLAMABAD

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OREIGN Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday refuted that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project was being reviewed. Speaking at the weekly press briefing, Dr Faisal said both China and Pakistan were open to the third-party inclusion in the project. Last week, while vowing to give Balochistan more than its due share in the multi-billion dollar project, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said the projects were being reviewed to safeguard rights of people of all provinces. Moreover, he said that communication with the United States has increased since the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government assumed office. The FO spokesperson spoke about the recent visit of US Secretary of State on Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay

Khalilzad and said, “Pakistan conveyed to the US side that it will take all possible steps in good faith to facilitate the political settlement in Afghanistan.” “It is the responsibility of the US, Afghanistan and all stakeholders to bring Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table and owing to this Ambassador

Nine children dead, two injured in Sukkur wall collapse KARAchI INP

At least nine children died and two others were injured when the dilapidated wall of a house collapsed on Thursday, rescue sources said. The wall made up of mudstone located in Sukkur’s village Ghulam Rasool Sambhani of Saleh Pat suddenly came down. As a result of the that, 11 children aged between two to 12 years, playing near the scene were buried under the debris of which seven died on the spot while four others were seriously injured. The rescue personnel could not reach the scene despite being informed timely after which the local people on self-help basis pulled out the bodies from the rubble and shifted them to the hospital where two children succumbed to their wounds raising death toll to nine. The condition of the injured children was also stated to be serious. The deceased included 7-year-old Ruksana d/o Sammu Biradri Shambani, 4year-old Yaqoob s/o Sammu Biradri Shambani, 12 years old Guddi d/o Dawood Biradri Shambani, 12 years old Ruksana d/o Bilawal Biradri Shambani, 9-year-old Ghulam Akbar s/o Muhammed Laeeq Khan Biradri Shambani, 4-year-old Jalfat d/o Jawan Biradri Shambani, 6-year-old Manzooran d/o Ali Madad Biradri Shambani and 4-year-old Sitaran d/o Ali Madad Biradri Shambani. Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah took notice of the incident has sought the report.

Zalmay Khalilzad is also visiting other countries,” he further said. “Engagements with the US have increased since the assumption of the present government,” he added. Dr Faisal further commented on the recent India-Russia air defence system deal, “Pakistan is against arms race in

the region.” The FO spokesperson said the countries which are providing weapons to India should make sure that their assistance does not disturb the balance of power in the region. He pointed out that human and economic development is the stated policy and manifesto of the present government and by indulging in the arms race, the resources cannot be diverted to the development. The spokesperson, however also made it clear that Pakistani nation and the armed forces are fully ready to respond to any aggression. Responding to a question regarding the cancellation of a scheduled meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of the UNGA session last month, Dr Faisal said, “We had requested for a meeting between the two foreign ministers and India backed off despite agreeing at first.” Further, Dr Faisal said that Pakistan has never shied away from talks with India and is open to discussing all issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, Sir Creek, Siachen and terrorism. Regarding continuing Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir, Dr Faisal said, “Indian forces are attempting to harass Kashmiris.” Further, condemning the arrests of Hurriyat leaders, the FO spokesperson said, “Polls in the occupied region are fake and will not benefit India.”

SC forms committee to probe into alleged corruption in Thar coal power project

An accountability court (AC) on Wednesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants against former prime minister Shaukat Aziz in a case filed against him over the alleged misuse of power during his tenure. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed a reference against the former premier and others for illegally appointing Basharat Hassan Bashir as a consultant for the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) in an alleged violation of rules, reportedly resulting in losses up to Rs 21 million. Islamabad’s AC Judge Arshad Malik issued the warrants against Aziz following his constant non-appearance in the proceedings of the corruption reference filed by the NAB. The case also involves former Sindh chief minister Liaquat Jatoi, ex-federal secretary Ismail Qureshi, former AEDB chairman Air Marshal (r) Shahid Hamid, and former AEDB secretary Brig Dr Nasim Akhtar Khan. The court had approved requests to be excused for the day’s hearing by these accused. However, the court expressed displeasure over the absence of others named in the reference. The next hearing of the reference was postponed until November 1, 2018. Aziz, who served as the prime minister for three-and-a-half years in the PML-Q-led government (2002-2007), currently lives in the United States (US). According to the bureau, the process of complaint verification, inquiry and investigation have been completed against the former prime minister after he was found guilty.

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ISLAMABAD The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered the formation of a committee to probe into alleged corruption in Thar coal power project. A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, heard a suo motu case pertaining to alleged corruption in Thar coal power project. Dr Samar Mubarakmand, a nuclear physicist and chairman of the Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) project in Thar, informed the court: “We set-up a 100MW plant at a cost of Rs8.8 billion under a Sindh government’s project. In October 2012, we received funding of Rs900 million and by 2014-15 the plant was

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Kashmiri freedom fighter Manan Wani martyred in IOK

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Non-bailable warrants issued against ex-PM Shaukat Aziz

generating 8MW.” In response, the chief justice rebuked the chairman for praising the project: “Don’t praise your projects, we want to see what work you have done.” The bench inquired: “Why is only 8MW of power being generated when Rs3.4 billion have been spent on the underground gas project?” The additional attorney general told the court that one project will generate 1,320MW of electricity and cost $1.9 billion while three projects of 300MW each are near completion at a cost of $1.77 billion. Further, the additional attorney general told the bench, “Two plants operating on imported coal and generating 1,320MW of electricity have been

set-up at Port Qasim and Sahiwal.” The bench then ordered the formation of a committee to probe alleged corruption in the power project. “The committee will constitute experts on energy and scientists,” the bench said while adding that Salman Akram Raja and Shehzad Elahi have been appointed court advisers. The top court also summoned a reply from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) regarding the investigation into the alleged corruption in the project. “NAB should inform us how the corruption that has been done in this project can be proven,” the bench stated. The court also took issue with non-payment of salaries to employees at the power plant.

Indian occupation forces on Thursday martyred a Kashmiri freedom fighter who became a folk hero in the occupied territory after giving up geology research at an Indian university to take up arms, officials said. Manan Wani, 26, and an associate were martyred in a fierce gunfight that lasted more than 10 hours after Indian occupation forces were tipped off that he was hiding in a residential area, officials told AFP on the condition of anonymity. “Wani’s family has identified the body and now legal formalities are underway,” one police officer said. Another police officer said that Wani and his associate escaped the first siege but became trapped in a village in the northern area of Handwara. Wani quit a PhD programme at Aligarh University in January to join Hizbul Mujahideen. He rose to prominence after circulating two open letters in the Indian media explaining why he took up arms.

Mushahid hopeful Pak-US relations will get better ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Mushahid Hussain Syed has said that there is a ‘glimmer of hope’ in relations between Pakistan and the United States (US) and with cautious optimism on both sides, things will get better. “With uncertainties removed from both sides, Pakistan-US relations can continue to grow better,” the senator said during a public hearing held by Senate standing committee on foreign affairs on ‘Pakistan-American Relations: After Foreign Minister’s Washington Visit’ here at the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Studies (PIPS). The session was attended by a packed audience from the diplomatic community, civil and military experts, parliamentarians, academia, students and journalists. Mushahid said that regional connectivity via CPEC can promote regional cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Former ambassador to the United States and former foreign secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, while addressing

the participants, observed that at this unpredictable juncture of US-Pakistan relations, building trust was very significant for re-engagement between both sides. He said that the US needs to appreciate and understand the legitimate security concerns of Pakistan vis-a-vis India and Afghanistan, and measures for retaining goodwill are needed. He also said that resettlement of USChina relations is of key importance to the stability of the region for which Pakistan will continue to play its role. Jilani said that the recent interactions between the US and Pakistan were on a positive line and Washington now understood that some areas of its earlier policy towards Asia were not workable. Moeed Yusuf, vice president of US Institute of Peace at Washington DC, remarked that presently, Pakistan and the US do not enjoy a bilateral relationship independent of Afghanistan. He said that in order to make Pakistan-US relations better, there was a need to dispel the negative perception in the US that always sees Pakistan as part of the problem and not the solution.

However, he acknowledged that the presence of a full-time foreign minister who is well-known in the US has been taken positively, and the recent visits on both sides have helped the cause well. He observed that there is a glimmer of hope in stabilising the relationship and both sides need to understand that they have no other options but to work together. He proposed having focused conversations, deliberating upon a common vision, and utilising Pakistan’s role in Afghan peace process. Senator Sherry Rehman, who has also served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, and Dr Rasool Bakhsh Raees, a professor of political science, also addressed the public hearing. Senator Sherry Rehman said that both the US and Pakistan need to make their rationales clear. She said that Pakistan has always sought to be seen as a serious and useful interlocutor for the peace process in Afghanistan and it is high time that the US understands this. Dr Rasool Bakhsh Raees observed that the stalemate in the relationship has something to do with Islamabad and something to do with the US.

The addresses were followed by an interactive question-answer session wherein student participants from the civil and military background and students from Quaid-e-Azam University, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and Institute of Strategic Studies (ISS) put forward questions to the panellists regarding the USPakistan Relationship and the way forward for diplomacy.

The hearing was attended among others by ambassadors of France and European Union, Lt Gen (r) Talat Masood, Lt Gen (r) Asad Durrani, Irashadullah Khan, Dr Ashfaq Hasan Khan, and senators Lt Gen (r) Abdul Qayyum, Dr Mehr Taj, Asif Kirmani, Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif, Anwarul Haq Kakar, Javed Abbasi, Sitara Ayaz, Attaur Rehman, Dr Shahzad Waseem, Dr Ghous Niazi and DrShaheen Butt.


Friday, 12 October, 2018

AbIDI IN POLIce cUSTODY fOR TWO DAYS AS IHc RejecTS PLeA TO DISMISS cONTeMPT cASeS ISLAMABAD

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N anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Thursday remanded former senator Faisal Raza Abidi into the police’s custody for two days on terror charges, while the Islamabad High Court (IHC) rejected an appeal filed by him praying upon the court to dismiss a case pertaining to “insulting and threatening” the chief justice. Judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi approved Abidi’s physical remand on terror charges. On Wednesday, the Secretariat Police registered an FIR [first information report] against him that includes Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). CONTEMPT CASES: In a separate hearing, the IHC rejected Abidi’s petition, requesting the court to drop two cases against him for alleged defamation of judges and the Supreme Court. Three cases have been registered against Abidi for allegedly defaming the judiciary and using threatening language. On Oct 2, he received interim bail in two cases filed in Sept ─ which was set to ex-

pire on Thursday─ and had requested on Oct 8 that the cases be dismissed. Earlier this week, a third case was filed against him and he was taken into custody by police outside the Supreme Court, where he had attended the hearing of a suo motu case initiated against him for anti-judiciary remarks made by him in an interview that was aired on Channel 5. While hearing the plea, Justice Moshin Akhtar Kayani remarked that the judiciary and chief justice were

being openly threatened. “The attitude of threatening the judiciary is wrong,” he observed. The court further observed that contempt cases had “turned into a joke”. “Whoever pleases comes and slings mud at the judiciary,” the court noted. During the hearing, the court asked Abidi’s lawyer, Sheikh Zaheer Hussain Shah, which TV channel the remarks were aired on, to which the lawyer responded saying that it was a channel

called Naya Pakistan. Shah argued that it was unconstitutional to have three FIRs registered against his client, to which Justice Kiyani responded that Abidi would be punished in one case, not three. Furthermore, when asked whether Abidi was guilty of contempt, Abidi’s lawyer denied the charge and said, “My client only used harsh words, he did not commit contempt of court.” On Wednesday, Abidi had appeared before the Supreme Court’s two-judge bench regarding a contempt case against him. During the hearing, the former senator had requested the court to adjourn the case until his lawyer returned from Umrah or grant him time to hire a new counsel. Approving Abidi’s request, the bench had adjourned the hearing till October 30 and issued a notice to the attorney general in this regard. However, following his appearance when Abidi left the Supreme Court and was crossing Constitution Avenue to return to his residence, he was arrested by Secretariat police. Abidi had served as the Karachi division president of the Pakistan People’s Party but later stepped down from the post.

NADRA website crashes as PM’s housing scheme gets overwhelming response ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

IHc rejects Saad Rafique’s plea for protective bail ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday turned down petitions filed by senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique seeking protective bail and legal protection against alleged harassment by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). A two-judge bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani had taken up the petitions in which the two brothers expressed apprehensions about their arrest at the hands of NAB. Saad and Salman had appeared in the court for the hearing, but left before the verdict on the petitions was announced. The counsel for Saad informed the bench that the former minister had been served call-up notices regarding inquiries into different cases. He requested the court to grant a 15-day protective bail to his client, citing the by-polls scheduled for October 14 in Saad's constituency. But the bench questioned why the PML-N leader had not approached the Lahore High Court, which was the appropriate forum for him (Saad), to seek protective bail. "We are not responsible for the [by-] elections," Justice Farooq told the counsel, observing that Saad had addressed a press conference in Lahore on Wednesday before he reached Islamabad. The lawyer argued that they found out about NAB's latest call-up notice after reaching Islamabad from Lahore. At this, the justices reminded the counsel that the LHC's Rawalpindi bench was only 45 minutes away from the IHC. But the lawyer expressed the fear that his client will be arrested if returns to Lahore at the moment. "We have reached here after a lot of difficulty," he added. He suggested that the ex-minister will approach LHC once he has been granted protective bail by the IHC. "Do you have to go there on foot or a bicycle that you are asking for so many days [in pre-arrest bail]?" the bench asked, before rejecting the petitions filed by the two brothers.

A huge demand for the registration form for the newly launched ‘Naya Pakistan Housing Programme’ Thursday crashed the website of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) after it got an overwhelming response from 0.2 million users from 174 countries. According to NADRA spokesman, the website experienced around 10,000 hits a second, causing it to crash, however, it was restored. In the first hour, over 62,000 forms were downloaded from the website. Prime Minister Imran Khan announced the launch of the programme a day earlier and vowed to meet the housing shortage of the country by building five million houses in five years. He said that the programme would not only provide affordable shelter but also ensure that the residents get all modern basic facilities of life. The form available on the NADRA website has been designed to collect data from the applicants and seeks their requirement, price range and location of the house and the number of people who were expected

to live in the house. Preference would be given to those who do not have any independent residence in Pakistan and only one person in a family is eligible to apply. An amount of Rs250 will be deposited with every form, and a copy is also acceptable. The forms can be submitted from October 22 to December 21 at the district offices of the housing programme at Sukkur, Quetta, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, Swat, Islamabad and Faisalabad. Moreover, people from every walk of life including politicians, academicians, government employees, farmers, labourers and general public widely hailed the launching of Naya Pakistan Housing Programme by PM Khan and termed it a ray of hope for homeless, poor and ordinary people. MNA Nasir Khan Musazai told APP that the prime minister has fulfilled yet another promise by launching the first ever mega housing programme for poor people and lowincome groups to construct five million houses in the next five years. “Housing is the basic and fundamental right of every citizen of Pakistan and with the construction of such a large number of affordable houses for ordinary citizens and poor

segment of the society, the problem of shortage of housings in the country will be addressed,” he said. Musazai said construction of such a large number of housing units will generate employment opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people, besides boosting construction-related industries. Economic and financial expert Professor Dr Naeem Khan highly welcomed the launching of the project and termed it a ray of hope for low-income groups and ordinary people. He said that construction of five million houses in five years is economically feasible, however, huge financial resources and land would also be required for its construction. Dr Naeem said that people from every walk of life including wood designers, craftsmen, civil engineers, architects, construction companies, cement and marble owners would be largely benefited from this programme. KP Housing Authority Additional Director Planning Muhammad Yaqoob Khan said that as per KP’s share in the population, around 750,000 houses would be built in different districts of the province under PM’s housing programme during the next five years.

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LHc sets aside death sentence handed to PML-N MNA, 3 others LAhORE STAFF REPORT

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday cleared Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Chaudhry Abid Raza and three others in a murder case. A two-member bench comprising Justice Sardar Shamim Ahmad and Justice Shehbaz Rizvi was hearing the case pertaining to the trial court’s verdict that sentenced Raza to death for murdering six people. As the hearing went underway, the MNA’s lawyer had argued that Raza was acquitted after an agreement with the complainant. The state lawyer, however, said that a compromise deed did not hold in a terrorism case and urged the court to reinstate the trial court’s verdict that was issued in 1999. Previously, Raza’s counsel and other convicts had claimed that Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) was not added in the case. They argued that the high court would have to hear the appeal against the conviction on merits if it maintained the death penalty under the special law. The counsel had further said that the omission from the conviction under Section 7 of ATA in the 2003 decision was on part of the court and the acquitted convicts could not be punished for that error. The bench, in its ruling on Thursday, suspended the trial court’s decision in its verdict and acquitted four people, including Raza. Last month, the LHC bench that was hearing the case, had appointed a criminal law expert as amicus curiae (friend of the court) to decide whether an offence under Section 7 of the ATA was compoundable (reconcilable). A trial court had sentenced Raza to death in 1999 under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) for murdering six people. The conviction was challenged before the LHC but was dismissed when both parties reached a compromise. The death sentence was revoked in 2003 by a division bench. In 2016, the Supreme Court suspended the 2003 judgement and referred the case to the LHC.

Pakistan needs to ‘do more’ to get out of fATf grey list: APG NEWS DESK A delegation of the Asia Pacific Group (APG) has asked Pakistan to take measures in order to be removed from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list, seemingly dissatisfied with the legal framework and institutional arrangements. The purpose of the mutual evaluation onsite visit was to assess the effectiveness of Pakistan’s Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) regime under FATF methodology. According to reports, APG fears that the set-up installed for scrutinising the activities of non-profit organisations, brokerage houses, exchange companies and donations of corporate entities — registered under the companies act — lacks stability. Even in areas where the legal framework appeared vigorous, the implementation was not strong enough to trickle down to the entities in question, which became obvious in real estate.

Mineral water companies exhausted water resources in Lahore, Sheikhupura: CJP ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday said that the mineral water companies have dried up Lahore and Sheikhupura. A two-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by CJP Nisar heard a suo motu case pertaining to the alleged exploitation of water resources by mineral water companies operating in the country. As the hearing went underway, the chief justice remarked, “No company selling drinking water is paying for underground water. Billions of gallons of water were taken and even hundreds of

thousands were not paid for it.” “Meanwhile, most mineral water companies are selling sub-standard water,” he added. Presenting his arguments on behalf of a mineral water company, senior lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan said that “money is spent on extracting underground water, purifying it and marketing it”. Responding to him, Justice Nisar said, “Lets shutdown your turbine and ask the company to give tap water.” Following this, Ahsan read a report regarding water purification and was further question by the CJP “whether he was reading the Indus saga”. “You had only told us about how much you are paying,” Justice Nisar

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said, adding that “mineral water companies have dried up underground water reserves and taps have been running dry”. “Shutdown the industry which is making the country barren,” he asserted. The chief justice urged the nation to drink tap water and said, “People waste water and leave half-full bottles. In villages, people still drink tap water but residents of cities have an attitude problem and don’t drink it.” Furthermore, the chief justice stated, “If these companies want to continue operations then they should pay Re 1/litre to the government.” However, Ahsan said, “We can give up to Rs0.5/litre.” To this, Justice Nisar remarked, “You buy water for Re 1 and

sell it for Rs52.” “The level of underground water has reached 400 feet in Lahore and mineral water companies have dried up the provincial capital and Sheikhupura,” he added. Requesting the nation once again to not drink bottled water, Justice Nisar said, “Stop using the water of those who have made our land barren and don’t even pay.”


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Anger is your friend

An all-out assault on institutions After bureaucracy, the ECP and Senate

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He PTI administration is trying to browbeat all the institutions of the state into submission. On Wednesday the interior minister told bureaucracy to either work for the implementation of the policies and agenda of the PTI government or quit. The irony is that bureaucracy is being told that catering to the illegal demands of the party’s legislators is also a part of the government policy. Interestingly those who are meddling with bureaucracy are ignorant about the extent of their remit as shown by the pre-dawn raid by a federal minister on several rawalpindi police stations and subsequent orders for action against certain SHOs, unthinkable under 18th amendment. The eCP is authorised to formulate the code of conduct and other rules and regulations related to the conduct of elections. While the eCP is supposed to act like an independent and neutral constitutional body, the interior minister wants it abstain from taking any action that does not suit the government. For him, the directives to stop the transfer of IGP Punjab being against the government’s desire are therefore “illegal”. The PTI wants the eCP to act like a handmaiden and turn a blind eye to the violations of election rules disliked by the government. The interior minister sabotaged the Senate proceedings for two consecutive sittings. If Mushahid Ullah Khan had committed any offence, the FIA should have been told to collect necessary evidence and bring him to law. But hurling still unsubstantiated accusations and using unparliamentary language in the Senate was bound to turn the house into a fish market. This was something never witnessed before in the upper house which is known for its sobriety. The first day it happened, the Senate chairman told interior minister to apologise which he refused to do while continuing to shout with the result that the sitting had to be adjourned. He continued in the same vein during the second sitting also leading the chairman to adjourn the house sine die. NAB has already been sufficiently pressurised. The cases of PTI’s men have been put on the backburner while the focus has shifted entirely to the opposition. While PTI subdues institutions, it forgets that the action weakens the state.

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Here is a good chance that you’ve never perceived, nor encouraged to see, anger as a positive emotion. Anger has long been maligned and discredited as a social flaw that must be rooted out of the populace. It is something, it is claimed, that must be constantly suppressed lest it gets in the way of civil discourse. This is a curious phenomenon. Think of any other form of emotion that you’re encouraged to suppress without building some form of psychosocial toxicity in its place. The practice of teaching boys not to cry, for example, has resulted in immeasurable harm from what is now regarded as ‘toxic masculinity’. A social structure that celebrates emotionally-withdrawn and aggressive manhood, while mocking sincere displays of vulnerability and compassion, has been a tremendous failure. Yet ‘anger’ is something you may be repeatedly told to lock away in a mental box, because its expression may keep you from being sociable and diplomatic. It is rarely considered whether diplomacy and agreeability are universally virtuous, and that there may be situations when their application is actually counterproductive. Should you be nice to a religious radical threatening you for your alternative beliefs and personal lifestyle choices? Should you be patient while suffering through an economic order that’s rigged against you? Anger has its benefits. A study by Keele University found that people who were allowed to

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APAPPS and cross-border attacks

Progress report NFOrTUNATeLY, the 100-day plan didn’t exactly roll out like clockwork. Two months in office and the government only just seems to have found its feet. But now that it has set off in a particular direction, perhaps six months is a far better timeframe than 100 days to gauge its performance. Most important, of course, will be progress with the IMF. The economy is by far the biggest problem. Imran Khan’s Naya Pakistan will remain a pipe dream if Pakistan defaults. And since the IMF bailout will come with harsh austerity, let’s see how the government sells economic misery to the common man in the larger national interest. But didn’t all governments say such things going into an IMF programme? The FATF matter will also hang like a sword. Unless Pakistan avoids black listing, it will be shoved out of much of the international financial system; to the point that even the Fund bailout won’t do much good in the long term. So far, going by the Asia-Pacific Group’s review the other day, even the best efforts so far have only delivered unsatisfactory results. Inspectors found ‘the legal framework insufficient and the institutional arrangements weak’, according to media reports. The sooner this is settled, needless to say, the more trade and investor-friendly Pakistan will become. And good luck with the five million houses for the less privileged if the private sector is going to be so centrally involved. True, public-private partnership is widely employed internationally for development purposes. But are they in projects like cheap houses for poor people? And between private profits and the final, cheap price, the government will have to chip in handsomely. Not a very encouraging prospect considering it is begging for everything from paying back old loans to just keeping the country running. However, now that the government is committed, let’s see how far it goes in achieving key targets in six months’ time. That will give a good idea of the direction this administration is going to take.

swear out loud were able to tolerate pain for almost twice as long as those who remained silent. Demonstration of anger gives us a greater sense of control over our circumstances, reminding ourselves that we are not passive victims. Contrary to conventional wisdom, anger is not always anti-social. Displays of anger often help with social and political bonding. Those who disagree are invited to consider Khadim Hussain rizvi’s meteoric rise, particularly among Muslims of lower socioeconomic status. In a world of rigid, stage-managed public speakers, anyone yelling out in the language of an average and usually angry citizen, is far more relatable. On a smaller scale, think of all the times you bonded with someone over humorous swearing. expression anger can be as cathartic as expressing sorrow. This is one of the reasons why people who have frequent but minor fights, tend to have stronger relationships than those who don’t argue. expressing anger, especially in a controlled manner, is an integral part of effective communication. Bottled up anger towards another person leads to resentment with no chance of resolution. This can significantly harm your interpersonal relationships. On the other hand, regular exchange of angry remarks followed by resolution, strengthens interpersonal relationships in the apparently the same way eskimos tend to build igloos. The icy dome of an igloo is hardened by repeated cycles of freezing and thawing, caused by careful use of fire inside the structure. It’s interesting how beneficial anger can be. It’s even more fascinating to think of why anger is almost universally viewed as an impediment to our progress as a human species. This has a lot to do with the existing world order, and how it prefers things to remain. Anger fuels change. This is something we’ve heard before, but perhaps haven’t thought about it enough. Capitalism, as it exists globally, actively

facilitates concentration of wealth and power while convincing the powerless that they are somehow free. This hypothesis crumbles under the simplest tests imaginable. At this very moment, you may imagine a million things that you cannot do because they’ve been declared illegal by the state, immoral by the church, or improper by the social order which is strongly influenced by the greater politico-economic forces. It is always in the interest of those who benefit from the existing system to favour orderly exploitation over chaotic justice. Anger has been maligned in the same fashion as the word ‘radical’ – say, radical feminism, or radical Marxism – even though radicalism does not necessarily entail violence. The neoliberal goal is always to keep tempers low, and to have the populace cooperate with its own exploitation in a calm and civilised fashion. Anger threatens an unjust order, and is therefore despised. Historically speaking, anger has often been associated with peasantry and the working class; the pitch-fork wielders and violent revolutionaries. The elite, in nearly every depiction, are presented as calm and soft-spoken individuals. Their ability to suppress anger is used as evidence of self-discipline; and self-discipline is used as evidence of superiority over the misbehaved masses. It’s rarely noted that the elite have perhaps never had enough reasons to be angry; and that maybe civility is a privilege that not many can afford. Anger is not nature’s mistake. Like all other emotions, anger has a purpose to serve. excessive rage can be dangerous, but not more dangerous than uncontrolled happiness (which may present itself to a psychiatrist as ‘mania’). It’s the dose that makes the poison. Anger deserves to be felt, acknowledged, and appropriately acted upon in times of injustice.

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ver since the Pakistan army operations, Zarb-eAzb and Radd-ul-Fasaad, have gained successes and resultantly the terrorists hiding in North Waziristan and elsewhere have fled to Afghanistan, the TTP has changed its strategy to target Pakistani forces from across the border. A number of incidents have taken place so far, which caused damage to not only the fence erected by Pakistan but also loss to human lives including that of the security forces. This is the reason the Pakistani forces are observing the maximum alert and thus giving timely response to the terrorists entering Pakistan for conducting terrorist activities. Terrorists frequently use their bases, sanctuaries and safe havens provided by local warlords in Afghanistan as a springboard for launching attacks in Pakistan. Pakistan has time and against lodged protests with Kabul, but President Ashraf Ghani’s administration has failed to take meaningful action. Despite having erected a fence and stepped up manning of the border, the terrorists sneak into Pakistan’s side and conduct terrorist activities. On October 2, the vigilant Pakistan army repulsed a fresh cross-border attack in North Waziristan, killing at least seven terrorists and injuring three others. Last month, in September, at least nine terrorists were killed in an intelligence-driven operation in North Waziristan which also resulted in the martyrdom of seven servicemen, including an officer. One June 2, 2018, Pakistan security forces killed six terrorists who launched raids and physical attacks from the Afghan side of the border to disrupt border-fencing work in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. The cross-border raids were carried out by terrorists in Bajaur Agency and Balochistan’s Qamar Din Qarez. In Bajaur, there Karachi – Ph: 021-35381208-9

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were at least seven attempted attacks from across the border. Pakistan is in the process of building a fence along the 2,600km long pours border with Afghanistan in order to consolidate the gains of successful kinetic operations. On June 14, 2018, the terrorists attacked the security forces in Shawwal, North Waziristan; the exchange of fire resulted in the martyrdom of three army soldiers, while five terrorists met their fate. In fact, the terrorists from across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border attempted multiple physical and fire raids on the Pakistan Army posts along PakAfghan Border in Shawal. Those martyred included Havaldar Iftikhar, resident of Sargodha, sepoy Aftab from Chitral and sepoy Usman resident of Gujrat. On June 14, 2018, the terrorists attacked the security forces in Shawwal, North Waziristan; the exchange of fire resulted in the martyrdom of three army soldiers, while five terrorists met their fate. In fact, the terrorists from across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border attempted multiple physical and fire raids on the Pakistan army posts along PakAfghan Border in Shawal. Those martyred included Havaldar Iftikhar, resident of Sargodha, Sepoy Aftab from Chitral and sepoy Usman resident of Gujrat. In a similar incident on April 7, 2016, at least a dozen militants were killed while six others were apprehended as security officials repulsed a cross-border attack on a security check-post in Kurram Agency. According to political authorities and Frontier Constabulary in Parachinar, Kurram Agency’s headquarters, between 50 and 60 unidentified militants from across the border attacked a security check-post in Mangora Sar area in Lower Kurram Agency, but the troops posted at the check-post were alert and retaliated. In the en-

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suing exchange of fire, security forces managed to kill at least 12 militants and injured six others. No security official was reported to have been injured in the attack. Officials added that the retaliation from security forces caused the remaining militants to retreat towards Afghanistan. The injured militants were taken into custody by the troops. A large cache of arms and ammunition left behind by fleeing terrorists was also confiscated. The security forces immediately took control of the area after the attack and tightened security measures. Militants from across the border launch attacks on check-posts in Kurram Agency from time to time. In February, 15 militants were killed when security forces repulsed a similar cross-border attack on a checkpost in Shabuk. At least one security official was injured in that attack. On August 11, 2012, nine militants were killed and several others were injured as security forces repulsed a cross-border assault on a check post in the Bin Shahi area of Barawal valley. Two security personnel were also killed when they stepped on land mines during the battle, an official said. Dozens of terrorists from Afghanistan sneaked into Pakistani territory around 2pm and attacked the check-post, in which two personnel identified as Jamil and Mumtaz were killed when they stepped on a mine while fighting the attackers. One security official, identified as Mudassir, was injured. The exchange of fire continued till 6pm in which nine militants were killed and 13 injured. The attackers took the bodies of their fallen comrades and injured with them back to Afghanistan. The same week, Pakistan security forces repulsed a similar attack on a security check post in the area, killing two militants. In June, 17 security personnel were killed when dozens of militants from Afghanistan stormed security

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check posts in the Sunai Darra and Gulunu Sar areas of Barawal. These attacks clearly indicate that one, the Afghan government has failed to stop such incidents despite having NATO and eSAF assistance, border management and sophisticated surveillance or monitoring gadgets installed in their own side of border. Two, despite assurances on part of Kabul, there has been no progress in the talks meant to sort out issues including the border security. High powered delegations either led by Afghan National Security Advisor or other highranking officials, and their talks as part of the new mechanism recently agreed between the two countries, have failed to materialise a meaningful halt in the cross-border attacks. Three, the absence of the Afghan government’s writ in its border regions, like in many other areas of the country, facilitates terrorists in carrying out such attacks. Four, Kabul is reluctant to dismantle these sanctuaries despite repeated requests from Islamabad. Instead it blames Pakistan for sheltering the Afghan Taliban. Pakistan and Afghanistan have already reached an agreement to operationalise Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), which provides a framework to strengthen mutual trust and deepen interaction in all spheres of bilateral engagements. It is also a mechanism for finding solutions to bilateral areas of concern. It is advisable that both the countries must follow APAPPS in letter and spirit so that the gains achieved against the common enemy may be consolidated and peace brought back to the region. Any attempt to disrupt peace efforts will further prolong the ongoing chaos, and diminish the hope of peace and tranquillity in the region. F Z Khan is security analyst and freelance columnist based in Islamabad. He can be reached at fzkhann@yahoo.com

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New US special envoy’s Pak-Afghan peace overtures Uphill tasks

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He newly-appointed American special representative for Afghan peace and reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, visited Pakistan for the second time after assuming his current assignment of special envoy of the US president to Afghanistan. His previous visit last month was in tow with the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, which was an introductory one although Zalmay Khalilzad needs no introduction in Pakistan, where he was perceived as being hostile to his country of origin’s eastern neighbour. In real politic, alliances and relationships are flexible only national interests remain constant. Born in 1951 in Mazar-iSharif, Afghanistan, Khalilzad grew up in the country’s capital Kabul. His parents originated from Laghman Province, and the family moved to Mazar-i-Sharif when his father was a government official, under the Muhasiban monarchy of Mohammed Zahir Shah. Zalmay Khalilzad has had an illustrious career. After his basic education in Kabul, Khalilzad spent time in the United States as a Ceres, California, high school exchange student with American Field Service (AFS) Intercultural Programmes. Later, he attained his bachelors and his masters degrees from the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon. Khalilzad received his doctorate at the University of Chicago, United States, where he studied closely with strategic thinker Albert Wohlstetter, a prominent nuclear deterrence thinker and strategist. Wohlstetter provided Khalilzad with contacts within the government and rAND Corporation. From 1979 to 1989, Khalilzad worked as an assistant professor of political science at Columbia University’s School of

International and Public Affairs. During that time, he worked closely with Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Carter administration’s architect of “Operation Cyclone” to support the mujahedeen, who resisted the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan. Having served in the US State Department in various capacities under different US presidents, working closely with the Pentagon too Khalilzad rose to be US ambassador to the United Nations, Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2017, he was considered for US Secretary of State in the Trump administration. On September 5, 2018, Khalilzad was appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as a special envoy to Afghanistan. During his latest visit to Islamabad on October 9, 2018, Zalmay Khalilzad met with top officials in Pakistan to seek its help in bringing the Taliban to the table for talks with the Kabul government. The increasingly deadly Afghan war marked its 17th anniversary on October 7, 2018. Khalilzad held delegation level talks with Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua. The two delegations comprised security, defence and diplomatic officials. The US delegation later called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. Afghan-born American diplomat Khalilzad visited Kabul before arriving in Islamabad. He is now touring the United Arab emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, where the Afghan Taliban operate their “political office.” It may be recalled that the Taliban had disclosed in late July this year that a senior US diplomat, Alice Wells, visited its Doha office and held “preliminary” talks with Taliban political envoys. That meeting took place after repeated demands by the Taliban for direct talks with the US because the insurgents dismiss the Afghan leadership as “American stooges.” The Taliban are not averse to talks but have laid down certain preconditions. There are reports that when Khalilzad visits Qatar, their representatives may meet him in Doha but there are no official confirmations yet from either side.

The situation in Afghanistan is grim, after seventeen years of fighting; there is no let-up in the conflict and with the incursion of the Islamic State (IS) or Daesh, and tension has heightened. The Afghan government, which is plagued by infighting, had announced parliamentary elections on October 20 after a three years’ delay but the Taliban have issued a warning that they would disrupt the process. They term the process fraudulent and bogus and have asked the people not to participate. Their warning coincides with an increase in the number of attacks both by the Taliban and affiliates of the IS in recent months, which have killed hundreds of people, including six nominees for the parliamentary vote and scores working on the elections. The Taliban warning comes in a milieu fraught with uncertainties because of a widening political rift between members of the government, dissatisfaction among factional leaders over the electoral process, and allegations that President Ashraf Ghani is seeking to manipulate the results to boost his own re-election in six months. Controlling more than fifty per cent of the Afghan territory, the Taliban have proved that they are a force to reckon with, which cannot be defeated by brute force or subdued. Thus, the emphasis on negotiations! During his stay at Kabul, Zalmay Khalilzad called on the parties to facilitate dialogue by forming inclusive negotiating teams. He stressed that the US in cooperation with the Afghan people and government, wants to make a peaceful Afghanistan where all Afghans see themselves included. All citizens of Afghanistan must be a part of the reconciliation process. rejecting such overtures, the Taliban call the US an occupation force and demand its ejection from Afghanistan. The Taliban are especially irked by the recent visit of erik Prince, the former Navy SeAL and founder of the infamous Blackwater security company, which was accused of killing civilians in Iraq. erik Prince was a big donor to the Trump election

campaign and is considered very close to the US President. He infuriated Afghan officials too when he called during his visit for privatisation of the war, using more US contractors. The Taliban were more direct in their condemnation and stated that the sovereignty of their land is at stake as the privatisation of the ongoing war by handing it over to a contract killer group, called Blackwater, is under consideration. Prince sold Blackwater, which has since changed its name, in 2010 and founded a new firm. US and Afghan officials alike have both said they think Prince’s proposal is a bad idea, but it has not been dismissed out of hand in part because of Prince’s close relationship with the Trump administration. Khalilzad was received in Islamabad with politeness despite the fact in the past; he had issued vitriolic statements like declaring Pakistan a terrorist state for allegedly harbouring Taliban leaders. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, during his official visit to Washington, had apprised the US state department regarding Pakistan’s reservations pertaining to Khalilzad’s appointment. Donald Trump and the US administrations’ continued harping on Pakistan’s alleged support to the Taliban is most unwelcome. Pakistani officials deny the Taliban are operating out of their country and point to the vast “ungoverned” Afghan territory being used as a sanctuary by both the insurgents and terrorists linked to Daesh. Islamabad says its intelligence agencies have traced most of the recent terrorist attacks to sanctuaries on the Afghan side of the largely porous border between the two countries. Under the circumstances, garnering Pakistan’s support in enabling the Taliban to come to the negotiations’ table will be an uphill task. Sultan Mehmood Hali is a retired Group Captain and author of the book Defence & Diplomacy. Currently he is a columnist, analyst and TV talk show host.

THe other day China detained International-police chief (now resigned) for unlawful activities. Kashmiri national Ghulam Nabi Fei and several other persons were arrested and punished in United States for receiving funds from Pakistani agencies. even some Indians were punished for trying to buy dual-use technologies surreptitiously in the USA. But, there is no tangible check on activities of doubtful individuals and entities in Pakistan (BlackCat raymond Davis, Osama-inoculation-fame Shakeel Afridi, and so on). An NGO, monitoring fairness of elections, sends its representatives to every nook and corner of Pakistan. There are myriad laws to allow registration of pseudo-NGOs like Company laws (charitable organisations), Partnership Act, Social Welfare Ordinance, Cooperative Societies Act, ad infinitum. Diplomatic visas are issued on numerical parity basis. But, we lifted upper ceiling on such visas of a ‘friendly’ country to open gateway to diplomatic spies in our country. The NGOs go scot-free in influencing all realms of our life, ‘security’, religion, social mores, and customs. Allure of multiple visas to the West is a sufficient allure to buy loyalty of any ‘patriot’. Our dead-alive INGOs Policy of 2015 could not shake up well-entrenched NGOs. Our lax laws enabled them to evade corrective action. About 145 international NGOs applied for registration with Ministry of Interior under INGOs Policy. Initially, sixty-three of them were suspected of working against Pakistan’s security interests. Forty-nine of them were directed to shut down during period November 2017 to August 2018. They challenged the ‘shutter down’ before a specially-constituted committee. Around October 2, 2018, Interior Ministry short listed the bête noires to 18 NGOs. Though asked to pack up and leave within 60 days, they were assured to be re-registered after 6 months on revised registration format. Back to square one? Aside from registered pseudo-NGOs, there are scores of unregistered NGOs ‘working’ with impunity. No tangible action has been taken against them. The dubious NGOs cast an evil shadow on activities of over 65 registered welfare NGOs (20 from USA, 14 from UK, and 11 from Germany) who are burning midnight oil to change Pakistan’s landscape for a better future. It is time our ministry babus run after real culprits, instead of picking p’s and q’s in media statements and newspaper clippings. DJ MALIK Rawalpindi

Hitting back at poverty THe Poverty reduction Strategy Paper (PrSP) draws upon lessons learnt during the implementation of PrSP and takes into account the recent political, economic and social events, both domestic and international which have adverse impacts on Pakistan. To steer Pakistan back on the path of sustained and broad-based economic growth and to create jobs and reduce poverty. Pakistan requires a prolonged period of macroeconomic stability, financial discipline and consistently transparent policies that place poverty reduction at the centre of the country’s overall economic policies. Three main structural weaknesses can be identified for the current economic difficulty: i) Government spending in excess of revenue (Fiscal Deficit). ii)Imports in excess of exports (Trade Deficit). iii) Inadequate social services to allow the poor and vulnerable to fully participate in times of economic stability, prosperity and be protected during shocks. Now the suggested solutions are to make a trajectory of economic growth rates has resumed its path from which it was derailed in the decade of 1990s. Secondly, to improve the living standards and incomes of the rural population, to which most of the poor belong. Third, to focus on human development i.e. education, health, water supply, sanitation, nutrition, population and gender. Fourth, the Khushal Pakistan Programme (KPP) along with the drinking water supply and village electrification schemes are providing the basic infrastructure facilities such as farm to market roads, drainage, water tanks and check dams etc. NuMRA REHMAT Lahore

The plight of Thar A continuous and widespread drought is giving a tough time to the people of Thar. Drought is considered to be the major instrument that drives people into chronic poverty and keeps them in that state for many years even after breaking of the drought. Under nourishment related deaths are high especially in infants and children in that during last several years. This all is happening due to insufficient rains, crops and grass may not be grown as the drought has fell over the entire desert area. During the last three to four months the deaths in Tharparkar reaches to 30. Patients and attendants at the hospital complained of lack of facilities and the problems of referring almost every complicated case in Karachi and Hyderabad. Thar needs introduction of drought and climate change resilient crops and trees so as to meet the growing needs of food and financial benefits of small landholders of Thar Desert. This was agreed and demanded in participatory training workshop entitled” Capacity Building / Hands-on exercise” for Farmers and community activists under the aegis of Sustainable Land Management Programme -SLMP II (Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan, P&D Department Government of Sindh and UNDP Pakistan). The workshop was organised in collaboration with Institute of rural Management (IrM), Sindh region. The senior farmers and youth of Thar was invited and engaged for knowledge building on the importance and challenges regarding the sustainable land management highlighting needful actions at grassroots and government levels. TAYYIBA JAMSHED Lahore


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Friday, 12 October, 2018

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S Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday warned Central American nations to be cautious when building relations with China, which has been increasingly active in the region. Amid mounting tensions between the United States and China, Pence brought up ties with Beijing as he met in Washington with leaders of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras as well as Mexico's foreign secretary. "I say to each of those nations represented here, on behalf of our administration, as you build commercial partnerships with other nations including China, we urge you to focus on and demand transparency and look after your and our long-term interests," he said. El Salvador in August recognized Beijing in the latest diplomatic setback for Taiwan, the self-ruling democratic island which China considers to be a renegade province. Central America has remained the key bastion for Taiwan, with Belize,

Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua still maintaining ties with Taipei rather than Beijing, which has used its economic muscle and promises of investment to entice governments. The United States recognizes Beijing but is congressionally bound to ensure Taiwan's defense, with President Donald Trump's administration especially vocal on defending Taiwan diplomatically.

China has also ramped up trade with Latin America as a whole in the Asian power's quest for natural resources, in places commercially outpacing the United States which has rejected foreign influence in the region in a policy dating nearly two centuries. Pence was meeting with the Central American leaders to stem the flow of undocumented migration into the

Malaysia to abolish death penalty KUALA LUMPU

United States, a key issue for Trump, who rose to power characterizing immigrants as criminals and vowing to build a wall on the southern border. The vice president asked the Central American leaders to send a message to their citizens that, "If they can't come to the United States legally, they should not come at all." "As the old saying goes, there's no place like home," Pence said, using the memorable line of Dorothy in the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz." Pence acknowledged that greater prosperity in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras -- the so-called Northern Triangle -- was vital to encouraging undocumented migrants from making the treacherous path north. "Your people will stay home if they believe there is a brighter future for them there," he said. "Today even as countries like China try to expand their influence in the region, the best way to solve these problems, we believe, is to strengthen the bonds between the US and the Northern Triangle and all the nations of our hemisphere, to strengthen the economic ties between our nations."

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Malaysia's new government said it will abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt all pending executions, a rare move against capital punishment in Asia that human rights groups hailed Thursday as a major advance. More than 1,200 people are on death row in Malaysia, which mandates hanging as punishment for a wide range of crimes including murder, drug trafficking, treason, kidnapping and acts of terror. Law Minister Liew Vui Keong announced Wednesday that the Cabinet had agreed to abolish the death penalty and that amendments to laws with capital punishment were expected to be presented when Parliament resumes Monday, local media reported. Liew couldn't be reached for immediate comment. Communications Minister Gobind Singh Deo on Thursday confirmed the Cabinet's decision. "This is part of our election pledge and also in line with the move away from capital punishment in the rest of the world," he told The Associated Press. Amnesty International said the move would be a major advance but urged the government to "completely abolish the death penalty for all

One of Hurricane Michael's survivors said his city "looks like an atomic bomb" hit it. Florida's Panhandle is one huge disaster zone after catastrophic winds, heavy rain and devastating storm surge. Michael was the third-most powerful hurricane ever to make landfall in the US mainland. The storm was being blamed for at least two deaths. As of Thursday morning, more than 650,000 homes and businesses in the Southeast had no electricity. Michael was a tropical storm, hitting North Carolina and South Carolina with heavy downpours and threatening to cause tornadoes. As of 11 a.m. ET, Michael's core was approximately 35 miles south-southeast of Charlotte, North Carolina, heading northeast at a rapid 23 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The US Coast Guard in Mobile, Alabama, said its crews have rescued 27 people, mostly from damaged homes. Petty Officer

Egypt condemns 17 to death for IS church attacks CAIRO AGENCIES

An Egyptian military court on Thursday sentenced 17 people to death over a series of suicide bombings of churches claimed by the Islamic State group that left dozens dead. Another 19 people were handed life prison terms and 10 were sentenced to between 10 and 15 years, judicial and security officials said. Seventy-four people were killed in the attacks in 2016 and 2017 in Cairo, Alexandria and the Nile Delta city of Tanta targeting Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's predominantly Sunni Muslim population. Christian sites of worship across Egypt have been repeatedly targeted in attacks claimed by IS, prompting the authorities to impose a state of emergency. A suicide attack on December 11, 2016 on the Saint Peter and Saint Paul church killed 29 in the heart of Cairo

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At least 15 Afghan border police were killed battling Taliban insurgents on Thursday, an official said, as fighting continues ahead of this month’s elections, with 21 Taliban killed in an operation in Wardak, west of the capital Kabul. Amruddin Wali, a member of the provincial council in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan, said 15 members of the paramilitary border police were killed when Taliban fighters attacked a checkpoint in Qala-e Zal district. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid put the casualty total at 25 and said seven police were wounded. The latest violence follows increasing pressure by the Taliban on Kunduz, the northern city they twice overran in 2015 and 2016. The city has remained relatively secure over the past two years, but the insurgents control many of the surrounding districts. Earlier, Afghan special forces, backed by air strikes, killed at least 21 Taliban, including senior commanders, as they gathered to plan attacks aimed at disrupting parliamentary elections on Oct. 20, the National Directorate of Security said in a statement.

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crimes, with no exceptions." It said the death penalty has been a "terrible stain" on Malaysia's human rights record, and death row prisoners often have to wait years for their appeals to be processed. "There is no time to waste, the death penalty should have been consigned to the history books long ago," the human rights group's secretarygeneral, Kumi Naidoo, said in a statement, adding that 142 countries worldwide have rejected capital punishment. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's alliance won a stunning election upset on May 9, ousting a scandal-tainted coalition in the first change of government since independence from Britain in 1957. Its promises included eradicating corruption and bolstering human rights.

Dozens killed in Afghan clashes as election nears

Third Class Ronald Hodges told The Associated Press that a Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew pulled nine people from a bathroom of their Panama City home after their roof collapsed Wednesday afternoon. Crews were out early Thursday searching for more victims. Hodges said the number of rescues remains fluid and there were no reports of deaths so far from the Coast Guard's missions. Florida emergency officials said they're starting to transfer patients out of damaged health care facilities. They're also trying to figure out the extent of damage to roads and bridges. A huge swath of Interstate 10, the main east-west route near the coast, was blocked off due to damage.

Turkish media reveals Saudi assassination squad after Khashoggi ISTANBUL AGENCIES

Saudi royal guards, intelligence officers, soldiers and an autopsy expert were part of a 15-member team from the kingdom that targeted missing writer Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish media said Thursday. The Washington Post contributor vanished last week while visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The reported details, coupled with more-direct comments from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, appear aimed at gradually pressuring Saudi Arabia to reveal what happened to Khashoggi, while also balancing Ankara's need to maintain the kingdom's investments in Turkey and relations on other issues. Information continues to trickle out through Turkish media about the 15man Saudi team previously described as an "assassination squad." These leaks, largely matching across Turkey's state-run media and private Erdoganlinked outlets, likely come from the country's security services as another means to pressure the kingdom over Khashoggi's Oct. 2 disappearance. The first plane of nine Saudis arrived from Riyadh

around 3:30 a.m. that day, and included an individual described as a forensics official, according to the Sabah newspaper. One Turkish official, speaking on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press to discuss an ongoing police investigation, previously described that official as an "autopsy expert." The other six flew in on commercial flights, according to a list obtained by Sabah, which also published their names and faces. Local media described the Saudis

being military and intelligence officers, as well as several "royal guards." Around the time Khashoggi entered the consulate, a second private plane from Riyadh took off for Istanbul. About two hours after he entered the consulate, video released by state media in Turkey shows several vehicles with diplomatic license plates, leave the consulate and drive some 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) away to the consul's residence. The Hurriyet newspaper and other media alleged that the consulate's 28 local staff were given the day off because a "diplomats' meeting" would be held there. The reports did not cite a source and there was no official confirmation. By 7 p.m., six of the Saudis left by the newly arrived private plane, flying on to Cairo and remaining overnight until heading back to Riyadh, according to Sabah and other media reports. By 11 p.m., another seven left by the other private plane, heading to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, similarly remaining there overnight and then flying on to Riyadh the next day, according to reports. Two others flew out commercially, Sabah said. While the reports provide nothing definitive, they darken the picture surrounding Khashoggi's disappearance.


BUSINESS 11

Friday, 12 October, 2018

Saudi aRaBia keen to inVeSt in GwadaR PoRt, otheR CPeC PRojeCtS BEIJING APP

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HERE have been solid indications that Saudi Arabia is interested in investing in the port city of Gwadar and other projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). It is quite beneficial for Saudi Arabia to participate in the mega-project as it helps link its economy with China’s and facilitates the successful implementation of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s Vision 2030, according to an article published by China.org.cn on Wednesday. As part of a holistic plan, one of its main objectives is to increase diversity in the Saudi economy, providing jobs for the Kingdom’s young population and modernizing the country. Launching power plants and energy projects in Gwadar could help diversify the Saudi economy as well as reduce its dependence on oil. In addition, Saudi Arabia can benefit from the global trade traffic at the port and widen its business opportunities.If the investment plans materialize, the involvement of Saudi Arabia and the UAE would further boost Gwadar’s zone of influence and have a positive impact on the global economy in the long run. China already has excellent relations with these Middle Eastern states and such inclusions work very well both from the geo-economic and geopolitical standpoint. Though the nature and scope of investment are not confirmed yet, such a trend in investments firmly establishes the viability and feasibility of all other CPEC projects as well and completing the model city of Gwadar is the best way to showcase the entire “flagship corridor.” With the possibility of the inclusion of Saudi Arabia, more Middle Eastern states and African states like the UAE and Egypt could also want to participate in such projects. Based on the principles of “openness and inclusiveness,” such collaborations project the ethos of the Belt and Road Initiative and provide a platform for China as well as other countries located near the routes

FBR nets 55pc more income tax returns over previous tax year ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

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or “corridors.” Explaining Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision behind giving top priority to the rapid industrialization plan for the port city, the Planning & Development Minister Khusro Bakhtiar said, “We cannot afford to wait any longer as our economy does not have the luxury of time. Industrialization in this port city is a low hanging fruit, considering its prospect of international connectivity and the suitable cost of transportation.” This one milestone can provide a plethora of opportunities that go with a blue economy and help rescue Pakistan from its economic travails. Giving Gwadar the level of a “stand-alone” project, preparations are underway to encourage friendly countries to invest in the next phase. Attaining international levels of development, Gwadar port can kick off full-scale operations and handle 300 million to 400 million tons of load of goods yearly once it reaches complete capacity. Enabling the largest ships to dock due to the

Veon withdraws offer for subsidiary’s stakes in Pakistan and Bangladesh CAIRO: Mobile phone operator Veon said on Thursday it was withdrawing an offer to acquire the stakes its GTH unit holds in its Pakistan and Bangladesh businesses, citing concerns about the Pakistani currency and resistance from GTH minority shareholders. Veon, which owns a controlling 57.7 percent of Egypt-based GTH, offered to buy the stakes for $400 million in cash and taking over their $1.6 billion in debt, which is already consolidated on Veon’s balance sheet. In July, Global Telecom Holding (GTH) had said it received an offer from VEON Ltd to purchase its assets in Jazz and associated operations in Pakistan for $2.55 billion. According to a statement issued by GTH to the Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX), VEON, Global Telecom’s main shareholder, had offered to acquire GTH’s whole issued share capital in International Wireless Communications Pakistan Limited, Telecom Management Group Limited, Telecom Venture Limited and Mobilink Microfinance Bank. The telecom company added that its board of directors is studying the offer and will proceed in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations. The takeover offer of the Amsterdam-based firm also includes assuming certain debt and payables of GTH, the statement read. VEON was to indirectly pay around $1.2 billion of GTH’s debts as part of the acquisition deal, the Egyptbased firm said in a separated statement. GTH noted that it incurred $500 million, equaling 6.25 per cent of bonds due in 2020 and $700 million, representing 7.25 per cent, of bonds maturing in 2023, in addition to their yields. GTH’s outstanding debts amounted to $385 million that will be transferred to VEON under the potential deal, according to the company’s statement. Global Telecom’s capital amounts to EGP 2.7 billion distributed over 4.7 billion shares at a par value of EGP 0.58 per share. AGENCIES

harbour’s natural depth and layout, Gwadar would benefit the entire region like no other port. Improving local infrastructure has also remained the main precondition for making Gwadar an attractive investment destination and showcases the project’s immediate value. Highlighting the location and free-zone potential of the port city as its first priority, a Gwadar Smart City Master Plan is also being discussed. Providing water, energy, road and railway connectivity are also prerequisites for the feasibility of the project. Setting the urban development of the city as a short-term target, the planning commissions of both China and Pakistan agreed on developing Gwadar and establishing industries first. As Zhou Rong from the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies advised, “The country has to push forward the construction of industrial parks under the CPEC, which can be a driving force for attracting clusters of industries.”

PM tasks committee to resolve issues of Pakistanis working in Gulf countries ISLAMABAD PPI

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the well-being of overseas Pakistanis, especially those employed as workmen and labourers is the top priority for the government. Presiding over a briefing of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Development Division here, he said that labourers working abroad are a precious asset of the country. He directed the ministry to develop a strategy for maximum utilisation of job opportunities in Gulf countries including Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He constituted a committee headed by special assistant Zulfiqar Bukhari, which will present its recommendations for resolution of the issues being faced by overseas Pakistanis.

The committee in collaboration with the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) would also determine the process for sending foreign remittances by overseas Pakistanis so that remittances could be legally sent into the country. Imran Khan directed for the appointment of Board of Governors in the concerned ministry and its attached department on the basis of merit and professionalism. He also directed for ensuring strict safety measures for the workmen and labourers working in industrial units. The meeting decided in principle to shift the Community Welfare Attaches deputed in Pakistani embassies to those countries abroad where the population of overseas Pakistanis is more concentrated.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has registered a landmark 55 per cent increase in the number of Income Tax returns filed until 10th of October this year as compared to the corresponding period last year. The FBR has received 482,275 Income Tax returns for the Tax Year 2018 which are 170,208 more than the 312,067 Income Tax returns received for the Tax Year 2017 by the same date, registering an impressive increase of 55 per cent. The increase in the filing of Income Tax returns envisages the confidence of taxpayers upon the policies of the Government, FBR, as well as the stability of the e-filing system. FBR, as a part of its ongoing strategy, is committed to providing seamless availability round the clock by using modern techniques to bring about efficiency and effectiveness in tax collection.

Remittances climb up by 13 percent to $5.419b during first quarter of FY19 REMITTANCES FROM SAUDI ARABIA GREW 2.85 PER CENT TO $1.263 BILLION WHICH WAS THE HIGHEST SOURCE OF REMITTANCES IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF FY19 LAHORE STAFF REPORT

The remittances coming into Pakistan climbed by 13 percent to $5.419 billion during the first quarter (JulySep) of FY19, showing inflows had exhibited an increase from all sources aside GCC countries. During the first quarter of FY19, overseas Pakistani’s remittances touched $5.419 billion, showing an increase of 13.14 percent from the same period of last year (SPLY). According to figures released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), remittances fell in September to $1.452 billion against $2.03 billion in August. The increase in remittances during the first quarter is a good omen for the government since it is a key element in narrowing the current account deficit. As per SBP data, the highest rise in remittances was seen from the United States which climbed by 32.25 percent to $828.4 million during the 1st quarter of FY19. And the second highest source of remittances was the UAE, which exhibited a rise of 10.95 percent to $1.196 billion in the 1st quarter of FY19. Also, remittances from the GCC countries experienced a decrease of 6.5 percent to $526.4 million and they grew by 3.59 percent to $165.6 million in the 1st quarter of FY19. Remittances from the United Kingdom rose 18 percent to $759.4 million and from Saudi Arabia, they grew 2.85 percent to $1.263 billion which was the highest source of remittances during the same period.

Tax department to verify documents of Qatar dignitaries’ confiscated vehicles ISLAMABAD SHEHZAD PARACHA

The tax department has decided to verify the documents of 23 confiscated vehicles of the Qatar dignitary from the ministry of foreign affairs. Sources told this scribe that Qatar Ambassador to Pakistan Saqr Bin Mubarak Al Mansouri on Tuesday during the meeting with Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman produced the documents of confiscated vehicles and told that these vehicles imported the vehicles under the set laws and this matter should be resolved as soon as possible. Customs intelligence on September 25 had confiscated the 23

imported luxury vehicles worth Rs250 million from a warehouse belonging to former Senator Saifur Rehman in the outskirts of Islamabad. Customs officials in a letter to the FBR chairman had claimed that these vehicles were imported on illegal exemption certificate and Customs officials posted in west cleared these vehicles. When the embassy had imported the vehicles, Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassin Jabr Al-Thani was the Prime Minister of the state of Qatar and he imported the luxury vehicles as diplomatic status, sources added. Interestingly, the Embassy of Qatar in Islamabad on September 25 in one press release has owned these vehicles and stated that

these were imported the said vehicles under Pakistan Customs Tariff Chapter 9905, however, the Customs intelligence Officials rejected this letter mere on the fact that letter issued by the mission without any legal responsibility.

Sources told chairman FBR assured the ambassador that this matter will be resolved amicably. The department will send the documents to the Ministry of foreign affairs and asked to verify these documents as early as possible.

Sources told if the documents proved correct than the department can initiate an inquiry against those officials who instructed to confiscate these vehicles. Sources told that government has given permission of three countries dignitaries to import the household articles and personal belongings including vehicles and goods for donation to projects established in Pakistan, subject to the conditions that a complete list of all vehicles showing name of the owner, details of imports and present custodian shall be provided by the concerned embassies’ ambassadors. Sources said that in order to avail the duty concession, an exemption certificate to this effect shall be issued by the MoFA.

On the recommendations of ministry, the FBR may issue an exemption certificate to any dignitary, not listed above under this PCT code. It is pertinent to mention here that Customs intelligence Rawalpindi had confiscated the vehicles on the direction of DG customs intelligence. DG had informed the chairman FBR that since 2012, as many as 330 luxury vehicles imported for the Qatar embassy have been unlawfully cleared by various customs outfit falling under the chief collector’s (appraisement) South, Customs House, Karachi administrative control and out of 330, 257 such vehicles were still kept in hiding in Pakistan.


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Friday, 12 October, 2018

CPeC deBt SeRViCinG to CommenCe NOT A BURDEN in YeaR 2021, SaYS oFFiCial ‘CPEC ON PAKISTAN’S

CORPORATE CORNER Federal Committee on agriculture discusses Rabi season

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IsLamabad: The High Powered Federal Committee on Agriculture (FCA) meeting for Rabi (2018-19) was held on 11 October, 2018 under the Chairmanship of Dr. Muhammad Hashim Popalzai, Federal Secretary for National Food Security and Research. The meeting had participants from Provincial Agriculture Departments, State Bank of Pakistan, ZTBL, National Fertilizer Development Center (NFDC), Pakistan Meteorological Department, Indus River System Authority and senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research. PRESS RELEASE

Shell tameer awards energy, water innovators

KaRaCHI: Shell Tameer, in collaboration with NED University and the DICE Foundation USA, held a business plan competition, ‘Tameer DICE Shark’ at NED University, Karachi. The objective of the event was to encourage young innovators to develop a cleaner and greener energy for Pakistan. PRESS RELEASE

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AKISTAN on Thursday said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) related debt servicing to China is to commence from the year 2021, while the benefits of these investments to the Pakistani economy far outweigh the scheduled payments. Talking to Pakistan Today, the focal person of the CPEC project said that CPEC does not impose any immediate burden with respect to loan repayments and energy sector outflows. "CPEC outflows (debt servicing to China) would start from the year 2021 and spread over 20 to 25 years with a maximum in the year 2024 and 2025. The resultant benefits of these investments to the Pakistan economy would far outweigh these outflows (debt servicing)," the official said. Meanwhile, another official linked to the CPEC project said that only one project under the CPEC loan umbrella - the Pakistan China Optical Fibre Project, had matured. "We don't have to pay anything to China immediately. The debt servicing would start by 2021 and since these loans are long-term and concessional in nature, Pakistan would not face any issues in paying outflows. However, the benefits of these projects for Pakistan would be

manifold," the official said. When asked about the recent western media reports about debt burden on Pakistan, the spokesman rubbished the same and said that the western media's recent reports regarding CPEC are based on incorrect information, distorted facts and one-sided opinions of individuals. "CPEC finances are divided into government to government loans, investment and grants. The infrastructure sector is being developed through interest-free loans," the source said. Asked whether a parallel could be drawn between CPEC and the Chinese overseas investment in Sri Lanka or Malaysia, the spokesman said no comparison could be drawn between the two. "Look, CPEC is the flagship and the most active project of the Belt and Road Initiative. We have actualised 22 projects of worth $28 billion over the past four years since CPEC was launched. Hence, CPEC cannot be compared with Chinese overseas investment in Sri Lanka or Malaysia as CPEC's framework and financial modes are altogether different in nature," the spokesman said. The official said that the Gwadar Port is grant-based which means that the Government of Pakistan does not have to pay back the invested amount for the development of the port. "Energy projects are being executed under Independent Power

Producers (IPPs) mode and finances are mainly taken by the private companies from China Development Bank and China Exim Bank against their own balance sheets, and therefore, any debt would be borne by the Chinese investors instead of any obligation on part of the Pakistani government," the official added. The spokesman said Pakistan has opted for Chinese investments under CPEC due to the favourable financing arrangements. "We need to remember China stepped forward to support Pakistan’s development at a time when foreign investment had dried up, and economic activities were being crippled by energy shortages and infrastructure gaps. CPEC has provided enormous opportunities for Pakistan to grow economically," the official added. When asked about the impact of CPEC on Pakistan's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the spokesman said that CPEC is an engine for economic growth and is expected to increase Pakistan’s GDP growth by two per cent to three per cent. "CPEC has also facilitated in overcoming crucial energy, transport infrastructure and supply chain bottlenecks. Under CPEC, development of Gwadar would ensure the strengthening of maritime sector particularly the coastal tourism and local fishery industry thereby benefitting the local communities".

Pakistan unlikely to be removed from MSCI-EM in upcoming review KARACHI STAFF REPORT

IsLamabad: The mission of Ignite National Technology Fund is to fix the innovation value chain in Pakistan. In order to achieve our mission under the auspices of Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom, we believe in equal representation of all social groups including the big number of visually impaired emerging youth. PRESS RELEASE

teradata unveils new approach to analytics market IsLamabad: In the nearly 40 years since its founding inside a Brentwood, Calif. garage in 1979, Teradata (NYSE: TDC) has grown to become the dominant cloudbased data and analytics company, serving the largest and most visionary enterprises in the world. Teradata has recognized this new reality and today unveiled a reimagined approach to the market that has redefined its position in the category of analytics; establishing entirely new criteria and expectations for intelligence solutions in global enterprises. PRESS RELEASE

Among five companies, Habib Bank Limited (HBL) and the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) hardly meet the criteria of Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Emerging Market (EM), while Muslim Commercial Bank (MCB), United Bank Limited (UBL) and LUCK fall far behind in meeting requirement. Pakistan’s current weight in MSCI-EM index is estimated at 0.06 per cent. From Pakistan - HBL, OGDC, MCB, UBL and LUCK are only part of the standard MSCI-EM index. However, it is unlikely that Pakistan will be removed from the MSCIEM in the upcoming Semi-Annual review as a country’s status is usually reviewed on an annual basis. MSCI representatives suggest that if at least 3 companies of a country

(belonging to MSCI EM) do not meet the set MSCI rules, the country’s status will be reviewed in the next annual MSCI review (May-Jun 2019) after which, investors will be allowed a year or so to adjust to the new rule. MSCI is going to announce its Semi-Annual Index Review on November 13, 2018 (effective from Dec 3, 2018), which will be based on its framework for a country under three set rules including economic development, size and liquidity requirements and market accessibility criteria. The price cut-off for the upcoming index review will be any one of the last 10 business days of October 2018. According to a report of Topline Securities for a country to be in MSCI Emerging Market (EM) index, at least three of its companies have to meet aforesaid benchmarks. While two criteria (Economic Development and

Market Accessibility) are subjective, Size and Liquidity requirement for a company can be gauged through Free Float, Full Market Cap and 15 per cent Annualized Traded Value Ratio (ATVR) and the company has to meet all three quantitative criteria (Free Float, Full Mkt Cap and ATVR) to be part of standard MSCI EM index. MSCI’s current threshold for Free Float and Full Market Cap requirement is $797 million and $1594 million, respectively. However, the market cap requirement is reviewed semi-annually. The upcoming review will be based on revised market capitalization. To date, the KSE-100 index lost market capitalization of $19 billion (down 1,674 points or 4.1 per cent) on the back of pressure on external account front while Dollar against Pak-Rupee appreciated 21 per cent in 2018.

ECONOMY, WESTERN MEDIA ILL-INFORMED’ The official said that Pakistan has repeatedly stated that it is fully committed to CPEC, which enjoys complete consensus among all institutions and political forces in Pakistan as CPEC is a key to the future of Pakistan’s socio-economic development. "Within the broad parameters of the already approved CPEC framework, the present government, with the mutual consultation of the Government of China is broadening the base and expediting the pace of CPEC". When asked about the Saudi Arabian investments in the CPEC, the official said that a mechanism is being developed to include thirdparty participation in CPEC. "The socio-economic development and poverty alleviation are being included in the CPEC and a separate working group is being established to fast track this dimension of the mega project. Gwadar continues as prioritized and being developed as a standalone project and a transshipment hub based on blue economy principles. Industrialization under CPEC has already been fast-tracked and four SEZs would hit the ground soon," concluded the official.

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PSX takes the hit as kSe100 drops 393.79 points LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Volatility returned to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) after two calm sessions. Low investor confidence was not limited to PSX but was seen across major markets. While world markets were hit by rising US interest rates, trade war tensions and reports of increasing crude oil prices the local market was also worried about dwindling reserves, political noise and devaluation of currency. The finance ministry formally submitted a requested to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance on Thursday. Foreign investors preferred to liquidity positions now standing with a net outflow of a massive US$ 426.86 million within a year’s time where the benchmark KSE 100 index swung between 47,144.12 and 37,736.73. Commercial banks were worst hit by the foreign selling followed by the oil and gas exploration sector. The KSE 100 index hovering around its 52-week low traded red all day long. The index deteriorated to intraday low of 38,256.70 with loss of 535.39 points and closed 393.79 points negative at 38,398.30. The KMI 30 index plunged 812.76 points to 65,253.72 while the KSE All Share Index lost 166.72 points. A total of 200 scripts declined and 101 managed to stand their ground closing positive. The total volumes traded fell to 134.604 million with blue chips at center of investors’ interest. The KSE 100 index scripts had 84.712 million shares exchanged hands. TRG Pakistan Limited (TRG -3.38 per cent) led the volume chart with 12.02 million shares traded. The management reported loss per share of Rs 0.40 against an earnings per share of Rs 0.01 in FY17. Amongst other major news were numbers of automobile sales. The sector witnessed its worst quarter since 2013 whereby sales decreased 4 per cent.

Cabinet restores EDB after dissolution EDB BOARD TO BE RECONSTITUTED, SAYS RAZAK DAWOOD ISLAMABAD GHULAM ABBAS

The new government, while repealing the earlier decision of the cabinet, has restored the Engineering Development Board (EDB) on Thursday. It seems that the government has bowed down to the demands of the auto sector which wanted EDB restored. Addressing a press conference after the decision of the federal cabinet here on Thursday, Prime Minister's Advisor on Commerce, Textile, Industries and

Production and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood said the board has finally been restored. A notification in this regard has been issued. According to him, the decision of restoring the board was made to resolve issues in the auto sector. The performance of EDB will be improved after the reconstitution of the board. The Board would be given the task of introducing new technology in the auto sector. The federal cabinet has approved the summary forwarded by the Ministry of Industries and Production in recommending that the EDB which deals with the country's engineering industry should be revived by undoing the decision of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi-led cabinet. Prime Minister's Advisor on Institutional Reforms and Austerity, Dr Ishrat Husain had also re-

portedly favoured the revival of the board. The summary sent by the ministry of industries was forwarded to Dr Ishrat by Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is also the minister in charge of industries for approval prior to seeking the federal cabinet's approval. Along with the summary, the PM was also informed that the Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM) and EDB employees have already approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the decision of the federal cabinet. The cabinet of the previous government, following the recommendations of the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCoE), had decided to dissolve the EDB over rampant corruption. The federal cabinet on July 13, 2017 endorsed the decision of the CCoE.

In a petition (Petition 1966 of 2018) filed by PAAPAM, the court was appealed to stop the implementation on the dissolution of EDB. Subsequently, the court had issued notices to the government through the secretary cabinet division and three others on Monday. A similar petition was also filed in the court by employees of EDB seeking reversal of the cabinet's decision. The court had also issued a similar notice to the government. Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association (PAMA) through a letter had also requested the government to review the decision of dissolving the body or announce a successor to take over the existing day to day affairs. EDB is the apex government body working under the Ministry of Industries and Production entrusted to strengthen the engineering base in Pakistan.


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OVAK Djokovic wants to see a tennis “Super World Cup” and strongly suggested that he will join Alexander Zverev in skipping the new Davis Cup finals. A new-format Davis Cup finale is slated for a week in Madrid in November 2019, but it has been controversial with some fans and players. Zverev, the world number five, said at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday that he will not compete in the men’s team event because it comes at the end of a long season. Third-ranked Djokovic agreed on Thursday that the timing was “really bad”. He is backing instead the rival ATP World Team Cup, set to take place weeks later at the start of the 2020 season in Australia. Speaking in Shanghai, the 31-yearold Djokovic said there was “confu-

Hazard rules out January move to Real Madrid London Agencies

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard appeared to dismiss the possibility of a January move to Real Madrid on Thursday despite casting fresh doubt over his future in recent days. The 27year-old was speaking at a press conference on national team duty with Belgium, broadcast on Sky Sports News. It was put to Hazard that to win the Ballon d'Or -- as the world's best player -- he would have to play in Spain. "That's why I want to go, maybe," said Hazard, smiling. Asked if that move might happen in January, he added: "No." Hazard has been instrumental in Chelsea's unbeaten start under Maurizio Sarri, scoring eight goals in all competitions. The Belgian was selected the second-best player at the World Cup and, after leading his country to third place in Russia, said it "might be time" for a fresh challenge, with Madrid his preferred destination. Speaking after Chelsea's 3-0 victory at Southampton on Sunday, he said: "Real Madrid is the best club in the world. I don't want to lie today. It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club. "We will see. I don't want to talk about this every day. I don't have time but we will talk about my future soon." Hazard, whose Chelsea contract runs until June 2020, was asked on Thursday whether he is the world's best player on form and he answered with an unequivocal "yes." "The team is helping me a lot also," he said. "I can improve for sure. We can always improve in football. We can score more goals, more assists."

sion” with the two competing events coming so close together and being so similar. Asked if he would compete in the Davis Cup, he replied that “I’m not 100 per cent sure at the moment”. “I just feel like the date of the Davis Cup is really bad, especially for the top players,” said Djokovic, echoing the strong sentiments of Zverev a day earlier. “Between the two, I will prioritise the World Team Cup because that’s a competition of ATP. “But also, I think and I hope that there will be a larger discussion between the players to understand how we are going to approach these two competitions. “Or hopefully we can make it to the point where we can have one big ‘Super World Cup’, if you want to call it (that), or whatever it is, because that’s the best thing for our sport. “But the way it seems right now, we are going to have two at the moment.”

Ronaldo insists sex was ‘completely consensual’

UEFA to pay countries more for Nations League participation

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Mbappe is Time magazine’s ‘Future of Soccer’ Paris Agencies

Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe’s rapid rise to global fame has earned the teenaged World Cup winner an appearance on the cover of Time magazine’s international edition, to appear on Friday. Time said Mbappe was a global superstar who “is the future of soccer.” Mbappe made headlines in September 2017 when he moved from Ligue 1 side Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain for a staggering 180 million euros ($207 million), a deal that saw the then 18-year-old player handed a reported monthly salary of 1.5m euros ($1.8m). But the 19-year-old’s stock skyrocketed during this year’s World Cup, where a series of phenomenal displays drew compliments from Brazil legend Pele on his way to helping France end their 20-year wait to win another World Cup trophy. Mbappe became the youngest French goalscorer in World Cup history when he struck in a 1-0 win over Peru in the group stages. The teenager from the gritty Parisian suburb of Bondy then tore apart Argentina, scoring twice and earning a penalty as Les Blues eliminated the highly-fancied South Americans 4-3 in the last 16 knockout round. In doing so, Mbappe became only the second teenager, after Pele in 1958, to score two goals in a World Cup match. When Mbappe scored with a five-yard strike in the final, a 4-2 win over Croatia, he became only the second teenager to do so, after Pele, in 1958. With a total of four goals in the tournament, Mbappe received Fi Fa’s award for Best Young Player of the World Cup. Arguably better still were the plaudits from Pele himself, who said: “If Kylian keeps on equalling my records, I’m going to have to dust off my boots.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo insisted again Wednesday that he did not rape a woman he met in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 and that their sexual encounter was "completely consensual", said his lawyer. "Ronaldo has been forced to break his silence," said the Juventus and Portuguese star's lawyer Peter Christiansen in a statement released through Gestifute, the company which manages the player's affairs. "Once again, for the avoidance of doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo's position has always been, and continues to be, that what happened in 2009 in Las Vegas was completely consensual." Police in Las Vegas announced last week that they were reopening an investigation into allegations made by a former model, Kathryn Mayorga, relating to an incident in 2009. Ronaldo has vehemently denied the rape accusations.

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"I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me," the 33-yearold said in a statement. "Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in." Mayorga claims she was pressured into signing a non-disclosure agreement in 2010 to keep the alleged rape secret and is seeking at least $200,000 in penalties and damages. "Cristiano Ronaldo does not deny that he agreed to conclude an agreement,"

said Christiansen on Wednesday. "This agreement is by no means a confession of guilt. What happened was simply that Cristiano Ronaldo merely followed the advice of his advisers in order to put an end to the insulting accusations made against him in order to avoid attempts, such as those now witnessed, to destroy a reputation built thanks to intense work, great athleticism and ethically impeccable behaviour."

The 55 national teams currently participating in the inaugural UEFA Nations League will see a 50 percent increase in solidarity fees paid to them, European soccer’s governing body UEFA has said. The 12 strongest teams based on UEFA rankings – divided into four groups of three in League A – will each receive 2.25 million euros ($2.6 million) in solidarity fees, an increase of 750,000 euros from the amount announced in March. Each group winner in League A will be given an additional 2.25 million euros as a bonus, up from 1.5 million euros. “The decision to increase the solidarity and bonus payments was taken by the UEFA executive committee and was made possible by UEFA’s solid financial situation,” UEFA said in a statement. UEFA added the financial boost was also due to their earnings from Euro 2016 that were set aside for future investment.

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Golf back in Pakistan after 11-year hitch Karachi Agencies

Birds were released over fairways and ceremonial drives were struck as international golf returned to Pakistan Thursday after an 11-year absence. A full field of 132 players from around the globe were teeing up in the Asian Tour's UMA CNS Open Championship at Karachi Golf Club, the latest thawing of relations with the militancy-hit country that has spent years in the sporting wilderness. "Coming back to Pakistan is a fantastic opportunity for us," Robert Andrew, event director of the Asian Tour told AFP, brushing off any security concerns. "This is the starting point for future years after the success of this event." No major golf tour has visited Pakistan since 2007. The last scheduled tournament, in 2008, was cancelled after a wave of insurgent attacks. "It is always good to be here as people are very lovely and friendly," said Australian golfer Marcus Both. "I came here 10 years ago. The perception is bad but in reality, it is very different." The 2009 attack on Sri Lanka's bus in Lahore, in which eight people were killed, caused all sporting visits to be suspended. But successful military operations in the country's northwest near the Afghan border and crackdowns in urban centres, including the restive port city of Karachi, have improved the situation.

The country has twice hosted the Pakistan Super League cricket finals featuring international stars plus successful limited-over series against Zimbabwe, a World XI and Sri Lanka in the past 18 months. They cleared the way for more sports with squash, tennis and now golf having returned. Former Asian Tour winner and Indian national Digvijay Singh said arriving in Pakistan felt like home, suggesting sport could pave the road for better relations between Islamabad and Delhi. "I am really feeling home here and we are so overwhelmingly welcomed here. We are seeing the same faces not different to us," Singh told reporters. "Sports should bring the invisible walls down between the two countries," he added. India-Pakistan ties, including sports and cultural contacts, plummeted after deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistani militants. While cricket remains the undisputed number one sport in Pakistan, golf is popular with the country's powerful army, with military areas where the top brass reside frequently home to some of Pakistan's best courses. Pakistan's Navy are hosting this week's Asian Tour event, which has a $300,000 prize fund. "There is a very overwhelming response by foreign players and that surprised us," said Naval Commodore Mushtaq Ahmed. Pakistan hosted its first Asian Tour event in 1989,

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AKISTAN needing seven wickets on the fifth day of a UAE Test to win the match, with runs superfluous, is as nailed on a position to win as any in all of cricket this decade. And when the side on the other end is Australia, given the dominance they’ve enjoyed over Pakistan over the past couple of decades, the opportunity becomes that much greater. On Thursday, however, Pakistan missed out on the opportunity, with Australia there for the taking. For four days Pakistan had Australia on the ropes, and after their skipper Tim Paine successfully negotiated five deliveries of the final Yasir Shah over, it was the Aussies who would’ve felt like the victors. Of course,

Paine conceded in the post-match interview that they were outplayed throughout the match, the confidence Australia would take in the second and final Abu Dhabi Test would be huge. There are many reasons why Pakistan could only take the five wickets in the entire day’s play. Yes, the wicket hadn’t quite deteriorated as one would’ve expected a Dubai deck to after four days of Test cricket, but there were quite a few tricks that Pakistan missed. And the onus of that would fall on the captain, Sarfraz Ahmed. It is inexplicable why Sarfraz didn’t start the day with Muhammad Abbas, who has been Pakistan’s best Test bowler in all conditions. He proved to be precisely that again on the fifth day, even if without the success that he enjoyed in the span of seven deliveries on the fourth day

Ahmed Shehzad to be part of pSL4 sPorts desK Opener Ahmed Shehzad has been included in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) players squad, according to Cricket Pakistan. As per reports, the 26-year-old — who is currently serving a four-month ban after failing dope test — is included in Gold category for fourth edition’s draft. The right-handed batsman played for Multan Sultans last year and he is currently placed on their roster. Sultans can either retain, trade or release him back into the draft pool. It is worth mentioning here that, Shehzad has played 13 Tests, 81 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 57 T20Is for Pakistan. The batsman was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in July and his fourmonth ban is effective from 10 July. The fourth edition of the league will begin from February 14 in the UAE, whereas the draft is expected to take place in November.

where Australia had lost their three wickets for no runs. Bilal Asif wasn’t quite as effective in the second innings, as he had been in the first when he set the match up in Pakistan’s favour with his 6-for. And the fact that Yasir Shah got his first wicket of the entire match half way through the fifth day was indeed the greatest surprise. Eventually he was the one who looked like being the final day match-winner again for Pakistan, with a late 4-for. Of course, the way Usman Khawaja batted was instrumental in getting the draw for his side. With a collective score of 226 in the match, Khawaja has finally delivered in Asian conditions, and would be critical for Australia’s chances in the second Test. Khawaja was ably supported on the final day by Travis Head (72) and captain Tim Paine (61*). Pain, especially, held the

fort to the very end, twice turning things around when Australia looked down and out – first when he came into the crease after Marnus Labuschagne got out leaving Australia five down with over 40 more overs to negotiate, second after Australia lost three wickets for 2 runs in 10 deliveries, leaving the last two wickets with 12 overs to go. Paine survived a super charged Yasir Shah and an on song Muhammad Abbas with able support from Nathan Lyon who faced almost have of the remaining deliveries. Pakistan look in good shape with the bad, with Mohammed Hafeez, Harris Sohail and Asad Shafiq among the runs, with Imam-ul-Haq missing out from Abu Dhabi with injury. They’d need Bilal Asif, Yasir Shah and Muhammad Abbas to fire from the get go to get the series win in the second Test.

Joe root could be world’s best if freed from captaincy, says Warne canberra Agenicies

Shane Warne believes England should seriously consider replacing Joe Root with Jos Buttler as Test captain to allow Root to focus on becoming the world’s best batsman. Australia spin great Warne says the Yorkshire star could dominate the global game with the bat and feels Buttler would make a “very, very good” Test skipper. Warne worked with Buttler in his role as the mentor for Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals and is convinced the Lancashire player has credible Test leadership skills. “I’ve worked with Jos a bit this year, and I think he’s someone

who would make an excellent captain,” said Warne. “I really enjoyed working with him, I’d like to think I helped him out a little bit.”

Warne, who is promoting his autobiography, said Root is England’s best player but would be disappointed with his conversion rate when it came to hundreds. “He’d love to have more hundreds to be able to be spoken about in the same sentences as Virat Kohli and Steve Smith,” he said. “Maybe England could think about their best player having the shackles off, not having the responsibility of captaincy, and give it to someone like Jos Buttler,” he added. “If he (Root) totally 100 per cent concentrates on his cricket, his batting and nothing else, then maybe we might see Joe Root become the best batsman in the world,” Warne said. “He’s got the talent to do it.”

Will bring entire pSL to pakistan within three years: Ehsan Mani sPorts desK Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani has vowed to bring entire Pakistan Super League to home soil within the next three years. “We are gradually trying to increase the number of PSL matches that take place in Pakistan and will try to bring the entire event to home soil within the next three years,” Mani said while talking in an interview with Daily Express. “It is expected that the remaining PSL franchises who have not submitted their bank guarantees will do so in the next few days,” he said. “In case they don’t comply, I won’t hesitate from taking necessary action.”

Younis backs Sarfraz as pakistan captain sPorts desK Former Pakistan legendary batsman Younis Khan has shown his support for Sarfraz Ahmed despite horror show at the Asia Cup, according to Cricket Pakistan. “Sarfraz is a good player and I have full confidence in his captaincy capabilities. PCB should let him continue as captain and I hope that Pakistan will do well in the upcoming cricket tournaments,” he said while taking to the media. “Unfortunately, here in Pakistan we have a habit of changing the captain after one poor series or tournament and that needs to change. We should support our captain and give him confidence, so he doesn’t have to say that he hasn’t slept for a week,” he added. “Mohammad Hafeez was not even in the initial 17-member squad for Australia Tests, and out of nowhere, he was called up in the squad. He was included in the playing XI and he has proved himself by performing at the highest level,” added Khan. “I still don’t know what is the team selection criteria in this country as they don’t know how to treat a senior player.”

Chase says West indies ready to 'fight back' against india West indies Agencies

Pakistani golfer Sunny Masih teeing off at the first day of CNS Open Asia Tour Golf Championship 2018.

Pakistan women name World t20 squad without captain Lahore Agencies

The Pakistan women's team for the World T20 next month has been announced without a captain for now because of the absence of their regular captain Bismah Maroof. Javeria Khan is leading the squad this month against Bangladesh and Australia, but there is a chance Maroof could be fit for the series against Australia and the World T20. Maroof is currently recovering after undergoing surgery for sinus. The squad announced was the same that was named for the ODI and T20I series against Bangladesh and Australia and also in-

cludes two former captains in Nida Dar and Sana Mir. Under Javeria, Pakistan recently won the T20I series in Bangladesh by restricting them to under 100 in each of the three completed matches. That included bowling them out for only 30 in the second T20I. Bangladesh, however, won the only ODI after that by six wickets, after bowling Pakistan out for 94. Pakistan will now host Australia in Malaysia for three ODIs and as many T20Is from October 18 to 29. Their World T20 campaign will start on the opening day of the tournament - November 9 - against Australia. The other teams with them in Group B are India, New Zealand and Ireland.

West Indies all-rounder Roston Chase said Thursday the West Indies were looking to come back fighting in the second Test against India after their crushing defeat in Rajkot. "We didn't play well in the first game but are looking to fight back in the second," Chase said a day ahead of the game in Hyderabad. "Had a bit of nervous energy in the first one but guys are good to go in the second," said Chase, top scorer with 53 in his side's 181 all out in the first innings in Rajkot. A hapless Caribbean side, led by opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite, went down to hosts India by an innings and 272 runs in Rajkot to trail the two-match series 1-0. Prithvi Shaw, 18, became India's youngest player to score a debut century and his country's second youngest in all Tests after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, notching up a sparkling 134. "That youngster Shaw took us apart early in the first game, so hope we can learn from our mistakes and move on smartly in the second game," Chase said. A boost in the second Test for the West Indies will likely come from the return of fast bowler Kemar Roach after he missed the first Test to return home for a funeral. Skipper Jason Holder, recovering

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from an ankle injury, might also be back. India have retained the 12 they had announced for the first Test. "It is always good to have the captain back, but I am not sure what the line-up will be for the next match," Chase said. "I can't say who's playing but it's good to have Kemar back as well, he is a senior player and brings a lot of experience to the team," he added. Both Holder and Roach have played 82 matches between them and remain the team's most experienced players. Holder has captained West Indies

in 26 of his 34 Tests. Roach has taken 163 wickets in 48 matches. INDIA NAME 12-MEMBER SQUAD: Hosts India named the following 12-member squad for the second and final test against West Indies beginning in Hyderabad on Friday. India lead the series 1-0. Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Lokesh Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur


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