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Wednesday, 17 April, 2019 I 11 Shaban-ul-Muazzam, 1440 I Rs 19.00 I Vol IX No 288 I 16 Pages I Islamabad Edition

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he prime minister has called a special meeting of the federal cabinet on Wednesday after differences emerged within the body over the government’s decision to introduce a fresh amnesty scheme for tax evaders. According to sources, some ministers opposed the scheme, saying the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) used to oppose such schemes when it was not in power, but now it has resorted to same practices, which might draw masses’ ire. The members said that the scheme goes against the party’s manifesto and if it is about declaration of assets then the public should be taken into confidence on the basis of the scheme’s merit. Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the Assets Declaration and Amnesty Scheme would be formally cleared on April 17 after further discussions in a special meeting of the cabinet.

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In the special meeting, the premier will discuss the strategy with respective ministers and deliberate on each and every provision of the proposed scheme. On the other hand, sources told that Federal Board of Revenue did not prepare any media strategy to disseminate the message, as PM believed that there would no benefit of this amnesty if the message couldn’t reach relevant people. The FBR team will come up with a comprehensive media strategy on Wednesday then PM will give the approval. The scheme was announced by the PTI government to facilitate benami accounts or assets holders to whiten their money, hoping it would generate around Rs250 billion in revenue. Fawad also reiterated the government’s resolve to nip the corruption in the bud. “Sharifs and Zardari are involved in financial malpractices. We hope cases against both families will be taken to their logical end and the law will take its course,” the minister said, adding [ex-chief minister] Shehbaz Sharif and his sons have no answer on money laundering allegations while Nawaz Sharif’s sons, hasan and hussein, were declared absconders by the court.

The minister said that Shehbaz Sharif’s family received funds through telegraphic transfers, adding that’s how hamza made 97 per cent of his wealth. he said as per investigation, $ 26 million were received by Shahbaz Sharif family through TT whereas Nawaz Family got millions of dollars in Al-Azizia Steel Mills. he said out of declared assets of hamza Shebaz, 99 per cent were TT-based whereas his mother Nusrat Shehbaz had received 85 per cent money from abroad through telegraphic transfer. he said that in just only one night, Rs 1.2 billion was transferred from hill Metal to Nawaz Sharif account and similarly Rs 820 million were transferred in Mariam Nawaz account from which she used to buy properties and assets. “Zardari even bought an entire bank. People will lose their sleep when they will come to know more details. It’s not restricted to their leadership, even the cabinet members of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were involved in the corrupt practices,” he added.

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After ISI and ECP, PTI also wants no mention in SC’s Faizabad ruling STORY ON PAGE 03

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Hundreds of Afghan delegates to meet with Taliban in Doha STORY ON PAGE 10

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Wednesday, 17 April, 2019

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N operation against suspected terrorists holed up in a house in Peshawar’s Hayatabad area concluded on Tuesday afternoon after a 17-hour standoff, with five suspects killed and a policeman martyred. The suspects had taken cover in a house in Phase 7 of the Hayatabad locality, from where they attacked security forces. According to Peshawar police chief Qazi Jameel, one of the suspected terrorists had been killed on Monday night whereas the rest of the four were neutralised on Tuesday.

11 deAd, 7 iNjured iN MAstuNg MishAP MASTUNG Staff RepoRt

At least 11 people died and seven others, including women and children, were injured in a collision between a speeding truck and a van on Tuesday. According to details, a speeding truck and a passenger van collided head-on near Lak Bypass in Mastung. The van was completely destroyed resulting in the death of 11 people and leaving seven others, including women and children, seriously injured. The bodies and injured were shifted to hospital for medico-legal formalities where the condition of some more wounded people was stated to be critical.

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“Pakistan Army’s Special Services Group (SSG) and police personnel participated in the operation. Two of them were injured during the action,” Jameel said. The sole policeman martyred in the operation had lost his life last night. Officials said that the suspects had offered stiff resistance throughout the night, adding that the terrorists were neutralised after security forces breached the walls and stormed the building in their final push. According to police, 50 kilogrammes of explosive material was found installed in a bike and parts of the building. The building was demolished with explosives soon after the operation concluded. Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Shaheen Mazhar Mah-

mood visited the site of the operation on Tuesday morning. He directed security officials to adopt all possible precautions to ensure the security of the area’s residents. Residents living around the suspects’ hideout were evacuated with the help of security personnel and rescue forces. Two injured women from the area were also shifted to the Hayatabad Medical Complex for treatment. Elsewhere, funeral prayers for the martyred policeman, Qamar Alam, were offered in Malik Saad Shaheed Police Lines in Peshawar. KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, Lt Gen Mahmood, KP Inspector General of Police Mohammad Naeem and other officials participated in the

prayers. CM Khan told reporters that police had launched the operation on a tip off that suspected terrorists were hiding in a house in the Hayatabad area. He said, citing initial reports, that seven terrorists had been hiding in the house. A local resident said that cross firing had started in the midst of a search operation launched by police in the area. “The people [suspected terrorists] had been living in the house on a rental basis for almost 15 days. They seemed to be from the rural areas from their appearance. All of them were middle-aged men and there were no women with them. They used to enter and exit the building using the basement door only,” the local told a media outfit.

Nine dead as rain lashes cities QUETTA Staff RepoRt

At least nine persons, including two children, were killed and three others injured on Tuesday in flash floods in different areas of Balochistan. According to Levies sources, torrential rain in the province has led to sewage spilling onto the streets making it difficult for residents to commute. Dukki Deputy Commissioner (DC) has said water from the Alambar River has entered the Kuli Manzai district and has taken the shape of a flash flood, causing destruction to the houses. One man was killed in flooding in the Barkhan district. Residents have been shifted to safe places while emergency has been declared in the hospitals, the DC added. Irrigation authorities have said due to intermittent rain in the area, water in the Mankai Dam has exceeded the limit and has started overflowing through the spillway. Moreover, due to continuous rain in the Harnai district, the bridge connecting the district to the highway has been closed for the commute. While land sliding has lead to the closing of Mir Ali Khel DI Khan Road. Strong rains continue to lash Pishin, Barshor, Khanozai, Mulsim Bagh, Loralai, Musa Khel, Toba Achakzai, Toba Kakari, Shela Bagh and Qilla Abdullah areas. In the last

PPP wants govt to stand with victims, not with terrorists QUETTA: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Tuesday urged the government to bring the victims of terrorism into the mainstream rather than cosying up to the militant outfits. Speaking to media persons while visiting the families of those killed in the Hazarganji blast last week in Quetta on Tuesday, the PPP chief said: “The powers [that be] in the country should bring victims of terrorism into mainstream instead of militants.” “Are we the enemy of the state or those banned organisations that are killing our children,” questioned Bilawal. It is unfortunate that the state cannot decide if it’s with the martyrs or the terrorists despite spilling of a lot of blood, the PPP chairman said. He said the government has to decide for how long will it continue with its double standard? The PPP chairman continued, “No one can fight extremism alone but we have to decide for the future. We need to fight this extremist mindset. When we ask for justice we are called an enemy of the state. When I speak against banned organisations, I’m branded an enemy of the state.” Bilawal further said he is also the son of a martyr and that he will not sit quietly until he has rid the country of terrorism. “My entire political career will be for eradicating terrorism so that we can live peacefully in this country.” Staff RepoRt

Afridi says committee formed for NAP execution

24 hours the Pakistan Meteorological Department office has recorded 40mm rain in Sibbi, 39 mm rain Barkhan, 23 mm in Zhob, 20 mm in Turbat 20 and 10 mm in Quetta. RAINS ACROSS COUNTRY: In addition to Balochistan where rainy weather has entered for a while, parts of Punjab, Khyber

Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu Kashmir also received rainfall with thunderstorms. According to Met, rains alongside hailstorms will continue across the country for the next two days. In Lahore, the streets across the city were inundated after heavy rainfall lashed the provincial capital.

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi on Tuesday said the government was committed to the implementation of the National Action Plan in letter and spirit and a committee has been formed in this regard. Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, the minister said a committee of experts has been formed to implement NAP to rid the country of extremism. He said it’s the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan that protection of life, honour and property of every citizen is the responsibility of the state. Shehryar Afridi said no one will be allowed to take law in hands and steps are also being taken so that no one can dare violate law of the land. Staff RepoRt

KP govt to take up province’s share in PSDP with Centre, KP PA told PESHAWAR app

NEWS DESK Another child was killed in an exchange of fire between police and alleged criminals that place on Karachi’s University Road on Tuesday, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) East Amir Farooqi told a local media outlet. According to DIG Farooqi, police officials were chasing a group of suspects within the jurisdiction of Sachal police station when the incident happened. He confirmed that the child was hit by a shot fired by the police. Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kaleem Imam took notice of the incident after it was reported in the media, and instructed DIG Farooqi to conduct an inquiry and submit a reported in this regard.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Atif Khan Tuesday informed the house that matters relating to province’s share in Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) would be properly pursued by arranging a meeting with federal authorities. He was presenting the stance of provincial government relating to PSDP during the proceedings chaired by Deputy Speaker Mahmood Jan. Atif Khan admitted that KP has huge outstanding with federal government but the payment is delayed due to overburdened and overstressed economy. He assured house that a meeting would be arranged with Federal Minister for Finance Asad Umer and other relevant officials to address the issue of KP share in developmental sector projects. Earlier, Inayatullah Khan of Mut-

tahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) opening the debate said that outstanding amount of the province share in PSDP has not yet been released. Giving statistics he said that Rs 85 billion of KP was due in 21314 against which 46 billion rupees were released, in 2014-15 an amount of 52 released against 72 billion, in 2016-17 the released amount was 62 billion against outstanding amount of Rs. 159, Rs. 141 billion were released in 2017-18 against outstanding amount of Rs. 238 billion adding matter should be resolved to ease overburdened provincial economy. Ahmad Karim Kundi of Pakistan People Party (PPP) said that federal government should release the outstanding amount keeping in view financial difficulties of KP province. He suggested that provincial government should discuss its representation in developmental sectors projects. During debate opposition members

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staged walk for not allowing Sardar Aurengzeb Nalota of PMLN who insisted to discuss military operation conducted in Hayatabad. The chair said that house has thorough discussed the incident in detail. Nighat Ourakzai of PPP on a point of order paid rich tribute police force for its fight with terrorists last night in Hayatabad. She said that we would fight the terrorism till elimination of last terrorist and no compromise would be made on country’s peace and security. Inayat Ullah Khan of MMA said that our security forces are praiseworthy but question arises who allotted the house to terrorists who were residing in the locality for so many years. He demanded full investigation of the incident to identify its causes. Parliamentary Leader of Awami National Party, Sardar Hussain Babak said provincial government should brief house about the incident. Condemning

the incident, he said that intelligence organizations should take pragmatic measures to eliminate the menaces of terrorism. Ahmad Karim Kundi of PPP, Khushdil Khan Advocate and Laiq Muhammad Khan of ANP also condemned the incident and said that root causes of the terrorism should be identified aiming its final elimination. Senor Minister Atif Khan responding to a calling attention notice of Rehana Ismail of MMA about historic Mashjid Mahabat Khan assured the house that provincial government would take care of historic mosque and said that political pressure would not be accepted regarding digging near the mosque. KP Assembly also passed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Youth Development Commission Bill 2019 while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Charities Bill 2019 was tabled in the house. The chair adjourned the proceeding till April 23 on 1:30 PM.


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After isi ANd ecP, Pti Also wANts No MeNtioN iN sc’s fAiZAbAd ruliNg iSLAMABAD

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day after the country’s premier intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) filed review petitions in the apex court against its ruling in the 2017 Faizabad sit-in case, the ruling Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) too has pleaded the court to get its name expunged from the court’s observations. According to the petition, PTI has argued that it was not given a fair chance to present its case in the court, therefore, the court’s observations against the party in its verdict must be expunged. Earlier, PTI had also filed a petition, alleging misconduct by Justice Qazi

Faez Isa but the petition was rejected by the registrar’s office. On April 15, ISI challenged the court’s verdict in the said case, contending that its observations could have an adverse impact on the morale of the Pakistan Armed Forces. The Supreme Court (SC), in its verdict, had directed the intelligence agencies, including ISI, the Intelligence Bureau (IB), Military Intelligence (MI), and Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) to not exceed their constitutional mandates. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) also filed a petition in the apex court seeking review of its February 6 verdict. The commission said that SC’s observations with regard to the electoral body will have an adverse impact on its performance. “If the observations are maintained, they will have

NAb sends questionnaire to shehbaz’s wife, daughters LAHoREL Staff RepoRt

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Tuesday sent a questionnaire to the wife and daughters of Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif in an investigation regarding money laundering and assets beyond known sources of income. The questionnaire to Nusrat Shehbaz, Rabia Imran and Javeria Ali were dispatched by post to their residences. The questionnaire sent to the wife and daughters of the opposition leader in National Assembly seeks details about transfer of money into their bank accounts. On Monday, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal had cancelled the summons issued by NAB Lahore to Shehbaz’s wife and daughters. He had issued these directions during a visit to the NAB Lahore office. The NAB Lahore DG briefed the chairman on mega corruption cases and cases concerning the Sharif family. The NAB chairman would himself monitor the cases regarding the Sharif family. The NAB chairman cancelled the notices issued for summoning Shahbaz Sharif’s wife Nusrat Shahbaz and his daughters Rabia Imran and Javeria Ali. He had directed that questionnaires should be sent to the Sharif family for the provision of the requisite information to NAB regarding the relevant cases. He vowed to end the menace of corruption from the country.

President reaffirms commitment to implementing NAP iSLAMABAD app

President Arif Alvi met with the bereaved families of the martyrs of Hazarganji terrorist attack in Quetta on Tuesday and offered fateha for the departed souls. Condoling with the victims’ families, the President said it is the responsibility of the state to protect its citizens. President Arif Alvi said that Hazarganji like conspiracies have failed to create a wedge in our society. He said the entire nation stands by Hazara community in this hour of grief. Earlier, talking to the media persons in Quetta, President Arif Alvi reaffirmed the commitment to implement National Action Plan on terrorism. He appreciated the Balochistan government for announcing a compensation package for the victims of Hazarganji terrorist attack. He said no amount of compensation can match the loss of one’s dear ones but it is only meant to address immediate problems of the bereaved family. He said it is the responsibility of the state to protect the lives of its people. The president said despite many challenges, the Pakistani nation stands united. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will also soon visit Balochistan.

an impact in the long run,” it said. ECP said that it acted against the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) as per law, which is evident from its record. On August 16, 2017, TLP was served a notice to submit details of its accounts with a warning that upon failure, its registration will be revoked, it added. The verdict’s Para No 4 negated measures taken by the commission, it said, requesting the apex court to expunge observations against ECP from the verdict. The top court in its verdict had observed that Article 17(3) of the Constitution demands political parties to account for the source of their funds and Section 211 of the Elections Act, 2017 calls of the provision of details of election expenses to ECP. However, the court said that TLP

did not account for its funds and election expenses according to ECP. The electoral body surprisingly showed helplessness to act against the party because the law according to it is cosmetic in nature. The bench said that ECP should not disabuse itself that constitutional and legal provisions are cosmetic as the responsibility placed on ECP by the Constitution and the law must be fulfilled. The Constitution also empowers ECP to get requisite information from any executive authority. So far, seven review petitions have reportedly been filed against the February 6 ruling. Under the SC Rules 1980, an aggrieved party can move review petition within 30 days but in this case, the SC registrar extended the time till April 18 for the parties to file their reviews.

IO seeks time to produce paper-book in fake accounts case iSLAMABAD Staff RepoRt

Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur appeared before an accountability court in Islamabad on Tuesday in the fake accounts case. The siblings had also filed an application to submit surety bonds, but the court put off proceedings until the next hearing on April 29, given their pre-arrest bail petitions were pending before the Islamabad High Court (IHC). During the hearing, an investigation officer (IO) apprised the judge that he has shifted case records, joint investigation team (JIT) report and the banking court’s previous proceedings, from Karachi to Islamabad on Monday, seeking more time to prepare the paper-book for the accused. National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) prosecutor Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi told the court that the applica-

tions of two accused who requested to become approvers had been submitted to chairman Javed Iqbal and they were awaiting a decision in this regard. On April 8, two women named Kiran Aman and Noreen Sultan, nominated in the case, told the court that they are ready to testify as witnesses and had filed an application in this regard. Additionally, the court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for an absconding accused in the case, Adnan Javed, and sought the travel history for two of the accused — Azam Wazir and Nasir Lootha — who have fled abroad. An investigative officer informed the court that one of the accused, Iqbal Arain, had died. The judge directed him to produce Arain’s death certificate. The next hearing of the case is scheduled for April 29. In the same hearing, Accountability Judge Arshad Malik accepted surety bonds of Rs1 million for property tycoon Malik Riaz’s son-in-law Zain Malik and

Shahzad, another accused in the case. FARYAL GRANTED BAIL: Separately, a division bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday granted Faryal Talpur pre-arrest interim bail until April 29, in an inquiry initiated against her for allegedly receiving kickbacks in a project between the Zardari Group and Bahria Town. The bench asked Talpur to submit a surety bond of Rs1 million. Talpur said that the joint venture was signed between the two private parties and that she had nothing to do with the fake accounts case. As per the petition, NAB had summoned her on April 17 to record a statement before the JIT probing the fake accounts case in connection to receiving the alleged kickbacks from the joint venture. Additionally, the court decided to club the case with another petition, pending in the IHC, in which Talpur is seeking bail in the fake accounts case. In the future, both cases will be heard together.

Zardari moves SHC against Park Lane inquiry KARACHI: Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday moved the Sindh High Court (SHC) in the Park Lane Company case, denying any association with the construction company. In his plea, the PPP co-chairman stated: “I owned only 25 per cent shares of the Park Lane Company, and in 2008, had resigned from its directorship before taking oath as the president of Pakistan.” “The Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) was informed about the decision,” Zardari said in his petition, pleading the court to declare

that he has no association with the company. Earlier, in his written response to National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Zardari had maintained that NAB has no jurisdiction pertaining to the Park Lane Estate case, as, according to the National Accountability Ordinance, the accountability watchdog was not liable to investigate the matters of a private company. In December last year, NAB had said that an inquiry was initiated against Park Lane Estate Company (Pvt) Ltd and officers of Capital Development Authority on allegation of illegal transfer of state land. Staff RepoRt

PPP will oppose presidential system, Zardari says

Zardari, who is also a former president of Pakistan, cited the government’s experimental ways as the reason behind the worsening conditions of the country. “A new experiment is being carried out in Pakistan. See what happens in such businesses. Let them try, we will oppose them,” he said. On Monday, PPP Senator Sherry Rehman demanded the government take parliament into confidence regarding the negotiations taking place with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for an intended bailout package. Staff RepoRt

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Cochairman Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday said his party will never support the presidential form of government. Talking to reporters after appearing before an accountability court in the fake bank accounts case,

NAB chief to approve arrest of officials of Grade-19 and above LAHoRE Staff RepoRt

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal on Tuesday announced that government officials belonging to Grade 19 and above would not be arrested without his approval and that suspects taken into custody by antigraft officials will no longer be handcuffed. Addressing top provincial officials at a ceremony at the Punjab Civil Secretariat, the NAB chairman said, “Bureaucracy is the backbone of the country and if it doesn’t make

decisions, then how can we? The government drafts policies and it is the bureaucracy’s job to implement them.” Justice (r) Iqbal continued, “Last year, mega corruption cases emerged in Punjab. We have solid evidence against the bureaucrats, we conducted inquiries and through these evidences, I will prove that what NAB is doing is correct.” “Bureaucracy should fulfill its responsibilities without any fear and see if the environment is favourable to work,” he added. “Bureaucracy should see whether appointments and transfers are being made on the basis of merit

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and whether they are right or not,” the NAB chairman further said. “Officers belonging to Grade 19 and above will not be arrested without my permission,” he stated. “NAB regional officers will not be able to arrest any officer on their own and from now no arrested officer will be handcuffed,” he assured the officials. The NAB chairman further said, “It is the bureaucracy’s job to make policies in the interest of the country. NAB is everyone’s institution. Do not take a step which causes loss to the country’s economy.”

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cabinet divided over amnesty scheme coNTiNUED fRoM PAGE 01 “Steel Mills used to be a profitable entity up until the Zardari government [came into power] — they were the ones who drove it into the ground,” he further added. He said that similar to the Pakistan Television Corporation, the government intends to steer the Pakistan Steel Mills towards profit as well. “Six major international companies are interested in helping us run the project on the basis of public-private partnership,” he revealed. “The mill’s current capacity is 1.1 million tonnes that will be brought up to 3m tonnes. The country’s total need is 9m tonnes at the moment, so there is still ample room for improvement. We will ensure that the business of private steel mill owners is not affected in any way,” he said. Fawad also pinned terrorist attacks in the country on ‘foreign powers’. Referring to recent terror attacks, he said terror attacks inside Pakistan were carried out through foreign funding and it would take time to eliminate this foreign interference. The minister further said that measures being taken under the National Action Plan (NAP) would ensure that the country is cleansed of terrorism very soon. He said that the premier would also launch the first phase of Apna Ghar Housing Scheme on Wednesday. “The first phase will facilitate the creation of 135,000 houses,” he said. He said that the issue of renewal of telecommunications licenses was also discussed in the Cabinet meeting. Fawad said that the Cabinet gave three-month extension to CDA Chairman Amir Ali Ahmed. The cabinet also gave approval to the proposal of appointment of Dr Amir as chairman of the Evacuee Trust. He said that the Cabinet gave green signal for the appointment of the new chairman of the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC). Later answering questions of media-persons, the minister said there was no plan to reshuffle the cabinet and when there would be any change in portfolios, the PM Office would make a formal announcement in that regard. He said that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari may not know but during the PPP rule the incidents of terrorism were quite common which now had been controlled to a great extent. He said that the Quetta incident was tragic, but there should be no politics on the issue. To a question, he said that amendment in Pakistan Penal Code was being done for bringing back the absconders like Altaf Hussian, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz and Ishaq Dar back to the country to face the law.

Miftah gets interim bail in lNg case iSLAMABAD Staff RepoRt

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday granted protective bail to former finance minister Miftah Ismail in a case related to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) quota scam. A two-member bench of the IHC comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Mian Gul Hassan Aurangzeb took up the PML-N leader’s bail plea. Miftah along with his counsel appeared before the court. Ismail appealed the court to grant him interim bail until a final decision on the inquiry pertaining to the LNG case. Miftah insisted that the accountability watchdog is carrying out a “baseless” inquiry against him as he has nothing to do with the scam.

Pakistan not a threat to us now WASHiNGToN INp

The United States (US) on Tuesday removed Pakistan’s name from National Security Threat List. As per details, US’s counsel of foreign affairs has removed Pakistan’s name from the National Security Threat List. National Security Threat List is a list that is comprised of the list of countries which according to US’s think tanks are a threat to its national security. According to think tanks of the US, Pakistan is no more a threat to the national security of the US. It is pertinent to mention here that it is the first time since Pakistan is not included in the National Security Threat List.


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AIN spell is expected in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi during the next 36 hours. The rain spell will also be continued for the next two days in other parts of the country, said Director National Weather Forecasting Center Dr. Muhammad Hanif. Talking to PTV, he said that rain fall is expected in Potohar region and Southern Punjab cities including Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Sadiqabad and Multan during the next 24 hours. He said the unusual change in the weather conditions was due to the global warming as normally the April could not be

pleasant as much as it was now. He further said that ongoing rain spell would further affect Balochistan. He termed the next 24 hours would be more critical for the province. Torrential rains and flash flooding were expected during next 24 hours in Baluchistan. He asked the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to adopt precautionary measures for the safety of masses in the concerned areas. Responding to a question, he said this rain fall system would enter in upper areas of the Punjab during next 24 hours adding heavy rain fall and flash flooding are expected in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) during the said duration.

COAS inaugurates new blocks at CMH Rawalpindi Constitution guarantees protection of basic rights to all citizens: NA speaker RAWALPINDI

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa inaugurated the new blocks, a project that commenced in 2013, at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Rawalpindi on Tuesday. After completion of the project, the CMH has become a 1,000-bed hospital with a capacity of 1,150 beds, according to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). With the enhanced capacity and addition of high-tech equipment, as many as 5,000 patients would be treated daily at the hospital’s OPD. The hospital would cater to medical needs of military as well as civilian personnel. It is worth mentioning here that the CMH Rawalpindi has now become one of the state-of-art hospitals which would act as a ‘Base Hospital’ not only for Army but for Air Force and Navy also, the statement added.

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KP CM wants Saidu Teaching Hospitals to be functional by June PESHAWAR APP

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has directed Health Department to ensure functioning of Saidu Group of Teaching Hospitals by June this year adding that efforts should be made on war footings in order to ensure that deadlines set by departments are materialized. The Chief Minister added that his office will engage itself in monitoring of the timelines given by departments adding that

work progress on development initiatives should be visible to people. The Chief Minister also directed the health department to immediately start the distribution of Sehat Insaf Cards among people of the newly merged tribal districts. These directives were given by the Chief Minister while chairing a progress review meeting of the Health Department in which the Chief Minister was briefed on the departmental goals achieved during the past 8 months and the future plans of the Health department in providing citizens of the

province with better healthcare facilities. The meeting was attended by Minsiter for Health Hisham Inamullah Khan, Advisor to Chief Minister on Merged Areas Ajmal Wazir, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Shahab Ali Shah, Secretary Health and other high ranking officials. The Chief Minister was informed that during the past 8 months, 26,610 patients throughout the province have been provided with medical treatment under the Sehat Insaf Card at an estimated cost of Rs 6.1 crore.

Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has said that the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan ensures the protection of the basic rights and provision equal opportunities for progress and development of all its citizen in the country. He said it is the duty of government to provide basic education from five to sixteen years of age as per constitution. While stressing on the need to make comprehensive public policies for the welfare of the common people he said that 18th amendment in the constitution has enhanced the importance of federating units and now provinces can play their vital role for uplifting the status of the common people. He expressed these views while addressing in inaugural session of two days National Parliamentary Consultation on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) on Tuesday. The Speaker said that incumbent government is striving hard to eliminate poverty, unemploy-

Neighbour ‘rapes’ two-year-old toddler

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad police on Monday night arrested a man for allegedly raping a two-year-old girl in Bhara Kahu area, according to a local media report. According to a first information report (FIR), the toddler had gone to her grandparents’ house but when her mother came for her a while later, she could not find the child. After a while, the child came out crying from another house in the neighbourhood following which her grandmother went inside that house and found a man hiding in the bathroom. After knocking on the door for a while, the man came out and said that “he didn’t do anything” before anybody asked him anything. According to the details, the suspect was living in the house on a rental basis. The mother said that there were blood stains on the child’s clothes. STAFF RePORT

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ment and illiteracy from the country. He said that climate change is serious issue which needs to be taken on priority basis at all levels of governance. He said that Regional Conference will be held in Pakistan during the month of October and he hoped that all neighboring countries would participate in this conference to deliberate upon the issues being faced by the region. While stressing on the need of being united for the progress of the country he said that this country belongs to us and we are recognized in the world because of Pakistan. He also mentioned that progress and prosperity of all of us depends upon development of this country. He said that Pakistani nation is a brave nation and it always faced the challenges with courage and braveness. Asad Qaiser said that model villages are being established across the country to support the destitute and hapless and to provide them with basic need of food, shelter, health and education. He said that all philanthropic and welfare organizations have been united to this cause.

MCI taking steps for beautification of capital ISLAMABAD: Mayor of Islamabad Sheikh Anser Aziz Tuesday said that Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad (MCI) had brought significant improvement in its all departments during last three years and taking concrete steps to add more beautification in the federal capital. Addressing a press conference here at Mayor’s office accompanied with Deputy Mayors, he said MCI had completed carpeting of 300 kilometer roads of the capital with its own resources. He said MCI had strengthen the Machine Poole Organization (MPO) during last three years and saved money. APP


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RAW needs to become moRe like ciA BY ADOPTING A PRACTICE SIMILAR TO THE ONE EMPLOYED BY THE CIA, INDIA TOO CAN UTILISE UNIVERSITY DEANS AND RETIRED INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS AS TALENT SPOTTERS FOR CAMPUS RECRUITMENT ACROSS INDIAN UNIVERSITIES

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DvISORS and analysts use intelligence mishaps such as the Pulwama, Uri, Pathankot and Mumbai 26/11 attacks to draw attention towards a myriad of problems that plague India’s intelligence agencies. But reform advocacy is largely focused on increasing accountability of agencies by bringing them under parliamentary scrutiny and removal of defunct ones. These, however, tend to overlook what is at the core of intelligence – people. FIRST FOCUS ON THE HUMAN FACTOR Earlier this month, Pakistan declined India’s request for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav citing the International Court of Jus-

tice’s pending verdict on his death sentence. Pakistan claimed that Jadhav was on a mission for the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), a claim that India has officially denied. The incident has raised a more significant question about whether agencies are paying adequate attention to recruitment and training of human resources. Reforms must first focus on this human factor which lies at the core of espionage. The Narendra Modi government took a step in this direction last year. In a mammoth clean-up drive, the government marked more than 70 senior and mid-level officers in the RAW for “compulsory retirement”. The decision may have been taken to create a leaner, more effective agency, but removing a significant number of people could lead to unintended consequences. Introducing changes to the recruitment process can help improve the capacity and the capability of the agency without complications. RECRUITMENT TO THE RAW Currently, there are two routes of

entering the RAW. The first is recruitment via the RAW Allied Service test (which forms the internal cadre) and the second, on deputation (either short-term or long-term) from the All India Services. Besides the Indian Police Service (IPS), deputation principally also includes the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFS). While the idea behind recruiting from the civil services was well-intentioned, it has created two parallel cadres that has bred inefficiencies affecting the performance of the agency. Interestingly, the RAW is the only external intelligence agency in India that includes members of the civil services, specifically the IPS. Most agencies around the world keep police work separate from intelligence gathering and analysis. The nature of work for the former is different and sometimes contradictory to the latter. Police work involves following defined processes set by law. Espionage, on the other hand, requires operating in the grey often outside laws of countries. Given this fundamental dif-

ference, many nation-states prefer to maintain a clear distinction – internal intelligence work is part of law enforcement, making police support indispensable. The term ‘Intelligence’ is reserved for the external sphere where information is gathered through means that may not be entirely legal. CATCH ‘EM YOUNG As part of the Takshashila Institution’s Intelligence Reforms project, we suggest changes, which can be introduced at various stages of an officer’s career – from recruitment to retirement. Incremental changes to the recruitment process, for instance, would bring about significant improvement. The RAW should open its recruitment avenues and engage individuals from different backgrounds with diverse skills and education experiences to fill positions. The existing practice of recruiting and training persons without technical specialisations and proficiencies leads to inefficiencies, particularly when candidates with these skills are available in the job market. Addi-

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ing in younger recruits not only increases the service years of individual officers, but also eliminates other problems that have plagued the RAW. First, it is easier to instil a sense of belonging into the hearts and minds of young recruits who join the agency right after graduation than a civil servant who owes his or her allegiance to the parent service. Second, it puts an end to the ‘revolving door’ mechanism that allows civil servants on deputation to leave the agency and return to their parent service – a great liability for the intelligence agency. Immediately after the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, the rules for deputation to the RAW also came under the scanner. While the rules continue to be debated, it is clear that the benefits of separating the civil services from external intelligence outnumber the benefits brought by an amalgamation of the two. There are better-suited solutions that should not be dismissed without exploration. Policymakers need to break away from the traditional line of thought and develop creative reforms. Without getting human resourcing right, intelligence reforms will remain incomplete. The author is a Policy Analyst at the Geostrategy Programme of The Takshashila Institution.

Afghanistan needs an international solution THE PATH TO STABILITY DOES NOT DEPEND ON THE NUMBER OF US TROOPS IN THE FIELD OR THE NUMBER OF TALIBAN LEADERS KILLED

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Over the years, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has survived everything from the French Revolution to the Black Plague (which killed tens of millions of Europeans in the 1340s/1350s) to two world wars—and on Monday, April 15, Parisians were shocked to see the historic Medieval building in flames. But the blaze has been extinguished, although Notre Dame suffered extensive damage and will need to be rebuilt. According to French authorities, there is no reason to suspect foul play; the blaze appeared to be the accidental result of renovations work—not terrorism or arson. But that hasn’t stopped far-right extremists and wingnuts from floating conspiracy theories about the Notre Dame fire. One such extremist is Glenn Beck, founder of the right-wing media company Blaze Tv and former AM talk radio host. On Blaze, Beck described the fire as a French equivalent of 9/11 and speculated that the Notre Dame blaze might have been started on purpose by Islamic terrorists—despite the lack of evidence of any type of foul play. Blaze asserted, “If this was arson, this is going to be bad. It might have just been started by a cigarette; we don’t know. But if this was started by Islamists, I don’t think you’ll find out about it, because I think it would set the entire country on fire. They’ve had killings, they’ve had mass shootings, they’ve had people running people down in the streets. The tension is very high.” The French government, according to Beck, will not notify the public if it finds evidence of terrorism. “This is their World Trade Center moment,” Beck said on Blaze Tv. “And if this was done by terrorists, I think that they will keep it quiet.” Guest Chad Robichaux concurred with Beck, telling him, “I’m with you” and claiming that French

tionally, establishing an interface with private industries could create openings both in collection of intelligence and in providing nondiplomatic cover for postings. By adopting a practice similar to the one employed by the CIA, India too can utilise university deans and retired intelligence officers as talent spotters for campus recruitment across Indian universities. These talent spotters can easily identify students who have a flair for foreign languages, are articulate in speech and writing and display strong interpersonal skills. Increasing student engagement by offering internships and asking retired officers to take on teaching assignments will allow intelligence agencies to tap into the university talent pool. Continued engagement with university students will serve a second objective of relaxing the element of secrecy enough to make working at the agency an attractive career option for students. Currently, the average age of an officer on deputation to join the RAW is 32 years. He or she is 37 years of age when he or she becomes the first secretary and is eligible to take on overseas assignments. This would mean that in the short span of five years one has to master a foreign language, the tradecraft required and gain experience in handling area desks at a very young age. Invest-

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CONSPIRACY THEORISTS AND FAR-RIGHT EXTREMISTS ARE SPREADING BOGUS STORIES ABOUT THE NOTRE DAME BLAZE authorities will cover up any evidence of foul play because there “would be a slaughter in the streets” in France. Beck’s 9/11 comparison is flawed. First, there is no question that the al-Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001 were attacks of terrorism. The Twin Towers were destroyed on purpose; the Notre Dame blaze, French authorities are saying, was an accident. Second, no one died because of the Notre Dame fire, although one firefighter suffered serious injuries— whereas on 9/11, roughly 3000 people were murdered. When far-right French politician Philippe Karsenty was interviewed on Fox News on Monday, he speculated that the Notre Dame blaze was set on purpose and that the French government would suppress evidence of foul play. Karsenty told Fox News’ Shepard Smith, “Even if nobody died, it’s like a 9/11. It’s a French 9/11, you know?…. Of course, you will hear the story of the political correctness, which will tell

you it’s probably an accident.” But Smith, who is among the more reasonable conservatives at Fox News, shut Karsenty down— telling him, “Sir, we’re not going to speculate here of the cause of something which we don’t know…. We’re not doing that here—not now, not on my watch.” Alex Jones’ Infowars website, notorious for promoting outlandish conspiracy theories, also floated the claim that the fire was “deliberately” set. Infowars’ “source” was an alleged Notre Dame worker. And anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller claimed that the “Notre Dame Cathedral inferno” was “intentionally set” and implied that there was an ISIS (Islamic State, Iraq and Syria) connection. A troll Twitter account, @CNNPolitics2020, pretended to be CNN and posted, “BREAKING: CNN can now confirm the Notre Dame fire was caused by act of terrorism.” But the account had no connection whatsoever to CNN, and Twitter shut @CNNPolitics2020 down when it learned of the disinformation it was spreading about the Notre Dame blaze.

The last time I walked by the presidential palace in Kabul and headed back to my NATO base, in 2011, I wondered whether I had made any difference during my year as a NATO advisor to the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense. I was one of about 20 Canadian and American senior military advisors working in partnership with Afghan generals and their staff. We advised the Ministries of Defense and Interior on the manning, training, and equipping of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police. Amongst ourselves, we advisers wondered what was in fact the right path to bring security to Afghanistan. I was in Afghanistan during a time when the United States had 100,000 military personnel deployed in the country. These troops led much of the fighting, but they worked side-by-side with the National Army and Police while these grew in capacity and capability. Today, the United States has less than 15,000 personnel deployed in Afghanistan. While I am neither a diplomat nor an economist, I am a retired military officer who cares deeply about our men and women in uniform. I also care deeply about peace and stability in Central Asia, because the region is critical to America’s broader strategic interests. We cannot fight our way to peace and stability in Afghanistan. If we have learned anything after 40 years of continuous war there, it is that a myopic focus on military solutions will not lead to peace. The path to stability does not depend on the number of U.S. troops in the field or the number of Taliban leaders killed. Sustainable peace in Afghanistan requires an economy that can satisfy the needs of its people. While Afghanistan is rich in natural resources, it cannot harvest them to the fullest without the stability and good governance required for business to grow and thrive. U.S. strategy for Afghanistan must look beyond near-term military concerns, and it can’t revolve around negotiations with the Taliban that do not include Afghan government representation. We must take the long view, and if we want to end a seemingly endless war, we must use all elements of U.S. national power. We must better harness our diplomatic relationships in the region while also tying strict and achievable benchmarks to our economic assistance. We need to start thinking about how the

United States can use the full extent of its national power to bring others to the table that have the interest and ability to help Afghans develop their economy. Afghanistan’s long-term security is not an American problem meant to be solved by Americans alone, but one shared by countries as diverse as Germany, Russia, and Pakistan. Not only does China need to be included, but Beijing should be encouraged to take on a far more proactive role in Afghanistan’s national development. As a nearby state and an emerging superpower eager to expand its access to natural resources, China has both an economic and security interest in becoming a major player in the country. The United States, Afghanistan, and their partners should press Beijing to contribute to the difficult developmental work that is still needed. Others need to be at that table as well, particularly those like the European Union, Russia, and Pakistan who possess the financial largesse or political relationships to create the kind of stability Afghanistan needs for a better economy. By taking a longer strategic view and pulling in other partners to work with Afghanistan and the United States, I believe progress is achievable over the long-term -- although it will still be a difficult road. When I advised the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense, several of the generals I worked with most closely helped me appreciate what life was like in Afghanistan before the Taliban, then during the Taliban occupation, and the gradual but important progress that occurred since 2001. I learned many lessons from them, and my faith in Afghanistan’s ability to survive and grow is placed in the younger generations of Afghans. They have already done so much, starting with the hundreds of thousands of Afghan soldiers who have fought and sacrificed on behalf of their country. I feel an urgency to end this military conflict that has already surpassed in length any war the United States has fought in its history. The U.S. must engage a long-term strategy endorsed with international endorsement and support -- a plan that helps Afghanistan prosper as a strong, sovereign, independent country. We have developed these kinds of strategies before. Let us do it again. U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Lower Half (Retired) Sandy Adams is a fellow of the American College of National Security Leaders. The views expressed are the author's own.


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Tehmina Janjua meets journalists at FO ISLAMABAD: Outgoing Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Tuesday interacted with the journalist community at ministry of Foreign affair here. The designated Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood was also present on the occasion. The event was attended mainly by the beat reporters, who deal with the foreign office. It is pertinent to mention here that Tehmina joined Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1984 after studying French literature at the Quaid-e-Azam University. Janjua later received a Masters degree in International Affairs from the SIPA, Columbia University in 1989. She served in Pakistan’s missions to New York City and United Nations before serving as the Director of Foreign Secretary’s Office between 2004 and 2005. She also served as the Director General of Strategic Planning in the Foreign Secretary’s Office and in 2011 became Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan. She served as the ambassador of Pakistan to Italy between December 2011 and October 2015. On October 6, 2015, Tehmina became Pakistan’s envoy to the UN Office in Geneva, and in December 2016, Tehmina became the first woman, and the first developing country representative, to preside over the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. In February 2017, she was appointed as Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary, the first woman to hold the highest career position in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. APP

Aleem Khan’s bail plea adjourned till April 23 LAHORE: A Lahore High Court (LHC) division bench on Tuesday adjourned hearing of a bail petition, filed by former senior provincial minister Abdul Aleem Khan in the offshore companies and assets case till April 23. The bench comprising of Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan and Justice Mirza Viqas Rauf heard the petition. Barrister Syed Ali Zafar, on behalf of Abdul Aleem Khan, argued that all charges levelled against his client were baseless and the bureau did not have any evidence against him. He contended that the case was fabricated and pleaded with the court to grant Abdul Aleem Khan benefit of bail. However, the bench adjourned the hearing till April 23 with the direction to counsel for advancing further arguments on the next date of hearing. APP

170 Hindu pilgrims stranded in Balochistan rescued

JACOBABAD: At least 170 Hindu pilgrims stranded in flash floods following heavy rains in the Kachhi area of Bolan district in Balochistan have returned home safely. They were given a warm welcome when they reached Dera Murad Jamali. They said the Pakistan Army, Frontier Constabulary and the government of Balochistan lent valuable rescue support to them and three helicopters were used for their safe rescue. Later, the district administration provided them with buses to reach home. These pilgrims were stranded in hilly terrain during flash floods while they were visiting their ancient temple in a remote area. STAFF REPORT

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HE Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking review of its 2018 verdict which declared the Pak-Turk International Cag Education Foundation (PTICEF) a proscribed organisation and handed over its educational institutes to the Turkiye Maarif Foundation. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and com-

prising Justice Maqbool Baqar and Justice Ijazul Ahsan heard the case seeking review of order regarding handing over the management of PakTurk schools to the Turkiye Maarif Foundation. Ankara had called for Islamabad to close down institutions run by the PTICEF, an organisation controlled by Fethullah Gulen, the USbased religious leader accused of masterminding and backing the botched coup attempt in Turkey in 2016. During the course of proceedings, the counsel for the Pak-Turk schools administration pleaded that the Turkish government had no role

Performance & Reforms Cell to improve governance, public service: Punjab CS LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Punjab Chief Secretary Yousaf Naseem Khokhar said Tuesday that Chief Secretary’s Performance and Reforms Cell set up in his office was aimed at improving the governance and public service delivery through Information Technology. Presiding over a meeting of all administrative secretaries and divisional commissioners here at Civil Secretariat, the chief secretary said the cell would not only monitor the performance but also work on reforms in different sectors, especially health and education. He said that targets of progress could not be achieved without curbing corruption, adding that effective measures against corruption would help stop financial irregularities, besides improving performance of departments. He directed the administrative secretaries to strengthen the system of accountability and audit within departments. Asking the Director General Anti-Corruption for early disposal of pending inquiries, the Chief Secretary assured that the Punjab government would provide all support to the department. He directed the officers to implement instructions regarding holding of open courts and the common man should be given due respect in government offices. He said the capability of government departments would be enhanced through

the IT. He asked the PITB Chairman to bring improvement in the IT system being used for price control in districts so that effective monitoring of daily-use items could be ensured. The Chief Secretary also issued directives regarding early disposal of departmental inquires, pension cases and complaints received on Pakistan Citizen Portal. Additional Chief Secretary, Senior Member Board of Revenue, Chairman Chief Minister’s Inspection Team, Commissioner Lahore Division and officers concerned were also present.

1st quarter of 2019 witnesses 12 per cent increase in violence-related fatalities: report BALOCHISTAN WITNESSES OVER 158PC RISE IN FATALITIES, ERSTWHILE FATA SAW 75PC DROP ISLAMABAD HAMID KHAN WAZIR

The first quarter of 2019 was quite volatile for Pakistan with an overall 12% increase in violence related fatalities, as compared to year 2018, as Balochistan witnessed an over 158% rise in fatalities, while the tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) region saw a nearly 75% drop. The Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) in its Quarterly Security Report 2019 released on Monday revealed that Balochistan remained a hotbed of violence which stood at the top with 194 casualties; however, the tribal districts of KP appeared as the least af-

in the establishment of the schools, it was the Turkish people who had donated funds for the creation of the schools. On this Justice Ahsan responded that 40 other countries had also shut these schools down, and that the PTICEF has been declared a terrorist organisation. Justice Saeed remarked that the Turkish government and Supreme Court had also declared the PTICEF to be a proscribed organisation and the Government of Pakistan stands by the Turkish government. The lawyer for the Pak-Turk schools maintained that Malaysia had not banned these schools. Justice Saeed replied: “Then you should go to Malaysia.” “Whether you want to change the schools’ name and fool people again,” inquired the judge, adding that this way other banned outfits will also start opening up various organisations. At the same time he also asked the counsel that he cannot defend a proscribed organisation in court. The counsel argued that the interior and foreign ministries of Pakistan had allowed the organisation to open up schools here. Justice Ahsan observed that the same government’s ministries had come to the court and said that Fethullah Gulen’s organisations have turned into a terrorist outfit and that the organisation is being used for money laundering and funding terrorist outfits.

fected region, despite being the hub of militants at one point with 30 casualties. According to the report, there were 417 casualties of violence (228 fatalities and 189 injuries) during the first quarter of 2019. A total of 194 casualties including 62 fatalities and 132 injuries reported in Balochistan in the first quarter while KP remained second with 69 casualties including 48 fatalities and 21 injuries. Similarly, in Sindh 67 casualties reported with 53 fatalities and 15 injuries, Punjab 54 casualties with 44 fatalities and 10 injuries, erstwhile FATA 30 casualties with 20 fatalities and 10 injuries, while in Islamabad 2 casualties were reported with one each fatalities and injury. However, the report showed that during the first quarter no casualty reported in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB). According to the report, since the first quarter of 2017, with the exception of Q3, 2018, there has been an overall downward trend in violence until Q4, 2018; however first quarter of 2019 showed a nearly 12% overall increase in violence-related fatalities of which

Karachi district was most affected provincial capital by violence this quarter, as there were 36 fatalities which was jumped to 48 this quarter. Similarly, the districts of Loralai and Dera Ismail Khan showed an alarming increase in violence this quarter, when compared to Q4, 2018. In Loralai there was no such incident reported in fourth quarter of 2018, but this quarter 27 violence-related fatalities reported, while in Dera Ismail Khan the number jumped from 2 to 16 in the same period. Moreover, the report showed that casualties witnessed in an increase in South Waziristan from 6 in the fourth quarter in 2018 to 8 in first quarter in 2019; however a considerably decreased witnessed in such incidents in North Waziristan which came down from 26 to 8 casualties in the same period. The primary method of violence used in this quarter was target killings following with the two suicide attacks. The fatalities of civilians and security officials didn’t see any improvement in this quarter, in comparison to the last quarter – October to December 2018, though a slight decrease from

74% to 62% and 25% to 19% was observed respectively in total number of fatalities; however militants’ fatalities went up from 25% to 28%. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was the only proscribed outfit that claimed responsibility for suicide and an armed attack that targeted security personnel and installations in Loralai and Ziarat. Unlike previous quarter, Daish (Islamic State), made no claim of any terror attack during this quarter but they lost seven high ranking militants in security operations. TTP, on the other hand, lost thirteen militants in security operations that were carried out in North Waziristan, Hangu and Loralai. Moreover, sectarian-related violence declined in this quarter as compared to the last quarter and was only limited in Punjab and Sindh with six fatalities. Target killings replaced suicide bombings as the primary method of violence this quarter. As many as 83 persons lost their lives to target killings in Q1 2019, while two suicide attacks, left 9 persons dead. The number of dead bodies found was 23 this quarter, up from 7 in Q4 2018.

Polio vaccination is in accordance with Shariah: scholars PESHAWAR: Eminent religious scholars from Pakistan and Afghanistan have reiterated that polio vaccines are not only safe and in compliance with Islamic principles, but also a religious and moral duty of all parents. It was stated in a press release issued by EOC KP religious scholars in a joint declaration at the Afghanistan-Pakistan Eminent Ulema Conference held in Doha (Qatar). The conference is an innovative step in the global effort to stop poliovirus, under the aegis of the Islamic Advisory Group for polio eradication (IAG). For the first time, the IAG convened religious scholars from both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in a bid to appreciate their value as community leaders and to secure bilateral support for polio eradication efforts across the joint corridors through which the virus is being transmitted. This came as one of the prominent recommendations of the Fifth Annual Islamic Advisory Group Meeting in 2018 to bring together around 30 Islamic scholars from the two countries together with representatives of IAG partner organizations from Al Azhar Al Sharif, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). As the last remaining bastions of wild polio virus are in the bordering areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two countries are tackling challenges ranging from poor health systems to community mistrust. As global polio eradication efforts address the former, advocates including religious scholars are essential to addressing the latter and persuading parents for the safety and efficacy of vaccines. The Conference was inaugurated by Dr Darwish bin Saif Al Maharbi, undersecretary for administrative and Financial Affairs, Ministry of Health, Oman and Sheikh Dr Kahlan bin Nabhan Al Kharusi, assistant Grand Mufti of Oman who welcomed the participants and prayed for their success. “Children are precious in the eyes of Islam, which requires us to call for their protection,” said Dr Al Kharusi while referring to the importance of responsibility in issuing fatwas and the role of scholars in clarifying Islamic rulings to the general public. APP


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he said that NAB is inquiring him about the funds from 2005 to 2008, when he was not a public officeholder. He further said that whatever he did at that time was as per the law and tax regulations of that time period. Hamza also lashed out at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Jahangir Tareen, who was disqualified from the Supreme court, for lecturing the nation on justice and equality. Hamza said that Tareen calling corruption embarrassing is one of the signs of Judgement Day. The son of the former Punjab chief minister also said that he had submitted a petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC) against the conduct of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials who had “attacked” the residences of his sisters. In his plea, he asked the high court to take action against NAB officials for contempt of court. In his petition to the LHC, Hamza has challenged the NAB officials’ action of raiding his home. He said that police ‘attacked’ the homes of his sisters, adding that a summon was sent to his ailing mother. Hamza Shehbaz said that in order to deviate the nation from the current government’s incompetence, the opposition leaders are summoned to NAB offices.

LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Law and Local Government Muhammad Basharat Raja has said that election of Punjab Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will be held after the nomination of head of the standing committees. Talking to media after attending a ceremony of Roots International School at Expo Center Lahore on Tuesday, Basharat Raja said that the Opposition wants Hamza Shahbaz as head of PAC but we have serious reservations as his name is being taken in various cases. He said that authority of transfer posting of officers is vested with Chief Minister Punjab whom he used without party affiliation. He said that Punjab Chief Minister is active and vibrant for public service and he is visiting different city of the province everyday for this purpose. The Provincial Minister said that rumours about the liaison between PML-N and PML-Q should be ended after the contradiction of Moonis Elahi. STAFF REPORT

SC wants steady flow of funds for OLMT project

Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Imran Khan to raise salaries of all government and private employees in view of Ramzanul Mubarak. Addressing the government in a statement, Shehbaz said if an immediate relief is not provided then it will become impossible for the public to make both ends meet in the holy month. In the wake of high inflation lately, Shehbaz suggested a 20 per cent increase in the pay of those earning up to Rs0.1 million monthly. NEWS DESK

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PPOSITION Leader in Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan would have to publicly apologise to the nation if he fails in proving money laundering allegations against him. Talking to reporters after appearing in an accountability court

hearing money laundering and illegal assets case against him, Hamza questioned as to who provides Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and PM’s Special Assistant on Accountability Shehzad Akbar with the figures of money laundering when such information is solely the prerogative of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Hamza said that Fawad Chaudhry, in his press conference,

lhC issues contempt of court notice to academic for losing calm The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday issued a contempt of court notice to a Punjab University (PU) teacher besides ordering her arrest for protesting during a hearing despite repeated warnings from the judges to maintain decorum. A five-member larger bench of the LHC headed by Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi was hearing a petition filed by PU academic Dr Nayab against an application filed by a colleague Khujista Rehan, with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). According to the details, Khujista, who is affiliated with PU’s law college, had accused 14 university officials including Dr Nayab of using defamatory words against her and spreading slanderous material against her on social media. On Tuesday’s hearing, Dr Nayab’s lawyer argued that the FIA did not have the authority to carry out disciplinary proceedings against suspects while recalling that a single-judge bench of the LHC had previously stopped FIA from taking disciplinary action against Dr Nayab through a stay order — on a petition filed by the academic. At this, Khujista, who was present at the larger bench’s hearing of Dr Nayab’s petition, complained loudly that the court had issued a stay order to FIA without hearing her stance. NEWS DESK

alleged corruption and kickbacks of Rs85 billion whereas the letter sent by Ministry of Interior placing the Sharif family on ECL mentioned Rs33bn and NAB has asked him to give explanation over Rs180m. “These engineered and made up numbers and their incoherence proves how blatant these lies are and how ruthlessly the state machinery is being used by the government for political victimization,” he said. While referring to the petition,

NEWS DESK Hearing the case related to delay in completion of the Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) project, Supreme Court (SC) Justice Azmat Saeed on Tuesday remarked that work on the project should not be stopped because of funds. A three-member SC bench was hearing the case. Observing the delay in the completion work, Justice Azmat Saeed warned that the matter could be referred to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as the company failed to fulfill its deadline. “The company assured the completion of the project by April 15,” he said.

Later the court, after summoning secretary transport and finance, adjourned the hearing till Friday. The OLMT will span 27.1 km (16.8 mi) with 25.4 km (15.8 mi) elevated and 1.72 km (1.1 mi) underground. The line will be served by 26 stations and is expected to handle 250,000 passengers daily. As a part of the wider China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the Orange line is being financed by the Government of Punjab. The 27-kilometer metro train is expected to cost $1.6 billion, out of which $300 million would come from the Federal Government of Pakistan, the rest is financed through soft loans by the Government of China.

CJP says govt schools getting worse with time ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed concerns over the ever-increasing difference in the quality of education between private and government-run schools. Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa sought complete details from lawyer of the Khyber Pakhtonkhwa private schools while hearing a case regarding fee hike by private schools. He said the court needed report of each school in the KP, adding that the top court may order inspection of all the schools. The lawyer said he had prepared a report regarding provision of free education in the province. The court responded that people were moving towards private education due to lack of quality and

facilities in government education system. Advocate Faisal Siddiqui, representing the parents who petitioned in the apex court for, said the society couldn’t be sacrificed due to interest of a handful of people. Justice Faisal Arab said many government schools were operating even without a teacher. While Justice Ejazul Hasan said children studying at private schools get good jobs in their career. He reiterated that the court was not in favour of imposing an unnecessary ban on schools. The chief justice said the private school’s counsel must prove with reasoning that a five percent hike in fee was justified. Advocate Siddiqui said the Sindh High Court had given a decision in favour of parents. The SHC verdict said raising a fee without approval from a relevant authority is not allowed, according to the lawyer.

Shehbaz urges imran to raise salaries of govt, private employees

iSPr allows 26 ex-officers to appear on media as defence analysts The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has allowed 26 retired officers of the armed forces to appear on media as defence analysts. According to a notification issued by the ISPR, Lt Gen Moinuddin Haider, Lt Gen Amjad Shoaib, Lt Gen Khalid Maqbool, Lt Gen Naeem Khalid Lodhi, Lt Gen Asif Yaseen Malik, Lt Gen Raza Ahmed, Lt Gen Ashraf Saleem, Maj Gen Ejaz Awan, Maj Gen Ghulam Mustafa, Brig Saad Rasool, Brig Farooq Hameed, Brig Ghazanfar Ali, Brig Aslam Ghumman, Brig Nadir Mir, Brig Asadullah, Brig Asif Haroon, Brig Harris Nawaz, Brig Said Nazir, Brig Samson Simon Sharof, Admiral Ahmed Tasnim, AM Shahid Latif, AM Ikram Bhatti, AM Masood Akhtar, AM Riaz-u-Din, AVM Shahzad Ch and Air Cdre Sajjad Haider have been allowed to appear on media as defence analysts. “Their views/comments/opinions on media shall remain personal/independent expression and not attributable to the institution,” read the notification. The prominent omissions are Brig (r) Mahmood Shah, Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Asad Durrani, Lt Gen Talat Masood, retired Maj Amir and two former DG ISPR retired Maj Gen Athar Abbas and Maj Gen Rashid Qureshi. However, the notification said that any other retired officer desirous of appearing as defence analyst can contact the ISPR to obtain a no-objection certificate. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority recently instructed all television channels to seek prior clearance from the ISPR before inviting retired military officers on news and current affairs programmes “to solicit their views on matters of national security”. The media regulator, in a notification dated April 4, stated that “concerned quarters” have observed that retired military officers, when invited on TV programmes, “are usually not fully conversant with the latest defence and security developments due to their service background and post-retirement time”. NEWS DESK

SHC rejects plea by drug manufacturing companies for interim relief KARACHI STAFF REPORT

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday refused to accept requests by drug manufacturing companies seeking a restraint order against drug inspectors in the wake of medicines’ price hike. During the hearing, the court

remarked that it couldn’t stop drug inspectors from raids without hearing their version. The manufacturers said drug inspectors were seizing their stock on pretext of price hike. “They have stopped us from medicines’ production,” said the petitioners. Drug inspectors, when questioned by the court, said action was

underway countrywide and it was not just related to one city. They said the drug manufacturing companies increased prices of medicines to a large extent and in violation of the rules. They informed that the matter was also raised by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) and it’s also sub-judice in another court.

The SHC bench said the matter could be looked once decision of a similar pending case was announced. On April 6, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan had launched a countrywide crackdown against the pharmaceutical companies over unauthorised and illegal hike in prices of medicines.


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PTI government and climate change Unmoved by the widespread havoc

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n Monday, a rain and dust storm lashed all the provinces of the country, causing havoc in different ways at different places while killing 25 people and injuring 179. in Punjab, there were reports about damage to crops, roofs blown up and walls collapsing in villages, small towns and slum areas. in Karachi casualties were caused by trees falling under the pressure of the dust storm while fishermen were reported missing in the sea. in Balochistan 150 Hindu yaatrees trapped by flooded streams had to be evacuated through helicopter. Balochistan faced a flood-like situation following a new spell of heavy rainfall which claimed at least 13 lives and left over100 missing. The province has been hit by untimely rains and storms for three consecutive months and KP for two. in the latest incident in KP, three people in Chitral died as a house collapsed under a landslide. PM’s Climate Change Advisor Amin Aslam, who happens to be the most reticent among the PM’s team mates, has consistently maintained silence about the havoc being caused by climate change, as if this was an insignificant matter. While people were being washed away by flash floods, buried under landslides and dying under collapsing roofs, he was on Twitter waxing lyrical over “The magic of the Billion Tree Tsunami” or condemning “india’s shameful surgical strike against nature and Forests”. The PTi government needs to ponder the extent of the damage that has been done by climate change in Pakistan. rains, storms, flash floods and rising temperatures are affecting all the four provinces, besides AJK and gilgit-Baltistan, with increased frequency and destructive force. The weather predictions by the Pakistan Meteorological Department and the warnings to the population by the Pakistan Disaster Management Authority provide insufficient time to the population to fend for itself. The concerned agencies, that include police, rescue 1122 and provincial disaster management authorities, are under-staffed, ill-equipped, and mostly urban-specific. The way climate change is hitting Pakistan, any extreme climate event can lead to a disaster. There is a need to strengthen the forecast and rescue bodies now rather than wring hands and blame the past governments when the tragedy occurs.

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Drug prices stay put Announcements should be realistic

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ErHAPS the only positive that Prime Minister imran Khan will take away from the drug-prices episode is that he will realise the limits of prime ministerial power. He had ordered that they come down after their recent increase. They didn’t, and this was despite the series of raids conducted by the Drug regulation Agency of Pakistan. it is now being said that prices are proper, and the increases merely reflected the devaluation of the rupee. That is poor consolation for the people most affected, who are already ailing, and are now faced with the prospect of more expensive medicines. The worst hit are those suffering from chronic illnesses, kept in check only by medication. The increase in the price of imports affects even drugs manufactured domestically, because the active ingredient is usually imported. Prime Ministerial fiat does not work in such cases, because manufacturers are in the private sector, and cannot afford to sell below cost indefinitely. Only the state can do that, and in this age of iMF packages, such a subsidy would be impossible, and even without the need for iMF packages, such steps can only be taken if there is some revenue coming in to meet this expense. The pharmaceuticals industry must accept some of the blame, but it cannot be ignored that apart from the precipitate fall in the value of the rupee, drug prices have gone up worldwide, and thus dollar prices have gone up, making the effect worse. it is all very well, and populist, to order prices down. However, it only works for a limited period even in the case of absolute monarchs or military dictators, and not at all for elected officials, as in the present instance, who are not seen as arbitrary givers of orders, but as achievers of compromises between various interest groups. Prime Ministers need to be briefed, and even if this means that they cannot cut a fine figure and lose some spontaneity, it would be better for the country as a whole, indeed even for the historical reputation of the Prime Minister if he earned a reputation for careful consideration. Much can be done in the health sector to make life easier for the common man. However, that would require the sort of deep consideration the Prime Minister’s orders did not show.

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India’s ASAT test: A false sense of prestige

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uTEr space is a ‘global commons’ and ‘common heritage’ for all mankind. it has a tremendous amount of significance for socioeconomic development. According to the Bank of America, the current space market is valued at roughly $350 billion and will continue to grow to reach roughly $2.7 trillion within the next three decades. Countries and commercial entities are investing in telecommunication, earth observation, and orbital manufacturing and private habitat, and it will further develop and increase the share of space economy in the future. Apart from civilian and peaceful use of space, hi-tech advanced countries are using the space for military purposes, and hence their defensive and offensive military activities have the spectre of an arms race in the outer space. That in turn, will further increase the potentially ruinous consequences by creating space debris and risking relative stability in outer space. The issue of prevention of arms race in outer space (PArOS) has been on the agenda item of the Conference of Disarmament (CD) but up till now, no substantive outcome or legally binding guidelines have emerged. On 27 March, indian Prime Minister narendra Modi announced in a national address that india had carried out a maiden anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon test for the first time. According to india’s DrDO press statement, the ‘Mission Shakti’ took three minutes to destroy the intended target i.e. a satellite at an altitude of 300 km, in low earth orbit (LEO). With this test, india joined the league of three nations, namely uSA, russia and China, who had already demonstrated that capability in the past. india’s ASAT test once again highlighted the ineffectiveness of international regimes governing the activities of outer space and failure to formulate binding rules to regulate countries’ space endeavours. Moreover, the absence of ‘no rules’ opens a window for states to exploit these legal loopholes for their geopolitical and geostrategic considerations, while threatening the global prosperity on one hand and setting a precedent for other states to follow suit on the other. unchecked ‘weaponisa-

tion of outer space’ and ‘prestige’-led space arms race has the potential to trigger lethal ‘cascading effects’ for international peace and stability. Pakistan condemned the indian ASAT test and according to the Foreign Office press statement “Pakistan remains a strong proponent of non-militarisation of outer space.” Furthermore, it stated that it’s a “matter of grave concern for the international community not only in terms of generation of space debris but also because of its ramifications for long term sustainability of peaceful space activities. And if these moves were unchecked, it could pose serious consequences for “global and regional peace, stability and security.” in the context of the current state of play in South Asia, where strategic stability is under tremendous pressure due to Modi’s irrational and delusional blunders, since 14 February, the threat of ‘nuclear nightmare’ has been looming large on the horizon and currently, there is no hope that the security situation will be diffused till the conclusion of indian general elections in May 2019. According to indian domestic political analysts, the primary purpose behind the ‘Balakot Misadventure’ and ‘ASAT test’ was to woo the electorate to win the elections; and for this very purpose, Modi could go at any length. The recent statement of Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi added further context to that premise. He said “india is planning a new attack on Pakistan… this could take place between April 16 and 20,” and it is the “responsibility of the international community” to end their silence for the larger stability of the region. given post-Balakot domestic and international scrutiny of india’s Ministry of External Affairs and the indian Air Force’s false narrative regarding the casualties of alleged militants in Balakot and the downing of F16 jets, subsequent international reports regarding indian claims tell different story and for instance, Foreign Policy magazine’s exclusive report on the F16 Controversy further embarrassed the iAF and pushed Prime Minister Modi into a tight spot. According to Lara Seligman, “two senior uS defence officials with direct knowledge of the situation told Foreign Policy that uS personnel recently counted islamabad’s F-16s and found none missing.”

Amidst increasing domestic criticism, indian Air Vice Marshal rgK Kapoor held a press conference and refuted the assertion of the FP story. Air Vice Marshal Kapoor stated that india has “irrefutable evidence” that indian jet downed a Pakistani F-16 in a dogfight. interestingly, in his concluding remarks, he said that the iAF could not provide more information to the public due to “security and confidentiality concerns.” That essentially means that there exists no such information and if it had, india would have made it public to embarrass Pakistan. in a quid pro quo, Dg iSPr Maj gen Asif ghafoor, while commenting on the indian Air Vice Marshal’s presser, said that “repetitions do not make [the] truth a lie” and the fact is that PAF shot down two iAF jets, “wreckage [has been] seen on the ground by all.” Likewise, MiT Assistant Professor Vipin narang said that “it looks worse and worse for the indians,” and it seems india “failed to impose significant costs on Pakistan, [instead] lost a plane and a helicopter of its own in the process.” That said, india’s testing of ASAT capability was again perceived as an attempt at face-saving by the Modi government on the one hand, and to divert the ‘microscopic’ scrutiny on the other. However, the abrupt response from the nASA administration was a setback as it briefly halted working with iSrO after the indian ASAT test. The nASA administration not only visualises the test from the strategic stability perspective but also as a threat to the concept of space as global commons. in the background of these dangerous developments in the region, it appears that indian government narrative is not finding traction at the national and international levels. Also, it remains to be seen how testing an ASAT capability would elevate the socioeconomic status of a country 75 per cent of whose population is living in abject poverty, where 200 million people don’t have sufficient access to food and 25 per cent of whose children do not have access to education. Senator Sehar Kamran is the President of Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) and member of the Senate Forum for Policy Research (SFPR). She has also served as a member Senate of Pakistan for the term 2012-2018.

China and Japan foster ties The two neighbours are building ever closer ties

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uring a meeting in Beijing, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang discussed ways to deepen ties, stepping up arrangements for a possible visit to Japan by Chinese President Xi Jinping in June. if realised, it will be Xi’s first visit here since he came to power in 2013. Xi is expected to travel to Osaka to attend a summit of the group of 20 major economies, though the Chinese government has yet to officially confirm his attendance. if it happens, it will be an opportunity for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to hold his first meeting with Xi since they met at a summit in Buenos Aires last november. “As neighbours, China and Japan Karachi – Ph: 021-35381208-9

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should deepen economic cooperation and cultivate third-country markets for the benefit of not only our two countries but also to ensure a stable recovery in the global economy,” Li said. “We look forward to working together with China to work on bilateral and global issues,” Kono said. The other issue is Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese. Kono is bringing this issue up with Yi. in november, China removed a ban on rice grown in niigata Prefecture, more than 200 km away from the crippled Fukushima no. 1 nuclear power plant. This is a welcome move and the two nations are fostering ties on agricultural products. They also want to discuss the joint production of gas in the East China Sea. Both countries have not discussed such issues since 2008. it is an encouraging sign. The two co-chaired a high-level economic dialogue aimed at deepening cooperation at a time when global growth is slowing. At the ministerial meeting, the two sides agreed on steps that could pave the way for the lifting of a prolonged ban on Japanese beef by Beijing, in the latest sign of a recent improvement in ties between the Asian powers. The import of Japanese beef into China will also bring enormous trade between the two. until now Beijing has put a ban on the import of Japanese beef. Beijing must review the import of beef into China. China encouraged Japan to invest in infrastructure projects under Xi’s “One Belt, One road” devel-

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opment initiative stretching across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Both the nations have been focussing on the improvement of youth relations: the two countries plan to arrange mutual visits for 30,000 youths from each other in the next five years. Both countries are also thinking of a joint production of goods at a third country like Thailand. Their mutual cooperation will move into a solid space. China and Japan have the opportunity to “take charge of the economic field” during a time of worldwide uncertainty, Japan’s foreign minister said, as trade pressures from the united States have prompted both countries to seek alternative markets and to promote bilateralism. uS President Donald Trump has also imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminium from Japan, and threatened automobile tariffs that would leave Japan among the hardest-hit. in this regard, China appeared to be a lucrative market for Japanese goods that would normally go into the uSA. As Japan and China faces restriction in the uS market for one reason or another, China and Japan are in a position to further deepen bilateral trade relations. China also needs support from the Eu and Japan as it seeks to diversify its markets and take on a leadership role in pushing global trade. China has decided to appoint top

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Japan expert Kong Xuanyou, currently the vice foreign minister, as its new ambassador to Tokyo as it seeks to raise bilateral relations to new heights. The move will help improve the ties between the two countries at a time when President Xi would be making an official visit. Chinese President Xi will likely visit Japan this year. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to China last fall was the first formal visit to Beijing by a Japanese leader in nearly seven years. This is considered a major breakthrough in their high-level visits and exchanges. China and Japan ties are important and will continue to assume its importance in world arena. There is need to give them just place and a supporting hand. This will not only reduce bilateral friction on a number of issues, it will help resolve all fundamental issues including Senkaku/ Diaoyu dispute. There is no puzzle between them that cannot be resolved and both are willing to do so. The sensitivity of the China -Japan ties should be kept in mind when analysing these ties. Both of these two countries share more global and regional interests than differences. A much more prosperous world order is in the making process and both of these two nations will guarantee it. Dr Ahmad Rashid Malik is a Consultant at the Institute of Strategic Sties Islamabad. He writes on East Asian affairs.

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Guess who fits the bill? A birdseye view of political slurs

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uMAn beings are an embodiment of virtue, evil and the prejudices that they exhibit in given situations. it is probably because of the prejudices which they entertain that we come across ethnic, racial, social and political slurs that people hurl at each other. While all other slurs are offensive and demeaning, political slurs, which are playful insults against political opponents with reference to the nature of politics that they pursue, are accepted as a normal part of politics. These slurs, apart from their deriding aspects, sometimes are the true reflections of the conduct of the politicians in general, and sometimes of a particular politician. They also have an element of humour and entertainment. This discourse pertains to some of the political slurs that have been commonly used in the uSA and Britain and have become part of the political dictionary. They can conveniently be applied to politicians all over the world and hence the rationale for sharing them with the readers. A word that has been frequently used in the uSA as a political slur is ‘squish’. it is a term used by republican conservatives to denigrate the perceived lack of backbone possessed by the republican moderates. This word surfaced during the time of ronald reagan. ‘Squish’ has also been used more broadly, to describe any liberal or conservative who avoids taking firm stands or doesn’t stand for anything– a politician who will sell out, who lacks conviction, who cares more about popularity than principles. Another definition of a ‘squish’ is someone who has difficulty in making up his mind and is too anxious to please, too eager to compromise and can be easily rolled. Another commonly used slur for a politician is ‘flap doodler’ which means a speaker of

portentous but empty words, best described as a demagogue. The term ‘flipflopper’ is used for a politician who habitually changes his or her opinion or the position he has taken on a particular issue. ‘Pollywog’ denotes a politician who is considered untrustworthy because of his ever-shifting position on the issues at hand and whose track record corroborates the epithet. Another political slur that is often used to denigrate a politician is ‘rent-a-quote’. it is someone who might be relied upon by the media to provide a comment, especially one expressing a strong or contentious opinion either in any circumstances or when a particular issue is being discussed. ‘Snollygoster’ is used to describe a politician who is unprincipled and engages in politics of self-aggrandisement rather than serving national interests. Another epithet given to a politician who discusses and debates issues but fail to act is ‘Tire-kicker’. in the uK, a political slur which is quite often used to shame a political opponent is ‘snowflake’. it generally implies a weak politician who is overly sensitive and incapable of dealing with any opinion that differs from his own; a person who is too easily offended, too much in need of safe spaces and is too fragile. it is also used to describe a politician who is self-centred and suffers from self-delusion. A cursory glance at our political history would reveal that the foregoing political slurs can safely be bestowed upon our politicians who have recklessly indulged in politics of self-aggrandisement; lacked the heft and spine to stand up to the anti-democratic forces; have been even conniving with anti-democratic forces to destabilise democracy and democratic institutions for their personal gains; have been changing their political loyalties to swell their fortunes and have been selling their souls to remain in the corridors of power. The end result of it is that the country has suffered enormously due to their shenanigans and most of the challenges confronting the country in one way or the other are linked to the misdeeds of the politicians. They have failed to learn from the setbacks that

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry is another politician who is most vociferous in hurling unsubstantiated allegations on the political opponents. I am sure he and Sheikh Rashid will ditch Imran Khan the moment they sense a change in the wind

the country has suffered. They never tire of proclaiming their political credentials but continue to rally forces to destabilise the elected government of an opponent party and strengthening the hands of the elements inimical to democracy. The media, as a representative of society, is supposed to defend and promote democracy which is also imperative for its own freedom, but regrettably a section of it is feverishly engaged in strengthening the anti-democratic forces in line with the polarisation that mars our political landscape. instead of criticising and discouraging state institutions from interfering in the domain of others and standing up to anti-democratic forces, it is acting as their flagbearer. it has no sense of proportion. it is amazing that a politician like Sheikh rasheed who has only one seat in Parliament that he won courtesy of another party, is engaged by TV channels for his outlandish comments and some channels even extend the courtesy of hour-long exclusive interactions with him. People are also amazed at his audacity in making tall claims about his political character and morals, knowing well that he is a politician who has adopted a myriad of hues during his political journey, has been a staunch supporter of the establishment and is on record to have claimed Mian nawaz Sharif as his leader from every convenient roof-top to whom he owed his entry into the national Assembly before the military coup by gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf. He was seen leading a rally on Murree road rawalpindi with a live lion to reinforce the credentials of PML-n as a democratic entity and Mian nawaz Sharif as his mentor. And if my memory serves me right, ghulam Mustafa Khar accused Sheikh rasheed in the Majlis-e-Shura of getting money from him when the former was Punjab governor in the first PPP regime. i am sure the media is aware of his track record but probably relishes the spectacle to use him as ‘rent-a-Quote’. information Minister Fawad Chaudhry is another politician who has changed his loyalties at least four times since making an appearance on the political landscape, and is most vociferous in hurling unsubstantiated allegations on the political opponents posing as more loyal than the king. i am sure he and Sheikh rashid will ditch imran Khan the moment they sense a change in the wind, like they have been doing in the past. The rest of the political slurs quoted above though can conveniently be applied to almost all the politicians of Pakistan barring a few exceptions, but in the current scenario they can be safely applied to only one leader of a political party. guess who fits the bill?

The rest of the political slurs quoted above though can conveniently be applied to almost all the politicians of Pakistan barring a few exceptions, but in the current scenario they can be safely applied to only one leader of a political party. Guess who fits the bill?

Malik Muhammad Ashraf is an academic. He can be contacted at: ashpak10@gmail.com

i am writing this letter to you to express my deep concern over the problem of pollution in our city, which is affecting the environment drastically. As you already know ours is an industrial city. The dying mills release at least 300 million litres of waste water into the Sutlej river on a daily basis. This wastewater contains harmful chemicals like arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and chrome. These chemicals have already killed the aquatic life. Moreover, the smoke arising from the factory chimneys has polluted the air badly. i want to draw the attention of the people as well as the concerned authorities to the seriousness of the problem. The mills and factory owners are violating the environmental laws by not treating the wastewater and the smoke before releasing it into the environment. The corrupt environment officers are letting it happen just because of the hush-money they receive from the culprit owners. But we the residents are suffering. The environment authorities responsible for preserving the environment must ensure the mills and factories owners follow the environmental protection rules and regulations by properly treating effluent and the toxic smoke in the pollution treatment plants before releasing them into the environment. Through the medium of your esteemed daily i appeal to the public to raise their voice against these unethical practices. i also appeal the environment ministry to look into the matter and take immediate action against the law breakers. i appeal to people to come forward to save our environment from the curse called pollution; these ministers and government officials will not do anything promptly. By the time they take action, the situation will go out of hand. i am hopeful my views will find a suitable place in the esteemed columns of your reputed daily. WAJEEHA SIDDIQUI Karachi

Abusing democratic right in a parliamentary system which continues to prevail in Pakistan, it is the democratic right of the opposition to criticise the federal and provincial governments for their failures to come up to the expectations and not doing all that well and at the same time putting forth suitable and practical suggestions for setting things right keeping in view the largest interest of the nation and the country. But the leaders of both the former ruling parties PML-n and PPP while criticising the PTi federal government and Prime Minister imran Khan day in and day out are just abusing the democratic right of further strengthening prevailing democratic system just for sake of criticism and political point scoring. Couple of days back, PPP Chairman Bilawal B Zardari while addressing a public meeting at ghotki had left many mouths soar as he had hurled all sorts of abuses and threats at the present rulers which hardly suited the head of a supposedly national level political party. Bilawal B Zardari, who was pushed into political arena by his ever-ambitious father Asif Ali Zardari by inserting Bhutto in his name to assume PPP control after tragic murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, called the rulers inefficient, incapable, liars, ill-intention, cheat and puppets. in saying so, he had forgotten the bitter fact that actually it was he who was playing like a puppet in the hands of his father and not the present rulers who have been democratically elected into the power by the people. This may sound strange to ask a son to question his father as how much he has amassed so much wealth running into billions of dollars and huge properties including huge Zardari Houses in Karachi, Lahore and islamabad though he was virtually a non-entity in mid-1980s. PPP and PML-n leaders should accept the bitter reality of their being defeated in July 2018 general election and wait for about four and half years for next elections in 2023. This will do them lot of good to say the least. MUHAMMAD ALI Lahore

Malnutrition THiS refers to Prime Minister imran Khan’s ambitious plan for combating poverty terming, malnutrition and stunting among children as major problems. The stunting growth among children is because of severe deficiency of dietary protein rich in essential amino acids. An absence of such protein in diet can cause leading deficiency of protein energy metabolism (PEM). it is the most common disorder in Pakistan, particularly in villages. This state of PEM causes a disorder known as kwashiorkor. it is more serious when a child is weaned from breast milk whose mother herself has been suffering from PEM. Some of the major signs of kwashiorkor are pluckable thin hair, fatty liver, fragile skin, abdomen protuberance and poor wound healing. Another noticeable problem is a disability called marasmus, which occurs in both adults and children. Marasums is the state of extreme emaciation owing to negative energy balance and loss of reserve fat from all parts of the body along with protein leading separation of body flash from skin. in this state body’s reserve fat is exhausted and extreme wastage of muscle weakness the person. i suggest their either village dwellers be rehabilitated in some workforce with sufficient remuneration so that they can procure essential protein rich food to eat or the government should manage to supply packets of protein rich food. Essential amino acid rich protein is found in fresh, good quality and healthy beef, mutton and chicken. The highest amount of protein is in beef. Premier is urgent to focus on these issues for a healthy nation and better economy. ALINA MATEE Karachi


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Wednesday, 17 April, 2019

Hundreds of AfgHAn delegAtes to meet witH tAlibAn in doHA

A Stolen Van Goghs due back on display after 16 years THE HAGUE: Two Vincent van Gogh masterpieces stolen 16 years ago from the Amsterdam museum dedicated to his works will go back on display this week after extensive restoration, curators said Tuesday. The 1882 “View of the Sea at Scheveningen” and the 1884/5 “Congregation leaving the Reformed Church at Nuenen will from Wednesday “be back where they belong”, Van Gogh Museum director Axel Rueger said. “The restorers did fantastic work,” Rueger said in a statement. The paintings were recovered by Italian investigators in late September 2016 when they raided a home belonging to infamous drug baron Raffaele Imperiale, at Castellammare di Stabia, some 34 kilometres (21 miles) southeast of Naples. The area is a notorious hotspot for the activities of the Neapolitan mafia, the Camorra. Both paintings — which have since been confirmed as authentic and are worth millions — were stolen in a daring raid in 2002 by thieves using a simple ladder and a length of rope. AGENCIES

Fear of army action as Sudan protesters toughen stand Sudanese protesters have hardened their stand, demanding a transitional military council be scrapped and immediately replaced with the civilian rule as on Tuesday they refused to end a days-long sit-in outside army headquarters. Organisers fear the army is seeking to hijack the revolution on the streets which saw veteran president Omar al-Bashir’s three-decade reign toppled on Thursday by top commanders after four months of nationwide demonstrations. On Monday, activists accused commanders of launching an abortive attempt to clear the sit-in outside army headquarters, ending the relative calm that has reigned since Bashir’s overthrow. Witnesses said several army vehicles had surrounded the area an that troops were seen removing the barricades which demonstrators had put up as a security measure. Activists voiced fears that the army would make a new attempt on Tuesday. Several vehicles carrying paramilitary forces deployed on a bridge that connects the protest site with north Khartoum, a witness said. AGENCIES

fGHANISTAN published on Tuesday a lengthy list of delegates who will meet with the Taliban in Doha this week, including government officials, in what could become the highest-level dialogue between the sworn enemies in years. A massive roster published by the presidential palace comprises 250 names, including President Ashraf Ghani’s chief of staff, Abdul Salam Rahimi, as well as his election running mate, Amrullah Saleh, the former head of Afghan intelligence. Other delegates named on the list come from many walks of Afghan life including youth leaders, tribal elders and — significantly — 52 women. The last time the Taliban met with the Afghan government was at secretive talks in Pakistan in 2015, which were quickly derailed by the news that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died. The three days of talks in Qatar, scheduled to start on friday, come amid a monthslong push led by Washington for peace nearly 18 years after the US invasion, and as fresh violence rips across Afghanistan. Any contact between the Kabul government and the Taliban is seen as hugely significant, because the insurgents view Ghani as a US stooge and his government as a puppet regime, and have long refused to speak with them directly. They have insisted that any government officials attending this week’s talks will be doing so only in a “personal capacity”. The US, which has cited significant

progress after holding direct talks with the militants in Doha several times since September, is not expected to attend. The militants have not announced a final list of who is headed to Doha, and distanced themselves from a report that suggested their delegation might also include women. The peace process thus far has been widely criticised for a lack of female representation, and US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has pushed for greater inclusivity. While the Taliban previously met with Afghan representatives and politicians in Moscow in february, those talks did not include members of Ghani’s government. The spokesman for former president Hamid Karzai, who was at the Moscow talks, said

Al-Aqsa mosque catches fire same time as Notre Dame cathedral

Erdogan's AK Party submits appeal for rerun of Istanbul elections ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party on Tuesday submitted its promised appeal for the annulment and rerun of Istanbul’s municipal elections, over what it said were irregularities that marred the March 31 vote. Initial results showed the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) narrowly won control of Turkey’s largest city, thereby ending 25 years of control of a key power centre by the AKP and its Islamist predecessors. The loss of Istanbul, Turkey’s financial hub, would be a blow to Erdogan, who campaigned hard ahead of the vote. The post-vote uncertainty has kept financial markets on edge and contributed to a nearly 5 percent slide in the lira. In the 16 days since the election, the AKP has filed numerous appeals for vote recounts across Istanbul, a city of more than 15 million people. The High Election Board (YSK) has approved some of those objections, ordering partial or full recounts in several districts. AKP Deputy Chairman Ali Ihsan Yavuz submitted his party’s extraordinary appeal for the annulment and renewal of the vote to the YSK on Tuesday, saying thousands of votes were impacted by the irregularities. AGENCIES

As the iconic cathedral of Notre Dame burned in Paris, a fire broke out at the historic Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The fire broke out at the roof of a structure known as the Al Marwani prayer room in Al Aqsa mosque, GulfNews reported. The blaze didn’t cause significant damage, but it did endanger a part of the worship site that’s over 2,000 years old. The Palestine News Agency cited a guard as saying Monday that “the fire broke out in the guard’s room outside the roof of the Marwani Prayer Room, and the fire brigade of Jerusalem Islamic Waqf handled the matter successfully.” The fire brigade of the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf department managed to con-

trol the blaze, while the area is currently closed to examine the cause of the fire. Al Marwani prayer room is located underneath the southeastern corner of Haram Al-Sharif, which contains both the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque. The prayer room is an underground vaulted space used as a Muslim prayer hall, some 600 square yards in area, at the bottom of stairs which lead down from Al Aqsa Mosque. Shaikh Azzam Al-Khatib, director general of the Jerusalem Waqf and Al Aqsa Mosque Affairs Department, told Jordan’s Al Mamlaka TV that the fire broke out in the courtyard and investigations are underway.

Karzai supported the “intra-Afghan” conference in Doha but would not be attending. Kabul has also been left out of the talks with the Khalilzad and the US delegation, prompting concerns the Afghan government is being sidelined in its own peace process and underscoring the importance of this week’s meetings in Doha. This month, the United Nations said it had lifted travel bans for 11 Taliban delegates so they could attend talks. That list includes Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Islamist movement and its top political leader, as well as Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the Taliban’s chief negotiator and former deputy minister of foreign affairs. AGENCIES

German court hears debate over commercial euthanasia GERMANY: Pro-euthanasia doctors and patients petitioned Germany’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday to overturn 2015 legislation that outlaws commercial assisted suicide. Like several other European nations, Germany does allow assisted dying – but not when money is involved. Six complainants, including medics, suicide assistance organisations and terminally ill people, brought the case against the law that stipulates fines and up to three years’ prison for commercial help for people to die. Hans-Juergen Brennecke, suffering from a rare and aggressive form of cancer, said he was fighting both for himself and others with similar conditions. “Everyone should take the final steps in their lives in the way they want,” he told Reuters. The issue is particularly sensitive in Germany due to the legacy of the Holocaust when Nazis killed and carried out inhumane experiments on Jews. Given the existing law, some people seek euthanasia via family members with no commercial aspect, or go abroad. The Karlsruhe-based tribunal is expected to rule on the case in the next few months. “We hope that with a decision from the Constitutional Court, we will return to (a situation where) we can help members in the way they want,” plaintiff Roger Kusch, of lobby group Assisted Dying Germany, told Reuters. AGENCIES

India's Supreme Court considers call to open mosques to women India’s Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to consider a petition from a Muslim couple to allow women into mosques, seeking to overturn a centuries-old practice that largely bars women from the places of worship. Women are not allowed inside most mosques in India, although a few have separate entrances for women to go into segregated areas. The petitioners, Yasmeen Peerzade and her husband Zuber Peerzade, said that women were allowed to enter mosques during the time of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). “Like men, women also have the constitutional rights to offer worship according to their belief,” they said in their petition.

“There should not be any gender discrimination and allow Muslim women to pray in all mosques,” they said. The court last year lifted a ban on the entry of women of menstrual age at a Hindu temple in southern India saying it was a violation of their right to worship. The Muslim couple referred to the temple ruling, which angered conservative Hindus, as a precedent to support their call for women to be allowed to pray at mosques. A representative of a prominent organisation of Islamic scholars, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, was not immediately available for comment. The petition comes at a sensitive time for relations been minority Muslims and

the majority Hindu community. Some members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist ruling party have been accused of stirring communal animosity as the party seeks a second term in a staggered general election now underway. Supreme Court judge S.A. Bobde said the court will examine the couple’s request at length. The court in 2017 ruled as unconstitutional a law which allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word “talaq”, which means divorce in Arabic, three times. This year, the government issued an executive order making instant divorce an offence punishable with up to three years in jail. AGENCIES


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CORPORATE CORNER Global economic confidence bounces in Q1 but still points to economic slowdown ISLAMABAD: Global economic confidence remained low in Q1 2019, despite rising for the first time in a year, finds the latest Global Economic Conditions Survey (GECS) from ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and IMA (Institute of Management Accountants). The global poll of 1,355 accountants shows that all key regions reported a bounce in confidence with Asia Pacific and the Middle East seeing the biggest gains. However, in all regions except the Middle East confidence is lower than a year ago. More encouragingly the global orders index was virtually unchanged in the latest GECS. This index held up better than confidence in recent quarters and underscores the message that GECS is pointing to slower global growth this year but not a major collapse. The GECS also revealed easing concerns about inflation with 48% of respondents expressing concern about rising costs, down from 52% in Q4 2018. PRESS RELEASE

Alfalah investments launches ‘Taleem — a savings strategy for children’s higher education KARACHI: Alfalah Investments launched their latest education centric savings strategy “Taleem by Alfalah Investments” in Karachi, accompanied by a special screening of Disney’s latest children’s animated fantasy movie, ‘Dumbo’. The objective of the strategy is to aid young parents in the planning of their children’s future through regular investments, no matter how small, and help them to be able to fund higher education. The new product offers flexible regular savings installments where customers can deposit savings over a number of years for accumulation with Alfalah Investments mutual funds and benefit from the compounding effect over the years till the child reaches 18 years of age. The investment period lasts between five to fifteen years, and as and when certain investment amounts are crossed, both children and parents are rewarded via incentives, giveaways and financial advice in order to achieve their financial goals. Free life insurance cover, free gifts on account opening and no bars on holding periods are all a part of the plan. The scheme is open to all income groups and can be started with as little as Rs. 500. Speaking at the launch event, CEO of Alfalah Investments, Maheen Rahman said, “A great amount of market research and planning has been done before we were able to come with this plan. The core essence of this was to be able to cater to the needs of customers who are at a stage where they should be planning for their child’s future in a manner which is convenient, safe and simultaneously does not impose a financial burden on them”. PRESS RELEASE

Toyota indus motor bags mAp’s Corporate excellence Award 2018

TrAde bodies demAnd rs800bn TAx exempTions: Fbr ISLAMABAD

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S the trade bodies and associations are giving budget suggestions to the government, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has complained that the business community is demanding tax exemptions worth Rs 800 billion. “FBR is already giving Rs 700 billion worth exemptions to various sectors. How and from where we can collect taxes if more exemptions are given,” said Member Tax Policy Hamid Ateeq while briefing the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs which met here on Tuesday. The Committee discussed the budgetary proposals, received from the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI), and Chambers of Commerce & Industry (Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Islamabad) and unanimously recommended to FBR for their views/comments on the said suggestions/ proposals. Member (IR-Policy), FBR assured the Committee that parawise comments of the FBR on the proposals will be furnished within week time to National Assembly Secretariat for further consideration by the Honorable Members of the Committee. Hamid Ateeq said that FBR is already short of revenue as even filers don’t pay the due taxes. “Unfortunately the last tax amnesty scheme was availed by 95 percent filers,” he said. The committee discussed the issues pertaining to restoration the customs duty on the import of Phthalic Anhydride and directed to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to consider the said matter

ISLAMABAD: Serena Hotels, under its Cultural Diplomacy Initiative in collaboration with Pakistan Television (PTV) organised a ceremony to celebrate Baisakhi, a religious and cultural festival in Sikhism. President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi was the chief guest on the occasion. PRESS RELEASE

with stakeholders, chemical associations and report in this regard may be submitted to the Committee within seven days. The Member Policy informed the committee that a meeting was convened with Pakistan Tyres Importers & Dealers Association to consider the matter about regulatory duty on the import of tyres. The committee recommended that the final report on the issue may be submitted within a week’s time. President FPCCI Haji Daru Khan claimed that devaluation had not supported exports as cost of input increased with increase in prices locally produced raw materials. Earlier the President FPCCI, while sharing his budget proposals, informed the committee that the prevailing sales tax rate of 17 percent is too high and its procedure is the mother of several ills. The standard sales tax rate should be reduced to 13 percent in VT mode at first stage to align it with Sindh sales tax on services and thereafter reduce it gradually at one percent annually up to single digit. He also suggested that further 3 percent tax on unregistered person should only be applied on finished /consumer goods and not to be levied on the Registered Persons for supply of raw material and under Fixed Tax Scheme. The FPCCI also suggests since the sales tax on the textile machinery has already been made zero rated, in line with the policy to support and promote industrialization in the country, Sales Tax at 10 percent imposed on import of all machineries, under Eight Schedule to Sales Tax Act, 1990

for new and existing units be also exempted or reduced to zero percent. There should also be no income tax or customs duty as well on their imports. As per the budget proposals all types of refunds including DLTL; Income Tax; Duty, Drawback etc., should also be included in the Promissory Note Scheme to overcome financial crunch and ensure availability of working capital. The duty on primary raw materials, secondary raw materials, intermediate goods, semi-finished goods and finished goods should be levied on the basis of cascading duty structure. According to the proposals the total impact of taxes and duties on smuggling prone items should be reduced to the extent where the incentive of their smuggling is removed. The fixation of value of those goods such as tea which are prone to under-invoicing is another measure through which the misdeclaration of value by importers can be discouraged. The rectification of customs anomalies on items under FTA is not possible because of government-to-government agreement. It is therefore, suggested that such type of tariff anomalies be rectified by creating local customs headings of these products or by imposition of regulatory duty. As per the president FPCCI, in Pakistan the corporate tax rate in FY2019 is 29 percent which due to multiplicity of taxes (2 percent Workers' Welfare Fund + 5 percent Workers' Participation Fund) goes up to 36 percent. The maximum rate of income tax at 29 percent on Companies should

be brought down to 25 percent and 20 percent on single member/small companies to compete with other regional and global countries. Talking about revamping of Withholding Tax Regime in the country the FPCCI members proposed that withholding tax regime should be simplified by reducing the categories of withholding taxes and the rates thereon. Further, the withholding agent should be facilitated through wherein the visibility of tax deduction certificate should be given to the taxpayers instead of relying on the withholding certificates. Withholding tax agents should be given incentive in the form of tax credit for facilitating the government in identifying potential tax evader. Withholding agents should be given incentive in the form of tax credit for facilitating the Government in identifying potential tax evaders. CHINESE NATIONALS ENJOYING NTN: During the meeting some of the representatives of chambers of commerce complained that Chinese nationals were freely doing business in the country as they easily get NTN and other facilities in Pakistan. Unlike them, Pakistanis can’t avail similar facilities in China because of the strict rules in the neighboring country. As per law Pakistani nationals can only do business in joint ventures with locals in China. The Standing Committee’s meeting was attended by MNAs Mr. Raza Nasrullah, Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, Mr. Faheem Khan, Ms. Nusrat Wahid, Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Mr. Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, Mr. Ali Pervaiz, Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, Ms. Nafisa Shah, Syed Naveed Qamar and Mr. Abdul Wasay, besides the senior officers of FBR and different stakeholders.

Court issues PIA CEO, others’ arrest warrants BUSINESS DESK

KARACHI: Indus Motor Company (IMC) has been awarded with the Management Association of Pakistan’s (MAP) Corporate Excellence Award 2018 in the “Overall Industrial Category” for demonstrating excellence in corporate management during the year 2018. This is the 34th MAP Corporate Excellence Awards, aimed at acknowledging and honouring companies that exhibit outstanding performance and demonstrating progressive management practices. IMC is one of the largest car manufacturers in Pakistan and one of the biggest tax contributors. Consecutive to last year, this is the 4th time IMC has won top ranked Corporate Excellence Award in overall industrial category. In the past, it has won the Corporate Excellence Awards several times in the category of Automobile & Parts. Mr. Ali Asghar Jamali, CEO IMC said, “We are thrilled to receive this recognition once again for our industrial practices that are the outcome of the collective efforts of our management and team members”. He further added, “We truly believe that providing a valuable service to our customer begins with creating an atmosphere where employees are genuinely happy and excited about where they work and what they do.” PRESS RELEASE

CHINESE NATIONALS BEING GIVEN NTN, DOING BUSINESS OPENLY, SAY TRADE ASSOCIATIONS

Bailable arrest warrants of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) CEO and other officers were issued by a civil court in Lahore on Tuesday in a ‘contempt of court’ case. The warrants were issued by Civil Judge Muhammad Akram Azad over PIA officers’ failure to submit a compliance report

regarding court’s verdict from January, which was issued on petition filed by fired pilot. Captain Shahzad Aziz had challenged his dismissal from PIA in the civil court, saying the respondents had removed him from service illegally and with "mala fide intentions" in January. The court had ordered that Aziz be restored to his position and a compliance report be sub-

mitted. When its orders were not implemented, contempt of court proceedings were initiated against the PIA leadership. After they failed to appear before the judge for the contempt of court hearing, judge Azad on Monday issued bailable arrest warrants against the PIA chief executive, Director Flight Operations Captain Uzair Khan, Chief Pilot Captain Ali

Zamman and Chief Human Resource Officer Air Vice Marshal Subhan Nazir Syed. The judge directed authorities to arrest the respondents and produce them at the next hearing on April 24. PIA Spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar said that "the PIACL respects the honourable courts and will act in accordance with law."

Aisin starts distribution in Lahore

KARACHI: Khushhali Microfinance Bank CEO Ghalib Nishtar and NdcTech CEO Ammara Masood hotographed at the launch of Temenos core banking, FCM, business analytics and digital platform system. PRESS RELEASE

Huawei hosted a discussion on 5G ommercialization at SAMENA Leaders’ Summit. PRESS RELEASE

Zeeshan Niaz Ahmed, founder Grow Online Inc. and Chairperson “Mass Entrepreneurship & Innovation” Committee sharing the vision and objectives of the committee. PRESS RELEASE

ISLAMABAD: VEON Chairman Ursula Burns and CEO Jazz Amir Ibrahim call on President Arif Alvi. PRESS RELEASE

LAHORE: Aisin lubricants, the flagship product of Japanese corporation Aisin Saeki, recently started distribution operations in Lahore as the contract was signed between the corporation and Lahore-based Mohammadi Motors. The dealership, which is based in Lahore’s Montgomery Road, is the hub of Aisin products now. CEO Harris Sohail Yaseen said that 90 per cent vehicles produced in Pakistan have Aisin parts in them which makes their engine oil and coolant more compatible than any other existing brand of lubricants. “85 per cent vehicles have Aisin gearbox in them. If the manufacturers can trust the company for such an essential part, the people can trust their products as well,” he said. He further said that Aisin lubricants provide a better fuel economy and are more longlasting than their competitions. “It is this quality of Aisin products which will help me break the monopoly of existing brands in the city,” he added. PRESS RELEASE


12 BUSINESS Senate body directs PTCL, PTET to pay increased pension in 2 weeks ISLAMABAD APP

Senator Engineer Rukhsana Zuberi here on Tuesday admonished officials of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) for nonpayment of increased in the pension of retired employees payable by Pakistan Telecommunication Employee Trust (PTET). She was chairing a meeting of the subcommittee of Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication here at Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS). The agenda of the meeting was to discuss the issue of increase in pension of retired employees of the PTCL. The committee gave twoweek’s time to t e PTCL and PTET to submit details of the investments, business rules, investment rules, details of the bank deposits, return on investments on two buildings of PTCL based on market price, year-wise PTCL funds contribution as per act 1996, additional burden of payment on PTET after Voluntary Separation Scheme (VSS) 2008. The committee directed PTET to make payment of pension to the remaining Non-VSS pensioners out of the available funds and the directives may be placed before the board of trustees for endorse the decision. At the outset of the single agenda meeting, PTET managing director informed the committee that in compliance with the judgment of those employees approached the court were paid the pension, however, the court had directed the rest of the employees to approach appropriate forum for the relief. He said the trust has no funds to make payments since the dues of the employees till December 31, 2018 are worth of Rs41 billion. Senator Kalsum Parveen said 343 employees who had approached the Supreme Court were paid the difference, however, the rest who did not approach the court are still in the waiting queue. Senator Rehman Malik said the Supreme Court had directed the retired pensioners to approach the appropriate forum and this parliamentary forum is an appropriate one therefore you are directed to pay the difference to the retired pensioners. “These employees served this institution all their lives, they do not deserve this kind of treatment,” he said adding, “We will go the extra mile for these poor pensioners.” Officials of the PTET, however, kept insisting that they are short of funds therefore, no increase can be paid to the retired pensioners from the existing funds but the committee while seeking all the details of their business, directed them to make payments in two-week’s time and submit a compliance report to the committee.

Wednesday, 17 April, 2019

ChinA reduCes duTies To zero on 313 TAriFF Lines

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HINA has agreed to immediately reduce duties to zero per cent on 313 tariff lines, thus granting Pakistan similar access to that offered to countries of Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) after years of negotiations. Secretary Finance Mohammad Younus Dagh led the technical team in the negotiations in his previous assignment as commerce secretary, and said that he sought to secure market access to China on the pattern of the ASEAN economies. “We successfully got the best possible gains for Pakistan”, the secretary said.

Pakistan and China have concluded the second phase of China-Pakistan free trade agreement (FTA) after seven years of talks. The protocol was initialled by current Secretary Commerce Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera and Chinese Vice-Minister on April 13 in Beijing. The final agreement will be signed by commerce ministers of the two countries during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to China end of the month. Both sides will get approval from their respective cabinets before signing the pact. Reportedly, China’s willingness to finally offer Pakistan market access on ASEAN-plus model was in the light of understanding reached between PM Imran and Chinese president. The second phase of FTA was sup-

posed to commence from the sixth year of agreement ie 2013, but was delayed as officials from both countries failed to reach an agreement despite meeting over 12 times. Talks on Phase-II began in 2011. Sharing the outcome of the negotiations, Dagha said that Islamabad will get market access for 313 tariff lines, which will cover most of its exports and encourage exports to China. With signing of the agreement, he said the duty structure on these items will come immediately to zero per cent. “The new agreement will have a positive impact on our exports to China,” Dagha said. “The Chinese government has also agreed to allow us to protect 25 per cent of our total tariff lines from duty reduction under the second phase” he said,

adding “we have included all those tariff lines identified by chambers of commerce and associations for protection.” As per Chinese FTA with Asean, reduction on tariffs is almost over 90 per cent of the total tariff lines. Under the agreement, Pakistan will reduce duty to zero on 75pc of total tariff lines in 15 years, while China will do the same in a period of 10 years. During this period, China will reduce duty to zero per cent on around 2,000 -2,500 tariff lines for Pakistan. The FTA between China and Pakistan covers nearly 7,000 tariff lines at the eight-digit level of the HS code. Both sides had reduced tariffs on almost 36 per cent of the tariff lines to zero during first three years of PCFTA’s Phase-1.

RAWALPINDI: Workers are busy preparing miswak at their shop. ONLINE

Sino-Pak FTA-II to boost Pakistan’s exports by $2bn: Dawood ISLAMABAD APP

The Pakistan’s exports would be increased by US $ 2 billion annually after signing the Sino-Pak Free Trade Agreement-II (FTA-II), Adviser on Commerce and textiles, Abdul Razak Dawood said Tuesday. He was briefing the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Commerce and Textile, chaired by member national assembly Syed Naveed Qamar. The committee was given detailed briefing on recent FTA-II negotiation, during which China had agreed to allow free market access to 313 Pak-

istan products. The adviser said Free Trade Agreement was signed between Pakistan and China in 2007, however, he added, after China’s FTA with Association of South East Asian (ASIAN) countries, Pak- China FTA needed to be reviewed to get same market access as ASIAN countries were getting. He said China also agreed to give US $ one billion free access to Pakistan into its markets, besides the relaxation would be given to Pakistan on 313 items under FTA-II. Razak said Pakistan would get free market access on textiles, leather, sports, surgical including the rice and sugar for

increasing countries exports. He informed that Indonesia also agreed to give unilateral free market access on 20 items to Pakistan under Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA), which was signed between Pakistan and Indonesia in 2012. He said Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiation was also continuing between Pakistan and Turkey and now the latter also agreed to give free market access to Pakistani textile products. Meanwhile, Secretary Commerce Ahmed Nawaz Sukhara also briefed the committee on current situation of trade and causes of trade deficit besides informing the committee about recent

positive trends in exports. The ministry was working on Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) 2019-14 and National tariff Policy, he said adding that trade related investment policy framework was also being prepared for increasing the country’s exports. He informed that during fiscal year 2019 around eight per cent decline was observed in country’s imports. Among others, the meeting was attended by Nawab Sher, Sajida Begum, Mrs. Farukh Khan, Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Khurram Shaza, Shaists Pervaiz and Senior official of Ministry of Commerce attended the meeting.

CCP fines Rs22.5m to three medical colleges over misrepresentation ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) on Tuesday passed an order imposing a total penalty of Rs 22.5 million on three medical and dental colleges for violating Section 10 of the Competition Act, 2010 by fraudulently claiming recognition by the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PM&DC) and offering admissions to students for 2013-2014 sessions. Says a press release that the CCP conducted an inquiry into allegations of deceptive marketing practices, after the PM&DC in its press release named twenty-two private medical and dental colleges, which had failed to meet its reg-

istration criteria for 2013-2014 and were therefore either not recognised, or had restrictions placed on offering admissions for the sessions 2013-2014. The CCP’s inquiry not only aimed to implement its mandate, but also to safeguard the interests of thousands of students enrolled in medical and related courses and save the lives of millions of citizens to be affected by the unrecognised medical education. The enquiry found eight of the 22 institutions named by PMDC to have misrepresented their recognition by PMDC through their websites, and omitted to communicate the restriction on their admissions for the year 2013-14, thus violating Section 10 of the Competition Act. These eight medical institutions include:

Pak Red Crescent Medical & Dental College, Lahore, Mohiuddin Islamic Medical College, Mirpur (AJK), Abbottabad International Medical College, Abbottabad, Independent Medical College, Faisalabad, Women Medical College, Abbottabad, Hashmat Medical & Dental College, Gujrat, Bhittai Medical & Dental College, Mirpurkhas Sindh, (BDS), and AJ&K Medical College, Muzaffarabad - AJ&K. The order imposed a penalty of Rs7.5 million each on Bhittai Medical & Dental College Mirpurkhas, Women Medical College Abbottabd, Pak Red Crescent Medical & Dental College Lahore for violating Section 10 of the Competition Act in view of the timings of their advertisements about offering admissions for

2013-2014 despite being restricted by PMDC. No penalty was imposed on remaining Medical & Dental Colleges due to lack of evidence but they were strongly cautioned against advertising their recognition by PMDC when that recognition is either suspended or cancelled. The order stated with reference to the observations in the enquiry report that in Pakistan there is not even one doctor for every 1000 patients as recommended by the WHO, which is an alarming figure and therefore require the essential role of PMDC in ensuring high quality medical education. The institutes that advertise programs in medicine and dentistry without the proper approval of the regulator benefit from the lack of awareness among students about the PMDC's functions and

the value of its accreditation or recognition of a particular institute. Such deceptive practices not only put the future of students at risk, but unrecognized institutes that continue to teach students may well fall below the teaching standards that are required to be maintained, playing havoc with the lives of potential patients that may seek healthcare services from under qualified doctors that received their education from institutes unrecognized. CCP is mandated under the Competition Act to ensure free competition in all spheres of commercial and economic activity, to ensure economic efficiency and to protect consumers from anti-competitive practices indulging deceptive marketing.


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Sania maSKaTiya – iSFahan

huSSain rehar – FiFTh dimenSion

Zara Shahjahan – adab

yahSir Waheed – Samah muSST hai

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United get set for another comeback attempt at camp noU

Former Liverpool defender Enrique given all-clear from cancer LONDON Agencies

Former Liverpool and Newcastle defender Jose Enrique has been given the all-clear by doctors after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year. Enrique said in June 2018 that he had undergone an operation to remove the tumour and he has since been going through a series

of radiotherapy sessions. “Hello guys, I just have some wonderful news today,” Enrique said on Tuesday, in a video message posted on Instagram. “I just got back the report from the MRI I had just a week and a half ago. “I just wanted to let you know, because the support from all of you has been amazing, that it’s all clear, all perfect.” He added: “I can look

forward now, not back anymore and just keep fighting. So it’s all clear and perfect. Thank you, guys.” The 33-year-old, who spent nine years in England playing for Liverpool and Newcastle, was told he could lose his sight as a result of the tumour. Enrique retired in 2017 after an injury-hit season with Real Zaragoza and had begun working as a football agent.

Rejection by foster family fuelled my career: De Bruyne BRUSSELS Agencies

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ANCHESTER United fans touched down in Barcelona on Tuesday dreaming of another miracle at Camp Nou. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer completed the club’s most famous comeback there in 1999 and hopes to see a repeat on the same turf, this time against Barca in the Champions League quarter-finals. Solskjaer’s 93rd-minute winner 20 years ago lives on in United folklore as they came from 1-0 down to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 and clinch Europe’s premier prize. Now in the dugout, Solskjaer returns with his side trailing 1-0 again and needing an unlikely turnaround if they are to reach the tournament’s last four. “Of course, it’s a fantastic memory for me. It’s the only time I’ve been on the pitch here,” Solskjaer said at a press conference on Monday. “I dont mind if we score in the 93rd minute again (on Tuesday). If we get to injury-time, we are a fit team.” Ernesto Valverde has said Lionel Messi is fit and ready to play in the second leg as Barca bid to make the semis for the first time in four years. Messi was among 10 players rested for the goalless draw against

Huesca on Saturday after a hefty challenge from United defender Chris Smalling last week left him with a swollen nose and cheek. “He is fine,” said Valverde. “He has recovered perfectly from the blow he suffered. He was fine after a couple of days. “It is true that during the match he was a little stunned but he is in perfect condition and does not have any problems ahead of tomorrow’s game.” Valverde said Ousmane Dembele could also feature after he played 67 minutes against Huesca, having recovered from a hamstring injury. “I don’t know to what extent because he has been out for four weeks,” Valverde said. “But he is ready to play.” Barcelona have lost only one home game in the Champions League in 10 years, but United will draw hope from their last 16 comeback against Paris Saint-Germain, when they overturned a 2-0 first-leg defeat to go through. “That memory from PSG will help the players and us as a team, that we know we can turn things around,” Solskjaer said. “Barcelona here at the Nou Camp is a difficult prospect but the memory will live with the players. It’s not long ago.” Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is confident his team can avoid a repeat.

“The good thing is we play differently to PSG,” he said. “But United are dangerous and the result from the first leg is dangerous, it is a very small advantage.” Barcelona’s recent history in this competition has been painful. United look to follow Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Roma in sending Barca out in the quarter-finals for a fourth year in a row. “It has been hard,” said Ter Stegen. “We are another year older and we want to make sure it doesn’t happen again. We have to take those losses into account and use them to move forward.” Valverde urged his players to seize the opportunity. “I think we all take examples of things happening in the past and use them to spur us on,” he said. “That’s fine but I prefer to take charge of your own destiny. You won’t be given something that falls from the sky. We have to earn it.” United’s greatest threat in recent weeks has tended to come on the counter-attack but Solskjaer insists they cannot afford to sit back. “There are freak results against Barcelona when you have 10 or 15 percent possession and they don’t win but normally they do win,” Solskjaer said. “We need to stamp our authority on the game.”

Belgian star Kevin de Bruyne has acknowledged that being rejected by a foster family as a teenager fuelled his footballing success. The 27-year-old attacking midfielder, who on Wednesday will be pivotal as Manchester City aim to stay on track for a quadruple this season in overhauling Tottenham’s 1-0 first-leg lead in their Champions League quarter-final clash, has bounced back from two knee injuries this season to the kind of form he has regularly displayed since City paid £54million ($70.6million) to German side VfL Wolfsburg for him in 2015. However, it may never have come to pass like that but for the deep hurt he suffered aged 15 at the hands of the family in Genk who took him in when he was with the club’s academy. “That year went by, and I was doing well in school, doing well in football. No fights. No problems,” he told The Players Tribune. “At the end of the year, I packed my bags and said goodbye to my foster family. “They said: ‘We’ll see you after the break. Have a good summer.'” De Bruyne said his sense of serenity was shattered hours later. “As soon as I got back to my parents’ house, I walked in the door and could see that my mother was crying,” he said. “I thought maybe somebody had died or something. I said, ‘What’s the problem?’ “And my mother said the words that probably shaped my whole life.

“She said: ‘They don’t want you to come back. The foster family don’t want you there anymore’. “I said: ‘What? Why?’ and she said: ‘Because of who you are. They said you’re too quiet. They can’t interact with you. They said you were difficult’.” De Bruyne, who admitted his negative pre-conceived ideas about City team-mate Raheem Sterling were wide of the mark and in fact he is “one of the nicest most humble guys” in the sport, said he took his immediate angst out on the football. “One thing really stuck with me. ‘Because of who you are’. The words kept repeating in my head,” he said. “I kicked the ball against the fence for hours. “And I remember at some point I actually said out loud, ‘Everything is going to be OK. In two months, I’m going to be in the first team. “No matter what, I am not coming back home a failure. No matter what’.” Such was his success — he scored five goals for the second team after coming on as a substitute — the foster family sheepishly approached him again. “The woman came up to me like everything was a big misunderstanding,” said De Bruyne. “Maybe I should’ve found it funny, but at the time it wasn’t funny to me. They had really hurt me.” “So, I said, ‘No. You threw me in the garbage. Now I’m doing well and you want me back?’ “In the end, I should have just said thank you. That experience was the fuel for my career.”

Bayern won’t exceed 100m euro mark for a player: Hoeness MUNICH Agencies

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness ruled out breaking the 100 million euros ($113 million) mark this summer and said he would buy French striker Kylian Mbappe “immediately” if he had the money. Bayern are planning a major squad overhaul this summer, and have already confirmed the signings of French World Cup winners Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez. In an interview with German news agency DPA on Tuesday, Hoeness admitted that, in an ideal world, he would love to sign another French

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World Cup winner, Paris Saint-Germain’s 20-year-old star. “I would sign Mbappe straight away, he is a top player. But we don’t have the money for him,” said Hoeness. The Bayern president ruled out spending 100 million euros on a single player in the summer transfer window but suggested that Bayern may break that figure in the future. “There definitely won’t be a 100 million euro transfer this year, but I have to admit that ten years ago, I couldn’t have imagined spending 80 million,” he said. The sum of 80 million euros was what Bayern paid to sign Hernandez from Atletico Madrid, a figure nearly

double that of their previous record transfer — fellow Frenchman Corentin Tolisso. In 22-year-old Kingsley Coman, Bayern have yet another Gallic talent in their emerging generation. On Tuesday, club legend Lothar Matthaeus backed Coman and Serge Gnabry, 23, to follow in the footsteps of departing veterans Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, who are both out of contract at the end of June. “Coman and Gnabry are both quick, good dribblers and dangerous in front of goal,” Matthaeus wrote in his column for Sky Sports, adding that “legendary” veterans Robben and Ribery would not be missed.


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ANGLADESH have named pace MASHRAFE MORTAZA bowler Abu Jayed as part of their 15 for the World Cup. (CAPT), LITON DAS, Jayed, who is yet to debut in MITHUN, MUSHFIQUR MOHAMMAD ODIs, had impressed with his swing bowling during the Tests RAHIM (WK), MAHMUDULLAH, SHAKIB in New Zealand last month. MiddleAL HASAN, TAMIM IQBAL, SOUMYA order batsman Mosaddek Hossain, who last played for Bangladesh in SARKAR, MOHAMMAD SAIFUDDIN, ABU the Asia Cup in September 2018, JAYED, MUSTAFIZUR RAHMAN, RUBEL also made a comeback for the showHOSSAIN, MEHIDY HASAN MIRAZ, piece event. The two made it into a mostly setSABBIR RAHMAN, MOSADDEK tled Bangladesh side, which, however, HOSSAIN had no place for pacer Taskin Ahmed and batsman Imrul Kayes. Chief selector Minhajul Abedin said that Jayed, who has so far played five Tests and three T20Is, would be handy in England with his ability to swing and move the ball, while Mosaddek offered an all-round option - bowling offbreaks in addition to his batting - to cover for Mahmudullah, who has a among the other experienced members. right shoulder injury. Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das have form issues, Mosaddek returned to form through the Dhaka Premier League; so far, he has made 428 runs at an but they have been picked as potential match-winners. average of 47.55, with one century, in 12 games. Jayed Mohammad Mithun, who was one of the better batsmen has 12 wickets so far in the tournament, which is during Bangladesh's recent ODI exchanges against Bangladesh's premier domestic one-day competition. New Zealand, will form part of the middle order. Teams can make changes to their World Cup The five senior players - Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah and squads till May 23, without seeking permission from Mushfiqur Rahim - form the core of the squad, with the ICC. ESPNcricinfo understands that the April 23 the likes of Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman deadline to name the 15 was set by the ICC with a

pella pounds cilic for monte carlo upset win MONTE CaRLO Agencies

view to get logistics in order, such as booking rooms and travel for teams. The selectors have also included the uncapped duo of Yasir Ali and Nayeem Hasan in the squad that will face Ireland and West Indies ahead of the World Cup. Yasir did well at this year's Bangladesh Premier League (307 runs in 11 matches for Chittagong Vikings) while Nayeem has been earmarked as an offspinner for the future after his performance in the Test series against West Indies at home in November last year.

Poor form puts Amla’s World Cup place in jeopardy JOHaNNESBURG Agencies

South Africa´s selectors will reveal on Thursday whether veteran batsman Hashim Amla will be part of the country´s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Amla, 36, is one of South Africa´s all-time great one-day international players but his recent form has been poor, while increasing age has meant that he has slowed down in the field. Amla scored only 51 runs in four innings in South Africa´s shock Test series loss against Sri Lanka earlier this year and did not play in the first three one-day internationals against the tourists, although Cricket South Africa stressed he had not been dropped. He was due to play the final two one-day games against Sri Lanka but withdrew because his father was seriously ill. After more than a month out of cricket, Amla returned for the Cape Cobras franchise in a domestic Twenty20 competition in early April but his first three matches yielded only 28 runs. He showed signs of promise for the Cobras on Sunday with an innings

of 32 — his joint-highest score in any form of cricket since a one-day series against Pakistan in January. With captain Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller and JP Duminy all seemingly certain of selection, there is probably room for only two more top-order batsmen in a 15-

man squad. Amla´s rivals, Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks, have both been in good recent form, with Hendricks named man-of-the-series in the recent Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka after a poor one-day series had seemingly scuttled his chances. Markram and Hendricks are out-

standing fielders. The other big debate ahead of the squad announcement is the identity of a back-up fast bowler to the likely trio of Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi. Newcomer Anrich Nortje was impressive in the one-day series against Sri Lanka and although he was forced to withdraw from the Indian Premier League with a shoulder injury he is expected to be fit for the World Cup. While he has not played in a oneday international since February last year, Chris Morris has been picked by several experts in their preferred World Cup squads because he can bowl at more than 140 kph and is a hard-hitting lower-order batsman. Three wickets for the Delhi Capitals against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday took his total to 11 in six matches in this year´s IPL. Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius are likely to be picked as allrounders, while Imran Tahir and Tabraiz Shamsi are South Africa´s probable spin bowlers. It is unlikely that a back-up wicketkeeper to De Kock will be chosen, with Miller seemingly being groomed as an emergency gloveman.

Argentine Guido Pella dealt a second-round blow to seventh seed Marin Cilic, beating the Croatian 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 on Tuesday at the Monte Carlo Masters. Defeat in just over two hours left 2014 US Open winner Cilic with just one win from six matches since January's Australian Open, where he went out in the fourth round. Pella, who won his first career match at the event in the first round on Sunday, emerged a winner as he played on the idyllic centre court for the first time. "This is my best surface, I knew I had chances," the world number 35 said. "But I had to play well. "I was a bit nervous at the start, it was my first time on this court. But playing here is a dream - it's unreal." Cilic was playing here for the 11th straight year, with quarter-final showings in three of the previous four editions. Left-hander Pella came to the European clay with a title this season in Sao Paulo. He now stands 13-3 on the surface in 2019. Top seed Novak Djokovic was set to begin his pre-Roland Garros campaign later, facing Philipp Kohlschreiber, who beat him last month in the Indian Wells third round. Pella moved into a winning position as he broke Cilic for the eighth time of the afternoon, winning a sixminute game before serving out the upset, saving a break point in the final game and wrapping up as Cilic fired wide. In the first round, Briton Cam Norrie advanced in his debut match at the event, with the 23-year-old defeating Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-3. The 56th-ranked Norrie was impressed with the dramatic setting of the iconic Monte Carlo Country Club venue which overlooks the Mediterranean from a cliff. "I like the conditions here. Everything is kind of on top of each other," he said. "It's pretty sick kind of playing tennis on the side of a mountain with a water view." Canadian revelation Felix AugerAliassime advanced into a second-round contest with third seed Alexander Zverev after beating Argentine qualifier Juan Ignacio Londero 7-5, 7-6 (7/5). The 18-year-old AugerAliassime, who reached last month's Miami semi-finals from a qualifying start, now boasts a ranking of 33rd -- up from 175th when he played here a year ago. Frenchman PierreHugues Herbert defeated Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-4, while local Gilles Simon rounded out opening-round play with a 7-5, 6-1 defeat of Australian Alexei Popyrin. Popyrin, 19, and playing his first ATP-level match on clay, received medical treatment on his neck while trailing a set and 4-1.

Olympic marathons to beat deadly heat with 6am start TOKYO Agencies

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic marathons will start at 6:00am, organisers announced Tuesday, after doctors warned of deadly medical emergencies in the Japanese capital’s stifling summer heat. The men’s 50km race walk will start even earlier, at 5:30am, with organisers saying they had taken medical advice into account in timetabling the events. The scheduling decisions were taken “after discussions with medical teams and stakeholders and considering the wellbeing of athletes”, Tokyo 2020 sports director Koji Murofushi told reporters. Other sports, including rugby sevens, triathlon and mountain biking have also seen schedules shifted to avoid the worst of potentially blistering temperatures for the July 24 to August 9 Games. Games organisers had already said the marathons would start “between 5:30am and 6am” after a heatwave that

struck the country last summer, prompting Japanese medics to warn that running the race in mid-morning could “lead to deaths” from heatstroke. The last time Japan hosted the Summer Olympics, in 1964, the competition was held in October to avoid the hot summer conditions. Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said the possibility of extreme weather conditions, ranging from typhoons to heatwaves, was a “major issue” for the Games and International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach has also voiced concern. Tokyo has considered a range of options to counteract the heat, including the adoption of daylight saving, a proposal that gained little traction. But other countermeasures such as solar-blocking paint on roads and mobile misting stations are planned, with Muto admitting that there had been a knock-on impact on the $12.6 billion budget. There are plans for a special centre to monitor extreme weather and warn of po-

tential emergencies including the risk of heatstroke, even recommending evacuation if necessary. Head of the IOC Tokyo 2020 coordinating committee John Coates said in a recent visit to Tokyo that medics had recommended “a list of about 20 precautions they think we should take and they are not going to be free”. Last summer, Tokyo sweated through several deadly heatwaves and Japan was also battered by a series of typhoons that caused death, destruction and delay. At one point, the mercury touched a record 41 Celsius (105.8 Fahrenheit). The hottest day of Olympic competition in history was recorded at the 2004 Athens Games when temperatures soared to 36C (97F). Organisers said that the middle weekend of the Games (August 1-2) would be an “action-packed two days” with 21 medal events on “Super Saturday” and 26 on “Golden Sunday,” including the Men’s 100m final. Saturday 8 August, the day before the

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closing ceremony, will see 30 finals, “the largest number on a single day during the Games”, according to organisers. The schedule did not include timings for the boxing competition after the IOC froze preparations amid a spat with governing body AIBA. Overall, the programme features a

record 33 sports and 339 events and the action will begin on July 22, two days before the opening ceremony, with softball and women’s football. Many finals, including swimming, are being staged in the morning to coincide with prime time US TV audiences, but Murofushi said he still hoped for “full stadiums”.


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Taliban team at Afghan peace talks in Qatar to include women KABUL: Women will be included for the first time in the Taliban delegation to peace talks in Qatar this month, the movement’s main spokesperson said on Monday, ahead of the latest round of meetings aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan. For a group notorious for its strictly conservative attitude to women’s rights, the move represents a step toward addressing demands that women be included in the talks, intended to lay the foundations for a future peace settlement. The April 19-21 meeting in Doha will be the latest in a series of talks between Taliban and US officials and is also expected to include a 150-strong delegation of Afghan politicians and civil society figures. “There will be women among Taliban delegation members in the Doha, Qatar meeting,” Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s main spokesperson, said by telephone. He did not name the women, but added, “These women have no family relationship with the senior members of the Taliban, they are normal Afghans, from inside and outside the country, who have been supporters and part of the struggle of the Islamic Emirate”. In a tweet, he specified that the women would only join discussions with Afghan civil society and political representatives, not in the main negotiations with American officials, led by US special peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad. The Taliban have maintained their rejection of formal talks with the Afghan government, which they dismiss as a “puppet” regime controlled by the United States. While Afghanistan remains a deeply conservative country, especially in rural areas, there have been major advances in women’s rights since the US-led campaign of 2001 that toppled the Taliban government. Many women fear that if the group regains some power, many of these gains could be erased. The movement gained worldwide notoriety when it came to power in the 1990s by forcing women to wear full facial covering and imposing severe restrictions including banning girls from school and forbidding women from working outside the home. However, Taliban spokespersons say the group has changed and it encourages girls’ education and other women’s rights within an Islamic system. Civil society groups, the Western-backed government and Afghanistan’s international partners have pressed for women to take part in the talks and news of the Taliban delegation was welcomed. Fawzia Koofi, a former member of parliament who took part in a previous round of meetings in Moscow, said the presence of women in the Taliban team was a “good step”. “Only women can feel the pain and miseries that Afghan women have suffered. The presence of women among the Taliban negotiators shows that the Taliban’s ideology has changed.” Jean Shaheen, a member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, who has been pressing for women to play a role in the peace talks said the process should be inclusive. Future international support for Afghanistan could be affected by whether women’s rights were properly respected in any settlement, she said. “There are certain levers that we have, that the Taliban are interested in,” she told reporters in Kabul, where she was visiting as part of a Congressional delegation. “There is going to be an interest in economic support after the conflict ends.” “I think if the Taliban has any interest in getting international support … it would be in their interest to recognize the importance of including women and including human rights as part of any settlement that happens. AGENCIES

INDIA OFFERS TO BUILD 100KMS-LONG BRIDGE FROM DERA BABA NANAK TO FACILITATE SIKH PILGRIMS DURING MONSOON SEASON LAHORE

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NDIA has offered to construct a 100-kilometre-long bridge from Dera Baba Nanak till the Pakistan-India international border in Kartarpur to facilitate Sikh pilgrims, as the second round of technical talks on Kartarpur corridor were held between Pakistani and Indian experts at the border on Tuesday. The Pakistani delegation consisted of officials from the foreign and interior ministries along with senior officers of the Frontier Works Organisation and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). According to reports, India made the offer because pilgrims find it difficult to travel during the monsoon season. Pakistani officials would send New Delhi’s offer to their respective departments for approval. Meanwhile, experts from both the sides discussed the length of the corridor road in addition to the construction of roads and fencing. Matters pertaining to customs and immigration were also discussed in the meeting. While over half of the construction work has

been completed on the Pakistani side of the corridor, India has not yet begun with the construction work. The talks were initially expected to be held on April 2 at the Wagah border. However, India had pulled out of the talks. The last-minute move by New Delhi prompted Islamabad to say that the historic initiative could be in danger. India refused to send its team after raising concerns regarding composition of the committee announced by Pakistan to facilitate the Sikh

pilgrims. The shrine is visible from the Indian side of the border and every day a larger number of Sikh devotees gather to perform Darshan or sacred viewings of the site. The corridor is planned to be opened for Sikh pilgrims this year in commemoration of the 550th birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak. The groundbreaking of the project on the Pakistani side was performed by Prime Minister Imran Khan at Kartarpur Sahib on November 28, 2018.

Pashteen reiterates formation of commission in meeting with senators SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE AGREES WITH PTM DEMANDS, CALLS FOR PROMPT SOLUTION NEWS DESK Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) has urged the lawmakers to play their role in the formation of a ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ in addition to clearing up landmines and recovery of missing persons belonging to the tribal districts. He made this statement during a meeting a special Senate committee formed to address the problems of the aggrieved sections of the society. The meeting was chaired by Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif and

was attended by PTM leader Manzoor Pashteen, MNA Mohsin Dawar and the movement’s other representatives. Senators Dr Jahanzaib Jamaldini, Sitara Ayaz, Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Sajjad Hussain Turi, Hidayatullah, Dilawar Khan, Fida Muhammad, Naseebullah Bazai, Sardar Shafiq Tareen, Sameena Saeed, Khanzada Khan, Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Pir Sabir Shah, and Mushahidullah Khan were also in attendance. PTM co-founder Manzoor Pashteen “posed complete confidence

in the Senate Special Committee and appreciated its suggestions for resolving the issues”. “The members of the Special Committee, agreeing with the demands of the PTM, called for their prompt solution,” the statement added. The members termed the meeting “a historic day” and reiterated that “the process of dialogue would continue”. “It was the very first formal historic meeting between the Senate members which lasted for three hours where both the parties openly expressed their views over a series

of issues,” said a statement issued by the Senate Secretariat. The senators demanded the PTM to nominate a focal person for meetings with the representatives and present their demands in writing to the committee. The PTM formed in the aftermath of the murder of Naqeebullah Mehsud demanded penalisation of Rao Anwar, recovery of FATA’s missing persons, probe into extrajudicial killings of Pashtuns all over the country, and end to discrimination meted out to tribal people in addition to a formation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Billionaires and private donors mobilise to rebuild Notre-Dame PARIS AGENCIES

Billionaires and private donors pledged hundreds of millions of euros on Tuesday to help rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris which has been devastated by fire. President Emmanuel Macron has vowed the emblematic monument will be rebuilt after its spire and roof collapsed Monday night in a blaze thought to be linked to extensive renovation work. French billionaire Bernard Arnault announced Tuesday that he and the LVMH luxury conglomerate he controls would give 200 million euros ($226 million) for the reconstruction efforts. The pledge came after Arnault´s crosstown rival Kering, the fashion group founded by fellow billionaire Francois Pinault, offered 100 million euros to help “completely rebuild Notre-Dame”. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo also said Tuesday that the city would unlock 50 million euros, and would propose holding an

international donors´ conference in the coming weeks to coordinate the pledges to restore the gothic architectural masterpiece. The privately run French Heritage Foundation has already launched a call for donations on its website — www.fondation-patrimoine.org — while several pages were set up on the Leetchi fundraising portal. The Ile-de-France region comprising the greater Paris region is to provide another 10 million euros. WOODEN BEAMS OFFERED: Specialised craftsmen and rare materials are also expected to be needed to restore the monument, which welcomes more than 13 million visitors each year — an average of more than 35,000 people a day. The head of a French lumber company told FranceInfo radio that it was ready to offer the best oak beams available to rebuild the intricate lattice that supported the now-destroyed roof, known as the “Forest”. “The work will surely take years, decades even, but it will require thousands of cubic metres of wood. We´ll

have to find the best specimens, with large diameters,” Sylvain Charlois of the Charlois group in Murlin, central France, told the radio station. The United Nations’ Paris-based cultural agency UNESCO has also promised to stand “at France’s side” to restore the site, which it

declared a world heritage site in 1991. “We are already in contact with experts and ready to dispatch an urgent mission to evaluate the damage, save what can be saved and start elaborating measures for the short- and medium-term,” UNESCO´s secretary general Audrey

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Azoulay said in a statement Tuesday. DONE IN YEARS? The painstaking renovation work is likely to cost hundreds of millions of euros over several years, if not decades, though experts breathed sighs of relief that the damage was not even worse. But many officials were urging the government to mobilise the resources to quickly restore the cathedral. “Since yesterday I´ve been hearing that it will take a decade, what nonsense!” former culture minister Jack Lang told AFP outside the church on Tuesday. He called instead for an ambitious three-year project to rebuild the destroyed roof and its towering spire, which collapsed as a burning ember around two hours after the blaze erupted. “You have to set a short deadline, as we´ve done in the past with other exceptional works,” he said. The gothic edifice had been undergoing an 11-million-euro ($12.4-million) overhaul financed by the French state to repair the damage inflicted by time, pollution and the weather.

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