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thursday, 16 February, 2017 i 18 Jamadi-ul-Awwal, 1438 i rs 19.00 i vol vii no 229 i 16 pages i islamabad Edition

Judge survives again in suicide attack g

OFFICIAl drIver KIlled, FOur judges AMOng sIx Injured


Court not satisfied with either party g

‘ PrOduCTIOn OF All

dOCuMenTs PerTAInIng TO MOney TrAIl nOT POssIble’ STORY ON PAGE 04

LEAs go after nationalists in GB g

POlICe ClAIM The ArresTed leAders OF bnF hAve lInKs wITh rAw STORY ON PAGE 03

Aizaz Ahmad appointed ambassador to uS STORY ON PAGE 04

FO lodges protest with Afghan diplomat on fresh terrorist attacks STORY ON PAGE 04




bomb blast in hayatabad area of Peshawar has claimed lives of two people and wounded 18 others, including a civil judge.

According to former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa minister shaukat yousafzai, it was a suicide bombing in which the bomber, who came on a motorbike, targeted a government vehicle which was not being escorted by any security detail. ssP Operations sajjad Khan said the bomber targeted the vehicle carrying civil

judge Asif jadoon and three female magistrates – rabia, Amina, Tehrima – in hayatabad’s Phase-v near the Peshawar development Authority (PdA) office, where shaukat Khanum hospital, educational institutions and several private and government offices are located.


CiviL, miLitAry LEADErSHip DiSCuSSES StrAtEGy


Levies headquarters attacked g

5 KIlled In suICIde ATTACK



JuD requests govt to remove Hafiz Saeed, others from ECL


Imran for early merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa STORY ON PAGE 02

pOL prices likely to increase up to rs16 per litre


Cleric, wife shot by unknown assailants in Muzaffarabad STORY ON PAGE 03

Marriyum says Imran using Panama case for survival





AKISTAN Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that nation is unanimous on the merger of the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “FATA naturally seems part of the province and there is no other option but merger,” he said this while talking to the participants of a presentation at the CM House and talking to journalists during his visit to the HMC to enquire after the health of blast injured. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Speaker Asad Qiaser, PTI General Secretary Jehangir Tareen and provincial ministers also accompanied him. Imran said that the war on terror has destroyed the whole structure of tribal system that enhanced their problems. He said that the previous system was rendered unworkable as it was to run the governance through political administration and Maliks and that was not even workable, given the ground realities. The entire nation was unanimous for the merger of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said, adding that FATA had challenges but after the merger these challenges could be overcome. He said that FATA needed an overall recovery plan for the rehabilitation, reconstruction and re-installing the governance structure and bringing back the internal displaced tribesmen to their homeland. “We have to be prepared for the new wave of terrorism,”

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IMran for early Merger of faTa wITh PakhTunkhwa ‘STATE INSTITUTIONS PRODUCING ‘FAKE’ PAPERS’ PTI CHAIRMAN SAYS ECP GIVES NO JUDGMENT SO FAR ON DISQUALIFICATION REFERENCE CASE ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that there are contradictions in the statements of Sharif family and they have no money trail of their properties in foreign country, as Senator Ishaq Dar affidavit is the real money trail of their properties. “The statement of Ishaq Dar is the actual money trail of Sharif’s as national institutions are busy in producing fake documents to rescue ruling family,” he said this while talking to journalists outside the Supreme Court after Panama case hearing on Wednesday. He said that prime minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz in her TV interview claimed that they have no foreign property while on the other hand PM’s son Hussain Nawaz and Federal Minister Khawaja Asif confessed that properties including

he said, adding that the governments, the masses, the agencies and all should be prepared for the future challenges in wake of fresh waves of terrorism. Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said that FATA was getting Rs 50 billion annually and after the merger, its

Mayfair flats were purchased in foreign country in 90s. He said that after emergence of Panama revelations, the properties of Sharif family have come into light and then foreign investigative journalist organisation and later British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has confirmed that Maryam Nawaz was the beneficiary owner of London flats while the prime minister on National Assembly floor admitted that he have all evidences and money trail regarding his foreign properties. But not yet a single evidence could be produced in the Supreme Court for the last nine months which proved that their foreign properties are legal, he said. “Sharif family is trying to contest their case on fake documents,” he said. Talking about Qataris, he said a story regarding

share would increase upto Rs. 80 to 100 billion. The federal government would continue providing Rs100 billion annually for the infrastructure development and efficient services etc. This would continue for coming 10 years till the completion of infrastruc-

settlement of Mian Sharif and Qatari has been started in the court and tactics were being applied to transfer responsibility on one another shoulders but today Hussain Nawaz’s counsel Salman Akram Raja said that he has no money trail. The letters of Qataris and fake documents by FBR showed their real face that they can cross any limit to save themselves from accountability. He said that whenever Nawaz Sharif was in power no national institution can hold unbiased investigation against him because he appointed the officials of these institutions with his own consent. How it’s possible for an appointed leader to hold impartial and honest investigation against him and caught his robbery, he questioned. Replying to a question, he said that the Election Commission has all record of his property purchasing and selling for the last 20 years and it has all relevant documents but no judgment was given so far on disqualification reference case. ONLINE

ture, services and installing the governance structure in FATA. The resources would not be a problem but the challenges would be, adding that the sooner we go for the merger the better it will be for the entire region.


At least five persons, including three personnel of Levies, were killed and several others injured in a suicide attack on the main gate of the Levies Forces Headquarters in Ghalanai area in Mohmand Agency on Wednesday morning. Following the terrorist attack in Mohmand Agency, the Frontier Corps (FC) launched a search operation in Ghalanai area and killed five militants. A spokesperson for the FC said the search operation was carried out in Sheikh Banda, a suburban area of Ghalanai town in Mohmand Agency. An encounter took place between terrorists and FC personnel during the raid, the spokesman said, in which five terrorists were killed. Those killed in the attack on Levies headquarters included a school teacher whereas four amongst the

injured are personnel of Levies Force. Officials told media that early morning when officials and personnel of Levies Force were coming on to their duty, two terrorists riding on a bike made an attempt to enter the HQs. However, they were stopped by security personnel guarding the main gate. One suicide bomber exploded his vest at the main gate whereas his accomplice was shot dead by security forces. According to officials both the terrorists were suicide bombers and the explosions were too severe. As a result, at least four persons including two personnel of Levies were killed and several others injured. Later on, a jawan of Levies Force also succumbed to injuries in the hospital. A number of persons, including four personnel of security forces, sustained injuries. Almost all the injured were admitted in the agency headquarter hospital at Ghalanai while two were referred to Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar, due to critical nature of injuries. Soon after the suicide attack, a curfew like situation was imposed all over Ghalanai Town and main road linking Charsada with Bajaur Agency was closed for traffic. Later, personnel of security forces

embarked on a search operation. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) through a statement stated that with timely action, personnel of security forces foiled the attempt aimed at killing a large number of people inside the Levies Force’s headquarters. The headquarters are surrounded by offices of the political administration, Mohmand Press Club, a government school and others. Officials are claiming that terrorists entered Mohmand Agency from Afghanistan side. So far no group or individual has claimed the responsibility for this latest act of violence in Mohmand Agency which has remained a stronghold of militants in the recent past. A number of hardcore militants sheltering in Afghanistan also belong to Mohmand Agency who from time to time carrying out such heinous and inhuman terror acts. Besides Mohmand Agency, KP police also embarked on a search operation in several villages of Charsada district, bordering with Mohmand Agency. During the search operation, security forces arrested around 20 suspects. Peshawar police conducted a door to door search operation in different parts of the city and arrested several suspects which included seven Afghan nationals.

Marriyum says Imran using Panama case for survival STATE MINISTER ASKS PTI CHAIRMAN TO CHANGE HIS NEGATIVE MINDSET ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Wednesday urged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to stop using Panama case as crutches for political survival. Talking to media outside the Supreme Court, she said that Imran Khan still had time to change his negative mindset and start doing constructive politics. She advised the PTI chairman to utilise the remaining 19 months to the next general election for playing the role of a real and vigilant opposition in the parliament and contribute to the success of CPEC, energy and other development projects through positive criticism. The state minister strongly refuted the claims by Imran Khan about non-submission of documents in the court in regards to the purchase of London flats, saying that all relevant documents had been submitted in the court. She reminded that Imran used to show the papers in front of the media, claiming that the PTI had all the proofs, but none of those papers had been presented in the court. She said that Imran’s story revolved around his claims of money laundering, tax evasion, plunder of national wealth, Mariam Nawaz being dependent on the prime minister and that the flats were purchased in the 1990s. She also said that contrary to Imran’s stance in the Supreme Court, he has sought immunity in the Election Commission taking the position that giving details of unnamed accounts of off shore company and exchange of gifts between him and his wife was not necessary. Dilating on the issue of terrorism, she said that the incidents of terrorism had registered a tremendous nose-dive due to efforts of Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan, positive anti-terrorism strategies adopted by the provinces during the last three years, under the stewardship of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as well as Zarb-e-Azb operation. The terrorist attacks’ graph that touched the figure of around 2200 in the year 2013, fell to 160 during 2017, she added. She said that the operation against the terrorists under the leadership of the prime minister would continue unabated till the elimination of the last terrorist. She said that the terrorists could not dent the resolve of the government as well as the people by such cowardly and detestable acts, and their unholy designs to harm and destabilize the country would never succeed. The people of Pakistan, its valiant armed force and law enforcing agencies had rendered unparalleled sacrifices in the war on terror, she said. The prevailing situation in the country demanded impregnable national unity and refraining from doing politics on the issue, she added. STAFF REPORT

Judge survives again in suicide bomb attack Continued from page 01 The police official said the driver of the vehicle, identified as Khursheed Khan, died on the spot while Asif Jadoon and the three females were badly wounded. The injured have been moved to the Hayatabad Medical Complex, where an emergency has been declared. The SSP further said that the remains of the suicide bomber have been collected from the blast site. Citing personnel of the Bomb Disposal Squad, CCPO Peshawar Tahir Khan said 15 kilogrammes of explosive material was used in the bomb. He said it was too early to say who was the target of the bomber, adding that investigation is in progress. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack. A heavy contingent of police has arrived at the site, and the


area is being cordoned off. Rescuers say the explosion was so powerful that it completely wrecked the van, besides shattering windowpanes of nearby buildings. More casualties are feared as many injured are stated to be in critical condition. Law enforcers have initiated a manhunt for the anti-state elements. Later, Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan addressing media along with KP Chief Minister Per-

vez Khattak condemned the attack and said that terrorists wanted to target the civil judge and judicial magistrates. He added that any further delay in FATA’s merger with KP would strengthen terrorists and anti-state elements. Imran said that it would be improper to give FATA a complete provincial status. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib also Nisar condemned the attack and expressed sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

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CIvIl, MIlITary leadershIP dIsCusses joInT sTraTegy ISLAMABAD



MID successive terrorist attacks in capitals of three provinces Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) — in past three days, the civil and military leadership sat together here in the federal capital to discuss a joint strategy to deal with the new surge in incidents of terrorism aimed at destabilising the development process emanating in the wake of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired the meeting which reviewed the security situation. The meeting was also attended by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of General Staff Lt General Bilal Akbar, National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua, directors general of Counter Terrorism and Intelligence Bureau and other senior government officials. The meeting condemned the recent terror attacks in Lahore, Mohmand Agency, Peshawar, and Quetta, and paid tributes to the great


lhC reserves judgment on intra court appeal LAHORE: A Lahore High Court division bench on Wednesday reserved judgement on the IntraCourt Appeal (ICA) challenging the single bench orders of striking down appointments of acting vice-chancellors at four public sector universities and the process initiated by the Higher Education Department for selecting new incumbents. The bench headed by LHC Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah heard the ICA filed by the Punjab government. During the hearing, Punjab Advocate General Shakeel ur Rehman submitted that after the 18th amendment, higher education had been devolved to the provinces. He said that the appointment of vice chancellors in public sector universities fall within provincial domain and amendments had been brought in laws relating to public sector universities through "The Public Sector Universities (Amendment) Act, 2012", wherein an elaborate process of appointment of vice chancellor had been provided. He contended that appointment of VCs did not fall within the domain of the Higher Education Commission and was also not covered under Item 12 of Part-II of the Federal Legislative List of the constitution. He pleaded the court to set aside the orders of the single bench for being illegal. However, respondents' counsel Saad Rasool opposed the request and submitted that higher education subject still fall under federation and it was necessary to follow criteria set by the HEC Pakistan for appointment of the vice chancellors. He also contended that the process adopted for the appointment of vice chancellors were also not transparent. He pleaded the court to dismiss the government's appeal. The bench after hearing arguments reserved the verdict. It is pertinent to mention here that LHC single bench had ordered removal of acting vice chancellors of Punjab University, Lahore College for Women University, University of Sargodha and Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering & Technology Multan and appointment of senior most professors as acting vice chancellors of these varsities within seven days. The court had also declared that the selection process initiated by Punjab Higher Education Department for the appointment of the vice chancellors as unconstitutional and ordered Higher Education Commission (HEC) to appoint the vice chancellors in four universities after framing rules and committee for the purpose. STAFF REPORT

national heroes who laid down their lives to secure a peaceful future for Pakistan. This was the first barrage of attacks following the successful military operation, Zarb-e-Azb, against hardcore terrorists in North Waziristan and other tribal areas called. “The meeting reiterated the national resolve of complete physical and ideological annihilation of terrorism and extremism. It was agreed that the gains of operations executed by military, civil armed forces and police will not be lost and the state would ensure that terrorists do not resurge, at any cost,” says an official handout is-

sued by Prime Minister’s House. The meeting noted that the armed forces, police, civilian law enforcement agencies and people at large have rendered unrivalled sacrifices in this war against terrorism. The participants vowed to defeat the new narrative of terrorists which they said had also been failed to prevail whereas the narrative of peace, stability and prosperity has taken over. “The meeting reinforced that the overall situation in the country has improved, including in FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas), Balochistan and Karachi as a result of the state’s offensive against terrorists and miscreants,” the statement said. The meeting made a resolve that terrorism emanating within the country or executed and harboured from outside the country will be eliminated and those posing threat to peace and security of the country will be liquidated by the might of the state.



Though the situation is different in Gilgit-Baltistan as compared to Balochistan, the law enforcement agencies have started a massive crackdown against activists of nationalist parties and suspected separatists, as the security agencies smell India’s ‘involvement’ to foil China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The Gilgit Baltistan police, with the help of other agencies, have arrested over a dozen leaders and activists of the Balawaristan National Front (BNF) and recovered weapons and literature from their possession during the crackdown in district Ghizar and others parts of the region. Last week, the police had arrested at least 12 members of the BNF on charges of anti-state activities. The nationalist party, according to police, was formed in 1995 by a nationalist Abdul Hamid, who is presently in Belgium from where he is allegedly running the network in Pakistan and other parts of the world. According to Inspector General Police of GB, Zafar Iqbal Awan, the arrested activists of the nationalist party were trying to promote an anti-national ideology and had played into the hands of foreign agencies. Police claim that the said nationalist party, being operated from outside the country, was getting funds from RAW to sabotage the multibillion dollar project of CPEC, and creating unrest in the area. The IGP during a recent press briefing in Gilgit has also claimed that the law enforcers have uncovered Rs300 million money trails of the party and their usage for purchase of weapons and properties. Some party leaders, who wanted to address a press conference against the arrest of their fellows in Gilgit on Sunday, were also arrested by the police before the media talks. Talking to Pakistan Today, official sources at Home Department GB said that the crackdown against the anti-state element was initiated purely on intelligence basis and after credible information. They said apart from the action against BNF activists, government in GB is also taking necessary steps to bring back


Pol prices likely to increase up to rs16 per litre ISLAMABAD: The federal government is likely to hike prices of petroleum goods up to Rs16.71 per litre. According to a news channel, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has suggested the federal government increase petrol prices by Rs1.91 per litre, recommending a hike of Rs2.03 per litre on diesel. An increase of Rs16.71 per litre has been recommended by the regulatory authority. OGRA has also suggested the federal government increase light diesel’s cost by Rs12.53 per litre. The federal government will announce the final prices by tonight (Wednesday). On February 1, the government had announced to readjust prices of petroleum products by Rs2.25 per litre. Notwithstanding the summary forwarded by the OGRA, the Finance Ministry increased the prices of petrol only by Rs1, from Rs 70.29 per litre to Rs71.29 per litre. Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar, announcing the new prices of petroleum products here Wednesday said OGRA had recommended fixation of new petrol prices at Rs72.20 per litre. He said the prices of high-speed diesel had also been enhanced from Rs79.48 per litre to Rs80.48 per litre—an increase of Rs1 per litre. Despite the recommendation of a huge increase in kerosene and light diesel oil (LDO) prices, the prices of these products had been kept unchanged. The prices of kerosene remained unchanged at Rs43.25 while that of LDO at was Rs43.34. OGRA had recommended an increase of Rs1.91 per litre on petrol from Rs70.29 per litre to Rs72.20 per litre and Rs2.03 per litre increase in high-speed diesel from Rs79.49 per litre to Rs81.51 per litre. The authority recommended an increase of Rs16.71 in the prices of kerosene from Rs43.25 per litre to Rs59.96 and enhancement of Rs12.53 per litre in prices of LDO from Rs43.34 to Rs55.87. APP

Cleric, wife shot by unknown assailants in Muzaffarabad

Abdul Hamid through Interpol. They said a red warrant will be issued for his arrest through Interpol. The crackdown against the nationalist party is largely being carried out in Ghizar district from where a nationalist party leader Nazeer Naji had won election of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) in 2015. The preemptive action against the anti-state elements was taken in Ghizar area following the security alerts issued by Ministry of Interior in Islamabad. Talking to the Pakistan Today, senior journalist in Gilgit, Manzar Shigri, said that though the activists of BNF and other nationalist organisations have been active for years promoting their political and national agenda which attracted some segment of the society especially the youth, their activities were being monitored by law enforcement agencies soon after there was visible progress on CPEC projects. “Anti-China sentiments, found among some leaders of the nationalist party, have apparently alarmed the law enforces to check and monitor activities of the party and their leaders,” he said, adding the party has not been involved in any armed struggle or violence in the region. “It could be a preemptive step taken by the government to ensure undisrupted progress on the mega project, for which the area is gateway,” he added. “Their objective and struggle were to make GB a separate state,” Manzar said.

MUZAFFARABAD: A local cleric and his wife were shot and injured on Wednesday by unidentified attackers in Muzaffarabad, the capital city of Azad Jammu Kashmir. It remains unclear whether the shooting was a sectarian attack or motivated by personal enmity. Majlis Wehdatul Muslimeen (MWM) secretary general Allama Tasawwar Al Jawadi, 38, was on his way to visit his in-laws in the town of Garhi Dupatta along with his wife when their motorcycle was intercepted by a black car. The rescue team reached the scene immediately and transferred the injured to the Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahayan Hospital in Muzaffarabad. DIG Sardar Gulfraz Khan told reporters that Jawadi received a bullet in his neck and was in critical condition. His wife had also received bullet injuries but she is out of danger. Jawadi’s brother-in-law Tasawwur Moosvai claimed that the black car had been chasing him from Manik Piyan area and had finally intercepted him near Rabbani Bridge. Demonstrations were held in different parts of Muzaffarabad and roads were blocked following the incident. Jamiat Ahle-Hadith condemned the attack on the religious cleric and called upon the government to take action against those creating unrest in the peaceful state. “Our region has been enjoying exemplary religious harmony, and it is the national obligation of all segments of the society to maintain this atmosphere at all costs,” said Daniyal Shahab, the secretary general of the Jamiat Ahle-Hadith. AGENCIES


Pakistan’s UN representative Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said that ensuring gender equality and women empowerment are among the top priorities of the government in Pakistan. Addressing a UN-Women meeting, the international body's entity working for empowerment of women, she said that women have

made significant progress over the years. “Our adherence to the ideals of empowering women and protecting their rights stems from our faith, our constitution and the vision of our founding father,” she said. As a leading troop contributing country, she said that Pakistan fully recognises the critical role of women in international peace and security. "Our women peacekeepers have served as police officers, doctors and nurses in missions in

Asia, Africa and the Balkans." The envoy further said that Pakistan had also earned the distinction of electing the first female prime minister in the Muslim world – not once but twice, and that its outstanding women professionals have served as speaker of the National Assembly, as foreign minister and as governor of the central bank. "Only yesterday, my government appointed the country’s first-ever female foreign affairs secretary,” she said. In her remarks, Ambassador Maleeha also spoke about the progress made by women around the world, and said that they have

a pivotal role to play in achieving sustainable development. Achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls was at the heart of the new development agenda, she said. UN-Women has the potential to catalyse change by utilising its composite nature and mandates in a fully integrated fashion, she said. She called for unwavering political support and ownership in order to accomplish the new development paradigm that poses many implementation and leadership challenges. "Women across the world, from Columbia to Uganda to Burundi to Tunisia,


have emerged as leaders and consensus builders, inspiring hopes of peace and prosperity amidst conflict and violence," the envoy said. Over the years, she said, women had demonstrated the requisite skills and capacities for mediation and peace building and displayed a remarkable ability to lead various international initiatives. Maleeha said that such skills and abilities make them particularly suited as special envoys, special representatives and resident coordinators, adding that the current share of women in leadership roles at the UN remained abysmally low.


Thursday, 16 February, 2017

Aizaz Ahmad appointed ambassador to US


COUrt nOt SAtiSFied with either pArty ProDuCtion of aLL DoCumEntS PErtaining to monEy traiL ‘not PoSSibLE’: aDvoCatE SaLman raJa ISLAMABAD



USTICE Asif Saeed Khosa-led five-member Supreme Court bench that is hearing multiple petitions against Sharif family in the wake of Panama leaks has observed the lack of documents presented by Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz’s counsel, Advocate Salman Akram Raja, pertaining to ownership of London flats. The hearing resumed after a gap of two weeks due to illness and non availability of Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed who had a heart attack earlier this month. Raja, from the very outset, argued that since the majority of record was lost during the ’99 coup, the complete history of Sharif family’s business span-

Medical store owners call off strike LAHORE: The owners of medical stores and pharmaceutical companies in Punjab agreed to end their strike after they reached an agreement with the provincial government on Wednesday evening. Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, speaking at a press conference together with representatives from pharmaceutical companies here, said that a committee had been formed to oversee amendments in the Drug Act 1976. He announced that a consensus on various issues had been reached with representatives of the pharmaceutical companies. “The pharmaceutical companies have agreed to support the campaign against counterfeit drugs,” he added. “We want to eliminate fake drugs from Punjab. It is our responsibility to ensure the provision of quality medicines to people,” said Health Minister Khawaja Salman Rafique, who was also present alongside Sanaullah. “The government held talks with the pharmaceutical companies earlier as well,” the law minister said, adding that negotiations with stakeholders over billing matters were held often. AGENCIES

ning over 45 years can’t be reproduced. Salman Akram Raja also argued that since the Supreme Court had taken up the case in its extraordinary jurisdiction and can’t hold an inquiry into the matter, the case may be sent to relevant authorities for investigation. The counsel further said that even if his clients are to be tried under NAB laws, the burden of proof does not lie on them. When Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan asked how the flats were bought and came in the possession of PM’s children, Mr Raja said they were bought from proceeds of Mian Sharif’s business. ‘The flats were bought by Al-Thani family between ’93 and ’96. Later on, in January 2006, the Al-Thani family gave the bearer certificates to Hussain Nawaz and in July 2006 these bearer certificates were transferred to Minerva,’ he said, adding that these bearer certificates have standing of currency. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed asked about the agreement between Hussain Nawaz and Minerva. ‘When will you present it?’ he asked. Justice Khosa also remarked that the record of transfer of certificates in 2006 should be presented as it is only a

decade old. Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan said that no party is bringing forward the whole truth. An interesting situation arose in the court when Justice Khosa asked whether back in 1999 only one child of Sharif family was living in England and why four flats were bought for his residence. Mr Raja replied that there is a possibility that another child was living as well. However, he said, he will apprise the court after seeking details from his client. Once again, the practice of reading excerpts from the speeches given by Sharif family returned to the case when Justice Asif Saeed Khosa read an excerpt from Hussain Nawaz’s speech in which he said that London flats were bought after selling Jeddah Steel Mills. Salman Akram Raja also presented before the court questions pertaining to Article 184 (3) that empowers Supreme Court with extraordinary jurisdiction commonly referred to as suo motu. It is expected Salman Akram Raja will conclude his arguments today (Thursday) and the case will go for rebuttal to the petitioner’s counsel Advocate Naeem Bukhari. The hearing has been adjourned till today (Thursday).

JuD requests govt to remove Hafiz Saeed from ECL ISLAMABAD AGENCIES

The Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) on Wednesday requested the Interior Ministry for the removal of its head Hafiz Saeed, currently under house arrest, and 37 other party activists' names from the Exit Control List (ECL), as the party and its members were not involved in any terrorist activities in the country. The application moved by party counsel AK Dogar alludes to the Interior Ministry notification issued on January 30, consequently, the JuD chief and four of his aides were placed under one month house arrest. In his letter, the Dogar said that on instructions from his client (JuD), he is pleading that the ministry withdraws its decision regarding the ECL. Dogar claims that JuD had never been a part of terrorist ac-

tivities in Pakistan, and no terrorrelated incident was ever linked to the organisation. The JuD is dedicated to the welfare of citizens as it has set up 142 schools and four universities in the country and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) is sufficient proof to this effect,” it said. It claimed that the government was failed to produce any kind of evidence against his client and to prove his [counsel] point he will submit documents in the count which will prove Saeed's and his aides' innocence. The January 30 notification placed the JuD and the FIF on the watch list and put on the second schedule under Section 11-EEE (1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. A subsequent handout issued by the Punjab government said, “In the light of Section 11EEE(1) of the Anti Terrorism Act,

the Punjab government has taken organisational office-bearers of the aforementioned organisations playing an active role including Hafiz Muhammad Saeed (Lahore), Abdullah Ubaid (Faisalabad), Zafar Iqbal (Markaz Tayyaba Muridke), Abdul Rehman Abid (Markaz Tayyaba Muridke) and Kashif Niazi of Multan into protective custody.” The FIF and JuD have been taking steps which could harm the peace and security of the country and are involved in activities that violate United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1267, the Interior Ministry stated in its order. Saeed’s detention came following Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s remarks that the government was taking steps to fulfil its international obligations regarding JuD.

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to appoint Foreign Affairs Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry as ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, Foreign Office announced here Wednesday. He will join his new assignment in Washington DC next month. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry is a career Foreign Service Officer with over 36 years of bilateral and multilateral experience in the field of diplomacy. Presently, he is serving as foreign secretary since December 2013. Earlier, he has served as the spokesperson of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. In the ministry, he has served as additional foreign secretary for the UN and Disarmament Affairs, and director general for relations with South Asian countries, in which capacity he has remained closely associated with the peace process with India. Overseas, he has served as ambassador of Pakistan to The Netherlands, where he engaged in active public diplomacy in cooperation with Pakistani community to win friends for Pakistan. He also authored a book 'Pakistan Mirrored to Dutch Eyes.' In his other overseas assignments, Aizaz Ahmad has served as the deputy permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in New York, Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary General of ECO in Tehran, and Pakistan embassies in Washington, Doha and Cairo. He was born on February 27, 1958, holds Masters degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford, Massachusetts, and a first class Bachelor of Science degree from the Punjab University, Lahore. He is married and has three children. STAFF REPORT

FO lodges protest with Afghan diplomat on fresh terrorist attacks ISLAMABAD: Afghan Deputy Head of Mission (DHM) Syed Abdul Nasir Yousafi on Wednesday was called-in to the Foreign Office by Additional Secretary (UN&EC) for registering concern over the terrorist attacks on Pakistan by the Jumaat-ulAhrar from Afghanistan, Foreign Office said in a statement. The Afghan diplomat was conveyed the grave concern of Pakistan about the continuing terrorist attacks on its soil by the Jumaat-ulAhrar's (JuA) sanctuaries inside Afghanistan. Attention of the diplomat was also drawn to the earlier actionable intelligence shared by Pakistan's authorities with the Afghan side. Afghanistan was urged to take urgent measures to eliminate the terrorists and their sanctuaries, financiers and handlers operating from its territory. An AideMemoire containing details of the terrorist attacks and supporting information was also shared with the Afghan official. STAFF REPORT

PSX, SECP ignore violations in 2015 audit of MR Securities KARACHI ARSHAD HUSSAIN

Despite certain regulation violations that occurred during the audit of MR Securities conducted in 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) have ignored them, a report of the PSX received by Pakistan Today said. “Two audits of MR Securities were conducted in 2015, one by PSX through a system audit and another by the SECP. The report of the system audit was without any adverse findings. However, the Regulatory Affairs Committee (RAC) was informed that the SECP audit revealed certain issues and violations with respect to segregation of assets and maintaining of two types of books by the broker,” the report claimed. One of the brokers who disclosed this report said, “This means that an SECP official is involved in a scam with MR Securities.” The SECP had previously issued

show cause notices to more than 30 brokers throughout the country but no fine has been imposed on them till now. “One or two other brokers from Lahore who are involved in scams may also be investigated and could default,” another broker said. However, in the report it is mentioned that despite a red alarm being raised, the matter was not forwarded to the right forum for timely action or any action at all. The judgment and working style of the PSX chief returning officer (CRO) seemed questionable. Being a part of the oversight committee and privy to the relevant vulnerable situation of the brokerage house well in advance, the CRO did not share the information with the SECP despite their query. Being a member of the oversight committee and the joint inspection, there was no bar on the CRO to perform his role as the CRO of PSX and he was obliged to bring into the loop the RAC chairman to whom he functionally reports. Instead, the CRO never apprised the chairman either

in person or otherwise. The report further said that the CRO, having become aware of the situation on January 16, did not raise the issue in the RAC meeting held on January 27 and only moved sent an email to the RAC on night on February 3. Furthermore, after the closure of the office by the broker on February 01 and the panic created by investors, the CRO deputed the CCO to visit Lahore instead of going himself to handle the situation despite knowing the gravity of the situation. In a visit of the sub-committee of the RAC to the PSX for hearing appeals on February 07, the CRO was to brief the sub-committee about cases of vulnerable brokers but did not avail the opportunity. The CRO remained constantly in contact with the CEO of MR Securities on Whatsapp, but did not bother disclosing this information during the interview held by the head of internal audit and the RAC only came to learn of the fact after seeing the CRO's cellphone. The report further said that a design


lapse was found in the structure and governance of the oversight committee and the mechanism under which it carries out a joint inspection of brokerage houses of the PSX. There is an urgent need to revisit the governance of the said committee and its reporting requirements. “There is a dearth of market intelligence in the exchange unless an alarm is raised by another broker or complaints are filed by the investors,” the report said. “Surveillance function at the PSX was found wanting and there is a systemic gap,” it added. Questions regarding the system audit were also raised also, but without any specifics, in a total failure to identify the relevant issues. Although TREC holders are represented on the PSX board, all of them are based in Karachi and there is no representation from the north to highlight issues related to brokers from the former Lahore and Islamabad stock exchanges (LSE and ISE). Other recent problems are due to the brokers of the former LSE and ISE. Ac-

cording to the CRO, prior to the integration of the stock exchanges, he had raised the concern whether the brokerage houses of the LSE and ISE were in order, but the SECP took the stance that there were time constraints and that the issue would be addressed later. “As the actual status of the finding of the inspection of the former LSE & ISE's brokers is unknown, they could be potentially be very high risk. Joint inspection of all these brokers needs to be carried out on a priority basis to assess the real situation and to take remedial action. It is feared that some of them may still be suffering from the 2008 crises and hiding their real position. Going forward, the CRO should brief the key findings of III in each meeting of the RAC,” the report says. Allowing the custody of investor cash and securities by the brokerage houses in their sub-accounts, should be eliminated as soon as possible with the alternate mechanism of settlement of trades directly through client investor accounts, the report added.


Thursday, 16 February, 2017

Israel-PalestInIan conflIct

two-state solutIon not only oPtIon: us WASHINGTON



White House official says a two-state solution may not be the only option to solve the Israel-Palestinian conflict, signalling a major policy shift. The comment came as the US and Israeli leaders prepared to meet for the first time since Donald Trump’s election. Trump says he believes achieving a long-elusive peace is possible, calling it “the ultimate deal”. He has stated his strong support for Israel after its relations with the US deteriorated under Barack Obama. The former US president was a staunch critic of Jewish settlement activity - strongly advocated by Mr Netanyahu - in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, land claimed by the Palestinians for a future state. For decades successive US governments have backed a two-state solution - the idea of establishing an independent Palestinian state that lives side-by-side with Israel. But, an unnamed senior White House official suggested the US would support any form of final peace deal reached between Israel and the Palestinians, retreating from its long-term insistence of a two-state formula. “A two-state solution that doesn’t bring peace is not a goal that anybody wants to achieve,” the official said, speaking anonymously. “Peace is the goal, whether that comes in the form of a two-state solution if that’s what the parties want, or something else if that’s what the parties want.” What is the two-state solution? A “two-state solution” to the decadesold conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is the declared goal of their leaders and the international community.

It is the shorthand for a final settlement that would see the creation of an independent state of Palestine within pre-1967 ceasefire lines in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, living peacefully alongside Israel. The UN, the Arab League, the European Union, Russia and, until now, the US routinely restate their commitment to the concept. State department officials were unaware of any policy shift and

Won’t return Crimea to Ukraine: Russia MOSCOW: Russia said on Wednesday it would not hand back Crimea to Ukraine or discuss the matter with foreign partners after the White House said U.S. President Donald Trump expected the annexed Black Sea peninsula to be returned. Moscow says an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voted to become part of Russia in a 2014 referendum wanting protection from what the Kremlin cast as an illegal coup in Kiev. Ukraine says the referendum was a sham held at gunpoint after Russian troops illegally annexed the peninsula, that Russia-friendly president Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by people power, and that Moscow should return Crimea. “We don’t give back our own territory. Crimea is territory belonging to the Russian Federation,” Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, told a news briefing on Wednesday. The 2014 annexation prompted the United States and the European Union to impose sanctions on Russia, plunging Western relations with the Kremlin to their worst level since the Cold War. AGENCIES

Court urged to report Turkey to UN for jailing judge NEW YORK: A defence lawyer on Wednesday urged a UN war crimes court to report Turkey to the UN Security Council for failing to free a judge jailed in Ankara´s post-coup crackdown. Judge Aydin Sefa Akay was one of 41,000 people arrested in the aftermath of the failed July putsch against Turkish President Recep Tayipp Erdogan. The UN court ordered late last month that he should be released by Wednesday so he can return to his work in The Hague. Akay´s incarceration has paralysed an appeals court, in which a former Rwandan minister is calling for a 30-year jail term imposed for his role in his country´s 1994 genocide to be overturned. Turkey has also snubbed repeated requests by the UN´s Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT), which is hearing the case, to explain its actions. AGENCIES

have been seeking clarification from the White House, the Associated Press news agency reported. Palestinian officials have denounced the comments, with Palestine Liberation Organisation executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi telling AFP: “This is not a responsible policy and it does not serve the cause of peace.” Husam Zomlot, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said

the “two-state solution is not something we just came up with”. Meanwhile UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that there was no alternative plan for resolving the conflict, urging the international community to do everything it could to bring about a two-state solution. BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen says hardliners in Israel want President Trump to drop the idea of

two states, as they believe the land needed for a Palestinian state should be part of Israel. ‘Dangers anD opportunities’: President Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu have previously met and both have spoken of having a good relationship. As he departed for the US, Mr Netanyahu said he and President Trump “see eye-to-eye on the dangers emanating from the region but also the opportunities”. Iran is also expected to be high on the agenda, with both leaders previously denouncing the nuclear deal reached under the Obama administration. Netanyahu sees Iran as the number one threat to Israel and has urged “responsible nations” to follow Trump’s lead after the president imposed fresh sanctions on Tehran in response to a ballistic missile test. trump’s position on settlements: Israel regards the election of Donald Trump as an opportunity to improve relations with the US. After Trump indicated he would take a much more tolerant approach to Jewish settlement activity, Israel advanced plans for thousands of new homes in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Soon after, however, the US president expressed some concern saying he did not see “going forward” with settlements as conducive to peace. But, at the same time, the White House said it does not regard the existence of settlements as an impediment - a reversal of the long-term position of the US. More than 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built since Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.

EU Parliament approves contested Canada trade deal STRASBOURG AGENCIES

The European Parliament backed a contested EU-Canada free trade deal on Wednesday, facing down protests by activists and Donald Trump-inspired calls for protectionism. MEPs meeting in Strasbourg, France, approved the pact with 408 votes in favour, 254 against and 33 abstentions. Approval by the parliament allows the provisional implementation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement as early as next month. EU states and Canada formally signed the deal in October after seven years of tough talks, overcoming lastminute resistance from a small Belgian region that blocked its national government from approving the accord. Protests marked the vote, with about 700 people marching outside parliament to voice their opposition to the deal. Anti-globalisation activists dressed in surgical masks dramatically blocked entrance to the parliament building, before being dragged off by riot police. “Saying yes to CETA is a trampling of the people,” said a banner.

Following the approval by parliament, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will address MEPs in person on Thursday. EU leaders see the deal as a victory for an imperilled global trade system that is under threat from US President Donald Trump who opposes international trade deals. Opponents to the accord, which is known as CETA, slam the

deal as a danger to health, democracy and the rule of law. “CETA is the best trade agreement the EU has ever concluded. It will bring Canada and Europe even closer together,” said German MEP Manfred Weber, the head of the conservative EPP group, the parliament’s biggest bloc. Deal ‘attacks governments’: Some of the more controversial as-

pects, including a much-derided investor court system, still require ratification by EU member states, which could take years. The EU is very ambitious about the deal, calling it Europe’s most modern ever, and saying it will become a template for later deals, including with post-Brexit Britain. CETA will remove 99 percent of non-farm customs duties between the two sides, a big win for exporters on both sides of the Atlantic. And unlike classic trade deals, CETA harmonises regulations on matters such as health and the environment, a major concern for activists. A major flashpoint for opponents is the proposal to set up special courts to settle disputes between investors and national authorities that is central to the deal. Opponents believe this provision hands too much power to multinationals that will use powerful lawyers to undermine national regulation. “Multinationals will be able to attack governments in a privatised court system,” said France’s farright presidential candidate and MEP Marine Le Pen, who voted against CETA.

Rouhani begins Gulf tour to soothe relations MUSCAT AGENCIES

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Oman as part of a regional tour to improve relations with Gulf neighbours that have been strained by the conflicts in Syria and Yemen. Before leaving Tehran, Rouhani expressed support for Kuwait-led efforts to “resolve misunderstandings and boost relations” with Gulf

countries, Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported. “In this trip, there will be discussions about the region, the situation in Iraq, Syria and in particular in Yemen,” he said before flying to Muscat where he met Sultan Qaboos. Kuwait was the next scheduled stop on Rouhani’s short tour, which does not include regional kingpin Saudi Arabia. Kuwaiti Foreign


Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled AlSabah visited Tehran last month, calling for a “normalisation of ties and opening dialogue”. Iran has had no diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia since January 2016, when demonstrators stormed the kingdom’s missions in Tehran and Mashhad in protest at the execution of a Saudi Shia Muslim cleric. Ties were already strained between the region’s leading Shia

and Sunni powers, which have taken opposing sides in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen. Oman, which has a significant Shia minority, has historically had good ties with Iran, with which it shares control of the Strait of Hormuz. Oman is the only one of the six Gulf Arab states not taking part in the Saudi-led military intervention against Shia rebels in Yemen.

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Over 44m social media accounts in Pakistan ISLAMABAD: Social media has played a strong role in shaping the modern day communication, and Pakistani users are catching up with trend. The total number of Pakistani social media accounts crossed the 44 million mark, according to the statistics released by social media companies, a private news channel reported. Facebook surpassed all other applications at 30 million users across Pakistan, according to stats provided by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority as on November 15, 2016. Liine stood at 7.1 million users as per October 15, 2016, followed by Instagram with 3.9 million active users, according to Business Manager dashboard. Twitter and Snapchat trailed behind others at 3.1 million users as of July 2016 and 0.4 million users as of January 2017, respectively. Social media in Pakistan is frequently used for diverse purposes that include e-commerce, sociopolitical discussions, social vigilantism, and political activism. app

FPSC recommends appointment of 11 junior officers

Key StudieS OF Redd+ PROjeCt inauguRated ISLAMABAD


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INISTER for Climate Change Zahid Hamid has inaugurated two key studies of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) here aiming to develop National REDD+ strategy and its implementation framework. The project is aimed at making necessary technical, institutional and legal preparations needed for formally implementing the REDD+ programmes in Pakistan. The studies would help management and institutional arrangements for REDD+, development of baselines (Forests Reference Emission

Levels/Reference Levels), development of the national forest monitoring system including measurement, reporting and verification systems, development of social, environmental safeguards and capacity building outreach and raising awareness. The REDD+ Readiness Preparation Project has been launched with the financial support of Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) of World Bank. Federal Secretary Ministry of Climate Change Syed Abu Akif, Forests Inspector General Syed Mehmood Nasir, WWF-Pakistan Director General Hammad Naqi Khan, secretaries, conservators and deputy conservators of provincial forest departments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, Balochis-

tan, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir were present on the occasion. Participants from other government institutions, academia, NGOs, UN agencies and private sector, including federal ministries, Survey of Pakistan, PFI, SUPARCO, UNDP, IUCN, GCISC, World Bank, South Punjab Forest Company and Urban Planning Unit also attended the inaugural session. The discussion during the two-day technical session would help devising a roadmap for developing REDD+ strategy, National Forest Monitoring System, Measurement Reporting and Verification System and Forest Reference Levels. These assignments have a pivotal role in successful implementation of

president visits traffic police office for license

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb Wednesday expressed deep grief and sorrow over sad demise of the father of senior journalist Muhammad Aslam Khan. In a condolence message here, the minister prayed for departed soul to find eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss with fortitude. ap p

SSP orders elaborate security measures ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt

ISLAMABAD: Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) on Wednesday recommended 11 candidates for appointment of Junior Ordnance Management Officers at GHQ, Ministry of Defence. According to a notification issued here, the recommended candidates included Iftikhar Hussein Khan, Asad Zia, Rashid Ali, Muhammad Hilal, Rooh Ullah, Qaiser Nazar Hussein, Fatima Ashraf, Syed Ahmed Jawad, Syed Muoeenuddin, Fawad Haider Mehr and Nuzair Hussein. Meanwhile in another notification, the FPSC had recommended Noor Hussein for appointment as an assistant librarian in the Ministry of Housing and Works. Ambreen Arshad had been recommended for the appointment of assistant librarian in the Federal Directorate of Education, Capital Administration and Development Division. app

Marriyum grieved over journalist’s father’s demise

REDD+ programmes in Pakistan. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) is a mechanism of creating financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering positive incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low carbon paths to sustainable development with developed countries’ adequate and predictable support (UNFCCC). Pakistan has been suffering from devastating consequences of deforestation and forest degradation and badly needed to launch REDD programmes not only to conserve its precious forest resources but also to compensate the forest dependent communities.

With 0441 token number, mamnoon folloWs routine procedure like a common citizen ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt

President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday visited the Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) police to get a driving license. Upon arrival, he was received by Inspector General of Police Tariq Masood Yasin and Senior Superintendent of Police Malik Matloob Ahmed. The president, who was is-

sued token number 0441, went through all the routine procedure required for getting the license like a common citizen and answered requisite questions. On this occasion, the police chief briefed the president about the working of the ITP office and the steps that were being taken to facilitate the general public. The president praised the professionalism, integrity and public-friendly service

of the ITP which had eased the procedure for common citizens to obtain driving license. The president also appreciated that all necessary facilities had been provided to the applicants under one roof. He said that the government was committed to facilitate the general public in every manner and commended the ITP personnel for providing quality service to the people. Previously, President Mamnoon was having a driving license of Karachi which he now got it renewed from Islamabad. For that purpose, he was issued no objection certificate (NoC) from the Karachi Traffic Police Office as per the law.

Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Sajid Kiani has directed all police officials to ensure fool proof security arrangements in the capital to thwart any untoward incident. He made these directions while chairing a meeting held to review security arrangements in the Capital which was attended by SP (Investigation) Muhammad Ilyas, SP (City) Zubair Ahmed Sheikh, SP (Rural) Syed Tanveer Mustafa, all the SDPOs and the SHOs, among others. In aftermath of terrorism incidents in Lahore and Peshawar and Quetta, he directed effective patrolling measures in the city. He asked the police officials to conduct snap checking and directed to set up checkposts at the entry and exit points of the city. Issuing special directions to all SPs, SDPOs and SHOs in connection with overall security, he said that no sluggish attitude during performance of duties would be tolerated. Kiani directed for maintaining close coordination among all wings of Islamabad Police and staff. He also ordered for effective combing and search operations in various areas of the city. He said that relevant DSPs should monitor these search operation without creating any inconvenience for the people. In case of any complaint, he said disciplinary action would be taken against the officails involved in it. He directed to take further effective steps to control crime in the city and adopt a professional as well as responsible attitude to mitigate the sufferings of the people. The SSP directed staff of Rescue 15 to immediately respond to the public calls seeking police assistance. He said that sluggish attitude would not be tolerated and also ordered effective policing measures to curb incidents of dacoity and street crime.

MCI to introduce modern solid waste management system ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt

Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) is all set to introduce modern solid waste management system in the federal capital. The new solid waste management system includes front end collection, sweeping, transportation and disposal of municipal waste from the metropolitan limits of MCI. These views were expressed by the Mayor of Islamabad and Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Sheikh Anser Aziz during a high level meeting held at the CDA headquarters here on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by the senior officers of the MCI and the CDA. Aziz said that with the establish-

ment modern solid waste management system, a promise would be fulfilled which was made to the residents during the first ever local bodies election in the capital. He said that existing sanitation system was only covering the sectorial area of the city while there was no arrangement for carrying out cleanliness of the rural areas and suburbs of the city. Now, after decades of negligence, rural areas of the city would also be aligned with the urban standards. It was one of the main reasons due to which rural areas of the presented a totally different picture. Aziz said that with the establishment of MCI, all such differences are being eliminated, the mayor added. He further said that it is a vision of Prime

Minister of Pakistan that discrimination of urban and rural areas must be eliminated and establishment of modern solid waste management system is the first step towards shaping this vision to reality. The mayor further said that after the establishment of this system, MCI would head towards the establishment of first ever landfill site, planning of which is in the advanced stages. On this occasion, the mayor was briefed that the MCI is providing civic services in metropolitan area of Islamabad with a population of about 2 million, generating approximately 1000 tonnes of municipal waste daily. He was briefed that it was planned that in order to carry out this gigantic task smoothly and as per standards of mod-

ern metropolis, a swift and efficient solid waste management system must be introduced. He said that the advertisements for invitation of bids have been floated in the newspapers. He was also informed that under new system new garbage bins would be provided at designated locations in addition to door to door collection of garbage and revamping of entire bin system. He said that mechanical or manual sweeping of roads, street, lanes, footpaths, medians, green belts and open spaces would be carried out under this system. He was further informed that arrangements would be made for swift lifting and transportation of municipal solid waste from community dustbin

sites and collection points to designated garbage transfer stations. He was further informed that washing of specified roads and special areas would also be carried out. The meeting was informed that an efficient and effective tracking and monitoring of the whole system would be also devised. The mayor said that due to years of negligence, poor-planning, inefficient collection, transportation and disposal of the municipal trash generated in the rural areas of the city pose ecological and health hazards for the residents, therefore, a new system was need of the hour. He said that arrangements are being made for recycling of household waste after its proper segregation.


Thursday, 16 February, 2017

govt allocates Rs18bln for PiMS projects ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt

Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry on Wednesday said that an amount of Rs18 billion had been allocated for the completion of development various projects in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). Replying to a question in the upper house of the parliament, the minister said that feasibility report has been prepared and the said amount will be released soon in order to improve the health facilities at the PIMS. He said that besides other areas, the amount will also be utilised to upgrade the burn care centre of the hospital and more facilities will be provided soon. He said that with this allocation, people will get best facilities at the hospital. He said that the amount will also be used to upgrade different wards, functioning of liver transplant unit and upgradation of different departments, including OPDs of the hospital. He said that 49 vacant posts of consultants and physicians in the PIMS, pertain to direct appointment quota, have been advertised in the press on September 01, 2016 for recruitment, and recruitment against these posts was under process. He said that the promotion cases were also under process against the promotion quota posts, while 143 additional posts of consultants and physicians was under process to meet the requirements of increasing number of patients in the hospital. He said that presently 584 postgraduate paid trainee doctors were working in the PIMS and their monthly stipend had been enhanced from Rs 50,000 to Rs 73,000 by the Finance Division. The minister said that there were four federal government hospitals working under the administrative control of the CAAD where Department of Psychiatry was functioning. Dr Tariq Fazal said that Federal Government Polyclinic will be upgraded with an addition of 600 beds while a 200-bed hospital will be constructed in the federal capital.

Masood condemns attack on allama al-jawadi ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt

Azad Jammu Kashmir President Masood Khan has strongly condemned the tragic incident in which some unknown people have fired gunshot at Allama Tasawar AlJawadi near Muzaffarabad and rendering him critically wounded. “This is coward act and conspiracy against the religious and sectarian harmony in the peaceful state,” he said. The president said that all those who believe in and stand for sectarian harmony in Azad Jammu Kashmir condemn this act in strong words. He called upon the followers of all sects to remain calm and do not fall prey to the conspiracy of the element that want to create sectarian strike and unrest in AJK. He hoped that perpetrators of this heinous crime will be apprehended at the earliest, and added, “We also pray for quick recovery of AllamTassawar Al-Jawadi.”

China’S COlOuRFul SPRing FeStival CeleBRated at nuMl you yi says confucius institute playing pivotal role in promoting chinese culture in pakistan ISLAMABAD


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HE Confucius Institute at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) on Wednesday arranged a colorful function at the campus to celebrate the Chinese spring festival. China’s Cultural Counselor You Yi was the chief guest on the occasion while NUML Director General Riaz Ahmed Gondal, registrar, directors,

deans, HoDs, students from the various educational institutions and a large gathering of people attended the ceremony. Speaking at the inaugural session, the cultural counselor said that the Confucius Institute was playing pivotal role in promoting Chinese culture in Pakistan. He said that people of China use to celebrate the spring festival with their families and wish luck to each other. He observed that both the two countries were exchanging language and cultural with each other to further

strengthen the mutual friendship. You Yi thanked the NUML and the Confucius Institute for organising such a wonderful and colorful event. Addressing on the occasion, the NUML director general said that the Confucius Institute at NUML stood top in promoting Chinese culture in the world. He said that the NUML was proud to be the part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and under this project NUML International Centre of Education (NICE) was being set up in Xinjiang Normal University, China, to teach international languages to the people of China along with Urdu and English. “NUML all set to establish its campus at Gwadar, the other end of the CPEC route, to teach Chinese language

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HSSC admission forms with double fee to be accepted till Feb 27 RAWALPINDI app

Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) admission forms with double fee for annual 2017 exams will be accepted till February 27. According to Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) spokesman Arslan Cheema, the Part I, II and composite exams would commence on May 6. Both, part-I and II, students had been advised to submit their online applications with double fee by Feb 27

as Feb 13 was last date for submission of the forms with normal fee. The students will be given a last chance after Feb 27 with triple fee till Mar 7. All students of arts group who will appear first time in the exam will pay Rs 800 registration fee in addition to admission fee. Apart from this, all the students will also have to pay Rs 395 admission forms processing fee while all part-II and composite exams students, regular and private will pay Rs 550 certificate fee. The spokesman informed that the

application forms could be downloaded from the board’s website. All the students, regular and private will send complete hard copy to Inter Branch, Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education on schedule after submission of online application. For further information, the board’s focal person can be contacted on 0333-5458605 or the board’s website can be visited. In case of any difficulty, the students can contact the controller examination on 051-5450917 and 5450918.

ILLEGAL DETAINMENT interior ministry says misbehavior, illegal detention of innocent Will not be tolerated ISLAMABAD faRiD SaBRi

The Interior Ministry on Wednesday suspended two officials of the Islamabad Police, who were accused of detaining and torturing two boys without any evidence. The ministry seeked report from the high-ups of Islamabad Police of this

to locals to reap maximum benefits of this great project,” he added. Students from various schools presented colorful programmes related to the Chinese New Year celebrations. It was a fabulous event in which cultural aspect of all provinces of Pakistan along with Chinese were presented. It is worth mentioning here that Chinese spring festival is the most celebrated traditional festival in Chinese folk culture. According to Chinese tradition, each Chinese year is named after an animal, the 12 such animals: rat, cow, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. On January 28, this year the Chinese were ushering in the year of the Rooster while saying goodbye to the year of the Monkey.

SHO, ASI suspended whole episode, as it suspended SHO Rana Mubarik and ASI Rashid of Karachi Company Police Station. On Monday evening, the SSP (Operations) Sajid kiyani had directed SP Saddar Zeeshan Haider to probe into the matter and fix responsibility. On Sunday night at 11pm, the capital police allegedly held two teenagers from the metro bus’ Chaman Terminal in illegal detention for hours and coerce them to confess about the crimes they had not even committed. Teenager Zohaib Khan along with his friend Asfandyar were bought to PS Karachi Company where they were

body searched and mobile phone, cash money and pistol-shape lighter were also seized. They alleged that the police asked them to give a confessional statement that they were planning a robbery. On their refusal, the boys were allegedly striped and subjected to torture. As they did not return home, in Rawalpindi, Waqar Imran, father of Zohaib, after contacting all friends of his son had lodged a complaint with the Rescue 15. He claimed that after repeated attempts, a call made on Zohaib’s mobile phone was attended by an unknown man who started interviewing us, with-

out his own details and then disconnected the call. Later, the family used its contacts and located Zohaib through his mobile phone near the Karachi Company Police Station. On Monday evening, victims’ family visited the Karachi Company police station and found the boys there with bruises on their bodies. Imran said the police told the families that they had recovered a toy pistol from the possession of the boys and a legal action was being initiated against them. The family members then approached Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on whose directions the boys were released after 18 hours. While further enquiry is underway, the ministry said that such misbehaviour and illegal detention by police of any innocent will not be tolerated.

national Book Fair to be held in april ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt

Prime Minister’s adviser on National History and Literary Heritage (NHLH), Irfan Siddiqui in a meeting held here on Wednesday formally approved the proposal submitted by National Book Foundation (NBF) to arrange a three-day annual National Book Fair on April 22 of this year. The meeting was held on the premises of NHLH Division and attended by NHLH Division Secretary Aamir Hasan, Joint Secretary Mashhood Mirza, Deputy Secretary (Heritage) Nazir Ahmad, NBF Managing Director Inam ul Haq Javed and other officials. The meeting was held to discuss the arrangements for the three-day National Book Fair which is the part of the division’ activities to mark National Book Day. Irfan Siddiqui said the efforts of the NBF for arranging the book fair, annually, were appreciable and National Book Day will be marked with a renewed spirit and zeal this year. Emphasising the promotion of book reading culture among younger generation, Siddiqui said that the societies which ignore the importance of books cannot achieve progress and development and always lack human and cultural values. Dr Inam ul Haq Javed briefed Siddiqui about the arrangements for the National Book Fair in detail. He said around 100 book stalls will be set up and prominent book publishers and sellers will participate in this grand activity.


Thursday, 16 February, 2017

Idealism and ground realities Much more is needed than making brave proposals


e have already the Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002 and Article 19A, inserted during the passage of the 18th amendment of 2010. That the need for a new law is being felt indicates dissatisfaction with the earlier legislation. The presumption is that the earlier law was not transparent, encouraged unnecessary delays in providing information or lacked an efficient implementation mechanism. Instead of waiting for information for three weeks, the proposed law provides three days deadline. A three member Commission appointed by the Prime Minister would now hear the RTI request besides being empowered to order public bodies to disclose information and provide records. There are new ideas in the proposed law, which have already been implemented by a number of countries. Records older than 20 years will automatically pass into the public domain. In case a person is abducted and killed by the security agencies, the agencies will no longer be able to use ‘national security’ as an excuse not to provide information on the matter. Information regarding corruption in public institutions will now be more readily available. If there is corruption in a security organisation, that information will have to be made public on request. The 2002 Ordinance and the insertion of Article 19A could prove unsatisfactory because of three big impediments, the political governments, civil bureaucracy and military bureaucracy. The ruling parties desperately want to keep under lock and key the skeletons rattling in their cupboards. The bureaucracy believes its power springs from its monopoly over information and is unwilling to share it. The military bureaucracy is averse to own that it has done anything wrong. It is easy to pass the bill unanimously in the Senate. The pressure from the trio would become nerve racking when bill reaches the much larger National Assembly where different lobbies having stakes become highly active. All will depend on whether the Prime Minister has the will and the intrepidity to put his weight behind the proposed RTI law.

Counting the pennies Lack of austerity and fiscal discipline threaten greater future financial woes


INANCe Ministry figures for the first half of fiscal year 2016-17 represent a weary continuation of the familiar, dismal government performance on the economic front. The negative statistics somehow keep on multiplying and piling up, despite the denial efforts of the official spin doctors. In the latest data, the sign of alarm lies in the budgetary deficit, which has reached a reported 4 year high of 2.4 per cent of the GDP or Rs799 billion during July-December 2016. The target approved by Parliament was 1.8 per cent or Rs600 billion. The danger with this figure is that it tends to have a ‘force multiplier’ effect on the whole economy, apart from reflecting a failure on many fronts. First, despite oft- repeated assurances to broaden the tax base, there has been no much needed quantum leap in the number of tax payers, which reportedly shrank in the last fiscal year. The true genius of the economic planners seemingly lies only in wealth-whitening amnesty schemes which actually defeat the purpose, or in extending the last date of income tax returns, year after year, as to make a joke of the serious business of revenue collection. FBR’s revenues increased by only Rs79 billion to about Rs1.6 trillion, whereas the total expenditure during this halfyearly period jumped by Rs270 billion to Rs2.8 trillion. Missing the approved annual deficit target of 3.8 per cent or Rs1.276 billion is not without consequences. It would mean more frenzied government borrowing, both domestic and foreign, of short term loans at a relatively high rate of interest, further raising the mountain of national debt. essential development spending will also take a hit. It appears that with the ending the watchdog IMF programme in December 2016, the government has swept all financial caution down the drain. The IMF insistence on continuing with its economic reforms has also been completely ignored, especially in the energy sector, as the circular debt now stands at Rs330 billion, with total receivables of Rs725 billion. Who will foot the bill?

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The myth of women’s empowerment in Pakistan In order to understand the current state of women in Pakistan, we need to first take into account the history of women’s struggles internationally. At this point in time, the USA is the biggest and strongest democracy in the world. Women had to launch suffrage campaigns to attain voting rights even in the West. The campaign started from Berlin in 1904. UK gave its women voting rights in 1917, the USA in 1920, Pakistan in 1947 and Saudi Arabia in 2015. Dating back to the beginning of human existence, women have always been subservient to men because they are considered physically weaker than men. With the advancements in science and technology, physical power has been replaced by mental faculty as a requisite for superiority. Resultantly, women are now Syed ZeeShaN haider working side by side with men. Nevertheless, despite all the progress, there are still some few days back, Provincial Minister for countries that are experiencing cultural lag; and Works and Services, Imdad Pitafi, ad- refuse to let go of the old, obsolete ideas redressed a Functional League’s mem- garding stereotypes attached with women. Unber rather inappropriately, during a fortunately, Pakistan is one of them. The silver lining is that women now seem Sindh Assembly’s session. Needless to say, the usage of such inapt language by a to have moved ahead of men in a number of professions. Men who are selected representative for still clinging on to the old, a woman is a reprehensible conventional mindset tend act. however, this valiant not to acknowledge the woman, Nusrat Sahar, new reality and let their protested vehemently On the other hand, the so frustration out by beating against it - threatening to the women up. Most of the commit suicide. Upon called protectors of underdeveloped countries PPP’s higher authorities’ that harboured repressive insistence, Imdad Pitafi women rights in Pakistan women rights in the past apologised and the entire issue was brushed under have opened up their own, are now on their way to giving them their due part. the carpet. Pakistan witnesses processions and brand new women centres however, the progress has been a little slow in counprotests everyday regarding women’s rights. It is al- and institutions instead of tries like ours but this progress is inevitable, ways disseminated through improving the already nonetheless. these protests that women If we look objectively and men do not have equal rights in this country. They present. This is an epitome at what is currently happenare harassed, abused do- of redundancy. These new ing in Pakistan, we’ll realise that even though a mestically and nationally. number of institutions have In order to counter this, institutions eat up been set up to reaffirm Punjab Government passed country’s resources that women rights, they are on a a women protection act in tangent to their intended February 2016 according Moreover, to which anybody accused Pakistan is not capable of objectives. “quota” for women only of abusing (physically enduring, at present. adds insult to the injury. In emotionally, sexually, and my opinion, quota systems financially) or harassing a equate to women’s represwoman would be sent to sion. When a certain govJail.


ernment puts quota system in place for a certain group, it clearly implies that, that certain group is downtrodden, women in this case. hence, women tend to give up and not put in the required amount of effort to come at par with the men because they know that they will eventually end up getting the seat on account of the quota system. That makes them complacent. What needs to be changed is the mindset of the society so that women get to progress ahead in their respective fields without having to rely on quota systems. This calls for social change that can only be brought by educational reforms. These reforms need to be complimented with legal changes and media campaigns. Some people argue that women are oppressed even in the west. They are, indeed but not as much as our women are and that is exactly what we need to focus on, at the moment. On the other hand, the so called protectors of women rights in Pakistan have opened up their own, brand new women centres and institutions instead of improving the already present. This is an epitome of redundancy. These new institutions eat up country’s resources that Pakistan is not capable of enduring, at present. Whereas, the aim should be to efficiently utilise the limited national resources. For example, we ought to encourage co-education. Punjab’s first Violence against Women Centre is being built in Multan. Doesn’t establishment of such a facility is an acknowledgment of the fact that the existing government organisations lack gender equality? What is next? Separate police centres, hospitals, universities, public transport or perhaps a separate country for each sex altogether? The mindset of creating new departments without rectifying problems within the existing ones is one of the biggest and chronic problems of governance in Pakistan. The ruling junta needs to realise that there is a difference between improving the infra-structure and social engineering. The problem does not lie within lack of manpower or departments but with the attitude and mindset of the personnel within the existing ones. Again, instead of establishing new organisations, it is the need of the hour that we divert our resources to improving; bringing in house changes in the institutions of education, Media, Police, Justice system and the Parliament. Syed Zeeshan Haider is CEO and Chairman of Haider Group of Companies and hosts a current affairs talk show on PTV News. Follow him on Facebook at:

Regarding the Dubai enigma A message to the PM pit falls of holding of such an event in the UAe, took full credit for arranging PSL matches out of Pakistan. In this connection, some of the damaging effects of holding PSL matches in the UAe, are explained below, for your information and knowledge please. 1). Now foreign players, their associations, cricket boards and governments are even more adamant in their stance of not visiting Pakistan, on the clear evidence that if Pakistan is not safe for the full PSL tournament, how can it be safe for the players of foreign teams. 2). The self damaging decision of not holding PSL tournament in Pakistan, just to earn money for everyone else except the PCB (PCB got nearly Rs3 crore after tax and franchises got way with over Rs1 billion from pool money and guaranteed minimum payments, that too without Audit) has neither helped the revival of foreign teams visit to Pakistan, nor contributed positively for the domestic cricket, which badly needs revamping and big investments. 3). Wise Pakistani cricketers and administrators knew very

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he national disgrace caused to the image of Pakistan, when two of our cricketers were caught in violation of Anti-Corruption Code, during the ongoing PSL-2 tournament being played in Dubai, is something unpardonable and all those responsible for ruining the grace, image and reputation of the sacred motherland, must not be allowed to go unpunished. In this regard, the PCB must not be allowed to brush under the carpet, this serious offence against Pakistan; by the tactics of media management, just to save its own skin and making the two young and budding players of Pakistan, as its scapegoat. Already, there are signs that the PCB is taking a lenient view towards the whole matter by just provisionally suspending the two players, without taking any action against the concerned team’s management personnel; and also not taking any action against the PSL chairman (where the buck stops), who knowingly very well, all the

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well that since, the UAe was infamous for easy access of all types of unscrupulous people, if we staged our cricket league matches there, our enemies will leave no stone unturned, to entice our players, towards the violation of Anti-Corruption Codes, defaming Pakistan throughout the world. In fact, many patriotic Pakistanis openly opposed the idea of playing our league matches in the UAe, precisely for the aforementioned reasons. Sir, the situation is more serious and the matter is much graver than it has been reported till now. There are serious chances that more players and administrators names may now be cropping up with the passage of time and after the forensic analysis of materials like cell phones etc., which are available with the investigators. In view of the foregoing; and to save the prestige, reputation and name of Pakistan in the international circles; and in the name of transparency and accountability, it is high time that with immediate effect, the entire board of governors of the PCB may be replaced with a new interim set up; with the mandate to rebuild the whole



cricketing structure in Pakistan, on modern and progressive lines. Sir, the above proposal for the operation clean up in the PCB will greatly enhance your own image in the eyes of the general public and also no heavens will fall, as in the recent past in South Africa, when they found that the chairman and board members of their football board were all complicit in match fixings, entire set up was replaced immediately. After the surface of the latest scandal of PSL, involving our two young cricketers, now it has also been proved beyond shadow of any doubt that the current management of the PCB has completely failed in absolute terms in handling both cricketing, as well as, the management affairs of the board. Sir, last but not the least, as they say a stitch in time saves nine, if your revamping orders of PCB are further delayed, there is every possibility that a bigger international humiliation, more serious than the one which led to the arrest of our three cricketers in the UK may have to be faced by us. Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad is a freelance writer.



Thursday, 16 February, 2017

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Ruthless operation against terrorists

There will be no Palestinian State under Netanyahu’s watch Where’s the two-state solution now?

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ReSIDeNT Trump should not be swayed by Netanyahu’s duplicitous argument, however convincing it might sound, that he is committed to a two-state solution when in fact he has opposed and will continue to reject in principle the creation of an independent Palestinian state under any circumstances. Netanyahu’s repeated assertions that he is ready to negotiate with the Palestinians unconditionally is hollow because he knows that President Abbas will not enter into negotiations unless Israel suspends the continuing expansion of settlements and the creeping annexation of Palestinian land, which prevents the Palestinians from establishing their own viable state. To establish Netanyahu’s lack of commitment, one has to simply observe his actions in the occupied territories and listen to his public narrative, which squarely contradicts his presumed willingness to negotiate an end to the conflict. Netanyahu’s objections in words and deeds to the creation of a Palestinian state are undisputedly manifested in the following: First, Netanyahu’s insistence that he is ready to negotiate unconditionally is in and of itself a precondition. Suppose President Abbas agrees to negotiate on that basis—there is simply no avoiding the requirement to first agree on rules of engagement, including the venue, makeup of the negotiating teams, their mandate, etc. Most importantly, they must agree on which of the main conflicting issues to tackle first that could facilitate negotiations on other critical issues. Netanyahu has all along refused to commence negotiations by first meeting the Palestinians’ demand to establish the contours of their future state. Instead, he kept insisting that Israel must first negotiate the mechanism that would ensure its national security. The fact, however, that he always sought “secure borders” would have made it reasonable and practical to negotiate borders first. This would not only establish what constitutes (from his perspective) secure borders, but it would have also met the Palestinians’ demands and given them the confidence that a future state will eventually be created. In

conjunction with that, the future of many of the settlements could have also been settled. Netanyahu’s insistence, however, on negotiating national security first was nothing but a ploy designed to play for time as previous negotiations have clearly shown. Second, Netanyahu presides over a coalition government that includes, other than his own right-of-centre Likud party, two other extremely right-wing parties—Yisrael Beiteinu and Jewish home, led by Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and education Minister Naftali Bennett, respectively, who are both committed and subservient to the settlement movement. Bennett in particular openly calls for the annexation of much of the West Bank, especially Area C, which constitutes 61 per cent of the Palestinian territory. If Netanyahu were to embark in earnest on negotiating a two-state solution, this would immediately unravel his government, as these two parties (along with many members of his own Likud party) have threatened to leave the government if he were to take such a step. Thus, as long as he maintains the present make-up of the current government, there is absolutely no prospect of reaching a peace agreement that would grant the Palestinians a state of their own. Following his 2015 campaign for re-election, Netanyahu clearly stated “I think that anyone who moves to establish a Palestinian state today, and evacuate areas, is giving radical Islam an area from which to attack the State of Israel. The left has buried its head in the sand time and after time and ignores this…” When asked whether a Palestinian state would not be created under his leadership, the prime minister said “Indeed.” What he said then he still means today; anything he says to the contrary is for show. Third, the unabated expansion of existing settlements and the passage of the recent law that authorises the government to retroactively legalise scores of illegal settlements unambiguously suggests that he has no intention whatsoever of allowing the Palestinians to establish a state of their own. This systematic annexation of Palestinian land makes it impossible for them to maintain land contiguity. To suggest, as he claims, that the settlements are not an obstacle to peace is disingenuous at best and he knows it. Under Netanyahu’s watch, the government has built a major network of roads crisscrossing the West Bank exclusively designated for the settlers, while confining the Palestinians to cantons with the intention of making the current status quo permanent. Fourth, his objective is to settle at least one million Israelis throughout the West Bank and create irreversible facts on the ground. Currently, there are nearly 650,000 settlers in the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, making the removal of any significant number of settlers simply impossible. The lesson that Netanyahu’s father, Benzion Netanyahu, who was a staunch revisionist Zionist, ingrained in his son was the belief that all of the biblical

“land of Israel” belongs to the Jews in perpetuity. In a 2009 interview, Benzion stated “The two-state solution doesn’t exist. …There is no Palestinian people, so you don’t create a state for an imaginary nation.” That lesson was not lost on Netanyahu. Not surprisingly, whenever Israel’s Supreme Court orders the removal of a certain illegal settlement built on private Palestinian land, such as the recent dismantling of Amona with roughly 250 settlers, Netanyahu immediately announces plans to build new units. he is determined that the number of settlers continues to grow to reach the milestone of one million, regardless of what the Israeli courts decide or the international community demands—including the US, Israel’s closest ally. Fifth, if Netanyahu were to truly opt to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of a two-state solution, he could disband his current and establish a new coalition government composed of several centrist and left-of-centre parties, including the Zionist Union, Yesh Atid, Kulanu, Meretz, and Netanyahu’s own Likud party, which would provide him a decisive majority of 80 out of 120 seats in the parliament, versus the current government of Likud, Kulanu, Shas, Jewish home, Yisrael Beiteinu, and UTJ, a very slim majority of 67 out of 120 seats. Although some members of his own party will defect, he will still have a significant majority that reflects the aspiration of the Israelis who want to end the conflict. It should be noted that with a new government, the 13 members of the Arab List would support any initiative towards a two-state solution. Such a coalition can certainly agree on an equitable peace with the Palestinians that would entail some land swaps if only Netanyahu wills it. Sadly, however, Netanyahu simply will not entertain such a peace agreement because he is ideologically committed to control in perpetuity all of what he terms the ‘Land of Israel’, while accusing the Palestinians of wanting to destroy rather than make peace with Israel. To be sure, Netanyahu is not and has never been a proponent of creating a Palestinian state. hence, President Trump will be wise not to engage him during his visit to the White house in a futile discussion searching for an agreement based on a two-state solution. This outcome cannot and will not happen as long as Netanyahu is in power. If Trump is serious about his desire to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for Israel’s own sake, he must demand that Netanyahu commit himself to create a Palestinian state not by simply stating so, but by taking concrete steps to form a new government composed of the left, centre, and his own party, hold a new election, or resign. dr Alon Ben-meir is a professor of international relations at the Centre for Global Affairs at NYU. He teaches courses on international negotiation and middle Eastern studies.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has called for ruthless operation against terrorists. he was chairing a high powered meeting at Raiwind today. earlier he went to martyred DIG Ahmad Mobeen to offer his condolences to his family. he also visited the hospitals in Lahore to express his sympathies with the victims of Charring Cross blast. he added that the facilitators and supporters of the terrorists should also be severely dealt with force. he expressed his anger over the lapse of security despite the advance warning and security alert. Zero tolerance for any negligence must be observed. No compromise will be made to protect the lives of the citizens. I hope he follows his rhetoric and authorise the Punjab Rangers to initiate grand scale operation against the terrorists without any reservations and favours. The Punjab government has shown absolute arrogance to allow any kind of military or rangers operation in the province. The Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has repeatedly denied the existence of any enclaves of terrorists and presence of sleeper cells in Punjab. I think this man is not a fit person to watch the Public’s interest. he should be arrested and interrogated for his links with the notorious terrorist outfits - as long as he remains in office, no meaningful action against defunct terrorist organisations possible. Prime Minister lauded and appreciated the efforts of the law enforcing & security agencies in combating the terrorism. Our army &law enforcing officials have laid down their lives in the services of the country. Their sacrifices should not go waste. It is no doubt the duty of the governments to provide security &protection to the citizens. This new wave of terrorism has been ushered in by the enemies of the State due to the criminal negligence of the responsible persons in power. At present the people of Pakistan are at the mercy of Invisible power. We must put all our resources to combat and eliminate terrorists.

Urdu or English? The CSS conflict A petition filed by Advocate Saif Ur Rehman, the court ruled that the CSS examinations should be conducted in Urdu language as the decision given by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The court remarked that due to the shortage of time, it was not able to implement the order for CSS exams in 2017 which are due by the end of the current month, the examination should be conducted in Urdu from next year. So in a country where, from primary to secondary till higher education, every educational data is in english and that country is trying to convert CSS examination into Urdu is bit of an irony and complete conflict. All the reading lists recommended by Universities for their degree courses and by FPSC for CSS are comprised of books written in english by foreign writers. Are the candidates supposed to get education in english, prepare for CSS through books written in english and then translate all that in Urdu by themselves? In order to carry out this reconstruction, first of all, the whole educational system should be revamped by converting every existing living data from english into Urdu. Afterwards, you have to start doing research work in Urdu. It is a waste of time of our judiciary to listen to these futile petitions. The country wants to produce individuals who can compete across the world. Knowing and speaking english is a need of the hour. We should make our preliminary school teaching better rather than turning a relatively better standard exam’s medium into Urdu. FPCS have positions including the foreign services, how is Urdu ever going to be beneficial for those who are allocated this category? how can someone appear in Urdu examination if he hasn’t written Urdu for 8-10 years as the education system from kindergarten to graduate level uses english as a medium of instruction to teach subjects ranging from Physics, Mathematics, and Political Science to Philosophy? It is beyond logical comprehension to conduct exams in Urdu while all of the recommended books are written by foreign authors in english. Terminology used in respective books is unknown in Urdu. Being our national language and our medium of communication, Urdu is respected from the heart but one must consider the needs of the students and candidates appearing in such examinations, their call should be heard. Time should be given to CSS aspirants to make decisions as one year is not enough and it should be optional as per as candidate’s wish to appear in exams with his/her own choice of language. SANA ALi BHUTTO Karachi

Female education in Balochistan ALMOST 80 per cent of the population of Balochistan is scattered in rural areas. These areas are badly suffering despite the advancement of the modern age and ignored by the authorities. The educational institutions are under-funded and women and girls are deprived from the basic education. It is shocking to mention that the literacy rate of female in the rural areas of Balochistan is less than 2 per cent. The women are locked inside the four walls and have been given the responsibility of cooking food, cleaning the house, child bearing and rearing and all other domestic support required by the husband and other family members. everyone knows female education plays a vital role for the development of any nation. Today we are moving toward backwardness because we are not giving any value to the female education, and this is also the main reason of the backwardness of Balochistan as compare to other countries. I request to the health concern authorities to provide funds to rural areas of Balochistan. SANA SAmAd Turbat


Thursday, 16 February, 2017

ChIneSe InveStORS keen tO Set uP InduStRIal PaRk, JvS In PakIStan ISLAMABAD

SPFC, GCCI join hands to promote sustainable forestry GUJRANWALA: South Punjab Forest Company (SPFC) in collaboration with Gujranwala Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) organised an inception seminar at the GCCI, to sensitise the business community and members of the GCCI, regarding the opportunities in the forestry sector. The seminar began with a welcome address by, GCCI President Saeed Ahmed Taj, who chaired the event. He appreciated the role of the SPFC in promoting sustainable forestry investments in Pakistan and added, ‘SPFC undoubtedly offers a unique opportunity to investors to invest in the forestry sector, which will contribute to the economy and promote green investments in Pakistan.’ SPFC CEO Tahir Rasheed delivered a presentation on investment opportunities in the forestry sector in South Punjab. He explained that investing in forestry will yield high returns and also contribute to reducing deforestation in Pakistan, as the wood-based industry will finally be able to rely on sustainably farmed wood. Rasheed further said, ‘Through SPFC’s initiative, we also plan to engage the multi-national corporations (MNCs) through corporate social responsibility (CSR) campaigns, aimed to increase the forest cover of Pakistan and contribute to ecology.’ STAFF REPORT

Over 100 Russian companies keen to invest in Pakistan: SBI KARACHI: Over 100 Russian companies are interested to invest in pharmaceutical, machines manufacturing, construction and other sectors in Pakistan, and the Sindh Board of Investment (SBI) should guide and cooperate in this regard. This was stated by a delegation comprising officials of the Trade Commission of Russian Consulate in Karachi led by Alexy Kudrayavtsey while talking to SBI Chairperson Naheed Memon at her office here on Wednesday, stated a statement issued on Wednesday. They discussed matters related to mutual interests and promotion of trade and business activities between Pakistan and Russia. Talking to the delegation, the chairperson said the promotion of business and trade between Pakistan and Russia will create more opportunities for prosperity and development. She also stressed the need to utilise the potential investment opportunities on both sides. The Russian delegation briefed the SBI chairperson regarding the history and background of trade relations between Pakistan and Russia and how Russian helped the then government of Pakistan to establish the steel mill of Pakistan, the delegation added. The SBI chairperson assured her full cooperation with the Russian companies and agreed to continue coordination and holding meeting to serve the purpose. STAFF REPORT



HINESE investors are keen to set up industrial park, power generation plants and joint ventures (JV) in many sectors of Pakistan as they considered it a potential market for business and investment. This was observed by International Green Economy Association of China’s Chairman Deng Jihai while addressing business community at the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), a statement issued here stated on Wednesday. Deng Jihai visited the ICCI at the head of a 20-member Chinese delegation and held B2B meetings with local counterparts. The delegation is representing various sectors including power generation, biomass energy, industrial park development, agriculture, food processing, logistics, consultation services, textiles and garments, ship building, real estate, biotechnology, medical science and others. Deng Jihai said that his association has already brought 3 delegations to Pak-

istan and purpose of such visits was to study Pakistan’s market and explore opportunities for investment and joint ventures in CPEC projects. He said the CPEC summit would be held in May this year and they would present report of their visits to Pakistan to the said summit. He said Chinese delegation members were interested in putting up industrial units of their relevant sectors in Pakistan like small and big power plants, ships construction and food processing units. He said the ICCI should also send its delegation to China as China offered good investment opportunities to Pakistani investors. In his welcome address, ICCI President Khalid Iqbal Malik said that the CPEC project had put both countries on a long-term partnership and added that private sector of Pakistan was keen to enter into joint ventures with Chinese counterparts in this historic project. He said bilateral trade between Pakistan and China was growing steadily, but balance of trade was heavily in favour of China. He said China was making imports of billions of dollars every year to meet the needs of its domestic industry and empha-

sised that it should focus on enhancing imports from Pakistan to reduce the current bilateral trade imbalance. He informed the Chinese delegation about investment opportunities in various sectors of Pakistan’s economy including power generation, agriculture, infrastructure development, real estate, biotechnology, medical science and many other areas.

K-E seeks govt help for settlement of dues with official entities ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

The government has asked the outgoing K-Electric (K-E) management to reconcile their payables and receivables with the respective government entities in a fair manner as it wants to resolve the pending issues in a fair and equitable manner. With respect to pending settlement issues, a delegation of the KElectric (K-E) called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday. Head of K-Electric delegation, Umar Lodhi informed the finance minister regarding the electricity situation in Karachi and the steps taken by the company to improve the supply of electricity to various areas in the metropolis. They briefed the ministers on the status of payables and receivables of the K-E with regard to various government entities and suggested ways to resolve the pending issues.

The finance minister assured the delegation of full cooperation and support of the Ministry of Finance for a settlement of the outstanding issues between the K-E and various federal government entities. He said that the government wants to resolve the pending issues in a fair and equitable manner and the company should reconcile their payables and receivables with the respective entities in a similar spirit.

The delegation informed that negotiations for investment of Shanghai Power in the K-E were progressing and the matters were likely to be finalised soon. The Chinese side has carried out its due diligence and is satisfied with the financial position of the company, Lodhi informed. The meeting was also informed that the Abraaj Group is planning to invest around $ 150 million in the banking and health sectors in the country. Abraaj group is also the major shareholder of the K-E. Dar appreciated the planned investment venture of the Abraaj Group and added that liberal investment regimes and incentives offered by the government encouraged investments in different sectors of the economy. Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, senior officials of the ministries of finance, petroleum, and water and power participated in the meeting.

PBC wants responsible business growth in Pakistan KARACHI STAFF REPORT

The Pakistan Business Council (PBC) has engaged A. F Ferguson & Co as Knowledge Partner for its Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business (CERB) for responsible business growth in Pakistan. An announcement here on Wednesday said that in this regard the PBC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) through its Pakistan member firm- A. F Ferguson & Co Chartered Accountants, engaging the firm as a knowledge partner for its CERB. The objective of this MoU is to ex-

press the willingness of both the parties to engage in an effort to promote responsible business growth in Pakistan. In this respect, the mentioned company will provide technical assistance to ensure a fair and competitive environment which is central to sustainable business, economic growth and national development of Pakistan. It was pointed out that the CERB’s vision is to be a multi-sector business coalition assisting Pakistan enterprises to pursue sustainable value creation in the short, medium and long term, and to engage with businesses and industry leaders and enable the transformation towards the conduct of responsible business in Pakistan, and also to leverage private sector growth for inclusive development.

PaCRa grants aa long-term entity Ratings to PnSC KARACHI: The Pakistan Credit Rating Agency (PACRA) has granted an Entity Ratings of Long Term ‘AA’ to Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) in February, 2017. This rating has been raised from PNSC’s previous Entity Ratings of Long Term ‘AA-’in 2016. The Short Term Ratings given to PNSC this year was ‘A1+’, while the 2016 short-term ratings was also A1+. PNSC’s outlook has remained constant at ‘Stable’. The action advised for PNSC in 2017 is ‘upgrade’, while last year the advised action was to ‘maintain’. As per PACRA’s report, the ratings reflect PNSC’s strong ownership, majority of which is owned by the Government of Pakistan and has a strategic significance as the country’s flag carrier. On a stand-alone basis, PNSC’s business profile has gained significant strength in recent years, exhibited by continuous improvement in business margins on account of efficient fleet utilization, better pricing strategy and cost management measures taken by the management. “It is noteworthy that the PNSC is cruising ahead with distinction, having achieved the ‘AA’ ratings at the start of 2017”, Minister for Ports & Shipping, Mir Hazil Khan Bizenjo, was quoted as saying. “PNSC being a Public Sector company has displayed resilience by adopting robust measures and stringent controls; consequently PNSC’s business profile has gained significant strength in recent years.” “The PACRA’s Entity Ratings of Long-Term ‘AA’ upgrading of PNSC to have a stable outlook is a significant milestone in the history of the national carrier. I am delighted to report that a concerted team effort, effective management practices and decisions based on best global practices in the most challenging environment has enabled us to achieve this result. Congratulations to the entire staff of PNSC.” Chairman PNSC, Arif Elahi said. STAFF REPORT

ZONG 4G connects female doctors at home to patients afar ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

In the remote town of Mansehra, a clinic powered by Zong 4G and operated by the doctHERs, serves the urban slum areas of Shahnawaz Chowk. 14-year-old Rehmat from the area is brought to the clinic by his father, who works as a mechanic. Dr Mariya, connected via video link from Lahore, 400 miles away, examines Rehmat with the help of Raheel, a qualified nurse. Rehmat has night blindness and this

is the first time he has been diagnosed with the disease. Rehmat’s father, Zahoor says, “This health care platform is a blessing for people like us who cannot afford high consultant fee of private hospitals.” In Pakistan, 60 per cent of medical students are females but the majority drop out after graduation is due to social and cultural pressures, Dr Rabya being one of them. Zong, under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme is powering doctHERs to employ female out of work doctors, connecting them from the comfort and security of their

homes to thousands of people in marginalised communities. From the urban slums of Sindh to the hilly mountains of KPK, Zong has leveraged its widest and fastest 4G footprint across Pakistan to provide connectivity in 9 telemedicine centres across Pakistan. The initiative links the urban and rural patients with the help of paramedics equipped with Zong’s 4G internet and HD video-conferencing. Trained and trusted community-based nurses, health workers (CHWs) and midwives (CMWs) assist remotely located female doctHERs

He urged that more Chinese investors should come to Pakistan with technology transfers to invest and set up joint ventures in Pakistan in areas of interest. He assured that the ICCI would provide all possible cooperation to Chinese investors in such efforts. Khalid Malik, ICCI senior vice president and others also spoke on the occasion.

in physically evaluating the patients at the ‘point-of-care’, using diagnostic tools. In addition to providing connectivity, Zong’s ‘New Hope’ volunteers, conducted community mobilization and awareness sessions across these towns to stimulate participation in the healthcare venture. “This is a wonderful initiative to bring quality health care to people from humble backgrounds who do not have access to health facilities and Zong feels proud to have partnered with them. We hope that this innovative and high impact partnership helps the under-privileged

segments of our society through affordable healthcare services in addition to empowering the qualified female doctors to work from home,” explained Zong’s Corporate Affairs Director Maham Dard. “As Pakistan’s leading 4G Telecom provider, we believe in empowering people and societies to create an exponential, social, environmental and business impact,” he added. “It is a miracle to finally claim that there is no known viable way of connecting the marginalised with a doctor. Connectivity by Zong has now helped doctHERs reach out to far flung areas. Together, we aim to bring about an unbeatable impact.” said the co-founder of DoctHERs Dr Sara Khurram.


Thursday, 16 February, 2017


leading shoe retailer kicks off new summer range LAHORE: Pakistan’s leading shoe retailer SSC kicked off stock shows of their new summer collection 2017 for their esteemed wholesalers across Pakistan. The objective is to invite SSC’s prestigious business partners for a review of the new season’s range with clear visibility of products. The event aimed for the attendees to talk to SSC representatives, satisfy their queries, general demands and plan their range for the upcoming season accordingly. The event showcased several brands that are housed under their banner of SERVIS, such as NDURE, LIZA, CALZA, Skooz and T.Z. SSC is renowned for conducting such activities to understand the needs and ease of their clients. PRESS RELEASE

dawlance goes digital; launches two android apps KARACHI: Dawlance has announced two Android based applications meant to make consumers’ life easier. ‘Dawlance Care’ is an application which acts as a bridge for the consumers and local home appliances’ giant, whereas it also benefits the dealers by helping them develop a better understanding. ‘Dawlance Kitchen’ is a step by step voice navigated microwave cooking guide. "We have found that one common misconception around home cooking is that it takes a lot of time; and as a result many households are consuming frozen food or opting for takeouts," said Hasan Jamil, GM Marketing Dawlance. "To educate our consumers about the collection of meaningful, innovative kitchen appliances from Dawlance, we came up with the Dawlance Care application. And with the introduction of our Dawlance Kitchen application, we are looking to help families maintain a healthy diet, while spending quality time together at home." PRESS RELEASE

k-electric, Faysal Bank partner to facilitate customers KARACHI: K-Electric has collaborated with Faysal Bank to facilitate customers seeking new electricity connection. The collaboration will now enable customers to deposit funds against new electricity connection. In addition to paying their regular monthly bills, customers can now also deposit funds against new KE connection at all Faysal Bank branches across Karachi and Hub. According to KE spokesperson, “In line with the utility’s mission statement to put consumers at the heart of everything it does, K-Electric is continuously enhancing the process of acquiring new power connections. Our collaboration with Faysal Bank is yet another testament of KE’s customer centric approach and reflects our focus on continuous process improvement.” Commenting on the initiative, Transaction Banking and IT Head Khurram Gul Agha, said, “We are delighted to offer this convenience to all new consumers of KElectric. It is coherent with Faysal Bank’s business strategy to improvise and enhance customer experience through our cuttingedge banking solutions to valued customers.” PRESS RELEASE

eFu life announces 150 per cent cash dividend for 2016 KARACHI:EFU Life Assurance Ltd, the leading private sector life insurance company in Pakistan announced its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2016as approved in the meeting of the Board of Directors held on 14February 2017. The Company posted a profit after tax of Rs1.873 billion for the year 2016 with earnings per share of Rs18.73. The company declared a final cash dividend of 120%, i.e. Rs.12 per share, taking the total cash dividend payout to 150%, i.e. Rs.15 per share for the year. EFU Life is the highest capitalized private sector life insurance company in Pakistan with a paid-up capital of Rs. 1 Billion and the largest asset base of Rs. 106 Billion. PRESS RELEASE

PvGF, Snk arrange video game tournament in karachi

KARACHI: PVGF is proud to announce a first time ever collaboration with SNK Japan and has conducted a video game tournament on Feb 12, 2017 in Karachi. The game in question is King of Fighters 14 and the tournament was a success. Wellknown players gathered from all over Karachi participated in the event as we advanced via double elimination rounds. Matches were fast and aggressive and combined years of expertise and skill level of some amazing talent in Karachi. The future of electronic gaming seems to be getting better and PVGF exists to make this magic happen. PVGF owner Tariq Rathore who is an avid gamer along with his team Paul Hendrick, Javed Hassan and Khalid Malik had put everything in place for the tournament, refreshment was served to the players with fully air conditioner environment and solid cash prize for the winners along with merchandise directly received from SNK Japan. PRESS RELEASE




AKISTAN’S foreign investment in July-Jan 2016-17 swelled up by 52.7 per cent to $1.830 billion, mainly supported by China that invested an amount of $245.3 million in the power sector. During the period, the central bank received an amount of $1.024 billion in Foreign Public Portfolio Investment (Debt securities), which increased by 124.7 per cent during July-Jan 2016-17, the data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said here on Wednesday. The Direct Investment (DI) has been improving for the last two months and it increased by 9.9 per cent to $1.161 billion in July-Jan 2016-17. Out of this investment, the Dutch company FrieslandCampina invested an amount of $459.5 million in Engro Foods in December 2016, while the Chinese companies invested $245.3 million in power sector of the country in the last seven months. In the month of January 2017, the country has received $80.8 million through direct investment. The country recorded inflows of $138.8 million, while outflows of $58 million in January 2017 were recorded. In January, the Chinese companies poured in an amount of $34.3 million in the power sector.

Major investments were received from China, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, UAE, USA and Turkey in different sectors. Meanwhile; Saudi Arabia, Norway, Bahrain, and Egypt pulled back their investment from Pakistan during the last seven months. In January 2017, the country received its biggest investment of $50.5 million from France and China made an investment of $33.6 million in development projects of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the SBP’s document said. An analyst of a brokerage house said, “Outflows of $354.7 million were recorded in the portfolio investment in equity securities, despite touching the highest level of 50,200 point level.” In Jul-Jan 2016-17, the foreign private investment of the country stood at $806.8 million, compared to $742.9 million received in the same period last year. “The country’s total foreign direct investment increased by 52.7 per cent to $1.830 billion in the last seven months, only because of Netherland’s company’s investment in Engro Foods.” the analyst claimed. The country has received another big investment of $50 million from France. The data did not show where such investments are

being made in Pakistan. The country has recorded inflows of direct investment amounting $1.458 billion in Jul-Jan 2016-17, but the outflows were recorded at $297 million in the same period, the SBP data said. The analyst believed that a Chinese-led consortium will pay approximately $85 million against a 40 per cent stake of the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) in a couple of weeks. He further said that the overall situation of FDI will improve in the coming months. After touching the highest level of $24.6 billion, Forex reserves declined to $22.013 billion last week. The market had touched 50.200 points level at the PSX. There is a positive trend in the portfolio’s inflows due to the MSCI up-gradation of Pakistan’s stocks in emerging markets, another analyst claimed. During the last seven months, remittances of the country have also declined to $10.947 billion down by $208 million or 1.8 per cent, as compared to $11.155 billion received during the same period in the preceding year. During January 2017, the inflow of worker’s remittances amounted to $1.488 billion, which is 6 per cent lower than that of December 2016 and 1.45 per cent higher than that of January 2016.

alpha Supermarkets launches tesco KARACHI: Tesco PLC – United Kingdom’s (UK) largest and the world’st third largest retailer has allianced with Alpha Supermarkets in Pakistan to introduce its food and non-food products in the country. Alpha Supermarkets plan to open 50 Express Stores in the country in the next three years, including three flagship stores in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. The company has already invested $2 million, mainly in its Karachi’s store and it believes the investments will double in the next coming months. Chairman Limestone Pvt Ltd Nadeem Hussain, while talking to media at the British Deputy High Commission on Tuesday said that Tesco products will be placed only at Alpha Supermarkets - its exclusive nationwide partner. He further added, “Tesco has not invested anything yet in this partnership, it may invest in the future but any future investment decision is up to its management.” Hussain further added that Tesco’s partnership with Alpha Supermarkets is the reflection of its views about Pakistan, a country with over 30 million people, with considerable disposable income. “Pakistan’s retail market is all set to grow faster in coming years. The country’s role in the global retail market will also be growing due to its widening middle class and large population,” said Director and CEO of Alpha Supermarkets Adnan Hamid. Hamid also revealed company’s plans of opening its second flagship store in Lahore at an investment of over $1 million. British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew CMG said that this partnership between a Pakistani company and Tesco shows the confidence of British investors in Pakistan’s economy. He further added that the alliance will further improve the economic relations between the two countries. Head of New Market Tesco Stores Limited Jared Lebel commented that Pakistan and the UK have strong economic links already and he envisions them improving in the coming years. PRESS RELEASE

Soneri Bank announces 2016 results

ICFlIX strengthens partnership with PtCl

LAHORE: The Board of Directors of Soneri Bank Limited met in Lahore under the Chairmanship of Alauddin Feerasta, on February 15, 2017 to review the performance of the bank and approved the financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2016. The chairman, while addressing the meeting highlighted that 2016 was the year where bank completed its 25 years of operation and is standing tall and on course to meet its strategic objectives. For 2016, the bank has posted profit before tax of Rs 3,077.34 million and profit after tax of Rs 1,878.84 million for the year ended on 31 December 2016. This translates into earnings per share of Rs 1.7042 (31 December 2015: Rs.2.0071).The reduction in earnings is mainly a factor of industry predicament due to lower interest rates versus 2015. This pressure was offset by lower provision due to higher recovery of non-performing loans. The board of directors has also announced cash dividend for the year ended 31 December2016 at 12.5pc i.e. Rs 1.25 per share. PRESS RELEASE

ISLAMABAD: The ICFLIX, Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) leading internet streaming service is reinforcing its position in Pakistan and further strengthening its partnership with PTCL, the largest information telecommunication technology and entertainment service provider. PTCL customers will be able to enjoy high-quality entertainment of ICFLIX content on PTCL Smart TV. The complete ICFLIX content library will be available as video on demand on PTCL Smart TV and the Smart TV App for an economical price of Rs 149 per month. “We are excited at strengthening our partnership further with PTCL and look forward to providing high-quality movies and TV shows to Pakistan’s consumers,” said Amine Lalami, chief commercial officer of ICFLIX. “We are excited with our ICFLIX partnership. Digital entertainment is PTCL’s key priority and our partnership with ICFLIX is another step in this direction. We look forward to working with ICFLIX to offer world class content to our customers in Pakistan” said Adnan Shahid, chief commercial officer of PTCL. PRESS RELEASE

40th FPCCI export trophy awarded to Pakistan Cables ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cables Limited marks a new beginning in 2017, by reaching new heights yet again, and winning the 40th FPCCI Export Trophy, awarded by the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (FPCCI) for the year 2015–2016. The award ceremony was held at Pak-China Friendship Centre, Islamabad, on 15th December 2016. The trophy was presented to Chief Executive of Pakistan Cables, Kamal A Chinoy by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Pakistan Cables, a premier and renowned cable manufacturer that stands by its promise of being no compromise on quality. PRESS RELEASE


Thursday, 16 February, 2017

The poliTical assassinaTion of Michael flynn BlooMBerg


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F we are to believe the Trump White House, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn just resigned because he lied about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the vice president. As White House senior counsellor Kellyanne Conway told NBC’s “Today Show” on Tuesday: “Misleading the vice president really was the key here.” That sounds about as credible as when the president told CIA employees that the media had invented the story about his enmity toward the spy agency, not even two weeks after he had taken to Twitter to compare the CIA to Nazis. It’s about as credible as President Donald Trump’s insistence that it didn’t rain during his inauguration. Or that millions of people had voted illegally in the election he just won. The point here is that for a White House that has such a casual and opportunistic relationship with the truth, it’s strange that Flynn’s “lie” to Pence would get him fired. It doesn’t add up. It’s not even clear that Flynn lied. He says in his resignation letter that he did not deliberately leave out elements of his conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak when he recounted them to Vice President Mike Pence. The New York Times and Washington Post reported that the transcript of the phone call reviewed over the weekend by the

White House could be read different ways. One White House official with knowledge of the conversations told me that the Russian ambassador raised the sanctions to Flynn and that Flynn responded that the Trump team would be taking office in a few weeks and would review Russia policy and sanctions. That’s neither illegal nor improper. What’s more, the Washington Post reported Monday night that last month Sally Yates, then the acting attorney general, had informed the White House that Flynn discussed sanctions with Kislyak and that he could be susceptible to blackmail because he misled Pence about it. If it was the lie to Pence that sunk Flynn, why was he not fired at the end of January? A better explanation here is that Flynn was just thrown under the bus. His tenure as national security adviser, the briefest in US history, was rocky from the start. When Flynn was attacked in the media for his ties to Russia, he was not allowed by the White House to defend himself. Over the weekend, he was instructed not to speak to the press when he was in the fight for his political life. His staff was not even allowed to review the transcripts of his call to the Russian ambassador. There is another component to this story as well — as Trump himself just tweeted. It’s very rare that reporters are ever told about government-monitored communications of US citizens, let alone senior US officials. The last story like this to hit Washington was in 2009 when Jeff Stein, then of CQ, reported on intercepted

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phone calls between a senior Aipac lobbyist and Jane Harman, who at the time was a Democratic member of Congress. Normally intercepts of US officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. This is for good reason. Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do. In the past it was considered scandalous for senior US officials to even request the identities of US officials incidentally monitored by the government (normally they are redacted from intelligence reports). John Bolton’s nomination to be US ambassador to the United Nations was derailed in 2006 after the NSA confirmed he had made 10 such requests when he was Undersecretary of State for Arms Control in George W Bush’s first term. The fact that the intercepts of Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak appear to have been widely distributed inside the government is a red flag. Representative Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told me Monday that he saw the leaks about Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak as part of a pattern. “There does appear to be a well orchestrated effort to attack Flynn and others in the administration,” he said. “From the leaking of phone calls between the president and foreign leaders to what appears to be high-level FISA

Court information, to the leaking of American citizens being denied security clearances, it looks like a pattern.” Nunes said he was going to bring this up with the FBI, and ask the agency to investigate the leak and find out whether Flynn himself is a target of a law enforcement investigation. The Washington Post reported last month that Flynn was not the target of an FBI probe. The background here is important. Three people once affiliated with Trump’s presidential campaign — Carter Page, Paul Manafort and Roger Stone — are being investigated by the FBI and the intelligence community for their contacts with the Russian government. This is part of a wider inquiry into Russia’s role in hacking and distributing emails of leading Democrats before the election. Flynn himself travelled in 2015 to Russia to attend a conference put on by the country’s propaganda network, RT. He has acknowledged he was paid through his speaker’s bureau for his appearance. That doesn’t look good, but it’s also not illegal in and of itself. All of this is to say there are many unanswered questions about Trump’s and his administration’s ties to Russia. But that’s all these allegations are at this point: unanswered questions. It’s possible that Flynn has more ties to Russia that he had kept from the public and his colleagues. It’s also possible that a group of national security bureaucrats and former Obama officials are selectively leaking highly sensitive law en-

forcement information to undermine the elected government. Flynn was a fat target for the national security state. He has cultivated a reputation as a reformer and a fierce critic of the intelligence community leaders he once served with when he was the director the Defence Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama. Flynn was working to reform the intelligence-industrial complex, something that threatened the bureaucratic prerogatives of his rivals. He was also a fat target for Democrats. Remember Flynn’s breakout national moment last summer was when he joined the crowd at the Republican National Convention from the dais calling for Hillary Clinton to be jailed. In normal times, the idea that US officials entrusted with our most sensitive secrets would selectively disclose them to undermine the White House would alarm those worried about creeping authoritarianism. Imagine if intercepts of a call between Obama’s incoming national security adviser and Iran’s foreign minister leaked to the press before the nuclear negotiations began? The howls of indignation would be deafening. In the end, it was Trump’s decision to cut Flynn loose. In doing this he caved in to his political and bureaucratic opposition. Nunes told me Monday night that this will not end well. “First it’s Flynn, next it will be Kellyanne Conway, then it will be Steve Bannon, then it will be Reince Priebus,” he said. Put another way, Flynn is only the appetiser. Trump is the entree.

Netanyahu arrives to Trump White House in turmoil Al-Monitor


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Corruption in high places is a malaise that is easy to diagnose but difficult to cure. Even in the rare cases they are arraigned before a court, top politicians often pay their way through legal battles, and spend little or no time in incarceration. The conviction of AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala in the disproportionate assets case involving her close friend, former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, as the prime accused, is a significant marker in India’s legal and political history. The charges against Jayalalithaa abated following her death last December, but Ms Sasikala had to face the full wrath of the Supreme Court, which has upheld the trial court order in toto, leaving her to spend four years in prison. As Justice Amitava Roy wrote in his concurring order, “corruption is a vice of insatiable avarice for self-aggrandisement by the unscrupulous, taking unfair advantage of their power and authority.” While there is no denying that the judgment has strengthened confidence in the justice delivery system, it is mystifying that the ruling has come more than eight months after the two-member Bench concluded hearing arguments in the case. All the more so, since the basic thrust of the judgment only endorsed the position taken by the trial court in Bengaluru, which held all the accused in the case guilty. Given that the Supreme Court had pressed the Karnataka High Court to hear the appeal expeditiously, there was no justification in such an inordinate delay. Politically, this could not have come at a worse time for Ms Sasikala, who was making a determined bid for power, staking claim to form the government after displacing onetime loyalist O Panneerselvam. Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao had held off inviting Ms Sasikala to form the government despite her demonstrating the support of a majority of the members of the legislature precisely because he anticipated such a situation. Now, however, the options before him are a lot clearer. If the newly elected leader of the AIADMK Legislature Party, Edappadi Palaniswami, is able to show the support of at least 117 MLAs, he will have to be sworn in as Chief Minister. Though there are allegations that the MLAs were kept forcibly at a resort by the Sasikala camp, Mr Panneerselvam is nowhere close to splitting the AIADMK legislature party despite the support of the rank and file. Notwithstanding the legal setback, Ms Sasikala may be able to trump Mr Panneerselvam politically. But her success in keeping the MLAs together may depend on the Governor’s next move; whatever that is, Tamil Nadu is destined for more political churn.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has long hoped to work with a Republican US president, finds himself arriving to a Trump White House in open crisis, with the resignation of Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, the night of Feb 13. Netanyahu’s acting national security adviser, Yaakov Nagel, had met with Flynn earlier that day to prepare the agenda for the Feb 15 meeting between Trump and Netanyahu, Israeli Channel 2’s Udi Segal told Al-Monitor. After they wrapped up their talks, they hugged and said they would see each other the next day. Two hours later, Flynn was out, Segal said. The Israeli delegation was stunned. The White House, for its part, said Iran would be a key part of the conversation on Feb 15, and reiterated that Trump wanted to advance Middle East peace, but would not seek to dictate the terms. “We’re looking at the two sides to come together to make peace together and we’ll be there to help them,” a senior administration official, speaking not for attribution, told the White House press pool Feb 13. “A two-state solution that doesn’t bring peace is not a goal that anybody wants to achieve,” the official said. “Peace is the goal, whether it comes in the form of a two-state solution if that’s what the parties want or something else, if that’s what the parties want, we’re going to help them.” “We’re not going to dictate what the terms of peace will be,” the official continued, “President Trump has very much indicated that he wants to achieve peace.” Netanyahu is arriving at a White House “in utter turmoil,” former US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro wrote in a series of tweets Feb 14. “Flynn gone. Vicious staff infighting. More heads likely to roll.” “Precious planning hours spent with Flynn [are] now out the window,” Shapiro wrote. There are “major unanswered questions on Russia … and still important business to be done on Iran, [the] Palestinians, Syria and security coop[eration]. But who in the [White House] can focus on it with the fires burning?” Despite the turmoil in the West Wing, Netanyahu sees clear advantages in getting to influence the Trump administration early and before it has formulated several of its policies, said David Makovsky, a former State Department Middle East peace adviser now with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “For Netanyahu it is important that he is coming early, before policies are kind of set in concrete,” Makovsky said on a call with journalists organised by the Washington Institute on Feb 14. “Things are very much in flux here in Washington.” For Netanyahu, “This will be a chance to influence thinking here before there are policy reviews, so it’s the best time for him,” Makovsky said. “It’s also a time when media expectations are bound to be low, because no one is expecting them to come out with any announcement at this early phase of this administration. So you have the advantages from Ne-

tanyahu’s perspective on trying to influence thinking in Washington, and no pressure on the Washington side for any deliverables. So it’s kind of a sweet spot.” In terms of what thinking Netanyahu will try to influence, at the top of the list will be Iran, said Makovsky. But rather than urging that the Iran nuclear deal be scrapped outright, “It’s clear the US is in the enforcement school,” Makovsky said. “Israeli national security officials … are also much more focused on enforcement.” “For Netanyahu … 80 to 90% of their concerns about the nuclear deal are more about what comes after the sunset provisions fade out” after 10 to 15 years, Makovsky said. Netanyahu is likely to press Trump on how the United States and Israel can prepare to work together on these things. The second cluster of issues Netanyahu will want to discuss with Trump concerns Russia “and how do you drive a wedge between Russia and Iran in Syria,” Makovsky said. “Israel has internalised this idea that Trump is a dealmaker and wants to do a deal with Russia … to fight [the Islamic State]. … Israel wants to know what that deal is and how it affects them.” “Clearly, from [the Israeli] point of view, what they want out of a [US-Russian] deal is to drive a wedge between Moscow and Te h r a n , ” Makovsky said. “Is there a way to keep Iran and Hezbollah away” from Syria’s border

with Israel, he added. “So this is something [where] Israel is trying to put its points across early. … They want to know what the deal is and how it affects Israel.” Netanyahu may also raise the “strategic convergence” between Israel and the more pragmatic Sunni states, driven by a shared sense of threats such as IS and Iran, Makovsky said. “How do you somehow use this under-the-table convergence to have some more overt, over-the-table cooperation. I think that is going to be a key question,” he said. “And Netanyahu will try to link this very much to the Palestinian issue … and say, well, maybe if we do what he calls the outside-in, versus the inside-out approach, of getting regional players to be supportive, this would give Palestinians political cover to make concessions that they could not make in a bilateral context.” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah alSisi, at a meeting with an American Middle East Institute delegation this month, had very warm words for Israel, said Gerald Feierstein, the former principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East Affairs. “One of the things that was very much present in the meeting with Sisi — he had very warm words about Israel and about the Israeli policy and [said] the Israelis are the only ones that understood us,” Feierstein told Al-Monitor.

Thursday, 16 February, 2017



All my exes wAnt to get bAck witH me: kAngAnA ENTERTAINMENT DESK

MANSOOR ALI KHAN Talal Chaudhry just accused IK of winning matches with ‘Ball tampering’. Can someone please tell him it was Pakistan that won matches not IK

RANTING PAKISTANI Love is not something which can be banned. Just like stupidity.

BINA SHAH What if Pakistani married couples wanted to celebrate Valentines Day together? That’s also wrong?

VERYBRITISHPROBLEMS “Doing anything tonight for Valentine’s?” “Yes, watching telly until I fall asleep”


UEEN star, Kangana Ranaut has recently claimed that all her exes want to get back with her. Speaking with the Hindustan Times, the Tanu Weds Manu actor opened up about relationships, claiming she would never go back to her former lovers. “When I am in a relationship, I am really into it, but when it’s over, I never look back. I have a record of never going back to my exes, never meeting them again. All my exes want to get back with me, that’s also a record I hold.” said Kangana.

When asked if the actor had to keep any of her relationships under

Taher Shah’s ‘Angel’ wins an international award ENTERTAINMENT DESK

TAHA SIDDIQUI As footage of bomber+handlers walking towards target in LHR plays out on TV, def min says attackers comin frm Afghanistan #ParachutingInLHR?

Harrison Ford flew over passenger plane while accidentally landing on taxi-way ENTERTAINMENT DESK Star Wars actor Harrison Ford had a potentially serious run-in with an airliner at a Southern California airport this week, landing his private plane on a taxiway after a dangerous error, flying directly above a passenger airliner in the process. The actor narrowly escaped a crash, as he flew his private plane, near Southern California Airport and landed it on the taxiway after a dangerous mishap, reported The Telegraph. The Indiana Jones actor was heard saying, “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” Ford was then informed that he had not come down on the runway he had been instructed to land on, but on a taxiway, according to NBC News. According to NBC, the incident has prompted an investigation by the Federal Aviation Authority which could result in penalties ranging from a warning to the suspension of his pilot’s license. Landing on a taxiway is a violation of FAA rules. The plane Ford flew over was an American Airlines flight bound for Dallas with 110 passengers and six crew on board. Ford is a flying enthusiast and a very experienced pilot but has survived more than one close call over the past two decades. He crash-landed a helicopter in Ventura County, California in 1999 during a training flight with an instructor. A year later Ford made an emergency landing in Nebraska in which a plane wing struck the runway and was damaged. He and his passenger were not hurt.

Eye To Eye sensation Taher Shah has been dropping hints regarding some “phenomenal” news for quite some time now. In fact, his management team recently took to Twitter to tease followers about an honour of some sort that Taher has received in the US. About a month ago, they posted the following Tweet and we could barely believe it, “Dear All, The Phenomenal Honour News *ANGEL* Song Video Wins The Award In USA..Details Will Publish Soon. Stay tuned Managements Team.” But now, the details of this honour are here. Apparently, Taher’s song Angel has won an APEX Award 2017, which is a short film and music video festival held in the States. Taher has released an entire video of himself receiving the award in the Iconic from the East category at the APEX Awards ceremony. The entertainer also talked about his upcoming project, a Hollywood movie titled Eye to Eye in the same video.

wraps from the media, Kangana added, “I am in a relationship like

that. It has already happened to me.” Previously, Kangana professed she cried for nights over the infamous scandal with Hrithik Roshan. Speaking with The Indian Express, the Gangster star revealed, “I felt extremely naked in front of the world. I cried for nights in my room. People make fun of me.” The feud between the actors started when Kangana allegedly called Hrithik “a silly ex”. The spat has not ended till this day, and the two steer clear of each other at all opportunities. On the work front, Kangana is currently busy shooting for Vishal Bharadwaj’s Rangoon. The movie also stars Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan.

Big B to appear in Ranbir, Alia next movie ENTERTAINMENT DESK Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer, Dragon, directed by Ayan Mukherjee, allegedly also has Amitabh Bachchan on board. According to a report by Times Now, the Bhootnath star has given a nod for the project and will start shooting this year. “He has said yes to the film. It’s a full-fledged role and not a guest appearance. It’s an important role. He will begin shoots for it this year,” a source confirmed. This will be the third time Ayan will be working alongside Ranbir, as the two have worked together in Wake Up Sid and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Alia and Ranbir will be sharing screen space for the first time, though. If reports are to be believed, Amitabh and Ranbir will be seen together for the first time too in pivotal

roles – as Ranbir did do a cameo for Boothnath Returns. In an earlier interview, Ayan opened up about his upcoming movie, “I have not locked the title yet. Dragon is just the tentative title. It was called Dragon because, in the film, the guy has a mystical connection with the fire. So, I called it Dragon. There’s something I like about the word,” Ayan said. “Ranbir will have to put in a lot of extra effort for his role in the movie. There’s so much stuff in the film like action, dance, movements… we hope he is going to excel in the movie.” the director shared.

Recovering from memory loss, Kanye West focuses on fashion comeback Two months after being hospitalised for exhaustion and still recovering from memory loss, Kanye West is expected to make his first major public appearance at New York Fashion Week, his producer revealed. West, who was hospitalised after abruptly cancelling the remainder of his Pablo tour following a week of curtailed concerts and rants about politics, is expected to be at Wednesday’s New York presentation of his latest Yeezy collection of high-end athleisure wear for an international sports brand. Music producer Malik Yusef said he has visited with the rapper recently and that West was focused on his recovery and spending time with his two young children with wife, reality star Kim Kardashian. “His memory’s coming back,” said Yusef, who worked with West on The Life of Pablo album that was nominated for eight Grammy awards. Yusef’s remarks to celebrity news outlet PopSugar at Sunday’s Grammy awards were the first details of West’s recovery after his sudden hospitalisation in November for what was first said to be exhaustion. Representatives for the 39-year-old rapper did not offer any explanation for West’s 10-day hospitalisation last year and did not return requests for comment on Tuesday on the remarks about memory loss. The fashion event is likely to be a family affair for West. Kim Kardashian posted on social media on Tuesday that she was on her way to New York. Both Kim and Kanye were a no-show at the Grammy Awards. Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner, told celebrity outlet E! that West did not attend the Grammys because he was working on his fashion presentation. “He’s got a lot of work to do,” Jenner said. AGENCIES

At New York Fashion Week, hijabs top looks fit for royalty In just two seasons, Indonesian Muslim designer Anniesa Hasibuan has made the hijab her trademark and dazzled New York Fashion Week’s catwalk this time around by styling it with flowing, iridescent gowns fit for a princess. Like in her New York show last fall – which cemented her status as a rising star – all of the models who showcased Hasibuan’s Autumn/Winter 2017 collection sported lustrous grey hijabs that sculpted the facial features while carefully covering the hair. Other than the hijab, the traditional head and neck covering many Muslim women wear, the 30-year-old designer’s clothes evoked nothing of the “modest Muslim” style that sometimes stirs controversy and exacerbates antiMuslim sentiment in western countries. On the contrary, Hasibuan’s collection features shimmering, on-trend pleats, silver and golden ruffles, and long trains


adorned with pearls, glitter or embroidery that recalled royalty of the Middle Ages. The models were not chosen at random. The young designer held casting calls specifically seeking first and second-generation immigrants to show that “fashion is for everybody.” “There is beauty in diversity and differences – something we should not be afraid of,traveling” she said, speaking through an interpreter. “I believe being a fashion designer can bring a lot of changes – and beautiful changes, of course.” Hasibuan unveiled her second New York collection amid controversy over US President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration, currently blocked by a US court, that bars refugees and migrants from seven Muslim-majority nations. The decree ignited mass protests and global condemnation. Hasibuan, however, aims to keep her

work, which is primarily geared toward Muslim women, “separate” from politics. “I’m here bringing the beautiful voice of the Muslim women, the peace and the universal values that fashion can offer,” she said. Her dream, she said, would be to dress Kate Middleton, whom the designer said is “like a queen,” adding that she admires the Duchess of Cambridge for “her elegance.” Hasibuan won worldwide praise for her fall collection in New York last September, the first to feature a hijab in every look. Since then, she has opened new stores in her home country Indonesia as well as in Malaysia, Turkey and Abu Dhabi, proffering modern Islamic clothing dripping in glamour. Chiara Sari, Indonesia’s vice consul in New York, donned a white hijab atop a black, velvet top and black pants to attend the show, pulling her contemporary look together with a statement necklace. AGENCIES


Thursday, 16 February, 2017




Your connection with others is especially strong today, Aries. You will enjoy an important nurturing role. Reconnect with your mother and let her know how you're feeling. Curl up with loved ones tonight and surprise someone with a romantic gesture.

You might feel especially playful today, Taurus. You can expect to feel a great deal of love and affection from others. Be aware that you will have a strong tendency to indulge in food and drink, so try to keep things in moderation.

The bizarre nature of the day may leave you feeling a bit bewildered, Gemini. Don't sweat it. Focus on your romantic nature and incredibly nurturing heart. Use your instinctive healing abilities to care for a close friend in need. Consider calling your mom.




You will be in an especially affectionate and loving mood today, Cancer. Your romantic nature is heightened and your nurturing qualities are strong. Connect with those you feel especially close to, and enjoy an intimate evening.

Annoyances of daily life may rub you the wrong way today, Leo. Other people's strong opinions and odd quirks may be difficult to swallow and your fuse may be a bit shorter than usual. Emotions could also run high, and you may do battle with the feelings in your own heart.

Be open and honest about your feelings toward others today, Virgo. Your receptive nature should be ready. Take a break and let others come to you. Unexpected events may pop out of nowhere. Don't try to force the issue if the time and place aren't right.







Your heart beats extra strong today, Libra, but it may not seem like anyone knows it but you. You may feel like you aren't really fitting in with the energy of the day. Don't get down on yourself for it. Realize that not everything is going to go according to your plans.

This is a fantastic day for you, Scorpio. Join close friends and share a night on the town and fine meal. This is a chance to begin a new cycle of romance. Start a new relationship or strengthen the one you're in.

Your warm, sensitive nature is perfectly suited to today's aspects, Sagittarius. Your emotional energy is strongly tied to your heart, and you will find that there's a longing to be close to others. Indulge in conversation with close friends and let your imagination run wild.





You will enjoy a great deal of affection from others today, Capricorn. You radiate an air of love and beauty. Love will come in strong, erratic bursts and you should be on the alert to expect the unexpected. New people will pop out of the woodwork to share their feelings.

Your heart may be especially sensitive today, Aquarius. You may feel a bit vulnerable. Your romantic nature is particularly strong, so treat yourself to a pampered evening, including a good meal with someone you love. All relationships with women will go smoothly now.

All aspects of love and romance will go especially well today, Pisces. You might take this opportunity to make a bold move toward the object of your affection. Go with an unconventional approach and move fearlessly. Your relationships will go well.


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Thursday, 16 February, 2017

PSL reSumeS after Lahore bLaSt LAhore



FTEr a tragic blast in front of the Punjab Assembly that left 15 dead and over 100 injured, PSL resumed on Wednesday. Defending champions Islamabad United were up against Quetta Gladiators at the iconic Sharjah stadium. United won against Gladiators by five wickets thanks to Sam Billings’hard hitting 78*. Cricket fans all over Pakistan had only one question on their minds after the Lahore blast, and that was regarding the PSL final. An outpouring of support came from many individuals, but one of the most heart-warming messages came from Lahore Qalandars’ medium-pace bowler from New Zealand Grant Elliot. The same Elliot who smashed the penultimate ball of the World Cup semi-final over wide long-on and into the heaving stands to send 41,279 people going haywire. The bowler at the receiving end was none other than the finest fast bowler on the planet Dale Steyn, who sank to his haunches in utter despair. What Elliot did next really sets him apart: he bent down extending a hand and consoled Steyn. The Getty Images photographer Hannah Peters, who captured the touching moment between Steyn and Elliott, said it showed the respect between the two sides. The moment between Elliot and Steyn embodied the ‘spirit of cricket’ and immense respect between rivals familiar with the pain of losing closely contested finals. When Elliot was asked about the gesture, he said he knew he could have easily found himself in Steyn’s shoes. “You have to feel compassion. Humble in victory, humble in defeat. I felt quite sorry

for him. I felt quite sorry for a lot of the South African guys for losing the game,” he said. “It could have been us. It could have been me sitting there having missed the last two balls and I would have been pretty gutted as well, along with 40,000 people in the stadium.” ‘insha allah eVeryThing will be alrighT’ It is not surprising, then, that it had to be Elliot again; this time sympathising with Pakistanis, especially the fans of his team. In the video message shared on social media Tuesday, he said his thoughts are with everyone who lost their loved ones in the attack; he hoped everything will get better soon. “Just wanted to send out a message to

everyone in Lahore... following the blast that happened. Thinking of all those people, of loved ones and the people of Lahore, hoping that everyone is safe and Insha Allah everything will be alright,” Elliot said in the video. Last season, Peshawar Zalmi’s Darren Sammy endeared himself to Zalmi fans by saying thank you in Pushto language as well as tweeting in Pushto. In the opening ceremony of PSL, Islamabad United players dressed in green shalwar kameez. United’s Sam Billings was seen dancing in the dressing room wearing traditional Pakistani clothes. On Tuesday, the United’s official Facebook page released a video in which Billings is dancing and singing Dil Dil

Pakistan. Lahore Qalandars’ player Chris Green recorded a message for fans in flawless Punjabi. “Those who haven’t seen Lahore, haven’t really lived,” he said in Punjabi, a famous Punjabi saying associated with Lahore. It is gestures like these which show there’s more to these players than just being T20 specialists. On Sunday, New Zealand’s premier newspaper The New Zealand Herald ran a headline entitled ‘’Former Black Caps set to end Pakistan’s cricket isolation’’ suggesting four ex-New Zealand players— Brendon McCullum, James Franklin, Grant Elliott and Nathan McCullum— were in contention to be the first New Zealanders in more than 13 years to play a

top-level cricket match in Pakistan. However, the status of PSL final to be held in Lahore is in serious jeopardy now. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa Tuesday said that Pakistan Army will extend full support to all concerned for holding PSL final in Lahore. The status of foreign players’ participation became quite apparent on Tuesday when they refused to play in the final. “The foreign players have refused to play the final in Lahore after Monday’s blast but if the citizens of Pakistan want the final of the PSL to be held in Lahore, despite foreign players not participating in the final, then the final will be held in Lahore,” PSL Chairman Najam Sethi said in his statement. He said that a new draft will be presented to respective franchises and their players on Feb 22 to make a decision on whether the final will be held in Lahore or not, adding that decision of holding the final of the PSL in Lahore would be taken after asking the players. It is pertinent to mention here that Punjab Law Minister rana Sanaullah said Monday that Punjab is ready to host the final of PSL with full security, adding that Lahore is safe for the players even after Monday’s bombing. Pcb cancels round Table conference: The PCB had earlier announced to hold a round table conference in Lahore in March and had aimed to invite test cricketers like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Javed Miandad and others to discuss five-point agenda for improvement of cricket in Pakistan. However, PCB said in a statement Wednesday, “Owing to the recent development in Pakistan cricket, it has been decided to cancel the round table conference of cricketers planned by PCB in Lahore in March 2017 aimed at improvement of cricket in the country.”

Smith eyes golden future if Australia win in India MUMBAI AGENCIES

Islamabad chase 149 against Quetta with Billings epic 78* SportS DeSk England opener Sam Billings played a stunning innings as Misbahul Haq-led Islamabad United beat in-form Quetta Gladiators by five wickets in Sharjah on Wednesday. Chasing a tricky target of 149 to win the match, the defending champions were in spot of bother after losing three wickets. However, Billings kept his cool and played a breathtaking innings of 78 not out off just 50 balls with the help of eight fours and three sixes. Watson assisted him with a cameo of 36 off 27 balls. It has been a difficult week for Islamabad United; this victory comes as a significant boost. Billings, the man of the match, said at the end: “It helps when guys like Watson come in and smack it like he did. The guys in subcontinent are good with variations, but I felt as if I was there till the end we will win. Smithy has got a fifty, Hads has done well in one game, everyone has chipped in. Year on year playing in different leagues around the world is as much a life experience as cricketing experience.” Tamim iqbal joins Peshawar Zalmi: Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal joined the Peshawar Zalmi camp on Wednesday after getting freed up from national duty. Tamim, who also represented Zalmi in last year’s PSL, said he is pleased with the team’s performance so far and aiming to do his best. “It’s nice to be back in Dubai and representing the Zalmi. The team has been doing exceptionally well and I hope I contribute to my team’s performance,” Tamim said in a video message to fans.

Australia skipper Steve Smith believes a Test series victory over an all-conquering India side on their home soil could provide the kind of memories that would inspire the country’s cricketers for generations to come. Top-ranked India are on a brilliant run, unbeaten in 19 Tests over a 16-month period with South Africa, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh all vanquished at home, while trips to Sri Lanka and West Indies also culminated in victories. By contrast, Smith’s side were thrashed 3-0 in Sri Lanka and lost the first two Tests of a three-match home series against South Africa before wholesale changes led to a consolation win in Adelaide and the new charges went on to sweep aside Pakistan. Smith believes Australia have learned from those defeats and are now a much improved side. “You probably learn more from losing games than you do from winning, so I guess the last year has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride in regards to results,” Smith told reporters in Mumbai on Tuesday, a week ahead of the first Test. “I think this team has come a long way,” he added as he looked forward to the four-match series. Obviously, this is going to be a very difficult tour and I am excited by that challenge. All of the guys are really excited about what’s to come in the next six weeks. It’s a great challenge to play here in India. “We know that if we can pull something off and win a series here, we will look back in 10-20 years and it will be some of the best times of our lives. It’s a great occasion to play here in India.” aussies aim To crack The ViraT kohli code: Australia are desperate to create doubt in Virat Kohli’s masterful mind during the four-Test series that starts in India next Thursday, but wickets will be far more effective than words. Steve Smith’s side have no shortage of plans to ponder as they seek to snap a nineTest losing streak in Asia.


Coach Darren Lehmann recently admitted if they’re going to improve Australia’s terrible record in India, which stands at one Test series win in the past 47 years, then everything is going to have to go right. Topping the list is curbing Kohli’s immense influence. It proved impossible during the most recent Test series between the two sides, when Kohli tallied a recordbreaking 692 runs in Australia. One school of thought is the fiery 28-year-old, who has a history of on-field spats with Australians, is prone to losing his cool. Smith suggested earlier this summer he’d be keen to make his counterpart “a little bit angry and ruffle his feathers”. He was a touch more diplomatic in this week’s arrival press conference, noting if some teammates “want to get into a battle verbally, and that gets the best out of them then go for it”. Glenn Maxwell, who boasts Kohli as one of his seven Test wickets, will be giving the superstar the silent treatment if called upon to play his first Test since

2014. “I’m probably not going to say a thing to him,” Maxwell said in Mumbai. The Australia captain was confident he had the attack to trouble an Indian batting line-up. “I am confident, I think we have got a good mix of bowlers,” Smith said. “It’s important here to make sure you are bowling consistent areas and letting the wicket do the work, and getting the natural variation out of the wickets. “I think reverse-swing is going to be incredibly important in this series as well. Our two big quicks — Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc — are very good reverse-swing bowlers. “They relish the challenge of playing against the best players in the world, and India have some incredibly good batters. So they are excited by the challenges of playing here as well.” The world’s second-ranked team have had a training camp in Dubai to prepare for the tour and Australia will also play a three-day practice match against an India A side from Thursday, before they head to Pune for the opening Test from Feb 23.

SPORTS Thursday, 16 February, 2017


PSG run rIot, mAul BArcelonA 4-0 pariS




NGeL di Maria scored twice as Paris St-Germain stunned Barcelona to leave the Spanish side in danger of failing to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in a decade. PSG dominated this last-16 firstleg tie throughout and took the lead through Di Maria’s curled free-kick. Julian Draxler added a second with an angled drive before Di Maria curled an effort into the top corner. edinson Cavani then sealed a famous win with a powerful fourth. A lacklustre Barcelona - with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar largely anonymous - did not produce an effort of note until seven minutes before the end when Samuel Umtiti headed onto the post. The defeat leaves Luis enrique’s side with an almighty task to stay in the competition when they host PSG in the return leg on 8 March. No side has managed to overturn a four-goal first-leg deficit in the history of the Champions League. Barcelona breezed into the knockout stage by topping Group C, winning five of the six games they played. Their one defeat was also the only time they conceded three goals in a group-stage game, when they lost 3-1 at Manchester City. At least in that match they managed to score—Messi putting them ahead at etihad Stadium—but at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday they barely troubled Kevin Trapp in the PSG goal. The visitors regularly squandered possession and looked lethargic throughout. When they have not been at their best in the past, their star players have stepped up. But on this occasion they offered nothing. Messi, so often capable of creating something from nothing, made

Bolt delighted to be alongside ‘great’ Federer

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uncharacteristic mistakes and was at fault for PSG’s second when he lost the ball to Draxler, who then played a one-two with Marco Verratti to slice through a static defence and put the French side in control. It was one of the worst Barcelona performances in recent memory but PSG were also at their absolute best and, in truth, could have won by an even bigger margin. They finished the game with 16 shots on goal, 10 of those on target. They have never progressed beyond the quarter-finals but dominant wins home and away against Chelsea at this stage of the competition last year suggested they had finally joined

the continent’s elite, only for them to then lose against Manchester City. Unai emery, PSG’s Spanish manager, had faced Barcelona 23 times before in his coaching career and won just once. Barcelona were one of the favourites to win the Champions League at the start of the season but will now need to produce one of the greatest comebacks in football to stay in the competition. They are more than capable of scoring goals for fun at the Nou Camp, having hit three or more in six of their previous seven games. Borussia Monchengladbach were the last side to visit Barcelona in the Champions League and they lost 4-0 in December. But PSG possess much more quality, with Di Maria and Cavani more than capable of scoring an away goal that would surely put the tie beyond Barcelona. It is sure to be one

‘Sharjeel, Latif will be made example of if found guilty’ SportS DeSk Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan on Wednesday said that suspended cricketers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif will be subjected to the harshest of punishments if their alleged involvement in fixing during the Pakistan Super League is proven. The chairman, while talking to the media outside the PCB headquarters in Lahore, said that the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit will listen to the banned duo’s side of the story because it is important to hear their perspectives after which the punishment will be announced.

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New Zealand’s in-form opening batsman Martin Guptill will miss the first three matches of South Africa’s tour after suffering a hamstring injury, officials said on Wednesday. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said Guptill strained his hamstring during training and was out of this Friday’s oneoff Twenty20 international against the Proteas in Auckland. He will also miss two of the five oneday internationals in South Africa’s busy touring schedule, which includes three tests. Rather than call up the vastly experienced Ross Taylor for the T20, the Black Caps instead turned to uncapped 20-yearold Glenn Phillips.

of the toughest tests of enrique’s Barcelona career to date. Barcelona boss Luis enrique accepted the blame for the heavy defeat. “It was a disastrous night for us; we were clearly inferior,” enrique said. “I’m responsible for this.” Benfica beat wasteful Dortmund: Kostas Mitroglou gave Benfica a one-goal advantage in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie with Borussia Dortmund. Mitroglou scrambled in the decisive goal for the Portuguese champions from Luisao’s header in the second half. Dortmund’s Pierre-emerick Aubameyang hit a penalty straight at keeper ederson after Ljubomir Fejsa handled. The German side were the top scorers in the group stage, but failed to find a way through a stubborn home defence. Dortmund will host the second leg on 8 March, with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.

“We are listening to Sharjeel and Latif’s perspectives as well. It is necessary to listen to their side of the story. After that we will decide what action to take against them, but I can assure you that they will be subjected to the harshest of punishments [if found guilty],” said Shaharyar. Meanwhile, responding to a question over the staging of the PSL final in Lahore, the PCB chairman thanked Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa for offering his support to host the mega event in the country. He said the board is confident of holding the PSL final at the Gaddafi Stadium in March. “We have told the government we are organising the final in Lahore,” he said while speaking to media earlier today. Shahryar also said that a monitoring team comprising foreigners will visit Lahore in the next few days to review the security situation.

‘Concrete evidence against Nasir Jamshed’ PCB chairman also said the board has concrete evidence against batsman Nasir Jamshed on his role in the PSL fixing scandal. Speaking to media, the PCB chairman said that the board had handed the evidence against Jamshed to the British government, following which Britain’s National Crime Agency had carried out action against the cricketer. Shaharyar Khan has made it clear that if long-serving captain Misbah-ul-Haq wanted to carry on playing international cricket he would remain the captain of the national Test side. “I met with Misbah in Dubai and had a long talk with him. He asked to be given 10 to 15 days time to ponder over his future plans and we think he should also weigh in all pros and cons before deciding on his retirement,” Shaharyar said.

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt is thrilled to be in the company of tennis great Roger Federer as a four-time Laureus Sportsman of the Year. The Jamaican enjoyed a stellar Rio Olympics, winning another three gold medals as he lit up the track last year. He was honoured with a record-equalling fourth Sportsman of the Year award, joining 18-time grand-slam champion Federer. Novak Djokovic (three), Tiger Woods (two) and Michael Schumacher (two) are the only others to win the award multiple times. “The Laureus is always one of the biggest awards for me because they really go all out for us sports stars,” Bolt said. “For me it’s one of the biggest things. This is my fourth one and I’m in the company of the great Roger Federer which is brilliant. “I have my trophy room, I have a special spot that I’ve already wiped off and I have a nice little light to shine on it. So a nice spot for it.” Jamaican sprint great Usain Bolt says he has no regrets about his decision to retire from athletics in 2017 as he has accomplished everything he wants to in the sport. Bolt will hang up his spikes following the world championships in London in August, bringing the curtain down on a career that has delivered eight Olympic gold medals. “I’ve just done everything I wanted to do in the sport,” Bolt told agencies on the red carpet at the awards ceremony in Monaco. “I asked (former U.S. sprinter) Michael Johnson the same question, ‘why did you retire when you were on top?’. He said the same—he had done everything he had wanted to do in athletics so there was no reason to stay in the sport. Now I understand what he means.”

Afghanistan to play series against Ireland in India

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Afghanistan’s Indian coach Lalchand Rajput has revealed that India will host matches between Afghanistan and Ireland next month. Speaking to media, Rajput said, “We are playing three T-20 matches, 5 ODIs, and a 4-day match against Ireland at the Greater Noida Stadium next month.” The ICC has recently cleared Greater Noida as a venue for the international matches. West Indies and Ireland’s former coach Phil Simmons will be Afghanistan’s bowling consultant.

Guptill out for three Proteas matches Chief selector Gavin Larsen said the South African-born Aucklander had shown outstanding domestic form and was an exciting prospect. “He bats with power, has shown he can clear the rope, and gets a deserved opportunity to showcase his skills on the international stage,” Larsen said. Dean Brownlie will replace Guptill in the first two ODIs. Brownlie was considered unlucky to miss out on the ODI squad in the first place after a strong performance against Australia and Larsen said he was the logical replacement for Guptill. New Zealand and South Africa have

only played 14 T20 internationals, with the Proteas victorious in 10 of them. They arrive in New Zealand as the world’s top-ranked one-day team after winning their last 11 one-dayers, including 5-0 clean sweeps against Australia and Sri Lanka. They also have added motivation against the New Zealanders after the Black Caps ousted them from the 2015 World Cup in a dramatic semifinal in Auckland. Guptill’s pain is Glenn Phillips’ gain: Glenn Phillips will become the 73rd New Zealander to play a Twenty20 international if the weather co-operates when

the Black Caps meet South Africa in a oneoff series appetiser on Friday night. The 20-year-old was explosive with the bat after making his T20 domestic debut as a wicketkeeper and opener for Auckland during the McDonald’s Super Smash. He scored the 369 runs—the most in the competition—at an average of 46.12 and strike rate of 143 from 10 innings, including one century and three half-centuries. “It was the biggest call of my life,” Phillips said of his chat with selector Gavin Larsen on Tuesday evening. He comes in for Auckland teammate Martin Guptill.

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