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Thailand's lower house of parliament on Friday passed a controversial political amnesty bill that opponents fear would allow ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra to return, prompting warnings of fresh mass protests. Critics say the bill, which still needs approval by the upper house, will "whitewash" past abuses, including the killing of unarmed protesters and risks unleashing another bout of political turmoil. PAGE 04
Pakistan High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir has said Pakistan wants to resolve all outstanding issues with India through dialogue. Talking to reporters on Friday‚ Bashir urged India to create a conducive environment for the resumption of dialogue and avoid leveling allegations against Pakistan and its armed forces. The envoy said Pakistani forces had demonstrated patience and tolerance over their unprovoked firing on Pakistani side. PAGE 04
Pakistan may have lost more than Rs80 billion to “the black market and the unstoppable transportation of tax evaded products” during the last five years, according to a Euromonitor report. In its latest report on the current economic situation in Pakistan, the global research group said that illicit trade is rampant in Pakistan, mainly in the tobacco sector. The report claimed that one out of every four cigarettes in Pakistan is being sold illegally, without the payment of due taxes and duties. PAGE 13
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The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. –Dante Alighieri
N Gunmen kill six shia NEWS
Saturday, 2 November, 2013
Balochistan lB polls to Be held at ward level: ecp
hazaras in mach OFFICIAL SAYS FOUR GUNMEN OPENED FIRE ON VEHICLE CARRYING SEVEN COAL MINERS MACH
Ix people of the Shia Hazara community were killed and one injured when gunmen opened indiscriminate fire at their vehicle in Mach area of Bolan
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has said that local bodies (LB) elections in Balochsitan will be held on the ward level and direct polling will be held for 7,078 general wards seats. The ECP sources said that each union council of the province will comprise at least seven and maximum 15 wards. While in rural areas, union councils and municipal committees will be based on wards. The ECP said that Qila Abdullah and Kech will be given the status of municipal corporation while Quetta would be given the status of metropolitan corporation. Earlier, the ECP issued schedule for local government elections in Balochistan which will be held on December 7. However, the schedule for LB elections in Punjab and Sindh will be announced on completion of delimitations while Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and Islamabad will announce the date on finalisation of prerequisites. INP
district on Friday. Mama Ghulam Hussain, a levies officer, said four gunmen on two motorcycles opened indiscriminate fire on a vehicle carrying seven coal miners in Mach. Subsequently, six coal miners were killed and one sustained injuries. "They belonged to the Shia Hazara community," he informed. Hussain said the victims were travelling from Mach to their coal company when their vehicle was targeted by militants. ”Gunmen sprayed bullets when the vehicle reached a speed breaker near Mach," Hussain added. He said the incident
was of a sectarian nature since the victims were from the Hazara community. The attackers drove off the scene after the attack. Later, a huge contingent of Levies and police personnel reached the spot and the dead were shifted to a hospital. The victims were yet to be identified and there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Militants have been targeting Hazaras Shias working in coal mines of Mach since a long time. Members of the Hazara community and Shia pilgrims coming from Iran have also been frequently attacked in Mastung and
Govt holds back negotiating team after Hakimullah’s killing TTP SPOKESMAN HAD EARLIER CLAIMED THAT GOVT HASN’T MADE ANY CONTACT SO FAR PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
Just hours before a US drone strike killed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud and five other militants, a Taliban spokesman denied that the Pakistani government had made contact with them for the peace talks. The statement came just
when the government announced that a three-member team would head to the tribal areas on Saturday (today) with a letter for the formal initiation of the peace talks. However, after the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, the government has decided to delay the team’s visit to the tribal areas. Earlier, Shahidullah Shahid, the main spokesman for the TTP, told a foreign news agency on Friday that there had been no overtures. "No one has yet contacted us. The government is making announcements only by media, no peace talks have yet been started," Shahid said. "The beginning of peace talks means sitting at a table and discussing issues, no such thing has yet happened." After the political parties
gave their backing to talks, the TTP issued a list of preconditions for talks, including the release of all its members held in Pakistani jails and the withdrawal of troops from the Tribal Areas along the Afghan border, where the militants have hideouts. Shahid on Friday reiterated these demands and said the government must fulfill them to prove it was serious about talks. Meanwhile, a private TV channel reported that the team that would hold talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had been finalised. The team consisted of government officials, politicians, clerics, intellectuals and experts on military affairs. Formal talks were expected to start in the next two weeks.
PROTEST AGAINST DRONES: HAFIZ SAEED DEMANDS END TO NATO SUPPLY ISLAMABAD ONLINE
n the appeal of the Jamatud Dawa (JD), a “protest day” was observed across the country on Friday against the US drones strikes inside the Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Demonstrations were held in all major cities including Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi, Quetta and Islamabad. Processions, rallies, conferences and seminars were held and speeches were delivered after Friday prayers. Condemnation resolutions were passed against drone strikes and masses were apprised of drone attacks brutally killing thousands of innocent people of the country. The JD held the biggest protest in Lahore’s Chuburji Chowk, in which students, lawyers, traders,
members of civil society and people from all walks of life participated. Protesters holding placards and banners, chanted slogans against
the US and drone strikes. Addressing the gathering, JD Hafiz Saeed chief demanded the government inform the US that it should stop
drones if it wanted a safe exit from Afghanistan. “All accords with the US regarding strategic partnership have ended after the first drone attack,” Saeed said. He said the government should issue directives for shooting down drones and closure of nATO supply. “The US wants to take revenge from Pakistan of its defeat in Afghanistan through drones,” he said. The JD chief vowed to begin a movement against drones and to perform the duty of safeguarding Pakistan by organising the movement in every nook and corner of the country. Jamaat-e-Islami leader Fareed Ahmad Paracha, Maulana Abu Al-Hashim, Muhammad Idrees Farooqi, Qari Sanaullah Farooqi and others addressed the gathering. The speakers demanded the government stop nATO supply if the US did not stop drones.
Quetta. Sunni-militant group Lashkare-Jhangvi has repeatedly claimed responsibility for killing Hazara Shias. The incident comes a week after militants killed two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel escorting a bus carrying Shia pilgrims from Iran in the Dringarh area of Mastung district. In a separate incident, armed militants killed one man and injured two others in Balochistan's militancy-hit Khuzdar district. A police official, who requested anonymity, said two motorcyclists opened fire at Zero Point Khuzdar and gunned down one person and injured two others.
CLERICS URGE TALIBAN TO SURRENDER ISLAMABAD: Clerics belonging to the Ulema Board of Sunni Tehreek on Friday urged the Taliban and outlaws to surrender to the authorities so that the sacred month of Moharramul Harram could pass peacefully. In a joint press statement, they said Sharia disallowed the massacre of innocents, especially in the sacred month of Moharram. They urged fellow religious scholars to avoid talking about hatred in this month, saying scholars must promote peace and harmony among Muslims. “The literature spreading hatred among the various schools of thought should be destroyed,” they said, adding that terrorists involved in suicide blasts in mosques, imambargahs, churches, religious places, schools and hospitals could not be called Muslims as Islam strictly prohibited such acts. APP
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It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence. –Mahatma Gandhi
us kills hakimullah… and the peace talks! FEARED TTP COMMANDER, FIVE OTHERS KILLED IN DRONE STRIKES IN NORTH WAZIRISTAN PESHAWAR
US drone strike has killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the feared leader of the Pakistani Taliban, and five others on Friday evening, dealing a major blow to the terrorist outfit and the peace process initiated by the Pakistani government. Hakimullah, who is believed to have been behind a failed car bombing in new York’s Times Square as well as brazen attacks against armed forces and civilians inside Pakistan, had a reputation for being particularly ruthless. He was widely reported to have been killed in 2010, but later resurfaced. According to details, Hakimullah and his close aides were targeted by US
PROFILE: HAKIMULLAH MEHSUD
NEWS DESK Hakimullah Mehsud, the chief of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was reportedly killed in a US drone strike in the tribal areas of Pakistan on Friday evening. Mehsud first came into public prominence after orchestrating audacious raids against the Pakistan Army. According to reports, Hakimullah is a nom de guerre he later adopted (his birth name is Zulfiqar). He was initially a bodyguard to Baitullah Mehsud, his predecessor and founder of the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, and later became his close aide. He was also appointed as a spokesman for Baitullah and succeeded him as leader after the latter was killed in a drone strike in August 2009. In his early life, Hakimullah received basic education at a madrassa in a village in Hangu district. It was only in 2007 after the capture of 300 Pakistani soldiers that his name and prestige among the Taliban rose dramatically. He was made the Taliban commander in Khyber, Orakzai and Kurram and was regarded as the mastermind behind the attacks on nATO supply lines in the tribal region. In 2010 Hakimullah appeared alongside a Jordanian militant in a farewell video in which the latter claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Afghanistan in which seven CIA agents were killed. Under Hakimullah, the Taliban formed complex alliances with other extremist militant groups spread across Pakistan. Regarded by several Taliban militants as being their best leader to date, Hakimullah was known to be a fierce and ruthless leader who inspired respect amongst other militants. His unknown whereabouts and numerous reports of his killing only added to his prestige among Taliban militants. In 2009, he was reported to have been killed after a drone strike – one of at least two reports that later turned out to be false. The United States had also offered a reward of $5 million for information leading to the capture of Hakimullah Mehsud.
TALIBAN DISTRIBUTE PAMPHLETS ASKING PEOPLE TO VACATE NWA, PROCLAIM ALL OUT WAR
drones at a compound in Danday Darpakhel village in north Waziristan on Friday evening. The missiles fired by drones destroyed several portions of the compound and a vehicle believed to be in Hakimullah’s personal use. Officials and tribal sources told Pakistan Today that Hakimullah was boarding his vehicle along with his driver, bodyguard and an uncle after holding a meeting with his commanders when the drones struck, killing him, his uncle, an unidentified youth and two close aides – Tariq Mehsud and Abdullah Bahar. The compound, established in a multipurpose tribal home was being used by Hakimullah for the last several months. Sources said Hakimullah’s funeral would be held in north Waziristan today (Saturday) at 3pm. Officials confirmed the deaths of six
NISAR SAYS GOVT HAS NO CONFIRMATION OF HAKIMULLAH’S KILLING
people but said the toll could increase as several people were buried under the debris of the collapsed building. Meantime, US drones kept hovering over the area till late at night. GOVt SAYS DeAth unCOnFIrMeD: Interior Minister Chaudhry nisar Ali Khan said the government had yet to receive confirmation of Hakimullah Mehsud’s killing in the drone strike. “We are waiting for a confirmation regarding the claim of Hakimullah’s killing in the drone strike. However, the attack is an attempt to sabotage the Pakistani government’s attempt to bring peace in the country,” said nisar. ALL Out WAr: Hakimullah is the fourth top commander of the banned TTP who has been taken down in a US drone strike. Before him, the US drones have killed nek Mohammad in June 2004, Baitullah Mehsud in 2009,
SAYS ATTACK A BID TO SABOTAGE PEACE PROCESS
and Mufti Waliur Rehman some months ago. Meanwhile, the Mujahideen Shura headed by Haji Gul Bahadar distributed pamphlets in north Waziristan asking the tribesmen to leave the area in a week as they were going to wage all out war to avenge Hakimullah’s killing and the Pakistani government’s alleged betrayal. The pamphlet also accused the government of violating agreements and commitments made to them time and again. uS COnFIrMS KILLInG: A senior US intelligence official said the US received positive confirmation that Hakimullah had been killed. Two Pakistani intelligence officials in north Waziristan also confirmed his death as did two Taliban commanders who said they had seen the remnants of the militant commander’s mangled body.
POLITICIANS BELIEVE HAKIMULLAH KILLING ATTEMPT TO SABOTAGE PEACE PROCESS PTI CHIEF SAYS US DOESN’T WANT PEACE IN PAKISTAN
SHIREEN MAZARI SAYS SURPRISING THAT DRONE ATTACKS HAVE INCREASED SINCE PM RETURNED FROM US
LAHORE STAFF REPORT Politicians on Friday decried as a deliberate attempt to sabotage the peace process the two US drone strikes in north Waziristan, the second of which claimed to have killed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud. IMrAn KhAn: Strongly condemning the attack, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said whenever Pakistan tried to initiate talks with the TTP, drones made the efforts futile. “It has proved that the US doesn’t want peace in Pakistan,” he said. Talking to a private TV channel, the PTI chief said the PTI would pass a resolution in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly against the drone strikes, adding, “If attack occurs during the peace talks, the KP government will block nATO supplies.” Khan said he would also present a resolution in the national Assembly against drone strikes. ShIreen MAzArI: PTI Central Information Secretary Shireen Mazari said it was surprising that drone attacks had increased since Prime Minister nawaz Sharif returned from his recent visit to the US. Mazari said the
OPP LEADER KHURSHID SHAH SAYS DRONE ATTACK AT THIS CRUCIAL TIME INDICATES US DOES NOT WANT PEACE IN REGION
previous government lied about the drone campaign and now the Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) led government was also lying about it, “even Interior Minister nisar Ali Khan provided false information regarding the number of civilian deaths in these strikes on the floor of the Senate”. She said peace could not be restored in the country unless the government parts ways with the US-led war on terror. Mazari said as the US had made it clear from their actions that they were not going to halt the drone strikes in Pakistan, the only way left to deal with the situation was to take down the drones. The PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has on previous occasions threatened to block the nATO supply route that runs through the province. “We hope the KP Assembly will soon pass the resolution to stop the nATO supply,” the PTI leader said. She demanded the government take strong action to revive the peace dialogue, as the US had showed that they were not interested in stabilising the region. PTI Twitter head Adil Ansari tweeted that PTI Chairman Imran Khan had asked the KP government to immediately take steps to block nATO supplies. ShArjeeL MeMOn: Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon tweeted that Prime Minister nawaz Sharif should come on television and tell the nation whether the government was happy over the
suspected killing of Hakimullah or not. KhurSheeD ShAh: Leader of the Opposition in the national Assembly Khurshid Shah also termed the strike, a day before a delegation was due to travel to Peshawar to initiate talks, a bid to sabotage the peace process. Talking to a private TV channel, Shah said the drone strike would delay the proposed peace process with the Taliban. “A drone attack at this crucial time indicates the US does not want to establish peace in the region.” Shah said the government and the military would now have to decide whether they wanted to take down drones or not. FAzLur rehMAn: Condemning the drone attack, Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman termed it a conspiracy to sabotage the dialogue process. AthAr ABBAS: Major General (r) Athar Abbas said Hakimullah was involved in the murder of PPP leader Benazir Bhutto.
Saturday, 2 November, 2013 The CIA and the White House declined to comment on the reported militant commander’s death. Hakimullah had been near the top of the CIA Counterterrorism Center’s most wanted list for his role in the December 2009 suicide bombing that killed seven Americans — CIA officers and their security detail — at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan. The suicide bomber, a Jordanian double agent, was ushered into the military base to brief CIA officers on al Qaeda, and detonated his explosive vest once he had reached the inside of the base. Hakimullah later appeared in a video alongside the Jordanian, who said he carried out the attack in retribution for the death of Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud. SenSItIVe tIMe: Friday’s strike in the north Waziristan tribal area comes at a sensitive time. The government has been trying to cut a peace deal with the militants to end years of fighting in the country’s northwest. During a visit to London on Thursday, Prime Minister nawaz Sharif said talks with the Pakistani Taliban had started, though he gave no further details about who was involved or what was on the agenda. The Pakistani government was swift to condemn the Friday drone strike, albeit before news of Mehsud’s death was reported. “These strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. There is an across the board consensus in Pakistan that these drone strikes must end,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
state department offers no comment on reports of hakimullah’s death WASHINGTON SPEcIAL cORRESPONdENT The United States on Friday offered no comment, one way or another, on the reported killing of TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud in an American drone attack in north Waziristan. “I have seen those reports. I don’t have anything for you on it,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said when asked if she could confirm the reports. Asked at the daily briefing whether the TTP militant was alive or dead, the spokesperson responded: “I don’t have anything for you on the reports. I know they (reports) just came out, just before I came down here.” Questioned if the killing of Mehsud strengthened Washington’s argument in favour of continuing drone operations or now that the chief Pakistani militant had been killed, the US could back off a little bit, the spokesperson said: “Because we have nothing on the reports, it would be hard for me to give an analysis.” “Of course, we have a close cooperative relationship with Pakistan on a range of issues, including counterterrorism but on these specific reports I don’t have anything for you.”
nisar discusses hakimullah’s killinG with political leaders ISLAMABAD ONLINE Interior Minister Chaudhry nisar Ali Khan made telephonic contact with Prime Minister nawaz Sharif‚ opposition leader Syed Khurshid Shah‚ Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf Chairman Imran Khan‚ Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief Fazlur Rehman and Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hassan and discussed the situation following Friday's drone attack in north Waziristan in which Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud and five others were killed.
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The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. –F. Scott Fitzgerald
NEWS Saturday, 2 November, 2013
LHC RESERVES VERDICT IN NON-PARTY LG POLLS LAHORE
special division bench of the Lahore High Court Friday reserved verdict for the next week on petitions filed against non-party local government elections in Punjab. The special bench comprising LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan Khan was hearing petitions filed by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and others. Earlier, Punjab government’s counsel Salman Aslam Butt concluding his arguments submitted that the local government elections could be held on non-party basis as local governments did not have any legislative function. He further contended that local governments work as administration institutions, therefore, apolitical persons should be elected in the institutions. He further contended that the provincial government had authority to conduct delimitation of constituencies. PPP’s counsel Sardar Latif Khosa said the
Thai parliament passes political amnesty bill BANGKOK AgENcIES
Thailand's lower house of parliament on Friday passed a controversial political amnesty bill that opponents fear would allow ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra to return, prompting warnings of fresh mass protests. Critics say the bill, which still needs approval by the upper house, will "whitewash" past abuses, including the killing of unarmed protesters and risks unleashing another bout of political turmoil. Lawmakers voted 310-0 in the early hours of the morning to pass the legislation, with four abstentions, according to a parliamentary official. Government Whip Amnuay Khangpha said the opposition Democrat Party - which opposes the amnesty - refused
to take part in the vote, which came after about 19 hours of the heated debate. "The bill sailed through the second and third readings early this morning," he said. “The bill will now be submitted to the Senate.” The opposition Democrat Party said it would keep up its efforts to kill the bill with further street demonstrations. “We will continue our fighting in the street until the bill is aborted. There are other avenues such as by petitioning the Constitutional Court,” said party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut. Thousands joined a rally against the planned amnesty in Bangkok on Thursday evening, some wearing bandanas reading "Fight" and waving clappers with the slogan “Stop the amnesty for corrupt people”.
provision of non-party elections was not only an affront of the law declared by the apex court but also a violation of the constitution. He contended that the impugned legislation did not fulfill the criteria of the constitution which required the provinces to establish local body systems and devolve political, administrative and financial authority to it.PTI’s counsel Bakhtiar Kasuri contended that local councils were kept under subservience to the Punjab government through the Act which was against the constitution. He further
contended that the provincial government did not have authority to delimit constituencies as the constitution empowers the election commission for it. However, Additional Attorney General Naseer Bhutta submitted that party less elections would provide a level-playing field to all the candidates and that the provincial governments had the authority to legislate on this point, as per the constitution. At this stage, the chief justice remarked that a number of politicians were a product of party less elections. However, Sardar
Latif Khosa said that democracy was not allowed to flourish on party basis in the country and it was the reason for horsetrading and instability. Bakhtiar Kasuri said the other three provinces, except Punjab, had announced holding local government elections on party basis. Petitioner Munsif Awan said the Justice Party was founded last year but now it was being barred from contesting local government elections by holding it on non-party basis. The bench after hearing arguments of all parties reserved the verdict observing it would be announced next week.
Online ‘Halal’ sex shop opens in Turkey NEWS DESK The front page of the Helal Sex Shop website is designed not to give fright. It features separate, generic silhouettes of a man and a woman in a headscarf. Browsers are directed to different pages for men and women. They are offered a range of condoms, massage oils, sprays, and scents. "Despite what outsiders may believe, sexuality is a normal human necessity in Islam," says the site's founder, 38-year-old Haluk Demirel. "But people, especially women, don't feel comfortable buying products from pornographic looking web sites. Or they don't like to go into to Western-style sex shops. So my online shop serves as a comfortable area, where they can easily find something to cater for their natural needs." Demirel describes his business as the first online sex shop in the Muslim world to operate in line with Islamic
teaching - the world's first Halal sex shop is, reportedly, in the Netherlands - a regular home for sexual innovation. He does not have a formal Halal certificate ("Halal", or "Helal" in Turkish, means permissible under Islamic law), so carries out his own unofficial checks to make sure that the products he sells are allowed in Islam. "In Islam, masturbation is forbidden therefore I don't sell vibrators, dolls or other similar toys for self pleasure," he says. In particular, Demirel hopes to attract to his site women who may be put off by the more direct language of traditional sex websites. So far, around 45% of his customers are female. "We use words which are delicate, not pornographic," he explains. "For example, instead of 'horny' we use 'desiring'. These details are important." 'Islamic fashion' In Turkey, public discussion of sex is still a delicate subject. Some politi-
cians prefer to avoid the subject altogether. During a recent visit to a new Ankara shopping centre, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan faced the potential indignity of walking past a Victoria's Secret shop, a chain most famous for its lingerie. Quietly, the owners of the shop pulled down their shutters before the prime minister walked by - avoiding the possibility of mutual embarrassment. Here in Istanbul, in neighbourhoods unlikely to be disturbed by prime-ministerial walkabouts, several dozen sex shops operate. None claims to operate in the name of religion. "People come freely to shop here," says one owner, who preferred not to give his name. Does he worry about his customers leaving him for Helal Sex Shop? "I haven't checked their website," he answers dismissively.
MISCREANTS BLOW UP SHOP, VEHICLE IN LOWER DIR
India should refrain from leveling allegations against Pakistan, its armed forces: Bashir
LOWer DIr: Unknown miscreants blew up a shop and a vehicle on Friday morning but no casualties were reported. According to police, unidentified militants planted explosives outside a shop situated in Maidan tehsil of Lower Dir which exploded, resulting in the shop and a car parked nearby being destroyed completely. Fortunately no human loss was reported as the shop was closed at the time of blast. Police said that the blast could be outcome of a personal enmity, however, investigation into the incident is underway. INP
Pakistan High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir has said Pakistan wants to resolve all outstanding issues with India through dialogue. Talking to reporters on Friday‚ Bashir urged India to create a conducive environment for the resumption of dialogue and avoid leveling allegations against Pakistan and its armed forces. The envoy said Pakistani forces had demonstrated patience and tolerance over their unprovoked firing on Pakistani side. He said the Indian defence minister had leveled baseless allegations against the Pakistan Army which were not acceptable. Bashir said a meeting between Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Sartaj Aziz would be
nawaz Gave 'no assurance' to oBama on hafiz saeed
held in New Delhi this month in which the issue of Indian firing besides would come under discussion.
neW DeLhI: Pakistani Prime Minister nawaz Sharif gave "no assurance" to US President Barack Obama for taking action against Jamatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed. After his meeting with Obama at the White House on October 23 and before he flew out of the Andrews Air Force Base, nawaz was understood to have told his close aides that he "stood his ground" and "did not budge under pressure" on the issue of Saeed, sources were quoted as saying by Indian media on Friday. Another source familiar with nawaz's meetings said the Obama administration was aware of the difficulties the new prime minister was facing. Obama failed to yield any "assurances" from the Pakistani prime minister, despite the president taking it very strongly with him, the source added. The United States, sources said, was closely monitoring developments in Pakistan in particular those related to Saeed's movement and that of terrorist outfits like Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and Jamaaatud Dawa. INP
UN says nearly 1,000 Iraqis killed in October BAGHDAD AgENcIES Violence across Iraq killed nearly 1,000 people in October, the United nations said Friday, as the world body's representative called on leaders to take bold action to stop the “current mayhem” gripping the country. Car bombings, shootings and other attacks have been on the rise all year, intensifying fears that widespread sectarian conflict again may overwhelm the country. Widespread chaos nearly tore the
country apart in the aftermath of the US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003. The bloodshed accelerated sharply after a deadly April 23 crackdown by security forces on a Sunni protest camp in a northern Iraqi town. Un mission chief nickolay Mladenov said, “Indiscriminate violence is constant. Every day, every week, every month dozens if not hundreds of innocent Iraqis are killed or deeply wounded. This is senseless.” The Un's report says
979 people were killed in October the same number in September. Out of those, 852 were civilians while 127 were Iraqi soldiers and members of the police force. Also, the Un said 1,902 Iraqis were wounded in attacks across the country last month - a drop of more than 200 from September, when 2,133 Iraqis were wounded. Baghdad was the worst affected province with 411 killed and 925 wounded. It was followed by the volatile ninevah province where 188 people were killed and 294
were wounded. Ammar Ibrahim, a Sunni in northern Baghdad, said that the number of deadly attacks will grow in number unless the Iraq politicians stop caring only about their personal ambitions. “The solution for Iraq's insecurity will never be a military one. Violence will stop when government senior officials understand that Iraqis are more important than posts or elections,” he said. On Thursday, Iraqi Prime Minister
nouri al-Maliki warned in Washington that terrorists “got a second chance” to thrive in Iraq, largely as the result of the rise of Al-Qaida fighters in neighbouring Syria's civil war. He said the world needs to help Iraq deal with its deadly insurgency. During a meeting in Washington on Friday, Al-Maliki is expected to appeal to US President Obama for more US assistance, including weapons and intelligence help, in order to defeat the growing insurgency in Iraq.
lhc orders auditing of rs 480b made to ipps LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) chief justice has ordered for auditing of the payment of Rs 480 billion made to IPPs and remarked that the burden of incompetence of officers can not be shifted to the people. Chief Justice Omar Atta Bandial took up the case for hearing on Friday. The counsel for the petitioner told the court that load shedding had registered no decrease despite payment of Rs 480 billions to IPPs and on the other hand recovery of equalisation surcharge had been started on electricity bills. The joint secretary for water and power told the court that undeclared load shedding had been abolished. The CJ remarked that the burden of inefficiency of the officers could not be shifted to the shoulders of people nor the equalisation surcharge could be recovered on electricity bills. The court directed the government to make appointments of all officers including chief executive officer LESCO on merit. The government was further directed by the court that payment of Rs 480 billion made to IPPs be subjected to audit process besides uploading power load shedding schedule on website. The court while adjourning the hearing of the case till November 25 sought the record on recovery of equalisation surcharge on electricity bills. ONLINE
one killed, two shot at la airport LOS ANGELES AgENcIES A gunman with a semiautomatic weapon shot three people, killing a federal security agent, at the Los Angeles airport Friday, police said, and a suspected gunman was in custody. Flights were disrupted nationwide. Police said the unidentified suspect, who apparently was injured following an exchange of gunfire with officers, was in custody. Some passengers were evacuated, while others were locked down in airport restaurants and lounges. The airport was being swept for precautionary measures, and the bomb unit was on scene. Tim Kauffman, a spokesman for the American Federation of Government Employees in Washington, confirmed that a Transportation Security Administration officer was killed.
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Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed. –Mark Twain
Saturday, 2 November, 2013
shahBaz invites foreiGn investors in enerGy sector
Opp stokes bitterness by submitting privilege motion against Nisar ISLAMABAD
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and senior UK minister Baroness Warsi on Friday co-chaired Pakistan-UK Energy Conference 2013 to strengthen the partnership between the two countries in the energy sector and address the challenges facing Pakistan. The event was jointly organised by the High Commission of Pakistan and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) at the British foreign and commonwealth office. The event provided a unique occasion for UK based investors to learn more about the energy sector in Pakistan; its prospects and to make business contacts for future energy projects. Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz said, “Energy sector is the main focus of my government’s plans as set out by our federal government in National Power Policy 2013-18. For the economy to grow, energy capacity will have to be increased.” He was of the opinion that the prevailing energy crisis in Pakistan can be overcome with the help of friendly countries, saying Pakistan offers great rate of returns on investment. He invited investors saying they are welcome to take advantage of the liberal investment regime of the country especially Punjab. Following the meeting, Baroness Warsi was optimistic that the event helped bringing people together and making connections that can lead to real business outcomes.
HE PPP-led opposition parties in the Senate stoked the continuing bitterness with the treasury by submitting a privilege motion against Interior Minister nisar Ali Khan on Friday as the very source of acrimony remained unmoved on the question of tendering apology and withdrawing the statistics he shared days earlier with the members. The treasury’s efforts to woo the opposition benches on the issue could do little. However, they succeeded in maintaining the quorum with the help of MQM members and that too after an opposition member pointed out the quorum. The opposition remained absent from the House other than Senator Zahid Khan of the AnP who pointed out the quorum which after counting was found complete. The session started around 90 minutes late and
lasted for a few minutes only. The opposition had termed the statistics regarding deaths in terrorism related incidents incorrect and had asked the interior minister to withdraw his statement. However, nisar had refused to do so. The opposition members moved the privilege motion against nisar which intensified the row between the treasury and the opposition. The decision was announced by PPP Senator Raza Rabbani during a press conference. Around 25 senators had signed the motion. Rabbani said the motion stated that the terrorism-related figures earlier provided by nisar in the Upper House were incorrect and should be
taken back. He said it was a democratic right of the senators to make such a demand. The opposition parties had also sought an apology from nisar for misleading the House and providing incorrect figures about the victims
of terrorism. Rabbani said the Senate had been made hostage, adding that the opposition was not taken into confidence over peace talks with the Taliban. Leader of the House in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq informed the House that a four-member committee had been formed to resolve the issues. “It comprises Senator Zafar Ali Shah, Hasil Khan Bizenjo, Abdul Ghafoor Haidri and Abbas Afridi,” he added. He said the government wanted to run the House in a smooth manner and that was possible only with the support of the opposition. Despite the fact that the quorum was complete, the government still wanted the opposition to remain present in the House, he added. Senate Chairman nayyar Hussain Bukhari observed that the formation of the committee to approach the opposition was a good omen that would further promote parliamentary traditions.
4 shops destroyed in peshawar Blast PESHAWAR INP
Four shops were damaged due to a blast outside a hairdresser shop late in the night between Thursday and Friday. According to sources, unknown miscreants blew up the explosives they had planted outside the hairdresser’s shop located near Hussain Plaza in Karkhano Market of Peshawar which damaged four shops located adjacent to the site of explosion. The bomb disposal squad said that a locally prepared bomb weighing 500g was used in the blast which was attached with a time-device.
PeShAWAr: Security personnel check a vehicle at Khyber road as security was beefed up in the city for Muharram. INP
Court postpones Musharraf’s bail hearing in Lal Masjid case until 4th POLICE DID NOT INCLUDE POSTMORTEM REPORT OF THOSE KILLED IN OPERATION, COURT TOLD ISLAMABAD
court has adjourned the hearing of the bail plea filed by former president Pervez Musharraf until november 4 in the case related to the killing of the Lal Masjid cleric, Ghazi Abdul Rasheed. Musharraf's trial in the Lal Masjid case was also postponed until november 11 following a request from the counsel for more time to present other
important evidence. Islamabad's Additional District and Sessions Judge Wajid Ali heard Musharraf's bail application without arriving at a resolution, and said his trail had to be postponed as it could not be commenced until a notification was received in that respect. Counsel for Musharraf took the plea that his client had filed a bail application two days after registration of the case against him. “The court has already heard arguments on the bail plea,” he added. The judge asked the investigation officer if any new evidence had come to light. Advocate Qari Wajih told the court that the police did not include the postmortem report of those who were killed during the operation. Per the postmortem report, Ghazi received 23 bullets in his body, he said. He prayed to the court to allow more time for arguments rather than giving the decision. Tariq Asad said police had “declared Musharraf innocent in haste”. It was alleged during the hearing that the police had destroyed all the evidence, and declared Musharraf innocent in the murder of the cleric.
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Ban on polio vaccination: JirGa in contact with taliBan PESHAWAR
HE Fata Secretariat is understood to be in contact with the Taliban through a tribal jirga for early removal of the ban on polio vaccination in north Waziristan Agency. The development comes out as another child in the restive agency tests positive for polio taking the number of this year’s cases of the crippling disease to 16, the highest by any agency or district in the country. The
national Institute of Health, Islamabad on Thursday diagnosed 15month-old Essa Khan of Mussaki village in Razmak tehsil of north Waziristan Agency with polio. The child didn’t get any dose of oral polio vaccine due to the Taliban’s ban on polio campaigns, which has been in place since June 2012. Until now this year, 39 of the 54 nationwide polio cases have been reported in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, a major obstacle to the global polio eradication efforts as declared by the World Health Organisation. Ac-
cording to the relevant government officials here, talks are underway between the Fata Secretariat and the Taliban in north Waziristan Agency through a tribal jirga comprising local elders and parliamentarians for permission to begin door-to-door vaccination of local children against polio. They said that more than 150,000 children remained unvaccinated due to the Taliban ban. An official said the ban had already shown its adverse effects on children, while the rest were at the risk of being crippled due to the virus’ circulation.
“We are hopeful that the Taliban will realise the gravity of the situation and lift the ban,” he said. Other officials said one round of talks had taken place, where the Taliban had showed willingness to continue with the dialogue process. They said the jirga told the Taliban that more than 300,000 children risked disability due to the vaccination ban. The officials said the Taliban knew it very well that the Pakistani government had no authority over the US drone strikes in Fata and that only the US could stop them and therefore, they (Taliban) were ready to listen to the jirga. They said the Taliban understood that the government was opposed to drone strikes. The officials said if talks succeeded, then children in north Waziristan Agency would be vaccinated through special campaigns in the current low transmission season to enhance their immunity against the virus in highly transmission season beginning in Feb or mid-March.
nawaz achieved nothinG from us visit, manmohan meetinG: imran SANGLA HILL ONLINE
AWArAn: Girls sit outside their destroyed house in an earthquake-affected area on Friday. INP
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Friday said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s trip to the US accomplished nothing and the incumbent government was prusuing the usual policy of keeping its hands clean and laying the blame on the previous government for all of the country’s ills. Talking to PTI Nankana Sahib President Ali Sindhu, Khan said the government should tell what it had done for the welfare of the masses in the past four months. “Instead the government ministers are busy traveling overseas, pleasure riding luxury vehicles, organising parties and exerting influence over their subordinate officials,” Khan said. “The past four months have been living hell for the poor masses due to non-stop increase in prices of electricity and petroleum and the government is laying blame on the previous government. We will not let them get away with this,” the PTI chief asserted. “The meetings of Nawaz Sharif with the Indian counterparts and American president led to zero results,” Khan added. The Indian prime minister refrained from commenting positively on solving the Kashmir issue. “The US president disagreed to halting drone attacks and ignored the topic of Dr Aafia,” he said. Khan saidm, “We have launched anti-inflation and anti-load shedding campaigns from November 1.” The PTI chief called on workers and supporters to come out for local bodies polls.
AFGHAN SCHOOLGIRL SCARRED IN ACID ATTACK NOW A TEACHER KANDAHAR AgENcIES
HEn attackers threw acid in Shamsia Husseini's face outside her school in Afghanistan, she defied them by returning to class — and now she has struck another blow for female education by becoming a teacher herself. Shamsia suffered severe burns on her eyelids and cheeks in the november 2008 assault, which generated global publicity, with then US first lady Laura Bush condemning it as a "cowardly and shameful" crime. Afghan President Hamid Karzai vowed to hang the men who had attacked Shamsia as she walked to the all-girls' Mirwais Mena school on the outskirts of Kandahar city. One man, wearing a mask, asked Shamsia if she was going to school. Then he tore off her veil and pumped acid from a spray gun onto her face. Several other pupils were hurt in a series of similar acid attacks that morning, but Shamsia and her friends refused to abandon their lessons and persuaded their reluctant parents to support the school staying open. Five years on, Shamsia, now aged 22, is still in the classroom — but now she
stands in front of an energetic bunch of nine and 10-year-old girls. "The students sometimes play around and it does test my patience," she admitted to AFP with a smile. "But being a teacher is much better than being a student, and I am now studying to become fully qualified." 'The attackers did not win' Shamsia's scars eventually healed well after treatment at hospitals in Kabul and new Delhi, though she has recurring problems with blurred vision and eye
pain. "It was very important for me to become a teacher as it shows people that the attackers did not win, just like we came back to school after the attack," she said. "By teaching, I want to show that education is important and that women can do more than work in the kitchen." Shamsia retains the quiet determination she displayed when speaking out over the attack, and she remains furious that her assailants have never been punished. "President Karzai promised to
hang these men. If I ever talk to him, I will ask him why he failed to do that," she said. The Taliban, who banned female education when they were in power from 1996-2001, denied any involvement in the acid strikes, and nine suspects arrested after the attack gave questionable confessions and were later released. Shamsia even says that one of her attackers lives close to her home, and that he sees her go to school every day. "He is free, and it is possible it could happen again. There is no justice, he needs to be punished," she said. Inside the school, built with Japanese aid money and opened in 2004, classrooms are packed with chirpy girls aged between six and 20, all wearing white headscarves and shooting their hands up in the air to answer their teachers' questions. More than 2,600 pupils attend lessons in two daily sessions, but many others are turned away due to lack of space even with tents donated by Unicef being used as makeshift classrooms. Shamsia, who earns $85 a month, teaches art and handwriting to her fourth-grade class, while older girls have lessons in science, geography and mathematics. Teaching today's female students
Kandahar, situated in the Taliban heartlands of the south, remains one of the most conservative parts of Afghanistan, 12 years after the Taliban hardliners were overthrown. For the girls at Mirwais Mena, life after they leave school will likely be restricted to the family home, venturing outdoors rarely and only if cloaked in an allenveloping burqa. "We had to work hard to convince parents not to withdraw their children after the attack," said headmistress Danesh Alavi, who was deputy principal at the time. "I remember the anarchy of that day, the panic and fear. "Shamsia is from a poor family, but her serving as a teacher is a lesson to other girls to be brave and to help develop the country. Young girls can see her be a teacher and understand this. "Like any good teacher, she is kind to her pupils and is always on time." For two hours each day, Shamsia also joins a class of female junior teachers who are preparing for their qualification exams. It is too dangerous for them to travel to the teacher-training college in Kandahar city, so Bahir Makimi pays his own bus ticket to come to the school. "I think Shamsia is a good teacher already and will get better," he said.
sc orders customs to find ‘19,000 missing containers, weapons’
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H E Supreme Court on Friday ordered customs officials to investigate the case of 19,000 containers reported missing from the Karachi port. A three-member bench of the apex court comprising of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, 0Justice Jawad S Khawaja and Justice Gulzar Ahmed was hearing the case over the implementation of the court’s verdict in the Karachi law and order case at the Karachi registry. Issuing an interim order, the bench also directed Rangers and police personnel to report to court on how many of the missing containers carried weapons and ammunition. The court further ordered law enforcement agencies to conduct door-to-door search for illegal weapons in the city. The SC further ordered customs officials to investigate weapons brought legally into the city, after which Rangers and police should also carry out a similar investigation to determine for what purposes the weapons were brought into the metropolis. During the hearing, the provincial government of
Sindh submitted a detailed plan outlining the ongoing operation in Karachi. Sindh advocate general requested the court to allow it to impose curfews in parts of the city where an operation would be carried out to recover illegal weapons;
to which the court replied that such an authority was only with the government. Furthermore, Attorney General Munir A Malik submitted a report by the federal government detailing the steps to prevent the smuggling of weapons and drugs.
Earlier in the day, SSP Investigation East Junaid Shaikh was suspended for not arriving at the court for hearing. The case was subsequently adjourned until November 11, 2013. The next hearing will be held in Islamabad.
imambargahs, mosques focal point of muharram security strategy
Sindh Police Inspector General Shahid Baloch has ordered foolproof security arrangements for 315 imambargahs and 3980 mosques in Karachi. Chairing a meeting of senior officials of the provincial police department on Friday, he directed them to ensure immediate preparation of a contingency plan focussed to avert possible terrorism related activities and other crimes. Round the clock close circuit monitoring and video recording of activities taking place on and around imambargahs and mosques premises, specifically those located in sensitive, areas must be essential component of the envisaged contingency plan, said the IG Police. Appreciative of a report prepared by Karachi police about the routes and numbers of the faithful, the police chief said security must be ensured for the participants of more than 5000 estimated meetings scheduled to take place from Muharram 1 to Muharram 12. Duly attested stickers must be issued to the vehicles of the mourners, he said reiterating that security must be ensured for participants of a total of 750 processions to be taken out on the occasion, both large and small sized. Walk through gates must be installed along with optimum screening of scouts and volunteers expected to accompany the mourners, said the Sindh police chief. He sought close coordination between police as well as other law
enforcing agencies and intelligence agencies for the proposed Muharram focused contingency plan across the province. Baloch said equal attention must also be paid towards handling the identified challenges in the fast approaching month of Muharram. The contingency plan for Muharram 2013 must necessarily incorporate details of crime hit localities, particularly slum areas, suburbs, commercial areas - detail surveys and assessment of these sensitive areas and routes. Baloch also sought details of the security cover to be provided to important personalities and incorporation of the same in the contingency plan. Asking the officials to provide him the copy of contingency plan for the forthcoming holy month, without any unnecessary delay, the police chief said suggestions and recommendation of religious scholars pertaining to different sects and schools of thought must also be included in it. Reiterating that foremost is the security of imambargahs and mosques he said coordination must be developed with caretakers of these centres at each and every level. Moreover, all provocative wall chalking and graffiti must be immediately erased with due provision that these may not re-appear in any part of the province. “Absolute ban on sale of recorded speeches and distribution of pamphlets or banners that may instigate religious disharmony must be ensured through strict vigil on activity of shopkeepers, suppliers, hawkers and road side stalls,” ordered the IG Sindh.
Pakistan’s arts academia in doldrums KARACHI AAMIR MAJEEd
Arts, which are said to be important part of academia, are on verge of collapse due to very low enrolment at higher secondary school level in Karachi. The public sector varsities, which runs number of departments in arts faculty, are in a fix to run those departments which are functioning under the faculty. The varsities have adopted a rational approach to run the departments working under the arts faculty and forced to give chance to students of science group to run the faculty. Not only this, the higher secondary schools and colleges in the city have a very limited enrolment of students in humanities group due to lack of job opportunities in the market. Due to very limited enrolment in humanities group, many colleges have closed the faculty. “Like every year, we have very low number of students in colleges and higher secondary schools who were enrolled in humanities group,” Sindh Colleges and Centralized Admission Policy (CAP) Director
General (DG) an authority that grant admissions in government colleges, Chairman Prof Dr Nasir Ansar said. He said that the government has hired number of teachers for ensuring studies of humanities group but very low enrolment of students has discouraged the trained teaching staff in colleges. “The government has opened number of departments and courses for students of humanities group in public colleges and higher secondary schools but with the passage of time the enrolment of students in the group has started decreasing, he said, adding that now only few hundred students who could not get admissions in science group get enrolled in humanities group.” “This all happened due to lack of job opportunities for graduates of arts faculty, DG Colleges said, adding that this drop out of admission in humanities group also put the public sector varsities which runs number of departments under the arts faculty.” “The trend changes with availability of job opportunities. There was a time when every second student wished for enrolment in science group to become doctor
or engineer but then trend changes and the enrolment of students in computer science group increased significantly with increase of job for the graduates in this group. But then the trend changed further and demand of commerce group increased with raise in job opportunities for graduates of commerce group,” the Colleges DG explained. Karachi University (KU) Admission Director Prof Dr Khalid Iraqi has also shown reservation over decline in admissions in humanities group at higher secondary school level. He said that the varsity is running 26 departments under faculty of arts but it receive very low application for admission of students with academic background of humanities group. Due to this, the varsity has rationalized its approach and it has started awarding admissions to students having academic background of science to run the faculty. He said that some departments like international relations, economics, sociology and psychology has rationalized its policies and invite students of science group for admission to run these departments.