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October 24, 2013
Volume 1, 82
Questioning City of Brampton – Ontario?
Brampton a city located in
visible minorities, and with a
the city council and city hall
Southern Ontario, Canada. It
significantly younger face than
working Brampton families are
employees (majority of who
also is a suburb of the Greater
most of the country, a place
consulted or even provided
don’t even live in Brampton)
Toronto Area (GTA). As the
direct updates on city affairs (as
won’t chip in as well as usual
last complied census report of
consider a sleepy little suburb
city data clearly states that a
no clear answer.
2011 states that Brampton's
population to be 523,911. Total
suddenly the nation’s ninth-
visible minority population of
largest city, not far behind
the City (as per published data)
skills) , and if at any time there
reported by some media and
Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Citizenship Week
Respected Mayor’s and city
council attention was drawn
is 246,150 which make up for
Now the question is, are all
is interaction it usually is
public members, couple of
57% of the population, and the
minorities treated fairly and
perhaps just for cameras -
months have passed and we
largest of that group is South
still wait on for a proper
Asians the count is 136,750
which makes it a whopping 31.7% of the total population. The 2011 census also says
If you ask the grass roots on
My humble suggestion to
a one on one base the answer is
our respected city council is
a big “NO”.
rejecting then approving the
that just photo op’s with ethnic
that English is the most spoken
Let’s try and discuss some
project of course to builders
minorities which is the norm
language and i.e. by 51.7% of
of the possible reasons. City of
delight and residents dismay.
won’t help in the long run.
Brampton still has to publish a
Another example is that the city
Let’s talk real issues and try
detailed report of city halls
and bridge the widening gap
common languages are Punjabi,
property taxes to come up with
between “the real” masses and
indicating percentage of visible
committed levy dollars for the
the municipal government. It’s
population, followed by Urdu
minorities? One seldom expects
construction of Brampton’s –
about time we got more serious
at 2.8%, with Portuguese and
a straight answer but still I
much overdue second hospital
and discuss issues to the point
Gujarati both at 2.1% each.
gathered up courage to ask our
rather than just beating around
With Brampton’s population
Honorable Mayor this question
objected but to no avail), once
the bush. As this famous
and her answer only took me
again the respected Mayor of
maxim tells us that “a stitch in
thirds of which are members of
around in circles (as expected).
the city was asked by me why
time saves nine”.
October 21, 2013 Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark Canada’s Citizenship Week, which runs from October 2127, 2013: “Citizenship Week offers an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be Canadian and the vast privileges that Canadian citizenship confers, including the important rights and responsibilities that come with it. It is also a fitting time to pay tribute to the generations of immigrants who have played such an important part in shaping our great country. “Each year, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world apply for Canadian citizenship. They are drawn by the quality of life and prosperity that we enjoy, the freedom and security of our communities, and the peaceful pluralism that we celebrate and cherish, from coast to coast to coast. “During this special week, I congratulate and welcome those who have and will become citizens in 2013. Our Government remains committed to strengthening Canada’s place in the world by keeping our streets and communities safe and our economy strong, so that Canada continues to be viewed as the land of freedom and opportunity for generations to come. “As we celebrate Citizenship Week, I encourage all Canadians to welcome newcomers and acknowledge the contributions that they continue to make to the fabric of our great nation.”
Pakistan's women police fight criminals, militants and scorn bandits, earthquakes and militants. The Taliban are so pervasive in Gillani's northern Khyber Pakhunkhwa province that she wears a burqa, a head-to-toe robe with a small mesh window for the eyes, when she travels. Zafar dons a fake moustache to escort her. But the women's biggest challenge is helping new female police recruits.
women's complaint desks in 60 male-run police stations. Many Pakistani women face horrifying violence and officials hope more abused women will report attacks. Tradition forbids them from speaking to male officers. The province opened two women-only police stations in 1994. But they have long been starved of resources and responsibility. “We are fighting a war in the workplace,” said ABBOTTABAD: When Shazadi Gillani, Women make up just 560 of the province's Zafar, whose uniform sports a karate patch. the highest ranking female police officer in 60,000-strong force. “We are supporting our juniors. Pakistan's most conservative province, wanted to join the force she had to defy her Police chiefs hope to double that within a There was no one to support us.” father, forego marriage and pay for her year, but tough working conditions make own basic training. recruitment hard. There have been small From schoolgirls to cops During the next 19 years, Inspector Gillani victories. Germany funded female dormitories As a schoolgirl, Gillani wanted to join the and her faithful sidekick Rizwana Zafar, at three training colleges. army like her father. They were not brought up as a boy after becoming her Women recruits no longer wait years for basic recruiting, so she proposed the police instead. frustrated father's ninth daughter, have battled training. This summer, the province opened Her father and seven brothers were horrified.
“They said police disrespected women,” she said, auburn hair peeping out from her cap. “I had a lot of opposition.” After a week of refusing to eat, and lobbying by her college lecturer mother, Gillani's father gave in. He had three conditions: Be brave. Marry your job. Bring a friend. So Gillani recruited her school friend Zafar. Zafar cut her hair short and dressed like a boy. She taught herself to ride motorbikes, use computers and fix engines. She is Gillani's bodyguard, assistant and friend. “I don't cook. I don't have a dress. I'm not scared of anyone except God,” Zafar said. “We protect each other, we guard each other. When one is sleeping, the other is awake.”Gillani and Zafar are infuriated by such talk. - Continued on page 3
October 24, 2013
Weekly Fortune: by Kiran Pandey Rai (email@example.com) 24th October – 30th October ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
ARIES (21 Mar- 20 Apr) This is a satisfactory week by and large. Family members will be a great support for you .But there can be some misunderstanding with your partner. You can plan for some family outing. Even after anxiety at your workplace, finance would not be a problem for you. Your logical approach will yield the benefit out of it. Overall it could be said that perhaps a lukewarm week ahead. Lucky Days: Saturday and Sunday ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
TAURUS (21Apr- 21 May) Concentration of planets in sixth bhava will push you to work hard. Your energy will be channelized in positive direction to get some financial gain. Parents need good health care. Ascendant lord Venus will make your mind to buy some beautiful things for you and your loved ones. Experience a pleasant week. Lucky Days: Thursday and Friday ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
GEMINI (22 May- 21 June) Keeping personal and professional affairs apart, this week seems full of challenges. As basic nature of Mercury, some of you may switch to new work strategy to see some changes in your monotonous schedule. This week is good for romantic affairs. You will be benefitted by your communicative skill. Overall enjoy a nice week ahead. Lucky Days: Friday and Saturday ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
CANCER (22 June- 22 July) There will be a successful end of your love affairs for some of you. There will be some dispute among family members which will direct hit your image and you will be hurt, so you need to have patience before reacting while dealing any sensitive relatives. Peace will be missing. Go for meditation, this will help you to have control over your over reaction. Lucky Days: Saturday and Sunday ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
LEO (23 July- 22 Aug) This week is over energetic week for most of you, but this energy needs right direction to utilize it in constructive ways. You will be successful in all of your ventures .Only area where you have to work is, on your own temperament. Calmness is the motto of this week. Though you might be under stress, but it will be easy for you to bounce back in shape. Lucky Days: Monday and Tuesday _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
VIRGO (23 Aug- 23 Sept) Health needs more attention than before. Frustration should not appear on your words. This may spoil your relation with your immediate family members. For some of you, dispute with your sibling in this week is prominent, so be careful. Finance will be unstable. Your inclination towards spirituality or charity will be more. Lucky Days: Saturday and Sunday _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
JONES MAKES STATEMENT RECOGNIZING NEIL ORFORD
(Queen’s Park) – Sylvia Jones MPP, Dufferin-Caledon made a statement in the Ontario Legislature recognizing Centre Dufferin District High School teacher Neil Orford for receiving the 2013 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching. A transcript of the statement is below.
LIBRA ( 24 Sept-23 Oct).
You will be more self concern this week .And over confusion will make some of you depressed or you may retaliate in rude manner. Your efficiency and hard work will reap the crop of success. Secret relation is also indicating in the chart very strongly. Import-export or any trade related to foreign country will be benefitted to you. Scholarship or some reward can be expected. Overall a good week ahead!
It’s an honour to rise and congratulate one of Dufferin–Caledon’s finest educators, Neil Orford, on receiving the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2012, Neil was a recipient of the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Lucky Days: Saturday and Sunday ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
SCORPIO (24 Oct-22Nov) Your relation with your spouse will be good. For bachelors or unmarried, Romance will be on head. Take care of the lower part of body. You will get back some of your deposited amount which were impossible to get back. Someone in your office are conspiring against you or bothering you much. You may plan to fly for a short journey. Lucky Days: Sunday and Monday ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
SAGITTARIUS (23 Nov-2 1 Dec) You need to be more socialized to get favor in your business or work. Some personal problem will be solved. Your lack of confidence may spoil the scene around, so try to improve your approach towards life. Your relation with your siblings is not good. Money will be spent on luxuries. Gain from foreign is also predicted. Lucky Days: Tuesday and Wednesday ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
CAPRICORN (22 Dec-20 Jan) . Retrograde Mercury with the conjunction of three malefic planets can spoil your focus from your own work. Still you will be cool headed. Natives who are into actuarial Science, this is one of the favorable times. . Relax with family members in the weekend. There should not be any special demanding ending to the working week. Overall might encounter a restless week ahead. Lucky Days: Saturday and Sunday ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
AQUARIUS (21 Jan-19 Feb) Your quality time will be spent with family members. Your income and expenditure are going in same ration. If you had any prior plan to buy a vehicle, you are going to do it this week. Mother’s health will improve. You should plan to write some scholarship examination, this maybe favorable for you. Financial condition will continue, the way it was. Lucky Days: Monday and Tuesday ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
PISCES (20 Feb-20 Mar) Your spouse is going through some mental trauma; try to show your presence by doing some soft act, even a small piece of your moral support will boost the courage to face the world. Some of you are having bad relation with your partner. Good news related to finance is on your way. Overall enjoy a good week ahead. Lucky Days: Saturday and Sunday
Neil is an amazing role model not only for his students but also for his community. His innovative approach to teaching history has struck a passion within many students and has led to impressive results, as evidenced by Centre Dufferin District High School taking top position in national history tests. Initiatives like Mr. Orford’s efforts to take students on interactive tours of battlefields in Europe are an example of the enthusiasm he brings teaching history. On these trips, students are asked to compile biographies on soldiers with roots from our local community involved in the battles, and these biographies are then given as additions to the Dufferin County Museum and Archives online database—the first in Canada, actually. What an amazing initiative, and one that is so rewarding for Centre Dufferin students. Clearly, the impressive honour of receiving the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching is well deserved. Mr. Orford has a reputation for inspiring his students to be interested in history, and it shows when you hear the amazing testimonials of his past and present students. I’d like to commend Neil on his incredible dedication and energy and all the amazing work he has done teaching students about the importance of history. Dufferin-Caledon is proud to have such an amazing teacher like Mr. Orford call our community home. Congratulations, Neil. You deserve it.
October 24, 2013
- Continued from page 1
Eight Filipino troops killed in land mine attacks killing seven soldiers and militiamen in a mountainous region in Tulunan town in North Cotabato province, regional army spokesman Lt. Nasrulah Sema said. At the time, the soldiers were on their way to deliver cash allowance of militiamen at a rural outpost.
“If people see women police doing their jobs well, they will change their minds,” said Gillani, supervising the fingerprinting of a tearful accused kidnapper. While she must wear a burqa to head home, she refuses to do so in the station. “If we are doing the job of a man, why should we not show our faces?” she asked. “Change is a challenge for all of society, not just police.”
K I D AP AW A N , P hi l i p pi n es: Communist rebels attacked Philippine troops twice with land mines and gunfire Monday, killing at least eight soldiers and militiamen and wounding four others in the country's south, officials said. About 50 New People's Army guerrillas detonated a land mine and then opened fire on an army truck,
About an hour later, another truckload of soldiers that was deployed to hunt down the rebels was struck by a land mine and fired upon by the Maoist guerrillas in North Cotabato's Makilala town in a second assault that killed a soldier and wounded four others, Sema said.
also endanger civilians. Battle setbacks, factionalism and surrenders have reduced the number of armed guerrillas to about 4,000 armed from a peak strength of about 25,000 in the mid-1980s but they remain a major national security threat. Talks brokered by Norway on ending the 44-year rebellion, one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies, collapsed several years ago due to disagreement over a rebel demand for the release of their jailed comrades.
The military condemned the rebel use of land mines, saying they
Urz Heer Eid Lunch in Brampton - Ontario - Canada,
Urz Heer thanks for a wonderful Eid Milan lunch celebration. Great well attended event and the USB of the event was all communities gathered under one roof,thanks for the hospitality, events like these sure make us understand each other more. Once again all who celebrated Thanksgiving, Eid and will celebrate coming Diwali hope you had and will have fun. Amazing Canada which makes us experience so many joyful events, thanks for letting us all be a part of you once again.
October 24, 2013
04 Ontario Tree Seed Plant Celebrates 90 Years of Growth
Ontario Launches Open Government
October 22, 2013 O NTARIO G OVERNMENT S UPPORTING THE E NVIRONMENT
E CONOMY , P ROTECTING
The Ontario Tree Seed Plant is celebrating 90 years of preserving biodiversity, protecting the environment and supporting the forest products and wood manufacturing sectors. The facility uses innovative technology to extract, clean, test, and store billions of seeds each year that support the growth of trees in Ontario forests, woodlots, parks, schoolyards, and even your own back yard. Through 90 years of experience, Ontario’s Tree Seed Plant is recognized as a world leader in tree seed collection. The facility supplies seed from 50 native trees to nursery operations, forestry companies and the public. By supporting tree planting, the facility helps Ontario adapt to the effects of climate change, restores endangered tree species and supports tens of thousands of jobs in the forest industry. Planting trees and protecting the environment enhances the quality of life for Ontario families and ensures a dynamic, green economy for future generations. This is part of the government’s plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
G OVERNMENT C OMMITTED TO E NGAGEMENT , A CCESSIBILITY AND W ELCOMING N EW I DEAS October 21, 2013 Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Ontario's new Open Government initiative today, which will give the people of Ontario a more transparent and accessible government, and more opportunities to access information and engage with the government on things that matter to them.
The focus will be on three areas: open dialogue, so it is easier for people to connect and interact with government through new tools and technologies; open data, so people can access data to solve everyday problems and come up with new ideas; open information, which means creating even more transparency by sharing more information.
A group of academic, business and community leaders will form an Open Government Engagement Team, which will be chaired by Don Lenihan. They will gather feedback from people across the province and report back to the government in spring, 2014.
The Open Government i ni t i a t i ve i s p ar t o f t h e government's vision for One Ontario, where we will work together to build a successful, compassionate and united province where everyone has the opportunity to connect, contribute and enjoy a high quality of life.
Q UICK F ACTS People can visit Ontario.ca/open
to see what the government is working on and learn how to get involved. The government has launched an
Open Data website at Ontario.ca/ opendata as a first step towards unlocking the potential of valuable data. The province also has an open
data common licence which makes it easier for data users to collaborate and combine data from participating jurisdictions under the same common rules.
Rising food prices, surge in cost of living decades since 1990 to graduate from the club of countries where hunger is characterised as alarming to the group of nations where it is serious, according to the GHI. Given the fact that the country’s population is projected to double by 2050, the challenge to combat hunger and provide nutritious food to the people becomes even more daunting and urgent. Surging food prices are causing poverty and hunger to increase, and this is particularly taking a huge toll on the health of families. “My daughter is nine years old but looks like a six-year old. Our only boy, who is seven, can be easily passed off as a five-year old. It is because they don’t eat enough, and what they eat does not fulfill the needs of growing children,” says Mansab. GHI2013 shows that the proportion of the undernourished in Pakistan as a percentage of the population has come down from 26.4 per cent in 1990 to 19.9 per cent in 2012. The prevalence of underweight in children under five years has reduced from 39 per cent to 30.9 per cent; and the under-five mortality rate has decreased from 12.2 per cent to 7.2 per cent.
Mian Mansab rents a small room in a 250-yard house in a hamlet surrounded by the sprawling affluent communities on Raiwind Road in Lahore. He works as a plumber, and his wife helps the people in the surrounding localities keep their homes clean. Their monthly earnings fluctuate around Rs20,000, and this must cover all their household needs and expenditures, from rent to food to utility bills (that they share with other tenants), to transportation to any emergency expenses. In the last few years, Mansab has seen a significant surge in the prices of essential goods like food, kerosene oil, and transportation. The family’s income, however, hasn’t risen as quickly, straining his ability to feed his two children. He is one of the millions of people around the country who are much worse off today than they were a year ago, owing to rapidly rising food and fuel prices. And there is little hope of any improvement in their living conditions any time soon, as economic growth is projected to slow down to less than three per cent this fiscal year, and prices, particularly of food and energy, to soar to new highs. “We cannot afford to eat more than two meals a day. We do not eat meat for months, and now even vegetables and lentils are becoming harder to afford,” Mansab, 39, tells Dawn. While a new report suggests that Pakistan is among those developing countries that have slightly cut hunger in the last one year, it continues to be in the company of nations whose hunger conditions are characterised as serious. The Global Hunger Index (GHI2013), which tracks and measures hunger globally and by country and region, has Pakistan improving its rank amongst the most hungry
countries by two places, from 59 to 57. The GHI, calculated by the Washinton-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), combines three equally weighted indicators in one index number: undernourishment, child underweight, and child mortality. An economist, who does not want to be identified, is sorry to note that government policies usually do not target the issue of hunger and poverty in the country. Actually, he contends, the official economic policies are depriving the poor of opportunities to get out of poverty. “The previous government did launch a social protection programme — the Benazir Income Support Programme — to transfer cash to help the poor and the vulnerable cope with the effects of rising food prices. But the sum of money given is too meagre to offset the impact of the rapid food price inflation, let alone help them move out of abject poverty.” He is of the view that the government must double the cash assistance to the poor. “If we want to help the poor who are considered eligible for cash support, we should substantially increase the money put in their hands to compensate for rising prices,” he insists. Indeed, Mansab charges more today for the services he provides to keep pace with inflation. But he cannot pass on the full impact of high prices on his household to his customers, like meat sellers or vegetable vendors could do. “I don’t have a choice but to pay the market price of food and other basic, essential goods, but my customers have the option of calling another plumber who would readily charge considerably less than me,” he says. Although Pakistan has reduced hunger in the last two
“Yet, Pakistan is one of the developing countries where a majority of the world’s hungry live,” says Shahid Zia, a Lahore-based economist. He says people have to sleep on empty stomachs not only because they do not earn enough to be able to buy food, but also because of food shortages in many parts of the country. “Years of under-investment in agriculture infrastructure and research, water scarcity for smallholders, and climatic changes mean our yields-per-acre are one of the lowest in the world. Also, the area of land under cultivation is shrinking, while the population is growing fast, affecting supply and pushing domestic food prices up. The overall economic conditions — lower growth, job losses, weakening rupee, energy shortages, etc. — have only exacerbated the food price volatility,” he argues. According to Zia, food prices could stabilise, and even drop, if we increase our per acre output. “Prices are a matter of supply and demand. If we are able to increase supply, we can control prices. However, this will not be possible without investing significantly huge sums money into agriculture research and development, building damns to store water, improving the irrigation system, building linkages between farms and the market, developing cold chain to prevent waste of perishable items, and so on and so forth,” he contends. He also agrees that the rise in global food prices affect domestic prices. But he adds that the implications of domestic shortages are more pronounced and wider. “Without controlling food price volatility in the domestic market, you cannot hope to cut the number of hungry and poor, and increase the access of people like Mansab to enough and nutritious food.” — Nasir Jamal
October 24, 2013
SPORTS Pakistan to go all out for series win, Misbah says
DUBAI: A confident Pakistan will look to their spinners to sweep the two-match series against a depleted South Africa when the second and final Test starts in Dubai on Wednesday. Pakistan's spin duo of Saeed Ajmal and left-armer Zulfiqar Babar shared 11 wickets between them to guide their team to a sevenwicket win in the first Test in Abu Dhabi, only their fourth win in 22 Tests against South Africa. Even the pacemen Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan took four wickets apiece as a formidable South Africa batting slumped to 249 and 232 in the two innings, with only Hashim Amla (118) and AB de Villiers (90) showing some resistance. Pakistan rode on a brilliant 146 by opener Khurram Manzoor -- the highest by a Pakistani batsman in a Test against South Africa -- and a responsible 100 by captain Misbah-ul Haq to post a big 442-run total. South Africa will be hard pressed to maintain their unbeaten run in an away series
since losing in Sri Lanka in 2006.
More so as Amla and Dale Steyn, respectively the world's top Test batsman and bowler, may not be available for the match. Amla has returned home for the birth of his child while Steyn is nursing a hamstring injury.
“The motivation is there. We are really motivated to win the next Test match. That's got to be our ultimate goal. We have to focus on making sure our plans are better.”
Left-hander Dean Elgar is due to replace Amla while Rory Kleinveldt is likely to fill in for Steyn. South Africa will also look at their spin option to replace left-armer Robin Peterson, who failed to get a single wicket in the first Test, with Pakistan born leg-spinner Imran Tahir. South African captain Graeme Smith expressed confidence his team can bounce back. “We haven't been in this position too often,” said Smith. “And with the standards that we set ourselves, we should have the ability to
“Whenever you have negative thoughts in your mind it won't give you good results. We are positive about that, we want a result no matter whatever happens, if we win or lose, it doesn't matter.” Teams (from):
On the contrary, Pakistan have a settled squad and will not tinker with the winning combination. But despite all the plusses, Misbah warned against complacency. “We are playing the top side in the world, so our focus is on the next game,” said Misbah, aiming to add to Pakistan's only series win over South Africa way back in 2003. Misbah denied he wants a batting track in Dubai to draw the Test. “I don't think so we have given clear indications to the groundsman. We want a result, no doubt we want to exploit our home advantage and we will do that, but we want a result,” said Misbah.
Pakistan: Khurram Manzoor, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Umar Amin, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Abdur Rehman, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali, Asad Shafiq, Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood. South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Imran Tahir, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Morne Morkel, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Thami Tsolekile. Umpires: Rod Tucker (AUS) and Ian Gould (ENG) Tv umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS) Match referee: David Boon (AUS)
Amla out, Steyn to undergo fitness test for series decider Pakistan starting here on Wednesday. Amla, 30, last week returned home to be with his wife for the birth of couple's second child. South Africa's team manager Mohammed Mossajee said Amla will not be available for the match while Steyn will undergo a fitness test after suffering a hamstring injury on Sunday. “Unfortunately Hashim's wife hasn't given birth yet so he won't be playing the second Test,” said Moosaje of Amla who hit 118 in the seven-wicket defeat in the first Test in Abu Dhabi last week. The 30-year old Amla is ranked world number one in Test rankings.
DUBAI: South Africa's star batsman Hashim Amla was Tuesday ruled out of the second
Test while paceman Dale Steyn will undergo a fitness test ahead of the second Test against
Moosajee said scans on Steyn's injury were not serious.
“Initially we thought it was a strain but fortunately the MRI scans revealed that there is no major pathology but he has to undergo a fitness test, which takes place either Tuesday or early Wednesday. “The challenge is that a tight hamstring is aggravated in case it becomes a strain and we have a long tour ahead of us,” said Moosajee. “A final decision will be taken on Wednesday.” Steyn took four wickets in the first Test and is ranked number one bowler in Test rankings. South Africa will also play five one-day and two Twenty20 after the Tests.
October 24, 2013
Lollywood loses another gem: Zubaida Khanum passes away LAHORE: Renowned playback singer and one of the best singers from Lollywood's golden era Zubaida Khanum breathed her last on Saturday night after a fatal heart attack.
an additional factor of financial constraints she was facing.
She also worked as an actress on a number of films in the 50s but stopped
Yet another famous song of her's was 'Dilla ther ja yaar da nazaraa lein de' which was picturised on Musarat Nazir.
The 78-year-old singer was suffering from prolonged heart ailments for a few years and was living with her sons in West Wood Colony in Lahore.
In a condolence message sent to the deceased singer's family, Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif expressed regret at Khanum's demise and called her a national asset.
He condition turned worse on Saturday after which she was taken to a hospital near her residence where doctors pronounced her dead.
President Mamnoon Hussain in his condolence message recalled her services for performing arts in the country and said that they were unforgettable.
At the height of her career, Ms Khanum married renowned cameraman Riyaz Bokhari and left playback singing for good. Her son Faisal Bokhari is also a known cameraman. Coincidentally, Oct 19 was the death anniversary of her husband. She was born in 1935 in Amritsar. Her family migrated to Lahore after partition. She did not belong to any traditional music ‘gharana’. Singing was her own passion with
'Assan jaan ke meet liye ankh wey' from the movie Heer continues to charm Punjabi music lovers.
Meanwhile, MQM chief Altaf Hussain also sent a condolence message to Khanum's family. He said that Pakistan has lost a talented artist. Khanum began her career as a playback singer in Lollywood in 1951 from the film Billo and was recognised early on for her melodious voice.
performing after settling down. However, she continued her singing career. One of her most remembered song
Hanks's Mary Poppins tale closes London Film Festival
Her funeral prayers will be held on Sunday morning at 10am on Raiwind Road in Lahore.
Violin that played as Titanic sank sells for record $1.5 million
LONDON: A violin that was being played as the Titanic went down was sold for 900,000 pounds ($1.46 million) at auction on Saturday, a record price for memorabilia from the doomed ocean liner. Band leader Wallace Hartley played the instrument, trying to calm passengers as the ship slipped into the frozen waters of the North Atlantic in April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. Hartley's band played the hymn “Nearer, My God, To Thee” as passengers climbed into lifeboats. Hartley and his seven fellow band members all died after choosing to play on. More than 1,500 people died. LONDON: The London Film Festival (LFF) closed on Sunday with the world's first screening of "Saving Mr Banks", the humorous and moving tale of Mary Poppins's adaption for the big screen.
woman of my age who can find no Annoyed by the artificial and joyous roles for women of my age and who world she finds, Travers seeks refuge in suddenly lands one of the best roles she the memories of her tough childhood in has ever been given." Australia.
When Hartley's body was recovered more than 10 days after the disaster, the violin was found in a leather case strapped to him, according to the folklore that has grown up around the event.
Thomson, a two-time Oscar winner for her performances in 1992 film "Howards End" and 1995 release "Sense and Sensibility", is also a screenwriter and was responsible for bringing another housekeeping magician, "Nanny McPhee", to cinema screens.
Here we discover a child's touching relationship with her imperfect but loving father, played by Irish actor Colin Farrell.
It was given back to Hartley's fiance Maria Robinson in England, and, after she died in 1939, it was donated to her local Salvation Army band and later passed on, eventually to the current owner, whose identity has not been disclosed.
"You can be anyone you want to be," he tells her in one scene. To which she replies: "I want to be just like you".
A silver plate on the German-made violin is engraved “For WALLACE on the occasion of our ENGAGEMENT from MARIA”.
Despite the humour running through the film, the flashbacks create a portrait of a vulnerable and melancholic woman orphaned at a young age.
On sale with its case initialled W.H.H, the violin had a guide price of 300,000 pounds, Chrissie Aldridge, of auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son, said.
The film off the film, released in the United States in mid-December, explores the stormy relationship between celebrated Hollywood producer Walt Disney, played by Tom Hanks, and Pamela Lyndon Travers, the Mary Poppins author portrayed on film by British actress Emma Throughout the film, directed by Thompson. John Lee Hancock, Thompson's prickly character rails against attempts to Having fallen under the spell of the modifying her work and rewrite the magical housekeeper, Disney was main characters. determined to obtain rights for turning Poppins's adventures into a film. This obstinance is widely believed to be in tribute to her much-loved But his attempts to convince Travers father, who is thought to be the were systematically met with scathing inspiration behind the Mr Banks responses, with the British author character. unimpressed by the saccharine world of Hollywood and Disney. In one scene, an angry Travers finds her hotel room invaded by fluffy "It's a movie about two cultures Disney toys. coming together and clashing over that one iconic creation," Thompson She takes a stuffed Mickey Mouse explained in a press conference. and sits him in the corner of the room, telling him: "You can stay there until "How could I refuse this role?" you learn the art of subtlety." asked the 54-year-old actress. "A
It is only through sharing his childhood memories that Disney was eventually able to convince Travers, after 14 years of trying. The festival opened on Wednesday with the European premiere of "Captain Phillips", which traces the true story of the captain of a container ship hijacked by Somali pirates.
“It is a record,” she told Reuters after the sale. Asked who had purchased the violin, she would only say: “A British collector.” Rediscovered in 2006, it took specialists such as forensic science experts years to authenticate the instrument. However some people still doubt whether the violin is genuine, believing it could not have survived being submerged in sea water. The auction house said it had attracted interest from collectors all over the world. More than 300,000 people viewed it during a three-month exhibition in the United States.
October 24, 2013
Islamabad Fashion Week
Agencies The third edition of Islamabad Fashion Week was held from October fourth till the sixth at Serena Hotel Islamabad. The three day fashion event was organised under the aegis of the International Pakistan Fashion Council (IPFC) with support from the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). The primary goal of the fashion week is to help inform, empower and encourage designers as well as to promote traditional crafts. More then twenty designers and labels from across the country, as well as from Bangladesh and Malaysia, gathered to showcase their collection during the event.
Cartoon studio founder Lou Scheimer dies
LOS ANGELES: Lou Scheimer, who founded the Filmation animation studio that produced Saturday morning cartoons including ''Fat Albert'' and ''The Archie Show,'' has died. He was 84. Scheimer's wife Mary Ann said Sunday that the man behind the cartoon powerhouse died on Thursday. The Los Angeles Times reported that Scheimer's company was the largest animation operation in the country in the early 1980s by number of employees. Scheimer founded the company in 1962 with a $5,000 loan from his mother-in-law. He won a Daytime Emmy Award as a producer of the 1974-75 season of the ''Star Trek'' animated series. In 1969, the company was sold to a cable operator that was bought by Westinghouse. Scheimer continued to head Filmation but retired several years ago. Filmation was bought by French investors in 1989.
October 24, 2013
Garment-makers for duty-free inputs to maximise exports apparel sector. Even if a part of the imported duty-free raw materials winds up in the domestic market, as is feared by policymakers, it will not hurt any one. The government allows its duty-free fabric import under the DTRE scheme, but it is not feasible for SMEs to avail the scheme.” He said the duty-free import of fabrics was also of crucial importance for value added exporters because of limited dyeing facilities in the country, and the energy, especially of gas, shortages for the industry. Many garment exporters are also disappointed over the delay in the processing of their refunds. “Billions of rupees stuck in sales tax and other refunds have caused a cash flow problem for the industry,” said Pakistan Textile Exporters Association Chairman Sheikh Illyas. He added that few exporters could afford to bear the delay in the release of the refunds.
While the European Union is expected to open up its markets to duty-free imports from Pakistan next year, the country’s garment industry remains far from ready to grab the opportunity. Garment manufacturers claim the government’s restrictive import policies are blocking their access to new raw materials, which they require to diversify their product lines to take full advantage of the duty-free access under the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Plus scheme. According to the Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA), the country could utilise only three textile categories out of the total of 73 that it was given duty-free access to under the EU’s limited, unilateral trade concessions from November last year. “This is because we do not have access to finer, synthetic fabrics used to make products like ladies’ garments, sportswear, etc., which involve high value addition to fetch higher prices. Our garment industry is still forced to produce low value added garments,” said Ijaz Khokhar, a leading exporter from Sialkot and former
chairman of the PRGMEA. “The government must relax the import policy to allow the value added textile industry to get the maximum benefit from the GSP Plus scheme, as the country has no raw material, except for cotton. Producing garments of generation III and IV is still a major challenge, as we are currently making just generation I or II garments, mainly because of the lack of raw material on account of high taxes on import,” he said. “On the other hand, our rivals in Bangladesh are enjoying duty-free import of every raw material and, hence, have increased their value added textile exports to $26 billion, compared with Pakistan’s garment exports of $4.5 billion,” he argued. Khokhar said he had interacted with many Chinese investors who were interested in relocating their manufacturing facilities to Pakistan because of rising labour and other costs in China. “Nonetheless, the Chinese investors too feel impeded by restrictive fabric import regime.” Garment exporters say the local
garment industry comprises small to medium-sized units. Such manufacturers are unable to import the raw material required to diversify their product lines because of their small scale. “We cannot afford to import raw materials even under the duty and tax remission for exporters (DTRE) scheme because of our size. The scheme, like many other such policies, has benefited only the big exporters,” said another garment exporter from Lahore. He said the duty-free import of synthetic blends and cotton fabrics could double the country’s apparel and sportswear exports, as both raw materials are not manufactured domestically. Small trims, carrying no commercial value, should also be made duty-free to reduce delays, and the removal of import duties on raw materials would make our products competitive under the EU’s GSP Plus scheme, he added. Khokhar was of the view that it was imperative for the government to give the value added textile industry across-theboard duty-free access to raw materials.
No exporter has received refunds for two per cent sales tax on purchases of raw material for export since February 2013, while claims from 2010 are still pending as well. Many say the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is delaying refunds to show higher tax collection. Meanwhile, FBR officials say the board is releasing refunds pertaining to the current financial year. Claims from previous years will be cleared only when the government decides to do so, they say. “There are a lot of discrepancies in the refund claims, which we are sorting out. But where genuine claims have been established, we are releasing the refunds,” said an FBR official in Lahore. Khokhar was of the opinion that the bank guarantee system, which was in vogue before the introduction of DTRE, should be revived, at least for the small to medium scale exporters. “This will ensure that exporters are able to import the required fabrics and that they do not face a cash crunch because of stuck up tax refund claims. If any one doesn’t convert duty-free imported fabric into garments for export, the FBR can get his bank guarantee encased.”
“The government should allow a free import mechanism for raw materials for the
Pakistan emerging place to invest in, says Sharif report the council had described “Pakistan as a giant you haven’t considered” for investment. “There are few places in the world today that so uniquely offer the promise of land, geography and people, as does Pakistan,” he said.
WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told a gathering of US investors on Monday that Pakistan was ready to privatise Pakistan Steel, PIA and a number of other industries. During a brief Q & A session, a US businessman asked the prime minister why the Pakistani currency continued to fall. Mr Sharif asked the finance minister to respond and he assured the prospective investors that the government had already taken steps to arrest the decline. “And very soon, the rupee will stabilise at less than 100 to a dollar,” Mr Dar said. Earlier in his address to the USPakistan Business Council, the prime minister urged them to invest in Pakistan. “I know that as business entrepreneurs you are always on the look-out for new markets and sectors for investment,” he said. “I am here to tell you how and why Pakistan is that new and emerging place, to do business with and invest in.” Mr Sharif reminded the businessmen that in a recent
But the prime minister acknowledged that the country also faced a number of daunting challenges. “Acute energy shortages, a week economy and militancy do post huge problems for Pakistan,” he said, but assured prospective investors that his government had a “well thought out policy and plans of action”, to overcome these problems. Besides dealing firmly with the challenges of terrorism and extremism, the government was also “keeping the doors open for those who are willing to be reconciled with”, he said. The prime minister said his government had inherited a broken economy with average GDP growth of 3 per cent in the last five years, lowest investment to GDP at 14 per cent, unbearable federal fiscal deficit of 8.2 per cent, mounting 63.5 per cent public debt to GDP and an all-time low of 8.5 per cent tax-GDP. “Our government has taken immediate stability measures and structural reforms and has embarked upon a clear roadmap of
bringing macro-economic stability in Pakistan in the next three years,” he said. The prime minister said Pakistan was the most urbanised country in South Asia and with over 180 million people, it was also the sixth largest country in the world. “Nearly 60 per cent of our population is under the age of 30, thus offering huge demographic dividends,” he said. By 2025, Pakistan will be one of the six countries in the world with a 100 million strong middle class, ready to seek and afford better lifestyles and living standards, he added. The government had already taken firm decisions on a number of major power projects totalling around 10,000MW that will be able to meet the supply-demand gap in the power sector. Other ambitious projects include the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline, the Iran-Pakistan Gas Pipeline, the Central Asia South Asia-1000 electricity project, Pakistan China Economic Corridor, the Torkham-Jalalabad Road and the Kunar Power Project. The prime minister said that Pakistan’s proximity to two of the world’s largest markets — China and India — placed it right in the middle of where all the action was going to be in the years to come.
He said that the energy that would fuel growth in the region and beyond, was also in abundance not just up north of Pakistan in the largely untapped and locked Central Asia, but also down south in Iran, the Gulf and the Middle East. On the external front, he said, his government was determined to pursue regional peace and security, as its top most priority. “We seek good neighbourly relations with India, Afghanistan and the rest of the countries in the region. “This is why I have reached out to the Indian prime minister and sought to pursue peace and full normalisation of relations with our eastern neighbour,” he said. He said he had also assured Afghan President Karzai that Pakistan would do all it could to support the realisation of peace and stability in Afghanistan. “With the United States, Pakistan wants good relations that can benefit the peoples of both countries,” he said. “It is true that there have been difficulties in the recent past. However, the important thing is that both sides have remained fully engaged, even in that difficult phase. Happily, we have been able to put the relationship back on a stable and upward trajectory.”
October 24, 2013
Lax rules for money transfers Owing to a sharp depreciation of the rupee, the State Bank of Pakistan recently woke up to the problem of flight of capital through the country’s airports. However, the smuggling of dollars is one of many ways, including lax rules, which can be used to transfer money abroad.
used by the rich and the influential to send billions of dollars through ‘legal’ channels during the current crisis. Under the Foreign Exchange Regulations Act (FERA) of 1947, an
slippage of foreign exchange. The e-form is designed to ensure repatriation of export proceeds in foreign exchange to the country, which also provides leverage to the central bank to
The legal transfer of dollars abroad through normal banking channels or authorised dealers has been made possible because of an amendment made in the foreign exchange law during the Musharraf -led government in 2003.
The law was changed to allow resident Pakistanis to keep their foreign exchange earnings for an unlimited period without getting them converted into local currency. And the beneficiaries included many top politicians and other influential people. The rules that relaxed restrictions on transfer of foreign exchange abroad were
There was previously no restriction on the import of gold, which is now capped at 25kg per transaction. Similarly, jewellers have been restricted from selling imported gold in the local market, and they now have to export it within 120 days instead of the earlier 180 days.
Therefore, it is time for the authorities to address the regulatory issues that often contribute to the free fall of the rupee.
The amendment withdrew restrictions on transfer or holding of unlimited amount of foreign exchange. Earlier, as per the 1979 law, one had to surrender his foreign exchange transfers to an authorised dealer for conversion into local currency within a period of three months of receiving or bringing in the same.
some regulations to control the capital flight under a scheme for export of imported gold in the form of value-added gold jewellery that was being misused.
One hopes that these measures will discourage the misuse of the facility. All these devices are different from ‘hundi’ or ‘hawala,’ which are used to take out capital from the country.
individual could not take out of the country an amount of more than $10,000 in cash; whereas the Protection of Economic Reforms Act (PERA) of 1992 prescribes no such limit. Besides, there are some other devices (or loopholes) that facilitate flight of capital abroad as well. For instance, a part of export proceeds in dollars is often retained abroad. And fake e-forms are the principal mode for the
monitor dollar inflows. But the Customs authorities and the central bank are responsible for not initiating inquiry against banks whose stamps are used on these e-forms. And the Customs department ought to verify the genuineness of the e-forms. The over-invoicing of imported goods is another grey area for flight of capital. The government recently introduced
SC seeks record of Nepra’s public hearings
The FBI has estimated that $100 billion in assets of Pakistan’s rich are in foreign countries, while the National Accountability Bureau puts that figure at $500 billion. Experts say these assets are believed to have been built through illegal transfer of money, or retained through over or under-invoicing. The government needs to look into these grey areas and plug loopholes to reduce the pressure on the rupee. Further devaluation will be a serious threat which, if not controlled, will make the national economy more dependent on imports. Depreciation also means increased cost of industrial inputs, particularly for exportoriented industries.—Mubarak Zeb Khan
Murder charges filed in Indian school poisonings PATNA: A school principal and her husband have been charged with murder after 23 children died from eating pesticide-contaminated lunches in July at the school in eastern India, police said Tuesday. The trial of Meena Kumari and her husband is expected to begin soon, said police officer Varun Kumar Sinha. They were arrested and could face the death penalty if convicted. Investigating police officer Raj Kaushal said the principal's husband, opposition lawmaker Arjun Rai, stored pesticide at the school that was for use at his agricultural farm. The charge sheet filed in a court in Bihar state on Sunday said the chef cooked with it by mistake. Both denied the charges and told police there was no deliberate act on their part.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry suggested to the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority Chairman Khawaja Naeem to engage a counsel in this case because it would give a judgment on the process for determination of the tariff. — File Photo
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has had passed on the entire burden of line sought complete record of Nepra’s public losses to the consumers who were regularly hearings about increase in power tariff paying their bills. during August and October. Asking the regulatory authority to work A three-judge bench headed by Chief out a mechanism to determine the tariff, he Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said electricity generated through gas asked the National Electric Power should cost less than that generated using Regulatory Authority Chairman Khawaja oil. Naeem on Tuesday to apprise it if the stakeholders had been given an opportunity It was noted that the government had during the public hearings to participate in withdrawn subsidy on electricity which had the process of determination of power tariff resulted in the tariff hike. or the decision had been taken unilaterally.
peak-hour requirement was 14,300MW. He said about Rs460 billion electricity bills were outstanding, including Rs280bn of the private sector. He said the recovery rate from the industrial sector was 92 per cent, commercial sector 85pc and domestic consumers 75pc. The Pepco official said various ways were being adopted for the recovery of bills.
Mr Naeem said Nepra was trying to The court suggested to the chairman to give relief to the poor. The court issued notice to the attorney engage a counsel in this case because it general to appear on Nov 6. would give a judgment on the process for He said 30 to 40 per cent consumers determination of the tariff. were using less than 50 units per month and the government was charging them Rs2 per The Nepra chief tried to satisfy the unit. bench about the procedure, but the chief justice asked him how the government Pakistan Electric Power Company could intervene in the authority’s affairs. (Pepco) Managing Director Zargham Ishaq He said that the process for determining the Khan said the current power generation tariff should be transparent. during peak hours was 13,000 megawatts The chief justice said the government
and at other times 12,800MW, while the
The school's cooks have told authorities that the principal controlled the food for the government-provided free daily lunch. One of the cooks told police investigators that the cooking oil appeared different than usual, but that the principal told her to use it anyway. The children who died were between ages five and 12. India's midday meal plan is one of the world's biggest school nutrition programs. State governments have the freedom to decide on menus and timings of the meals, depending on local conditions and availability of food rations. It was first introduced in the 1960s in southern India, where it was seen as an incentive for poor parents to send their children to school. Although there have been complaints about the quality of the food served and the lack of hygiene, the incident in Bihar appeared to be unprecedented for the massive food program.
October 24, 2013
Western powers agree on no future role for Assad WESTERN and Arab powers have agreed with Syrian opposition leaders that President Bashar al-Assad should play no future role in government, but they struggled to convince the rebels to attend key peace talks in Geneva next month. The rebels, who met the so-called Friends of Syria group of 11 countries in London, said they would not take part in the Geneva conference in late November if any regime members were there, and insisted that Mr Assad's departure was essential. But a defiant Mr Assad still showed no sign of backing down after a two-and-a-halfyear civil war that has left more than 115,000 people dead, saying that he was ready to run for re-election as president in 2014. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the London meeting had urged the Syrian National Coalition - the main opposition umbrella group - to "commit itself fully" to the so-called Geneva 2 talks. Mr Hague said the Friends of Syria agreed that they would put their "united and collective weight" behind efforts to form a transitional government and that "Assad would play no role in that future government of Syria". US Secretary of State John Kerry took a similar position, saying that Mr Assad had "lost all legitimacy". But he too urged the opposition to go to Geneva, saying Syria was at risk of "implosion" if the civil war continued and said the only alternative to a negotiated settlement was "continued if not increased killing". The Syrian opposition is due to meet at the start of November to finalise their position on the Geneva talks, which are a follow-up to a peace conference held in the Swiss city in June 2012.
transitional period and for Assad to go," said Mr Jarba, speaking in Arabic through a translator. He added that there "must not be any people there that will represent the Syrian people except the group that is here". Mr Jarba also rejected hints by Mr Hague and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius that Iran could play a role if it backs the plan for a transitional government. The London talks grouped Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates and the United States, together with Syrian opposition leaders.
The head of the national coalition, Ahmad Jarba, appeared to be in no mood to compromise on his demands.
Notably absent from the London's meeting is key Syria ally Russia, which has dismissed such gatherings in the past, soying they do not represent all Syrian people.
"There will not be negotiations at all without making sure that this meeting, Geneva 2, is basically to make sure there's a
Mr Hague and Mr Kerry warned of the need to bolster moderate forces in Syria, where Islamist rebel groups linked to al-
Qa'ida are gaining strength at the expense of the more secular Free Syrian Army. "The longer this conflict goes on, the more sectarian it becomes and the more extremists are able to take hold, that is why we are making this renewed effort to get the Geneva peace process going," Mr Hague said. The United States and Russia have been trying to organise the Geneva conference on the heels of the deal they reached for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons in the wake of a deadly poison gas attack in August widely blamed on Damascus. But Mr Assad dealt an early blow to peace hopes, saying in an interview yesterday that the factors are not in place for the conference to succeed. "No time has been set, and the factors are not yet in place if we want (Geneva 2) to succeed," Mr Assad told Lebanon-based panArab satellite channel Al-Mayadeen, adding that there was no guarantee about "which
forces are taking part". Mr Assad also gave no hint of releasing his grip on power. "I don't see any reason why I shouldn't run in the next election," he declared. Meanwhile Sigfrid Kaag, the chief of the United Nations and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons joint mission, said that the Syrian government had so far "fully cooperated" in destroying its massive chemical arsenal. Analysts said Mr Assad looked increasingly strong, having managed to stave off possible Western military action in retaliation for the gas attacks. "It's no mistake he's feeling more confident than ever," said Shadi Hamid, director of research for the Brookings Doha Centre.
US policy on Kashmir unchanged WASHINGTON: The United States has refused to endorse Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s call for internationalising the Kashmir dispute and has urged him to stay engaged with India for resolving this issue. Previewing Mr Sharif’s meeting with US President Barack Obama on Wednesday, senior administration officials acknowledged that the United States and Pakistan had, and would continue to, discuss the drone strikes in Fata but only as part of a larger security issue. “On Kashmir, our policy has not changed an iota,” said one of the officials while briefing the media. Reiterating America’s traditional position on Kashmir, the official said it was for India and Pakistan to determine the “pace, scope and character of their dialogue on Kashmir”. During a stopover in London on Sunday, Mr Sharif sought US intervention in resolving the Kashmir dispute. The official said the Obama-Sharif meeting would focus on bilateral relationship, including energy, economy and extremism, Pakistan’s relations with India and Afghanistan would also figure in the talks.
Pakistan’s relations with India, he said, would also come up at some point. “We have been very encouraged by steps that both India and Pakistan have taken.” The US administration, he said, was encouraged by the steps the two countries had taken to resolve issues on trade. ‘Common enemy’ “We anticipate that Prime Minister Sharif is likely to raise our efforts against terrorist networks. I think this will be part of what has been an ongoing strategic dialogue with Pakistan — the issue of security and counter-terrorism cooperation. “We need to work together to address this difference. We continue to work closely with Pakistan… to make sure that they have the support and capacity to conduct counter-terrorism operation. “It is clear that both countries have a common enemy and a common cause in the problem of violent extremists. Pakistan has suffered at the hands of terrorists. We need to have a concerted and coordinated effort to deal with this problem.”
Funding of JuD “We want to hear from him, what his priorities are and much of this would be a dialogue." Iran pipeline “On this issue in particular our position has been quite clear for many years now — the US is helping Pakistan to address its energy issues in a variety of ways.” Talks with TTP “This is an internal matter for Pakistan. We look forward to hearing from prime minister on what their plans are, the negotiations that are occurring in what time frame, but that is part of the overall critical shared discussion that we have on countering and ending terrorism and helping Pakistan achieve a more stable and prosperous role. Senior Obama officials said that besides focusing on countering violent extremism, the US was equally interested in Pakistan’s economic growth.
About the question of how it (militancy) is seen differently, there were obvious differences in the perspective between United States’ traditional concerns, historically US’s concern on Al Qaeda, Kabul’s concerns on the Haqqani network and the Afghan Taliban, Islamabad’s concerns on the Pakistani Taliban, separatists coming into Balochistan.
“We remain committed to growth in the private sector — this would be the core area of the relationship, economic and energy progress outside of the traditional area,” he said.
“We will continue to show our interest in a strong sovereign Afghanistan, which is prosperous, given that we have to conclude the combat mission in Afghanistan by the end of next year.”
“So across that border there is clearly different perspective, even with the cross-border militant issue on that border alone, not to mention the issues with India.
Pakistan’s economic growth would be a core area of discussion between US and Pakistani teams, the official said.
The United States, he said, was keen to learn how Pakistan viewed the recent developments in Afghanistan and “what they would like it to be a post-2014 presence of Nato in Afghanistan”.
“So I think, the idea is to, when we say cross border militancy, that the problem exists in many directions from both sides and to approach it from that different perspective.”
“We would continue to support a strong sovereign Afghanistan. There will be discussion how Pakistan sees the post-2014 Afghanistan,” the official said.
The official said that the US viewed its relationship with Pakistan as “a very realistic and pragmatic partnership, one that would remain focused on people’s interest”.
“The fact that the visit would focus on many areas of economic and energy progress, outside the security area of discussion, is important in itself,” he added.
October 24, 2013
US media reports underline new warmth in Pakistan ties WASHINGTON / NEW YORK: There is an air of optimism and hope in Washington for improvement in Pakistan-US relations, considered key to regional security and stability, ahead of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s official talks with President Barack Obama. Official statements and media reports indicate a warm tone for Wednesday’s White House meeting between the two leaders. “For a variety of reasons, there’s a bit more optimism and hope in the relationship, I think, on both sides than there has been for a while,” a senior US State Department official told The Washington Post. Both sides have expressed similar sentiments on the future of the relationship, which ebbed to an unprecedented low point in 2011 with a string of unsavoury episodes. “There were hiccups in 2011 and 2012, but we truly believe things are getting better,” Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz said. The two countries, though, still have to deal with contentious issues like the Obama administration’s ongoing, if diminished, drone strikes against suspected terrorists on Pakistani territory, allegations of cross-border militancy and concerns about the future of Afghanistan after 2014. Pakistani and American experts on South Asia say the two sides must build trust as they go forward into a new phase in their relationship. “But neither country wants to return to the rollercoaster relations that touched bottom in 2011, when a US raid in Pakistan killed Osama bin Laden and a Nato air strike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers near the country’s border with Afghanistan,” the Post remarked. Islamabad’s support for Afghan reconciliation and availability of its overland routes are considered crucial to a smooth withdrawal of American combat troops from landlocked Afghanistan by the end of next year. The Post report says that compared to Mr Sharif’s last visit to Washington in 1999 he is now a much stronger political leader. “On Sunday, Prime Minister Sharif returns here for an
official visit in a far more secure position. He was elected in May in Pakistan’s first-ever transfer of power from one civilian government to another; his party holds a firm parliamentary majority.” In order to reflect and encourage the improvement in relations, the Obama administration has moved to speed up the release of more than $1 billion in previously approved military and economic assistance as well as promised compensation to the Pakistani military for counter-terrorism expenses. According to the paper, US officials acknowledge that Mr Sharif, who has adopted a clear stand on the drone issue, has sent numerous signals that he is ready to reduce tensions. In late June, they credited his government with helping nudge the Afghan Taliban to Qatar for an attempt to jumpstart peace talks between the militant group and Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government. On Afghanistan, both countries have their own respective concerns. Pakistan worries about whether post-war Afghanistan will be stable and wellfinanced enough to prosper.
The New York Times observed in a report that the White House had set a warm tone for the meeting, officially stating that it would highlight the “resilience of the US-Pakistan relationship” and cooperation on trade and economic development, regional stability and the fight against extremism. A report in the paper said the relations had been gradually improving since the 2011 events. Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, defended the US assistance for Pakistan, saying renewed aid was “part of a long process of restarting security assistance cooperation after implementation was slowed during the bilateral challenges of 2011 and 2012”. “US security assistance continues to build the counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism capabilities of Pakistan’s security forces, which is critical to countering violence in the western border regions,” Ms Harf told the paper in an email. The spokeswoman added that civilian aid had “continued uninterrupted”. The aid, she stressed, had “delivered real results on the issues most important to Prime Minister Sharif and all Pakistanis: energy, education and economic growth”. —APP
If security tops the Obama administration’s agenda, Pakistan’s economy tops Mr Sharif’s, US officials say.
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AVOCADO Recipe Recipe: A salad of creamy avocados pulp, fresh tomato chopped, and fresh cut small portion of red onion, Balsamic vinegar (medium blend), one table spoon, olive oil one table spoon(extra virgin) ½ table spoon fresh lemon juice, pinch of salt and pepper mix them and make a paste. . Enjoy the taste and get the benefit of all the ingredients
I like as spread on Rye Bread Or just as it is Avocado: Scrape the creamy greenish pulp from the outer skin and throw the seed
Recipe : Note: If you find green colour hard avocado only, then you have to leave it in a paper bag for few days till they become black and tender. lemon juice, (fresh lemon) Extra-virgin olive oil 1 hot red or green pepper, minced (optional) Add salt according to your taste Pepper ½ tea spoon I like Garlic paste tea spoon( It has lot of benefits)
October 24, 2013
PM says drone raids must be halted
WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that he would urge the United States to end drone strikes which he described as a major irritant in USPakistan relations. Mr Sharif meets President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday, his first with the US leader in his third tenure as Pakistan’s prime minister. In a speech at the US Institute of Peace, he also said that India and Pakistan had a “common destiny” and they had no option but to resolve their differences peacefully. Mr Sharif told an audience of US think-tank experts and policy-makers that US drone strikes had “deeply disturbed and agitated our people” and that’s why in his very first statement to Parliament, he had “reiterated our strong commitment to ensuring an end to the drone attacks.” The prime minister recalled that at a recent conference in Islamabad, the country’s political parties had declared that the use of drones was “not only a continued violation of our territorial integrity, but also detrimental to our resolve and efforts at eliminating terrorism from our country”. India: During a brief Q & A session, Mr Sharif said improving relations with India was his “favourite” topic and in 1999, he
took a major step towards this goal by inviting the then Indian prime minister to Lahore. “We share a common history, as well as a common destiny. Our past and our future are inter-twined. Pakistan is happy to see the people of India live in peace and security,” the prime minister said. “The people of Pakistan want to resolve all outstanding issues with India, through dialogue and negotiations.” Mr Sharif said there were areas where India and Pakistan could make quick progress and could also normalise trade relations. He said his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month in New York reflected his desire for a quick improvement in ties. “I am confident that we can overcome challenges and find solutions to all issues, as long as we stay engaged. In any case, we do not want isolated incidents to interrupt our dialogue.” Pakistan, he said, had a simple message for India: Future prosperity and economic development in South Asia depend on peace and security in the region. Therefore, all of us have a stake in working for these noble objectives, for our own sake, as well as for the sake of our future generations.
“It is about time that the two sides addressed their bilateral issues with utmost seriousness, in order to avail themselves of the historic opportunity of devoting their energies and resources, to development and betterment of their teeming millions,” Mr Sharif said. The prime minister said had India and Pakistan not wasted their precious resources in a never-ending arms race, “we would not only have avoided the futile conflicts, but also emerged as stable and prosperous nations.” Afghanistan: Turning to another key neighbouring state, Mr Sharif said that a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan was in Pakistan’s vital interest. “Our efforts are, therefore, focused on helping the stabilisation of Afghanistan, which is going through a vitally important phase, with security and political transition underway,” he said. “Pakistan wishes these landmark transitions to be completed peacefully and smoothly.” Pakistan also wished the international community to remain engaged in supporting Afghanistan’s reconstruction and economic development. As an essential element of its policy, Pakistan strongly supports an inclusive,
Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process, he said. Mr Sharif said that during Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s recent visit to Islamabad, he assured him that Pakistan “wishes neither to interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs, nor do we have any favourites.” Pakistan, he said, was also trying to upgrade relations with Afghanistan, in all spheres. “My own vision is that it should be defined by a strong trade and economic partnership.” The prime minister reminded the audience that besides hosting millions of Afghan refugees for decades, Pakistan was also extending assistance worth more than $450 million for Afghanistan’s reconstruction and capacity-building, with special focus on infrastructure, health and education sectors. Pakistan has also decided to extend the Karachi-Peshawar highway up to Kabul as its modest contribution to bringing Afghanistan into the regional economic hub. “We believe that we can work with Afghanistan for enhanced regional and economic cooperation that would establish and reinforce regional trade, energy and communication corridors.
Published on Oct 23, 2013
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