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Peace, a precondition for fair polls

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he law and order situation in Pakistan remains uncertain, as the country is facing a severe threat from terrorists due to its firm stance and efforts against militancy. The miscreants always try to exploit situations wherein they could target innocent people while following their nefarious designs. The time for holding elections is so near. It is an obvious apprehension that the militants could cause human and property losses to the nation. Keeping in view the same threat, a high level meeting chaired by Chief Election Commissioner, Justice (retd) Fakhr-ud-Din G Ibrahim, was held in Islamabad. The meeting examined the security situation in the country in addition to reviewing the electoral process and ballot papers availability everywhere. Speaking on the occasion, the chief election commissioner said that they have completed all the arrangements for holding free and fair elections. However he expressed concerns over the law and order situation, saying that the security threats can harm the process leading to establishment of a democratic government. He urged the government to take stringent measures to ensure peace and calm during the elections, as he said the holding of free, fair and transparent elections depends upon the law and order. The chief election commissioner is right to say that fairness of elections could not be ensured until people freely come to cast their votes at the polling stations due to fear of any untoward incident. The government, no doubt, has been conscous of the fact. It has taken steps in this regard. However, the matter needs to be taken as of a more serious concern. The government shoud ensure law and order in the whole country, so that this eventual time could bring a happy development in shape of a democratically elected government. Pakistan Army will play a very important role to maintain peace during the polling. Seventy thousand troops will be deputed at the polling stations to serve for law and order. It is a very

significant move, as the fears of rigging can never be ruled out if disturbances, created by lawlessness and hussle and bustle, prevail at polling stations. The pollling scheme has reportedly been finalised that show the election commission is keenly performing its job. The authorities concerned are showing their vigilance with respect to their efforts for a successful passage through the electoral process. Nevertheless, the apprehension of sabotaging bids on the part of militants cannot be ignored or underestimated. In this regard, besides the government the general masses will also have to be alert. This is a time that the nation has to decide its fate. So, it demands of them to forge unity against all the elements who want to extract their personal gains out of the time or plan to target political leaders as well as innocent public. Several polling stations have been declared sensitive in terms of the security situation. The cooperation of general public with the army personnel deployed on various polling stations and other officials performing their duty to maintain peace is a must. A very important point on the other hand that the people need to think on is the election of fair candidates as leaders. Every party, contesting elections, has risen with various sweet slogans and lucrative promises. But the masses need to asses these slogans and promises, as these should not play a bait to allure them towards casting votes for an insuitable person or party. Every individual has his weight and substance when it comes to electing someone, so everyone needs to decide whome to vote after thinking very wisely. It is an undeniable factor that holding of elections in a peaceful environment will be a success of not only the caretaker government bul also of the masses, as this will be a defeat of militants who want to create a division in the nation. Whatever the circumstances are or what may come, the electios must be free, fair and transparent without any mishap.

Pakistan Army will play a very important role to maintain peace during the polling. Seventy thousand troops will be deputed at the polling stations to serve for law and order. It is a very significant move, as the fears of rigging can never be ruled out if disturbances, created by lawlessness and hussle and bustle, prevail at polling stations.

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Pakistan protests unprovoked firing on Gursal post DNA ISLAMABAD

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he Afghan Charge d’Affaires was summoned to the Foreign Office the other day to convey the protest of the government of Pakistan on unprovoked firing from the Afghan posts at Pakistan’s Gursal post. Two Frontier Constabulary (FC) soldiers had got injured as a result of the heavy fire directly targeting the

China is Pakistan’s allweather friend, says Alavi

post. Pakistan security forces exercised maximum restraint and communicated first to the Afghan side about this serious violation through military channels. The Afghan Charge d’Affaires was conveyed serious concern over this violation as a result of which 2 FC soldiers were injured. This is not the first time that the heavy fire was initiated from the Afghan side causing heavy injury and damage to the Pakistani structures. The Afghan Charge

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aretaker Chief Minister Sindh Justice (retd) Zahid Kurban Alavi has said Pakistan and China are all-weather friends and the ties between the two countries have consolidated in these testing times. He expressed these views during a call-on by Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Liu Jian and his team at the CM House the other day. The Consul General of China in Karachi, Pan Qing Jiang, and Principal Secretary to the Sindh CM Naveed Kamran Baloch were also present on the occasion, said a statement. Justice (retd) Zahid Kurban Alavi said that both the countries had longstanding friendly relations, and China had always assisted Pakistan in various sectors. Gwadar Port is one of the vibrant examples of this friendship, he added. Commenting on the general election-2013, Alavi told the Chinese ambassador that the caretaker setup had pledged to organise fair, free and transparent elections and for this purpose, every possible step was being taken.

d’Affaires was asked to convey the government of Pakistan’s concern to the authorities in Afghanistan to timely share information with Pakistan military as per agreed procedure and avoid repeated violations which grossly undermine the existing coordination mechanisms between the security forces of the two countries. Pakistan believes that such incidents are vitiating the friendly relations and creating avoidable tension between the two brotherly countries.

redible and acceptable elections on May 11 are of tremendous importance not only for Pakistan but also for the United Kingdom. This was stated by British High Commissioner Adam Thomson the other day following the announcement of a 25 member UK election observer mission for Pakistan here at the High Commission. The UK election observer mission will be one of the largest international observation teams and would be deployed throughout Pakistan. Replying to a question about the importance of democratic process of Pakistan, he said: “We are committed to supporting Pakistan to develop its democracy, as credible elections that are acceptable to the people of Pakistan are the key to achieving our shared vision of a prosperous and stable Pakistan.” He said that elections in 2013 would mark the first democratic transfer of power from the civilian government to another in Pakistan’s history, adding: “Elections 2013 are the clearest opportunity Pakistan

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hief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Pakistan Michael Gahler, raised his serious concerns about the increased levels of violence against certain political parties during a visit to Peshawar on 2 May. Gahler reiterated his call, when visiting Karachi last week, on state authorities to do their utmost to pro-

tect the lives of candidates and citizens and safeguard the democratic process. “The targeted attacks on certain political parties and their supporters in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan are not only affecting these parties by distorting the playing field. In fact, every attack is an assault on the democratic process as a whole, and on the right of citizens to have an equal say in their governance. I welcome the efforts of Pakistan’s state authorities to pro-

vide security for the elections, and I urge all stakeholders to do everything within their means to stand up against the violence and provide for citizens to exercise their democratic rights without fear.” Said Chief Observer Michael Gahler. During his visit Gahler met with provincial government officials, the election administration, political candidates and representatives from civil society from Khyber Pakthunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

has to consolidate and deepen its democracy.” “The United Kingdom firmly believes that democratic continuity and consolidation are not only vital for Pakistan’s own well being but are also the key to ever stronger and deeper relations between our two countries,” Thomson said.He said the international observers are a common feature in elections throughout the world, including in the UK. The British High Commissioner said that observers play a central role in creating voter’s confidence, deterring electoral fraud and observing the credibility of the election process.

President announces US$ 1m for quake affectees in China DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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resident Asif Ali Zardari has announced a cash donation of US$ 1 million for the rehabilitation of the people affected by the earthquake, which struck recently Sichuan Province of the People’s Republic of China.

PESHAWAR: European Union election observers mission meeting with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Caretaker Chief Minister Justice (retd) Tariq Pervez Khan. DA Desk


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President confers Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam upon Chinese ambassador BUREAU REPORT KARACHI

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resident Asif Ali Zardari decorated Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Mr Liu Jian with the award of Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam during a special investiture ceremony held at Bilawal House the other day. The President conferred the award on Mr Liu Jian in recognition of his pivotal role in further cementing and expanding the already existing strategic friendship between Pakistan and China and for his untiring efforts to enhance mutual cooperation between the two countries in diverse fields. The investiture ceremony was attended among others by Chief Minister Sindh, Justice (Retd) Zahid Qurban Alvi, Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar, foreign secretary Mr. Jalil Abbas Jillani, ministers, members of diplomatic community, senior officials of Chinese embassy

and other senior officials. The citation read on the occasion said that that Mr. Liu Jian has played a pivotal role in furthering, strengthening and expanding the strategic friendship between Pakistan and China during his three years tenure of duty in Pakistan and that the Ambassador devoted his energies to forge ties in the field of Defence, strategic relations, culture, sports, peopleto-people contacts. Gwadar Port Project, which is a hall mark of PakChina Strategic Partnership, was handed over to Chinese Company during the Ambassador’s tenure, the citation said. Mr Liu Jian being a great friend of Pakistan would be remembered for his commitment to strengthen the bilateral relations in diversified fields, the citation adds. “In recognition of his meritorious services to the cause of strengthening Pak-China relations, the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan is pleased to

confer the award of Hilal-i-Quaid-iAzam on Mr. Liu Jian, the Chinese ambassador to Pakistan.” Later, Chinese Ambassador Mr. Liu Jian also called on the President and discussed matters relating to Pak-China bilateral relations. Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the President while congratulating the Chinese ambassador on the conferment of the award of Hilali-Quaid-i-Azam , appreciated the invaluable contributions made by him during his three years tenure as ambassador in Pakistan to further strengthen the time tested friendship between Pakistan and China and brining the two countries further closer. The President said that the high level visits and frequent interaction between the leadership of the two countries were a testimony of Liu Jian’s untiring efforts to further enhance the close and brotherly ties between our two countries.

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Pak, China working jointly for development, peace: Liu Jian DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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hina has a dream and the dream will be translated into reality when we will complete the process of modernising our country by the mid of this century, said Chinese Ambassador Liu Jian. He stated this while addressing the prize distribution ceremony of the 12th Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Students, which was arranged by Confucius Institute Islamabad and Embassy of the People’s Republic of China here at National University of Modern Languages (NUML). Liu said, “This is the dream of every citizen of China and everyone of us making one’s best possible efforts for achieving this dream. We also have a dream about Pakistan and we are going to merge both the dreams. Under this dream we are working jointly for

the economic, commercial, cultural development as well as peaceful coexistence in this region.” He said that this Chinese Bridge competition is a bridge between China and Pakistan and will help the people of both the nations understand an enriched cultural, social, literary and academic heritage of the host society. Liu told the students that good grasp and understanding of Chinese language will open you a new window of opportunities. Besides all this, Pakistan and China cooperated with each other in all critical and testing moments to demonstrate the world that Pak-China friendship is higher than the mountains and deeper than the oceans, he added. Earlier to this, speaking on the occasion, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman Pak-China Institute, said that the model of Pak-China friendship is unique in the world in a sense that both countries are different in size, population, culture and even in

belief but still their friendship is exemplified. It is exemplified because they developed their relations on certain principles. Mushahid said that Chinese dream is a dream of economic stability, peaceful coexistence and strategic harmony where no one is high lord or no body is underdog. Efforts of NUML and Confucius institute in promoting relations in the field of language and culture are admirable, he added. Moreover, speaking at the occasion, Rector NUML Maj Gen (Retd) Masood Hasan said, “The aim of this competition is to arouse enthusiasm of students in various countries in learning Chinese and strengthen the understanding of Chinese Language and Culture. We understand that by holding such kinds of international activities, it not only exposes our students to Chinese culture and language but also enhances in them the good will for Chinese people.”

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan China Institute Chairman Mushahid Hussain Sayed addressing a function after ‘Chinese Bridge Competition’, held by NUML. DA

Roundtable on relations

‘Pak, Azerbaijan friends and brothers’ DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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mbassador of Azerbaijan, Dashgin Shikarov has said that Pakistan and Azerbaijan are more than friends, they are brothers. He was speaking at a roundtable on “Pakistan-Azerbaijan Relations” organised by the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS) here the other day to commemorate the contribution of former president of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev, to the Pak-Azerbaijan relations on the occasion of his 90th birth anniversary. Ambassador Shikarov highlighted that the Pak-Azerbaijan friendship was founded by two great leaders of the two countries, Heydar Aliyev and Benazir Bhutto. He expressed his gratitude for Pakistan ’s unequivocal support to Azerbaijan over its territorial dispute with neighboring Armenia. He added that Azerbaijan also extended its full support to Pakistan over Kashmir and that the Heydar Aliyev Foundation had also constructed a

school in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) that was destroyed in the 2005 earthquake. Dr Ilham Mammadov, First Secretary at the Embassy of Azerbaijan said territories occupied by Armenia, but also put Azerbaijan on a path of development that has resulted in an unprecedented economic growth. Dr Mammadov stated that Heydar Aliyev knew the spirit of Pakistan that is why he reached out to Pakistan and Turkey for friendship after assuming charge. ww He called relations between Pakistan and Azerbaijan brotherly and strategic. He added that National Bank of Pakistan was the first foreign bank to be allowed to open a branch in Azerbaijan.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan China Institute Chairman Mushahid Hussain Sayed giving away awards to students at ‘Chinese Bridge Competition’, held by NUML. DA


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Korean ambassador, Wapda chairman discuss power projects BUREAU REPORT LAHORE

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mbassador of South Korea to Pakistan Mr Choong Joo Choi called on Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas Shah here at WAPDA House and discussed with him the ways and means to enhance cooperation among Korean firms and WAPDA in water and hydropower sectors. Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman said that WAPDA is implementing a comprehensive plan for optimal utilisation of the water and hydropower resources in view of increasing needs of water and electricity in the country. Appris-

Burney rejects accusations of Sarabjit’s sister DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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uman rights activist Ansar Burney has turned down the allegations of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh’s sister Dalbir Kaur. Dalbir Kaur had claimed that Burney demanded Rs 25 crore from her to ensure Sarabjit’s release from Pakistan. Denying Dalbir Kaur’s claims, Burney tweeted, “I was shocked to hear nonsense & false accusation by Dalbir Kaur, sister of Sarbajit Singh, I was the one who helped her every time. I feel a lot of pain by her false & slanderous allegations since I always tried to help her family and her brother on humanitarian grounds.” Burney also accused Dalbir Kaur of politicizing the issue. “I am very surprised rather shocked that she is politicizing the matter which was purely treated as matter of human rights by me. How can I ask for any demand in lieu of her brother’s release when I am not holding any ministry or authority to do so at present,” he tweeted. “How can I ask for any demand from a lady from whom even I have never asked for a cup of tea and for whose family I was helping on humanity,” burney added. He also said this may be a conspiracy to defame him. “That is what I am wondering about, there might be some hidden agenda or hidden forces behind all this to defame me,” he tweeted. Dalbir Kaur had blamed human rights activist Ansar Burney had demanded Rs 25 crore to help Sarabjit. “Had I paid Rs 25 crore to Ansar Burney, Sarabjit would have returned to India. I am poor so could not pay him. Burney had told me that at least pay Rs 2 crore to get Sarabjit. He told him that if I will give him the money in the morning, Sarabjit will be released by evening,” she said.

ing the Ambassador of more than 20 projects with cumulative power generation capacity of 20,000 lowcost electricity and water storage capacity of about 12 million acre feet, he said that these projects offer excellent investment opportunities to the foreign as well as local firms because of their high rate of returns. Referring to the two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) signed among Korean firms, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and WAPDA in December last year for developing the 496 MW-Lower Spat Gah Hydropower Project and the 665 MW-Lower Palas Valley Hydropower Project in public private partnership mode, the Chairman said that Korean financial institu-

tions and construction companies will also be facilitated in accordance with the laws to join other

projects in water and hydropower sectors. He expressed the hope that the

level of cooperation among Korean firms and WAPDA will be further enhanced in the days to come.

US names new AfPak envoy MONITORS REPORT WASHINGTON

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S Secretary of State John Kerry the other day named James Dobbins, an experienced diplomat with a history of difficult assignments from Kosovo to Somalia, as his special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan. “This is a pivotal moment for both Afghanistan and Pakistan, with interconnected political, security and economic transitions already under way in Afghanistan, and Pakistani elections just days away, marking an important and historic democratic transition,” Kerry said in a statement released by the State Department. Dobbins, 70, a former assistant secretary of state for European affairs and ambassador to the European Union, is expected to confront a fraught relationship between Washington and Islamabad, as well as a rapidly

dwindling American military presence in Afghanistan. The special representative post was first held by Richard Holbrooke, a flamboyant diplomat who assembled an extensive staff at the State Department and threw himself into a broad range of political and development issues in Afghanistan. After Holbrooke’s death in December 2010, the job went to Marc Grossman, another career diplomat who devoted his tenure to efforts, ultimately fruitless, to negotiate a political settlement with the Taliban. Grossman is said to have deliberately cultivated a lower profile than Holbrooke, scaling back his staff and negotiating behind closed doors. Dobbins, who is currently the director of the RAND International Security and Defence Policy Center, a Washington-based think-tank, has plenty of experience with diplomatic troubleshooting, including in Afghanistan.

During the Bill Clinton and George Bush administrations, he served as an envoy to Bosnia, Kosovo and Haiti, as well as to Somalia, where he oversaw the withdrawal of American troops. After the terrorist attacks of Sept 11, Bush appointed him as the American representative to the Afghan opposition, and he took part in the Bonn

conference in late 2001, at which a new post-Taliban Afghan government was named. Secretary Kerry said he had made it a priority to find the right person for the job, adding Dobbins would “continue building on diplomatic efforts to bring the conflict to a peaceful conclusion.”

Pakistan welcomes new appointment DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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akistan has welcomed the appointment of new US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan and hoped that the appointment would help improve their joint efforts to establish peace, stability and prosperity in the region. US Secretary of State John Kerry named James Dobbins, a career diplomat, as the new special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. “The Government of Pakistan welcomes the appointment of Ambassador James F Dobbins, who enjoys the reputation of a seasoned US diplomat and is merited with vast and valuable experience in conflict resolution and management,” the Foreign Ministry

said. As the first special envoy for Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban in December 2001, Dobbins will take up a post left vacant in December when Marc Grossman stepped down. Secretary of State John Kerry said that he called leaders in Islamabad and Kabul on Friday to let them know former ambassador James Dobbins, a career diplomat who has served in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Haiti, will be the new special envoy. As the first special envoy, Dobbins represented Washington at the Bonn Conference that helped establish a new Afghan government. American and NATO troops have planned their exit from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 following a bloody and costly war that has entered its 12th year. Washington has been

seeking a positive Pakistani role in this process and beyond. A career foreign service officer, who turned 71 by the end of this month, Dobbins was special envoy for Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti and Somalia under the administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He also served as assistant secretary of state for European affairs as well as special assistant to the president for the Western Hemisphere. He is director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the Rand Corporation, a think tank in Washington DC. Kerry said, “This is a pivotal moment for both Afghanistan and Pakistan, with interconnected political, security and economic transitions already underway in Afghanistan, and Pakistani elections just days away, marking an important and historic democratic transition.”


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ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting Arif Nizami addressing foreign journalists. DA

Foreign media to be facilitated for polls coverage DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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inister for Information and Broadcasting Arif Nizami has said that foreign journalists would be facilitated in 20 cities of the country for the coverage of general elections. Talking to foreign journalists in Islamabad the other day‚ he said that security is a big challenge but elections would be held in a free and fair manner with the cooperation of security agencies. He said arrangements have been made to meet any untoward incident. The minister said there are 3000 sensitive polling stations.

Pre-1947 Pakistani settlers to be approached for investment in country DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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n an apparent bid to formulate investment policy for Pakistanis, who left the country during partition, a parliamentary panel the other day decided to engage people from all provinces to establish contacts with those Pakistanis and to convince them to invest in the country. The Senate Sub-committee on Commerce that met with Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja in the parliament house said different countries in the world engaged their citizens and brought them back to the country to increase investment and to boost economic activities. Therefore they said focus should be shifted on those Pakistanis who left the country during partition of the subcontinent and established their businesses abroad. Chairman of the committee, Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja said we have the example of China before us which called back its citizens who had established their businesses abroad and at the request of their government they establish businesses in their homeland. Through this mechanism, the Chinese government provided strong support to their economy and today they are an economic power, he said.

PM for hassle-free Hajj arrangements DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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rime Minister Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has directed the Ministry of Religious Affairs to make all necessary arrangements for the upcoming Hajj so that the intending pilgrims could perform the religious obligation in a hassle-free manner with full devotion.

He issued the directive to Shahzada Jamal Nazir, Minister for Religious Affairs, who called on him here at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat. The minister apprised the Prime Minister about arrangements made by the ministry in connection with the upcoming Hajj. The Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction over the arrangements. Prime Minister Khoso further directed the minister to impress upon the religious leaders and Ulema to play their role in creating religious harmony among various segments of the society.

Afghan president calls for close relations with Pakistan n Afghanistan not to recognise Durand Line MONITORS REPORT KABUL

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fghan President Hamid Karzai has called for close and friendly relations with the neighboring Pakistan following a recent border clash between the two countries that left one person dead and five others injured. “Once again I am calling on Pakistan to choose t h e

way of friendship,” Karzai said at a press conference in Kabul the other day. He stressed that Pakistan could never force Afghanistan into recognizing the 1893 British-mandated Durand Line between the two countries. “The neighbor should stop thinking that it could coerce Afghanistan into negotiations on the Durand Line issue,” the Afghan president stated. Also in an oblique reference to Pakistan, Karzai called on the Taliban to fight Afghanistan’s enemies. “Instead of de- stroying their own country, they should turn their weapons against places where plots are m a d e

against Afghan prosperity,” he noted. “They should stand with this young man who was martyred and defend their soil,” Karzai said of the Afghan border policeman allegedly killed by Pakistani troops late on Wednesday. The incident has sparked angry protests in a number of Afghan provinces, including Kabul, Nangarhar, Uruzgan, Nuristan and Kunar. Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been sour ever since Pakistan was established in 1947 at the end of British colonial rule over India. The latest tensions between the neighboring states are focused on Pakistan’s building of a military gate, which Afghan officials say is inside Afghanistan. The so-called Durand Line, which cuts through ethnic Pashtun lands, is recognized by Pakistan, but not by Afghanistan.

Int’l observers arrive to monitor elections DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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o monitor 2013 elections from gender perspective, a team of international gender expert observers (IOs) has arrived in Pakistan. The team of female gender expert international observers will be deployed to their respective observation stations to observe the electoral process from a gender perspective on 10 May. 50 female observers from Pakistan, who have been recruited and appointed as election observers by the Aurat Foundation, will join the IOs. A team of gender expert observers includes the Deputy Head of the Mission, Magda de Meyer, who was previously the Deputy Head of the GEM Mission Pakistan (2008), Tunisia (2011) and Libya (2012), and Ann Wilkens, political analyst and former Ambassador of Sweden to Pakistan and others.

KARACHI: Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Mustafa Babur Hizlan meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari at Bilawal House. DA Desk


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German media men come to Pakistan to observe election ISLAMABAD: Representatives of Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunization (GAVI) meeting with Caretaker Federal Minister for Education & Training and Focal Person for Health Dr. Sania Nishter. DA

‘US to strengthen Pakistan’s dairy economy BUREAU REPORT LAHORE

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cting US Consul Jeffrey N Bakken reiterated the US Government’s continued support for Pakistan’s rural and dairy economy while speaking at the International Conference on Institutions, Growth and Development in Lahore. The conference is collaboration between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Dairy project and the Government College University (GCU).

“The conference demonstrates the significant role the U.S. Government is playing in boosting Pakistan’s economy through our support for dairy, livestock and agriculture sectors,” stated Acting Consul General Jeffrey Bakken while addressing conference participants. Through economic growth programs, including the Dairy Project, USAID will increase employment and incomes for 250,000 farm households and over two million people by 2015. This threeyear, $14 million project, will impact the lives of 9,000 small dairy farmers by enhancing their productivity and resulting in at least 10 percent increase

in their incomes. The results will be improved milk productivity and increased incomes for rural dairy farming communities. This project, implemented by the Dairy and Rural Development Foundation, is increasing awareness on progressive dairy farming practices through a number of training programs. The Conference on Institutions, Growth and Development brought together development agencies, policymakers, economic growth specialists and stakeholders to discuss the way forward for sustainable growth in Pakistan.

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epresentatives of German media, who have come to Pakistan for monitoring and observing the general election-2013 called on Sindh Governor, Dr Ishrat-ulEbad Khan at the Governor House here the other day. Talking to the German media men, the Sindh Governor said that peaceful environment was imperative to hold free, fair and transparent election so as to provide a level playing field to all political parties, said a statement. Dr Ebad said that it is the mandate of the Caretaker government o organize a free, fair and transparent election in the country in a peaceful environment. He said despite challenges and security concerns, all the political parties are determined to participate in the general election.

He said the government which would be formed after the general election 2013, will have to take important decisions, which can only be taken by a stable democratic government. Proposed Law University to be made prominent int’l institution: The country’s first law university being established in Karachi would be made a prominent international institution. This was stated by the Sindh Governor, Dr Ishrat- ul- Ebad Khan, on Friday. He said that every possible resource would be utilized for the purpose. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto University of Law and SITE Limited at the Governor House here on Friday in the presence of Dr Ishrat- ulEbad Khan. Accordingly, the University would initially start functioning at the SITE House in KDA Scheme.

Bicultural gala at VM Possibilitiy of joint ventures in various sectors with Brazil discussed Gallery continues BUREAU REPORT KARACHI

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ritish Council Arts Programme, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and VM Art Gallery, part of the Rangoonwala Foundation Trust, exhibits ‘Migrantegrations; Migration and Integration Stories from Pakistan and Scotland’. The exhibition is being held at the VM gallery, with Qudsia Rahim and Fazal Rizvi as curators. The exhibit boasts 14 portraits, expressing the different stories of people, who have migrated to Scotland and made it their home. One of the portraits is of Karachiborn Sana Bilgrami, sitting next to her Scottish husband along with three children. Bigrami is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She studied film at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec before earning a Masters degree at Edinburgh College of Art when she shot her short film ‘Under my Skin’. Bilgrami’s Tree Fellers was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland award for Best Television Documentary. Similarly, another portrait was of Bashir Ahmed Maan, (CBE), who is sitting along with his extended family including children and grandchildren. It is pertinent to mention here that Maan has worked on various keynote designations. Portrait of Farooq Hussain is also on

display, with his Pakistani father and Scottish mother, while seated on sofa at their home in Clydebank. Migration Stories: Pakistan looks at Scotland’s links with Pakistan, which date back as far as the seventeenth century when thousands of Scots lived and worked in British India. In turn thousands of Pakistanis made Scotland their home. Scots of Pakistani heritage make up the largest ethnic community in Scotland. Around 47 percent of the community was born in Scotland. This exhibition highlighted the significance and valuable contributions they are making to the country as a whole. The exhibit also runs ‘Fragments of A Love Story’, a specially commissioned film for the Migration Stories: Pakistan. The film explores the story of Sana Bilgrami’s great-grandfather who came to Edinburgh from India to study medicine. A hundred years later, coincidentally living in Edinburgh herself, the director pieces together fragments of archives and fiction to tell the story. The other section of the exhibition is on Hal Bevan Petman, based on two parts: The Social Painter, The Petman Girls. The Social Painter is a collection of 14 portraits by Henry Charles ‘Hal’ Bevan Petman, (1894-1980), a British portrait painter who came to the Indian subcontinent in the 1920s, and made it his home.

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ubair Ahmed Malik, president of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), and Alfredo Leoni, ambassador of Brazil, the other day discussed the possibility of joint ventures in various sectors, a statement said. During the meeting, the two leaders discussed the potential of halal foods, information technology and poultry sectors for joint ventures. At present, trade between the two countries is carried out through a third country such as Abu

Dhabi and Turkey. The two countries also discuss rationalisation of trade rules and tariffs to promote trade. Malik said that Brazil is the largest trade partner of Pakistan in Latin America. The existing trade volume between the two countries is just $102 million, which is not reflective of the trade potential that exists between the two countries, he said. Leoni said that Brazilian businessmen are reluctant to visit Pakistan due to its negative image but he believes that ground reality is different. He emphasised that the two countries

should make joint efforts to overcome extremism and terrorism. Brazil is already importing football from Sialkot as Football World Cup 2014 host, he said. The commercial section of the Brazilian Embassy, which includes Pakistanis, also attended the meting. The FPCCI president said they should cooperate to enhance bilateral relations between Pakistan and Brazil. He also proposed formation of Pak-Brazil Joint Business Council. Col Irfan Kayani (Retd), a leading businessmen dealing with Brazil, Malik Suhail Hussain, chairman Diplomatic Affairs, Media and Public Relations of the FPCCI, were also present on the occasion.

ISLAMABAD: Senior Researcher QS Intelligent Unit Samuel Wong speaking during the first CIIT International Workshop on QS University Rankings Programme organised by Comsats Institute of Information Technology at a local hotel. DA


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NGOs voice support for minorities’ rights

KCCI for promoting trade ties with Thailand n Thai Airlines to participate in ‘My-Karachi’

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epresentatives of different NGOs have demanded implementation of all clauses of the constitution, which guarantee the protection of the minorities in the country in order to remove the sense of deprivation prevailing among them, particularly among scheduled caste Hindus. Addressing a news conference here at Hyderabad Press Club the other day, Veeru Kolhi of Green Rural Development Organisation and candidate on PS-50 Hyderabad, Zaulfiqar Helipoto of Pakistan Peace Coalition, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research Co-Manager Shujauddin Qureshi, Dr Ashok Thamma of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Zahida Detho of Sindh Rural Partners Organisation and Naghma Iqtidar of Network for Women Rights have regretted that no political party, in their electioneering campaigns, have raised the issue of the injustices being meted out towards minorities of the country. They said that women from the minorities have also been deprived of their rights while the minorities were also not getting jobs in accordance with the quota set for them, adding that the trend of extortion, threats and torture was also picking up in areas housing minorities.

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hai Airways Pakistan General Manager Polapat Neelabhamorn has stated that Thai Airways, after the national carrier, would like to be the second largest carrier operating between Pakistan and Thailand. During his visit to Karachi Cham-

ber of Commerce & Industry, he apprised that Thai Airways is providing quality services to Pakistanis travelling between Pakistan and Thailand. The Thai Airlines was also offering air cargo services between the two countries. He confirmed participation of Thai Airlines in the Thai Pavilion of My-Karachi Oasis of Harmony Exhibition 2013. Thai Airways will also

Pak, Iran enjoy cordial ties: Sabir DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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eputy Chairman Senate, Sabir Ali Baloch has said that Pakistan enjoys good cordial relations with Iran because both the countries share common history, culture and religion. He expressed these views in a meeting with Iranian counselor and head of political section of embassy of Iran in Pakistan, at Parliament

House here the other day. Baloch added that both sides also have commonalities of views on various regional and international issues, adding he hoped that Pak-Iran

gas pipeline is a historical milestone in bilateral between the countries. The Deputy chairman Senate thanked the counselor and extended his deep gratitude to Iranian leadership for provision of free electricity to Makran area of Balochistan province as well as facilitation of trade across Pak-Iran border. The Iranian Political Counselor said that Iranian leadership holds relations with Pakistan at high esteem and aimed to further enhance cooperation in various fields.

HYDERABAD: Consul General of Republic of Korea Chan-Hee Lee addressing the members of Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry. DA Desk

offer 4 free tickets and gift hampers to the visitors of My-Karachi Exhibition through lucky draw. While exchanging views KCCI’s President Muhammad Haroon Agar stated that Thailand is an important country of ASEAN bloc. Owing to tremendous business opportunities existing between Pakistan and Thailand, the businessmen of two countries frequently travel.

He said that frequent flights between two countries are crucial to facilitate businessmen as well as transportation of air cargo, particularly for perishable goods. Thai Airways offering tourism packages for Thailand can also attract Thai tourists to visit Pakistan for Buddhist tourism as the country has many points which are centre of attraction for Buddhist tourism.

Security concerns and elections

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he United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) organised a roundtable meeting on ‘Women’s Participation in the Elections and Security Concerns’. Representatives of government and non-government organisations, international development partners, academicians and researchers participated in the discussion. Ms Sangeeta Thapa, Deputy Representative/ OIC, UN Women, in her welcome address highlighted that supporting national efforts for inclusive political processes and promoting women’s political participation is a high priority for UN Women especially as Pakistan is signatory to international instruments and covenants, particularly the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Ms Thapa raised concerns over the deteriorating law and order situation in Pakistan and mentioned “security of women candidates and voters is a serious concern and the matter of highest priority to ensure fair and transparent election”. UN Women in

collaboration with UNDP is working closely to provide support to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to gender sensitize processes of the ECP to facilitate greater representation of women as candidates, voters and electoral administrators. Mr Mark Andre, Country Director, UNDP, shared the significant achievements of the Electoral Cycle Support to the Elections Commission of Pakistan (ECAP) project. He said that the project was set up following a request by the ECP to the United Nations for electoral assistance. The project has taken an electoral cycle approach supporting the periods before, during and after elections. The project will be working on not only the current election but in the long run it will be gendering the whole cycle of elections to facilitate women’s political participation. Mr Andre also expressed his keenness to see gender disaggregated results of the elections, “we are excited these are record elections - there are more trained women polling staff, more and more voter education activities are taking place to bring women forward and for the first time we have gender disaggregated data which will enable us to see how many women cast their vote”.


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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Law, Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights, Ahmer Bilal Sufi in a meeting with delegation of EU Election Observation Mission. DA

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior, Malik Mohammad Habib Khan in a meeting with delegation of EU Election Observation Mission. DA

High contribution to promotion of ties

ICCI gives Brand Excellence Award to Turkish Airline

UN reaffirms resolve to safeguard freedom of expression

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slamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) awarded a Brand Excellence Award to Turkish Airline to recognise its important contribution to promotion of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Turkey. Zafar Bakhtawari, President ICCI, represented this award to Alp Yavuzeser, General Manager Turkish Airlines, in Pakistan. Zafar Bakhtawari said that Turkey is a very close friend of Pakistan and our brotherly Islamic country, therefore, PIA and Turkish Airline should develop close collaboration and contribute significantly to promotion of people-to-people relations between Pakistan and Turkey and enhancement of bilateral trade between the brotherly countries. ICCI President said that the status of airline of a country reflects the level of economic strength of a country and a well-performing airline makes significant contribution to economic development of the country. He also expressed hope that Turkish Airline would further enhance the frequency of its flights to Pakistan and cover more cities of our country for the facilitation of air travelers. He urged the General Manager of Turkish Airline to consider connecting

T Istanbul-Baku-Islamabad through at least two of its flights in a week which would help businessmen in visiting each other’s country and exploring new areas of commercial linkages. Mr Bakhtawari was of the view that direct air-link between Pakistan and ECO countries could also be established through Turkish Airline which would ultimately further improve bilateral relation between Eco countries sand Pakistan. Alp Yavuzeser said that Turkish Airline is today a four star airline with a fleet of 218aircrafts flying to 222 cities around the world as well as it has received several ‘Passenger Choice Award” from the consumer ranking group and has been chosen as the winner of Best Airline Europe in 2011. He said that Turkish Airline has been more than 30years in Pakistan and our activities and business in Paki-

stan are highly appreciated by the Pakistani people as this brings us closer and enables us to build a stronger customer base in Pakistan. Mr.Alp Yavuzeser said that Turkish Airline is also committed to conduct various events and exhibitions to introduce Pakistani culture to the different nations of the world. Speaking on the occasion, H.E. Mr Dashgin Sharirov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan are three Muslim brother countries, having profound love and regard for each other. He said that Azerbaijan is keen to establish direct air-link between Islamabad and Baku which would bring people of the two countries closer to each other, therefore, cooperation from Turkish Airline is required in this regard which would open new avenues of cooperation among Turkey, Pakistan and Azerbaijan.

he United Nations (UN) in Pakistan commemorates the 20th anniversary of the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) in 2013. Freedom of expression, enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is essential for empowering individuals and building free and democratic societies. A fundamental right on its own, freedom of expression also provides the conditions for protecting and promoting all other human rights. Within the overall context of press freedom, WPFD 2013 aims to rally international action to protect the safety of every journalist in every country and to break the vicious circle of impunity and to focus on the theme of “Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media” and puts the spotlight in particular on the issues of safety of journalists, combating impunity for crimes against freedom of expression, and securing a free and open Internet as the precondition for safety online. Director UNESCO, Ms Kozue Kay Nagata in her opening remarks, at a

seminar held by the United Nations appreciated the professionalism of the journalists in Pakistan, who are working in extremely challenging situations. She said that “we support this day to emphasise the importance of freedom of expression and free flow of diversified opinions because Media – old and new, print or broadcasting, text-based or visual - have an increasingly important power to boost dynamic and positive change, positive social transformation in the country.” Mr Timo Pakkala, UN Resident Coordinator, said ”the UN system is strongly committed to coordinating action, raising awareness and supporting Pakistan in upholding international principles and developing legislation for freedom of expression and information.”

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zhar Saeed Butt, chairman of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Punjab Region, has urged the United States to help overcome the energy crisis, as industry is on the verge of collapse. A three-member American fact finding mission headed by Robert Kemp, political and economic officer, visited the FPCCI Regional Office Lahore and held a detailed discussion with Butt on the matters of mutual interest and the economic issues of Pakistan. Butt said that Pakistan is passing through critical time. “Industry is

sinking due to the energy problem. We have to generate economical electricity and gas to run our industry. Iran gas pipeline is the most beneficial for our economy. We should generate electricity from other sources but that is more costly and time consuming,” he said. Other main factors, which are hitting the economy, are the war on terror and sluggish economy. Butt said that India should be a big market for Pakistani products; however, nontariff barriers are the main hurdle. “We require economic and political stability, which can be possible with the cooperation of friends. America should adopt equal policy in this region to make Pakistan stable,” he said.

ISLAMABAD: Foreign visitors taking keen interest in the books displayed during the first Islamabad Literature Festival organized by Oxford University Press at a local hotel. DA


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Too early to comment on Iran-India gas talks: Pakistan DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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akistan will not comment on reported talks between Iran and India about reviving multi-billion dollars IranPakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline project until it receives formal request from New Delhi. The Foreign Ministry officials refuse to comment on the Indo-Iran reported talks, saying Pakistan would not comment on media reports. India, which was previously part of the tripartite consultations, abandoned the project leaving Iran and Pakistan to continue with it as IranPakistan (IP) gas pipeline project. Despite the US threat to impose economic sanctions on IP project, Iran had taken lead and pledged to provide $500 million to Pakistan to lay pipeline. An Iranian technical delegation was due to visit Pakistan last month to finalise the crucial Engineering and Procurement Contract (EPC) to kick start the work on Pakistan’s section of the pipeline. However, the visit could not be made because of elections.

KARACHI: A delegation of Toyota Indus Motor Company (Ltd) in a meeting with Caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Justice (retd) Zahid Kurban Alavi at CM House. DA Desk

Moscow-Islamabad 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations celebrated DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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ussian Consul General Andrey Demidov has said that they in Russia consider Pakistan as a confident, responsible and well integrated member of the international community.

This he said while speaking at the 65th year of diplomatic relations between Moscow and Islamabad at a grand reception at the Consulate here. It was a great gathering with a variety of guests enjoying his hospitality and a film on the historic summit between late Ayub Khan and the then Indian prime minister Lala Bahadur

Shastri at Tashkent, a city which destroyed completely few years later but has been rebuilt to be a major tourist attraction now. “On May 1, 2013 we celebrate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Pakistan” Demidov said and emphasized that “the history of our bilateral relations saw both: good and not so good. But

irrespective of the given state of the then relations both countries always felt the necessity to maintain good contacts” “our Two countries always understood that they have common interests—to put an end to the threat of terror, to eliminate the drug menace, and the threat to religious extremism and other evils” he remarked.

Ebad, Alavi assure diplomats RCCI set to hold of holding free, fair polls trade exhibitions MONITORS REPORT KARACHI

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indh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad and Caretaker Chief Minister Justice (retd) Zahid Kurban Alavi assured foreign diplomats the other day that the May 11 general elections in the country would be held in a transparent and impartial manner. They held out the assurance in a

briefing to foreign diplomats, who called on them at the Governor’s House. According to officials, the consuls general of Arab countries discussed with the governor and the chief minister the coming general elections and the deteriorating security situation in Pakistan. Ebad told the diplomats that not only the 180 million people of the country were ready for the polls, but the political parties were also willing to participate in them despite terror

threats. The elections would be held according to schedule, he said and added that that holding fair, free and transparent elections were a must for the stability of democracy in the country. The governor also appreciated the investment of the Gulf countries in Sindh, and assured the diplomats that the government was creating a conducive atmosphere for investment in the province.

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he Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) will organise a “Made in Pakistan trade exhibition” in Kabul, Afghanistan, from May 28 to 31 and a similar exhibition in Manchester, UK, from July 4 to 8. In this connection, the RCCI organised a launching ceremony of the trade exhibitions at the auditorium of the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), inviting Sialkot exporters to participate in them. Commercial Counselor of Af-

ghanistan in Pakistan Muneer Yousafzai, President Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Sheikh Abdul Majid, President Jhelum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) Haji Muhammad Zaheer and Abdul Rauf Chaudhry, secretary trade exhibitions committee of RCCI, were also present. The presidents of Rawalpindi, Sialkot and Jhelum chambers were of the view that the exhibitions would help to promote a soft image of Pakistan in SAARC and Central Asian Republics through Afghanistan and in UK and Europe besides paving the way for bringing businessmen closer to each.

Pakistan, Palestine need to focus on bilateral trade

P KARACHI: Omar Al Kojah from Syria in action during a match with Iranian Aamir Sarkosh in 29th Edition Asian Snooker Championship. DA

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akistan and Palestine need to focus on developing bilateral trade cooperation to create better economic opportunities for their people. Walid A M Abu Ali Ambassador of Palestine at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) said Pakistan and Palestine have recently agreed to constitute a joint commission comprising of foreign ministers of the two countries to expand the existing political cooperation into other areas including economy, agriculture, banking, education and social and cultural sectors and hoped this commission would play a positive role in developing bilateral trade relations between the two countries as well.


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SAARC CCI amends constitution to enhance private sector representation n Delegates from Pakistan attend meeting MONITORS REPORT KATHMANDU

ISLAMABAD: Additional Secretary for National Food Security and Research Abdul Basit Khan meeting with the foreign delegation from USAID led by Barry Burnett. DA

Commitment to support Pak democracy

25-member UK mission to observe elections DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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he British High Commission has announced the establishment of a UK Election Observation Mission on the invitation of the Pakistani authorities, a press release said. The mission will observe Pakistan’s general elections on May 11. Consisting of 25 observers, it will be one of the largest international observation teams and will be deployed throughout Pakistan. The UK Election Observation Mission is in addition to both the UK’s support for the EU Election Observation Mission and our part-funding of the Commonwealth’s own election observers. To complement the EU, the UK Mission will observe the electoral process including the work of the election administration, campaigning

a c tivities, the conduct of the media, the process of voting and counting, and the announcement of the results. Speaking on the occasion, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, His Excellency Adam Thomson, said: “Credible and acceptable elections on 11 May are of tremendous importance for UK - Pakistan relations. The United Kingdom firmly believes that democratic continuity and consolidation are not only vital for Pakistan’s own well-being, but are also the key to ever-stronger and deeper relations

between our two countries.” “International observers are a common feature in elections throughout the world, including in the UK. Observers play a central role in increasing voter’s confidence, deterring electoral fraud and observing the credibility of an election. All UK Election Observers will adhere to Pakistani law and will comply with the Code of Conduct for observers issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan.” “We are committed to supporting Pakistan to develop its democracy. Credible elections that are acceptable to the people of Pakistan are the key to achieving our shared vision of a prosperous and stable Pakistan. Elections in 2013 will mark the first democratic transfer of power from one civilian government to another in Pakistan’s history. They are the clearest opportunity Pakistan has to consolidate and deepen its democracy.”

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o broaden the scope of representation of the private sector, the General Assembly of SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SAARC CCI) has approved the amendment to the constitution, which will allow national level chambers, confederations and business associations other than the founder member federations/ National Chamber from South Asian countries to join SAARC CCI as member organizations. The decision came in the 57th Executive Committee (EC) meeting and the 18th General Assembly (GA) of SAAR CC, recently hosted by the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FNCCI) at Kathmandu . The General Assembly also endorsed other several decisions of the Executive Committee as a constitutional

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Algeria wants to export LNG to Pakistan: envoy

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mbassador of Algeria Dr Ahmed Benflis has said that his country wants to increase bilateral trade by establishing direct contact with the business community of Pakistan and by exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG). Speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), he said that Pakistan faces acute energy shortage and Algeria could help Islamabad by exporting LNG. Similarly, Pakistani businessmen should explore opportunities and export rice and textile products directly to Algeria, he said, adding that the two countries should expand business-to-

business relations by tapping all available resources. Exchange of delegations and sectorspecific measures are needed to boost two-way trade, which is very low, despite the fact that the two countries enjoy excellent political and economic relations, he said. Dr Benflis also urged the LCCI president to arrange a strong delegation to Algeria to explore further opportunities for trade and investment. He said an Algerian business delegation is also planning to visit Pakistan in coming months. Farooq Iftikhar, president of the LCCI, said that Pakistan and Algeria are members of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and have excellent cordial and brotherly relations. Moreover, Pakistan is among the first

countries to recognise Algeria in 1962 upon achieving independence from France. The ambassador’s initiative to visit the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a step in the right direction because Algeria is one of the few Islamic countries, which have very little interaction with the business institutions such as the LCCI, he said, adding that it is always helpful to have such interactions to build close working relations with each other. Although the total size of two-way trade is too little but in recent years, some improvement has been witnessed in it, Iftikhar said. However, in contrast to growth in exports, there has been downward trend in imports from Algeria, he added.

requirement, including approval of activity report and audited accounts, annual calendar of activities, formation of Council on Intellectual Property Rights and requests of businessmen to become patron/ life members of SAARC CCI. The meeting chaired by Vikramjit Singh Sahney, president of SAARC CCI, was attended by more than 40 members (except Maldives ) from South Asian countries including Vice Presidents of SAARC CCI Mr Iftikhar Ali Malik ( Pakistan ), Mr Hafizi (Afghanistan), Mr Jashimuddin (Bangladesh CCI), Mr Thinly Palden Dorji (Bhutan), Mr Mahendra Parmar (India), Mr Pradeep Kumar Shrestha (Nepal), Mr Dr De Zylva, EC Member, SAARC CCI (Sri Lanka). Former president SCCI from Bangladesh Mr Annisul Huq and Dashop Ugen Tsechup Dorji, former President of SAARC CCI from Bhutan and current President of Bhutan CCI also attended the meeting.

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five-member US Congressional delegation (CODEL), led by Senator Joe Donnelly called on Secretary Defence, Lt Gen (retd) Asif Yasin Malik at the Ministry of Defence here the other day. Ambassador of USA to Pakistan, Richard Olson also attended the meeting, said a press release issued here. The meeting discussed important issues relating to bilateral ties between Pakistan and the US. The US commended Pakistan’s efforts, role and support in the war against terror. Senator Joe Donnelly also paid tribute to the spirit of sacrifice of the armed forces on the ‘Youme-Shuhada’. The meeting primarily focused on

regional security matters. It was urged by both sides to improve security environment and overcome security challenges faced alongside Pak-Afghan border. Senator Donnelly stressed that there was a rapid improvement in relations post-Salala incident and the relationship was on an improved trajectory. “The improvement in the relations between the two countries could be seen by some visible increase in cooperation and restoration of ground lines,” the Senator added. Lt Gen (retd) Asif Yasin stressed the importance of smooth transition in Afghanistan, adding there should be a synergy of joint efforts to support reconciliation, capacity building and necessary assistant towards successful transition of power, leading up to a draw down of international forces and the time thereafter.


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Dutch crowning

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mbassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Hugo Gajus Scheltema held a reception to celebrate the birthday of queen and investiture of her eldest son, the Prince of Orange, who became King Willem-Alexander under constitutional law at Serena Hotel. King Willem-Alexander has become Europe’s youngest monarch by succeeding mother Beatrix. The King has begun his reign by paying tribute to his mother Princess Beatrix who abdicated in his favour after 33 years as Queen. The guest of honour was caretaker Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis, Feroze Jamal Shah Kakakhel and he was accompanied by care-

taker Federal Minster for Petroleum, Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui. The national anthems of Pakistan and Netherlands were played at the onset of the celebrations. Addressing the guests, Ambassador Scheltema said that the House of Orange has symbolised the unity of the Netherlands over many centuries and Queen Beatrix had been exemplary as a Head of State. He said the people of Netherlands wished the new king all the best in this challenging position, adding that King WillemAlexander had already demonstrated his great personal interest in some of the economic strengths of the Netherlands, such as water management. The Netherlands, as an important trading country, celebrates this significant day both at home and worldwide, including Pakistan. He conclud-

ed by thanking guests for accepting his invitation to celebrate the occasion and expressed his appreciation to the Dutch companies in Pakistan — EngroVopak, Philips, Shell, SPG Prints and Unilever — who sponsored and supported the event. The guest of honour congratulated his hosts on the auspicious occasion; spoke of the bilateral ties between Pakistan and the Netherlands and wished the new king a long and prosperous reign. In a lighter vein he mentioned ‘delicious Dutch cheese’, which brought a smile to many lips as they had been enjoying it as a snack while waiting for him to arrive! The event was attended diplomats and high commissioners of various countries.


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Int’l moot on problems of Quran’s translation in the Subcontinent concludes Envoys of various countries participate in conference DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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two-day International Conference on “Problems of Quran’s Translation in the Subcontinent” organised by International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) concluded at Faisal Masjid Campus of university. National and international scholars agreed on the point that an international institution for Quranic translation should be established which would work in different languages and arrange a network for discussion among the

various Islamic scholars. Saudi Cultural Attaché to Pakistan Hazza AlGhamidi was the chief guest of the concluding ceremony while it was presided over by President IIUI Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh. Ambassador of Bosnia to Pakistan, Armin Limo, Iranian Deputy Cultural Counsellor to Pakistan, Ali Dosti, Director General of academies of university and deans of various faculties attended the ceremony. Large number of male and female students was also present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Hazza Al-Ghamidi said that IIUI was established on the basis of piety and brotherhood and now it is center of attention for whole world. He lauded the progress and contribution of the university in education and termed it as one of the leading quality educational centers in the world. While expressing his views about the conference he said conference on an important and a sacred topic is an

appreciable step and its recommendations and discussions would pave the way for accurate and exact translation of the Quranic verses. He stressed on the need for holding such conferences in future. President IIUI Dr-Al-Draiweesh in his address said that recommendations will be practically applied and IIUI would keep contributing in the field of translation of Quran in the light of recommendation of the conference. While thanking international scholars for participating in conference he said their participation provided an opportunity to students to broaden their vision in particular field. He said Islam is religion of peace and students being the asset of Muslim Ummah should disseminate it to the world. He urged the Islamic scholars and students to play their role for image building of Muslims. Earlier, Dr Sohail Hassan Deputy Director General of IRI, IIUI presented the recom-

mendations of the conference which included that Islamic countries should establish a center for Quranic translation and a department of same nature should be launched in the university. The participants recommended that conferences on the same topic should be organized in future and courses should be offered on research level regarding the principles of translation. It was also recommended that students must be given opportunity to take classes of Quranic translation in their degrees. At the end, exchange of souvenirs took place and shields were given to the participant scholars of the conference. Scholars from Algeria, India, Morocco, Egypt, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and across the country participated in the two-day conference and delivered their lecturers and took part in discussions during the conference.

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P ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & Human Resource Development, Barrister Feroze Jamal Shah Kakakhel presenting a shield to President IIUI Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh . DA

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resident International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) Dr Ahmed Yousif AlDraiweesh and Executive Director Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Mukhtar Ahmed (HEC) held a meeting and discussed matters pertaining to promotion of education. They agreed to formulate a consortium of vice chancellors of Islamic Universities for strong educational ties among countries of Ummah. In order to materialise this proposal HEC will call a meeting of the Vice Chancellors of the Muslim Universities in near future. On the Occasion, the President IIUI gave a brief introduction of university to HEC Executive Director

and apprised about the development and future vision of IIUI. He said IIUI needs cooperation in promotion of quality education and production of highly skilled personalities. He said Imam Muhammad Bin Saud University, Saudi Arabia always extends its cooperation with IIUI and added that a special committee has been formed which keenly focuses on the requirements and progress of university. Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, while lauding the role of IIUI said “IIUI is one of the leading quality institutions in Pakistan and it has a potential of becoming a high quality international university”. He said HEC would provide every possible cooperation to IIUI in order to achieve its worthy objectives. He admired the role of Dr-Al-Draiweesh for his struggle to make IIUI a real international institute.


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US awards 115 scholarships to Gilgit-Baltistan teachers MONITORS REPORT GILGIT

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he United States celebrated the continued success of programmes to educate the teachers of Pakistan in a ceremony in Gilgit. The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), awarded 115 scholarships for future educators who will study in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, including at

Karakoram International University, the College of Education, and the Elementary College of Education (Women). During the ceremony, attendees also congratulated 93 future teachers who recently completed a U.S.-funded Associates Degree in Education (ADE) program and will go classrooms equipped with new knowledge and skills. “On behalf of the U.S government and the American people, I am thrilled to see Pakistan’s future teachers pre-

pared to thrive in their profession with the help of this important preparation,” said Jo Lesser-Oltheten, USAID’s Education Director. “I want to thank the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan and the Higher Education Commission for working together tirelessly to create and introduce these student-focused education degree programs.” The ceremony was also attended by Dr Ali Madad Sher, Minister for Education Gilgit-Baltistan and Syed Mehdi Shah, Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan.

The Gilgit-Baltistan scholarship program is just one part of the USAID Teacher Education Project, a $75 million U.S. initiative to educate current and future teachers throughout Pakistan. USAID works closely with the Government of Pakistan to develop and implement innovative curricula for two recently-launched degree programs: a four-year Bachelor of Education Degree, honors program, and a two-year Associate Degree in Education. The USAID Teacher Education Project also

provides scholarships to more than 1,900 students across Pakistan so they can benefit from these new degree programs. Addressing the ceremony, Syed Mehdi Shah, Chief Minister GilgitBaltistan said, “Teachers play a central role in the education of students, and the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan has taken many bold steps to make progress in education, and in teacher education in particular.” He thanked USAID for supporting Pakistani universities and colleges.

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ecretary Ministry of Commerce Munir Qureshi has said that trade relations with SAARC countries and specially with Sri Lanka will be enhanced on priority basis and solid measures will also be taken to endorse the trade relations with all neighbouring countries. He said that Ministry appreciates Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) for organizing 10 Single Country Exhibitions in a calendar year in SAARC Countries including Sri Lanka. “Government will facilitate RCCI for promoting local products in the world trade markets and business community will be taken on board in the policy making process in future”, he added. He was exchanging these views with the President of Rawalpindi Chamber Manzar Khurshid

Sheikh during his visit to the RCCI alongwith along with Sri Lankan High Commissioner Jayalath Weerakkody and Director General Commerce Department Ministry of Commerce Sri Lanka P.D. Fernando. Group Leader Najamul Haq Malik, Senior Vice President Pervaiz Ahmed Warriach, Vice President Ch Nadeem Rauf, members’ executive committee and others were also present on the occasion. Munir Qureshi said that government appreciates the role of RCCI in strengthening the national economy and vowed that RCCI will be facilitated for promotion of business activities. He said that Ministry is making all out efforts to enhance trade activities with other countries of the world and private sector will also be cherished in this regard. Speaking on the occasion Lankan High Commissioner Jayalath Weerakkody said that Sri Lanka is keen to enhance the trade relations with

Pakistan. He said that both the countries are enjoying deep political relations and it is need of the hour to promote bilateral trade relations between the two countries. He said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are the two major countries of the South Asia and the mutual cooperation between them would benefit the region. “Sri Lanka eagerto invest in Pakistan and the business community of the Pakistan must visit the Sri Lankan trade markets to further enhance the relations”, he said. He stressed the continuous interaction between the business communities of the said countries. Earlier, President RCCI Manzar Khurshid Sheikh said that government must bring consistency in the policies and private sector should be taken on board in the policy making process. He said that RCCI is striving hard to endorse the local products in the international trade markets.

NS Saif, a ship of Pakistan Naval fleet, lowered anchor at the Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok seaport on its voyage to Maldives, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Senior Indonesian Navy/ Military officials along with Deputy Head of Mission, Syed Sajjad Haider and Defence Attache Pakistan Embassy, Col Muhammad Umar received the officers and crew, led by Captain Jawad Ahmed TI (M) PN at the Tanjung Priok. According to a message received here the other day, Col Laut (P) Edi Sucipto from Indonesian Navy in his welcome speech highlighted the friendly relations existing between Indonesia and Pakistan. Captain Jawad Ahmed in his remarks said that Pakistan believed in promoting peace and harmony in the region. Pakistan remained committed to maintaining peace and stability in the region. Ambassador Sanaullah while talking to media described the arrival of the ship as a major event in the cooperation between Pakistani and Indonesian defence forces. The ambassador expressed his optimism that the visit would open new avenues of bilateral understanding between the two navies and open up avenues for joint naval exercises.

‘Napoleon’ Shah, an enterprising Pakistani enters BBC’s popular show MONITORS REPORT LONDON

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young Pakistani business entrepreneur from Karachi has entered the coveted BBC1 competition called The Apprentice, hosted by billionaire business mogul Lord Alan Sugar. Zeeshan Shah grew up in Karachi and studied at local schools but

now he is based in London. After coming to London in 2006, Zeeshan Shah worked very hard to make his way up and today he is the CEO of his own successful property investment company. Each year over 100,000 most successful young entrepreneurs battle it out in a gruelling selection process to be a part of the world’s leading business show. There will be 16 contestants for this year’s show, due to begin on

9th May, but it’s Zeeshan Shah, the CEO of a property investment company, who has already created a lot of excitement with his declaration: “I take inspiration from Napoleon. I am here to conquer.” Zeeshan believes his greatest strengths are that he is an eternal optimist, street-smart and wellconnected. He says his weaknesses would include bossiness and that he can’t do something if his heart

isn’t in it. Starting his career as a part-time waiter whilst at school in the UK, he believes his greatest business achievement is still yet to come. He says: “I’m a ‘Great’ of my generation. I’m an innovator and leader in business. I take inspiration from Napoleon; I am here to conquer.”The Pakistani Apprentice hopeful will be aiming to catch the eye of fearsome show boss Lord

Sugar who is known for delivering sharp sentences and sets very high standards for the new business leaders. The popular BBC series is watched by millions of people and it has gone on to produce many successful business people. In case of winning the competition, Zeeshan Shah will get an investment of £250,000 from the electronics tycoon.


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Swiss business team visits Pakistan MONITORS REPORT KARACHI

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Swiss economic delegation, coorganised by the Embassy and the Consulate General of Switzerland, visited Pakistan – visited Karachi and Islamabad – for two days. The delegation was organised in order to portray Pakistan as an economic partner having great potential for investment and business ventures in several sectors of the economy. The delegation was led by Ambassador Eric Martin, delegate of the Federal Council for Trade Agreements, Head of Bilateral Eco-

nomic Relations, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Federal Department of Economic Affairs. It was a high profile public and private sector delegation visiting Pakistan after many years. During the visit, the delegation met senior government officials and businessmen. The main objective of their visit was to further deepen official and business to business contacts between Pakistan and Switzerland to explore mutually beneficial business opportunities. The delegates exchanged views with the Switzerland based multinational companies operating here and had fruitful meetings and discussions with the Board of Investment and

Trade Development Authority of Pakistan. They also visited the facility of SGS Pakistan in Korangi industrial area, had meetings with Acting Governor & Directors of State Bank of Pakistan, President and members of the Managing Committee of Overseas Investors’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OICCI) and paid a courtesy visit to the Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul Ebad. In Islamabad, they had discussions with the representatives of Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce, Planning Commission besides some diplomats and business community. Talking to a large gathering of Karachi business community at the residence of the Swiss

Consul General, Didier Boschung, the head of the delegation Ambassador Eric Martin said that he was on a fact finding mission together with representatives of some important economic organisations of Switzerland. He said that it was his first visit to Pakistan and his perception about this country change within few hours after landing in Karachi. He further added that the members of the delegation were very much impressed to discover the resilience and economic potential of this country and were fully convinced of the opportunities - despite all the challenges and difficulties - to further deepen the bilateral economic relations between Pakistan and Switzerland.

Ensuring provision of Japanese SMEs products

Japan extends two NPGAs worth 800m yen for Pakistan DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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apan has agreed to extend two Non-project Grant Aids (NPGAs) for providing Japanese medical equipment, other products made by Japanese Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), worth 800 million Japanese yen (approximately $8 million or Rs 807 million) in total, to Pakistan. Signings for the following two projects took place between Hiroshi Oe, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, and Muhammad Shehzad Arbab, Secretary of Economic Affairs Division (EAD), the other day in Islama-

bad. NPGA is a scheme to support the promotion of socio-economic development effort of Pakistan by providing foreign currency for the import of necessary goods and commodities. The first NPGA will be utilised to import Japanese medical equipment to be used in public hospitals in Pakistan. The cutting-edge Japanese medical equipment is expected to contribute to meeting the increased demand for better public medical services in Pakistan. The second NPGA will be utilized to import the Japanese SMEs’ products. Japanese SMEs have unique and efficient technologies on which large firms

Tajikistan offers energy sector cooperation DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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mbassador of Tajikistan, Mr Sher Ali S Jononov called on Mr Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources and discussed issues relating to energy and power sector. Collaboration in energy sector of Pakistan was the main point for discussion. Tajikistan is the major player in the oil sector with proven oil reserves of 39.828 billion barrels in 2012. The country has natural gas production of 27.25 billion cubic meters and consumption of 19.77 billion cubic meters making it a net gas exporter. Tajikistan has shown keen interest in investing in Oil and Gas exploration and production sectors of Pakistan. They are keen to bridge over Energy shortfall of Pakistan. They offered to provide

3000 megawatts of electric power. For this purpose, they have offered to construct a 27 kms long transmission line from Tajikistan to Pakistan. They also offered to setup a grid station on Pakistani side. In order to alleviate the shortage of Energy and to meet the future requirements of the country, Mr Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui stated that Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources should be dynamic to meet new challenges. The Honourable Minister, Mr Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui asked the Tajikistan side to come up with a concept paper so that government-to-government negotiations may be started. He also stated that the Ministry of Water and Power should be brought on board regarding the said negotiations. The ambassador thanked the Minister and showed keen interest in keeping up bilateral ties in oil and gas sector.

often rely. The grant aims to make use of these technologies to meet the development needs of Pakistan. At the signing ceremony, Hiroshi Oe, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, said “I believe that these two NPGAs provide valuable opportunities to create synergy between Japan’s technological advantages and Pakistan’s development needs. I would like to see Pakistani market realise the advantage and high-quality of Japanese medical equipment and products made by SMEs.” He expressed his hope that these NPGAs will contribute to strengthening the bond of friendship between Japan and Pakistan.

ADB to invest $73m in water projects DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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akistan and the Asian Development Bank signed the other day an agreement on investment of $73 million for the rehabilitation of the Pakpattan Canal and Suleimanki Barrage in Punjab. “The rehabilitation of Pakpattan and its linked canals, and installation of new gates at Suleimanki barrage will reduce water losses and will improve water delivery systems

benefitting about 2.6 million people in four farming districts,” an ADB press release quoted the bank’s country director for Pakistan, Werner Liepach, as saying. The ADB is based in Manila. “The Pakpattan Canal and Suleimanki Barrage Improvement Project is part of the phased upgrading of Punjab’s obsolete irrigation infrastructure and associated facilities. An efficient irrigation system is vital to maintain agricultural outputs and competitiveness. This project aims to rehabilitate the nearly century-old

canals and barrages to ensure reliable water supply vital to boost the incomes of farming families in the country’s breadbasket districts,” he added. The annual water leakages through damaged gates of the Suleimanki Barrage exceed 267 million cubic meters. Pakpattan Canal and its structures have badly deteriorated, which results in high losses and disorder in regulation of flows. In Punjab, irrigated farming accounts for 26 percent of its gross domestic product and employs over 40 percent of its labour force.

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USAID introducing modern mechanism of audit for Discos DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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n order to improve efficiency and performance of power distribution companies in the country, the USAID with the assistance of DISCOs is introducing new modern mechanism of audit for DISCOs. In this regard, the USAID Power Distribution Programme organised

a one-day workshop for the board members and finance directors of DISCOs and highlighted the success and rollout of the recently completed accounting manual. The accounting manual updates the DISCO’s legacy manual, last revised in the 1980’s, and provides DISCOs with a manual consistent with that of a best practices modern electric utility. It will act as a comprehensive finance and accounting

resource which is fully compliant with all governmental, regulatory and International Accounting Standards as applicable in Pakistan. Job descriptions, supported

by documented detail, are included and will serve as a tool for training, performance reviews, evaluations and promotions. “Our main objective is to assist DISCOs in improving their performance and efficiency, therefore revised accounting manual shall help in achieving our objective,” Craig VanDevelde, Chief of Party of the USAID Power Distribution Program said on the occasion “We are

also working on reducing energy losses and assisting with installation of technical equipment in DISCOs which will bring improvement in revenue and reduction in losses”. “The DISCO can look forward to an accounting manual which will be a critical financial resource and help improve the DISCO’s financial reporting practices,” said Gary Bartlett, Finance expert of USAID Power Distribution Programme.

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aith Matters, a countering extremism and interfaith organisation, arranged a press event for their ongoing interfaith project in Pakistan, MUSAWAAT (Equality), at local hotel in Lahore. The prime aim of this project is to protect and promote equality in Pakistan and create a sense of shared values, leading to the protection of minority faiths. The project, Musawaat, is supporting grassroots-level interfaith dialogue and understanding between the Christian and Muslim communities in Pakistan and developing structures and processes along with the partner organisations to promote interfaith harmony.

KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari in meeting with delegation of Christian Community comprising Bishop Samuel Robert Azarih, Bishop Sadiq Deniel and Biship Humphery Peter. DA

Indian attack on Pak prisoner sparks protests MONITORS REPORT MUZAFFARABAD/ SIALKOT

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anaullah Haq, a Pakistani prisoner, died at a hospital in Indian city of Chandigarh on Saturday after being attacked by an inmate at a jail in Held-Kashmir a day ago in what appears to be a retaliatory attack from the neighbouring state to the death of Sarabjit Singh, claimed his family. However, Indian media reported that Sanaullah Haq is in deep coma and on life support. People in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Sialkot, where Sanaullah Haq belonged to, took to the streets to demonstrate against the brutal attack in presence of jail authorities in central Indian Jammu. Sources said Pakistani embassy officials visited him at the hospital early in the day. Haq was in coma and continued to remain critical with multiple head injuries, doctors stated. Haq hailed from Daallowali, a village bordering India in Punjab province. He was critically injured after brutally attacked by another inmate in Central Jammu Jail in Occupied Kashmir a few days ago. Haq’s family in Sialkot claimed he is dead and termed his death an “obvious retaliation” to the killing of the Indian spy. They have asked the government to ensure early arrival of Haq’s body for burial at his

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native graveyard, citing it as the last wish of the deceased. People in Sialkot, Daallowali village in particular, were found in a state of sadness and gloom as the news about attack on Haq reached them.. A foreign news agency adds: Haq was airlifted to a government hospital in the city of Chandigarh, 250 kilometres north of New Delhi. A spokeswoman for the government hospital said Haq was in the intensive care unit and on a ventilator as his condition “continues to remain critical”. The Pakistani High Commission (embassy) officials “came to the hospital and we have given them Haq’s medical update”, added Manju Wadwalkar, the spokeswoman of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Hospital.

akistan has become a leading importer of Kenya’s goods in Asia region, an official data received the other day from Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) said. Kenya’s main exports are food and beverages, which include coffee and tea, Xinhua News reported Monday. The analysis showed that in January, Pakistan was the leading importer of Kenya’s goods in Asia, beating UAE during the period. The rise in Pakistan’s exports in January made it the fourth leading destination of Kenya’s goods across the world. The Asian nation was beaten by Uganda, Tanzania and Britain. Overall, Kenya exported goods worth 2.8 billion dollars to Pakistan last year. The highest exports were made in the last quarter of 2012, where Kenya exported goods worth 279 million dollars in October, in November 366 million dollars and in December 291 million dollars. The least exports to Pakistan were made in April and May, where Kenya exported goods worth 158 million dollars in April and in May 130 million dollars worth of exports. As the second major destination of Kenya’s exports in Asia, Pakistan beats countries like Germany in Europe and Egypt in Africa. In January, KNBS indicated that Kenya’s imports mainly consisted of industrial supplies with a share of 34 percent, while fuel and lubricants, machinery and other capital equipment and transport equipment registered shares of 23 percent, 15 percent and 13.43 percent respectively.


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Meeting with Syrian minister

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resident Asif Ali Zardari reiterated that Pakistan supports all efforts to facilitate a peaceful Syrian-led and inclusive solution meeting the democratic aspirations of the Syrian people through a comprehensive political dialogue involving the entire spectrum of the Syrian polity, including the government and the opposition groups. The president said this while speaking to Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, who called on him at the Bilawal House today. The meeting was attended among others by, Ghassan Dallah, Director, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr Ali Muhra, Syrian Chargé d’affaires in Islamabad, Senator Farhatullah Babar, Spokesperson to the President and Mr Jalil Abbas Jilani, Foreign Secretary. The President said that Pakistan firmly believe that Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty must be respected and that any outside interference would only complicate a complex situation and will have seri-

Malala’s father calls for free and fair polls in Pakistan MONITORS REPORT LONDON

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he father of Malala Yousufzai, the schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, has called for free and fair elections in Pakistan. Ziauddin Yousufzai, who was appointed as the United Nations’ special adviser for global education in the wake of the attack on his 15-year-old daughter, appealed for a level nplaying field for all political parties in the elections. “It is the right of every Pakistani party, liberal or otherwise, to campaign without any insecurity or coercion. True democracy can only be established if it is not engineered but allowed to grow naturally,” he told ‘The News’ from Birmingham, where his family is now based. “The cold blooded murder of (Awami National Party candidate) Khattak and all others is condemnable. This underscores that all political parties should establish a joint political front against terrorist groups who want to eliminate democratic political parties by use of terrorism because they don’t have arguments,” he added. Yousafzai had been appointed education attache at the Consulate of Pakistan in Birmingham after his daughter was airlifted to the UK for treatment last year. Malala, who returned to school in Birmingham in March after a series of surgeries, has agreed to her first television interview with popular ‘ABC News’ host Diane Sawyer in the US. The interview is scheduled to be aired in October, which marks the first anniversary of the attack on her in Swat Valley and will also coincide with the release of her autobiography ‘I am Malala’.

ous consequences for the neighboring countries. The drive for peace in Syria must be led and owned by the Syrian people, he said and offered Pakistan’s readiness to play its role in finding a peaceful solution of the Syrian crisis. Spokesperson said that the President while expressing concerns at the fast deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Syria appreciated the efforts being made by Lakhdar Brahimi, joint representative of UN and League of Arab States and expressed hope that he will be able to convince the protagonists to resolve their differences through negotiations. Highlighting Pakistan’s stance on Syrian issue, the president said that Pakistan’s position on the situation in Syria in the UN is based on the principle of non-intervention and noninterference in the internal affairs of Syria and that we do not support regime change in any country by external forces. Touching on Pakistan’s efforts on the sidelines of the D-8 Summit on the Syrian issue, the President said that would continue supporting and facili-

tate any initiative and effort aimed at bringing peace and stability to in Syria in accordance with aspirations of the people of Syria and without any foreign interference. On Pak-Syria bilateral ties, the President said that Pakistan enjoys friendly and fraternal relations with Syria that are deep rooted in bonds of faith, history and culture. He urged

the need for the two countries to intensify efforts to expand cooperation in economic and commercial fields to further strengthen ties between the two countries. Dr Fayssal Mekdad, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister said that Syria values its friendly relations with Pakistan and was keen to further strengthen its bilateral ties in various fields. He

thanked the President for meeting and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for peaceful resolution of the Syrian issue. The deputy foreign minister also delivered a letter from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to President Asif Ali Zardari. The president also hosted lunch for the Deputy Foreign Minister and his delegation.

‘US doesn’t support anyone in Pakistan’s polls’ MONITORS REPORT WASHINGTON

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he United States does not support any Pakistani political party or a candidate contesting the May 11 elections, a State Department spokesman said the other day while denouncing the ongoing violence as the electoral race heats up. Patrick Ventrell, a State Department spokesman, condemned the recent statements by militant groups indicating their intent to disrupt Pakistan’s democratic process. “We support the right of the Pakistani people to participate fully in the election of their representatives and their ability to fulfil

their aspirations for a peaceful, prosperous and democratic nation,” he told the daily press briefing. “More broadly, the United States looks forward to witnessing timely, transparent, free, and fair elections on May 11,” Ventrell said when asked whether Washington was concerned about spike in election-related violence. These elections, the spokesman noted, “will mark an important democratic transition, a historic development of which the people of Pakistan can be very proud.” “So we do not support any particular political party or any individual candidate, and we look forward to engaging the next democratically-elected government of Pakistan,” he added.

Questioned about former president Pervez Musharraf, who is facing a string of charges in courts, the spokesman replied, “We haven’t taken a position on Musharraf’s return to Pakistan.” Asked whether the atmosphere is conducive enough to have a free and fair elections and for people to go out without any fear and vote, the spokesman urged people to exercise their democratic right. “We condemn the violence surrounding the elections. We do continue to urge Pakistanis to get out and vote and express their free will so that democracy can prevail and the people’s voice can be heard. And so we’re concerned about the violence but we urge the electoral process to continue.”

2 Pak diplomats in Washington hurt in plane crash MONITORS REPORT WASHINGTON

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wo staffers from the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington were hurt in a plane crash near the Windwood Fly-In Resort in Canaan Valley, West Virginia. The Embassy’s Air Attaché, Group Captain Muhammad Haseeb Paracha, and diplomat Shujaat Rathore were flying a private single engine Cessna plane when it crashed during landing. Both officials were injured in the incident and taken to the nearest hospital. They were released after receiving medical assistance. According to the state police, witnesses reported that the pilot, Waseem Haider, attempted to land but ran out of room and crashed into nearby trees, past weekend.

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Pakistan asks UAE to allow multiple business visa DA REPOR ISLAMABAD

TOKYO: A group photo of the chief guest Ms Midori Matsuma and Ambassador of Pakistan Farrukh Amil with the sponsors of Pakistan-Japan Friendship Bazaar. DA Desk

TOKYO: Member Japan-Pakistan Parliamentarians Friendship League, Ms Midori Matsuma and Ambassador of Pakistan Farrukh Amil cutting the ribbon to inaugurate the two-day Pakistan-Japan Friendship Bazaar. DA Desk

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akistan the other day urged the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to allow multipleentry business visas to Pakistani businessmen for Dubai and facilitate exports of meat and poultry to UAE from Pakistan. The demand was made by Federal Minister for Commerce and Textile, Maqbool Rahimtoola during his talks with Minister for Economy of UAE, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri at 3rd Annual Investment Conference. On the occasion, both the ministers resolved to strengthen trade relations and extend cooperation between the two brotherly countries, according to press statement issued by Ministry of Commerce here.

Pakistan top importer of goods from Kenya DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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It is pertinent to mention that UAE is the 3rd biggest foreign investor in Pakistan after USA and UK. Pakistan’s main exports to UAE are textile, chemical material and compounds construction materials including cement, cotton, fabrics, essential oil and perfumes. In addition, Pakistan also exports cotton yarn, fish, footwear, fruits and vegetables, jewellery gold and silver ware, machinery and parts, petroleum products, rice and sports goods.

akistan has become a leading importer of Kenya’s goods in Asia region, an official data received the other day from Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) said. Kenya’s main exports are food and beverages, which include coffee and tea, Xinhua News reported Monday. The analysis showed that in January, Pakistan was the leading importer of Kenya’s goods in Asia, beating UAE during the period. The rise in Pakistan’s exports in January made it the fourth leading destination of Kenya’s goods across the world. The Asian nation was beaten by Uganda, Tanzania and Britain. Overall, Kenya exported goods worth 2.8 billion dollars to

Pakistan last year. The highest exports were made in the last quarter of 2012, where Kenya exported goods worth 279 million dollars in October, in November 366 million dollars and in December 291 million dollars. The least exports to Pakistan were made in April and May, where Kenya exported goods worth 158 million dollars in April and in May 130 million dollars worth of exports. As the second major destination of Kenya’s exports in Asia, Pakistan beats countries like Germany in Europe and Egypt in Africa. In January, KNBS indicated that Kenya’s imports mainly consisted of industrial supplies with a share of 34 percent, while fuel and lubricants, machinery and other capital equipment and transport equipment registered shares of 23 percent, 15 percent and 13.43 percent respectively.

Court extends Musharraf’s remand by 14 days DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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nti-Terrorism Court (ATC) the other day extended judicial remand of former President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf for 14 days in judges’ detention case. The ATC Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi also directed to present the former military ruler before the court on the next day of hearing and deferred the proceedings till May 18. The investigation officer (IO) of the case submitted an application before the judge and requested to grant the judicial custody of the accused since the investigations into the case were still under way. Acceding his plea, the ATC ordered

that Musharraf’s remand is extended for judicial lock-up for 14 days and he should be presented before the court on May 18. Now, Musharraf will remain in judicial custody for further two weeks at his farmhouse which has been declared a sub-jail. Meanwhile, during the judges’ detention case, a bail plea was moved in the court on behalf of Musharraf. Musharraf’s counsel Imran Feroz and Ziaur Rehman filed the bail application on which the court issued notice to the parties for May 6. They argued that section 6/7 ATA included in the First Information Report (FIR) registered against Musharraf is not applicable in this case while section 344 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) is a bialable offence.

In the meantime, the court also admitted a plea seeking exemption for Musharraf from his inperson appearance for today’s court proceedings. Musharraf’s lawyers argued that their client was

facing threats, therefore, he should be exempted from personal appearance. After hearing arguments, the court exempted Musharraf from in-person appearance. Later, the court was informed about a notification issued by Chief Commissioner of Islamabad, Jawad Paul, according to which the trial of Musharraf would be held at his sub-jail Chak

Shahzad due to security reasons. The court was asked if Musharraf’s trial could be held inside his Chak Shahzad farmhouse, citing security reasons, but the matter was left pending. And the judge observed that it has been brought into his notice that Chief Commissioner of Islamabad issued a notification for the jail trial but the jail trial would begin only after the approval of Islamabad High Court. However, Islamabad High Court also granted permission in this connection and Member Inspection Team IHC also wrote to Chief Commissioner to provide foolproof security to ATC Judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi and attached paralegal staff enabling them to hold trial of the accused Musharraf in the sub-jail.


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Pakistan, Palestine need to boost trade ties: envoy n ‘Arab countries have huge economic potential’ AZHAR MAHMOOD AWAN ISLAMABAD

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akistan and Palestine need to focus on developing bilateral trade cooperation to create better economic opportunities for their people, Walid AM Abu Ali, Ambassador of Palestine, said the other day. Addressing the business community at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry, he said that Pakistan and Palestine have recently agreed to constitute a joint commission comprising of Foreign Ministers of the two countries to expand the existing political cooperation into other areas including economy, agriculture, banking, education and social and cultural sectors and hoped that this commission would play a positive role in developing bilateral trade relations between the two countries as well. Walid AM Abu Ali expressed thanks to the government and people of Pakistan for always providing unflinching support to

the just cause of people of Palestine for their right to self-determination. He also thanked the whole Muslim Umah for supporting the principled stand of Palestine for independence at all relevant forums. He was especially grateful to the President of Pakistan for offering a grant of one million dollars for construction of Palestine Embassy in Islamabad which showed the great interest of Pakistan to further promote its relations with Palestine. In his welcome address, Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) reiterated the commitment of Pakistani people and government for an independent homeland for Palestinian people and withdrawal of Israel from all occupied territories of Palestine. He said Pakistan wanted peace in Palestine so that trade and economic activities could flourish and people of Palestine could enjoy a better living standard. For this purpose, Pakistan has always supported all

efforts aimed at resolving the Palestinian dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions. He said Pakistani businessmen were ready to cooperate with Palestine for economic development and joint ventures. However, peace was the first requirement to achieve such goals. Bakhtawari emphasised that for maintaining world peace, it was vital to address the root causes of terrorism and resolve Palestine & Kashmir issues. He further added that providing Israelis a sense of security was also important as feeling of insecurity in Israelis right from Firaun to Hitler destroyed peace. ICCI President said that the Arab countries have huge economic potential as the region was endowed with plenty of natural resources. However, solution of Palestinian problem was essential to fully harness and exploit the available trade and economic opportunities of this region.

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oreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and a United States (US) delegation here the other day in a meeting exchanged views on current status of Pak-US bilateral relations, upcoming elections in Pakistan, and regional issues including the situation in Afghanistan. The US delegation was led by Senator Joe Donnelly and included Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Senator Chris Murphy, Congressman Peter Welch, and US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson. The Foreign Secretary underscored the traditional importance of Pakistan’s

relationship with the United States of America and apprised the US legislators about various facets of the relationship particularly related to people to people contacts and benefit. He appreciated the US Congressional support for growth of democracy in Pakistan. The Foreign Secretary also briefed the US side on recent developments with regard to peace and stability in Afghanistan. The US Congressional delegation acknowledged the importance of Pakistan-US relationship in the current international environment and reiterated support to the development of democracy and democratic institutions in Pakistan. The US side also took note of Pakistan’s efforts for regional peace and prosperity.

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he government has launched a process of ranking schools every month with the cooperation of UNICEF to create an atmosphere of competition among schools for improvement in their performance. Official sources said that the schools’ ranking list of Multan district, having around 1400 schools, would be pasted outside the office of executive district officer (EDO) education at the end of every month. The schools’ ranking would be finalized on the basis of eighteen (18) points including teachers’ attendance, students’ attendance (boys and girls), student-teacher ratio, facilities available at schools particularly basic needs including water, electricity, toilet, boundary wall, atmosphere at schools, cleanliness, teachers’ pedagogic techniques, and furniture. A Unicef team has set up its camp office in Multan and is engaged in a survey to document boys and girls of the age of 5 to 16 years who are not attending school. The UNICEF team would also provide assistance to families to enrol their children, official sources said. The survey conducted so far has revealed that around 165,000 boys and girls of the age between 5 and 16 do not go to school. District monitoring officers have been tasked with finalizing ranking of schools and they would check 25 schools every month and submit reports. They would also check if students were utilizing helping material like guides or test papers. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) earlier also joined hands to explore opportunities to improve education services for children of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. A landmark study on enhanced access to educate children of Afghan refugees was inaugurated at a ceremony, said a press release. The initiative explored the present situation regarding the education for Afghan children in Pakistan. It also designed a strategy to enhance the education services available to them. “The Unicef is proud to partner with the UNHCR in this landmark study,” said Simone Klawitter, acting country representative for the Unicef Pakistan. Klawitter said that the organisation believed that schools were safe spaces for children. “After the passage of Article 25-A by the parliament, it was imperative that Afghan refugee children be given an equal opportunity to flourish alongside their Pakistani peers.” According to UNHCR statistics, literacy amongst Afghan refugees was as low as 33 per cent. Female literacy amongst this population was just eight per cent. The study cited a lack of girls’ schools, lack of female teachers and socio-cultural barriers as reasons for limited female literacy.

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arachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Administrator Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi has said that the recently given gift of five fogging machines by South Korea would help make the KMC’s anti-mosquito spray campaign against malaria and dengue more effective. The KMC chief said this on the occasion of receiving modern fogging machines from the Korea Business Centre for the purpose of the anti-mosquito spray campaign. Consul General of South Korea Chang Hee Lee, director-general Korea Business Centre Byung Hoon Sung, was also present on the occasion. Zaidi said that these modern

fogging machines would be used for spray campaigns in narrow streets, alleys, market areas, and schools, where the conventional fogging machines could not work in an effective manner. Earlier, the South Korean Consul General handed over the machines to Administrator Karachi Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi whereas a demonstration of these fogging machines was also done in the surroundings of the Civic Centre building’s premises. The Korean delegation informed the KMC chief that these machines were made of latest technology which could be used conveniently for anti-mosquito spray in narrow streets, markets, schools and other residential localities. These machines had been used for countering spread of contagious and viral diseases in Korea

and now they are being exported to 30 countries of Southeast and Central Asia. The Administrator Karachi thanked the Korean Consul General for donation of fogging machines and said that the municipal authorities were thankful for this cooperation extended by the Korea Business Centre and these machines would greatly help the KMC-conducted campaign for the elimination of malaria and dengue virus in Karachi. He said the municipal services department of KMC in collaboration with district municipal corporations performed anti-mosquito spray campaigns throughout the year especially in low-lying areas and localities near drains exclusively during rainy season, in order to provide the residents of Karachi a healthy and safe environment.


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Germany interested in promoting Pak economic growth: Nunn n Praises private sector’s initiatives despite challenging environment BUREAU REPORT KARACHI

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mbassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Pakistan Cyrill Nunn accompanied by Dr Tilo Klinner, Consul General of Germany in Karachi, visited Karachi Stock Exchange, the other day. He was welcomed by Managing Director of KSE, Nadeem Naqvi, member of the Board of Directors Abid

Arms Control Second round of Pak-UK DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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he second round of bilateral consultations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom on arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament were held in London the other day. Pakistan’s delegation was headed by Additional Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry while the UK side was led by Sarah MacIntosh, Director of Defence and International Security in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The talks were held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere, said a statement issued by Foreign Office. The two sides discussed a broad range of issues related to international arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament; peaceful uses of nuclear technology; and regional security and strategic stability. The talks were substantive and both sides agreed to remain constructively engaged. The UK side accepted Pakistan’s invitation to visit Islamabad for the next round of consultations in 2014.

US assures support for agri sector BUREAU REPORT LAHORE

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cting US Consul General at the US Consulate Jeffrey N Bakken reiterated the US government’s continued support for Pakistan’s rural and dairy economy. He was speaking at the international conference on institutions, growth and development. The conference was organised in collaboration between the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded dairy project and the Government College University (GCU).

Ali Habib, DMD Haroon Askari and other officials of the exchange. Dr Cyrill Nunn exchanged views regarding the capital market and the economy of Pakistan. He appreciated the various reforms undertaken in the capital market and praised the private sector for their resilience and initiatives in spite of a challenging operating environment. He stated that Germany was deeply interested in promoting economic growth in Pakistan and was involved

in several initiatives in this regard. Naqvi highlighted the various aspects of the demutualisation of stock exchanges in the country and the steps currently underway to segregate regulatory and commercial operation. He expressed his hope that this will help empower the exchange to better monitor activities of market participants as well as put renewed focus on product development and enlargement of the investor base in Pakistan.

Dr Nunn also discussed the possibility of facilitating Investor Road Shows for Pakistan market in Germany and highlighted German private sectors in various segments and sectors of Pakistan’s economy. Naqvi thanked the German Ambassador on his keen interest in Pakistan’s development and suggested ways of how Germany’s technical know-how and leading role in the E.U. could assist the country in moving to a sustainable growth path.

USAID team visits FCC women’s hostel BUREAU REPORT LAHORE

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delegation from USAID Islamabad visited Forman Christian College to monitor progress on the new women’s

hostel being constructed at FCC campus with $6 million support from USAID. The 10-member USAID delegation was led by Ms Patrice Lopez, Contracting & Agreement Officer, and included Muhammad Ali Bilal, Acquisition Specialist and

Zaki M Saad, Deputy Director Office of Infrastructure & Engineering. The FCC Rector Dr James Tebbe, and the Project Manager Tajammul John, took the delegation on a tour of the site. The hostel is a 6-storey building

with accommodation for 374 female students. This will allow FCC to recruit more women students from far-flung areas of Pakistan. Currently women make up 34 per cent of the university student body and FCC’s goal is to raise the number to 50 per cent. hostel will be completed in May 2014.

British Council, Edexcel to promote UK qualifications DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

B ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Federal Minister for Water and Power, Dr Musadik Malik meeting with a UAE consultants delegation. DA

‘EU working for Malakand people’s welfare’ MONITORS REPORT BATKHELA

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he European Union is committed to resolving civic problems of people in Malakand under its ongoing peace programme. This was stated by Beread De Groot, a representative of the EU, while addressing a managers’ conference for community activists/intuitions organised by the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) at Pirkhel, Malakand

protected area. Representatives of the village organisations, government officials and elders of the area attended the conference. Mr De Groot said the EU had been launching different projects in collaboration with the SRSP in Swat, Dir, Chitral, Shangla and Malakand where village organisations had been formed. People’s problems were being addressed through these village committees, he said, adding under the EU ‘Peace’ programme 100 union councils

of Malakand division had been selected for different projects. The EU representative said capacity of government line agencies and village organisations had been increased so that they could be able to run smoothly in future. He said under a new project the EU will financially help the SRSP to build strong linkages between masses and government departments in Malakand division. The administration, he said also needed to be strengthened for resolution of civic problems.

ritish Council is committed to building strong cultural relationship between Pakistan and the United Kingdom and providing learning opportunities to the youth of Pakistan. It has initiated a wide range of special activities for linking the youth of Pakistan to study in the UK. This initiative would increase the level of literacy in the country and strengthen mutual cooperation of the two countries in other trades also. British Council and Edexcel organised a joint session here the other day, which was attended by Imtiaz Razvi, Director Operations Examinations Pakistan, British Council, Dr David Davies, Director of Stakeholder Management, Edexcel, Premila Paulraj Canitius, Assistant Vice President, Edexcel Academics - Subcontinent, Edexcel International teams along with Directors/Heads of leading schools of Islamabad and Rawalpindi including Froebel’s, Roots, City, Shaikzaid and other representatives of schools.

Need for heightening trade volume stressed DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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he Fifth Technical Level Meeting on Pakistan-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (PSFTA) was held in Islama-

bad the other day. The meeting was cochaired by Mr Munir Qureshi, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Mr Anura Siriwardena, Secretary, Ministry of Industry and Com-

merce, Government of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Munir Qureshi attributed successful working of PSFTA as a result of dedication, hard work and spirit of accommodation displayed by both sides. He, however, noted that the

present trade figures are far below the trade potential of the two countries. He emphasised upon the need to enhance the existing level of trade and commerce through greater interaction. He further evinced keen desire to broaden and deepen the

PSFTA by including Investment and Services in its ambit. The secretary hoped that 5th Technical Level PSFTA Meeting in Islamabad would play a vital role in devising ways and means to give a much needed boost to existing volume of trade.


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UNIDO, Iqra University launch centre, bank to support women entrepreneurship DA REPORT ISLAMABAD

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he United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Iqra University launched a Creative Industry Centre and Image Bank at the university’s Islamabad campus to support women entrepreneurship by establishing strong links between academia and industry. Top officials of both institutions and large number of women entrepreneurs including fashion designers and students were present on the occasion. Those who spoke on the occasion included Project Manager of Unido’s Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme Mr Marlen Bakalli, Unido Consultant Giulio Vinaccia, National Programme Coordinator Shahina Waheed, Chancellor Iqra University Hunaid Hussain Lakhani, Dean Dr Muhammad Islam and rep-

resentatives of the First Women Bank Limited. They said that designing has become an important tool for rapid economic development as many countries are earning more from fashion designing as compared to auto indus-

try, mining and finance etc. Creative industry is future engine of growth; it is an area in which many developing countries including Pakistan enjoy comparative advantage, the said. The experts said that increasing

commercialization of the creative sector has created a window of opportunity as it is one of the fastest growing sectors which is at seven per cent of the global GDP are growing over ten per cent annually despite global economic decline.

The speakers said that creative industry has not been mentioned in the Pakistan’s Industrial Policy which is discouraging and that all stakeholders should strive to make the importance of this subject felt at highest policy level. The creative economy should be well-inserted into the economic and development agenda which will diversify economy of Pakistan. Mr Lakhani said that both institutions have joined hands to strengthen the design expertise by linking designers to entrepreneurs. The Image Bank will serve as a hub of cultural graphics and indigenous images for designers and entrepreneurs to promote, and develop the creative industry. Ms Waheed said that Unido’s Women Entrepreneurship Development Programme has been designed to facilitate synergies between public and private sector institutions and provide gender-sensitized institutional and technical support.

PTBA active to promote bilateral trade

Turkish cultural, language centres to be set up in Faisalabad MONITORS REPORT FAISALABAD

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uge trade and investment potential exists between Pakistan and Turkey, said Pak-Turk Businessmen Association (PTBA) secretary general Taner Kocyigit. Addressing the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) here the other day, he said that Dr Muhammad Iqbal University would be established in Lahore with Turkish collaboration. He said that the university would be established at the level as that of the Cambridge University where education in many disciplines, includ-

ing engineering and medical, would be imparted. He said that the association worked for promoting the business relations between Turkey and Pakistan. He said that the PTBA had been engaged in Pakistan since 1995 and running 22 schools in different cities of Pakistan under a centralised education system up to higher secondary level. He said that the PTBA intended to establish Turkish Cultural Centre, Turkish Language Centre and Pak Turk School in Faisalabad in 2014 and more projects would be launched in Faisalabad in collaboration with the FCCI. He said that PTBA motivat-

ed the Turkish businessmen to invest in Pakistan and after the general elections in Pakistan, many Turkish investors had shown their interest to invest in the country in the fields of Hilal meat, livestock, agriculture, textile, education and other sectors. There was a need to expand joint ventures by Turkish businessmen in Pakistan, improving existing cargo train operations and increasing the frequency of flights between the two countries, he said, adding that there were also vast prospects of joint ventures in textile, agro-based industry, leather goods, oil and gas and information technology.

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador European Union Lars-Gunnar Wigemark in a meeting with Caretaker Interior Minister Malik Muhammad Habib Khan. DA


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HYDERABAD: Former Ambassador to United Nations Abdullah Hussain Haroon speaking during a two-day international conference on extremism and terrorism in Pakistan; challenges and sustainable solutions organized by University of Sindh Jamshoro at a local hotel. DA Desk

HYDERABAD: President Policy Architect International Washington DC USA Dr. Rodney W. Jones speaking during a two-day international conference on extremism and terrorism in Pakistan; challenges and sustainable solutions organized by University of Sindh Jamshoro at a local hotel. DA Desk

‘Politics of Identity in Contemporary Europe’

Diplomat says Pakistan needs strategy to allay Europe’s fears on terror BUREAU REPORT KARACHI

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urope is experiencing fast political and economic changes these days that is fuelling its fear on terrorism along with human and drug trafficking emerging from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Therefore, Pakistan should see how it can allay Europe’s fear by effectively dealing the problems of extremism and terrorism emerging from this region, Career Diplomat Shahid Ameen said. He stated this while speaking at a workshop on ‘Politics of Identity in Contemporary Europe’ organised by The Area Study Centre for Europe and The Hans Seidel Foundation, Islamabad at University of Karachi the other day. “Europe has to find out the solutions of its financial crisis, likewise Pakistan needs to focus on its biggest issue of extremism and terrorism itself as it has caused a lot of concerns in Europe about the Muslim country,” he said. Europe is facing problems of migration issues, euro zone crisis and the rise of right wing political parties but at the same time it is also trying to find out the problems of such issues, so one should not be much apprehensive of the future of Europe, he added. Incharge, Area Study Centre for Europe, KU, Prof Dr Uzma Shujaat, in her introductory remarks, highlighted the increasing role of supranational, as opposed to intergovernmental,

decisions-making and the establishment of a European citizenship had promoted to a certain extent the development of a political community of the European Union. History has shown that the emergence of a sense of belonging and community and related issues such as perceptions of identity and solidarity take a long time. Compared to the time that nation-states took to consolidate, the history of European integration is still rather short. “Europe is characterised not only by its common heritage. There is as much diversity and conflicts as there are common roots. The history of Europe suggests that the traditions of diversity, division, and conflict are at least as strong as the common cultural heritage,” She said. European identity continued to be considered as something that would make it appear as one entity to outsiders; with the introduction of the common market however, the Maastricht Treaty also brought about completion of the economic union. Europe was from then on “in need of a soul” as Jacque Delors described in 2010. Chairman Department of International Relations and Political Science, University of Sargodha Prof Dr Rashid Ahmad Khan, elaborated on the difference between ethnic movements, nationalist movements and ethno-nationalist movements. On the rise of right wing politics in Europe, Prof Dr Mutahir Ahmed of Department of International Relations, KU said the far right intellectuals of West propagated the fears of

clash of civilizations in West in last two decades that had also played a big role in the current rise of far right politics in Europe. The economic and immigration problems have gained much more importance in contemporary European politics. This is high time when Islamabad and Brussels - the headquarters of European Union - should invest in more close relationship on trade, extremism and terrorism, said Prof Dr Tanveer Khalid, Department of Political Science, KU. The framework of EU is integration at regional level while at the sub-regional level states are experiencing nationalism and secession, said Sajjad Ahmad, Senior Research Fellow at Area StudyCentre for Europe, KU. The West especially Europe has proved to be responsible democracy. The current tide of nationalism which Europe is facing is not conflictual rather consensual, as we see in the relationship of Scotland vis-à-vis rest of the United Kingdom, he added. The nationalist movement of Scotland is not violent as compared to other parts of the world where such movements are violent and the response of the UK is also very accommodating rather than exercising its power to stop such demands. He said the future of Scotland and its secession was dependent upon the attitude of voters and the way Scottish National Party leads its nationalist campaign in referendum that is scheduled on September 18, 2014.

ISLAMABAD: Vice President International Affair, Metro Group, Tino Zeisk Called on Advisor to PM for Finance Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry. DA

Govt to facilitate UK-based traders BUREAU REPORT KARACHI

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indh Caretaker Minister for Excise and Taxation Syed Shuber Zaidi has said that the caretaker government will make all efforts to remove hurdles for the England-based businessmen to encourage them to operate their business activities in Sindh. This he said while talking to President United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce and Industries Razi Khan at his office, said a statement issued on Sunday. He assured him full cooperation to encourage foreign investors to launch business activities in Sindh especially in Karachi. He added foreign investment is an essential for the progress of the province and foreign investors will be provided all facilities. The Caretaker Provincial Minister and President UK Chamber of Commerce and Industries discussed also many issues of mutual interests.

National Sovereignty Day of Turkey celebrated Azhar Mahmood Awan KARACHI

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onsul General of Republic of Turkey Murat M Onart highlighted the friendly relations between Pakistan and Turkey hoped for trade relations between the two countries to become stronger as well. Onart was addressing at the ceremony to celebrate National Sovereignty Day of Turkey for the first time in Pakistan. Onart explained that National Sovereignty Day is celebrated in Turkey to commemorate the first session of the Turkish parliament convened by Kemal Attaturk, the first President of Republic of Turkey. Prominent among those present were Consul General of USA Michael Dodman, Deputy High Commissioner of UK Francis Campbell, Consul General of Germany Dr Tilo Klinner, Consul General of Saudi Arabia Fatah Mohammad Al-Ruhaily, Consul General of Kuwait Naseer Al-Mottairi, Consul General of Russia Andry V. Demidov, Vice Consul General China Pan Qingjiang and others.


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A ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson in a meeting with Caretaker Interior Minister Malik Muhammad Habib Khan at the Ministry of Interior. DA

mbassador of Denmark to Pakistan, Ole E Moesby, has termed the trade ties between the two countries very stable and improved. “We can do more than what we are doing now”, he remarked and added that the trade relations between Denmark and Pakistan can be improved further. Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan, Ole E Moesby said that Denmark is in the forefront internationally in the whole sector of energy and energy consumption. The envoy pointed out that in the aftermath of the energy crisis in the 70s, they made more energy efficient

society in Denmark. Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan, Ole E Moesby was of the view that Pakistan can also learn a bit from the Danish experience in this regard. Ole Moesby believed that Pakistan has the ability to overcome the energy problems and move forward. Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan, Ole E Moesby also conferred the Danish award-the Order of the Night of Dannebrog, on Ms Naheed Irshaduddin, Consul General of Denmark in Karachi, for her excellent contribution for developing the relationship between Denmark and Pakistan. A ceremony to this effect was held at a local hotel the other day. Naheed has been serving as the Honorary Consul General of Denmark in Karachi for the past 19 years.

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ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson meeting with Caretaker Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting Arif Nizami. DA

Pakistan fire proof garments attract foreign markets AGENCIES LAHORE

T ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Federal Minister for Information Technology, Dr Sania Nishtar discussing ICT matters including the removal of blasphemous content from YouTube with US Ambassador Richard Olson at the Ministry of IT. DA

he international standard high quality Pak “Fire and Heat Proof” garments, especially manufactured for car racers (Formula I Racers) and motorbike riders attracted 20 foreign markets, including USA. Abdul Ghafoor Butt, CEO of BFW, said in a media statement here that Pak made fire and heat proof garments meet international standards. “We are successfully exporting car racer wear fire proof garments including fire proof suits, shoes, gloves and undergarments especially used by “Formula 1 Racers” to USA, Germany, Finland,

Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, UK, Japan, China, India etc”. He said that only two manufacturers in Pakistan are exporting these products from Sialkot,”We have captured the important foreign markets taking advantage the art technology through skilled, competitive workforce and quality control. Director Marketing BFW, Nazim Abbas unfolding the distinctive features of the garments, said that “It is top class fire proof imported fabric that provides full protection to car racers and motorbike riders”. He said that car racers and motorbike riders prefer Pakistan made garments due to high quality. “We are proud for earning precious foreign exchange for Pakistan”.

Disseminating experiences

Pakistan women energy delegation visits Dubai firm MONITORS REPORT DUBAI

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he Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) received a delegation of 13 women representing the energy distribution sector in Pakistan, at the new DEWA Sustainable Building in Al Quoz, the largest government building in the world with a Platinum rating for green buildings from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). The visit followed an earlier tour of the representatives from Pakistan’s energy distribution companies, organised in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (US-

AID) in November 2012. The two-day visit included a presentation from DEWA officials on the adoption of best international standards in customer service, and a tour of the Counters Test and Maintenance building in Al Awir, the Customer Service Center in Al Quoz, as well as the new Sustainable Building and its facilities. The delegation was briefed on the latest eco-friendly technologies in the building to preserve natural resources. “This visit is aligned with DEWA’s strategy to disseminate its experiences and best practices to other institutions and private companies in the energy industry around the world. DEWA has achieved significant results in on

a global level, and set an example in sustainability and environment protection. The authority is now regarded as one of the best institutions in the

world for its track-record in efficiency, reliability, sustainability, energy conservation, and demand management, in addition to a continued focus on wa-

ter and electricity rationalisation, and preserving natural resources, which is clearly reflected in the new Sustainable Building, the first sustainable government building in the UAE,” said Khawla Al Mehairi, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications at DEWA. The visiting delegation expressed admiration of DEWA’s achievements in the field of sustainability, and conservation of natural resources. They presented a memento to thank the DEWA team for support. Abdullah Obaidullah, EVP, Water and Civil Engineering Division, received the memento on behalf of the MD and CEO of DEWA, and thanked the delegation for their visit.


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Nawaz says Pakistan should reconsider support for US terror war MONITORS REPORT LAHORE

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awaz Sharif, seen as the front-runner in Pakistan’s election race, said the country should reconsider its support for the US war on militancy and suggested that he was in favour of negotiations with the Taliban. Nawaz said the Pakistani military’s US-backed campaign against the Taliban was not the best way to defeat the insurgency. “I think guns and bullets are always not the answer to such problems,” a foreign news agency cited Nawaz as saying in an interview the other day. “I think other options need to be explored at the same time and see what is workable. And I think we’re going to pursue all these other options.” Army offensives have weakened the Pakistani Taliban, which is close to al Qaeda, but they have failed to

break the movement’s back. Sharif wants a review of the backing provided for the US war on militancy under the previous government’s approach. “Someone will have to take this problem seriously,” said Sharif, as he headed to an election campaign rally. “All stakeholders will have to sit down together and understand the concerns of all parties and then take a decision, which is in the best interest of Pakistan and the international community.”

His comments are likely to anger Washington, which has been pushing Pakistan to both stamp out domestic militancy - where Taliban militants are waging a violent campaign to impose their austere brand of Islam - and to help defeat the Afghan Taliban.

Saudi Military Attache to Pakistan congratulates King on Allegiance-Pledge Anniversary MONITORS REPORT RIYADH

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number of ministers and officials, including Saudi Military Attache to Pakistan Vice Admiral Abdullah bin Saeed Al-Ghamdi, congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on the 8th anniversary of the pledge of allegiance,

commending the King’s prosperous era and his gigantic achievements in all fields. In statements and speeches on this occasion, they praised the King for his political, administrative and develop-

mental achievements at local, regional, and arenas. The ministers and officials included the Minister of Agriculture Dr Fahd bin Abdulrahman Balghunaim; the Minister of Health Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah; the Cabinet’s Secretary General Abdulrahman bin Mohammed AlSadhan; and Acting Charge’ D’affaires of Saudi Embassy in Jordan Dr. Hamad Al-Hajri.

US drones to be shot down after May 11: Imran MONITORS REPORT SWABI/ MARDAN

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eclaring his opponents as American stooges, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said the other day that US drones will be shot down if they appeared after May 11. Imran said the PTI’s ‘tsunami’ would sweep away the political actors in the general elections. The PTI chief addressed five public meetings on Saturday as his helicopter first landed in Buner for a rally at Nawagai village and then flew to Topi in Swabi district for another rally. His next stops were Charsadda, Mardan and Nowshera where big crowds waited for him. His last stop was Peshawar where he opened his election office at a hotel. Imran is the PTI’s candidate against ANP’s Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, PPP’s Zulfiqar Afghani and JI’s Shabbir Ahmad Khan in the National Assembly constituency, NA-1 Peshawar. Two other engagements of Imran in Peshawar at Dilazak Road and Gulbahar couldn’t be held. One of the reasons was stated to be scuffle between young PTI and student activists. Full of confidence and hopeful of a good showing at the polls, he took on all his electoral

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rivals and termed them slaves of the US. Addressing the public meeting near Topi Bypass in Swabi district, Imran Khan said: “The opponents would face defeat on May 11 and those who labelled us as Jews and Qadiani’s would not be able to re-enter parliament to devour public money,” he said. The PTI chief said he has been studying the Holy Quran to understand its meaning. “I have never worked for the Jewish lobby. I haven’t referred to the Qadianis as Muslims. It’s a propaganda against me unleashed by those who are America’s slaves,” he stressed. He criticised the Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, President Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) head Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and Awami National Party (ANP) president Asfandyar Wali Khan and termed them political actors and American stooges. “If we are voted to power, there would be no drone attacks in Pakistan. We won’t accept dictation from the US. The PTI government would formulate an independent foreign policy,” he maintained.

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