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US ambassador to India resigns after diplomatic row NEW DELHI —The U.S. ambassador to India has resigned and will return to the United States, an embassy statement said on Monday, following a diplomatic row that strained relations between the world’s biggest democracies. The statement did not give a reason why Ambassador Nancy Powell had resigned, saying only that she would retire from the foreign service after a 37 year career.—Agencies

Taliban abduct candidate, 7 supporters K ABUL —An Afghan official says Taliban gunmen have abducted a candidate running for a seat in the provincial council and seven members of his entourage. Governor Abdul Jabar Haqbeen said on Monday that candidate Hussain Nazari and seven others were taken overnight in the northern Sar-i-Pul province. They were travelling in a taxi to the provincial capital and had no security Continued on Page 7

Wajid decides to retire as HC to UK MONITORING REPORT ISLAMABAD—Wajid Shamsul Hassan, Pakistan High Commissioner to united Kingdom, has decided to reire.

According to media reports High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hassan will hand over his charge to Deputy High Commissioner within seven days. Wajid Shamsul Hassan has performed his duties as High Commissioner to Britain for six years. The reports further said that Imran Mirza will act as acting high Commissioner to United Kingdom.

Sri Lanka enter World T20 semis C HITTAGONG —Sri Lanka breezed into the World Twenty20 semi-finals after left-arm spinner Rangana Herath bowled them to a 59run victory over New Zealand in a decisive match in Chittagong on Monday. Playing his first match of the tournament proper, the spinner remarkably claimed five wickets for three runs as New Zealand managed only 60 in 15.3 overs. With the victory, Sri Lanka joined South Africa in the last four from Group One. New Zealand began their chase one batsman short after all-rounder Corey Anderson dislocated a finger trying to take a catch. Herath took four wickets in his first three overs to leave the Kiwis reeling at 29 for five in the eighth over. Kane Williamson (42),

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Musharraf indicted for treason; pleads not guilty to all charges I prefer death to surrender: Musharraf Moves govt for permission to go abroad ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—Although it was late yet finally, the moment arrived and the special court constituted to try former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in high treason case indicted him Monday by read-

Rumors rife, Musharraf going abroad OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD—The federal capital was rife on Monday night with the rumors about a special plane landing at the Noor Khan Airbase to take former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf out of the country. The speculations about the landing of business aircraft started swirling hours after the Special Court disposed of two petitions filed by the accused seeking permission for traveling abroad. The court ruled that the former Continued on Page 7

ing out five charges against him. Justice him permission to speak in his defence. Islamabad and Rawalpindi.” Tahira Safdar one of the three-judge “”I honour this court and prosecution. I Musharraf further said, “I would like court, read out the charges against him. strongly believe in law and don’t have to ask where is the justice for me in the The other two members of the Islamic republic of Pakistan ... I bench are Justice Faisal Arab have only given to this country (presiding officer of the and not taken anything,” bench) and Justice Yawar Ali. Musharraf said at the very outset. Five charges were framed “I prefer death to surrender.” Apagainst him which included pearing fit and confident, the 70imposition of emergency on year-old, who ruled Pakistan from Nov 3, 2007 as army chief; 1999 to 2008 made an emotional promulgation of PCO, forcing speech highlighting the country’s judges of superior judiciary to achievements under his tenure. take oath under the PCO; ‘il“I am being called a traitor, I have legally’ assuming authority to been chief of army staff for nine amend the Constitution; and years and I have served this army suspension of basic human for 45 years. I have fought two rights, which is violation of wars if it is ‘treason’?” said the the Constitution according to former army chief. “I am not a traithe charge sheet. tor. For me traitors are those who Gen (Retd) Musharraf, loot public money and empty the former president and now actreasury,” he added. cused in the high treason case Musharraf was of the view that pleaded not guilty. In his rehe did not expect justice from the ply to each of the five incumbent government. He quescharges, Pervaiz Musharraf tioned if those who are sitting in who was standing ramrod the assemblies and parliament are straight at the time of the ‘Sadiq’ and ‘Ameen’ (True and the charges being read out replied RAWALPINDI: Former President Gen (Retd) Pervez Trustworthy). It is for the first time Musharraf sitting on his bed in the hospital. “Not guilty.” that a civilian court is trying a The court after reading former army chief. The bench was out charges against him took his signa- ego problems, I have appeared in court constituted in 2013 (November 20) by tures on the charge sheet and granted 16 times in this year in Karachi, the federal government.

Oil prices slashed after strengthening of rupee, effective from today

South Korean PM due on April 13

PM asks provinces to pass on reduced import costs to people


STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Government has decided to slash the petroleum prices on the back of a strengthening rupee on Monday. In a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday, finance minister Ishaq Dar had said that the strengthening rupee against the dollar had provided a positive impetus to imports, including petroleum products. Keeping in view the positive impact of improving exchange rate of Rs98 to the greenback, the premier directed to pass on the benefits to common man and approved slash-

ing of petrol prices by Rs1.72, while the price of high-speed diesel has been reduced by Rs2.90. The new petroleum prices will be effective from today, April 1, 2014. Following are the new petroleum prices in rupees: Kerosene oil price has been cut by Rs 5.61 to Rs 101.15; Light Diesel Oil price has been fixed at 95.06 after a cut of Rs 5.16; HOBC will now be sold at Rs 136.57, showing a decrease of Rs 4.66; High Speed Diesel will now cost Rs 113.85 after a decrease in price of Rs 2.90 and MS (Petrol) price after a cut of Rs 1.72 has been fixed at Rs 108.31.

Meanwhile, in a letter written to all provincial Chief Ministers after reducing petroleum prices the Prime Minister said that it is high time to pass on benefits of cheaper imports and cheaper cost of transportation to the citizens. The People are expecting reduction in the fares of urban and inter-city transport after the reduction in petroleum prices, said Premier Nawaz. The Premier further stated that “We expect lower prices of essential commodities due to lower transportation costs. I expect your personal interest and strong follow-up for immediate relief to the people of Pakistan”.

Turkish PM promises to strengthen democracy after ‘victory’ AKHTAR JAMAL ISLAMABAD —After local election victory on Sunday, Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to build a “stronger democracy” saying victory belonged to Turkey. Erdogan issued the statement after his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) achieved a decisive local election victory on Sunday. Greeting a huge public gathering at his AK Party’s headquarters in Ankara, Erdogan said: “Let no one grieve today; let every one of the 77 million know that Turkey won today,” Erdogan said. “We will bring a stronger democracy.” Erdogan blamed opposition parties’ failure to gain ground on the AK Party down to “insincerity” and lack of organization. The AK Party received more than 45 percent of the vote, become well

ahead of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), which won nearly 28 percent. He also denounced attempts to “shape Turkey’s politics through non-political means” – an apparent Picture on Page 6 reference to a ‘parallel state’ allegedly run by followers of a U.S.-based Turkish preacher, accused of being linked to unspecified foreign elements. “You stood up for Turkey’s ideals... for politics, for your party and your prime minister,” Erdogan said. According to latest report with over 95 percent of the votes counted across Turkey, the main Opposition party, People’s Democratic Party (CHP) received 27.9 percent, the conservative National Movement Party (MHP) at 15 percent and the Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) at

4 percent. BDP won the mayorship polls in most eastern Turkish provinces and cities. Meanwhile Pakistan Government and Opposition leaders have warmly welcomed the results of Turkish election and sent messages of greeting to the Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Erdogan who have developed close political and economic ties with Pakistan during last few years. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif have attracted Turkish investment in huge energy and economic development projects and victory of PM Erdogan is expected to further cement ties between Ankara and Islamabad. The Secretary General of Pakistan Muslim League-Q Mushahid Hussain Sayed has termed Turkey as the best role model for Islamic world.

margin of the societies, will have to suffer the most due to pressure on available natural resources. For Asia, this report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in Yokohama, Japan - said that the impact would increase “risk of drought-related water and food shortage causing malnutrition”. It also predicted increased “riverine, coastal, and urban flooding leading to widespread damage to infrastructure, livelihoods, and settlements, in Asia”. This prediction may well see the impacts of sea-level rise on cities like Mumbai and Kolkata in India and Dhaka in Bangladesh. Some key predictions for Asia include “Increased risk of heat-related mortality, permafrost degradation in Siberia, Central Asia and Tibetan Plateau, shrinking mountain glaciers across most of Asia, changed water availability in many Chi-

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No improvement in health of Musharraf’s mother SHARJAH—No improvement was reported in the health condition of Begum Zarin Musharraf, mother of former president Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf ’s elderly mother has been in serious condition at the intensive care unit of W. Wilson Hospital in Sharjah. A board of doctors monitoring test reports of Begum Zarin Musharraf who was transferred to W. Wilson Hospital in Sharjah after complaining breathing problem. Former Pakistani president Musharraf’s mother was transferred to the intensive care ward of the hos-

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Tribunal rescinds PP-107 election

IRFAN ALIGI Monday resolved to dissolve the Islamic Ideology Council. In this regard, Pakistan Muslim League Functional lady Lawmaker Mehtab Akbar Rashidi tabled a resolution in the House, which was supported and passed with complete consensus. Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz supported the resolution and unanimously voted for its passage. The resolution stated that the IIC had in particular acted against women by issuing a decree according to which there was not limit of age for a girl to marry or for

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nese rivers and increased flow in four rivers due to shrinking glaciers in the Himalayas”. “Negative impacts on aggregate wheat yields in South Asia (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh), negative impacts on aggregate wheat and maize yields in China and increase in water-borne disease in Israel” are some other predictions of the IPCC. The report said- “the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans. The world, in many cases, is ill-prepared for risks from a changing climate”. It, however, concluded that there are opportunities to respond to such risks, though the risks “will be difficult” to manage with high levels of warming. The report, titled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, from

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a man to choose a second woman as his wife while rejecting first spouse’s approval. The IIC had also opposed conduting a DNA test in cases of rape of a girl, the resolution said and further carried concerns from the lawmakers that jointly tabled it in the House that the IIC was instead of resolving people’s issues as per Islamic laws was creating a mess and confusion and hence it should be asked to stop functioning. The resolution said that the IIC could only offer suggestions, which would not carry any legal stress for implementation on them and federal government should take every care before appointing IIC members.

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Pakistan to get leftover Afghan war equipment STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD—Secretary DeL AHORE —An election tri- fence Asif Yasin Malik on bunal Monday annulled result of PP-107, Hafizabad, after it was established that rigging took place, and ordered the Election Commission of Pakistan to conduct repolling in the constituency. Judge Kazim Ali’s court nullified the election results announced for PP-107. The application, which requested re-election in the said constituency, was filed by runner-up candidate Nighat Intisar whereas the

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Sindh Assembly demands scrapping of IIC KARACHI—Sindh assembly

ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister of South Korea, Jung HongWon will pay a 3-day official visit to Pakistan beginning on April 13 to further e x p a n d economic and commercial ties with Pakistan. A strong delegation of Korean entrepreneurs will accompany him to interact with Pakistan business community. Jung Hong-Won will have meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif where Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Advisor to PM on National Security Sartaj Aziz and other Government

India, China to face more extreme weather: UN NEW DELHI—UN panel on Monday morning released its much awaited report which assessed impacts of climate change on human lives, natural resources and marine ecosystem across the globe. It predicted a gloomy picture for Asia where most of the countries, including India and China, will not only have to face more extreme weather events but also have to experience severe stress on drinking water and food-grains by middle of this century. It more specifically predicted that both India and China will have to see “negative impacts on aggregate wheat yields”, impacting the overall food security in the continent. The 49-page report - summary for policymakers - explained in detail how the global warming would affect most of the countries across the globe where poor, who live at the

Accompanied by his newly appointed counsel Dr Farogh Nasim, Musharraf arrived amidst high security at about 9.40 am. Ten minutes after his arrival the judges came out of their chambers and took their seats. Advocate

Monday said Pakistan would be receiving the United States’ leftover military hardware after the completion of withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan later this year. Malik said allied forces had not spoken of handing over equipment to Afghanistan, adding that Pakistan would be receiving the military hardware. He further said that only after going through the equipment would Pakistan decide what it wants to keep

from the remaining supplies. US reviewing Pakistan’s request: A statement issued by the US embassy on Monday said military equipment that has been determined to be excess can be made available through the worldwide excess defence articles (EDA) program, which is open to all eligible countries, including Afghanistan and Pakistan. This equipment will not be brought back with US forces from Afghanistan as they redeploy elsewhere, it added. The embassy further stated that the US assists Pakistan “through many se-

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TTP Shura mulls ceasefire extension TARIQ SAEED P ESHAWA R —While the government negotiators and the Taliban nominated talks committee headed by Maulana Sami ul Haq have agreed to advance the dialogue process aiming at bringing end to the bloodshed and ensuring peace in the region, the Tehreek-eTaliban- Pakistan (TTP) shoora that has held its meeting at an undisclosed location somewhere in

North Waziristan agency Monday to discuss extension in the ceasefire, the announcement to which is expected any time. The one month ceasefire announcement by the Taliban militants, asking all its groups and sub- organizations to halt activities against the government, it may be mentioned expired on Monday. However, during the direct talks between the Government talks committee led by a se-

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PTI policies enjoy confidence of foreign donors STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —KP Chief Minister Pervez

Shahram Khan Tarakai, Chief Secretary Muhammad Shehzad Arbab and Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Pervez highlighted de-

occasion who appreciated the policies of change and transparency in public sector institution and anticorruption measures of the

Khattak has rejoiced that concrete steps against corruption and bringing maximum transparency in the govt machinery has started yielding fruits as it besides the people of this province, has also restored confidence of international community and donor agencies in the development policies of PTI led coalition govt in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and they are expending increased support to us in this regard. “I am confident that the collective wisdom backed by technical expertise of the development partners, civil society, sustained political will and donors’ commitment will provide necessary inputs for achieving successful results under the 8 outcomes of Strategic Development Partnership Framework (SPDF)”, he added and reiterated the pledge of his govt to achieve these outcomes viz a viz peace building and rule of law, economic growth and job creation, basic health, elementary and secondary education with additional focus on skills and technical education, gender equality, enhanc- ISLAMABAD: KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Senior Minister Sirajul Haq and others during ing fiscal space, transparency and dialogue on parternship held on Monday. accountability and improved citivelopment strategies of provincial govt while provincial govt and evolving development partzen partnership. He was addressing as chief guest at Stra- the missions heads, country Directors and em- nership with donor agencies for transparent tegic Dialogue (Donor Conference) on Devel- issary of 22 donor agencies including World use of the donor countries tax payer’s money. opment Partnership framed by KP Govt for Bank, Asian Development Bank , DFID, They assured full support and assistance in donor countries and agencies here. On this USAID, GIZ, KSW, Swiss Development Co- human development efforts of the provincial occasion Senior Minister for Finance Siraj-ul- operation (SDC), UNDP, JICA, AUS AID, EU, govt. They specially eulogized the dynamic Haq, Senior Minister for Health& Agriculture Norway, Canada and Netherland, spoke on the leadership of Chief Minister Pervez Khattak

Christians demand cancellation of King Edwards College BoG

Al-Shifa to double number of free camps

Acid thrown on maid over alleged ‘robbery’

AKF hands over relief cheque for Thar affectees

ABDUL KHALIQ QURESHI A B B O T TA B A D —Christian community in Abbottabad showed sharp re-action on the appointment of principal of Edwards College Peshawar and had demanded for the cancellation of Board of Governor constituted to run Edward College Peshawar, which is an independent body run by the Church Mission headed by Bishop. This announcement came in a press conference held here at Press Club which was addressed by Secretary Association of Churches Hazara Zakir Paul Advocate who was flanked by Father Suhail, Priest Michel Fayaz, Priest Aslam Naaz, Priest Haroon, Priest Saleem Ghouri,, Venues Martin, Edlednees Masher, Luqman Sheer Gil, Shfaqat Chandi. Zakir Paul said that provincial government has issued notification for the appointment of principal for the college that is contradictory to the minority’s rights under section 20 and 36 of constitution of Pakistan. They termed that decisions taken by the BOG is clear violation of the minority’s protection laws of the country and it will create unrest among Christian community in the country as well as in the province.

on reforms and good governance saying that provincial govt wisely switched its policies and priorities from material development to human welfare. Pervez Khattak while thanking the donor agencies for generous support and assurances in furthering the developmental strategies of KP govt said that his govt is also revamping its policing and security forces and resourcing them with latest equipment to mitigate security risks. However he said we welcome the inputs and assistance of our development partners to augment our efforts in financial challenges related to peace and security in our neighborhood. “I am pleased to note that the development partners are cognizant of these challenges and have debated their cause-and-effect relationship at length”, he maintained adding that on behalf of the KP govt, we assure our development partners that we have planned elaborate development strategies to expedite and tap the growth potential of the province, based on the realistic assessment of its comparative and locational advantages. These strategies, he said, would be refined during the deliberations with the sectoral experts and completed with clear milestones and targets with robust monitoring mechanisms to be put in place to ensure results, which both the donors and the government have agreed as the key deliverable of the Strategic Dialogue. The Chief Minister said that his govt has initiated an ambitious agenda of a Transformational Development whose key elements included improvement in governance and service delivery through reforms, accountability/ transparency and bringing citizens closer to the state, economic development by harnessing comparative advantage of the provincial natural resources, institutional strengthening for better utilization of resources, concerted efforts to enhance government-donors coordination.

P ESHAWAR —President, Al- Pakhtunkhwa,

Noor-ul- Mehmood, Media ManHaq. ager, Noor-ul-Wahid In this connection, a Jadoon, district general function was held in Al- secretary, Nowshera Khidmat House, here on Habibullah Shah and Monday, which besides Ahmad Abdullah were also Provincial Senior Program present on the occasion. Manager, Qazi Wajahat Speaking on the occa-

Musharraf’s appearance before Special Court positive development P ESHAWAR —Pakistan Tahrik-e-Inaf President Khyber Pakthunkhwa, Azam Khan Swati said Monday that appearance of former President General (Retd ) Pervez Musharaf before Special Court was a positive development. “Gen (Retd) Musharraf appearance before the three members bench of the Special Court in high treason case is a positive development,” said Azam Swati while addressing a press conference here at Press Club. Several political workers of different political parties on this occasion announced joining of PTI in his presence. He said his party firmly supported dialogue process with Tahrik-e- Taliban Pakistan with a prime objective for ensuring durable peace in the country. He said operations were no solutions to problems, adding Pakistan Tahrik e Inaf from day one advocated for dialogue for long lasting peace and eradicating menace of terrorism. Azam said dialogue was panacea of all existing law and order issues and expressed the hope that it would yield very positive results. The All Parties Conference had given a clear mandate to the Government to hold dialogue with those, who accept the writ of the Government and Constitution. The Government’s dialogue strategy was appreciated in all circles even abroad, he added. He said the PTI government was ready for holding of Local Bodies Elections and would soon be held in a transparent and free atmosphere. He said efforts were being made to arrange LG elections under biometric system. Responding to a query, he said reshuffle in Provincial Cabinet was made through democratic method keeping in view the performance of advisors and ministers and there should be no objections over it. Parliamentary Secretary to Chief Minister for Forest, Fazal Elahi, MPA Mehmood Jan, Provincail Party General Secretary Khalid Masood and others party workers were present on the occasion.—APP

Saira concerned over medicines price-like STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—On directions of the Prime Minister, Minis-

G UJRANWALA —A man al- ter for National Health Services, Regulations & Coordina-

sion, Provincial AlKhidmat Foundation said Khidmat Foundation, disthat the organization utiliztrict Nowshera, Jamal Khan ing all available resources handed over a relief cheque for provision of any posfor the assistance of sible to the drought afdrought affected people of fected persons of Tharparkar to provincial Tharparkar.He said the chief, Khyber foundation has held camps for the collection of financial assistance and people giving donations for the affected people of Tharparkar. SUKKUR: Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Sukkur would take its fight against avoidable blindness to new heights by doubling the number of free eye camps being held in remote areas of the country. According to Spokesperson of Al- Shifa hospital here on Monday the Board of Directors of the hospital had decided to double the number of free eye camps from 150 to 300 per annum to screen fifty thousand schoolchildren during ongoing calendar year. In this regard, Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital President Lt-Gen (R) Hamid UPPER DIR: Operational Commander Pakistan Army Dir Lower Lieutenant Colonel Javed is personally paying Muhammad Arshad offering Dua after planting sapling at Wari Technical College to special attention on the children.—APP inaugurate the Tree Plantation Campaign.

legedly threw acid at a housemaid in Wazirabad area over her alleged involvement in a robbery here on Monday. Forty-year-old Shabana was employed as housemaid at Advocate Amir Anwar’s home for last 28 years. The latter allegedly threw acid on the housemaid and she contracted serious burn injuries on her face. She was shifted to District Headquarters Hospital in a critical condition. The injured woman said she was working as housemaid at residence of Advocate Amir and Advocate Nawaz Chattha for last 28 years. Advocate Amir’s residence was robbed some days ago and he had got arrested Shabana’s son-in-law and son over their alleged involvement in the robbery. She informed that the advocate had an argument with her over robbery issue on Monday and he splashed acid on her face. According to doctors, the lady had suffered 50 percent burnt injuries and she had been referred to Lahore for further treatment. —INP

tion Saira Afzal Tarar has taken strict notice of reports of unilateral and illegal price hike by certain pharmaceutical companies. In an emergency meeting called on Monday, the Minister directed that stern action be taken against violators of the Government’s pricing regime. “There will be zero tolerance against those deceiving the Government and hurting public interest” said the Minister. The Minister for NHSR&C said “some companies after resorting illegal price hike seek restraining orders from the court to avoid action by DRAP”. She said “18 drugs companies had enhanced the prices illegally in the year 2012-2013 and DRAP took legal action against them. The companies sought stay order which was granted by the Sindh High Court. DRAP is making efforts vigorously in the Supreme Court to get the stay order vacated”. On September 17, 2013, the DRAP filed an application in the Supreme Court against all companies who have increased prices without approval of the Federal Government and after obtaining stay orders from various courts, mostly from the Sindh High Court, Karachi. The Supreme Court in hearing of the case on March 20, 2014, fixed case of un-authorized price increase by the pharmaceutical companies for 3rd week of April, 2014 and directed DRAP to submit a comprehensive report on the matter. The court further directed to issue notices to all such companies. The Minister has constituted a three member committee headed by Chief Executive Officer of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) to monitor the market and report on any violation of the pricing regime. “Strict action under the law will be taken against companies found violating the law and overpricing”, a spokesmen of Ministry of NHSR&C said.

Massive allocation of Rs 3.67b for FATA education on the cards STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR— In line with the government vision to introduce revolutionary reforms to educate the tribal youth, the massive allocation of Rs.3.67 billion in the development outlay of FATA 2013-14 for the uplift of education sector, is destined not only to offset the impact of damages caused to educational institutions during war against terrorism but give further boost to this sector. Reveals study of the official documents. Keeping this in mind the development planners in Fata Secretariat have kept the education sector on top of the list viz a viz allocations made for in 2013-14 Fata uplift program. Education sector would get 24.64 percent of the total outlay of Rs.18.5 billion. The allocations are being spent on 184 ongoing projects in education sector in Fata and 33 new schemes proposed in the current ADP. During the ongoing uncertainty in tribal belt, educational institutions were greatly suffered as compared to other departments. As many as 38 middle schools would be established in entire tribal regions so that to increase the number of middle schools to facilitate students. Similarly 125 primary schools would be converted into middle schools in the current fiscal and three female hostels would also be built for female teach-

ers come from out stations. Under all Fata program for education sector, the Fata Secretariat has allocated Rs.21 million for the purchase of land for cadet colleges in Kurram and Mohmand agencies, Rs.6.964 for the introduction of Post Graduate Classes in government degree colleges Khar, Parachinar and Miranshah. Similarly Rs 23 million set aside for providing assistance to 100 talented students in Fata. Rs.10 million will be utilized for providing financial assistance to Fata students through establishment of endowment funds and Rs.100 million allocated for provision of free text books to students up to Class-V in all government schools in Fata. The official documents revealed that Rs. 20 million will go to the award of scholarships to children of Shuhada and Rs.30 million for provision of Laptops to talented students in Fata in 2013-14. Under new schemes proposed in education sector for Fata, Rs.40 million allocated for the current fiscal out of total allocation of Rs.195 million for rehabilitation and reconstruction of educational institutions in areas of IDPs in tribal areas. Similarly Rs.10 million proposed for promotion of girl’s education through award of scholarship to female students from class 6th to 10th. Literacy rate for girls stands at a modest 10.5% compared to 36.66% for boys despite considerable expen-

diture incurred by the FATA Secretariat to improve education statistics in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and Frontier Regions (FRs). According to the FATA Education Atlas 2011-12 report released by Directorate of Education FATA Education Management Information System, the proportion of girls enrolled in educational institutions stands at 7.5% in South Waziristan, 4.26% in North Waziristan, 21.03% in Kurram Agency, 4.75% in Bajaur, 5.72% in Mohmand Agency, 5.15% in Orakzai Agency and 16.13% in Khyber Agency. Similarly, the proportion stands at 5.88% in FR DI Khan, 1.81% in FR Lakki Marwat, 2.28% in FR Tank, 1.07% in FR Bannu, 24.09% in FR Kohat and 16.66% in FR Peshawar. The report states around 124,424 girls were enrolled in 1,551 primary schools, 19,614 girls enrolled in 158 middle schools, 13,837 girls enrolled in 42 high schools and 1,134 girls enrolled in five higher secondary schools in Fata. The official sources said the recent militant activity and poor law and order in FATA has badly hampered girls education in the region adding the government is now taking steps to provide education in all areas of FATA. Thirty-five degree colleges including 23 for boys, 12 for girls and three post-

graduate colleges have been established for youth in FATA in order to extend opportunity of higher education in FATA. According to official sources, FATA University will be set up in the tribal region with estimated cost of Rs.1500 million. A scheme titled as Purchase of land for establishment of IT University in FATA is reflected in ADP 2013-14 at a total cost of Rs.61 million with allocation of Rs .40.807 million for the current financial year. The authorities of Virtual University have been requested to establish campuses in FATA colleges. To facilitate FATA female students, the governor Khyber Pukhtunkhwa has approved a non-ADP scheme for purchase of 12 buses for female colleges. Political Administration is awarding scholarships to FATA students studying in the colleges and universities in FATA and across the country. A scheme titled as strengthening of Deeni Madaris and existing colleges in FATA have been reflected in ADP 2013-14 with allocation of Rs.33 million for the current financial year to strengthen the existing colleges. To combat the existing shortage of electricity and load shedding, a scheme titled “Solarization of IT Labs: in High, Higher Secondary Schools and Colleges” with estimated cost of Rs.50 million in ADP 2013-14 has been reflected.

DERA ALLAYAR: A number of applicants waiting to collect forms for the vacancies in police department.

Waseela-e-Taleem to go into 26 districts across country: Baig ISLAMABAD—The government has prepared all the arrangements for expanding Waseela-e-Taleem (access to education) programme under Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) to 26 additional districts in all provinces of the country. Addressing the one day international conference on “Unfinished Agenda of Education in Pakistan: The Way Forward” organized by Ministry of Professional and Technical Training, Chairman BISP Senator Enver Baig said the programme was launched by Gordon Brown on November 9, 2012, and was successfully tested in five districts.

Early warning system for flood-prone areas stressed

He is honored to receive this task from Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, to expand the coverage of BISP and expedite investment in human capital, starting with promotion of education amongst the poorest beneficiaries of the Programme. He apprised the members of the conference about the Programme and added that the Prime Minister has a strong commitment to poverty alleviation through delivering targeted programmes to the poor as provided in the PML-N manifesto and the decision to continue further development and consolidation of “social protection system” developed under the programme

by doubling its allocation in the current financial year budget is a strong testimony of this commitment. Enver Baig explained that BISP believes in complimenting cash transfers with graduation programmes which provide these poor, access to income generating opportunities. He informed about the recent exploration of avenues for training and entrepreneurship development of the poorest to help them find job opportunities in the local and overseas market. He said that in order to make the social safety system effective BISP is linking up with various initiatives to deliver these services.— APP

Asif pledges to make Sialkot a model district

P ASRUR —Federal Minister for Defence, Muhammad Asif reviewed the pace of the M ULTAN —An NGO meet- Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif ongoing under completion development ing on Monday called for launching an early warning system to save people of low-lying areas from floods. Encourage Human Development (EHD) organized the sitting of professionals here at a local hotel to review the situation in floodhit areas. The meeting also invited some affectees belonging to worst hit village Binda Sandeela. Most of the area was inundated by the flood. EHD Director Monazza Hashmi stressed close coordination between public and private sectors to overcome natural calamities in future. The affectees including Mohammad Mushtaq, Hafiz Mohammad Ramzan, Khizer Hayat and Ashiq Hussain informed the meeting about problems they had faced after the flood.—APP

has pledged to leave no stone unturned for the uplift and beautification of Sialkot city , besides, making sincere efforts to make Sialkot a model district of the Punjab in view of its global trade, industrial and export significance. He stated this while talking to the local MPAs Mansha Ullah Butt, Ch. Muhammad Ikram and Ch. Arshad Javaid Warraich here.President PML-N Sialkot district Idrees Ahmed Bajwa and General Secretary of PML-N Sialkot district Shujaat Ali Pasha and other PML-N leaders Mehmoodul Hassan Babar Khan, Tariq Mehmood and others were also present on this occasion. Khawaja Asif asserted that Sialkot deserved to be a model city now, as the PML-N government was taking keen interest in the socio-economic development and beautification of Sialkot. He added that Sialkot would soon be made a model district by raising the living standard of the Sialkot people through ensuring the early and smooth provision of all the basic facilities to the people at their door steps, in this regard. Khawaja

projects in Sialkot. He said that 100 beds well-equipped cardiology centre would start functioning at Govt. Allama Iqbal Memorial DHQ Hospital Sialkot in June 2014. He said that the Sialkot Campus of the University of Punjab would also be established soon adjacent to the ground of Govt. Jinnah Islamia College Sialkot for providing the higher education facilities to the local students at local level. Federal Minister also announced the early dualization of 100 KMs long SialkotEimanabad Road, saying that construction work of this project would be started in September 2014. Khawaja Asif urged the elected representatives to motivate the masses to end the unnecessary use of electricity in the peak hours, besides, ensuring the early closure of all the markets, bazaars, shops and shopping centers in the evening, saying that the government would soon announce a schedule in this regard. Federal Minister added that saving of electricity was a national obligation and the demand of the day.—INP

Services of Kohat, Bannu police jawans lauded PESHAWAR—Inspector General of Police (IGP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Nasir Khan Durrani has said that Kohat and Bannu Police have added new chapters of bravery and gallantry acts by foiling the nefarious designs of terrorists’ well-in-time. He was addressing an award distribution ceremony which was arranged in honour of Kohat and Bannu police jawans who thwarted two separate acts of terrorisms. The Kohat police had recovered suicide jackets, detonator and 13 kg small bullets during a search of handbag. The owner of the bag has also offered huge bribe to the police during the search of bag but police refused the offer and recovered the above material from it. Similarly Bannu police during the naka bandi has killed a terrorist in the encounter in which the terrorists hurled five hand grenades on the police party. Addressing the ceremony the IGP said that intime action of Kohat and Bannu police was an ample proof of proactive and best policing. He informed that police duty was full of challenges but police has to come out successful by keeping the sanctity of the uniform in every difficult situation. The IGP further went on to say that he feels pride and satisfaction by awarding the jawans on their bravery and good work. He informed that the state was fighting a war against the terrorists and urged the police to remain alert and combat every tactics of the terrorist with iron hands. The IGP held in high esteem the bravery, commitment and quick action of the jawans in these two incidents and hoped that they will repeat the same good performance in future too. On this occasion the police jawans who were awarded IGP Commendation Certificates included Sub Inspector Muhammad Tariq, Head Constable Adeeb, Constable Muhammad Abbas and Driver Constable Tawaqal Khan of Kohat police and Sub Inspectors Rizwan, Saad Ullah Ghazi, Rehmat Ullah and ASI Muhammad Nawaz of Bannu police. —APP

SHANGLA: Motorists are stuck in a massive traffic jam due to land-sliding on Swat-Basham Road.

World Autism awareness Day tomorrow ISLAMABAD—World Autism Awareness Day will be observed on 2nd April across the world including Pakistan to increase people’s awareness about people, especially children, with autism. The day often features educational events for teachers, health care workers and parents, as well as exhibitions showcasing work created by children with autism. Many events are organized on World Autism Awareness Day. These include: Conferences and workshops for professionals working with people with autism. Television and radio shows, as well as newspaper features, about people with autism and their lives. Artistic workshops for people with autism. Autism is a developmental disability that remains with a person for his or her whole life. This condition affects the brain’s functions. The first signs usually appear before a child is three years old. Autism affects girls and boys of all races and in all geographic regions and has a large impact on children, their families, communities and societies.—APP

PDMA continues with relief work in Tharparkar STAFF REPORTER CHILAS: Affectees of Bhasha Dam hold a demonstration in support of their demands.

Seven accused involved in electricity stealing sent to jail PESHAWAR—The Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) checking teams with collaboration of Police Station Peshawar nabbed seven accused on charges of using electricity through direct hooks and sent them to jail. The Pesco Special Magistrate after hearing the case sent the accused to Central Jail Peshawar on judicial remand. The accused apprehended are Hazrat Shah r/o Faqir Kali, Niaz Ali r/o Pajjagi Road, Shafa-ud-din r/o Sharbat Qila,Zahoor r/o Tehkal Payan,Abdul Manan r/o Daman Afghani,Sajad r/o Ghari Hamza,Azir-urRehman r/o Ghudi Kali,Mir Akbar r/o Regi,Gharib Zada r/o Palocy,Nasim Ullah r/ o Gulberg,Mudasir r/o Gharib Abad No-02. FAISALABAD: The graph of FESCO is high as compared to other power distribution companies (PDC) across the country which is a result of hard working of staff. FESCO Chief Executive Khurshid Alam said this while Addressing a ceremony held

in honour of General Manager Operation Tariq Mahmood by GSC and PMU FESCO here. He urged the staff to continue team work with same devotion to maintain present status and improve their performance more. He said that FESCO was trying hard to supply uninterrupted power supply to 3.3 million consumers in eight districts of the region. He appreciated the performance of staff that completes their task on every cost without keeping in mind the weather conditions. He also lauded the services of GM Operation Tariq Mahmood rendered him for the company saying that he will be remembered forever. Chief Engineer (operation) Akhtar Randhawa, Project Director GSC Masood Salahuddin, Additional Project Director GSC Rana Ayyub, Manager Environment PMU Muhammad Sharif and others also paid tribute to the services of Tariq Mahmood. A large number of FESCO officers were also present.—APP

KARACHI—The DG PDMA Sindh Syed Salman Shah siad that the PDMA Sindh drought affectees are being given free of cost wheat bags. So far, 244,732 families in Tharparkar, 16,654 families in Umerkot and 7,961 families in Sanghar and 3,300 families in Khairpur district have been provided 50 kg wheat bags. He said that PDMA continues providing family ration bags to augment the relief support for drought affectees. Till to date, PDMA has provided 44,000 family ration bags to drought affected districts; 27,000 to Tharparkar, 10,000 to Umerkot and 7,000 to District Sanghar.

MoU for construction of hydro project near Kaghan signed an agreement for acquisition of 4418 kanals ABDUL KHALIQ QURESHI of land to construct 870 Mega Watt power A BBOTTABAD — Chief Administration of production project in Mansehra District near Hazara Division and Management of Suki Kanari Hydro Power Project, Mansehra has signed an agreement for acquisition of 4418 Kanals of land to construct 870 Mega Watt power production project in Mansehra District near Kaghan says press release of information department. The agreement was finalized and signed in a meeting held here Monday with Commissioner Hazara Division, Abid Ali Khan in the chair. The Commissioner and Mian Shahabullah Kakakhel, Executive Director of Suki Kanari Hydro Power Project signed the agreement on behalf of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government and the project authorities respectively. The Deputy Commissioner, Mansehra and other concerned officers were also present. APP Adds: The Administration of Hazara Division and Management of Suki Kanari Hydro Power Project, Mansehra has signed

Kaghan. The agreement was finalized and signed in a meeting held here Monday with Commissioner Hazara Division, Abid Ali Khan in the chair. Commissioner and Mian Shahabullah Kakakhel, Executive Director of Suki Kanari Hydro Power Project signed the agreement on behalf of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government and the project authorities respectively. The Deputy Commissioner, Mansehra and other concerned officers were also present. The meeting which discussed in detail the arrangements of the land acquisition and taken various decisions to remove impediments in early initiation of the project. These decisions were formally incorporated in to the agreement, which states that the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will make 4418 kanals of land available for the project through the acquisition process.

acres land Two rain spells during 7,000 allocated for current week forecast MNS Agri Varsity ISLAMABAD —A new weather system is likely to grip the upper parts on Tuesday, which casue scattered rain from Wednesday onward. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the upper parts of the country are likely to receive two more rain spells during this week. The weather system, presently prevailing over Iran, is heading towards Pakistan and likely to approach Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday night and grip upper parts of the country on Wednesday. This weather system will cause scattered rain-thunderstorm in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, upper Punjab, Kashmir and GilgitBaltistan on Wednesday, the PMD predicted. Scattered rain and thunderstorm are likely in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat and Bannu divisions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha and Lahore divisions in upper Punjab. Another weather system is likely to approach northern parts of Balochistan on Friday and likely to grip upper parts of the country on Saturday. This weather system will also cause scattered rain and thunderstorm in northern Balochistan, including Quetta, Zhob and Kalat divisions on Friday night and Saturday and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, upper Punjab, Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan on Saturday and Sunday. Rainfed areas of wheat growing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab are likely to receive good rain during the weekend. However, weather will remain dry in southern Punjab and Sindh during the period. Rain will be accompanied by windstorm or hailstorm at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Peshawar and Kohat divisions during the weekend. Meanwhile, the Peshawar Met Office Monday predicted rain-thunderstorm at scattered places of Khyber Pakthunkhwa, North Balochistan, Islamabad, Upper/Central Punjab and Kashmir during next 48 hours.—APP

M ULTAN —District Coordination Officer Zahid Saleem Gondal announced on Monday that they had allocated 7000 acres land for Muhammad Nawaz Sharif (MNS) Agriculture University which would be handed over to varsity administration soon. He was addressing a Food Security Challenges conference here at Bahauddin Zakariya University held under the auspices of Agriculture Department. The DCO added that it was not possible for everybody to be an agriculture graduate and the sector was not getting the attention which it deserved. Farmers, who consult people concerned, harvest good crops, he said, adding that the Holy Quran had also talked about the sector. Gondal urged floriculture and horticulture departments of the varsity to come forward and play their role in beautifying the city. He disclosed that tourist huts would be set up at the Qasim Fort and development work would be completed soon. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Nazim Labar said the agriculture sector was growing and it had a great scope at home and abroad.—APP

Performance of UoP psychologists eulogized PESHAWAR—A variety of events were witnessed in connection with the first Alumni Reunion of the Department of Psychology University of Peshawar at the Pashto Cultural Museum of UoP. The fellow psychologist proved on the day that people suffering from anxiety, depression and other forms of trauma can get rid of the resonance of their miseries without the use of medicine in the colorful event attended by around three hundred alumni of the Department, says a press release here on Monday. The highlight performance of the day was that of the famous love story Adam Khan Dukhanai which set up the tone and raised

the bar for others to come up with something more. The trends of the trade had changed by 180 degree showed Prince Salim and Anar Kali of the year 2014. Besides the e-age heer had a realistic approach to life than that of the contemporary Ranja, revealed the fact, as to how, the girls have adapted more rapidly to the dynamics of a globalised world compared to their opposite sex. Vice Chancellor UoP Prof. Dr Muhammad Rasul Jan was the chief guest of the colorful ceremony. He was accompanied by Chairperson Department of Psychology Prof. Dr Erum Irshad, VC Swat University Dr Jehanzeb Khan and Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof. Dr SHANGLA: DSP Poran Circle Muhammad Zaman Khan showing the weapons seized from suspects, during a press Naeem-ur-Rehman Khattak.—APP conference in Basham.

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T is not surprising that Afghan President Hamid Karzai has once again directed his guns against Pakistan, accusing it of sponsoring a series of recent attacks in his country and blocking his Government from striking a peace deal with Taliban. Talking telephonically to US Secretary of State, he also urged Washington to go after the Pakistani intelligence agency. The latest anti-Pakistani posture of Karzai is in line with his track record of blaming the country that not only played host to him for a long time but millions of distressed Afghans but also extended every possible cooperation to keep his fragile administration afloat. In fact, Karzai has achieved notoriety for his mercurial conduct and policies that have also alienated him from his erstwhile Western patrons. It is sad that Karzai frequently chooses to malign Pakistan on account of acts of terrorism in his country despite the fact that the top leadership of the country has repeatedly made it clear that Pakistan has totally delinked itself from the past policy vis-à-vis what is happening across the Durand Line. The point was hammered by Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz when he visited Kabul and categorical assurances to this effect were also given by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself on different occasions including visit to Afghanistan. The Prime Minister went a step further in announcing several mega projects for Afghanistan that have the potential to bring about a remarkable improvement in socio-economic conditions of people of that country. Pakistan has also declared that it has no favourites in Afghanistan and would support any move for restoration of peace that is Afghan-led and owned. As for the allegations of creating hindrances in peace talks, it is known to all that in response to a request from Karzai, Pakistan released Afghan Taliban and tried its best to facilitate the process. However, Karzai himself sabotaged the process of talks with Taliban by raising stupid arguments against opening of Taliban office in Doha and now he is shifting the blame to others. In this perspective, it looks rather enigmatic as to how and why Karzai is adopting venomous attitude against Pakistan.

Daunting challenges before new JI Amir J

AMAAT-e-Islami (JI) on Sunday elected its Deputy Amir and Senior Minister in KPK Government Sirajul Haq as its 5th Amir for a five-year term through secret ballot. This is for the first time that the party did not reelect its incumbent Amir despite nomination by Shura and voting members opted for a change. In the first place, one must give credit to JI for its democratic credentials as it is, perhaps, the only party in the country that has been holding party elections regularly, which is in sharp contrast to others that claim to be democratic but ignore elections time and again. This smooth change of leadership and acceptance of electoral outcome by all augurs well for the party and sends yet another re-assuring message to the masses about discipline and unity of the party. We endorse decision of the JI Electoral College that has reposed confidence in Sirajul Haq, who enjoys reputation as a meticulously honest and straightforward personality, a rare quality in the Pakistani context. He hails from a religious family and has earned a position of respect for his integrity and following principle-based politics. We are confident that he would not disappoint the party Electoral College and countrywide supporters and sympathizers of the party. We say so because the party faces daunting challenges and he would have to tread his path carefully to address them to the satisfaction of the party and people especially in the context of highly complicated situation caused by the issue of terrorism and extremism. Similarly, since the early days when JI was founded by Maulana Maudoodi, who was one of great philosophers of Islam, the party focused on reformation of society and propagation of Islam but of late it has faltered on this account. Ground realities have changed a lot and new Amir will have to work hard to adapt to these changes. The party can carve out its role as it is free from stigma of sectarianism and therefore, is in a position to contribute significantly to promote Islamic values, culture and identity.

Russia should shun annexing Ukraine A

MIDST rising tension between Russia and the West over annexation of Crimean peninsula by Moscow, the four-hour long parleys between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov ended Sunday night with no breakthrough. The meeting took place against an ominous backdrop of the gathering of an estimated 40,000 Russian troops on Ukraine’s eastern border, and warnings from NATO and the Pentagon that the Russian military activity, ostensibly relating to routine exercises, was abnormal and could be a prelude to an invasion. John Kerry said after the talks held in Paris that Sergei Lavrov had reaffirmed Russia’s commitment to finding a diplomatic solution in Ukraine but had not agreed to move Russian troops from the Ukraine border. Lavrov repeated demand that the US and its European partners should accept Russian proposal that ethnic Russian regions of eastern and southern Ukraine be given extensive autonomous powers independent of Kiev as a condition for agreeing a diplomatic solution to the crisis over its annexation of Crimea. The Russian Foreign Minister asserted that Ukraine could not function as a “unified state” and should become a loose federation where every region would have control of its economy, taxes, culture, language, education and external economic and cultural connections with neighbouring countries or regions. The Russian proposal to radically alter the way Ukraine is governed and administered is certain to arouse strong opposition in Kiev, where it will be viewed by critics of Moscow’s intervention in Crimea as a roundabout way of breaking up or partitioning the country. Defence experts are of the considered opinion that if Russia is considering more territorial expansion, eastern Ukraine would be high on the list. NATO’s commander in Europe warned Trans-Dniester could be Russia’s next target. Though Russian Foreign Minister repeatedly said that his country has no plan to attack Ukraine but the conditions laid down to find a diplomatic solution are poisonous pills and would not be taken by Ukraine and the West. President Putin would be well-advised to desist from aggravating the crisis as that would not be acceptable to the world and lead to start of a new cold war and there is every danger of triggering WW-III.

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Baseless claims & false perceptions cluded in the list, though the TTP has been propagating that families of militants have been taken as hostages. In fact, this Mohammad Jamil report is negative and detEmail: rimental to Army’s prestige. Military has strongly rejected the reports and conjectures about women T is heartening to see the dia and children in military’s custody and logue between the government termed them as false. Media must and the TTP committees mov- realize that quoting Information Mining forward. Both committees met ister in publishing incorrect and with Interior Minister Chaudhry skewed reports may create sensation, Nisar Ali Khan, who later met Prime but there is no truth in such propaMinister Mian Nawaz Sharif to ap- ganda, especially when dialogue beprise him of the progress made in tween government and the TTP is his absence. The TTP is reported to moving in a desired direction. The have extended the ceasefire, and ongoing peace dialogue between there would be no change in the ex- government of Pakistan and TTP is isting position of the militarist sta- reflective of the desire and need to tioned at FATA and elsewhere. Ac- bring peace in the country and end cording to media reports, the TTP war on terrorism to create an envihas demanded of the government to ronment conducive for internal harrelease women and children alleg- mony and cohesion. Since both the parties seem sinedly kept hostage by Armed forces. The claim of the TTP is not only cere in their efforts to bring peace in fake, misleading and baseless but the country, therefore, restraint also damaging for the image of against any violent act or Armed Forces. This propaganda adventurism is essential. And there gimmick is meant for making an should be an end to the blame game emotional appeal to the audience to and accusations. Since the governdevelop a sense of compassion for ment has shown unprecedented remilitants of the TTP. Print media straint and has all along been trying including a report published by Urdu to bring peace through talks, it is up daily quoting Information Minister to the Taliban leadership to make the Pervez Rasheed stated that “Army dialogue process a success. They will have to be included in dialogue should understand that if any harm process as some important matters is caused to Pakistan, they will suf(referring to women and children) fer in an equal measure. Thoughtless are known only to Army. The mili- and irresponsible statements by potary has rejected this news as mis- litical leaders especially Professor Ibrahim (JI) repeating TTP demands leading and confusing. According to a report by private on women and children are likely to TV channel, not a single woman or create false perceptions. Maulana a child was included in the first list Sami-ul-Haq was on record having provided to the government com- said that even if the talks fail, there mittee. But in the second list, one should be no action against the miliwoman and two children were in- tants. This is tantamount to

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emboldening the militants that they could continue with the vile activities with impunity. Although one should have a positive approach towards the dialogue, yet some skeptics are of the view that the TTP leaders are trying to gain time, and offer for talks came only after the air force softened them up by attacking their strongholds. That point besides, the TTP should disown the elements that are not willing to wean away from terrorist attacks. They should come up with reasonable demands, and avoid accusations about women and children in army’s custody. Pakistan today faces religious radicalism and extremism that poses an existential threat to Pakistani society and state, as terrorists are attacking whenever and wherever they want. Taking advantage of the indecisiveness of the political parties, their strikes had increased across the country. The government of Pakistan is determined to end terrorism through dialogue, and if talks fail then military action. It also vows to address the problems faced by the people by providing socio-economic justice and increase development efforts. Yet, the level of success on both counts leaves a lot to be desired. Unfortunately comprehensive and vibrant counter-terrorism, antiextremism and counter-radicalism strategies are lacking, and there are grey areas and ambiguities in the existing policies. There is need to create public awareness on the perils if terrorism, radicalism and extremism are left unchecked. Some political and religious parties have been arguing that the government should not use force against militants, and address the causes that give rise to extremism and terrorism. Of course, the Taliban in Afghanistan have the point in waging jihad as they are fighting the oc-

cupiers, whereas Pakistani Taliban are killing their own people and are fighting with the security forces. The sacrifices of law enforcing agencies’ personnel while fighting terrorism are significant and deserve recognition at national and international levels. A few palmed off media men and politicos do not realize that Pakistan is at war with the terrorists and they should not demoralize the defenders of Pakistan. No less than 5000 soldiers and men in uniform have lost their lives while fighting the merchants of death, who had also attacked GHQ, Mehran base, other installations and ISI offices in Lahore and recently on Sukkar in which ISI personnel were martyred. On TV talk shows, some anchorpersons and panelists resort to Pakistan-bashing, military-bashing and agencies-bashing, not realizing that something sinister is being played around Pakistan. The nation must remain united against terrorist threat and show solidarity with the armed forces who have given tremendous sacrifices during the course of fighting with the terrorists. However, if members of the Parliament and the government feel that they can bring peace by holding talks with, they should do it without delay, but should not confuse the nation with their polemics and arguments of ‘ifs and buts’. They should rather put their heads together and formulate strategy to counter terrorism with a view to protecting the life and property of citizens and sensitive assets of Pakistan. Those elements resorting to insinuations, conjectures and accusations against armed forces are trying to demoralize the law enforcing agencies, and wittingly or unwittingly advancing the agenda of Pakistan’s enemies. —The writer is Lahore-based senior journalist.

What are we talking about? voiced from the side of the TTP – a lose umbrella orgafor dozens of rather Ali Ashraf Khan nization independent groups with verse ideologies- that they are ready to talk within the framework of the Pakistan constiRIME Minister Nawaz Sharif tution which in itself intends to be an is eager to get the peace talks Islamic constitution guiding somewith the Taliban going but has thing like an Islamic state - a fact that he ever thought about what that we have been highlighting in these would mean for future policy con- columns. But why has the media and straints of Pakistan? While talking ruling junta remained silent on this to an opposition group that obvi- fact, which is being accepted now on ously could not be defeated militar- the sidelines of Nawaz Sharif’s red ily is one constructive way to deal carpet reception in The Hague conwith the situation it has some impli- ference? A possible result of the talkswith cations for the government’s policy options. The principles for such ne- regard to the first demand of the gotiations and the red lines have to Taliban could be to agree to implebe decided before the talks begin. ment the current Pakistani constituThe reason being that Taliban will tion and especially its Islamic parts make some demands and while not which so far have mainly been neall their demand have to be met some glected. They include article 62/63 of will be so important for them that constitution and an effective role of without conceding those demands the Council of Islamic Ideology. I no permanent peace will be remember during Gen. Ziaul Haque regime the then Chief of Council Jusachieved. The reason for the Taliban up- tice Tanzeelur Rehman (Retd) havrising against the Pakistani state ing said that only 5% of CII’S recapart from their involvement in Af- ommendations have been accepted by ghanistan- is first: the inadequacy of the government. But the second reason for Taliban western ‘democracy’ as a political system for Pakistan and second: fighting is Pakistan’s siding with the Pakistan’s siding with the US and West in the Afghan war. This affiliathe West in the Afghan war while tion decided by General Musharraf failing to build national confidence in a lone decision making process and that was in Pakistan’s own interest. possibly under the threat to be Instead the majority of Pakistanis bombed back into the stone age has think that our rulers are siding with shocked not only the population of the tribal areas who had a big stake the enemies of Islam. The logical consequence would in the fighting of the war against the be that the above mentioned two Soviet Union and later in the Afghan main reasons for Taliban fighting the civil war but also the countless jihadis Pakistani state have to be somehow that had been created by the Pakistani condoned if the negotiations are suc- state itself in order to fight as proxies cessful and peace be achieved. Now, Pakistan’s war in Kashmir, in Afpreliminary opinions have been ghanistan and elsewhere. Those


jihadis are not Pashtuns, they are Punjabis but all other ethnicities living in Pakistan have their share in it as well. Their demand will be that Pakistan breaks up its connection with the US which would be a good decision given the material, economic and ideological losses Pakistan has suffered because of this involvement with the US. US has lost the war in Afghanistan and while still involved in it the EU and Obama have again been jolted by Russia regarding Ukraine and they are running from pillar to post in a bid of face saving. Pakistan’s rulers seem to be in complicity to continue fighting the US war as proxies again and it is perhaps no accident that billions of dollars are pouring into Pakistan from shady sources with shady undisclosed purposes but probably as the price for continuing to fight the Western war. Even the stop of drone attacks for the last three months is pointing into the same direction. Breaking up the connection with the US will thus be a main demand of the Taliban and the government will not be ready and not be able to concede this because the military standing in shadow behind negotiating teams will never agree. This assessment is also supported by the unfortunate treatment that was meted out to one senior parliamentarian who was humiliated and got off-loaded from the airplane on nothing more than the request of the US embassy Islamabad when he was going to Canada to participate in Pakistan day celebration. This act challenged the prestige of our parliament but the Pakistani authorities didn’t care and complied. When US needed Pakistan we were entrusted to run Mujahedeen operation to fight against USSR. Later sanctions were imposed for developing nuclear weapons and

then the US propped up Pervez Musharraf as a terror fighter hero of the post 9/11 era, dumped him, embraced Benazir Bhutto and then her widower who ruled with impunity for 5 years. But then he was also dumped and Nawaz Sharif was brought in to play their game of musical chair. We all remember the time when the Benazir Bhutto was coming back to Pakistan under the NRO she had to concede giving access to Dr. Qadeer Khan and allow inspection of our nuclear assets because they were so seen to be insecure by the West and the Taliban could take them over any time. It was only a years ago when Bruce Riedel, Chairman US Presidents Strategic policy review said that “while not inevitable, a jihadist state in Pakistan is a real possibility” and Michael E O’Hanlon of Brookings Institution giving his views on a pre-emptive strike against Pakistan’s nuclear weapons had questioned if and when any military offensive is launched against Taliban what should the American response be? And how secure are Pakistan’s nuclear weapons? Is there a nightmare scenario in this sudden change of hearts when President Obama has now declared Pakistan as the safest country for nukes in the world? Now the West needs Pakistan for its own ulterior motives and that is why the rhetoric has suddenly changed. And this government is ready to take it. The Pakistani state and government will continue to fight the proxy war for the West in Afghanistan. This is the price tag attached to all that money coming in and the reason for all the praise and goodwill shown. —The writer is Karachi-based senior columnist.

RESIDENT Obama, a White House aide said Friday, wants “stability” in Egypt but believes “that stability ultimately is going to be best served by Egypt following through on its commitment to transition to free and fair elections and democratic governance.” In theory that put him at odds with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, who in the name of stability has put billions behind the regime of Gen. Abdel Fatah alSissi since it staged a coup against the democratically elected government of Mohamed Morsi in July. In practice, the US-Saudi differences looked irrelevant in light of Gen. Sissi’s announcement that he intends to be a candidate for president. The general’s move virtually ensures that Egypt will be neither democratic nor stable — even though both Saudi Arabia and the Obama administration may go on backing him. Mr. Obama’s pro-democracy rhetoric notwithstanding, his administration has publicly supported the notion that the Sissi regime is leading Egypt back to democracy long after it became obvious that the opposite was occurring. Since July, the generals have presided over more than 2,500 deaths in political violence and at least 16,000 arrests, including not just the imprisonment of Mr. Morsi and the leadership of his Muslim Brotherhood but also those of secular journalists and liberal organizers of the 2011 revolution. Last Monday, following a two-day trial, a judge sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood members to death for the killing of one policeman. As Michele Dunne and Scott Williamson of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace concluded, the regime’s “use of violence . . . is unprecedented in Egypt’s modern political history.” With opposition media silenced, a massive state-sponsored propaganda campaign has created a cult of personality around Gen. Sissi while defaming opponents. Consequently, the planned presidential election, expected in less than two months, will not be fair. How could it be when the winner of the last five elections, the Muslim Brotherhood, is being violently repressed? Many in Washington might share King Abdullah’s lack of concern about whether the Sissi regime is moving toward democracy — though the Obama administration must certify that it is before fully resuming US military aid. But Gen. Sissi also cannot offer “stability.” That’s one reason the Egyptian stock market dropped in response to his candidacy: The prospects for an economic recovery under his rule are bleak. The general has offered no economic program other than promising that “work, food, education, medical treatment and homes . . . must be easily available to all Egyptians.” Since the coup, the regime has depended on populist pump-priming bankrolled with foreign donations and borrowing, an unsustainable formula. Egypt needs peace to restore its critical tourism industry and tough free-market reforms to attract foreign investment. Gen. Sissi, committed to repression and beholden to the military’s vast economic establishment, can deliver neither. If the Obama administration really supports “democratic governance” in Egypt, its only reasonable course is to recognize that Gen. Sissi is not delivering it. That would lead to a full suspension of military aid with resources redirected to support the emergence of a genuine democratic movement. If Mr. Obama instead chooses to perpetuate the fiction that the current regime is on the path to democracy, his only real difference from the Saudi king would be one of honesty. — The Washington Post

A Frenchman must be always talking, whether he knows anything of the matter or not; an Englishman is content to say nothing, when he has nothing to say. —Samuel Johnson British lexicographer

Challenge of good leadership Syed Zubair Ahmed


LEADER makes other people feel important and ap preciated and creates such an environment in which people get their due appreciation. Leaders know what enduring values are. They recognize the importance of ethical behavior. The best leaders exhibit both values and ethics in their leadership thought and actions. The values and ethics, in which we believe in, indeed define and craft our character. The great leader ignites the passions of the people and the people watch closely, learn passionately from and emulate keenly with the concrete example of their leader. The practical example gives the people, renewed purpose and meaning in their lives. The survival of the nation much depends on the actions of our leaders not on the abstract thoughts, hollow slogans and lofty claims. The overall decadence witnessed Pakistan during the term 2008-2013, was largely a result of misgovernance, misuse of authority and lack of institutional capacity at various governance levels.

Fraud, corruption, mismanagement and abuse of powers were main instruments in the hands of public representatives and leaders of then government. In order to address the issues such as circular debts, fiscal deficit reduction, rationalization of tax rates and extension of tax net, they run the country without policy, direction and ethics. The circular debt is not a problem per se but it is a symptom of deeper structural problems that beset the energy sector today. The aimless policies of then government and serious security concerns impaired inflow of investment rather it spurted and supported flight of capital. The government was poorly failed to deliver in every nook and cranny of governance and leadership. Apparently enough, it was the priority to placate and reward powerful bureaucracies in both the government and corporate sectors. The leaders were busy in increasing their power and amassing wealth to their elitist class. Crooked politicians, bureaucracy and businessmen invariably have stolen billions of public money, deprived national and local governments’ huge resources to provide health care, infrastructure, sanitation, education and other vital civic services and

amenities to the public. From 2002 until 2013, Pakistan External Debt averaged 47.037 USD billion reaching an all-time high of 66.451 USD million in December of 2011. The total foreign debt of the country stood at dollar 59.5 billion, it was disclosed by State Bank of Pakistan. Pakistan’s debt-to-GDP ratio is close to 60%. Its debt liability has reached at Rs.13 trillion resulting in debt servicing (including interest payments) to the tune of 45% of the government revenue. So far, no serious effort has been made by NAB, FBR, FIA, Anti-Narcotics Force (AFN) or Narcotics Control Board (NCB) to conduct an in-depth study to quantify the magnitude of black money, tax evasion and illegal money stashed into Swiss banks. According to an estimate, the money stashed in Swiss banks of Pakistani origin is to the tune of US $200 billion- four times the external debt of Pakistan. It points to parallel economy is growing at an alarming rate of 20 percent per annum. The glaring figures abundantly demonstrate how the country has been governed over the years. The volume of black money generated in the year 200809 alone was not less than US$40bn. According to various studies, the underground money generated through

smuggling in goods and narcotics trade alone is between US $50 billion. We are confronted with great tragedy that we cannot trust the words of our leaders. Before assuming powers, our leaders proclaim lofty ideals just for the sake of gaining popularity. When they attain powers, all that was said, is changed altogether. The actions of the leaders belie their words, expectations and promises. Always remember that actions speak louder than words. We find remarkable gulf between doing and saying. They profess certain sublime and noble principles and precepts, but sadly practise the very antithesis of these principles and morals. When promises are made to lull the heart and seduce the soul, without complying them, it loses its vitality, value and authenticity. Before making any false promises, examine your actions, because in the final analysis you’ll be judged by them. If we want to measure the greatness of the leader, it should not be in monetary terms rather how the leadership impacted the lives of the people for good, have they created lasting value for the common men. —The writer is an Islamabadbased Forensic Accountant.

Stop honour killings Salman Ali


ONOUR killing is a cultural reality in Pakistan as accord ing to UN about more than one thousand women are killed in Pakistan each year in the name of honor. These are the cases that are reported but thousands go unregistered and unnoticed.The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates that as many as 5,000 girls and women are killed in the name of honour by their family members in recent times. This is unfortunately just hard statistics. The real number could be anybody’s guess and many fold than this. Amnesty International claims that the incidence of Honour killings is increasing each year. According to HRCP about 1,957 incidents of honour killings had been recorded over the past four years and most of them had occurred in response to alleged extramarital rela-

tions. Through statistics provided by MRDO organization working in Sindh about 270 cases have been registered in previous year secondly sindh is the only place in the country where the lives of men are also taken in honour killings. The details of murders of the women beheaded, burned to death, stoned to death, stabbed, electrocuted, strangled and buried alive for the honour of the families are a barbaric as they are shameful. Many women groups in the Middle East and Southwest Asia suspect the victims are at least four times the United Nations’ latest figure of around 5,000 deaths a year. Most of the victims are young many are teenagers, slaughtered under a vile tradition that goes back hundreds of years but which now spans half the globe. However, in my opinion men are also killed at times, in the name of honour it makes one even sad to know that this barbaric practice transcends beyond faith, sect and even gender. Through research I was on the view

that Iraqis, Kurds, Palestinians in Jordan, Pakistan and Turkey appear the worst offenders, but media freedoms in these countries may over-compensate for the secrecy which surrounds ‘honour’ killings in Egypt which untruly claims there are none and other Middle Eastern nations in the Gulf and the Levant. But honour crimes long ago spread to Britain, Belgium, Russia, Canada and many other nations. There are so many things to highlight regarding honor killing but sadly government attitude towards stopping this menace, and eradicating from the society in not fair. In my opinion this is all because of the weak law and order situation and no fear of being punished. Pakistan should recognize domestic violence as a crime and enforce strict punishments for the perpetrators. Police officers and politicians need to take these crimes seriously and punish the culprits. Women should be educated and encouraged to fight for their rights. Honor crimes a mostly com-

mitted by illiterate Muslim men who believe that Islam requires them to kill their female relatives for family honor. They should be educated about Islamic teachings. I request to the NGOs, civil rights advocates, international media, bloggers, tweeters to help and write for this serious cause. Secondly I am on the view that fair access to a democratic legal system and the security sector must consistently hold violators accountable. There must be equality between men and women and countries must invest equally in both genders. There must be women’s organizations and shelters in place for women to seek refuge, security and social services but sadly the courts usually gave verdicts in favour of the “killers” by invoking the provision of “grave and sudden provocation”. Moreover an honour killing is a tragedy, a horror, a crime against humanity. —The writer is Lahore-based social & political activist.

Views From Abroad

The Asia pivot is still on Doyle McManus


USSIAN troops are massing menacingly on Ukraine’s eastern border. The civil war in Syria is still raging, and 33,000 American troops fight on in Afghanistan. So where is Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel headed this week? To Hawaii — for a meeting with defence ministers from Asia, the region the Obama administration still considers its top foreign policy priority. “Asia is one of the great success stories of the world,” Hagel told me in an interview in his Pentagon office last week. “There is really today in Asia, in the Asia Pacific region, no open conflict.” “What’s happened in Ukraine is a good example of brute force, of hard power,” he said. “[And] hard-power conflict is always going to be with us.” The White House has ballyhooed its actions in ordering US military units to bolster Eastern Europe after Russia’s seizure of Crimea. But in fact, they haven’t amounted to much: 18 fighter jets deployed to Poland and Lithuania, an extended Black Sea cruise for a Navy destroyer and about 300,000 prepackaged field rations

(but no weapons) for the Ukrainian armed forces. US support for Ukraine “has not pulled any assets away” from Asia or any other region, Hagel noted. That minimalist military response to the Ukraine crisis stems mostly from Obama’s desire to avoid escalating the conflict. Even if Russia moves troops into eastern Ukraine, Hagel said, the United States is staying out. But it also reflects the Obama administration’s larger map: Eastern Europe isn’t among the president’s top priorities. Asia still is. Ironically, though, after spending much of his first year as secretary of Defence reassuring European and Middle Eastern leaders that a “rebalance” toward Asia didn’t mean neglect for other parts of the world, Hagel now finds himself reassuring Asians that the pivot is still on. That’s partly because of scepticism from some of his own people. This month, Assistant Secretary of Defence Katrina McFarland told a conference that budget cuts meant the pivot was being reconsidered “because, candidly, it can’t happen.” (She retracted the comment, presumably under pressure from her bosses, later the same day.) And last week, the commander of US forces in the Pacific, Adm. Samuel Locklear, told Congress that

he didn’t have enough submarines or landing craft to carry out his missions adequately. Questions about the global perception of US military retrenchment, in Asia or anywhere else, get Hagel agitated. “We’ve got over 330,000 personnel deployed in the Asia-Pacific, 180 ships, over 2,000 aircraft,” he said. “It’s the largest combatant command we have in the world. “I’m always a bit amused, perplexed, by people who say we’re retreating from the world,” he continued. “Where are we retreating from?” And he ticks off all the areas where US military forces are active — not only East Asia and Europe and Afghanistan but the Middle East and Africa as well. So yes, the budget plan Hagel sent to Congress this month calls for a smaller Army, a smaller Marine Corps, fewer planes and fewer ships than planned. But the Defence secretary says that shouldn’t matter. The answer, he said, is to do more with less, both by helping friendly countries improve their own defences and by relying on quality instead of quantity. The troops and ships and aircraft the United States deploys may be fewer than before, but they are more capable than their predecessors. On the big, long-

term picture, Obama and Hagel are right: Asia and the Pacific are the most important region for US interests. In trade, for example, US exports to Asia are significantly larger than exports to Europe. Europe has NATO to keep the peace; Asia, without an equivalent regional organization, still relies on the US Navy. And China is a dynamic, rising power — unlike Russia, which may be dangerous but isn’t growing in most other ways. “That’s the big one,” Hagel said. “We’ve really got to pay attention to that relationship and get it right.” But other crises and other regions keep getting in the way, as do the fiscal pressures that are pushing the defence budget downward with support from Republicans as well as Democrats. Hagel, a former Republican senator and Vietnam War Army sergeant, got his turn as Defence secretary at an unenviable moment: a period of shrinking budgets, when tough choices among priorities can’t be dodged. This month, that means convincing leaders in Asia that the United States really can do more with less, and that it won’t be distracted from its focus on the Pacific by hardpower crises in Ukraine or anywhere else.—Courtesy: Los Angeles Times

Your ball bearings..!


few years ago, I read that the nose wheel of a plane fell off: All passengers were ordered to sit in the rear of the aircraft and after forty- five minutes of terrifying suspense the pilot managed to bring the huge plane down gingerly, using only the wheels at the rear. And in Mumbai where the aircraft had taken off from, a bird shooter on the runway saw jammed wheel whizzing past him as it detached itself from aircraft

and sped by itself into the wall beyond. What made the wheel jammed, that it came off? Many decades back as a teenager, I managed to save enough to buy an old worn out, run down bicycle. It was in such terrible shape, I couldn’t ride it from the house of the friend who had sold it to me and had to use muscle power to push it home. My father had one look at it, and said, “Change the ball bearings Bob!” And that’s what I did. Hooked cycle onto ceiling with a rope, unscrewed wheel from axle, opened hub and threw out old, flattened ball bearings, that had jammed with no grease, lubrication, maintenance. I cleaned the inside of the hub, pulled out broken bits of metal from

old bearings, lined it with grease, then laid in the new bearings I’d bought. The wheel was put back and without taking bike from hook I turned the pedal and with an enthusiasm that surprised me, the wheel spun around like an uncoiled serpent waiting to unleash itself on an unsuspecting world. It was old, unpainted, a terrible sight for sore eyes, with mudguard bent and cycle chain not having shield, but was the fastest bike in the locality. I raced my friend from whom I’d bought the old junk, “How did you do it?” he asked breathlessly trying to keep up with racing sensation. “It’s all in the ball bearings!” I grinned. Yes it’s all in the ball bearings! They’re the cheapest part of the wheel, and in those days cost a few

rupees for a few dozen, but made a world of difference. And as the inquiry about the plane goes ahead there are already many who shake their heads saying what I learned many years ago, “Its all in the ball bearings!” Today as shares plummets, fortunes fall and millionaires bite the dust, we’re going to see many wheels spinning out of control, jammed, stuck, broken, but those with good ball bearings; honesty, integrity, compassion will ride crisis through. She was an ancient machine, my bicycle, but sped faster than the wind, smoother than the gleaming, aerodynamically designed, crippled plane; it was all in her ball bearings..! —

Voice of the People Rich man’s toys Enforcement of copyrights laws M S A ALIK



The PM has launched the Rawalpindi-Islamabad metro bus project, which will be completed within a year at the cost of Rs44 billion. The project will cater to about 150,000 commuters. Similar projects are envisaged for Multan and other major cities. The new Islamabad Airport project has also been given a target date for its completion by the PM. The interest of the PM and his brother, the CM of Punjab, in building such projects is certainly praiseworthy. They are great builders like the Mughals. But the trouble is that their priorities are a little lopsided from the viewpoint of balanced economic growth. Should not security, law and order, energy, education, health, education and poverty alleviation be our top priorities at this stage? Going for these mega projects is like a poor child buying toys he sees a rich man’s child playing with, using all his meagre resources and in the process staying uneducated, unsheltered, insecure, hungry and weak. Perhaps our rulers also feel that investing resources on health, education, poverty alleviation and education etc. is a longterm process and will show results after a few years when they might not be in power while they want to show quick results. —Islamabad

Load-shedding in Karachi TAMOOR SULAIMAN KAZI This is with reference to un-equal load-shedding schedule of K-Electric going on in different areas of Karachi. The worst load-shedding was carried in Gulshan-e-Maymar, specially sector Z-6. During this period un-scheduled load-shedding was carried out for upto 7 hours during the day time. My children annual examination was being held how we are manage our kids study during long spell of load-shedding? When you complain with KElectric and ask why the long unschedule load-shedding they simply say due to so many villages near Gulshan-e-Maymar using illegal light of k-electric. Recently IBC (Gadap), Gulshan-e-Maymar, office was shifted to new premises at Madaras Society KDA Scheme #33, it is far away and very difficult to inhabitants of Gulshan-eMaymar to reach this place. Request to Karachi-Electric to shift this office another convenient place. Now residents of Gulshane-Maymar, Karachi, request Honourable Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan, to take suo motu action against K-Electric for discriminative load-shedding formula. And draw the kind attention of Prime Minister of Pakistan, Federal Minister for Water & Power, Federal State Minister for Water and Power, and Federal Secretary, for Water & Power, to look into the matter personally and resolve genuine grievance of inhabitant of Gulsahn-e-Maymar, Karachi. —Karachi

Love withers in land of love MALIK ATIF MAJOKA Recent attacks on Hindu temples and killings of Ahmadis in interior Sindh must ring bells for Sindhi nationalists. The Province which has so far been a peaceful part of Pakistan for minorities, is now slowly falling into the hands exclusivists. Sindh has been known for its inclusive, humanistic religious social traditions, evolved as result of traditions continuing over a period of centuries. People like Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sachal Sarmast and Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai immensely contributed towards making Sindhi society a tolerant one based upon high moral value of acceptability. Sindhi society has never subscribed to any faith-based narratives emerging out of the corridors of power. The attackers have raised some very fundamental and challenging questions for the forces of nationalism blended with Sufism that has long been the custodians of interreligion harmony in Sindh. Are these forces weakening under the pressure from systematic state backed by radicalisation through religious seminaries? What would be the future of Sindhi nationalism which has got its roots in one of the greatest civilisation existed ever on the face of this planet, the great “Moen jo Daro”. It is an irony that the rulers of Sindh, who have been shrewdly manipulating the slogan of Sindhi



n an environment where everything is being copied without per mission of the publisher and author, it was a pleasant experience to attend a Seminar regarding Enforcement of Copy Right Laws in the Country. The statistics given by various speakers showed that the government is losing Rs.25 billion annually due to Copy Rights Violations. Director General (IPO) who was the guest speaker revealed that a summary for establishment of IP Courts in the country was sent to the government and once it is approved the intellectual property cases would be resolved in time. I would suggest that IPR violations can only be curbed the punishments should be enhanced to create effective deterrence and Special IP Enforcement Squads be established to take quick and effective action against the violators. Pakistan is bound to protect Intellectual Property Rights Under various International Laws so the government should take concrete steps in this direction and formulate an Intellectual Property policy to safeguard the Rights of Poor authors. —Islamabad

nationalism for their own political gains, celebrate the antiquity of Sindh but in real terms their political approach is more of a kind of political pragmatism plus political populism. The delicate social balance in the land of Sufis is clearly under an assault from rabid right forces. Social changes occur slowly and it is extremely hard to re balance the society. Every thing is not yet lost in Sindh. Majority of the Sindhis is still open-minded and tolerant but the question is, Is it united to check the advancing menace of faith based narrative of nationalism? Government of Sindh must make sure that they are countering the exclusivist narrative through education system, it must assert itself in all religious seminaries by introducing a blend of Sindhi Sufism and history based cultural nationalism. It should also introduce the philosophy as compulsory subject in high school and all through to Masters level. Conferences may be organised regularly to educate newer generations of Sindhis about their rich cultural heritage. Role of Sindhi media is vital in propagating tolerance in Sindh. Sindh is standing at the cross roads, it must decide whether it wants to preserve its Sindhi identity or would succumb to the rising monster of exhibitionist religiosity. —Melbourne, Australia

Bridge the language gap MAIMOONA EJAZ Every now and then we hear about generation gap, communication gap or status gap; the 21st century has given birth to some new problems that we have to deal with. It’s not a disease or an infection than one can kill by taking an anti-biotic or anti septic. A certain distinction has been created when it comes to university level, and we as students when enter the university, we do face this discrimination particularly when we are in the early stages of our academic life. Students with English medium courses or who prefer studying in English are given preference and it is the general perception of the teachers that the students who prefer English over Urdu are more qualified and studious than a student who prefers courses in Urdu, despite the fact that the students prefer to study in language in which they are comfortable. Many of the students prefer to continue in language in which they have been studying in the past academic life. This discrimination is not only in our academic institutions but it is also in our families and from our parents. What happens is that since our childhood our parents talk to us in English they communicate in English and they want their children to speak English. They prefer to send us in English medium schools and prefer friends, cousins and gatherings where English is the common language of communication. It is because of this complex that we prefer to speak English and feel proud by saying that we do not know much about Urdu or whenever Urdu words are spoken around us, we behave as if we do not understand it well. If we look in history, Urdu as a language has struggled a lot and it were our ancestors and fore fathers who made it a recognizable language. Then why this gap and an inferiority complex for speaking Urdu, or for that matter, our mother tongue? —Karachi

Polio eradication S AFZAL THE polio virus has always remained a constant threat to developing countries like Pakistan. After the incident of Dr Shakeel Afridi, there rose a problem for polio vaccination to children, due to which people were reluctant to carry out the polio vaccination programme. All this created a big problem, especially in KP, where polio virus started to infect children at a high rate. In January, WHO declared

Peshawar, the capital of KP, the world’s largest polio-infected area. Soon after the report the Provincial government took steps in this regard and launched a programme commonly known as Sehat Ka Insaaf. And now, according to a recent report, the water samples from Larna and Shaheen Town, Peshawar, tested negative for polio virus. It has also been concluded if the government is able to ensure vaccination in tribal areas, the virus can be eradicated in the country. It’s a big achievement — a kind of relief for every Pakistani - that the world is moving forward and we are still faced with such issues. It is necessary for the government to continue with this programme so that the issue of polio and other viruses should be resolved. It’s time to move forward with the world and get rid of this orthodox thinking. We must secure Pakistan by securing our children. —Islamabad

I claim my two hours back! ALLIA NAQVI Pakistan is a country undergoing a lot of crises. The increasing crime rate and terrorist activities have made it difficult for people to enjoy their lives. In such a situation people need some sort of entertainment. Previously it was relaxing to see meaningful Pakistani morning shows but these days the trend of morning shows has changed. The only focus of these shows nowadays is on the presenter’s dressing and jewellery. There are a huge number of housewives/women who watch these Pakistani morning shows and to be honest there is nothing meaningful shown to them. All they get to see is the wedding arrangement, the bride and groom, people singing and dancing for no reason. The concept of a morning show is completely disturbed these days. Apart from these wedding ceremonies in these shows, they are now focusing on adult and vulgar issues. This has made it difficult to watch these shows with families but it also has a negative impact on the minds of the audience. Nowadays, marital conflicts are a huge focus of these shows. Every other day they invite a woman who is tired of bearing the brutal behaviour of her husband and they let everyone know her story. What is the benefit of all this? Absolutely nothing. These issues not only have negative impacts on the audience but they also create a feeling of depression among them. In a country like Pakistan, where most of the people cannot afford to have a meal 3 times a day, these shows display Rs 50,000 designer dress and provoke the women to buy it. Initially they were started with a motive to entertain and make the common man learn something fruitful along with some entertainment. But the tables have turned now. There is more of vulgarity and competition instead of entertainment. These shows should invite talented people in their shows so that they have a platform to show their talent. There are millions of talented youngsters out there; writers, singer, chiefs, actors, all they need is a platform. Pakistani morning shows should promote the youth or people who actually want to do something. They should do something creative which in return benefit our country instead showing a host wearing expensive dresses and gossiping. There must be a limit to these morning shows. Otherwise I claim my two hours back!! —Islamabad

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Guinness recordsetting mural gives Damascenes diversion from war

In Turkey, taking on West wins elections

DAMASCUS—A group of Syrian artists in Damascus has created the world’s biggest mural made of recycled materials, a rare work aimed at brightening public space in a city sapped by war and sanctions. The brightly coloured, 720sq metre work was constructed from aluminum cans, broken mirrors, bicycle wheels and other scrap objects and displayed on a street outside a primary school in the center of the Syrian capital. The mural’s lead artist, Syrian artist Moaffak Makhoul, said the idea behind the project was to give ordinary people a chance to experience art and relieve some of the pressures of daily life as the country’s three-year-old conflict grinds on. “In the difficult conditions that the country is going through, we wanted to give a smile to the people, joy to the children, and show people that the Syrian people love life, love beauty, love creativity,” he said. Guinness World Records has declared the work the world’s largest mural made of recycled materials. Syria is sunk in a civil war that has killed over 140,000 people, forced millions more to flee their homes and devastated much of the country’s infrastructure, economic activity and urban life. Central Damascus has been relatively shielded from the worst fighting, although a little over a year ago rebels controlled a ring of suburbs and were launching incursions that threatened government control over parts of the city center. Gains over the past few months by President Bashar alAssad’s forces in Damascus’ outskirts and along the nearby Lebanese border have strengthened the government’s grip on the capital. Makhoul said he saw the mural as a fitting project for the times because it could help ease the frustrations of normal people. “I found it to be the most appropriate time for this. Now is when we need to do something,” he said.—Reuters

onfronted by a series of revelations involving corruption, Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan countered by banning Twitter by court order last Friday. He has now moved onto other social media networks — blocking YouTube on Thursday. Though another court ordered Erdogan’s Twitter ban to be lifted this week, his repressive regime looks intent on lashing out at social media as part of a broad policy aimed at controlling the important municipal elections on Sunday. This is all part of Erdogan’s calculated effort, as Amnesty International describes, to “silence and smear those speaking out against the government’s crackdown on the protest movement, including doctors, lawyers and journalists.” This crackdown has, not surprisingly, resulted not only in massive protests within Turkey, but exasperation from Turkey’s allies in the West. “It doesn’t fit with our idea of freedom of expression,” huffed a spokesperson for German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In the face of this opposition, we could be asking if the prime minister’s actions are rational. Erdogan, however, did not become the most powerful Turkish political leader in more than 60 years by being either stupid or crazy. In Turkey, picking a fight with the West is smart politics.Erdogan not only expected the international condemnation, he wanted it. Hours before Twitter was blocked, he told a friendly crowd in Bursa, “The international community can say this, can say that. I don’t care at all. Everyone will see how powerful the Republic of Turkey is.” Turks across the political spectrum believe that Western allies secretly conspire to undermine their country’s power. Many secularists believe it was the United States that helped bring Erdogan to power. Islamists blame the West for the Gezi protests. Nationalists believe that the British and Americans are to blame for Kurdish dissent. Only 21 percent of Turks in the latest Pew Survey expressed favorable opinions of the United States, its most consistent Western ally. (In the same poll, slightly more than half of all Russians voiced positive opinions of the United States.) To rally support, the continuing crackdown on dissent has been re-fashioned as a necessary attack on an immoral “them” who want to win in the streets what they are unable to win at the ballot box. Western condemnation actually helps by confirming that Erdogan is standing tall for Turkish interests against “friends” who secretly want Turkey to remain weak and divided. This formula appears to be working. If polls are correct, the AK Party will almost certainly do as well on Sunday as it did in the 2009 municipal elections. The cost, however, is that AK Party rule is becoming ever narrower and meaner. Wary of these internal tensions, international investors are growing cautious. The signs of social unrest in Turkey are reminiscent of the political violence that swept the country in the 1970s. The promise and excitement that marked Erdogan’s rule a few years ago has been swept away. His power remains. But he seems to be leading his country into a colder, darker future. —Courtesy: Reuters

252 passengers locked inside jet grounded by storm HONG KONG—Hundreds of passengers were locked inside a grounded Dragonair plane overnight when a massive storm prevented their landing in Hong Kong, the airline’s parent company has confirmed. Flight KA875 took off from Shanghai at 6:30 pm (1030 GMT) on Sunday with 252 passengers on board but was diverted to nearby Shenzhen airport when Hong Kong was deluged by rain and hail. A power failure stopped the flight from continuing on to its intended destination when conditions improved, and passengers were forced to stay on the tarmac for seven hours, a spokeswoman for Cathay Pacific, which owns Dragonair, said. “The initial plan was to redepart to Hong Kong as soon as the weather condition allowed... regrettably, the delay was further extended when there were technical problems with the aircraft’s auxiliary power unit,” the spokeswoman said in a written statement. “We sincerely apologise that as Shenzhen is not an operating port for Dragonair, the deplaning process (took) longer than expected because of constraints in local ground handling and immigration clearance,” she said.—AFP



Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan acknowledges supporters during the municipal elections outside a polling station in Istanbul

Sri Lanka grateful for Saudi support at UN RIYADH—The Sri Lankan government praised Saudi Arabia’s crucial support in its fight against terror and civil war between the majority Sinahlese and ethnic Tamil communities in Sri Lanka during a voting session at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on Thursday. “We are grateful for the Saudi support at the key UN vote which concluded in Geneva last week,” Abdul Hameed Mohamed Fowzie, senior minister for Urban Affairs told Arab News from Colombo on Sunday. The US-initiated resolution was carried out at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva with 23 votes in favor and 12 against the resolution. Saudi Arabia, UAE and Pakistan were among 12 countries that sided with Sri Lanka. India and 11 other states abstained from voting although the resolution was approved on Thursday with 23 votes in favor of the resolution.

The latest resolution asked UN rights Chief Navi Pillay to probe the actions of both government forces and Tamil rebels during a seven-year period leading up to the end of Sri Lanka’s 37-year-old Tamil separatist war. About 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians were said to have been killed by government forces in the final months of fighting, a charge Colombo has vehemently denied. Sri Lanka has also said it needs more time to effect reconciliation between the ethnic Tamil minority and the majority Sinhalese community. Speaking to Arab News, Fowzie said that the Kingdom has always been supportive of Sri Lanka at all international forums. “Both countries have been victims of terror and Sri Lanka has been suffering from terror for well over three decades,” the minister said, adding that his government would push on with reconciliation efforts in its bid

to maintain transparency. The minister said that he hopes to visit the Kingdom shortly to hand over a letter from his country’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the high officials to express his government’s appreciation to the Saudi leadership for voting in favor of Sri Lanka. Two weeks before the voting, Fowzie held talks with Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, on matters of mutual cooperation. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, who rejected the UN call for an investigation against his country, said he was pleased that India, which voted for a similar resolution last year, decided to abstain this time round. “I think it is encouraging that India did not vote against us,” he said shortly after the results of the vote were announced on Thursday. “We reject this (resolution),” Rajapakse said. “This resolution only

hurts our reconciliation efforts. It does not help. But I am not discouraged. We will continue with the reconciliation process I have started.” External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris said yesterday the outcome of the vote on the US sponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Commission reflects that more countries are against the US at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Prof. Peris stressed that the US resolution was voted for with a majority of 25 last year but it has dropped to 23. The number of countries against the resolution is greater than those supporting it, he said. He made these observations at a press conference at Peacock Hotel, Hambantota. Professor Peiris said that another development is that India which voted for the US during the last two years, abstained from voting this year.— Agencies

France’s Hollande seen reshuffling Australia PM vows to continue hunt for missing cabinet after local poll rout PARIS—President Francois Hollande will make a televised statement on his government as early as Monday, a close ally said, as left-wingers demanded an end to pro-business reforms and budget cuts following a local poll rout for his Socialist party. Speculation of a cabinet reshuffle grew as Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault acknowledged he and his ministers bore the blame for Sunday’s defeat, which saw 155 towns swing to the center-right UMP and the far-right National Front claim 11. “The president will make a statement on television, that is certain,” Francois Rebsamen, a Socialist senator and long-time Hollande ally, told Reuters. “I don’t see how there won’t be a major reshuffle,” he said of a government which polls show the French do not trust to turn around unemployment of more than 10 percent. There was no confirmation of a TV statement from Hollande’s office, where he was holding talks with Ayrault. A report by i>TELE TV that he had also met Interior Minister Manuel Valls - tipped by many as the next premier - could not be confirmed immediately.—Reuters

Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they move to land on shore during a U.S.-South Korea joint landing operation drill in Pohang.

Malaysia plane

P ERTH —Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had no time limit, despite the failure of an international operation to find any sign of the plane in three weeks of fruitless searching. A total of 20 aircraft and ships were again scouring a massive area in the Indian Ocean some 2,000 km (1,200 miles) west of Perth, where investigators believe the Boeing 777 carrying 239 people came down. “I’m certainly not putting a time limit on it,” Abbott told reporters after meeting flight crews at Pearce airbase in Perth. “The intensity of our search and the magnitude of our operations is increasing, not decreasing,” he said, adding that searchers owed it to grieving families of passengers to continue the hunt. Some families have strongly criticized Malaysia’s handling of the search and investigation, including the decision last week to say that, based on satellite evidence, the plane had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean on March 8.

Abbott rejected suggestions his Malaysian counterpart, Najib Razak, had been too hasty to break that news, given that no confirmed wreckage from the plane has been found and its last sighting on radar was northwest of Malaysia heading towards India. “No, the accumulation of evidence is that the aircraft has been lost and it has been lost somewhere in the south of the Indian Ocean,” he said. Najib will travel to the western Australian city of Perth, the base for the search, on Wednesday to see the operations first hand, Malaysia’s government said. Malaysia says the plane, which disappeared less than an hour into a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, was likely diverted deliberately far off course. Investigators have determined no apparent motive or other red flags among the 227 passengers or the 12 crew. China has also been critical in Malaysia’s handling of the case, but in a sign of softening, the official China Daily said it was understandable that not all sensitive information could be made public.— Reuters

Michelle’s China treat TOM PLATE


ou’d have to say that the prominent lady from America, with the impressive academic credentials, handled her self pretty well. So perhaps it was no surprise that she seemed undaunted by the political complexity of the assignment, seemed not to cower at all in the face of the diplomatic risk, and in fact seemed to absolutely (but not outrageously) flourish in the spotlight of an important diplomatic effort. And what in fact was that assignment? It was to go to China and present herself as a citizen of the United States without any apology and yet not insult the host by telling them how to run their country. But then again, she went to China not as any old US citizen but as a special VIP indeed. So how did she not act like some big foot-in-mouth American telling the world what it is doing wrong and why America is almost always right? But this — exactly — was the extraordinary achievement of Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States these past few days. So for those who don’t know how to pull this off, let us learn some lessons from her. Now that the weeklong trip to the mainland is concluded, definitive judgment is not premature. The trip was a triumph and may even have softened tensions and misunderstandings in the always complicated Sino-US bilateral faceoff. How exactly did Michelle Obama pull off the coup? To put it plainly, she talked softly and never once mentioned the big stick. She confined herself to the realities of actual American life and left the bragging to others back home (who in some case don’t know what they are talking about – but that’s another story). She told stories about her childhood and her growing up and her studying hard and allowed her audience to fill in the blanks and arrive at their own observations and conclusions. For example, she was frank with Chinese high school students when she told them “many decades ago, there were actually laws in America that allowed discrimination against Black people like me, who are a minority in the United States. But over time, ordinary citizens decided that these laws were unfair. So they held peaceful protests and marches.” The message therein could not have been clearer. But see how the First Lady managed not to hit the Chinese gong with an American sledgehammer? There was almost the suggestion, which would have been true, that it was through great effort that Michelle Obama managed to do her undergraduate work at Princeton and then her law schooling at Harvard. It was not through family connections but through merit. Michelle Obama did not go alone to China. But she did not take with her half the US state department. Instead, she travelled with her two daughters – Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12 – and her mother. That display alone would trump any number of American government propaganda films about the continuing tradition of the family in American life. The Chinese can be big on tradition. For once, we have had a pause in Sino-US tension. Credit goes to the Chinese for their hospitality and to the First Lady for her skill and sincerity. —Courtesy: Khaleej Times

Libya’s old divisions reawaken GWYNNE DYER


he Red Wadi (Wadi al Ahmar) lies a bit to the west of the old Roman border between Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, but if Libya splits in two it will serve quite well as the new frontier. The deadline for the fighting to resume there was March 27, but neither side is very good at organizing a battle and we will have to wait for a bit. It will probably happen in the end, though. Libya has been a chaos of rival militias holding down local fiefdoms ever since the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi’s 42-year dictatorship in 2011, but in the past month the disintegration has accelerated. A formal division of the country into two successor states is now a real possibility, but it’s unlikely to happen without some further fighting. There has been some already. Much of the eastern half of the coun-

try, Cyrenaica, has been under the control of a coalition of tribal militias led by Ibrahim Jathran since last year. He seized control of the oil terminals on the coast through which two-thirds of Libya’s oil production is exported, and set up the “Cyrenaica Political Bureau,” which is acting as a proto-government in the east. The central government in Tripoli, which was led by Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, was powerless to stop him. The government has been paying $1,000 per month to about 160,000 members of various militias (out of a total population of only six million) in an attempt to make them servants of the state, but they don’t feel obliged to obey government orders. And the army that obeys Tripoli is too small and weak to take on a powerful warlord like Jathran. Months of stalemate followed, while the country’s oil exports, which account

for 95 percent of government revenues, plunged from 1.5 million barrels/day to only 200,000 barrels. (The Zintan militia in western Libya was also cutting pipelines and occupying oil fields from time to time.) But matters came to a head when Jathran’s militia started trying to export oil itself from the eastern oil terminals in early March. If he could sell Cyrenaica’s oil with impunity that would be the end of a united Libya, so Prime Minister Ali Zeidan threatened to sink a rogue tanker, the North Korean-flagged Morning Glory, that arrived at one of the terminals controlled by Jathran to load oil valued at $30 million. Libya’s navy had been sunk by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) planes and its air force was near mutiny, however, so all Zeidan had to stop it was a tugboat jury-rigged with Grad rockets. Morning Glory managed to get away,

and the Islamist-dominated Congress that passes for a final authority in Libya fired Zeidan for his failure. Morning Glory was stopped later in the week by a U.S. Navy warship and handed over to the government in Tripoli, but it was too late for Zeidan, who fled the country fearing assassination. Congress then ordered the most powerful militia in the west of the country, the Libyan Shield, to seize the rebel-held ports in the east, but after some clashes they were stopped east of Sirte. Since then the two sides have glared at each other across the Red Wadi, waiting for the deadline set by the speaker of Congress and de facto president, Nuri Abu Sahmain, to expire. Now it has expired, and nothing has happened yet, but neither has there been any sign that the two sides are talking. Besides, it is misleading to talk of “two sides”: the country has become a jumble

of militia-run city-states with rapidly shifting alliances. But the east-west split is real, and it is getting worse. It goes back a long way. Even two thousand years ago, in the heyday of the Roman empire, Tripolitania and Cyrenaica were two separate provinces, quite different in language and religion. Cyrenaica was Greek-speaking, and Tripolitania spoke Latin. After the empire became Christian in the 4th century A.D., Cyrenaica became Orthodox while Tripolitania was part of the Roman (Catholic) church. The Arab conquest of both provinces in the 7th century erased those differences of language and religion. All Libyans now speak Arabic, and the vast majority are Sunni Muslims. But the regional and tribal divisions of the country are very deep, and the residents of Cyrenaica have long resented the fact that most of the oil income flowed to the capital, Tripoli, and the rest

of Tripolitania, while most of the oil was actually in Cyrenaica. The Cyrenaica Political Bureau says it is a “federalist” organization that wants only the decentralization of the country and a bigger share of the oil revenues for the east, but in fact it is already halfway out the door — and the army units and air bases in the east support the rebels. “We are assembling a large force to protect the ports,” said Senussi alMeghrabi. “If they are attacked, it will be civil war.” But not a long civil war, probably, for there is virtually no chance that forces from Tripolitania could conquer Cyrenaica — especially when they are facing their own revolt back home from the powerful Zintan militia, allies of the exiled ex-prime minister Ali Zeidan. And they control the oil of Tripolitania. —Courtesy: The Japan Time

India, China to face From Page 1 Working Group II of the IPCC, detailed the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks. A total of 309 coordinating lead authors, lead authors, and review editors, drawn from 70 countries, were selected to produce the report. They enlisted the help of 436 contributing authors, and a total of 1,729 expert and government reviewers from different countries including India. The report identified vulnerable people, industries, and ecosystems around the world. It found that risk from a changing climate comes from vulnerability (lack of preparedness) and exposure (people or assets in harm’s way) overlap-

ping with hazards (triggering climate events or trends). Each of these three components can be a target for smart actions to decrease risk. Releasing the report, Chris Field, Co-Chair of Working Group II said, “The report concludes that people, societies, and ecosystems are vulnerable around the world, but with different vulnerability in different places. Climate change often interacts with other stresses to increase risk”. The Working Group I report was released in September 2013, and the Working Group III report will be released in April 2014. The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) cycle will conclude with the publication of its Synthesis Report in October 2014.—Online KARACHI: Participants of APNS General Council Annual Meeting held on Monday. Faisal Zahid Malik, Editor Pakistan Observer is also present.

Musharraf indicted for treason Farogh Nasim who is also Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM’s) Senator submitted an application to the court seeking permission for Musharraf to visit his mother who is said to be seriously ill and hospitalized in Sharjab, UAE. The 95-year-old Zarin Musharraf was rushed to WW Wilson Hospital in Sharjah Saturday, ahead of her son’s scheduled appearance, said the counsel. The lawyer said that his client’s mother could not be brought to Pakistan, he therefore be allowed to leave Pakistan. However, the judges in the order put the ball in the government’s court in relation to the request put forward by the former president to be allowed to travel abroad. Later the registrar of the special court Abdul Ghani Soomro read out the court’s decision on the request of the former military dictator to travel abroad in order to meet his ailing mother. The decision said that as long as the accused was not in custody, he could seek medical treatment at any place of his choice, adding that an accused could not be restrained from travelling nor could his/her rights as a human being be curtailed for any reason. However, the court added that removal of Musharraf’s name from ECL was not the prerogative of the special court as it had not ordered for inclusion of his name in the list in the first place. The court granted Musharraf exemption from appearing in the case’s hearings saying the accused could be ordered to appear in court whenever required. Musharraf has filed application to the government seeking permission to travel abroad Following is the text of charge sheet served to General(Redtd) Pervez Musharraf. Firstly, on 3rd November, 2007 at Rawalpindi as Chief of the Army Staff, he issued an unconstitutional and

Sri Lanka enter From Page 1 the only Kiwi batsman to manage double digits, tried his best to offer some resistance but could not stop New Zealand from folding for their lowest total in 20-over cricket. Leading Sri Lanka in the absence of Dinesh Chandimal, who served a one-match ban for his team’s second over-rate offence in 12 months, Lasith Malinga initially watched in dismay as Trent Boult wrecked his top order with a three-wicket burst. New Zealand won the toss Scores: Sri Lanka 119 all out in 19.2 overs (Mahela Jayawardene 25; Trent Boult 3-20, Jimmy Neesham 3-22, Mitchell McClenaghan 2-24) v New Zealand 60 in 15.3 overs (Kane Williamson 42; Rangana Herath 5-3, Suchitra Senanayake 2-3) —AFP

Sindh Assembly From Page 1 Sindh Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that IIC would be opposed for issuance of controversial decree. PMLN leader Irfanullah Khan Marwat said the IIC should avoid imposing its decisions on people. He said it was a joke that husband would not need any prior approval for a second marriage, the DNA test in rape cases was of no value and no limit of age was necessary for a girl to marry. Syed Sardar Ahmed, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Dr Sikandar Meendhro also spoke for the resolution.

From Page 1 unlawful “Proclamation of Emergency Order, 2007” which, unconstitutionally and unlawfully, held the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 in abeyance and he thereby subverted the Constitution and thus committed the offence of high treason punishable under section 2 of the High Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973 (Act LXVIII of 1973), which is within the jurisdiction of the Special Court established under section 4 of The Criminal Law Amendment. (Special Courts) Act, 1976 (XVII of 1976). Secondly, on 3rd November, 2007 at Rawalpindi as Chief of the Army Staff, he issued an unconstitutional and unlawful “Provisional Constitution Order No.1 of 2007” which, unconstitutionally and unlawfully, empowered the President to amend the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 from time to time and he also suspended the Fundamental Rights enshrined in Articles 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 19 and 25 of the Constitution and he thereby subverted the Constitution and thus committed the offence of high treason punishable under section 2 of the High Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973 (Act LXVIII of 1973), which is within the jurisdiction of the Special Court established under section 4 of The Criminal Law Amendment (Special Courts) Act, 1976 (XVII of 1976). Thirdly, on 3rd November, 2007 at Rawalpindi as President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, he issued an unconstitutional and unlawful “Oath of Office (Judges) Order, 2007” whereby an oath was, unconstitutionally and unlawfully, introduced in the Schedule which required a judge to abide by the provisions of the Proclamation of Emergency dated 03.11.2007 and the Provisional Constitutional Order dated 03.11.2007 to perform acts and functions in accordance thereof and this order also resulted in removal of numerous judges of the superior courts

including the Honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan and he thereby subverted the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 and thus committed the offence of high treason punishable under section 2 of the High Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973 (Act LXVIII of 1973), which is within the jurisdiction of the Special Court established under section 4 of The Criminal Law Amendment (Special Courts) Act, 1976 (XVII of 1976). Fourthly, 20th November, 2007 at Rawalpindi as President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, he issued an unconstitutional and unlawful Order 5 of 2007 “Constitution (Amendment) Order, 2007” whereby Articles 175, 186A, 198, 218, 270B and 270C were, unconstitutionally and unlawfully, amended and Article 270AAA was added to the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 and he thereby subverted the Constitution and thus committed the offence of high treason punishable under section 2 of the High Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973 (Act LXVIII of 1973), which is within the jurisdiction of the Special Court established under section 4 of The Criminal Law Amendment (Special Courts) Act, 1976 (XVII of 1976). Fifthly, on 14th December, 2007 at Rawalpindi as President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, he issued an unconstitutional and unlawful Order 6 of 2007 “Constitution (Second Amendment) Order, 2007” whereby the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 was, unconstitutionally and unlawfully, amended and he thereby subverted the Constitution and thus committed the offence of high treason punishable under section 2 of the High Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973 (Act LXVIII of 1973), which is within the jurisdiction of the Special Court established under section 4 of The Criminal Law Amendment (Special Courts) Act, 1976 (XVII of 1976).

TTP Shura mulls ceasefire From Page 1 nior most bureaucrat and expert on FATA affairs Habib Ullah Khan and the TTP leadership in Spin Thall Orakzai agency on March 26, both the side had agreed in principal to effect extension in the ceasefire thus facilitating the ongoing dialogues process in a peaceful and cordial environments, though there was some disagreement on few thorny issues with major being the release of prisoners from both the sides. “The TTP shoora is holding its meeting at an undisclosed location inside NWA with the extension in the ceasefire topping the agenda”. Sources said adding the militants were seriously mulling to grant extension to the truce and they have almost made up

their mind in this regard. “It has almost been agreed upon to extend the ceasefire and they only have to make a formal announcement in this regard”. Maintained the sources. It may be recalled that the committees representing the government and the Taliban had already agreed on Saturday to extend the ceasefire and take measures to speed up the dialogue process. Besides, during a joint meeting, presided over by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and attended by members of the committees of the government and the TTP, the two also had agreed to carry forward the peace process.

Pakistan to get From curity cooperation programs to build partnership capacity and Pakistan has requested a variety of Excess Defence Articles (EDA)”. “The US is currently reviewing Pakistan’s request for EDA. If approved, this EDA is likely to be sourced from US stock outside Afghanistan,” the statement said. The Department of Defence manages the process for identifying recipients for excess defence articles with State Department approval. “The decisions of who receives EDA are made on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration a range of factors including the need of potential recipients, regional security dynamics, how the recipient nations intend to use the equipment and the ability of an EDA recipient to sustain the equipment. Final determinations of EDA are still being made,” the statement said. Earlier, a statement issued by the US-led International

Page 1 Security Assistance Force (Isaf) had said the “United States Forces-Afghanistan does not provide or intend to provide any such equipment, including MRAPs (mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles), from Afghanistan to Pakistan”. Isaf commander Gen Joseph Dunford had stated: “Our commitment to the Afghan people and the Afghan National Security Forces is unwavering.”

South Korean PM due From Page 1 economic managers will be present. One of the biggest economies of the world, South Korea has already invested in Pakistan in a big way. Seoul is interested to further invest in energy, textile and other developing sectors. Over ten thousand Pakistani workers are serving in South Korean industry.

Tribunal rescinds From Page 1 seat was won by independent candidate Shoaib Shah Nawaz. Later, Nawaz had joined the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.—Online

No improvement From Page 1 pital due to her deteriorating health. A hospital doctor Qais Abdullah Zuberi has said that she could not be transferred to Pakistan or London due to her health condition. The hospital doctors are conducting more tests of Begum Zarin Musharraf. —INP

Taliban abduct From Page 1 escort with them. The governor says elders in the area are trying to negotiate with the Taliban to get Nazari and the others released. Afghanistan is holding elections on Saturday for a new president to replace Hamid Karzai as well as for provincial council members. The Taliban have vowed to use force to disrupt the April 5 vote and have stepped up attacks in the lead-up to the polling.—AP

Babar clarifies jewelry matter ISLAMABAD—Replying to a media query about a letter purportedly written by PPP Co Chair Mr. Asif Ali Zardari to unnamed Swiss authorities through a swiss lawyer seeking return of a jewellery claimed to be belonging to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar recalled that the jeweler, when summoned by the Swiss Magistrate, had already deposed at the time denying that the jewelry belonged to her. Since the ownership of the jewelry has already been denied by the jeweler himself before the Magistrate it is strange and illogical to assert that Mr. Asif Ali Zardari has asked for the return of the jewelry that neither belongs to him nor to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, he said Furthermore, he said that for the past several years since the case ended there has been no Swiss lawyer of Mr Zardari in Switzerland through whom Mr Zardari is alleged to have approached unnamed Swiss authorities.—PR

Hameed Haroon President, Sarmad SG From Back Page News Comments Periodical (Punjab / KPK): Rahmat Ali Raazi (Weekly Azm Lahore) News & News Comments Periodical (Sindh / Balochistan): Kazi Asad Abid (Fortnightly Ibrat, Hyderabad) News & News Comments Periodicals (General), Riaz A. Mansoori (Monthly Cricketer, Karachi) The Election Commission conducted the election to the Executive Committee for the year 2014-15. Following were elected by secret ballot: Karachi Daily Seats: Anwar Farooqi (Daily Aghaz Karachi), Dr. Jabbar Khattak (Daily Awami Awaz), Arshad A. Zuberi (Daily Business Recorder), Mukhtar Aqil (Daily Jurat), Najamuddin Sheikh (Daily Deyanat) and Ilyas Shakir (Daily Qaumi Akhbar). Rawalpindi/Islamabad Daily Seats: Mehtab Khan (Daily Ausaf) Islamabad, Khushnood Ali Khan (Daily

Rumors rife, From Page 1 military strongman was put on the Exit Control List by the government and it had no authority to remove the travel restriction. The court further said that the government which banned the accused from traveling abroad was authorized to remove his name from the ECL. The plane seemed to be an air ambulance and was parked away from lights at the airbase. Reports also said that security arrangements have been made at the residence of Pervez Musharraf in Dubai.

Sahafat) Islamabad General Seats (Regional Dailies): Humayon Gulzar (Daily Sayadat Bahawalpur), Jamil Ather (Daily Tijarat

Gujranwala) The President elect nominated Fauzia Shaheen (Monthly Dastak, Karachi) on woman - publishers seat.

COAS visits Bahawalpur on PACES conclusion

Cell to curb crimes established KARACHI—In order to eliminate crimes from the province, the Sindh government on Monday decided to establish ‘Crime Situation Scene Cell’. According to reports, the control room of the cell will be established in the home department and it will monitor law and order situation of the province. Policemen, Rangers and sensitive agencies’ personnel will work in the cell which will work 24 hours. The personnel will report to the Sindh chief minister about law and order situation.—INP

Constable gets death sentence KARACHI—The Anti-terrorism Court on Monday handed down death sentence to an accused charged with murdering a station house officer (SHO) in April 2013. The ATC announced the verdict after charges against the accused, constable Nazakat Ali, were proved and also imposed on him a fine of Rs0.5 million. Constable Nazakat Ali was a personal guard of the then SHO Preedy Agha Asadullah. He killed the SHO when he was travelling with him in a private car near Saddar in early April, 2013. —INP

Lady polio worker shot dead in Bannu Our Correspondent lady polio worker was killed when unknown gunmen opened fire in the Sukari here on Monday. She was leaving her home to start her duties with the anti-polio team when the gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire. The woman passed away on the spot and the gunmen fled the scene. A case has been registered at the Cantt Police Station.

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Youth kills sister F AISALABAD —A youth killed his sister in the area of Tarkhani police station here late Sunday night. According to police, Muhammad Tahir,resident of chak 216-GB was was against his sister Rukhsar over her suspected relations with a young man.The accused reprimanded the girl and after exchanged of harsh words shot at her fatally.Rukhsar died on the spot. —APP

GCU PSD turns 50 Staff Reporter LAHORE—The Government College University Lahore’s Political Science Department (GCU PSD) has turned 50. A grand annual dinner of the department’s alumni association was held in the university’s Oval Ground on the directions of Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman to commemorate golden jubilee celebrations.

BAHAWALPUR: Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif greeting a medal winner soldier during third Army PACES championship on Monday.

Tyrannical forces to be defeated : PR I SLAMABAD —Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Pervaiz Rashid said on Monday rule of law would be strengthened to protect the country from the onslaught of tyrannical forces. Participating in the debate on law and order in the National Assembly, he said continued democracy, independent judiciary and media were struggling for the rights of the suppressed. “Laws have been used for personal whims of the dictators for last 65 years, who have been targeting politicians,” he said and added that many politicians were even present in the House, who had borne the brunt of tyranny. “We all have struggled against the tyrannical forces to strengthen the rule of law. Today the law is more powerful than the dictators and this will save us from brutal use of force by individuals,” he added. The minister said indictment of Pervez Musharraf in the treason case “is a golden day in the country’s history and it will be remembered forever. Independent judiciary, independent media and rule of law had been our dream and today this day

has dawned.” He said a number of politicians sitting on either side in the House had been waging a war against tyrannical forces and contributed in strengthening the rule of law. “The indictment of a former dictator has been possible only with the joint efforts of all of us. This sun of democracy and rule of law will never set in.” Praying for the long life and speedy recovery of the ailing mother of former president Pervez Musharraf, he said the government was ready to provide all necessary treatment facilities to her. Talking about threats to the Sindh government and Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto, he said the Punjab Chief Minister had already constituted a special committee headed by Inspector General of Police to investigate about the threats and bring the responsible to justice. The threats to Sindh government were tantamount to threatening the country and the government and the culprits would not be spared, he added. “The life of Bilawal is precious as his family has already rendered great sacrifices.” He said all the governments, either federal or provincial, were important and “threatening any provincial government means threatening the federal government. Ensuring peace and rule of law is our collective responsibility.”

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Hameed Haroon elected President, Sarmad SG KARACHI—The annual meeting of the APNS General Council held on Monday APNS House, Karachi has elected the Executive Committee for the year 2014-15 which unanimously elected Hameed Haroon as President, Jamil Ather as Senior Vice President, Umer Mujib Shami as Vice President, Sarmad Ali as Secretary General, Syed Muhammad Munir Jilani as Joint Secretary and Waseem Ahmed elected as Finance Secretary of the Society. The AGM held under the Chairmanship of Sarmad Ali, President for the year 2013-14, unanimously approved the report of the Executive Committee for the preceding year as well as the Annual Accounts of the Society. The members at the General Council expressed their concern on the non-payment of dues by the Sindh Information Department for long which has caused acute financial crunch to Sindh based publications. The members also expressed their concern over the non-observation of 25% quota for regional publications in release of government advertisements. The members observed that the Ad Distribution Policy of the Sindh Information was not equitable and was not according to the laid down policy of releasing advertisements to the genuine regional publications. The General Council also decided to hold a Periodical Convention in Islamabad in near future. The General Council attended by 148 members from across the country, formed an Election Commission headed by Younus Riaz, Nasir Daad Baloch and Hafeez

Malik as members. The Election Commission conducted the election of the Executive Committee for the year 2014-15. Following were elected un-opposed: Lahore Daily Seats: Sarmad Ali (Daily Jang), Hameed Haroon (Daily Dawn), Imtinan Shahid (Daily Khabrain), Rameeza Majid Nizami (Daily Nawa-i-Waqt), Umer Mujib Shami (Daily Pakistan) and Daily Pakistan Today. Balochistan Daily Seats: Waseem Ahmed (Daily Awam Quetta), Syed Rashid Obaid (Daily Balochistan Times Quetta) Khyber Pakhtoon Khwa Daily Seats: Syed Ayaz Badshah (Daily Mashriq Peshawar), Pir Sufaid Shah Hamdard (Daily Wahdat Peshawar). Sindh excluding Daily Karachi: Javed Mehr Shamsi (Daily Kaleem Sukkur), Muhammad Aslam Kazi (Daily Kawish Hyderabad) Punjab (excluding Lahore/Rwp/ Ibd.): Mumtaz A. Tahir (Daily Aftab Multan), Humayon Tariq (Daily Business Report Faisalabad) and S.M. Munir Jilani (Daily Paigham Faisalabad). General Seats (Metropolitan Dailies): Aijaz-ul-Haq (Daily Express Karachi), Faisal Zahid Malik (Daily Pakistan Observer, Islamabad)Periodicals Seats: Aamer Mahmood (Monthly Kiran Digest Karachi), Mushtaq A. Qureshi (Monthly Naey Ufaq Karachi), Sardar Khan Niazi (Monthly Naya Rukh Karachi) andWaqar Yousuf Azeemi (Monthly Roohani Digest Karachi) News &

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R AWALPINDI —Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif visited Bahawalpur on the conclusion of third ‘Army Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System (PACES) Championship’. Eleven best teams from all over the Army participated in different events during the championship which was held at Bahawalpur from March24-31. The PACES is an initiative to improve the physical training regime within the Army. The programme relies on modern scientific techniques to assist each soldier in achieving requisite fitness standards by concentrating on individual rather than group based development. Display of Paralympics sports by war wounded soldiers, unarmed martial arts and phenomenal performances by the individuals who recently set new Guinness World Records were hallmark of the closing ceremony. The COAS appreciated the standards displayed by participants of the competition and emphasized that the basic traits of soldiering are as important as ever, with physical fitness being one of the most important. He particularly lauded the courage and competitive spirit displayed by war wounded soldiers. —Online

Nisar calls on PM, discuss post indictment development I SLAMABAD —Federal Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has met Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif and discussed with him the latest development relating to the trial of former President Gen(Retd) Pervez Musharraf. H e briefed the Prime Minister about the proceedings of the trial against the former President, under the Article6 of the Constitution. They exchanged their views on the situation after the indictment of General (R) Pervez Musharraf. Earlier on Monday, the special court, hearing treason case against Pervez Musharraf, said it did not impose ban on Musharraf from travelling abroad. Federal government is the appropriate authority to remove Musharraf ’s name from the ECL, maintained the Special Court.

Gas distributors to receive GST from CNG stations ISLAMABAD—In exercise of the powers conferred under Article 89(1) of the Constitution of Pakistan, the Honourable President of Pakistan has promulgated the Sales Tax (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014, whereby subsection (8) of section 3 of the Sales Tax Act, 1990 has been substituted. The effect of this Ordinance is that sales tax at the standard rate of 17% shall be charged and collected from CNG stations through their gas bills by the gas distribution companies. — Online

North, South Korea exchange fire across western sea border S EOUL —North and South Korea on Monday exchanged fire into the sea across the disputed western sea border, South Korea says. North Korea earlier announced that it would hold live-fire drills in seven parts of the border area. South Korea says it returned fire after North Korean shells landed in its territorial waters. The area has been a flashpoint between the two Koreas. The UN drew the western border after the Korean War, but North Korea has never recognised it. In late 2010, four South Koreans were killed on a border island by North Korean artillery fire. Border fire was also exchanged in August 2011. The live-fire exercises were announced by North Korea in a faxed message from its military to the South’s navy. South Korea warned of immediate retaliation if any shells crossed the border. “Some of North Korea’s] shells landed south of the border during the drill. So our military fired back north of the border in line with ordinary protocol,” a defence ministry statement said. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said “several rounds” of North Korean shells landed south of the Northern Limit Line, as the disputed border is known. In response, South Korea’s military shot “dozens of artillery shells with K-9 self-propelled

howitzers” and despatched F-15K fighter jets, the agency said. Residents of a border island, Baengnyeong, were evacuated into shelters, reports said. In November 2010, North Korea fired shells at the border island of Yeonpyeong, killing two marines and two civilians. It said it was responding to South Korean military exercises in the area. Earlier that year, a South Korean warship sank near Baengnyeong island with the loss of 46 lives. Seoul says Pyongyang torpedoed the vessel but North Korea denies any role in the incident. The latest incident comes days after North Korea test-fired two medium-range Nodong

missiles over the sea, its first such launch since 2009. Late last week, the UN Security Council condemned the launch and said it was considering an “appropriate response”. That launch followed a series of short-range missile tests, seen as a response to the current USSouth Korea annual military exercises. Over the weekend, North Korea also threatened to conduct a “new form” of nuclear test. It has conducted three nuclear tests to date, the most recent in February 2013. South Korea’s Unification Ministry said on Monday that there was no sign a North Korean nuclear test was imminent.—Online

Sartaj rejects Afghan allegations ISLAMABAD—Pakistan has dismissed as “unfortunate” Afghan allegations that Islamabad is behind a recent spike in attacks aimed at disrupting the April 5 presidential polls and blocking Kabul’s efforts for a peace deal with the Taliban. Afghan authorities have sugg e s t e d that an attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul and attacks on electoral commission offices in recent days have been carried out by “foreign intelligence agencies.” On Sunday, Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry by

phone, urging Washington to help the situation by putting pressure on Pakistan’s spy agency. Pakistan’s advisor on foreign policy and national security, Sartaj Aziz, denied the allegations, suggesting they are part of election-season politics in Afghanistan. In an interview with VOA, Aziz said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ’s government has tried to improve relations with Kabul. He said Pakistani authorities believed they had convinced President Karzai it has no favorites in Afghanistan and strictly adheres to a policy of non-interference. Aziz claims the diplomatic outreach succeeded in connecting with many Afghan political factions, including leaders of the former Northern Alliance, and had im-

3 Pakistanis among 7 convicted in medicare fraud H OUSTON —A Federal jury administrator of Spectrum, in Houston has convicted seven including Pakistani doctors on defrauding the Health and Human Services Program of Medicare system for $97 million dollars. According to details, a Federal jury in Houston has found 7 guilty of running financial scams, given and taking kickbacks and on fraud and deception. The defendants were two owners of a now-defunct mental healthcare facility, Spectrum Care PA, Dr, Physicians Mansour Sanjar, 81, Cyrus Sajadi, 66 , a physician’s assistant , Adam Main, 33, as well as

Shokoufeh Hakimi, 66, and Chandra Nunn, 35, a group home owner, Sharonda Holmes 40, a patient recruiter, and Shawn Manney, 51, a group home owner, was convicted for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to pay and received related count of an illegal kickback; According to sources the Pakistani doctor who owns Spectrum Care was under investigation by FBI and other law enforcement agencies for which FBI filed charges against Dr. Mansoor Sanjar, and six others. —INP

proved overall relations. But the latest allegations are a setback. “It is rather unfortunate because there is no justification for it. What do we get out of disrupting the elections? For us, a smooth transition in Afghanistan is absolutely critical because without peace and stability in Afghanistan Pakistan cannot be stable. So, therefore it is important that this thing is reviewed,” said Aziz, referring to the leveling of accusations. Aziz also said that Pakistan is taking all possible steps to prevent anyone from trying to undermine the Afghan presidential vote and is ready to deal with any government that emerges in Kabul after the elections.—Online

Durrani: Sindh sees move to destabilise provincial govt K ARACHI —Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani Mond ay said that move to destabilize provincial government was underway. Prior to Sindh Assembly session, talking to media Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani urged upon the Punjab government to take the threats hurled at Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari seriously and added if Rana Sanaullah has any evidence in support of his allegation that Rahman Malik had written the threatening letter to Bilawl Bhutto, he should make it public. He warned that there could be serious consequences if the threatening letter to Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was not taken seriously. —INP

Weight loss surgery helps reverse type 2 diabetes for some


ARIATRIC weight loss surgery on obese patients with type 2 diabe tes helped many to get their blood sugar to healthy levels and to no longer require any diabetes medicines, including insulin, three years after the procedure, according to data presented at a major medical meeting on Monday. The surgery also helped patients reduce the need for high blood pressure and cholesterol medicines and led to quality of life improvements compared with those who received medical weight-loss therapy, researchers found. The study called Stampede, which involved 150 obese patients who had poorly controlled type 2 diabetes for at least eight years, was conducted by Cleveland Clinic researchers. It compared two types of weight loss surgery against weight loss attained by diet and exercise along with nutrition counseling and, for some, additional diabetes medicines that can help promote weight loss, such as Victoza from Novo Nordisk. All patients were already taking at least three diabetes drugs and at least three heart medicines. More than a third - 37.5 percent - of patients who underwent gastric bypass surgery and a quarter of those who had a sleeve gastrectomy procedure achieved

blood sugar levels below the American Diabetes Association target and no longer needed diabetes medicines, researchers said. That compared with just 5 percent of patients in the medical therapy group who got their A1c blood sugar levels down to 6 percent or less. ADA recommendations call for A1c levels of 7 or less. At three years, only 5 to 10 percent of the surgery patients were still using insulin compared with 55 percent in the medical therapy group. “Initially we thought diabetes was a disease you could not reverse or end. We do realize now that there may be a treatment that could end diabetes for some people and that’s exciting,” said Dr. Sangeeta Kashyap, one of the study’s lead investigators. Results of the study were presented at the American College of Cardiology scientific meeting in Washington and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. An estimated one third of Americans are considered obese and obesity is the leading contributor to the growing type 2 diabetes epidemic. While bariatric surgery is a drastic measure and not without potential complications, such as infections or blood clots, for some obese patients it may be worthwhile if it can stave off the toll of advanced diabetes that can include heart and kidney disease and vascular problems that may lead to amputations or blindness.

Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Senator Pervaiz Rashid launching a book “Dharkan, the heart beat of the Nation” by Mobeen Ansari.

Writers play role in projecting soft image of Pakistan STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Minister for Information and Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid has said that writers and artists can play a pivotal role in projecting the soft image of Pakistan abroad. Speaking at the launching ceremony of the book Dharkan, “the heartbeat of the nation” here, he said Pakistan was facing a

challenging task to portray its real image, culture and identity at international level. The minister said that the book was an asset, which would promote Pakistan’s real face in the comity of nations. He said that in the book attractive things were captured in shape of still photography. Mobeen Ansari is an ambassador of Pakistan, who has captured beautiful moments through his lense, he added.

Allergy relief camp kicks off STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Free Pollen Allergy Relief Camp has started functioning at the Aabpara Community Center where all medicines will be provided free of cost to the allergy patients . More than 65,000 thousand pollen allergy patients have been treated at the camp during peak pollen allergy season since 2004 when level of pollen counts in the air touches over 50,000 pcm in the city.

A large number of people from different walks of life participate in Spring Walk.

Poets enthrall audience at RAC STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI—More than 40 male and female poets from across the country and abroad participated in a day-long “Aalmi Mushaira” at Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) here on Monday and enthralled the audience with their unique style. The event was jointly organized by RAC, Bazam-e-Ahle-Qalam, Rawal Lions Club International and Nigarish Literary Forum in connection with Jashan-eBaharan celebrations. Renowned poet from United Kingdom Mansoor Afaq presided over the Mushaira, Farhat Zahid and Nadeem Bhabha were chief guests, while Ahmed Hussain Syed, Nasir Ali Syed and poetess from the United States Naheed Virk attended as guests of honour. More than 40 poets including Prof. Jamil Yousaf, Idress Babar, Khalil-urRehman, Saad Ullah, Qamar Altaf, Saghir Anwar, Aurangzeb, Noshaba Adnan, Farah Deba, Lubna Suhail, Ahmed Zahoor, Rashida Maheen, Mazhar Niazi, Mehmooda Ghazia, Afrasiab Kamil, Tahir Hanfi, Qayyum Tahir, Dr Farhat Abbas, Dr Rashi Mateen, Wafa Chishti, Naseem e Saher, Naheed Virk, Ahmed Hussain Mujahid, Nasir Ali Syed, Nadeem Bhabha, Farhat Zahid and Mansoor Afaq read out poetry and won applause from the audience.

No more admissions in model colleges’ evening shifts

Redundant signboards not removed from Capital’s roads

ISLAMABAD—With the conI SLAMABAD —The Capital Administration the government’ efforts to implement a uni- struction of new roads and and Development Division (CADD) on Monday announced that the model colleges would not offer admissions in evening shifts from this academic session. Talking to APP, CADD spokesman Rafique Tahir said no new admissions would take place in the evening shifts and automatically the exiting ones would be ended in phases. The decision has been taken in line with

fied system of education in the country, the spokesman said. He said the students, who were already studying in the evening shifts, would not be disturbed. Rafique Tahir said the ministry was working on a plan to expand the capacity of model colleges and construct more colleges to benefit a maximum number of students.—APP

CDA enhances water supply by 2m gallons for citizens STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Capital Development Authority (CDA) has enhanced water supply by 2 million gallons to ensure maximum supply of water to the citizens of federal capital. A five members squad has been set up under director water supply to launch operation

against the illegal water connections. This squad will conduct campaign on day to day basis in different sectors. As many as five more tankers have been deployed on supplying water to the residents. The water supply has been increased from 68 million gallons to 70 million gallons . No of water tankers has been scaled up in different sectors.

widening of existing ones, traffic flow in the Federal Capital has improved, but redundant U-turn signboards have not been removed causing inconvenience and confusion to motorists. A senior official of the Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) admitted the lapse, but said the problem would be resolved shortly. The ITP had put up new U-turn signs whereas at a number of places the old ones were not removed due to oversight of the personnel concerned, he said talking to APP. “We are taking care of the problem and it will be solved promptly,” he said. Due to the old signs, motorists face difficulties. When they approach a place to take a turn, they find it blocked with cement blocks and have to drive on for some distance to reach the new Uturn.—APP

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Over 260 allergy patients were treated at the camp on the first day of camp. Various counters have been set up at the camp for treatment of patients and three treatment discipline facilities ie homeopathic, allopathic and Tib-e-Unani are available to the patients. Camp is organized by the ICT Administration with the co-operation of pharmaceutical companies, city chemists, Hamdard Dawakhana and Qurshi Dawakhana who donate medicines for the camp.

President Sir Syed Memorial Society Brig (Retd) Iqbal Shafi with the students during the Annual Day of Sir Syed Schoool, Barakahu, at Aiwan-e-Sir Syed.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

Parents of slow learners get counselling by British psychiatrists STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI—The Centre for Profound Education (CPE) on Monday organized an Open Day to provide an opportunity to the parents of students with special needs to seek counselling with the consultant psychiatrists and physicians visiting from the United Kingdom. A team of British consult-

ants, including Dr Shakil J Malik, Dr Connie Meyer, Dr Andy Charlie, Dr Ann Newmark and Dr Jim Newmark, provided free consultation to the parents of children, studying at the Centre. The Centre for Profound Education that works in collaboration with UK’s Innovative Medical and Development Services, caters to the special educational

needs of the students with varying degrees of learning difficulties, slow learners and autistic spectrum conditions. “We facilitate the students’ learning through the latest educational techniques backed by professional consultation, diagnosis, treatment, therapy and counselling by highly qualified psychiatrists and educationists from the United

Kingdom,” Mrs Samina Iqbal, the Coordinator Academics and Administrator of the Centre, told reporters. She said every child’s needs were different requiring ‘Individual Educational Plans’ (IEPs) aimed at enhancing individual skills to enable independent living and where possible working towards mainstream schooling. She said the Centre fol-

lowed UK’s national curriculum as a framework guided by Glyne Gap School for special education in Sussex. The curriculum is organized into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ she said, adding, at the end of every key stage each child was formally assessed to monitor progress. Dr Shakil J Malik, Senior Clinical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist Sussex

Partnership, at UK’s National Health Services Foundation Trust, urged the parents to be aware of their child’s special needs and provide him an environment that is tailored to his current level of mental capacity. He said the counselling of parents could help them discover, accept and respect the unique abilities of their child and enable them to develop these further.

Managing Director Profound Education Associates, Tanveer Afzal Chaudhry said, “At the CPE, we believe that students with special needs should be provided with equal opportunities in society. They should be helped and enabled to their fullest potential through compassionate and individually tailored teaching and learning methods, he added. He said

at the Centre, the classroom-based activities were provided to promote sensory processing, motor skills, communication and language development. The CPE, located at Street 7, Phase-2, Gulrez-2, Rawalpindi, is a non-profit private organization and provides learning interventions and activities to match students’ functional abilities.

All-out efforts being made to regulate traffic on Murree Road: CTO

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April 2 INTERNATIONAL Hazrat Fatima Zahra Conference will be arranged on 2nd April 2:30 p.m Pearl Continental Hotel Rawalpindi. Prominent ulmas and mashaikh from the sects will participate in the conference. Theme of the conference will be “Hazrat Fatima rile model for the woken folk on global level”. April 3 INAUGURATION Ceremony of Jamia Masjid Abubakar Siddique will be held on Thursday, 3rd April at Multi Gardens, Sector B-17, Block B Markaz by Multi Professionals Cooperative Housing Society.

Police net 10 gamblers R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi police have arrested ten gamblers besides recovering cash stake money amounting to Rs 14020, six mobile phones and two motorcycles from their possession. According to details, Pirwadhai police acting on a tip-off conducted a raid in Chathi graveyard area and arrested four gamblers identified as Malak, Haider Ali, Mudasir Sharif and Shahbaz as they were allegedly involved in gambling while playing cards. Police also recovered cash Rs 3320 stake money from their custody.—APP

Companies start erecting pillars for elevated track of Metro Bus project STAFF REPORTER R AWALPINDI —Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Rawalpindi Shoaib Khurram said on Monday all-out efforts were being made by the traffic police to regulate traffic on Murree Road during the construction period of the Metro Bus Project. He, however, sought the copperation of citizens and urged them to to use alternate routes to avoid traffic mess. The CTO, in a statement, said besides enhanced number of traffic wardens, the officials who were performing duties in traffic headquarters, were also

deployed on Murree Road and other roads. Four inspectors, 110 traffic wardens and 11 junior traffic wardens were in the field, who had been warned that negligence on their part would not be tolerated. He said a comprehensive traffic plan had been devised, but the cooperation of citizens was necessary to avoid a traffic mess, mainly on the Murree road. He advised the motorists to use Airport Road through Karal Chowk, and Peshawar Road through IJP Road and Golra Mor, to reach Islamabad. The citizens can come to the city area through Rawal Road, Saidpur Road and IJP Road,

during the construction of Metro Bus project, he added. Companies awarded work for the Rawalpindi section of Metro Bus Service (MBS) project are carrying out construction activities at a fast pace, which is evident from the fact that they have started erecting pillars for the elevated track after inauguration of the mass transit scheme on March 23. Netted iron-bar rolls used for making concrete pillars are being erected in middle of Murree Road for the 8.6 kilometer elevated track, being built, from Flashman’s Chowk Saddar upto Faizabad.

R AWALPINDI —The nineday spring tree plantation drive-2014 of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB), launched on March 27, to make the Cantt areas green and ensure healthy surroundings, is in full swing. Cantt Executive Officer Faheem Zafar Khan told APP on Monday that the drive entitled “Aik Angan Aik Poda” (one home - one plant) would continue till April 7, under which 10,000 saplings of fruit, flowery and shady trees were being distributed among citizens free of charge. For the purpose, he said, four distribution centers had been set up at Westridge Park , Roomi Park , Gawalmandi Children Park and Shah Balut Park. He said eight mobile teams were visiting door-todoor to deliver saplings, fertile soil and fertilizer, besides providing appropriate guidelines for proper plantation.—APP

plan for motorists during work on the project, under which it is keeping a lane open on each side of busy Murree Road. The CTP have advised motorists to use alternate routes during the construction period, suggesting Airport road through Koral chowk, Peshawar road through IJP road and Golra Morr to reach Islamabad. It also prepared a plan to keep traffic moving on Murree Road as much as possible, for which increased number of Wardens have been deployed at the project site, advising citizens to use Saidpur road and Rawal road for their convenience and avoid traffic mess, the sources maintained.

Educational is essential for progress of country STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI—Renown Educationalist Qazi Masaud ul Hassan has said education is essential for the development and progress the of the country He urged students to seek education not only to get degree but for serving of the country. Reknown Educationalist Qazi Masaud ul Hassan said “We should be proud on our identification as Pakistani. Pakistan is our identity.” He said that getting education was the most prime concern of a human being as it is the education which makes us social beings. He said, “The quality of a society or a nation entirely depends on the quality

of its education and the students are the future of a nation”. Qazi Masaud ul Hassan said that Knowledge was found in books but life in the society. The job of an educational institution was to make both of them compatible by linking them together. He was addressing Annual Prize Distribution Ceremony as chief guest of The Stairs Montessori & Secondary School Khurram Colony Muslim Town Rawalpindi. Candidate for Chairman Union Council Khurram Colony Raja Muhammad Ali, Councellor Zaheer Awan, Pricipal of the Stairs Sajid Masaud, Principals of Qazi Group of Schools, teachers and students were also present on this occasion.

RCB to hire services of eunuchs for recovery of property tax R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) has decided to hire the services of eunuchs on the pattern of Karachi to ensure recovery of property tax. Initially 50 eunuchs will be recruited who will assist the tax officers and staff in conducting tax survey next month. These eunuchs will accompany the tax survey teams in all areas and sectors and request the tax defaulters to clear their outstanding dues.

If they get positive response they will return to office calmly and if no yes message is given by the defaulters then they will start beating drums outside the doors of homes of the property tax defaulters. Tax survey in respect of Rawalpindi for the year 2014 will start from April 1 which will be conducted door to door. Teams comprising 50 staff members have been set up which will put on display details of the outstanding tax on the home of every tax defaulter.—Online

Chancellor of Preston University Dr Abdul Basit and eminent model Jia Ali with the winners of Inter-University drama competition at Preston University.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

Spring tree plantation drive in full swing

Talking to reporter, sources in the City District Government said construction companies including National Logistics Cell (NLC), ZKB and Lemark-Reliable have mobilized their workforce and heavy machinery at the respective sites for marking and digging process to complete the project within 10 months schedule. They said construction work of the project initiated nine days ago is gaining momentum with each passing day as the companies are bound to meet the deadline, for which they are working round-the-clock. The City Traffic Police (CTP), they said, has chalked out a special traffic

Media termed pillar of national security STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—“Media is a pillar of national security, which can both strengthen and undermine it. It is a driver of public opinion and can defend national values and ideology,” said Secretary Defence Asif Yaseen Malik on Monday. There was a need to bolster trust between the government and the media as lack of trust created distance, he said speaking as chief guest at the concluding session of the one-day conference on “Role of media and Pakistan’s National Security Discourse” jointly organized here by Strategic Vision Institute and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. The Secretary Defence opined that often the statements of government dignitaries were suspected and interpretated differently. In many countries, like the United States, media had to follow the advisory on national security issues, he said, reffering to the Iraq war, which remained a top story for a few days, but then went down the ladder. Asif Yaseen Malik said media should avoid using superlatives while reporting events, which created a bad image for the nation. He said the role of media was good, but still there was a need of some fine-tuning.

With the passage of time, media persons would learn from their mistakes, he hoped. Former minister and ambassador Sherry Rehman said after 9/11, the national security perspective had changed and the media’s role in that context had also undergone a change. It would be wishful thinking of any government that the media, which had got independence after long struggle, would follow its line, she added. She opined that it appeared that often the media was confused about the national security policy. Senior journalist Zahid Hussain said media did not formulate policies, but it could not live in isolation. So blaming media for all that goes wrong in the society would be unjustified, he added. Dr Mehdi Hassan said excessive coverage to some events created war hysteria in the country. Senior lawyer Ahmer Bilal Sufi said state institutions had legal obligations to take action against those, who glorify and incite terrorism. Earlier President SVI Zafar Iqbal Cheema said national security discourse on security was fragmented, so was media. Media should show more maturity on coverage of issues related to national security and integrity, he added.

Activists of civil society chanting slogans during a protest outside Islamic Ideology Council.

Distinction of student OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD —Afaf Mazhar a student of IMCG College F-10/2 got 1st position while securing 544 marks

out of 600 in 3rd class annual examination. Yesterday during the award distribution ceremony among the position holders, Principal of the said college felicitated and applauded the hard work of Afaf Mazhar and said that she is not only intelligent but also luminous student of the college. On this occasion Afaf Mazhar said that its result of her hard work beside the continuous prayers of her parent that today she got 1st position. She also committed that she will continue her accomplishment.

Police pickets increasing miseries for citizens STAFF REPORTER R AWALPINDI —Police pickets and check posts established on the entry and exit ways of twin cities are increasing difficulties for citizens instead of providing them safety and facility Police of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have established the joint pickets on the entry and exit ways of the cities to prevent the terrorism activities and daily crime rates, but now these check posts are creating problems for the flow of traffic. Other than that crime rate has also increased in the jurisdiction of police stations New Town and Sadiqabad, where outlaw

elements have started targeting the residents of Rawal road, Dhok Paracha, New Katariyan and Kuri road. Police of twin cities had announced to establish joint pickets in regard to control these crimes in areas, however remained unsuccessful in taking any important action against criminals involved in these activities. On the other side police pickets on Murree road and Faizabad have increased the miseries of the citizens as police personnel unnecessary stops them and starts checking of their vehicles which also affects on the flow of traffic.

Stern action against violators of drug pricing regime ordered ISLAMABAD—On the directives of the Prime overpricing”, she said. Minister, Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar on Monday took strict notice of reports of unilateral and illegal price hike by certain pharmaceutical companies. The minister, in an emergency meeting here, directed that stern action be taken against violators of the government’s pricing regime. “There will be zero tolerance against those deceiving the government and hurting public interest,” she warned. She said a three-member committee headed by Chief Executive Officer of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), has been constituted to monitor the market and report any violation of the pricing regime. “Strict action under the law will be taken against companies found violating the law and

The minister said some companies after resorting to illegal price hike sought restraining orders from the court to avoid action by DRAP. She said 18 drug companies had enhanced the prices illegally in the year 20122013 and DRAP took legal action against them. The companies approached the Sindh High Court, which granted them stay. DRAP is pursuing the case vigorously in the Supreme Court to get the stay order vacated, she added. On September 17, 2013, the DRAP filed an application in the Supreme Court against all companies, who have increased prices without approval of the federal government and after obtaining stay orders from various courts, mostly from the Sindh High Court.—APP

Speakers expressing views during a seminar titled Media and The Case of Missing Minorities, organized by PEAD.

Mirwaiz announces campaign against drug addiction, alcoholism S RINAGAR —Announcing a the students who leave their

MUZAFFARABAD: Ameer of Swad-i-Azam Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat and chief of Wafaq Al-Madaris, AJK Qazi Mehmood ul Hassan addressing a gathering regarding protection of Deeni Madaris.

JKLF continues poll boycott in South Kashmir SRINAGAR—Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has continued its poll boycott campaign in South Kashmir, a party spokesman said. In a statement, he said that the party leaders and the activits visited various areas including Zalangam Kokernagh, Barsoo Pulwama, Jamia Masjid Waltaingoo Kund, Jamia Masjid Qouyel, Y K Pora Qazigund, Nanel Bijbihara, Sutekpora Bijbihara, Aarigam,keller, Prechoo, Mouchwara Shupian, Tengwani Shupian, Padgaampora Awantipora, Chakoora Pulwama, Chewal Gam Kulgam, Srendoo Kulgam and addressed the people. He said that the leaders and activists addressed people in many mosques and other places and also distributed pamphlets and other matter regarding the election boycott at many places. He said that during their speeches, the leaders said that these elections, assembly and parliament has always inflicted trouble on Kashmiris. “The people who contest these elections ask us to vote in the name of electricity, water, employments, good and corruption free governance and other day to day needs of the life but in fact after the elections are portrayed as memorandum in favour of India,” he quoted the leaders as saying. Meanwhile, the spokesman said that, in addition to these public meetings pamphlets about the facts of these elections and repercussions were distributed among the people at various places in south Kashmir.—NNI

Women in IOK enjoy less freedom SRINAGAR—The less social freedom to women in Kashmir has resulted in their lesser empowerment, says a research report. The study titled “Study of Women Empowerment in Kashmir In Relation To Social Freedom” has been conducted by Kamalpreet Kaur, an Assistant Professor in the Education Department of Lovely University, Phagwara, Punjab in India. To find out the difference between women empowerment and social freedom of women in Kashmir, the study was conducted on 120 women teachers and students in two southern districts— Shopian and Kulgam in occupied Kashmir. The survey revealed that women empowerment and women social freedom in Kashmir are not significantly related to each other. “The reason may be the threading and suppressed culture of Kashmir in which the women who are enjoying social freedom do not feel empowered due to their snubbed voices at some levels,” according to the study. It was also found that there exists a negative relationship in women empowerment and social freedom of women. In other words, women in Kashmir enjoy less social freedom and empowerment. “The reason being that in Kashmir there are some religious restrictions and social bondages which do not allow women to get maximum social freedom,” says the study.—NNI

Geelani urges Red Cross to take up Tihar incident with jail authorities

Dialogue only platform to move ahead: Vakil

RAJOURI—Former Minister SRINAGAR—Expressing concern over jails in the past, but this time the as- in just a span of one month when and AICC Member Abdul sault was so strong that Tauseef Kashmiri were attacked and injured and an assault on Kashmiri detainees in Tihar Jail, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani has appealed International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that it should take immediate notice of this incident and raise the issue with jail authorities. According to a statement from Delhi, Geelani has blamed that this assault has been carried out on the direction of Deputy Superintendent of jail Mr Goswami and ‘he always harass the Kashnmiri prisoners inside the jail in every possible way’. The Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman said that Kashmiri inmates in Tihar Jail are living a miserable and depressed life and they feel threat to their life. “Jail authorities sometimes directly subject the Kashmiri prisoners to custodial violence and sometimes some professional criminals are hired to attack them. Kashmiri prisoners have been many times attacked in

Ahmad Peer, Ahitsham-ul-Haq and Enginear Fafi Mehmood Bihar got fractures in their bones.” He said that the detainees who were attacked in Tihar Jail have told their families that the professional criminals in Tihar Jail actually get the directions from the Deputy Superintendent of jail Mr Gouswami to harass the Kashnmiri prisoners. “He is a communal and prejudice minded person and harassing the Kashmiri inmates, is his favourite hobby.” He said that the custodial violence is against the international laws and it is the worst kind of human rights violation which doesn’t have any legal or moral justification. Geelani has said that the anti Kashmiri wave is spreading all over India and Kashmiris are everywhere treated in a curl and violent ways. “8 to 10 incidents of this kind have occurred

the fresh attack in Tihar Jail looks to be the branch of this wave. Due to these types of incidents, Kashmiris everywhere in India, are feeling unsafe and uncomfortable and the attack in Tihar Jail have not only raised a question mark on the safety and a security of Kashmiri prisoners in Indian jails, but these incidents are worrisome for their families and they are now very much concerned towards the safety and wellbeing of their dear ones.” Geelani appealed the officials of ICRC working in India to take serious notice of this inhuman act and raise this issue with the jail authorities and help us in safeguarding the lives of Kashmiri prisoners in Indian Jails. Geelani cautioned the jail authorities and the Indian government that they would be wholly responsible for any untoward act against any Kashmiri prisoner.—NNI

NC has lost its regional representative character: Mehbooba SRINAGAR —Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti has said National Conference has converted itself into an available appendage for sharing power with whosoever rules Delhi, and by doing so it has lost its regional representative character. Addressing several roadside rallies in Pulwama segment of Islamabad (Anantnag) parliamentary constituency, Mehbooba said the ruling party has abandoned governance and left people to their own devices of survival in the belief that it can stick to power through its ‘special contacts’ at the Centre. The PDP president said her party is fighting the present Lok Sabha election to reverse the trend of the elected representatives becoming agents of others in the parliament just to share crumbs of power. “We are going to the parliament with a definite agenda to bring Kashmir problem under the national focus and change the approach of the Union towards Jammu & Kashmir, which till now has been treated only as a security project,” Mehbooba

said. She said of all the regional parties in the country, NC stands out for its dubious role and its inability to raise vital issues facing the State. She said while all other regional parties are asserting their regional representative character within democratic system to earn benefits for their States, NC has historically done the reverse. “Instead of seeking any benefit for the State they have been representing for decades, NC always found comfort in surrendering the political authority, the administrative space, natural resources and institutions to the Centre,” Mehbooba said. She said people of the State had so far voted NC in most elections with the hope that it would be able to safeguard the interests of the State within the Union. “While NC never lived up to that expectation but its present tenure in the parliament has perhaps been the worst. Its members collaborated in the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru, while the State governments of Punjab and Tamil Nadu and their

members of parliament stood up for similarly placed cases. With the result, 2013 witnessed only hanging in the entire country, that of Muhammad Afzal Guru,” she said. “Being in power both at the Centre and in the State, the NC presided over the killing of hundreds of youth and giving an entire generation a bad name of being anti-nationals, criminals, drug addicts, LeT elements, etc. It also changed the status of J&K Bank, an institution that could make any State proud and confident, and shifted to the RBI. Similarly, frauds like cricket scandal, BOPEE scam, drug scam, PHE scam, 2010 killings, Shopian rape and murder case, Haji Yousuf’s mysterious death, examination scam, recruitment frauds, PSAs, FIRs against 10 thousand youth, pepper guns, chili grenades, Markundal (Sonawari), Gool, Shopian killings in 2013 etc. all have happened during Omar Abdullah’s tenure and the people have now a clear choice to make between NC and PDP,” she said and added that vote for NC will mean endorsement of their ‘shameful acts, fraud and deceit.’—NNI

Govt shelves probe into civilian killings of 2010 S R I N A G A R — S i g n i f y i n g measures to avert the recur- he had recommended exten- Bangroo, 24, a shawl weaver sheer inaction on civilian killings and non-seriousness in punishing the guilty, the State government has shelved the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) ordered into the killing of youth in police and paramilitary CRPF firing during the 2010 summer unrest in Kashmir. The State government had ordered the CoI into killings of 17 youth out of about 128 civilians killed by police and paramilitary forces during pro-freedom protests in June 2010 after the Machil fake encounter. The CoI headed by Justice (Retd) Syed Bashir-udDin was tasked to complete the probe in three-months up to October 2010. The CoI, with Justice (Retd) YP Nargotra as member, had recorded statement of witnesses into the killings and even the accused cops and forces. The terms of reference of the Commission included to enquire into the circumstances leading to deaths by firing or otherwise into the 17 incidents, fix responsibility wherever excessive force has been used resulting in fatalities, suggest

rence of such incidents in future, recommend the action to be taken against the person(s) or authorities found responsible in any such incident. “I had written to the Law department seeking extension for the Commission to enable us to finalize the report, however there was cold response from the government. Finally, the CoI was shelved,” Justice Bashir-udDin told Greater Kashmir. “Our report was based on statements of witnesses, circumstantial and scientific evidences. We had indicted police and paramilitary CRPF personnel in these cases and recommended measures to prevent such incidents in future, but the report could not be made public due to shelving of the CoI,” said Justice Bashir-ud-Din, who has also served as Chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC). Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Ali Muhammad Sagar, who was Law Minister during the constitution of the CoI, said

Gani Vakil has said Congress is committed to defeat nefarious designs of anti-national elements and will never allow anybody to disrupt peace and calm in the state. While addressing the gathering at Darhal here, he emphasized the need for a sustainable and a meaningful dialogue, “which is the only platform to move ahead for resolving every issue related to Jammu and Kashmir in an amicable manner and as per the aspirations of the people of the state. He said that outcome of confrontation and violence will always prove fatal besides crops up miseries and difficulties for people.” He appealed people to vote and support congress and afford another opportunity to UPA so that roots of secularism, economic stability, peace and prosperity are strengthened besides nefarious designs of scraping Article 370 are thwarted so that forces inimical to peace and tranquility are kept at bay in the interest of nation. Vakil said BJP’s “divisive” policy was responsible for spoiling the country’s secular fabric and giving rise to incidents of hate crime, while stressing that Congress’ ideology was to unite the people irrespective of caste, creed and religion.—NNI

Don’t send your daughters on tours outside Kashmir S RINAGAR —Dukhtaran-eMillat Chairperson Syeda Asiya Andrabi has condemned the negligence of parents for sending their daughters on tours, not accompanied by close relatives. “It does not behoove the Muslim parents to send their daughters on tour to outside states with the people who have no relation with them. It is not allowed in Islam that a Muslim woman should travel or go on tour with Gearmoharram (those with home their marriage is not prohibited). Even it is not permitted in Islam that a girl should travel or go on tour with male teachers,” said Aasiya in a statement, adding that “these girls are committing shameful acts in the name of educational programmes.”—KMS

reform campaign against social evils like drug abuse and consumption of alcohol, gambling, and the growing cases of suicides, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that a large segment of Kashmiri society is drifting into such waywardness and away from the basic Islamic teachings. Raking up social issues, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Hurriyat (M) will launch a sustained campaign to prevent the growing social crimes to save the future generation of Kashmir. Mirwaiz said there seems to be a well planned conspiracy aimed at diverting the attention of young generation of Kashmir from the teachings of Islam. “Some hands are working behind the scene to ensure Kashmir’s future generation falls into the net of drug abuse. Hurriyat will hold a day-long convention of Islamic scholars in Srinagar on April 6 to formulate strategy how to defeat such nefarious designs,” Mirwaiz said. “We will keep a close watch on the elements distributing drugs in various localities of Srinagar. After catching hold of them, we will make their names public so that they won’t indulge in the crime again.” He said it is an irony that

homes for tuition end up at drug peddlers. “The question is wherefrom these young boys get money to buy drugs. Parents have a responsibility to ensure a close watch on their wards where they go and what they do,” Mirwaiz said. He said it is surprising that police is not doing much to prevent drug abuse in Kashmir, especially Srinagar. “This seems to be emerging as a big industry where people who supply drugs to their aides in Kashmir are making huge money. We have reports that some big hands are behind this entire mafia,” he said. Mirwaiz appealed to the head of every locality across Kashmir to eradicate the menace of drug abuse from the society. “Unless we change ourselves, our society won’t change. I seek the support of every local cleric in Srinagar and elsewhere in Kashmir. They should identify the people whom they suspect are dealing with supply of drugs to youth,” he said. Mirwaiz said Hurriyat will form a committee to look into the reality of claims made by the government that liquor was being sold to help tourism in Kashmir. “We smell a rat in government claims. We will take every step to ensure that Kashmir’s identity remains intact,” he said.—NNI

Organizations asked to state their position on polls SRINAGAR —Asking different organizations to state their position on elections, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has said these polls are being held in Jammu and Kashmir in presence of lakhs of armed forces and do not hold any importance for the people of the state. In a statement, Geelani expressed his surprise over the reports that some organizations have secretly got affiliated with the pro-Indian parties. “There are only two options with the political or religious organizations of Kashmir i.e. either pro-India or pro-freedom. The people who are on the fence and don’t maintain a clear-cut policy on Kashmir are committing a crime against their nation and religion and the silence of these people reinforces this impression that they are the secret agents of Indian government and are working secretly from a very long time to harm the Kashmir cause. And for this they get benefits and favours,” he said. Expressing satisfaction and happiness over the stand adopted by many profreedom and religious organizations on the elections, Geelani said, “These elections are merely a military operation rather than a democratic process.” While appealing the people to completely ‘boycott’ the upcoming election, Geelani said “The votes asked for water and electricity are used by State as a tool against our sacred movement by presenting it in the international forums

as a referendum in its favor.’ “Although the stand announced by many pro-freedom and religious organizations on polls is encouraging but it is surprising that several other organizations have so far maintained silence and are yet to decide whether to support or boycott these elections. It is very sad that the organizations are working day and night to propagate their sects and schools of thought but they maintain silence over the collective national and religious issues,” said Geelani. Appealing the people to completely boycott the upcoming polls, Geelani said the votes, asked for water and electricity, are used by New Delhi as a tool against the freedom movement by projecting these in the International forums as a referendum in its favour. “Kashmiries are not against the democracy or democratic setup, but Kashmir is a conflict zone which has been forcibly taken control by forces. Kashmir is not an issue of good or bad governance which can be solved by replacing the rulers or faces but it is actually the matter concerning the future of 1.5 crore people who have been promised at national as well as International forums that they will be given a chance to decide their future. But the New Delhi has yet to fulfill this commitment. The people, who term the election drama as non issue, are actually getting deceived by the cunning policy of New Delhi,” Geelani said.—NNI

of Dana Mazar who was ruthsion of the probe panel. “I had sent a detailed lessly beaten by paramilitary note to the Home department men while dispersing a group for continuation of the CoI. I of youth protesting over had even recommended that Tufail’s killing. Rafiq battled the CoI should probe all kill- for life for a week and sucings during 2010. However, cumbed to his injuries on am unaware whether the CoI June 19.—NNI has been shelved or not as the matter pertains to Home department,” Sagar said. State Home Secretary, Suresh Kumar, did not respond to repeated calls, however sources in the Home department ruled out reconstitution of the CoI to probe these 17 killings. “There is no proposal to reconstitute the CoI,” they said. The CoI had directed the police to provide details of personnel posted at the spot of the killings. It also sought information about the FIRs into the cases and status of investigation. The CoI had started the probe from the killing of 17 year old Tufail Ahmad Matoo of Saida Kadal here who was killed when hit by a teargas canister fired by police at Rajouri Kadal on June 11, 2010. It was followed by investigation into the MUZAFFARABAD: Leaders of PSF Hassan Malik, Hanif Mir and central chief organisers giving details about the death of Muhammad Rafiq arrest of Shujat Kazmi of People’s Labour Bureau.

ADB to brief media about ADO on Tuesday ISLAMABAD—The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Country Director for Pakistan, Dr. Werner E. Liepach, will brief the media here on Tuesday on ADB’s flagship economic publication Asian Development Outlook 2014 (ADO). The publication provides analysis of macroeconomic issues in developing Asia including Pakistan. With widening income gaps in the region strengthening the case for governments to play a more active role in bringing about a fairer society, this year’s ADO theme chapter, “Fiscal Policy for Inclusive Growth”, explores how countries can raise more revenue and how they should use it to promote broad- based growth. The ADB Country Director will particularly brief the media about economic prospects for developing Asia and the Pacific and Pakistan’s Economic Outlook 2014. It is pertinent to mention here that ADO presents analysis of 45 economies, including Pakistan. The report also examines the prospects for developing Asia by subregion: Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.—APP

IDB sanctions $220m for Jamshoro coal power plant

Shahbaz approves wheat procurement campaign SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has granted approval to wheat procurement campaign 2014 in the province and said that wheat would be procured from the farmers at the fixed rate while the interests of small cultivators would be fully safeguarded. He said that distribution of gunny bags among the farmers would be started from April 15 and the process would be completely transparent. He directed provincial ministers and secretaries to pay field visits to supervise wheat procurement campaign. He announced that he would also visit wheat procurement centers to personally review the situation. He said that his aircraft and helicopter would

also be available for visiting far-flung areas during wheat procurement campaign. He was presiding over a high level meeting here today regarding wheat procurement campaign 2014 in the province. Federal Minister for Food Security Sikandar Hayat Bosan especially participated in the meeting; provincial Ministers Bilal Yaseen, Muhammad Shafiq, Rana Mashood Ahmed, Iqbal Channer, Dr. Farrukh Javaid, Assembly Members, Chief Secretary, PASSCO officials and concerned officers were present. The Chief Minister said that wheat procurement target of 35-lakh metric tons has been set in the province. He said that interests of small farmers would be upheld at any cost and complaint centers would be established at tehsil, dis-

trict and province level to redress the grievances of the growers. He further stated that concerned assembly members would also be inducted in the supervisory committees to be set up at district level. The Chief Minister removed the timing restriction at the procurement centers during wheat procurement campaign and said that entire wheat produce would be procured daily from the cultivators coming to the centers. He directed that proper arrangements be made at the procurement centers for facilitating the farmers. He said that full benefit would be taken from citizens’ feedback system during wheat procurement campaign and the role of middleman would be completely eliminated. He directed that digital moni-

80 Pakistan companies attending Leather Fair in Hong Kong Pakistan are attending Asia Pacific Leather Fair (APLF), being held in Hong Kong till April 2. The fair is seen as the major international show for the tanners from Pakistan with existing and new buyers attending from all over the world, particularly from Asia. The newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Trade Development Authority (TDAP), S.M. Munir and Consul General Pakistan in Hong Kong, Ghufran Memon jointly

Monday. A large number of businessmen, professionals, traders and representatives of Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) led by its Chairman Sheikh Saquib Saeed Masood attended the ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, Ghufran Memon said Pakistan was producing excellent quality leather and leather goods, which were highly competitive in the world markets.—APP

KARACHI: Stockbrokers are busy in trading during the ascending trend at Karachi Stock Exchange.

CVD helping tyres importers to increase ITPs STAFF REPORTER

Some people work hard in this business and become really popular, really big stars but they never receive an award from within the business. Somehow, when your colleagues and friends believe in you to the point of handing you an award it means so much more. —Sharon Stone

KARACHI—The Customs Valuation Department is helping tyre importers in their illegal business by not increasing Import Trade Prices, which is proving detrimental to both the local tyre industry and national economy. ‘Customs is busy holding meaningless meetings with the representatives of local tyre industry and importers since long, which is another way of giving time to importers to import highly under-invoiced tyres from China and other sources said an industry source. It is strange, the source added, why Customs is not taking any action against the importers even when they have been given ample proof about the practice of importing under invoiced tyres to damage the national economy. This is simply a delaying tactic in practice for past three years, which in turn is a way to give time to importers to keep on

importing tyres on extremely low Import Trade Prices (ITPs), said the source. ‘The local industry asked for at least 3040 percent increase in the ITPs of tyres imported from China to give some relief to the local industry and national economy,’ he added. He said that fresh valuation ruling for tyres and tubes under section 25A of the Customs Act, 1969, was supposed to be out in December 2013 by the Customs Department, but it’s March now and there no fresh valuation ruling is in sight which is evident of the customs’ inability that is depriving the country of much needed revenue. It is estimated that Government of Pakistan loses approximately Rs 5000 million annually on import of tyres alone. In January last year, the local tyre industry held a meeting with customs officials and advised them to pursue the case with the Chinese Custom Authorities in order to assess the true value of tyres being imported.

the same place for a long period and directed that honest and hard working officials be posted at wheat pro-

partment to ensure achievement of wheat procurement target as well as provide maximum facilities to the cultiva-

parent manner during the campaign and due returns would be ensured to the farmers for their produce.

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presiding the meeting for wheat procurement campaign 2014. Federal Minister for Food Security Sikandar Hayat Bosan also attanded the meeting. The Chief Minister issued orders for the screening and transfer of the Food Department staff posted at

Windows XP to cease support services in April

K ARACHI—Microsoft supISLAMABAD —Around 80 companies from inaugurated Pakistan Pavilion at the APLF- port for Windows XP, in2014 Show, said a message received here on

ISAMABAD—The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has approved two hundred and twenty million dollars for Jamshoro coal power plant. According to Radio Pakistan, the project on completion will generate 600 megawatts electricity. The approval was given at a meeting of board of executive directors of the bank in Jeddah. The Asian Development Bank has already approved nine hundred million dollars for the project. The project on completion will generate six hundred (600) megawatts electricity. Meanwhile, the World Bank has agreed to provide five hundred and twenty million dollars for power supply to Pakistan and Afghanistan from Central Asia. The Islamic Development Bank and USAID have pledged to bear the remaining expanses of the project.—NNI

toring system be evolved for the entire process from distribution of gunny bags to the wheat procurement.

cluding Windows XP Professional for Embedded Systems and Office 2003, ends on April 8, 2014, by which users will no longer receive any new security updates, free or paid assisted support options, or online content updates. Microsoft’s decision to end Windows XP support is based on the concept to provide a new modern Windows platform that meets the demands of the modern workers and businesses and protect them against viable security threats and also keeping them updated on the latest technological trends and advancements. Microsoft Windows 8.1 comes as the modern OS for modern businesses, building on Windows 7 fundamentals like speed, reliability and security, while creating an advanced platform designed to fully harness the power of cloud computing. It gives a direct and profound access to businesses, running with the latest technology and maintaining cost efficiency. Its additional business apps are enabled to transform a machine into highly productive device for business, Amir Rao, Country Manager for Microsoft Pakistan said, “Business and information technology has dramatically changed over the last decade. Newer forms of systems have launched and so as the malware threats from software hackers have increased. “We have taken this step to protect our customers from business threats and provide them options to migrate into a greater, faster and secure access to businesses and pursue growth plans with confidence.” He added Muhammad Omer Zuberi, General Manager Information Technology, Shaheen Insurance said, “Windows 8.1 is a refreshing addition to the Windows community with some remarkable features. It has a good OS and there are some changes when compared to windows 7.— PR

curement centres. He further ordered digital monitoring of the flour mills purchasing wheat. He directed Food De-

tors. Federal Minister for Food Security Sikandar Hayat Bosan said that wheat would be procured in a trans-

Secretary Food and PASSCO authorities gave a detailed briefing on wheat procurement campaign.

Pak-China friendship moves into era of prosperity: FPCCI ISLAMABAD—Friendship between Pakistan and China has entered into a new era of prosperity, said Shaukat Ahmed, acting President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Monday. “The two countries are enjoying cordial relations at government to government and public to public levels which are touching new heights”, he said while talking to Tan Chengce, Vice President of Yantai Federation of Commerce and Industry, who is currently leading a Chinese trade delegation to Pakistan, here. He said China remained a great source of strength and security for Pakistan, which had been selflessly serving it since decades. Shaukat Ahmed said that the joint ventures, transfer of technology, training programmes and massive investment in energy sector of Pakistan would accelerate trade and economic activities between the all-weather friendly nations. China has been playing an active role to promote regional peace, economic growth and prosperity through trade and investment, he said. Shaukat Ahmed noted that the exceptional friendship between Pakistan and China had transformed into a strong and robust economic cooperation based on

trust, understanding and common aspirations for peace, progress and prosperity. Speaking on the occasion, Tan Chengce said that the current delegation consisting leading businessmen was seeking trade opportunities in chemical, construction machinery, energy, garments, engineering and auto parts sectors. He appreciated the efforts of FPCCI in promotion of bilateral trade and remarked that countless business opportunities exist for Pakistani entrepreneurs in China. The meeting was also attended by Vice Presidents of the FPCCI including Mian Mehmood Ahmed, and Khurram Sayeed. They said that exchange of trade delegations and participation in the exhibitions will further strengthen ties between both the countries. Investors from all over the world are keen to invest in Pakistan due to investment friendly policy, they said adding that Pakistan produces best quality of cotton, vegetable and fruits especially mangos that can be exported to China, they said. Khurram Sayeed said that FPCCI’s PakChina Business Council has been awarded a Presidential Letter of Appreciation in recognition of its services.—APP

Govt urged to supply gas to industries on priority STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Monday urged the government to give priority to the Industrial sector in the supply of gas. The LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari said that it is a welcome sign that the government has decided to restore gas to the CNG sector but it would have been wiser if the priority is attached to the sector that not only generates revenues for the government but also provides jobs to the millions of workers. The LCCI President said that the government needs to review its decision regarding the provision of gas as all over the world the priority is given to the industry that earns revenues and creates jobs but unfortunately the situation in Pakistan was the other way round. Engineer Sohail Lashari said that the industry should be facilitated as it would not only be making it competitive but also enabling it to bring in much needed foreign exchange. He said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry understands well that if the cost of doing business would come down it would

not only expedite economic activities in the country but would help bring down fast going up graph of unemployment that is alarmingly high. He said that if the government wanted to facilitate the poor segments of the society, it should allocate gas to the public transport and small vehicles while this facility should not be given to the big vehicles. He said that the industry had already suffered immensely because of high cost of doing business therefore this relief should be passed on to the industrial sector first. The LCCI President said that the country’s economy at the moment was in dire need of some kind of stimulus and if the priority is given to it in the provision of gas it would only strengthen the economic indicators but would also help avail GSP plus status in a winsome manner. Engineer Sohail Lashari said that a number of manufacturing units had already shifted their operations to the neighboring countries losing trust in the will of the government to provide facilitation to the industry and because of comparatively lower cost of doing business therefore it is the high time to bring them back by providing gas to the domestic industry.

Apple-Samsung skirmish heading to court again SAN J OSE , CALIF—The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants that underscore a much larger concern about what is allowed to be patented. “There’s a widespread suspicion that lots of the kinds of software patents at issue are written in ways that cover more ground than what Apple or any other tech firm actually invented,” Notre Dame law professor Mark McKenna said. “Overly broad patents allow companies to block competition.” The latest Apple-Samsung case will be tried less than two years after a federal jury found Samsung was infringing on Apple patents. Samsung was ordered to pay about $900 million but is appealing and has been allowed to continue selling products using the technology. Now, jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in

another round of litigation, with Apple Inc. accusing Samsung of infringing on five patents on newer devices, including Galaxy smartphones and tablets. In a counterclaim, Samsung says Apple stole two of its ideas to use on iPhones and iPads. “Apple revolutionized the market in personal computing devices,” Apple attorneys wrote in court filings. “Samsung, in contrast, has systematically copied Apple’s innovative technology and products, features and designs, and has deluged markets with infringing devices.” Samsung countered that it has broken technological barriers with its own ultra-slim, lightweight phones. “Samsung has been a pioneer in the mobile device business sector since the inception of the mobile device industry,” Samsung attorneys wrote. “Apple has copied many of Samsung’s innovations in its Apple iPhone, iPod, and iPad products.” In the upcoming case, Apple claims Samsung stole a tap-from-search technology that allows someone searching for a telephone number or address

on the Web to tap on the results to call the number or put the address into a map. In addition, Apple says Samsung copied “Slide to Unlock,” which allows users to swipe the face of their smartphone to use it. Samsung countered that Apple is stealing a wireless technology system that speeds up sending and receiving data. The most attention-grabbing claim in the case is Apple’s demand that Samsung pay a $40 royalty for each Samsung device running software allegedly conceived by Apple, more than five times more than the amount sought in the previous trial and well above other precedents between smartphone companies. If Apple prevails, the costs to Samsung could reach $2 billion. Apple’s costs, if it lost, are expected to be about $6 million. “You rarely get from the jury what you ask for, so companies aim high,” said German patent analyst Florian Mueller. “But in my opinion this is so far above a reasonable level the judge should not have allowed it.” The problem, he said, is

that each smartphone has thousands of patented ideas in it; Apple is challenging just five. Throughout the three years of litigation, Samsung’s market share has grown. One of every three smartphones sold last year was a Samsung, now the market leader. Apple, with a typically higher price, was second, with about 15 percent of the global market. Apple claims the following Samsung products now infringe on Apple patents: Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy SII, Galaxy SII Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy SII Skyrocket, Galaxy SIII, Galaxy Tab II 10.1 and Stratosphere. Samsung claims the following Apple products infringe on Samsung patents: iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPod touch (fifth generation), iPod touch (fourth generation) and MacBook Pro. With the San Jose federal courtroom just a 15-minute drive from Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, even jury selection can be difficult. In the previous case, several prospective jurors were dismissed because of their ties to the company.—AP




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boost tax collection and widen the tax net in Pakistan. The Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI), voiced strong support to the government in its efforts to increase revenue collection and streamline the taxation structure of the country, while presenting in detail OICCI 2014-15 Taxation Proposals to FBR Chairman, Mr. Tariq Bajwa and Mr. Shahid Hussain Asad, Member Inland Revenue (IR) who had an interactive session with the OICCI members on March 28, 2014. FBR Member IR Operations and Member Customs also addressed the meeting at OICCI in Karachi. Mr Asad S. Jafar, President OICCI, appreciated the ongoing engagement initiative of the FBR Chairman and his top team with key stakeholders like OICCI whose members contribute over Rs 700 billion annually to the Federal and Provincial revenue. Asad Jafar stressed that the OICCI key recommendations consider restructuring taxation system to facilitate investment and economic activity, facilitate the honest tax payers through timely settlement of issues, that all types of income are subject to tax, SRO’s are judicially eliminated and documentation of the economy be accelerated without any compromise. Mr M. Abdul Aleem, CE/Secretary thanked the FBR Chairman for meeting a key demand of the Chamber by issuing the approval notification for offsetting provincial sales tax against FBR sales tax liability. Aleem presented the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EODB) Index rating where Pakistan has sharply slipped from being 75 in 2010 to 110 in 2014 which has considerable negative implications in attracting FDI in the country. One of the key irritant in EODB has been the complications on paying taxes, including provincial and local taxes. OICCI highlighted concern on the frequent use of tax amnesty schemes



















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Nokia X launches sale in Pakistan K ARACHI —Nokia Pakistan announced today that Nokia X part of the new Nokia X family of affordable smart phones that run Android™ apps, has begun selling in Pakistan. The new device is the perfect introduction to a world of Android apps, coupled with signature Nokia experiences, and the most popular Microsoft services, as well as free internet for 6 months from Telenor - Pakistan’s popular cellular provider. The Nokia X features Nokia’s renowned quality and design, with a fresh, tile-based user interface inspired by our Lumia family. It comes with Fast lane, a screen which lets people switch between their favourite apps more smoothly. People can access curated, quality-tested apps from Nokia Store, more than a dozen thirdparty app stores and by side loading. All devices are also pre-loaded with a variety of very popular thirdparty apps and games. “We believe that our new offering will resonate with consumers around the country and set a great precedent for the level of quality that can be achieved in the fastgrowing, affordable smart phone segment” said Arif Shafique, Country General Manager, Nokia Pakistan & Afghanistan. Omer Bin Tariq, Director Internet & Devices at Telenor Pakistan, added: “Telenor believes in empowering societies through communication technology, and our 6 months’ free internet offer with the Nokia X is aimed at extending the real benefits of internet to consumers in Pakistan. Telenor has further cemented its position as the leader in the internet area, and this co-launch is yet another step towards building a strong partnership between Telenor and Nokia”.—PR

Shipping activity at Port Qasim K ARACHI —Brisk shipping activity was observed at the port during last 24 hours as five ships carrying containers, cement and edible oil were berthed at Qasim International Containers Terminal, Multi Purpose Terminal and Liquid Cargo Terminal respectively. Four more ships carrying containers, edible oil and chemicals also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was 75% at the port on Monday where eight ships namely SC Mara, Maersk Atlanta, MSC Jenny, Valerie, Autaurus, Argentaster, Jo Spruce and M.T Brizo are currently occupying berths to load/ offload containers, cement, edible oil, chemical and furnace oil respectively during last 24 hours. A cargo volume of 123083 tonnes comprising 81818 tomes imports and 41265 tonnes exports inclusive of containerized cargo carried in 3150 containers (TEUs) were handled at the Port during last 24 hours.—APP


Mobilink awards iPhone to winner ISLAMABAD—Mobilink has awarded iPhone 5S Gold handsets to the winners of the ‘All that glitters is Gold’ campaign. This campaign was designed for Mobilink post-paid customers, who used company’s data services during the month of Jan, 2014. Aamer Manzoor, Director Marketing Mobilink commenting about the offer said, ‘Mobilink has always complemented its customers’ changing preferences with products and offerings that add value to their daily communication needs. Mobile internet is the new trend for mobile customers in Pakistan and our campaign ‘All that glitters is gold’ encourages our post-paid data users to make the most out of Mobilink Mobile Internet.—PR

as a disincentive to regular taxpayers. OICCI’s 2014-15 taxation proposals include several tax broadening measures to increase the tax to GDP ratio–like effective enforcement and administrative reforms, filing of Tax Returns by all income earning segments and individuals earning more than the threshold, better and more effective utilization of NADRA database and other data from documented sources available to FBR. Other key proposals discussed were lowering of corporate tax rates, elimination or rationalization of minimum tax regime, faster processing of tax refunds, increasing incentives for attracting FDI, and involvement of OICCI in the exercise to review existing SROs to ensure minimum impact on FDI and continuing documentation of the economy. Mr Aleem also mentioned that reversal of some important documentation measures, which were introduced through the Finance Act 2013-14, were frustrating for honest taxpayers. Furthermore he suggested that FBR may consider reverting back to the old administrative structure of tax zones and cycles to identify new tax payers. Chairman FBR, Mr Tariq Bajwa, highly appreciated the role of OICCI members who collectively contribute over one-third revenue collections in Pakistan. Regarding the OICCI taxation proposals, the FBR Chairman informed that FBR plans to withdraw all SROs in an orderly manner soon and will ensure proper adjustments of SROs which are critically important for key factors in the economy. He informed that contrary to the general view, FBR does not have full access to various databases, including the NADRA. However FBR continues to review all tax broadening measures and expects that over 100,000 taxpayers will be added annually based on actions, which have already been initiated by FBR. In this respect he also mentioned that FBR is reviewing the self-assessment scheme and will make some structural changes to ensure a transparent system, which is not exploited by tax evaders.

Al Baraka, ZPC sign MoU worth Rs 3b ISLAMABAD —Al Baraka Bank Pakistan Ltd was the lead advisor and arranger on a 3 billion rupees first Musharaka based Islamic transaction to Zaver Petroleum Corporation Limited. This is the first one-of-a-kind Shariah compliant Islamic transaction, in the UPSTREAM oil and gas industry for a business conglomerate like Zaver. The signing ceremony of this momentous occasion took place at a local hotel in Islamabad. Present at the occasion were Mr. Saddruddin Hashwani, Chairman Hashoo Group, CEO Al Baraka Pakistan, Mr. Shafqaat Ahmed and representatives of the Zaver Group, Al Baraka and member banks of the consortium; United Bank, Askari Bank, Bank of Punjab, Dubai Islamic Bank and Burj Bank. al Baraka stands committed to providing value added services to all major players in the oil and gas sector. This is the first step in this direction and many of such transactions will follow in future. This transaction is indeed a stepping-stone towards a long-term mutually beneficial business relationship. al Baraka is a Global Islamic Bank with presence in 15 countries and 3 continents and locally has a branch network of 110 branches across the country with presence in 58 cities. The al Baraka Group’s total asset base is of over US $ 21 billion, equity of US $ 2 billion and profit of US $ 258 million. al Baraka, in Pakistan is the 2nd largest Islamic Bank in terms of total assets.—PR

KARACHI: Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee of Ports and Shipping Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah chairing a meeting on the performance of Karachi Port Trust.

BOK to encourage social activities STAFF REPORTER

P ESHAWAR —The Bank of Khyber (BOK) has always encouraged healthy sports & social activities across the country and appreciated the social initiatives; this was stated by Mr. Imran Samad, Managing Director BOK during his visit to Malik Saad Shaheed Memorial Sports Trust this morning. He lauded the services rendered by the Trust in remembering of heroes of the nation and specially police officers and jawans who sacrificed their lives for the bright future of the land. Mr. Imran Samad proposed that their should be a proper land mark in Peshawar in loving memory of Shuhada, where coming generations come and pay their respects and remember their services for them for rest of their lives, this way to pay them tribute. He also appreciated the MSSST efforts and service According to the data, the Commission re- in the field of education & leased Rs 38,102.170 million for WAPDA health apart from sports. (Power) out of its total allocations of Rs. 51,543.425 million whereas Rs. 25,870.838 million has been provided to WAPDA (Water Sector) out of its total allocations of Rs. 57,840.211 million. Meanwhile, Rs 8,579 million has been released for Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA), out of its total allocations of Rs 10,000 million for KARACHI—NBP Exchange the current year. The Commission also released Company Limited has Rs 1,453.094 million for Cabinet Division, Rs opened its 17th branch in 34.839 million for Climate Change Division and Zamzama DHA Karachi to Rs 553.700 million for Commerce Division. provide the most trust worIn addition, Rs 342.343 million has been thy remittance services and released for Education and Training Division, money exchange to the large Rs 4,282.825 million for Finance Division,Rs number of commercial and 436.572 million for Industries Division, Rs retail clients in the area, es4,166.170 million for Interior Division and Rs pecially to the families of 102.988 million for Narcotics Control Division. Pakistani students studying The Commission, released Rs 35 million for abroad where timely and Petroleum and Natural Resources Division, dependable remittance is of Rs 212.100 million for Planning and Develop- utmost importance. ment Division, Rs 868.042 million for Science Mr. Khalid Bin Shaheen and Technology Research Division, Rs stated this at the occasion 136.262 for SUPARCO and Rs. 220.490 million of opening new branch. NBP for Textile Industry Division. Funds of Rs.8, Exchange Company is a 955.278 million have been released for AJK fully owned subsidiary of (Block and other projects), Rs. 4,777 million National Bank of Pakistan for Gilgit Baltistan (Block and other projects) giving it unmatched capawhere as Rs. 11,031 million has been released bility and coverage to satfor SAFRON/FATA.—NNI isfy the needs of Pakistanis living across the globe coupled with the credibility and dependability of its parent institution.—PR

PESHAWAR: Managing Directer of Bank of Khyber Imran Samad writing his remarks in visitor’s book on his visit to head office of Malik Saad sports trust.

Govt releases Rs 235.588b for development projects I SLAMABAD —The government has so far released Rs 235.588 billion under Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for various projects against total allocations of Rs 540 billion for the fiscal year 2013-14. According to the latest data of Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms, Rs 37,250.403 million has been released for various projects of Pakistan Energy Commission, out of its total allocations of Rs 52,300 million, earmarked under PSDP for FY 2013-14. A sum of Rs 32,811.901 million has been released to National Highway Authority out of total allocation of Rs 63,038.619 million for the current fiscal year. Out of the total funds of Rs 25,739.199 million allocated for the National Health Service Regulations and Coordination Division for the current year, the government released Rs 17,827.542 million so far. The Commission also released Rs 18,884.082 million for Railway Division, out of its total allocations of Rs 30,964.894 million whereas Rs 570 million have been released for National Food Security and Research Division, out of its total allocations of Rs 750 million for the year. Funds of Rs 12,100.383 million have been released for Higher Education Commission, out of its total allocation of Rs 18,490 million for the year 2013-14 whereas out of total allocations of Rs 2,363.974 million earmarked for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Division, Rs 1,158.097 million have been released so far.

L AHORE —Lahore Stock

Oil prices fall after strong gains

Exchange here Monday witnessed bearsh trend by losing 4.82 points, as the LSE Index-25 opened with 5113.86 points and closed at 5109.04 points. The market’s overall situation also did not correspond to an upward trend as it remained at 2.620 million shares to close against previous turnover of 2.824 million shares, showing a downward slide of 203,800 shares. While, out of the total 93 active scrips 22 moved up, 23 shed values and 48 remained equal. The Major Gainers of the day were Shell Pakistan Limited, Glaxo Smith Kline Pakistan Limited and Highnoon Laboratories Limited by recording increase in their per share value by Rs 8.63, Rs 7.74 and Rs 2.80 respectively.—APP

L ONDON—Oil prices fell on Monday as dealers booked profits after strong gains last week fuelled by positive US economic data and the tensions in Ukraine. New York’s West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for delivery in May fell 43 cents to $101.24 a barrel. Brent North Sea crude for May dipped 28 cents to stand at $107.79 a barrel in London afternoon deals. “We are seeing some easing because of some profit taking,” Tan Chee Tat, an investment analyst at Phillip Futures, told AFP. WTI prices got a boost last week from data showing robust US consumer spending. Orders for US durable goods—a key indicator of the economy—rose 2.2 percent in February from the prior month, beating expectations for a 1.0-percent decline. Investors are also tracking events in Europe as the top diplomats from the US and Russia held talks to find a solution to the crisis in Ukraine. Russian troops are massed on the borders of eastern Ukraine, sparking fears about Moscow’s plans after it took control of the Crimean peninsula this month. While the two failed Sunday to reach a breakthrough deal in Paris they did agree to keep talking after what were described as “frank” and “constructive” negotiations. The latest bid to resolve the worst East-West standoff in the post-Cold War era came after Russian leader Vladimir Putin unexpectedly called US President Barack Obama on Friday.—APP

LSE loses 4.82 points

NBP Exchange Company opens branch in Zamzama

KARACHI: Khalid Bin Shaheen, SEVP/Group Chief NBP and Chairman NBP Exchange Company Limited inaugurating NBP Exchange Company’s new branch in Zamzama, DHA, Karachi.

KARACHI: Al-Karam Studio CEO Abid Umar, Al-Karam Head of Marketing Faisal Hadayatullah, Umar Saeed and others in a group photo on the eve of Umar Saeed design collection launch at Emerald Tower.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki

LPG price reduces by Rs 10 per kg ISLAMABAD—The LPG marketing companies have reduced the LPG price by Rs 10 per Kilogram, giving relax of Rs 120 in a domestic and Rs 480 for commercial cylinder. The new prices would be effective from running week. The Chairman of LPG Distribution Association, Irfan Khokhar said in statement that LPG prices were being reduced as result of LPG policy 2014. He predicted that price would be further lowered. The new prices are Rs 115 per kg in all major cities and Rs 125 in Murree, Gilgit- Baltistan, FATA, Azad Kashmir and other hilly areas of the country.—Online

ISLAMABAD: Shaukat Ahmad, acting President FPCCI presenting crest to Tan Change, Vice President Yantai Federation of Commerce and Industry.

Pakistan enjoy spin edge over WI in World T20: Miandad K ARACHI —Batting legend Javed Miandad has said that Pakistan enjoy spin-edge over the West Indies in their door-die Group-II last league tie of ICC World Twenty20 on Tuesday. “This is a big showdown between top two teams and passage into the semis-finals. But our spin bowlers can play big role,” he told APP in an exclusive interview here on Monday. “Looking at the variety of Pakistan spin attack, they can pose a threat to West Indian batting”, former Pakistan captain, commented. Pakistan spin quartet of Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Muhammad Hafeez and Zulfiqar Babar has done well in the event so far. “Even containing the West Indies batting will be of great significance”, he stressed. “West Indian traditionally play

Ufone screens decisive T20 match across Pakistan SPORTS REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Ufone, the highly patriotic telecom company, supports one of the most crucial matches in this ICC World Twenty20 with screenings in nine different cities across Pakistan. The match today is between Pakistan and West Indies, current world champions, and this match is a mustwin to get through to the semifinals which is a competition between the four top teams. Both Pakistan and West Indies are in great form but are also highly unpredictable teams – and this match will be anultimate battle between the former’s bowling strengths and the latter’s excellent batting prowess. The match will start at 6:30 p.m. PST and screening will be held in various localities and marketplaces of cities Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan, Hyderabad, Sialkot, and Sukkur and will be open to the public. Ufone, being the first Telco to do screenings at such a vast level, will make this event as lively as possible by having various activities i.e. bringing in dhol players, placards, and musicetc. The ideabehind this activity is to ensure that the Pakistani public enjoys a stadium-like atmosphere and feels the nationalism within themselves.

fast bowlers well. But spin had always been their problem area,” he said. Miandad, made it clear that nothing can be taken for granted without giving 100 percent in the middle with the bat, ball and performing excellently in the field. Former Pakistan Test off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, who invented “Doosra” is currently on the coaching duty with the defending champion West Indies and under his guidance Sunil Narine and Bardree Nath have shown good progress. However Miandad said Saqlian’s presence in West Indian camp will not be a big problem for Pakistan team. “Bowling dot balls and containing West Indies batting will be very crucial in the outcome of the match. If our bowler contained them, they may be playing risky shots which would ben-

efit us (Pakistan)”, he maintained. Leading Pakistan team in 2011 World Cup at the same ground, Shahid Afridi took five wickets to bulldoze West Indies and guide Pakistan in the semi-finals where they lost to India at Mohali. Banglore-hero and former left arm spinner Iqbal Qasim said conditions in Bangladesh favor more to Pakistan spin bowling and if they showed their magic they can take their team into last four grade. But, he said the role of batsmen will be of great importance and if they play the like against Australia and Bangladesh, they got chances to reach the semi-finals. He said Pakistan team must not under rate West Indies as they are also highly unpredictable and at the same time prove explosive. “This is big match for both teams and we may see a lot of tension. Holding the nerves will be key to success,” former chief selector said. “Clicking of our top-order batting will also be very crucial,” Iqbal Qasim said. The strike rate of our batsmen should also be in 150 plus”, he added.—APP

Tonup Irfan excels in Karachi Friends win in Seniors Cup KARACHI—Irfan Ali Khan blasted a blaz- their innings. ing ton as Karachi Friends defeated Karachi Gold Bridge by 25 runs in the opening match of the 16th National Seniors Cup Cricket Tournament here at the National Stadium on Sunday. Irfan hoisted five sixes and struck 14 fours in his 65-ball knock of 110 and Azeem Ahmed scored 64 off 40 balls with nine fours and two sixes as batting first, Karachi Friends piled up 268 for the loss of two wickets in their 25 overs. Karachi Gold Bridge responded positively but lost wickets at regular intervals to be bowled out for 243 on the final ball of

A 176-run opening partnership, between Irfan and Azeem in 16.3 overs laid the platform for a massive total for Karachi Friends. Farooq and Anwar Baba, who added 78 runs for their unbroken third wicket stand in less than six overs. Anwar smashed three sixes and seven fours in his whirlwind unbeaten 52 off 24 balls while Farooq remained undefeated with 28 off 21 balls. Managing Director Omar Associates Nadeem Omar, presented the man of the match award to Irfan for his super century.—APP

KARACHI: Players of Pak Army and Sindh White Women Hockey teams in action during National Women Hockey Championship.

DG sports satisfied over swimming pool construction S PORTS R EPORTER L AHORE —Director General Sports Board Punjab (SBP) Usman Anwar has said that 90 percent construction work of the international standard swimming pool has been completed. Talking to the media during his visit to the under-construction swimming pool along with his team here at the Nishtar Park Sports Complex on Monday, the DG SBP Usman Anwar termed the plan of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif a gift for the sportsmen of the nation. “The 50 metre international standard and 25 metre fourseason indoor practice pools have also been prepared which will provide our players opportunity to practice well for the national and international events.”

Terming the progress of construction work satisfactory, Usman Anwar said that this pool would be one of the best pools of the country which would keep on holding national and international events. “The filtration plant of the pool has been installed while the heating plant will be imported from America,” he added. “The successful holding of the Punjab Youth Festival has started bearing fruit in the shape of best infrastructures for the sportsmen of the country. “This international standard swimming pool is a gift for the players of the entire country from Punjab government and this will remain open for all the players who can get benefit from it during the training session and can help the country in earning laurels for it,” the DG SBP concluded.

ISLAMABAD: Villagers enjoying the traditional Bulls’ Race in a village in suburbs of Islamabad.

KPT, K.Electrics sail in NBP Challenge Football semis K ARACHI —Karachi Port Trust (KPT) and K.Electrics sailed into the semi-finals of NBP Challenge Cup after exciting and identical 1-0 victories over their respective rivals in the last eighth round here on Monday. Striker Junaid Qadir blasted a goal in the 67th minutes as KPT overpowered sponsor National Bank of Pakistan at the KMC Stadium. KPT enjoyed edge over NBP with better cohesion and creating more inroads into NBP territory. Bankers generated few attacking moves. But KPT defenders thwarted those attempts. After the barren opening session Junaid Qadir produced the all important winning goal after dodging a couple of defenders to beat goalie Muhammad Usman. Middle-fielder was hero for Electricians as his 14th first half goal gave their team victory over WAPDA at KPT Ground. In the other two quarterfinals on Tuesday , HBL will take on PIA and KRL clash PAF.—APP

Stick with Kamran for next matches: Rashid Latif ISLAMABAD —Chief Selector Rashid Latif tournament that could defeat Pakistan has said that Pakistan should stick with Kamran Akmal for the rest of the Twenty20 World Cup matches as he was a good player of limited-overs cricket. He said there was no suitable replacement available for Shoaib Malik in the middle order. “Malik is also a very good limitedovers cricket player,” he said while talking to a private news channel. Praising Ahmed Shehzad for his brilliant play in the match against Bangladesh, Rashid said he played well under pressure. “This innings was due from him as he had been misfiring before,” he said. Speaking of pacer Junaid Khan, Rashid said he did not see Junaid playing in the next match. Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said no team could defeat Pakistan if they bat sensibly. “The outcome cannot be predicted if Pakistan don’t bat well, don’t chase runs and start panicking,” he said. Shoaib said there was no team in the

now. “It is up to Pakistan to play well and win matches in this T20 event,” he said. Shoaib suggested the team management to play Sohail Tanvir instead of Bilawal Bhatti. “Shehzad should be given another chance to see how keen he is to play and score runs for Pakistan,” he said. Shoaib said if Sharjeel was to be played, then he should be allowed to play the way he wanted to. Test batsman Azhar Ali said Shehzad had all the shots in the book. “Pakistan scored at least 30 more runs then they should have scored,” he said. Azhar Ali said said Sohail Tanvir would require a few more matches to gain rhythm. “I would like see Junaid bowling in the next match,” he said adding Junaid had a very good record against West Indies batsman Chris Gayle. Pakistan will play against West Indies on Tuesday.—APP

Inter varsities boxing c’ship from April 4 H YDERABAD —The Directorate of Sports University of Sindh in collaboration with Pakistan Boxing Federation is organizing three days long Pakistan InterUniversities Boxing Championship 2014 from April 4 to 6, 2014 at University of Sindh Jamshoro. The spokesman of University of Sindh here on Monday said that 27 universities from different parts of the country have ensured their participation in this mega event.—APP

ACBS postpone Asian U-21 Snooker

LAHORE: Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan inaugurating Sports Week at PU ICS. Senior faculty members and students are also present.

PJF announce names of short-list probables for national camp

PESHAWAR—A day-long open trials under ship to be held in Lahore from April 12-19, KARACHI—The Asian Con- the aegis of Pakistan Judo Federation com- 2014 while the second team would repre-

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz with the winners of Sports Diplomacy Golf Tournament held under the aegis of Foreign Office, Serena Hotels and HBL in Islamabad.—PO Photo by Sultan Bashir

federation of Billiard Sports (ACBS) has postponed Asian Under-21 Billiards and Snooker Championships to be held in Mohali (India) because of clearance for their visas to Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. “The Asian U21 event have been officially postponed by ACBS for a couple of months, because Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran had still not received clearance for their Visas for participation in the above Championships from the host association”, Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association said in a statement issued on Monday.—APP

pleted here at PSB Coaching Center, Qayyum Sports Complex on Monday. This was stated by Secretary Pakistan Judo Federation Masood Ahmad while talking to APP. He said said that they have given open invitation to male and female players from all the four provinces comprising Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, FATA and departments including Pakistan Army, Wapda, HEC, Railways, Navy, Police turned up for the trials. He said the selection committee shortlisted players on merits basis. He said the trials was opened for all but the PJF has also invited those got medals in the national level events. He said out of the short-listed probables two teams would be selected that would represent Pakistan in the two international events like South Asian Judo Champion-

sent Pakistan in the South Asian Judo Championship-2014 at Kathmandu, Nepal EPAL on April 11-14. The names of the short-listed probables comprising Sami Ullah, Babar, Mudasir, Adnan in 60kg, Yasir, Aqib, and Shehzad in the 66kg, Javed Khan, Muhammad Ali and Imtiaz in 73kg, Kiramat Butt, Nasir, Ayat Ullah and Hameed in the 81kg, Fazal, Ali Shehzad and Ashaq Hussain in 91kg, Shah Hussain and Mazar Butt in 100kg while in 100plus Ahmad Shehzad and Zonir Butt. The names of the female players comprising Huraira, Irum, Aqsa and Kiran in the 48kg, Rabia, Marium, Sonum, Saiqa and Fahmida in 52kg, Shumaila, Ambareen, Ansa and Roheena in 57kg, Anbareen, Fazilat, Zarmina and Shazia in 63kg, Fozia, Benish and Amina in while in the 78kg Roheena, Tabasum, Sadia and Gul Shehzadi.—APP

Netherlands shock England with 45-run win C HITTAGONG —England suffered to field first. an embarrassing 45-run defeat by the Netherlands at the World Twenty20 on Monday to end a dismal few months at a new low point. England, already eliminated from the tournament after defeats by New Zealand and South Africa, were bowled out for 88 chasing a modest 134 for victory in their final Group One super 10 match in Chittagong. Logan van Geek and Mudassar Bukhari took three wickets each for the Dutch, who also defeated England by four wickets in the opening match of the World Twenty20 at Lord’s in 2009. Captain Stuart Broad took three wickets for 24 runs as England’s bowlers restricted the Netherlands to 133 for five wickets after opting

England won the toss Netherlands 133-5 in 20 overs (Wesley Barresi 48, Stephan Myburgh 39; Stuart Broad 3-24) v England 88 all out in 17.4 overs (Logan van Beek 3-9, Mudassar Bukhari 3-12) There is a great deal of competition for the lowest point in the history of English cricket. They have been defeated by Ireland and Netherlands, bowled out by a chicken farmer in Zimbabwe and whitewashed by India, West Indies and Australia. They were even knocked out of the World Cup they hosted in 1999 before the theme song was released. But defeat at the hands of Netherlands - the second time they have lost to them in two meetings following the result in the 2009 World T20

at Lord’s - in Chittagong ranks among the worst of England’s defeats. In a winter stuffed with setbacks and disappointment, England left the most ignominious moment until last. The term double-dutch has rarely seemed so appropriate. It is a defeat that might also prove a fatal blow for Ashley Giles’ hopes of gaining the England coaching job. While those at the ECB charged with appointing the next coach might have been expected to take a sympathetic view towards some modest results in light of the transitional phase in which the team find themselves, it may prove harder to overlook a defeat at the hands of Netherlands: a team that were beaten by Zimbabwe early in the tournament; a team that were bowled out for 39 by Sri Lanka a few days ago; a team that recently lost their ODI status. Those same men charged with appointing the coach might also like to reflect on the wisdom of dispensing with Kevin Pietersen weeks before the tournament, too. Whether he is disruptive or not in the dressing room - and

CHITTAGONG: Netherlands are elated with the run-out of Tim Bresnan, England v Netherlands, World T20, Group 1.

the evidence of those who shared it with him is mixed - there is no doubt that, without him, England are a weaker team on the pitch. This was a wretched performance. While Netherlands hit three boundaries in the first over of the game, England managed only four in their entire innings. While Holland took 47 off their six Powerplay overs, England managed only 26 for the loss of three wickets off theirs; their second lowest in T20 history. Their final total - a pathetic effort of 88 - was the lowest ever recorded by Full Member nation against an Associate. It summed up England’s awful performance that defeat was sealed by a shambolic run-out. Had an unknowing spectator sauntered into the ground, they could have been forgiven for concluding that England was the Associate nation and Netherlands were the Test regulars. But it is harsh to focus on England’s shortcomings when Netherlands performance warrants praise. Certainly their bowling - intelligent, disciplined and calm - was highly impressive and their fielding calm and assured. They deserve huge plaudits for defending a target that looked some way below par, albeit on a pitch that rendered stroke-making difficult.—AFP

The Netherlands: M Swart c Parry b Broad 13 Myburgh b Bopara ....... 39 W. Barresi b Jordan ...... 48 Cooper c Jordan b Broad . 8 P. Borren c Parry b Broad . 7 Bukhari not out ............... 1 B Cooper not out ............ 0 Extras: (b4, lb7, w6) ....... 17 Total: (five wickets) .... 133 Fall of wickets: 1-34, 2-84, 3110, 4-131, 5-131 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Ali .......................... 1-0-13-0 Bresnan ................ 2-0-11-0 Jordan ................... 3-0-13-1 Broad .................... 4-0-24-3 Tredwell ................ 4-0-23-0 Parry ...................... 2-0-23-0 Bopara .................. 4-0-15-1 England: A. Hales b Bukhari ........ 12 Lumb b Bukhari ............... 6 Moeen Ali b Borren ........ 3

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Morgan c Borren b van der Gugten ............ 6 Buttler b van Beek .......... 6 Bopara b van Beek ........ 18 Bresnan run out .............. 5 Jordan c Swart b Beek .. 14 Broad c Barresi b Bukhari .............................. 4 J. Tredwell run out .......... 8 S. Parry not out ............... 1 Extras: (lb2, w3) ............... 5 Total: (all out; 17.4 overs) 88 Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-19, 326, 4-32, 5-42, 6-52, 7-74, 876, 9-86 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Swart ....................... 1-0-8-0 Gugten .................. 3-0-11-1 Bukhari .............. 3.4-0-12-3 Malik ..................... 3-0-14-0 Borren ................... 3-0-18-1 van Beek ................. 2-0-9-3 Seelaar .................. 2-0-14-0

Pakistan, West Indies battle for last semi-final spot today MIRPUR—It is a knockout scenario for both teams, with the winner going through to the semi-finals. They have the same number of wins (two) and points (four) but the defending champions West Indies enjoy a higher net run-rate, +1.223, against Pakistan’s +0.893.

In the event of a washout West Indies will go through on their higher net run-rate, but the forecast is for clear weather. Pakistan batted first in their last three games but they are yet to be tested chasing a target. West Indies, on the contrary, have defended and chased targets in the group stage. Hence, the toss could be a decisive factor for Pakistan. Both teams have quality spinners and are capable of posting big scores. Both lost their opening matches to India but bounced back strongly to register successive victories against Australia and Bangladesh. The contest on April 1 will be their first ever meeting in a World T20. They have played just three T20s in two bilateral series since 2011, with Pakistan winning their last two encounters in 2013. Though he has scores of 34, 48 and 53, Chris Gayle hasn’t exploded in the manner he is known for. He was unusually cautious against Bangladesh, scoring a run-a-ball 48. However, bowlers like Saeed Ajmal cannot be complacent against him and will have to

guard against a backlash from Gayle. With every passing game, Shoaib Malik’s role in the side comes under the scanner. He has scores of 18, 6* and 26, and hasn’t bowled in any of the three games. He is playing his fourth World T20 and all have been quiet, with bat and ball. West Indies might retain their winning line-up from the Australia match. West Indies (likely): 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Lendl Simmons, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Darren Sammy (capt), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Samuel Badree, 11 Krishmar Santokie. Pakistan too have no reason to change their winning combination. In the previous match, Pakistan brought in the experienced bowler Sohail Tanvir. Pakistan (likely): 1 Kamran Akmal (wk), 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Sohaib Maqsood, 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Zulfiqar Babar In three matches against West Indies, Mohammad Hafeez has figures of 3 for 36 from 9 overs, with an average of 12 and an economy rate of 4. He has dismissed Gayle twice in these matches, for 5 and 1. Umar Akmal has two 40plus scores in three T20I innings against West Indies, including a Man-of-theMatch effort of 46 not out the last time the two teams played each other, in Kingstown in 2013. In the tournament so far, West Indies’ spinners have taken 13 wickets at an average of 14.38 and an economy rate of 6.09, compared to Pakistan spinners’ 10 wickets at 24.40 and an economy-rate of 6.59. Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez said, “The team that plays spinners well will win the match. We know that it is a match where we can’t make a mistake.”—AFP

New Zealand shift focus to goals after Glasgow

M ANCHESTER —Manchester United Antonio Valencia, who missed last the first leg of their last eight clash at veteran Rio Ferdinand trained Monday but fellow defender Rafael is a doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg at home to Bayern Munich after missing the practice session. Right-back Rafael came off at halftime during United’s morale-boosting 4-1 Premier League win against Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday and did not take part in the 15-minute session open to the media at Carrington, the club’s training ground, on Monday. But there was better news for Premier League champions United in the fact that centre-backs Ferdinand (back), Chris Smalling (hamstring) and longstanding absentee Jonny Evans (calf) were all on show at Carrington. And left-back Alex Buttner, who ended the Villa match with a hamstring complaint, also trained as did winger

weekend’s victory with a knee injury. As expected, star striker Robin van Persie, who earlier this month was ruled out for four to six weeks with a knee problem, did not train Monday and nor did either the suspended Patrice Evra or England midfielder Tom Cleverley. For United, 17 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea and 10 adrift of the top four, winning the Champions League effectively represents their last chance of silverware this season and the club’s best chance of qualifying for next term’s edition of Europe’s elite club competition. But having suffered a stumbling first season under new manager David Moyes, following the retirement of British football’s most successful manager in Alex Ferguson, United will be huge underdogs when they face Champions League holders Bayern in

Old Trafford on Tuesday. Last week the German giants won their domestic Bundesligatitle with seven games to spare but Bayern will arrive in Manchester without midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who suffered a knee injury during Bayern’s 33 draw with Hoffenheim on Saturday. Meanwhile, Dnipropetrovsk’s Georgian midfielder Jaba Kankava possibly saved Dynamo Kiev midfielder Oleh Husev’s life with his fast reactions after a potentially deadly incident during a Ukrainian top flight match at the weekend. In the 22nd minute of Sunday’s tie in Dnipropetrovsk, Husev was knocked down unconscious after a clash with the hosts’ goalkeeper Denis Boiko.Kankava, standing nearest, rendered assistance to Husev by without hesitation removing Husev’s tongue from blocking his airwaves.—AFP

Golf: Nordqvist wins LPGA Kia Classic C ARLSBAD (United States)—Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist captured her second US LPGA title of 2014 on Sunday, firing a finalround 67 to win the Kia Classic by one shot. Nordqvist, whose poor form in 2013 had her contemplating giving up the game, now goes into the first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Rancho Mirage, California, next week, brimming with confidence. Her five-under effort gave her a 13-under par total 275 at Aviara Golf Club, and a oneshot victory over American Lizette Salas.—AFP

W ELLINGTON —Athletics New Zealand’s high performance director Scott Goodman is looking forward to the Commonwealth Games but admits his focus has already shifted to next year’s world championships and the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Commonwealth Games are eagerly anticipated in New Zealand as it gives athletes a taste of multi-sport events before an Olympics and the opportunity to compete at an international level. Goodman, however, was mindful that standards in some events at the July 23-Aug. 4 Glasgow gathering will not be the highest and the focus should remain on apex competitions being held in Beijing next year and Rio in 2016.—APP

Tennis: Kerber leads Germany against Aussies in Fed Cup

David Alaba, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Daniel Van Buyten of FC Bayern München take part in a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester United.

BERLIN —Germany will be lead by world number seven Angelique Kerber for their Fed Cup semi-final clash against seven-time winners Australia from April 19-20, captain Barbara Rittner confirmed on Monday. However 15th-ranked Sabine Lisicki, who won the Miami WTA doubles title on Sunday playing with Switzerland’s Martina Hingis, will not be making the trip to Brisbane.—AFP

CHITTAGONG: Tillakaratne Dilshan attempts a reverse scoop, New Zealand v Sri Lanka, World T20, Group 1.

Zulqarnain Haider withdraws retirement: Conveys his decision to new chief selector Rashid Latif Bipin Dani OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT M UMBAI —Former Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has revoked his retirement. Three years ago, the Pak wicketkeeper cum batsman ran away from Dubai hotel during the series against South Africa and stayed back in London for few weeks. He had announced his retirement and vowed never to play for the nation. Speaking exclusively over telephone from Lahore on Monday morning, the 28year-old Haider said, “I am withdrawing my retirement and want to play for the country again”. “I was under stress and had hurriedly announced my retirement. I am repenting for my decision and revoking my ear-

lier announcement”. Zulqarnain is believed to have spoken to the new chief selector, Rashid Latif over telephone. The former Pak wicketkeeper is scheduled to take charge of the selection committee from Tuesday. “I have sought the meeting with the PCB chairman (Nazam Sethi) and in case get the opportunity to meet him will apologize for my earlier decision”, he added. “I am also keen to meet the Prime Minister (Nawaz Shariff) of the nation. He is also the chief patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board. I am hopeful about my meeting with him”. “I am also thankful to the international media who supported me during my bad days”, he signed off.

Weight loss surgery helps reverse type 2 diabetes for some


ARIATRIC weight loss surgery on obese patients with type 2 diabetes helped many to get their blood sugar to healthy levels and to no longer require any diabetes medicines, including insulin, three years after the procedure, according to data presented at a major medical meeting on Monday. The surgery also helped patients reduce the need for high blood pressure and cholesterol medicines and led to quality of life improvements compared with those who received medical weight-loss therapy, researchers found. The study called Stampede, which involved 150 obese patients who had poorly controlled type 2 diabetes for at least eight years, was conducted by Cleveland Clinic researchers. It compared two types of weight loss surgery against weight loss attained by diet and exercise along with nutrition counseling and, for some, additional diabetes medicines that can help promote weight loss, such as Victoza from Novo Nordisk. All patients were already taking at least three diabetes drugs and at least three heart medicines. More than a third - 37.5 percent - of patients who underwent gastric bypass surgery and a quarter of those who had a sleeve gastrectomy procedure achieved blood sugar levels below the American Diabetes Association target and no longer needed diabetes medicines, researchers said. That compared with just 5 percent of patients in the medical therapy group who got their A1c blood sugar levels down to 6 percent or less.

ADA recommendations call for A1c levels of 7 or less. At three years, only 5 to 10 percent of the surgery patients were still using insulin compared with 55 percent in the medical therapy group. “Initially we thought diabetes was a disease you could not reverse or end. We do realize now that there may be a treatment that could end diabetes for some people and that’s exciting,” said Dr. Sangeeta Kashyap, one of the study’s lead investigators. Results of the study were presented at the American College of Cardiology scientific meeting in Washington and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. An estimated one third of Americans are considered obese and obesity is the leading contributor to the growing type 2 diabetes epidemic. While bariatric surgery is a drastic measure and not without potential complications, such as infections or blood clots, for some obese patients it may be worthwhile if it can stave off the toll of advanced diabetes that can include heart and kidney disease and vascular problems that may lead to amputations or blindness. “The fact that the surgeries can reverse the path of physiology of the disease is pretty remarkable,” said Kashyap, a Cleveland Clinic endocrinologist. Should the findings lead to a surge in weight loss surgery, it could be a boon to companies that make products used in the procedures, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, a study sponsor, Stryker Corp, Intuitive Surgical Inc and Covidien, among others.

Former Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf meeting with PPP Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari at Bilawal House. Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah is also present.

Ebad takes notice of girl’s murder KARACHI—Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan, taking notice of the rape and murder of a 5-year-old girl in Bheem Pura area in the limits of Napier Police Station, has directed the IG Sindh Police to arrest at all costs the culprits involved in this heinous crime. In a statement, the Governor said that a persistent rise in such incidents is being witnessed for the past some time, which is very shocking and troubling. He said that it is necessary to ensure prompt registration of FIR and quick action to eliminate such crimes. The Governor expressed condolences with the parents of the victim and assured them his all out cooperation to bring to justice the culprits.—APP

Pakistan Army soldiers dispatching relief goods for drought-hit people of Thar from CODA Shahrah-e-Faisal.

Special magisterial powers given to 11 ACs

Bid to smuggle 62,000 kg wheat foiled

K ARACHI —Home Depart-


ment, Sindh has extended special judicial magisterial powers to 11 Assistant Commissioners (ACs) of Karachi for six months. According to a handout issued here on Monday, the Home Department with the approval of the High Court of Sindh has extended these powers from March 12 to September 11 to the following officers: Fiayaz Alam Solangi, ADC-I, South (District South), Mushtaq Shaikh, AC Preeedy (District South), Ghulam Farooq Leghari, AC (Rev) Central, Shujaat Hussain, AC New Karachi (Central), Abdul Jabbar Shahani, AC SITE (West), Tariq Ahmed Qureshi, AC Orangi (West), Abdul Khaliq Jamali and others.—APP

KARACHI—Sindh Minister for Food Jam Mehtab Hussain has said that during strict checking two trucks bearing nos. P-1393 and LUT 6963 carrying 62000 kilo gram wheat smuggled to Balochistan were impounded by the teams of Food Department from Hub Check post. He said that procurement of wheat is in full swing and a ban has been imposed in wheat transportation to other provinces under section 144, however there is no ban on wheat transportation to inter districts. This he said while talking to media here on Monday. He said that the aim to ban was to stop smuggling of wheat to other provinces especially to Balochistan and beyond. He said that the Food Department was trying to curb the malpractices of commission agent mafia who made effort to buy wheat on cheap rates from small growers and took the most of it. He added, ‘No procurement centre is closed. All are functioning as required. At some centres there was shortage of the staff because they have been deployed in Thar to assist in relief work. Now they are return as their work is over there.’

Qaim condemns theft in Hindu temple in Thar

High treason case a test for independent judiciary, Fed Govt IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Sindh Minister for information, archives and local government Sharjeel Innam Memon said that the high treason case against General (retd) Pervez Musharraf was a test for the independent judiciary and federal government, which would reach a logical conclusion of the question of independence of the judiciary and federal government as the later was directly a party in that case and had sworn in under the constitution of the country for respecting the laws of the country. The logical conclusion of the case would be finalised with a manifest of determination of the judiciary as how it would keep its independence and courage of federal government. Nothing could be concealed from the people of the country. He said that the attacks on places of worship of minority were part of a

government, which would never be allowed to succeed and would be foiled soon, he vowed, adding that Sindh government was determined to protect places of worship of minority and that responsibility was diligently fulfilled and every steps were being taken to ensure security of places of worship of minority. PPP believed in complete freedom of practicing religious rituals and all plots to cause Muslim and non-Muslims would never be allowed to succeed. In a rebuttal to media reports about sacking of the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, the Minister for information said that those reports about replacement of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah were nothing but sheer speculations and did not carry any concrete truth. The Chief Minister, being a senior politician was imparting his constitutional obligations quite diligently and had full grip on all affairs that pertained to Sindh province.

KARACHI—Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has condemned the theft of a statue, some other sacred objects from a Hindu shrine near Mithi and attempt to desecrate the Hindu worship places. In a statement on Monday, he said that some anti-state elements, who do not want peace and brotherhood among the people are behind this conspiracy. He said government would not allow anyone to create disparity among the people on religious or ethnic grounds. The chief minister said that Sindh government will provide full protection to minorities, worships places and their business in province. He directed the IGP to put all the police intelligence network in the field and unearth / detect the conspirators behind the crimes against the minorities. He also directed all the DIGs, SSPs and District Administration to be vigilant and ensure foolproof security at all worships places of minorities. The chief minister also assured full support of his Government to minorities specially Hindu Community living in the province.—APP

Members of Hindu Council holding a demonstration against demolishing of Hindu Temple in Hyderabad.—PO photo Sultan Chaki

SA increases fine money on traffic laws violations IRFAN ALIGI

Fishermen are busy in their work at Clifton.

planned conspiracy against Sindh government, which were condemned in strongest possible words while Sindh government and Pakistan People’s Party Chairman had already taken serious notice of those sad incidents and more than a dozens of suspect had also been held under suspicion of being involved in those attacks on Hindu temples in Larkana, Hyderabad and Deplo in Tharparkar. In addition to arresting the suspects, Sindh government had also suspended a deputy superintendent of Police and a station house officer over failing to prevent such attacks on Hindu temples. He was talking to the newsmen inside Sindh assembly premise Monday prior to commencement of Sindh assembly session. The attacks on Hindu temples were part of a planned conspiracy against Sindh government under which attempts were being made to destabilise Sindh

K ARACHI —Traffic management in Karachi was the greatest hurdle for streamlining passenger and private vehicular traffic on roads in Karachi. Karachi Traffic Police had utterly failed to play their role with respect to streamlining vehicular movement on roads, curbing corruption at driving license branches, minting money from commuters of violating traffic laws, and many other relevant issues. However, traffic Police had diligently performed for lifting citizens’ private cars and motorcycles from streets and collecting heavy money from them in form of penalty for parking their vehicles on sides of streets. On the other

hand, traffic cops had been ordered to submit a minimum of 15 traffic violation challans failing which they would face departmental action. These issues questions remained unresolved but Sindh government had increased fine money to be collected from commuters in case of violation of traffic laws. In this regard, Sindh assembly had during its session on Monday amended Provincial Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1965 and thus passed that Bill as the Provincial Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill2014 with consensus. According to details, fine money on various violations of traffic laws would be as Rs 400 for over speeding, Rs 300 for overloading (Passengers), Rs 400 for traffic signal violation, Rs 1000 for over-

loading (goods), Rs 300 for overtaking in restricted areas, Rs 300 for impeding smooth movement of emergency vehicles, Rs 1000 for carrying goods bulging out of sides of vehicles, Rs for plying a vehicle without proper headlights, Rs 400 for crossing a railway track from a wrong location, Rs 150 for driving a vehicle in very close margins to other vehicles, Rs 1000 for plying a vehicle with tinted or blind windows, Rs 300 for riding a bike without a helmet, Rs 1000 for nonfacility of stop for school van, Rs 500 for failing to carry driving license, Rs 500 for allowing underage to drive a car, Rs 2000 for a repeat of traffic laws violation, Rs 2000 for plying a vehicle without a route permit or with expired one, Rs 500 for plying an unregistered vehicle.

Weight loss surgery helps reverse type 2 diabetes for some


ARIATRIC weight loss surgery on obese patients with type 2 diabetes helped many to get their blood sugar to healthy levels and to no longer require any diabetes medicines, including insulin, three years after the procedure, according to data presented at a major medical meeting on Monday. The surgery also helped patients reduce the need for high blood pressure and cholesterol medicines and led to quality of life improvements compared with those who received medical weight-loss therapy, researchers found. The study called Stampede, which involved 150 obese patients who had poorly controlled type 2 diabetes for at least eight years, was conducted by Cleveland Clinic researchers. It compared two types of weight loss surgery against weight loss attained by diet and exercise along with nutrition counseling and, for some, additional diabetes medicines that can help promote weight loss, such as Victoza from Novo Nordisk. All patients were already taking at least three diabetes drugs and at least three heart medicines. More than a third - 37.5 percent - of patients who underwent gastric bypass surgery and a quarter of those who had a sleeve gastrectomy procedure achieved blood sugar levels below the American Diabetes Association target and no longer needed diabetes medicines, researchers said. That compared with just 5 percent of patients in the medical therapy group who got their A1c blood sugar levels down to 6 percent or

less. ADA recommendations call for A1c levels of 7 or less. At three years, only 5 to 10 percent of the surgery patients were still using insulin compared with 55 percent in the medical therapy group. “Initially we thought diabetes was a disease you could not reverse or end. We do realize now that there may be a treatment that could end diabetes for some people and that’s exciting,” said Dr. Sangeeta Kashyap, one of the study’s lead investigators. Results of the study were presented at the American College of Cardiology scientific meeting in Washington and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. An estimated one third of Americans are considered obese and obesity is the leading contributor to the growing type 2 diabetes epidemic. While bariatric surgery is a drastic measure and not without potential complications, such as infections or blood clots, for some obese patients it may be worthwhile if it can stave off the toll of advanced diabetes that can include heart and kidney disease and vascular problems that may lead to amputations or blindness. “The fact that the surgeries can reverse the path of physiology of the disease is pretty remarkable,” said Kashyap, a Cleveland Clinic endocrinologist. Should the findings lead to a surge in weight loss surgery, it could be a boon to companies that make products used in the procedures, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, a study sponsor, Stryker Corp, Intuitive Surgical Inc and Covidien, among others.

Member of Punjab Assembly Uzma Bukhari speaking during a ceremony at a local hotel. Dr Nosheen Hamid, Hina Parvez Butt and others are also seen in the picture.

Need stressed for economic prosperity of the masses SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Punjab Minister for Excise & Taxation, Finance Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman has said that there is need to utilize national resources equitably for setting up of a peaceful society and economic prosperity of the masses. He said that basic purpose of welfare programmes of Punjab government is to mitigate the hardships and sufferings of extremely poor families and provide them maximum relief. While talking to various delegations, Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman said that subsidy will be given to the poorest families through Punjab Khidmat Card programme in the province and the aim of this programme is to reduce economic

GCU PSD turns 50 SP Traffic Rana Shujaat distributing awareness pamphlets among the citizens during education week organised by Lahore Traffic Police.

Food requirements of underage girls

Monitoring cell for Overseas Pakistanis MUZAFFAR ALI

OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—Minister for Population Welfare Punjab Begum Zakiya Shahnawaz has said that there is a need to unite on one platform for improving the food requirements of underage girls. She said this while addressing a seminar on “Improvement of food requirements of married and unmarried underage girls” held under the aegis of Fatima Memorial Hospital at a local hotel today. She stressed the need for taking concrete measures for improving the food requirements of underage girls. Zakiya Shahnawaz said that underage marriage should be discouraged and legislation would soon be made in this regard. Pervaiz Malik MNA, Mrs. Shamima Rehman Chairperson Fatima Memorial Hospital, Dr. Haroon, Dr. Sarwar, Dr. Shabnum, Dr. Atiya Anayatullah former MNA and other nutritionists also spoke in the seminar. Begum Zakiya Shahnawaz said that government is endeavouring for providing best treatment facilities to the people despite limited resources.

LAHORE—The Chief Justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Umar Ata Bandial has established a monitoring cell for the disposal of the cases relating to the Overseas Pakistani such as illegal occupation of their property and family disputes etc. The Chief Justice has assigned the supervision/monitoring of the said Cell to Iftikhar Ahmad Khan of Member Inspection Team (M.I.T) of Lahore High Court and M.I.T Branch has also been directed to entertain the complaints of Overseas Pakistanis to redress their grievances forthwith.

STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Government College University Lahore’s Political Science Department (GCU PSD) has turned 50. A grand annual dinner of the department’s alumni association was held in the university’s Oval Ground on the directions of Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman to commemorate golden jubilee celebrations. Eve Malick, the wife of former Political Science Department Chairman Prof Syed Osman Malick was the chief guest at the alumni dinner which was attended by Punjab Minister Atta Manika, former foreign secretary Shamshad Ahmad Khan, Punjab Public Service Commission Member Qazi Afaq, Aftab Iqbal, PSD Chairman Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt and large number of eminent Old Ravians, faculty members.

burden on the resource-less families. He said that financial aid will given in a transparent manner and name as well as computerized identity card number of the person obtaining financial assistance will be written on the card. He said that Punjab government has provided 19 percent additional budget for the provision of health services in Punjab. He said that government has increased the health budget up to 102 billion rupees. He told that 60 percent diseases are water born and government is spending Rs.12 billion on the installation of water filtration plants in rural areas so that to avoid such diseases. He said that extremely low-income people of the province would avail health and educational facilities, in phases, through

Punjab Khidmat Cards. Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman said that Rs.4 billion have been allocated for launching of health insurance scheme and Rs.30 crore has been reserved for dialysis facilities to the poor kidney patients. He said that huge amount of 7.5billon is being spent on the provision of free treatment and medicines to the poor and destitute in public sector hospitals of the province. He said that PML-N government is pursuing a comprehensive public welfare programme under which national resources are being spent for the prosperity of less-privileged masses and solid steps are being taken for bringing the low income people into national mainstream.

Officers of health department should deal with visitors with respect OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—Secretary Health Punjab Dr Ijaz Munir has directed the officers of Health Department to deal with the visitors with respect and courtesy who come to the department for the solution of their problems. He said that non-courteous attitude of the officials with applicants would not be tolerated. He said this while presiding over an introductory meeting of the officers of Health Department at Civil Secretariat on Monday. Special Secretary Health Farasat Iqbal, Additional Secretary Development Ghulam Farid, Additional Secretary (Admn.) Khawar Kamal, Deputy Secretaries Raja Mansoor, Syeda Malaika, Dr. Shoaib, Dr. Mohsin, Dr. Nasir Shakir and other officers attended the meeting. Secretary Health directed that all the officers / officials should observe office hours and discipline strictly. He said that there is need to improve the things in the

department for which the officers and the officials have to work with more dedication and professional skill. He said that laxity and delay in disposing of official work would not be tolerated at any cost. He directed the officers that they should monitor the working of their wings and he himself will also strictly monitor the performance of all the officers. He said that “we have to dispel the impression of the community that in Health Department no work is being done”. Dr. Ijaz Munir directed that a complete human resource data base of the Health Department should be prepared for urgent disposal of file work. He hoped that all the officers / officials of the department would perform their duties with hard working and full dedication. Secretary Health stated that the doors of his office are open for everyone and any person can meet him for the solution of his problem.

Landlord who chopped off nose of woman behind bars MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—Lahore High Court (LHC) Complaint Cell on Monday has disposed off its notice “a landlord chopped off nose of a female labourer” as the accused has been arrested and police report against him has been submitted in the concerned court of law. According to details, a woman, resident of village Chak No. 18/HL, with her daughter was working in the fields of a local landlord Rana Israr. In the meantime, Rana Israr appeared and forcibly took her to his farm house where he attempted to molest her. When she resisted advances and cried for help, he chopped off her nose with a knife and fled from the scene. Victim was admitted at District Headquarters Hospital Khanewal. On a press report LHC Complaint Cell took cognizance of the issue and directed District & Sessions Judge Khanewal to probe into the incident and submit a detailed report as to the steps taken by the police along with his own comments so as to reach Lahore High Court within a week.

21st HVAC&R exhibition, conference from April 3 SALIM AHMED LAHORE—The 21st HVAC&R Exhibition and Conference is being held from April 03 to April 05, 2014 here at Expo Center which will showcase latest developments and technological advancements taking place in the field of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. “This exhibition is of great importance and an opportunity for all those attached with the HVAC & R sector to take advantage of experience of seasoned consultants and experts from their own community to learn from them,” said HVAC&R Society Lahore Chapter Chairman Muhammad Boota and Con-

vener of HVAC&R Expo & Conference Safdar Ali Mughal while addressing the Lahore Economic Journalists Association (LEJA) members here on Monday. Senior HVAC&R consultant Khalid Mahmood, Nucon Engineers CEO Mustafa Khalid and COO Abuzafar Mahmud, Lahore Economic Journalists Association (LEJA) President Ashraf Mehtab and Secretary General Mian Shahid Nadeem were also present at the conference. Around 200 companies from Pakistan and abroad will be setting up their stalls to exhibit their products, while venders and other service industries try to exhibit their skills for installation and after sale support in this sector to the

Consultants and the visitors of this important exhibition which is an annual feature being practiced by the Society. They said the invitation of the components of HVACR systems goes handin-hand with the industrial revolution, new methods of modernization, higher efficiency and system controls. The importance of HVACR field cannot be ignored. Take the example that if today people are safely travelling by air that is because of HVAC system. The HVAC system has made possible for lives to have a safe return at ground by providing controlled environment. Providing health caring medicines and environment is the fruit of HVACR basket.

Residents of Nishtar Colony holding a demonstration against rape, killing of a girl and seeking justice from PM & CM.