Nawaz concerned over latest US drone strike Sentiments conveyed to US Charge d’ Affaires; Kerry defends drone attacks STAFF REPORTER
Sales tax imposed on sale of SIM cards
LAHORE—Prime minister inwaiting Nawaz Sharif on Friday condemned the latest US drone strike in the country’s tribal belt which killed the Taliban’s deputy chief the other day. “The drone attack was not only a violation of the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, but also an action that has been declared as a violation of international law and the UN Charter,” said a statement issued by the media cell of Pakistan Muslim League-N.
The Pakistani Taliban on peace talks with the government after confirming the death of their second in command in the US drone strike. Waliur Rehman was killed when an unmanned US aircraft attacked a house in North Waziristan tribal district, a Taliban and al Qaeda haven on the Afghan borThursday withdrew their offer of der, early on Wednesday.
Board of Revenue (FBR) has reduced the sales tax on the import of mobile phones whereas tax has been imposed on the sale and activation of Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards. According to FBR notification, on the import of cheap mobile phones‚ 150 rupees per unit sales tax will be payable‚ 250 rupees on expensive mobiles while 500 rupees sales tax would be levied on the import of Smart phones. However the FBR has imposed tax on the activation of SIM cards.—INP
Rs2.18 per litre petrol prices hike okayed I SLAMABAD —The government on Friday decided to increase per litre petrol prices by Rs2.18 and slightly decreased rates of other POL products. The new rates would be effective from Friday midnight (June 1). The Ministry of Petroleum approved change in the prices following a summary sent by Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA). The price of petrol has been raised by Rs2.18, that of light diesel by 7 paisas per litre, and HOBC by Re0.84 per litre. The rates of high speed diesel were slashed by Rs1.46/ litre and kerosene oil by 38 paisas.—INP
Pervez Khattak sworn-in as Chief Minister
PTI to establish model govt, restore peace in KP
Key cabinet members finalised
the PML-N Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who is expected to be the next Interior Minister, said on Friday that the US has tried to sabotage the peace efforts in Pakistan by conducting a drone attack on elements that were cooperating in the peace process. Talking to media persons here at the Parliament House, Chaudhry Nisar said the US pushed Pakistan into a meaningless and fruitless war by making a threatening phone call 12 years ago to pursue its own interests, and now it was again conducting drone strikes in Pakistan to sabotage the peace process and pursue its own interests. The statement of the NLeague stalwart came after consultation with the party chief Mian Nawaz Sharif, and political and diplomatic circles are viewing this statement of Chaudhry Nisar a policy statement of the PML-N, which is about to take over the reign of power in the Centre. However, Chaudhry Nisar told media persons that Nawaz Sharif after making the government will announce a national
both coalition partners in KP government, were also sworn as the senior ministers of Khyber P E S H AWA R — P a k i s t a n Pakhtunkhwa. Governor Eng. Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Pervez Shaukatullah administered the Khattak was Friday sworn in as oath to the senior provincial the Chief Minister of the Khyber Continued on Page 6 ministers. Though portfolios of Pakhtunkhwa province followthe provincial ministers are yet ing his election as leader of the to be notified, Siraj ul Haq is house in the KP assembly where going to hold the all-important he defeated his rival candidate Finance Ministry while Maulana Lutfur Rehman of JUI Sikandar Sherpao is likely to get (F) with big margin and pledged the charge of Local Government to restore peace in the militancy and Rural Development. hit province as a top priority and ONBOARD INDIAN PM’S AIREarlier in the morning, establish a corruption free model Pervez Khattak was elected as CRAFT—Indian Prime Minister government. He was adminisManmohan Singh said Friday tered oath of his office by the Continued on Page 6 that he has no immediate plans to visit Pakistan. Speaking to reporters onboard his aircraft while returning after a trip to Japan and Thailand, Singh said he had called Nawaz Sharif after the ISLAMABAD—The electricity Waqar Mehdi, Lateef Mughal, Habib Ud Din Junaidi and Prof. general elections in Pakistan and IRFAN ALIGI shortfall has been reduced up conveyed his congratulations to N D Khan. to 3400 Megawatts due to Rabbani demanded the Pa- him. KARACHI—Pakistan People’s various measures taken by the Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) Singh told reporters that he kistan Muslim League Nawaz federal government. (PMLN) to make its policy on had invited Nawaz Sharif to visit Central Deputy General SecreAccording to the spokes- tary Senator Raza Rabbani said the drone attacks inside the India while he (Singh) had also man of Ministry of Water and that the PPPP suffered defeat in country public. The energy cri- received an invitation to visit Power‚ electricity generation recent elections because the sis had further deteriorated so Pakistan. has enhanced up to 12500 Singh added that both he the government should take PPPP-led federal government MW while demand is 15900 had approved the Pak-Iran Gas measures for addressing the en- and Sharif wanted friendly reMW. lations between the countries ergy crisis. Pipeline Project. He hoped that the shortfall He said that there were re- and wanted to resolve outstandHe was addressing a press will further be reduced in ports that the process of com- ing issues peacefully. conference at the Karachi Press coming days.—NNI Continued on Page 6 Club Friday. He was flanked by Continued on Page 6
Power shortfall reduced to 3‚400 MW
governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Engineer Shaukatullah in an impressive and largely attended ceremony held in Governor House, Peshawar. The ceremony besides, the newly elected MPAs, Assad Qaiser the speaker of the KP assembly, high ranking civil and military officials was also attended by senior PTI leader Shah Mahmoud Qureshi , Jehangir Tareen and Anwar Saifullah of PPPP. Siraj ul Haq of Jamat-eIslami, and Sikandar Sherpao of Qaumi Watan Party (QWP),
Manmohan: No immediate visit to Pakistan
Rabbani demands policy on drone attacks Some forces don’t want Iran-Pakistan gas project
US, Germany to Russia: Don’t send Assad missiles Moscow threatens to speed missiles but also offers delay WASHINGTON/MOSCOW— The United States and Germany on Friday warned Russia not to endanger a planned peace conference for Syria or alter the balance of power in the Middle East by providing an advanced air defense system to President Bashar Assad’s embattled regime. Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Guido
Westerwelle said the transfer of S-300 missile from Russia to Syria would prolong the country’s civil war, imperil attempts to form a transitional government through negotiation and hurt Israel’s strategic interests. “It is not helpful to have the S-300 transferred to the region while we are trying to organize this peace (conference) and cre-
ate peace,” Kerry told reporters at a joint news conference with Westerwelle after they met at the State Department. “We ask them again not to upset the balance within the region with respect to Israel,” he said. “The weaponry that is being provided Assad whether it is an old contract or not, has a profoundly negative impact on the balance of interests and the
stability of the region and it does put Israel at risk. It is not in our judgment responsible because of the size of the weapons, the nature of the weapons and what it does to the region in terms of Israel’s security, so we hope that they will refrain from that in the interests of making this peace conference work.” Westerwelle called on Rus-
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MNAs to take oath today
ISLAMABAD—Central leader of
PESHAWAR: KP Governor Engineer Shaukatullah administering oath to newly elected Chief Minister Pervez Khattak.
R AWALPINDI —Chief of the The statement said a close Richard Hoagland and conveyed Army Staff General Ashfaq aide of Nawaz Sharif on Friday Sharif’s sentiments on the lat- Pervez Kayani underlined the need for balance between the met with US charge d’affaires Continued on Page 6 requirements of development and defence, said a statement issued here on Friday. He was addressing participants of Command and Staff Course during his visit to Command and Staff College PML-N source told media on Quetta, said the statement isSTAFF REPORTER Friday. A National Assembly sued by the Inter-Services LAHORE—The Pakistan Mus- session is scheduled for Satur- Public Relations. lim League Nawaz has day in which newly elected “It is the duty of the armed finalised the names of key cabi- members of the National As- forces to maintain adequate ca- to conduct its tasks in a mannet members and the Speaker sembly will take oath. The pabilities and readiness to ful- ner that it contributes to the of the National Assembly, a top Continued on Page 6 fill the tasks assigned,” he said Continued on Page 6 adding that no army operates
US sabotaged peace process: Nisar
Balance between dev, defence vital: Kayani
sia not to “spoil” the conference, which was planned for Geneva next month but has been delayed until July at the earliest. “Don’t endanger the peace conference in Geneva,” he said. “The delivery of weapons to the Assad regime is totally wrong ... It is the wrong message which has been sent by
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Forces capture Western heights of Maidan area STAFF REPORTER HANGU—Security forces successfully regained control of the western heights of Maidan area of Khyber Agency from militants on Friday. An operation was launched in the Para Chamkani area of Kurram and Maidan in Khyber Agency Thursday night. After braving retaliation from militants where three security men, including an army captain were martyred, they established their foothold on
Mohammadi Top. The injured security men were taken to CMN Thall and other wounded victims were shifted to Peshawar for treatment. The nearby areas have also been cleared off militants’ hideouts. An official said that more than 30 militants were killed in the operation, adding that the attack had been launched by militants past midnight in Samo Kalay, Kurram Agency. Security forces pounded mili-
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NATO Afghan summit next year W A S H I N G TO N —President Barack Obama said Friday that NATO will hold a summit next year on the “final chapter” in its Afghan war and on a new training mission for after combat troops withdraw at the end of 2014. Obama made the announcement as he met NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen for White House
talks, also focusing on modernizing the alliance’s forces and the need to stabilize Libya’s borders. But the US president would not say whether the talks also focused on the building regional security challenge posed by Syria’s civil war, or any contingency plans that NATO
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Imran Khan not to attend inaugural NA session STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan won’t be able to attend the National Assembly session on Saturday on account of his health. PTI officials said Imran was advised by doctors to not attend the NA session as the journey could prove to be detrimental to his health. “Yes, Imran will not attend the NA session tomorrow,” a senior official said. PTI secretary information Shireen Mazari also confirmed the party chief’s absence from the inaugural session. Imran was ordered to take bedrest after he fractured a vertebrae and a rib after falling from a hoist lifting him on to a stage just days before the May 11 general elections. Imran had won from three seats in the elections, NA-1 Peshawar, NA-56 Rawalpindi and NA-71 Mianwali. Of these seats, Imran decided to forego the NA-1 and NA-71 seats.
Jobless person commits suicide
4 killed, two hurt over money dispute P ESHAWAR —At least four persons were killed and two others injured during an exchange of firing over money dispute in Charsadda district on Friday, police said. The incident occurred at village Turangzai in the limits of Umarzai police station where a dispute between Yousaf and Riaz was developed on return of loan. Police said Yousaf along with his supporters allegedly attacked the house of Riaz, killing his son, two daughters on the spot while Riaz and his wife sustained critical bullets wounds and was hospitalized. Due to indiscriminate fir-
ing, Abdul Qadoos from the other group was also killed. Police had registered case and started investigation. In another incident a man was killed when a powerful bomb exploded at Badabair area in the outskirts of the City here on Friday. According to Spokesman of Badabair police station, the incident occurred at Masogujar village where a bomb planted on roadside exploded with huge bang. As a result, Najeem Khan, who was passing through the area, came under the attack and killed instantly. Police said the bomb was a time de-
vice meant to create fear in the area. Police rushed to the spot and started investigation. Sargodha: A man committed suicide over poverty in Sahiwal police limits on Friday. Police said Muhammad Jalil of Sahiwal tehsil was unemployed and he was disturbed over poverty and family quarrels. On Friday morning, he took poison pills and was shifted to a local hospital where he died. Police have handed over the body to the family after legal formalities. Two workers were killed on a road in City police limits on Friday. According to police,
Murad and Riaz, workers at the grain market, were sleeping along a road on the market premises when an unidentified truck driver hit them to death and fled. Police have impounded the truck and registered a case. Jhang: A man was killed while a woman was inflicted severe injuries in a nearby locality,Basti Ghoghaywali, late night Thursday. Police sources said, Allah Yar killed a man Haq Nawaz on seeing him with Halima Bibi, his widowed daughter. The accused in a fit of rage repeatedly stabbed the victim with a sharp edged weapon and
caused wounds to his daughter, Halima Bibi. City Jhang police registered case and the injured woman was being treated at DHQ hospital. Quetta: A child was killed and three members of his family sustained injuries in a landmine explosion in Loti area of Dera Bugti district on Thursday evening. Local police sources said deceased child along with his family members was going home when he stepped on a landmine planted on the roadside. The identity of the deceased and injured could not be ascertained.—APP
High school students leave for Japan I SLAMABAD —The Government of Japan has invited a delegation of 23 Pakistani High School Students and two supervisors to visit Japan, under the JENESYS 2.0 Programme, from June 1 to 8. High school students from member countries of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) have been invited by the Japanese government to participate in this programme, said a news release issued here on Friday. “JENESYS 2.0” (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) is a new youth exchange programme between Japan and SAARC countries to reaffirm and strengthen the bond between Japan and SAARC countries.—APP
ICCI former President Raza Khan passes away ISLAMABAD —Former President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Raza Khan, passed away here Friday at a local hospital. Raza Khan (Late) remained ICCI president during the 1988 and was a renowned industrialist of the federal capital and Chief Executive of R.K.Steel Islamabad. His funeral prayer was held at H-8 graveyard which was attended by a large number of industrialists, traders and other prominent persons of the city. Raza Khan (Late) was also former President of Pak-China Friendship Forum, former Chairman of FPCCI Capital Office, Islamabad and life member of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Zafar Bakhtawari, ICCI President, Tariq Sadiq, Chairman Founder Group, Munawar Mughal, Mehmood Ahmad Warraich Senior Vice President, Saeed Ahmad Bhatti Vice President and Executive and other members of ICCI expressed their deep shock and grief over his sad demise. They expressed their heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family.—APP
SC bars JUI-F MNA from oath-taking I SLAMABAD —The Supreme Court of Pakistan Friday barred the Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam (F) winning candidate from NA-261, Pishin, Maulvi Agha Muhammad from taking oath. The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed hearing of the case regarding the disqualification of Maulvi Agha. During the course of proceedings, the Chief Justice remarked that the Supreme Court conditionally allowed Maulvi Agha Muhammad that he could not take oath in case he won the general election till the final verdict by the apex court. It is pertinent to mention here that the Returning Officer, Election Tribunal and Balochistan High Court had stopped him to contest election due to fake degree but the Supreme Court conditionally allowed him to take part in the election. The court also allowed Essa Roshan, the opponent candidate to be- CHINIOT: A doctor visiting the newly established ward for come party in the case.—APP measles.
50 Pakistan students to leave for US on June 6 ISLAMABAD—Under Pak-US cultural exchange programme, 25 students and 25 teachers will leave for US on June 6 for a three-week exchange programme funded by the US Embassy. Out of 50 visitors, there are thirteen female and twelve male students while 17 female teachers along with eight male teachers would accompany the convoy. Addressing the pre-departure orientation meeting held here on Friday, Public Affairs Section officer US SWAT: Pakistan Army soldiers presenting free medicines to the people at a free medical camp set up by Pakistan embassy, Peter Brennan unArmy in Kabbal Area. derscored the importance of English as the language of
PTDC announces summer packages, discounts for tourists
I SLAMABAD —With summer Murree, Ayubia, Shogran, accommodation in its Ayubia travel to Kaghan Valley, holidays announced by the government in educational institutions across the country, Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) has announced tour packages and special rates for its hotels, motels, resorts situated in some of the most attractive tourists places in the country. Group tours for families and students to places like
Naran, Lake Saiful Maluk, Swat Valley, Chitral (including Kalash Valley), Gilgit, Hunza, Skardu and Neelum Valley (Azad Kashmir are being offered on special rates which include breakfast, accommodation in PTDC Motels and comfortable transport,said a statement released here Friday. The PTDC has also announced 30% discount on
and Naran Resorts during the holy month of Ramazan. Around 50% discount is being offered on accommodation during Ramazan in PTDC Motels at Saidu Sharif, Miandam, Chitral, Bamburet (Kalash Valley), Mastuj, Phandar, Gupis, Gilgit, Hunza, Sost (Pak- China border), Rama Lake,Skardu, Khaplu and Besham. In order to facilitate
15 journalists receive certificates I SLAMABAD —Fifteen journalists from Balochistan were awarded certificates on completion of a five days training workshop which was organized by the Information Services Academy (ISA) from May 27-31. Director General Information Services Academy and Managing Director APP M. Khalid Sarwar distributed among them the certificates.The workshop was part of the ‘Aghaz-eHaqooq-e-Balochistan to train the journalists of smaller provinces in contemporary
trends in journalism. Leading journalists of the federal capital delivered 15 lectures among the visiting journalists. Information Services Academy had borne the boarding, lodging of the journalists, belonging to various leading media houses of Balochistan. ISA had also arranged an educational trip of visiting journalists to Murree. Press Information Department had selected the visiting journalists.The Journalists had also visited Associated Press of Pakistan
(APP), Pakistan Television (PTV) as a part of capacity building to enable them to report in a better and broader way. Addressing the ceremony Managing Director APP, M. Khalid Sarwar said ISA would continue such workshops in future also as it helped promoting mutual understanding besides enhancing bilateral relations. The conduct of such workshops was discontinued due to some unavoidable reasons in last few months.—APP
PTDC’s air- conditioned daily bus service from Rawalpindi to Naran will resume from June 1. The bus has left Rawalpindi at 09:00 am and shall arrive at 05:00 pm at PTDC Motel Naran. Similarly, the return bus from Naran will start at 09:00 am arriving at Rawalpindi at 05:00 pm. One way fair has been fixed at Rs. 1,500/- per person.—APP
Inayat Hussain Bhatti remembered I SLAMABAD —The
14th death anniversary of renowned singer and actor Inayat Hussain Bhatti was observed on Friday. Inayat Hussain Bhatti was born in Gujrat. He was a singer, actor, producer, director, script writer, social worker, columnist and a protagonist of the development of Punjabi language and literature. He was interested in Sufi poetry since he was a child. Inayat Hussain Bhatti was playback singer in the first released Punjabi film “Pherey” in 1949.—APP
business and education throughout the world. He said US Embassy operates the world’s biggest English Access programme here in Pakistan because these skills will later help them in their economic and educational pursuits. PAIMAN Alumni Trust, a non-government organization arranged for logistics, travelling and boarding of students. The students and teachers have been selected from all over the country including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Mansehra, Malakand, Peshawar, Bahawalpur, D.G. Khan,
No Tobacco Day observed ISLAMABAD—Like other parts had also been arranged in difof the globe, World No-Tobacco Day was also observed here Friday under the theme of “Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship”. The day was being observed with an aim to raise awareness about the harmful health effects of all forms of tobacco like cigarettes including smokeless tobacco, bidis, kreteks, clove cigarettes, cigars, shisha (flavored tobacco smoked in a hookah/ pipe) and others. World Health Organization (WHO) marks the World No-Tobacco Day on May 31 every year to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for effective policies to reduce its consumption. Around 1.3 billion people smoke cigarettes or other tobacco products worldwide. According to a report of WHO, tobacco kills nearly six million people every year, of which, more than 600000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke and 50 per cent of these deaths occur in developing countries. Special functions and rallies
ferent parts of the country including twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi to observe the Day. Health experts said smokeless tobacco causes oral cancer and might be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, adding, bidis increase the risk of oral, lung, and esophageal cancers while water-pipe smoking increases the risk for oral and lip cancer and obstructive lung disease. A local dental surgeon Asif Raza while talking to this news agency said smoking cause a range of diseases including cataracts, acute myeloid leukemia and cervical, kidney, pancreatic and stomach cancers. In fact, smoking affects virtually every organ of the body. He said worldwide smoking was responsible for more deaths as compared to those died in road and air accidents, murders, suicides and HIV infections. Surgeon Raza said health authorities everywhere had launched various campaigns to get as many people to quit smoking as possible.—APP
Lodhran, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Khaplu, and Skardu. Sharing her remarks after the meeting, Quratulain, a student remarked, “It is important for me that they selected me for this cultural exchange programme which will not only give me a great exposure but also help me decide my future course of studies pragmatically.” U.S. operates the world’s largest English Access Microscholarship Programme in Pakistan, teaching English to 5,000 students from disadvantaged backgrounds between the ages of 14 and 18.—APP
HEC body satisfied with UoS performance SARGODHA—A delegation of Accreditation Inspection Committee (AIC) of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Islamabad visited University of Sargodha and inspected Food Sciences Department and College of Agriculture to review educational, extracurricular and research activities. Vice Chancellor University of Sargodha, Prof Dr Mohammad Akram Chaudhry, briefed the delegation about its departments and said that UoS had become an important institute of the area due to which a social and economic revolution was taking place. He said the university had stepped up horizons of extraordinary research, adding that its research was internationally recognized and UoS students were getting suitable jobs in various institutions. The delegation expressed satisfaction over the performance of the varsity.—APP
Profile of KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak PESHAWAR—Central Secre- when PTI chairman Imran Khattak won the National assembly seat, PK-13 in election 2013 and lost the tary General of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the newly elected Chief Minister Pervez Khan Khattak is a senior and experienced politician, who was elected the member of Provincial Assembly for record five times. Born at the residence of noted government contractor Hastam Khan (late) on Jan 1, 1950 at village Manky Sharif in the politically fertile district of Nowshera, Pervez Khattak received his early education at the Aitchison College, Lahore more or less in the same years
Khan was also a student and Assembly seat NA-5 both were reported to be class-fellows. He did his Senior Cambridge from Aitchison College and later completed graduation from Gordon College, Rawalpindi. Khattak had started his political career as a member of the district council in 1983 and later jumped to the national mainstream politics. He was elected to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly for record five times, the last time on May 11, 2013. In general election 2013, Nowshera-I and provincial
Nowshera-II from the PTI platform and defeated his political opponents with huge margin. Also, he remained the provincial minister of industries twice and once served as irrigation minister in the ANP-led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Later, he resigned from the Ministry of Irrigation due to difference with past government and joined PTI with a mission to serve his people with more dedication and zeal. As a true democrat, he contested PTI;s intra party
party’s provincial president Asad Qaiser with a narrow margin. However, he did not disappoint and made inroads in the party by defeating senior PTI leader Dr. Arif Alvi on post of Central General Secretary. He also remained the first district nazim in Nowshera. He belonged to a political family of Nowshera. His cousin Nasrullah Khattak was the chief minister of the province when Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was the prime minis- HYDERABAD: Students participating in walk to mark World No-Tobacco day organized by District Health Department. ter of Pakistan.—APP
USAID helping talented students
GCUF students develop electronic voting system
F AISALABAD —United States Agency FAISALABAD —Government plays were also held, he added. for International Development (USAID) is helping the poor and talented students of Pakistan in getting higher education. USAID is helping in various business and agricultural universities of Pakistan by offering them merit and need based scholarships to enable them meet higher education costs. These views were expressed by the students who were awarded USAID scholarships at University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) here Thursday. The students belonging to remote and rural areas of Pakistan were of the view that such scholarships provided them unique opportunity to continue university studies. Briefing the USAID Officials and Media Representatives at Syndicate Hall to highlight US Assistance to UAF with historical reference, UAF Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that about seventy five percent intake of UAF belongs to rural areas from neglected and poor families and they are direly in need of financial assistance to bear the study as well as boarding expenses. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that UAF management is providing financial assistance to about 25% of its students with the help of USAID and other donor agencies is considered to be a major share of student support in any university of the country. He said that besides offering scholarships the UAF is also providing jobs opportunities at campus, work study, student loans and internships to its students.—APP
Sherpao wants end of terror P ESHAWAR —Parliamentary leader of Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Sikandar Hayat Sherpao has said the province was passing through difficult situation as world powers have imposed international war in the region and called for evolving a strategy for coming out of the situation. Speaking in the Assembly after the election of Pervez Khan Khattak as Leader of the House, he said that today a new beginning has started in the province. He said they will not criticize any one. But will learn from the past mistakes to come up to the expectations of the people. He appreciated the opposition for withdrawal of their candidates from the contest for the offices of Speaker and Deputy Speaker to keep the tradition of the house alive. He said that democracy in Pakistan is passing through difficult period, saying the time had come to strengthen it and improve governance in the country. Sikandar Hayat Sherpao said that lawlessness, unemployment, weak economy and backwardness are joint problems. He said that the new government will take measures for the resolution of these problems and fulfill the expectations of the people. He was confident that the chief minister will make not discriminate between legislators of the coalition partners and the opposition benches. He said that after the election they sit along the PTI leadership and discuss ways and means of how to bring the province out of backwardness and difficulties. He said the problem of law and order is not restricted only to the provincial government, but will also cooperate with the federal government and expressed the hope that the problem will be resolved in consultation with the people of this province to prevent further bloodshed on the soil of Pakhtuns.—APP
Congress pursuing communal agenda I SLAMABAD —Calling for a shutdown on the scheduled visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmoham Singh to Kashmir in June, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that the Indian premier has failed to deliver on the Kashmir problem in the last nine years. Muhammad Yasin Malik in an interaction with media persons in Srinagar said,”We will observe it (Manmohan’s visit) as a black day.” He said that the Prime Minister, who met him in 2006, failed people of Kashmir “as peace process was used as a garb to kill civilians in peaceful protests since 2008?, KMS reported. The Prime Minister is tentatively scheduled to visit Kashmir on June 25.Launching a tirade on the Congress, which is a coalition partner of the ruling National Conference in the territory, Malik said that it was pursuing a communal agenda in Jammu and Kashmir. “It claims to be a secular party but it is not. My cavalcade of relief meant for Muslims as well Hindus of the quake-affected areas was stopped, the other day. The drivers were thrashed at the behest of the Congress high command in Delhi. It was a political decision,” he added. Meanwhile, the Hurriyet leaders have denounced the Shopian incident and expressed sympathy with the family of Aasiya and Neelofar on their fourth death anniversary, who were abducted, molested and subsequently killed by Indian troops in the town in Indian Occupied Kashmir in 2009. According to KMS, Hurriyet leaders, Zafar Akbar Butt, Yasmeen Raja, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Abdur Rasheed Untoo and Hakeem Abdur Rasheed visited the house of the two women in Shopian and expressed sympathy with the bereaved family.—APP
College University Faisalabad’s (GCUF) students have developed an electronic voting system (Digital Ballot Machine) enabling users to vote with a touch screen after thumb impression and Nadra verification. A spokesman of the GCUF told here on Friday that the e-ballot paper will make the process of casting votes more transparent and easy like developed countries of the world. He told that this e-voting system was displayed by the students at a competition titled ‘Creative Kon (who is creative)’ arranged by the College of Computer Sciences and Information Technology. It was aimed at inducing creativity among the students. Under the event, creative project competition, poster design and logo design dis-
He told that the electronic voting system would verify vote caster with the feeding of CNIC Number and thumb impression on the data of Nadra. It is having symbols of different political parties and users with the touch screen will cast their votes. Addressing on the occasion, GCUF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Zakir Hussain lauded the creativity of the students and said that the innovation will also facilitate the Elections Commission to make electronic voting system as per with the developed nations to make the process easy and more transparent. He said the GCUF always encouraged the talented students and making all-out efforts to guide them and providing state-of-the-art facilities BANNU: Bomb Disposal Squad personnel inspecting the site after blast in Government Girls Primary school Akbar Ali Norar. like modern lab etc.—APP
KP PTI urged to focus on education, peace restoration P ESHAWAR —JUI-F leader problems of power and gas. law and order was imperative cratic fashion. and MPA Maulana Lutf-urRehman here Friday urged Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf led coalition government to focus on education and restoration of durable peace in the province. Congratulating the newly elected Chief Minister Pervez Khattak at the floor of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, he urged the government to give priorities to the promotion of education and arresting the problems of unemployment and price hike and resolution of the
He said the opposition would make constructive criticism on the government and would monitor the mistakes. He said they would fully support measures for bringing improvement in lives of the people. Maulana Lutf-urRehman congratulated Pevez Khattak as leader of the house and said he had right to govern the province for five years. He said that country was passing through difficult situation that could be tackled with national unity. He said
to provide quality education to youth. He said we want restoration of peace in KP. Transition of power in KPK, a positive development: Parliamentary Leader of Pakistan Muslim League (N) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Sardar Mehtab Khan has termed the election of Pervez Khan Khattak as leader of the House in KP Assembly as historical day which culminated the smooth transfer of power from one elected government to another in a demo-
He was speaking on the floor of house after the election of Pervez Khattak of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf as leader of House, who took 84 votes as against 37 votes obtained by Maulana Lutf- ur- Rehman a nominee of the combined opposition. In his congratulation remarked Sardar Mehtab said, “I congratulate Pervez Khattak for being elected as the 26th Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after attaining huge mandate from the PTI plateform.—APP
HHRD workshop on capacity building STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—In a bid to enhance capacity of the employees of Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) complete three days ‘Capacity building workshop’ here in Islamabad. HHRD has organized a three-day workshop on skills development. Some forty women participated in the workshop and displayed their craft work. HHRD Country Director Fazal-ur-Rehman, said, “Our effort is not only limited to the rehabilitation of the flood victims, but we continue our effort until the dream of welfare state come true,” adding that the workshop was organized ISLAMABAD: DG BISP, Country Director HHRD Fazalur Rehman with participants of to built the capacity of HHRD’s employees to turn the dream workshop on ‘skill development for destitute women’. of welfare state into a reality.
150m disabled children across world ISLAMABAD—A senior official creasing from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) commissioned with advancing the rights of an estimated 150 million disabled children around the world, has called on the international community to take swift action in de-
discrimination against them. In a recent interview with Xinhua News, Rosangela Berman Bieler, chief of UNICEF’s disability section of the programme division, voiced a determination to combat negative stigmas projected on to disabled children.
“A child with a disability in the first place faces a lot of discrimination and stigma from society and this is one of the things that have negative impact on the life of child,” Bieler explained ahead of the publication of the World’s Children’s 2013 report.—APP
Talagang police in action against illegal transporters SHAFFAAT MALIK
crackdown to ensure public ing vehicle specially school safety, the traffic police in vans. Reportedly in T ALAGANG —In a major Talagang are strictly check- Talagang school vans are not in good and stable condition. Local trafic police incharge sub inspector Arif said that we are taking serious actions in this regard. A van driver is in police custody while he was using the roof of the van to carry school kids, he added. Local and social circle have demanded that serious action should be taken to ensure the safety of the school vans. On the other hand heavy traffic and encroachments are the main causes of traffic jams and road safety in Talagang. The traffic accidents have become usual. The administration of Talagang does not pay attention to resolve traffic related problems. Passengers and transporters have been facing multiple problems The authorities are not efficient to pay attention to this basic problem. It is sad to see that local administration has issued statements time and again that heavy traffic would not be allowed during day time rush hours in the town, TALAGANG: To earn more and more, a schoolchildren but unfortunately it never vehicle seen with more seating capacity at the roof which happened which shows the hollowness of this claim. may cause any tragedy.
Mercury to rise further across country I S L A M A B A D —Heat wave tures recorded during the conditions have gripped most parts of the country from Friday with significant rise in temperatures and are likely to prevail till Sunday. According to an official of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), hot and dry spell would continue in the whole country with significant rise in day temperatures especially in the plain areas during the next few days. The hot and dry weather would prevail in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. About the synoptic situation, the official said a seasonal low lies over Balochistan and its adjoining areas. The snow melting process will also be increased in the next four to five days which help fill the water reservoirs too, the official said. The maximum tempera-
last 24 hours were Islamabad 40 C, Rawalpindi 41 C, Lahore 43 C, Karachi 33 C, Jehlum 42 C, Murree 27 C, Muzzafarabad 37 C, Bahawalpur 42 C, Jaccobabad 44 C, Nurpur
Thal 46 C and Hyderabad 40 C. The Multan Met office has forecast hot and dry weather for the city and its suburbs during the next 24 hours. On Friday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded as 43.5 and 28.5 degrees centigrade, respectively. Humidity was recorded 30 per cent at 8am and 21 per cent at 5pm.—APP
Girls kidnapped J HANG —Two girls were ab- day. ducted by two persons on Friday. According to police, Nasreen Bibi of Bhakhar Road in her application said that accused Muhammad Khan and Sarfraz had abducted her daughters Ambrin, 9, and Uzma, 10. Jaffarabad: Dera Murad Jamali police have recovered two abducted persons from Head Bagh area of Jaffarabad district, on Fri-
Police said that acting on a tip-off; a police team headed by Station House Officer PS Dera Murad Jamali conducted raid at a place in Head Bagh area and recovered two men from a house who were kidnapped on May 25 by armed kidnappers. No arrest of any accused could be made. Police, however, have been making efforts to trace the suspects.—APP
Take all along on Balochistan
Afghanistan & its weary President
OVERNMENT formation in Balochistan has always been tricky and a time-consuming process because of peculiar social and po litical background of the province and that is what people are witnessing now. However, given the fact that PML-N, PMAP and NP took no time in deciding to forge ranks for the purpose raised hopes that the exercise this time would be smooth but unfortunately it was not as smooth as it should have been. General Elections-2013 provided a God-given opportunity to bring chaotic province back to normalcy as almost all political parties that matter in Balochistan took part in elections and the outcomes reflected will of the Baloch people. Along with their brothers in other parts of the country, people of Balochistan too demonstrated wisdom and far-sightedness by participating in the electoral exercise and choosing their representatives and as a consequence Balochistan is a winner, the country is a winner. The decision of both Baloch and Pakhtoon nationalist parties to join hands with PML-N in the government formation was construed by majority of people of Pakistan as a propitious development. It was all the more appreciable that both National Party and PMAP fully authorized PM-elect Mian Nawaz Sharif to nominate the Chief Minister but the decision proved hard nut to crack for the PML-N leader because of infighting of the party’s Balochistan chapter and inflexible attitude of the provincial leadership on the issue. The nomination of the CM must not be weighed in terms of political dividends for a particular party, clan or individual but should be viewed in the greater context of the province and the country. The situation in Balochistan has been a source of concern for the nation and there is need to take full advantage of the emerging ground realities in the province in the light of the electoral outcome. This necessarily means giving greater role to Baloch nationalists and it is a good omen that even those who emerged as representatives of the Pakhtoon population of the province are also favouring the idea of Chief Minister who could handle tricky and treacherous situation in Balochistan. To some analysts and strategists, this is perhaps the last opportunity to rectify wrongs in the province and we are sure Mian Nawaz Sharif has the background, vision and determination to make a choice as per demands of the ground situation. A right decision would not only benefit the province and the country but also make his own political life easier and add another feather to his cap.
Taliban should talk in any case A
S was expected, Taliban have reacted sharply to the killing of their No. 2 commander Wali-ur-Rehman and announced withdrawal of offer of talks to the Government. Though the previous Government of PPP didn’t respond positively to the offer but there are hopes that the new Government would take it seriously and in fact, some developments suggested that a consensus was emerging amongst all stakeholders for initiating the process of dialogue with Taliban to bring the chronic problem of terrorism and extremism to an end. The reaction of Taliban was understandable as one of their key leaders has been targeted and that too by a US drone. That the prospects of talks would become casualty of the US dastardly act was a foregone conclusion and some analysts believe that the timing of the attack suggested this in fact was the very objective of the United States. They have, as they did in the past on a number of occasions, spoiled yet another opportunity of peace and also created enormous problems for the new Government. Already, Imran Khan, whose PTI has formed Government in the volatile KPK, has demanded of Mian Nawaz Sharif to make end of drone attacks or their shooting down number one decision of his Government, which speaks volumes about the challenge ahead for the new leadership. We believe that by retracting their offer of talks, Taliban are, in fact, unconsciously facilitating fulfillment of American agenda of continuation of chaos and instability in the country and that too at a time when peace efforts are underway in Afghanistan. There is no way out for Taliban and the Government except to talk and sort out things on negotiating table. Taliban should come out of the fixation of imposing their will on others through use of force and must realize that if Americans could not do so despite having every conceivable advantage, then Taliban definitely cannot expect any positive outcome of their rigidity ad inflexibility. No one would accept their demand at gun point and therefore, they should review their policy as this would be in their own interest besides interest of the state of Pakistan.
Some dos & don’ts for NAB T
HE institution of accountability was established with the pious in tentions of purging the country of the corrupt elements and some positive progress was achieved in the initial years. At that time, the institution was known for its neutrality but with the passage of time, the process of accountability became farcical as it was widely used to victimize political opponents. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has transformed into a big organizations with capability and expertise to investigate scams of different nature and prosecute the culprits. It has some successes to its credit as well but unfortunately due to outside interference the institution has almost lost its credibility and is widely seen as a tool for selective and targeted accountability. Going by the fact that corruption has assumed alarming proportions during the last five years despite presence of this fear-instilling body, there is dire need to focus on the primary task of carrying out ruthless but transparent accountability of all. In this backdrop, grilling of former Advisor on Petroleum Dr Asim on account of questionable appointment of OGRA Chairman and shameless theft of gas is a good beginning. Those who looted national wealth and resources and misused their power and authority should be brought to book and the looted wealth recovered. However, the process should be across-the-board expeditious and without victimization.
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Plight of minorities in India News & Views
fabricated charges of being involved in terrorist activity. JUI-F, sister organization of Jamiat-e-Ulema should use its clout Mohammad Jamil Hind to raise voice against InEmail: email@example.com dian barbarism on Muslims. Having that said, attack on Christians and inorities are groaning churches in India is also a regular feaunder repression by the ture; however, in 2007 on Christmas brute Hindu majority and Day Hindu fanatics had burnt and law enforcing departments in India, ransacked 14 churches in eastern Inand they are being subjected to in- dia – state of Orissa - leaving four human treatment. Muslims, Chris- men dead and thirty injured. Christians and Dalits are not allowed to tians were chased out of several lead their lives according to their be- churches before they were set ablaze. liefs, traditions and culture. Apart These despicable acts knock the botfrom killings in Kashmir, efforts are tom out of India’s pretense and exbeing made to change demography pose façade of secularism establishin Kashmir and Assam. In a recent ing conclusively that Hindu fundaincident of extra-judicial killing of mentalists have zero-tolerance so far Muslims in India, Khalid Mujahid as religious minorities are concerned. died in mysterious circumstances India has never missed an opunder police custody while he was portunity of maligning Pakistan on returning to Lucknow Jail after ap- one pretext or the other. The issue pearing in Faizabad District Court. of migration of Hindu/Sikh families He was arrested in 2007 on charges from Sindh to India is also one of of serial blasts the same year. The such cases and has frequently been custodial killing of Khalid Mujahid propagated by Indian media to deis reflective of Indian mindset and fame Pakistan. As a matter of fact, also environment after the death of only a few cases of migration from Sarabjit Singh. Had any such event Pakistan to India have occurred and taken place in Pakistan against any that too were not because of the perminority community, Indian media secution rather it was more of adby now would have played havoc ministrative nature. The tales of bruwith 24 hour nonstop coverage. tal suppression of minorities in the Unfortunately there is no refer- India are endless. Like the Sikhs and ence in Pakistani media to these in- Muslims, the Christian minority in cidents of serious human rights vio- India continues to face daily harasslations happening on almost daily ment and threats of death for pracbasis against Muslims and other mi- ticing their faith. Christianity is seen norities in India. At least, the human as a threat to Hindu fundamentalists rights icon Ansar Barni and Asma who enjoy the backing of fundamenJahangir of Human Rights Commis- talist Hindu political parties like the sion should raise their voice against BJP. Many Christian priests have the custodial killing of Khalid been killed or severely injured in Mujahid and unjustified imprison- hate motivated attacks and nuns have ment of scores of Muslim youth on been raped all in a bid to put a stop
to their missionary activities of serving humanity. Human Rights Watch report stated that violence against 150 million former untouchables was rising. Other human rights organizations regularly publish atrocities committed on Christians, Muslims and Dalits. Kashmiris are, however, the worst sufferers on earth, as since 1989 at lease Indian forces have killed more than 90000 Kashmiris. Situation in Assam is also deplorable. Repressive laws such as Armed Forces Special Powers Act have provided Indian forces the powers to kill with impunity any person in Northeast India. Indian forces have shot down several innocent persons in fake encounters; thus it is involved in gross human rights violations. Because of widespread disaffection due to inept policies of Indian government, law and order situation in all 13 Naxal affected states such as Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, western Orissa and Bihar is hopeless. In Gujarat, state officials and police were directly involved in the violence. The groups most directly responsible for that violence against Muslims included VHP, the Bajrang Dal and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, collectively forming Sangh Privar. Even foreigners are not safe in India. In 1999, an Australian missionary and his two sons, aged 8 and 10, were burnt to death in their car in Orissa following a Bible study class. Of course, there have been incidents of terrorism and internecine conflict between Muslim sects in Pakistan. Barring occasional case of blasphemy when emotions ran high, minorities have never been attacked or discriminated on the basis of religion the way it is done in India. This is one of the
reasons that there is unrest in about 50 per cent of the India’s provinces. On 21st September 2008, Sunday morning Christians in Banglore received the shocking news of desecration of two places of worship in Hebbal and Rajarajeshwarinagar. St. James Church in Mariyannapalya off Nagawara Ring Road was ransacked. There is incontrovertible evidence that Christians are being forcibly converted in large numbers, which is a sad reflection on the country that claims it is secular and the biggest democracy in the world. Muslims and Dalits are of course as much the victims of Hindu extremists. International media downplays the attacks on and persecution of even Christians because India is a plus one billion market, and it is buyer of sophisticated weaponry and nuclear-related materials for scores of billions of dollars. According to the US state department report on global human rights abuses had discussed situation in other countries but it dwelled at length on gross human rights violations committed by Indian security forces on Kashmiris, from killings to torture in Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) and other conflict-hit regions. “There were numerous reports that the government and its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings, including the extra-judicial killings of suspected criminals and terrorists, especially in areas of conflict such as Jammu and Kashmir, the North Eastern States, and the Naxalite belt, where non-governmental forces also committed such killings.” International community should ask India to improve its record of human rights instead of pampering it for profit motive. —The writer is Lahore-based senior journalist.
Peace and democracy rity requirements in Afghanistan and recollecting Rana Athar Javed the assurances that the new democratic government Email: firstname.lastname@example.org will continue to promote US image in Pakistan. The US Special Representative democratic transition can for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambe utilized to pre-empt the bassador James Dobbins also made decision-making thereby his maiden visit (May 29 to30th). strategizing a future plan for a In his meeting with prime ministerstate, which has been victim of elect Nawaz Sharif, he discussed chaos, manufactured perception “bilateral and regional issues, inthat a country with history of wars cluding advancing shared counterdoes not possess the capacity to terrorism objectives; increasing ecofunction as a democratic nation. nomic opportunity; strengthening The latter assessment lacks sub- civilian democracy and civil socistantial elaboration, rather than the ety; and supporting an Afghanpreposition that “only” a Western owned and Afghan-led reconciliastyle or American democracy tion process”. The flaw in such a traditional would warrant system validity, is statement is that it raises the hopes inherently wrong. Most of the democratic states of ordinary citizens that since fought wars, generated chaos and Americans are once again need Pathrough unwritten laws of war pro- kistan for the next nineteen month cured legitimacy to develop an ac- (2014-withdrawal plan), there may tion plan for nation building. Thus, be an economic opportunity to starewriting the history of invasions bilize socio-economic structures. (e.g. Afghanistan & Iraq) as victo- But, the way statement begins, “biries in the battlefields and practi- lateral and regional” and “advanccally omitting the role of diplo- ing shared counter-terrorism objecmacy for the future governments tives” concludes the entire engagein these countries. This character- ment plan. The US requires Pakiization must concern historians stan to assist in bringing the Afbecause validity of a democratic ghan Taliban to negotiation table, system is linked with establishing although its own territory is being peace, rather than initiating wars attacked from across the border in Afghanistan. and expansion of hostilities. What makes it even more comThis distinction is also important because currently, as Pakistan plicated is that the US rarely uses approaches its own democratic its leverage to tackle the question transition, the so-called diplomatic of safe heavens of terrorists that are activity is fully operational. Every- being used against Pakistan. day a new international guest or- Whereas, the Mr Obama desires a chestrates offensive charm to gain strong democratic system in Pakithe attention of the Prime Minis- stan and seeks more cooperation, his ter-elect Mian Muhammad Nawaz diplomatic & defence entourage, Sharif. The sole purpose appears NATO and ISAF never really supto be cultivating the sense of un- ported the building of more border derstanding of US national secu- check posts at their side in Afghani-
stan. This step is important to convince Pakistani people that Americans are not using their country to make strategic gains, as it did in the post-Cold War era. Ostensibly, the absence of wars and conflicts among the democratic states projects a threatening future for the developing nations. The contemporary states including Pakistan should be able to create a stable se-
To interpret cooperation only in terms of effectively influencing a country’s state affairs is not justifiable because the US and European countries clearly show their desire to micromanage Pakistan’s national security and energy matters, hence raising suspicion about the level of future US interference in socio-political construction of the new democratic government. curity environment, if its own national interests are not being placed in competition with the US. The error of judgment would lead to create further misunderstanding between the two allays. On the other hand, the wide spread assumption that the US
holds the key to establish democratic states, which can cause peace appears to be eroding because war is being fixed in the international political system. The US along with NATO countries is conducting wars in Afghanistan and aiding rebels throughout the world. The World’s largest democracy India too is involved in massive human rights violations in Kashmir, establishing its bases in Afghanistan with an objective to destabilize Pakistan’s regional relations. The question then is does democracy of today promotes peace? The empirical evidence of past couple of decades demonstrate that a democratic government through holding elections may be the best system, but, the socio-political environment of respective countries is paramount to sustain the wide requirements of democracy. To be concluded, a knowledgeable facilitator and peace maker is the one who sees common socio-political mechanism of a nation, ideally, a certain level of leverage would be a threshold, which is simply appealing to the general masses and all the stakeholders. To interpret cooperation only in terms of effectively influencing a country’s state affairs is not justifiable because the US and European countries clearly show their desire to micromanage Pakistan’s national security and energy matters, hence raising suspicion about the level of future US interference in socio-political construction of the new democratic government. This situation must be avoided during the tenure of next democratic government. —The author is a Denmark-based national security expert and defence analyst.
he Afghan authorities say that they have foiled a major attack on the Kabul that was being planned by the Pakistanibased Haqqani network. Raiding a property in the capital yesterday they discovered a large stock of arms and ammunition together with five suicide vests. One of the seven suspected terrorists was killed in a firefight as the security forces moved in. The weapons cache and the six arrested men were put on display for the international media. This has been a welcome success for the Afghan forces in interdicting attacks. Sources have suggested that although intelligence had picked up the fact that another Taleban “spectacular” was imminent in Kabul, it was a tip-off from a suspicious local that led investigators to the insurgents’ hideout and their weapons store. Security around the city is tight and it seems clear that the Taleban are finding it more difficult to organize and mount their high profile attacks. Nevertheless the mood of optimism that once gripped the capital has all but disappeared among ordinary people weary of the violence and longing only for peace. Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai is hardly less weary. Indeed he said last week that he was “exhausted” and was looking forward to the end of his second and final term of office after elections next April. He vigorously denied rumors that he intended to try and cling on to power, saying that such a move would be neither good for him personally nor for Afghanistan. Indeed he went on to say that he was concerned for his own safety and that of his family once he stepped down from office, indicating that he was probably thinking of leaving the country after handing over to his successor. This statement perhaps indicates better than anything the political and security inheritance Karzai is leaving behind him. By next year as Afghans go, probably without much enthusiasm, to the polls to choose their new president, the NATO forces will be busy disengaging from a war that in effect, was lost before they even began to deploy. The failure to include the Taleban in the Bonn talks that followed their ouster in 2001, guaranteed that once they had recovered from their defeat and reorganized their forces, they and their Al-Qaeda allies would come back fighting. This was the pivotal moment when the Taliban leadership, or at least a significant portion of it could have been separated from Bin Laden’s fanatical and amoral organization. However, such was the triumphalism of President George W. Bush and the lack of wise counsel from the US State Department, that the Bonn conference allowed itself to be fooled into believing that the Talebs were gone and gone for good. Everything about the past experience of foreign armies in Afghanistan, from the British to the Russians, should have indicated that this was by no means the end of the matter as far as the Taleban were concerned. It is easy to underestimate the impact that NATO forces have had in training up the Afghan police and army. There are it is true, still big questions over the abilities of the police, who must live in the sometimes hostile communities where they are supposed to be enforcing law and order. Less dubious is the army. Despite “blue on blue” attacks where Afghan soldiers, infiltrated into the forces by the Taleban or responding to threats to their families, have attacked NATO troops alongside whom they fought, the country’s soldiers have performed well. Now well-equipped and trained, they have proved themselves able to confront, defeat and deter the Taleban. Once NATO pulls out its fighting forces, there will still be trainers and liaison officers and Afghan commanders will still have access to all-important intelligence supplied, it must be supposed, from Washington. Indeed it may also be that, once most US troops and aircraft have quit the country, there will be a marked increase in the use of drones, both to gather intelligence on Taleban movements and activities and also, more controversially to attack and destroy insurgent formations.—Arab News
Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame. Alexander Pope —British poet
Role of MQM & its leadership Muhammad Daheem Email: email@example.com
ltaf Hussain, a dual national ity holder or perhaps simply a British citizen, has been living in posh area of London since 1991. He was born on September 17, 1953 in Karachi. Altaf Hussain started his career in humble circumstances before launching MQM in Karachi. He was the founder and leader of the Muhajir Qaumi Movement. It was established on March 1984. Later on, it was transformed into Muttahida Qaumi Movement on 26 June 1997. His parents migrated to Pakistan from Agra after partition of the sub-continent to settle in Karachi. The Government of Pakistan launched Operation Clean-up in 1992 and sent the military into Karachi to crack down on the MQM. Altaf Hussain escaped Karachi one month before the operation, and fled to London. It is believed that he was involved in the murder of several Pakistanis. He applied for political asylum in Britain. The British government playing politics granted him political asylum. It may be interesting to note that MQM is always in government whether it is PML, PPP or even military dictatorship. Even then Altaf Hussain does not have the courage to go back to Pakistan and face trials. Despite having lived in London since 1991, Hussein retains a firm hold over MQM from Britain. The MQM boasts huge support in Karachi alone. The question is: what has a British citizen got to do with Pakistani politics? How can he interfere in the politics of Pakistan? Altaf Hussain, according to Pakistani law, cannot be a member of the Provincial or National assembly. Similarly he cannot hold the key post of the president or prime minister etc. Then how can he interfere in the internal affairs or politics of Pakistan. Altaf Hussain is a highly controversial British citizen. Recently he made a highly provocative, objectionable, ‘anti-state’ and controversial speech inciting violence in Karachi. It all happened from British soil. Basically British government is responsible for promoting criminal activities from its soil. He threatened indirectly to breakup Pakistan. His statement “If establishment does not like people’s mandate, then separate Karachi from Pakistan” shows his hidden motives and objectives. It is almost certain that Altaf Hussain, a
British citizen, violated UK law when he allegedly threatened violence against protesters in Karachi. Thousands of complaints were sent to the London Metropolitan Police after Altaf addressed his supporters in Karachi where he allegedly threatened PTI supporters who were protesting against rigging. Lord Nazir raised question about Altaf Hussain’s statement in UK Parliament. He asked the British government to explain its viewpoint and tell what action it was going to take against the alleged comments of Altaf Hussain. Saeeda Warsi claims that investigation against Altaf Hussain is in progress. The British Metropolitan Police had received unprecedented complaints from both Pakistani and British citizens against the alleged statement of the MQM leader in which he indirectly asked for separation of Karachi from Pakistan and threatened peaceful protesters with violence. This is for the first time that the British government has admitted this fact. The British government claims that “there is no place for the incitement of hatred or violence in the UK and it has strict laws in place to deal with this.” The British foreign office has “strongly condemned” all acts of violence in Karachi, including Zuhra Hussain’s murder. Several politicians believe that Altaf Hussain is a serial killer and is protected by UK government and belongs to a terrorist organization. They further believe that MQM is involved in target killing and blasts. He openly threatens Media and Political leadership and makes disparaging remarks against his opponents and then apologizes regularly. It is so sad that a British citizen is spreading fear, violence and hatred in Pakistan. The magic of the politician is over. MQM has lost its luster. The cat is out of the bag and secrets of Karachi are no more secrets. His intentions, motives and objectives are no more secret. The question is: why does he not take part in British politics? Above all he is a British citizen. Ironically, he may be the first prime minister of Britain of Pakistani origin. Several politicians believe that MQM is a group of fascist that wins elections through massive rigging. It’s a mafia. The rigging in elections in Karachi, particularly in NA 250 is an eye-opener for everyone. Major Nadeem Dar claims that during operation clean up in 1992, he discovered over 1000 Jinnahpur maps from Nine Zero. Thence his house, in Karachi, was burnt, his son
kidnapped and murdered by MQM goons. He received life threats. In consequence he and his family had to move to Norway to escape from the clutches of Altaf Hussain’s followers. Several videos films could be watched related to atrocities of MQM. Brig Asif Haroon Raja, serving as army spokesman in Sindh in 1992, informed that MQM no-go areas were opened by soldiers in 1992. Its torture cells were also shown to international media. Although Altaf and members of Rabita (coordination) Committee have always refuted Jinnahpur plot, majority of the politicians believe that he has nefarious designs against Pakistan. They believe that he is an opportunist waiting for appropriate time to break away Karachi from Pakistan. It may be interesting to note that MQM is registered under Farooq Sattar’s name in Pakistan while Altaf Hussain, a highly controversial British citizen, is running it through remote control from London. Motion has been raised in the British parliament. The outcome of the motion is expected within a few days. It is hoped that British government would regret to the people of Pakistan for allowing spoiled Pakistani origin politician on its soil. It seems that Altaf Hussain has lost control over MQM’s strongholds. Gone are the days when anyone speaking against him was silenced by force. People in Pakistan, in general, have no problem with MQM as a political party but the gruesome activities of Altaf Hussain and his companions do not show any healthy sign in politics. It’s on record that in Nehru University in New Delhi, he made a speech where he regretted the creation of Pakistan for which he tendered his personal apology there. Dr. Imran Farooq, who had a great desire to make MQM violence free party, was brutally murdered in London. He was stabbed to death. Who was behind his murder? Scotland Yard has failed to trace the culprits! The past record of Altaf Hussain is murky. He, backed by general Musharraf, shouted at the Chief Justice to go back to Islamabad on May 2007 while more than 50 persons lost their lives, in Karachi, due to irresponsible attitude of MQM. Chief Justice, finding no alternative, had to go back without addressing the lawyers in Karachi. The question is: why the British government is not taking action against Altaf Hussain? Why Altaf Hussain is using British soil against Pakistan?
Altaf Hussain, according to Imran Khan, is responsible for numerous incidents of torture and murder in Pakistan. “In 2007, Imran presented a dossier to No 10, urging it to arrest and prosecute the MQM leader using anti-terrorism laws.” The British government, as usual, ignored the MQM’s violent record. It has been acknowledged by a British judge Lord Bannatybe that MQM persecuted its opponents. The senior judge has particularly quoted Altaf’s remarks that “he who is traitor to the leader deserves to be killed.” The PTI accuses the MQM of preventing its supporters from going to the polling stations. “The UK’s liberal traditions, according to Imran, have in this case enabled cold-blooded murder on Karachi’s already febrile streets.” Imran Khan holds Altaf Hussain directly responsible for the murder of Zuhra as “he threatened PTI workers and leaders through public broadcasts.” Imran also holds the British government responsible for allowing Altaf Hussain, a British citizen, to continue his irresponsible activities. According to Imran “ Zuhra’s death has sent shockwaves across the rank and file of the party.” It is duty of the government and law enforcing agencies to take notice of Altaf Hussain’s statement. The charge has been denied by MQM promptly. “ Altaf Hussain says he has nothing to do with Zuhra Hussain’s brutal death.” He has expressed his deep sorrows to her family and urged the government of Pakistan to find the killers and give them “exemplary punishment”. Altaf Hussain is a quite ordinary flamboyant person. But he is presented as a giant and is portrayed as a figure larger-than-life. The rise of PTI is a signal of death for MQM. The wrongdoings of MQM are, in general, talk of the town. There are several complaints that the party is engaged “in extortion, land theft and other mafiastyle activities, or that it has a shadowy armed wing.” Altaf Hussain’s statements have created uproar across the country. The party now claims that his statements were rhetorical, and misinterpreted by the media. Several MQM office-bearers are involved in corruption. They are accused of collecting “donations” from businessmen, shopkeepers and feudal lords. Several politicians believe that MQM is involved in issues pertaining to land grabbing, illegal occupation of homes, shops and empty plots of land.
Views From Abroad
Need for nuclear dialogue Dr Maleeha Lodhi
n a speech last month in Delhi, a distinguished former foreign sec retary of India, Shyam Saran, made several pronouncements about the evolution of his country’s nuclear policy and the current status of its nuclear deterrent. He cast these remarks as his personal views. But Saran is current chairman of India’s National Security Advisory Board. Many in India and outside saw his statements as articulating official policy while maintaining deniability. The Times of India, for example, said Saran was “placing on record India’s official nuclear posture with the full concurrence of the highest levels of nuclear policymakers in Delhi”. And Islamabad asked Delhi for an official clarification. The most consequential part of Saran’s speech is where he presents a scenario that culminates with India engaging in “massive nuclear retaliation” against Pakistan. He posits an escalatory ladder that presumably starts with a sub-conventional event or terrorist attack, after which Pakistan tries to dissuade India from carrying out punitive conventional retaliation, by deploying its tactical nuclear weapons. India responds by using strategic weapons. Saran warns that
any nuclear attack — whether by strategic or tactical weapons — would be met by “massive retaliation” from India. “Pakistan”, he declares, should “be prudent not to assume otherwise as it sometimes appears to do, most recently by developing and perhaps deploying theatre nuclear weapons”. Several of Saran’s assumptions are open to question. First there is a presumption that Pakistan’s decision to develop battlefield nuclear weapons represents a nuclear war-fighting option. Official spokesmen have repeatedly said that Pakistan regards the surface-to-surface solid fuel-based Hatf IX (Nasr) as primarily a weapon of deterrence. Its purpose is to reinforce deterrence and restore nuclear stability. Islamabad remains committed to its nuclear policy of achieving credible nuclear deterrence at the lowest practical level. The central tenet of its nuclear policy is for its capability to be maintained for the purpose of deterrence against aggression. Saran’s escalatory scenario seems to suggest that India’s Cold Start Doctrine, now known as “proactive operations”, has been challenged if not blunted by Pakistan’s TNW response. That is why this emerges as the main thrust of his remarks. In doing so he also reaffirms the Indian intent to preserve the limited war option. That Saran believes that India can or should consider a
punitive war against its nuclear neighbour in retaliation for an act of terror carried out by a non-state actor is disconcerting enough. But he then warns that if Pakistan tried to deter an Indian conventional attack by its TNWs, India would retaliate with nuclear weapons. This fails to factor in Pakistan’s full spectrum capabilities to counter “massive retaliation” not to speak of its potent second-strike capability. The rationale for Pakistan’s decision to pursue a TNW capability bears repetition to place Saran’s remarks in perspective. Pakistan perceived a number of rapid developments in the past decade to adversely affect the region’s strategic equilibrium established after the 1998 nuclear tests by both countries. They included the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal and the NSG exemption under which India was assured of fuel supply by many countries. These significantly enhanced India’s ability to expand its strategic arsenal and altered Pakistan’s security calculations. Meanwhile, the new Indian military doctrine, which came on the back of these developments, became a gamechanger. The effort to find space for limited conventional engagement below the nuclear threshold impelled Pakistan to seek a response at the tactical level in the nuclear domain. In trying to call Pakistan’s ‘nuclear
bluff’ by operationalising proactive war-fighting strategies, these Indian moves urged Pakistan to develop TNWs to deter Cold Start and reestablish nuclear stability. Against this backdrop what Saran now seems to be signalling is that if Pakistan thinks it can deter limited conventional war by tactical nuclear weapons, then India too can use strategic weapons in “massive retaliation”. This is dangerous talk in a situation where a delicate balance holds between the nuclear neighbours. Nuclear powers do not define their relations by threats or bluster. The only answer to dilemmas created by the region’s nuclearisation is for both nations to engage seriously to build better understanding of each other’s nuclear policy, doctrines and postures. This means advancing the nuclear dialogue to put in place credible confidence building measures in both the strategic and conventional military spheres. The two countries have a mutual interest in stabilising their nuclear relationship. The way forward is not by ill-thought nuclear signaling but in engaging substantively to narrow the perception gaps and address the issues that lie at the root of both countries’ security predicament. —Courtesy: Khaleej Times
A new, powerful you..!
friend of mine, a big busi nessman came to me yester day at a party, “Bob,” he said, “Will you teach me how to speak in public?” “Sure!” I said. “I am a multi-millionaire,” he said, “I make the toughest deals, but when I stand in front of an audience, I am tongue tied!” “Emotovise!” I told him. “What?” asked my friend, “There’s no such word in the En-
glish language!” “This is a word that you are going to learn like no other word,” I said, “Emotovise! I want you to write down the most successful deal you made in your life. The company from whom you got the order and the money you made. Write it down.” I watched as my millionaire friend wrote it down. “Now,” I told him, “Emotovise the whole deal! I want you to go through every single emotion, your joy, your victory, your elation when you realized you had got the deal!” I watched my friend, I saw his face slowly light up, his shoulders broaden, and his eyes glisten and I knew that his emotivisation was at
work. “How do you feel?” I asked. “Fantastic!” he said. “Now stand in front of me.” He stood. “Read this aloud,” I said, “As if you are speaking to an audience.” He did and there was steel in his voice and a new confidence. “How did that happen?” he asked. “Last month,” I told him, “I had, had a very successful day as a speaker, in fact, I had bowled over the audience, and when I came home the boys in my colony pulled me out for a game of cricket. I hit a quarter century against some very fast bowlers!” “So?” asked my friend. “I realized that it was the confidence I’d had during the day, the joy and the
great satisfaction of the day, that had helped me whack a few fours. I surprised myself with my game, till I realized that the same fellow behind the mike held the bat!” “So emotivise means to feel the same emotions you feel when you achieve something great and use it where you feel weak?” I grinned at him, “It worked for me,” I said. Yes try it out. When was the last time you felt elated over some success? Feel the emotion, every bit of it, experience the uplifting of your spirit, then go about and do the task you are afraid of. Watch the difference..! —Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Voice of the People Nation is awake
M FAZAL ELAHI A very important and encouraging factor that has emerged from the national elections of May 11, 2013 is that for first time in the country’s history the people have not only realized but also practically proved that the destiny of this country lies in their hands. They ultimately rose from the slumber they have been in for decades and have unequivocally demonstrated that the power to place people in positions of authority and dislodge them, if they do not perform, lies with them. The massive turnout of the voters, young and old, in the recent elections was indeed a dream come true. The seriousness of the Pakistani nation to resolve the highly depressing state of affairs of the country could be vividly seen on their glowing faces on the election-day. They were determined to completely change the political scenario of the country, and, to a great extent, they succeeded in doing so. Now the responsibility to come up to the expectations of the politically rejuvenated nation heavily falls on the shoulders of those who have been voted to the citadel of power. People in whom the nation has vested its trust must bear in mind that no more games can or should be played. If they attempt to do so they will have to face the wrath of the people like those who did in the May 11, 2013 elections. They must remember that intensity of the people’s verdict in the next elections could, in fact, be far greater than what it has been this time. Those who will now be in the driving seat will have to address all major issues confronting Pakistan today with utmost integrity, sincerity and urgency. A solo flight in dealing with major national issues could, perhaps, prove to be totally ineffective. In order to succeed, the incoming governments at the federal and provincial level will have to take all the stake holders along, particularly in dealing with critical national issues. This, in fact, is the appropriate way forward. An approach contrary to this will yield negative results. It may actually lead to further chaos and anarchy that this nation cannot endure any longer. —Karachi
Metro Bus & Bullet Train S R H HASHMI Sometime back, PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif was reported to have told Kamran Khan in Geo News programme ‘Aaj Kamran Khan Kay Saath’, that launching the Metro Bus Project in Karachi is his party’s one of the top priorities, and I thought then that it was perhaps one of PMLN’s election-victory slogans, not to be taken too seriously. However, this PML-N’s wish has been repeated, which means that the party is quite serious about the project, so I feel I must air my views about it. Now, first of all, Metro Bus service, which proved to be a blessing for Lahorites, would not necessarily succeed in Karachi. In the city, we had the Karachi Road Transport Corporation, road-train with added bogie running up to Saddar and then there were the large, Green buses, but they did not stay on Karachi roads for long and started gradually disappearing and in due course, vanished altogether from Karachi. Introduction of large number of six-passenger motor-cycle rickshaws, which have become very popular among the people for short to medium distances, because of economy and ease of getting on and off, at any point requested by the passenger instead of just designated stops, has also dented the bus market substantially. In these circumstances, it seems large-capacity Metro buses may not prove very successful, especially on congested Karachi roads, and would probably meet the same fate that their cousins met earlier, with a large investment gone to waste. If Shahbaz Sharif really wants to help ease transport situation in Karachi, he should use his influence to get the Karachi Circular Railway Project taken up on a top priority basis. Luckily, funding for the project is, or was available from Japan through a long term loan at negligible interest rates and feasibility studies etc already been done. We also heard that Mian Mohammed Nawaz Sharif wants to gift us the bullet train. I think people would love to have that but in a country like ours, where the trains keep jumping off the rails due to lack of track maintenance, they might be quite apprehensive of travelling in one, even if it is available. Also, with saboteurs at work here, with railway tracks being blown up every now and then, I think people are much safer with slower trains where the drivers get fair reaction time after spotting the blown up track, and thus avoid disasters. Moreover, both the passenger and cargo service of the
COL RIAZ JAFRI (RETD)
entirely agree with Rauf Klasra who on a TV talk show held the DPO and the DC Gujrat entirely responsible for the most tragic and untimely death of 16 very young innocent school going children and their outstandingly brave lady teacher, all burnt alive in the inferno of a van that got engulfed in fire due to the exploding of its substandard gas cylinder. The standard safety specifications for the gas cylinders are clearly laid down by the govt. But why was a van fitted with a substandard gas cylinder allowed to ply on the road, should not be difficult for anyone to guess. Who doesn’t know that granting of licenses and the Road Worthiness Certificates to public transport is a multi billion rupee business and any vehicle can acquire these through the touts not even subjecting the vehicle to any inspection!! I would, therefore, not only second Klasra that an FIR for the heinous murder of the children and the teacher be lodged against the said DPO and DC, but strict stinking censures be served to the DIG of the range and the IGP of Punjab as well for the negligence in the performance their duties of ensuring the safety of life and property of the public . —Rawalpindi
railways are in shambles while track maintenance is also not satisfactory. In these circumstances, I think a better plan would be to rehabilitate the track, and get the basic passenger and goods trains moving. —Karachi
Stop smoking during Ramadan AMMARAH HASHIM Whether you’re a teen smoker or a lifetime pack-a-day smoker, quitting can be tough. The month of Ramadan is a great opportunity to start some healthy new habits, and get rid of some bad ones, such as smoking. Gathering all the will power they have Muslim smokers who fast Ramadan are refraining themselves from food, drinks and smoking during the daytime to fulfill their religious obligation of fasting during this month. A religious scholar from the Quran Academy, says that “smoking did not exist at the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) but the general principles of Islam, according to Muslim scholars all over the world, strictly prohibit it.” He emphasized that one of the important benefits of fasting is the sense of discipline that it instills in a person which can help in breaking bad habits, especially smoking. Smoking kills you. It will give you cancer which would lead to really poor health and finally of death. In a way, it’s very slow suicide. You are killing a bit of yourself every time you smoke it in, it’s toxic. Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest. (Ra’d 13:28) —Karachi
Illiteracy: A curse AYESHA MASOOD It is now a universally recognized fact that mass education is a pre-requisite for the development and prosperity of a country. Pakistan, unfortunately, like the other under developed countries, has made very little progress in this aspect. Since independence, Pakistan continues to remain in the group of countries with the lowest literacy rate. The word ‘literacy’ means an ability to read and write. In a civilized country , every citizen should learn how to read and write. If not , he is called an illiterate person. An illiterate person has to face many practical difficulties in life. The picture of illiteracy in Pakistan is grim. Although successive governments have announced various programmes to promote literacy , especially among women , but they have been unable to translate their words into actions because of various political , social and cultural obstacles. An illiterate man is generally exploited by the clever men in the society. They take full advantage of his ignorance of the language or wisdom. Therefore , every person in the society should try to become literate. Access to basic education is the right of every individual. Education is the most important instrument in enhancing human capabilities, and in achieving the desired objectives of economic development. Education enables individuals to make better choices , broaden their horizons and opportunities and to have a voice in public decision-making. It is one of the most important factors that act as a counterweight to social and economic mobility imposed by cultural and historical biases. Education is a vehicle of nation building through which a nation’s shared interpretation of history and cultural values are reproduced across generations. At the country level, education means strong economic growth due to productive and skilled labor force. At the individual level, education is strongly correlated to higher returns in earning and a more informed and aware existence. The emerging global scenario offers im-
mense opportunities and challenges , and only those nations can benefit from it, which have acquired the required knowledge base and skills. Literacy will help a man also in gaining common knowledge in various subjects , which will make him a “complete man. —Karachi
Anchor’s rude behaviour SYED AMMAR ZAIDI Since the last over a year, I have noticed with concern that some of the top interviewers on various channels are becoming ruder and more arrogant when interviewing top political and military personalities. Perhaps, as pointed out by one of the bigwigs, they are behaving or trying to become Tim Sebastians. The electronic media which has gained intense viewing by all young and old, is required to show more maturity and gentleman-like behaviour when talking to the known elders of our society. It is more important as they are being watched closely by our youth who are likely to adopt their impolite and rude mannerism. PEMRA as well as the owners of our TV channels/senior interviewers like Talat and Hamid Mir must also try to guide them. The prime responsibility of inculcating good manners remains with our parents and teachers. I fail to understand about the factors which encourage these new breed of TV interviewers in adopting a very aggressively rude style of interviewing important persons who are of the age of their fathers/grandfathers. Is it the lust of money, false ego or some other hidden motives? A person who does not know how to respect his elders will never be respected by his kids in the future. We must try to understand this law of nature. —Karachi
Rigging of polls & ECP SYED MANSOOR ALI The recent elections are a real positive step and a milestone towards the establishment of true democracy in Pakistan. For the first time in the history of this country, the power will be transferred from one party to another party in a democratic way. But in addition to all the positive aspects of the elections, it has some drawbacks too. First, the election commission of Pakistan failed to hold entirely free and fair elections throughout the country as they should have. Most of the mainstream political parties and their candidates were found complaining about the rigging and unfair elections on 11 May at numerous polling stations. A major political party, Pakistan Tahreek -e- Insaaf expressed serious reservations on the fairness of the elections. In addition to that, many concrete evidences of rigging were found including video clips, tempered ballot papers etc. at many polling stations, yet no actions were taken by the authorities. After being pressurized enormously, Election Commission woke up a little and took some measures such as recounting of votes in some constituencies and reelections at some polling stations. Election Commision also developed a software to verify the thumbprints of the voters. But if a candidate wants to verify the voters in a constituency, they would have to pay 10 rupees for each thumbprint to be verified, which would cost an enormous amount of money as there are tens of thousands of voters in a constituency. —Karachi
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PTI to establish model govt, restore peace in KP
Nawaz concerned From Page 1 est strike. Nawaz, due to assume office on June 5, “expressed his serious concern and deep disappointment,” it said, adding that the incoming PM’s aide stressed in his conversation with the US diplomat that the drone attack, coming within days of President Obama’s crossroads” speech “was highly regrettable, particularly as the president had spoken of initiating a new policy that would ensure greater exercise of care and caution in the use of this technology.” AFP adds: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday defended the legality of US drone strikes in the “war” against al Qaeda and the Taliban, days after such an unmanned aircraft killed a top Pakistani Taliban. “Despite our first preference for detention and prosecution of terrorists — that’s our first preference — sometimes, lethal action is necessary in order to protect US lives,” the top US diplomat told reporters alongside his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle. “Our actions are legal. We were attacked on 9/11. Within a week, the United States Congress overwhelmingly authorized the use of force,” Kerry said. “Under domestic law and international law, the United States is at war with al Qaeda and the Taliban and their associated forces.” Kerry’s comments took up arguments articulated by President Barack Obama, who on May 23 laid out new guidelines for drone strikes while mounting a firm defence of the covert drone war as legal.
BAKU: Dr Shahzad Waseem speaking at conference Second World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue’ organised by Government of Azerbaijan and UNESCO.
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might be making to intervene. Obama said he and Rasmussen talked about steps that could be taken after 2014 to ensure that “Afghan security forces are effective and can control their own borders and that NATO members can be assured that Afghanistan will not be used as a base for terrorism in the future.” US President Barack From Page 1 Obama meets NATO Secretary Anders Fogh our colleagues in Russia to the General world and to the region by de- Rasmussen in the Oval Office livering S-300s or other parts of of the White House in Washingweapons.” Kerry and Westerwelle spoke a day after Assad suggested that his regime received a first shipment of the state-of-the-art anti-aircraft system, which would reduce presHe said said signals coming sure on it to negotiate with the from Nawaz Sharif were posiopposition, make foreign inter- tive and therefore likely to imvention more difficult and alarm prove relations between India Israel. The United States has and Pakistan. made Israel’s qualitative miliSpeaking to reporters in tary edge one of its prime stra- New Delhi, Singh said his govtegic interests in the region. ernment wanted cordial ties with Meanwhile, Russia has said Pakistan and hoped that all outit could speed up delivery of anti- standing issues between the two aircraft missiles to Syria if the countries could be resolved in a West intervenes, but also floated peaceful manner. the idea of suspending the shipment, Russian media reported on Friday, as Moscow set out its negotiating position ahead of peace talks. A Russian arms industry source was quoted by Interfax news agency as threatening to PML-N has emerged as the hasten delivery of the hotly-con- single largest party in the May tested S-300 missiles if the West 11 elections and is set to form a were to impose a no-fly zone or government at the center. Israel were to launch new air Chaudhry Nisar will be strikes.—AP/Reuters awarded the portfolio of Interior Minister while Ahsan Iqbal will DEGREE LOST take over the Ministry of Information. Khawaja Asif will be MinisI, Miss Sara Sultan ter for Water and Power and Bukhari daughter of Khurram Dastgir as Minister for Syed Sultan Mehmood Commerce. Ishaq Dar will head the Fihave lost my B.Ed (Arts) Degree and Re- nance Ministry, while Sartaj Aziz be awarded the portfolio of sult Card issued by will special advisor to the Prime MinAIOU Islamabad un- ister on Foreign Affairs, the top der Roll No U668108. If PML-N source said. anyone found my B.Ed Veteran diplomat Tariq Fatimi Degree and Result will be made Advisor on Foreign Card, he/she may con- Affairs. PML-N chief Nawaz tact at House No. 988, Sharif will keep the ministry of with him while Khawaja Street 105, I-10/4, Defense Saad Rafique will head the RailIslamabad. ways ministry.
ton on May 31, 2013. - Reuters “What we agreed to is that in order for us to facilitate this entire process, it would be appropriate for us to have another NATO summit next year,” Obama said. He added that the summit, with a date and venue yet to be confirmed, would “underscore this final chapter in our Afghan operations,” and throw light on NATO’s future non-combat, training mission in the country. Rasmussen said that the NATO mission in Afghanistan would
next year reach an “important milestone” with the withdrawal of combat troops and transition to a training, advising and assisting posture. “Our goal is in sight,” Rasmussen said, defining that goal as “an Afghanistan that can stand on its own feet but the Afghans will not stand alone. “We are prepared for an enduring partnership with the Afghan people.” Obama did not respond to shouted questions by reporters about whether Syria came up in the talks.—AFP
The Indian premier said his government stood by its pledge of resolving all issues involving Pakistan in a peaceful manner, adding that the same had also been expressed by Sharif. Responding to a question, Singh said that when results of the May 11 elections were being announced, he had called Sharif to congratulate the latter over his party’s success in the
MNAs to take oath today From Page 1 Ministry of Law and Justice will go to Zahid Hamid. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, who defeated PTI chief Imran Khan in Lahore in the polls, has been finalised for the slot of Speaker National Assembly while Birjees Tahir or Saira Tarar will be made Deputy Speaker. PML-N leader from Balochistan, Sardar Yaqub Nasir, will be made Governor of the province, while former Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Iqbal has been promised governorship of Punjab province. Sardar Mehtab Abbasi is tipped to become Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The new parliamentary year of the 14th elected National Assembly would start on Saturday morning with the oath taking of the members elect. It is unique in the history of the country that the smooth transition of power is being held for the first time by a civilian government. The 13th National Assembly (2008-13) had completed its five years term. Outgoing Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza will administer the oath. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif would take oath as Prime Minister on June 5. The Speaker,
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fulfillment of national polices, interests and aspirations. He stressed upon the participants to serve the nation through excellence in profession, dedication and commitment. “The approval of citizens is essential for the army to function.” Bringing his address to a close, he emphasised on the need to serve the nation with LASHIO, Myanmar—When a professionalism, dedication and huge mob of Buddhist thugs crawled on the roof of Ma Sandar commitment. Soe’s shop, doused it with gasoline and set it ablaze, the Buddhist businesswoman didn’t blame them for burning it to the ground despite seeing it happen with her own eyes. Instead, her wrath was polls. reserved for minority Muslims she “I have an invitation to accused of igniting Myanmar’s visit Pakistan from its governFrom Page 1 ment,” Singh told reporters, adding that no final decision policy after taking all the politihad yet been taken on the visit cal parties and stakeholders into and neither had any dates been confidence. “The implementadecided. “However, we would tion of the national policy will surely want to have cordial ties also be ensured,” said Chaudhry with Pakistan in capacity of a Nisar. Terming the drone strikes neighbouring state,” Singh as attack on Pakistan’s indepenSTAFF REPORTER dence, sovereignty and solidarsaid. —Agencies ity, the PML-N leader said these attacks were the biggest hurdle KARACHI—Air Chief Marshal in establishing durable peace in Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air the region. He expressed disap- Staff, Pakistan Air Force visited Air pointment over the announce- War College today. During his ment of the TTP to withdraw the visit, he addressed the faculty Deputy Speaker of the house peace talks offer, and said now members and participants of No 26 would take oath on Monday. a new policy for starting new Air War Course about his Vision Special cards have been issued phase of talks will be devised of the PAF. to high civil and military offi- after formation of the governThe Air Chief said that Vision cials, diplomats and important ment at the Centre. of the PAF had actually been personalities to witness the About Balochistan, he said spelled out 65 years ago by none maiden session of National As- the PML-N has introduced two other than our Quaid Muhammad sembly. elements of good governance Ali Jinnah. Quaid had stated that a The security staff of the Par- and peace for formation of gov- country without strong Air Force liament would be present at the ernment in the province. —INP will be at the mercy of any aggresgates of the parliament to receive the newly elected Members of National Assembly after the identification while elaborate security measures has been ensured within the building of Parliament. The National Assembly hall has been refurbished for the newly elected members of Lower House. The MNAs elect have been allotted seats as per Urdu alphabetical order. Parliamentary leaders have been allotted seats in front rows. The total strength of the august House is 342. 272 seats are filled with direct elections. 60 seats have been reserved for women and 10 for religious minorities. The ECP has so far announced the results of 322 constituencies.
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Balance between dev, defence vital: Kayani
the new leader of the house in a specially called session of the KP assembly begging 84 votes in the house of 125 against his 37 of Maulana Lutfur Rehman, a JUI leader and brother of Maulana Fazal ur Rehman. In his maiden speech as the Chief Executive of the province, Pervez Khattak, an Atchisonian and college fellow of PTI Chief Imran Khan in Atchison college Lahore, vowed to establish a model corruption free government in the province and effectively implement the access to information law in order to ensure transparency in all the matters the newly elected government would deal with. He also asked the parliamentarians and the senior officials to provide details of their assets to the government at the earliest. Pervez Khattak, who returned to the house for the fifth time had also served as the provincial minister for irrigations besides serving as Nazim-eAala Noushehra, promised to deliver by restoring peace in the province whose economy was badly affected by the militancy and unrest. Addressing the provincial assembly session after his election, he said, ”The top priority of the PTI led government would be the restoration of peace and security in the prov-
Rabbani demands policy on drone attacks From Page 1 pleting the Pak-Iran Gas Pipe a candid policy on drone attacks Line Project would be delayed. in the Parliament. The Iranian Government had He said that the PPPP aloffered to wave off the penalty ways had a stance that the drone but the caretaker government attacks were open violation of did not show any interest and Pakistan’s sovereignty and interfailed to remove hurdles in the national laws. Pak-Iran Gas Pipe Line Project He said that the frequent visincluding solid sovereignty due its of the British and US conto which the project suffered voys were a manifest as if they from the deliberate delay. He were still the Viceroys. The US said that the PPPP had ignored convoy did not have any right the pressure from the United to enquire about the priorities of States and preferred country’s the provincial government of interests over the US interests Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa. The due to which the PPPP was pun- defeat of the PPP could be a vicished by deliberate defeat in the tory to US but the earlier had elections. gained more respect in the eyes Rabbani said that the of the Pakistani nation. He dePMLN’s slogan in the elections nied that there was any forward was the elimination of load block in the PPPP or in the Senshedding but the PMLN leader- ate. ship was begging for more time He said that the provincial from the nation for the elimina- government of Sindh had a tion of the load shedding. heavy responsibility over its He said that the PMLN had shoulders to serve the people of failed to condemn the drone at- the province and resolve their tacks just a few days earlier. issues and the Sindh Chief MinTherefore, the PPPP would de- ister had to eliminate the lawmand of the PMLN to take the lessness from the province and nation into confidence on the is- improve the province up to the sue of drone attack and present level of a model province.
From Page 1 ince”. He, however, reminded that the restoration of peace was linked with the war on terror and depends on the federal government’s policy asking the Prime Minister in-waiting Mian Nawaz Sharif to announce a clear policy about war on terror and drone attacks. He said that had the PTI formed the government in the center, the federal government would have ordered shooting down drone and the US would not dare to attack. He opined that the law and order situation was the major problem confronting the whole country. He added that the government would control the kidnapping for ransom and other crimes, but the peace and security depends on federal government policies. He said that if the federal Govt policy was against the interests of Pakhtuns, then the PTI government would oppose it. He said that Pakhtuns are being killed on both sides of the Durand Line. He promised corruption free government in the province and said that the PTI government would implement its manifesto in the province in letter and spirits. He asked the doctors and teachers to perform 8 hour duty otherwise action would be taken against absent doctors and teachers. He said that the local
Radical monks, prejudice fuel Myanmar violence
US sabotaged peace process: Nisar
latest round of sectarian unrest. “This happened because of the Muslims,” she declared, sifting through charred CDs in the ruins of her recording studio. As Myanmar grapples with its transition to democracy, its Muslim minority is experiencing its perils in vivid, bloody fashion. Hundreds have died since last year as victims of sectarian strife.—AP
government elections would be held soon adding the provincial government would be devolved at lower level. He said that the government would empower the local elected representatives to develop their areas. Khattak said his government would keep everything transparent and provide access to the public to all its affairs so that it should know about the government spending and development schemes adding the Provincial Finance Commission would be made effective. He said concrete steps would be taken to root out the menace of corruption and would not disappoint the masses who would see a clear difference between the present and the past governments adding Justice would be the order of the day in his government. The Chief Minster said the deteriorating law and order situation was the major challenge before his government and solid steps would be taken while taking all the political forces on board to find out a lasting solution.
Forces capture Western heights of Maidan area From Page 1 tant hideouts in the area following the attack. Over two dozen militants were killed and six of their hideouts were destroyed in the raid. Clashes have intensified in Kurram Agency’s Para Chamkani locality, where residents of 29 villages were told to evacuate the area after militants had taken control. In an operation which was launched on May 8 2013, some 12,000 families had vacated the area. A number of locals have extended support to the security forces by forming Village Defence Committees to protect their villages against clashes.
Quaid spelled out PAF vision 65 years ago: Tahir sor. Since then, the PAF leadership has actually been following this direction. Starting from post independence era, till date, intense efforts have been underway to make PAF a potent and modern fighting force. He stated that professionally skilled, morally strong and self-esteemed manpower is his priority. He said that his preference is a force which is competent to face present & future challenges with full capacity to absorb future technologies. With available resources, the PAF would be a force, comprising empowered and motivated human resource that is prepared to handle
the entire spectrum of modern day warfare. He stated that he would approach Government of Pakistan for additional resources to enhance PAF capabilities. In these testing times, where nation is facing additional challenge of internal security, he said, PAF would leave no stone unturned for preserving its assets. PAF Air War College is the premier institution of Pakistan Air Force where senior officers of the Pakistan Air Force, sister services and friendly countries are prepared for assumption of key Command and Staff appointments especially in the employment of Air Power.
Sharapova, Serena reach 3rd round comfortably PARIS—Serena Williams and wrapping up in coats and Maria Sharapova stayed firmly on course for a French Open final showdown by scoring one-sided wins in their ties on Friday. The two superstars of the women’s game have been duelling for the world number one spot for the last year along with Victoria Azarenka, and their rivalry is currently the biggest draw in the women’s game. Neither was untroubled on Friday as the rain that had bedeviled Thursday’s play let up to be replaced by cold, blustery conditions that had players draping towels around their shoulders at the changeovers and spectators
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scarves. Defending champion and second seed Sharapova was first up, needing only four games and a handful of minutes to finish off her second round tie 6-2, 6-4 against Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard The match had been suspended late Thursday when the rain came down again with the Russian second seed up a set and 4-2. It was a lesson in big-time tennis for the promising 19year-old from Quebec, who won the Wimbledon girls singles title last year and who was playing in her first Grand Slam tournament.
Greece names squad for Lithuania WC qualifier A THENS —Greece
O N D O N —Bradley Wiggins’ preparations for the defence of his Tour de France crown have been hampered by a knee injury that is preventing him from training properly, Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford revealed on Friday. The British cyclist’s challenge at the Giro d’Italia faded after he was hit by a chest infection and a knee problem. Wiggins is scheduled to ride in support of Team Sky leader Chris Froome in the 100th edition of the Tour de France, which starts in Corsica on June 29, but Brailsford says he is currently short of fitness.—AFP
Sharapova, a teenage tennis sensation herself when she won the 2004 Wimbledon title at the age of 17, will go on to play China’s Zheng Jie who eased past Melanie Oudin of the United States 6-3, 6-1. She is now on a ninematch winning streak at Roland Garros having completed her collection of Grand Slam titles in Paris last year, the seventh woman in the Open era to achieve that feat. “It was a pretty long day yesterday. Left here pretty late and then had an early morning,” Sharapova said. “But, we all know what to expect. We all kind of knew the weather wasn’t going to
coach Fernando Santos Friday named a 21-man squad for the 2014 World Cup away qualifier against Lithuania on June 7. Greece currently sit second in qualifying Group G with 10 points from five games, three less leaders Bosnia. Lithuania are in fourth place with five points. Squad: Goalkeepers: Orestis Karnezis (Panathinaikos), Michalis Sifakis (Charleroi/ BEL) Defenders: Vasilis Torosidis (Roma/ITA), Loukas Vyntras (Levante/ ESP), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia
Dortmund/GER), Kostas Manolas and Jose Holebas (both Olympiakos), Giorgos Tzavelas (Monaco/FRA) Midfielders: Alexandros Tziolis (Monaco/FRA), Giannis Maniatis (Olympiakos), Kostas Katsouranis (PAOK), Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham / ENG), Panagiotis Kone and Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (both Bologna/ITA), Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Roma/ITA), Kostas Fortounis (Kaiserslautern/ GER), Sotiris Ninis (Parma/ITA) Forwards: Kostas Mitroglou (Olympiakos), Dimitris Salpingidis (PAOK), Giorgos Samaras (Celtic/ SCO), Fanis Gekas (Akhisar Belediyespor/TUR).—AFP
be really good yesterday. “I was happy to play part of the match and obviously get myself in a good position to come out today and finish the match.” Top-seeded Williams, playing in the opening match of the third round, needed just 61 minutes to dispose of Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 60, 6-2 and she has now lost just six games in three onesided matches. Cirstea, the 26th seed, who reached the quarter-finals in Paris in 2009, was facing an embarrassing whitewash after losing the first set 6-0 in just 23 minutes. But she rallied briefly at the start of the second set and even had two break points to lead 3-2. She failed to take either of these though and Williams simply stepped on the accelerator again to race away an end the remaining pockets of resistance from the Romanian. The win was the 27th in a row for Williams — the best unbeaten run of her career — and it took her into a fourth round match against the winner of the tie between Roberta Vinci of Italy and Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic. Williams is seeking the 16th Grand Slam title of her career, but just the second in Paris where she last won in 2002. Williams reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros the following year and since then has fallen four times at the quarter-final stage, but last year she was upset in the first round by Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano.—AFP
Cables win Women T-20 cricket L AHORE —Amar
cables scored a fine 6-wicket to win the title of the first All Pakistan Amar Cables women T20 cricket championship here on Friday at Shah Faisal Cricket Ground. Brief scores, Amar Cables captain Sania Khan won the toss and elected to field first. Kinnard Club were all out at 99 all out in 20 overs. Sidra Ameen 28, Bisma Maroof 28, Javairia Khan 14 & Kanta Jalil 12 runs. Amar Cables bowling Nida Dar bowling well 3/15, Maryam Hassan 3/25, Sana Gulzar 2/9 & Almas Akram 1/16 wickets. Amar Cables answered with 100/4 in 18.4 overs. Naheeda Khan 23, Sania Khan 14, Nida Dar 27 runs not out & Maryam Hassan 19 runs not out.—APP
WAH CANTT: Swimmers are participating in the swimming competition held at newly renovated swimming pool at Ordnance Club.
Newly renovated swimming pool at Ordnance Club SPORTS REPORTER W A H C ANTT —Lt Gen Muhammad Ahsan Mahmood HI(M) Chairman POF Board inaugurated the newly renovated swimming pool at Ordnance Club Wah Cantt. which has been completed at the cost of Rs. 7.5 million. Addressing on this occasion, POF Chairman remarked that persuading the general public especially the youth towards healthy activities will help eradicate the evils in the society. It is the need of hour to divert the attention of youths towards sports activities so that they may abstain themselves from immoral activities. POF Chairman further remarked that the residents of Wah Cantt are lucky enough that the sports facilities having international standard are available free of cost for all walks of life and they should get maximum benefits from these facilities. Chairman POF Board stressed upon the players that they should take care of this swimming pool and ensure its proper cleanliness as the huge amount has been spent on its renovation. It is our moral obligation that we should not permit any one to spoil this swimming pool equipped with latest facilities.
Bowler turns witness in India spot-fix scandal
Butler replaces Boult in New Zealand CT squad L ONDON —Ian Butler was confirmed Friday by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as an injury replacement for Trent Boult in New Zealand’s Champions Trophy squad. Left-arm seamer Boult was ruled out Thursday of the three-match one-day series against England that started at Lord’s on Friday. Boult suffered a side injury during New Zealand’s 247-run second Test defeat at Headingley, concluded Tuesday, and bowled just two overs in England’s second innings. An MRI scan on Wednesday confirmed the initial diagnosis of a muscle tear in Boult’s right side. New Zealand said in a statement Thursday they expected Boult to be fully fit in six to eight weeks, effectively ruling the paceman out of the June 6-23 Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom. Butler replaced Boult for the England one-day series, although he was not selected for the first ODI at Lord’s on Friday, and his place in New Zealand’s Champions Trophy squad has now been confirmed by the tournament’s technical committee. The injury-prone 24year-old has taken 28 wick-
ets in 26 ODIs but the last of those matches was three years ago, although he did appear in Twenty20 international action at home to En-
gland in February. New Zealand begin their Champions Trophy campaign against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on June 9.—AFP
BCCI Secretary, Treasurer resign from posts Marriage is a sacrosanct occasion
NEW DELHI—Two top BCCI “I have spelt out my reason paid no heed to their advice. Trivedi has recorded testi- alleged to have been paid officials - secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke - have resigned their posts following the widespread criticism of the board’s handling of the corruption issues in the IPL. Jagdale also said he will not serve on the three-man commission appointed to conduct the inquiry into Gurunath Meiyappan, India Cements and the owners of Rajasthan Royals. “I have resigned from the post of the secretary of the BCCI,” Jagdale, who took office in September 2011 when N Srinivasan became BCCI president, told Times Now. “I am deeply hurt with the recent developments in Indian cricket. Let some new faces come and take the responsibility.” Jagdale was aware of Shirke’s resignation too. Shrike had said on Thursday night that he was not happy with the way the BCCI had handled the issues of spot-fixing allegations against three Rajasthan Royals players and betting charges against Gurunath, a top Chennai Super Kings official and Srinivasan’s son-inlaw. “Yes that’s true [I have resigned],” Shirke now said.
and don’t want to comment any more. I have already spoken to the media at length, therefore I have resigned.” ESPNcricinfo understands that senior BCCI officials had been in constant
Late on Friday, Srinivasan agreed to call for a working committee meeting next week to discuss the corruption issues plaguing the IPL. The date of the meeting is yet to be confirmed, but ESPNcricinfo understands it
Secretary Sanjay Jagdale
Treasurer Ajay Shirke
discussion with Srinivasan, asking him to step aside from his office as board president until the three-man commission completes its inquiry into his son-in-law Gurunath, the Super Kings owners India Cements and the owners of Rajasthan Royals. Srinivasan, however, had
will be held over the next weekend. Meanwhile, a bowler has turned witness for police probing a spot-fixing scandal in Indian cricket and his evidence could be used in a case against his teammates, an officer said on Friday. Paceman Siddharth
mony for police who are trying to link bookmakers to three of his teammates arrested as part of the corruption probe into the Indian Premier League (IPL), the unnamed officer said. “His statement is important because he has told us he has information on some of the bookies arrested by us,” a police officer, who is part of the investigating team, told AFP on condition of anonymity. Test paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and uncapped spinners Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested on May 16 over allegations they deliberately underperformed in specific overs in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars from bookies betting on matches in the just concluded Twenty20 competition. Scores of bookmakers have also been arrested. “Trivedi’s statements will be admissible as evidence in the court. It will definitely make our case stronger,” the Special Cell officer told AFP. All three players from the Rajasthan Royals team have denied wrongdoing. Sreesanth, who has played 27 Tests for India, is
four million rupees ($72,000) to give away around 14 runs in an over while playing against the Kings XI Punjab on May 9. Chandila and Chavan are said to have agreed to similar deals in two other IPL matches. Spot-fixing is an illegal activity in which a specific part of a game, but not the result, is fixed. Local media reports on Friday said uncapped Trivedi, who also plays for the Rajasthan Royals, had turned down an invitation by Chandila to attend a party allegedly arranged by bookies. “He had also refused money and gifts offered by the bookies,” the Press Trust of India news agency said. The news comes after batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar called the betting and spot-fixing scandal “shocking and disappointing”, becoming India’s first big-name player to speak out on the issue. “The developments in the last two weeks have been shocking and disappointing,” Tendulkar, the world’s leading scorer in both Test and one-day cricket, said in a statement on Friday.—AFP
which comes once in a life time, argued Ankeet Chavan’s lawyers BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT MUMBAI—MUMBAIbased Rajasthan Royals player Ankeet Chavan will thank his lawyers emphatically for successfully arguing his case for his interim bail which was granted by a Delhi court yesterday. Chavan can thus marry Neha, the daughter of Adv. Ramanath V. Sambary, which is scheduled to take place on June 2. They were engaged on July 1, 2012 in Mumbai. Chavan and Neha know each other from their college days. It is learnt that the wedding will be a lowkey affair (the Sangeet Sandhya, the pre-wedding musical night which was scheduled to take place today) may have been cancelled) after the cricketer was picked up for alleged spot fixing on May 15. “We argued that the
marriage is a sacrosanct occasion which comes once in a lifetime. The engagement took place in July last year,” said Chavan’s lawyer Rajiv Shankar Dvivedi from Delhi. According to the order (a copy of which is available with this correspondent) passed by the Special Judge Vinay Kumar Khanna says, (i) that applicant/accused shall not directly or indirectly make any inducement threat, or promise to any person acquainted with the facts of the case, so as to dissuade him to disclose such facts to the Court or to the investigating agency. (ii) shall not leave India and shall surrender his passport before the Court. He shall surrender before the Court on 06.06.2013. The order reveals the marriage plans and that it “would take place immediately on the completion of the IPL. The preparation of marriage are complete, marriage halls have been
booked, jewellery, clothes and other items have already been purchased and even the invitation cards have been distributed to friends, relatives and acquaintances.” Chavan’s lawyers also brought up the fact that the cricketer ’s father suffers from several ailments like hypertension, arthritis and blood pressure. A cousin of the bride submitted an affidavit along with the wedding invitation card and “other documents pertaining to bookings, purchase of articles have been placed on record in support of his submissions.” Ankeet Chavan was not brought in the court when his appeal was being argued. The Bride and the groom are eagerly awaiting to this most important moment of their life though this tragedy struck with full force. The couple unlikely to go on a honeymoon.
PML-N govt prioritizes to solve joblessness, economic, energy: Shahbaz SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader and Punjab chief minister-designate Shahbaz Sharif has said the incoming government had inherited multiple issues and expressed firm resolve to work devotedly to address them within the minimum possible time. Talking to reporters here at Allama Iqbal International Airport upon his return from London, Shahbaz said, “Only political will and courage are required to cope with challeng-
SC bars MNA from taking oath I SLAMABAD —The Supreme Court has barred newly elected member of National Assembly of JUI-F from NA-261‚ Pishin Balochistan‚ Agha Muhammad from taking oath as the member. The court issued orders on a petition filed by his opponent Essa Roshan.—NNI
Rangers nab 14 suspects K ARACHI —Paramilitary rangers force conducted a targeted operation in Karachi on Friday, arresting 14 suspects. Members of banned militant and sectarian outfits are also among those apprehended by the rangers. According to rangers, targeted operation is under way in various parts of the city.—NNI
BA session today Q UETTA —Balochistan Assembly will hold its inaugural session here today (Saturday). Outgoing speaker Syed Matiullah Agha will administer the oath to the memberselect. The strength of the Balochistan Assembly Members is 65; however‚ 62 members will take their oath. Moreover‚ it is expected that the Speaker will announce schedule for the filing of the nomination papers of speaker and deputy speaker during the session.—NNI
Quake jolts Lahore, Sialkot LAHORE—A mild intensity earthquake jolted Lahore and its adjacent areas on Friday morning. The geological wing of Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said that an earthquake measuring 2.6 on the Richter scale was felt in Lahore, Kasur, Sialkot, Jhang and adjoining areas. According to seismic center, the epicenter of the quake was 105km northwest of Jhang at the depth of 10km. No loss of life or property was reported due to quake.—INP
Contempt notice to Health Secy Staff Reporter LAHORE—The Lahore High Court (LHC) has issued contempt of court notice to the Secretary Health as he reportedly disobeyed the court order regarding regularization of 20 pharmacists. Secretary Health has been ordered to present in the court on June 17 in contempt case. When LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial resumed hearing of the case, the petitioner’s lawyer was of the view that Secretary Health did not regularize 20 pharmacists despite the court had issued order in this regard. He also prayed to the court that legal action should be taken against the Secretary Health for violation of rules and regulation. Chief Justice while passing his remarks said that the court would not like to put anybody behind bars; so it is better to follow the court orders in their true spirit.
ing issues posed to the country.” The PML-N leader said eliminating load shedding from the country was priority of the new government. He added they are working devotedly to prepare strategies to deal with problems faced by the country as well as people. “The PML-N leadership was working to face challenges like power crisis, law and order, unemployment, poverty and economic situation,” he said. Shahbaz said joint efforts from political forces were needed and the PML-N would take all stakeholders into confi-
dence. who did not support the PMLAnswering a question, Shahbaz said that he would fulfill his promise by gifting the metro bus service to people of Karachi. Regarding his London visit, Shahbaz said that his interaction with overseas Pakistanis had rekindled his hope that the future of Pakistan was bright. “These expatriates believe that victory of the PML-N in the May 11 vote would usher in a new era of prosperity and progress and make Pakistan a self-reliant country,” he said. He added that even those overseas Pakistanis N in elections now satisfied with
its coming to power and were extending well wishes to Nawaz Sharif. To a query about reshuffle in bureaucracy after the PMLN comes to power, the CM-designate urged the media not to overstate such reports. “Any such decision will be taken at an appropriate time and I assure you that only competent officials would be given offices.” Later, addressing the PMLN workers at the PML-N Secretariat Model Town, Shahbaz said the PML-N was committed to rid people of miseries they faced at police stations, courts
and revenue offices. “We are finalising a strategy from a set of workable suggestions to bring about a change in thana culture,” he said, adding: “There would be no room for corrupt officers in Police Department once this plan was made and implemented.” He said that he hoped that computerisation of land record, which was started during the last tenure of PML-N government, would complete by 2015. “This would be a great milestone achieved by PML-N in the country’s history,” he added. The CM-designate said that it was a matter for pride for
the PML-N that the Supreme Court had not only praised computerisation of land record and legislation done to improve revenue affairs, it had also termed these measures a role model for other provinces. He said that of 137 facilitation centres planned to provide relief to people regarding land affairs, 40 had already been set up while the remaining 97 would be completed by December 2013. “We are also ready to offer our expertise to other provinces, including KP, for computerisation of land record.”
US drone attack aims to subvert Taliban talks: JI
French, German ambassadors meet Nawaz
LAHORE ,—Ameer Jamaat e Sharif could visit Quetta in the
LAHORE—The Ambassadors of France, and Germany called on PML-N President, Prime Minister in waiting Nawaz Sharif in Raiwind on Friday. The Ambassadors conveyed felicitation and good wishes of their leaders – President Hollande of France and Chancellor Angela Markel of Germany on the impressive victory of the PML-N in the recently concluded general elections. They lauded the role played by Nawaz Sharif in strengthening the democratic institutions in Pakistan, while adding that the free and fair elections had enhanced Pakistan’s image and credibility in the world. The Ambassadors emphasized that both bilaterally and in the context of the European Union, their countries would seek to strengthen their relations with Pakistan, which they viewed as an important country not only in the political sphere but also in economic and commercial ties as well. Sources claimed that the Ambassador of France Philippe Thiébaud told the PML-N leader that France wishes for the future government to be able to efficiently fight against terrorism, progress towards a prosperous economy and establish the bases for sustainable stability in the region.
Islami Syed Munawar Hasan has said the latest drone attack that killed a top Taliban leader and subverted the talks, clearly indicated that the US did not want peace in Pakistan. Addressing a news conference at Mansoora Friday afternoon, he impressed upon the new rulers to frame a bold policy against drone attacks that not only killed innocent citizens but also violated our independence and sovereignty. Syed Munawar Hasan said there had been great hope for an end to terrorism, and restoration of peace after Taliban’s offer for talks but that had been sabotaged by the drone attack which forced the Taliban to retract the talks offer. Unfortunately, he said, there was no even formal protest over the attack from our side. The JI Ameer noted that if there were no talks with the Taliban, the withdrawal of the US forces from Afghanistan in 2014 would also be obstructed, which wont be in Pakistan’s interest. He said that if Mian Shahbaz
interest of peace, he should also visit FATA and Miramshah. Syed Munawar Hasan termed the recent elections a fraud which had shattered the nation’s confidence in the ballot. He said that according to reports pouring in at the JI Shoora meeting, the Election Commission had completely failed to hold fair, free and transparent elections as reports of rigging had been received from all over thee country, including FATA and Karachi and Hyderabad. He said the establishment had directly interfered to achieve its desired results. In FATA, the ballot boxes were removed by the troops. The Supreme Court orders for the presence of troops had not been implemented. Munawar Hasan also stressed upon the new rulers to stick to the nation’s principled stance on Kashmir, which linked KARACHI: Supporters of MQM protesting against the targeted killings and missing persons at High Court Road. its solution to the right of Kashmiris’ right to self determination. He said any move to solve the Kashmir issue ignoring the Kashmiris would be tantamount to stabbing them in the back. —INP
MQM protests against killings STAFF REPORTER
Punjab Mohtasib Pension Cell set up STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Ombudsman Punjab Javed Mahmood has set up “Mohtasib Punjab Pension Cell” for immediately resolving the pending pension and GP Fund cases of retired government employees. Ombudsman Punjab will personally monitor the Pension Cell and former Accountant General Punjab and Consultant Ombudsman Punjab for Finance and Accounts Wazir Ahmed Qureshi will assist Ombudsman Punjab Pension Cell. Javed Mahmood has decided to set up “Mohtasib Punjab Pension Cell” after receiving number of applications regarding extraordinary increase in the cases of undue delay in the payment of pension, GP Fund and other financial benefits. Ombudsman Punjab
has asked the retired government employees to bring into the notice of “Mohtasib Punjab Pension Cell” the matters of delay in payment of pension, GP Fund, Benevolent Fund and group insurance so that payment is made at the earliest. Javed Mahmood said that Pension Cell will resolve the matters of retired government employees on the spot by visiting regional offices of Ombudsman Punjab at Multan, Rawalpindi, Sargodha and all other districts and thus it will work like a “Mobile Pension Cell”. He told that Mobile Pension Cell will call for the authorized officers of approving the pension in provincial departments and ask the reasons for delaying payment of pension, GP Fund and other financial benefits.
K ARACHI —The Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) led a protest near Sindh High Court as part of their countrywide demonstrations against enforced disappearances of their party workers on Friday. MQM’s newly formed coordination committee decided to hold protests after four of the party’s workers were killed on Wednesday. They said that workers were being picked up from different parts of the city, and then tortured in custody. The death of their worker Ajmal Beg has been called an extra judicial murder. In the last 48 hours, the party has lost seven of its activists. MQM leader, Khawaja Izharul Hasan during the protest near SHC claimed the party’s official Twitter account has also been hacked. According to officials, Altaf Hussain has asked his workers to be tolerant and not respond to violence at any cost.
Law, order top priority: Qaim
IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Newly
elected Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah along with his newly elected cabinet consisting of 7 members including Speaker Agha Siraj Khan Durrani, Deputy Speaker Shahla Raza, Nisar Ahmed Khuhru, Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Manzoor Hussain Wassan, Makhdoom Jamiluzzaman, Sharjil Enam Memon, Dr Sikandar Mendro, Sardar Ali Nawaz Khan Maher and advisor to the CM Syed Murad Ali Shah visited Quaid’s mausoleum Friday morning where he offered fateha and laid wreath of flowers on the grave of the founder of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Later, while speaking to the newsmen, the CM said that the provincial government would keep the vision of the founder of Pakistan alive. He said that the founder of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Shaheed Zulfikuar Ali Bhutto was the leader of the people and was killed for his services he
made to the masses while the PPP slain leader Shaheed Benazir Bhutto also struggled for the rights of the people, application of the constitution and stability in the public institutions. The newly elected government of Sindh would follow in the footsteps of the slain leader and would not disappoint the masses. The PPPP-led provincial government would not leave the people of Sindh alone. He said that the Co-Chairperson of the PPPP, Asif Ali Zardari had also struggled for the rights of the people and had introduced new ideas and priorities for the development of the country. The provincial government had 5 years ahead during which the government would struggle for the eradication of poverty and unemployment. He said that the law and order issue would be the top priority of the provincial government. There was a dire need to revamp the law enforcement agencies and improve their mutual coordination. The provincial government would equip the law enforcement agencies with the lat-
est arms and ammunition and training so that they should fight against the terrorists in a well professional manner. He said that there was a dire need to improve educational and health facilities and take measures for implementing the standards in both areas. The previous PPP-led government had promulgated a law under which education upto class VIII was declared free along monthly stipend worth Rs 3000. Twenty thousand teachers were enrolled and further enrollments would be carried out in future.Rangers had improved its professional efficacy and had nabbed various hardened criminals.In reply to a question, he said that it would be a matter of pleasure to have the Muttahida Qaumi Movement in the government as the coalition partner but the MQM had its own policies as an independent political party.He saluted the people of Sindh for their courage and electing the PPP despite threats, torture incidents and killings of the voters and party workers.
Educationist Azfar Rizvi gunned down KARACHI—Educationist Syed Azfar Rizvi was shot dead near Café Student in Karimabad by unknown armed assailants on Friday evening, a TV reported. Rizivi was in his car when unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle shot at him. He received fatal injuries while his driver was critically injured. They were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where the driver succumbed to his injuries. Rizvi was head of the Dhaka Group of Educational Institutions and served as an honorary secretary of Anjuman-eTaraqqi-e-Urdu Pakistan.
2-day spirited debate
Kashmir comes in limelight via Pugwash HAMEED SHAHEEN ISLAMABAD—Here for two days, on July 4 and 5, 2013, an extremely core important Pugwash conference, on Kashmir dispute, which is classified anew as world peace-threatening dispute over an area of 88023 sq miles in Southern Asia, would be held. The event would be drawing regional and international conflict resolution experts, diplomats, besides political elite from both parts of Kash-
mir, from Pakistan, India, USA, and Britain. It will be the second biggest conference, the previous one held in 2006 in Islamabad was also addressed in Presidency by the then president Pervez Musharraf, announcing some ‘fresh out of box’ ideas on solving sour issue of Kashmir that poisons South Asia’s diplomatic paradigm. Pugwash is a global issues solution forum, taking its birth in Canada in mid-fifties of the past century. Coming under spirited debate are, Pakistan Ob-
server has learnt, in the 2-day conclave are: “Ease the exchange of people across the LoC. Reduce permit restrictions, and allow private vehicles to cross the LoC. Open more roads crossing the LoC and in general the border between India and Pakistan (including roads between Baltistan and Ladakh); (2) Improve unconstrained phone communications in the entire JK; make TV reception possible across the LoC and in general across the Indo-Pakistani boundary. Allow the establish-
ment of cooperative TV and radio stations. Improve access to internet in all areas of JK (both Pakistani- and Indian-administered); (3) Improve in all possible ways cultural exchanges (including collaboration among Universities and research institutes) across the LOC; (4) Improve drastically the circulation of goods across the LOC, allow joint investments, render the currencies exchangeable, devise proper tax exemption schemes for joint business initiatives; take profit of the
MFN status between India and Pakistan; (5) Promote cooperation and agreements on the issue of availability of water and the management of the natural resources; (6) Promote cooperation among political institutions, such as [consultative] joint meetings of state assemblies, consultations between stakeholders of AJK and of JK, etc.; (7) Push for a progressive dedemilitarization of the region on both sides of the LOC; (8) Promote cooperation among the judicial structures across the LOC.
Develop cooperation among the military and the intelligence structures, while respecting the individual rights of all citizens, including the right to have a passport and to move freely in the entire region; (9) As the season of violence across the LOC appears to be less relevant than in the past, engage all former militants who would like to go back to political activity and establish, in an unequivocal manner, an environment where confrontation is addressed in political terms and
not by violent means; (10) Solve in a dignified way the issue of Siachen, stressing the respect for human lives and the environment; and (11) Deal with the issues of religious differences in the same spirit of tolerance and reciprocal respect that is taught by the Holy Quran, by the Vedas, the Tripitaka, the Guru Granth Sahib, and the Gospels.” India’s ‘calculated’ mission to have an iron grip of a geo-strategic outreach is awfully shrunk by the worst bleeding issue of Kashmir at its front-yard.
Father’s mental health linked to child’s behaviour
N EXPECTANT father’s psycho logical distress may be linked to his toddler’s emotional and behavioral development. The finding came from new research published in the journal Pediatrics which analyzed over 31,000 Norwegian kids and their parents. Several previous studies have shown that the mental health of a mother, during and after her pregnancy, may have an effect on the health of the child. One study showed that children’s early experiences with a mother suffering from a severe mental illness can influence their long-term health and development. Anne Lise Kvalevaag, leading researcher and a doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway, said: “The results of this study point to the fact that the father’s mental health represents a risk factor for child development, whereas the traditional view has been that this risk in large is represented by the mother. The father’s mental health should therefore be addressed both in research and clinical practice.” The team of experts interrogated the dads when the moms were 4 to 5 months pregnant. They were asked about their mental health, for instance, whether they
felt depressed or afraid. The mental health of the moms was provided by the mothers themselves, as well as the behavioral, social, and emotional development of their children when they were 3 years old. Rather than looking at particular diagnoses in kids, the scientists collected information on whether they had experienced frequent mood shifts, got into fights, or had feelings of anxiety, explained Kvalevaag. High levels of psychological distress were reported by 3% of the dads. The team discovered a link between the mental health of the father and the development of a child. The children who had the most emotional issues at age 3 were the ones whose dads were the most distressed. The researchers pointed out that this study did not demonstrate a direct cause-and-effect association. The authors explained that there are various possible means that may account for the relationship. For example, Kvalevaag explained, the fathers may be passing on a genetic risk to the child. The mental health of the soon-to-be mom could also be influenced by the dad’s depression, therefore, causing an effect on the unborn baby, suggested another scientist.
ISLAMABAD: Lt Gen Anwer Hamad Ameen Ahmed, Commander of the Iraqi Air Force called on Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force at Air Headquarters.
Iraqi Air Force Commander briefed on PAF role STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Commander of the Iraqi Air Force, Lt Gen Anwer Hamad Ameen Ahmed visited Air Headquarters here on Friday and attended a briefing on the organization, role and functioning of Pakistan Air Force.
The distinguished guest was received by Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force.On his arrival, a smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Air Force presented the Guard of Honour. Later he was introduced to Principal Staff Officers of Pakistan Air Force, said a PAF press release issued here. He also called on Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, in his office.
Both the dignitaries remained together for some time and discussed matters of professional interest. The distinguished guest also attended a briefing at Air Headquarters on the organization, role and functioning of Pakistan Air Force. Later in the day, the Iraqi Delegation also visited Air Defence Command, Pakistan Air Force. The Delegation attended a briefing on the working of Air Defence Command and also visited Air Defence Operation Centre.
ISLAMABAD: People spending their leisure time by catching fish at Rawal Lake.
Measures to eradicate polio I SLAMABAD —The Capital Development Authority (CDA) with the cooperation of partner organizations can eradicate polio completely from the federal capital through a joint mechanism. The Authority is taking effective measures for eradication of Polio disease by utilizing its all available resources. This was stated by the Chairman CDA, Syed Tahir Shahbaz while presiding over a meeting of District Polio Committee here at CDA Headquarters on Friday. The meeting was attended by the representative of Islamabad Traffic Police, ICT Administration, Health Department Rawalpindi, Federal Government Services Hospital (Polyclinic), Capital Hospital UNICEF, WHO,Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority and other stakeholders.—APP
Acute water shortage despite CDA’s claims I S L A M A B A D —Capital De- ers hardly get water supply, has said that in next few velopment Authority (CDA) claims uninterrupted water supply but on ground situation gives a different picture as the people of various sectors are facing acute water shortage in Federal Capital. “With the increasing temperature, the demand of water rises manifolds but the residents are provided water supply for a few minutes in 24 hours forcing them to adopt alternate arrangements,” Ejaz ul Haq, a resident in I-10/2 sector informed this agency. Similarly, due to poor and inefficient water tankers service, the consum-
Complete ban on smoking urged CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Around 5000 people in the country are admitted in the hospitals everyday due to tobacco related diseases, 274 die daily and above 100,000 die every year due to smoking or smoking related causes. Tobacco kills nearly six million people each year, of which more than 6, 00,000 are nonsmokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke, said Consultant Pulmonologist SIH Dr. Mati-ur-Rehman during a seminar with the theme of
“Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS)” organized by Shifa International Hospital (SIH) in collaboration with TheNetwork for Consumer Protection to mark World No Tobacco Day on Friday. The seminar, held to highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption and educate public on the harms, hazards and effects of smoking on health also included a skit against tobacco use by the students of Shifa College of Nursing.
June 1 A ONE-day preview of artworks exhibition by Sana Arjumand will be displayed here on Saturday at Gallery 6. The show will be inaugurated by High Commissioner of Australia Peter Heyward and his wife Susan Heyward.
Millennials experience Turkish hospitality STAFF REPORTER
accompanied the student ences and feelings for the group for this one to one Turks. ISLAMABAD—Roots Millen- meeting. Millennials shared their nium Schools - RMS, Pakistan H.E. Babur Hizlan Turk- stories with the Ambassador is a global school community and family of students engaged in many activities focused on one purpose- developing Leaders for Tomorrow through achieving academic excellence across all tiers of education. Students of Roots Millennium Schools, Pakistan who went to International Children Festival, Izmir Turkey 2013 (14th April 201324th April, 2013) was invited at a reception at the residence (Turkish Embassy, Islamabad) of H.E. Babur Hizlan Turkish Ambassador in Islamabad. CEO RMS Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq ish Ambassador had a one to and presented him a Picture TI, GM Mrs. Aliya Asim & one chat with students of Album of International ChilHeadmistress IGCSE Roots Millennium Schools dren Festival, 2013 along with Khyber Campus Peshawar and asked about their experi- a thank you card and a special
gift for the Ambassador. Ambassador was very overwhelmed by having conversation with young Millennials who visited Turkey. The basic aim of this festival is to promote mutual understanding and cultural bonding between the children of different countries. Turkey has brotherly relations with Pakistan in response of which RMS delegation have been invited for this festival to strengthen this relationship of understanding and mutual collaboration. Roots Millennium Schools, Pakistan have dedicated the year 2013 to Pakistan-Turkey friendship and are enthusiastically working in close collaboration with both the Pakistan Embassy in Republic of Turkey and Turkish Embassy in Islamabad.
he added. Another resident,Sajjad Hussain alleged that the water tanker service staff was supplying water to the areas housing VVIPs. He pointed out that last year, a number of families had to shift to their relatives in Rawalpindi and suburbs due to water shortage but the civic body’s role is confined to mere lip service despite putting huge funds for improvement of water tanker service and other measures to ensures in this regard. Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA), Syed Tahir Shahbaz
days generators would be installed at different tubewells in Islamabad to ensure smooth water supply. Henceforth,a mobile generator of 250 KVA of Sports and Culture Directorate has already been shifted to G-10 water bowser point which would help in the reduction of water complaints. In addition to this water tankers of Environment and Sports and Culture Wing have already been handed over to Water Management Wing which would be help in minimizing water complaints of residents.—APP
Hand-fans in vogue I SLAMABAD —The residents of the twin cities have been forced to once again use obsolete methods of cooling themselves to cope with rising temperature as unabated load shedding continues. Although, replaced by electric fans, air coolers and air conditioners, hand-fans can again be seen in the twin city markets as frequent power outages continue during the day and night. Hand fans are usually made by women in rural areas and being sold to retailers at Raja Bazaar in Rawalpindi. Asad Murtaza, a roadside vendor who sells hand fans in Saddar Bazaar said that due to soaring rates of Uninterrupted Power Supply Units (UPS), and generators - the hand made fans are in great demand since the last two months.—APP
PSM seeks Rs3 billion
Subsidy restoration urged Staff Reporter LAHORE—Kisan Board Pakistan urged the government to facilitate farmers by restoring subsidy on electricity and also restore reasonable flat-rates which growers could afford. According to a press release issued here on Friday, KBP General Secretary Muhammad Ramzan also demanded the government to consider the suggestions of farmer organizations (FOs) while making the upcoming budget. He said farmers were facing great problems as electricity, petroleum and prices of other agri inputs were increasing. He said the government should resolve problems of farmers on a priority, otherwise, under such scenario survival of growers was difficult.
Asian stocks rise HONG KONG—Asian stocks gained Friday, with Tokyo clawing back some ground after plunging in the previous session as tepid US data eased concerns that the Federal Reserve could begin tapering its aggressive stimulus programme. Tokyo climbed 1.62 percent after the Japanese government released a barrage of economic data just before the market opened, including a stronger-thanexpected on-month rise of 1.7 percent in April factory output. But the industrial data rise was tempered by other figures showing that the export powerhouse remained mired in deflation. The benchmark Nikkei index on Thursday lost 5.15 percent as jittery investors dumped shares on the back of a stronger yen and mounting concerns over global growth. In other markets, Hong Kong rose 0.39 percent, Seoul gained 0.23 percent, Sydney was up 0.14 percent while Shanghai traded flat.—APP
STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Pakistan Steel Mills has called for immediate release of Rs.3 billion for L/C opening to avail the opportunity of favorable international market conditions. The prices of Iron ore and metallurgical coal (the two basic raw materials for Iron and Steel making) declined in international market, as reported by Platts magazine, on 29/5/2013. The price of iron ore plummeted by US$ 4.0/t in a single day. There is a continuous downward trend in the iron ore price in the international market. The 62 percent iron ore index dropped to US $ 114.75 CFR North China on 30/05/2013 as com-
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Commerce and Textile Industries Maqbool H H Rahimatoola called on Prime Minister Justice (Retired) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso.
Nawaz Sharif’s vision to boost economy back on track STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—All Pakistan Paper Merchants Association (APPMA) has said that economic vision of Prime Minister in-waiting Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif would help bring economy back on its feet as his austerity plan is the need of hour. In a statement issued here Friday, leader of APPMA Businessman Group Khamis Saeed Butt, President APPMA Muhammad Ajmal and Vice President Khawaja Nadeem Saeed Wayeen said that at ongoing economic scenario needs to be given a serious thought and priority by putting long-tern,
medium and short terms plans simultaneously. They said that government should allocate sufficient funds for power projects in the forthcoming budget as energy crisis has destroyed the economic fabric of the country. They said that PML-N government would have to put an end gas and electricity load shedding. Khamis Saeed Butt and Khawaja Nadeem Saeed Wayeen said that corruption was the mother of all ills. He said that during the last five years, the previous government promoted corruption like fashion and played havoc with the national interests.
They urged the new Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to form an authorized team for recovery of looted money from the kings of corruption and immediately replace the corrupt elements with honest ones. They said corrupts should be investigated and culprits be brought to justice. They also urged the new Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to reverse the political loan wavers. APPMA leaders said that government has to cut expenditures to put economy back on rail. They said that PML-N government should reduce the expenditures by at least 40 percent.
Tax proposed in budget causes stir among biz circles
KARACHI—Six ships C.V Dubai Express, C.V Bux AMANULLAH KHAN Contact, M.V Vina Ship Sea, M.T Maple, M.T Kalamas and KARACHI—The proposed adM.T Norgas Challenger ditional tax in the forthcoming carrying containers, fertilizer, federal budget has sent a wave palm oil, and chemicals were of concern in the trade and inallotted berths at Qasim dustry which was pinning International Container hopes for relief with the new Terminal, Grain & Fertilizer leadership. Terminal, Liquid Cargo The Karachi Chamber of Terminal, FOTCO Oil Commerce & Industry (KCCI) Terminal and Engro Vopak expressing deep concern over Terminal respectively at Port what they called reported tax Qasim on Thursday, port proposed to be the part of upsources said here Friday. coming Federal Budget 2013According to the sources, two 14 said that reportedly the Fedmore ships M.T AL- Soor-II eral Board of Revenue (FBR) and M.V Maha-B with diesel has made additional taxation oil and project cargo also measures in the draft Tax Laws arrived at the outer anchorage of Port Qasim on Friday morning. Berth occupancy remained at the Port at 64% on Thursday where nine ships STAFF REPORTER namely C.V Dubai Express, C.V Bux Contact, M.V Asian LAHORE—The recent visit of Express.—APP Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Pakistan has set a new milestone in massive economic cooperation between the two nations in time ahead. This was stated by the former LCCI President Dr Khalid J Chowdhry, while It is easy to lose ourselves in efficiency, speaking at the signing certo treat that efficiency emony for manufacturing of I.V. as an end in itself and Infusion Solutions between Medipak and Hunan China Sun not a means to other Pharmaceutical Machinery Co. ends. Ltd., at a local hotel. Dr Khalid J Chowdhry, and — Charles Handy Fangxi Liu, Vice President
(Amendment) Ordinance, 2013, which is part of the new budget proposals for 2013-14. The said Ordinance contains additional taxation measures of Rs. 200 billion for 2013-14. Through the draft Tax Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013, the FBR proposed to increase standard rate of sales tax from 16 to 17 percent and are going to impose 2 percent ‘further tax’ on supplies to un-registered persons, 17 percent sales tax on sugar and proposed imposition of 10 percent withholding tax on domestic electricity consumers having monthly electricity consumption of over 1000 units.
Distribution companies meet today STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Minister for Water and Power Dr. Musadik Malik said a meeting of the power producing and distribution companies has been convened today (Saturday) to discuss measures to resolve the energy crisis. Talking to media in Islamabad Friday‚ he said the Supreme Court’s directives regarding the uniform load shedding will be implemented in letter and in spirit but this will affect the industries.
Bullish trend at KSE STAFF REPORTER
pared to US $ 134.0 a month ago i.e. on 30.04.2013. There is a decline of US$ 19.25 per ton in one month. The prices now are at the lowest level for almost 8-months. Similarly, the prices of Metallurgical Coal has declined from US$ 147.0 per ton FOB, Australia to US$ 137.5 per ton, a drop of US$ 9.5 per ton. Analysts believe that this is a high time the PSM bought raw materials i.e. Iron Ore and Metallurgical Coal as the prices are at the lowest ebb. Keeping in view above statements, PSM cannot avail the golden opportunity and save millions of rupees because of delay in opening of Rs.3 billion L/C. NBP has always whole-
heartedly supported PSM which is deeply appreciated. Furthermore, it is stated that PSM has to pay Rs.310 million to KESC, Rs.510 million to SSGC for the bills of April, 2013. In addition to this 2-months salary has to be paid to the employees of PSM. Therefore, it is in the best interest of PSM that the approved L/ C of Rs.3 billion may be released immediately to avail the opportunity of favourable international market conditions and to save Pakistan Steel Mills from disastrous condition. Similarly, disconnection of gas, electricity and water should never be contemplated in view of its drastic effects worth billion lost on its already ageing plant/machines/ production process.
SPI weekly inflation up by 0.4pc STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) for the week ended on May 30, for the lowest income group up to Rs.8,000, increased by 0.40 per cent as compared to the previous week. The SPI for the week under review in the above mentioned group was recorded at 187.65 points against 186.90 points registered in the previous week, according to provisional figures of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The weekly SPI has been computed with base 2007 2008=100, covering 17 urban centers and 53 essential items for all income groups and combined. The SPI for the combined group also increased by 0.44 per cent as it went up from 192.23 points in the previous week to 193.07 points in the week under
review. As compared to the corresponding week of last year, the SPI for the combined group in the week under review witnessed increase of 3.32 percent. As compared to the last week, the SPI for the income groups from Rs.8001 12,000, 12,001 18,000, 18001 35,000 and above Rs.35,000 increased by 0.42 percent, 0.44 percent, 0.46 and 0.52 percent respectively. During the week under review, average prices of 9 items registered decrease, while that of 16 items increase with the remaining 28 items’ prices unchanged. The items that registered decrease in their prices during the week under review included garlic, egg hen (farm), onions, kerosene oil, masoor pulse (washed), rice basmati(broken) gram pulse (washed), red chillies (powder)
and vegetable ghee (loose). The items which recorded increase in their average prices included chicken live (farm), LPG(11kg Cylinder), tomatoes, potatoes, lawn, bananas, gur, georgette, moong pulse (washed), tea (packet), wheat flour (bag), wheat, cooking oil (tin), mash pulse (washed), sugar and milk (fresh). The items with no change in their average prices during the week under review included rice (irri6), bread (plain), beef, mutton, curd, milk (powdered), mustard oil, vegetable ghee (tin), salt powdered (loose) cooked beef, cooked dal, tea prepared, cigarettes, long cloth, shirting, sandal (gents) chappal (gents), sandal (ladies), electric charges, gas charges, firewood, energy savor, washing soap, match box, petrol, diesel, telephone local call and bath soap.
SMEDA unveils its business plan
KARACHI—The Karachi Stock market on Friday showed inCEO Sardar Ahmed Nawaz Framework would be based on MUZAFFAR ALI tense buying and its benchmark Sukhera said the plan envis- inputs from all stakeholders, 100-index crossed three upper Some other measures and antiLAHORE—Small and Medium aged exponential growth of including policy making instibusiness actions deliberately Enterprises Development Au- key emerging and conven- tutions, business support orgataken by FBR are aimed at dethority (SMEDA) Chief Execu- tional SME sectors. He said nizations, private sector represtroying the economy as it will tive Officer (CEO) Sardar current employment is about sentative bodies, not for profit encourage black economy, Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera on Fri- 14.85 million and by materi- organization and international smuggling, tax evasion, underday presented proposed alizing this plan, about 10 mil- development partners and invoicing, mis-declaration reSMEDA Business Plan 2013-18 lion new jobs could be created serve as a coherent strategy for sulting decline in exports. to generate employment for an within five years in the coun- SMEs development in PakiAcross the board increase expanding labour, to increase try.” Similarly this new pro- stan. in taxes by FBR has come as a He said the proposed develGross Domestic Production posed plan can be fruitful to shock to the business and indus- barriers of 21600, 21700 and (GDP) and the number, scale the depleted economy by con- opment framework would set 21800 points. trial community all over Pakitributing about US $ 193 bil- out key priorities for reforms in The KSE-100 index went and competitiveness of Small lion in GDP by the end of 2018 legal and regulatory environstan. The incompetence and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) 232.39 points up to close a hislack of will on the part of FBR and by implementing it the ment as well as programmes and and exports. to broaden the tax base is re- toric high at 21823.05 points exports of the country could projects with tangible, time Briefing media about flected in the drastic increase in while 30-index increased 177.56 SMEDA proposed five-year touch the figure of US$ bil- bound deliverables and built-in points to close at 16880.16 GST and WHT on existing taxplan in a press conference held lion,” he added. He said a Stra- monitoring and evaluation payers and is a short-cut to points. tegic SME Development mechanism. Out of total 405 active here at a local hotel, SMEDA achieve revenue targets. scrips, 249 moved up while 136 shed values and 20 remained unchanged. Significant increase of Rs 70 was reit is just US$100 in Pakistan, corded in the rates of Wyeth resultantly; the Chinese manufac- Pak Ltd to close at Rs 1,487 turing companies are showing in- while rates of Nestle (Pak) terest for making investment in were up by Rs 58 to close at Pakistan which would also ensure Rs 6,600. transfer of technology. He claimed The stocks of Bata Pakistan that huge investment opportuni- and Colgate Palmolive lost ties are set to take place with the their per share value by Rs 70 induction of business and people to close at Rs 1,730 and Rs friendly democratic government 39.99 to close at Rs 1,810 rein Pakistan. spectively. Dr. Chowdhry said that Most active trading of Medipak is the pioneer in manu- 51,050,000 shares were refacturing of I.V. Infusion Solu- corded in Bank of Punjab. tions in Pakistan, with the knowTotal market turnover rehow transfer and technical col- mained at 646,604,310 shares as laboration of Fresenius A.G compared to previous ISLAMABAD: Executive Director NAVTTC Zahid Bashir Mazari briefing Federal Minister for Education and Training Dr Sania Nishter about NAVTTC at its headquarters. (Germany). 637,522,150 shares.
More Chinese investment expected Hunan China Sun Pharmaceutical Machinery Co. Ltd. signed the landmark agreement. Under the agreement, Hunan China Sun will set up a state-of-the-art cGMP compliant facility on turnkey basis for the manufacturing of I.V. Infusion Solutions for Medipak Limited. Dr Chowdhry, who is former President LCCI and former Chairman of Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Association (PPMA), said future of Pakistan in political and economic fields is linked with China. He added that labour cost in China is US$300 per month while
Incoming government needs to restore confidence of business community IFTIKHAR ALI MALIK
O me workaholic is a true synonym to Shahbaz Sharif. He won laurels at home and from abroad for waging a successful war against Dengue, completing Rapid Mass Transit system in record 18 months, providing laptops to the talented students absolutely free of cost and last but not the least, the distribution of solar panels and solar bulbs to the deserving students under Ujala Programme. Election results on the night of May 11 were a recognition of his untiring efforts. His contribution to graceful comeback PML(N) to power at federal level after long period is far more than any estimation.
I want to make the point the overcome the shortage of electricnew government would be able to ity in the country therefore I would not touch it and talk of other challenges that are not being debated generally. In my opinion, first of all, the new government would have to restore the confidence of the business community as the deficit of trust caused more damage to the economic activities than any other factor. And for the restoration of confidence of the private sector, the policies should be made in consultation for the sake of their implementation in letter and spirit. Once, the confidence is there, the investments would get an autosurmount the challenges being matic surge. As it is the private secfaced by the country for the last tor that can convince the foreign many years as it has sufficient ex- businessmen on investment in Paperience and expertise as well. kistan. Since I believe that the comThe revival of sick industrial ing government would be able to would earn two benefits for the
government. On the one hand, it would help bring down fast going up graph of unemployment while on the other hand it would stop urbanization. Promotion of regional trade, being the Vice President of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a frequent visitor of neighboring countries, I am optimistic that with a little effort Pakistan can jack up the volume of regional trade to unprecedented levels. Look at the region, there are countries that have energy shortages but the economic situation is not as bad as in ours. Bangladesh that is much smaller than Pakistan but their exports, their manufacturing sector, their businessmen, their overall economic growth is much better than ours. There is no doubt in it that they
managed to get GSP plus status but their government is much more caring when it comes to economy. Everybody knows well that the recent energy crises have caused a lot of industrial closures, massive lay offs, sharp decline in local and foreign investment besides leaving five lakh industrial workers without jobs. There are no two opinions that progress and prosperity is the fruit of democracy and a big majority of the countries on the globe are today reaping this fruit and making their presence felt by all but unfortunately Pakistan despite having a democracy is far behind in this race. Why these democracies are writing success stories with every passing day and why we are not. It is usually believed that economic growth can take place only in the
presence of political stability but in our case, we contradict this conventional wisdom. The democracy-development nexus appears to be faltering in Pakistan. And there are certain reasons for this situation. How come a country that had an average GDP growth of six per cent and registered manufacturing sector expansion by 9 per cent in sixties is today facing an economic meltdown-like situation. By 1969, Pakistan’s exports were higher than the exports of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia combined. In Pakistan the politicians are not playing their due role and are busy in mudslinging while on the economic front, the policies are being made in isolation —without the consultation of the stakeholders— the private sector. While fact remains that the private sector has all the
abilities and the capacity to turn the economy around. I am trying to make the point that it is the government that should take the initiative for turning the economy around. It should immediately convene a roundtable of political and economic leadership of the country and convince them to take a new start by initiating work for the country. And at the proposed roundtable, the government should present the list of problematic areas and the politicians and the business community should be tasked to give doable solution. At this juncture, we also intensely need to evolve a joint strategy to tap huge mineral resources, the country possesses. We have the fifth and third largest reserves of gold & copper and coal respectively. According to
a rough estimate, value of coal reserves in Pakistan is around $ 30 trillion that is 187 times more than the GDP of Pakistan. Yes, the worth of our coal reserves is higher than the combined oil reserves of Saudi Arabia and Iran. Only 2% of Pakistani coal reserves could generate 20,000 MW electricity for almost 50 years. Despite this never ending wealth, Pakistani people and industry are facing the worst power crisis and the country itself has $ 58 billion external debts. In addition to gold, copper and coal, the country has vast reserves of precious stones, gypsum, salt and marble but instead of taking full advantage of these God-gifted resources most of the share being exported in raw form. — write is VP, Saarc Chamber
KARACHI—Following were the bullion rates in major cities yesterday.
MULTAN: Gold Tezabi (24-Ct) Gold 22 Ct SilverTezabi Silver Thobi
STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—President, Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Muhammad Haroon Agar has said that the metropolis is the industrial and commercial hub of the country which generates 68 percent revenue for the national exchequer. He was talking to Senior Vice-President of International Container Terminal Service, Christian R. Gongalez, who visited the Chamber on Friday. Agar pointed out that the KCCI is the Chamber of the pragmatic business and industrial community of Karachi which also handles 98 percent cargo.
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1300 acre land brought under olive cultivation STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—As many as 1,300 acre of land has been brought under olive cultivation in less than one year under Olive Promotion Project launched by Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) with an aim to exploit the potential in this particular sector and make the country self-sufficient in olive production. The project was launched in mid last year under the debt-swap agreement between Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) and the Italian government for promoting olive farming in Pakistan, Chairman PARC Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed told media. The PARC in coordination with the provincial governments aims to bring 3500 acres of land under olive cultivation in three years to help country reduce its oil imports and save millions of dollars spent for this purpose, he said. In addition to these 3500 acres of land, the council has been conducting a thorough survey all across the country to identify further land for olive cultivation, the Chairman remarked. He was of the view that country was using millions of dollars for importing oil, however if the existing olive cultivation potential is tapped, the country would be in position to export olive. He said that Pakistan has vast marginal lands which provide conducive atmosphere and environment for the olive cultivation adding that without utilizing the existing cultivable land the councils has identified barren and marginal lands for the cultivation of olive. The PARC Chairman said that the council has so far established nine trainings workshops and trained more than three hundred farmers, technicians and NGO people for olive cultivation, orchards management and value addition. Five nurseries in public sector and 53 in private sector have been established that provide true to type plants for future needs, Iftikhar Ahmed said, adding more than one hundred thousand cuttings have been planted in nurseries. In addition, previously established orchards in public and private sector are also being maintained by the council to promote olive cultivation. He said that farmers field days are being arranged for popularization of olive adding the council has also launched media campaign to promote olive cultivation as hundreds of news items and articles have been published in national dailies and interview conducted through electronic media to promote this particular sector.
He added that the transshipment facilities offered by the container terminals should be economical and having nominal impact on the cost of doing business. Agar stated that the cost of doing business is often inclined to the high due to exorbitant charges shipping companies receive in different heads which should be reasonable as per services offered. He apprised that KCCI having over 18,000 members plays a vital role in the economy of the country and is quite active in resolving trade issues faced by the business community in various sectors. Discussing the current management and operations on port terminals, Agar stated that ev-
ery possible effort was being made to function more effectively and efficiently and assured his best cooperation, support in this regard. Vice President KCCI, Nasir Mehmood, affirmed that KCCI is quite vigorous in responding towards the issues of its members and therefore KCCI should have easy access to all of the three container terminals that are Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT), Karachi International Container Terminal and RAWALPINDI: President RCCI Manzar Khurshid Sheikh with the Commercial Counsellors of SAARC countries at the Qasim International Container occasion of SAARC Business Conference. Terminal. Senior Vice President of International Container Terminal Services, Christian R. Gongalez, eulogised the efforts of KCCI towards the development of Pakistan’s trade.
FPCCI rejects plan to withdraw zero rating in exports
New Khairpur economic zone to change lives of investors STAFF REPORTER
KARACHI: Gold Tezab Silver Tezabi
Karachi generates 68pc revenue for country
KARACHI—Muhammad Zubair Motiwala said that the provincial Government had initiated the development of an industrial zone dedicated to the agro industry which would have world class features, amenities comparable with any industrial zone in the international arena. The Chairman SBI said that the zone is being developed in Khairpur District as a Future hub for agro-processing and other related industries on a location strategically positioned for proximity to date growing areas, transportation links, and access to labor. This he said while presiding 11th meeting of Steering Committee of Khairpur Special Economic Zone (KSEZ) on 28th of May 2013. Muhammad Zubair Motiwala, Chairman Sindh Board of Investment said that
the Khairpur Special Economic Zone (KSEZ) project is being established to strengthen the agro economy is supplemented by a dedicated waste to energy captive power plant which would ensure an uninterrupted power supply to all the enterprises with in the zone. CEO National Industrial Parks (NIP), Mr. Mohsin Syed said that his organization which has been engaged as the Project Management Unit to execute the project said that his firm is fully committed for speedy and quality materialization of all the work being carried out at the site. Mr. Syed informed the forum the progress on the Project. He said that construction work on Main Gate, Office, Other work in Package One is almost complete. Mr. Mohammad Abbas Baloch, Member Steering Committee said that KSEZ project would provide job op-
portunities and improve lively hood of local inhabitants. Mohammad Riazuddin, Director General, Sindh Board of Investment has said that the progress on Captive Power Plant has been stopped due to an observation raised by the SPPRA. The issue has been resolved during a meeting which was chaired by the Caretaker Chief Minister Sindh. He proposed to NIP that the process of attracting an investor for the establishment of the Captive Power Plant shall be initiated again without any further delay. The progress by NIP, contractors and other stake holders was reviewed in detail by the committee. On this occasion Abdul Azeem Uqaili, Director Projects, SBI said that subsequent to federal government the SEZ ACT 2012, the government of Sindh has notified the Special Economic Zone Authority Sindh which is headed by the Chief Minister Sindh.
STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Zubair Ahmed Malik has strongly opposed the decision to withdraw facility of zero rating of the five exports sectors and impose sales tax. While explaining the issue he said that there is no net collection by FBR on these five sectors. He said that the government wants to collect sales tax and then refund. There is bound to be corruption blockage of funds and unnecessary hassle. He said that this system is going on well and also appeal to the new government to discuss this matter with the FPCCI and stakeholders before making any change and also requested to incoming Prime Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif to direct FBR to hold this decision until a meeting held with stakeholders. He said that the sales tax on exports had become miserable failed as massive corruption in refund system resulted in loss of revenue to the tune of billions of rupees. He said that some vested interests once again trying to open up floodgate of corruption to the FBR officials to mint money while genuine exporters would be left to suffer due to blockade of their capital.
LVS refrigerator series from Dawlance gets cooler STAFF CORRESPONDENT
ZONG’s representative giving keys to a lucky winner.
Khamis appointed acting PIAF Chairman STAFF REPORTER
PTDC announces summer packages STAFF REPORTER
L AHORE —Renowned busi- I SLAMABAD—With summer nessman and Executive Committee Member Khamis Saeed Butt will perform as Acting Chairman of Pakistan Industrial & Traders Association Front (PIAF) since the Chairman PIAF Malik Tahir Javed has left on 20-day foreign business tour. Malik Tahir Javed during his foreign visit, would have business meetings with his counterparts besides taking part in international exhibitions. He would also visit various Chambers of Commerce & Industry and other trade organizations. Khamis Saeed Butt is a renowned businessman and had served business community in different capacities including as President of All Pakistan Paper Merchants Association.
holidays announced by the government in educational institutions across the country, Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) has announced tour packages and special rates for its hotels, motels, resorts situated in some of the most attractive tourists places in the country. Group tours for families and students to places like Murree, Ayubia, Shogran, Naran, Lake Saiful Maluk, Swat Valley, Chitral (including Kalash Valley), Gilgit, Hunza, Skardu and Neelum Valley (Azad Kashmir are being offered on special rates which include breakfast, accommodation in PTDC Motels and comfortable transport,said a statement released here Friday.
The PTDC has also announced 30% discount on accommodation in its Ayubia and Naran Resorts during the holy month of Ramazan. Around 50% discount is being offered on accommodation during Ramazan in PTDC Motels at Saidu Sharif, Miandam, Chitral, Bamburet (Kalash Valley), Mastuj, Phandar, Gupis, Gilgit, Hunza, Sost (Pak- China border), Rama Lake,Skardu, Khaplu and Besham. In order to facilitate travel to Kaghan Valley, PTDC’s airconditioned daily bus service from Rawalpindi to Naran will resume from June 1. The bus has left Rawalpindi at 09:00 am and shall arrive at 05:00 pm at PTDC Motel Naran. Similarly, the return bus from Naran will start at 09:00 am arriving at Rawalpindi at 05:00 pm.
KARACHI—Dawlance has introduced an innovative product that has been especially designed to counter the on-going energy crisis. The Low Voltage Startup (LVS) series of refrigerators is equipped with technology that ensures regular cooling of the refrigerator even when the voltage power is as low as 135 V. With thicker insulation, the refrigerator is capable of retaining the cooling for up to fifteen hours without electricity. The design has been crafted to cater to the decor of every household and caries a spacious interior which is 10% bigger than other refrigerator brands available in the market. These refrigerators are available in a range of sizes to match the need of different household structures. Adding to the plethora of features, its cylindrical handle enables the user to open and close the refrigerator door with much greater ease. What makes this new series more appealing for the masses is that it is light on pocket and heavy at cooling. It is not just the great refrigerator for household needs but can be easily used by institutions like hospitals, restaurants, hotels, universities, etc, and businesses due to its unique ability to work even on low voltage. Speaking about the LVS series of refrigerators, Mr. Hasan Jameel, head of sales, Dawlance said, “We are expecting our LVS series of refrigerators to become an instant hit among our consumers.
Iranian company offers quick solution to Pak energy crisis STAFF REPORTER
ISLAMABAD—An Iran based global company has offered immediate solution to the Pakistan’s prevalent power crisis which has pulled economy down and crippled general life. Iran Power Plant Projects Management Company (MAPNA), the sixth largest power company in the world says that it can bridge gap between demand and supply of electricity within months. A delegation headed by Muhammad Hussain Baqri, head of international communications MAPNA said this while talking to Dr Murtaza Mughal, President of the Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW). He said that Iran’s installed capacity is 70000 MW out of
which MAPNA is providing 67000 MW and we can easily provide up to 10000 MW to Pakistan on most economical rates as compare to any neighbouring country. Pakistan’s current electricity shortfall stands at 7000 MW. Baqri said that MAPNA, having 39 subsidiaries, has its own gas fields and power plants construction facilities. It has been operating in 18 countries and it can also build power plants having international standards within 15 months with 20 per cent discounted rates. He said that the 30 billion euro company has also interests in oil and gas, wind power and railways and it is willing Pakistan improve its railways. The delegation also expressed interest in the setting up power plants of 1000 MW ca-
pacity and to supply and install 25 MW small power plants on ground as well as on barges to help Pakistan in overcoming the energy crisis on urgent basis At the occasion Dr Mughal welcomed the company to start operations in Pakistan and asked them to forward solid proposals for maintenance of power plants as their ability has been compromised due to neglect spanned over a decade. He said that Pakistani policymakers should consider negotiating construction of large scale power plants on a turn-key basis with Iranian enterprise. A new business friendly government is set to take charge which will improve overall investment environment in Pakistan and boost confidence of local and foreign investors, he said.
APTMA demands uninterrupted gas supply STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Central Chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Ahsan Bashir has sought uninterrupted gas supply to the Punjab-based textile industry on the SNGPL network, which is yet being subjected to four days a week supply suspension and eventually limiting industry’s export potential, growth, investment and job creation. He said the supply chain of Textile Industry is inter-dependent to manufacture textile products, predominantly meant for exports. The gas supply constraints have impaired 35 per cent of the production capacity of the industry and, if enabled to operate uninterrupted, it has potential to add another $3 billion export of the country, he added.
He said it is an irony that the Punjab-based textile industry is being hit hard by the gas supply constraints, which is in actual 75 per cent of total textile industry of Pakistan. Meanwhile, Chairman APTMA Punjab Shahzad Ali Khan added that the textile mills in Punjab have been delaying their investment plans due to energy shortage. He said the new government should take up the issue on war-footing basis and resolve the energy supply issue at the earliest. Shahzad further pointed out that unannounced load shedding has caused huge machinery loss in the industry. He said the textile workers are the worst victims of the situation because rising lay off in the mills situation in Punjab. The Central Chairman APTMA said there is an immediate need of
resumption of five days a week gas supply to enable the industry for meeting export orders in hand and further commit to the international buyers that the Punjab-based textile industry is capable of manufacture export orders of any volume. Furthermore, he added, it is pertinent to note that Pakistan has applied for the GSP Plus market access for European Union, which is likely to be effective by 2014 onwards. This is right time for the government to prepare its textile industry and let it grow and expand in all directions to avail benefit of the market access scheme. According to him, it becomes more imperative when the upcoming government has shown clear-cut commitment of bringing investment and growth in the country.
India’s econo-growth falls to Withdrawal of decade low of 5pc in 2012-13 16pc GST sought NEW
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economy grew 5 percent in 2012-13, its lowest rate in a decade and in line with an official estimate, government data showed on Friday. Gross Domestic Product grew at 4.8 percent in the quarter ending March 31. Low business confidence, slumping investment, high inflation and weak export demand from Western countries were blamed for the bleak performance which comes ahead of national elections scheduled for next year. In the fourth quarter to the end of March, gross domestic product grew by 4.8% year-on-year, slightly higher than the previous quarter when it expanded by 4.5%, according to the data from the statistics ministry. Despite government efforts to talk up the economy after a
the end of last year, most independent analysts see continuing slack demand and few quick fixes. Global ratings agency Standard and Poor’s warned earlier this month that India faces at least “a one-in-three” chance of losing its prized sovereign grade rating amid new threats to economic growth and reforms. India’s BBB-minus investment rating is already the lowest among its BRICS peers Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa and cutting it to “junk status” would raise the country’s hefty borrowing costs. The government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress party has been dogged by corruption scandals during its second term in office and has struggled to push through promised probusiness legislation.—INP
SIALKOT—The manufacturers of agriculture implements and machinery have appealed to the government to withdraw 16 percent General Sales Tax (GST) on agriculture tools and machinery for ensuring green revolution. The imposition of GST on agricultural implements the cost of production has been increased to manifold and growers were reluctant to purchase new machinery and doing farming with traditional modes, which is a major hurdle in tracking the agriculture sector on modern farming. Executive member of Engineering Development Board Muhammad Iqbal Mughal and a leading manufacturer of tools said that Daska is a hub of producing agriculture inputs with traditional techniques without any support of the government.
Lobbying needed to penetrate USA, EU markets: FPCCI AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—Strong professional lobbying needed for Pakistan products to penetrate into US & EU markets which are possible with the support of the government. The textile exporters’ fraternity has suggested various measures to the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) for the revival of sinking indigenous industry. The roundtable conference on Pakistan’s largest industrial sector’s revival held under the chair of Vice President FPCCI Gulzar Firoz on Thursday, has formulated recommendations to increase textile exports for the PML-N
government to make part of policy decisions in the early days of its tenure. Firoz while announcing the recommendations said that the Nawaz Sharif government would be strongly suggested to lobby in the European Union and USA to extend Pakistan additional market access and allow GSP Plus. He said that on request to the exporters DTRE (duty and tax remission on exports) and DLTL (drawbacks on local taxes and levies) laws should be reframed, textile ministry should not be abolished but if necessary a strong textile division should be established, commercial counselors should be trained at FPCCI before their posting broad and their performance report must be sent to the
FPCCI every month. He said that zero-rating on five sectors of exports must remain continued. Gulzar Firoz said that security and energy issues were being faced by all the industrial sectors in Pakistan and the new government should resolve these issues on a priority basis for economic growth. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, leading textile exporter and former advisor to prime minister on textile, said that Pakistan was manufacturing all the world’s top brands. He said that this sector should be provided a conducive-environment as the cost of manufacturing was rising by 25 percent in wages alone. Baig said that Pakistani textile products had better prospects considering the trade with India. He
suggested that the textile ministry should be continued under the new setup or at least be made part of a ministry headed by a federal secretary. Baig said that there should be no further tax burden on this sector and the government should impose further taxes on those people who were not under the tax net. Dawood Jhakura, former FPCCI vice president, said that due to security concerns foreign buyers of readymade garments were reluctant to place fresh orders. He said that continuous protest calls by different political parties had not only damaged the image of the country, but also hampered production activities. He highlighted that recently Bangladesh had received notices regarding labour laws, which
would jeopardise its US GSP plus status. He urged the government to revisit the labour laws to avoid such notices. A representative of towel, bed sheet and garment industries said that the government needs to prioritise to save the remaining industry. Prominent exporter and former senior Vice President KCCI, Hanif Lakhani of Lakhani Textiles stressed the need for product mix and suggested to increase the range of products. He informed the participants that the government had announced rules of DTRE, under which raw material imports were exempted from liabilities. He said that the Customs had stopped the facility on the argument that the scheme
was only available for exporters having 100 percent manufacturing units. He requested the FPCCI to take a stand because the scheme was for all the exporters, even those engaged in value-addition. Lakhani said that billions of rupees were stuck in shape of rebate of duty and local taxes, despite clear instructions provided under the textile policy 2009-14 that the same should be cleared instantly. Prominent textile exporter, Shaikh Manzar Alam said that the Pakistan has lost over an amount of $70 billion on USA’s war on terror and it was our due right to demand full market access to US market. Former Chairman Pakistan Bedwear Exporters Association, Naqi Bari said that the textile
sector was the largest employment generation sector in Pakistan which needs to be saved from disaster and it’s the high time to demand greater market access from USA. He said that government should hire lobbyist in USA and EU for lobbying. He warned that country is going backward by exporting raw material. Vice President FPCCI, Rukhsana Jahangir said that the SME sector was facing immense difficulties in availing bank financing. She said that contamination free cotton should be produced instead of importing raw cotton. Asif Maroof criticised the role of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) that it had failed to project local products in foreign markets.
Father’s mental health linked to child’s behaviour
N EXPECTANT father’s psychological distress may be linked to his toddler’s emotional and behavioral development. The finding came from new research published in the journal Pediatrics which analyzed over 31,000 Norwegian kids and their parents. Several previous studies have shown that the mental health of a mother, during and after her pregnancy, may have an effect on the health of the child. One study showed that children’s early experiences with a mother suffering from a severe mental illness can influence their long-term health and development. Anne Lise Kvalevaag, leading researcher and a doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway, said: “The results of this study point to the fact that the father’s mental health represents a risk factor for child development, whereas the traditional view has been that this risk in large is represented by the mother. The father’s mental health should therefore be addressed both in research and clinical practice.” The team of experts interrogated the dads when the moms were 4 to 5 months pregnant. They were asked about their mental health, for instance, whether they felt depressed or afraid. The mental health of the moms was provided by the mothers themselves, as well as the behavioral, social, and emotional development of their children when they were 3 years old. Rather than looking at particular diagnoses in kids, the scientists collected information on whether they had experienced frequent mood shifts, got into fights, or had feelings of anxiety,
explained Kvalevaag. High levels of psychological distress were reported by 3% of the dads. The team discovered a link between the mental health of the father and the development of a child. The children who had the most emotional issues at age 3 were the ones whose dads were the most distressed. The researchers pointed out that this study did not demonstrate a direct cause-and-effect association. The authors explained that there are various possible means that may account for the relationship. For example, Kvalevaag explained, the fathers may be passing on a genetic risk to the child. The mental health of the soon-to-be mom could also be influenced by the dad’s depression, therefore, causing an effect on the unborn baby, suggested another scientist. “If a father is highly distressed, that could affect the mom’s secretion of hormones during pregnancy, it could affect her sleep, her own mental status,” said Daniel Armstrong, professor of pediatrics and director of the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “The prenatal mental state of the father is likely to predict the postnatal mental health of the father and this may also account for some of the associations found,” Kvalevaag revealed. Prior studies have indicated that infants are seen as being more troublesome by depressed moms as opposed to more impartial onlookers, explained Michael Rice, associate clinical director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
KARACHI: Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah offering Fateha along with Cabinet members at Mazar-e-Quaid.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki
IGP seeks details of headway by police in high profile cases K ARACHI —The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Sindh has sought details of headway made by the police in the high profile cases as well as the cases registered regarding targeted killings. He was presiding over a meeting at the Central Police Office (CPO) here on Friday. The meeting was attended by the Additional IGs Karachi, Additional IG CID and the DIGs of the three zones of the city. The IGP reviewed various aspects of investigations by the police and also reviewed the performance of the Forensic Division of Sindh Police. He was of the view that for curbing crimes it is essential that assistance and support of the law abiding citizens should also be sought.—APP
KARACHI: Models during first Ayesha Hasan’s spring, summer semi-formal dress exhibition.—PO photo
US Consulate hosts Mushaira emphasising common values STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —The US Consul General Karachi, Michael Dodman said that “Mushaira” was a unique Pakistani art form and tradition with universal application. Seeing young Pakistanis reciting American poetry at the Consulate as a mushaira deepened my appreciation for Pakistani culture and how sharing our cultures bring us closer together. He was addressing the audiences at the Mushaira that the US Consul General Karachi had organised Thursday. The
Mushaira thus hosted on the American poetry “mushaira” entitled ‘The Dawn of Freedom: Poetry for Peace’. Several neighborhood high schools and English Access center students took part in poetry contest, where the students recited American poetry or their own original work relating to the themes of freedom, peace, and democracy. Pakistani poet and writer Fahmida Riaz, and singer and musician Tina Sani encouraged the students and served as judges along with Consul General Michael Dodman and Public Affairs Officer Corina Sanders. Stu-
dents prepared for the competition for over a month using resources provided by the Consulate. Awards were given for Best Original Poem, Best Recitation, and a Peoples’ Choice Award, decided by an audience of their peers. The event integrated Pakistan’s rich cultural “mushaira” traditions with American poetry and our shared values of freedom and peace. Sani sung Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s poem ‘Bol Kay Lab Aazad hain tairy’. Winners were given autographed books of American poetry. Speaking about this event, Consul General Dodman noted.
KARACHI: Students reciting American poetry during a Mushaira at US Consulate on Friday.
Tabby Tiger in deteriorated health condition shifted to Zoo IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—The cruelty never ceases to exist on the captive animals of Karachi’s Safari Park and Karachi Zoological Garden. The 2 parks had the highest number of different species of captive animals and the tragic death of variety of animals is also different tale that was packed with horrors and premonitions. The Safari Park had shifted the left-alone Golden Tabby Tiger (male) to the Karachi Zoological Garden. The male tabby tiger had been kept in an environment that causes him to fall sick. The canine tooth and a nail of front foot
Hasnain asks KW&SB to resolve people’s complaints STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Newly Elected MPA Asif Hasnain, in a meeting at Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) directed KW&SB to resolve complaints received from residents of Landhi Town. In order to ensure swift supply to every single house especially tail-end houses a better strategy must be formulated, he expressed during a meeting at KW&SB. In the meeting chaired by MPA Asif Hasnain, KW&SB Managing Director (MD) Misbahuddin Farid, Deputy Managing Director T&S, Chief Engineer, Executive Engineer and other officers concerned were also present. MPA Hasnain emphasized that supply to Landhi must be ensured on priority basis. He said that as elected representative it is our duty to resolve public complaints. He said that supply to Landhi zone must be restored as per its quota. Furthermore, he said that on one hand there has been an acute shortage of water during last couple of months, which was repeatedly pointed out but to no avail. While on the other hand hydrants in the area are getting their supply on time. He said that flaws in the distribution system are obvious there for it must be restructured. He said that load shedding hours must also be considered while formulating the supply schedule. Areas with load shedding hours during the day must be supplied water at night and vice versa. The MD directed the officers concerned that the hydrants in the area must be shut down for a week to ensure better supply, since hydrants are only causing
defamation. He further stated that if Elected Representatives choose to close hydrants KW&SB would shutdown hydrants upon their directions. He also imposed a ban on new connections and ordered that all connection taken from 54 inch main line must be disconnected. He directed DMD T&S to ensure that all issues pointed out by elected representative must be resolved. Bulk water supply timings must be rescheduled; distribution and valve operations must be improved to ensure that all areas get fair supply. Water supply must be maintained through Generators during load shedding hours and all Generators needing repairs must be fixed immediately. He said that all pumping stations are getting their diesel quota however this quota was suspended during the winters. He directed KW&SB officers to conduct field surveys, listen to public complaints in order to resolve them swiftly and inform the elected representatives about the problems they are facing.
were missing while the tiger limped when walking. It was presumed that the male tiger could also cease to live like the tigress so the KMC administration had decided to shift the male tiger to the Zoo. The sources privy to the ongoing development told Pakistan Observer that the health of male tiger was deteriorating and could die any time. The administration wanted to reinstate the suspended official of the Safari Park and for that reason; the decision of shifting male tiger to the Zoo was made. The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) had in recent past procured a pair of Golden Tabby Lion from a lo-
cal animal trading company in Lahore on barter system. The KMC had exchanged 65 precious animals and birds of different species worth millions. However, the untrained and nonprofessional officials of the Safari Park failed to provide the natural habitat to the Golden Tabby Tigers, which had resulted in tragic death of the Tigress on day 11 in the Safari Park. The KMC administration had suspended the Safari Park Director Salman Shamsi and Senior Veterinarian and additional Director of the Park Dr Kazim and an enquiry was conducted to ascertain the real cause of death of Tigress. The KMC
had also conducted an enquiry on death of 4 lion cubs died at the Zoo and the then Director was also suspended. However, by the passage of time, the director was reinstated and posted to an important department of the KMC. The enquiry committee had suggested the KMC to terminate the services of the said director. Likewise, efforts were in offing to reinstate the already suspended Safari Park Director Salman Shamsi and Senior Veterinarian and additional Director of the Park Dr Kazim. Salman Shamsi was posted at the Safari Park due to his close relationship with the former KMC Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed.
Human liver kept alive outside a human being — world first
HUMAN liver was kept alive outside a human being and then transplanted into a recipient patient who required a new liver, researchers from Oxford University and King’s College Hospital reported. The scientists added that the procedure has been successfully performed on two patients who are currently recovering well. The problem with current the transplantation method is organ damage after the donated liver is put “on ice”, cooling it to slow its metabolism. The new technology, which was developed by scientists at the University of Oxford, can preserve a fully-functioning liver outside the human body for a full-24 hours. The technology is being trialed as part of a controlled clinical investigation at the liver transplant center at King’s College Hospital. The team connected a donated human liver to the device, which is raised to 37 degrees celcius (98.6 farenheit), the temperature of the human body. Oxygenated red blood cells circulate through its capillaries. The liver functions normally once it is in the machine, just as it would inside our bodies, producing bile and regaining its color. According to the results of the first two liver transplant procedures, which were performed at King’s College Hospital last month, the device could help all patients on the waiting list for a new liver. According to pre-clinical data, the device would also keep new donated livers
‘viable’ for much longer. The researchers believe the number of available organs would double if they could be preserved for 24 hours. Co-inventor of the machine, Professor Constantin Coussios of Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science, and Technical Director of OrganOx, the University spin-out created to bring the device from the drawing board into the market, said: “These first clinical cases confirm that we can support human livers outside the body, keep them alive and functioning on our machine and then, hours later, successfully transplant them into a patient. The device is the very first completely automated liver perfusion device of its kind: the organ is perfused with oxygenated red blood cells at normal body temperature, just as it would be inside the body, and can for example be observed making bile, which makes it an extraordinary feat of engineering. It was astounding to see an initially cold grey liver flushing with color once hooked up to our machine and performing as it would within the body. What was even more amazing was to see the same liver transplanted into a patient who is now walking around. Whilst for these two transplants we only needed to keep the livers alive for up to 10 hours, in other experiments we have shown we can preserve a functioning liver and monitor its function outside the body for periods up to 24 hours.”
LAHORE: A carpenter busy in preparing traditional colourful wooden bed (charpai) at his workplace.
Judiciary transfers, postings STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Chief Justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered the transfer and postings of 33 male and 6 female Civil Judges here on Friday. Those civil judges were transferred include: Mr. Mehtab Hussain Shah from Multan to Sahiwal, Mr. Hasnain Ahmad Anwar from Sahiwal to Multan, Mr. Asim Hafeez from Lahore to Gujrat, Ms. Fozia Saira from Gujrat to Lahore, Mr. Muhammad Yaseen from Faisalabad to Gujranwala, Mr. Shainshah Raza Kamal from Gujranwala to Faisalabad, Mr. Muhammad Riaz from Khanpur to Ferozwala, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali from Ferozwala to Khanpur, Mr. Muhammad Masroor Ashiq from Jatoi to Dunyapur, Mr. Zaheer Ahmad from Dunyapur to Jatoi, Ms. Sadaf Liaqat from Sailkot to Sheikhupura, Ms. Zunaira Zafar from
Sheikhupura to Sialkot, Mr. Faisal Mahmood Meer from Sialkot to Gujranwala, Mr. Shafqat Shahbaz Raja from Gujranwala to Sialkot, Mr. Muhammad Hafeez-urRehman Khan from Okara to Model Town, Lahore, Mr. Muhammad Ashfaq from Model Town, Lahore to Okara, Mr. Kashan Muhammad Ali from Multan to Lahore, Mr. Muhammad Nazir from Lahore to Multan, Mr. Afzaal Ahmad Saqib from T.T.Singh to Sarai Alamgir, Mr. Noor Muhammad from Sarai Alamgir to T.T.Singh, Mr. Khurram Saleem Mirza from Burewala to Nankana, Mr. Muhammad Ashraf from Nankana to Burewala, Mr. Muhammad Akram Azad from Gujranwala to Lahore Cantt: Malik Shafiq Ahmad from Lahore Cantt to Gujranwala, Mr. Salman Tariq from Shakargarh to Renala Khurd,
Ms. Abida Rafique from Shakargarh to Renala Khurd, Raja Ghulam Rasool from Renala Khurd to Shakargarh, Mr. Hassan Ahmad from Renala Khurd to Shakargarh, Mr. Qamar Yaseen Nadeem from Bhakkar to Shorkot, Mr. Abdul Ghaffar from Shorkot to Bhakkar, Mr. Saif Ullah Babur from Wazirabad to T.T.Singh, Mr. Mukhdoom Haider Bhatti from Chichawatni to Wazirabad, Syeda Hubahib Akhtar from T.T.Singh to Chichawatni, Mr. Mazhar Farid Ali from Vehari to Arifwala, Mr. Muhammad Saeed Raza from Arifwala to Vehari, Mr. Amin-ud-Din Fazal from D.G.Khan to Sheikhupura, Ms. Yasmeen Ilyas from Okara to Sheikhupura, Mr. Nadeem Ahmad Sohail from Sheikhupura to D.G.Khan and Mr. Nadir Hussain Shah from Sheikhupura to Okara.
JI calls for uniform education policy L AHORE —Secretary General, Jamaat-e-Islami, Liaqat Baloch has said that a uniform education policy, in complete harmony with the country’s ideology, can greatly help in forging national unity by sinking sectarian, regional and ethnic differences. Addressing the central education committee of the JI at Mansoora Liaqat Baloch said the present decadence of the Muslim Ummah was due to the western cultural invasion on one side and the prevailing purposeless education system. Baloch said that greed for power and endless corruption had led to the demise of self respect, dignity and honour and national cohesion. The Muslims had grouped themselves on ethnic and sectarian lines. LAHORE: PML-N President Muhammad Nawaz Sharif The JI leader stressed French Ambassador Philippe Thiebaud. upon the new rulers to frame a permanent and uniform education policy and enforce it even in the private educational institutions. He said that importance of the Urdu as a national language could be emphasized by holding competitive excent. MUZAFFAR ALI aminations, delivering court Saher Babar of School of decisions and official correspondence in Urdu.—APP LAHORE—The University of Allied Health Sciences Lahore Health Sciences (UHS) has secured first, Khadija Saleem declared the results of various of the same college got secprofessional examinations on ond whereas Anum Ashraf of FMH College of Medicine & Friday. According to a press re- Dentistry Lahore bagged lease issued by the university, third position securing 653, total of 147 candidates of 04 633 and 629/800 marks respecL A H O R E — P a k i s t a n anursing colleges appeared in tively. Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Lahore A total of 127 candidates has congratulated Pervez the third professional BSc of 5 nursing institutions apNursing (4-year programme) Khattak on becoming Chief peared in second professional Minister, Khyber annual examination 2012, out BSc Nursing (4-year of which 145 passed and 02 Pakhtunkhwa (KP). programme) annual examinacandidates failed. The overWhile talking to APP on tion 2012. Out of these 110 Friday, PTI media team in- all pass percentage remained passed whereas 17 could not cluding Rana Akhtar, Ishtiaq 98.64 per cent. Sumaya Fatima of College get through. The pass perMalik, Irfan Ahmed, Umar centage was 86.62 per cent. Khan and Atif Seekho, hoped of Nursing, Armed Forces Post- Hifza Bano of College of Nursgraduate Medical Institute that the new chief minister ing, Armed Forces Postgraduwould serve the people of the Rawalpindi got first position ate Medical Institute province, and as a leader he securing 268/300 marks. Rawalpindi got first position Tabassum Kaleem of Colwould make all out efforts to securing 320/400 marks. Rida resolve long standing issues lege of Nursing, Shalamar Hos- Zainab Zafar of the same insuch as unemployment, law- pital, Lahore, and Khalida stitute and Shahla Munawar of lessness and loadshedding. Habib of College of Nursing, College of Nursing, Nishtar The media team also con- Armed Forces Postgraduate Medical College Multan got gratulated Speaker KPK As- Medical Institute Rawalpindi second and third positions sembly Asad Qaisar and got second and third position securing 319 and 317 marks reDeputy Speaker Imtiaz obtaining 267 and 262 marks spectively. respectively. Qureshi.—APP In second professional BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy (revised scheme) annual examination 2012, out of total 07 candidates, 06 passed, the pass percentage being 85.71 per cent. In second professional BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Pathology (revised scheme) annual examination STAFF REPORTER 2012, a total of 20 candidates of two colleges appeared. Out L AHORE —Lahore Waste of these 18 passed, the pass Management Company percentage being 94.74 per (LWMC) in collaboration with Walled City Lahore Authority (WCLA) is determined to mobilize and educate the residents of historically and culturally rich STAFF REPORTER walled city on Solid Waste appealing them to adopt proper manner of waste dis- L A H O R E — A m i n u l l a h posal especially the use of Chaudhry, Member Civil Serwaste bins and containers so vice of Pakistan and former that centuries old cultural Director General of Civil Aviacenter should be given more tion Authority, passed away on Friday morning (May 31, distinctively cleaner look. Three days cleanliness and 2013) at his residence in awareness campaign has been Lahore at the age of 69. Aminullah Chaudhry, launched starting with an awareness walk which began during the course of his cafrom Kotwali square and fin- reer at Civil Service of Pakiished at historic masjid Wazir stan, held several prestigious and important positions. He Khan. was commissioner of Lahore, Commissioner of Faisalabad, DG LDA, Secretary Education and Secretary Finance in the government of Punjab. He did his ‘A’ levels from Aitchison College, Lahore and then moved on to GovAligarian, who later in life ernment College, Lahore became the Chancellor of where his name was inPakistan’s first private engi- scribed on the Academic Roll Honour. Aminullah neering university (SSUET). of He played a pivotal role in the Chaudhry did an LLM from development of this Institute. the London School of EcoBefore becoming Chancellor, nomics and Political Science Mr. Nizami had also served from UK. In 1967, he entered the Karachi Development Authority as its Director General elite Civil Service of Pakistan for over a decade. He was 82 (CSP). Aminullah Chaudhry was also a keen golfer. He has years’ old. Paying homage to Engr. left behind his wife and two Abul Kalam, MD NESPAK sons. He was the elder said that he was a man of in- brother of Karamat Ullah tegrity, discipline and an ad- Chaudhry, former Managing Director of NESPAK. ministrator par excellence.
UHS declares results of professional examinations
PTI felicitates Pervez Khattak
Plan to aware people of Lahore Walled City
NESPAK pays tributes to Prof Kalam, ZA Nizami STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —The
NESPAK Management offers its sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing away of two eminent personalities – Prof. Abul Kalam, former Vice Chancellor NED University and Mr. Z.A. Nizami, former Chancellor Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET), Karachi. In a condolence message, NESPAK Managing Director Asad I. A. Khan paid glow-
ing tributes to both the scholars who dedicated their lives for the cause of education and well being of humanity. Mr. Asad recounted the services of both stalwarts, who were instrumental in promoting architecture and engineering education in Pakistan. They commanded respect and love for their qualities of head and heart, he added. Commenting about Mr. Z.A. Nizami, Mr. Asad said that he was an outstanding officer and a prominent
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In final professional BSc Nursing (2-year programme) annual examination 2012, the pass percentage remained 100 per cent as all the 74 candidates passed the examination. Annosha Khan of Saida Waheed FMH College of Nursing Lahore got first position in the said exam securing 448/500 marks. Nida Sehar of the same college and Shahla Arshad of College of Nursing, Shalamar Hospital, Lahore got second and third positions securing 442 and 425 marks respectively. In first professional BSc Nursing (Post RN 2-year) annual examination 2012 out of total 93 candidates, 69 passed and 21 failed. The pass percentage remained 76.67 per cent. In this exam, Sobia Hayat and Nuzhat Tahira of College of Nursing, Armed Forces Postgraduate Medical Institute Rawalpindi got first and second positions securing 327 and 311/400 marks respectively.
LHC issues contempt notice to Health Secretary STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Lahore High Court (LHC) has issued contempt of court notice to the Secretary Health as he reportedly disobeyed the court order regarding regularization of 20 pharmacists. Secretary Health has been ordered to present in the court on June 17 in contempt case. When LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial resumed hearing of the case, the petitioner’s lawyer was of the view that Secretary Health did not regularize 20 pharmacists despite the court had issued order in this regard. He also prayed to the court that legal action should be taken against the Secretary Health for violation of rules and regulation. Chief Justice while passing his remarks said that the court would not like to put anybody behind bars; so it is better to follow the court orders in their true spirit. The secretary health also has been issued notice with the direction to present in the court on June 17.