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8 Indian ‘under-cover agents’ deported SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT visa and were without proper suspicious activities in KARACHI—Eight Indian nationals suspected to be undercover agents arrived in Pakistan during November 16-20 period in the disguise of participants of a musical program but were apprehended, interrogated and then deported for violations of law. The Indian nationals providing false information to Pakistani officials to get

Dr Shakeel Afridi demands rights PESHAWAR—Dr Shakeel Afridi who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden has spoken out to demand better conditions in prison and complain of being falsely implicated in a treason case, his lawyer said on Sunday. Shakeel Afridi also called for access to his lawyer in a letter that his attorney Samiullah Afridi said was genuine. Shakeel Afridi was arrested and charged with betraying his country after US troops killed al Qaeda leader bin Laden in Abbottabad in May 2, 2011. He was initially sen-

notification. All the suspected Indians were later deported aboard Emirates Air flight last week. One group of Indians including two women arrived in Pakistan on November 16, 2013 while others arrived on November 20, 2013 and stayed in PC Karachi. They all failed to report to police as required under rules. Once they started their contacts they were intercepted due to

Karachi. It was not clear how and upon whose recommendations, the Pakistani High Commission in India issued visas to the Indians who filed wrong and misleading information about their profession and past roles in India. The Indian visitors came to Pakistan as participants of Pakistan idol organized

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NEPRA orders power companies to pay back Rs35b to consumers Discos to give relief to customers

in monthly bills OBSERVER REPORT

vember 29. According to the notification, the regulatory authority has decided to reduce the price of power used in July 2012 by 86 paisa per unit, 58 paisa per unit in August, 70 paisa per unit in October, 85 paisa per unit in November, 51 paisa per unit in December, 87 paisa per unit in January 2013, 42 paisa per unit in February, Rs 2.39 per unit in March, Rs 2.52 per unit in April, and 93 paisa per unit in May 2013. The power distributing companies (Discos) would give relief to the consumers in monthly bills with effect from the notification date. The decision of providing relief will not be applicable to the power consum-

ers belonging to Karachi and Peshawar. The decision was ostensibly taken due to change of date in the tariff notification of power distributing companies (Discos) following the issuance of a gazette notification of RFC on August 5, 2013, by the power ministry, making it effective from 1st July 2012. Similarly, due to late submission of applications by the Discos to the regulator for determination of reference fuel cost (RFC), the regulatory authority (Nepra) determined monthly RFC of Discos for the financial year (FY) 2012-13 in April 2013 on the basis of RFC of FY 201112. Total 74 billion units of power were sold to the Discos during this period.

NEW YORK: A Metro North Railroad train was derailed on Sunday alongside Hudson river.

4 killed, 67 injured in NY train derail NEW YORK—A train hurtled off the tracks in a New York suburb Sunday, killing at least four people, injuring 67 and coming perilously close to ploughing into a freezing river. New York emergency services launched a major rescue operation after the train careered off rails in the Bronx

I SLAMABAD —The National Electronic Power Regulatory Authority has ordered power companies to reimburse the amount collected on account of fuel price adjustment to consumers. Continued on Page 7 In 2011, Nepra had alContinued on Page 7 lowed distribution companies of Islamabad, Lahore, LB elections Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Gujranwala, Multan, Peshawar, Quetta and Sukkur to charge FPA in power bills. The amount that will be repaid to energy consumers OUR CORRESPONDENT STAFF REPORTER QUETTA—Pakistan Medical totals to around Rs35 billion. The amount will be paid back Association Balochistan K ARACHI —Sindh governto consumers through future President Sultan Tareen has ment has asked for more time monthly bills. said that the kidnapped for the holding of local bodA notification was also cardiologist Dr Munaf Tareen ies elections in the province, issued in this regard on Nowas recovered after payment on Sunday. of Rs 5 crore as ransom. Provincial Local Bodies Addressing a press Minister, Sharjeel Memon conference here Sunday, said it would better if the elecSultan Tareen said that their tions were held in March. strike was not limited to the Continued on Page 7 demand of Dr Munaf Tareen, adding that they would “They haven’t seized a B ANGKOK —About 30,000 continue to observe strike protesters launched a single place,” National SecuTARIQ SAEED until their all demands are met. “people’s coup” on rity Council Chief Paradorn Criticizing the provincial government on Pattanathabutr told Reuters. P E S H A W A R — R e a c t i n g Thailand’s government, he said that “They go to different places S u n d a y, sharply to the outburst of s w a r m i n g STAFF REPORT paying ransom to recover and they go back out.” the kidnapped cardiologist Begum Nasim Wali Khan the state agenThe protesters sowed ISLAMABAD—Interior Minisformer provincial president cies in violent is a slap on the face of chaos in one of Southeast ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Asia’s biggest cities, breach- called on the former Army Continued on Page 7 and widow of Khan Abdul clashes, takWali against the incumbent ing control of ing a police line, seizing Chief General Ashfaq Parvez ANP leadership dubbing a state broadseven police trucks, and forc- Kayani in Rawalpindi. them corrupt and incompe- caster and ing Yingluck to move to an Ch Nisar hailed the sertent, the party leaders on forcing the undisclosed location from a vices of General Ashfaq Parvez Sunday said there was no prime minisbuilding where she had room for her in the present ter to flee a police compound. planned to give media inter- Kayani in the field of national security. He said the former party setup. They also But after a day of skir- views. termed as baseless all the al- mishes between protesters Small fires burned from petrol Army Chief set good traditions legations leveled by Begum hurling stones and petrol bombs that landed by police during his military service. Nasim against Asfandyar bombs against riot police fir- trucks. Protesters pulled at Wali and company. PESHAWAR—The sit-in ing back with teargas, the barbed-wire barricades as Begum Nasim Wali, who demonstrators failed to others washed teargas from staged by Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaaf (PTI) and its allied had been a moving spirit be- breach heavily barricaded their eyes with bottled water. See pictorial coverage of RTC hind the ANP affairs for more Government House, office of It is the latest dramatic turn in organised by Pakistan parties to block the Nato than 35 years at a press con- Prime Minister Yingluck a conflict pitting Bangkok’s Observer on ‘Energy Crisis — supply routes to AfghaniWay Out’ tomorrow on Page 13. stan in protest against drone Shinawatra. Continued on Page 7 Continued on Page 7 strikes continued for the ninth consecutive day on Sunday. Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaaf’s sit-in against drone strike in Hangu started after a protest rally in Peshawar. PTI along with activists WASHINGTON—In January, having to dismantle the bulk manded , has the potential to don’t just go into the oppoof Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and when US officials first raised of its counterterrorism infra- be particularly damaging on sition but get killed or go into Awami Jamhouri Ittehad the prospect of keeping no structure in the region and the eve of Afghanistan’s exile. It’s winner takes all.” blocked various points Afghanistan’s presidential election, schedU.S. officials signaled troops in Afghanistan after abandon including Peshawar’s Ring 2014, this “zero option” was fledgling security forces. A uled to take place next spring, last week they were reasonRoad, Hayatabad toll plaza, ably optimistic that Karzai broadly seen as a rhetorical wholesale withdrawal would U.S. officials say. Khairabad area and Sawabi “If it doesn’t happen, if would soon relent and sign bargaining chip the White also shut down the foreigninterchange to choke Nato House was using to nudge aid pipeline that keeps the this anxiety grows, you the bilateral security agreecontainers.—Online along talks over a long-term Afghan state afloat and project into the upcoming ment, which sets the rules for security agreement. But an sharply limit any enduring electoral period a degree of an enduring U.S. military increasingly acrimonious U.S. diplomatic presence, instability caused by grow- presence after the U.N. manstalemate between the offi- Washington Post reported on ing alarm at Afghanistan re- date that governs its role exToday’s issue of Pakistan cials and Afghanistan’s re- Sunday. The uncertainty turning to the 1990s,” said pires in December 2014. But Observer carries a 2-Page calcitrant president has made over the long-term security James Dobbins, the State following Thursday’s civilSpecial Report on the ‘42nd deal, which President Hamid Department’s special envoy ian casualties, Afghan offithe prospect quite real. National Day of United After its longest war in Karzai has threatened not to to Afghanistan and Pakistan. cials said he was even more Arab Emirates’ on Page 9 history, the United States is sign by the end of the year, “It’s every man for himself, reluctant to sign the docuand 12. suddenly contemplating as the United States has de- where losers in the election ment promptly. Officials at

Dr Munaf recovered after ransom payment

‘ANP has no room for Nasim Wali Khan’

PTI sit-in to block Nato supplies continues

Sindh govt seeks more time

Thai PM forced to leave building

Nisar meets Gen Kayani

DPC leaders demand end to drone attacks OBSERVER REPORT L AHORE —Thousands of people rallied in Lahore on Sunday in protest against continued US drone strikes in the tribal agencies and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Around 5,000 protesters chanted anti-US slogans and called for an immediate end to the drone strikes at the rally organised by the Difa-iPakistan Council, a coalition of around 40 religious and political parties. The demonstrators chanted slogans calling for the blocking of Nato supplies for Afghanistan which are transported through Pakistan. DPC chief Maulana Samiul Haq, in a televised address to the rally, said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had come under US pressure and was not expected to play a positive role in getting the drone strikes stopped. He appealed to all politi-

cal parties, religious scholars and members of civil society to unite against the attacks. Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ’s ‘controversial’ remarks in Afghanistan were not appreciated. Saeed said that the problems faced by Pakistan were all due to India, US and Is-

Picture on Back Page rael. Hafiz Saeed also called for unity. The rally participants were carrying flags and chanting slogans against the US, India and Pakistan government. The rally started from Nila Gumbad and culminated near Masjid-e-Shuhada where the leaders of the parties delivered speeches. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-S leader Maulana Samiul Haq in his address said that con-

No politicking on foreign policy: PR I SLAMABAD —Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator P e r v a i z Rashid on Sunday said there should be no politicking on f o r e i g n policy and the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf should rise above its party politics. Talking to media, he said the PTI was pursuing a dual policy regarding the United States and North Atlantic

US weighs cost of letting Afghanistan go its own way: WP the Pentagon, who have come to see the public warnings of a zero option as counterproductive, said that the White House has not asked the Defense Department to draw up plans for a full withdrawal. In a statement, the Pentagon said in response to questions that the endorsement of a follow-on force by a gathering of tribal elders that Karzai convened in late November “indicates overwhelming support from the people of Afghanistan to

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tinuation of Nato supplies, sectarianism, drone attacks and US intervention were not real problems for Pakistan — the presence of the US in Pakistan was. He said that some nonMuslim countries were “conspiring” against Pakistan, stating that even the US and Russia were now working together. He praised Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan’s stance in blocking Nato supply. Difa-e-Pakistan Council demanded on Sunday that the government play its role in opposing drone strikes in Pakistan and also oppose construction of a wall in Kashmir by India. The council warned that if this was not done, people would resort by taking the matters into their own hands. Various parties of DPC held a protest rally near The Mall in Lahore alongside participants of Jamatud Dawa.

Cameron heads to China

Treaty Organization. The stance taken by the PTI leaders while abroad was different from that they adopted here in public, he said and added that such hypocrisy was not in the national interest as it gave the world a message that Pakistanis were a confused nation. He advised the PTI leaders to avoid hypocricy in the larger national interest. He said halting and searching of NATO containers by the PTI workers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa could

L ONDON —British Prime Minister David Cameron was to head to China on Sunday aiming to reset relations with Beijing after a row over his decision to meet the Dalai Lama. Cameron s trip is aimed at fostering ties with the new leadership of President Xi Jinping and boosting trade, with more than 100 business people set to accompany him. Relations between Britain and China have been frosty since Cameron met Tibet s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in May 2012. But aides said that the

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MQM admits Kamal has submitted resignation OBSERVER REPORT KARACHI—Muttahida Qaumi Movement confirmed in a statement on Sunday that Mustafa Kamal had submitted his resignation from the Senate seat to the party but said that it had not been accepted yet. The party said that the former mayor of Karachi was not in Pakistan and had notified the party leadership before leaving. “Kamal had requested temporary time off from party duties and MQM had ap-

proved of his request,” stated the Rabita Committee. The press release refuted claims of a rift between Kamal and other members of the party and said that he had gone abroad because of personal problems. MQM said that Kamal’s efforts for the improvement of Karachi were appreciated. “MQM chief Altaf Hussain wishes his personal problems get resolved soon so that he can return to party duties,” concluded the statement.


President, PM felicitate UAE on National Day I S L A M A B A D — P r e s i d e n t UAE and Ruler of Dubai and faith, values and brotherhood. pressed the confidence that reMamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif felicitated the people and leadership of the United Arab Emirates on the occasion of 42nd National Day being celebrated on Monday. According to a press release received here from Consulate General of Pakistan in Dubai, both the Prime Minister and the President sent their separate messages to Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed AlNahyan, President of the UAE respectively. In his message, President Mamnoon Hussain conveyed warmest felicitations on behalf of the Government and people of Pakistan to His Highness and to the brethren of the UAE on this occasion. President Mamnoon referred to the exemplary fraternal bonds of friendship between both countries based on firm and eternal foundations of common

He expressed confidence that these cordial bilateral ties would continue to grow in the years ahead under the leadership of Sheikh Khalifa. In his message, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lauded to the close, cordial and cooperative relations between Pakistan and the UAE in all fields. He noted that bilateral cooperation has witnessed significant progress and diversification over the last many years. The Prime Minister ex-

lations between the two brotherly countries will further strengthen and consolidate to the mutual benefit of both countries in the years ahead under the wise and experienced leadership of Sheikh Moh bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The Prime Minister and the President of Pakistan also conveyed wishes for the good health and happiness of the UAE leadership and for the continued progress and prosperity of the people of the UAE.—APP

Barjees forsees new Pak-Afghan relations’ era Chest society ISLAMABAD—Fderal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Chaudhry Barjees Tahir Sunday said the visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to Afghanistan would bring about a new era of Pak-Afghan relations. Talking to journalists in Sangla Hill, the minister said the government accorded the highest priority to relations with Afghanistan. The Prime Minister’s proposed Afghan package would open new avenues of development in Afghanistan as the proposed Peshawar-Kabul Motorway would not only give Afghan products access to South Asia but also to global markets. Furthermore, he said besides

Pakistan and China, the Pak- Mushrraf and the civilian Prime China Economic Corridor Minister Nawaz Sharif, he said the former had brought the menace of terrorism into the country, while the latter was trying to get the nation rid of it. He said,” We believe in power of dialogue, cooperation and economic relations.” The minister said the democratic government had pledged to bring peace and prosperity in the country. Pakistan’s peace was linked with peace in Afghanistan, he added. Barjees said a peaceful Afghanistan was a guarantee of peaceful Pakistan. A peaceful would also benefit Afghanistan Pakistan was not only the dream and India. of present government but it also Regarding difference be- wanted peaceful Afghanistan, he tween autocratic Pervez added.—APP

Rutgers WFP launches HARP to check HIV, AIDS

arranges seminar on COPD PESHAWAR—Pakistan Chest Society Khyber Pakhtunhwa Chapter in collaboration with Primary Care Respiratory Group here Sunday arranged a seminar in connection with International Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The seminar was attended by member of Pakistan Chest Society, Chest Specialists, General Practitioners and large number of medical professionals. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive and Incharge of Chest Unit, Dr Arshad Javaid said that significant symptoms of COPD were difficulty in respiration, productive cough with sputum and wheezing. He said that disease is also associated with hindrances is performing daily life activities. He informed that the history of the ailment is very old in the country adding ratio of patients suffering from COPD has been ascending with each passing day. He said that mortality rate of the disease round the globe has been reported 5 million annually. Dr Arshad said that smoking, pollution and poisonous emission from burning are the factors affecting the intensity of the disease besides increasing its victims. He urged medical professionals to play their part in eliminating the disease by disseminating necessary information among the society.—APP

SU teachers’ body poll today HYDERABAD—Two groups of

LARKANA: People participating in a walk to mark the World AIDs Day.

L ARKANA —Rutgers World ebrates World AIDs Day on De- AIDS in Pakistan. Population Foundation (WPF) in collaboration with Nai Zindagi launched a Harm Reduction Project (HARP) for eliminating, reducing and controlling the spread of HIV and AIDs in the country. Currently, 24,000 such drug addicts are the direct beneficiary of this project with countless indirect beneficiaries in the districts of Gujrat, Kasur and Jhelum. Talking to APP Programme Manager HARP, Asher Bhatti said, “there is need to strengthen the public health systems to respond HIV in an effective way. All people including High Risk Groups should have access to health services without any stigma and discrimination.” Since 1988, the world cel-

cember 1 each year. This day was truly the first global health day observed to raise awareness on HIV and to commemorate the people who have lost their live due to this epidemic. Pakistan is a few steps behind India and Nepal in terms of the prevalence of HIV epidemic. According to the national HIV estimates, the prevalence of HIV among the adults of Pakistan is still below 1 percent. According to the National AIDs control Programme, the HIV epidemic prevalence exists more than five percent among Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) in at least eight major cities. According to the latest national HIV estimates there are approximately 97,400 cases of HIV/

In light of Millennium Development Goals-6, Pakistan has surpassed its target in reducing HIV prevalence among 15-24 year old pregnant women and other vulnerable groups. This has been made possible due to efforts being made by the government, civil society and international support working together for a unified effort to end HIV and AIDS prevalence in Pakistan. World Food Programme (WFP) has assisted 1.65 million beneficiaries across 41 districts and 5 agencies in the country. Out of this, 678,000 individuals benefitted from participation in interventions in support of education, livelihoods and nutrition across Pakistan.—APP

Environmentalists made clarion call of protecting Indus delta P ESHAWAR —Environmental Wide Fund for Nature), an or- into crop land. experts, while highlighting growing threats to ecology in coastal belt of Pakistan due to affects of climate change, have made a clarion call of taking effective mitigation measures as survival of Indus Delta is at stake. “Ecology in the Indus delta is seriously affected due to changing weather patterns, environmental degradation, seawater intrusion, reduction in flow of river Indus and excessive cutting of mangroves,” observed conservation experts associated with WWF (World

ganization working to address growing environmental and conservation issues across the globe. Briefing mediapersons during a two days field trip to the coastal belt of Pakistan organized by WWF, environmental experts apprised that the coastline inhabitants that make up almost one million people on Sindh’s coast and 250,000 in Balochistan’s are extremely affected by impact of climate change and are threatened by sea level rise, poor access to freshwater and salt water intrusion

Continuous reduction in fresh water inflow below the Kotri Berrage has resulted in seawater intrusion, changes in geomorphology of the Delta and the nutrient balance of the damage to the terrestrial ecosystem affecting the important habitat, they added. “The rate of erosion of deltaic region has recently been measured as about 9 ft per month,” revealed Tahir Abbass, Field Coordinator WWF while briefing newsmen during visit to Khobar creek in Keti Bunder at Thatta district.—APP

teachers are contesting in the December 2 elections of the Sindh University Teachers Association (SUTA). Election Committee Chairman Dr Pervez Pathan told the APP here on Sunday that as many as 550 university teachers are eligible to vote. The elections would be held at the KR Hall at the main Jamshoro campus, he added. According to Dr Pathan, the voters would elect 6 office bearers and 12 executive council members for SUTA while 9 executive council members had already been elected unopposed. The council members comprise 2 members each from the 8 teaching faculties while 5 were from the University’s various campuses. Dr Azhar Ali Shah, who is leading the Reformist and Progressive Panel for the slot of President SUTA, told the APP that his panel was fielding 6 candidates for the positions of the office- bearers and 12 for the executive council members. Another 4 candidates from the panel for the executive council have been elected unopposed, he added. The contestants for the office- bearers include Ishaq Samejo for vicepresident, Saad Nizmani for vicepresident campuses, Asghar Burfat for secretary, Dr Hyder Nizamani for joint secretary and Jamshed Chandio for treasurer. Similarly, the Sindh University Faculty Ittehad (SUFI) Panel, which is led by Dr Arfana Mallah, is also fielding 6 candidates for the office bearers and 12 for the executive council. The contenders for the office- bearers include Dr Naimatullah Shah as president, Umed Ali Rind as vice-president, Amjad Hussain Lashari as vice-president campuses, Dr Arfana Mallah as secretary, Shahid Hussain Larik as joint secretary and Anil Kumar Bhatia as treasurer.—APP


Healthcare, edu facilities priority of govt Bashir Ahmad Rehmani

HAFIZABAD—Minister of State for National Health Services Regulation and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar has said that all available resources are being utilized to provide different amenities of life to the masses at their doorsteps while provision of healthcare and educational facilities is the top priority of the present government of Pakistan Muslim LeagueN. Addressing a meeting in district complex Hafizabad that was attended by the District Coordination Officer, Mansoor Qadir and other officers of different departments, she said that agenda of social welfare could be completed to utilize all available resources in transparent manner and doctors, paramedics and teachers perform their duties with dedication, responsibility and the passion of serving the nation. She directed the concerned officers to improve services being provided in the District Headquarter and Tehsil Headquarter Hospitals in the district Hafizabad and added that TMAs also ensure cleanliness in their respective areas for providing healthy atmosphere to the people. She said that basic responsibility of the government departments was to serve the people and to take concerted measures for resolving people’s grievances at their doorsteps. She stressed the need of improving performance of government departments. She directed the Executive District Offic- SUKKUR: Participants of Dastar Fazila Conference listening to the speakers at Madrassah Manzilgah. ers Heath, Dr. Farooq Azam Tarar and Executive District Officer Education, Muhammad Ashrif Harl to improve their control over the subordinate staff and offices to get desired result according to the expectations of the government. During the briefing, District Coordination Officer, Mansoor Qadir informed the meeting that the Punjab government had accorded approval of three important mega development projects with the cost of Rs.389.162 million for ensuring provision of various facilities to the people.

ISLAMABAD—Jhang has become the first district in Pakistan in which all FIRs are now recorded on the system, and then tracked online through multiple stages of investigation and judicial trial. The system has been prepared with a very low cost and within a very short duration of few months. The system ensures that DPO and other senior police officers have a real time access to information about FIRs and any progress on them in terms of, among others, investigation, witnesses, arrests, recoveries, challans,remands, proclaimed offenders and their arrests, and break up of cases or crimes. It also allows quick generation of multiple types of reports, which save a lot of time, and facilitate investigations and effective oversight by officers. Executive Director, Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI),a non-profit organization, Amer Ejaz told APP that Jhang pofor giving maximum relief to the lice has also developed and people. provided online checklists for He said that now the PML- effective investigation of variN was the guardian of democracy in the country and was striving for the rights of the masses. It would never allow any one to derail the democracy in the country, as PML-N would successfully eliminate the antidemocracy conspiracies of the anti-democratic elements. He I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Mesaid that Prime Minister teorological Department Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was (PMD) on Saturday forecast striving to also make Pakistan a cold and dry weather for most strong Economic Power after parts of the country during next 24 hours. making it a nuclear power. However, partly cloudy He asserted that the PMLN government was strength- conditions in upper parts of ening the institutions in the Punjab is expected on Monday. According to the synoptic country and promoting the democracy and democratic situation, a shallow westerly norms and values, besides, wave is prevailing over Afputting the country on the ghanistan and is likely to aphighway to political and eco- proach northern parts of the country Sunday night and Monnomical stability.—INP day. In most parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, cold and dry weather has been predicted with upper parts to bear very cold temperature, however, mostly cloudy weather condiwith chances of rain-thunMULTAN—Six dacoits snatched tions derstorm with light snowfall cash from four cattle traders and over the hills is expected at isoinjured two others on resistance lated places in Malakand and near at Adda Peerewala, Hazara divisions on Sunday and Shujabad road, in Muzaffarabad Monday. police limits. Cold and dry weather is exBulail post in-charge sub-in- pected in most parts of Sindh spector Liaqat said cattle traders and Balochistan provinces. Allah Nazar, Ajab Gull, Nek Kashmir is expected to Muhammad and Islam Khan were have very cold and dry weather going to cattle market when six dacoits on three motorcycles intercepted them. The dacoits held them hostage at gunpoint, snatched Rs 770,000 from them and shot at and injured traders Ajab Gull and Nek Muhammad, he said. Islahi Bazme-Mehdi peace committee here on Sunday organized a candlelit vigil for the promotion of peace in the country. General Secretary Islahi Bazm-e-Mehi, Malik Ijaz Hussain, Tariq Abass Shamsi, Naseem Labar, Naeem Iqbal Naeem and others addressing the participants said that unity among all ranks of Muslims was need of the hour.—APP

Zahid: Youth loan scheme a revolutionary step of PML-N

Measures to bring speedy progress

He further said that governZahid Hamid narrated that PASRUR— Government is ISLAMABAD—Member Punjab Assembly committed to the welfare of ment has adopted the policy for early establishment of durable

(MPA), Mian Naseer Ahmed has said that Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), government is taking measures to bring speedy progress and prosperity for the people of the country. He said the government after coming into power had taken initiatives to bring improvement in all sectors. Talking to media, he said that the Punjab government had asked the Member Provincial Assemblies to visit “sasta bazaars” and check the price lists. He said that the step was taken to maintain check and balance system in the weekly sasta bazaars. To a question he said that action would be taken against the elements found involved in selling the daily use commodities against the price lists. He said that Food Authority would check the quality of the products. Mian Naseer Ahmed said the government is making efforts to provide relief to the masses and for this, measures are being taken to achieve the objectives. President Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCC&I) Sohail Lashari said that different projects including dams, energy and increasing tax net were the good steps of the government. He said that enhancing trade with India would benefit the people of both the countries. Replying to a question he said that business community is paying tax. He said that there is need to streamline the system in different institutions to achieve progress and prosperity for the people. He reiterated that the incumbent government was cognizant of the scientific and technological developments in the world, and was committed to bring about the contemporary trends and techniques in the country for professional practices. He further said that government has adopted the policy for providing appropriate environment for research and development sector, and for encouragement of young professionals as the means towards specialized fields.—APP

Imran has unblemished track record

youth and will continue supporting talented young generation at university level education. Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Zahid Hamid said this during his meeting with Engr Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, Chairperson Higher Education commission of Pakistan, who called on him, here Sunday. Areas of mutual interest, particularly in the field of science and technology at the universities level come under discussion. The Minister reiterated that the incumbent government was cognizant of the scientific and technological developments in the world, and was committed to bring about the contemporary trends and techniques in the country for professional practices.

peace and weeding out terrorism and militancy was the top priority of the country and government was committed to uproot terrorism from the country. He said that the PML-N was striving to strengthen the durable and real democracy and true democratic norms and values in Pakistan. He revealed that the Youth Loan Scheme was a revolutionary step by the PML-N government which would create the new opportunities of employment , as the women and youth would play a pivotal role in strengthening the national economy , besides, putting it towards the goal of national economical stability. He added that the PML-N government was striving to cope with the persisting energy crisis

Govt-lawyers conflict paralyzes judiciary SHER GONDAL

Abdul Khaliq Qureshi

MANDI BAHAUDDIN—StandABBOTTABAD—Pakistan is full of crisis off between Punjab Govern-

and troubles. To rescue the country out of all these existing threats, the nation needs an experienced, bold, sincere and honest person who knows the strategy of fighting against all these internal and external threats, Member National Assembly (MNA), Dr.Muhammad Azhar Khan Jadoon said this Sunday. He went on to say that at present the only experienced person who possesses all these traits is none else than Chief of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan. He has unblemished past track record, and rescued the country out of crisis and served the poor masses of the country. His development works without taking reigns of country, growth of economy speak volume about his capabilities and devotion to the nation. He is honest and clean from any sort financial scandals. The country now desperately needs him. Please help the country and vote for the future of your generations .It is a matter of Pakistan’s survival. Personal liking and disliking may please be ignored for the time being vote for Imran Khan, he emphasized. Earlier it was reported that a division bench of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) has ordered attaching the salary of Abbottabad Deputy Commissioner Matiullah Khan for not filing his comments in the Shimla Hill case. The commissioner ignored the court order to submit his comments within the given time. Advocate Zafar Iqbal filed a writ petition this past April wanting to declare Shimla Hill as a national park and banning the acquisition of land, new construction and clearing encroachment in the area. The petitioner named the Abbottabad DC, Hazara commissioner, federal and provincial governments, secretary of forest and the director general for environment as respondents.

providing appropriate environment for research and development sector, and for encouragement of young professionals as the means towards specialized fields. The Chairperson HEC thanked the Minister for the assistance and support by the Ministry of Science and Technology. The Federal Minister said that the PML-N government was promoting a revolutionary policy of Trade not Aid with the other countries, saying that this policy would be helpful in making Pakistan a self-reliant and stable economically depending upon the available national resources , besides, creating the maximum opportunities of economic and industrial stability , in this regard.

ment and lawyers over the issue of setting up high court benches in Faisalabad, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Sahiwal and Dera Ghazi Khan divisions have completely paralyzed district level judiciary in these divisions, social circles have opined. They said during last week the courts remained unfunctional due to lawyers’ boycott of courts. Since January last lawyers have been observing strike of courts to press their demand for forming high court benches at divisional level but government had failed to address this serious issue. They said demand of lawyers was in interest of millions of litigants who had to

travel long journeys to reach Lahore and back in connection with their cases pending in the high court and had to bear extra expenditure. They further said all facilities of public interest were concentrated in Lahore and other metropolitans and government was reluctant to spread them in the province to facilitate public. Higher Educational institutions, main hospitals with special treatment facilities, and other public facilities are at Lahore and institutions available at district level were short of material teaching and health facilities. For instance, they said Government Post Graduate College at Mandi Bahauddin was short of science teachers and laboratories. The college faces shortage of accommodation for 3600 students. District Headquar-

ters Hospital had no specialized doctor and cases of serious nature are referred to Lahore. Despite pointing out these deficiencies government had done nothing to solve the problems. They further said that for setting up high court benches buildings and other infrastructure was already available in the divisions. The only requirement was to post high court judges to the divisions. This did not need extra expenditure. Therefore, they urged the Punjab Government to order posting of judges to divisions for forming high court benches. They said any delay in setting up high court benches would aggravate the situation and the litigant public who were already fed up with delayed and costly justice would further suffer irreparable loss.

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other high ranking Civil and Military Officials. The old Abdalians started reaching the College at 10 am. They were registered in front of Academic Block. Then wreath laying cer-

Hasanabdal, Professor Syed Dilshad Hussain Ex-Principal and the most senior Old Abdalian Col. Shuja Ahmed Mirza from 1st entry laid the wreaths at both places. Later on, the old sons of

Alumni Lunch was held at Cadet College Hasanabdal Efforts to improve economy yesterday. It was attended by ISLAMABAD—Member National Assem- about 600 to 700 old boys inbly (MNA), Shaista Malik on Sunday said that Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz government is taking steps to bring improvement in the economy. She said that strengthening economy was the priority of the present government. Talking to media, she said that the government will not compromise on national interests. Shaista Malik said that there are many challenges like terrorism and energy. “We should sit together for addressing the issues for the progress and stability of the economy,” she added She said that politics of point scoring should be ended for the development and welfare of the people of this country. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), government is focusing on addressing the challenges like terrorism, energy and peace to make speedy progress in all fields of life. Replying to a question, she said that India and Pakistan should continue talks for making progress on all outstanding issues. She said that dialogue is the only way to resolve the problems. To another question regarding Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, she said: “We are giving priority to our national interest and in this connection, things are moving in right direction.” Meanwhile, Member Provincial Assembly (MPA), Yasmin Lahri has said that PMLN government is working to streamline the affairs at all insti- Old Abdalians on the eve of annual lunch held at Cadet College Hassanabdal. tutions to facilitate the people of Balochistan. Talking to Pakistan Television channel, she said that the present govern- cluding Raja Nadir Parvez, emonies were held at Shuhada CCH visited their wings to ment after coming into power have taken initiatives to main- Mr Riaz ul Hassan, Surgeon Monument and at the grave of cherish the golden memories tain peace in Balochistan. She said that there is need to bring Gen Azhar Rashid, Gen Navid the Founding Principal Mr. associated with their alma improvement at all sectors, adding that steps are being taken Zaman Cmdr 4 Corps, Gen- Hugh Catchpole. Maj. Gen- mater. to achieve objectives in this regard. “Law and order is the top eral (R) Afzal Janjua, Nasir eral Najeeb Tariq HI(M), They were delighted to priority of the provincial government,” she said.—APP Durrani IG KPK and several Principal Cadet College see the renovation of the

ous types of crimes to guide investigation officers and ensure that they meet the essential requirements of good investigations. He said the system also enables the senior officers to quickly review the distribution of work, progress of registered cases, any weaknesses or delays, and make appropriate corrections or directions. “CDPI congratulates Jhang police for its excellent FIR Management Information System; and demands the federal and provincial governments to replicate it for more efficient and citizens’ friendly policing”. The performance of Jhang police in terms of establishing FIR Management Information System is highly commendable, as it amounts to significant systemic improvement. It must be acknowledged by all stakeholders, and replicated by police departments across the country. Jhang police must also keep strengthening this system, especially in terms of including features to give appropriate level or type of access to complainants, accused and even general public.—APP

Cold, dry weather likely in most parts of country

Dacoits snatch cash from cattle traders, injure two

Alumni lunch of Cadet College Hassanabdal S TAFF R EPORTER

FIR management system of Jhang gets applause

wings and Naeem Hall. All this work was greatly appreciated by everybody. Afterwards, a formal session was held in the newly renovated Naeem Hall in which Vice Principal Mr. Abdul Qudus Saggu and Principal Maj. General Najeeb Tariq gave presentations on the recent construction works and fixtures. This session was followed by a question-answer session. Moreover, an informal session, consisting of some senior Old Abdalians’ speeches, was also held which was followed by a break for Zuhar Prayers. The old Abdalians had their lunch in the extended College dining halls and were extremely happy to see the new shape of the entire infrastructure which took place in such a short span of time. In addition to this, a Comic Mushayra was held in which famous comic poets like Dr Inam-ul-Haq Javed, Sarfraz Shahid, Salman Gillani and Muhammad Arif amused the audience with their comic poetry. The old sons of this great institution departed from the College after the evening tea.

whereas partly cloudy weather conditions with chances of light rain at one or two places is expected in the valley on Monday. Very cold and cloudy weather conditions with chances of light rain and snow-

fall is expected at isolated places of Gilgit-Baltistan on Sunday and Monday. The lowest minimum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Skardu 08øC, Parachinar, Astore, Kalat, Gupis -04øC, Giligt 03øC, Astore and Kalat -02øC, Quetta -01øC. The minimum temperatures recorded in the other cities were Islamabad 04øC, Lahore 08øC, Karachi 16øC, Peshawar 05øC, Murree 02øC, Muzaffarabad 05øC, Faisalabad 08øC, Multan 10øC, Hyderabad 17øC.—APP


Pakistan’s emphasis on Afghan led peace

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RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif during his day long visit to Afghani stan assured that a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan was in Pakistan’s vital interest . Addressing a joint press conference with President Karzai, the Prime Minister supported Afghan efforts to seek peace with Taliban and assured that he would help negotiators meet former senior Taliban commander Mullah Baradar. Earlier Advisor on Security Sartaj Aziz and other functionaries of the government also gave assurances to Afghanistan for all out cooperation in peace efforts. The Prime Minister rightly emphasized that key to sustainable peace in Afghanistan in 2014 and beyond is an inclusive political settlement that would reverse the destructive cycle of conflict, which has destroyed Afghanistan. There is clear danger that once the US led NATO forces left by the end of 2014, Afghanistan would again be in turmoil. Need of the time is that both sides should realize gravity of the situation, sit across the table and sort out differences. Afghans have suffered a lot since 1979 and their leadership needs some soul searching to bring peace and stability. Pakistan on its part has been extending all the help for beginning talks between dissident Afghan groups and President Karzai in his press conference admitted that since Mr Nawaz Sharif has taken office, cooperation and relations between the two countries have improved. Pakistan showed its sincerity by releasing several Taliban leaders including Mullah Baradar on Afghan demand and Mr Nawaz Sharif assured that any one can meet Mullah Baradar in Pakistan with approval of President Karzai. In our view time has come to take decisive steps for moving forward the dialogue process between Afghan government and resistance groups for a successful conclusion. Peace in Afghanistan is also in the interest of Pakistan as both are neighbours and have deep cultural and historical relationship. We hope visit of the Prime Minister would yield positive results but we may emphasise that Pakistan should see to it that Indian foothold in Afghanistan in different forms should be raised clearly with Afghanistan leadership because Pakistan in no way can afford hostility on its western borders. Unfortunately until now this issue has not been agitated with Kabul.

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ARIOUS business bodies continue to appreciate incentives announced by the Prime Minister on Thursday to stimulate growth and revive the economy. The Prime Minister took his time to discuss and announce the growth oriented package for business community to revive faltering investment climate creating jobs and expanding the tax base. The FPCCI, representative body of country’s chambers on Friday also lauded the economic revival package saying it will improve confidence of business community. We believe the much needed incentives-laden package would improve sentiments, investment climate, tax base and job market while reducing cost of doing business. Through this package the Prime Minister has addressed grievances of the business community and now it is for them to deliver. We may emphasize that private sector should not be too demanding and keep in view difficult situation the country is passing. The relief package, we believe is more than the capacity of the country because of resource constraint and in view of the resilience of the industrial sector, it can move ahead at a fast pace with new incentives. So far as the issue of energy is concerned, we would propose that big business houses may consider establishment of small plants of their own to meet power shortage. As for concern of the businessmen that decisions taken in the past were never implemented, the Prime Minister formed the Business Advisory Council that would ensure implementation and that should set aside doubts of every one. The establishment of PM’s Agriculture Advisory Council has also been welcomed to ensure food security and welfare of the farming community but we would impress upon the business leaders to see to it that middle man is not allowed to cash on the hard work of farmers and fleece poor consumers through creation of artificial shortages of essential items. This is being witnessed now a days as prices of onions, potatoes, tomatoes and wheat flour have increased manifold. Decisions announced by the Prime Minister would certainly help revive economy as they fulfil major demands of trade and industry. It is now for the business community to extend full cooperation to government by investing in different sectors and paying their taxes properly so that the package may turn into a win win deal for every one.

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FTER violent protests and street fighting between supporters and opponents of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, troops have been deployed in the Thai capital Bangkok to support riot police shielding official buildings from anti-government protesters. Opposition activists have threatened to enter key government buildings, including headquarters of the Prime Minister and one fears that the protests which are continuing for the last eight days may bruise democracy. Sadly the wave of protests and violence is not decreasing and infact increasing. The Saturday incidents when anti and pro government protestors clashed indicate that anti-government protesters have dramatically upped the ante in their campaign to destabilize the government,. We would say that the violence in the short run could stir fears of further instability like that, which plagued the country during political conflicts in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Any escalation of violence is likely to scare away tourists who come to Thailand by millions and contribute greatly to the economy. The authorities have exercised restraint over the past week and opponents need to reciprocate and follow path of dialogue that is the best way in a democracy. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra repeated her call for negotiations to resolve the crisis but ruled out early elections saying that the country was not calm enough for polls. Democracy is a way of life and there are certain pre-requisites and one of them is patience, tolerance and accepting mandate of the masses. Therefore we believe that the opposition should accept the vote of confidence given by Parliament to the Prime Minister and agree to negotiations and bring an end to violence.

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Change of command the biggest challenge that will the new Muhammad Ali Ehsan confront COAS’s art of Email: muhammadaliehsan1@hotmail.com generalship. General Ashfaq Parveiz Kayani OW that the farewell and was the best placed military leader welcoming speeches have to take a decision on the issue of ended and the baton of com- missing persons before he finally mand has exchanged hands it’s time bowed out. A risk he didn’t take. for the new COAS to reflect on the Having stayed as DG ISI and then challenges ahead. The slower route COAS for six years no one could taken by PM Nawaz Sharif to fi- have better understood the comnally make his choice has already plexities and dynamics of this issue deprived the man on the horseback and the roadblocks that prevented to lose some valuable time. Had this the army from seeking its resolution. announcement come 3 months ear- Against this backdrop and the recent lier- keeping up with the military public commitment by a proactive traditions General Haroon would judiciary and the incoming Defence have still resigned and the next two Minister to resolve the issue in the senior most officers in the line of coming week the new COAS even seniority would actually have been before he has properly harnessed much well prepared to take on their himself in the saddle has been put new roles. What political wisdom on the spot. It’s not news that dannecessitated the delay in announce- gerous detainees are kept locked up ment of these appointments? What- by the army. The real news would be if the inever they were General Raheel Sharif will now do well to focus on coming COAS swallows the bitter not what General Kayani has done pill and allows the appearance of these detainees on the public scene. but what he could not do. During General Kayani’s mili- Seen as a ‘strategic military rebound’ tary leadership the disjointed civil- and an important ‘military concesmilitary approach of which he was sion’ the likelihood is that General an essential part failed to deliver on Raheel Sharif will not make this desome important fronts. No straight- cision any time soon. Why would he? ening out of the police force was Firstly this decision will make him carried out - not at least on a scale look increasingly detached internally where domestic security could even- within the army which holds long and tually be handed over to them and absolute institutional opinion on such thus enable army to exit and revert detentions. Secondly why would the to its conventional fighting role in army like to commit (officially) that future under some given time frame. it has been involved in the business With all its failures the ISAF still of illegal detentions? Wouldn’t this bows out from Afghanistan after subject its leadership and intelligence training over 300,000 security agencies accountable in a court of personnel’s to take over law? The way forward is tricky and Afghanistan’s security. Extricating general Kayani sidestepped it in the one third of the deployed army from same manner as he sidestepped his the western frontier without giving responsibility to submit an affidavit an impression of losing this war is in Supreme Court to avoid any blame

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in the team of generals who conspired to force the Chief Justice of Supreme Court to resign in 2007. Unprecedented and unabated praise is being showered by the media on all the military and non military accomplishments of the outgoing COAS. This is fine. Yet when the dust of praise settles down General Kayani will eventually be remembered as a COAS for his soft image and his cautious and watchful approach. Commanding an army in a state of war he hangs up his boots at a time when the overall outcome of this deadlocked war against Taliban’s necessarily remains doubtful. It’s likely that General Kayani will be more remembered for ‘avoiding risks’ in war rather than practicing neutrality and non-interference in politics for which he is being rightly credited. Those that consider that the ‘individual led neutrality’ practiced by general Kayani was an institutional choice are also making a mistake. For fourteen years only two generals (Gen Musharaff and Gen Kayani) have affected the careers and decided the fates of the senior general officers in the army. Vested with the unquestionable authority of postings, transfers and appointments of the general officers corps - which is the sole prerogative of the COAS - General Kayani like his predecessors faced little or no opposition in implementing his individual preferences in the army. Disguised as policy change these individual(Boss) preferences – islamization of army under General Zia and enlightened moderation under General Musharraf have been top down directive enforcements on an army whose senior military hierarchy knows too well the rewards and punishment for submission or dissent. This senior military hierarchy thus seldom questions or opposes the individual preferred change. Leading

the army in a state of war for six years General Kayani pursued(preferred) two different ends to this war- Confrontation as well as reconciliation. Both failed to give any decisive direction to the war. With over 5000 military deaths in combat not even one underperforming general was fired. Under General Kayani’s brinkmanship the joys of being rewarded and promoted for generals in this stalemated war was more common than the fears of being fired or relieved of duty. His own retirement was deferred and delayed by 3 years when he was granted a full extra tenure in 2010. This political act of kindness had little to do with the professional competence of the general as the next in line always have almost the same military talent and competence. It had everything to do with the mindset of the ruling civilian elite of the time that saw ‘avoiding risks’ as the most important practicing tool for a military leader to hold on to the prized seat. The top military commander is recognized for correctly seeing and reading the battlefield and imagining its likely military,political and geostrategic consequences. Not recognized and rewarded for being non political.The sound military strategic leadership at top creates the security circumstances and environment from which the political end of a war proceeds. Is Pakistan less threatened and less secure than it was in 1999? The answer to this question should sum up the performance of two top generals who together led the 6th largest army in the world in a war in which the cost army paid exceeded its gains. — The writer, a retd Lt Col, is doing PhD in civil-military relations from Karachi University.

Dividing Kashmir: Ceasefire to Great Wall Dr Muhammad Khan Email: drmk_edu@yahoo.com

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N the advice of its military high command, Indian Gov ernment has decided to construct a concrete wall along the Line of Control (LOC), starting with the Jammu Province. For construction of the wall, India pretends that, the wall will stop the infiltration of freedom fighters (militants), entering into its occupied portion of Kashmir from Azad Kashmir. Besides, it will also stop ceasefire violations along the LoC on permanent basis. The wall will be 10 meters high, highest among the so far constructed walls of this type, designed to divide the people and a region or a state and indeed families. To begin with the Working boundary in Jammu-Sialkot sector, India will construct 197 Km long wall in phase-I. This initial phase of the wall will pass through 118 villages. Through a gradual process, the wall will be extended all over the LoC, unless, not feasible at some places. Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) has been assigned to acquire the land from 122 villages in Jammu, Samba and Kathua Districts of Indian Occupied Kashmir. Besides, a 135 feet wide land strip is being acquired for the purpose, to accommodate several bunkers and outposts for the border security forces. Earth excavators will be used to dig the parallel trench, which will make so-called infiltration virtually impossible. Construction of such a wall, for the further division of two parts of the State of Jammu and Kashmir is being viewed as an extreme step to-

wards Indian violation of the international laws and United Nations resolutions, on the dispute. There are twenty-three exclusive UN Resolutions, dealing with Kashmir dispute, all stressing the need for the just solution of the dispute in accordance with wishes of the people of the state. The wall will permanently divide the families living on the both sides of divide (LoC). This Indian act is a clear violation of the basic human rights enshrined in; UN Charter and further secured through, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights1948, agreed upon and signed by all UN member state, India being one of the signatory of both. Under no circumstances, India can be allowed to such a blatant act of dividing the Kashmiri people and its two parts. The proposed wall, some people have already started calling it as the, ‘Great Wall of Kashmir’ will be higher and wider than the ‘Great Wall of China’, the Berlin Wall and the wall Israel constructed to stop Palestinian from entering their motherland. Through a UN resolution, ceasefire came into effect between the Pakistani and Indian forces on January 1, 1949. India, indeed, referred the Kashmir dispute to UN on January 1948. On the issue of LoC, three significant violations of India are worth mentioning here. First; in July 1972, through Simla Agreement, India compelled Pakistan to rename the Ceasefire Line as the line of Control. Since Pakistan was a defeated nation of 1971 Indian military aggression, thus it could do nothing except agreeing on this undesired clause of the agreement. However, except renaming, the status of this line remained as such a ceasefire line and there took place many violations of

this line until 2003. On its part, India, have been trying to misinterpret the status of LoC as a permanent border; dividing India and Pakistan. Pakistan never conceded to such misleading interpretations. Second; in 2003, following a normalcy in the bilateral relationship between India and Pakistan, Pakistan unilaterally declared a ceasefire along the LoC. India, later reciprocated and this arrangement worked for almost a decade (2012), except sporadic ceasefire violations. While maintaining its tradition of violations of agreements, India fenced the entire ceasefire line (LoC), making use of barbed wire and concertina coils. This fencing was so effective that, even wild animals could not enter the Indian occupied portion of the state and many a time India military commanders claimed that they have overcome the infiltration of Kashmiri freedom fighters from Azad Kashmir. Why did Pakistan allow this fencing along LoC, is a question to be answered by responsible people in the Government. However, after 1972, this was another step of consolidation of its hold over Kashmir by India. Like declaring the ceasefire as LoC, this act was yet another violation of the UN resolutions on the disputed status of the state. By no means, the status of Kashmir; both parts were to be changed by any party, unless UN give another mandate or cancel its earlier resolutions. This all was done once Pakistan was persuading a peace process between India and Pakistan, following the massive military escalation of 2001/02 and the unfortunate incident of 9/11. In a way, India seriously betrayed the trust of its neighbour and proved to be an unreliable and opportunist country. In third incident, indeed, the most

recent one, Pakistan offered India for the re-start of peace process, after Nawaz Sharif took over as the Prime Minister of Pakistan in May 2013. This positive offer of Pakistan was negatively reciprocated by India on the issues of cross LoC firing, initiated by later in January 2013, after its Army killed two Pakistani soldiers in Uri sector. Taking advantage of its own transgressions, and misadventures, India tried to defame Pakistan, its military and intelligence agencies on various unfounded grounds. Since India had the designs to gradually convert the ceasefire to a permanent border, therefore, prepared grounds for that, through a phased programme. The new development, Indian planning of construction of wall along the LoC is indeed, the fortification phase of Indian hold in its occupied portion of Kashmir. On this development, seemingly, India took lead from its security partner and advisor; the State of Israel, which did the same to disallow Palestinian from entering their homeland. Since India successfully completed the previous two phases without much of hue and cry from anywhere, thus, it is confident that, it will successfully complete this phase too, as per its planning. The Government of Pakistan, whom Kashmiris have mandated to fight their case at the international level, the people of Kashmir, Kashmiri Diaspora and international community, must take a serious note of Indian designs of permanently dividing the State and its inhabitants in blatant violations of human rights, UN Charter and UN resolutions on the dispute. — The writer is Islamabad-based IR analyst.

OLITICAL stability contin ues to elude the tiny Hima layan kingdom of Nepal, as none of the three major parties managed to win a simple majority in a rather complicated election for a new constituent assembly. While the two major moderate parties, the Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal-Unified MarxistLeninist have together been able to muster enough seats to form a govt and allow for meaningful debates in the constituent assembly, it is still not certain whether they will sup together and agree on a common agenda. After the final count of votes on Thursday, the United Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist comprising former insurgents, which had emerged as the largest party in the 2008 elections, was reduced to the third place. Sushil Koirala, the Nepali Congress chief, has been in touch with his counterparts in the other two parties, Jhalanath Khanal and the Maoist Prachanda. It appears that both parties are willing to back his government, though the former rebels are wary of joining the government. Nepal has a rather complicated election process, comprising both direct and proportionate voting systems. The Nepali Congress has won 105 of the 240 seats under the direct voting system, with the CPN-UML bagging 91 seats. The UCPN-Maoist was pushed to third position with just 26 seats. Another 335 seats in the 601-member constituent assembly will be filled on the basis of the results of proportionate voting, where seats are allocated in proportion to the votes won by political parties. The government nominates the remaining 26 members of the assembly. Political instability has been rife in Nepal ever since the first democratic elections were held, following the abolition of the monarchy in 2008. Nestling the Himalayas and located strategically between two giant neighbours, India and China, Nepal has suffered greatly in recent years. Political violence, rampant corruption, extortions and kidnappings have deterred industrialists from investing in the country. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. Its economy is heavily dependent on remittances from its nationals working abroad and from tourism. Its time political parties realise the enormous responsibilities that they have and ensure good governance. — Khaleej Times

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Sharif’s Kabul visit

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HE growing unease in rela tions between Pakistan and Afghanistan made worse by the trust deficit between their leaders over security issues needs to be sorted out at the earliest. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Kabul, the first since assuming office in May this year is therefore important as the two states urgently need to overcome existing obstacles that have marred cooperation and are key for improving security and stability. Pivotal to these is Pakistan’s help in facilitating talks with the Taliban and at the same time, working with Kabul to devise a strategy of monitoring cross border insurgent movement and flushing out Afghan insurgent groups that are allegedly conducting operations from inside Pakistan’s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan and viceversa. Pakistan’s other chief concern is India’s growing role in Afghanistan’s security paradigm. As Afghanistan prepares for a crucial year ahead marked by the withdrawal of international forces and elections it must shore up its regional allies and speed up efforts to resolve any disputes. It must look at its national interests and not allow any regional states to indulge in power flexing on its soil. Another important development is the recent appointment of Pakistan’s new Army Chief General Raheel Sharif that could bring changes in the country’s security policy. However, the civilian leadership’s decisions on how to move forward will be key and it is imperative that both Sharif and President Hamid Karzai are cognizant of the political and security dynamics before deciding on the implementation of any agreement they reach. — Gulf News

Let bygones be bygones. — Proverb


Why should we pay taxes? Abubakar Bheel Email:abubakarbheel@yahoo.com

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HE shopkeeper struggles from to dawn to dust and earns not enough money to lead a prosperous life but even out of that money he is ready to share a substantial amount with government, regard without giving to question whether the residuary suffices the need of his household or not, as a tax. He has every right to refuse to pay money because he has earned this with his own effort. But no. he does not question the payment even he is ready to pay the Government because he is aware of the philosophy of state. The same money would be spent for his own betterment. The government does not only enjoy the right to receive money but it also has to perform his obligation and defection in fulfillment of those duties would amount to breach of contract. The government and masses are also entered into a social contract where in a party pays for the services rendered by other party; therefore, the performance of contract is equally binding over both the parties. The very first service the public demands from state, in lieu of their paying taxes, is security to life, person and property. The constitution of Pakistan 1973 under provisions of fundamental rights from article 8 to 28 also acknowledges this right of security. These are inherent civil rights which cannot be alienated from the person. It is the prime duty of state to make sure the enforcement of fundamental rights. What if the provincial health minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwah himself stimulate the doctors to possess guns with the in

order to avoid any misshape. The decision was made by keeping in view the deteriorating law and order situation in province. Surely permission to carry weapon is for a bone fid purpose but it gives way to many interrogative marks. Have the law enforcement agencies proved failed to provide security to multitude and would it not create anarchy and chaos in society..? Let’s if tomorrow some lawyers are abducted or they receive threats from militants, would the also be allowed to avail same privilege. Cautiously if the same law and order situation continues to go on in Punjab, Shahbaz sharif will have to introduce a pistol scheme for students on merit. the same case arose in a state of USA when the state council made it compulsory for every home to have gun for self-defense but such decision was severely criticized there that if the same job is to be performed by public by her own then government has no justification of its existence. As a result they have to revert it. The instances are not available only where security is concerned but some other fields where government is service bound to provide them facilities. Recently a scam of spurious medicines was debunked in governmental hospitals. A few months back under the curatorship of Shabaz sharif as chief-cum-health minister many people were died due to use of expired medicine in Pakistan institute of cardiology. The government is not donating them these drugs in charity but under the principle of welfare state, it is the public money which is to be utilized for the welfare of them. Any misuse or misapplication of that money would amount to a breach of trust that public reposed in them through election. If any one of them is culpable for the embezzlement of

a single penny, he must be brought to book and recovery should be made certain. Because the government’s failure to provide the consumers services up to his satisfaction level is germinating suspicions regarding the credibility of state. The conditions were already very

The stringent conditions of IMF should also be relaxed if Government has spine to go for this. Above all the public must be given credence that whatever is being received from them will be utilized for their welfare including provision of security, health and education. grim and full of anguish because of government’ omission to come up to public’s expectations when the new government decided to unveil a new tax plan wherein the more the upper class was exempted, to a great extent, from any new tax and already poverty stricken lower class was overburdened. The General sale tax has also been increased along with cumulative prices of petroleum. Both would result in a precipitate hike in prices of day-to-day commodities. Amid the decreasing value of rupee the financial minister will find him helpless to give explanation to fixedincome community that how they can meet the both ends. But they have no

need to worry or to be accountable to their daft questions because they have Accounts in Dollars and the more rupee will fall, the larger there assets would be. The annals of history testify that the public do not bear this situation very long. Ultimately when they find themselves unable to earn and feed their families they stand against the rulers. It is more often clichéd as revolution. Then the class stratification is affected and economic structure gets damaged. It is unsuitable for both the have and have not’s. Particularly in Pakistan where no alternative leadership is available to replace the formers, suck kind of movements will end in fiasco but they may cause irreparable loss to state and citizen thereof. A nation who is already striving to steer the country out of many crisis as national security and energy inter alia is not able to absorb such strokes. The only way government has to mend its ways and avoid judging the capacity of public to bear the tyranny. An overhaul of tax- net is very necessary because the poor families are really unable to run their house hold. The burden of tax must be equally shared among all if not to place on those who have more. The tax recoveries of tax need to be insured along with other circular debts. The stringent conditions of IMF should also be relaxed if Government has spine to go for this. Above all the public must be given credence that whatever is being received from them will be utilized for their welfare including provision of security, health and education. — The writer is freelance columnist.

Views From Abroad

Corruption plagues Indian economy Wieland Wagner

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T rumbled and thundered, then India’s first Mars rocket shot into the sky above the Bay of Bengal, trailing a long tail of fire behind it. It was one of those rare moments when Asia’s third largest economy showed its modern side, with everything running punctually and precisely. On the ground, the head of India’s space program rejoiced, and declared: “Any mission is not beyond our capability.” That was early November, but this country with a population of 1.2 billion could celebrate its actual triumph 10 months from now, when the Indian-designed space probe is scheduled to reach the red planet and orbit it several times. If the mission proceeds as planned, it will make India the fourth space-going power to successfully reach Mars, following the United States, Russia and Europe. And, most importantly, India will achieve this step before its greatest rival, China. The space mission shone in the sky above India like a glimmer of hope for a country where back on the ground hardly anything is going according to plan. The competition with China for dominance in Asia — colourfully described for years by Western authors as a duel between the dragon and the elephant — has long since been decided, economically and thus geo-politically as well, and not in India’s favour. Hailed for two decades for its miraculous ascent, India’s economy is now faltering. Growth, once around 10 percent, is now less than half that. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts it will ultimately be under 4 percent for the current year, as it was last year as well. That would mean India’s economy is growing only half as fast as that of China, which serves as fac-

tory to the world. China’s economy, too, is flagging at the moment, but at a comparatively luxurious level. India, though, faces the challenge of freeing its population from poverty. One third of all Indians scrape by on less than $1.25 (•0.90) a day. Only high growth rates will help them move closer to prosperity. The disappointing state of the economy can also be seen in the depreciation of the country’s currency. The rupee has lost about 12 percent of its value against the dollar since the beginning of 2013, which makes imports, especially oil, more expensive. India’s hunger for that particular resource is the primary reason why the country’s trade balance is so deeply in the red. The rupee has somewhat recovered from its dramatic plunge over the summer, when investors fled en masse from India and other developing nations, fearing an end to the US Federal Reserve’s relaxed credit policies. Some of that speculative money has since flowed into the country once again, boosting stock market prices in Mumbai. Still, the end of the US’ policy of quantitative easing — and with it a potential rude awakening for India’s economy — has only been postponed. India’s plight is a self-inflicted one. Politicians and bureaucrats in New Delhi failed during the boom years to attract enough investors, who would have built factories and created jobs. The country’s elite failed to modernize India’s antiquated infrastructure by constructing new roads, bridges and, most importantly, a reliable power supply. Instead, India’s arrogant and deeply corrupt bureaucracy scared off foreign firms over and over. British communications giant Vodafone was retroactively slapped with a special tax. In July, South Korean company Posco, exasperated by endless delays, gave up its plan

to construct a $5.3 billion steel plant in eastern India. The same month, Indian-Luxembourgian corporation ArcelorMittal nixed a similar plan. And in October, Australian-British company BHP Billiton announced its intention to withdraw from several projects involving the extraction of oil and gas. These sorts of projects often fail in democratic India because of the justified resistance of environmental activists. Often, though, they fail because local bosses, politicians and officials are simply out to rip off everyone else. “What India needs is an effective government with a more robust legal system and greater accountability,” says Gurcharan Das, who formerly headed the Indian division of consumer goods giant Procter&Gamble and has written a book with the sarcastic title “India Grows at Night” — in other words, when the bureaucrats are asleep. Politicians in Delhi are certainly hatching ambitious plans. In 2011, they decided to increase the proportion of India’s total economic performance made up by industrial manufacturing from 16 to 25 percent in 10 years. That would leave India still lagging behind China, where the same figure is 30 percent, but there’s a bigger problem as well — India’s industrial sector is now growing even more slowly than it was when this grand plan was first implemented. And little is likely to change in the coming six months. After nine years in power, the coalition around the Congress party of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has completely lost steam. No more daring reforms are expected from the 81-year-old prime minister before the election. In fact, the head of state with the blue turban symbolic of his Sikh faith is seen as a tragic figure of the country’s faded economic miracle. Yet Singh, an economist who studied in En-

gland, was one of the politicians who first opened India up to a free market economy in the 1990s, after decades of hefty government intervention. At the time, he was finance minister. These days, though, the prime minister lacks the necessary authority within his own party. Indians find his stiff public appearances boring and many mock him as a “robot.” For many, India’s new hope is Narendra Modi, 63, a man with a fastidiously cropped gray beard, who wears a different coloured long shirt, known as a kurta, almost every day. He is the leading candidate for the opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and especially corporate leaders and young urbanites long for him to deliver them from the collective torpor. It’s a little early, though, to be siding with Modi so strongly. The Hindu economic reformer is hated by many voters of the country’s Muslim minority. In 2002, during Modi’s term as Gujarat’s chief minister, anti-Muslim violence and mass killings broke out there. Over 1,000 people died on the authorities’ watch. Modi refuses to this day to take political responsibility for those events. Even if Modi does manage to take power in Delhi, like the unlucky incumbent Singh, Modi, too, would most likely need to haggle over compromises in a coalition. Even within his own BJP, representatives of powerful interest groups are resistant to further opening up India’s economy, such as to foreign supermarkets. But regardless of who ends up governing the country, India can expect to celebrate one success in the fall of 2014 — the Mars mission. At least, that’s assuming the probe reaches its destination by then. — Courtesy: Der Spiegel International

Love at first sip…!

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EARD yesterday that a youngster I know is now an alcoholic! I felt sad as I saw a cheap bottle, filled with cheap liquor. It sat on table in cheap looking bar, looked at the cheap looking young man hunched in front. “Cheers!” said the bottle. Hic,” said the man. “Burp, hic, hic, burp, slurp.” “Enjoying me?” asked the bottle sensuously. You swine!” said the man, frothing round the mouth. Now, now,” said the bottle, “don’t be churlish. Is that any way to talk to your only friend.” “You, … you

made all my friends desert me,” whispered the man. “Possessive, I am huh?” “You seduced me,” shouted the man as he tilted the bottle and swallowed the fire within. “You were waiting to ravish me.” “I just wanted one sip, that’s all…” I am nobody’s one night stand,” said the bottle proudly. “Once I have been tasted, I become a life time lover.” “I hate you.” You know you love me. You enjoy every evening with me, the mornings , afternoons, why you need me from dawn to dusk” I hate you.” “Because you cannot do anymore without me. I control you. You are my slave, my servant, my vassal. For life!” Noooo…” Try, try to live a day without me. You’ve tried haven’t you?. Promises to your

mother before she died in poverty, your wife before she deserted you, your children before they starved to death.” Hic, hic, burp, hic, hic…” “Easy my boy, easy, we have the whole evening ahead, and the night and the morning. I love you, but I don’t want to spend daylight in the gutter. Night in the filth and slush is good enough, but daytime in the same slime is oh such a waste of good drinking time…!” “I am dying, my liver is no more.” “Oh you poor man, here, let me caress you, love you. Here, feel my warmth, let me nuzzle down your throat.” “I curse the day I met you” Such words.. such temper! After all I’ve done for you. I was there when you were fired from your job. I gave you comfort at your children’s funerals.

I consoled you when your wife tried to make extra money, sleeping with her boss. I brought you solace, gave you support, soothed your ego and cheered you on to the next bar and the next bottle and the next sip..” “I will smash you, you treacherous traitor. Look what I can do to you. You will lie broken. A thousand pieces of glass!” “Your trembling hand can hardly lift me up. Not out of lack of strength but will. You are my slave, my lover, see how I kiss and fondle, touch and stroke you my darling. I love you and will be with you till death do us part. Ah my love, my dearest, my cherished one, I have tentacled myself into your very soul. It was love at first sip, my beloved…! —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People Corruption in Pakistan MAIZA SHAKIL

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n a recent survey of the most corrupt countries in the world conducted by an international organi zation, Pakistan was ranked very high on list not for behind the most corrupt. It should come as no surprise to people living in Pakistan as they, almost daily go through life bribing and greasing the palms of officials, policemen, clerks etc. Because with a bribe you can get things done here. At least that seems to be the consensus among people from all walks of life. People argue that without bribing nothing is possible as corruption has scoped into every government department. If one peruses a newspaper or watches a news channel corruption seems to dominate everything. From corruption scandals of big politicians to major government scams. The private sector is not immune to the blight of corruption. Just like in government institutions, bribery seems to be the rule rather than the exception in private companies and businesses. Corruption is not only endemic but has permeated all walks of life. Because of this situation Pakistan finds itself in the top five of the most corrupt countries. To eradicate this Trojan horse called corruption, which is devouring the country from within and being a disgrace from without, every person must take it upon oneself as a national and moral duty to refrain from it. —Lahore

Street crimes MISHAL MUSTAFA There has been an alarming rise in street crimes and the metropolis is once again in grip of a new wave of such crimes, resulting in the sense of insecurity amongst the city dwellers. As a whole, the year 2013 has also seen no respite in street crimes in the metropolitan, once called the city of lights. Even with the change in the government, the grievances faced by the people have not lessened. Rather new dimensions have been added to it. The rise in street crimes, the citizens avoids registering their complaints with the police. Mostly because they are at their wits end with the attitude of law enforcers regarding complainants and complaints both. Victims are also less likely to report a crime to police in order to avoid lengthy and undue involvement with the police. Despite all the prevention schemes, street crimes are fast becoming a major concern for citizens of Karachi and other big cities. The solution lies not only in stern action against these criminals but also in educating the youth against these crimes and providing them with adequate social status and job opportunity. Every single bike or pedestrian who passes by my car now is a suspect for me. Who to trust? My confidence in driving or moving around has been immensely shattered. A further gross shock to me is that whoever I am sharing this event has a similar experience to share and is just a normal thing for all citizens of this city. I would like to request the government to divert their attention and take strict actions against such illegal activities. —Karachi

***** MASOODMIRZA Street crime is a loose term for criminal offences taking place in public places. Nowadays street crime is very common in Pakistan. Usually this occurs in busy business areas and highways. which includes pick pocketing, mobile snatching, wallet snatching, cars and auto snatching on gun points, target killing, purse snatching from women - these all are street crimes. Street crimes affect our neighborhood and our society. These crimes are contributing to the destruction of our society, our cities and our streets. Nowadays every individual has its own story of mobile and wallet snatching. Most people have been victim of the street crimes. But police takes no action against these thieves and it has become a spreading menace for the citizens. No one’s life and property is safe nowadays. The major causes are unemployment, illiteracy, poverty but there are some other factors like lawlessness, fundamentalism, backwardness and double standard prevailing in the society. Government should take serious steps to control these street crimes. For example sincere steps must be taken to solve the unemployment, provide education to poor people and police authorities needs to be more alert in safeguarding citizens life, liberty and pursuit of happiness to make Pakistan a peaceful country. —Via email

Are we Muslims? ISMA ANUM Why is it that we (Muslims) do not take our religion as seriously as they are supposed to? How conveniently do we ignore the teachings of Islam, all the while preaching others what they themselves not do? A Muslim is supposed to respect other people. But that’s not a norm in Pakistan these days. It doesn’t really matter whether you slap your wife, or take a bribe once or twice. It really doesn’t matter because after all, we do pray and give alms and stay awake all night on Shab-eBarat asking forgiveness for our sins - the sins we commit the following

day and so on. If we were all such good Muslims, then I would like to pose a question that comes in my mind. How many of us actually follow what we preach? Throughout the year all over Pakistan, there are sectarian killings and violence, all because people disagree with each other on religious issues. What kind of religion are we following? Is it the right to kill people who think differently, and is it the right to label another person a nonMuslim or a non-believer simply because he belongs to a different sect? In the month of Moharram, so many people are killed in Rawalpindi. Even in the holy month of Ramazan, there are people who are killed in mosques while praying. These people call each other Muslims when there are Shias killing Sunnis and Sunnis killing Shias, even when Islam teaches peace and not war? How is it that the people, who follow Islam the least, call themselves good Muslims? There are so many of us who indulge in sin and commit crimes every day. We lie, we cheat, we are dishonest. There is corruption and nepotism starting from the so-called educated aristocrats of our society to the feudal lords. People steal and bribe and still think that by offering their prayers, they can get away with anything. That is not true and they know that too. Who are they trying to fool? God or themselves? As far as human rights are concerned, Islam emphasizes that all human beings have equal rights and everyone should be treated equally whether they are Muslims, or not. Every day when we open the newspaper we see so many innocent people having been killed. There are women killed for Karo-kari on account of the family’s honor. There are young girls married to the Quran. On top of it all, the ones who are behind these acts of cruelty say that they are doing so in the name of God. It is very easy to instruct other people about religion, but how many times have we opened the Quran and read the translation and tried to understand it. How many of us truly understand what we are actually following? Do we know the meaning of our religion or is just a blind faith that we follow only because it has been passed down generations so we just end up being Muslim. —Via email

buys the latest cell. When his father comes to know the handsome amount is stolen, he thinks to lodge FIR against the innocent maid. It is the duty of all parents to keep a vigilant eye on the activities of their kids. Their responsibilities are not fulfilled by giving the kids high level education, expensive dressing or meeting all their right or wrong needs; but should also notice if they are doing anything which may become regret for them and the entire family. So stopping the kids immediately otherwise whole family will have to pay the price. It will be too late and the water would have crossed the limits? —Karachi

Lyari issue ARIFA ABDUL RAHIM

Historically Lyari is known as the mother of Karachi and also the oldest locality of Karachi. In 1870 the port of Karachi needed labour and hence attracted a large number of immigrants, of which the Balochs were in majority. They came from Balochistan and settled in the present location of Lyari, they worked on daily wages. It is a matter of regret that the political parties at that time used people of Lyari for their own sake to rule over them. In 1970s, government wanted to shift the people of Lyari. Lala Lal Bhaksh Rind, Gul Khan Naseer started a movement Lyari Bachao Movement, the movement succeeded and Lyari was saved. Nowadays, one of the major issue that residents of Lyari is that the people are not well educated; there is not a proper platform for youth, proper guidance is missing in Lyari, people are jobless, belong to lower class which motivates them to join criminal gangs and pick up arms. The sprouting of drug dealers, gangs and criminal of all sorts has made life very difficult for ordinary people. People suffer very tough life. Another issue is lack of support for sportsmen. Residents of Lyari are very talented in sports like football, boxing and many others sports. But government is not giving funds for sports which cause youth lose their interest. Situation of Lyari is going from bad to worse. You can watch in news channels and read many newspapers that government issued the notification of Lyari operation, rangers and police come in action but in this situation as a resident of Lyari, I don’t think that this can be the solution. Many innocent people have lost their lives; just because of few criminals the whole loASHFAQ SHARIF cality is suffering.I would like to apI want to share my knowledge as my peal the government take some serimessage reach to as many Muslims ous action towards issues of Lyari. regarding how to bring up and train —Karachi your kids so that they do not let down or spoil family or parents’ name in the society. I must address all classes of people without any race or sect. When you think how to bring up and train ISRA AHMED your kids, then if you are feeding them with golden spoon there is no problem but always keep a lion’s eye to I would like to draw the attention of watch their doubtful and objectionable concerned authorities towards growactivities. This is very important and ing mental illness among the citizens of our country. Since our country is should never be ignored I want to share I saw a drama in going through a big turmoil in terms local TV channel in which elite class of law & order situation, inflation, have small family of 4, husband, price hike etc people are under great wife, daughter and son. The mother stress. This has increased the sensihas given the latest model of cell tivity level of citizen and cut throat phone to her daughter but when she competition among the students and enters her daughter’s room without job seekers. It is giving severe stress to the knocking, the daughter objects to it and says to her mother, please knock people and large population suffermy door before coming, as at that ing from different forms of anxiety time she was chatting with a stranger and depressions and now literally 22 years old boy friend. Later the seeking help from practitioners. So said guy succeeds to win her confi- we can learn a lot from the past and dence, they meet at some secret make our future bright but only thing place, the guy takes the opportunity needed is the support of an honest and they enter into indecent act, the leadership and government. boy takes some objectionable snaps. —Karachi Later, the same boy blackmails the girl and demands handsome amount. ISCLAIMER Beware the strangers as they will pose as true friends, but later may THE articles, columns and trap and blackmail you. letters are published on these This is not end of story; when her pages in good faith. However, younger brother comes to know that Mom has given new model expensive the contents of these writings mobile to his elder sister, he is annoyed may not necessarily match the and argues with his Mom that he also views of the newspaper. wants one because his all friend have got new model mobile phones. Unable —Editor to get the phone immediately, the imEmail:editorial@pakobserver.net patience burger class elite young steals money from his parents’ room and

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Economic woes: Hamas cancels anniversary celebrations GAZA CITY—The Gaza Strip’s hundreds of thousands of that long sustained the Gaza accompanied by Israeli restric- receive food aid from UNRWA, remains committed to destrucruling Hamas movement canceled its anniversary rally Sunday, saying it was inappropriate to celebrate at a time of deep economic woes in the crowded seaside territory. It was the first time the Islamic militant group has canceled the festivities since seizing power six years ago. Hamas has used the elaborate annual commemoration of its December 1987 founding to demonstrate its control, with large military-style gatherings attended by

people. The decision illustrated just how hard the Gaza economy has been hit since Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, Hamas’ main patron, was ousted in a July military coup. Morsi hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas’ parent movement, and moved to improve ties with the Islamic militant group. The new military government has imposed tough border restrictions, including the destruction of smuggling tunnels

economy and provided a key source of income for Hamas. Hamas official Ashraf Abu Zayed said funds allocated for the celebration, scheduled for next week, would be used “to alleviate the suffering” of the people. “The decision to cancel the rally is a message of solidarity recognizing the difficult circumstances experienced by our people in Gaza,” Abu Zayed said. Egypt’s border crackdown,

tions on Gaza, has caused power cuts, fuel shortages and the virtual collapse of the construction industry, a major employer in Gaza. Last month, the lack of power caused a major spill at Gaza’s main sewage treatment plant, flooding downtown streets in rancid waste. According to the United Nations, unemployment has risen since the tunnels were closed and now stands at roughly 30 percent. Nearly one half of Gaza’s 1.7 million people

the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees. Hamas seized power in 2007 after taking the territory from the forces of Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. With Abbas now governing from the West Bank, the takeover has left the Palestinians divided between two governments. Repeated attempts at reconciliation have failed. Despite its difficulties, Hamas maintains its rigid opposition against Israel and says it

tion of the Jewish state. Hamas, which has killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks, battled Israel to a stalemate during eight days of fighting a year ago. It maintains an arsenal of thousands of rockets and other weapons. Abu Zayed said although the celebrations were canceled, Hamas “didn’t stop the preparation and processing for the battle of liberation and victory, God willing.”—Reuters

Ukrainians hold mass rally over Yanukovich’s U-turn on Europe K IEV —More than 100,000 Ukrainians, waving flags and chanting “Down with the Gang!” streamed through central Kiev to protest against what they called President Viktor Yanukovich’s broken promises to integrate with the European Union. The opposition rally, by far the biggest seen in the Ukrainian capital since the Orange Revolution nine years ago, came a day after a police crackdown on protesters which inflamed demonstrators further after Yanukovich’s U-turn on Europe. In a bid to defuse tensions ahead of the rally, Yanukovich issued a statement saying he would do everything in his power to speed up Ukraine’s moves toward the European Union. In a sea of blue and gold, the colors of both the EU and Ukrainian flags, protesters flooded the streets of central Kiev, angered by Yanukovich’s decision last month to forego signing a landmark EU deal in favor of closer ties with Kiev’s former Soviet master, Russia.

The crowds then moved on to Independence Square, the site of the pro-EU rally that police violently broke up on Saturday. Interior Minister warned that police would respond to any disorder and said Ukraine had no place among the ranks of countries like Libya or Tunisia, where popular uprisings overthrew old guard leadership. “If there are any calls to disorder, we will respond,” Interfax reported Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko as saying. But riot police, who had sealed off part of Independence Square following Saturday’s crackdown, withdrew as the marchers approached the square. Opposition leaders including heavyweight boxing champion turned opposition politician Vitaly Klitschko, a likely challenger for the presidency in 2015, were due to address the crowds. Sunday’s rally also marked the anniversary of a 1991 referendum that ushered in Ukraine’s independence from the thencrumbling Soviet Union.— Reuters

Iran, powers to meet next week on carrying out nuclear deal DUBAI—Envoys of Iran and six its obligations or its actions fall world powers will meet next week to start working out steps to implement a deal under which Tehran is to curb its nuclear program in return for some respite from sanctions, a top Iranian negotiator said. The landmark November 24 interim accord between the Islamic Republic and the United States, France, Germany, China, Russia and Britain is seen as a first step towards resolving a decade-old dispute that has stirred fears of a new Middle East war. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi was quoted by the state-run news agency Fars as saying in a television interview that Tehran was expecting to hear from senior European Union diplomat Helga Schmid soon. “Schmid is supposed to call us this week and it’s likely our experts will negotiate in the coming week in Geneva or Vienna to find a mechanism for implementation,” he said. But, underlining years of mutual distrust, Araqchi said the deal was not legally binding and Iran had the right to undo it if the powers failed to hold up their end of the bargain. “The moment we feel that the opposite side is not meeting

short, we will revert to our previous position and cease the process,” Fars quoted Araqchi, a senior member of Iran’s negotiating team, as saying. “We are in no way optimistic about the other side - we are pessimistic and we have told them that we cannot trust you.” A senior Western diplomat described the implementation phase of the deal as “extremely complex and difficult”. Iran’s envoy to the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency had said on Friday that the implementation phase was expected to start by early January, with Western diplomats saying a start to sanctions relief would hinge on verification by U.N. inspectors that Iran was fulfilling its side of the deal. A diplomatic opening was created after the election in June of a relative moderate, Hassan Rouhani, as Iranian president, on a pledge to end Tehran’s isolation and win relief from sanctions that have battered the oil producer’s economy. The deal is designed to halt any further advances in Iran’s nuclear campaign and to buy time for negotiations on a final settlement aimed at ensuring Tehran’s nuclear activity is wholly peaceful in nature.—Reuters

People in support of the EU integration hold a rally in Kiev.

Sectarian clashes in Northern Lebanese city kill 8 BEIRUT—Lebanon’s state news agency says clashes between supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad and opponents killed eight people in the northern city of Tripoli over the weekend. Sectarian clashes linked to the war in neighboring Syria often flare between two impoverished rival neighborhoods in the rundown coastal city. The Bab Tabbaneh district is largely Sunni Muslim, as are most of the Syrian rebels fighting Assad’s rule. Residents of Jabal Mohsen are mostly of Assad’s Alawite sect. Tripoli is overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim but the fighting rarely spreads beyond the two neighborhoods. Fighting began Saturday after Sunni gunmen shot a man whose brother controls an Alawite militia, sparking gun battles.—AP

UN says 659 Iraqis killed in November

Gunmen kill colonel and son in eastern Yemen ADEN—Gunmen shot dead a Yemeni army colonel and his son when he stopped his car at a roundabout in his hometown, a local official said, extending a string of assassinations of top armed forces figures by suspected militants. Four passersby were also wounded when the gunmen, who were on foot, fired on Colonel Ahmed al-Marfadi, deputy commander of the 37th Armored Division, and his son when they stopped at a traffic light in the center of the town of al-Qatan in the province of Hadramout, the government official said. There was no immediate

claim of responsibility for the attack. Yemeni officials have blamed similar assassinations on Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda. Several Yemeni news websites published pictures of Marfadi’s body lying inside his four-wheel drive vehicle after the attack. Tackling lawlessness in Yemen, situated near important oil shipment routes and bordering the world’s biggest oil exporter Saudi Arabia, is an international concern for the United States and other Western countries. Yemen is the base of an al Qaeda branch that has planned international bomb attacks. Marfadi was the latest vic-

tim in a campaign targeting senior officers from the army and various security services that began in 2012. Yemenis say more than 80 officers have been killed, many by gunmen on motorcycles. In the most recent shooting before Sunday’s attack, Colonel Abdulrahman Mohammed alShami was gunned down in October while leaving his home in the capital Sanaa. As well as battling an Islamist insurgency in south Yemen, the Sanaa government faces a southern separatist movement and a revolt among some tribes in the impoverished north of the Arabian Peninsula country.—Reuters

Syria-fuelled violence kills three in Tripoli

TRIPOLI—Three people were wounded. Tripoli residents said to end the violence, which BAGHDAD—The United Nations killed overnight in fighting in the the sounds of heavy gunfire and erupted despite the deployment mission to Iraq says that at least 659 Iraqis have been killed during violence in November, a drop by almost a third compared to the group’s figures for last month. The U.N. figures issued showed that 565 civilians and 94 security personnel were killed in November, compared to 979 reported killed in October. The UNAMI statement said it may undercount the actual total. Yet, U.N. mission chief Nickolay Mladenov expressed concern over the recent uptick in “execution-style” killings. Last week, Iraqi police found a total of 31 bodies in three separate places around Baghdad, recalling the height of sectarian violence in 2006-2007 when insurgents and militias abducted and killed members of other religious groups.—AP

north Lebanese city of Tripoli, security sources said on Sunday, raising to nine the death toll in 24 hours of violence fuelled by sectarian tensions over Syria’s civil war. The clashes between Tripoli’s Alawite minority, which supports Syria’s Alawite President Bashar al-Assad, and majority Sunni Muslims who back the Syrian rebels, is the latest round of violence which has killed more than 100 people in the Mediterranean city this year. Gun battles have broken out five times since March, killing dozens of people, and twin car bombs at Sunni Muslim mosques in Tripoli killed 42 people in August. The latest clashes were preceded by repeated attacks on Alawite targets over the last week in which several people were

rocket explosions echoed across Lebanon’s second city from midnight to 6 am. The city was quieter after dawn, they said, with soldiers patrolling otherwise empty streets of the rival neighborhoods, but occasional bursts of gunfire continued. Security sources said the dead were all from the Sun Muslim Bab al-Tabbaneh district. Dozens of people have been wounded since the battle erupted on Saturday morning, including nine soldiers and several people from the Alawite neighborhood of Jebel Mohsen, they said. Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati, a Sunni Muslim from Tripoli, held talks with Interior Minister Marwan Charbel and other security officials on Saturday to discuss how

of soldiers in both districts. Around 150 relatives of the victims of the August car bombs protested in a Tripoli square on Sunday, calling for a campaign of civil disobedience until the suspects behind the attacks which they blame on the Alawites - were held to account. They called for electricity and water supplies to be cut off from Jebel Mohsen and vowed they would not back down on their demands. The divisions in Tripoli, 20 miles from the Syrian border, reflect the sectarian gulf across Lebanon over Syria’s civil war. Sunni Muslims have crossed the border to fight alongside antiAssad rebels, while Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah militia have helped Assad regain the military initiative.—AP

From Tehran to Tokyo, US geo-strategic shifts in motion JIM LOBE

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ROM the Middle East to the East China Sea, the last week’s events have offered a particularly vivid example of the muchheralded shift in foreign policy priorities under the administration of President Barack Obama. Just four days ago, the U.S. and its P5+1 partners (U.S., Britain, France, Russia, and China plus Germany) announced a historic agreement with Iran on its nuclear programme, an accord that many analysts believe could pave the way for an eventual strategic rapprochement between Washington and Tehran.3 Predictably, the accord came under sharp criticism from Washington’s closest Mideast allies, especially Israel and its hawkish supporters here, as the latest and most worrisome example of Obama’s “weakness” and “appeasement” in dealing with Washington’s deadliest foes. Just two days later, the administration sent two B-52 bombers over disputed islands in the East China Sea to demonstrate its solidarity with its East Asian allies in defiance of Beijing’s declaration earlier in the week of a new “air defence identification zone” (ADIZ) over the area. That show of force drew praise from, among others, the ultra-hawkish Wall Street Journal which two days before had led the chorus of criticism against the Iran deal. In the meantime, Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, flew to Kabul to personally warn President Hamid Karzai that Washington was prepared to abandon Afghanistan to its fate after 2014 unless he signs a just-concluded long-term bilateral security agreement by Dec. 31 that would keep as many as 10,000 U.S. troops to train and advise the Afghan army and carry out missions against Al-Qaeda and its affiliates. Taken together, the three events dramatised Washington’s eagerness to extricate itself militarily from more than a decade of war in the Greater Middle East and “pivot” its strategic focus and resources more toward the Asia/Pacific and its highly complex relationships with China and key U.S. allies there. Because of Washington’s status as the world’s sole military superpower, such a shift necessarily reverberates strongly throughout the affected regions, forcing lesser powers to adjust their stance to protect their own interests under changing circumstances. Those reverberations were most clearly audible in the Middle East, where Iran’s 1979 revolution reinforced pre-existing U.S. alliances with Israel and Saudi Arabia, in particular, and transformed Tehran from erstwhile strategic partner to the region’s Public Enemy Number One. For the succeeding 34 years, Israel and the Sunni-led Gulf states enjoyed virtually unconditional U.S. support, even when their policies and actions actually undermined Washington interests be it Israel’s settlements in the Occupied Territories or aggressive Saudi export of Wahabism in the region. With Washington’s superpower status tipping the scales, the balance of power weighed heavily in their favour. The accord struck between the P5+1 and Iran, however tentative, could alter that balance in fundamental ways, particularly if it develops into closer cooperation between Washington and Tehran on key issues extending from the eastern Mediterranean to the South Asian subcontinent. For Saudi Arabia, whose government offered faint praise for the agreement but whose media has been filled with fear and trembling, the accord is particularly ominous. “The Saudis are not merely concerned about Iran’s nuclear ambitions,” wrote Gregory Gause, a Saudi expert at the University of Vermont, in The New Yorker Tuesday. “They have a more profound fear: that geopolitical trends in the Middle East are aligning against them, threatening both their regional stature and their domestic security. “The Saudis see an Iran that is dominant in Iraq and Lebanon, holding onto its ally in Syria, and now forging a new relationship with Washington a rival, in short, without any obstacles to regional dominance,” according to Gause. As for Israel, its military primacy particularly if the interim accord blossoms into a comprehensive agreement that would effectively preclude Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is assured for the foreseeable future. But it, too, could be negatively affected by any rapprochement between the U.S. and Iran, if for no other reason than the defusing of longstanding tensions over Tehran’s nuclear programme could refocus international attention on Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory. Moreover, given its relatively well-educated population of 80 million, as well as its abundant oil and gas reserves, Iran “has far more power potential than any of the other states in the region,” noted Stephen Walt, a top international relations expert at HarvardUniversity, on his foreign-policy.com blog. Israel and Saudi Arabia are “worried that a powerful Iran would over time exert greater influence in the region, in all the ways that major powers do,” he wrote. “From the perspective of Tel Aviv and Riyadh, the goal is to try to keep Iran in a box for as long as possible isolated, friendless, and artificially weakened.” U.S. rapprochement with Iran and Tehran’s integration into a revised regional security structure, on the other hand, could greatly benefit Washington’s own foreign policy objectives at both the regional and global level. Regionally, not only would such moves eliminate the possibility of yet another U.S. war against a Muslim country. Properly handled meaning in close consultation with Washington’s current allies - they could also help quell the broader Sunni-Shia conflict that has wrought disaster in Syria and increasingly threatens to destabilise the entire region. Over the last year - and especially since it became clear that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had, with Tehran’s support, far more staying power than previously thought - the administration appears to have concluded that it actually needs Iran’s co-operation to stabilise the region (a conclusion seemingly shared by its ally, Turkey, which has moved quickly in recent weeks toward its own rapprochement with Iran). —Courtesy Inter Press Service

Islamophobia in Russia ABDEL AZIZ ALUWAISHEG

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HE election in August 2013 of Sergei Sobyaninas, an ultranationalist, as mayor of Moscow has given racism in Russia a prominent official face. Then last week, the mayor stunned the world by announcing that Moscow was banning the construction of new mosques. The ban was one of the latest and clearest signs of the growing anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiments in Russia.The four existing mosques in Moscow are overcrowded, but Mayor Sobyanin declared that no new mosques would be built because “they are used by migrant workers,” according to the Christian Science Monitor. A new mosque is currently under construction, but there

won’t be any more, the mayor said. He told the Russian daily newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, “No new building permits will be issued. I think that’s enough mosques for Moscow.” There are an estimated 2 million Muslim residents in the city, but none of Moscow’s four existing mosques can hold more than 10,000 people. Worshippers frequently have to use the streets or wait for hours to enter the existing mosques, especially on Fridays and religious occasions. Russian Muslim activists say that Russian authorities have long tried to prevent construction of new mosques, but this is the first clear ban in recent memory. Although most pronounced in Moscow, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant racism is not confined to the capital city. According to the Moscow Bureau

for Human Rights, surveys show that xenophobia and other racist expressions are prevalent among 50 percent of Russians. Amnesty International has reported that racism in Russia was “out of control” and estimated the number of Russian neo-Nazis in the tens of thousands. Non-Muslims also face racist attacks. According to a study conducted by a prominent Church group, 59 percent of Africans living in Russia reported being physically attacked since coming to Russia, many of them multiple times. A staggering percentage of them (75 percent) reported being verbally abused. Those attacks took place despite the fact that a majority of Africans have reportedly started avoiding crowded areas, including the metro. However, the most numerous and virulent attacks appear to be directed at Muslims, espe-

cially those from the Caucasus. They are Russian citizens by virtue of the Russian rule of their lands, but that fact has not shielded them from attacks nor provided them with adequate police protection outside their regions. It was telling as Russia 1 television channel ran a program last October, when a prominent nationalist lawmaker called for imposing limits on the birth rate in the Muslim-dominated North Caucasus region of Russia, and restricting the movement of its people across the country. During the program, a live poll was conducted and he won the vote, with over 140,000 viewers voting for him. Despite highly publicized hate crimes, authorities have not done enough to stem the tide of anti-Muslim attacks. In one of the most gruesome attacks in St. Petersburg, a group of skinheads

stabbed a nine-year old Tajik girl, Khursheda Sultanova, to death. Another attack came to light when the Nazi Party of Russia publicized a video depicting the decapitation of a Tajik and a Dagestani youth. Although these and other incidents have caused outrage outside Russia, attacks against Muslim Russians have continued unabated and have recently been are on the rise. According to the SOVA Center, which monitors xenophobia and violent crimes against ethnic minorities in the country, 10 people were murdered and 24 seriously injured in race-based hate crimes from May to July 2013 alone. From August to October, the number of victims of such crimes rose from 34 to 53. The center attributes that rise directly to the openly xenophobic, anti-migrant rhetoric of the Moscow mayoral

race, which gave ultranationalists new political support. According to the Levada Center, another rights monitoring group, over 30 percent of Russians and 49 percent of Muscovites have negative feelings toward the people of the Caucasus. There has been vicious circle between the election of the new openly racist mayor of Moscow and the growing support for ultranationalists in the country. Muscovites seem to register nearly double the rate of anti-immigrant and antiMuslim feelings compared to the rest of the country. Vladimir Ryzhkov, a former Duma deputy and political talk show host, wrote in the Moscow Times recently, “Never before have the ruling elite so publicly and openly whipped up anti-migrant and xenophobic sentiments in society as they have over the past months.” He

pointed to “a sharp surge in violent attacks over the past year based on xenophobic, racist and nationalistic motives. Radical youth patrol suburban commuter trains, pull non-Slavic-looking passengers from the wagons and beat them on the platforms with bystanders looking on.” Despite the fact that Russia has been a multiethnic country for centuries, an increasing number of Russians today favor the mono-ethnic state suggested by the slogan “Russia is for Russians.” According to the Moscow Times, that idea finds support among 23 percent of the population and 43 percent of Muscovites, even though Moscow has always been a diverse, multiethnic city. According to various polls, the mood against people from the Caucasus has grown extremely high, despite the fact that residents of the North

Caucasus republic are fullyfledged Russian citizens. In fact, Caucasus natives appear to be the most-hated ethnic group, as we noted earlier. Those Russians who have targeted people from the Caucus do not seem affected by their legal status as citizens, or by the fact that Chechnya and other North Caucus have remained in the Russian Federation only because Moscow waged bloody wars to keep them under its rule. If given the chance, most of the Caucus people would probably be happy to leave Russia forever. As Russia prepares to host the 2018 World Cup, the world spotlight will be trained on how it deals with rising racism. To improve its own image, if not for anything else, Russia needs to move fast to check this rapidly growing epidemic. —Courtesy Arabnews


8 Indian under-cover From Page 1 by a popular TV network and officials say that the locals were most probably unaware of the fact that India managed to sent under-cover agents as ‘participants’ for musical program. According to a report the Indians suspected of being under-cover agents were: Prasand Roy holder of an Indian passport No: A1913602 (date of arrival Nov. 17, 2013); Mehindar Pal Singh, passport No. G2714007 (date of arrival Nov. 16, 2013), Manisha Shanshundar Jay, passport No. N34341287 ((date of arrival Nov. 20, 2013), Kapil Batra, passport J5241082, Mohammad Javed Shaikh, passport No. J1586198, Anil Kumar Sharma passport No. F2910825, Bharat Sharma Ragavan, passport No. Z2197573 and Shri Navas holder of a passport No. 72346129. None of the Indians reported to local police (as required under law) to record their entries and finally FIA officials notified the concerned department and decided to interrogate the Indians but after an intervention by some quarters they were deported swiftly. The local host of the Indians who had booked rooms for them in Karachi Pearl Continental Hotel, cooperated with the authorities and facilitated their exit.

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trip was a chance to “turn the page” in the relationship with Beijing and that Cameron wanted the visit to be “forward-looking”. Cameron s meeting with the Dalai Lama two years ago prompted fury from Beijing, which branded it an “affront to the Chinese people”. But the British premier said in parliament in May this year that London does not support Tibetan independence and that he had “no plans” to meet the Dalai Lama. Cameron last visited China in November 2010 and this will be his first trip there since Xi took office in

March. The trip is regarded as so crucial that the annual Autumn Statement budget update by finance minister George Osborne has being postponed by one day to December 5. Britain also in October signed $26-billion deal involving Chinese nuclear firms CGN and CNNC to build Britain s first nuclear plant in a generation, along with French energy giant EDF. The business leaders reportedly accompanying Cameron will include the bosses of Jaguar Land Rover, the English Premier League, Royal Dutch Shell,

the London Stock Exchange and GlaxoSmithKline. Cameron said when he announced the visit earlier this month that he wanted to “forge a relationship that will benefit both our countries and bring real rewards for our peoples”. He added that the visit was aimed at “opening the way for British companies to benefit from China s vast and varied markets and preparing the way for a new level of Chinese investment into the UK”. The Conservative leader has often spoken of the need for Britain to compete in the “global race” against rising economic powers.—AFP

urban middle class and royalist elite against the mostly poor, rural supporters of Yingluck and her billionaire brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a former prime minister ousted in a 2006 military coup. The deep detonation of stun grenades, followed by the jeers of protesters, echoed across the historic government quarter, not far from the Khao San Road tourist area, after a chaotic night of gun and knife battles in east Bangkok in which three people were killed and at least 58 wounded. Hospitals reported 46 people injured on Sunday. Police spokesman Piya Utayo said troops would forcibly dislodge protesters who have occupied a government complex since Thursday and the Finance Ministry since Monday. The government urged people in Bangkok, a sons, he said the Pakistan metropolis of 10 million, to Muslim League-N had been stay indoors from 10 p.m. to pursuing their case. The Su- 5 a.m.—Reuters preme Court wanted the missing persons back at home and the PML-N government also desired the same. From Page 1 Answering another question, Pervaiz Rashid said continue the partnership that ‘Tahaffuz-e-Pakistan Ordi- has brought us this far.” U.S. military planners nance’ would be got approved from Parliament with consen- have been operating under the assumption that they sus of opposition. He said a smooth demo- would retain a force of becratic system was functional tween 8,000 and 12,000 U.S. in the country. The elected and allied troops at bases in government was making ap- the capital and in the four pointments at key posts ac- corners of the country. Key cording to the book, he added. among those would be U.S.Lauding the services of Chief led hubs in the south and Justice Iftikhar Muhammad east. That presence would Chaudhry, he said the CJP had allow U.S. intelligence perplayed a vital role in strength- sonnel and special operaening democracy in the coun- tions forces to remain within easy striking distance of intry.—APP surgent groups in the tribal area that straddles the border with Pakistan.—NP which the patients had to suffer a lot. DPO Lasbela, Ahmed Nawaz Cheema said that the From Page 1 abductors took Dr Munaf to tenced to 33 years in jail a long distance on foot due and given a fine, but a to which his feet were injured. However, it remained court in Peshawar overturned mystery whether his release his sentence in August and was secured after payment of ordered a retrial. “I have been arrested and ransom money. The rescued cardiologist was handed implicated in a false case,” said over to his heirs who took him Afridi in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by AFP. Karachi for his treatment.

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not be termed a correct action. The PTI leadership had failed to guide and rein in its workers, he said and added non-state actors could not be allowed to run the state affairs. He said the main leadership of PTI, including its chairman, was absent in the sit-ins against drone strikes. Even in the first information report against the drone attacks, the PTI had not nominated any particular person as accused, he added. He said urban planning projects continued in the KP with the help of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and dollars were flowing in the From Page 1 province. Referring to the recent In a handout issued here, Sharjeel Memon said that problem at a stage in PTI pubholding LB elections in Janu- lic gathering, where its chief ary were not doable and added more time was required for the holding of transparent elections. Balochistan government. He suggested that the LB Dr Shaukat said that genelections in Sindh should be eral body of PMA would meet held in March and it would tomorrow to chalk out future be better if LB elections in the work plan. He demanded of entire country were held on the government to provide the same date. security to the doctors. Sharjeel Memon urged Earlier the police on Sunday upon the authorities not to to claimed recover kidnapped make haste in announcing the Dr Munaf Tareen after two and elections schedule and the use half months of hectic efforts. of magnetic ink in the polling Officials said the kidnappers should be made mandatory. had dropped the doctor in in-

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From Page 1 Imran Khan was also present, he said how could a party, which could not properly manage a public rally stage, effectively pursue foreign policy. He said there should be no muscle flexing on national issues and instead negotiations should be preferred for their resolution. Responding to a question, he said the government did not want confrontation with any country as it was not in Pakistan’s interest. “We want cordial relations with Afghanistan and other neighbouring countries,” he added. He urged the regional countries to join hands for alleviating poverty, hunger, undernourishment, and unemployment. About the missing per-

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Dr Munaf recovered From Page 1 jured condition at a deserted place in Othal area of Lasbela district in Balochistan. Dr. Munaf, a cardiologist was kidnapped by unknown miscreants from Pishin Stop area of Quetta on September 18, 2103 and the captors had demanded Rs 50 million for his release. The kidnapping triggered large scale protests by doctors fraternity due to

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4 killed, 67 injured in NY train derail district as it headed for Grand Central station in Manhattan, with passengers giving accounts of horrific injuries. The New York fire department said four people were killed, 11 people seriously injured and another 56 had minor injuries. Officials said some of the passengers were “impaled” by debris as the train derailed. Others had to be cut free from the tangle of metal and suitcases on board. At least one passenger said the train was going faster than normal at the time the accident occurred. The train driver s wagon came to rest only a few feet from the Hudson and Harlem rivers that join close to Spuyten Duyvil station which the train was about to enter. All seven of the train s cars came off the tracks. Two carriages were left completely on their side after being

From Page 1 thrown in the air by the derailment. Two others also left the track. More than 130 firefighters were quickly on the scene using air cushions to stabilize the wagons. Divers searched the rivers in case passengers were hurled into the frigid water by the force of the derailement. Three of the dead were thrown from the train, police said. Philip Banks, a top New York police official, told reporters more than 100 people were believed to be on the train which had left the town of Poughkeepsie at 6:00am (1100 GMT). The accident happened about 80 minutes later at the end of a curved stretch of track leading into Spuyten Duyvil. A freight train had derailed on a nearby stretch of track earlier this year. But passenger Frank

Tatulli told WABC TV that the commuter train was going “a lot faster” than normal as it went into the bend. Other travelers gave similar accounts. The unnamed train driver survived the crash, police said, and was being treated for minor injuries. He was to be questioned by accident investigators later Sunday, they said. Sunday marks the end of America s Thanksgiving holiday weekend and a surge of travelers was expected. The White House said that President Barack Obama had been briefed on the accident. New York state governor Andrew Cuomo went to the scene and he said the accident had cast a shadow over the Thanksgiving holidays. “Families have not yet been notified, so we ll be working on that now,” Cuomo said.—AFP

‘ANP has no room for Nasim Wali Khan’ ference a couple of weeks back had held the ANP leadership responsible for all the evils including its crushing defeat in May 11 general elections saying the ANP government during its tenure mercilessly failed to deliver as its leaders were only interested in loot and plunder. On that occasion she also announced to reactivate the ideological leaders and workers of Awami National Party (ANP) and a kickoff campaign for the removal of the present top leadership of the party from their positions. Infact, Begum Nasim Wali commonly known as Moar Bibi (revered mother) in the party circles, revolt against the party leadership led by none else but her son Asfandyar Wali Khan caused another serious blow to the ANP battling for its survival. Earlier, the crushing defeat of the party in the May 11 elections had caused serious dents to the party that ruled Khyber Pukhtunkhwa in the previous era. It received another blow when the party stalwart Azam Hoti,

From Page 1 who also happens to be the father of former Chief Minister KP Amir Haider Hoti, had accused the incumbent leadership with particular reference to party chief Asfandyar Wali of only serving the personal interests, doing nothing for the province and amassing billions of Rs through corrupt practices and selling out the party for a sum of 35 million dollars to United States. “The allegations leveled by Begum Nasim Wali and Azam Khan Hoti, farther of former chief minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti, against the party leadership are baseless and they are hatching conspiracies against the party leadership”, said Main Iftikhar Hussein, former KP information minister of ANP while talking to reporters in Peshawar Press Club on Sunday. He was flanked by senior ANP leaders including Ghulam Ahmad Bilore, Senator Haji Adeel and others. They lamented that Begum Nasim Wali was politicizing the family matters in

a deliberate attempt to cause harm to the party. The ANP leaders said that domestic problems should not have been brought to the national politics. Mian Iftikhar said they respect Begum Nasim Wali Khan but Asfandyar Wali Khan is their leader. “Asfandyar Wali Khan is our only leader and party is united under his leadership”. Former minister maintained. Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel observed that both brother and sister (Begum Nasim Wali and Azam Hoti) were busy in hatching conspiracy against the party. He said that each leader of the party is punished after defeat in general elections adding all the party committees were already dissolved and new intra-party elections were going to be conducted soon. Haji Adeel also reiterated that Asfandyar Wali Khan was a non-controversial chief of the ANP and party was fully united under his leadership adding that family matters and the internal difference in the party should not have been made public.

Icons of glorious traditions and classical values Ansar Hussain

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n good old days usually families with a pedigree al ways kept their family tree updated adding new horns. This record was kept by the head of the family and was passed on from generation to generation to the eldest male member of the family. Though however this tradition is now wearing out but as I am the eldest male member of the family, my children, nieces and nephews, express their keen desire to know about their roots. My father Mr. Shamshad Hussain, in accordance to the tradition of the family handed over his diaries and rest, of the documents to me in his last days. On the insistence of my youngsters, I have searched the records to let them know of our roots. Our great grand father Mr. Basharat Ali had settled down in Hapur, he belonged to a Syed family of Amroha and was from the family of Syed Sharafuddin. It was a family of Sadat-eAmroha and he was the nephew of Mr. Sharafudin and Mr. Basharat Ali was married to Shehar Bano Begum the daughter of his uncle, Mr. Sharafuddin ,apart from his social status in the society of Amroha was also very well respected in the court of Mughal Emperor Farrukh Seear so with this connection the Emperor appointed the

PUBLIC NOTICE Its announced to Publically that Registry No.145, volume 85, Dated 12-02-1975 registered with sub registrar Mianwali for Property admeasuring 40 Kanals bearing bearing Khewat # 16, Khatooni # 899-930-961, Khosro # 878/3-2-1, 878/75, 878/10-9-8, 8785 (Qitta 09). Owned by Shoukat Hayat, Muhammad Mumtaz, Muhammad Naeem and Sher Ahmed is lost. Whoever found, please contact Mr. Malik Muhammad Naeem Pora r/o Wab Bhachran Mianwali. Further, the transferred share of 02-Kanal 13 marlas at above reffered property is mortgage with MCB Bank Limited PAF Road Branch Mianwali and the Person involving sales and Purchase will be personally responsible for losses/damages causes in consequence.

son-in-law and nephew of Syed Sharafuddin as a administrator and Governor of Hapur which was a very affluent town on the road leading from Delhi to Agra. It was situated in the valley of Ganges, so the land around was very fertile and all around the city there were agricultural lands producing all sorts of cereals mainly wheat, maize, jawar and bajra and then it was also called a land of gardens which consisted mainly the highest quality of mangoes, Guavas, water melons, melons and star fruit and other tropical fruits like custard apples. So to manage this large state he was given a status of das Hazari (10,000) which also made him Jagedar of this state and from the income of this state he had to keep a force of 10,000 soldiers plus the entire administrative machinery including the revenue offices, police, health related and education related institutions to be managed, developed and also to safe guard the boundaries of his domain and at the time of need to provide the Emperor with substantial number of soldiers as well as supplies required by the state. And these expenses could easily be covered by the income of this jageer rather these expenses were only a friction of the total income of the area and so it made Basharat Ali a very rich man and owner of the entire state lands of a jageer. Mr. Basharat Ali had four children Basit Ali, Aalim Ali, Najaf Ali and a daughter lutfunisa. Our heritage starts from his son Aalim Ali whose wife was chunni Begum Binte-Mehtab Ali. Aalim Ali had six children Murad Ali, Bakhaih, Hussaian Ali, Musammat

Moti, Vilavat Ali & Hafeezon. Murad Ali who had two sons Aulad Ali and Amjad Ali. Aulad Ali had two wives; his first wife was Masoorn-un-nisa alias Bholi who had only one daughter whose name was kulsoom Begum who was married to Abdul Hameed. Son of Asghar Ali. After the death of his first wife, Aulad Ali married our grand mother Asghari Begum daughter of Qasim Ali son of Mardan Ali. Actually, our grand father was desperately keen to have a son but even from our grand mother, the first issue was again a daughter, her name was Bundo who died at the age of 7 or 8 years. Later, she had four sons and a daughter namely Shamshad Hussain (eldest), Aitquad Hussain, Hamid Hussain, Shahid Hussain and daughter’s name was Shamim Fatima. Shamhad Hussain had the following children Ansar Hussain, Naseem Zehra, Hasan Zaheer, Hasan Iqbal, Ismat Zehra, Hasan Askari, Masood Iqbal and then Isteqbal Mehdi. When my grand mother was married she was very young but her intelligence, education and looking after the house hold in Faizabad as the wife of a very senior officer with a team of servants she matured very quickly. Faizabad was a capital of Shahan-e-Auwhad, at the start of the dynasty and remained so for quite sometime and when ultimately they shifted the capital to Lucknow but Faizabad still had a large community of the royal families. And my grand mother being the wife of the senior most Indian officer was invited in different functions in royal! family where with her capabilities and pleasant personality

Part I she became very popular with Begumat of her age in addition to this she had a very good voice and a very good Mersia khawan (Mersia reciting) as Begumat also belonged to the same faith so it made her more congenial in that society to the extent that on account of her Mersia reciting talent reputation also reached Lucknow and she was also invited by the Begumat of Lucknow and my grand father very happily & proudly allowed her to mix with the royal family of Faizabad and Lucknow both. And this association added so much to her existing talent, her versatility was derived from her present company in Faizabad and Lucknow with Begumat of Shahan-e-Auwhad I only remember one important thing that the cosine which was cooked in our house was not known in our part of the country. As the recipes of that food were learnt from the royal kitchen of Shahan-e-Auwhad. Particularly the ingredients spices and herbs used in those foods were neither available nor known here but my grand mother had managed with an herbalist called “Attar” in Hapur by the name of Pyarelal and he could produce her requirements and ultimately he became very famous for providing classical spices and herbs throughout the region. As no body else in the family learnt the art of cookery from my grand mother except my wife and I was also able to help her due to my good memory to keep up cooking that traditional and classical food and even today my family members and friends have developed a taste for this food

and are keen to dine in our house. As all these herbs, spices and ingredients are not available or known in Pakistan, I still get it from the shop of Pyarelal through my cousin Dr. Nasreen Aatiqad, she is currently the head of physics department in king Abdul Aziz University for girls in Jedah and when she goes for long holidays to India she particularly goes to Hapur to bring my requirements from the shop of Pyare-lal Because all these recipes she had learnt from the royal kitchen. There primary requirement was of these herbs and spices. My grandmother had also derived dignity and self confidence from the company of Begumat-e-Auwhad and that gave her an additional charm and grace. Our grand father Aulad Ali was appointed by the British Government as “Kotwale Sheher” Police Chief of the district Faizabad. During the early British period, the criteria of giving such prestigious jobs apart from their education and intelligence, was the lineage of the recognized families like Jageer Dars or senior officers in the court of Mughal Emperors and then on account of the loyalties shown to the British Empire were also recognized in the British Government.(His integrity and capabilities of administration became so much known in the British officers that in Faizabad, when an Englishman by the name of Mr. Darling was appointed as Deputy Commissioner Faizabad, who was already known to our grand father who made his name in very short period not only as a subordinate rather as a friend) Mr. Darling also became very close to the family of our grand father which lasted even after the retirement of our grand father and Mr. Darling remained in contact with my father Shamshad Hussain and he had already developed a reputation “befriending Indians’”. In the company of my grand father he had developed a taste for Indian food, thanks to my grand mother’s cooking skills and innovative recipes. It will not be out of place to mention that in those days the highest position in British India was given to an Indian

officer in police it was deputy supdt and in Civil deputy collector and a kotwal shehar of a large city was an officer of deputy supdt in police with the rank of D.S.P While in Faizabad, it was quite common that twice and thrice a week, he asked my grand father to send him the Muslim Indian food consisting of different dishes for which he had developed a taste. This family relationship remained intact even after the death of my grand father and even after the retirement of Mr. Darling. He remained in correspondence with my father. I missed one very important incident. When he was posted in UP as a senior member Board of Revenue, (the post which was considered equivalent to provincial governor). He wrote to my father that on such and such date he will be passing through Hapur railway station and requested to bring a particular dish called “Nargisi Kofta” which he was very fond of and thought that my grand mother cooked it so well that he always remembered the taste. And at the time of his arrival on Hapur station my father took his required dish to the station and I remember that I was about 7 or 8 years old and he took me with him and on the station we could see his special saloon guarded by two sentries waiting for us and they took us in the saloon and made us sit in the drawing room where after a few minutes Mr. Darling walked in from his bedroom and shook hands with my father and petted me on my shoulder and very smiling & lovingly said that this boy is a grandson of my friend Aulad Ali. After that he ordered a coffee for my father and a lemode for me. And he instructed his bearer that he will take this for lunch and then to be kept in an ice box and will again take it on dinner and then he said to his bearer that keep this dish in the ice box as doing as its last he will keep on taking it in every meal. I have already mentioned that even after his retirement, he remained in correspondence with my father who used to write him regularly the developments in the family which he was very keen to know. I remember * that when my uncle Aitquad Hussain was appointed as deputy commissioner of Gorakhpur district,

he showed his pleasure and wrote to my father that he was so happy that his friend’s son was appointed on the same position on which he was also posted. Next time when my brother went for the Civil Service training to London Mr. Darling personally came to see him. Now coming back to Hapur, as our generation was of ex-administrator of Hapur, so it was considered as the most respected and affluent family of the town. Hapur had already developed into a large town, if somebody sent a letter to my father and he just wrote “Raees Hapur” on the address as Shamshad Hussain then it was enough to reach him directly. The main bazaar of Hapur which was called “Khirki bazaar”. Our great grand father Basharat Ali had built, a large Haveli which was built on about five to six thousand yards in which my childhood upto the age of four passed. In addition, there used to be living four or five families. In the centre of the Haveli there was a large Neem tree and Varanda which was called Imam Bara meant for Muharram Majalis. The expenses of these Majaiis were covered by a trust of a large mango garden and its income was all dedicated for the Muharram Majalis. Apart from the garden there was a family graveyard called Hussaini Bagh. Being such a large tract of land, the tomb of Basharat Ali was built like tombs of Mughal Kings. Adjacent to the Haveli there was a large plot of land belonging to us but was Vacant, and as customarily one cereal merchant by the name of Bakhta sent two bags of the finest wheat to our great grand father Murad Ali and he became so happy with Bakhta and told him that as this plot land lying vacant and I have only two sons. So he gifted that plot of land to Bakhta who was at that time a very small trader but ultimately when he became very affluent he built a much larger house than the Haveli of Basharat Ali and which is still called a “Bakhta’s Palace” Our grand father had left his hereditary share of properties to be managed by my grand mother and as she came to Hapur after a very long stay in Faizabad, she didn’t know all

the details of the property and my father and uncles were also very young to understand the implications of the property management. Moreover, they were still going through their educational career, so the entire burden of managing the property as well as looking after the education of her children and bringing up of her sons and daughter my grand mother, even though was getting old and was not keeping good health but the intelligence, foresight and hard work of my grand mother, She excelled in performance of ail her duties including giving the best of education according to the standard and requirement of that period. Though I was very young at that time and remember so many things and some of them are still very clearly imbedded in my mind that I knew all the details of the property and today I am convinced that my family was sitting on a gold mine without knowing it. Actually, I have this knowledge as all the income of the property went to my grand mother, as my uncles were posted in different places as senior Government officers, only my father was in the provincial civil service, some how he was able to manage his posting either in Hapur or some where near about that’s why I am being so knowledgeable about the property. As when I was born, my mother became very sick and my grand mother brought me up to the extent that even she gave me her breast feeding and up to the age of 10 years, I always thought her to be my mother and even today mentally and emotionally I feel the same. My grand mother was so possessive of me that she called me her fifth son and naturally with the income of that property coming directly to her, I was the main beneficiary of her income. So ultimately I lived in a condition of a very affluent child with all its advantages and disadvantages of having so much money available at a very young age because my grand mother wanted me to have the best of everything and she never denied anything I wished but this treatment of her towards me created a lot of jealousies from my kinds, cousins, and my aunts.

To be continued


US base in Afghanistan threat to peace: Fazl Opposes Pakistan Protection Ordinance S UKKUR —Jamiat Ulema-eIslam- Fazl (JUI-F) Amir Maulana Fazlur Rahman Sunday said that Taliban and the terrorists were earlier considered the sign of danger, but now it was the US forces further stay in Afghanistan would endanger the region. Talking to media here, Maulana Fazlur Rahman said that all the political parties would have to get on the same page and rise with one voice for stemming the US on Multiple vehicles going intervention in the recollision injures 22 gion as well as in Pakistan. T HATTA —At least 22 perBesides, all the countries in sons were injured in multiple the region would also have collisions of vehicles at main LAHORE: Protesters shouting anti-US slogans during a demonstration against drone attacks by Difa-e-Pakistan to get together and formulate highway here on Sunday. Council on Sunday. Inset: Maulana Hafiz Saeed addressing the protesters. a common policy after thorRescue sources said that the ough review of the situation accident took place at Naemanating in the region, he tional Highway near Gajju said. JUI-F chief further said area of Thatta when a truck, that the US forces presence car and an auto-rickshaw colin the region would continue lided with each other. The to be a cause of concern for pileup of vehicles resulted in the people in the region. injuries to 22 persons. Rescue personnel and police H ANGU —At least six LAHORE—Chief of Jamhoori reached the scene of accident labourers were buried under JAMMU—India prime minis- unity and that will ensure Watan Party (JWP) and shifted the injured to the debris and died when a terial candidate and Hindu progress,” Modi, 63, said in Nawabzada Talal Akbar a speech in Jammu. Civil Hospital Makli for treat- big land mass fell over them hardliner Narendra Modi Bugti has said that the new “We should have only army leadership need to take ment. —INP promised unity and develophere on Sunday. Police said that in Tough ment on Sunday during a one religion – nation first. solid steps for ending miliDozens of Saraey area of Hangu rally in the state of Jammu There should be only one tary role and interference in LONDON—Soil from World religious text – our consti- Balochistan issues. were busy in dig- and Kashmir. War I battlefields in Belgamblers arrested labourers Modi, a popular but tution,” he said. In a telephonic chat with gium was laid in a memoging a well. During the work Security was tight in media persons on Sunday, rial garden in London on D ERA I SMAIL KHAN —The a massive land peace slid and polarising figure, told a rally of thousands of people that Jammu with several thou- Talal Bugti said that military Saturday ahead of the police arrested dozens of fell over them. gamblers during a crackdown The locals on self help he would work for the good sand police and paramilitary operation is not solution of 100th anniversary next here on Sunday. The police basis start dug out the bod- of the whole state through forces deployed, according any dispute and end point of year of the start of the conon a tip off conducted raid ies of the labourers buried increased development if he to local police sources. every issue is dialogues. flict. “Security arrangewins a general election due near Shah Alamabad Chowk under the debris. —INP He said that treason case Seventy bags of “saments were very elaborate, against former President Gen- cred soil” gathered by next May. of Dera Ismail Khan. During not only in Jammu city but “I am not here to talk action dozens of accused eral (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf more than 1,000 British about Hindus and Muslims. in the whole region,” In- under Article 6 of the consti- and Belgian schoolchilgambling on quail fight If you want progress then spector General Rajesh tution can end military inter- dren earlier this year arrived were arrested besides reyou need to have politics of Kumar told AFP. covering cash and other vention in politics for ever. in Britain by Belgian wargambling material from their The JWP chief said that ship on Friday.—Agencies possession. —INP various no go areas exist in Balochistan where common STAFF REPORTER man can’t go and unneeded FC recovers two LAHORE—Taking notice of interference of military was also a matter of grave concern. Yemeni nationals the sky-rocketing prices of He said that trial of Pervez QUETTA —The Frontier the edibles, Punjab Chief Musharraf was mandatory Corps Balochistan has recov- Minister Shahbaz Sharif on for what he did with the counSunday directed the officials ered two abducted Yemeni natry and its people.—INP tionals from Absar area of to conduct surprise visits of Tehsil Turbat, on Sunday. vegetable and fruit markets These two foreigners were with an aim to keep the rates R AWALPINDI —Affectee of Talagang, Muhammad Umar, abducted from Karachi. FC under a strict check. son of Naeem Khan Despite being an agricul- Rawalpindi carnage, Dar-ul- Waziristan, Majid Ullah, son of Spokesman said that arms, uloom Taleem-ul-Quran adexplosives and satellite tural country and having a ministration Sunday submit- Muhammad Fassih from phones were also recovered high yield of vegetable crops, ted details of seven students Battagram and Talat Hussain, N E W D E L H I — I n d i a ’ s during the raid. Yemeni na- the prices of vegetables reg- and four worshippers who son of Bashir Ahmad Tehelka magazine founder tionals were later on shifted istered an unprecedented were martyred on Muharram Rawalpindi. Tarun Tejpal was on Sunday to a safe place and would be hike in the past weeks. The 10th tragedy to investigation While, four worshippers remanded in police custody rate of tomatoes went as high sent to their country after leincluding Muhammad Anwar for six days, a day after beas Rs200 per kilogram. Simi- judicial commission. gal formalities.—Online son of Muhammad Abbas ing arrested for allegedly It is pertinent to mention larly, the prices of garlic, ginArayien of Sargodha, Tariq sexually assaulting a woman here that the details were subger, potatoes and onion had Mehmood, son of Malik Sher colleague. Judicial magistrate mitted after the statement of Senate session also crossed Rs100 per kg. from Khushab, Abdul Khaliq, (First Class) Kshama Joshi RPO Rawalpindi Umar Hayat Shahbaz Sharif finally begins today son of Habibullah from Leepa took notice of the situation Lalika, in which, he claimed that valley of Azad Kashmir and passed the order for Tejpal’s I SLAMABAD —The Senate and ordered the price con- no any student embraced marremand on a plea by the poHabib-ur-Rehman son of lice. ? Tejpal, who was arwill begin its 99th session at trollers to raid the markets of tyrdom in the incident. According to sources, Muhammad Hussain of rested at 9pm on Saturday Parliament House in vegetables and fruits in their Islamabad today (Monday) respective areas at least Dar-ul-uloom Taleem-ul-Quran Murree embraced martyrdom after his anticipatory bail plea afternoon at four. Besides thrice a week to keep a check informed the commission that in the incident.The administra- was rejected, was brought to legislative business, the Up- on profiteers. He said nor- seven students of seminary tion also told the judicial com- court by Goa Police crime per House will debate impor- mally it is in the morning were martyred including mission that those four wor- branch on Sunday. Police tant national issues during when the business activity in Muhammad Nayyar, son of shippers were residing in had sought 14 days remand Qari Muhammad Zafar of Rawalpindi.—Online the session. —INP for Tejpal.—INP these markets hits peak.

6 labourers buried under big land mass

Modi stresses unity at J&K rally

Talal Bugti for end to military role in Balochistan

World War-I battlefield soil laid at London memorial

CM orders surprise visits of markets to check prices

Rawalpindi carnage

Seminary admin submits details to JC

Tehelka founder remanded to police

Nawaz wants peace, stability in Afghanistan: FO ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Hamid Karzai have reiterated their resolve to further deepen and broaden the Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral relationship in all spheres. In a statement in Islamabad‚ Foreign Office spokesman said the Prime Minister during his visit to Afghanistan stressed that bilateral relations must be underpinned by a strong trade and economic partnership. The two leaders had extensive and in-depth consultations on bilateral relations‚ Afghan peace and

reconciliation process‚ and situation in the region with particular reference to NATO/ISAF troops drawdown in 2014. The two leaders agreed to enhance connectivity between Pakistan and Afghanistan‚ including through a motorway between Peshawar and Kabul and rail links between Peshawar and Jalalabad and Chaman and Spinbolduk. Both leaders pledged efforts to enhance bilateral trade to Five billion dollars by 2015. Nawaz Sharif reiterated his conviction that peace and stability in Afghanistan

is in Pakistan’s vital interest. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s strong support and facilitation for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process. The Prime Minister underlined Pakistan’s commitment to fight extremism and terrorism being faced by the two countries. Moreover‚ as a gesture of solidarity with the brotherly Afghan people‚ the Prime Minister announced to enhance Pakistan’s commitment of assistance for reconstruction and socio-economic development in Afghanistan from 385 million to five hundred million dollars.

President Hamid Karzai underlined the importance of Afghanistan’s relations with Pakistan‚ continued cooperation to address common challenges including extremism and terrorism. He appreciated Pakistan’s endeavours to support the Afghan peace and reconciliation process. Later‚ the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has had an aerial view of Kabul to see the development of the city before returning to Islamabad after a day long visit to Afganistan. Meanwhile‚ Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry has said sustain-

able peace in Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan. Talking to Radio Pakistan correspondent Haroon Baloch‚ he said Pakistan has assured its full support to Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process. The spokesman said during his Kabul visit‚ Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Hamid Karzai had extensive talks on bilateral relations‚ Afghan peace and reconciliation process‚ and situation in the region with particular reference to NATO/ ISAF troops drawdown in 2014. —NNI

As regards blocking of Nato supplies, Maulana Fazlur Rahman said that his party after the death of Hakimullah Mehsud had demanded re-convening of the all parties conference (APC) in a bid to evolve a common strategy to end the emanating deadlock, but this effort was sabotaged. Chief of Jamiat Ulema-eIslam (JUI-F) Maulana Fazl expressed reservations over newly promulgated Pakistan Protection Ordinance (PPO) 2013, saying that his party rejects the law.He said the US presence in Afghanistan is not in the interest of the region. He said that the promulgation of PPO in Sindh “is violation of fundamental human rights,” therefore, his party refused to accept the law. Nationalist parties of Sindh have also rejected the

ordinance, observing two shutter-down strikes in Sindh over the past two months. Also, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain terms the ordinance ‘authoritarian’, ‘undemocratic’ and ‘unconstitutional’. In a statement last week, he demanded of the government to withdraw the ordinance.Maulana Fazlur Rehman urged the government to initiate dialogue process with the Taliban to establish peace in the country. He said all political parties have already given mandate to the government in this regard. To a question‚ he said Pakistan desires cordial relations with all of its neighbours. As regards Pervez Musharraf ’s treason trial he said that it was subjudiced as the matter was in the court and the court has to decide it.


Staying active all day linked to healthy aging

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GENERALLY active life, even with out regular exercise sessions, was tied to better heart health and greater longevity in a study of older Swedes. Based on nearly 3,900 men and women over age 60 in Stockholm, the study adds to evidence suggesting that just sitting around may be actively harmful, researchers say. “We have known for 60 years that physical activity is important for the heart,” said lead author Elin Ekblom-Bak, of the Åstrand Laboratory of Work Physiology of the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences in Stockholm. But until recently the research has mainly focused on exercise and has “forgotten” about the background activity that we do during daily life, she told Reuters Health. Whether someone exercises vigorously or not, it still usually only takes up a small fraction of the day. That leaves the rest of the time for either sitting still or engaging in non-exercise activities, like home repairs, lawn care and gardening, car maintenance, hunting or fishing. For older people, who tend to exercise vigorously less than younger people, spending more time doing low-intensity activities like these could help cut down on sitting time, Ekblom-Bak and her colleagues write in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Between 1997 and 1999, more than 5,000 60-year-olds were invited to participate in the study, which began with a questionnaire about health history, lifestyle and daily activities,

as well as medical tests and measurements. At the study’s outset, people who were more active on a daily basis, regardless of their exercise levels, tended to have smaller waists and healthier cholesterol levels. The participants were followed for the next 12.5 years. During that time nearly 500 people had a first-time heart attack or stroke, and nearly 400 people died from any cause. People who had reported high levels of daily non-exercise activity were less likely to suffer a heart-related event and less likely to die than those who were the least active. For every 100 people reporting low activity levels who had a heart attack or stroke, for example, only 73 highly active people experienced such events. For every 100 of the least active who died, only 70 of the most active did. “These are fascinating findings,” said David Dunstan, of the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, “but not really surprising since other studies that have looked at this from a different angle - that is, describing the detrimental relationship between excessive sitting and mortality outcomes - are essentially showing the same thing but in reverse because there is such a high correlation between sitting time and nonexercise physical activity behaviors.” While sitting, muscles do not contract and blood flow decreases, which reduces the efficiency of many body processes, like absorbing glucose from the blood, said Dunstan, who studies heart health and exercise.

Group photo of participants of the conference on ‘Emerging Role of Women in Muslim Societies: Opportunities and Challenges held at Faisal Mosque.

Foundation stone laid CITY REPORTER

ISLAMABAD—Inspector General, National Highways & Motorway Police Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema has laid down the foundation stone of Central Police Office of National Highways & Motorway Police in Islamabad toady. While speaking on the occasion, he said that due to strict enforcement of law on Motorways, 60 to 70% reductions in accidents have been recorded. Whereas, lane discipline on N-5 is being followed by the heavy vehicles and other road users strictly in accordance of law and heavy vehicles are using left lane on highways. He also said that they are committed to save the precious lives of the citizen; therefore, they are strictly enforcing the Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai visiting a class room during his visit of law on Highways & Motorways irrespective of one’s status. He Pak-Turk International School. added that no motorcyclist is allowed to travel on GT road with out wearing helmet.

Governor asks Pak-Turk to focus on Balochistan CITY REPORTER

ISLAMABAD—The Governor of Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai has asked Pak-Turk International Schools administration to pay special attention to promotion of education in the province of Balochistan. Provision of quality education in the far-flung areas of the underdeveloped province will help people come out of poverty in short span which will settle many issues, he said. The Governor said this while talking to the administration of Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges during a visit to the institution. He said that the primary schooling is

critically important especially for the children with illiterate parents who are not well-aware of the importance of schooling. The Governor said that government is aware of importance of education therefore it is doing best to promote education but it needs help of organisations working selflessly to enlighten masses. Pak-Turk which is strengthening education system in Pakistan needs to embark upon an ambitious programme to open branches in all the districts of the province with special attention on deprived families in the remote areas, he said. Merit and scholarships can enable poor get quality educa-

tion which is otherwise difficult, Achakzai observed. Government would extend every possible help and support to organisations working for a cause, he assured. At the occasion, Pak-Turk officials told the visiting dignitary that over one thousand students in Balochistan are getting quality education while some have won awards in the international contests. Earlier, the Governor visited the campus, took interest in teaching process, asked questions from teachers and students and gave valuable suggestions. He was fascinated by smart boards, active tables and other latest educational tools.

Poster exhibition highlights benefits of science I SLAMABAD —The National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) Pakistan in collaboration with COMSATS and Emerging Nations Science Foundation (ENSF) organized a poster exhibition and hepatitis awareness campaign in order to mark World Science Day. On the occasion, over 200 booklets were distributed among students, having information regarding hepatitis and its preventive measures. The posters were prepared by NAYS Community Education and Awareness team for awareness purpose on more than 25 topics.—APP

Empowerment of women within Islamic paradigm CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —International women conference, organized at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), declared its resolve in setting priorities and developing strategies for women empowerment within the framework of Islamic paradigm. This was the crux of the recommendations, presented at concluding session of a two day conference on “Emerging Role of Women in Muslim Societies: Opportunities and Challenges,” held at Quaid-i-Azam Auditorium, Faisal Mosque. The concluding session was presided over by Rector IIUI Dr. Masoom Yasinzai while Secretary Law and Justice Barrister Zafarullah Khan was the chief guest. Founding member International Muslim Women Union, Sudan Dr. Suad Al Fateh Al Badawai, Pro Chancellor Riphah International University Hassan Muhammad Khan, Vice President IIUI (academics) Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed, Chairperson

International Muslim Women Union Dr. Kausar Firdous and Director female campus IIUI Dr. Zaitoon Begum also attended the ceremony. Women Activists from Sudan, Egypt, Indonesia, Russia, Hungary and all across the world also attended the ceremony. Participants declared strong commitment and faith in Islam as a complete code of life imparting guidance in all aspects of life including women issues. They called upon Muslim governments for establishing women and family development ministries instead of only women development ministries and also stressed upon them to curb the dominance of western paradigm while terming it contradictory to Islamic values. The conference also called upon academia of Muslim countries to develop and implement compulsory family focused curriculum and urged to come forward to abolish all of local discriminatory customs and traditions against

women. Barrister Zafarullah khan, while speaking on the occasion said there is no gender discrimination in Islamic paradigm and endorsed the recommendations of the conference. M Safdar and Dr. Nabi Bux Jumani, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, IIUI, Dr. Tahira Amjad, Associate Prof. Foundation University, Rawalpindi, Dargam Nadia, Algeria, Dr.Kouser Firdous, Chairperson, International Muslim Women Unioon, Dr. Nabeelah Lubis, Former Chief Council of Muslim women Scholars MAAI, Bilal Mahmood, Co Author Sama Ahmad Dept. Of Economics, Govt. College University, Lahore, Nargis Zaidi, Journalist, Islamabad, Asma Mushtaq, Research Associate Women Aid Trust, Pakistan, Dr. Anwar Ali Shah, Yasmin Khakwani, Al Huda International Welfare, Pakistan, Dr. Shahnaz Kouser, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, Samina Najeeb Ph.D Scholar National University of Modern Language also spoke on the subject.

Robbers take away jewelry worth millions R AWALPINDI —The robbers rushed into the Jewelers shops and took away the ornaments worth million of rupees in Kallar Syedan in the wee hours of Friday. A police official talking to APP said that a group of robbers wearing police uniform arrived in the market Chowk Pindori at Kallar Syedan Road. The robbers overpowered the security guards and tied them with ropes and took away jewelry worth millions. The robbers managed to escape from the scene after committing the robbery. Police reached the crime scene on being informed about the incident. The Police have registered a case and started investigation. Meanwhile, the jewelers blocked the road in protest and demanded for early arrest of the criminals. The protestors said that there has been increase of crimes in the area in the recent days and demanded of increasing police patrolling in the area.—APP

Collective efforts stressed to tackle dengue menace CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA), Nadeem Hassan Asif has said that drive against dengue would continue in close collaboration with Rawalpindi administration, ICT and adjoining areas of Federal Capital. He said that there is declining trend in dengue cases but

“we will not be relaxed and intensive efforts to curb this monster would continue with new zeal”. The chairman CDA emphasized on the need for more aggressive awareness campaign and said that all segments of the society should join hands in creating awareness against dengue menace. He said that CDA was

organising a seminar cum training session for the doctors from both public and private hospitals at Pak-China Friendship Centre on management of dengue patient. A team of expert doctors of dengue patient management would conduct this training session and will brief the doctors about the dengue patient management.

Academicians demand early appointment of HEC Chairman CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The academic

A large number of customers seen at Lunda Bazaar to buy warm clothes.

and civil society circles have demanded the Prime Minister, the controlling authority of Higher Education Commission HEC, main policy making institution of Pakistan to appoint a full time and regular chairperson of HEC on immediate basis. They have also requested that a person of international repute with PhD degree may be appointed as HEC Chief through a well-defined, open, competitive and transparent

manner. They have expressed reservations on delay in the process for appointment of permanent chairman HEC even after passage more than two week. During the recent vice chancellors meeting held at Islamabad, the matter related to appointment of permanent HEC chief was also raised and it was demanded that appointment of permanent chairman HEC through competitive process may be initiated without any further delay. A vice Chancellor said that even for the appointment of lecturer at university, a selection

board is constituted and same procedure is adopted for vice chancellor. Highly qualified persons with highest degree of PhD are selected through open and interview based selection process and same may be applied for the appointment of head of HEC which formulates such policies for the universities. He pointed out that the supreme court of Pakistan has already instructed the federal government to discourage the culture of adhocism through appointment of regular and permanent heads of autonomous bod-

ies through a transparent and competitive process. He pointed out that most of the Chairmen of University Grants Commission UGC (1974-2002) and all chairperson of Higher Education Commission HEC (2002-2013) were the eminent educationalists and researchers with highest qualification of PhD from leading foreign universities of the world. The PhD holder chairmen of UGC included: founder Chairman of UGC Dr. Mumtaz Ali Qazi and last serving chairman Dr. A.Q Mughal along with Dr. Muhammad Afzal longest serv-

ing chairman UGC, Dr. A. Q Ansari, Dr. U.G Issani and Dr. Naseer A Shakih. The founder chairman of HEC Dr. Atta ur Rehman was also leading academician with PhD degree and same was the case of Dr. Javaid R. Laghari. The education experts believe that delay in the appointment of full time chairman HEC is badly damaging the higher education sector as HEC chairman takes the key decisions regarding the functioning of national universities and higher education institutions.


Registration process of eyewitness Zohr

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Brothers in Islam establish regular prayers and charity

December 5 LITERARY organization Josh Abadi Foundation will organize Josh National Conference to mark 115th birth anniversary of poet of revolution and youth Josh Malihabadi here on December 5 at Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL).

Obituary OBSERVER REPORT I S L A M A B A D —Syed Afzal Hussain Zaidi, Former Principal Information Officer, Press Information Department, Former Director General Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Directorate of Films and Publications, Government of Pakistan passed away. May Allah Rest his soul in Heaven. Namaz-e-Janaza will be held at Al-Sadiq Masjid / Imam Bargah G-9/ 2 Islamabad today (Monday) at 12:45 pm (after Namaz-e-Zohr).

Low gas pressure irks citizens R AWALPINDI —The citizens have expressed concerns over gas load-shedding and low gas pressure, being witnessed in certain areas of the town which is affecting routine life of citizens. According to details, domestic consumers particularly in Saddar, Tench Bhatta, Committee Chowk and other areas are facing low gas pressure problem. The gas pressure problem is also afecting the commercial activities depriving hundreds of the people of livelihood. The citizens have demanded Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Company (SNGPC) and other authorities concerned to take steps for regularizing the gas supply. As housewives prepare breakfast, there is no gas pressure. Low gas pressure forces the citizens to bring breakfast from local bakeries and hotels, resultantly residents have started using Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) to cook meals while many are compelled to use firewood. There were reports of low gas pressure last year too in parts of Rawalpindi city particularly congested areas including Dhari Hassanabad, Dhoke Khabba, Qasimabad, Muslim Town, Khurram Colony, Chungi Number 8, Tench Bhatta, Peoples Colony, Dhoke Saydian and several other areas. Last year too, consistent low gas pressures and frequent gas outages had posed problems for the people, who were unable to cook and properly heat their homes during cold weather condition.—APP

Fumigation in dengue virus areas

ISLAMABAD—Judicial Commission (JC) constituted for the investigations of Rawalpindi incident will initiate the registration process of eye witnesses and others from Monday (Today) in regard to collect evidences. Details said, people have been generally asked that if anyone holds any information or wants to record his statement in connection with incident he could consult the commission. Registrar for JC Mohammad Yar Gondal has said that if citizens want to cooperate with commission to provide any information about incident, they could register their name before JC from December 02 to 06, 2013. Citizens can approach the registrar office of JC, established in High Court Rawalpindi from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for registration of their names. Registrar has issued the directions that persons who will provide any evidence or statement in connection with incident will have to submit the affidavit and attested copy of national identity card to JC.—Online Visitors buying various items from Russian stall set up in connection with Foreign Office Women Association annual charity bazaar, on Sunday.

Prize distribution ceremony at Anjuman Faizul Islam STAFF REPORTER R AWALPINDI —Former Ambassador of Pakistan to Nigeria Maj. General (Retd) Asif Duraiz Khan has said sports play an important role in personality development of students and without taking part in sports activities, they can not be able to meet the mental and physical health requirements pivotal to seek education. He expressed these views while addressing to the prize distribution ceremony of Annual Sports of Anjuman Faizul Islam (AFI) here on the other day. AFI president Mian Mohammad Siddique Akbar, VP Prof. Aziz Hashmi, Maj. (R) Basharat Kiani, Prof. Niaz Irfan other office bearers and a large number of students of educational institutions of AFI were present on the occasion. Taking active part in an-

nual sports, Faizul Islam Model Secondary School of AFI Faizabad took overall first position in different sports games including long jump, tug of war, 200 metre race etc. Asif Duraiz Khan said game are the integral part of education and in our society, most educational institutions do not take care of it. He said Sports and games helped in character building of students and gave them energy and strength to bear the stresses of education and absorb knowledge. “A sound mind depends on sound body and that is possible only by promoting sports activities in educational institutions”, he mentioned. Asif Duraiz Khan also admired the administration of AFI for keeping the games as a part of education. President of AFI Mian Mohammad Siddique Akbar, while ad-

dressing to the students and teachers on this occasion, said besides comradeship, games provide good training in discipline and organization. He said keeping this in mind, AFI organizes various sports events on regular basis so that students can stay mentally and physically fit. He also threw light on the history of AFI and said this prestigious institution was established 4 years before Pakistan came into being on the desire and instruction of father of the nation Quid-eAzam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. “Since then we are providing the orphans with the best food, shelter and education to enable them become a useful citizens of our dear homeland. Later, the chief guest gave away prizes to the position holder students and their trainers.

Campaign against one-wheeling

Buffalo farms promoting pollution I SLAMABAD—Establishment of buffalo farms in the model towns of federal capital and residential sites of rural area have multiplied the difficulties of citizens. Residents of Rawal town, Margallah town, Shehzad town, Chattah Bakhtawar including other areas are facing miserable conditions due to stinky and polluted environment created by these buffalo farms. Residents of Rawal town have complained that their area has turned into market of buffalos where all day and night animals are seen being loaded and unloaded on trucks and other vehicles. Other than that roaming buffalos on roads have increased the threat of accidents for the commuters and citizens. Due to lack of responsibility on the part of Gawalas (milkmen) buffalos are seemed openly wandered alongside the road and green belts.—Online

Police net 27 lawbreakers

R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi R AWALPINDI —City Traffic sued to all the traffic wardens, cial drive against wheelie and police in its continued drive

R AWA L P I N D I — C o m m i s sioner Rawalpindi Division Khalid Masood Chaudhry has directed health officials to prompt preventive measures on the areas where dengue virus positive cases are still being reported. Authorities concerned has also been directed to ensure necessary fogging, fumigation and anti-mosquito spray in the targeted houses and vulnerable areas on the advice of entomologists. He issued these directives in a meeting held here. He directed Managing Director (MD) Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) and Director General (DG) Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) to complete the repair work of Dhoke Hassu tube well and water pipeline within shortest possible time frame and restore the traffic besides provision of drinking water facility for the residents of the area. Khalid Masood Chaudhry instructed the officers of Rawal and potohar town to remove unauthorized banners and posters.—APP

Traders protest against FBR raid I SLAMABAD —Traders Welfare Association (TWA) and Traders Action Committee (TAC) Islamabad have strongly condemned the raid of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) officials at Shaheen Medical Store in Super Market. In a joint statement president TWA Sarfraz Mughal and secretary TAC Ajmal Baloch condemned the act of FBR officials of taking computers & other record forcefully in their possession. They appealed to the

Chairman FBR Tariq Bajwa to take notice of such actions of FBR officials and issue orders for the return of confiscated equipments and record. They said, FBR has started raids on businessmen, which has created lot of harassment amongst them. “At the one hand Prime Minister of Pakistan is announcing packages providing many tax incentives to businessmen, but on the other hand, ignoring the Prime Minister’s announce-

Afghan colonies causing crimes ISLAMABAD—Illegal residen- of people where Afghan cititial colonies of Afghan citizens around the some rural areas and model towns of federal capital have spread severe threats among the residents of the areas. Afghan citizens have established illegal occupation around the residential areas of Rawal town, Margallah town, Chattah Bakhtawar, Taramari, Tarlai, Ali Pur, Jahngi Sayedaan and Barah Kahu, while movement of strangers has become a routine matter in these areas. Area beside Rawal dam, Simili dam and korang Nullah are under illegal occupation

zens have established their colonies, while they are also using the land of CDA for illegal construction and cultivation. Residents of the area have complained that crime rate in has severally increased in their areas after the increased movement of foreigners, while these elements are also involved in selling the drugs to youth. They have demanded from CDA and other concerned departments to take notice of this situation immediately to give relief to the residents of area.—Online

ments,” they added. Representatives of traders associations questioned that whether FBR could not digest the incentives of Prime Minister that it has started to take such extreme measures. They warned that if the confiscated equipment and record was not returned within 3 days, the shutter down protest would be launched from Super Market which could spread to other commercial areas as well and FBR would be responsible for all consequences.—Online

Young prisoner commits suicide R AWALPINDI —Abuse of Adiala Jail officials nudged a prisoner to commit suicide here on Sunday. Sources said that the young prisoner was quite upset over the maltreatment being meted out to him by the Adiala Jail authorities. The inmate committed suicide in the washroom of the barrack by putting a rope around his neck. The deceased was resident of Islamabad and imprisoned in Adiala Jail room No. 2 of Barrack No. 3. It is a known fact that prisons in Pakistan have become den of torture by jail officials who abuse the poor prisoners and are helpless among the inmates having strong backing.—INP

against anti-social elements have arrested 27 lawbreakers including three gamblers on different charges. The police also recovered 770 grams charras, 14 bottles of liquor, 10 pistols with 43 rounds and two revolvers with six rounds from the alleged possession. According to Rawalpindi police spokesman, accused Altaf, Safeer, Pervaiz, Muhammad Atif and Yar Muhammad were rounded up for having charras. Ratta Amral police held accused Muhammad Naeem with seven bottles of liquor. Murree police held accused Naseer for possessing five liquor bottles. Accused Aftab and Adil were netted on recovery of liquor. Meanwhile, Bunni police acting on a tip-off conducted a raid in Dhoke Dalal area and held three gamblers namely Ghulam Yasin, Umar Naseer and Jameel who were allegedly involved in betting on cricket match. Police recovered cash stake money amounting to Rs 15,000, four wireless phones, three tape recorders, one telePML-N Senator Raja Zafarul Haq addressing the ‘Workers Convention’ at Central vision and other gadgets from their possession.—APP Participants of a rally taken out by IMDC to mark the World AIDS Day on Sunday. Secretariat. Police (CTP) Rawalpindi have intensified special campaign launched against one-wheelers and impounded over 100 motorcycles prepared for the banned activity. Chief Traffic Officer, (CTO) Rawalpindi, Superintendent Police (SP) Syed Ishtiaq Shah said strict orders have been is-

Inspectors, Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) of all sectors that action in accordance with the law should be taken against one-wheelers and no one should be spared. The motorcycles especially prepared for one wheeling should be impounded. CTP had launched spe-

strict action was taken against 415 motorcyclists. He said several arrangements were made to curb the activity particularly in Committee Chowk, Chandni Chowk, Sixth Road, Airport Road, Peshawar Road, Jhelum Road, Ayub Park and Murree Road.—APP

PM to inaugurate Polytechnic Institute CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will soon inaugurate the Model Polytechnic Institute at Mehra Begwal, near Bahara Kahu, Islamabad being established by the Allama Iqbal Open University(AIOU) with collaboration of Capital Administration and Development Division (CA&D). This was announced by Member National Assembly, Dr. Tariq Fazal

Chaudhry while inaugurating the full-fledge Directorate of Technical and Vocational Education of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) newly established in the premises of the Model Polytechnic Institute at Mehra Begwal in order to run the affairs of the Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said land of 132 kanal was acquired as donation from the local people and the building of the Polytechnic College was constructed more than twenty five years

before but regrettably it has not been operated so far. Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said that setting up a Model Polytechnic Institute is a major facility has been specially arranged for the people of the federal capital and it is also a major development in the education sector and the credit of this great national initiative for building the youth, goes to Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi, Vice-Chancellor, AIOU. He thanked the ViceChancellor, AIOU, Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi for ac-

cepting the challenge of running the old Polytechnic College with the new name ‘Model Polytechnic Institute’ and for his prompt action of the establishment of a full fledge Directorate of Technical and Vocation Education to achieve the task and to run the affairs of the Institute. The Institute is being established through an agreement signed between Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and Capital Administration and Development Division(CA&D). As per the

agreement, the Institute will be run by a Joint Management Committee that will includes members from both organization. Under the agreement, the AIOU will be exclusively responsible for the management and operational affairs of the Polytechnic Institute including capita/recurring and technical educational. Dr. Sangi said that a fullfledge Technical and Vocational Directorate has been established, equipped with all necessary facilities and staff in the premises of the

‘Model Polytechnic Institute” at Mehra Bagwal to run the affairs of the Institute efficiently. He said similar Polytechnic Institute will also be setup gradually at various parts of the country, ensuring equal access to the skill based and job-oriented programmes for socio-economic development of the country. VC AIOU, Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi thanked the Government for reposing confidence in AIOU for undertaking the task.. He assured that the Institute will

be a major centre for providing technical and vocation training to the people. Most modern facilities will be made available for students. He said three tender notices will be opened on December 11 for providing needed machinery, electricity, telephone, tube wells and other. Initially the AIOU, he said will introduce Diploma, Associate Diploma Courses in five disciplines. The AIOU will also introduce various other skilled and job-oriented programmes to meet the need

of around two lac and fifty thousand students. The Vice chancellor also announced that 50 percent fee concession will be provided to each student by the AIOU for a period of two years. The Project Director, Syed Attaullah Shah said that renovation of the three major buildings of the Institute will be completed in next three months and will be adorned with necessary furniture and equipments in order to make it ready to start classes from the next semester.


Indian intransigence main hurdle in Kashmir resolution: Salah-ud-Din SRINAGAR—The Chairman of Minister, Manmohan Singh, years this promised right was on the other, it has a sinister United Jihad Council (UJC) and the supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Syed Salahuddin, has said that Indian intransigence, dilly-dallying tactics and military hegemony have been major hurdles in the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Syed Salahuddin in an interview to a Srinagar based English daily Greater Kashmir appealed the people of the occupied territory to boycott the forthcoming socalled elections. He said that it was unfortunate that India had been exploiting elections in its favour very unrealistically at the international fora. He pointed out the Indian Prime

in contrast to historic realities told the UN General Assembly that Kashmiris had time and again endorsed their accession to India by taking part in general elections. Syed Salahuddin maintained that sham polls were no substitute to plebiscite and Kashmiris’ right to selfdetermination, which had been promised to them by the world community as well as the leadership of India and Pakistan so many times. “Even the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru and others acknowledged that Kashmiris would be given their inalienable right to determine their political fate,” he said, adding that despite the passage of 65

not granted to the people of Kashmir. He pointed out that the Kashmiris had not conceded their legitimate demand despite going through trials and tribulations. The UJC Chairman deplored world’s apathy towards the sufferings of Kashmiris. “The people of Kashmir have bitterly felt the criminal silence of United Nations, the Security Council and the world powers for not playing their role regarding the final settlement of the Kashmir dispute,” he stated. Commenting on India’s plan to build a big wall along the LoC, he said, on one hand, India invites Kashmiri leadership for dialogue while

design to erect a huge wall along the ceasefire line. He said that building a wall along the LoC was not only a gross violation of international laws but it was also part of a greater conspiracy to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir, which, he said, would not be allowed at any cost. Syed Salahuddin urged the world human rights bodies to take cognizance of the deteriorating human rights situation in occupied Kashmir and plight of illegally detained Kashmiris languishing in different jails. He also welcomed the release of the Executive Direc- MIRPUR: AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed inaugurating sub-division of Dalyan Jattan. Senior Minister tor of Kashmiri American Chaudhry Muhammad Yaseen was also present on the occasion. Council, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, in the US. —KMS

Three killed in Indian held Kashmir explosion

Minor booked for ‘killing’ police constable

Unresolved Kashmir dangerous for regional peace: Geelani

JAMMU —Three people were S RINAGAR —The killed in occupied Jammu and

PATTAN—A ‘minor’ who was booked by Pattan police for his alleged involvement in stone-pelting that had caused the death of a police constable was sent to Juvenile lock up by Session Court Tangmarg. Pertinently, a Head Constable Kawlain Singh was killed after the vehicle he was driving met an accident following stone pelting by some youth near restive Palhalan in Pattan after Eid prayers in October this year. Police arrested some alleged culprits including a minor Bilal Ahmed Dar son of Abdul Jabbar resident of ISLAMABAD: AJK PTI President (Women Wing) Asia Rafique with party workers. Bhat Mohalla Palhalan Pattan vide FIR number 263/2013 under section 148, 120A, 153B of RPC. Bilal was bailed out by Sessions Court Baramulla but according to his parents, Pattan police rearrested him soon after they showed bail application to police offi S RINAGAR —Hurriyat Con- known about the then cruel doesn’t end here, the tradicontinued when ference (M) in its statement rule of Mahrajas, he said. tion paid glowing tributes to late “The book annoyed the ‘ty- Mohammad Afzal Guru was Robert Thorpe on his 145th rant’ Maharaja who ordered recently hanged,” Mir added. his immediate arrest. After Mir said Kashmir issue death anniversary. In this regard a high level arresting Robert he was put existed before the creation of delegation of Hurriyat Con- behind the bars. Later he was the United Nations (UN) in ference comprising of Adv executed on 29th November 1945. He said despite being the peace loving people, Shahid-ul-Islam, Javaid 1868,” Mir added. He said, “Since 1868, Kashmir has more than ‘560 Ahmad Mir and Syed Bashir ISLAMABAD —Speakers at a Andrabi visited his grave at Kashmiris continue to suffer. graveyards of Martyrs’ startconference in Islamabad, to- Bund Sheikh Bagh Srinagar. At present, the situation is ing with Robert Thorpe day, appealed to the interSpeaking on the occa- same with some. We have graveyard. national community to take sion Mir said, “Robert had now black laws, youth dis“Before the creation of cognisance of gross human devoted his life for our bet- appear, and people are sen- UNO, Kashmir was ‘Valley of rights violations perpetrated ter future, he raised his voice tenced to life imprison- Wounds’, and people here by Indian troops in occu- against the then Mahraja’s ments.” are still suffering, he said. pied Kashmir. “Maharaja’s rule was Mir appealed UNO Gencruel rule and prevailing situThe conference was or- ation of Kashmiri Muslims.” transferred to 19th Century eral Secretary Ban-Ki-Moon ganized by the Kashmir He extensively wrote when Baba-I-Quam late to take some concrete steps Women Forum in collabora- about the plight of Kashmiri Maqbool Bhat was hanged. for the settlement of this long tion with International Mus- people to let the world The oppressor’s cruel rule standing Issue.—NNI lim Women Union at Kashmir House in Islamabad. It was attended by the representatives of different women organizations of twenty-one countries. The speakers included senior minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Chaudhry Muhammad SRINAGAR—Underlining the trade activities across LOC as so that traders of both sides Yasin, Head Organizing cross Line of Control (LoC) also safeguarding the life and get benefits and trade activiCommittee Chairperson of trade as an important Confi- property of the people living ties flourish. He mentioned the need for telephone and bankIslamic Women Union, Dr dence Building Measures in frontiers. “Peaceful and conducive ing facilities for traders and Kausar Firdous and the (CBM) between India and Chairperson of Kashmir Pakistan, the Chief Minister conditions on the borders give said that his government has Women Forum, Shamim said that more initiatives are fillip to the trade activities as already taken up these issues required to ensure further also enable farmers to carry with the Government of India Shawl. A resolution passed on growth of the trade across on agriculture operations and will pursue these at the smoothly and without any highest level. the occasion, demanded LOC. fear”, he said and expressed The traders while presentInteracting with traders withdrawal of Indian troops, the hope that the present ing their memorandum to the after opening the Trade Farepeal draconian laws from occupied Kashmir and re- cilitation Centre at Salamabad peaceful situation will get fur- Chief Minister demanded inclusion of milk and milk prodlease of all illegally detained in Uri area of North Kashmir ther strengthened. He also reiterated the ucts, mineral water, canned near LOC, Omar Abdullah Kashmiris besides restoration of all fundamental free- underlined the importance of need of converting the trout fish, juices and jams, doms of the people of occu- tranquility on borders as key present Barter System of trade wheat and wheat products, to the smooth operation of into the normal trade practices sports items.—NNI pied territory.—KMS

Hurriyat (M) pays tributes to Robert Thorpe

Islamabad moot urges world to take notice of HR abuses

Cross LoC trade an important CBM between India, Pakistan: Omar

Kashmir when some labourers lit a fire to keep themselves warm, accidentally setting off explosives meant to blast rocks, officials said. A police officer told IANS that all three victims were building a road about 100 km away from Udhampur town. They were lighting a fire in Gouri Meeti Ladaa village when the blast took place. One of them died instantly. Two others succumbed to injuries while being taken to a hospital. “The explosion took place accidentally as blasting material used in road construction was lying in a packet and came in contact with the fire,” the officer said.—NNI

Singhpora residents to resist land acquisition by CRPF

veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Geelani has reaffirmed the Kashmiris’ resolve to continue their struggle till they achieve their inalienable right to selfdetermination. Syed Ali Geelani addressing a mammoth rally in Kulgam, today, said that the Kashmiris had rendered matchless sacrifices in their liberation struggle and they would not accept any solution of the Kashmir dispute against their aspirations. He urged the world community to impress upon New Delhi to stop human rights violations in the occupied territory. The veteran leader appealed to the people to totally boycott the forthcoming farcical elections as India was exploiting these polls in its favour at the international fora. His address was punctuated

by high-pitched anti-India and pro-liberation slogans. Earlier, Syed Ali Geelani left his Hyderpora residence for Kulgam along with some colleagues. However, a large number of people joined them in the way and they reached Kulgam in a big cavalcade. He also addressed gatherings in Halmula, Bijbehara and Khudwani areas. Senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, addressing a delegate session of his party at Tarzoo in Sopore said that the unresolved Kashmir dispute posed a threat to peace of the entire South Asian region. He said that Kashmir dispute had reached to a point where it was imperative for Pakistan and India to settle it as per the aspirations of Kashmiri

people. On the other hand, according to the data issued by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, today, Indian troops, in their continued acts of state terrorism, injured 412 civilians by using brute force against peaceful demonstrators in occupied Kashmir during the last month of November. The police and troops arrested 104 people and booked many of them, mostly youth, under draconian law, Public Safety Act. The troops also molested four women during the month. Meanwhile, the puppet authorities put in place stringent security measures across the territory on the occasion visit of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, to Jammu, today.—KMS

Former Indian army general joins PDP SRINAGAR—A former major ing peace and prosperity in the served the army for 40 years, general of the Indian army has state. “There is need that ex- joining politics was a hard de-

S RINAGAR —Opposing the joined Jammu and Kashmir’s perienced and clean people cision. “But I realised that by puppet administration’s decision to allow Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to acquire around 600 kanals of land in their area, the residents of Singhpora in Baramulla district have formed a committee to resist the land acquisition. Mohammad Rafiq Rather, a senior resident from the area, in a media interview said, “We have formed a coordination committee which comprises heads of different localities of the area to spearhead the agitation against the land acquisition.” Rather said that besides sending letters to different officials, the committee had also presented a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, seeking revocation of land acquisition order. “We already have thousands of kanals of land under the occupation of Army, BSF and CRPF. Now if more land is acquired by the forces our village will turn into garrison,” he added. The puppet regime gave a ‘no objection certificate’ to the CRPF in 2007 to acquire the land in Singhpora, and now the Revenue department is in the process of land demarcation.—KMS

principal opposition Peoples Democratic Party. President of Jammu and Kashmir Dharmarth Trust, Major General (Retd) R S Jamwal joined the party along with large number of his supporters, a press release said. PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed welcomed Jamwal in the party and exuded confidence the opposition party would utilize his vast experience to restore last-

like General Jamwal should join politics because politics is not just to attain power but also to deliver good governance to the people,” Mufti said. Mufti, the former chief minister added PDP would channelize experience of Jamwal to fulfill party agenda of establishing a new system of justice and equality in Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking on the occasion, Jamwal said: as a soldier, who

joining the right party one can play important role in shaping future of the coming generation. When I say right party, PDP is the only party which has visionary agenda for the people of the state,” he said. “Politics can be utilized as a mean to restore peace, strengthen brotherhood and accelerate developmental activities, provided one should have the vision and commitment,” he maintained.—NNI

Relatives of missing persons wailing during a sit-in protest in Srinagar.

Kashmir accession document shrouded in false myths ABDUL MAJID ZARGAR

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web of falsehood has been woven around the instrument of accession between Indian Govt. and Maharaja of Kashmir to present it as a credible and genuine document before the international community and general public. However, continuous scholarly debates and archival materials have exposed such falsehoods. Noted historian and author of several books, Dr Abdul Ahad, who has held many important positions as Director Archives and museums, has termed the instrument of accession as a bogus document on the basis of archival material, overwriting in dates, type of

ink used for signatures etc. etc. In chapter 23 of his book Kashmir – Triumphs &Tragedies, he has exposed a number of infirmities in the instrument of accession that put its credibility to a severe test. Probably this explains the Indian unwillingness to present the original instrument before the UN or its exhibition in the white paper on Kashmir presented before Indian Constituent Assembly on 3rd March 1948. (See also Alistair Lamb -Chapter V1) Be that as it may, there have been many other myths floated in the past around this instrument which need to be rebutted to put the records straight. The first of such myths is that the instrument of acces-

sion was signed by Maharaja on 26th October. V.P. Menon, the man supposed to have obtained Maharaja’s Signatures, states in his book “Integration of States” that he traveled from Delhi to Jammu on this date, got the instrument signed by Maharaja and flew back to Delhi. This simply cannot be true as the Maharaja along with his family left Kashmir in the wee hours of 26th October and considering the condition of Srinagar-Jammu Road (it used to be called as Banihal cart road those days and there was no Jawahar Tunnel) and the eyewitness account of those who saw Maharaja’s Motorcade pass through different towns like Ramban, Kud and Udhampur, Maharaja could

not have reached Jammu before 7.00 PM. That being so and keeping in view the absence of night landing and take-off facilities at Jammu Airport those days it is next to impossible for any person to fly from Delhi to Jammu and back at such an odd hour. Besides this, there are other evidences that nail this lie. According to Alexander Symon, Britain’s deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi, he met Menon on 26th October in Delhi and was told that he would fly to Jammu next day i.e 27th October. (LP&S/ 13/1845b, ff 283-95-India office records). Yet another evidence is provided by M.C. Mahajan, Kashmir’s then Prime Minster.

Writing in his autobiography, “Looking back – page 154” Mahajan says that he along with Menon went to Jammu on 27th October after receiving a message from Aerodrome officer in Srinagar around 9.00 AM that Indian troops had landed there. On reaching Maharaja’s Palace in Jammu and after some discussion, formal documents were signed by Maharaja which Menon took back to Delhi. If any doubt remains, it is set at rest by Nehru’s letter of 27th October addressed to Mahraja which reads as “Sh. V.P. Menon returned from Jammu this evening (means 27th October) and informed me of talks there. He gave me the instrument of accession, which you have

signed. Even Patel’s Daughter and Secretary, Maniben Patel, says that her father received Menon at Airport on arrival from Jammu on 27th October and not on 26th as is made out to be (Noorani – Frontline 24th March 1995). By all these evidences, it is proved beyond doubt that if at all instrument of accession was ever signed, it was on 27th October after the Indian troops had landed in Srinagar. The second of such false myths is that Indian forces entered Kashmir following a tribal incursion on 22nd October 1947. But it is now an established fact that under ‘operation Rescue’, Indian Govt. had dispatched four commando platoons of its army’s 50th

Parachute Brigade and batteries of Patiala artillery (most of the times camouflaged in civvies) to Kashmir between 12th and 17th October, 1947, well before the tribal invasion. In-fact, Srinagar Airport was already surrounded and secured by these forces when the Indian Army was formally airlifted on 27th October. It needs to be noted that Mountbatten had already promised Hari Singh of such military help during his June 1947 visit to Srinagar (Freedom at Midnight – page 205. See also Patel’s Correspondence with Defence Minster Baldev Singh). Thus, it was India who first sent armed forces into Kashmir even before the Maharaja signed the accession. Yet another distortion of facts

is that after partition of the subcontinent in 1947, Kashmir lay adjacent to both India and Pakistan and hence its ruler was entitled, according to rules of partition, to accede to either of the two Domains. This statement is historically incorrect because according to original Partition Plan of 3rd June 1947, India was left with no access corridor to Kashmir. Aware of this major constraint, V.P. Menon acting as Constitutional advisor to Mountbatten, sent him a note three weeks before actual partition which reads as “It (Kashmir) does not lie in the bosom of Pakistan and it can claim an exit to India, especially if a portion of Gurdaspur district goes to India”.


Australia regain Rugby League World Cup, beat NZ 34-2 M ANCHESTER (England)— ding to become the first ably their final World Cup. of the last four major finals player to win World Cups in both rugby codes but a subdued performance by the world player of the year was summed up when his pass was intercepted in the leadup to Australia’s final try, a length-of-the-field score finished off by Morris in the 72nd minute. The Australians finished the tournament without having conceded a try in 404 minutes since their win over England in the opening match five weeks ago. In their five games since then, they shipped only four points in five matches, scoring 244. For Australia’s 30-yearolds Smith, Greg Inglis and Johnathan Thurston, who kicked all seven of his goals, it completes the resumes of three of the modern-day rugby league greats in prob-

they had met — in that 2008 World Cup and in the Four Nations in ’05 and ’10. It quickly became apparent, though, that there would not be another upset here in a match played in front of 74,468 — a record crowd for an international. Australia was sharper around the play-the-ball, made big yardage through the forwards and had a kicking game through the manof-the-match Thurston that tormented New Zealand’s defence. The Kiwis weren’t helped by the seventhminute withdrawal of right winger Roger TuisavaSheck, who sustained a suspected hairline fracture of his right shin in his first carry. Australia made a raft of incisive attacks down its left channel in Tuisava-Sheck’s absence, with two of their tries came down that flank. A halftime scoreline of 162 didn’t flatter the Kangaroos. The Kiwis walked off with hands on hips, a punishing first 40 adding to the weariness after that epic semifinal victory over England last weekend. Thurston and Shaun Johnson kicked goals in the opening 16 minutes before Australia’s attack started making serious inroads and Thurston’s perfectly judged kick was collected by the leaping Slater — soaring way above Kieran Foran — for the opening try in the 19th. Slater was passed fit only on Thursday after making a quicker-than-expected recovery from a knee injury and his try double — and Australia’s victory — will be particularly sweet for the fullback, whose error gifted Benji MANCHESTER: Australia’s Cameron Smith and teammates celebrate winning the 2013 Marshall a crucial try in the Rugby League World Cup Final between Australia and New Zealand at Old Trafford. 2008 final.

Australia reclaimed the Rugby League World Cup from New Zealand with 34-2 five-try romp in the most onesided final in the competition’s 59-year history. Billy Slater and Brett Morris both crossed twice and Cooper Cronk added the other try as the Kangaroos produced a devastating performance to win the trophy for the 10th time in 14 editions. “It is one of the best team performances I have ever been part of,” said Australia captain Cameron Smith, who was sprayed with champagne by his jubilant teammates as he lifted the trophy to the backdrop of fireworks at Old Trafford. New Zealand forward Sonny Bill Williams was bid-

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And it goes a long way to making up for the 2008 final, when New Zealand stunned its fierce rival in Brisbane to claim the sport’s biggest prize for the first time. “Five years is a long time to get another opportunity,” Smith said, “but a little bit of that disappointment has been taken away by this win.” This was the heaviest victory in a final, eclipsing Australia’s 40-12 victory over the Kiwis in the same stadium in 2000. “I thought their performance was pretty faultless,” New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney said. Australia hadn’t been beaten in three years heading into the match but, crucially, New Zealand had defeated its great rival in three

Manny Pacquiao dominates Brandon Rios in comeback bout

KARACHI—The International M ACAU —Manny Pacquiao symbol of my people’s come- was getting attention to cuts Cricket Council (ICC) issued its new rankings on Sunday, establishing Pakistan’s spinmaestro Saeed Ajmal as the top bowler in One day International (ODI) rankings. ICC issued its ODI rankings in which Ajmal, who was recently named man of the series in South Africa, remained number one bowler by 763 points. In the ICC player rankings for batsmen, Pakistani captain Misbah-ul-Haq ranked No. 10 with 722 points. In the allrounder category, Muhammad Hafeez lost ground from his previous No. 1 spot to the second place, while Shahid Afridi after his dismal batting performance dropped to the seventh spot in the rankings.—AFP

defeated Brandon Rios by unanimous decision early Sunday to take the WBO international welterweight title and return to his winning ways after consecutive losses. Returning to the ring after almost a year’s absence, Pacquiao wore Rios down with his trademark combination punching and won 120108, 119-109 and 118-110 on the scorecards at The Venetian casino in Macau. It was an emotional victory for Pacquiao after the devastating typhoon in his home nation of the Philippines, which killed thousands. “This is not about my comeback,” Pacquiao said in the ring. “My victory is a

back from a natural disaster and a natural tragedy.” Pacquiao got the better of the opening two rounds, sending Rios to the canvas in the opening frame, although the referee contentiously ruled it as a slip rather than a knockdown. The American asserted himself in the third, landing some crisp blows that raised hopes of a genuine contest before Pacquiao — spurred on by a capacity crowd at the 13,000-seat Cotai Arena including many Filipino fans — dominated the remainder of the contest. Rios was game, continually walking forward to challenge Pacquiao but unable to land any telling blows. After seven rounds, Rios

under both eyebrows, and with the scores going against him needed something special. Cautioned by the memory of his previous fight when he walked into a savage Juan Manuel Marquez punch that knocked him out, Pacquiao was on guard throughout the closing rounds but a tiring Rios offered little threat over the final four rounds. “Recovering from the knockout and giving a good show was what I wanted to prove to myself and everyone,” Pacquiao said. Pacquiao will now eye a potential rematch against Marquez, if the much-desired fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn’t happen.—AFP

ABU DHABI: The Ireland players celebrate with the World Twenty20 Qualifiers trophy after beating Afghanistan in the final of ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers Tournament.

Ireland win World Twenty20 qualifying tournament ABU D HABI—Veteran Trent Johnston´s superb all-round show in his last Twenty20 international helped Ireland beat Afghanistan by 68 runs in the final of the World Twenty20 qualifiers on Saturday. Opening batsman Paul Stirling scored 76 off 43 balls and the 39-year-old Johnston hit a rapid 62 off 32 with five fours and four sixes in Ireland´s strong total of 225-7 after it won the toss and elected to bat. Medium fast Johnston — who will quit international cricket at the end of the year — took 3-34 with the ball, including Afghanistan top scorer Gulbadin Naib (43) and Samiullah Shenwari (5) off successive deliveries. Afghanistan was bowled out for 157 in 18.5 overs.Nepal finished third in the tournament with a five-wicket victory over United Arab Emirates in the playoffs.—AP

World Cup T20 1st round fixtures announced D UBAI —First round groups and fixtures for the ICC World Twenty20 2014 scheduled to be played in Bangladesh were announced after the ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers

concluded at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Group A: Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Hong Kong. Group B: Zimbabwe, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands. Fixtures: Sunday, March 16, Bangladesh v Afghanistan at Mirpur, Nepal v Hong Kong at Chittagong. Monday, March 17, Zimbabwe v Ireland at Sylhet, UAE v Netherlands at Sylhet. Tuesday, March 18, Afghanistan v Hong Kong at Chittagong, Bangladesh v Nepal at Chittagong. Wednesday, March 19, Zimbabwe v Netherlands at Sylhet, Ireland v UAE at Sylhet. Thursday, March 20, Afghanistan v Nepal at Chittagong, Bangladesh v Hong Kong at Chittagong. Friday, March 21, Zimbabwe v UAE at Sylhet, IreLAHORE: Shahid Hussain, CEO Service Sales Corporation, giving the winning trophy to the team after the main land v Netherlands at Sylhet.—AFP final match. Polo D Sufi won the match by 7/5.

Haris, Sharjeel, Zulfiqar in; Rehman, Jamshed out for Sri Lanka Twenty20s L AHORE —Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman and batsman Nasir Jamshed have been left out of Pakistan’s squad for the Twenty20s against Sri Lanka in the UAE later this

tain Mohammad Hafeez. The selectors have persisted with the newcomers, with batsman Sohaib Maqsood and bowlers Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali retaining their

stan on December 8, but will join the team ahead of the two matches against Sri Lanka, scheduled for December 11 and 13. Rehman played only one of the four T20s against

month. Left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar, who was not picked for the recently-concluded home and away limited-overs games against South Africa due to a finger injury, has been named in the 14-man squad, which will also play a one-off T20 against Afghanistan in the lead-up to the Sri Lanka series. Middle-order batsman Haris Sohail, who has been on the fringes of the national team but has not played in it since August, makes a comeback. Uncapped Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited opener Sharjeel Khan also earns a call-up. The squad is largely comprised of young players, with the exception of Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and cap-

places. Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has missed out once again due to his brittle body; he sustained an injury during the final match of the series against South Africa in the UAE earlier this month and needs a four-week rest period. He is expected to return for the Sri Lanka Tests. Veteran allrounders Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Malik, who were ruled out of the South Africa games with injury, have not been named. Malik has recovered from his injury and is presently featuring in the Faysal Bank T-20 Cup for in his departmental team, Pakistan International Airlines. Offspinner Ajmal will not play the T20 against Afghani-

South Africa in November, and was taken for 18 runs in his solitary over. Jamshed played three matches, but didn’t touch 20 in any of them and also failed to score at over a run a ball. Sharjeel, 24, hails from Hyderabad and has earned a name for himself with his T20 blitzes. In the format, he has scored 688 runs - at a strike rate of 134.11 - and has a century to his name. Squad: Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Ahmed Shahzad, Sharjeel Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Zulfiqar Babar, Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Anwar Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Haris Sohail.—APP

Playing against any team in the World Cup is a great challenge, says Ireland captain BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT DUBAI—William Porterfield, the captain of the Ireland team is happy to be in the tough group where his team would face India and Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup. In July this year, the Irish team had won the tournament in Amstelveen and became the first team to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. His team has been placed in Group B joining defending champion India, 1992 winner Pakistan, South Africa, twotime champion West Indies, Zimbabwe and Qualifier 4. Speaking exclusively here, he says, ‘I think that playing in any World Cup against any of the nations is

a great challenge and one that we are dearly looking forward to. It is going to be great for Ireland to go yet again to new conditions and challenge ourselves against the best’. Explaining the future plan, he says, ‘hopefully we can get down to Australia and New Zealand before the competition for at least 4-6 weeks at some point to train and play some competitive cricket. We have proved in the past that we can beat any team on our day and we will certainly be going to the World Cup with the intention of at least getting through the group stage’. ‘We can definitely beat any team. We played some good cricket in the last World Cup and for the majority of the games we were right in the game but maybe let ourselves

down in 10 overs with either bat or ball and that will cost you in big tournaments’. The Ireland captain is a huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar. ‘My favourite Indian cricketer would be the great Sachin. To play the game for so long at the top level and perform in every country is a great feat. I think that teams with pace have the basis to be successful in Australia’. Porterfield has words of praise for Team India captain. ‘Dhoni has proven himself as one of the best middle order batsmen in world cricket for some time now and is always a key scalp for any team that play India as he can take the game away from you in a matter of overs!!’, the 30year-old skipper signed off.


Staying active all day linked to healthy aging

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generally active life, even without regu lar exercise sessions, was tied to better heart health and greater longevity in a study of older Swedes. Based on nearly 3,900 men and women over age 60 in Stockholm, the study adds to evidence suggesting that just sitting around may be actively harmful, researchers say. “We have known for 60 years that physical activity is important for the heart,” said lead author Elin Ekblom-Bak, of the Åstrand Laboratory of Work Physiology of the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences in Stockholm. But until recently the research has mainly focused on exercise and has “forgotten” about the background activity that we do during daily life, she told Reuters Health. Whether someone exercises vigorously or not, it still usually only takes up a small fraction of the day. That leaves the rest of the time for either sitting still or engaging in non-exercise activities, like home repairs, lawn care and gardening, car maintenance, hunting or fishing. For older people, who tend to exercise vigorously less than younger people, spending more time doing low-intensity activities like these could help cut down on sitting time, EkblomBak and her colleagues write in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Between 1997 and 1999, more than 5,000 60-year-olds were invited to participate in the study, which began with a questionnaire about health history, lifestyle and daily activities, as well as medical tests and measurements. At the

study’s outset, people who were more active on a daily basis, regardless of their exercise levels, tended to have smaller waists and healthier cholesterol levels. The participants were followed for the next 12.5 years. During that time nearly 500 people had a first-time heart attack or stroke, and nearly 400 people died from any cause. People who had reported high levels of daily non-exercise activity were less likely to suffer a heart-related event and less likely to die than those who were the least active. For every 100 people reporting low activity levels who had a heart attack or stroke, for example, only 73 highly active people experienced such events. For every 100 of the least active who died, only 70 of the most active did. “These are fascinating findings,” said David Dunstan, of the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, “but not really surprising since other studies that have looked at this from a different angle - that is, describing the detrimental relationship between excessive sitting and mortality outcomes - are essentially showing the same thing but in reverse because there is such a high correlation between sitting time and nonexercise physical activity behaviors.” While sitting, muscles do not contract and blood flow decreases, which reduces the efficiency of many body processes, like absorbing glucose from the blood, said Dunstan, who studies heart health and exercise.

Renowned writer Zahida Hina addressing International Urdu Conference on the last day at Arts Council.

KU to confer honorary degree on Dr Zhu KARACHI—The Syndicate of

the University of Karachi has approved the conferment of honorary degree on the president of Sichuan Normal University of China, Dr Zhu Ming. An announcement to this effect was made by an official of Karachi University on Sunday. The meeting was presided over by the Vice-Chancellor of Karachi University, Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser. Details were also presented before the meeting regarding the Confucius Institute of Chinese Language, University of Karachi, set up in collaboration with the Sichuan Normal University of China. The Confucius Institute of Chinese Language, University of Karachi, was inaugurated on Friday. The inaugural ceremony of the Institute was held at the Governor House here. Confucius was a Chinese philosopher as well as educator in 551- 479 BC. Sindh Governor, Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan, Residents of Memon Goth stage a demonstration to pay tribute to policemen and ranger who is also the Chancellor of personnel who were martyred, outside Press Club. Karachi University, had performed the inauguration along with Chinese Consul General in Karachi, Ma Yaou, a visiting Chinese delegation, and ViceChancellor of Karachi University, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser.—APP

Campus of SMIU planned at Makli

K ARACHI —The

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) has planned a campus at Makli. This was stated by the ViceChancellor of SMIU, Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, here on Sunday. He said that the proposal to this effect would be placed before the Syndicate of the institution for necessary approval. The Vice-Chancellor was of the view that an Archaeology Department would be established there.—APP

LG polls not possible in January

KARACHI—Sindh Local Bodies Minister, Sharjeel Memon said the Sindh government needs more time to hold Local Government election in the province. Talking to media men in Karachi on Sunday, he said it is not possible to hold LB polls in January 2014 and demanded that LB polls should be held throughout the country at one time. He said use of magnetic ink should be made essential. The

Provincial Local Bodies Minister said it would better if the elections were held in March. He suggested that the LB elections in Sindh should be held in March and it would be better if LB elections in the entire country were held on the same date. Sharjeel Memon urged upon the authorities not to make haste in announcing the elections schedule and the use of magnetic ink in the polling should be made mandatory.—Online

First year exam results today KARACHI—Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi (BIEK) has announced that the result of first year annual exam (Pre- Engineering, Science and General Groups) will be notified on December 2 at 3 pm. This announcement was the Controller of Examination, BIEK Abdul Haris Farooqui here on Sunday. The result may be checked at the BIEK website www.biek.edu.pk —APP

Cultural harmony exists between Pak, India KARACHI—There exists cultural harmony between Pakistan and India, and both the countries would have to be brought closer, said Sindh Governor, Dr Ishratul- Ebad Khan here. He was talking to a joint delegation of the Mumbai Press Club (MPC) and Karachi Press Club (KPC) which called on him at the Governor House here, said a statement issued by the Governor House. The 14-member delegation of the MPC which is on a weeklong visit here, asked various questions from the Governor Sindh. Dr Ishrat- ul- Ebad Khan said that the government in Pa-

kistan is taking steps towards bringing the two countries closer. The Indian government would have to lessen its aggressive approach, he added. He said that there was no truth in the notion that there were border incursions from Pakistani side. Dr Ishrat- ul- Ebad Khan said that Pakistan is fighting the war against terrorism and fighting against a peculiar thinking. He also rejected the allegation that Madaris in Pakistan are a platform for terrorism and pointed out that all the Madaris are functioning under

Flyovers at Shaheen Complex, Mehran Hotel KARACHI—The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has completed all required arrangements for construction of two flyovers at Shaheen Complex and Mehran Hotel intersections. Administrator of KMC Rauf Akhtar Farooqui inspected the sites of both the proposed flyovers and reviewed all technical aspects before commencement of the work, an official statement issued here on Sunday said. Director General, KMC Engineering Section Niaz Ahmed Soomro and the Project Directors who were also present briefed the Administrator on the spot about the technical aspects of the proposed projects. He said that Shaheen Complex flyover project, to be completed at a estimated cost of Rs

536 million, would help ease traffic congestion on I.I. Chundrigar Road where banks, stock exchange and multinational companies, offices are located. The Administrator said that the Sharea Faisal would be completely signal-free after completion of Rs 459 million flyover project at Mehran Hotel intersection. The traffic from Saddar towards Cantonment Railway Station would use this flyover. He said that precast material would be used in both the projects that would be completed within 3 to 4 months time.Farooqui said that appropriate arrangements would be made for traffic during the construction of the flyovers. —APP

the patronage of Wafaq- ulMadaris and that there is a complete check and balance. The Governor said that the people of Pakistan desire that the people to people contacts with India should continue. He, however, pointed out that it has been seen that when general elections come nearer in India, the Pakistan-bashing becomes part of the election campaign there. On the contrary there was no such thing in Pakistan, Dr. Ishrat- ul- Ebad Khan added. He said that there is a lot of potential for trade between Pakistan and India.—APP

Probe into missing wheat bags KARACHI—The Food Department has formed an inquiry committee to probe into the reports about the missing of 13306 wheat bags worth Rs 50 million. According to a handout issued here on Sunday, some 13306 wheat bags were found missing during the inspection at Garhi Khairo, Jacobabad godowns. The matter was brought to the notice of Provincial Minister for Food Jam Mehtab Hussain Dehar on which he ordered suspension of godowns’ In-charges Saifuddin Bhatti and Ali Raza Buledi and formed an inquiry committee headed by Additional Secretary, Food to probe the matter further and submit a report within 15 days. The Minister has also warned that no employee of Food Department will be spared if found involved in corruptio n or negligence of duties.—APP

Bilawal congratulates CPNE Police nab 8 office-bearers more target K —Patron-In-Chief of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), killers Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, has conARACHI

gratulated the newly elected office-bearers of Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) and wished them success in ensuring freedom of the Press. This was stated in a Bilawal House Media Cell statement issued here on Sunday. It said that Mujeebur Rahman Shami, the chief editor of daily Pakistan, Lahore, was elected its president, Dr Jabbar Khattak, the chief editor of daily Awami Awaz, Karachi, as its general secretary on Saturday. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said despite the advent of electronic and social media as swift source of information, the importance of print media remains intact for fairly edited contents.—APP

Report on traffic laws KARACHI—Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGPTraffic), Sindh Ghulam Qadir Thebo has sought a report about the measures taken for strict implementation of traffic laws at traffic sections level. Taking notice of news reports about the growing road accidents, the AIGP has instructed the traffic officers to make sure strict implementation of Traffic Law as their prime duty. He also directed the officers concerned to ensure their presence at the accident spot and help the area police in completion of legal formalities so that Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Malik Baloch addressing during a ceremony of mass the victims may get justice from Workers of Sindh AIDS control program of Health Department, holding placards during a the courts of law.—APP marriage ceremony of 60 couples organized by Pakistan Hindu Council at YMCA. walk in connection with world AIDS Day.

KARACHI—Karachi police on Sunday claimed to have arrested at least eight alleged target killers during raids in Ranchore Line and Machar Colony areas of metropolis. Special investigation cell conducted raid in different areas of Ranchore Line and Garden following a tip-off about the presence of criminal elements. During the raid, four alleged target killers were arrested and huge cache of arms was also confiscated. Meanwhile, CID (criminal investigation department) police nabbed four target killers of Lyari gang-war during search operation in Machar colony. SP CID Chaudhry Aslam said the arrested confessed to murdering of fifteen people. A car belonging to assistant district officer of solid waste management department at Karachi Municipal Corporation was also stolen from Bahria University near National Stadium on Saturday night.— Online


Staying active all day linked to healthy aging

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generally active life, even without regu lar exercise sessions, was tied to better heart health and greater longevity in a study of older Swedes. Based on nearly 3,900 men and women over age 60 in Stockholm, the study adds to evidence suggesting that just sitting around may be actively harmful, researchers say. “We have known for 60 years that physical activity is important for the heart,” said lead author Elin Ekblom-Bak, of the Åstrand Laboratory of Work Physiology of the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences in Stockholm. But until recently the research has mainly focused on exercise and has “forgotten” about the background activity that we do during daily life, she told Reuters Health. Whether someone exercises vigorously or not, it still usually only takes up a small fraction of the day. That leaves the rest of the time for either sitting still or engaging in non-exercise activities, like home repairs, lawn care and gardening, car maintenance, hunting or fishing. For older people, who tend to exercise vigorously less than younger people, spending more time doing low-intensity activities like these could help cut down on sitting time, Ekblom-Bak and her colleagues write in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Between 1997 and 1999, more than 5,000 60-year-olds were invited to participate in the study, which began with a questionnaire about health history, lifestyle and daily activities, as

well as medical tests and measurements. At the study’s outset, people who were more active on a daily basis, regardless of their exercise levels, tended to have smaller waists and healthier cholesterol levels. The participants were followed for the next 12.5 years. During that time nearly 500 people had a first-time heart attack or stroke, and nearly 400 people died from any cause. People who had reported high levels of daily nonexercise activity were less likely to suffer a heart-related event and less likely to die than those who were the least active. For every 100 people reporting low activity levels who had a heart attack or stroke, for example, only 73 highly active people experienced such events. For every 100 of the least active who died, only 70 of the most active did. “These are fascinating findings,” said David Dunstan, of the Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia, “but not really surprising since other studies that have looked at this from a different angle - that is, describing the detrimental relationship between excessive sitting and mortality outcomes - are essentially showing the same thing but in reverse because there is such a high correlation between sitting time and nonexercise physical activity behaviors.” While sitting, muscles do not contract and blood flow decreases, which reduces the efficiency of many body processes, like absorbing glucose from the blood, said Dunstan, who studies heart health and exercise.

Senior leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Siraj ul Haq addressing a Baldiyati convention at Mansoora.

Man throws acid at second wife LAHORE—A woman suffered

critical burn wounds when her husband threw acid at her over domestic dispute here on Sunday. Police said that Rashida, hailing from Firdous Market, Gulberg area of Lahore got married with a man belonging to Khanewal few months ago. After marriage she come to know that her husband was already married over which she left his house and started living with parents. The accused visited the house of in-laws and asked Rashida to go back with him but she refused after which he threw acid on her and fled away. Due to acid attack, face and body of Rashida was affected adversely and she was rushed to Services Hospital in critical condition. The police registered a case The former foreign minister Sardar Asif addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club. against the accused and started raids for his arrest.—INP

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Rights of minorities AVLS recovers being protected: Minister 12 stolen cars

The Law Minister said that LAHORE—Anti Vehicles Staff LAHORE—A 3-member delegaLAHORE—United Nation’s Or- tion of Peace and Development positive change up to gross root (AVLS) Cantonment Division have smashed a car lifters gang ganization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) representative Ms Annette Hearns visited the Emergency Services Academy. She appreciated efforts of Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) towards international urban search and rescue accreditation certification (INSARAG). She witnessed functioning aspects of the Disaster Response Force of Punjab Emergency Service and other emergency services responding to calamities in future. —APP

Foundation led by its Executive Director Rumana Bashir called on Provincial Minister for Law and Local Government Rana Sanaullah Khan at his residence. Talking to the members of the delegation, Rana Sanaullah Khan said that rights of minorities were protected at all costs. He said that Minority Assembly Members in the Provincial Assembly should bring the agenda of welfare of the minorities community, adding that minorities could apprise the government of their problems through their representatives.

level in the society was essential for resolving the problems being faced by the minorities. He said that minorities had to struggle hard for coming into mainstream. Rana Sanaullah said that the problems being faced by the country could be resolved by forging unity in our ranks. umana Bashir presented few recommendations, proposals and memorandum to the Provincial Minister for the betterment of the minority community. Rana Sanaullah welcoming the proposals termed it a milestone for minorities community.—APP

and arrested its two members and recovered 12 stolen vehicles worth Rs 7 million. A special police team of AVLS Cantonment led by Incharge AVLS Sadar which arrested the gangsters involved in a number of car theft cases. The arrested have been identified as Mumtaz alias Ahmad and his accomplice Umer Farooq. DIG Investigation Zulfiqar Hameed has announced cash and commendatory certificates for the raiding team.—APP

Governor for zero tolerance towards lawlessness LAHORE—Punjab Governor Ch chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid be no compromise over respect Muhammad Sarwar has said that lawlessness at the Punjab University campus will not be tolerated at all and strict action would be taken against the delinquent law breakers. Punjab Governor who is also the Chancellor of the PU telephoned Punjab University vice-

Kamran on Sunday and directed to maintain peaceful environment at the campus and provide protection to students as well as the teachers. PU Spokesperson, while talking to APP, said that PU Chancellor Ch Muhammad Sarwar has said that there would

of teachers and no pressure would be succumbed in this regard. He said that PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran expressed his gratitude to the Governor/Chancellor PU for taking strict notice of the incident and providing protection to the teachers.—APP

Dengue virus is decreasing: Kh Salman LAHORE—Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab for Health, Khawaja Salman Raffique said that dengue epidemic in Punjab is lowering, however, dengue surveillance activities should continue till the end of epidemic. He stated this while presiding over a joint meeting of Dengue Experts Advisory Group (DEAG) and Dengue Technical Advisory Committee (DTAC), here on Sunday. Besides, Special Secretary Health Babar Hayat Tarar, DG Health Punjab Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Additional DG Dengue Control Dr Jafar Ilyas and other officers attended the meeting.It was informed that the dengue epidemic was visibly lowering and surfacing of patients was also minimized and due to cold weather the larvae breeding was reduced.

However, there is a need of constant vigilance of the situation. The participants of the meeting discussed in detail the strategy

plan for next year. Khawaja Salman Raffique directed that during the off season of dengue, the dengue surveillance should be continued at low profile and during that, experts should prepare action plan for next season by removing the weaknesses and loopholes of the system so that dengue should not be surfaced in next season. It was decided that Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Bahawalpur should be included in the high-risk districts in the next year’s dengue control list. Khawaja Salman Raffique directed to chalk out a training programme for doctors, nurses and other staff of Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Bahawalpur districts. MeanwhileDeadly dengue virus doesn’t seem to spare the citizens of Punjab as 13 cases were reported across the province on Sunday despite a remarkable fall in temperature. Provincial heath department

sources said that dengue fever was detected in 13 persons who were shifted to various hospitals in different districts across Punjab after which the toll has mounted to 2,398. Of new affected patients seven belong to Lahore, four to Rawalpindi, one to Kasur and Narowal each. Earlier, the Health Department had claimed that steps were being taken to overcome the outspread of dengue virus and fall in mercury will automatically end the further spread of the disease.However, now despite winter has sworn in rapid increase in dengue cases has increased the worries of the people of Punjab. They criticized the provincial government and health department for poor treatment facilities for dengue patients at government run hospitals across the province and failure to bring the dreadful disease, which was posing threat to the lives of citizens, under control.—INP

Over 10m people suffering from respiratory diseases LAHORE —Over 10 million Pakistanis have been suffering from different respiratory diseases which are increasing due to air pollution, cigarette, occupational exposure and a shortage of medicines. This was stated by Head of Pulmonolgy department of the Services Hospital Prof Kamran Khalid Cheema in an exclusive talk with APP here on Sunday. Answering a question, he said asthma and chronic obstructive airways diseases were common in the country as wind pipes of lungs became narrow due to swelling either by inflammation or due to irritant substance like cigarette smoke,

air pollution and occupational exposure. Regarding respiratory diseases, Prof Cheema said over 10 million countrymen had been suffering from them, including asthma, while around 6.9 million patients of respiratory diseases were affected by cigarette and other smokes. About casualties due to respiratory diseases, he said around 71 out of 100,000 expired due to different lungs diseases in the country. However, Prof Cheema describing about treatment facilities at the department said the Pulmonology department of Services Hospital Lahore con-

sisted of diagnostic, therapeutic and interventional modalities. He added that: “We here conduct pulmonary function test, ultrasound chest and guided procedures like pleural tap pleural biopsy, close and open lung biopsy which provides round-the-clock service to patients.” “The intensive care units are providing healthcare to most serious patients on ventilators. It has portable X-ray ultrasound machines besides limited Echo cardiograph and bronchoscopy for diagnostic and therapeutic purpose,”he said adding that our fully equipped sleep lab was available for diagnosis of patients breathing disorders during

sleep. Prof Cheema said a facility for intestinal lung disease clinical COPD/asthma clinic and TB DOT programme under one roof was also available. Around 11,616 patients suffering from respiratory diseases were provided healthcare at its OPD in 2012, he added. He mentioned that respiratory disease was increasing with a ratio of ten percent in the developed countries while the same ratio in under developing countries is five percent due to mushroom growth of automobile industry, luxury life-style and industrialization.—APP Chairperson Naila J Dial, president Punjab Perviz Kalian on occasion of inauguration of office of Christian Progressive movement Punjab.

Renowned actor Naseeruddin arrives LAHORE—Veteran Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah on Sunday arrived in Pakistan through Wagah Border for stage performances in Lahore. In Lahore, the Bollywood actor will be joining various cultural events. Shah, who is a fond of Pakistani foods, says peace efforts between India and Pakistan should go on. “Both the countries should make efforts for the improvement in their relations, it will be good for the film and theatre industry.” “This is for the third time I’m here with theater groups,” Shah said. Shah played an important role in Pakistani movie “Zinda Bhaag”, directed by Farjad Nabi and Meenu Gaur. Reports said the movie is likely to compete for Oscar. If so, the film will be the first Pakistani movie to be sent for the Oscars in the last 50 years. The film revolves around three men and how they succeed to escape from their everyday reality in Pakistan.—INP

CM advisor inquires after health of burn victim SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health, Khawaja Salman Rafique visited Services Hospital today evening and inquired after Rashida Iqbal, under treatment in the hospital, who was burnt when her husband threw acid on her. He directed the doctors to provide best treatment facilities and maximum care to the affected woman. Khawaja Salman Rafique informed that he has issued special instructions to the police for the arrest of the culprit. Medical Superintendent Services Hospital, Dr. Rehana Malik informed Khawaja Salman Rafique that half face and arms of the woman have affected due to acid however she is out of danger.

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