For new look of the Government....
Send packing corrupt officials: PM LIAQAT TOOR I SLAMABAD —For weeding
Hazara town victims laid to rest STAFF REPORTER QUETTA—Amid tight security by police and paramilitary troops all the 30 victims of a deadly suicide bombing in Quetta’s Hazara town were laid to rest on Monday. A large number of people were present at the burial under security cover by the provincial administration. Security was also tightened in and around Hazara Town to prevent the occurrence of another untoward incident. Frontier Corps (FC) and police personnel were deployed at all exit and entry points leading to Hazara town.
out corruption from the administrative set up, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed to send packing corrupt officials to create a new look of the government. In his fresh directive to all Ministers, Secretaries, officials and staff working in attached departments, Prime Minister ordered for taking immediate measures to curb corruption, ensure good governance, and improve working and public dealing. Corrupt, dishonest and inefficient officers cannot deliver to CAIRO: Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi wave Egyptian flags and shout slogans against him and the people, therefore qualified members of the Muslim Brotherhood during a protest in front of El-Thadiya Presidential Palace. and well-reputed officers should be deployed to ensure rule of law. Rooting out corruption is the top priority of the government, there should be zero-tolerance for shady officials, he said in his letter. He said the presently deployed staff needs to be properly
Military gives Morsi, opp 48-hour ultimatum
Protesters set fire to Muslim Brotherhood HQ, 4 ministers resign
CAIRO—Egypt’s powerful military issued an ultimatum to the government and its opposition on Monday: resolve the crisis that has pitted hundreds of thousands of President Mohamed Morsi’s opponents against his supporters STAFF REPORTER and brought this country to a poKARACHI—Sindh government litical standstill — or the military on Monay restored 1979 local will announce its own solution. “The armed forces reiterates bodies system in the province. its call to meet the demands of According to Sindh governthe people, and it gives everyone ment sources, there will be 48 hours as a last chance to carry municipal corporations in the burden of the ongoing historic Hyderabad, Sukkur and circumstances that the country is Larkana. The official sources further going through,” military comsaid that Deputy Commissioner mander Abdel Fatah al-Sissi said on national television a day after will be the District Municipal Commissioner as well who will oversee the functioning of the muncipal set up. Meanwhile, it has also been learned the Gadap and Malir towns have been merged to give them a shape of District Municipal Corporation (DMC) Malir. In the similar fashion, DMCs have been formed for the five districts of Karachi. Continued on Page 6
Sindh govt restores 1979 LB system
huge crowds of Egyptians took to the streets calling for the president’s ouster. “If the demands of the people are not met within the given period of time, [the military] will be compelled by its national and historic responsibilities, and in respect for the demands of Egypt’s great people, to announce a roadmap for the future, and procedures that it will supervise involving the participation of all the factions and groups,” Sissi said. Anti-government activists have called repeatedly on the military in recent days to back them in their struggle against
Morsi and his supporters in the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. Many interpreted Sissi’s remarks on Monday as a victory for their cause, reports The Washington Post. “I think it’s highly unlikely that Morsi will be able to make a deal with the opposition in 48 hours. I don’t think anyone wants to deal with Morsi anymore,” said Wael Nawara, a longtime political activist, and the co-founder of the liberal Dustour party. “So that effectively means that the military will basically appoint some kind of transition government,” he said. The mili-
Continued on Page 6
Nawaz’s China visit high mark in bilateral ties
IMF agrees to give Pakistan $5b loan
I SLAMABAD —International Monetary Fund’s clutches have expanded further as the Fund agreed to pay $5 billion loan to Pakistan, media reported on Monday. The agreement on fresh loan was reached after two days of talks in Islamabad. Ministry of Finance has also confirmed the breakthrough. During talks, the government officials addressed IMF’s reservations over energy sectors and taxation side. The authorities assured IMF that tax collection target has been set at Rs. 2475 billion during the new fiscal year through expansion in the tax net, whereas, subsidy will be reduced step by step. IMF was also told that remittance of power tariff and line losses will also be brought down. The Fund’s mission will stay in Pakistan till Tuesday.—Online
Power-share proposal Ambassador Weidong foresees greater Pak-China angers Kabul relations; Economic corridor to be a reality
The ambassador recalled that country. This clearly reflected the Chinese prime minister re- importance Beijing gives to its ISLAMABAD—Ambassador Sun cently visited Pakistan as part of relations with Pakistan. He said, the Pakistani leader Weidong of China says, Beijing will interact with Chinese leadis looking forward to most corership and discuss all major isdially receiving Prime Minister sues concerning peace in the reNawaz Sharif on his arrival in the LONDON—London Metropoli- Chinese capital tomorrow when gion, international and regional tan Police has interrogated two he will start his first visit to the matters of mutual interest as well leaders of Muttahida Qaumi as bilateral cooperation in vital neighbouring country after asMovement and recovered areas. He said, the two sides will suming the charge of premiership important archives as well as discuss energy crises in Pakistan of his country. high valued diamonds, with a view to exploring possiTalking to journalists at the jewellery from two bank bility of Chinese assistance to Chinese embassy, Monday, the lockers, reported a Britishovercome the problem. ambassador said, the Pakistan based website quoting sources. Prime Minister has chosen China They will also discuss prosAccording to sources, pects for more extensive coopto be the first country to visit afpolice had tracked the details of ter taking over as chief executive eration in the fields of infrastrucbank lockers while conducting of Pakistan. This clearly shows ture, agriculture and people to search operation on Altaf how greatly Pakistan values its his first foreign tour after he took people contacts. Nawaz Sharif is over as the chief executive of his Continued on Page 6 relations with China. Continued on Page 6
Scotland Yard finds evidence against Altaf
KABUL—Pakistan has floated the concept of an Afghan powersharing arrangement between Kabul and the Taliban as part of a peace talks “end game,” Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Ershad Ahmadi said on Monday, a suggestion met with outrage in Kabul. The idea was raised in a Friday meeting between Pakistani national security adviser Sartaj Aziz and Afghan ambassador Umer Daudzai, Ahmadi told Reuters. It involved a form of federalism and ceding power in some Afghan provinces to the Taliban. It also suggests a visit by British Prime David Cameron to the region at the weekend to promote Continued on Page 6
Obama defends US intelligence gathering DAR ES SALAAM, (Tanzania)—President Obama defended U.S. intelligence-gathering tactics Monday in the wake of a report in a German magazine that the National Security Agency had wiretapped European Union buildings. Der Spiegel reported Sunday that the NSA also infiltrated computer networks and described the 27-country bloc as a “target,” a report that has prompted outrage from top European officials. At a news conference here, Obama said he has asked aides
to look more closely at the revelations in the story, and he declined to comment on the specifics. But the president said that, more generally, all spy agencies gather information beyond that which is publicly available from large media organizations such as the New York Times and NBC News. “In European capitals, people are interested not just in what I had for breakfast, but what my talking points are when I’m meeting with their leaders,” Obama said, suggesting that other countries employ the same
kinds of tactics. The president insisted that there was nothing sinister about the NSA’s methods, emphasizing that any information he is given is less important than his personal conversations with European leaders. “I’m the end user of this kind of intelligence, and if I want to know what [German] Chancellor [Angela] Merkel is thinking, I will call Chancellor Merkel,” he said. The allegations made by Der Spiegel are the latest in a string of revelations on the tactics of the NSA , which also has been col-
lecting massive amounts of Americans’ cellphone records and monitoring computer records of big Internet companies such as Facebook and Google. The disclosures, made by The Washington Post and the Guardian newspapers, as well as Der Spiegel, were facilitated by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who has been charged by the U.S. with several felonies related to the leaks. Snowden has left the United States and is presumed to be in Russia znd on Monday applied for assylum there. Obama de-
clined to confirm a report that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have asked their law enforcement agencies to negotiate a return of Snowden to the United States. The U.S. does not have an extradition treaty with Russia, potentially making a turnover more difficult. Obama sought to reaffirm the alliance between the U.S. and the European Union. “Ultimately, we work so closely together that almost no information is not shared between our various countries,” he said.—AP
flict of interest are tackled upfront. The Prime Minister said the issue has been discussed in detail in the first cabinet meeting and on many subsequent occasions. He said clear directions must be issued to the officers and staff working under the administrative control of Ministries, contractual appointees, inductees and deputationists, to perform their assigned duties professionally and in the interest of the general public. “There is no room for corrupt and non-transparent practices in the present dispensation,” the Prime Minister said. “The people of Pakistan have reposed their trust and confidence in our government and to betray their trust is not an option,” he said. “The imperatives of good implemented in letter and spirit governance are not complete for better results. He said governance cannot without strict observance of ofbe improved unless corruption, ficial code of conduct, as well as nepotism, inefficiency and conContinued on Page 6 screened and those having reputation of inefficiency, unfriendly attitude towards public and corruption shall be removed, or their contracts cancelled forthwith. Nawaz Sharif also stated that his directives should be
SC gives 10-day deadline to FIA to complete EOBI scam probe I SLAMABAD —The Supreme Suo-Motu case in multi-billion proceeding, the Attorney GenCourt on Monday directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to complete its investigation in the multi-billion scam of Employees’ Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) within ten days and submit a detailed report before the bench. A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Justice Gulzar Ahmed initiated a
scam of the EOBI. The bench also directed the Secretary Interior to extend every possible cooperation to the FIA for completing investigation in the case. The bench also directed the interior ministry to provide security to former Chairman Defense Housing Authority (DHA) Tariq Kamal and the journalist who uncovered the corruption in the EOBI. During the course of
eral Munir A Malik apprised to the bench that according to a report by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the vehicles of EOBI had been used during the elections on which the Chairman EOBI was removed from his post. Secretary EOBI informed the bench that in a board’s meeting on June 11, 2013 it was decided that no property should be
Continued on Page 6
Three labourers killed, 4 injured in ambush
Miscreants firing on check point kills two cops PESHAWAR—Two police men of the Special Force were killed when unknown miscreants opened firing on their security check point on Ring Road here on Monday, police said. According to police, unidentified assailants opened indiscriminate firing on policemen Usman and Subhan Sher when they signaled the outlaws to stop for search in the limits of Peshtakara police station. As a result, both the cops sustained critical injuries and were rushed to Lady Reading Hospital where they succumbed to their wounds the outlaws escaped from the scene. Dera Murad Jamali: Un-
known armed men shot killed three laborers and injured four others in Tehsil Tambo of Nasirabad district, late night between Sunday and Monday. Station House Officer PS Khan Kot, Abid Ali Bangulzai told APP that laborers working on road project in Tehsil Tambo were asleep at night when unidentified armed men riding bikes came there and opened indiscriminate fire at them, leaving three of them dead and four others injured. “The victim laborers were working on an ongoing road project from Imrani Shakh to Magsi Shakh area,” he said. The assailants managed to
escape from the scene. The police after receiving information rushed to the site and shifted the dead and injured to hospital. The dead were identified as Dur Muhammad Mengal, Abdul Jabbar and Gul Muhammad Jamali and the injured were recognized as Madad Ali, Khadim Hussain, Habibullah and Qadir Bakhsh Nichari. Later, the injured were referred to Larkana Civil Hospital due to their serious condition. Bahawalpur: A man was killed by unidentified kidnappers near Abbasnagar on Monday, some 25 kilometers from here.—APP
Mallick lauds Nawaz will for India ties M IRPUR —Jammu & Kashmir Liberation League President and Ex-Chief Justice of AJK High Court Justice (Retd) Abdul Majeed Mallick on Monday appreciated the willingness of Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif for the establishment of normal relations with India. Talking to newsmen here, he said Pakistan and Indian dialogue on Kashmir dispute can initiate the process to reach its final settlement in the light of the aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir State. He said that Pakistan and India are willing to promote and exchange of trade and people-to-people contacts through the exchange of delegations of the expertise. Commenting on the recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh.—APP
Italian cultural evening SALAHUDDIN HAIDER
N evening was orgnaised here at the city’s biggest and most modern food street Port Grand to introduce the Italian culture to the Pakistanis. The Italian consul general in Karachi Roberto Franceschinis inaugurated
it, informing the audience about the rich Italian cultural and its centuries old heritage. His was a country favous for tourism and lovely cuisine however the function was marred by mismanagement. The event management group e-commerce gateway, normally good at organizing events, however felt stranded at its new experience of organizing a cultural show. Over 300 guests were sold tickets of Rs 500
each, but the three of four consul generals like the Russian consul general Andrey Demidov, the Swiss consul general Didier Boshung and his wife, were all were put to great inconvenience, First there was no reserved seating arrangement for foreign diplomats. Then no rehearsal was done as to how a carnival parade will be taken out. Repeated announcements were made from the stage that the parade is about to
come, but it started atleast 45 minutes later while the guests felt discomfited by humid weather. The parade finally followed by two models, riding a buggi, and two magicians holding fire holders in their hands, and a police band was in attendance. Most guests left before the ceremony could be completed. There was nothing about Italian in the whole show.
Gilani calls for promoting politics of reconciliation M ULTAN —Former
Prime Minister (PM) Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has called for promoting politics of reconciliation to end lawlessness and terrorism and warned if it is not done so country will plunge into more chaos. He said this while talking to media men along with JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman at his residence here Monday. He held that there are several incompetent politicians in the country but “ I am the only politician who was disqualified. Responding to a question he said no clue has been found about his kidnapped son Ali Haider Gilani nor has any one contacted them in this regard. No one has con-
in connection with recovery tacted him for recovery of napping him, he added. ‘We are in contact with of Ali Haider Gilani”, he unhis son nor has any one acderlined. Maulana Fazlur Rehman said on the occasion country stands victim of terrorism since the last 3 decades and its borders are insecure. Therefore, federation will have to take along all the provinces to protect the country against menace of terrorism. “We will have to pursue a balanced foreign policy on this count, he stressed. He regretted over kidnapping incident of Ali Haider Gilani. “Yousaf Gilani MULTAN: Ameer JUI (F) Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman and is my brother and Ali Haider former Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani talking Gilani is my son. I will raise voice against his kidnapping to media persons. in the parliament”, he cepted responsibility for kid- administration and agencies stated.—Online
KP govt establishes complaint cell
Emergency tasks assigned to irrigation officials
P ESHAWAR —The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has established complaint cells in Labour, C&W Department and Social Welfare, Special Education and Women Empowerment Departments for the speedy disposal of complaints filed by public against government functionaries and to direct the quarters concerned for corrective actions. According to a statement issued here Monday, Aftab Ahmad Khan, Section Officer General has been nominated as the focal person for Labour Department who can be accessed on telephone numbers 091-9210981.—APP
Kabul running in medium flood I SLAMABAD —The Federal that Tarbela and Mangla over northern parts of the Flood Commission (FFC) on Monday said that flood season 2013 has commenced and all main rivers including Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej are flowing normal while River Kabul is in medium flood stage with falling trend in Warsak-Nowshera reach. According to FFC report, River Swat is also flowing in flood with falling trend at Charsadda Road Bridge. The actual river flows and reservoir elevations indicate
Dams are at elevations of 1504.98 feet and 1185.15 feet respectively, which are 45.02 feet and 56.85 feet below their respective Maximum Conservation Levels of 1550.00 feet and 1242.00 feet. The combined live storage position of Tarbela, Chashma and Mangla reservoirs is 7.869 MAF as compared to last year’s 1.356 MAF. According to Flood Forecasting Division (FFD), Lahore, Yesterday’s trough of Westerly Wave
country today lies over Kashmir and adjoining areas. Seasonal Low lies over Northern Balochistan. As forecast by Flood Forecasting Division (FFD), Lahore, scattered thunderstorm /rain is expected over Kashmir and upper catchments of rivers Jhelum and Chenab during the next 24 hours. Isolated thunderstorm /rain may occur over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab (Rawalpindi, Sargodha.—APP
Shaukat to resolve medics problems
KP peace top priority PESHAWAR—Central Naib Amir Jamaate-Islami (JI) and Senior Minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Siraj-ul-Haq has said that the establishment of peace in the province is the top priority of the provincial government. He expressed these views while talking to a 20-member delegation from district Battagram here in AlMarkaz-e-Islami on Monday. General secretary, JI, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shabir Ahmad Khan and amir district Battagram, Mohammad Rafiq where also present on the occasion. Senior minister said that drone attacks should be stopped immediately and stressed need for the review of the foreign policy. He said that solution to all problems is in the establishment of Islamic system for which Jamaate-Islami is making efforts. He also condemned the loss of precious lives in Badhber suicide attack. The delegation also invited the senior minister for a visit to Battagram, which he accepted. Earlier, KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak also said that restoration of peace was the top priority of the provincial government. He urged the federal government to formulate and adopt a clear policy in this respect and added the provincial government would extend full support to the federal government for restoration of peace. A handout said that he was talking to a delegation of Shia Ulema Council at his office here on Tuesday. President of Shia Ulema Council Allama Ramzan Tauqueer led the delegation. The CM said that Pakhtuns were the main victims of the war that has been going on for the last many years in the province and had been imposed upon them. He expressed grief over the tragic incidents of Imamia Colony and Madrassa Hussainia and assured the delegation of all possible efforts to bring the culprits to justice. He also directed the concerned quarters to substantially increase the amount of compensation to be given to the victims of such incidents.—APP
People to feel change soon I SLAMABAD —Secretary Information Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) Senator Mushahidullah Khan Monday said that investment in the country was increasing after the PML-N government came into power. Employment opportunities would also increase with the boost in trade activities and increasing investment, he said in a statement issued here. Had the pervious government focussed on economic stability unemployment and inflation would have been controlled, he added. He said that previous government had run the economy by printing the currency notes instead of undertaking reforms in national institutions which caused inflation. He said that PML-N was focussing on policy of increasing business activities in the country. Parliamentary leader of PML-N in Senate Mushahidullah Khan said that the people would feel the change within the next few months. He said that PML-N had initiated work on many projects aimed at reducing loadshedding while payment of 70 percent circular debt had been made by the government, adding that with the payment of loans, closed industry would also start working besides controling the energy crises in the country. Earlier, talking to Pakistan Television channel, Senior Leader of Pakistan Peoples Party Barrister Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan said that the regional and other countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had opened trials against military dictators and decisions were taken against them for violating laws. He said that military of other countries were also very strong but that the institutions never intervened in the Constitutional matters of the governments.—APP
P ESHAWA R —The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Health, Information and Deputy Parliamentary Leader of PTI, Shaukat Ali Yousafzai has assured the doctors community that their problems will be solved on priority basis and better working conditions would be provided to them. Talking to delegations of Young Doctors Association (YDA) and Provincial Doctors Association (PDA) here Monday, he said that doctors were an important segment of our society owing to their association with the sacred profession of health. He said that doctors should
serve the ailing humanity in a most devoted and respected way. Members of the delegations apprised the minister of their problems and grievances. They also presented him their suggestions for making the patient services more effective and assured their full support in the health sector as per manifesto of PTI. The minister stated that the patient was the main focus of their health policy and provision of better facilities to them was their mission. He said if they failed to serve the patients, then existence of the entire health department was useless. “In or-
der to improve the healthcare services in the public sector hospitals, the management cadre will be separated and the people related to this cadre will be given special training, he said. Yousafzai categorically declared that the doctors needed to perform their professional obligations as defined under the law, adding in injustice would not be done with any doctor irrespective of his position. He stated that provision of better health care was the legal right of patients and no leniency on the part of doctors would be tolerated in giving LARKANA: A young girl, because of load-shedding, airing with hand-fan outside Chandka them their due right.—APP Medical College Hospital.
Death toll rises to 30, mourning continues, Quetta shuts Q UETTA —Trade activities However, traffic plying on being treated at the three are at stand still as strike is being observed in the provincial capital against the Hazara Town blast here on Monday. At least 28 people of Hazara Shia community including nine women and three children were killed and over 50 injured in a suicide blast took place outside an Imambargah in Hazara Town, on Sunday night. Two people later succumbed to their injuries in CMH on Monday. In protest against the deadly attack on the shia community, Hazara Democratic Party, Shia Council and PkMAP announced strike call for the city. Reacting to the attack, main markets in the city remained closed.
the road was as usual. Stringent security has been adopted to avert any eventuality. Vehicles of Law Enforcement agencies are seen patrolling in the sensitive areas. Additional force deployed, on the main junctions are also checking the pedestrian and vehicles. The death toll of Hazara Town suicide bomb blast has risen to 30 after two injured succumbed to their injuries and the number of injured is 56. The police told APP, here on Monday that 22 bodies were kept in Combined Military Hospital, six in Bolan Medical College hospital and two in Sandeman Civil hospital. The number of injured
hospitals is 56. When contacted, hospital sources told this scribe that the injured were recognized as Qambar Ali, Hayatullah, Rahman, Ismail, Saeed Ahmed, Raza, Munawwar, Roohullah, Eid Ahmed, Saeed Gul, Mir Ahmed, Muhammad Hussain, Hazrat Mujahid, Abid Hussain, Amona Bibi, Shair Hussain, Ali Raza, Hameed, Ali Agha, Nilofar, Bakhtawar, Mehran, Shehzadi, Razia, Hadi, Fatima, Tahira, Soghra Bibi, Rukhsana Bibi, Masooma, Latifa, Muhammad Raza, Qurban Ali, Abdul Raziq, Sajid Hussain, Talib Hussain, Ali, Aziz, Muhammad Ali, Ali Ashgar, Kulsoom, Fatima and Zakia.
I SLAMABAD —Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik has strongly condemned the killing of two Kashmiri JAMSHORO: Fishermen busy in lubricating their boats on the bank of River Indus at youth by the Indian Army. Terming the Ghulam Muhammad Barage Downstream Kotri. killing of Irfan Nabi and Tariq Ahmad another glaring example of Indian state terrorism, Malik in a statement said this form of terrorism has been unleashed in Kashmir by the so-called largest democracy in the world, KMS reported. “A day before Indian Foreign Minister was giving us a lesson to forget and forgive and after only some hours his forces have once again shown their ugly brutal face and killed more innocents,” he said. Malik said that the Kashmiris were not safe even in their own homes. “The sacred blood I SLAMABAD —Poor sanita- lated Millennium Develop- to sanitation and to deliberate upon the course of action up of Kashmiris cannot go unnoticed and Indian state and its tion, hygiene and lack of safe ment Goals in Pakistan. “This is equivalent to 3.9 to 2015 and beyond. Kashmiri puppets will have to reply for these criminal acts,” drinking water triggers a The workshop provides a he added. Meanwhile, JKLF Bandipora district President, downward slide into pov- per cent of the country’s GDP Syed Nisar Jeelani along with a delegation reached erty, as inadequate sanita- as highlighted in a WSP report, platform to the government, Markundal Hajin and Koundbal Sumbal met the families of tion causes Pakistan eco- The Economic Impacts of In- semi-government and nonmartyrs and expressed solidarity with them. JKLF-R Chair- nomic losses totaling US$ adequate Sanitation in Paki- government partners to share man, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Chairperson of Duktaran-e-Millat, 5.7 billion which is equiva- stan by the Water and Sanita- experiences in developing Aasiya Andrabi and High Court Bar Association also ex- lent to Rs. 343.7 billion each tion Program. All stake hold- and implementing various pressed anguish over the killing of youth by the Indian year. Speakers expressed ers need to work together to model programmes under the Army in Sumbal. Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo in a these views, while address- scale up the pilots programmes Pakistan Approach to Total statement in Brussels further said that more than ten thou- ing a two-day national work- and translate the sanitation Sanitation (PATS). The Worksand enforced disappeared persons had been brutally killed shop, co- hosted by the policy principles into action for shop will also deliberate upon in custody and buried in these newly-discovered graves, United Nations Children’s achieving the sanitation re- the agendas for the forthcomKMS reported. Tramboo has raised the mass graves issue Fund (UNICEF) and the lated MDG. As millions remain ing major events on sanitaand Sanitation without adequate sanitation tion including the South Asian on various international forums in the past. The European Water parliament even passed a resolution in this regard. Sens- Programme (WSP) of the facilities in the country, the Conference on Sanitation ing the gravity of the issue, the EU appointed James Ales World Bank, inaugurated workshop brings together all (SACOSAN V) and Pakistan as Special Rapporteur to have deliberation with India on here today to form synergies stakeholders to assess the Conference on Sanitation this issue, the statement added. Barrister Tramboo also for achieving sanitation re- current situation about access (PACOSAN II).—APP expressed his grave concern over the deteriorating state of human rights across the length and breadth of the territory.—APP
Lack of safe drinking water causes annual Rs 343.7b loss
UAF to ink MoU with CAAS
ries in CMH on Monday. Chaghi: A man was killed and two others sustained injuries in a landmine explosion near Pak-Afghan border area of Chaghi district on Monday. According to Levies force, three residents of Chaghi were travelling in a vehicle when their vehicle struck landmine. As a result, they sustained wounds and were rushed to nearby hospital where one of them namely Allah Gul succumbed to his injuries during treatment. The injured including Zia-ul-Haq and Masood were referred to Quetta based hospital in view of their critical condition. Law enforcement Agency and Levies force reached the site.—APP
Profiteers warned of action
Rain likely in KP, Punjab, GB, Kashmir
istration has finalized arrangements to cope with price hike during Ramazan in Sialkot, Daska, Pasrur and Sambrial tehsils. Special teams will be deputed to check the quality and prices of articles of dailyuse in Ramazan bazaars and in markets and profiteers would be dealt with an iron hand, District Coordination Officer (DCO) Iftikhar Ali Sahoo said on Monday. Talking to reporters, he said special attention would be paid to the availability of a sufficient quantity of daily-use items during the holy month of Ramazan in the district.—APP
Speech competition GUL HAMAAD FAROOQI
P ESHAWAR —The Returning Officers issued public notice and by-election schedule for 2013, for the vacant seats of National and provincial assemblies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). According to Spokesman of Provincial Election Commission here, the candidates can submit their nomination papers with the Returning Officer on July 3 to 9,while scrutiny of their nomination papers would be held on July 11-17. The last date for filing of appeals before the tribunal against the decision of the Returning Officer rejecting/ accepting the nominations papers is July 22.—APP
I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Me- Dalbandin, teorological Department (PMD) on Monday forecast rain with thunderstorm for isolated places of Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northeast Punjab, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir during the next 24 hours. An official of PMD told APP that this rain would not be a part of monsoonal activity which is caused by easterly wave but it would be the result of westerly trough present in the upper air. The day temperatures would rise across the country especially in the plain areas of the country from Wednesday till Friday and there are chances of another monsoon rain spell by the weekend, the official said. The highest maximum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Shaheed Benazirabad 45 C, Turbat 43 C,
Larkana, Moenjodaro and Padidan 42 C. The maximum temperatures recorded were Islamabad 37 C, Lahore 39 C , Karachi 35 C, Peshawar 35 C, Quetta 35 C, Murree 26 C, Muzaffarabad 36
C, Gilgit 31 C. The rainfall recorded during last 24 hours was Muzaffarabad 42 mm, Balakot 35, Parachinar 26, Malamjabba 19, Lasbella 17, Chakwal 16, Shorkot 15, Dir 12, Kohat, Kalam and Rawalakot 06, Chirat and Hunza 05, Mangla, Mirkhani and Barkhan 04mm.—APP
CHITRAL —Speech competition from different schools held at Government High School Booni some 75 KM from here under auspices of Pakistan Thinker Forum. Title of the speech was “Students can play active role in development of the nation and country”. The ceremony was presided over by Sardar Ali vice principal of Aga Khan Model School Booni which was started with the recitation from the Holy Quran by student of 10th class. Some students also presented Naath Sharif while national Anthem was unanimously read by all of participants. Some students who delivered speech in favor of the topic were Anoosha Batool, Kiran Ali, Kiran Atta, Andaleeb Safdar, Farhana Parveen.
Conservation of mausoleums for future generations stressed MULTAN—US Consul General for Cultural Preservation in Lahore Nina Fite here on Monday visited mausoleums of renowned saints Hazrat Musa Pak Shaheed and Hazrat Shah Shams Tabraiz Sabzwari to witness conservation projects completed with the help of US funding in South Punjab. The projects are an important part of US efforts to enhance understanding between Americans and Pakistanis and highlight shared values of cultural heritage, says a fact sheet issued to media by US Consul General. US Ambassador’s Fund
(AFCP) has provided more than US$ 1.8 million towards 17 different cultural and archaeological projects in Pakistan over the past decade. Ten of these sites are located in Punjab. The AFCP is a US Mission to Pakistan initiative to partner with Pakistanis and preserve important cultural heritage sites, The US Consul General laid ‘Chadar’ on the mausoleums of both saints and also bought traditional sweet ‘Lachi Dana’ from outside the mausoleum of Hazrat Shah Shams.—APP
Remembering a rare, iconic Sheikh Asghar Hameed
F AISALABAD —University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) aiming at sharing knowledge and expertise to meet the growing energy demands in a sustainable manner. The MoU would be signed under the auspices of Punjab Government to explore new avenues meeting the energy needs with the help of Chinese experts. The was stated by UAF Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan while presiding over the meeting of the Deans’ Committee here at New Syndicate Hall on Monday. The University, he said, was the one of its kind that is going to offer about 33 new need based degree programmes that include PhD Physics, PhD Ecology, PhD Genetics, BSc Energy System Engineering, BSc Environmental Engineering, BS (Software Engineering), BS Bioinformatics, BS Computer Science, BS (Information Technology), BBA (Hons.), BSc (Hons.) Dairy Science Program, Pharmacy-D, MA English, MA Sociology, MA Economics, MSc Mathematics, M.Ed. and an Associate Degree in Education meant to produce trained manpower to cope with the challenges. The Higher Education Commission, he said, has termed the UAF initiative of engaging students on hourly bases, a role model for all universities of the country that would ease-out financial constraints of the students and inculcate a sense of dignity of work among the youth.—APP
It is remembered here that unknown suicide bomber detonated himself outside Imambargah Ali Abu Talib in Ali Abad area of Hazara Town Sunday night when he was stopped at the barrier for body search. As a result of the explosion, 28 persons including nine women and three children were killed, and over 50 were injured. The dead and wounded include shopkeepers and customers. At least 28 people of Hazara Shia community including nine women and three children were killed and over 50 injured in a suicide blast took place outside an Imambargah in Hazara Town, on Sunday night. Two people later succumbed to their inju-
SIALKOT—The district admin-
Youth killing denounced
HE sad and sudden news of the passing away of another old friend, classmate and colleague from Sahiwal, Sheikh Asghar Hameed, jolted me this morning. Thus another of my close friends, and associates from that remarkable city joined the list whose fond memories I would always cherish as long as I live. Montgomery, later renamed Sahiwal, was one of the most beautifully planned colonial town, built like an English county, with a lot of greenery, parks, clubs and spick and span as the whole city was washed twice by the municipality in those days. Arriving in that city in the early years of independence and particularly during the golden era of early
50’s, it was a heavenly atmosphere prevailing there. Most of the friends and associates made were thus to become my life long pals. Included in those list was Asghar Hameed, son of a noted local lawyer Sh. Sharif, Farooq Nisar, Ijaz Nisar, Iqbal Bhatti, Azeez Jamal, Ahmad Abdul Haq, Shamim Rizvi and many others. When I took to journalism while still being a student along with late Farooq Nisar (later DG-APP) to jointly edit college magazine “Sahiwal” and fortnightly Gazette, and representing some leading national dailies, Asghar Hameed, too started dabbling in journalism becoming a correspondent of Daily “Hilal-e-Pakistan”, in Lahore. I vividly recall those rollicking days when Asghar and myself went to cover the
elections in Chichawatni where late Sahibzada Nawazish Ali was pitted against Rai Iqbal in the 50’s. It was then we noted how the
even then. Sahibzada Nawazish, a highly reputed lawyer however did not live long to be killed in a road accident. Farooq Nisar, myself,
dignity of ballot box was being violated converting a clear victory into a heavy defeat. Both of us returned with a heavy heart to discover the way things were moving
Aziz Jamal and Shamim Rizvi all took to journalism as also some other friends like our school teacher Syed Humayun Adeeb, to become one of the leading lights in Daily Nawai Waqt.
Iqbal Bhatti, Ijaz Nisar, Abdullah Khan (now known as A.K.Dogar) Saeed-urRehman Farrukh, Asghar Hameed, took to legal profession and reached their pinnacle. Ahmad Abdul Haq joined I.B to attain a senior rank in its hierarchy. Asghar Hameed, with whom I shared apart from my journalistic connection in Sahiwal, was also part of a remarkable team, which staged a drama in Govt. High School, Montgomry under late Mr. Abbasi our senior teacher. Asghar Hameed, Tariq Aziz (of Neelam Ghar fame), myself, Iqbal Nazir Warriach (later Brig. Warraich) were all part of that memorable show. Asghar Hameed made a name for himself in legal profession remaining President of Distt Bar Association for over a decade and a reputed member of Pakistan Bar
Council. A confirmed bachelor, he shifted to Lahore and due to his obesity and health problem, he remained mostly confined to chamber practice. But his ability, legal acumen and knowledge of law remained acknowledged. Sh. Akram a senior lawyer, with whom Asghar remained associated, always considered him as his mentor. My only regret is that I was unable to meet him for quite some time despite my earnest request to Sh. Akram to arrange a meeting with my old pal. May God bless you my friend for people like you are rare to find these days. You will always remain in thoughts of a legion of your friends and well wishers where ever they are. My deep condolence to Javaid Iqbal, his brother and sisters Tahira and Fakhra.
Imran calls for APC of major stakeholders
Egypt: Time for street wisdom
HAIRMAN PTI Imran Khan, who has started limited political activities following his recovery from backbone injury, on Sun day, has talked about prospects of his party’s Government in future and floated a proposal for hammering out a workable strategy to eliminate the menace of terrorism. While his dream for power at the centre is deeply linked to the performance of PTI as opposition at the National Assembly and as ruling party in KPK, Imran’s call for convening of an APC of major stakeholders – Federal and Provincial Governments of KPK and Pakistan Army – deserves serious consideration. Imran intends to write a letter to the Prime Minister on the issue and we are confident that Mian Nawaz Sharif would respond positively to the suggestion as it is also in line with his stated policy of taking others on board in addressing the problem of terrorism. Imran’s concern about KPK is understandable as PTI is heading a coalition there and the province is no doubt bearing the brunt of both terrorism and the war against terrorism but the issue of terrorism is neither confined to that province nor is it a question concerning Taliban alone. The issue has sectarian and other dimensions as we have been witnessing in Quetta, GB and Karachi where apart from local elements, foreign hand is also believed to be there. In Balochistan, an insurgency like situation exists while Karachi has become a battle field for conflicting political and other interests, some of which are also being exploited by some foreign forces. Similarly, only Federal and KPK Governments and Pakistan Army are not the stakeholders as there are a number of political parties and personalities that can play an important role in the restoration of peace besides some religious parties and Ulema that have following as well as influence on people. APC or no APC, Governments and the Army are duty bound to coordinate and harmonize their efforts, policies and strategies and once they sort out things among themselves, an APC can be convened to share details, seek further input and refine the strategy.
UK can do more for Pakistan B
RITISH Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Pakistan was of somewhat short duration but he held extensive discussions with President Asif Ali Zardari and new Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif that highlighted a number of commonalities between the two countries. Cameron, who was the first foreign head of the Government to have visited Pakistan after democratic transition, had come from Afghanistan and naturally the focus of the talks was Afghanistan and terrorism but there was also considerable emphasis on strengthening of economic cooperation. Pakistan and the UK have traditionally enjoyed cordial relations marked by political understanding and economic and development partnership and the visit has given further boost to the bilateral relations. Because of the historical linkages, bureaucracies of the two countries and leadership feel comfortable during their interaction and this factor has been instrumental in diversifying and consolidating bilateral ties. Cameron’s pledge for help in energy sector has gone well with people of Pakistan as they are facing acute power crisis and it is also in line with the priorities of the new Government. UK can meaningfully help Pakistan address the challenge of terrorism, which is deeply rooted in poverty and ignorance, by extending support in realizing the country’s quest to seek GSP plus status with EU and investment in different sectors of the economy. Pakistan is a huge market of 200 million and it is located at the cross-roads of important regions and the UK can benefit immensely by inspiring and encouraging its entrepreneurs to invest in Pakistan. A number of UK-based companies have long and profitable presence in Pakistan and there is room for investment in infrastructure, IT, telecom, mining and even defence production.
It is war against Pakistan, rather more T
ERRORISTS struck once again in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa on Sunday killing over 50 people in a single day. In a dastardly act of sectarian terrorism, militants killed 28 people of Hazara community in a suicide attack in Quetta, three others were shot dead in Dasht area of Khuzdar in firing on buses while eighteen civilians were blown up in a car bomb explosion in Badbher area in the outskirts of Peshawar. Killings in bomb blasts and firing have become a daily occurrence and we would say that the enemy has started an undeclared war against Pakistan. In fact, it is more than war because in declared war enemy is face to face, identified and tackled appropriately. But in this type of guerilla war, one cannot identify who is enemy of the country roaming among the people with nefarious designs and could hit at the target of his choice any time. What is more dangerous is that the enemy has managed to reach every nook and corner of Pakistan and established its safe sanctuaries among the populace. Thus it is more difficult to identify the real enemy who is planning and executing its anti Pakistan agenda to destabilize the country and subsequently attain its nefarious designs. In such a scenario, the role of intelligence agencies becomes more critical but it appears that they have failed in their task and needed complete reshuffle. Despite three high profile attacks on Hazara Community in Quetta alone, none of the real culprits has been arrested to extract information that could lead to the masterminds. To overcome the menace of terrorism, we would suggest the complete sealing of border with Afghanistan, deportation of all the Afghan refugees and other illegal immigrants without caring for international reaction as security of Pakistan and its people is more important than anything else.
HURMAT GROUP OF PUBLICATIONS Zahid Malik President & Editor-in-Chief Ph: 051-2256006 Faisal Zahid Malik Gauhar Zahid Malik Editor Ph: 021-32631102
Executive Editor Ph: 051-2853818
Islamabad Ph Exchange: 051-2852027 Reporting Desk: 051-2852028, News Desk: 051-5879329 Marketing: 051-2262254, 2852029 Fax: 051-2262258 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.pakobserver.net
Karachi Faisal Zahid Malik Editor Ph: 021-32211777, 32635403 Fax: 021-32626902 Email: email@example.com
Khalid Butt Resident Editor Ph: 042-37593341, 37566702 Marketing Ph: 37597364 Fax: 042-36300043 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Resident Editor Mobile: 0333-7944760 E-mail:email@example.com
Resident Editor Mobile: 0321-9001476 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Muzaffarabad Abdul Hameed Shaheen Resident Editor Ph: 051-2852028, Mobile: 0315-5010791 Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Sadia Zahid Malik Editor Sunday Magazine
Ph: 2852027-8, Ext: 116 Email: email@example.com
Pak-Sri Lanka relations platform. According to reports, India trained them in urban guerrilla warfare, armed them with the latest weapons Mohammad Jamil and unleashed them on peaceful Lankan citiEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org zens. But India withdrew its support when it felt the heat of insurddressing the passing- gency in India, as Tamils, Maoists o u t and other ethnicities having sepaparade ceremony at Sri ratist tendencies had become a Lanka Military Academy, serious threat to the country. In Chief of Army Staff General Sri Lanka, it took quite a while for Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said: “We peace-loving Sinhalese to learn to earnestly desire regional stability counter and fight pernicious based on a balance of power that plans of Delhi. They of course promotes respect for each other’s had the backing of the Pakistanis sovereignty and discourages any and the Chinese that led to the form of quest for dominance, he- victory, which ensured sovergemony and intimidation.” Paki- eignty and independence of Sri stan Army, he addedd, would con- Lanka. Of course, primarily it was tinue to support Sri Lankan Army due to the unrelenting efforts and sheer determination of Sri in its pursuit of excellence. General Kayani was on a three- Lankan leadership that it could day visit to Sri Lanka for renewed decimate Liberation Tigers of military commitments in multiple Tamil Eelan (LTTE) ending the areas of cooperation between the decades-old civil war and battle two sides. It was indeed an honour for carving out an independent for Pakistan that COAS was invited ethnic homeland. The separatist rebels were once to grace the occasion. According to military sources at the General considered one of the world’s most Headquarters (GHQ), expansion of feared guerrilla armies, and had the Pakistan-Army led field-train- gained control of about a third of the ing programme for Sri Lankan mili- island before the government had tary personnel figured prominently begun the major offensive. When Sri during his visit. Pakistan had played Lankan forces were on the verge of a major role in supporting Sri final victory, India, the US, the EU, Lankan Army in its war against the the UN, Amnesty International were Tamil insurgents, as Pakistan Army suggesting to Sri Lankan government and its intelligence community had that it should enter into dialogue with close links with the Sri Lankan the rebels who were using thousands of innocent citizens as human shield. military establishment. It is believed that initially India However, President Rajapakse had had created, armed and supported an managed to cut the supply line of armed insurrection in Sri Lanka by ‘Tigers’ including the main source of bringing discontented Tamils on one supply of arms to Tigers from India.
News & Views
In 2007, India had rebuked Sri Lanka for expressing a desire to procure radars and other smaller equipment from Pakistan and China, as Indian-origin radars then in service with Sri Lanka proved ineffective, and failed to detect air attacks of Tamil Tigers. Sri Lankan government was not deterred by such bullying tactics. India has been trying to destabilize the countries on its periphery. It tried to cut China into half by instigating a rebellion in Tibet, which could have balkanized the country into small pieces; it had destabilized Sikkim and virtually took it over. It tried to create terror in Bhutan; supported terror in Nepal in order to wrest it away from Beijing’s sphere of influence. It repeatedly tried to dominate Bangladesh through Rakhi Bahini type of operations and interfered in the internal affairs of even Burma and Thailand. It tried to physically take over Sri Lanka at least once by sending its forces there, and also tried to occupy the Maldives also. Some times back, the editor of London-based Jane’s Defence Weekly in an interview had said: “Led by Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, the SLN developed a maritime strategy that starved the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of support from the ocean leading to their capitulation on land.” Interviewed by Tim Fish, Jane’s Naval reporter, in the issue of April 29, 2009, Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda had said that the LTTE was kept alive for a long time by Warehouse ships which transported illegally acquired weapons constantly into the country. They kept eight vessels on the high seas and used them
as floating warehouses containing illegally acquired warlike materials such as artillery, mortar shells, artillery shells, torpedoes, aircraft, missiles, underwater vehicles, diving equipment, radar, electro-optical devices and night vision equipment. Sri Lanka had bought arms and small speedboats from Pakistan and China which according to Lankan Navy were invaluable. According to Rupees News report “Islamabad delivered arms directly to the areas affected where Lankan army was fighting the rebels. During the attack on the Jaffna peninsula, which was a turning point in the war against the Indian sponsored terrorists, the Pakistani Air force dropped arms for Sri Lankan forces right to the battlefield. Pakistan had also provided the satellite surveillance and a lot of intelligence to Sri Lanka. The speedboats and fake fishing boats kept tab on the supply lines from India. Instead of recognizing their equal status and sovereignty, India expects that South Asian countries that are members of the SAARC should formulate their external and internal policies according to its will and wishes. India is trying to emulate the US – the sole super power, which wants to run the world according to its whim and fancy. India considers itself as a regional power and arrogates to itself the role of determining the extent of independence and sovereignty of its neighbours. This is the basic reason that SAARC has remained a non-starter so far. Those economic alliances and unions were strong and effective where memberstates were treated as equal partners and with respect. And the European Union is a case in point. It is hoped that Pakistan’s elected leadership would also keep this in mind before going extra mile in dealing with India. At the same time Pakistani leadership should get inspiration from Sri Lankan leadership vis-à-vis theaway now recognizing them as leit had shownstakeholder will and determination gitimate and rein decimating insurgents. questing them to end the war —The writer Lahore-based and arrive at aispolitical settlesenior journalist. ment. The Taliban formally announced in Doha that they will not allow Afghan soil to threaten other countries and also expressed readiness to meet other Afghan factions. Taliban didn’t give a firm commitment of severing ties with al-Qaeda as had been demanded by Washington, but their undertaking to disallow others to use Afghan soil to harm others was accepted as a good enough starter. The Taliban didn’t insist on releasing their five prisoners imprisoned in Guantanamo as a pre-requisite for talks. The US had also softened its stance by not insisting upon the implementation of its three pre-conditions of breaking ties with al-Qaeda, renouncing violence and accepting Afghan Constitution framed by Karzai regime at the behest of US. Notwithstanding the significance of recommencement of Doha initiative, the process is still fragile and vulnerable to disruption given the vested groups hell-bent to fail it. While the US and Taliban would have to set aside their aspersions and distrust for each other and proceed forward with open and generous minds, the US will have to reign in the spoilers trying to derail the process. Pakistan is the only country which has contacts with Taliban and other militant groups in Afghanistan as well as with important leaders of NA and hence is in an enviable position to play a pivotal role in forging a political solution provided its due place is recognized by all stakeholders and is trusted. Doha office is just the beginning and the path forward is riddled with complexities requiring patience, coolness of mind and largeheartedness by all concerned. —The writer is a retired Brig and
Renewal of Doha initiative CIA Director, John Kerry replaced Hillary Clinton as of State and Asif Haroon Raja Secretary Chuck Hagel took over Email: email@example.com from Leon Panetta as Secretary Defence. The new team realized the gravity resident Obama decided of the obtaining security situai n tion and the cutout date of DeJune 2010 to launch politi cember 2014 inching closer. cal prong to find a political They understood that unless settlement after he concluded that Taliban agreed to hold talks and there was no military solution in unless Pakistan helped, smooth Afghanistan. Secret parleys were transition was not possible. initiated by Obama’s administra- Peace process picked up motion and several Arab and Euro- mentum after April 24, 2013 pean countries including Turkey Brussels meeting between John and Pakistan were asked to play Kerry, President Karzai and Gen their role. Regional option was also Kayani. Ill-tempered Karzai’s complaints tried by organizing meetings at unstoppable London, Istanbul, Bonn, Chicago against Pakistan military comand Tokyo. Britain and France also pelled Kerry and Kayani to held meetings in which Taliban jointly cross the last hurdle representative sat as an observer. without him. The breakthrough in Doha Saudi Arabia and Qatar kept persuading the Taliban to hold once again flared him up. He got peace talks, while Karzai kept up miffed over secret backchannel efhis frenetic efforts to befriend forts by the US and Pakistan withTaliban and make them agree to out taking him along. He was igshare power. Former ISI chief Lt nored because he had proved to be Gen Shuja Pasha made a signifi- a tetchy lame duck. Karzai didn’t cant opening by arranging a meet- pick up courage to admit that his ing between US officials and Siraj hectic efforts since 2009 to woo the Haqqani at Dubai in 2011. The Taliban had completely failed. meeting couldn’t lead to produc- Heavy amount of secret funds he tive results because the US tried received from the CIA were used to create a wedge between by him to buy the loyalties of Haqqanis and Mullah Omar. The Taliban senior leaders and other US military, CIA, Karzai regime Pashtun notables but he failed to and India disfavoring talks with break Mullah Omar’s Shura. PakiTaliban kept employing tricks to stan was pressured by him and the vitiate the atmosphere and to push US to release Taliban prisoners held in its custody. 20 prisoners Obama to change his stance. In order to give a fresh kick were released by Pakistan as a to the peace process, Obama af- goodwill gesture but this move also ter getting re-elected in Novem- backfired since none approached ber 2012 hastened to change his Karzai or Salahuddin. When all his efforts failed he hawkish top leaders and bring in relatively moderate ones. John started blaming Pakistan. He has Brennan replaced Gen Petraeus as maintained a highly antagonistic
posture towards our military establishment and ISI as is evident from his invectives he off and on hurls and the interview he gave to Salim Safi on Geo TV on June 17, 2013. He reiterated his stance of non-recognition of Durand Line and held military establishment responsible for destabilization of Afghanistan and prevention of peace talks with Taliban. With this colored mindset, it was natural for him to burst out when he learnt that Gen Kayani and Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam were instrumental in persuading the Taliban to start the peace talks. Karzai’s tantrums not only marred the big event but also delayed the commencement of formal peace talks between the US and Taliban in early June. To put pressure on Washington, he hanged up Afghan-US strategic partnership agreement which he and Obama had gladly signed on May 01, 2012 in Kabul. The agreement had yet to decide the issue of retention of military bases by US forces beyond 2014. Reportedly, Karzai had given his consent for nine bases and retention of up to 15,000 US forces in the garb of trainers and advisers till 2024 but this was to be approved by Afghan Loya Jirga. He ignored the historic significance of peace process over which hinges the hope of ending the bloodshed in Afghanistan and peace in the region. The Taliban acted wisely and ceded to the US and Qatar’s request to remove the contentious flag and the plaque and saved the process from getting disrupted once again. They were sensible enough to realize the importance of this event for them when seen in the backdrop of their unabated persecution since October 2001 and isolation from the world comity. The whole world is
here is nothing in the revo lutionary rule book to say that, two years after toppling a dictator, a country is entitled to enjoy peace. If post-soviet Russia or post-apartheid South Africa have taught the world anything, it is that democratic transitions are frail and fragile creatures, which can be prey for stronger predators. President Mohamed Morsi was not exaggerating when he told the Guardian this weekend that his first year as president of Egypt had been “very difficult” and that he fully expected his troubles to continue. Some of these troubles have been of his own side’s making. The Muslim Brotherhood made two strategic mistakes that contributed to the shutdown of dialogue between the two camps that once shared Tahrir Square. The first was to push for a constitution that allows for greater religious input into Egyptian legislation. This was done to keep a doctrinally strict Salafist party on board, which a few months later switched sides anyway. The second was for Mr Morsi to issue the November 2012 constitutional declaration that gave him sweeping temporary powers, which he swiftly abandoned and has regretted ever since. There is truth in the charge that Mr Morsi confused an electoral mandate with an obligation to keep all sides on board. But nor can the opposition be given a free pass. It complains that the Muslim Brotherhood has grabbed all the power in all the major institutions of state; yet the record shows that its leaders were offered top jobs in government and repeatedly turned them down. It lays claim to a democratic mandate; yet it refuses to participate in elections it thinks it is going to lose. It claims to be non-violent; yet rival demonstrations have been fired on, causing deaths and injuries. The truth, a year after Mr Morsi took office, is that neither side accepts the other’s legitimacy. Certainly, there are serious concerns about Egypt’s election law and the danger of gerrymandering. The question is whether these concerns are so grave as to undermine the validity of free elections. Until now, elections in post-Mubarak Egypt have been judged, on the whole, to be fair. Nor is it right to claim that the Brotherhood’s organisational capacity on the ground is so great that nothing can be done. The answer to that is for the opposition to build its own political movements from the bottom up. As a result, what matters right now is how events play out immediately on the streets. Both sides’ principal concern is to muster large numbers of supporters and keep them on the streets of Egypt’s major cities. But the tragedy for both sides is that there is a third camp, sitting in the wings, for whom civil disorder is a win-win situation. This is composed of the remnants of the old regime, who have never really gone away and are actively seizing their chance for a comeback. An obvious danger in Egypt is that the toppling of a democratically elected president amid widespread civil unrest may force the army to intervene. Some optimists claim that army rule would only last for a brief period to allow fresh elections to be held. But a more probable scenario is that if the army came to power it would stay for a long time. For many Islamists, having taken the democratic route but been denied the chance to see their leaders govern, opposition would not be a question of ideology but a matter of personal survival. What would prevent them from concluding that a future of arrest, torture and imprisonment awaits, a return to what they experienced under Mubarak? What would stop the ranks of extremists on both sides swelling? The coming days are pivotal. Mr Morsi may survive. Or Egypt could be Algeria writ large. A prolonged civil conflict would not discriminate between one sect or another, or between Egyptians. Nor would it necessarily respect borders. The stability of a Middle East in which the US and Europe have less power to influence events, depends to a great extent on a stable Egypt. Both the region and the world are watching to see which way Egypt chooses. — The Guardian We confess our bad qualities to others out of fear of appearing naive or ridiculous by not being aware of them. Gerald Brenan —British writer
Global regime & Indian nuke ambitions Voice of the People Beenish Altaf Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
he credibility of international nuclear non-proliferation re gime is under severe stress. Dr Jaspal a renowned analyst on nuclear studies narrated in his article that the nuclear non-proliferation is an integrated network of treaties and other standard-setting arrangements, which provides a comprehensive framework for the behavior of states and international organizations and other actors, in the nuclear power realm. This brief enlightenment on the subject gives quite comprehensive understanding of what the nuclear non-proliferation regime has to do with in actual. In this sphere the efforts to bring India on the forefront as a member nuclear supplier’s state simply backlashes its image and meaning. The materialization of Indo-US nuclear deal posed stern questions for the non-proliferation regime and nuclear trade worldwide. It managed the NSG waiver without accepting NPT, in addition the deal also excluded 8 Indian nuclear reactors from IAEA safeguards that are well suited for 1,250 kilograms plutonium up-
grading for weapon purposes “which has the ability to produce 240 nuclear weapons a year.” Consequently, amplifies regional instability and vertical proliferation of nuclear weapons. The US cannot in any terms call the step an advantage to global non-proliferation regime. Paradoxically speaking the creators of non-proliferation regime and its cartels have created rooms for nuclear mishandling within the group itself. Countries namely United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan, West Germany and Soviet Union got together to form the Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG), in response to Indian diversion from Canadian based rector (diverted plutonium from the Canadian-Indian Reactor) that was given for peaceful use. Pragmatically recounting NSG’s objective or purpose was to regulate nuclear commerce so further diversions as that of India could not take place again since India used it for military purposes that resulted in Indian Peaceful Nuclear Explosion (PNE) in 1974. Evidently New Delhi is being pushed forward for the legal certification of NSG membership by the recognized NSG member states — France, Russia, the UK, and the US
are now at the head to make India a member of the NSG, facing resistance from China and few other states. In this regard, Britain said India should be allowed to join global body that controls atomic exports, even though it has refused to join pact. Britain has stepped up many efforts to let India join an influential global body controlling nuclear exports, resultantly this move would boost one of the dejure country’s standing as an atomic power in the international arena. The keepers of international nuclear nonproliferation regime are persisting to embrace a non-NPT nuclear weapon state for nuclear commerce acting discriminatory towards the other South Asian non-NPT but a nuclear weapon state (Pakistan) — obtaining same status. Sarcastically on one side Western nations; the US, Britain, Japan, UK and Russia are engaged in ‘nuclear trade with India and on the other side they are strongly opposing China’s assistance to Pakistan to build nuclear power plants under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) umbrella. Such a discriminatory approach damages the credibility of nuclear non-proliferation regime.’ Even though if Pakistan is a nuclear weapon state, it faces acute
energy shortage and lacks nuclear power infrastructure to produce satisfactory electricity. Convincingly, “its nuclear infrastructure needs substantial foreign assistance to increase the nuclear power generation.” If ‘diversion fear’ is the justification for not granting Pakistan the same technology, though for instance even if one accepts it, how Indian intention, plan or motive makeup can be rationalized? With an already history of civil to military diversion, how could India be trusted again? However India does not fall on the standard criterion for the NSG membership since it has poor proliferation record with no interest in international non-proliferation treaties (rejected NPT calling it discriminatory). It depicts a barefaced violation of nuclear non-proliferation norms and laws by international community in general and the NSG in particular. It would not be wrong to analyze from the above that the move would lead other NPT-NWS to withdraw from NPT keeping itself legally authorized for civil technology as well as also creating space for their military diversions. —The writer works as Research Associate for Strategic Vision Institute.
A step in right direction Malik M Ashraf Email: email@example.com
he just concluded two-day ‘ US-Pakistan Business Oppor tunities Conference’ jointly organized by the US and Pakistan government, which was attended by representatives of investment companies of Pakistani, US and United Arab Emirates with a view to identify new business opportunities in Pakistan that waited to be exploited, has ended on a very positive note. The participants of the conference through speeches, panel discussions and networking events discussed a wide range of business opportunities in the agri-business, energy and education as well as the lucrative avenues in regards to entrepreneurship, access to US market, consumer goods and franchising, venture capital, information technology and the investment policies of the Pakistan government. Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Ishaq Dar who led the Pakistan delegation to the conference, gave an exhaustive account of the economic policies that the new government contemplated to pursue to revive the economy and the indus-
trial and investment policies designed to spur economic growth and development in those sectors, with major thrust on promoting small and medium enterprises. He also spelt out the contours of a medium term plan and goals under structural reforms (2013-16) that would raise the GDP growth to 7 per cent as compared to 3 per cent during the last five years, enhance investment to GDP ratio to 20% and the measures designed to keep the demon of inflation confined to a single digit. He also successfully identified the myriad of opportunities for investment in energy, agriculture and oil and gas sectors and the range of incentives prescribed for the domestic as well as foreign investors. A substantive and immediate outcome of this initiative is that at the end of the conference , Pakistan Private Investment Initiative was launched which will set up two new private equity funds solely for further expanding Pakistan’s dynamic and fast-growing small and medium sized businesses and industrial concerns. The US will provide $24 million for each fund which will be equally matched by the contributions from Abraaj Group and JSPE. Initially the pooled funds will be in the vicinity of $100 million which are
expected to grow many fold into hundreds of millions of dollars. Realistically speaking, the emphasis by the PML(N) government on private sector led growth , especially the promotion of small and medium enterprises is a very pragmatic decision and in line with the ground realties. Small and Medium sized industries invariably are the back bone of the economy of any country owing to its size and the employment opportunities that they generate with minimal effort. It will perhaps be pertinent to mention the US and Japan owe their economic progress to the vital role played by the small and medium sized industries. Being mindful of this policy imperative, the government has already announced certain incentives for the foreign as well as the domestic investors who invest in the export processing zones by enhancing the tax-holiday facility to ten years from the existing 5 years period besides concession on the import of machinery for the purpose, prompting some of the critics of the government to say that the budget promoted the interests of the business community rather than being people friendly. I think that characterization is absolutely naïve. This is the time when the government will
have to explore all possible avenues to not only stabilize the economy but also to put it on the path of sustained growth, including borrowing from the international lending institutions like IMF and the World Bank because there is no other options available to nudge the growth process. The government is already in the process of negotiation a new loan from the IMF for which modalities are being discussed. It is encouraging to note that the finance minister has stated it categorically that the loan will be negotiated on Pakistan’s own terms and no new taxes or other measure will be taken on the insistence of the IMF that hurt the common man. And if he is able to achieve what he is saying it will indeed be an unprecedented success of a manager of the economy. In the backdrop of the fact that he was instrumental in the setting up of the Pakistan Private Investment Initiative at Dubai conference through his forceful advocacy, it can be hoped that while dealing with the IMF he will, through his persuasive discourses, be able to clinch a loan with favourable terms. Managing the economy is a very painful and arduous undertaking, especially in a country like Pakistan, more so in view of the present state of economy.
Views From Abroad
Viral justice Matthieu Aikins
very week now it seems, I see on my Facebook news feed that some poor Afghan cop has been beat up. It’s a sign of progress. The first incident happened last November, when several guards of the deputy speaker of Parliament, Zahir Qadir, assaulted an Afghan police officer for blocking their convoy’s way after a bomb blast in the diplomatic enclave. Such incidents are all too common in Kabul, where a noxious assortment of armed groups — some official, some private — brush elbows in the streets. Here it’s personalities, rather than formal positions, that matter, and the guards of a strongman like Qadir outrank a simple police officer by several degrees. No matter if he was just trying to do his duty. The commoner, when he mistakes his place, normally retreats to nurse his bruises. But something different happened this time. Some happily-anonymous bystander was snapping photos at the scene, and images of the thuggish-looking guards beat-
ing down the cop soon went viral on Facebook and other social media sites popular with Afghans. I remember seeing the images on my own feed, coupled with outraged remarks from locals decrying “warlords” and their thugs. Pretty soon, local journalists were calling Kabul’s chief of police, Gen. Mohammad Ayoub Salangi, who — no doubt after consulting with his boss, the interior minister — issued a strongly worded condemnation. The offending bodyguards were arrested and later released after Qadir made an apology on TV. Then, in April, Mohammad Haider, the son of an important politico, was caught on video — on my doorstep, in fact — beating a trafficpolice officer who had had the temerity of stopping his fancy SUV. That video also went viral, the local media got a hold of it, and Haider was forced to appear at a press conference. His apology to the officer was also broadcast live on television. Last month, it was the turn of Ahmad Zia Karimi, an army major and the son of the military’s chief of staff, Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi. After his car was stopped for a search
because of its tinted windows (that’s illegal), Karimi tried to browbeat the cop into letting him go. That failed, so he made a phone call. Two truckloads of private gunmen arrived and beat up the offending officer so severely that he required hospitalisation. The cop later gave an exclusive interview to Toolu TV, a leading local channel, resulting in an army investigation and public embarrassment for General Karimi. (There have been no arrests yet.) Here, as in Pakistan, the increasing availability of camera phones and mobile Internet access is chipping away at a culture of impunity for the most powerful. Bystanders are able to capture evidence of incidents and then self-publish it. Once the news attracts a critical mass of viewers on Facebook, private channels can no longer ignore it, and they no longer fear that they’d be sticking their necks out by reporting it alone. This development also speaks to a newly emerging political consciousness among educated urbanites in Afghanistan. Unlike Afghans in the countryside, who, caught between the Taliban and international military
troops, worry about daily survival, the residents of Kabul are concerned with the depredations of the wealthy and politically connected. The police officers in these incidents are stand-ins for every Kabuli who has been bullied by scowling private guards in armored Land Cruisers. (Of course, the police also routinely beat confessions out of suspects.) On Wednesday, I found a new incident on my Facebook feed, this one allegedly involving the guards of a member of Parliament, Ahmad Behzad, who beat up a traffic cop. The video, shot by the Ministry of Interior, shows a sad-looking police officer in a hospital bed, his left arm swathed in bandages. Sediq Sediqi, the ministry’s spokesman, then comes on: “The mistreatment by the security guards of Mr. Behzad, one of the MPs, of the traffic police officer is a savage action. It is inhuman and illegal, and the Ministry of Interior condemns it.” If it seems strange that a ministry goes viral to get justice, well, welcome to Kabul. The author is Kabul-based magazine writer. — Courtesy: The New York Times
An umbrella for the monsoons..!
ith the rains expected in another two weeks, I de cided to go over to the umbrella store and chose a good sturdy one to beat the monsoons. I was a little surprised to see a much wider range than they had the year before. “Are you a student sir?” asked the pleasant looking salesman inside the store. “What difference would that make?” I asked equally pleasantly. “The student kind have extra strong steel ribs inside that are
able to with stand a lathi charge,” he said without a change in his pleasant face, “and instead of cloth we use tarpaulin to withstand water cannons during a anti-rape or anti-corruption demonstration at India Gate!” I told him I wasn’t a student and we moved into the interiors of the shop, “Would sir want a transparent one or one which will safeguard his privacy?” “I wonder what privacy there is to safe guard in the rains!” I laughed and the pleasant looking salesman laughed with me, “ I assume sir is single?” “Why should you assume that?” I asked a little crossly. “Because if your madam walks a little close to you or if sir has forgotten to put his top shirt button, the moral police will immediately arrest you!”
I told the young salesman that my wife and I kept a decent distance between us even during the rains, “And I always wear my top button,” I shouted. “But sir you have a beard!” said the owner coming quickly as soon as he heard my raised voice. “So what?” I shouted. “You could be mistaken for a terrorist!” said the owner and the salesman smiled at his owner, looked at me and nodded in agreement. “I’ll take the one that isn’t transparent!” I whispered and the pleasant looking salesman smiled his approval as his boss went back to the counter. I looked at the different handles and decided to take the curved one. “Don’t!” hissed the salesman. “Why?” I asked sharply pulling my
hand away. “It’s the same shape as Sreesanth uses in the Kerala rains,” he said. “You could be arrested for match fixing!” “I have no intention of being arrested for something so low!” I said, “And I had no idea so much was associated with buying an umbrella!” I walked out in a huff and into the raincoat shop next door. “Do you want a thin plastic type or a canvas one sir?” asked another pleasant looking salesman. “To beat the water cannons, the moral police and the HRD minister isn’t it?” I asked laughing hysterically. “Just to beat the monsoons sir..!” said the salesman and looked at me strangely. —Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kashmir debate AFTAB AHMED Norwegian Parliament, Deputy Speaker Akhter Choudery, Member Peter Giemark and Chairman Kashmir Group in the house conducting debate session on Kashmir, highlighted Kashmir issue. This was the first time Norwegian parliament discussed core issues related to Kashmiris People living in Norwegian for past 35 years. Norwegian Parliament efforts are timely and most welcome as it has recognized the necessity of the regulation of Kashmir dispute, which besides bringing bloodshed and enormous miseries to the people of Jammu and Kashmir is posing a continued nuclear warfare threat in this part of the world. World is taking note of Human Right Violation. As regard Indian atrocities and extra-judicial killings, international people tribunal for Human Rights in India Administrated Kashmir and Association of parent of disappeared persons released a report of 335 pages in Dec 2012 uncovering immoral acts of Indian Army border security force (BSF) central reserve police force (CRPF) and elements of other security and police force all violently striking against armless Kashmiris. Largest democracy on earth did not bother to acknowledge or investigate, 10,000 people disappeared during the last two decades, many missing people may have ended up in these unmarked graves and unmarked graveyards entomb bodies of those murdered in fake encounters and arbitrary evocations. Indian security forces employed various forms of ethnic cleansing such as un law full confinement, kidnapping, sieges, shelling of civilian destruction of homes, mosques, rape, torture, beating etc. And those in human methods continued till the death of innocent Kashmiries. Human Rights watch, in its various reports and Amnesty international also pointed out grave human rights violation in the Indian controlled Kashmir, indicating, the Muslim majority population in the Kashmir valley suffers from the repressive tactics of the security forces. Under the Jammu and Kashmir disturbed areas act, and the Armed forces Jammu and Kashmir special power act, and Public safety act, security forces personnel have extra ordinary powers to shoot suspected persons, their reports have called for the repeal of those laws which provide the armed forces with extra ordinary power to search, detain and use lethal force. These laws also provide immunity for security forces their prosecutions, even where the facts are well established. The Kashmir dispute is the oldest unresolved international conflict in the world today. India’s forcible occupation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 is the main cause of the dispute. Pakistan does not accept the Indian claim. The united nation also does not consider Indian claim as legally valid. It recognizes Kashmir as a disputed territory with the exception of India the entire world community recognized Kashmir as a disputed territory. The fact is that all the principles on the basis of which the Indian Subcontinent was partitioned by the British in 1947 justify Kashmir becoming a part of Pakistan. —Via email
WAPDA needs overhauling GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN This is in reference of press release issued by Muhammad Abid Rana, Director Public Relation WAPDA Lahore which appeared in the press on dated 29-06-2013. ‘The WAPDA Spokesman has stated that WAPDA officers are not responsible of load shedding. I think that WAPDA officers are not fully awarded that WAPDA is an independent department. Under administrative control of one chairman who is responsible to control all the wings of different natures of works of the WAPDA ie power, water, Generation, Distribution, Renovation and Maintenance Of electricity lines etc. Hence how Director Public Relation can say that WAPDA is not responsible for load-shedding in any way. If WAPDA is not responsible for load-shedding, then who is responsible of load-shedding? It is also a matter of great concern that no step has been taken so far for increasing generation of more electricity power and the load shedding still prevailed in this Islamic country of Pakistan for the last more than 27 years. WAPDA can be run by a few hundred officers in most efficient way but it is noticed that WAPDA
Pakistan’s problems & 3-T solution PROF DR A QAYUM MANGI
his is apropos the report, “G-8 vows to fight global tax evasion” (June 19). The G-8 summit in Britain ended with a new global solution. The leaders pledged to enforce strict regulation to curb globally three Ts: tax evasion, trade and transparency. Unfortunately in Pakistan, industrialists with the help of tax officials not only evade tax but also weaken the economic foundation of our country. Trade of our country is shrinking every year due to energy crisis and bad governance. There is no transparency and corruption is rampant. The political system is unable to stem the tide of corruption. The G-8 declaration should be taken seriously in Pakistan. We should take drastic steps to curb these interrelated issues. We should impose exemplary punishment to offenders in order to curb these menaces. We should create a foolproof system to stop tax evasion and resolve the energy crisis to increase our exports and mitigate the dependence on foreign countries. —Sukkur has created more and more unnecessary posts and has employed many Nos of un-necessary officers in order to please the politicians. And as such, there are now 60 % extra / excessive officers in WAPDA. There is no load shedding in the houses of WAPDA officers then how WAPDA officers can feel the miseries being faced by their valuable consumers. 5)- Most of the source full VVIP persons are fully involved In the cases of theft of electricity and also are not paying the electricity bills but WAPDA has never initiated to take any action against such sourceful defaulters. —Via email
Do something for laity HASHIM ABRO When I look at the rural and rustic people of upper and lower districts of Sindh province and reflect on their psyche then I logically come to the conclusion that they have always their hope in the PPP ruling elite and in their government to elevate their lives and transform the province from within but unfortunately, this time too, our rulers are not doing anything for the poor, the oppressed, the downtrodden, the sick, the handicapped, the aged, the lonely, the abandoned, and those in mental and spiritual anguish in Sindh province. History is a testimony to the fact that our past and present rulers have never worked conscientiously and perseveringly for justice and for human dignity. There is injustice, fear, constraint and suffering everywhere in the country. All and sundry have become slaves in the depths of their hearts, slaves to sin. They are not doing anything to ensure the moral and vocational education of the youth and to bring the transforming and uplifting message of the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his daring daughter Mohtarma Shaheed Benazir Bhutto to individuals and communities. One never knows when these provincial rulers will renew their commitment to their responsibilities and do something for the laymen in the province. I pray to God All Mighty to guide our provincial rulers so that they may do something for the poor people of province, if not anything else, at least, they ensure law and order and safety and security of life and property in the province. —Via email
IAEA and cyber security YASIR HUSSAIN The reliance of states complex matrix of binary code through internet has limitless potentials that come with equally big hazards that can lead to wars. Computers and systems connected to cyber space are highly vulnerable to potential exploiters, who can be criminals and or statesponsored ‘warriors.’ There are several challenges related to cyber security. First is to identify that a cyber-attack is an individual act or is state-sponsored. The second challenge lies in assessing how a targeted state would respond to such an attack. Third is to create global norms on cyber security under an effective body to regulate the state and individual behavior. State-sponsored cyber warfare can be traced back to the first Gulf War 1991 in which USA employed a computer oriented command and control system, paralyzed Iraq’s communications and used hi-tech smart weapons which led them to a decisive victory. Many scholars contest the idea that first Gulf War was an example of information warfare. They say it was information in warfare that is the use of computers and highly advanced weapon systems in war. Nevertheless it was first Gulf War that made China realize the importance of computers and technology in future warfare. China started building its capabilities in this new dimension of war and now holds a strong position in the world to challenge the
superpower on the cyber front. The recent alleged Chinese cyber-attacks on the U.S. and the IsraelU.S. attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities give a glimpse of extent of damage can cyber-attacks cause. Despite the American protests and concerns Chinese hackers have continued their cyber espionage by stealing terabytes of data from American institutions. The intrinsic complexity of cyber space has bereft states to dominate it which in the future potential cyber conflicts will play its due part. Now it is becoming evident that future conflicts will be dominated by information and cyber warfare which has already started to strain Chinese-US relations. It is ironical that the more states rely on computers, networks and information systems the more vulnerable these are to disruption and cyber-attacks. There is a growing resonance of the notion that traditional modes of land, sea and air warfare may be substituted with cyber space. Unfortunately, cyber laws and international norms have not been able to catch up with the progress in the cyber world. These remain almost adequate for addressing cyber-crimes. There are no norms for cyber activities that states do against each other. The IAEA, which is primarily a nuclear watch dog can be given an additional hat of dealing with global cyber-security watch dog. Recently, IAEA has adopted certain guideline towards the protection from threats of cyber-attacks on nuclear facilities. IAEA prepared a draft declaration for the upcoming conference in Vienna from 1-5 July 2013. IAEA is keen to make further efforts to foster international co-operation and assist member states in the area through the establishment of appropriate guidance. However, It further adds that, “more needs to be done to further strengthen cyber security worldwide because a cyber-attack related crisis can lead to a nuclear response. Though the IAEA proposal focuses on nuclearsecurity related aspects only, the organization is well placed to adopt a larger role and may have to ultimately expand its size and scope. Though the powerful states are still reluctant to accept their cyberwarfare capabilities, they will have to give transparency and assurances once global norms appear. The IAEA may become a forum to bring all states of disparate interests on single table but what would the world do with non-state actors who only need internet and computer to wreak havoc that can bring states on the verge of war? —Via email
Reducing earthquake damage JAVED IQBAL RISHI The modern technology, which is being currently practiced in many third world countries, is the use of gadgets for base isolation and seismic dampers. This is known as passive seismic resistant techniques. Research on earthquake resistance around the world has indicated that seismic energy absorbing capacity of reinforced cement concrete and reinforced brick masonry buildings are prone to fail in a severe earthquake zone such as Quetta and Kashmir. This is because there is an upper limit to their seismic energy absorbing capacity. However, by installing base isolator pads and dampers in any building, it is possible to totally absorb the earthquake shock energy of a building, be it of bricks, reinforced concrete or steel. This technique is both cost effective and can be retrofitted in an existing structure also. —Karachi
READERS are requested to type their letters legibly with double spacing and only on one side of the paper.
Nawaz From Page 1 also expected to discuss various aspects of the grand railway project to connect Gwadar with Jinjiang or western China that borders Gilgit Baltistan of Pakistan. Ambassador Sun said, China has proposed creating of Economic Corridor from Gwadar to Western China. Pakistan and China will discuss the idea during Nawaz Sharif’s visit. To a question, the ambassador said, China shares Pakistan’s keen interest in seeing the Gwadar Port functional as the, port will play primary role in promoting the proposed Economic Corridor between the two countries. He said, Pakistan and China enjoy best of bilateral relations and their relationship has no parallel in modern international relations. He said, this relationship may be a role model for other countries. “However, there is vast scope of strengthening bilateral cooperation in various fields.” He expressed the hope that with the passage of time, relations between the two countries would grow to new heights. To a question he said, Chinese companies are investing in Pakistan more and more to play their role in economic development of a most friendly country. He expressed the hope that trade volume between the two countries will also expand within years and the current imbalance favouring China will be minimised.
Hazara town From Page 1 A day of mourning was being observed in Quetta in the wake of the blast on the call of the Hazara Democratic Party, Shia Council and the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP). All government offices were shut in the provincial capital to mourn the tragedy, and the main markets in the city also remained closed. The deadly suicide blast ripped through the Aliabad area of Hazara town on Sunday night, claiming 30 lives and leaving around 70 wounded. According to senior government official some of the injured persons were still serious in serious condition. The wounded were being treated at the CMH. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Malik Baloch strongly condemned the incident and termed it an attempt on the part of terrorists to undermine his newly-elected government’s efforts for restoration of peace in Quetta. “I have called police and the officials of secret services to brief me about the overall law and order situation in Balochistan,” said the chief minister. “No compromise would be made on the peace of the province.”
Send packing From Page 1 compliance of general principles of transparency, respect of rules and laws.” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said for a completely new look of the government; “we need to be very careful in the selection of our teams and those holding positions of authority, whether in the Divisions or the statutory bodies, as this selection can affect the image of the government, on the one hand and its performance on the other.” He also directed that he be regularly updated about the status of compliance.
Military gives Morsi, opp 48-hour ultimatum From Page 1 tary had repeatedly signaled that it does not want to return to the helm of politics, which it commanded — turbulently — in the first year and a half after the ouster of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak in February, 2011. But Sissi also said earlier this month that the army would step in if Egypt’s political crisis worsened. Before the military’s announcement on Monday, four of Morsi’s cabinet ministers submitted their resignations, in a show of solidarity with the anti-government protesters, the state news wire reported. President Obama, speaking to reporters during a trip to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, urged Morsi to talk with opposition leaders and find a solution to the unrest. ”What is clear right now is that although Mr. Morsi was elected democratically, there’s more work to be done to create the conditions in which everybody feels that their voices are heard and that the government is responsive and truly representative,” Obama said. “If the situation is going to resolve itself for
the benefit of Egypt over the long term, then all the parties there have to step back from maximalist positions. Democracies don’t work when everybody says it’s all the other person’s fault and I want 100 percent of what I want.” In the early Monday morning, protesters stormed and ransacked the Muslim Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters, looting its offices, and setting fire to sections of the eightstory building as police officers looked on. Several Muslim Brotherhood offices in other cities also were attacked. The headquarters of Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood was overrun by youths who ransacked the building after those inside were evacuated on Monday following a night of violence that killed at least seven people. By far the bloodiest incident of Sunday’s mammoth and mostly peaceful protests against the Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsi, it began after dark and continued for hours, with guards inside firing on
youths hurling fire bombs and rocks. A spokesman for the Brotherhood blamed the violence on “thugs” and said it would be demanding answers from police who failed to protect it. He said two of those inside were injured - by fires - before a security detail from the movement was able to evacuate all those inside the compound in mid-morning. The violence will likely add to a sense among Brotherhood members, long oppressed under Hosni Mubarak, that they face a political siege since being elected last year, which they blame on liberal opponents and loyalists of the old regime. Images of the four-storey suburban building, its walls scorched, windows smashed and looters making off with office furniture, recalled those of the destruction of the state security headquarters when Mubarak was toppled in 2011. The Brotherhood had fortified the headquarters’ walls in the run up to the protests. The building was also attacked earlier this year in protests against Morsi.—WP
Delhi does not understand Kashmiris sentiments: KEA OBSERVER REPORT OSLO—President of Kashmir European Alliance Sardar Pervez Mehmood has said in a press statement that Delhi does not understand aspirations and sentiments of the people of Jammu & Kashmir. Sardar Pervez reacted to the statement of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi Wednesday June 26’s statement when she said that New Delhi understood sentiments of the people of Jammu & Kashmir and democracy in India offered solution to all problems. Sardar Pervez Mehmood has said that India either does not understand or pretends to misunderstand the wishes and aspirations of the people in Jammu & Kashmir. People of Jammu & Kashmir seek right of self determination to decide their destiny. People of Jammu & Kashmir are striving hard to get rid of Indian slavery. Economic packages are not an alternative to right of self determination, he said. Eight Indian troops were killed by free-
dom fighters just before the arrival of Indian Prime Minister in Srinagar and that was a clear message to Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi that they are not welcome to Kashmir. Sardar Pervez rejected Gandhi’s note that people in J&K wanted to move forward and build a future based on secularism and Indian democracy. Indian democracy is embedded with ruthless cast system in Indian society and that is full of hatred and prejudice dividing the Indian society into so-called sacred and inferior sections or classes. The notorious Hindu cast system violates the golden equality principles dictated by Islam and advised and practiced by great civilizations of modern times as well. Sardar Pervez Mehmood said that small economic incentives like Himayat and Udaan schemes aimed to help women of occupied territory cannot replace the horrific image of socalled Indian democracy under the shadow of which Indian mili-
tary gang raped villages after villages during false crackdowns. These tiny economic packages are nothing but a mockery to terrified Kashmiri nation’s multiple wounds. The mass grave story is one of most serious humanity crime after Holocaust and Bosnian massacre he said. India has to pay the price of all such horrendous crimes committed to unarmed civilians, children and women in J&K. Sardar Pervez Said that Delhi’s political elite has reached Kashmir and trying their best to mislead the public through socalled economic and civic welfare projects and also talking about holding local bodies polls to divert the world’s attention from the core issue of Kashmir conflict. The core issue cannot be misted by any tactic what’s so ever, except to give Kashmiri people the right of self determination through a plebiscite endorsed and promised by UN Security Council. He maintained!
PML-N believes in stability of democratic institutions: Shahbaz SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, at Model Town here Monday and discussed matters of mutual interest and other important issues. Talking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan Muslim League-N believes in stability of democracy as well as democratic institutions. He said that people have given mandate to PML-N in general election for the solution of their problems. He said that PML-N immediately after coming into power started taking steps for controlling load-shedding and resolving other issues. He said that every promise made to the people will be honoured. He said that tough divisions will have to be taken for the stability of national economy. Referring to energy crisis, the Chief Minster said that the former rulers only generated commission instead of electric-
ity during the last five years. He said that the nation suffered the agony of load-shedding and the country was plunged in darkness but the former rulers remained indifferent. He said that present leadership promised to the people to control load-shedding and they will be rid of this problem. He said that circular debt of electricity has gone beyond Rs. 500 billion but the promise to eliminate circular debt within sixty days will be fulfilled. He said that the rich have no right over subsidy on electricity. He said that it is ironic that both rich and the poor are benefiting from subsidy on electricity. He said that the cost of production of electricity can be reduced by generating power from alternative sources. He said that Punjab government has made planning to produce electricity from solar energy, biomass, biogas and coal with the cooperation of private sector. He said that provincial government is evolving a 5-year energy policy with the consul-
tation of stakeholders. He said that the proposed visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to China is also going to help in overcoming economic problems. The Chief Minister further said that besides generation of electricity, controlling powertheft and line losses is also essential. He said that Punjab government will play an effective role in curbing electricity theft and a taskforce has been formed for this purpose. Shahbaz Sharif said that Nandipur power project is pending for the last two and half years due to corruption and greed of the former rulers and its cost of construction has increased from Rs.22 billion to Rs.57 billion. He said that the Chinese company has again been invited to resume work on Nandipur Power project and its officials visited Pakistan recently. He said that PML-N government is taking revolutionary measures for overcoming energy crisis.
SC gives 10-day From Page 1 purchased without carrying out audit and lawful investigation. He further stated that currently there was a total of Rs. 34.387 billion of investment by the EOBI adding that properties were also purchased during the Zaffar Gondal’s regime. The Secretary further stated that the government had no funding in the EOBI and it works at its own. The Chief Justice remarked that Rs 250 million had been spent to purchase a plot sizing 3 kanal 16 marlas. Director Investment responded that the EOBI gave an advertisement for the purpose thus it was not un-lawful. Director General FIA apprised to the bench that the agency had total 11 cases at its disposal and out of them investigation had started on two of them. He further stated that as many as three culprits had been arrested by the FIA while two others were on bail involved in the scam. The bench directed the FIA to complete its investigation within ten days and present a detailed report during the next date of hearing and adjourned the case till July 12.—APP
Scotland Yard From Page 1 Hussain and his relatives homes. The sources said that London police had compiled a report based on solid evidences against Altaf Hussain and sent it to Crown Prosecution Service. The Crown Prosecution Service is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. Police sources added “MQM chief will be part of interrogative process after governmental lawyers response.” Two former leaders of the political party provided firm proofs to London police which helped the officials in investigations. Police officials also claimed that amount of more than one million pounds were recovered during the raid. London Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Services will present progress report on Imran Farooq murder case before British Home Secretary. Crown Prosecution Services will hold a special session with the top police officials before meeting the home secretary. Earlier, Chief of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain voluntarily stepped down from his post on June 30 after the raid conducted by London police on his residence but rejoined his post after 6 hours —INP
PTI fields From Back Page Mianwali’s seat has been vacated by Imran Khan while NA-48 had been won by Javed Hashmi. The PTI sources said that Noor Hayat Kalyar has been awarded the party ticket for NA68 Sargodha while Liaquat Ranjha has been nominated for PP-118 Mandi Bahauddin. The board also awarded tickets to Gul Bacha Khan for NA-1 Peshawar, Dr Imran Khattak for NA-5 Nowshera, Dawar Kundi for NA-24 Tank, Umar Farooq for PK-23 Mardan, Engineer Adil for PK-27 Mardan, and Malik Adnan for PK-70 Bannu. The PTI would also support the brother of late Farid Khan from PK-42 Hangu. Meanwhile, the PTI chief has constituted a review commission to conduct a comprehensive enquiry into the allegations of misconduct and malpractice/corruption during the ticket awarding process for candidates in Punjab. The commission will also examine the candidate evaluation procedures and suggest ways and means to improve them. The review commission is also tasked to look into various causes which adversely affected the party’s performance during the general elections and make necessary recommendations in this respect.—APP
event Theft of gas at massive scale Kashmir From Back Page
Plug leakages, cater to transport, IPPs, fertilizer AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—Government should focus on eliminating the Unaccounted for Gas (UFG) which constitute to around 12% of the total 4.3 billion cubic feet (BCFD) gas production of the country. Every year around 516 MMCFD gas out of total 4.3 BCFD is stolen by different sectors and gas theft has increased substantially after the mushroom growth of CNG sector in the country. If the government curtails/minimizes these gas losses, the current gas crisis can be brought under control without reducing supplies to any sector at all. The ‘system inefficiencies’ in SNGPL and SSGC distribution networks are the crux of the problem and have never been addressed properly. Sources said that government should carry out energy efficiency audit across the board to audit every single sector of economy using natural gas including the domestic consumers who waste lot of gas using inefficient equipments. Fertilizer industry sector is the ‘most energy efficient in comparison to others which include power sector (Including Government operated Power Generation Companies Genco’s, IPPs etc), industries and CNG sector. At this stage Government should focus on cost benefit analysis of using gas for different sectors of economy. Enhancing energy efficiencies of different sector is a medium to long term initiative which requires substantial investments and incentives at the policy level with clear and tangible benefits to those who comply and penalties on those who don’t, sources
added. Fertilizer industry sources while quoting a comprehensive research report prepared by International Resources Group for the Asian Development Bank and the Ministry of Planning and Development Government of Pakistan informed that, “The System Level Economic Valuation indicates that reducing gas to the fertiliser sector costs the economy Rs196 million per mmscfd, while increasing gas to the power sector costs the economy Rs98 million per mmscfd,”. The plant level comparison between fertilizer and power plants show that using 100 mmcfd for fertiliser saves Rs29.4 billion compared to fertiliser imports, while replacing 100 mmcfd for power saves Rs6.4 billion compared to heavy fuel oil imports. Thus, using natural gas for fertiliser has a higher savings relative to using it for power generation by Rs23 billion. This compares well with the value from the economic model, which for use of 100 mmcfd in the fertiliser sector gives a net benefit of Rs19.6 billion. Sources said that the team working on the report applied two approaches: an energy system economic analysis, and a plant-level comparison. Both approaches gave a similar result, which is that natural gas has a higher economic value for fertilizer production. The energy systems analysis shows that reducing gas to fertilizer and increasing gas to power both increase energy system costs. The plantlevel analysis shows that importing fertilizer has a greater economic cost than that of importing heavy fuel oil for power generation.
believe Britain to be a politicomoral party in this unyielding dispute when the British left Jammu and Kashmir in limbo. Pakistan had acquired sovereignty over J&K state via standstill agreement signed between Maharaja Hari Singh and Pakistan government on August 12/15. It was under this accord that Pakistan flags flew atop principal building in Jammu and Kashmir – including post offices and telegraph offices on the birth day of Pakistan. It was exactly after two months 26 days that Hindustan landed her aggressive troops at Srinagar on October 27, 1947 and raced to the UN Security Council to lodge a complaint against Pakistan with having a reference to that landmark standstill agreement between the last ruler of Kashmir and Pakistan government.
Cut in number From Back Page The Embassy would also like to make it clear that present project of expansion of the Haram Sharif in Makkah will increase the available space by 400,000 square meters to accommodate two Million and two hundred thousand worshippers. With regard to expansion of space for Tawaf, it earlier accommodated 44,000 pilgrims per hour, and after completion of the expansion project, will accommodate more than 130,000 pilgrims per hour at all stories and rooftop. The decision by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to decrease the number of pilgrims was welcomed by a number of Muslim countries and religious leaders in the Muslim world. Because these expansion projects for the Two Holy Mosques and the Tawaf space, the biggest ever in the history, are time-restricted which will be completed within three years.
Implementing laws for Power-share From Page 1 protection, dev of forests the Afghan-Pakistan relationship STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Forests, Wildlife & Fisheries, Malik Asif Bha Awan has said that every possible step would be taken for implementing laws for the protection and development of forests. He directed that immediate and strict action should be ensured against the persons involved in wood theft by taking tough decisions. He said that according to the vision of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Forests Department would be further strengthened and activated so that dream of green Punjab could be materialized. He directed Forests officers to formulate comprehensive recom-
mendations for making monsoon tree plantation campaign a success. He expressed these views while presiding over the meeting of the officers of Forests Department here today. Additional Secretary Forests, Chief Conservator Punjab, all divisional and district forests officers attended the meeting. Addressing the meeting, Provincial Forests Minister said that joint efforts should be made for checking the wood theft from government forests. He directed that action should be taken against all officers and officials responsible of the destruction of forests. He stressed the need for practical steps for controlling the destruction of forests.
as well as peace talks with the Taliban had failed before he had even arrived. “We believe this federalism is a means for the Pakistanis to achieve what they could not achieve through their proxy (the Taliban) on the battlefield,” Ahmadi said. In Islamabad, Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman Aizaz Chaudry denied any suggestion of ceding territory had been made during the meeting. “It was a courtesy call during which the adviser and ambassador also discussed bilateral relations. No reference was made to ceding of provinces to Taliban,” Chaudhry told Reuters. Pakistan was not immediately able to comment on what was said by Aziz or its view of Ahmadi’s assertions.—Reuters
Saudi Arabia undertakes expansion of Haram Sharif
Cut in pilgrims number to ensure safety OBSERVER REPORT
Four killed in Karachi KARACHI—Four people were killed in periodic violence in different parts of Karachi on Monday as paramilitary Rangers continued their operation against criminal elements. Officials said the firing incidents took place in Kasba Colony, Baldia Town, Sohrab Goath and Agra Taaj areas where armed attackers shot dead four people. Three of them were killed within an hour on Monday morning. Meanwhile, Rangers carried out their crackdown in Ittehad Town. Officials said over 1500 soldiers, including women personnel took part in the ‘targeted operation’, searching suspected houses and arresting dozens of people.—NNI
Consultation over women concerns LAHORE—A two-day national consultation on women, peace and security in Pakistan will begin at a hotel on Wednesday. The consultation is being organized to address concerns of women and girls in post-conflict and disaster situations and to ensure participation of women in all stages of peace building and post-disaster relief and rehabilitation. Discussions and suggestions from the consultation will feed into a national report on current perception of women’s role in peace and conflict situations and promote suggestions to increase their participation in decision making. Advocacy and Communications is organizing the event.—APP
Students visit Oxford University L AHORE —The 40-member delegation of position holding male and female students which is on a study tour of renowned foreign universities visited Oxford University Monday and saw its various sections. Director South Asian Studies Oxford University Dr. Mathew Mcartney gave a lecture to the position-holder students and informed them about the history and admission procedure of the university. Talking on the occasion, Dr. Mathew Mcartney said that sending of merit scholars to renowned universities of the world by Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif is a commendable step and he has proved to be an education-friendly Chief Minister. The students are in UK on a study tour in accordance with the education friendly policy of the Punjab government.—INP
CM orders free treatment Staff Reporter LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, on the appeal of a woman of Makka Colony Lahore who lost her eyesight due to torture by her husband, Monday directed to provide her free treatment. He directed Provincial Health Minister and Secretary Health to ensure free treatment of the women in government hospital.
ISLAMABAD—In response to what appeared in the newspapers and the media about regulation of the number of pilgrims, the Information Section of the Saudi Arabian embassy has clarified the position of the Kindon in a statement issued by the embassy says. As the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is keenly dedicated to the security, safety and relief of the pilgrims and making sure that they perform their Hajj rituals with ease, comfort, QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch talking to relatives of injured persons of Saturday’s suicide serenity and security, it has attack in Hazara Town at CMH. kept on year after year increasing the services and facilities and expanding both Mosques in Makkah Mukamma and Madina as well as the space for Tawaf at the Haram Muawara Sharif. In this context, the decision was made to regulate the matter. The Lyari protestors led by rally. IRFAN ALIGI Some of the protestors also PPPP MPA Samina Naz Baloch, ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI— number of pilgrims this year KARACHI—The mercury had held weapons in their hands. Javed Nagori and Abdul Qadir The Governments of Pakistan by 20% to overseas pilgrims soared to its apex on Monday but Rangers was missing from the Patel had held dialogue with the and India on Monday exchanged and 50% for the internal pilthe city was lucky to see the tem- scene while Police alone had cor- district South Deputy Commis- lists of prisoners lodged in each perature cooled down. This was doned off the protestors from en- sioner Mustafa Jamal Qazi and other’s respective jails. According to the Consular only because the protest rally was tering the venues toward Sindh handed him a memorandum over produced by the lawmakers of the Chief Minister and Sindh Gover- the extra-judicial murder of boxer Agreement signed between the ruling political party, the Pakistan nor Houses located in red zone. Saquib. The memorandum stated two countries in May 2008, lists People’s Party Parliamentarian The PPPP lawmakers and the train that the workers of PPPP were of prisoners are to be exchanged (PPPP). of protestors wanted to reach the being murdered without giving twice a year: on January 1st and The PPPP lawmakers along Jinnah Court, the headquarters of them the right of fair trial in any July 1st respectively. Consistent with the proviwith hundreds of protestors be- Sindh Rangers. court of law in case they had any sions of this Agreement, the LAHORE—Federal Minister for longing to gang war crime-hit A day earlier, PPPP Karachi charge of crime. They demanded Lyari gathered at the city’s finan- Divisional President Abdul Qadir the government of taking indis- Foreign Office handed over to Railway Khawaja Saad Rafique cial avenue, I I Chundrigar Road Patel had in a press conference criminate action against the crimi- the Indian High Commission in has said that Vigilance cell is protesting against the extra-judi- alleged the Rangers of murdering nals. Rangers should review its Islamabad, a list of 491 Indian being set up to avert corruption cial murder of boxer Saquib. boxer Saquib extra-judicially. policy and pattern of investigation prisoners lodged in Pakistani and such strategy will be Eminent social worker, Abdul However, the Rangers or Sindh and that they would record their jails. planned that no one can dare to A similar list of 386 Paki- commit corruption again. Sattar Edhi also joined the protest Government did not speak on that protest on all forums available. stani prisoners was also handed Talking to media on Monover to the Pakistan High Com- day here he said that work has mission in New Delhi by the In- been started in railway on emerdian Ministry of External Af- gency basis and 2/3 of trains will fairs. be functional in next five years. Upon receipt of these lists, Target has been given to railway the respective Interior/Home authorities to run 4 big trains Tez and does not fall under the um- ministries consult the provin- Gam, Kuraquram, Quetta and OBSERVER REPORT cial home departments and jail Karachi up to July 2013. HAMEED SHAHEEN brella of PEPCO. ISLAMABAD—Three member “Purchasing of train engines He further said that PEPCO authorities to ascertain how ISLAMABAD—An interactive bench of the Supreme Court on had an agreement of providing many of the prisoners are com- and maintenance of railway event on Kashmir saga is be- Monday sought a report over the 650 Megawatts to KESC while pleting their jail term. tracks would be the top prioriing held in the House of Com- payments released to the inde- rest of the electricity was gen- Accordingly, upon completion ties. I am in favor of public-primons, UK, on July 8, 2013 pendent power producers during erated by the KESC by itself of the jail terms these prison- vate partnership but it does not with Kashmiri and British the hearing over the suo moto adding that the KESC also had ers are released. mean that other party will is alThe government of Paki- lowed to digest everything”, he leaders updating one another notice taken of prolonged and as many as three Independent of the latest geo-political graph un-announced loadhedding in Power Plants working for the stan views the issue of prison- said ers as a humanitarian one and of Jammu and Kashmir. the country. generation of electricity. Britain behind the curtain A three-member bench of “If KESC is generating to continues to make efforts for has been very active in induct- the apex court comprising of meet its demand, this is com- their release as soon as their ing facilitation of Kashmiris Chief Justice Iftikhar mendable,” the Chief Justice prison sentence has been completed. —APP for crossing line of divide Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice remarked. freely with other necessary Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and JusHowever, the bench issued safeguards. tice Gulzar Ahmed heard the notice to the Chief Executive Kashmiris too have been case . Officer KESC to present report demanding full freedom to During the hearing, the chief regarding the supply, generation ISLAMABAD—In view of the gas them to cross the ‘technical’ justice remarked that despite the and demand of electricity for crisis and rising incidents of CNG dividing line since long. release of payment made by the Karachi. Meanwhile, the bench cylinder blasts, the Oil and Gas Kashmiris with stage-to- government to IPPs there was no noted that there was a dire need PESHAWAR—Two police con- Regulatory Authority (Ogra) has stage background knowledge significant change in the supply to overcome the power theft in stables were gunned down at decided to launch a drive to wipe of the state are participating in of electricity. On a bench’s query many areas of the country. The Ring Road in the Pishtakhara out hundreds of CNG stations the House of Commons event regarding the supply and de- bench remarked that those who police station jurisdiction on operating in residential areas. which may form some ‘solid mand of electricity to the port pay their bills regularly should Monday afternoon. Police said At present, over 3,000 CNG basis’ for future talks between city of Karachi, Managing Di- not suffer because of electricity that members of the special po- stations are operating in the counPakistan and Hindustan on rector Pakistan Electric Power and gas thieves. lice forces Constable Osman try and majority of them are loKashmir and dossier for inter- Company Zargham Ishaq Khan Later, the bench summoned and Constable Subhanullah cated in residential areas. national community. apprised the bench that Karachi chief secretaries of all the four were on duty on Ring Road Sources said that the regulaA majority of Kashmiris Electric Supply Corporation was provinces, finance secretary and when terrorists riding a motor- tor would serve notices on resicycle attacked them.—INP an independent private company the CEO of KESC. dential areas’ CNG stations MonContinued on Page 6
Lyarites protest against killing of boxer Saquib
grims. The decision aimed at protecting the lives of Muslim souls in the Haram Sharif. No doubt that density of the expected number of pilgrims will cause to delay execution of the expansion projects of services and facilities, in addition to the
Continued on Page 6
Pakistan, India exchange lists of prisoners
Saad announces to set ‘Vigilance Cell’ in PR
Kashmir event in House of Commons
hazards that crowding will entail for the pilgrims. The sole objective of the decision is safety of pilgrims from all hazards and to cater for the needs of increasing number of pilgrims in the years to come.
CJ questions loadshedding despite payment to IPPs
Two cops gunned down
Saad Rafique stated that major reshuffling of the officers holding key posts is being done in different sections of the department and no political pressure will be acknowledged in this regard. “I have felt that after taking charge and studying about railway that railway could be made better and profitable department. For this faithful, hard working and capable officers and workers are needed and there is no lackness of such staff in department”, he added. He said that in every section professionals would be appointed and for transfers and posting only merit would be followed. A 5-year plan will be made for railway, which will be monitored annually according to its targets..—Online
PTI fields Asad, Ayla for by-polls ISLAMABAD—The parliamentary board of Pakistan Tehrik-iInsaf has finalised the party’s electoral candidates for the upcoming by-polls to be held across the country on August 22. PTI Chairman Imran Khan chaired the parliamentary board meeting held in here on Monday. PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, President Javed Hashmi, Secretary General Pervez Khattak, Additional Secretary General Saifullah Khan Niazi, KP President Asad Qaisar and Punjab President Ijaz Chaudhry also attended the meeting. The parliamentary board decided to field senior party leaders Asad Umar and Ayla Malik as the party’s candidates for the upcoming by-elections to be held in NA-48 Islamabad and NA-71 Mianwali.
Continued on Page 6
OGRA to remove CNG stations operating in residential areas day (today) – a move that would lead to closure of these CNG stations across the country. Ogra would issue notices to CNG stations near mosques, schools and hospitals in residential areas and seek explanations as to under which policy these outlets were established and what measures they had taken to ensure safety of the people living around. The sources said Ogra had decided to suspend the licences of these stations if they failed to satisfy the
authority. Ogra has already directed all transport authorities to launch a crackdown on vehicles fitted with uncertified CNG or LPG cylinders. In May Ogra imposed a ban on vehicles in which CNG cylinders were fitted beneath the seats and disconnected gas connections of 22 CNG filling stations on charges of violation. However this ban did not apply on vehicles with CNG cylinders fitted on roofs.—INP
European anger over US spying clouds trade talks In Berlin, a spokesman for ported by The Associated Press. The anger overshadowed efmany, Steffen Seibert, echoed Mr. forts by Secretary of State John Hollande’s anger over the eaves- Kerry to play down concerns dropping. “We’re not in the cold about American surveillance, tellwar anymore,” he told reporters. ing reporters at a conference of Mr. Hollande hinted that talks Southeast Asian nations in Brunei on a new trans-Atlantic trade pact, on Monday that “every country in scheduled to start next week, the world” involved in internashould be delayed until questions tional affairs engages in activities over the spying issue were re- to protect its national security. solved. “We can only have negoThe latest accusations surtiations, transactions, in all areas faced in the online edition of the once we have obtained these guar- German newsmagazine Der antees for France, but that goes for Spiegel, which reported on Satthe whole European Union, and I urday that American agencies had would say for all partners of the monitored the offices of the EuUnited States,” he said, according ropean Union in New York and to a translation of his remarks re- Washington. Der Spiegel said in-
L ONDON —The leaders of Chancellor Angela Merkel of GerFrance and Germany added their voices on Monday to the growing outrage over reports that the United States has been spying on its European Union allies, raising new suggestions that talks on a new trans-Atlantic trade agreement may be at risk. President François Hollande of France issued some of the harshest language from a European leader, telling reporters during a visit in northwestern France that “we cannot accept this kind of behavior between partners and allies.” He said the spying should “immediately stop.”
formation about the spying appeared in documents that were obtained by Edward J. Snowden, the former American intelligence contractor, and were seen in part by the magazine. On Sunday, the online edition of The Guardian in Britain reported additional details about the surveillance program. The newspaper said that one document it had obtained listed 38 embassies and diplomatic missions in Washington and New York, describing them as “targets.” It detailed a broad range of spying methods used against one, including bugs implanted in electronic communications gear and the collection
of transmissions using specialized antennas. The list of targets included the European Union’s missions and the French, Italian and Greek Embassies, as well as those of several other American allies, including India, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and Turkey, The Guardian reported. The reports came at a time when there was already considerable tension between the United States and its European allies over Mr. Snowden’s earlier revelations of apparent American spying on officials of allied governments and the gathering of data on electronic communications by millions of
people around the world. In the latest accusations, the documents seen by The Guardian suggest that the intent of the eavesdropping against the union’s office in Washington was to gather inside knowledge of policy differences on global issues and other potential disagreements among member countries, the newspaper said. Catherine Ashton, the union’s top foreign policy official, said in a written statement on Sunday that the union was seeking “urgent clarification of the veracity of and facts surrounding these allegations.” The president of the European Parliament, Martin
Schulz, said in a statement that he was “deeply worried and shocked.” He added, “If the allegations prove to be true, it would be an extremely serious matter, which will have a severe impact on E.U.U.S. relations.” The United States and the European Union are scheduled to complete talks on the trans-Atlantic trade agreement by November 2014. Those talks are threatened by the spying accusations, according to Viviane Reding, the European Union’s commissioner for justice.—NYT
Collapsible hampers pose eye risk for kids
OLLAPSIBLE laundry hampers with wire supports may pose a risk to children’s eyes, according to researchers who saw two related injuries within a year, both requiring surgery. Such hampers have an embedded stiff wire spring, which can be dangerous if the cloth frays and the wire becomes exposed, researchers said. “Parents should receive a warning of the risks of these hampers,” Dr. Iris Kassem from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her colleagues wrote Monday in Pediatrics. They describe the cases of two children who each had an eye punctured by one of those wires - an 11-yearold boy injured while putting clothes in a collapsible hamper and a 23-month-old girl. Both needed emergency surgery for cuts on their eyeballs. The older boy had a second surgery and now wears a contact lens, according to the study team. The younger girl developed a lazy eye but her vision returned to normal after wearing glasses and a patch for a year and a half. Dr. Michael Repka, a pediatric ophthalmology researcher at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, said he had not personally treated this type of injury, but sees how it could occur. “There are dangers in lots of products and I think it’s great they called attention
to this one, and certainly people ought to look at the design,” Repka, who wasn’t involved in the new study, told Reuters Health. “But it’s not isolated to wire hampers,” he added. “Wires from lots of products can hit kids in the eye.” Repka said it’s too early to draw conclusions about collapsible wire hampers based on these two cases - other than to say a wire that’s poking out at kids’ eye level is a hazard. A representative from Whitmor, which makes collapsible hampers, said no eye injuries have been reported to the company. “We’ve been on the market many, many years with these items … and never have we had a customer complain about anything, much less an injury,” Scott Felsenthal told Reuters Health. He said Whitmor’s pop-and-fold hampers come with a warning label and that the company will be looking into whether its collapsible hamper needs a warning label as well. Kassem said warning labels are “a good start,” but some hampers may require design changes as well. She recommended two precautions for parents. “One is to have the hamper in a safe location so children cannot be near or play around this product,” she told Reuters Health by email. “The second thing I suggest is to check the integrity of the hamper and if the fabric is frayed in any way, it needs to be thrown away.”
ISLAMABAD: Colourful trees add to the beauty of Islamabad.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir.
Nisar directs CDA to remove political banners, hoardings ISLAMABAD—Minister for In-
terior and Narcotics Control, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday directed Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Rawalpindi administration to immediately remove all political banners, hoardings and posters in Rawalpindi-Islamabad. In a statement issued here, he further directed that the task should be completed within next 48 hours. The Minister said their places of display should be used commercially to generate revenue for districts rather using these venues for political hoardings to attract the attention of important government functionaries. He said in future every effort should be made not to allow putting up of such banners except during the time of elecISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi tions.—APP in a meeting with Mustafa Babur Hizlan, Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan on Monday.
Footpaths: A nightmare in Islamabad ISLAMABAD—The menace of encroachments has increased on footpaths of various markets of the city due to augmented Ramzan related business activities thus putting the lives of the pedestrians at risk leaving no choice for the walkers but to walk on the road. While a survey conducted by APP from various markets of the city, a large number of footpaths have been heavily occupied by shopkeepers, vendors, stall holders, and other makeshift shops while a number of busy arteries
of the metropolis usually remained encroached upon by pushcarts selling fruit,vegetables and other eatables. A commuter Ali Ahmed said, all the footpaths from Lal Masjid to Aabpara bus stop could be seen occupied by the vendors forcing the visitors to force their way through a mass of stalls to the bazaars. A local group of people in Abpara Market said, “Despite repeated appeals to the concerned department to look into the matter, the officials have continuously ignored the problem,”
A female customer Hina in Karachi Company told that “As encroachers have taken away the footpath, it has become difficult for us to walk on it. Instead of walking on the footpath, people walk on roads thus increasing the risk of accidents,” A large number of stall holders have occupied even front way of various shops thus making the female customers very difficult to even enter into the shop. She added that it is being done with the connivance of shop owners as they receive rent from the stall holders.—APP
FIR registered against land grabbers
I SLAMABAD — Koral police Islamabad has registered a case against 10 persons for grabbing inherited land of a person in rural area of the city, police source said. According to details, Muhammad Sabir s/o Muhammad Sadiq has registered a complaint with Koral police station alleging ten persons for grabbing his inherited land forcibly in ‘Gangal Area of Islamabad. —APP
CDA chief annoyed over slow work on Kashmir Highway SHARAFAT KAZMI ISLAMABAD—Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA), Nadeem Hassan Asif expressed dissatisfaction and annoyance over the slow pace development work while paying a visit to Kashmir Highway to review the progress about the ongoing development work. Chairman CDA directed Member Engineering for completion of work on Kashmir Highway within three months. He also directed Member Engineering to chalk out a three months completion plan for this very important project immediately and ensure completion of construction work on Kashmir Highway with high quality and
international standard. During his visit to Kashmir Highway, Chairman CDA, Nadeem Hassan Asif directed the concerned officers of Engineering Wing to ensure proper arrangements of security at depressions located on the construction sites of highway. He also inspected various phases of Kashmir Highway; especially the sections of highway between Peshawar Morr and Toll Plaza and directed the concerned formation of the authority to use modern construction technology and ensure completion of work with best quality by introducing right construction regime. Later on, Chairman CDA, Nadeem Hassan Asif also vis-
ited Sector D-12. He expressed his dissatisfaction over the snail’s pace development work and directed the concerned formations of the authority to expedite the development work in Sector D-12 through joint and effective coordinated efforts among different directorates of CDA. He urged the concerned officers that further delay in development activities in Sector D-12 would not be tolerated at any cost. Chairman CDA, Nadeem Hassan Asif was accompanied with all the Members of CDA Boards and officers of concerned formations of the authority during his visit to Kashmir Highway and Sector D-12.
Judicial officers asked to apply ADR to reduce backlog STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD — Judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain Monday urged young judicial officers to apply mediation and other means of Alternative Dispute Resolution to ensure speedy justice and reduce backlog of cases. He expressed these views in the inaugural ceremony of weeklong orientation course on “New Laws inclusive of a twoday workshop on mediation as an ADR Mechanism “in collaboration with Karachi Centre for Dis-
pute Resolution (KCDR) for Civil Judges/Judicial Magistrates from all over Pakistan including Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Blatistan here in the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA). He said, “Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms may be new to the western world but these mechanisms are deep- rooted in our society and culture. Various informal means are used by the elders and the notables in the rural areas of Pakistan to settle the disputes.” He said “Panchayat system”
3 JULY RAWALPINDI Arts Council will hold a photography exhibition by Mona Fazal today (Tuesday) at 3 pm. The exhibition will be held at RAC art gallery. The exhibition will go on till 4th July 2013.
***** L ITERARY organization, Bazm-e-Akbar Allah Abadi in collaboration with Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) would arrange a launching ceremony of a book “Babu Nagar” by well known humorist poet Hussain Ahmed Shirazi on July 3. The event would be held at Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL), Islamabad.
has been at work in various parts of Pakistan but unfortunately this system has been ruthlessly misused. At some places, the poor and the vulnerable people have become the victim of this system and more strong and more influential people have remained above this system. Referring to the glorious Surah An- Nisa of the Holy Quran , he said, “Islam recognizes mediation between the husband and wife in a conflicting situation in order to restore peace. This lengthy Surah relates to legal aspect of “reconciliation between husband and wife.”
Olson stresses stability in Pakistan, Afghanistan ISLAMABAD—United States Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson on Monday said the past Soviet mistake of leaving Afghanistan without rehabilitating the local population should not be repeated in future. He was addressing at a launching ceremony of The Talloires Network at National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and a seminar on Pak-US Higher Education Initiative on Civic Engagement sponsored by Innovations in Civic Participation and US State Department. He said the defunct Soviet Union had withdrawn from Afghanistan in early eighties without completing the rehabilitation of local population which was a mistake and should be avoided. The ambassador said “Pakistan has suffered a major challenge of Afghan refugees since long which ultimately has
burdened its socio-economic fabric and created instability in the region” he said. The US government acknowledges the sacrifices of Pakistan for peace of the region and would support stability in Pakistan and rehabilitation of Afghan people. About the project of linking of Pak-US top universities, the ambassador said “Today we celebrate the culmination of a project linking top Pakistani universities with top U.S. universities for the purpose of strengthening civic engagement in higher education”. “Beyond its educational benefits, inculcating the value of service in the next generation has the power to change lives and change nations,” he observed. Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal said the aspect of community building and rehabilitation was neglected during the process of withdrawal of Russian forces
from Afghanistan which brought huge devastation to the region. At that time, he said the weaponised people should have been given proper training and counseling, bringing them into healthy sphere of life. Now the aspect of community building and rehabilitation of the people must be given importance in wake of withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in 2014, he said. He said that peace in Afghanistan was need of hours for stability in the whole region and both the countries of Pakistan and United States must continue joint efforts to establish peace in the region. Ahsan Iqbal stressed on the importance of modern education for the development of country and he appreciated the joint efforts of Pakistan and United States for the promotion of education in Pakistan. He said cooperation between Higher Education Com-
mission (HEC) and USAID The minister lauded the ini- the US universities for collabo- nity service, civic engagement would open new vistas of devel- tiative in which five Pakistani rating to share knowledge and and service learning. opment. He reiterated the present’ Universities were twinned with experiences regarding commugovernment commitment toward prioritizing education and youth empowerment. Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Zahid Hamid, as a chief guest, commended the noble purpose of the initiative and appreciated roles of sponsors, ten twinned universities and that of NUST for spearheading that programme on behalf of Pakistani universities. He reassured the vice chancellors and rectors of the universities that the government would provide maximum support to the cause of higher education in the country. He highlighted that promotion of science and technology in the country was a priority focus of his ministry and the government. Chairperson HEC Dr ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador Richard Olson greets Dr Masood Hameed Khan, Dean of Javaid R Laghari said HEC has DOW Medical University Karachi at the July 1 Civic engagement celebration at the Na- paid special focus over Quality tional University of Science and Technology.
Teaching and Research and as a result faculty and universities have excelled a lot. He said “Our research has increased by 50% just in the last two years, and the universities are now publishing over 7000 papers annually. This was recognized by Scimago as the second largest increase worldwide and Pakistani universities are among the top 7 universities in Asia as ranked in QS World University Rankings 2013, which includes NUST. Executive Director Tallories Network, Robert Hollister and ICP Founding Director Susan Stroud enlarged upon the goals of respective programmes and commended the NUST role as the lead university from the country. The US-Pakistan Higher Education Initiative on Civic Engagement supported by a $500,000 grant from the US government and implemented by National University of Science and Technology.—APP
India, Pakistan LNG supply deal almost done
Briefs Textile city in Karachi soon: Kamran ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michal has said that a plan is being prepared to establish a textile city in Karachi area to boost business activity and economy.He said a piece of land had been acquired to set up the textile city in Karachi a business hub of the country. He said Ports and Shipping were important sectors which can be improved with better management and efficient staff to generate good revenue. Talking to Pakistan Television channel, he said that foreign investors would be called in this region with conducive environment facility.He said that all important steps would be taken to revive the economy under the dynamic leadership and great vision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.He said that prime minister Nawaz Sharif wanted to bring improvement in all fields of life and make this country an “Asian Tiger” during his period of tenure. He said that Pakistan is rich in natural resources which can be utilized in a proper manner to achieve progress and prosperity for the people of the region.Replying to a question, he said that Pakistan wanted to boost business relations with Sri Lanka and India besides other regional countries. He said that China will develop Gawadar Port to bring economic prosperity for the people of Pakistan.The minister said that Pakistan will provide security to the foreigners who are engaged in the development projects.— APP
World Cooperatives on Day July 6
NEW DELHI—India and Pakistan are close to signing the first ever bilateral agreement to supply LNG via a 120-kilometre pipeline from Jalandhar to Jallo near Lahore via Wagah border, Hindustan Times reported. The paper said that the period of agreement is expected to be five years where India will supply 5 million cubic metres of gas daily to Pakistan. The pipeline project is expected to take about 18 months during which GAIL will lay a 110-km pipeline from Jalandhar to Wagah via Amritsar and Pakistani Inter State Gas Services Company will lay a 10-km pipeWalid Irshaid, President & CEO PTCL and other senior officials celebrate 100,000 Broadband customers mark in Islamabad line from Wagah to Jallo, on the Region.
US keen to strengthen trade,economic ties have materialized from an in- achieve international certifica- with Pakistan: Nina tensive identification process, tions, such as Global G.A.P
USAID continues to supporting market linkages for mango growers TARIQ KHATTAK
and participation at international events such as the Fruit Logistica in Berlin. We are expecting our partner SME farms to generate USD 6.8 million in revenues from these shipments this summer,” said a project representative. These are in addition to the USAID assisted shipments, worth USD 0.12 million, which were sent to the EU earlier in the month of June. These shipments are a direct result of USAID’s support to the mango SMEs in establishing on-farm processing facilities, provision of technical trainings and helping them
EXPO Pak 2013 launched in Colombo
ISLAMABAD—The United Na- ISLAMABAD—The High Com- Colombo here. tions’ (UN) International Day of Cooperatives will be observed on 6 July to increase awareness of co-operatives and promote the movement’s successes and ideals of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and world peace In 1994 the United Nations recognized and reaffirmed that cooperatives were vital in the world’s economic, social and cultural development. They help create new ethics and values in business and economics. On December 16, 1992, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed “the first Saturday of July 1995 to be International Day of Cooperatives, marking the centenary of the establishment of the International Cooperative Alliance.” This year’s theme “Cooperative enterprise remains strong in times of crisis” links to the global economic crisis and how many co-operatives are resilien.—APP
requisite for exporting to the global market. USAID’s strategic interventions in supporting Pakistan’s mango sector have increased the overall sales and export revenue by USD 20.5 million since its inception in 2009. The USAID supported SME mango farms exported USD 5.8 million worth of mangos in 2012 that represents a 107 percent increase from the previous year and 488 percent increase from the baseline year of 2009. These interventions have also provided employment to more than 2,500 people.
mission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka in association with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), formally has launched the EXPO Pakistan 2013- Opportunities Unlimited on 24 June, 2013 in Colombo. Minister for Industries and Commerce of Sri Lanka, Rishad Bathiuddin graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and jointly inaugurated the event, with the High Commissioner of Pakistan, Maj Gen (R) Qasim Qureshi, saus a message received from
Chairman Export Development Board of Sri Lanka, Bandula Egodage, representatives of the main chambers of Sri Lanka i.e. Ceylon Chambers, National Chambers of Industries, Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Women Chamber of Sri Lanka and the members of Sri Lanka-Pakistan Business Council, along with major business houses such as Aitkens Spence, Ceylon Biscuit Limited, Akbar brothers, Calico, CW Mackie, Haleys, Macksons,
Eswaran Brothers, Packages Lanka, Hands Logistics and Tunip Lanka attended the ceremony. The Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan gave detailed presentation on the EXPO Pakistan 2013, its history, concept, features and the logistics pertaining to the event. High Commissioner of Pakistan, Maj Gen (R) Qasim Qureshi, in his address said that the economic diplomacy is the primary focus of the new Government in Pakistan.
Samsung launches smart TVs OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—Samsung Electronics, a market leader and awardwinning innovator in the electronics industry, officially announced the launch of its new F Series Smart Televisions for 2013 in Pakistan, which is de-
signed to completely transform Home-Entertainment concepts in an event held in PC, Lahore. Mr. John Park, MD Samsung Pakistan and Mr. HD Lee, Business Manager Consumer Electronics Samsung Electronics Pakistan were present on the occasion.
Speaking at a press conference, Samsung Pakistan’s Managing Director John Park said, “The ethos behind the new series is Samsung’s belief that the television is not only the center of the living room, but also the center of a modern day user’s life.
keen to strengthen trade and economic ties with Pakistan in all sectors of the economy and is taking all possible measures to achieve the goal . US Consul General, Nina Maria Fite said this while talking to the member of Executive Committee of Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) chaired by Muhammad Khan Sadozai here on Monday. She appreciated continuity of the democratic process in Pakistan and hoped that the new government would work on economic challenges more enthusiastically She said that volume of trade between US and Pakistan had increased to 6 million dollar and it was helping Pakistan in energy sector and taking farreaching steps to minimise the line losses in distribution companies. She said that the Pakistani businessmen should avail opportunities available under US GSP Scheme. She said that there are a lot many opportunities for Pakistani businessmen in the US market therefore they should visit their counterparts to get benefit of them. The MCCI President said that US investment in livestock, agriculture mineral and mines sectors could be of great benefit to US investors. The MCCI president said that if US enhances the scope of Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) scheme to most of our textile products that would help in further improving Pakistan’s exports to US.—APP
Symposium for businesswomen held ISLAMABAD—The US-Pakistan Women’s Council in collaboration with Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry and US Embassy organized a symposium at ICCI to discuss business opportunities for women entrepreneurs in textile and fashion sector. Addressing the symposium, Sarah Peck, Executive Director, US-Pakistan Women’s Council said that US-Pakistan Women’s Council was launched in September 2012 by USA to promote economic opportunities for women in Pakistan.We are working in collaboration with Pakistani and US businesses.—APP
Any business arrangement that is not profitable to the other fellow will in the end prove unprofitable to you. The bargain that yields mutual satisfaction is the only one that is apt to be repeated. — B. C. Forbes
to start two years from the day the agreement is inked. GAIL wants an international bank or sovereign guarantee from Pakistan to ensure security of its payments with a three-month advance and easy closure of contract incorporated in the terms of agreement. “Given the delicate relationship between the two countries, GAIL wants the immediate closure built into the gas supply contract. We expect the contract to go through as Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif is pushing for gas supply with his brother Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,” a senior official told the newspaper.—INP
Law, order threatens trade and industry
AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI
—The trade and in-
ISLAMABAD—The U.S. con- creation of market linkages, and HACCP, which are a pre- MULTAN—The United States is dustry seriously disturbed by ristinues to support Sindh mango growers through U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as farmers send another round of shipments of popular Sindhri mangoes, worth USD 0.25 million, to the Netherlands, United Kingdom (UK) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). A total of 13 consignments, carrying 106 tons of Sindhri mangoes were shipped to the buyers that include Univeg, Special Fruit, and Fair Fruit in the European Union (EU) and KSA. “Shipments of premium quality mangoes sent to highend European and UK markets
outskirts of Lahore. External affairs ministry sources told the newspaper that the agreement will be finalised between the two companies after negotiations on gas price and security of payments are concluded. While India wants to supply gas at a price linked with crude prices plus a fixed component that includes transportation tariff, state tax, VAT and services tax, Pakistan wants the tax component to be deducted as gas supply is a deemed export. The Indian petroleum ministry has now approached the finance ministry to seek tax exemption for gas supply to Pakistan. The gas supply is expected
ing street crime and law and order has invited attention of the government to control the law breakers operating in a free for all like situation distracting the smooth functioning of the industry. Chairman Korangi Association of Trade and Industry, Mohammad Zubair Chhaya, President, All Karachi Industrial Alliance, Mian Zahid Hussain, and Vice Chairmen, Najmul Arfeen and Niaz Ahmed has shown their concern on targeting businessmen and industrialist of Karachi in broad day light
but law enforcing agencies are failed to curb these incidents. They condemned the incidents of firing and snatching of mobile and other valuable from sons of Mian Zahid Hussain S.M.Muneer said that unscrupulous persons are creating atmosphere of panic and confusion among the industrialists.He demanded Sindh Government to control the criminal elements or take help from federal government, otherwise, businessmen and industrialists of Karachi will consider to close the business activities in Karachi. Chairman KATI, Mohammad Zubair Chhaya said that there are incidents frequently happened in Karachi
and several incidents occurred in Korangi Industrial Area in the last few days. Mian Zahid Hussain said that criminal elements and extortionists are trying to paralyze businessmen and factory owners due to which business activities are badly suffered. He further said that on Saturday, some scrupulous persons has fired and snatched mobile from his sons and we realized that these criminal elements are freely deteriorating the law and order of the city. He said that government should take notice of these incidents and ensure the security of life of industrials and the people.
Rehman appointed CEO Engro Foods SHARAFAT KAZMI ISLAMABAD —The Board of Directors of, Engro Foods today announced the appointment of Sarfaraz A. Rehman as CEO Engro Foods with immediate effect. Rehman takes overresponsibilityfrom outgoing CEO, Afnan Ahsan, who has served Engro Foods for almost 2 years. During his tenure as CEO of Engro Foods, Afnan provided leadership for bolder and out of box innovations that further reinforced the image of the Company as a premier home-grown, multinational foods company of Pakistan. Throughout his time with Engro Foods, the Company de-
livered innovative marketing communications and for the first time introduced its corporate philosophy under a unified theme titled “Khud Pakistan”. Afnan also provided leadership for the launch of Dairy Omung and OmungLassi now successful Engro Foods brands, along with promoting the Al-Safa Halal line to further penetrate the North American and Canadian markets with wholesome and nutritious halal food products. Under his able leadership, Engro Foods was also listed amongst the winners of the prestigious G-20 Challenge on Inclusive Business Innovation - a global competition managed by International Fi-
nance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. The recognition at this G-20 Summit stemmed from Company’s commitment to pioneering innovative business models that have positively impacted the marginalized communities of Pakistan. Afnan’s guidance and business acumen is widely reflected in the bottom line profitability of the Company which crossed the billion-rupee mark under his leadership in 2012.The incoming CEO Sarfaraz Rehman is a Chartered Accountant by qualification and has over 29 years of experience in the FMCG and Healthcare industry.
Pakistani diaspora’s much needed role in economic development highlighted ISLAMABAD—Pakistan’s ambassador to Germany Abdul Basit Monday said the newly elected government wanted to work with overseas Pakistanis to bring the country out of current economic crisis through investments, exports and formal transaction of remittances. The ambassador was speaking at the conference on ‘The role of overseas Pakistanis in the economic development of Pakistan’ held in Frankfurt, Germany. The conference was attended by over 60 prominent Pakistani business community members in Frankfurt and surrounding areas, says a message received here from Germany. The Ambassador briefed the conference about the steps being taken by the government to put the
country’s economy back on track. He mentioned the steps to deal with energy problem on warfooting through a comprehensive energy policy and rectification of losses being suffered by the public sector enterprises to turn these into profit-making organizations. Ambassador Basit said there would be many more incentives for overseas Pakistanis and the investment environment would improve in the country soon. The conference decided to hold such events throughout Germany to create awareness among overseas Pakistanis and to mobilize them to invest in Pakistan and create win-win situations. It was agreed to establish a permanent platform of Pakistani business community in Germany
to ensure regular interaction and implementation of specific proposals. During the Conference, presentations were made by Commercial Counsellors Hassan Yousufzai and Irfa Iqbal on investment opportunities in Pakistan. Businessmen Mir Sikandar Kohler and Sajjad Naqvi narrated their positive investment experiences in Pakistan. The participants were briefed in detail of the rules and regulations as well as incentives in specific sectors of the economy.Four sectors namely power, Information Technology, infrastructure and agriculture and agro-based industry were identified as highly lucrative for investments in Pakistan. Consul General Dr. Imtiaz A. Kazi also attended the Conference.—APP
Pak-India tycoons commit to normalizing bilateral trade HAMID SHAHEEN I S L A M A B A D —Prominent Businessmen from Pakistan and India made a commitment, Saturday to work among themselves and through their respective governments for normalizing Pakistan India trade. This declaration was made at the concluding session of the 1st meeting of the Pakistan India Joint Business Forum (PIJBF). The Forum which comprises 15 prominent businessmen from each country has been notified by the gov-
ernments of Pakistan and India. This body has been tasked with identifying the problems faced in cross-border trade and to come up with recommendations for resolving the same. An Indian delegation led by Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman Hero Corporate Services and comprising of Rajesh Bharti Mittal, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Deepak Amitabh and Vikramjit Sahney met their Pakistani counterparts in Islamabad over the weekend. Bashir Ali Mohammad the Vice Chairman from the Pakistani side while welcoming the Indian delegates
cautioned about the very high expectations from the Forum by the various stakeholders. He stated that there were apprehensions in some sectors of the economy in Pakistan that trade normalization would lead to an influx of cheap & subsidized Indian products which would negatively impact the local industry and agriculture. Trade normalization, Bashir Ali Mohammad stated should be a win-win situation for both the economies. Responding to Bashir Ali Mohammad’s opening remarks, Sunil Kant Munjal the Co-Chair of the Forum
agreed that trade normalization should be a win-win situation for all and that it was the task of the Forum to create the conditions for this win-win situation to occur. He thanked the governments on both sides of the border for creating the Joint Forum and hoped that the Forum would come up to the expectations of the stakeholders on both sides of the border. Finally he stressed that the consumer welfare element of trade normalization should be the given the priority it deserves. The PIJBF decided to setup 10 sector specific taskforces
comprising of not just members of the Forum but also prominent businessmen / experts from the respective sectors. These taskforces would be required within 60 days of their formation to come up comprehensive recommendations to address the problems being faced by businesses in their respective sectors vis-à-vis bilateral trade. The Forum after detailed discussions agreed to prioritize five sectors i.e. Agriculture & Agri products, Automobile and Engineering, Textiles & Textile Made-ups, Pharmaceutical and Education & Vocational Training. The Pa-
kistani side besides Bashir Ali Mohammad, included, Abdul Razak Dawood, Sikander Mustafa Khan, Nauman Dar, Shabbir Diwan, Dr. Tariq Bucha, Iftikhar A. Malik, Dar, S.M. Muneer, Syed Nadeem Qamar and Noor Muhammad Kasuri. Senior members of the Ministry of Commerce led by the Secretary Commerce, Mr. Munir Qureshi assisted by Robina Akhter Joint Secretary also participated in the meeting along with senior representation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Board of Investment. Gopal Baglay the Deputy
High Commissioner and Jayant Khobragade Counselor at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad assisted the Indian side. Kamran Y Mirza, CEO of the Pakistan Business Council (PBC) and Samir S. Amir Director Research PBC, along with Supriya Banerjee, Deputy Director General Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Manish Mohan Director South Asia, CII also attended the meeting as both the PBC & the CII are the designated secretariats for the PIJBF. The members of the PIJBF also called on the Prime Min-
ister Mian Nawaz Sharif who assured the Forum of the Government of Pakistan’s commitment to the early normalization of trade between the two countries. He requested the members of the Forum to identify those areas in which progress could be made in the immediate future so as to build trust and support for normalization of trade. The next meeting of the PIJBF will be held in September in New Delhi at which the taskforces will report back with progress in their respective areas.
64 companies awarded for best performance
K ARACHI—National Forum
for Environment & Health (NFEH) announced results of 10thAnnual Environment Excellence Awards (AEEA 2013) for best performance of 201213. This was announced by its Chairman Dr. Kaiser Waheed and President NFEH M. Naeem Qureshi after final meeting of jury held at a local hotel. Naeem Qureshi said the award has been instituted to recognize and promote the organizations which make an outstanding contribution to sustainable development and economic growth of the country. These companies are working tremen-
Bullion Rates KARACHI—Following were the bullion rates in major cities yesterday. RS PER 10 GRAMS KARACHI: Gold Tezab Silver Tezabi
MULTAN: Gold Tezabi (24-Ct) Gold 22 Ct SilverTezabi Silver Thobi
44580.00 40750.00 690.00 630.00
Pakistani businessman honored MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—The Department of Commerce and Bureau of Civil Administration China and China Tibetan Carpet Association have jointly conferred Life Time Achievement Award to a famous Pakistani Businessman Akhtar Nazir Khan in recognition of his services for trade development in handmade carpet industry by bringing together international exporters from India, China, Iran and Pakistan. The ceremony was organized by CTCA on the eve of Qinghai International Carpet Exhibition, 2013 at province of China Qinghai. This is the second time that Akhtar has been honored by the Chinese Government by granting him Honorary Citizenship which was conferred to him by the Mayor of Xining City, Qinghai Province. He is the only foreigner and first Pakistani to have received these honors in China and the only Pakistani to bring such prides to our country. While addressing the award receiving ceremony Akhtar emphasized the Government of China and especially the Governor of Qinghai Province to further enhance the mutual relationship between both the countries. He also extended invitation to the Chinese Governor to visit Pakistan and meet with the Pakistani businessmen.
Balloonpowered Internet access W A S H I N G TO N —Google Inc has launched a small network of balloons over the Southern Hemisphere in an experiment it hopes could bring reliable Internet access to the world’s most remote regions, the company said. The pilot program, Project Loon, took off this month from New Zealand’s South Island, using solarpowered, high-altitude balloons that ride the wind about 12.5 miles - twice as high as airplanes - above the ground, Google said. Like the Internet search engine for which Google is best known, Project Loon uses algorithms to determine where the balloons need to go, then moves them into winds blowing in the desired direction, the company said. By moving with the wind, the balloons form a network of airborne hot spots that can deliver Internet access over a broad area at speeds comparable to 3G using open radio frequency bands, Google said..—Newswire
dously for achieving economic and social development without harming the environment and natural resources. In this year, more than 140 companies and organization has submitted their nominations. According to decision of 3member jury has finalized the name of following 64 companies for 10th AEEA-2013: AGA Khan University Hospital, Al-Rahim Textile Industries, Anis Associates, Asli Punjab Pumps Bestway Cement, Clariant Pakistan, CRLF Crown Group, Dawlance, Descon Engineering, ECO Bags, EFU General Insurance, English Biscuit Manufacturers,
Engro Polymer & Chemical, Engro Powergen Qadirpur, Fatima Fertilizer Company, Fauji Fertilizer Company, Fauji Cement Company, Fuaji Fertilizer Bin Qasim, GE(11)O& M Balloki, Glaxosmithkline Pakistan, Habitt, Interdesign FMC, International Power, Islamabad Serena Hotel, KAPCO Kot Addu Power Company, Kay & Emms, KSB Pumps Co., Linde Pakistan, Lotte Chemical Pakistan, Lucky Cement, M. Muhammad Shafi & Company, MESEC, Murree Brewery Co., National Refinery, Oil & Gas Development Company, Packages Limited, Pak Arab Refin.
Ufone employees to participate in GSMA mHealth Grand Tour 2013 STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Ufone has announced its participation in the first GSMA mHealth Grand Tour for diabetes awareness, initiated by the Etisalat Group. This is the first of its kind activity in the health sector being staged at an international platform which has been initiated by a cellular operator, let alone cellular group. A total of eight staff members including the Ufone team, officials of the Group and members from various OpCos will be selected to participate in a once in a lifetime, 2,100km, four-country European expedition cycling from Brussels to Barcelona. Two participants from Ufone have been shortlisted to be sent to Abu Dhabi for further fitness tests - if chosen, one of them becomes part of the team of 8 to compete
in Brussels.The tour will take place between September 5-18, 2013 and each participant will ride for three days from Brussels through Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, France, Northern Spain on to Barcelona. Zulfiqar Ali Zaidi, GM Human Resources Ufone said that “employee engagement through social activities has always been of a matter of pride for Ufone. Etisalat’s participation in the GSMA mHealth awareness cycling tour 2013 provided our employees with yet another exciting chance of becoming part of a worthwhile cause and at the same time feel part of a bigger Etisalat Global Community.” Ufone believes employees are at the heart of its entire operations. Therefore, we believe in our employees taking part in CSR / social activities etc. More than 60 employees applied for this health ini-
tiative, which was well beyond expectations of the management. This is a reflection of the existing passion of our Ufone staffers to participate in CSR activities for health awareness and society building program, he added Pakistan ranks amongst countries with the highest prevalence of diabetes, with Sudan and several Sub-Saharan African countries also suffering from this disease.Shahnawaz Khan, a participant and Ufone staff member said, “I feel immensely privileged to be shortlisted for GSMA mHealth Grand Tour. It’s a great honor to represent Ufone and I will strive to do my best to get selected. I believe it’s an excellent initiative and Etisalat as well as other participating mobile operators deserve appreciation. I am really excited and looking forward to this journey to become part of the fight against the menace of diabetes.”
Former Chairman Travel Agent Association of Pakistan presenting a souvenir to the Senior Manager Asia Pacific of Gulf Air Yahya Ali Buali. Acting Country Manager Gulf Air Khalid Mehmood, Ali Taqi, Abdul Jabbar, Muhammad Sikandar and Hassan ur Rehman also seen in the picture.
A big market of Pakistani mangoes exist in Singapore: Motiwala KARACHI—There is quite a big market for the Pakistani mangoes in Singapore. This was stated by the Chairman of the Sindh Investment Board (SBI), Muhammad Zubair Motiwala. He was speaking on the occasion of inauguration of the Sindh Mango festival in Singapore, says a message received here on Monday. Motiwala said that the Singaporean very much liked the quality and taste of the Pakistani mangoes. He stated that businessmen, traders and people from various walks of life attended the festival and made the event a big success.
Manufacturing sector can help promote national exports, strengthen economy SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minis-
ter Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that manufacturing sector is of key importance in exports and strengthening of this sector can increase national exports and strengthen economy. He said that there is a vast export potential in garments industry which can help enhance investment as well as generate job opportunities. He was presiding over a high level meeting for the promotion of garments industry and increasing textile exports at Model Town today. Provincial Ministers Mian Mujtaja Shujaur Rehman, Ch. Muhammad Shafique, Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, Members Punjab Assembly, Advisors Azmul-Haq, Dr. Ijaz Nabi, Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, Vice Chairman Punjab Investment Board, concerned officers besides Central STAFF REPORTER Chairman Pakistan Readymade ISLAMABAD—Keeping its pre- Garments Association Sajid vious tradition intact, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has once again missed the annual revenue collection target by huge margin of Rs430 billion during the financial year. “The FBR has provisionally collected taxes worth Rs1940 billion during last financial year ISLAMABAD—Chairman, Paki2012-2013, which may go to stan Agricultural Research Rs1950 billion when figures get Council (PARC) Dr. Iftikhar finalise”, said Ansar Javed. Ahmad has said that mostly Javed retired as chairman FBR. technical and scientific knowlMeanwhile, the government has edge remained in shelves that appointed Tariq Bajwa as new should be reached at farmers chairman FBR. Earlier, he doors-step to help increase their served as secretary finance in crop production and thus imPunjab. The government never prove their livelihoods. This collected revenue collection tar- workshop can be one of the inMuhammad Ali, Vice President FPCCI presenting bouquet to Juan Carlos Ojeda, Ambas- gets in past several years despite struments to develop mechaimposing new taxes worth bil- nism for accessible information sador of Uruguay. lions of rupees on masses. The for extension workers and farmFederal Board of Revenue has ers. Collective efforts and wisstruggled to achieve the revenue dom needed to achieve self-sufcollection target during the last ficiency in agriculture sector and financial year 2012-2013 that to ensure food security in the forced the tax department to re- country. vise its target several times in a Pakistan Agricultural Resingle year. The budgetary tar- search Council (PARC) in colget of Rs2,381 billion was re- laboration with International L AHORE —Vikramjit Singh had also informed the members the lowest in the world. He said although South Asia vised downward to Rs2,191 bilSahney, President, SAARC of the delegation that during his Chamber of Commerce and In- last tenure, he had pursued a had significantly reduced import lion for 2012-13. dustry, an apex body of cham- policy of friendship and coop- tariffs, the cost of trading across bers in the region, Monday eration with India and now the its boarders was one of the highhailed the goodwill gesture of same policy would be towed. est in the world. A number of W ASHINGTON — prominent VP SAARC CCI,Pak chap- non-tariff barriers have been Prime Minister of Pakistan Pakistani-American business Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for ter and veteran trade leader identified which hamper trade KARACHI—Four ships carrying leader has said Islamabad’s Iftikhar Ali Malik, a member of and increase cost. containers, edible oil, iron ore and durable peace and prosperity in the delegation was also present. Iftikhar Ali Malik said that furnace oil were berthed at Qasim powerful friends should come South Asia. The SCCI Chief stressed an with rapid advancement of tech- International Containers Terminal, together with an international Talking to APP on Monday initiative to bring investment from New Delhi,he said that a urgent need that all member nology the need for Liquid Cargo Terminal, IOCB into Pakistan in a big way in ordelegation of Pak-India Joint countries of SCCI must work sustainability and survival had Terminal FOTCO Terminal on der to revive the country’s Business Council called on together to promote durable become crucial for firms Sunday, 30th June. Meanwhile economy as well as help rePrime Minister Nawaz Sharif at peace and strengthen economic throughout the world as compe- two more ships carrying contain- gional stability. ers and chemical also arrived at Islamabad on June 29. He said ties, besides accelerating devel- tition grows. Muhammad Nasimuddin He said the current global outer anchorage of port Qasim during the meeting, the PM opment activities for people of Mirza, chairman of Nazu Group crunch had become a setback for during last 24 hours. stressed on the need to explore the region. Vikram said that 65 per cent countries throughout the world Berth occupancy was 65% at America, argued that the United potential areas of cooperation States, China, Saudi Arabia and between the two countries and of total South Asian trade poten- especially in developing and the Port on Monday where a total the Arab Gulf nations all have a he said his government would tial had not been exploited, add- transition economies. Therefore, seven ships namely Maersk Chi- major stake in South Asian pursue investor-friendly poli- ing that it was one of the key regional cooperation is a impor- cago, Zea Hai, Vindo Nissa, peace and stability post-2014. reasons for instability in the re- tant phenomena today. Bunga Melatidua, Alitis, Pearl cies. Therefore, he proposed, all He said during the last five Jabel Ali and M.T Akaki are curHe said SCCI would fully gion. He said that intra-regional these economic powers should trade figures of South Asia were years, the balance of land trade rently occupying berths to load/ ensure indiscriminatory market lead an effort to form some kind access and the industrialists of disappointing as trade in the re- is five times more in favour of offload containers, rice, cement, of international consortium or both countries must also be pro- gion constituted only 1.4 per India than Pakistan through edible oil, soya been, iron ore and platform that attracts public and cent to the total world imports Wagha, Lahore, which must be furnace oil respectively during last vided a level playing field. private investment in Pakistan’s 24 hours. —APP Vikram said Nawaz Sharif and only 27.9 per cent of GDP, balanced in future.—APP
FBR fails to fulfil collection target
Saleem Minhas and prominent personalities associated with garments industry were present. The meeting considered in detail matters relating to promotion of garments industry, its problems, increasing exports, simplifying export policy and setting up of industrial forum. Addressing the meeting, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan is the biggest producer of cotton but it is lagging far behind the neighbouring countries with regard to export of textile and garments which is a matter of concern. He said that Pakistan should lead the world in export of textile and garments and it is essential to accelerate manufacturing activities for this purpose. He said that solid measures will have to be taken for the development of textile and garments industry. He said that use of information technology can not only help increase economic, industrial and trade activities but revenue can also be enhanced.
He said that use of information technology in the manufacturing sector is vital in the modern world. He said that Pakistan Muslim League-N government which has come into power with a historic mandate will take effective measures for the promotion of manufacturing sector especially textile and garments industry. He said that uninterrupted supply of electricity to industries, maintenance of law and order and skilled manpower can strengthen manufacturing sector and government is paying special attention in this direction. He said that Skills Development Programme is successfully continuing in four districts of south Punjab with the collaboration of UK Department for International Development and its scope will be expanded to the whole province. He said that Skills Development Programme will help prepare skilled manpower for meeting the market needs.
Workshop on agriculture technologies held
Vikramjit hails Pak goodwill gesture for peace, prosperity
Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA) Indodensia, Food Security Centre (FSC) University of Hohenheim, Germany, Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Network (SATNET) Asia and Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) Islamabad organized 5-day International Workshop (Writeshop) on “Identifying Sustainable Agricultural Technologies and Translating Research Findings into Information Accessible to Extension Workers and Farmers” at National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) Islamabad from July 01-05, 2013. Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman PARC always appreciated
the role of international agencies especially FAO, USDA, CIMMYT, ICARDA, ICIMOD and other donors for holding such events in Pakistan to share technical and scientific knowledge and experience by experts and financial support for development of agriculture sector in the country. He offered special gratitude to FAOR for generous support to bear all the expenses involved at local in organizing this workshop. He also thanked Ms. Martina and Ms. Kathrin for their support for not only organizing this workshop but for also acting as Resource Persons and role of Dr. Ghanzafar Abbas (PARC) as facilitator between national and international counterparts.
Pakistani-American biz leader proposes US- Dollar extends gains in Asian trade China-Gulf investment initiative Shipping activity at P Q
Pak, Nepal trade potential immense STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Nepal and Pakistan have great potential to increase bilateral trade, so they should focus on promoting direct connectivity and linkages between their private sectors to tap these trade opportunities, Ambassador of Nepal, Bharat Raj Paudyalmade said. Talking to business community during his visit to Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), the ambassador said agriculture was an area of good mutual cooperation. He was of the view that both the countries should explore products of comparative advantages
favored by their specific climatic zones, adding Pakistan’s knowhow in agro-processing industries should be expanded to Nepal through establishment of joint ventures. He said Nepal produces best quality coffee products and Pakistani entrepreneurs should take advantage of our geographic proximity to enhance import of these products at competitive price. Nepal envoy said that Pakistani entrepreneurs in collaboration with their Nepalese counterparts successfully organized three consecutive single country exhibitions in Kathmandu in 2010, 2011 and 2012. They should now reciprocate
by hosting similar trade fairs of Nepalese products in Pakistan which will contribute to improving bilateral trade. He said Nepal offers great investment potential in tourism, hydropower, agriculture, mines and mineral sectors and Pakistani investors should explore Nepal for investment. He assured that Nepal Embassy would facilitate exchange of business delegations to further enhance trade and investment between both countries. Speaking on the occasion, ICCI President, Zafar Bakhtawari said Nepal and Pakistan enjoy cordial relations, but these are not matched in trade and economic
relations as their bilateral trade is just $4.8 million. He stressed that Nepal should focus on Pakistani textile products, clothes, sports goods, oil seeds, surgical instruments and leather products, which are known for their good quality in the world. He said hydro power could also be an attractive area of mutual cooperation between Pakistan and Nepal. He said solid institutional and legal foundations for business collaboration exist between the two countries including Pak-Nepal Joint Business Council, Pak-Nepal Joint Economic Commissions and SAFTA while Pak-Nepal Bilateral Trade Agreement provides MFN treatment .
key energy, industrial, tourism, financial services and agrobased industrial sectors. Pakistan will remain the key to stability in the region, when the U.S.-led forces end combat in Afghanistan — Washington must make it a priority between now and the end of 2014 that Pakistan revives its economy as that will also benefit Afghan peace and stability, the entrepreneur, who has business concerns in five countries, argued in an interview. He particularly noted that investment in the field of energy, which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government has aptly declared as a top priority, should start flowing at the earliest as power generation projects take some time for their completion.—APP
TOKYO—he dollar strengthened against the yen in Asia after a senior US Federal Reserve official said a winding down of the bank’s massive asset purchases could start within months. In morning Tokyo trade, the greenback fetched 99.30 yen from 99.11 yen in New York on Friday. Fed board member Jeremy Stein suggested in a speech in New York on Friday that the central bank could make a decision to begin slowing its stimulus programme within three months. Stein, a member of the Fed’s policy committee, cited September as a possible start time for a wind down, saying accumulated economic data for the past year, and not just the most recent figures, would be taken into account..—APP
Khushhalibank clients honored at entrepreneurship awards STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The purpose of the award was to highlight the performance of the Microfinance sector and appreciate the work of borrowers who were able to bring a significant change to their lives after receiving microfinance loans, serving as a role models for others in their respective communities. The event was attended by a large number of people from all cross sections of life. Addressing the event Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal hailed the contribu-
tion of the Microfinance sector and termed it as one of the major source for poverty reduction from the country. He stressed upon the Microfinance institution to widen their network to make it easy for the poor to get benefit from these institutions to improve their lives. “Pakistan is one of the leading markets in microfinance and is globally ranked third by the Economist Intelligence Unit in terms of the overall business environment for microfinance. Over 900 million dollars have been distributed to over 5.5 mil-
lion borrowers at easy installments. Referring to gallop survey in Pakistan there is 20% increase in the earnings of our borrowers which tells you the success of our mission.” said Yasir Ishfaq, Group Head Financial Services. He also briefed the gathering that the organization is continuously working to improve beneficiary’s quality of life along with training them to be active members of the community. Bache Singh from Mithi from Sindh and Huzoor Bukh from Balochistan were the award winners representing Khushhalibank.
Collapsible hampers pose eye risk for kids
OLLAPSIBLE laundry hampers with wire supports may pose a risk to children’s eyes, according to researchers who saw two related injuries within a year, both requiring surgery. Such hampers have an embedded stiff wire spring, which can be dangerous if the cloth frays and the wire becomes exposed, researchers said. “Parents should receive a warning of the risks of these hampers,” Dr. Iris Kassem from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her colleagues wrote Monday in Pediatrics. They describe the cases of two children who each had an eye punctured by one of those wires - an 11-yearold boy injured while putting clothes in a collapsible hamper and a 23-month-old girl. Both needed emergency surgery for cuts on their eyeballs. The older boy had a second surgery and now wears a contact lens, according to the study team. The younger girl developed a lazy eye but her vision returned to normal after wearing glasses and a patch for a year and a half. Dr. Michael Repka, a pediatric ophthalmology researcher at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, said he had not personally treated this type of injury, but sees how it could occur. “There are dangers in lots of products and I think it’s great they called attention to
this one, and certainly people ought to look at the design,” Repka, who wasn’t involved in the new study, told Reuters Health. “But it’s not isolated to wire hampers,” he added. “Wires from lots of products can hit kids in the eye.” Repka said it’s too early to draw conclusions about collapsible wire hampers based on these two cases other than to say a wire that’s poking out at kids’ eye level is a hazard. A representative from Whitmor, which makes collapsible hampers, said no eye injuries have been reported to the company. “We’ve been on the market many, many years with these items … and never have we had a customer complain about anything, much less an injury,” Scott Felsenthal told Reuters Health. He said Whitmor’s pop-and-fold hampers come with a warning label and that the company will be looking into whether its collapsible hamper needs a warning label as well. Kassem said warning labels are “a good start,” but some hampers may require design changes as well. She recommended two precautions for parents. “One is to have the hamper in a safe location so children cannot be near or play around this product,” she told Reuters Health by email. “The second thing I suggest is to check the integrity of the hamper and if the fabric is frayed in any way, it needs to be thrown away.”
KARACHI: Director General Parks & Horticulture KMC Abdullah Mushtaq chairing a meeting regarding rain emergency in the city.
Pakistan post issues definitive postage stamp STAFF REPORTER
Faheem discusses monsoon arrangements with CM STAFF REPORTER
KARACHI—Pakistan People’s KARACHI—Pakistan Post is Party Parliamentary (PPPP)
KARACHI: Member Rabita Committee, Pakistan Sunni Tehreek, Faheem-ud-Din Shiekh and others carrying the coffin of Tehreek worker, Asif Qadri who was killed in firing of unknown persons in North Karachi, after funeral prayer.
Secretariat complex surroundings to be declared no-parking zone KARACHI—The surroundings buildings are being converted croachments from the areas adand inside areas of all the buildings of the Secretariat Complex are being converted into complete no-parking zone. It was informed to Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqi and the Additional Chief Secretary General Administration Sindh in a meeting about security arrangements, parking and removal of encroachments from the limits of Secretariat Complex here on Monday. The meeting was informed that the surroundings and inside areas of all buildings of the Secretariat Complex including Sindh Secretariat building No 1, Tughlaq House, KDA Old Building Secretariat and other
into no-parking zone. It was also informed that the vehicles of all officers and VVIPs will drop them and will be parked at dedicated parking areas. The Commissioner Karachi was briefed that around 250 to 300 vehicles of officials of the Secretariat are parked which need to be parked and parking arrangements are being finalized for parking of these vehicles. The Commissioner Karachi directed the KMC officials to functional the Saddar Parking Plaza by July 5, so as to provide parking facility to the people. The meeting also discussed the matters about elimination of en-
KARACHI: Girls enjoying pleasant weather at sea side.
jacent to Saddar and Secretariat, construction of pedestrian bridge, re-routing of public transport, alternative parking arrangements and beautification of Secretariat Complex and Saddar. It was also discussed that there is a capacity to park over 600 vehicles inside Bara-Dari and at ground floor of a nearby posh hotel, which can be used for alternate parking. Additional Commissioner Karachi-I, Kamran Shamshad, Senior Director Transport, Muhammad Ather and other officials concerned were also present on the occasion.—APP
issuing a Definitive Postage Stamp of Rs. 8/- denomination on Birds Series of Pakistan- Red Vented Bulbul. Salient features and description of the stamp are included in Postal Notice. The Commemorative Postage Stamp will be available for sale from 01st July 2013 at all the important Post Offices in Pakistan. It should be carefully noted that the Stamps are not to be put on sale before the date of issue under any circumstances. The first day of issue cover and leaflet priced at Rs. 5/- and Rs. 10 /- each respectively, are also brought out. The price of the first day issue covers and Definitive leaflet will be recovered in cash in addition to the value of the stamps required to ‘Affixed on the first day of issue covers (without stamps). The leaflets may be put on sale before the date of actual release of the Postage Stamp. A special postmark will be used to service the first day of issue cover at the Philatelic Bureau, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur, Khairpur, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Rawalpindi, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Sargodha, Peshawar, Post Mall Gulberg Lahore, Quetta GPOs and National Philatelic Bureau, Islamabad.
Minister asks officials to perform duty diligently, honestly
President Makhdoom Amin Faheem called on Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Qaim Ali Shah Monday. Both the leaders discussed current political scenario and others matters of mutual interest. The CM apprised Faheem about the advance preparations and measures adopted by Sindh
PPP Parliamentary leader praising the efforts and hard work of the CM said that he was working with renewed zeal and enthusiasm for the welfare of people of Sindh He also felicitated CM for presenting exemplary development budget for the fiscal year2013-14. He praised the efforts of government of Sindh for taking steps to address the basic problems and grievances faced by the common man.
DS Judges get new assignments STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The Chief Justice
KARACHI: MNA Makhdoom Amin Faheem called on Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Monday
Pak-China friendship is being strengthened: CS STAFF REPORTER KARACHI —Chief Secretary Sindh Muhammad IjazChaudhry
KARACHI — Sindh Minister has assured to Chinese diplomats for Anti-Corruption and Mineral Development Manzoor Hussain Wassan has exhorted the officials of his Department to perform their duties with diligence and honesty. He said here on Monday that no corruption in the departments would be tolerated. Talking to media persons he said that in case of receipt of any complaint, inquiry would be conducted and appropriate action would be taken. The Minister said that he desired eradication of corruption from the provincial departments. He further warned that no dereliction of duty would be tolerated in any case. Earlier, Wassan chaired a meeting of the senior officials of his departments. A senior official Shazar Shamoon briefed about the functions and responsibilities of the regional offices and staff. The officers of the departments apprised the Minister of their performance. Wassan said that he wanted to see the Anti-Corruption Department active, result-oriented and autonomous. He also asked the officers of the Department to work without any fear or favour.—APP
Government for the monsoon season adding that monitoring of the river dykes was being effectively carried out. He said that today he would personally inspect the Torri embankment and others to know on ground state of affairs. The CM further said that he was in constant touch with the officers of irrigation department for monitoring the strengthening work of dyke and other related issues.
and investors that Provincial Government is doing all its best to strengthen the security measures as well all possible efforts shall be accorded to boost Pak-China friendship and trade relations, in accordance with the preliminary ties between both the countries. Chaudhry said this, while exchanging views with new Chinese Consul General Mr. Ma Yaou,
who visited the Chief Secretary office for a courtesy call on Monday. The Chief Secretary welcoming the Chinese diplomats (Vice ConsullersMr. Pain Qingjiary and Mr. Yin Minjawa were accompanied by the CG – China) admired the Chinese support in coal, energy fields in the Sindh Province. Ma Yaou , elaborating the significance of Pak- China friendship, pointed out that Chinese are zealously developing the trade infrastructure throughout the country and 30 Chinese companies with 1500
staffers are working in Sindh, their security measures may be considered for improvement. Chaudhary maintained that enhancement of Police Security is already in progress, while the local people may be employed as security guards, thereof. He pledged to do the needful to gear up the Pak-China ties in all respect. The exchange of souvineer also carried out at this occasion, in addition to presenting Ajrak& Sindhi Topi (Cap) to the Chinese diplomats by the Chief Secretary Sindh.
has directed the following District and Session Judges to join their new assignments. According to details Syed Shakeel Hyder, District and Sessions Judge to join his new assignment as Judge, Banking Court No. II, Sukkur. Manthar Ali Jatoi,to join his new assignment as Judge, Banking Court No. II, Larkana. Abdul Rahman Bhatti, Judge, Banking Court No.I, Sukkur. Farzana Iqbal, as Judge, Banking Court No. III, Karachi. Sher Bano Karim, as Judge, Banking Court No. IV, Karachi. Naseem Mansoor, as Judge, Banking Court.
ETD collects more than Rs.26044 m STAFF REPORTER KARACHI —The Excise and Taxation Department Sindh has collected tax of Rs.26044 million during the fiscal year 2012-13. According to details, the department during May 2013 Rs.26044 million was deposited in the National exchequer, from which Rs.3159million was collected as motor vehicle tax, cotton fees of Rs.135 million, Rs.234 million as professional tax, Rs.142 million as Hotel tax and Rs.1338 million as property tax. Further the Excise and Taxation Department is trying to ensure timely collection of taxes so that the government can complete development schemes within time.
NFEH announces 10th environment excellence award 2013 for 64 companies KARACHI—National Forum outstanding contribution to sus- pital, Al-Rahim Textile Indus- International Power, Islamabad for Environment & Health (NFEH) announced results of 10thAnnual Environment Excellence Awards (AEEA 2013) for best performance of 201213. This was announced by its Chairman Dr. Kaiser Waheed and President NFEH M. Naeem Qureshi after final meeting of jury held at a local hotel. Naeem Qureshi said the award has been instituted to recognize and promote the organizations which make an
tainable development and economic growth of the country. These companies are working tremendously for achieving economic and social development without harming the environment and natural resources. In this year, more than 140 companies and organization has submitted their nominations. According to decision of 3member jury has finalized the name of following 64 companies for 10th AEEA-2013: AGA Khan University Hos-
tries, Anis Associates, Asli Punjab Pumps Bestway Cement, Clariant Pakistan, CRLF Crown Group, Dawlance, Descon Engineering, ECO Bags, EFU General Insurance, English Biscuit Manufacturers, Engro Polymer & Chemical, Engro Powergen Qadirpur, Fatima Fertilizer Company, Fauji Fertilizer Company, Fauji Cement Company, Fuaji Fertilizer Bin Qasim, GE(11)O& M Balloki, Glaxosmithkline Pakistan, Habitt, Interdesign FMC,
Serena Hotel, KAPCO Kot Addu Power Company, Kay & Emms, KSB Pumps Co., Linde Pakistan, Lotte Chemical Pakistan, Lucky Cement, M. Muhammad Shafi & Company, MESEC, Murree Brewery Co., National Refinery, Oil & Gas Development Company, Packages Limited, Pak Arab Refinery, Pakistan Cables, Pakistan International Container Terminal, Pakistan Oilfields, Pakistan Telecommunication Company.—NNI
Collapsible hampers pose eye risk for kids
OLLAPSIBLE laundry hampers with wire supports may pose a risk to children’s eyes, according to researchers who saw two related injuries within a year, both requiring surgery. Such hampers have an embedded stiff wire spring, which can be dangerous if the cloth frays and the wire becomes exposed, researchers said. “Parents should receive a warning of the risks of these hampers,” Dr. Iris Kassem from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her colleagues wrote Monday in Pediatrics. They describe the cases of two children who each had an eye punctured by one of those wires - an 11-year-old boy injured while putting clothes in a collapsible hamper and a 23-monthold girl. Both needed emergency surgery for cuts on their eyeballs. The older boy had a second surgery and now wears a contact lens, according to the study team. The younger girl developed a lazy eye but her vision returned to normal after wearing glasses and a patch for a year and a half. Dr. Michael Repka, a pediatric ophthalmology researcher at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, said he had not personally treated this type of injury, but sees how it could occur. “There are dangers in lots of products and I think it’s great they called at-
tention to this one, and certainly people ought to look at the design,” Repka, who wasn’t involved in the new study, told Reuters Health. “But it’s not isolated to wire hampers,” he added. “Wires from lots of products can hit kids in the eye.” Repka said it’s too early to draw conclusions about collapsible wire hampers based on these two cases - other than to say a wire that’s poking out at kids’ eye level is a hazard. A representative from Whitmor, which makes collapsible hampers, said no eye injuries have been reported to the company. “We’ve been on the market many, many years with these items … and never have we had a customer complain about anything, much less an injury,” Scott Felsenthal told Reuters Health. He said Whitmor’s pop-and-fold hampers come with a warning label and that the company will be looking into whether its collapsible hamper needs a warning label as well. Kassem said warning labels are “a good start,” but some hampers may require design changes as well. She recommended two precautions for parents. “One is to have the hamper in a safe location so children cannot be near or play around this product,” she told Reuters Health by email. “The second thing I suggest is to check the integrity of the hamper and if the fabric is frayed in any way, it needs to be thrown away.
LAHORE: People take rest under the shadow of trees during hot and humid day at local park in front of Railways Station.
Project for purifying all sullage nullahs approved STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Punjab government has accorded approval to the project for purifying all the sullage nullahs (drains) including Hadayara Drain in Lahore. For this purpose, water treatment plants will be installed in a phased manner. After proper treatment of sullage water, it will be disposed off in River Ravi so that the riverine ecology would be protected. This was disclosed by the Minister for Environment Protection, Punjab Col. (Retd.) Shuja Khanzada while
presiding over a meeting in Lahore. The Minister said that disposal of Hadayara drain into River Ravi will be done after water treatment in the first phase. He said that action will be taken against all those industries in Punjab which are adding pollution in the atmosphere without proper filtration of industrial waste gases in their chimneys. It will ensure healthy environment for the people residing in localities near the industrial areas. He said that a meeting of all the stakeholders which are
linked with the Environment Protection Department will be convened very soon. In this regard, Terms of Reference have been sent to all the relevant institutions. Col. Retd. Shuja Khanzada said that for this purpose a strategy will be designed after a detailed discussion with all the institutions and NGOs. Every institution will be bound to follow this strategy and will present an implementation report to the Environment Protection Department after every six months, the Minister added.
Consultation over women concerns L AHORE —A two-day national consultation on women, peace and security in Pakistan will begin at a hotel on Wednesday. The consultation is being organized to address concerns of women and girls in post-conflict and disaster situations and to ensure participation of women in all stages of peace building and post-disaster relief and rehabilitation. Discussions and suggestions from the consultation will feed into a national report on current perception of women’s role in peace and conflict situations and promote suggestions to increase their participation in decision making. Advocacy and Communications is organizing the event.—APP
Relief to masses top priority: Hamza STAFF REPORTER L AHORE — PML-N Central Leader, MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif said on Monday that redressal of grievances and relief to the people is the major aim of politics of Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N). Talking to the media men during his visit to the residence of slained 12 years old boy Nasir Bhatti in Badami Bagh area here, he said that PML-N is making all out efforts to come up to the expectations of the masses. “Sincere efforts are being made to achieve the cherished goal of national progress and prosperity during the next five years”, he responded. Hamza condoled with the bereaved family of the deceased boy and assured that all out efforts will be made for the arrest of the murderers of the innocent child and police will utilize all its resources for this purpose. He directed the concerned police officials to trace down the culprits within a week. Hamza also presented a cheque of Rs 300,000 to the parents of Nasir Bhatti as financial assistance.
LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Forests, Wildlife & Fisheries, Malik Asif Bha Awan has said that every possible step would be taken for implementing laws for the protection and development of forests. He directed that immediate and strict action should be ensured against the persons involved in wood theft by taking tough decisions. He said that according to the vision of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Forests Department would be further strengthened and activated so that dream of green Punjab could
be materialized. He directed Forests officers to formulate comprehensive recommendations for making monsoon tree plantation campaign a success. He expressed these views while presiding over the meeting of the officers of Forests Department here today. Additional Secretary Forests, Chief Conservator Punjab, all divisional and district forests officers attended the meeting. Addressing the meeting, Provincial Forests Minister said that joint efforts should be made for checking the wood theft from government forests. He directed that action
should be taken against all officers and officials responsible of the destruction of forests. He stressed the need for practical steps for controlling the destruction of forests. Malik Asif Bha Awan said that forests should be protected throughout the province and trees should be planted on new land. He said that active part should be taken in the monsoon tree plantation campaign this year and students of universities, colleges and schools should be included in this campaign so that the dream of green Punjab should be materialized according to the vision of Chief
NA Speaker meets Punjab CM
PML-N believes in stability of democratic institutions: Shahbaz SALIM AHMED L A H O R E —Speaker
National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, at Model Town here Monday and discussed matters of mutual interest and other important issues. Talking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif said that Pakistan Muslim League-N believes in stability of democracy as well as democratic institutions. He said that people have given mandate to PML-N in general election for the solution of their problems. He said that PML-N immediately after coming into power started taking steps for controlling load-shedding and resolving other issues. He said that every promise made to the people will be
honoured. He said that tough divisions will have to be taken for the stability of national economy. Referring to energy crisis, the Chief Minster said that the former rulers only generated commission instead of electricity during the last five years. He said that the nation suffered the agony of load-shedding and the country was plunged in darkness but the former rulers remained indifferent. He said that present leadership promised to the people to control loadshedding and they will be rid of this problem. He said that circular debt of electricity has gone beyond Rs. 500 billion but the promise to eliminate circular debt within sixty days will be fulfilled. He said that the rich have no right over subsidy on electricity. He
said that it is ironic that both rich and the poor are benefiting from subsidy on electricity. He said that the cost of production of electricity can be reduced by generating power from alternative sources. He said that Punjab government has made planning to produce electricity from solar energy, biomass, biogas and coal with the cooperation of private sector. He said that provincial government is evolving a 5-year energy policy with the consultation of stakeholders. He said that the proposed visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to China is also going to help in overcoming economic problems. The Chief Minister further said that besides generation of electricity, controlling power-theft and line
Measles claims one more life
losses is also essential. He said that Punjab government will play an effective role in curbing electricity theft and a taskforce has been formed for this purpose. Shahbaz Sharif said that Nandipur power project is pending for the last two and half years due to corruption and greed of the former rulers and its cost of construction has increased from Rs.22 billion to Rs.57 billion. He said that the Chinese company has again been invited to resume work on Nandipur Power project and its officials visited Pakistan recently. He said that PMLN government is taking revolutionary measures for overcoming energy crisis.
Teachers training workshop begins STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —The Centre for
LAHORE—Measles on Monday claimed one more life during the last 24 hours, raising total deaths to 182 in the province so far. According to health department officials, the death was reported from Children Hospital and he was identified as Abu Bakr, six months, of Chuhng. Some 73 new cases of measles were reported from Punjab including 13 from Lahore hospitals increasing the total number of cases to 20,498 during the last six months. Meanwhile, Additional Director for EPI Dr Nazir Hussain while talking to APP here on Monday urged LAHORE: A view of garbage and rain water accumulated near Singh Pura. people to cooperate with vaccinators and contact doctors without any delay in case of symptoms of measles in their children.—APP
Minister for implementing laws for protection, development of forests STAFF REPORTER
LAHORE: Speaker NA Sardar Ayaz Sadiq called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.
Minister Punjab. The Minister said that the forests should be protected like a mission and the process of reward and punishment should be enforced in the Department. Malik Asif Bha said no political pressure would be accepted in the department and merit would be observed in all matters. He said that people expect best performance from the government and the success of PML-N in recent elections is proof of it. He warned that action would be taken against the black-sheep in the Forests Department and the timber mafia involved in wood theft.
48485 emergency victims rescued in June
MUZAFFAR ALI L A H O R E —The
Director General, Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Dr Rizwan Naseer carried out a performance review of emergency operations in all Districts of Punjab to ensure uniform standard of the Service. The emergency data revealed 48485 victims of emergencies were rescued by the Punjab Emergency Service while conducting 47864 rescue operations in May in Punjab, whereas the average response time was reported 6 minutes. The emergency calls to which Rescue 1122 responded includes 15482 Road Traffic Accidents, 28266 Medical emergencies, 1323 Fire incidents, 104 Building Collapse incidents, 2244
Crime, 193 Drowning Incidents, 240 Special Rescue Operations and 12 Explosions. While chairing a meeting of senior rescue officials at Emergency Services Academy, the Director General Dr. Rizwan Naseer said there is dire need of effective enforcement and implementation of fire safety codes given in building-bye-laws. He said main steps including external steel staircases, fire doors; pressurized external hydrants system, evacuation plan and emergency lighting system, installation of fire extinguishers, clear access and removal of obstructions from rooftops can ensure life safety in high rise buildings. Dr. Rizwan Naseer said fire safety ensures life safety
therefore we have to take concrete steps for this noble cause. These 47864 rescue operations in May includes 8903 rescue operations in Lahore, 4920 in Faisalabad, 3601 in Multan, 2724 in Gujranwala, 1819 in Bahawalpur, 1545 in Rawalpindi, 1861 in Dera Ghazi Khan, 1255 in Sargodha, 1274 in Rahim Yar Khan, 1718 in Sahiwal, 1349 in Sialkot, 652 in Murree, 1667 in Jhang, 652 in Toba Tek Singh, 673 in Muzafargarh, 603 in Rajanpur, 414 in Mianwali, 711 in Pakpattan, 759 in Kasur, 614 in Gujrat, 775 in Bahawalnagar, 422 in Jehlum, 833 in Attock, 866 in Khanewal, 490 in Vehari, 285 in Chakwal, 718 in Okara, 564 in Hafizabad, 1187 in Sheikhupura, 803 in Lodhran, 429 in Nankana Sahib.
Educational Policy and Administration (CEPA) of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore organized a five days training workshop for the university faculty members here Monday. GC University Lahore Quality Enhancement Focal Person Ms Iram Sohail chaired the inaugural session of the training workshop titled “In-service competency enhancement” while Dean Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf, Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad, Dr Hafsa Zaneb were also present. Speaking on the occasion, Iram Sohail said that training is a continuous process and such programmes should be organized to enhance the teaching skills of faculty members. She said that this training will be helpful for self-assessment and confidence building of participating teachers. Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad said that teachers are the role models for students.