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Action if missing persons not produced today: CJ AG tells court two persons died in custody Death under detention is murder: Iftikhar ISLAMABAD—Supreme Court The remaining 33 persons are the law. Missing persons be pro-

FC man killed in attack on checkpost in Sibi OBSERVER REPORT SIBI—One Frontier Corps personnel was killed and RAWALPINDI: General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff paying tribute to Shuhada at Yadgar-e-Shuhada. another sustained serious wounds in Sibi district in an attack on Monday by armed militats, an official said. Khan Wasey, the spokesman for FC Balochistan said the forces were conducting a search operation to apprehend the militants who had attacked a FC check post in Lehri Tehsil of Sibi when they hit a land mine. STAFF REPORTER

Privatization be done through stock exchange: Committee

Militants on motorcycles opened fire at FC check post in the same area in the morning. There was no loss of life as the forces quickly retaliated.

‘Our own people are dishonest and we are selling our entities by ourselves’

Gen Raheel assumes office, visits Yadgar Shuhada

RAWALPINDI—Chief of Army I SLAMABAD —The Senate owned enterprises therefore, lion rupees. Pakistan Steal Mills Staff General Raheel Sharif on

standing committee on finance while giving positive nod to the privatization process recommended to the Ministry of Privatization to proceed the privatization process through stock exchange and it should not be in haste. The committee also directed the ministry not to concentrate on those entities which are profitable but focused on those STAFF REPORTER which are in loss. The standing committee on ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Finance and Revenue met here Nawaz Sharif has demoted on Monday with Senator former inspector general Nasreen Jalil in the chair and motorways Zafar Abbas Lak observed that mismanagement is for issuing a felicitation the key issue in the loss of state advertisement on state expenses. Lak was a Grade 21 officer and will now be downgraded to Grade 20. The former IG had used around Rs1 million worth of public money on congratulatory advertisements after Nawaz was elected prime OBSERVER REPORT minister. ISLAMABAD—An accountability court in Islamabad adjourned on Monday the indictment of the former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf till Dec 10 in the Rental Power Project case. Raja Pervez Ashraf was present in the court for the hearISLAMABAD—Pakistan’s ing of the RPP case during annual inflation rate rose to which former federal law min10.90 per cent in November ister Farooq H Naek submitted from 9.08 per cent in October, a power of attorney on behalf of the Pakistan Bureau of the former prime minister. Statistics said on Monday. During the hearing, Naek On a month-on-month said the RPP case was also bebasis, prices rose 1.27 per cent ing tried in the high court and in November. For October, the that the accountability court’s monthly pace was 1.97 per indictment could not take place. cent. Naek informed the court The average annual that the National Accountability inflation rate for July through Bureau did not provide on refNovember was 8.84 per Continued on Page 7 cent.—Reuters

PM demotes ex-IG motorways

Court adjourns Raja’s indictment to Dec 10 in RPP case

Pak annual inflation rises to 10.9pc

government should concentrate on this side. The committee said “our own people are dishonest and we are selling our entities by ourselves.” Senator Fateh Muhammad Hasni said that ineligible people are appointed in management that results into loss of that organization. Secretary Privatization commission Amjad Ali Khan briefed the legislative body regarding privatization process. He said that Pakistan International Airline is in 3.3 billion rupees loss per month while monthly loss of Pakistan Steal Mill is approximately at 3.5 bil-

in running on one percent capacity, secretary informed. He further informed that Pakistan Steal Mill’s state equity is in negative. Amjad Ali Khan said that there are 550 labour in excess in PSM while 1400 officers are in excess. We are not bound in IMF conditions to privatize our state entities, secretary privatization commented. Secretary further apprised the committee that thirty-six billion rupees subsidy has been given to the Pakistan Steal Mill during last three months. He said government has 42 percent shares in HBL and 20 percent

Monday formally assumed the charge of his office, visited Yadgar-e-Shuhada at General Headquarters and laid a floral wreath and offered Fateha. According to ISPR, the wreath laying was followed by a simple but impressive ceremony at the GHQ to formally welcome the new COAS. A smartly turned out contingent of the Pakistan Army presented guard of honour to the COAS, who reviewed the parade. Earlier on arrival at the GHQ, the COAS was received by the Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Ishfaq Continued on Page 7 Nadeem Ahmad. Later, Principal Staff Officers at the GHQ met the new COAS. General Raheel Sharif took over command of the Pakistan Army as 15th Chief of Army Staff, on Friday (29th Novemtheir detailed proposals at the ear- ber) at a ceremony held in Hockey Stadium at GHQ.—INP liest. IFC has also agreed to assist the Ministry of Finance in issuing Global Rupee Bond and Euro Dollar bonds. Senator Ishaq Dar also informed the team that recently he had already tasked Karachi Stock SALIM AHMED exchange, State Bank of Pakistan and Security and Exchange Com- L AHORE —Ittehad Bain ul mission of Pakistan to jointly Muslimeen Committee, set up work for enlisting the Govern- by Punjab government for mainment T- Bills and Pakistan Invest- taining religious harmony, ment Bonds at the stock ex- brotherhood and tolerance, has changes in the country which will issued a religious code of conbe the starting point to develop a duct unanimously. platform for future floatation of This code of conduct has infrastructure bonds for mega de- been issued by coordinators bevelopment projects to be ex- longing to all schools of thought. ecuted in Pakistan. This code of conduct was apJingdong Hua dilating on proved in the meeting of Ittehad the role of capital markets in the Bain ul Muslimeen Committee growth of the economy said that held at Aiwan-e-Auqaf on MonIFC was ready to partner with day, which was presided over by Pakistan for floatation of Continued on Page 7 bonds.—Online

IFC to assist Pakistan in issuing of Global rupee bond I SLAMABAD —The International Finance Corporation has agreed to implement a bond program to facilitate the Government’s various initiatives in energy projects and infrastructure development. It was agreed between finance minister Ishaq Dar and six-member delegation of International Finance Corporation comprising Jingdong Hua, Senior Country Officer who called on Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar here on Monday. The delegation members included experts who have experience in introducing bond programme in various countries including China, India and Nigeria. The Finance Minister made the World Bank and IFC visiting team to agree to jointly work for various bonds and indicated allout support for such issues on behalf of the Government and advised the team to come up with

9-point religious code of conduct formulated

Some weirdos threatening Kamran Faisal’s father ‘Stay away from court or face consequences’ ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—After receiving threats from unidentified persons, father of Kamran Faisal, the assassinated investigator of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is in a fix whether to take the journey to Islamabad in order to appear before the Supreme Court tomorrow. The apex court is scheduled to conduct fresh hearing

of the murder of Kamran Faisal in the light of Punjab Forensic Laboratory report. In the last hearing (Nov 22) the threemember bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, had directed the IG Islamabad to reprobe the entire case and submit report on Dec 4. However, police have not bothered to even record the statement of the slain investigator’s father rather it

has declined to provide both, complainant and his counsel, proper security during their arrival and stay in Islamabad. Talking to Pakistan Observer, Chaudhry Abdul Hameed on Monday said he has been stopped by some persons. “They warned me against proceeding to Islamabad.” Talking to this correspondent on phone, the distraught father who is, at present hiding somewhere in Lahore, said during the last

week his family and neighbors have spotted out strangers roaming in the street he is presently living in. “For three nights continuously, they were seen hovering around my door repeatedly and once, on inquiry by one of my neighbors they fled,” said Hameed. “Similarly, my daughter pointed out a number of persons who could be seen standing across the road from our window. They were pointing

fingers at our house,” said Hameed. He said after these weird incidents, he immediately called Inspector General Islamabad Police to provide him security so that he might safely travel to Islamabad but “the IG refused, saying since Punjab is not part of the federal capital, he could not do anything.” When asked who they could be, Hameed said he could not say for sure.

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(SC) while giving 24 hours to government for recovery of 33 missing persons and initiation of proceedings against the officers involved in murder of 2 missing persons has warned if missing persons are not produced today (Tuesday) then law will take its course. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked “35 missing persons have not been produced despite repeated court’s orders. Report of death of two missing persons was given. Death under the detention of intelligence agencies is murder. Tell us how the death occurred. Postmortem of both the dead bodies be got conducted.

also held by army. One person died in December, 2012 and the second person died in July, 2013. The situation has turned grave. Now the missing persons are being killed. Government too is keeping mum. One person died in July and the sitting government is responsible for his death. Government should recover 33 persons first and then legislate. CJP further remarked “ “we want to protect the fundamental rights of the citizens of this country. No one will be allowed to violate court’s orders. If any one is guilty then he be proceeded against under law. Government and its subordinate institutions have no right to breach

duced in the court on Tuesday at 1130 hrs. SC bench under CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up the missing persons case for hearing Monday here. Defence minister Khawaja Asif appeared in the court saying that he has just been allocated this portfolio therefore, he be given some time Not more than 2 to 3 days be given to him. CJP remarked “ample time has already been given. Court should give how much more time to you. Not a single day more will be given. If missing persons are not produced then we will initiate more proceedings. If some one does not ac-

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Fiery protests after 21 IJT members arrested from PU Set bus on fire; snatch keys, mobiles from drivers OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—The Islami Jamiate-Tulaba which is the student wing of the JI protested against the police and Punjab University administration raid at hostel number 16.

Twenty-one students belonging to the IJT accused of creating ruckus were arrested during the raid at the hostel. According to police and university administration, bottles of alcohol, Bhang (drink made from cannabis leaves) and bul-

lets were recovered from room 345 which was allotted to Rao Adnan who is the Nazim of the student organisation. According to provincial education minister Rana Mashood, cases under the terror-

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Fool proof security planned for LB polls: CM Seat-to-seat adjustment continues across Balochistan Q UETTA —Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on Monday said that holding Local Bodies elections was the responsibility of Election Commission, however government has evolved strategy to provide fool proof security to the voters and polling staff in this connection. He expressed these views while talking to the delegations of tribal notables, political leaders and traders at his home town Turbat. “Government was striving hard to provide an environment of a free and fair elections so that active leadership from grassroot level should come and assist us in serving the masses in better way,” he said. Terming education and health sectors the priority areas for the incumbent regime,

Railways to construct flats for employees I SLAMABAD —The Ministry of Railways is planning to construct flats for employees on the ten kanal big bungalows presently in use of its officers. Condition of residential colonies of Railways, which were in a mess, would be improved on priority, an official source told APP here on Monday. In this regard, the department has started working to give final touches to this plan. Strict action was also being taken against the land mafia which was occupying thousands of acres of agricultural land and residential colonies of the department. Pakistan Railway has retrieved 2,757 acres of its land from unauthorized occupants under a special campaign launched to remove encroachments last year.—APP

CM said that strict check has been made to ensure presence of doctors and teachers at their schools and hospitals. “We neither do corruption nor allow anyone to misappropriate the money of national exchequer,” Dr Malik emphasized. The political parties have been continuing forging alliance for seat to seat adjustment in different areas for local government elections scheduled on December 7. Political sources told APP, here on Monday that nine political parties including Pakistan Muslim League-N, PML-Q, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Awami National Party, Balochistan National Party, Hazara Democratic Alliance have forged alliance limited to Quetta city for seat to seat adjustment. It is likely that the elected chief of Quetta Metropolitan

Corporation might be chosen from PML-N or PkMAP while JUI-F could also not be ignored that has been enjoying heavy support of its voters and supporters in Quetta. In Pishin and Qila Abdullah districts, the main contest would be held between candidates of two factions of JUI and PkMAP, but the division in JUI in shape of two factions including JUI-F and JUI-N would benefit PkMAP.The Awami National Party might take few seats in these districts as it had forged alliance with JUI-F. In Khuzdar region, four parties including PML-N, BNPAwami and JUI-F has forged seat to seat adjustment alliance, causing difficulties for BNP-Mengal that was also facing opposition by some local tribal groups. In Kalat district, seat to seat adjustment alliance between

three political parties including PML-N, JUI-F, BNP has been made and their some candidates were withdrawn. In Nasirabad, Sibi division and two districts of Dera Bugti and Kohlu, PML-N might clinch majority in results of the local bodies’ elections as heavy weight local tribal chieftains and politicians had joined PML-N. The noted political figures from local tribes including Jamali, Domki, Bugti, Marri, Abro and others were active leaders of PML-N and they had fielded candidates from their families and friend on the ticket of PML-N for contesting local government elections. PML-Q may take seats from Zhob division where PML-Q provincial president and Provincial Minister, Sheikh Jaffar QUETTA: Pakistan army soldiers are busy in transporting the ballot papers to Kohlu and Dera Bugti for the upcoming Mandokhel had his political in- local government elections. fluence.—APP

Muslim countries should tap own resources: Somalia envoy FAISALABAD—Muslim coun- Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor also present. tries should tap their potential as they are rich in natural resources which can play a role in their progress and prosperity. This was stated by Ambassador of Federal Republic of Somalia Ali Sheikh Abdullahi while talking to Prof Dr Iqrar

(VC) University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) here on Monday. Principal Officer Public Relations and Publications UAF Prof Dr Jalal Arif and Director External Linkages Prof Dr Ashfaq Ahmad Chattha were

The Somali envoy called for increasing cooperation between the two countries especially in education and agricultural sectors. He said 500 Somali students were studying in various institutions of Pakistan including UAF.—APP

More Sweet Homes across country: PBM ISLAMABAD—Managing Director in a briefing to the Secretary Gen- cational facilities. Ihsan Saleh Pakistan Baitul Mal Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh said network of Sweet Homes for children will be expanded across the country with the support of international donors and overseas Pakistanis. The MD Baitul Mal was talking to Secretary General International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) Saudi Arabia Ihsan Saleh Tayyab in a meeting here on Monday. The MD Baitul Mal

eral IIRO said a comprehensive policy will be introduced to start public private partnership scheme to get funds for Sweet Homes, where hundreds of children reside and get proper education. The Secretary General IIRO took keen interest in the project and remarked that after knowing about children at Sweet Homes, he was satisfied about their living conditions and edu-

Tayyab, who himself had been heading an organization for orphan, for the last forty years, assured of his cooperation for projects of Baitul Mal. The MD Baitul Mal who recently assumed the office, vowed to bring transparency in affairs of his organization, making it an effective and efficient set up free of irregularities and favouritism.—APP

Minister annoyed over faulty LRH Echo machines

PESHAWAR—Provincial Health Minister Shaukat Yousafzai Monday shocked to know that four out of total five Echo machines at Lady Reading Hospital, one of the famous government hospitals at Peshawar, were non functional from last eight months. During his visited to cardiology ward of Lady Reading Hospital (LRH), the Minister expressed annoyance over breakdown of the Echo machines from a eight months and sought explanation from the Chief Executive of the hospital. He ordered an inquiry into the matter and viewed that it was a serious crime on part of the hospital administration. He said that the government would not tolerate lethargy or hurdles in provision of cheap and immediate medical facilities to the masses.—APP

Quality, prices of edibles checked in Sahulat Bazaars F A I S A L A B A D —Divisional Commissioner Sardar Akram Javed and Regional Police Officer (RPO) Nawaz Warraich visited ‘Sahulat Bazaarz’ here and checked the quality and prices of the edibles. They inspected stalls of fruit, vegetables, pulses and other grocery items and directed the duty staff to minutely check the quality of the edibles repeatedly and sale of sub standard items should not be allowed. They directed that price tag should be placed on each and every item separately. They directed the duty officers to arrange separate block for each item for the facility of the customers. Talking with the consumers, the Commissioner said that under the directions of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Sahulat Bazaars had been established through out the Faisalabad Division at locality of low income people in order to provide essential commodities to the people on control prices.—APP

World Camel Conference on Dec16 B AHAWALPUR —The

All out support to people with disabilities: President

I S L A M A B A D — P r e s i d e n t a normal life,” he added. Mamnoon Hussain has urged all the segments of society to make concerted efforts, ensuring complete participation of people with disabilities in the mainstream of life. The President, in a message on International Day of the Persons with Disabilities being observed on Tuesday, called upon government departments, civil society, philanthropists, corporate sector and media to make concerted and sustained efforts for ensuring active participation of people with disability in the mainstream of national life and ensure them a dignified life. “International Day of the Persons with Disabilities reminds us of our moral, social and religious obligations to work, individually as well as collectively, for the betterment of our brethren with special needs and to facilitate them lead

The President said the government was cognizant of its obligation to take all possible legal, administrative, financial, and other measures for the welfare of the disabled persons. “Our Constitution guarantees equal opportunities to all citizens irrespective of physical disadvantages,” he added. It was, he said, an occasion to reiterate commitment as responsible and conscientious society to create more space for the people with disabilities in the society and to assist them utilizing their potential towards the progress and the development of the society. He said, “The theme of 2013 International Day of People with Disabilities, ‘Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all’, rightly draws our attention to the challenges the special people

ICTs being utilized for KP education promotion ISLAMABAD—The provincial jective conditions of different government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would actively participate in and contribute to the Task Force on utilization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for education. At a conference on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Good Governance, Provincial Minister for Education of the province, Muhammad Atif on Monday said already a pilot project has already been started in two districts to teach English, Biology and Maths to students in the secondary schools through ICTs and once found successful it would be extended to other parts of the province. The Conference was organized by Pakistan Institute of ICTs for Development (PIID) here. At the same time, the Minister said policy makers should not ignore diversity in development levels and the availability of different facilities in different parts of the country as “there is much difference in Islamabad and Torghar, Dir or Chitral. He stressed that why planning for ICTs utilization the ob-

parts of the country should be specifically kept in view. He regretted that even the teachers have not been trained on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and that is why on the one hand the provincial government was training the primary schools teachers on teaching through the medium of English from class-I, it will also train the teachers on ICTs utilization. The Minister said there is no option with Pakistan both for expansion, provision of access and improvement of education except the optimum utilization of ICTs and the government of KP is very much conscious of this fact. On the occasion, Federal Secretary CADD, Faridullah Khan said there can be no second opinion regarding importance of ICTs for improvement of facilities of education and health or strengthening governance in any field but at the same time we must not ignore the objective conditions of different parts of the country while formulating any policy in this regard.—APP

were facing with a view to finding solutions to their sufferings.” He said under the umbrella of UN and with the assistance of international partners, the Government of Pakistan was striving hard to provide quality services to this important segment of society and make them useful members of the society. “I assure the people with special needs that the government is fully committed and would take all possible measures to cater to their needs and facilitate them to lead a healthy and normal life,” he said, adding “However, the government efforts towards this important cause need to be complemented by all sections of society.” The President also urged the international community to help the developing countries in their efforts for the betterment of special persons.—APP

DGSE to observe Int’l Day of disabled persons ISLAMABAD—The Directorate General of Special Education (DGSE), Capital Administration and Development Division will celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Tuesday with the theme “Break Barriers Open Doors; for an inclusive education and society for all”. The programme in this regard was scheduled from November 25 to December 03, in Auditorium of Al-Farabi Special Education Centre for Physically Handicapped Children opposite NORI Hospital G-8/4, Islamabad, said a press release issued here. The special students of all four categories Intellectual Impairment, Visual Impairment, Physical Disability and Hearing Impairment will perform various activities in this program. The Directorate General of Special Education, Capital Administration and Development Division is providing Special Education/Rehabilitation services to the persons with Disabilities.—APP

2nd World Camel Conference will be held at Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB) on December 16,2013. Vice-Chancellor, IUB Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar told APP here on Monday that it is a great honour for the university to host this International Conference. He told that the conference would help to highlight the problems of the people of Cholistan besides steps needed for the protection of their livestock especially the Camels which is the main source of transportation in desert. He added that the IUB had been trying best to preserve and promote the livestock and plants/herbs and shrubs of FAISALABAD: A nurse feeding a baby after unknown people left the child in DHQ hospiCholistan.—APP tal.


PML-N seeks support for Quetta Mayor Q UETTA —Pakistan Muslim League-N Balochistan has demanded of the coalition partners to support PML-N candidate for the office of Mayor of Quetta. Addressing a press conference, at Quetta Press Club, here on Monday afternoon, senior leaders of PML-N Balochistan including the General Secretary, Nasibullah Bazai, PML-N leader and the former Mayor and district Nazim of Quetta, Abdul Rahim Kakar, the City General Secretary, Hamayun Alkozai and others said that the PML-N, a largest party of the country have given offices of the Governor Balochistan and Chief Minister Balochistan to its coalition partners and now morally, it was responsibility of them to support and vote for the PML-N candidate for the office of Mayor of Quetta. “Despite the fact that PML-N has majority in the Balochistan Assembly, it gave the offices of Governor Balochistan to Pashtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party and Chief Minister to National Party,” they said, adding that therefore, now morally, the coalition partners should support and vote for the PML-N candidate for the Mayor of Metropolitan Quetta. They said that presently, Quetta city has been facing several problems including deteriorating law and order, very poor condition of roads, sewerage system and cleanliness, adding that after assuming charge of the Metropolitan Corporation Quetta, the PML-N would pay special heed to resolve these problems on priority basis. They said that PML-N enjoying popularity among masses and would win seats in 58 wards of Quetta City as it fielded candidate for the slot of Mayor of Quetta Metropolitan Corporation.— APP

Library benefits researchers HYDERABAD—Vice Chancellor LUMHS Prof. Noshad A. Shaikh has said that a medical library is designed to assist physicians, health professionals, student and medical researchers in finding health and scientific information to improve, update, assess or evaluate health- care. He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of a newly established library at the Institute of Dentistry at Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS), Jamshoro here on Monday. Prof. Noshad A. Shaikh said that a medical library plays a critical role in ensuring that the clinicians in their institution have access to the most current medical literature and best available evidence. Earlier the Vice Chancellor inaugurated the newly established Synopsis Secretariat, Office of the Project Director and a Pathology Lecture Hall. Earlier, talking to APP here on Monday in connection with International Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day, Head of Pulmonology Department, Liaqat University of Medicine and Health Sciences (LUMHS) Prof. Rashid Ahmed Khan, informed that cigarette smoke also stimulates the inflammatory cells to release elastics, an enzyme that breaks down the elastic fibres in lung tissue. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Khan said Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is also a pulmonary disease in which there is obstruction to the flow of air out of the lungs, but unlike chronic bronchitis and emphysema, the obstruction in asthma usually is reversible. About the symptoms of the COPD, Dr. Rashid Ahmed Khan said that typically, after smoking 20 or more cigarettes a day for more than twenty years, patients with COPD develop a chronic cough, shortness of breath and frequent respiratory infections.— APP

Varsities bound to provide peaceful environ HYDERABAD —The universities world over are bound to provide peaceful, probing and researching environment to future builders of the nation and by grooming the raw talent for the betterment of the society. It was stated by the Vice Chancellor, University of Sindh Jamshoro Prof. Dr. Nazir A. Mughal in his presidential remarks at the inauguration ceremony of three- day international symposium on Analytical and Environmental Chemistry organised by the National Center of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry University of Sindh at the Convention Center of the University on Monday. The Vice Chancellor said that analytical chemistry is an exciting inter-disciplinary field that is applied in many emerging areas of science including environmental chemistry, biochemistry, pharmaceutical science, forensic, clinical chemistry and biomedical sciences. He said that the environmental matters are the outcome of a rising global concern about the protection of our environment. During the last few centuries, the world has witnessed a rapid but uneven economic development, he said and added that unsustainable economic development has resulted in disastrous environmental crises such as environmental pollution, climate change and depletion of resources and loss of biodiversity. He said that the target of sustainable development can only be achieved through an integrated, comprehensive approach involving social changes in all sectors of human life and its environment. No nation can ensure progress without sufficient education in science and technology, he said and adding that special attention is being given to these disciplines in order to meet challenges of the present era. The Vice Chancellor hoped that three day symposium will provide good opportunity to exchange scientific knowledge and establish effective means of communication with each other.—APP

Dialogue only way to peace M U LTA N —Vice President Pakistan

IIRO to launch new welfare projects, expand relief operations: Taieb ISLAMABAD—Secretary-General of the International Islamic Relief Organisation (IIRO) Ehsan Saleh Taieb has vowed to launch new projects of health, education and public welfare in Pakistan with a renewed vigour and force. He expressed these views while addressing the audience of a dinner banquet hosted in his honour by former information minister Mohammad Ali Durrani here at a local hotel. Senator Zafar Ali Shah, Senator Farhatullah Babar, Senator Babar Awan, Azam Khan Swati, Zamurad Khan, Senator Humayon Mandokhail, Senator Shahi Syed, Sheikh Waqas Akram, Asif Luqman Qazi, Dr. Ghairat Baheer, Turgut Puyan attended the dinner reception. Red Crescent Pakistan chief Maj. Gen (r) Nawaz Khan and former secretaries of information Syed Anwar Mehmood, Khawaja Ejaz Sarwar, founding chairman of PEMRA Mian Javed and others were also present. “The major objective of my visit to Pakistan is to expand the relief operations in across Pakistan to further cementing the cherished brotherly relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Khadim-eHarmain Sharifain King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz is committed to serving the humanity. I have brought a message of goodwill from King Abdullah for the peoples of Pakistan. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are tied in a bond of brotherhood, religion and history,” said the IIRO secretarygeneral. Lauding the services of Senator Durrani for the promotion of Pak-Saudi relations, Ehssan Taieb said that he was

ISLAMABAD: Former Federal Minister Muhammad Ali Durani meeting with Secretary General of the International Islamic Relief Dr Ehsan Saleh Al-Taieb, who is currently on a visit to Pakistan along with a high level Saudi delegation. Director IRO, Abdur Rehman Al-Mattar and Abdul Mohammad Ibrahim Atain organisation’s head in Pakistan also present. indebted to Mr Durrani for providing him an opportunity to meet different leaders of Pakistan and seek new ways and means to enhance assistance to needy and deserving. Talking about the role of IIRO, the secretary general said that the IIRO was ranked among 10 top bodies working for the humanitarian aid across the world. “We are thankful to the government and peoples of Saudi Arabia who contribute lavishly for the cause of serving the humanity,” he said and added that he had held meetings with different important

personalities in Pakistan to take the role of the IIRO’s relief work to new highs in Pakistan. He said that it was heartening to note that the IIRO Pakistan was involved vigorously in relief and rehabilitation activities in calamity-hit areas of Pakistan to help improve the living conditions of the affectees. Welcoming the IIRO secretary-general Ehssan Saleh Taieb and his delegation, Director-General of IIRO foreign offices Abdul Rehman Al-Matter and others, Mohammad Ali Durrani expressed his gratitude to the IIRO chief and said that

KP biodiversity project to improve livelihood of 3.5m people

the International Islamic Relief Organization was doing a great job in helping the affectees of natural calamities. He said that the people of Pakistan had great reverence and affection to the people and state of Saudi Arabia. “People of Pakistan have special respect and love for King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and the royal family as they have always been forthcoming in helping Pakistan and its people”. Mohammad Ali Durrani said that it was a great honour for him to welcome Ehssan Saleh Taieb who belonged to the family of Holy

Rehabilitation of various KKH sections continues

Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him). “I come from a poor area of Bahawalpur. Let me admit that the relief work undertaken by the IIRO to the affected people of floods and earthquake in across Pakistan is exemplary and it has no parallel. For this help and assistance, Pakistan and its people are indebted to the funding made by King Abdullah, the people of Saudi Arabia, IIRO and its Pakistan office and the Saudi ambassador in Pakistan for the generous and valuable funding for disaster-hit people,” he added.—Online

Azam wants strong coordination among security agencies P ESHAWAR—Commissioner, Peshawar Division Capital (Retd) Munir Azam Monday directed all concerned departments and security agencies for strengthening mutual coordination for maintaining peaceful environment in the division. He issued these directives while presiding over a high-level meeting regarding Coordination Task Force for maintenance of law and order in Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera, Khyber and Mohmand Agencies. The meeting was attended by Political Agents, Khyber & Mohmand Agencies, Deputy Commissioners (D.Cs), Peshawar, Charsadda, Nowshera, SSP (Operation), Peshawar, Deputy Director, Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Director Special Branch. The meeting held detail review of law and order situation while Deputy Commissioners, Peshawar, Charsadda and Political Agent, Khyber Agency gave detailed briefing on situation in their respective areas and also presented report regarding measures taken for the maintenance of law and order to Commissioner Peshawar. Addressing the meeting, Commissioner, Peshawar Division, Captain (Retd) Munir Azam directed accelerating coordination among all organizations for maintenance of peaceful environment and law and order at local level. The meeting for the purpose of controlling crimes like kidnapping for ransom and other heinous crimes decided tightening of surveillance.—APP

Light rain likely in Malakand, Hazara

I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Me- tures in the other cities were Department Islamabad 05 C , Lahore 09 C , I SLAMABAD —A German- areas of sustainable forest and is rich in indigenous crop I SLAMABAD —The National teorological

management, integrated watershed management, agrobiodiversity, protected areas management and value chain development of non-timber forest products. The measures supported by the German government, particularly the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) are intended to improve the capacities of the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to consider bio diversity as a core element for sustainable policy development. According to environment experts, Pakistan is home to an ecologically unique biodiversity and is acknowledged worldwide as one of the main biodiversity hotspots. It encompasses nine main eco zones, from the mangrove forests at the Arabian Sea in the South to the Alpine tundra in the North of the country. Pakistan is home to many P E S H AWA R — R e n o w n e d educationist, G.D. Langlands varieties of endemic wildlife called on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor, Engineer Shaukatullah at Governor ’s House here B AGH —At least 10 persons Monday. G.D. Langlands who were killed and several othserved in Sub-Continent as ers injured when a passenBritish soldier in 1944 pre- ger bus fell into deep ravine ferred to stay back after In- here on Monday. According to details, dependence and since then has been serving Paki- Station House Officer (SHO) stanis in the field of educa- Kahuta Police Station Ch Munir told APP that in the tion. He established wee hour a Forward Kahuta G.D.Langlands School and bound passenger bus bearCollege at Chitral in 1988 and ing no AJKP-085 was comserved it till 2012. Prior to this ing from Rawalpindi on he contributed tremendously reaching near Seediyan in establishment of Cadet (Abbas Pur), the driver lost College Razmak in 1978 and its control over the vehicle, also served it as its Principal which fell into a deep ravine. As a result the passenfrom 1979 to 1988.—APP government funded biodiversity project in agriculture and forestry sectors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will help 3.5 million people to improve their lives. The project will concentrate in the current phase on the implementation of pilot measures in the two districts of Swat and Chitral, sources said here. The project will contribute to secure and improve livelihoods by supporting ability of people to adapt to climate change, thus reducing their vulnerability. Community driven and ecosystem based adaptation project will focus on the preparation and implementation of best practices in the

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diversity with an estimated 3,000 varieties of cultivated plants. The ecosystems and their biodiversity are not just ecologically important, they also play an exceptional economic role. Ecosystems and their services are crucial for the livelihoods of more than 3.5 million people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. However, these resources are seriously threatened by natural disasters and impacts of climate change including earthquakes, heavy rainfalls and floods. Today, there is a general consensus that climate change altogether has far diverse impacts. It heavily impacts ecosystems and sources of livelihoods of people in the fragile mountain regions. Water supply for people, animals and plants is no longer assured all year round. The affected people respond to these developments by changing the way they use land or by migrating.—APP

Road mishap claims 10 lives gers including Driver Safeer Ahmed, Wazir Muhammad, Ikhlas Kham, Hafiz Shaban Malik, Muhammad Shafi, Mursleen, Fayaz, Tariq, Muhammad Bashir and Muhammad Latif were died on the spot, while Muhammad, Fayaz, Sipahi Dullah Khan, Muhammad Yusaf Rafaqat sustained severe injuries were shifted to the Military Surgical Training Institute (MST) Kahuta for treatment. Police and locals rushed the incident to Rescue the illfated passengers.—APP

Highway Authority (NHA) has undertaken work for repair and improvement of various sections of Karakorum Highway (KKH). An NHA official told APP Monday that on Hassanabdal-Mansehra section (90 km), geometric improvement of sharp curves from Havelian to Abbottabad and widening of carriageway at various locations had been completed. Overall condition of 100 km Mansehra-Thakot section was good and did not need major maintenance work, he said and added that rehabilitation and improvement work of BatagramThakot section (25 km) had also been completed under the National Highway Improvement Programme, while routine maintenance works were in progress. He said 281 km ThakotRaikot section was in a dilapidated condition mainly due to 2010 floods wherein four bridges and various road sections were damaged. However, he said, the NHA was maintaining this road section through a routine maintenance contract signed with the Frontier Works Organization (FWO), which included removal of potholes, clearance of landslides/snow, cleaning of drains/culverts, repairing of retaining walls etc. Under a Chinese grant, he said M/s China Railway 17th Bureau Group Co. Ltd would rehabilitate 147.3 km of ThakotRaikot section.—APP

(PMD) on Monday indicated chances of light rain with cloudy weather conditions at isolated places of Malakand, Hazara divisions and GilgitBaltistan during next 24 hours. Light snow over the hills is also expected in these areas during the next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, a fresh westerly wave was affecting northern parts of the country and likely to persist during next 24 hours. Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country including Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan during the next 24 hours. The lowest minimum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Skardu -08 C, Gupis -05 C, Parachinar -04 C, Kalat -03 C, Astore, Hunza, Gilgit -02 C. The minimum tempera-

Karachi 15 C, Peshawar 09 C, Quetta -01 C, Murree 03 C, Muzaffarabad 07 C, Gilgit -02 C, Faisalabad 09 C, Multan 10 C, Hyderabad 15 C. The Lahore Met office Monday

predicted nainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, however, cloudy weather in the provincial capital with chances of light rain is expected at isolated places in the next 24 hours. According to the local Met office, weather remained cold and dry in most parts of the country during the last 48 hours.—APP

SARGODHA: Gypsy children roaming around the streets to collect saleable items and earn living for their family.

WWF-Pakistan organizes awareness about climate change

Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that dialogue with Taliban was the only way to maintain peace in the country. Addressing a press conference here at Kher-ulP ESHAWA R —World Wide Madaris, he said struggle for peace Fund for Nature-Pakistan would continue. “Afghanistan is our (WWF-Pakistan) organized a neighbouring country and we also want media exposure visit to Wetpeace there,” he added. He said the dialand Centre, Karachi and Keti logue process with Taliban was affected Bunder and Keenjhar due to drone strikes, which should be stopped. He further Lake,Thatta district to create said that the view point of Wafaq-ul-Madaris and the PTI awareness among journalists was same about drone attacks. He condemned the regarding climate change isRawalpindi incident and demanded exemplary punishment sues and urged them to play for the culprits involved it. He lauded the role of Ulema of their role in creating awareall schools of thought to stop violent protests across the ness about climate change country. Speaking on the occasion, Secretary General adaptation amongst the Wafaq-ul-Madaris, Qari Hanif Jalandri said that propaganda masses. against Madaris was continuing at international level to The media visit was condefame Islam. He said Islam had no link with terrorism, ducted by WWF-Pakistan extremism and violence. The Rawalpindi incident was a under its Climate Change conspiracy against the country, which was foiled by the Adaptation Project (CCAP), Ulema. He demanded the government to take strict action funded by European Comagainst the officers/officials for their negligence in the mission (EU), said a press Rawalpindi incident. He also condemned the drone attacks release issued here on Monin the country, which were against the sovereignty of the day. country. Meanwhile, it is reported from Peshawar that sitMain objectives of the in of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), Jamat-e-Islami, and visit included capacity buildAwami Jamhuri Ittehad Pakistan (AJIP) blocking NATO ing of the journalists on clisupplies in protest against US drone strikes continued on TIMERGARA: Children reading books at Public Library of Progressive Resource Cen- mate change, interaction with Monday.—APP local communities to get firsttre.

hand information, ecological importance of mangroves, WWF-Pakistan’s interventions in coastal areas and climate change mitigation measures. Naveed Ali Soomro, Incharge Wetlands Centre, WWF-Pakistan, briefed journalists regarding the role of natural resources in provision of livelihood support to local communities. He also said that WWF-Pakistan has been engaged in promoting environmental education among the masses targeting students, teachers and corporate sector so that everyone can play its role in conservation initiatives in the area. He further said that WWF-Pakistan has established Wetlands centre which provides a platform for engaging local communities

in conservation of mangroves and green turtles laying eggs at Sandspit beach. Local people have played active role in rescue of turtle hatchlings which are threatened by dogs and crows. Earlier, local communities used to cut down the mangroves and sell turtle eggs, unaware of the fact that this will affect their livelihood but WWF-Pakistan has emphasized on the need to conserve the mangroves and turtles which face numerous threats. Sandspit beach is famous for the turtle watch where Green turtles come for laying eggs, he added. During the visit to Keti Bunder, Tahir Abbassi, Site Co-ordinator, Keti Bunder-Kharo Chann CCAP Project, WWF-Pakistan highlighted the problems of people in having a sustainable livelihood.—APP


Let Afghanistan go its own way

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CCORDING to a report appearing in the Washington Post, the United States, after its longest war in history, is suddenly contem plating to dismantle the bulk of its counter-terrorism infrastructure in the region and abandon Afghanistan’s security forces. It says that the US is weighing cost of letting Afghanistan go its own way. No one can say with certainty that the report is not just another piece of disinformation by the US administration aimed at pressurizing Afghan President to sign the proposed security deal that gives immunity to US occupation troops even after withdrawal of majority of troops by the end of 2014. Karzai, even after securing mandate from the tribal jirga, wants to affix his signature at a time of his own convenience while Washington is keen to conclude it before the end of the year, apparently to deny Karzai the opportunity to use it as a tool to exploit in the coming presidential elections in April 2014. Previously too, the United States leaked the so-called notion of ‘Zero Option’ meaning total withdrawal from Afghanistan and now even American media is openly saying that it was used as a bargaining chip to force Karzai to toe Washington’s line on the security accord. The contents of the latest story too point out towards a similar approach as it threatens Kabul that it would lose foreign aid and enduring US diplomatic presence in the region if the deal is not done as desired by the US. However, we wish there is genuine thinking about total withdrawal as this would be a step in the right direction, which would not only be beneficial for Afghanistan and the region but the United States itself. There can’t be restoration of Afghan sovereignty if the US maintains nine bases and 15,000 to 20,000 troops even after formal end to foreign occupation of Afghanistan. People of Afghanistan and the countries of the region are also deadly against continued US military presence in Afghanistan for another ten years. Those who understand the psyche of Afghan people are convinced that Afghans would never accept that and this would become a source of perpetual instability and chaos in that country. The instability in Afghanistan would also have implications for the region and beyond and therefore, the United States should seriously think about handing over full sovereignty to Afghans and if there are concerns about post-withdrawal security then the responsibility can be entrusted the UN to take care of peace.

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EPORTS in the national media indicate that the Government and the Opposition were in contact with each other to explore the possibility of reviving the parliamentary committee that finalized the 18th Constitutional Amendment with a view to removing some of the flaws and the ensuing difficulties being faced by the Federation and the Provinces. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah have reportedly had initial discussions on the issue and it is going to be taken up with other parties as well. Despite repeated claims being made by Senator Mian Raza Rabbani, who spearheaded the Committee in question, that the 18th Amendment was sacrosanct and could not be touched again, the fact remains that the Amendment has created several anomalies that do not augur well for the system. It is generally believed that the Amendment was adopted in undue haste and was product of political expediencies. Some analysts rightly point out that the two main political parties and their allies made a compromise deal to serve their political ends without realizing consequences of some of the amendments on administrative and legal working of the government. Flaws of the amendment became evident when a controversy surrounded about the fate of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) with Rabbani and others in the Government adamant to wind it up and transfer its functions but the impending catastrophe was avoided by some saner elements both in the Opposition and the Government who saved the HEC from the deadly axe. Apart from some other issues in education like syllabus, there also several issues in the health sector including formation and role of the National Drug Regulatory Authority that have become controversial or vague in the presence of 18th Amendment. Some Ministries and departments were unwisely devolved to Provinces without considering pros and cons and afterwards the very Government of the PPP revived six of those Ministries under different names to dodge the 18th Amendment spirit. There are reasons to believe that instead of strengthening the Federation, as was claimed, the 18th Amendment has weakened the Federation and there is, therefore, every justification to review it thoroughly.

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HE National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NAPRA) has or dered power companies to reimburse the amount collected on account of fuel price adjustment to consumers involving aggregate benefit of Rs 35 billion for consumers. The DISCOs would provide relief to power consumers in the monthly bills for the next five months. This is, indeed, a consumer friendly initiative that would help alleviate sufferings of the people who have been made to pay the highest power rates in the region mainly because of inefficiencies and corruption of the DISCOs and thefts and leakages. But the issue also raises questions about the way the prices including the fuel adjustment are determined by the regulatory authority. In the past as well NEPRA either had to revise upward or downward the fuel adjustment price for consumers for previous months because of some error or omission. There is something seriously wrong with the pricing formula which needs to be reviewed and revised as pointed out repeatedly by the Supreme Court as well. We hope that both the Government and NEPRA as well as OGRA would take into account ground realities while determining rates of utilities as their prices are going beyond the reach of the common man despite claims of provision of some subsidies by the authorities concerned.

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Right to Information Act to make those objectives a reality. Article 19A states: “Every citizen shall have access to information in all matters of public imporMohammad Jamil tance subject to regulation Email: mjamil1938@hotmail.com and reasonable limits imposed by law”. Last month, Senators across N 2002, Right to Information Or party lines endorsed a report of the dinance was issued with great Standing Committee on Information fanfare, but it lapsed because it and Broadcasting on the Right to Inwas not enacted by the Parliament. formation Bill, 2013. The commitIn November 2010, Right to Infor- tee had unanimously approved the mation Act was passed by the Par- draft bill on August 28 this year, and liament applicable to whole of Pa- there is no apparent reason for the kistan. Recently, Punjab and Sindh delay in passing the said bill. According to the report, the proassemblies have also enacted the Right to Information. In September posed bill gives an all-encompassing 2013, KPK Assembly passed the definition of ‘national security’, Right to Information Act (RIA) which includes matters pertaining to 2013, which meets all the standards integrity, security or defence of Paof effective right to information leg- kistan or any part thereof. Furtherislation such as maximum disclo- more, no information could be made sure, minimal exemptions; obliga- available about Pakistan’s relations tion for proactive disclosure; process with other states or international to facilitate access to information; organisations if that information minimum cost for the requested in- could put the interests of the country formation; disclosure taking prece- in jeopardy. Of course this is in line dence over exemption and assisting with the Article 19A of the Constituthe requesters. The law says that tion of Pakistan. Last week, Federal even if the information pertains to Minister for Information and Broadcategories of exempted information, casting Senator Pervaiz Rashid said there should be strong presumption that access to information concernfor disclosure if information exposes ing national security could not be corruption, criminal wrongdoing, given to everyone, citing that it was other serious breaches of the law, hu- the rule throughout the world that no man rights abuse, or serious harm country leaked its information which to public safety or the environment. posed any sort of threat to its national Constitution is said to be a so- security. So-called liberals and some cial contract between the govern- analysts are criticizing the draft bill ment and the governed in which the on the grounds that it seeks to reject latter give up sovereignty to the the application for information on former in return of civil rights and one pretext or another. Anyhow, a designated officer liberties. It defines the powers of the various pillars and organs of the state will be bound to provide information for its smooth functioning. It also within 21 days of receiving an applisets objectives and goals to be cation. In case of rejection, the apachieved; but laws have to be framed plicant can seek a review from the

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principal officer of the department concerned within 30 days. The applicant will be able to file a complaint with the Wafaqi Mohtasib and federal tax ombudsman. However, it should be our endeavour to honestly probe into matters of public interest without trepidation or fear. In 1990, a bill was introduced in the Senate as a private Bill, which was resisted and failed to be enacted. In 1994, the Public Accounts Committee, headed by Senator Malik Qasim, made the second attempt, but the proposed bill drafted by the committee was strongly resisted by the bureaucracy, and therefore, could not be enacted. In 1997, on the initiative of Fukharuddin G. Ibrahim, the Federal Minister of Law in the Interim Government headed by Malik Meraj Khalid, the President of Pakistan promulgated a Freedom of Information Ordinance on January 29, 1997. However, the successive government allowed this Ordinance to lapse and did not enact it into law. Former president General Pervez Musharraf had promulgated the Freedom of Information Ordinance in October, 2002, but no legislation was done. Now is the time that the bill be passed by the Parliament, as there are many advantages of such bill. In every field of activity, be it business, profession or vocation; be it a private or public institution, decisions taken on the basis of reliable information are more effective than those taken in the absence of information. It provides the tool to take correct decisions, and there is maxim that “Information is power”. Government servants or even those at the helm in private organization have the tendency to keep the information to themselves, because they feel a sense of power. But sometimes withholding information can

cause a great loss. In Pakistan, low literacy level, abject poverty and ignorance of citizens have placed society at low spectrum of social awareness on the right to information. Simultaneously colonial era Official Secrets Act of 1920, Security Act of 1952 and Maintenance of Public Act 1960 secure the interest of closed system of governance. In a civil society, excessive secrecy is viewed as detrimental to the people’s interest. Anyhow, only in a society where democracy has taken roots, the people are aware and conscious about their rights, that they can exert pressure on the members of the parliament to pass appropriate laws to acknowledge people’s right to information. In the developing countries, bureaucracy often holds back the information because it feels that releasing information is not in public interest. In Pakistan, secretive style of governance has weakened the state and society. In developed countries, citizens’ access to public records and transparency in processes that affect their lives have a ‘disinfecting’ effect on the administration and the government. People today wish to be informed about the way three pillars of the state – Executive, Legislature and Judiciary – conduct them, and how it affects their lives. In the recent past, sugar, cement, flour and stock exchange scams adversely impacted the national exchequer and people’s lives. Investigative reporting helped expose the elements that exploited the people or caused loss to the exchequer. Yet, a lot has to be done to end the corrupt practices, wrong doings of some parliamentarians and members of the bureaucracy. —The writer is Lahore-based senior journalist.

From Maudoodi to Munawar Hasan Army in 1971 till the very end. In October 1972, Mian Ahmad replaced Asif Haroon Raja Tufail Maudoodi as the new Ameer. Email: asifharoon7751@yahoo.com By 1976, JI street power increased dramatically and with 2,000, 000 new entrants AMAAT-e-Islami (JI) was joining it, the party became a force founded by Abul Ala Maudoodi to reckon with. The JI took active on August 26, 1941. He was part in the PNA movement of nineamong the staunch opponents of idea party alliance to protest against rigof Pakistan. However, once Pakistan ging in March 1977 elections by ZA came on the world map on August Bhutto’s regime. While holding im14, 1947,Maudoodi stated that Pa- portant portfolios in Zia’s governkistan was destined to become an ment, JI ideologues lent full support Islamic State. to Zia in his drive to Islamize the soMotivated by the desire to make ciety and the system of education. Pakistan an Islamic State governed Afghan war in 1980s brought the by Shariah law, JI was instrumental US, Zia regime and JI as well as JUI in getting Objectives Resolution on one platform. In order to feed the passed by the Constituent Assembly proxy war in Afghanistan against the in 1949. JI spearheaded Ahmediyya Soviets, the US in its bid to enroll riots in Punjab in 1953 which re- Jihadis from all Muslim countries sulted in declaration of martial law patronized the religious right. In Pain Lahore. Lt Gen Azam Khan kistan, which had agreed to fight the crushed the movement in a month proxy war as a Frontline State, JI was time. Maudoodi was awarded death designated as the ideological bulwark sentence but under public pressure of Islam by USA and Zia. In 1987, he was released. Chaudhri Qazi Hussain was elected as new Muhammad Ali obliged JI by insert- Ameer of JI. Miraculous success in ing Islamic clauses in the 1956 Con- 1988 against the Soviet forces raised stitution. Collision with Gen Ayub the stature of Jihadis, Pakistan, Gen Khan started when JI demanded res- Zia and JI and JUI, which in turn toration of Islamic articles in 1962 strengthened politico-religious forces Constitution. To pacify the Islamists, and led to militarization of the sociAyub agreed to inscribe word ‘Is- ety because of proliferation of arms lamic’ with Republic of Pakistan in and drugs. the Constitution. JI was the major During the ten years democratic spirit behind Pakistan Democratic era from 1988 to 1999, the JI under Movement in 1968 when Ayub Qazi Hussain further streamlined its Khan decided to celebrate ‘Decade internal organizational and educaof Development’. tional structure. It joined IJI with The JI became an ally of Gen PML in 1988, but in its bid to beYahya Khan regime and its militant come a third force, it charted an inwing Islami Jamiat-e-Tulaba took dependent course in 1993 elections part in the civil war against the and paved the way for PPP to regain Mukti Bahinis in former East Paki- power. Although JI boycotted 1997 stan by forming Al-Shams and Al- elections, its nuisance value as presBadr militias and then supported the sure group remained intact. DurArmy in its fight against Indian ing Gen Musharraf’s rule, JI became

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part of MMA, a grouping of six religious parties. In the 2002 elections, MMA succeeded in clinching Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan governments and in earning a sizable presence in the federal government. MMA increased its vote bank for the first time on the slogan of anti-Americanism which had peaked because of Musharraf’s u-turn on Afghanistan and submitting to US demands. Although JI denounced the US and Musharraf’s pro-US policies, but MMA not only validated Musharraf’s rule by passing the 17th Amendment in 2004, but also nurtured extremist groups in FATA and in Swat region. Resultantly, TTP came into being in December 2007, which by now has spread its tentacles in all parts of the country and is tenaciously fighting the security forces as well as resorting to terrorism against civilians and destroying property. Lal Masjid operation in July 2007 was vehemently opposed by JI. In the aftermath of death of TTP Chief Hakeemullah, termed as Shaheed by Munawar. Fazlur Rahman created more ripples by stating that even a dog killed by US drone is a martyr. They not only undermined the sacrifices rendered by soldiers and the masses but also glorified TTP. What Munawar and his types imply is that the TTP militants are freedom fighters and Pak Army is an occupation Army fighting an illegal war. He has given a certificate of martyrdom to terrorist and derided Pakistani soldiers. Known for his rude and rustic behavior, his reckless statement invited wrath of religious scholars and denunciation from all segments of society. Only TTP hailed his statement. He qualified his derogatory remarks by saying that if an American dying in battlefield was not a mar-

tyr, how come his backers could be called martyrs when their goals were common. While the JI leaders claim to be against terrorism in all its manifestations, Munawar doesn’t consider beheading of soldiers, public hangings and bodies strung up from lampposts, bombing of mosques and Imambargahs, destroying schools, attack on funerals, kidnappings for ransom by TTP militants under Hakeemullah from August 2009 till end October 2013 as acts of terrorism. He forgets that TTP is funded and equipped by non-Muslim foreign agencies including CIA. Munawar’s offensive remarks were strongly condemned by DG ISPR. He said that his remarks have caused immense pain to the families of those who died fighting for their country. He added that JI chief ‘insulted’ the martyrdom off thousands of innocent Pakistanis and soldiers. He sought unconditional apology from him. Unfazed by Army’s tough rejoinder, Munawar refused to regret and stuck to his guns, while JI Shura also defended his stance. JI’s advice to the Army not to indulge in politics by issuing political statements is indeed surprising when seen in the backdrop of its prolonged alliance with military rulers. Because of its long association with the military, JI is dubbed as B team of the military. Decades long alliance of the duo is in doldrums and may snap unless the JI Ameer picks up moral courage to own up its mistake and clarify his position. If he doesn’t, it will lend strength to the common perception that he has lost sense of proportion and capacity to think logically and to behave in a civilized manner. —The writer is a retired Brig, defence analyst and columnist.

IX months after President Obama rededicated himself to closing the Guantanamo Bay prison, his administration can point to modest signs of progress. Two of the 164 prisoners at the base in Cuba were transferred to Algeria in August , resuming a process of repatriation that had been virtually frozen for 2½ years. This month the Pentagon finally initiated review hearings for 69 detainees who have neither been cleared for transfer nor charged with a crime, 20 months after Mr. Obama ordered the process. Two senior officials have been appointed at the State and Defence departments to coordinate further transfers. Congress, too, finally is edging away from its counterproductive refusal to allow the administration to take measures to wind down the prison and end its use by anti-American propagandists and al-Qaeda recruiters. On Nov. 19, the Senate voted to preserve language in the pending National Defence Authorization Act that would ease restrictions on repatriating Guantanamo detainees and allow their transfer to the United States for trial, detention or medical treatment. Fifty-five senators, including three Republicans, voted against an amendment that would have left the existing, highly restrictive transfer rules in place, compared with only 41 who opposed it a year ago. The Senate action made eminent sense. More than half of Guantanamo’s detainees have been cleared for transfer, and more could be approved in the new hearings. The rest could be more easily prosecuted, and far more inexpensively detained, in the United States than at the base. As Mr. Obama has argued, “there is no justification beyond politics for Congress to prevent” these steps. That said, the sad reality is that Guantanamo is likely to remain open for some time. The defence bill is stuck in the Senate and in danger of not being passed for the first time in 51 years. Even if the bill clears the Senate, the Guantanamo measures would have to survive a conference committee with Republican-controlled House. Congress, moreover, is not the administration’s only problem. The biggest obstacle may lie in Yemen, the homeland of more than half of the prisoners, including 59 of those already approved for transfer. The nation is a centre of operations for al-Qaeda: Mr. Obama suspended repatriations to Yemen after a plot to bomb a U.S. airliner was launched there in December 2009. Its fragile government cooperates with the United States on counter-terrorism but does not have the capacity to rehabilitate returned prisoners or detain those who cannot be safely released. The Obama administration is attempting to organize an international effort to establish and fund a new detention facility in Yemen that could take on those missions. But no agreement has been announced, and it could take months or even years to set up the facility if there were an accord. Congress should end its obstruction of the administration’s initiatives so that more of Guantanamo’s detainees can be transferred or tried in US courts. But the administration also has work to do: Even when Guantanamo is closed, a legal regime will be needed for arrest, interrogation and long-term detention of foreign terrorist suspects who cannot be handled by domestic US justice system. Like Guantanamo’s closure, that legislation has been delayed by politics for too long. — The Washington Post

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GITATION against drone strikes is legitimate but the mode adopted in KPK was more mocking than a serious effort. Protests intended to stop NATO supply containers were unable to stop even a single container in three days. It is for sure that drone strikes cannot be stopped by such like protests but on the contrary the agitation gave a message as death of militants in Hangu drone attack was being mourned. Pro militants and Taliban leaders protested very strongly after the death of TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud and are again doing the same against drone attack in Hangu which targeted five Afghan militants belonging to Haqqani Group. Such protests in the name of safeguarding the sovereignty of Pakistan create an impression that terrorists have a support in the Pakistani Society. In reality also it is ironical that militants, terrorists and criminals find support and refuge in some parts of Pakistan. Internally, country is suffering in the hands of terrorists but at

the same time is being blamed internationally for harbouring and supporting the terrorists. This is because of such like actions by a small segment of the society supported by section of media and some political and religious parties which get publicity in international media. This segment of society never has protested even for one day on the deaths of thousands of innocent Pakistani citizens in bomb blasts and suicide attacks. Provincial Government of KPK has been taking pro Taliban positions on one pretext or other for its own reasons but the federal government is neither here nor there. Some of its ministers took pro militants and anti America posture which is against the official policy adopted by the government. This is being done as not to lose the righteous vote bank of the ruling party. The ambiguous stance taken by the government creates more dangerous impression in the society as Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) are keener in fight against militancy and terrorism than govt. Recent protests against passage of NATO containers are not only strange but also ridicules as such like actions cause division in the society. Instead of protesting in the parlia-

ment, where policies are made, thousands of people gathered on roads and caused in-convince to general public. If the Provincial Government is genuinely so keen to stop NATO supply than it can be done more effectively by few efficient traffic sergeants and constables who will permanently stop NATO supply containers passage through the province provided authorised by the provincial government. During these protests political workers of the ruling party were seen forcibly checking trucks, manhandling and humiliating truck drivers for worst. When a ruling party agitates and blocks roads in the jurisdiction of its own government, it speaks of two things, either it is ineffective to get its orders implement through executives or is not serious in the issue and just wants to play with the sentiments of general public by exploiting anti America sentiments in the society. Such like protest neither impress US to stop drone strikes nor yield any substantial and tangible outcome but Pakistan, because of such minority actions, is considered as supporting terrorism especially so when such protests are after the death of a prominent terrorist. Pakistan as

a nation is fighting a war against terrorism for last over thirteen years and have paid a heavy price but some political and religious parties instead of giving true picture to general public term it as America’s war to gain political support by exploiting historical hate against America in the general populace. Pakistan is the worst sufferer of terrorism and WOT but at the same time it is propagated as epicentre of terrorism and safe haven for the terrorists. Neither its collation partners in war against terrorism nor terrorist are ready to show any amount of trust in Pakistani Government. Both blame it for supporting the rival side and also hold it responsible for their failures against each other. Nation is fed up of the terrorists and their agenda. They want peace and prosperity but at the same time they also do not want government to be apologetic and giving up to US or any other state on vital national interests. Job of leadership is to guide the people in right direction and not to instigate or exploit their ignorance or innocence for political advantage at the cast of damaging the state. —The writer is a Rawalpindi-based freelance columnist.

Pesticide poisoning our environment Dr Iftikhar Ahmad Email: observer@pakobserver.net

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HE international Pesticide Ac tion Network (PAN) launched December 3 as the Global “No Pesticides Use Day” in 1998, to commemorate the world’s worst chemical disaster in 1984. That day in Bhopal (India) a pesticide factory exploded, releasing a toxic gas that caused more than 500,000 injured and 20,000 deaths in the years since. The global PAN has highlighted the tragedy of Bhopal as an example of a tragic instance of chemical pesticide contamination for which its victims continue to suffer to this day. Bhopal has been called the worst commercial industrial disaster in history—but not the last. Overuse of pesticides causes resurgence of primary pests; induce outbreaks of secondary pests and development of pest resistance. Pesticide resistance is the natural ability of an organism (biotype) to survive exposure to a pesticide. Some pests due intensive application of pesti-

cides (apart from other factors) develop resistance to these pesticides. There is an ecological principle that the poison we put in the environment comes right back to us. Pesticides can enter human body through ingestion, inhalation and dermal contact. Once inside the body, pesticides can have acute or chronic health implications. Acute effects include skin and eye irritation or damage, headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, convulsion and death. Chronic health effects may occur years after even minimal exposure to pesticides in the environment, or result from the pesticide residues which we ingest through our food and water. Such effects include Parkinson’s disease, cancer, mutagenesis (genetical disorder) and teratogenesis (birth defects). Pesticides disrupt the endocrine system thus playing havoc with the complex regulation of hormones, the reproductive system, and embryonic development that can cause incomplete sexual development, infertility, impaired brain development and behavioral disorders etc. In Pakistan, pesticides related health implications are relatively high due to lack

of awareness, low literacy, and easy access to highly toxic compounds and non-adherence to the principles of good agriculture practices. The data on children exposure to pesticides are very limited and mainly confined to private discussions. However, children are more susceptible to pesticide risk than elders because of their hand-tomouth and sit/crawl behavior, delicate and more permeable skin, immature immune system and less detoxifying capability. Unfortunately Pakistan is a country that has neither indigenous MRLs nor policy guidelines on GAP. Moreover, the banned and restricted organochlorine pesticides like DDT also enter the market through illegal means and are applied in horticulture and public health. The absence of GAP, adulteration, lack of awareness and un-access of farmers to alternate plant protection technologies leads to higher levels of pesticide residues in our agriculture produce. Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) is the apex agriculture organization having its roots throughout the country. National Ag-

riculture Research Centre (NARC) is its premier research setup. The current PARC/NARC management is well aware of this issue. National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad established in 1984, is the largest research centre of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) is striving hard through its various programmes (Insect Pest Management Programme, Ecotoxicology Research Program, Integrated Pest Management Programme, Organic Farming, Crop Disease Research Institute and Institute of Bioremediation etc) to work for eco-friendly and environmentallysound approaches for crop management and protection. Pesticides are poisons. They are intended to kill. Therefore, farmers and consumers should be given the right to know what they are using, what they are producing and what they are consuming. In this regard electronic media can play a positive role instead of bombarding pesticide promotion advertisements. —The writer is Chairman PARC, Islamabad.

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Iran & US are neither blind nor stupid Gwynne Dyer

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E are not blind, and I don’t think we are stupid,” said US Secretary of State John Kerry in response to fierce Israeli criticism after the first round of talks about Iran’s nuclear program earlier this month failed to reach a deal. Now the deal is done, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is even harsher in his condemnation of Kerry’s handiwork. “Israel has many friends and allies,” said Netanyahu, “but when they’re mistaken, it’s my duty to speak out. … What was achieved last night (Nov. 24) in Geneva is not a historic agreement; it was a historic mistake. Today the world has become a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world took a significant step toward obtaining the world’s most dangerous weapon.” What he meant was that the interim agreement implicitly recognizes Iran’s right to enrich uranium for peaceful uses. But that right is already enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Iran has signed, and nobody ever thought that Iran was really going to renounce it. What was at issue was whether Iran would en-

rich its uranium to “weapons grade” — 90 percent pure — and make nuclear bombs. The “Plan of Action” signed by Iran, the United States, Russia, Britain, France, Germany and the European Union ensures that it will not, at least for the next six months. All uranium enrichment above 5 percent is to be halted, and Iran’s entire stockpile of 20 percent enriched material — the potential feedstock for a “dash” to weaponsgrade material — is to be diluted or converted to a form not suitable for further enrichment. Iran is not to install any more centrifuges (the machines used to enrich material), and large numbers of the existing banks of centrifuges are to be left inoperable. Even Iran’s stockpile of 3.5 percent enriched uranium (for use in nuclear power reactors) is to remain the same between now and the end of the six-month period. And there will be no further work done on the Arak reactor, which might give Iran plutonium, and thus a second route to a nuclear bomb. Iran will also allow more intrusive inspections by International Atomic Energy Agency officials, including daily access to the key enrichment sites at Natanz and Fordow. All it gets in return is $7 billion worth of relief (about $100 per Iranian) on the sanctions that are crippling its

economy. All the main sanctions will stay in place until a final agreement has been signed — if it is — six months from now. Iran can therefore make no further progress toward nuclear weapons while the detailed negotiations continue, if that is actually what Tehran ever had in mind. Yet Israeli officials are talking as if the US has been both blind and stupid. A week ago Sunday, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said that “Israel cannot participate in the international celebration, which is based on Iranian deception and the world’s self-delusion.” And Naftali Bennett, Israel’s minister of trade and industry, warned: “If in five years a nuclear suitcase explodes in New York or Madrid, it will be because of the agreement that was signed this morning.” Israel’s basic position is that the Iranian regime is entirely composed of evil terrorist fanatics who should never be allowed to have refined uranium of any sort. The only recourse is therefore to tighten the sanctions more and more until Iran’s entire economy and government crumble and a completely different sort of people emerge from somewhere to take over the country. No deal can be a good deal.Israel’s leaders are dismayed that they can no longer keep their allies and friends pinned in this

extreme position, but endlessly quoting the ravings of former Iranian Prime Minister Mahmoud Ahmedinejad is not enough. They would have to demonstrate that Iran actually intends to attack Israel, and they cannot. So eventually their allies just moved without them. As Israel’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid told Time magazine: “We’ve lost the world’s ear. We have six months, at the end of which we need to be in a situation in which the Americans listen to us the way they used to listen to us in the past.” The game is not over yet. Israel’s influence in the US Congress is still immense, and its congressional allies are already talking about heaping more sanctions on Iran (in order to kill the deal, though they don’t admit that). President Barack Obama could veto those new sanctions, of course, but he will find it a lot harder to get Congress to revoke the existing sanctions if the final deal is done six months from now. That’s why Iran gets so little relief from sanctions now in return for its concessions: Obama needs more time to work on Congress. But Israel may still win this tug of war. The writer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries. — Courtesy: The Japan Times

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remember that Sunday morn ing: Three women with smiles on their faces shared their lives with the audience who had gathered in the air-conditioned hall of a fivestar hotel. Celine was the first to come to the mike. There was a smile on her face as she sang with assurance that, “When troubles surround us, God “sends down His love on the wings of a dove.” There were not many in

the audience who knew that although she sang with total peace, her husband’s body had grown weak with a massive stroke. Day by day, she had found that there was no need to worry because God sustained her. An hour later, I was the AIDS awareness programme in the same hall, and I heard Heather speak of her work with people who were HIV positive. As her name was announced, she bent down to click on the strap for her polio-stricken leg and then limped to the podium. There was a smile on her face, and no one in the audience had any doubt that she was happy in her work. Very few knew that with her disabled limb she trudged to work in rain or

sun, leaving her home every day with no ideas as to what would be sold by her alcoholic husband to get money for his next drink. The HIV patients who came to her centre every day thought she was mad as she shared her meager lunch with them, dispensed medicine and spoke to them about a God who carried her through her own suffering. “God uses the broken,” she said to the audience, “to reach out to the broken.” Then a frail, tiny figure stood up. “I am HIV positive,” said Flavia. “I was a maid and got married to a driver who I didn’t know was already HIV positive.” She related her struggle as she had looked after a dying husband and then a dying son.

After they had died, she had decided to commit suicide, but something had made her look to God for guidance and she had felt the need to care for other victims of her own disease. We heard how she looked after homes where little ones watched with terror as their parents suffered and died of AIDS, and then ran to her for comfort; about how she helped wives as they struggled to minister to a dying husband. There was a hush in the audience. We knew that it was only because of knowing pain herself that she could minister to those in pain. God uses the broken to reach out and heal the broken..! —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People PPP Raising Day COL. RIAZ JAFRI (RETD)

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he PPP observed its 46th Yaum-e-Tasees or the Raising Day on November 30th at Bilawal House Karachi. As usual the speakers including the rarely seen party Chairman Bilawal Zardari Bhutto tried but in vain to highlight the sacrifices and achievements of Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari. They wanted to convey to the people that the PPP had always challenged the status quo and would show to the world in 2008 that it was still very much alive. Not only, the young Bilawal didn’t look or sound very convincing or sure of himself and his party, the stalwarts like Qaim Ali Shah (who mixed up Bilawal House with MQM’s 90) and Raza Rabbani also had not much to offer except the theatrical harangues, mannerism and gesticulation. One wonders why can’t our so called seasoned and learned leaders address the audience in a more mature and sober way – the way the Quaid e Azam, the Quaid e Millat Liaqat Ali Khan, the great Shaheed Suherwardy and many other leaders of the yore did? They should know that in these days of electronic media they are not addressing the Tangawalas only but they are also being watched and heard in almost every home of Pakistan where some men of reasonable knowledge and intellect also live. Frankly, at present it is more fun and amusing to watch these so called leaders than listen to what they are saying!! —Rawalpindi

Mehsud and the media PARAS AKHTAR

ernments of Musharraf and PPP the same family politics was in vogue and almost all political parties trampled democratic traditions requiring for a stable and healthy democratic system. Be it the Bhutto family, Zardari tribe, the Choudharies of Gujrat, the Sindhi Pirs, the Baluchi sardars, the Gillanis or Pirs of Multan or other landlords of southern Punjab all are fostering their own family members at the cost of their party workers and the nation as a whole. All of them claim to be in the politics of principles; but in fact they have spoiled the politics and promoted corruption. Father is labelled as ‘corrupt’, the son is also labelled as such and both corrupts are standing in front of an anti-corruption judge – where is morality, respect for elders, affection for youngsters and a self esteem and regard between relations. We have stooped so low in moral values, family traditions and ethical pursuits. The ruling party led by Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif is also not an exception. They are also following the previous policies of favouritism by absorbing more and more people from the Sharif family in politics, ignoring services of those who stood by him in the odd hours. His Cabinet is eccentrically a handsome blend of those who hail from his own family or are linked in any relations with him. Only a handful of Ministers are from the other three Provinces. The political parties need structural reforms to bring visible change in their manifestos of policies instead of focusing on family politics. Their approach must be realistic and public-oriented in order to promote a real and consolidated democratic culture. —Via emalil

I was astonished to see the live coverage of the funeral prayers offered for Hakimullah Mehsud on every news channel. Why was the death of Hakimullah Mehsud given so much of importance? This was primarily the first question that arose in my mind. Media portrayed a policy totally myopic in scope and nature and could not visualise that the deceased was a worst enemy of Pakistan and a killer of innocent people. It was in fact a glamorising the Taliban and amounted to supporting their acts of terrorism. These channels were speaking completely against their own country’s government and showed all their sympathies for Mehsud. All the patriots forgot how brutally he had been killing their brothers in blasts and our TV anchors converted all his inhuman strategies into a series of sympathies. They were brain washing the audience against their own country. Voice of America was of course justified in showing Mehsud’s death as ‘Breaking News’; we could also show his death as a relief for us, for Pakistan, for mankind. It was argued that in his death the prospects of peace talks had been sabotaged. What peace talks? And with whom? Was it not an act to recognise the ruthless killers at par with the state of Pakistan? Shame on us. They are intruders, law breakers, outlaws and deserve no leniency. The drone attacks have killed thousands of innocent people what is wrong if a killer is also killed? This was somehow a failure of our TV channels instead of victory. He was a terrorist and responsible for a million lives. The media of our own country is against AANSA AFZAL our government (state), then what can we expect from others. The flaw is in our ownselves rather than I want to appeal to PM Nawaz Sharif others. to take serious action on unemploy—Via email ment which is a serious issue faced by Pakistan today. Mr. Nawaz Sharif is only working and introducing new projects for youth, electricity. His government has done nothing to decrease unemployment in rural and GULDAR ALI KHAN WAZIR urban areas. Our PM should introduce new projects for the removal of Since the inception of Parliamen- unemployment so that the present and tary system in Pakistan, family the coming generation have good fupolitics is on the rise. This is mainly ture and could work for the welfare because of the monopoly estab- of Pakistan lished by party heads and lack of —Lahore healthy and mature political traditions. No party has any transparent and above board mechanism of conducting intra-party elections to choose a real, democratic, upright RUTABA MUNEER and scrupulous leadership bearing qualities of meeting challenging tasks. Every political boss knows Parking vehicles in no-parking and prefers the areas of priorities zones is a growing phenomenon. It when he comes to power. has prompted traffic police to work Our past history is full of a round the clock to counter this pracmultitude of examples where po- tice. Parking in the wrong lane litical leaders inducted members causes immense inconvenience to of their own families in politics the passers-by and give way to road and then gave them key positions incidents. Hence, there are calls for in the state affairs or corridors of a stringent action against motorists power. No political party took any who park on the wrong side of the decision on merit nor it treated its street. political activists and cohorts It is very difficult to find parkequally and without any discrimi- ing in a public place due to traffic nation. In the recently held gen- congestion in Karachi. There eral polls it was Maulana Fazlur should be a comprehensive review Rehman who contested from three of the problem because the situaNational Assembly constituencies tion is getting worse with the paslike D.I.Khan, Lakki Marwat and sage of time. This is especially true Tank districts and won them with because of a huge increase in the overwhelming majority. number of vehicles and the growAfter quitting the constituen- ing trend of drivers to ignore trafcies of Tank and Lakki Marwat and fic rules and regulations. Many retaining D.I. Khan’s, he made his people are accustomed to parking brother and son contest on these their vehicles in no-parking zones, seats in the by-elections and lost especially in front of government both of them against the PTI un- offices and business premises. popular candidates. The main reaThese wrongly parked vehicles son behind losing the seats was that create problems for local residents. the people got annoyed over the When a person parks in the middle family choice of Maulana and thus of a street or in front of a shop the rejected his nominees. traffic comes to a halt. When trafLikewise, a nationalist leader fic police officers see such violaof Balochistan Mehmood Khan tions they simply use loudspeakers Achakzai played the same game to ask the violators to move. But in politics and assigned the office some people pay no heed to the of Governor to his retired bureau- warnings as they know that they crat step-brother, Mohammad will not be fined. Khan Achakzai instead of conferThe main cause of the problem ring it on any political figure of is the insufficient parking space in his party. During the previous gov- areas with high density of popula-

tion. The authorities should conduct traffic campaigns to enforce traffic regulations. Traffic tickets or fines should be issued to all violators. Some drivers park without the least bit of a consideration for other road users. Such phenomenon is visible especially near mosques during Friday prayers. The way to address this problem is by maintaining the rule of law and taking punitive measures against violators. —Karachi

Planning for future career IQRA NOSHEEN Youth is the age of idealism. It is also the age of confusion when boys become men and girl rise to womanhood. It is the time when most of us go undergo the process of introspection to decide what is of value to us and what our careers should be and even make plans for love and marriage. On the negative side, this is also the time when young people would choose to get into drugs and crime. A willingness to receive and accept guidance from the elders and a sense of discipline can relieve the confusion and help the youth to acquire a positive direction towards a successful future life. It would be a good time to get involved with some disciplined and organised activity at this crucial stage of our lives. Since it is also the time of our lives when we are full of energy it may be useful to find some positive avenues for all that energy. Military service, community service or, still better, a combination of both could be a good option for future planning. —Via email

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On 27 November 2013 while hearing the case on law and order situation in Karachi, the Chief Justice of the Supreme court expressed a degree of satisfaction on the way targeted operation against terrorists and criminal in Karachi had progressed. He sought its continuation but he should also see that the treatment being meted out Security Agencies to those arrested. Indeed many criminals have been caught in these operations ,but the question arises that all the peoples who are arrested are really criminals or they have arrest no innocent peoples. If they are really criminals so why the police and rangers not showing their faces in front of media The treatment of security agencies is very unfair. They torture them. The government should realize their duty and take some bold steps to check this social or civil evil because the good actions taken by the government are negated by such actions. —Via email

Unregistered vehicles ENGINEER M.ASADULLAH In Peshawar the number of unregistered vehicles is double of registered ones.Which causes many problems in society.Like unregistered vehicles are being used in many crimes such as in robbery,kidnapping,target killing and in other street crimes.It is also becoming a serious security issue. So,I would like to request Chief minister Pervez khattak,Incharge of traffic police and other civil authorities to take timely action to controll this problem. —Peshawar

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Syria death toll hits nearly 126,000 B EIRUT — The death toll in Britain but with a network of Syria’s civil war has risen to at least 125,835, more than a third of them civilians, but the real figure is probably much higher, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The pro-opposition monitoring group also appealed to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and “all people in the international community who have a conscience” to increase their efforts to end the 2-1/2 year war. The conflict began as peaceful protests against four decades of rule by President Bashar alAssad’s family, but under a fierce security force crackdown, turned into an armed insurgency whose sectarian dimensions have echoed across the Middle East. The Observatory, based in

activists across Syria, put the number of children killed in the conflict so far at 6,627. It put the death toll among rebels fighting the Assad government at least 27,746 rebels, including more than 6,000 categorized as foreign fighters or unknown combatants. “The number is likely much higher but in many battles, the number of rebels killed is hidden, especially by the (al Qaedalinked) Nusra Front and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Observatory, told Reuters. He said the observatory had documented 50,430 deaths among the Syrian armed forces and local militias supporting Assad, but said that number too was probably higher.—Reuters

Turkey stands by Kurdish oil deal, seeks to appease Baghdad ARBIL—Turkey said on Monday it stood by a bilateral oil deal with Iraq’s Kurdistan region that bypassed central government but sought to appease Baghdad by drawing it into the arrangement. Reuters reported Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan signed a multibillion-dollar energy package last week, infuriating Baghdad which claims sole authority over oil exports and is wary of any move that could extend political autonomy in the region. Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz met Iraqi deputy prime minister for energy, Hussain al-Shahristani, in Baghdad to try to mend ties with a federal government which says independent Kurdish oil exports would be illegal. The affair has soured relations between Ankara and Baghdad. “We stand by the agreement we did with northern Iraq but we hope this can be carried out through a three-way mechanism,” Yildiz told a conference after flying into Arbil, the capital city of the Kurdistan region

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Iran to reassert authority at OPEC after nuclear deal D VIENNA—Bijan Zanganeh re- quo. Oil ministers are widely space,’” said an OPEC delegate has boosted production to nearly turns this week to the same Vienna hotel suite he last occupied eight years ago as Iranian oil minister, ready to prepare OPEC for what Tehran hopes will mark its return as the cartel’s second biggest producer. Emboldened by its nuclear deal with the West, Iranian oil negotiators led again by industry veteran Zanganeh, will seek to reassert Tehran’s authority in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries at a Wednesday meeting. Western sanctions imposed in 2012 on Iran for its nuclear program have cost it dearly, losing it billions of dollars in oil revenues and market share in OPEC - largely to its main regional political rival Saudi Arabia, and neighbor Iraq. With its exports still shackled by sanctions for at least another six months, Iran poses no immediate threat to the status

expected to roll forward until June an agreement to hold their output near 30 million barrels daily for 12 member countries. But oil traders will be watching closely for signs of cooperation, or otherwise, between the big three producers in OPEC, knowing that Riyadh and Baghdad will need to find room for Iran should its interim nuclear deal be verified and sanctions lifted. Reappointed to the oil ministry by Iran’s new and more western-friendly President Hassan Rouhani, Zanganeh has openly criticized Iraq, now OPEC’s second biggest producer, for increasing its market share at Tehran’s expense. “Iraq has replaced Iran’s oil with its own,” Zanganeh said in November. “This Iraq move is not friendly at all.” “We expect the Iranians to say, ‘We’re coming back to the market and we need some

from a rival Gulf Arab producer. Rising volumes from the United States spurred by production from new shale technology may mean OPEC will need to cut output in the second half of 2014 if it wants to keep oil prices above $100 a barrel. “From now until the end of March, the market looks well balanced and the price should stay supported. But from June, there will be a need for a cut,” said a senior OPEC delegate. “The onus would be on Saudi Arabia and a few other Gulf producers to rein in the incremental output they put into the market,” said Samuel Ciszuk, oil analyst at the Swedish Energy Agency. Because of sanctions, Iran’s output is down a million bpd since the start of 2012 to 2.7 million bpd while Iraq, recovering from years of war and sanctions under Saddam Hussein,

3 million bpd. “Iran’s position has been strengthened after the Geneva deal, but there is still a long way to go,” said energy consultant Mehdi Varzi, formerly of state National Iranian Oil Company. “The bottom line is the Iranians don’t want to rock the boat and put $100 oil under threat, so they need the cooperation of the Saudis.” Oil prices now near $110 a barrel are close to ideal for Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s most influential producer because of its one-third share of group output, and its position as the only producer globally that keeps any significant spare capacity. Riyadh pumped at record levels above 10 million bpd when sanctions were imposed on Iran and to fill the gap left by post civil war disruption in Libya, throttling back a little recently to support prices.—Reuters

(KRG). “As Turkey, we are trying to move this forward in a careful and courteous way.” “We also would like to have the consent of the Central Government of Iraq for the commercial export of oil from the KRG to Turkey and start a trilateral cooperation scheme that will be beneficial to all.” The Turkish-KRG deal has enormous significance for major oil companies as well as for the Kurds and Turkey, which can benefit in domestic supply and onward westward export through the mediterranean port of Ceyhan. “Turkey is trying to follow a balancing act here,” a source close to the talks said. “These are really significant contracts and the Turkish Republic just doesn’t sign deals like this every day. “But Turkey...can’t just look like it’s acting hand-in-hand with the KRG and doesn’t care about Baghdad and that’s never been the case anyway...If Baghdad agrees, great. If they don’t, the exports will nevertheless go ahead, I think.—Reuters

Militants attack Nigerian air force base

Palestinians wave national flags at the seaport during a protest against the blockade on Gaza.

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scores of people dead in one of the insurgent group’s most daring attacks ever. A military official who was at the base said he saw three aircraft and several vehicles hit in the attack. The state government quickly ordered everyone to stay home and extended a night-time curfew to 24 hours in Maiduguri, the city near the air base which is also the birthplace of the extremist Boko Haram movement. Explosions and automatic gunfire could be heard across the northeastern city from around 2:30 a.m. when the insurgents launched the attack with screams of “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great.” Government and military officials said scores of people may be dead. Reporters saw military ambulances ferrying bodies to the hospital morgue. Civilians living around the military base, which is off a main road, said they saw bodies with slit throats and corpses of insurgents burning in vehicles. The witnesses and officials spoke only on condition of anonymity for security reasons. The attack comes a week

emergency in May in three states, acknowledging the insurgents had seized control of many towns and villages, and flooded the area with security forces. The military quickly forced the militants out of urban centers but have appeared unable to halt attacks on soft targets like schools, remote villages and major highways where they set up impromptu roadblocks. The Islamic extremist uprising, which began in 2009 and has killed thousands, poses the biggest threat in decades to the security and cohesion of Africa’s biggest oil producer and its most populous nation, with more than 160 million people. The nation is divided almost equally between the mainly Christian south and the predominantly Muslim north. The extremists say they want to impose Islamic rule across all Nigeria. In one of the group’s highest-profile attacks, a Boko Haram member detonated a car bomb at the United Nations main offices in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Aug. 26, 2011, killing 25 people and wounding more than 100 others.—AP

the speaker of parliament said, after a row with the president that has paralyzed the state and threatened a shaky recovery from war. The prime minister, who was appointed last year, fell out with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud over what legislators said was a dispute over the composition of a new cabinet, prompting Monday’s no confidence vote. The rift has worried Western donors who say it will disrupt efforts to shore up nascent institutions of state and drive back al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants who still control swathes of countryside. Parliament speaker Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari said 184 lawmakers voted against the prime minister, while 65 members supported him. The prime minister’s deputies are expected to handle his duties until a replacement is found. The political turmoil follows a row about corruption related to the central bank. That had already rattled donors who see the probity of that institution as vital to unlocking future debt relief and rebuilding state finances.—Reuters

marched through the capital of Armenia to denounce visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin and to protest against plans to join a Moscow-led customs union. Some of the crowd in central Yerevan held banners declaring “Putin, go home” or “No to the USSR”, a reference to the Russian leader’s efforts to bind former Soviet republics together more closely in economic and security alliances. Putin flew to the South Caucasus country for talks on its decision in September to join the Customs Union with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, but began his visit in another city, Gyumri. He was due in Yerevan later on Monday. The rally in Yerevan followed much larger protests in Ukraine, which suspended plans to sign a trade deal with the European Union last week and decided to rebuild economic ties with Russia instead. Kremlin critics in the West accuse Putin of putting pressure on Ukraine, Armenia and other former Soviet republics to reject agreements that would increase their integration with the EU. Putin has made clear Moscow wants to increase its influence in the strategic region sandwiched

the oil and gas deposits of the Caspian Sea basin. “We are going to strengthen our position in the South Caucasus, drawing on the best of what we have inherited from ancestors and good relations with all countries in the region,” Putin told a RussianArmenian regional forum in Gyumri. “Participation in the Customs Union ... already is bringing Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus tangible dividends,” he said. Police blocked a central street as the demonstrators headed closer to the headquarters of President Serzh Sarksyan’s administration, and protesters handed over a letter urging the government to renounce its decision to join the customs union. Russia is the biggest foreign investor in Armenia and its largest trading partner. Bilateral trade grew 22 percent to $1.2 billion last year. Most trade has been imports to Armenia. Three years ago Russia extended its lease on a military base in the landlocked, resourcepoor nation of 3.2 million until 2044, ensuring it maintains a firm foothold in the South Caucasus.—Reuters

GAZA—Hundreds of Palestinian youth activists sailed from the shores of the Gaza Strip to protest at Israel’s restrictions on fishing in the seas off the Islamist-ruled enclave. Palestinian fishermen say they cannot meet demand in Gaza due to Israel’s naval blockade on the territory and limit of six nautical miles in which they can take out their boats off shore. Israel eased the blockade somewhat in 2010 after an Israeli commando raid on a ship in an activist flotilla bent on reaching Gaza left nine Turks dead and raised an international uproar, but Palestinians say the gestures were not enough. On Monday, Gaza’s Coalition Intifada group said about 200 youths boarded fishing boats heading out of Gaza City toward the fishing zone boundary, before returning to shore. Organizers said some boats crossed the sixmile maritime limit. “We have sent a message of solidarity with the fishermen and a message to the world that they must act to end the Gaza blockade,” said Shorouq Mahmoud, the group’s spokeswoman.—Reuters

PAUL ROSENBERG

URING the recent US government shutdown, we saw a renewed outpouring of articles drawing historical connec tions between the Tea Party and earlier examples of Southern-based obstructionist movements. I myself was part of that outpouring in my column “US Civil War redux”. But a couple of days after the shutdown ended, Salon published a contrarian view from Seth Ackermannn, “Thank Yanks for the Tea Party!” in which he critiques this sort of analysis through the lens of one example, a New Republic article by John Judis, “The Shutdown Standoff Is One of the Worst Crises in American History.” Ackermannn presents his prime objections thus: “But like much of the liberal pop-history genre it belongs to, Judis’s New Republic analysis seems governed by two overarching reflexes: (1) an insistence on seeing this crisis, not as structural, but as a product of the wicked recklessness of Republican extremists; and (2) a desire to attribute it to the influence of some alien force, from some other place, one that is archaic and unlike our own. For Judis, that place is an imagined neo-Confederate South. In either case, the danger comes from outside - from some place exterior to the familiar, modern, consensual United States we all thought we lived in. I disagree. As I see things, the reality is much less comforting.” Of course, I agree with Ackermann that the US’ political structures were deeply implicated in the crisis. But why must it be an either/or matter? Why not see both sorts of causes involved - along with others as well? After all, the structural problems have been there for centuries without making budget crises a regular feature of our government. The same goes for the matter of alien, archaic influence. The American South has always been culturally different from the nation as a whole. It has been, in multiple ways, both self and other. You can’t talk about it as wholly other or wholly similar. It is partially both, by turns. This new-fangled multinational system bound together the most “advanced” and most “backward” parts of the world, including the American South - a prodigious producer of raw materials - and the American North - a centre of shipping, commerce and manufacturing. We can begin with gross economics and political power. The South has always had to have help - and the South has been help - for either reactionary or progressive economic policies. It is an economic colony of the North. They could not have done these latest things without a lot of outside help - they didn’t have enough delegates. And, of course, the Tea Party is financed by outsiders. So any blame is merited, but they still have to have allies from outside the region. This can be easily expanded to a global canvas, since the South’s colonial status and relationship to the North was hardly unique. The entire European colonial system emerged in a way that enabled European modernity to flourish - particularly the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, neither of which owes anything at all to the vast, archaic, agricultural foundations of human history (much less their present-day continuation) according to their own official narratives, which are, like all official narratives, composed almost entirely of comforting fictions. But it’s the careful scholars, rather than grand theoreticians, who’ve done the most to bring the real stories into focus, so I’d like to briefly touch on some of what they’ve uncovered, beginning with historian David Brion Davis in works such as The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823, and others. Davis viewed slavery as integral to the first system of massmarket multinational production - for sugar, tobacco, coffee, dyestuffs, rice, hemp, and cotton, all produced by slave labour. This new-fangled multinational system bound together the most “advanced” and most “backward” parts of the world, including the American South - a prodigious producer of raw materials - and the American North - a centre of shipping, commerce and manufacturing. In Of One Blood: Abolitionism and the Origins of Racial Equality, historian Paul Goodman describes how the organised response of the North’s free black community to colonialisation in the late 1810s planted the seeds of white abolitionism. Then, when white abolitionists began making real progress in the early 1830s, Southerners suddenly discovered that slavery wasn’t a necessary evil to be gotten rid of some day after all, but that it was a positive good. The chief source for such arguments was the Bible. But, as Larry E Tise showed in Proslavery: A History of the Defense of Slavery in America, 1701-1840, the authors first promoting such views were New England preachers and academics, and the arguments themselves had roots in writings from across the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The grand bargain keeping segregation in place lasted until after World War II, when the Nazis had completely discredited racism and Soviet Communism was competing ideologically throughout the Third World, where the US’ highly visible race problem put it at a distinct disadvantage. The Civil War was not originally waged over slavery, but over preserving the union. The two causes were eventually joined by necessity, and hundreds of thousands of blacks were involved in the struggle. But after the war, over time, white Northern interests changed, eventually coming to favour reconciliation and economic reintegration with the re-established white supremacist South. As this process unfolded over half a century, a national consensus on the meaning of the Civil War was forged which deliberately excluded the perspective of the African Americans and their white abolitionist allies, a process described in detail by David W Blight in Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. A comment on Blight could be found in my review for the Denver Post. The dominance of the white supremacist reconciliationist vision represented yet another “grand bargain” between Northern and Southern white elites. At the same time that a tightly regulated system of racial segregation was imposed in the South, a less-recognised, but similarly sweeping system arose in the North as well, where thousands of communities purged themselves of all their black residents beginning around 1890, as documented by James Loewen in his book Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, my review of which can be found here. —Courtesy Aljazeera

Egypt begs gulf for rescue HISHAM ALLAM

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UBSIDIES from the Arab world are large and reflect Arabs’ love towards the Egyptian people, but we cannot depend on that to build an economy that can compete with other countries,” said economist Dr Alia el Mahdi. She was explaining the economic situation in Egypt after the current government made repeated requests for financial assistance from Gulf countries. “Our dependence on them should not exceed temporary assistance, and it should not become the mainstay of the national economy, just to gain a better international credit

rating,” he added. The credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s raised its long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings for Egypt on Nov. 15, from “CCC+/C” to “B-/B” with a “stable” rating outlook. In his short trip to the United Arab Emirates last October, Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi was told by the deputy prime minister of the UAE, Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, that “Arab support for Egypt will not last long, and Egypt should come up with innovative and unconventional solutions.” El Mahdi, a former dean of the economics and political science faculty at Cairo University, told IPS that “The armed forces

should stop funding the national economy and go back to their essential mission, which is maintaining security along the borders.” She said foreign investment has almost fled from Egypt, as reflected by the small numbers of experts and foreign investors who attend economic conferences and seminars held in Egypt. “If we want to bring them back again, then there is no alternative other than political stability and security,” she said. “Small industries in Egypt, which represent 87 percent of the volume of industrial plants and 13 percent of industrial production, are suffering badly,” she added. El-Beblawi’s cabinet had a great opportunity to curb the

economic decline that the government of ousted president Mohamed Morsi (2012-2013) exacerbated, “but they didn’t,” el Mahdi said. “The current state of Egypt’s economy has become a disaster that requires immediate intervention to save it before it’s too late,” said Salah Gouda, head of the Economic Studies Centre in Cairo. “The monetary reserves decreased from 36 billion dollars in January 2011 to 22 billion dollars by late November 2011,” he said. “Then they descended to 13.6 billion dollars by March 2013, due to a rise in imports as a result of not running at full production capacity.” The unemployment rate has reached 15 percent, which

means there are about 10 million people unemployed in this country of 84 million, Gouda said. “Everyone was expecting a lot from Beblawi’s cabinet, who took the oath after the Jul. 3 military crackdown against Morsi,” he added. “But all the crises plaguing Egyptians while Morsi was in power still exist gas shortages, traffic jams, lack of security - even train accidents. “I can say that interim President Adly Mansour’s first hundred days have resembled the first 100 days of former president Morsi - both are disappointing,” Gouda told IPS. He said the current regime frittered away public support after the Jun. 30 public uprising, in addition to 12 billion dollars

in financial aid from the Gulf countries. “Despite all this, the government’s performance was weak, with the ministries working merely to make it through the current period without being exposed to legal questions later,” he argued. The military are now leading Egypt in many fields, especially the economy, standing by the current government to enforce law and security, and addressing any crises that arise. “The military are very keen to keep their prestige,” he added. Another problem the current regime is facing, Gouda said, was that “after foreign investment fled as a result of the security situation, large numbers of

businessmen belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood or supporters of the ousted president decided to withdraw their investments to strike an economic blow to the current system, and they succeeded to some extent.” Ali Fayez, a former head of the Federation of Egyptian Banks, told IPS “the banking system stopped funding small and big projects, which led to hundreds of businessmen being on the black lists of banks as a result of their inability to pay some instalments. “European and Gulf subsidies are vitamins and painkillers,” he said. “It would be better if they pumped real investments into Egypt, because the results would be more sustainable than cash payments.”

“Domestic debt has exceeded all safe limits since before the Jan. 25, 2011 revolution, and all the cabinets that have ruled since the fall of Hosni Mubarak have depended on delaying and rescheduling payments,” Fayez told IPS. “None of the successive governments have tried to face it, and this is seen as a major burden for the coming generations. “The only difference between the two governments, the Muslim Brotherhood and the current administration, is that the former was relying on aid from Qatar and Turkey while the second is depending on the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait,” Fayez said. —Courtesy Inter Press Service


Action if missing persons not produced today: CJ cept your directives then give us in writing. CJP remarked “government is keeping mum and non cooperation is continuing with court persistently. CJP remarked “produce the missing persons till 1130 hrs on Tuesday. Otherwise we will consider you helpless. Government is silent and if we go silent then how the matters will run. What your legislation will give to those two persons who have died. No doubt missing persons are not innocent but they be presented. We cannot give you 3 to 4 days. CJP observed “ get recover 33 persons first and then enact legislation. Two persons have gone to graveyard. Their death was not natural. Defence minister said institutions are not non cooperating. Bill will soon be tabled in National Assembly session. Attorney General (AG) said he supports the statement given by defence secretary. CJP remarked “ FIR be got registered in respect of the persons who have died. The law will take its course if they have been murdered or have been kidnapped. We can not give more time because we know what they want to do. Evidence is available. What you want more now. Defence minister Khawaja Asif said “ please give three days more. The matters will become clear. CJP observed “ you should get cases registered as defence minister. Tell the court about FIR and arrests till the evening. We have no relevance with the remaining matter. Case will be registered in Malakand. IG Jails was told that army was taking away these persons. Put the criminals on trial but we can not allow any one to kill any one. He further remarked “ intelligence agencies think they have

Some weirdos threatening From Page 1 Counsel for Ch Hameed, Aftab Ahmed Bajwa when contacted admitted he was not going to appear before the Supreme Court in this high profile case. “My assistant would appear in my place and shall apprise the court of the looming threats to myself and my client.” Police spokesman when asked to comment, said police would provide all-out security to Ch Abdul Hameed on his arrival in Islamabad and there was no question of risk involved in pursuance of this case.” Faisal was investigating Rs22 billion rental power projects scam. He was found hanging from the ceiling fan in his residence in Federal Lodges, Islamabad, on Jan 18 this year. His death came three days after the Supreme Court ordered arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and 15 others in connection with the scam. First, the police and the NAB high ups submitted before the apex court he had committed suicide but according to the Punjab Forensic laboratory’s recent report he was tortured and killed.

From Page 1 powers above law. They are not understanding its consequences then what we can do. We had made you bridge but you are also doing nothing. We will now issue orders in this regard. Arrests will have to be made today. Justice Jawwad remarked “ human life is not cheap in civilized societies. So many people are killed in bomb blast here. Human life has no value here. Government is doing what. AG said “ who is subedar Aman Ullah and who is Major Zulfiqar. We will have to obtain information about them. If time is given then information can become available. CJP remarked “ defence minister should realize another government is running parallel to the government. And this is not good omen for the government too. The case will have to be registered at every cost. Whosoever these people are, they be arrested. AG said acting defence secretary does not know law with regard to proceedings. How this all will be done. Khawaja Asif said this is his first working day Prime Minister (PM) was also out of the country. I will take up this matter before PM and we will do some thing in this regard. Please give me time. This is also first working day of chief of army staff. CJP remarked “ acting defence secretary should go and register case. We can not go after the accused. This is not our job. We want to ensure that all the matters are being run in consonance with law and rule of law prevails in the state. Law will have to be implemented for the sake of rule of law and protection of fundamental rights. Betterment will not come to the country unless we bow our head before constitution. Such a situation is there that instead government would have protected its

law officer, departure of law officer is being talked of. If he is right in what he is speaking about then why the government does not support him,. During the hearing, letter to AG with reference to Additional Attorney General (AAG) Tariq Khokhar was presented in the court. CJP said to the person who had written letter “ you have tried to make direct interference in the court’s hearing that AAG had given wrong statement. If defence ministry does not remove you till the evening then we will register case against you. It is not written anywhere in today’s letter that death of both the persons was natural. AG said higher authorities will see this matter. Please give two days more. CJP remarked “ we will say nothing to defence minister. We respect him. We are saying to secretary that evidence has become available about the killing of two persons. What is left more now. Produce the persons on Tuesday. Cases be got registered and copy of FIR be presented before the court too. Khawaja Asif sought two days but the CJP rejected his request remarking “ Produce the persons till 113o hrs .You have been fighting for the national interest. We respect you Court said in the order “ Muhammad Irfan has tried to interfere in court’s affairs, therefore, action be initiated against him as per law. Defence secretary is directed to ensure recovery of 33 persons. It has been told that 4 more persons have been handed over to the army. Defence secretary should review the matter and give reply to the court that as to why such statement has been given against law officer. The court adjourned the hearing till Tuesday.—Online

Fiery protests From Page 1 ism act have been registered against students accused of misbehaving with professors. Following the raid, IJT students protested on several major roads of the city. IJT members snatched keys of several buses and cars leaving passengers stranded on Canal Road, Multan Road and Band Roads. Buses were also used to block traffic on these roads. A student associated with the IJT also set fire to a bus on Wahadat road. CCPO Lahore told the media that 21 students had been arrested and no one would be allowed to take the law into their own hands. The CCPO added that a case would be lodged

Privatization From Page 1 in UBL. The standing committee on Finance further directed the Ministry of Privatization to hire the services of international consultant to ensure transparency in the privatization process. The standing committee resented the absence of Finance Minister and Secretary Finance from the meeting and said that committee will hold an in camera meeting regarding the issue.—Online

against those responsible for setting the bus ablaze and a case would be lodged against them. The spokesman for IJT said it was not strange that bullets and empty bottles of alcohol were recovered from the hostel. He claimed that if the vice chancellor of the university wanted, even rocket launchers and hand grenades could have been recovered. According to the spokesman the police and university administration had evacuated the hostel and kept it under their control for several hours. He added that no one was allowed to enter the hostel for four hours. Fiery protests after 17 Jamiat members arrested from PU The protest was held on a bridge connecting the university with the hostels. The agitated students blocked traffic on the bridge. A contingent of police officers arrested 13 boys and cleared out the university’s Hostel No 16, as it is considered a stronghold for Jamiat members. Following the evacuation, a group of students started pelting stones and police arrested another four IJT members. IJT students continued violent protests till late evening, blocking traffic and causing chaos on the streets of Lahore.

9-point religious code of conduct formulated

Icons of glorious traditions and classical values

Ansar Hussain The writer looks into the past with focus on social environment of the respectable MusFrom Page 1 lim families of the sub-continent who remained resilient Provincial Minister for Auqaf when adverse circumstances and Religious Affairs Ata clouded their fortunes. Muhammad Maneka. Secretary Auqaf and Religious Affairs Saqib Aziz, Coordinators Ittehad Bain ul Muslimeen Mufti Intekhab Ahmed Noori, Alhaj Haider Ali Mirza, Maulana Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi, Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Rashid, Alhaj Habib Ullah Bhatti, Dr. Sufi Zaheer Ahmed and DG Auqaf were also present on the occasion. According to the code of conduct no speaker, khateeb or zakir will show disrespect to Ahle Bait, companions of Holy Prophet (PBUH), four Caliphs (RA), wives of Holy Prophet (PBUH), Holy Imams and Imam Mehdi in their speeches. No person belonging to any sect will be declared “kafir” or “wajibul qatal”. No speech will be made against any sect creating hatred. The use of loudspeaker will be completely banned except “Azaan” and Friday sermon in Arabic besides permission from local administration will be compulsory for holding congregations of all schools of thought. Such meetings would be arranged at public level in which ulema of all schools of thought will give proof of national unity and religious harmony by addressing jointly. Ulema of all sects will be given due respect and protection of worship places of all schools of thought will be ensured. There will be complete ban on display of weapons in meetings, processions, mosques, imam bargahs and other worship places. Government will ensure effective monitoring system for the practical enforcement of this code of conduct and administration will take legal action against the violators irrespective of their sect. Slogans hurting the feelings, creating hatred and provocation will be avoided completely. As the non-Muslims live with the Muslims of various schools of thought in Pakistan, therefore, according to Shariah, it is responsibility of government of Pakistan to protect life and property and worship places of non-Muslims. Strict legal action would be taken against those desecrating the life and property and worship places of non-Muslims. There will be complete ban on publication and distribution of books, pamphlets, literature, cassettes and websites containing hatred material.

Court adjourns From Page 1 erence a copy of the contract and documents pertaining to the reference. He added that the allegation against Raja Ashraf regarding abuse of power were wrong. The bench then directed NAB to provide the specified documents to Ashraf’s attorney. The court adjourned Raja Pervez Ashraf’s indictment and sought all relevant records until the next hearing which would take place on Dec 14.

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hough however my uncles always treated me accord ing to the wishes of my grand mother but at that age I couldn’t understand the complications being created in the family on account of my special treatment by the entire family. Though even today I feel that jealousies started from that time are still there and even during my school and college days the life she gave me, today it looks like a fairy tale as she was very status conscious and she was always keen that my company and friends should be from the highest social status. So, consequently my very close friends were either from old traditional families or from the ruling class. There was a very important factor that my grand mother always lived with my uncle Aitquad Hussain who was a civil servant and in those days that service was the most prestigious status wise as my uncle had not married up till then and he was so close to me that sometimes people mistook me to be his son. I had very good company even in school days^ Just before partition my uncle and grand mother decided to marry me on i7th June, 1947 with a lady Aisha Begum. These were very disturbed times and although Hindu Muslim riots were rampant so to go to a Hill station like Mussoorie or Nainital was impossible for honeymoon. In my marriage a very close friend of mine by the name of D.S Saksena came and insisted that as I can’t go anywhere for honey moon. So for this reason, he invited me to go with him to Meerut where I had lot of friends, Saksena. Apart from being a big industrialist also owned a large chain of European style bars and restaurants in Meerut. He had a very large restaurant and a bar by the name of Cafe D Rane it was situated in the most prestigious cantonment area of the city, which was called “pull Begum” (begum Bridge) and just at the back of it. It was a large residential area which was called begum Bagh. So in Meerut we stayed in his house he had a young daughter about 13 to 14 years of age whose name was Manoo and instantly my wife also became very close to Manoo because she was also very young and so the whole day both Aisha and Manoo were driving through the entire city doing shopping or sight seeing but in the evening my friend Saksena whom we called dadda (which in Hindi is for eider brother) and every evening on the large lawn of cafe D. Rane there used to be a large table laid for about 15 to 20 persons where he invited all our common friends, he was so large hearted that he didn’t allow us to go back to Aligarh and more or less everyday there was a party on the lawn and on one side of the lawn a beautifully laid bar was placed with the best of wines, lacquers, cognac and whiskies of the highest, quality and we stayed there for about two months.

Ultimately when we went to Aligarh and I decided to come to Pakistan and when adda came to know about it he came to Aligarh to convince me to stay on in India and offered me an equal partnership in an industrial project situated in Blund shehar and run it independently. However, circumstances were such that I had to leave India leaving my wife with my grand mother. There is a very small example of dadda’s love and sincerity that while in Meerut my wife had developed a taste to have her tea with cream instead of milk those were the days when fresh cream, butter and bread were only available in cantonment towns. So after one year when i returned to Aligarh from Pakistan I was told that dadda had made the arrangement to send a jar of fresh cream to be delivered to my house in Aligarh for my wife everyday and it was sent by a special courier as the distance was only one hour so the cream always reached freshly there. There were certain reasons that I wanted to migrate from India to Pakistan against the wishes of my family, so it was my independent decision. Then I decided to leave with out informing the family and for this purpose I only took my younger brother into con-

Part II fidence, he was very close to me, I told him that the way things had developed we have no scope in India. He also decided that he would accompany me so we planned in this way that as usual one day we told the family that we are going to Delhi just for a shopping trip and there we got our seats booked for Lahore by Indian National Airways .After a week one day before our booking to fly to Lahore we again went to Delhi the same way and sent a letter to the family of our departure.

Now one can easily imagine that going to a new country in a new city at the age of 22 with a liability of a young wife and a younger brother, where we didn’t know any body with out any resources or substantial cash how we would have survived. The first thing we did was taking a house on rent for 60 rupees per month and in those days my maternal uncle Intezar Hussain was already in Lahore working for a weekly magazine by the name of “Nizam” but he was living with his friend , he also shifted with me. In Lahore I came to know that one of my far off relations but a close friend of my father Captain Zafar Aalam was in Lahore, a very big industrialist Gujarmal Modi had appointed him as a representative in Lahore whose product’s main market was Punjab when I met Zafar Aalam he immediately offered me to work with him as he himself had no idea of any commercial dealings. The main item they imported from India (Begum-abad) was a very popular brand of soap by the name of “Hamam” and for export to India, badly needed was rock salt from Khewra mines, he offered me either commission or a salary. After that the Kashmir war had started and the entire commercial activities with India were banned so I had no job or work to do but however I used to get up early morning and roam about Lahore. I was doing it to the extent that ail day I was without food or water and ultimately! had reached a stage when I didn’t have even a few aanas to travel by bus so from mall road Lahore up to the canal Bank on ferozpur road where I lived ! Used to walk and the whole day my brother and my wife used to wait for me that I may bring some thing to eat and some times they went to sleep without meals. During this period I remember an incident that I was on mall road in the afternoon when people started collecting on both sides of the road because the king of Persia Raza Shah Pehalvi was visiting Lahore and he was supposed to be coming to mall road as a state visitor to be cheered by the public and then I saw that a cava! cades of cars following a j’eepster came and in front of the caval cade police men in ceremonial dress were in front of the V.V.I.P jeepster as a protocol to the honorable guest, in which on the front seat was sitting Sardar Abdul Rab Nishtar who was at. that time Governor of Punjab and on the back seat was sitting Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan prime minister of Pakistan and Raza Shah Pehalvi the king of Persia and thousands of people were cheering them from both sides of the mall road and once the procession had passed then all of a sudden there was a rush of people towards the bus stand but in those days there were very few buses in Lahore and peoples were in thousands waiting for the bus, I didn’t see any chance for me to get on a bus. Then ali of a sudden I realized that the total amount in my pocket was 1 aana (that means 4 copper coins) which could carry me from regal cinema upto the Ganga Ram hospital. And I thought that 1 aana would carry me from Ganga Ram hospital to Ichra which was the longest stretch of my journey so, after walking up to Ganga Ram hospital again I saw the same rush on the bus stand and while I was waiting I just started thinking that when I will reach home then my wife would have borrowed some wheat flour or something to eat may be daal or something else but we had no such relationship from the shop to buy fuel (charcoal) so I walked all the way home and saved that one aana for eventuality and when I reached home, I was so right that I saw my wife had mad-e the dough and she had planted some brinjal tree in the courtyard and cooked the brinjal

curry but she was sitting and waiting for me because she didn’t have the charcoal to bake the bread and so ! gave that 1 aana to my brother who went and bought charcoal, then the food was cooked. I the meantime two things happened one was that my brother fell in Love with a beautiful girl who was the daughter of our landlord then all of sudden I met a friend and far off relation Mr. Zameer Abbas and I suggested that it’s a long time that we have not played solo together. Now soio is a game of cards which comes from France only people of Aligarh used to play solo actually this is a game a combination of bridge and poker and I used to be very good in this game actually this game is played by four people card distribution is 13 Cards to each four persons and the calls are like Bridge but the difference is that those calls are individual and whoever wins the call he has to play against all the other three who against the solo players became partners then interestingly we got one partner who was an executive engineer in canal department in India and a father of one of my aunts and another elderly person Faizul-Hasan who was an officer in the office of controller of military accounts, in this way our quota of four was complete and we played solo from Saturday evening upto Sunday evening and some time even up to Monday morning and in this way I was usually a winner but I had to have some cash to start the game which somehow or the other my wife used to borrow from Mrs Basheer Ahmed who was our neighbor and his wife had become a great friend of my wife. So I was so vigilant in my game because for others it was their past time and for me it was my bread and butter. And all the time while we were playing my brother and my wife used to wait for the result because this game had become more or less our living with this meager amount which was available after winning and it was enough to pass the week. And sometimes also when the<-wining amount was substantia! we used to have a luxury of going to movie and after that used to buy a dish of “katakat” and one plate of Katakat used to cost 12 aanas but problem arose in that week when i was a loser and I used to be frustrated and waiting for the next week though my wife managed to buy daai and flour on credit and then all of a sudden that group broke off, shamsad Hassain father of my aunt who was a very friendly and pleasant old man who never gave us a feeling of his elderly position rather his friendship was particularly loveabie for me he got a job in Murree as a Garrison engineer in the army core of engineers and then I don’t remember now I passed another six or eight months without money or any other income and then another problem arose that my wife was pregnant and when the delivery time came it was late at night and I took her to lady wilingdon Hospital Lahore where the best Doctor was Dr. Col Sami and there my 1st son Salim Ansar was born and as during the pregnancy my wife was so under nourished that when the child was born he was about three ponds only and right at the time of his birth he was suffering from a disease which was called Beri beri and now again i didn’t know how to pay the hospital biil. When after giving ali sorts of confidence to my wife i came home. I just met a tenant of adjacent house where we were living previously which was actually the guest house and we had shifted to the main bungalow. In that house Mr. Moor Muhammad Sidique who was an excise inspector. But I think after making enough money he had decided to resign from there to start his own business and i already knew the gentleman while I was a student in Sikandarabad where my uncle was posted as S.D.O. So with a great difficulty I collected all my courage to ask him a loan of 200 rupees which luckily he gave me without hesitation and at that time it was equivalent to a billion for me. Then I bought some fruit for my wife and went to hospital and she stayed in the hospital for about four to five days and the total bill for a private room with the consultant fees of the finest doctor of Lahore total bill came 10 about 130 rupees and then we came back home with the child. It will not be out of place to mention that the day we had landed in Lahore and came to a new country against the wishes of the family , had promised myself that my brother had done his graduation only then I asked him to complete his masters and then appear in civil service examination that was my burning desire and 1 had made it my aim of life to see him a CSP officer. After the child came home it had become very difficult for us to feed the child at that time 1 got offers of some jobs but i didn’t

want that job unless it was enough to fulfill my ambitions of making my brother a civil servant and look after my family with a same comfort and status as we were living in India. It became so hard that the house we were living was on a rent of 75 rupees per month, then S was also very worried because my brother had became very deeply involved with that girl and ! knew that the financial condition of our family can’t fulfill his desire. So one day I shifted from that house to a much smaller house but at that time my brother had gone out somewhere and when he returned he found out that we have left that house and then for three days neither he was eating anything rather he was crying all the time because remaining away from that house was to be completely out of touch from his lady love. Then also one day 3 came to know that he had joined AGPR(Accountant General of Pakistan) on 125 rupees a month as a junior clerk i came to know about it after a few days and as soon as i came to know i went, straight to his office I was so annoyed that,! picked him up right from his seat holding his collar in the middle of the hall and shouted in front of everybody that how and why he has done it without my permission and he cryingly said to me that 1 can live without food but I can’t see the young children my nephew and niece to be starving. Then I took him straight to a near by restaurant which was called “Pak Tea House’”’ the advantage of that restaurant was that you could sit In that restaurant for hours without buying anything there I talked to him for one hour and convinced him that if he wants to join this job then he should forget about the giri he wants to marry because they were well to dc people and they will never allow their daughter to be married to a junior clerk and moreover our parents also wanted to marry him. one of their nieces,, So ! also told him that neither he can be married there our own uncle would not want to marry his own daughter to a junior clerk and I convinced him that from the very early childhood VOL: have lived with me always had a confidence in me so please keep up that confidence and we will some how or the other make it up and you just concentrate on passing your masters examination then you will appear in civil service competition, Then he put up a condition that we will shift back to the house, otherwise his contact with his lady love will break. So I immediately agreed as ! knew that otherwise he will keep on starving himself and will not be able to concentrate on anything so on our return home I went straight to our previous landlord requesting him the house hack though with his greed he increased the rent from 75 rupees to 110 rupees per month on which I immediately agreed without hesitation as I knew that from last three days my brother neither had eaten anything nor had slopped crying. Mow the big question was that where from to produce these 110 rupees the first month rent. After making this arrangement with the land lord we both walked back to the house where we were living now and when Aisha heard this she was so excited that all her worries vanished as my brother for her was more of a son than brother-in-law and vice versa and for my brother also she was a mother figure. Now the, first: tiling Aisha did was whatever was available in the house to eat she insisted on my brother to have something to eat as he had not been eating for last three days. After that we all three sat clown to discuss that now and from where we should produce 110 rupees to shift back to the house as my brother was desperately keen that somebody else may not take that house on rent so the only thing we could think was a bicycle and it was also marketable which we immediately decided to sell and without any hesitation, immediately myself and my brother went to Nila Gumbad which was a cycle market and with a great difficulty we got only 75 rupees from that cycle and after selling the cycle when we were returning back to mall road and on the corner of mall road near YMCA restaurant.

We met a very old friend by the name of M.H. Aarzo, who met us very warmly and immediately offered us to have a tea in YMCA restaurant it was again a God sent opportunity and more than tea while we were on the verge of starvation we helped ourselves with pastries and patls. To be continued


Karzai accuses US of cutting military supplies — suggests delay in April polls

PM to visit AJK today ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will visit Azad Kashmir on a one day official visit to Muzaffarabad today. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has summoned budget session of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council in Muzaffarabad on Tuesday. The Prime Minister, who is Chairman of the Council, will preside over the session. Nawaz Sharif will be welcomed by Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, members of the respected cabinet and other heads when he arrives in Muzaffarabad.—Online

FC’s police powers extended Q UETTA —Balochistan government has extended the duration of police powers delegated to Frontier Corps for 2 months. As per Interior secretary Balochistan Asad Gillani, FC was delegated the powers of police few months agoto bring improvement in the law and order situation of the Quetta. This duration of powers had ended on November 16 and after that Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch was again sent the summary to extend the duration of FC powers for 2 months more. The CM has approved the proposed summary and now FC will exercise the powers of police till January 16.—Online

LAHORE: IJT students blocked the traffic at Campus bridge and underpass after closure of Punjab University hostel.

Pakistani envoy sees ‘light at end of tunnel’ with India

BD Opp confirms poll boycott on deadline

ment in relations between the two countries and at this point of time I am personally optimistic that we will be on the upward trajectory in the coming months.” Some observers have predicted ties between the neighbours could be hit if hardline Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi emerges as prime minister after elections due in India by next May. Modi, who is ahead in the polls, has been an outspoken critic of Pakistan and has accused the current Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of not being tough enough towards Islamabad. But Bashir said the outcome of the Indian elections was “not material” to Paki-

confirmed Monday it would boycott a general election scheduled for January just hours before a final deadline for nominations, plunging the volatile country into political uncertainty. “There is no question of us filing nominations for the January 5 election under the present circumstances. We’re not going to take part in the January 5 elections,” Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, a vice president of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, told media. Monday was the last day for nominations with the final cutoff at 05:00 pm (1100 GMT). Chowdhury said the BNP and its 17 smaller allies including the country’s largest Islamic party would only change their mind “if the polls are organised by a non-party, neutral government”. Bangladesh has witnessed escalating street violence over the last five weeks that left 51 people dead and thousands injured, with almost all opposition leaders now in hiding.—AFP

D HAKA —Bangladesh’s 18N E W D E L H I —Pakistan’s worked for the improve- stani Prime Minister Nawaz party opposition coalition

outgoing envoy to New Delhi said Monday he saw “light at the end of the tunnel” in diplomatic relations and predicted the improvement would survive next year ’s Indian elections. High Commissioner Salman Bashir said calm had returned to the neighbours’ de facto border in disputed Kashmir after a deadly flare-up earlier in the year and both sides were committed to improving ties. “I do not want to sound over-optimistic or exaggerate but what I am saying is that there is light at the end of the tunnel,” Bashir told a farewell press conference in the Indian capital. “We have constantly

Khuhro demands 90 days for LB polls STAFF REPORTER

Huge cache of arms recovered PESHAWAR—Police foiled a massive bid to smuggle arms as it recovered a huge cache of arms from a truck here on Monday. During snap checking, police stopped a suspected truck at Kohat Road in Matni area of Peshawar. During search of the vehicle arms including 10 repeaters, 10 pistols, three Kalashnikovs, three rifles and 11,000 rounds of different bores hidden in the secret chambers of truck were recovered. Police seized the recovered arms and arrested the truck driver.—INP

Iran releases 34 Pakistanis Q UETTA —ran has handed over thirty-four illegal Pakistani immigrants to Taftan Levies at Pakistan border. ose arrested had entered Iran without traveling documents.—Online

Musharraf: SHC forms new bench K ARACHI — The SHC has formed new judicial bench for hearing application seeking to remove former president Musharraf ’s name from the Exit Control List. Chief Justice SHC Baqar Ali has named Justices Naimatullah Phalphuto and Sajjad Ali Shah for the upcoming hearing of the case scheduled on December 9.—Online

K A R A C H I —Sindh

Senior Minister for education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that Sindh government’s demand for holding elections for the local body after a grace period of 90 days should be accepted and respected. It was mandatory to give 90 days period prior to conducting the general elections so the same spirit should also be manifested in letter and spirit regarding the conduction of the local body polls. Sindh senior Minister said that while taking to newsmen at a local hotel Monday. The Minister said that the period of 90 days should be onward to completion of necessary arrangements regarding the local body polls by the provincial government and it should start after the provincial finalizes the handing over of the necessary work to the election commission, On the other hand, Khuhro said that Sukkur Barrage had completed its life and needed a replacement with a new barrage for which the feasibility report would be sought from the experts from the country and abroad. The Barrage had linked the province from two sides and till the feasibility report would be prepared it was unavoidable to rehabilitate the existing Sukkur Barrage and in this regard, the provincial government was taking all necessary steps.

Sharif ’s stated goal of improving ties. “The improvement in relations with India is very emphatically a state policy. We believe it’s in our interest and we believe it’s in the interest of the region,” said the high commissioner. “Our prime minister is on record as having very emphatically stated that improvement of relations with India is a priority. “An improvement in relations with Pakistan is also something that is of importance to India and the Indian leadership.” Bashir refused to be drawn on the impact of a Modi premiership, saying Pakistan would “respect whatever is the decision of the people of India”.—AFP

Sindh, Punjab LB polls schedule on Dec 7 STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD—The Election Commission of Pakistan has announced that the schedule for local bodies polls in Sindh and Balochistan will be issued on December 7. The ECP has asked the provinces to complete preparations for the LB polls, otherwise, they would be held responsible for any delays. The polls in Sindh are scheduled to be held on January 18 and January 20 in Punjab. The schedule was to be issued on November 29 and the ECP had directed the provinces to complete their preparations for the LB elections on November 28 but they failed to fulfill the legal requirements.

According to ECP sources, letters were written to the provinces informing them that the polls schedule would be issued on December 7 and all preparations should be completed before this date.Meanwhile, the printing process of all required ballot papers and delivery to 14 districts has been completed for local bodies’ polls in Balochistan. Over 6.5 million ballot papers have been printed, in different printing facilities of Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad, for local bodies’ polls on December 7 in Balochistan but delivery to Quetta is delayed by one day, told the provincial Election Commissioner, Syed Sultan Bayazid.

Cases against PTI, JI workers OBSERVER REPORT P ESHAWA R —Cases

have been registered against PTI and Jamaat-e-Islami workers for breaking the seal of a Nato container bound for Afghanistan during the sit-in at Hayatabad toll plaza. The driver of the Nato container protested against the PTI and JI workers breaking the seal and stated that the Afghanistan bound container was carrying cooking oil. JI leader, Kasif Azam and PTI camp in charge Malik Raees have been named in the FIR.

K ABUL —Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused his US ally on Sunday of withholding military supplies to press him to sign a bilateral security deal that will shape the US military presence after most foreign troops leave in 2014. Washington, which swiftly denied the assertion, has said that unless the pact is signed promptly, it could pull out most of its troops, as it did in Iraq two years ago. “The cutting of fuel supplies and support services to the Afghan army and police is being used as a means of pressure to ensure Afghanistan ... signs the Bilateral Security Agreement,” a statement from Karzai’s palace said. Karzai said last week he might refuse to sign the deal until after Afghanistan’s presidential election in April 2014. US officials said logistical problems in Pakistan might have given rise to the alleged delays in deliveries. “There has been no stoppage in the delivery of requested fuel and we continue to process all orders as soon as they are received,” the Nato-led force in Afghanistan said in a statement. Meanwhile, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has suggested delaying April elec-

tions to avoid heavy snow, organisers said, an idea that will rattle the United States and critics who fear he may be trying to drag out his second and final term. Karzai is barred by the constitution from running for a third term and has so far refrained from backing any of the candidates, although he is widely expected to support his elder brother Qayum, seen as one of the front runners. But Karzai has also refused to sign a pact that would keep thousands of US troops in Afghanistan after next year when most international troops pull out.

Violence pushes Thailand deeper into crisis B ANGKOK — The United weekend. Nations closed its main office in Bangkok, dozens of schools were shut and civil servants skipped work as stone-throwing protesters battled through clouds of tear gas in renewed assaults on key government buildings in the Thai capital on Monday. The protests aimed at toppling the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have renewed fears of prolonged instability in one of Southeast Asia’s biggest economies and come just ahead of the peak holiday tourist season. After a weekend of chaos in pockets of Bangkok, protesters regrouped outside the heavily-barricaded prime minister’s office compound Monday and repeatedly clashed with the police who fired tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets. Emboldened by their leader’s vow to topple Yingluck by Wednesday, they threw rocks at police and tore away sections of barbed wire and concrete barriers. At least three people were killed and 103 injured in skirmishes over the

In a nationally televised appeal, Yingluck’s deputy, Surapong Tovichakchaikul, called on protesters to stop hurting Thailand’s image and the economy. Yingluck has not appeared in public since Saturday, and has not been to her office since last week. On Monday, she posted a picture of herself on Facebook in a meeting with senior officials at the national police headquarters. Using a conciliatory tone, Surapong said “the government will exercise utmost patience and adhere to nonviolent principles.” “The government would like to insist that it will lead Thailand back to peace soon,” he said.The protesters, who are mostly middleclass Bangkok supporters of the opposition Democrat Party, want Yingluck to step down, claiming she is a proxy for her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. He was deposed in a 2006 military coup but remains central to Thailand’s political crisis, and is a focal point for the protester’s hatred.—AP

He has said the agreement shouldn’t be signed until after the election, which some say illustrates his reluctance to step out of the limelight.“Regarding the weather, there have been concerns,” the chairman of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), Yousof Nooristani, told the upper house of parliament on Sunday. “Even the president has suggested we could make changes to this (the election date) because he received complaints from the people. I told him we couldn’t because the date is set, based on the constit.—Reuters

Ukraine protesters launch general strike after clashes K IEV—Ukrainian protesters launched a nationwide strike and began to blockade government buildings Monday after violent clashes in which more than 100,000 sought early elections over the authorities’ rejection of a historic EU pact. About 100,000 supporters of the ex-Soviet state’s closer alliance with the European Union and disavowal of old master Russia camped out overnight into Monday on Kiev’s iconic Independence Square. The group huddled in 20 huge military tents to keep warm against the winter chill while musicians performed on a makeshift stage and opposition lawmakers paid periodic visits to boost morale. More than 5,000 of them then moved toward the government and presidential administration buildings in a bid to force authorities to immediately step down. Streams of cars honked their horns in support while church bells rang out across the heart of the ancient capital.—AFP

Iran: Geneva accord no threat Saudi Arabia R IYADH —Iran has reached to promote peace and stabil- ice-breaking nuclear deal in be at the expense of any dor to Britain, Mohammed country, which shares a out to Saudi Arabia, by reassuring its regional rival that Tehran’s budding rapprochement with the West in the aftermath of the recently signed Geneva accord did not pose any threat to Kingdom. During a whirlwind visit of a string of Persian Gulf monarchies, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif invited Saudi Arabia to “work together in order

ity in the region”. “We look at Saudi Arabia as an important and influential country in the region”, AFP quoted Mr. Zarif as saying during his stop in Kuwait city. The call for a thaw with Saudi Arabia follows the anticipation in Iran that a break in the 34 year cycle of hostility with the West that began after the 1979 Islamic Revolution may not be far away after the signing of the

Geneva. Yet, Tehran’s détente with the West can be undermined if the wealthy Saudi royals continue to use their considerable influence in the region to hurt Iranian interests in countries, such as Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, by playing the sectarian card and encouraging violence. Mr. Zarif assured Iran’s Gulf neighbours that the Geneva agreement “cannot

country in the region”. He added: “Be assured that the nuclear deal is in favour of the stability and security of the region.” The foreign minister ’s words of reassurance are significant, as prior to the Geneva accord, members of the Saudi establishment had made it clear that they stood opposed to the deal. In an interview with a British daily, The Times, Saudi ambassa-

bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz warned that the Kingdom would not “sit idly by” if world powers failed to halt Iran’s nuclear programme. From Kuwait, the Iranian foreign minister travelled to Oman-the country that apparently hosted back channel talks between the Iranians and the Americans that paved the way for the Geneva rounds. On Monday, Mr. Zarif arrived in Qatar, a

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giant gas-field with Iran. Prior to his visit to the neighbouring petro-monarchies, Mr. Zarif had written an opinion piece in the Saudi-owned daily, Asharq Al-Awsat, Mr. Zarif, where he stressed that “notwithstanding the focus on our interactions with the West, the reality is that our primary foreign policy priority is our region”.—AFP


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LONG with the usual reasons for los ing weight, like fitting into a bikini and improving health, fitness experts say raising money for a good cause is another incentive for people to get in shape. Entering a charity run in memory of a loved one or a bicycle ride for a worthy cause has pushed many couch potatoes from their sedentary lifestyle on to the path of fitness. Kelly Flynn, running coach for Team In Training, a charity sports endurance program from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, has been teaching novice runners to tackle the Boson Marathon since 2005. “The people who’ve never run before and have a motivation, like a loved one, are the easiest people to coach,” said Flynn, a 40-year-old Boston-based attorney. “They stick it out. And when they cross the finish line, they’ve become running junkies.” Flynn, a soccer and softball player in her teenage years, said it was the death of a high school friend from lymphoma that inspired her to become a running coach for charity. “I saw a flyer (from Team in Training) and went, on a lark,” she said. “His death was my catalyst.” Team in Training, which is 25 years old, has raised more than $1.4 billion, with more than 600,000 people from across the country taking part in different endurance events to raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Flynn, whose 200-strong team soon will start training for 2014, has helped to train

more than 800 Boston marathoners and her teams have raised over $4 million. For Sarah Jane Constantine, a self-described recreational runner, marathon running was a bucket-list dream until she started running for charity. “I didn’t think at 39 I was going to start marathoning,” said Constantine, a 41-year-old manager for a pharmaceutical company in Boston who has raised money for cancer research. “That’s what I’m most proud of,” said Constantine, who finds some way to exercise every day, from running to strength training to swimming with her daughter. Constantine dedicated her first marathon to her stepfather, who died of melanoma at 44. Last year it was for her daughter’s school friend’s mother, who died of lung cancer. This year she plans to run for the cancer-stricken daughter of her husband’s co-worker. “You feel helpless,” she said. “I’ll be running for money for research and treatment.” Charity events are a nationwide staple of Flywheel Sports, a chain of indoor cycling studios founded in 2010. New Yorkbased co-founder and creative director Ruth Zukerman said the fundraising events her company holds throughout the year are beneficial for people new to the sport, for charities and for her business. “A lot of people come to these charity rides who’ve never been to us before. Typically some 80 percent of the people are new,” she said.

Pak to continue role for stable, peaceful Lebanon: Mamnoon STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan is keen to enhance bilateral cooperation in various sectors and trade relations with Lebanon and other countries. He was talking to ambassador of Lebanon to Pakistan, Mona Adnan El Tanir who called on him at President House on Monday. During the meeting important issues of mutual interests and various regional matters came under discussion. Mamnoon Hussain said that Pakistan highly values its traditional relations with Lebanon and desired to further strengthen bilateral trade and commercial ties. He viewed that Pakistan would continue to extend its support towards a stable and peaceful Lebanon. Ambassador Mona Adnan Ambassador of Lebanon to Pakistan, Mona Adnan El Tanir called on President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. El Tanir thanked the President for his goodwill gestures and said that Lebanon was keen to further enhance its existing bilateral ties with Pakistan in diverse fields.

Youth asked to follow Iqbal’s philosophy for unity I SLAMABAD—Speakers at a

Illegal construction goes unchecked

houses and quarters in various sectors of the federal capital are in shabby condition due to lethargic attitude of the concerned authorities. Talking to APP, residents living in sectors of the capital complained that situation is getting more grave as allottees of these houses continue to construct illegal structures in violation of by laws and there is nobody to stop them. The government quarters were designed as one storey structures but now the allottees are in a race to build second storey to get more rooms. The allottees also make illegal construction in front of houses. This

seminar here on Monday asked the youth to follow the true philosophy of Poet Philosopher Dr Allama Muhammed Iqbal to maintain unity among the Muslim Ummah . Speaking at a seminar in connection with “Iqbal Day”, literary figures said that Iqbal’s vision is a source of guidance for the young generation and following that vision and philosophy is the need of hour. “Iqbal was a Sufi poet for the modern age who infused a revolutionary spirit in the nation through his poetry. The poetry of the great philosopher is the promotion of positive values in every age,” they said. “There was a need to adopt and follow the principles of Iqbal to bring peace, stability and harmony in the region,” they said. Sir Syed Memorial Society and CASE organized the seminar while PakiSTAFF REPORTER stan Movement Gold Medalist Brigd. Iqbal M Shafi delivered a ISLAMABAD—Residents from special lecture on Iqbal’s philoso- different sectors of Federal Capital have called for instalphy and poetry.—APP lation and proper maintenance of street lights at main points which turn pitch black after sunset. They said Capital Development Authority (CDA) needs to take urgent steps to I SLAMABAD—Board of Ad- arrange street lights despite vanced Studies and Research their repeated complains in this (BASR) of the Allama Iqbal regard. They said certain streets and Open University (AIOU) at its two-day meeting held here Mon- main roads in the city remain day decided to take necessary under cover of darkness, and measures to further improve and people generally prefer to avoid streamline the academic research work at M.Phil and Ph.D level. This is a part of the University’s efforts’ for upgradSTAFF REPORTER ing the quality and standard of education at the higher educa- ISLAMABAD—Speaker National tion level. The meeting dis- Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has cussed in details various propos- said the government is determined als to achieve the desired objec- to making Pakistan a place where tives. everyone has the same opportuniThe Vice-Chancellor Prof. ties to participate in all walks of life Dr. Nazir Sangi who presided with dignity and self-esteen. over the meeting advised the He said this in a message to the officers concerned to hold quar- nation on the occasion of Internaterly meetings of BARS to tional Day of Persons with Disabilievaluate the research work in ties which is observed on Decemsystemic manner.—APP ber 3 throughout the World under

Saturday holiday cancellation to help students cover syllabus ISLAMABAD—Majority of the tration and Development (CAD). would definitely leave good imparents and teachers have welcomed the decision of cancellation of Saturday holiday in the FDE run educational institutions for the timely covering of syllabus. However, few of them are not happy over the decision fearing the intense cold wave this winter and shortage of public transport due to unavailability of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for most of the days. The decision to cancel Saturday holiday at all schools and colleges working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) from December 7 was announced by Ministry of Capital Adminis-

Zahid Shah, Lecturer at F.G college, said “It was easy for us to work five days weekly due to shortage of public transport during CNG suspension days. And now going to work on Saturday too by paying high fares would create burden on us”. However, he said, these all issues do not matter when it comes to the betterment of students, he said. He suggested that Saturday holiday must be canceled for the other public departments too so that the teachers may not face any discrimination. Another teacher at model college, Fauzia Kiyani said the cancellation of Saturday holiday

pact on the academic performance of students, helping them to cover the pending syllabus in time, revise and get good grades. She said the teachers have been facing problems to make the students cover their syllabus in time due to unscheduled holidays in Moharram and other days and cancellation of the Saturday holiday would help them in covering the syllabus. Shagufta, a mother said “Students have become used to of going for study five days a week and the news of cancellation of Saturday holiday was perhaps a shocking news for my children”.—APP

AIOU to improve research work

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ISLAMABAD—The government over construction on already houses that have been extended organize a seminar on to oblitshabby and decades old structures poses a serious risk to lives of residents of these homes, said an engineer. The allottees have their own reasons and they complain of the shabby condition of their quarters and lack of response from the concerned authorities. These illegal structures can be seen especially in A, B and C quarters for low cadre employees in various sectors including G-9, G-8, G-6, G-7 and I-10. As usual the concerned departments have turned a blind eye to this illegal practice and violation of by laws. A resident of G-6 said, “There are a number of

about four to five feet outside their original boundaries and as a result portions of streets have been occupied and turned into parking spaces.” Regarding illegal construction in government houses, an official of the Estate Office said the department was fully aware of this issue but a proper mechanism and enforcement was required to stop this practice. He said they only work on written complaints instead of taking action on their own. Talking to APP on condition of anonymity, the official said that taking care of flats in some areas is the responsibility of Capital Development Authority. —APP

Citizens urge CDA to arrange streetlights in Capital

CDA workers busy in cleaning flowers field at Constitutional Avenue.

Seminar on Dengue today

these areas during the night hours. Certain areas have powerful streetlights whereas in other parts of capital, there are very few lights,” said Murshad Abbas, a security guard who works in Blue Area. Night duty office bearers and residents from Sectors G,H,I said they now worry more about allowing their children to go to shops at nights. An old citizen Abdul Khaliq of sector I-9 said that “We are concerned about our safety,”. “I realize that street lighting is something that contributes to

public safety.” he added. Certain streetlights in Federal Capital are not only turned off but at certain places people had ripped them out. Rauf Baloch, a student of Quaid e Azam University said, Islamabad was the capital city but faced street lights problem in the evening whereas in smallest towns of other developing countries, situation was not so worse. Murad Ali, a journalist said: “It’s just too dark. When I come out of the office, I can’t see what’s in front of me thus causing inconvenience for me to reach home properly.”

erate menace of dengue from the Capital City here on Tuesday (today) at Pak China Friendship Centre. The event titled “Seminar on Prevention and Management of Dengue Fever” will improve the capacity building of doctors in this regard, says a statement issued by CDA spokesman. He said that this seminar is a weighty segment of a comprehensive and multi pronged strategy by CDA to cleanse the city of Dengue virus. “Downright elimination of dengue is the destination”, he added. He further informed that Chairman CDA Nadeem Hassan Asif will initiate the proceedings of the seminar, whereas the seminar will be held in two session i-e General (Awareness) Session and Technical (Clinical Management) session. Presentations by several participants including by Dr. Waseem Akram, Dr. Jaffar Ilyas, Dr. Faisal Masood and WHO Representatives will be part of the seminar, he told. The event will be concluded by question answer sessions. Doctors from both public and private sectors will attend the seminar. The participation will impart latest techniques regarding dengue patient management, he added.

Govt committed to bright future for citizens the auspices of United Nation. He said that the aim of this Day is to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities and gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of their communities. Ayaz said that the government was committed to build a hopeful future for all segments of the soci-

ety including the persons with disability. He said that providing equality of access to all people which they need and deserve was the challenge for government. “On this Int’l Day, let us recognize that the battles against poverty, disease and discrimination will not be won without targeted laws, policies and programs that empower this group, Ayaz said and added that let us pledge to keep the promise of the goals alive in the community of persons with disabilities.

Workshop on ‘Advanced electronics: Device design and process characterization’ STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—A two-day national workshop to explore development in advanced electronics and bring specific expertise to this field, organized by Faculty of Engineering and Technology of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), started at Faisal Mosque Campus of the university on Monday which witnessed renowned scientists and technology researchers. Pro Vice Chancellor ISRA University Islamabad Prof. Altaf Ali Shaikh was the chief guest of the inaugural session of the “National Workshop on Advanced Electronics: Device Design and Process Characterization” while it was presided

over by Rector IIUI Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif AlDraiweesh, Director General (AF&P) Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja and Dean FET Dr. Aqdas Naveed Malik also attended the session. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Altaf lauded the initiative of FET and also appreciated the role of HEC for providing support to universities for arranging such workshops on advanced technology research. He termed the workshop as tremendous opportunity for the young researchers and urged them to work on innovative ideas which may lead to the prosperity and development of country. Rector IIUI, Dr Masoom

Yasinzai said advancement in science and technology is prerequisite in the present era for development of nation. “We have to focus on basic and engineering sciences to compete the modern challenges,” He added. Rector IIUI vowed to provide best educational facilities to IIUI students while saying that advancement in technology is prime focus of the university. President IIUI, Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh said Pakistan owns best engineers and doctors while saying Pakistan a talented nation. “We have to utilize our abilities and reProf. Altaf Ali Shaikh, Pro Vice Chancellor ISRA University, Dr. Masoom Yasin Zai, Rector sources to compete with conIIUI, Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, President IIUI, Dr. Aqdas Naveed Malik, Dean FET temporary challenges and the IIUI, on the occasion of ‘National Workshop on Advanced Electronic: Devices Design and field of science and technology should be our prime focus” he Process Characterization’ held at IIUI.

added. Dr. Al-Draiweesh said IIUI is committed to complete projects pertaining to technology advancement and university would provide every possible support to its researchers in this regard. He urged faculty members to get united for development of the institution and Muslim Umma. Dean FET Dr. Aqdas, in his welcome address said workshop is aimed at exploring speedy changes pertaining to electronic engineering and the gathering would provide platform to learn about the changes and advancements.” Nation associates hopes with scientists and we have to pay something constructive, the workshop is part of that struggle” he maintained. He also thanked IIUI top

management for support to arrange the workshop. Earlier, Principal Investigator and Advisor to IIUI Engineering programs Dr. Ahmed Shuja Syed gave a brief introduction of the workshop. The participants were guided regarding Advanced Electronic Design & Fabrication, Research and Development in flexible and reconfigurable and power adaptive power amplifiers for wireless communication, High Frequency Phototransistor for Opto-electronic Applications, Design and Fabrication of High Speed and Low Power ADCs and various other important topics on the first day of the workshop. The workshop would conclude on Tuesday.


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Brothers in Islam establish regular prayers and charity

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

Police net 18 outlaws R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi police have arrested 18 outlaws including a drunkard and seized 2840 grams charras, 208 bottles of liquor, one pistol 30 bore with six rounds and gas refilling gadgets from the possession of arrested accused. According to police spokesman, Rattaamral police held Organzaib on recovery of 1120 grams charras. Waris Khan police arrested Sabir Khan and recovered 455 grams charras. Nawab Khan was rounded up for having 260 grams charras. Westridge police netted Mahmood Khan and seized 125 grams charras. Naseerabad police apprehended Tanveer for possessing 450 grams charras. Asif was held with 430 grams charras. Rattaamral police nabbed Organzaib Khan for having 200 bottles of liquor. Naseerabad police arrested Noor Khan for carrying five liquor bottles. Race Course Police arrested Waqar and recovered three bottles of liquor. Cantt police sent behind the bars an accused namely Nasir who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.—APP

BBH still waiting for its CT scan machine

NPF bans sale, purchase of plots

R AWALPINDI —Health department has failed in purchasing the CT scan machine for Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) for last 6 months, while patients are facing miserable conditions due to unavailability of machine. Details said, Chief Minister (CM) had issued a formal directive in regard to provide new CT scan machine to BBH 6 months before but, health department has failed in purchasing the machine due to traditional file work. Sources said, Health Department Punjab has several time sent the report to concerned department for the provision of machine but no sufficient answer has received from high officials yet. BBH administration is forced to send the patients of CT scan to District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ), where only 1 machine is available for tests. Patients and their family members have demanded from CM Punjab to take notice of this issue to solve the problem on emergency basis.—Online Heavy machinery is being used to demolish the buildings affected in the Ashura incident in Rawalpindi.

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21 more accused in Raja Bazaar tragedy case arrested R AWALPINDI —Twenty-one Syed Qalb-e-Abbas s/o Syed more accused involved in the tragic incident of Raja Bazaar took place here on the occasion of Ashura, have been arrested. According to Rawalpindi police spokesman, so far total 35 accused who were identified earlier, have been sent behind the bars including one of the main accused namely Nadeem Shah alias ‘Demi’ resident of Dhoke Syedan, Rawalpindi. Other accused arrested are; Aamir Abbas, son of Haq Nawaz resident of Kashmir Lane, Rawalpindi, Syed Zia ur Rehman s/o Syed Abul Qasim r/o Dhoke Syedan Rawalpindi, Ghulam Toqeer s/ o Ghulam Bashir r/o Race Course, Rawalpindi, Asif Shah s/o Mulazam Hussain r/o Masrial Road Rawalpindi,

Absar Hussain r/o Tench Bhatta Rawalpindi, Khurram Mukhtar s/o Ghulam Mukhtar r/o Kamalabad Rawalpindi, Syed Atif Hussain s/o Syed Afsar r/o Morgah Rawalpindi, Syed Fawad Hussain s/o Syed Afsar r/o Morgah Rawalpindi, Zeeshan Haider r/o Tench Bhatta Rawalpindi, Imran Hussain s/ o Abdul Rasheed r/o Azizabad Rawalpindi, Mudasir Abbas s/o Matloob Hussain r/o Azizabad Rawalpindi, Fayzan Ali s/o Muhammad Iqbal r/o Westridge Rawalpindi, Malik Mazhar Hussain s/o Abdul Rehman r/o Muslim Town Rawalpindi, Mohsin Ali s/o Amjad Ali r/o Tench Bhatta Rawalpindi, Malik Qamar Abbas s/o Muhammad Sadiq r/o Muslim Town Rawalpindi, Junaid and Afzal Haider.

The spokesman informed that three cops, namely Shafqat Hussain Shah and Amjad Ali Shah, constables Islamabad police and one, Fayyaz Shah constable Rawalpindi police, who were also involved in the incident have also been netted. Adil Shahzad, Nasir Hussain Shah, Syed Afraz Ali, Farzand Ali Bangush, Syed Muhammad Arham Raza alias Yaman Shah, Tayyab Shakeel, Syed Asad Ali Shah, Syed Hussain Kazmi, Waqar Hussain, Syed Yasir Abbas Kazmi, Ishtiaq Hussain and a constable Shamimul Hassan, who was dismissed from service and others were arrested earalier. He informed police raiding teams are trying hard to make arrests of remaining accused who have been identified.—APP

Course on federalism concludes

Engagement of doctors, staff in anti-dengue campaign leads to closure of dispensaries

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I SLAMABAD —A five-day paramedical staff in anti denCourse on Federalism and Decentralisation for academia concluded here calling for teaching of courses on political science contemporaneous by integrating studies on recent constitutional developments into the curriculum. The course is part of UNDP’s project ‘Strengthening Participatory Federalism and Decentralization’ aimed at providing support for the implementation of the 18th Amendment by informing, facilitating, and optimizing the process of transition management at federal, provincial and grassroots levels. It has been designed to bring together academics on social sciences from about 20 universities of four provinces to integrate the conceptual linkages of taught courses with contemporary constitutional developments in Pakistan. The Course focussed on the concepts, issues and policy options on federalism and decentralization in Pakistan with suggested methodology as how to embed these concepts in existing university courses or introduce new courses on the subject at their host universities.

gue campaign, 34 dispensaries of Tehsil Rawalpindi stand closed virtually. Among these dispensaries 10 are those which have been upgraded at the cost of Rs 10 million. 8 among these 34 dispensaries stand in the constituency of Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan interior minister.

Health Department Rawalpindi has engaged 16 doctors and 100 paramedical staff of these municipal dispensaries in anti dengue campaign. These 34 dispensaries are located in Kall Garh, Amar Pura, Rajba Park, Sarfraz road, Chaklala, Gangal, Dhaban Syedan, Kori Khuda Bakhsh and others. A department under Dr Iqbal Haider is functioning in health department Rawalpindi on permanent basis to deal with the matters

related to dengue fever and other epidemics but the staff and doctors of dispensaries have been deployed in anti dengue drive instead of assigning this campaign to the department which has been created solely for this purpose. The engagement of the doctors and the staff of the 34 dispensaries in the anti dengue drive has led to closure of these dispensaries adding to the miseries of the citizens in the rural areas.

Taji Khokhar’s son escapes from police custody R AWA L P I N D I — F a r r u k h Khokhar, son of Taji Khokhar, an accused of Sabira Bibi murder case, escaped from police custody on Monday after his supporters clashed with police. According to Police sources, the accused named Farrukh Khokhar was brought to a Rawalpindi court for the hearing of the Sabira Bibi murder case and managed to flee while he was being taken back the Adiala Jail. Police said that over two dozen armed men attacked the police convoy and fought with the police and helped the accused run away. Sabira Bibi was murdered on August 17, 2012 over a property dispute. Sabira and her husband Raja Yaqoob were present at the disputed place in Dhoke Gangal on that day to give their statements to local commissioner when Imtiaz alias Taji Khokhar’s gunmen shot her.—INP

countability Bureau (NAB) has imposed ban on sale and purchase of National Police Foundation (NPF) plots under the orders of Supreme Court (SC). NPF on the other hand has started using tactics to undermine the ban orders. As per documents available with a private TV channel , NAB Rawalpindi has started taking action in the matter of illegal allotment of plots by NPF and has summoned 156 allottees to whom these plots were allotted in defiance of rules and regulations. These allottees include 45 former Inspector General Police, 13 former DIGs and 3 former SPs. All of these allottees have been directed to appear before NAB on December, 5 to record their statements. On the other hand NPF has sent a letter to NAB informing the latter that implementation of court’s orders for stopping sale and purchase of its plots does not fall in its jurisdiction.—Online

Residents of twin cities using contaminated water ISLAMABAD—Residents of the dards. twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad are using unsafe water, contaminated with total coliforms, nitrate, and total dissolved solids. According to Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), only 59 per cent water samples in the Federal Capital and its rural areas were found unsafe for drinking. Some 150 water samples were collected from 20 per cent villages of all union councils and analyzed which revealed that 40 per cent samples were contaminated with total coliforms, 33 per cent with nitrate, and 11 per cent samples had higher level of total dissolved solids (TDS) when compared with Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) stan-

In Rawalpindi, 1,125 water samples from 20 per cent villages of all the union councils were collected and analyzed, which showed that 73 per cent water samples were contaminated with total coliforms, 29 per cent with nitrate and TDS 15 per cent beyond the PSQCA water quality standards. According to data available, 83 per cent water samples were found unsafe and remaining 17 per cent of locations were supplying safe water for drinking purposes in the rural areas of Rawalpindi district. The global water shortage of affordable and safe drinking water is manifested in Pakistan with an estimated 44 per cent of the population without access to safe drinking water. PCRWR sources told APP that

90 per cent of the population in rural areas lacked access to safe drinking water. While indicating the intensity of the problem, the sources said about 200,000 children in Pakistan died every year of diarrhoea diseases alone. Pakistan was a water rich country just a few decades ago, however, a recent World Bank report stated that it was now among 17 countries, which were currently facing water shortage. With decrease of quantity, the quality of water is also deteriorating badly by municipal, industrial and agriculture wastes. The PCRWR sources said the government was fully aware of the needs of rural areas, that constituted about 67 per cent of population, where living condition was below standards.—APP

DG CAA reviews progress Azerbaijan- of on-going NBBIA project Pakistan Youth Club launched STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD—The Azerbaijan-

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ISLAMABAD—Mr. Muhammad Ali Gardezi, Secretary Aviation alongwith Air Marshal (Retd) Muhammad Yousaf, Director General CAA visited New Benazir Bhutto International Airport project (NBBIA) to review progress of on-going works. A comprehensive brief-

ing was given, followed by a detailed site visit to the Passenger Terminal Building being constructed by M/s China State-FWO (JV). During the progress review it was noted by the Secretary Aviation that M/s Louis Berger Group (LBG) Project Management Consultant were responsible for

cost overrun/delays in execution of project due to poor quality of services. As they have already been served with termination notice, any balance payment due to the consultant may also be adjusted against probable losses suffered by Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority due to them.

Pakistan Youth Club has been launched In Islamabad. Speaking on the inaugural session the Ambassador of Azerbaijan Dashgin Shikarov said the club has been established to further augment the existing cordial and mutually beneficial relationship between the two countries. Addressing a gathering of Parliamentarians, Diplomats, Deans, Faculty members and students of the University on the occasion, Ambassador of Azerbaijan H.E. Dashgin Shikarov said “AzerbaijanPakistan are two souls in one body Pakistan and Azerbaijan enjoys deep-rooted relations and our affability is based on the common objectives of love, peace, harmony and mutual understanding of each other’s problems”. The project, he maintained, has been initiated with the expressed intent of creating a bridge between Azerbaijan and Pakistan, and bringing the two brotherly nations close to each other through dialogue and ISLAMABAD: A group photo of participants and resource persons of weeklong course understanding. IGP Islamabad Sikandar Hayat unveiling the plaque to inaugurate the Public Conciliaon “Pakistani Federalism and Decentralization” organized by Centre for CCE & tory Committee at Aabpara Police Station. UNDP.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

LSE visits Roots IVY International College STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Director for University of London International Programmes at London School of Economics, Dr. Keith Sharp along with his team Ms. Racheal Mary Gibson Liaison Manager University of London International Programmes at London School of Economics and Political Science, Mr. Andrew David Damarco Consultant International Foundation Programme at University of London visited Roots College International IVY Campus and DHA1

Campus Islamabad. CEO Ms. Khadija Mushtaq and the Campus Heads welcomed the distinguished guests. The visit was designed to bridge and develop strong ties between the two partners LSE and Roots College International IVY Campus. Over four hundred students are currently enrolled in the undergraduate programmes and were present to attend the ceremony and networking sessions. Concurrently, the Annual Graduation Ceremony 2013 was also held that was presided over by Dr. Keith Sharp.

The Corporate NetworkA decade ago, Roots UnThe main focus of this visit dent and scholarship ex- kistani students in UK Univerdergraduate programme was sities. In line with this objec- ing Dinner was attended by established under the dynamic tive, a complete tour of the CEOs, Presidents, MDs and leadership of Ms. Khadija DHA campuses was arranged Vmembers of the corporate where they had sessions with community who graced the Mushtaq to provide continuation of the British system of A-Levels students who also auspicious occasion. Mr. Haji education at the undergradudisplayed their school Rafique Pardesi, Chairman Alate level. The main objective projects. Orientation sessions Ghurair Giga & Emaar Pakistan of the establishment of the were held with perspective and Mr. Raja Amir Iqbal Execucollege was to provide high students. tive Member RCCI were the quality, internationally recogThe team then proceeded Guests of honour. Alumni Uninized undergraduate educato the IVY Campus where an- versity of London, Internaother Networking session was tional Programmes former tion opportunity to the students of the twin cities. To enattended. This was followed graduates of RCI, DHA/IVY sure this continued excellence, by a grand graduation cer- were also there to grace the ocshe decided to launch the Uniemony and a Corporate Net- casion. Some of the prominent versity of London International working dinner arranged as a alumni belonging to prestiProgrammes through distant joint venture of both Roots gious corporate organizations and flexible learning. was to explore, examine, stu- change opportunities for Pa- IVY and LSE. including Khowla Shoaib Cor-

porate Project Specialist Telenor Pakistan, Bilal Kiani Alumni Ambassador for UOL in Pakistan currently working as Team Leader Business Development at Bank Alfalah Limited, Muneeba Haleem Tax & Treasury Analyst in Philip Morris International Karachi, Annum Abbasi International Law Consultant & Research Associate at Research Society of International Law and Ammara Khalid Manager HR Pakistan Oil Fields were present especially to be a part of this mega event from all around the world and share their views.


Modi’s nomination as PM by BJP blot on Indian democracy: Geelani I SLAMABAD —The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Geelani has said that the Narendara Modi’s nomination as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate is a blot on India’s secular and democratic credentials. Addressing a massive rally in Kulgam, Syed Ali Geelani described Modi as a “killer of humanity, whose hands are soaked with the blood of thousands of innocent Muslims. “Whatever happened in Gujarat during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots happened under the patronage of Modi.” Geelani said that the BJP leader’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir posed a threat to the territory’s peace. “This mentally-sick person is trying to sow the seeds of communal hatred in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

Referring to a recent order by a Delhi court about Syed Salah-uddin, Geelani said the Hizbul Mujahideen chief was fighting for a just cause and there was no justification for the court to “brand a freedom fighter as a proclaimed offender.” Reiterating the call for boycott of the upcoming Assembly elections, Syed Ali Geelani said that attempts were being made by some elements to lure people into polls by portraying some pro-India parties as some kind of lesser evil. “The fact is that all pro-India parties are equally responsible for lending support to the Indian occupation,” he said. “They have bartered Kashmir’s natural resources for the lust of power. This is the reasons that people of

Kashmir have been pushed into perpetual darkness. Our water resources are being used to generate electricity and the same is being sold to different states while the people of Kashmir have been left to bear the brunt,” he added. “Whatever the reasons, when people cast votes it is detrimental for the cause of freedom and only helps India to sell the so-called elections as collective approval of Kashmiris to its occupation of Kashmir,” he said. Blaming the pro-India parties for bartering the resources of Kashmir for occupying seats of power, the veteran leader said these parties have pushed Kashmir into medieval ages. Affirming that the people of Kashmir will not accept any solution other than complete free-

dom, he said their political aspirations have to be respected. “Let me assure my nonMuslim brethren that after we get independence, their lives and properties will remain safe and secure. I appeal them to support the Kashmir’s freedom movement and I assure them that their rights would be safeguarded after independence. We will fail every attempt which is aimed to divide Kashmir on regional, religious or cultural basis.” “My rallies are aimed to make the international community aware that India is continuing its A child shouts slogans during a protest in Srinagar. occupation in Jammu and Kashmir forcibly. It is also to make clear to the world that Kashmir is not an integral part of India but a disputed territory, which is yet to be resolved.”—APP

Newly build designs of building violation of heritage norms: Experts

Tehran to push for Kashmir’s resolution, hopes Abbas

The issue was deliberated SRINAGAR—Clerics, scholars, Hussain Keng presided over the upon in detail and many of its SRINAGAR—With the boom in senior citizens and noted Islamic seminar.

I SLAMABAD —Senior APHC leader Maulana Abbas Ansari has hoped Iran reaching a nuclear deal with the United States and six major world powers, will push for the resolution of Kashmir issue at an international level. Maulana Abbas Ansari in a in a media interview said that the deal had paved the way for Iran to push for Kashmir’s resolution with other world powers. “Now, Iran would be able to press for the resolution of longpending Kashmir issue with Washington and other powers.” Ansari said there was a solid thread, which connected Iran, Muzaffarabad: Minister of Electricity Raja Faisal Rathore addressing a gathering. Pakistan, Palestine and Kashmir together. —APP

Father waiting for missing son’s return

Int’l moot upholds right to self-determination for Kashmiris STAFF REPORTER

SRINAGAR—An old man, run- ISLAMABAD—Speakers in an ning from pillar to post for the past two years to locate his son who went missing from Jammu, is still waiting for his son’s return. The whereabouts of one Ishtiyaq Ahmad Shah of Srinagar who went missing on May 28, 2012 from Zabarwan hotel in Jammu is not known since then. The father of the missing youth Ghulam Ahmad Shah while talking to media men said that the Jammu police who didn’t show any interest in tracing his son had closed the investigation process on May 1, 2013. He appealed to the authorities to put efforts to trace his son on humanitarian grounds.—KMS

Police officer killed, 2 cops injured in IHK attack SRINAGAR—A Station House Officer (SHO) was killed and two policemen were injured in an attack in Budgam district. The attackers fired upon the police officer from point blank range outside Chadoora Police Station killing him on the spot and injured two cops and a civilian. The injured were rushed to Srinagar for treatment, officials said.—KMS

Ulema, scholars discuss issues faced by Kashmir’s half widows

international conference held here Sunday supported Kashmiris’ right to self-determination and appealed the international community to ask India to stop human rights violations in Kashmir. The conference titled ‘Kashmir, the lynchpin of peace in South Asia,’ which was organized by the Kashmir Women Forum in collaboration with International Muslim Women Union was attended by representatives of different women organizations from 21 countries. Besides, ‘Azad Kashmir’ senior minister Chaudhary Mohammad Yasin, Hurriyat leaders and scholars of Kashmir which included Mohammad Farooq Rehmani, Mehmood Ahmad Saghar, Shaikh Tajamul Islam, Prof Nazir Ahmad Shawl, Hassanul Bana, Rafiq Ahmad Dar, Salim Haroon, Manzoorul Haq Bhat, Nisar Ahmad Mirza, Abdullah Geelani, Mohammad Shafi Dar, Shoiab Shah and Raja Mohammad Ayoub attended the conference which was held at the Kashmir House. The speakers included chairperson of International Muslim Women Union, Dr Kausar Firdous, Rufidya from Syria, Aifat, a popular leader from Palestine, Dr Nabila from Indonesia, Mansia from Rus-

sian Federation, Rahila Qazi, and the chairperson of Kashmir Women Forum, Shamim Shawl. The speakers while appealing to the international community to take cognisance of worst situation of Kashmir perpetrated by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir assured the ordinance that they will give voice to the suffering in their respect countries and support the on going just freedom struggle. Chief guest Chaudhary Muhammad Yasin in his speech said, “The cry for peace in Kashmir is going all over the world, but Kashmiris require a peace based on justice. The people of Jammu and Kashmir have always welcomed efforts directed towards this goal. We believe in the process of grand reconciliation based on stark ground realities. In this context a sustained dialogue between Pakistan and India augurs well but what we believe is that this dialogue will become meaningful and result oriented by the participation of the basic stakeholders that is the people of Jammu and Kashmir. In order to discover a way forward it is imperative that the international community should facilitate this process.” Declaration of Kashmir conference “This conference expresses its solidarity with the Kashmir freedom struggle and

the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir. We assure you that the women of the world will join your genuine voice for right to self-determination. We appeal the international community to ask India to stop all the human rights violations taking place with impunity in occupied Kashmir, atrocities against women should be brought to an end and the perpetrators should be brought to justice. “Black laws like Public Safety Act and Armed Forces Special Powers Act should be revoked and all fundamental freedoms should be restored. “The international community should take up the issue of mass graves in international fora and this crime against humanity should be investigated by a UN Special representative. The political leadership in occupied Kashmir should be provided a democratic political space and all detenues should be released. “This conference hopes that international community will facilitate a dialogue between Pakistan, India and the people of Kashmir so that the people of Jammu and Kashmir exercise their right to self determination a per UN resolutions. “We declare with one voice that Kashmir is the lynchpin of peace and by addressing this dispute a durable peace will be established in South Asia.”

modern construction across Srinagar city, the experts said that the newly build designs of the buildings have come up in gross violation of heritage norms recommended by the Jammu and Kashmir Heritage Conservation and Preservation (HCPA) Act 2010. Experts accuse that the “uncaring approach” of the state government in implementing this Act has failed to save Kashmir’s 5000 years old heritage as construction of modern buildings was increasingly on rise in the Kashmir valley especially summer capital of state. Convener, Kashmir chapter of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Muhammad Saleem Baigh told Rising Kashmir that the authorities were not conserving the heritage sites of the valley as nobody pays attention towards the growing trend of making buildings and malls in modern design against heritage rich Srinagar. “The architecture of the newly constructed buildings is not faulty but it does not fit in the indigenous tradition and construction system of the valley as per the act of conservation of heritage,” Baigh said. He said that the construction of modern buildings in the state was totally in conflict with the character of the state and the HCPA. “There are no efforts from the department of art and culture, and other concerned departments to look after such violations prevailing in the state,” he added.—NNI

jurisprudents have discussed various issues including the problems faced by Kashmir’s half widows. Ehsaas, a civil society initiative, organized congregation in a local hotel in Srinagar on the problems faced by the affected lot of the decades old conflict in the light of Islamic jurisprudence. Besides Ulemas and Muftis of various schools of thought intellectuals including Women social activists also participated in the congregation and made valuable interventions. Prominent religious scholar and president of Anjuman-e- Himayatul Islam Moulana Showket

Mufti Mohammad Ishaq Nazki from Darul Uloom Raheemiya Bandipora, Mujahid Shabir Ahmed Falahi from Jamat-e- Islami, Moulana M S Rehman Shams representing Mirwaiz Dr Moulvi Mohammed Umar Farooq, Mulana Manzoor Ahmed from Karwani Islami, Moulana Hakeem Sajjad Hussain from Ahlul Bait Foundation, Moulana Shafat Ahmed Farooqi from Jmai’at Ahl-eHadees Jammu & Kashmir, renowned scholar and academic Prof G M Madhosh, Rifat Andrabi, Fahmeeda Shah and others participated in the deliberations.

aspects were debated with all its complexities. Participants provided perspectives on the basis of ‘Shariya Law’ regarding disappeared husband and his property. Some participants presented written papers on the issue. Parveena Ahenger including many other victims were also present on the occasion and apprised the gathering of various problems that affected women are facing in the society. In statement issued here, it said that it was unanimously decided to meet again on December, 24 2013 and find solutions to these problems as per Islamic jurisprudence.—NNI

BOPEE Scam: GMC students boycott class work, stage protest against Peer SRINAGAR—Seeking cancella- ing scam. The students marched could breathe freely,” he said

demanding that government should make public the list of candidates who have made it to the GMC through unfair means and action should be initiated against them to ensure that entire college doesn’t get a bad name. Meanwhile, scores of Jammu and Kashmir Doctors from Safdar Jung and other hospitals staged a twin protest at Jantar Mantar and 10 Janpath outside the Official residence of UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi against the recently surfaced BOPEE CET paper leak and selling scam. Holding Chief Minister Omar Abdullah directly responsible for the BOPEE Scam the doctors demanded his immediate removal and harsh punishment for former BOPEE chairman Mushtaq Ahmed Peer. The Doctors alleged that extension was granted to Peer with the consent of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The J&K doctors presently working in different hospitals of New Delhi including Safdar Jung, Metro Heart and Hindu Rao Hospitals staged a peaceful sit-in in front of Sonia Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence. They were carrying placards and banners seeking punishment for the guilty involved in CET scam and immediate removal of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The doctors also staged a peaceful protest at Jantar Mantar describing BOPEE fraud a Muzaffarabad: AJK Minister of Forests and Wildlife Sardar Javed Ayub in conversation shame for the Jammu and Kashmir government.—NNI with Minister for Structures Chaudhary Muhammad Rasheed. tion of admissions of tainted candidates who allegedly bought papers to qualify CET 2012, hundreds of undergraduate students from Government Medical College Srinagar hit to streets. The agitated male and female students set the sketch of former BOPEE Chairman Mushtaq Peer on fire and demanded that in order to restore the pride and glory of the College, tainted students should be expelled without any delay. According to reports, hundreds of students gathered in the GMC premises and raised slogans against former BOPEE chairman Mushtaq Ahmed Peer, main accused in the paper-sell-

peacefully towards Karan Nagar where police stopped them. The students returned back to the college premises amid anti-scam and anti-Mushtaq Peer slogans. The protesting students were carrying the banners and placards depicting the slogans like, ‘Restore Pride, Expel Culprits’ ‘Kick The Backdoors Out’ ‘Hang Mushtaq Peer’. President of Undergraduate Students Union, Faizan Yunus, said the protest of students would continue until government initiates action against the guilty. ‘Our reputation is at stake. We all are being looked as suspects and therefore the guilty should be ousted from the College so that all other students

Unexploded shells tearing lives apart ATHAR PARVAIZ A vast and picturesque meadow called Tosamaidan, about 112 km west of Jammu and Kashmir’s capital Srinagar, has now become the rallying point for hundreds of villagers who want the artillery exercises being carried out there by the Indian Army to stop. For, the unexploded shells of Tosamaidan have been tearing their lives apart. Reshma, a villager, lost her 19-year-old son Bilal Ahmad in 1997 to an unexploded shell while he was playing around the meadow. “As a mother, I don’t want to see children getting killed in like this,” Reshma told IPS.

In 1964, the meadow spread over 375 acres had been taken on lease by the Indian Army from the state government for 50 years. Now that the lease period is coming to an end in April next year, the residents of more than 30 villages around Tosamaidan have started a massive campaign against its renewal.3 They say the shells have resulted in heavy casualties and maimed hundreds of people, besides killing livestock and hitting the picturesque area’s tourism potential. “We don’t want our children to suffer like us,” said Fatima Begam of Khag village who has three children. “If our parents had said in 1964 that the army should not

be allowed to carry out military exercises in the vicinity of our villages, we would not have suffered,” Begam told IPS outside her home. Picturesque Kashmir valley has for decades been at the heart of a bloody conflict between India and Pakistan. At least 60,000 people have lost their lives since an insurgency broke out in 1989, with the fighters demanding ‘freedom’ for Kashmir. The region has seen heavy mobilisation of troops by the Indian government. Now the army has approached the Kashmir government for a fresh lease for Tosamaidan for another 20 years. Lt Col. N. N. Joshi, army

spokesperson in Srinagar, told IPS: “I can’t comment on this beyond the fact that the issue of lease extension is currently being deliberated upon.” But the residents of Khag, Beerwah, Arzal and many other villages are bitterly opposed to an extension. An inquiry by a Kashmiri lawmaker in the state assembly in August this year revealed that many shells left behind during army exercises have accidentally exploded, killing 63 people over the years. The statistics were provided by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. Ever since, the villagers who had been demanding an end to the military exercises around their homes have garnered the

support of human rights activists as well as Kashmiri politicians. Mehbooba Mufti, president of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has demanded that instead of military exercises, the idyllic beauty of Tosamaidan should be used as a tourist destination. “You can’t ignore the pleas of thousands of villagers who have been suffering on many fronts because of these military exercises,” Mufti told IPS. Members of her rival political party, the ruling National Conference party, also agree that the lease should not be extended for the army. The Kashmir government has constituted a high-level

committee to give its report to the state government. But many feel the government should deny an extension at the current site due to the ground realities. “Both on principle and legally, the government has enough reason (to say no). Besides, a democratically elected government should always consider the genuine demands of its people,” a widely circulated Urdu daily, Kashmir Uzma, wrote in its editorial on Nov. 12. Villagers say artillery exercises also hit their livelihoods. “These artillery exercises hamper agricultural and livestock related activities apart from spoiling all chances of developing the area as a tourist destination,” said Arjumand

Talib who has extensively written on conflict and economy in Kashmir. Akhtar Hussain, another villager of Khag, said that developmental activities had become virtually impossible. “A few years back, the army disallowed the construction of the road in the area on the plea that it would give villagers easy access to the army camp,” Hussain told IPS. Villagers say not only do they stumble upon unexploded shells in the upper areas while grazing their livestock, but shells also roll down to lower areas when torrential rains come in summer. In May this year, a major tragedy was averted when a villager informed a social activist about an unexploded shell

in a nearby stream. “One of our villagers, Bashir Ahmed, telephoned me saying he had found a suspicious item near the stream. I informed the police right away and got the shell exploded safely,” Raja Muzaffar, a social activist, told IPS. “But unfortunately this does not always happen. Most often people stumble upon these shells and start tampering with them or step on them accidentally.” Raja and other social activists have filed a petition before the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC). “We are quite hopeful that the SHRC will give clear directions to the state government about not leasing out the land any further,” Raja told IPS.


Selling

Currency

Buying

USA

107.90

107.70

UK

174.29

173.96

Euro

146.00

145.73

Canada

102.43

102.24

Switzerland

118.43

118.21

Australia

99.18

98.99

Sweden

16.43

16.40

Japan

1.0632

1.0612

Norway

17.70

17.67

Singapore

86.25

85.09

Denmark

19.57

19.54

Saudi Arabia

28.77

28.72

Hong Kong

13.92

13.89

Kuwait

381.14

380.44

Malaysia

33.51

33.45

Newzealand

88.93

88.76

Qatar

29.38

29.58

UAE

29.38

29.32

KR. WON

0.1018

0.1016

Thailand

3.369

3.363

CPI up by 10.9% APCNGA lauds PM Al Baraka Bank launches UnionPay during last month economic package cards in collaboration with Euronet ISLAMABAD—The Consumer

der this arrangement, STAFF REPORTER Euronet will be providing K A R A C H I —Al Baraka complete outsourced serBank, an emerging Islamic vices to the bank for its Elec-

and UnionPay International Gateway Services. By utilizing Euronet’s state-of- the art and PCI DSS compliant facil-

Bank in Pakistan has announced the launch of UnionPay debit cards with Euronet Pakistan as its technological partner. Un-

ity, Al Baraka is also adding a wide range of new transaction sets on its channels such as Utility Bill Payments for additional companies, In-

Bullion Rates KARACHI—Following were the bullion rates in major cities yesterday. RS PER 10 GRAMS KARACHI: Gold Tezab Silver Tezabi

48,642.00 810.00

MULTAN: Gold Tezabi (24-Ct) 48000.00 Gold 22 Ct 43890.00 SilverTezabi 830.00 Silver Thobi 800.00

Edible oil imports fall STAFF REPORTER I S L A M A B A D —Import of edible oil in the country including soyabean and palm, witnessed decreasing trend during first four months of current financial year as compared to same period of last year. During the period from July-October, this year, the import of soyabean oil decreased by 20.28 per cent and reached at 29,701 metric tons costing US$ 31.488 million. According the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics the import of soyabean was recorded at 30,596 metric tons valuing US$ 39.49 million in same period of last year. During the period under review, palm oil import decreased by 11.28 per cent and reached at 756,373 metric tons costing US$ 615.130 million which was recorded at 662,130 metric tons worth US$ 693.35 million in corresponding period of last year. However, the data reveled that on month on month basis, the import of soyabean oil and palm oil increased by 128.22 per cent and 43.16 per cent respectively. In month of October, 2013 country spent US$ 5.2 million to import 5,341 metric tons of soyabean oil which was recorded at 1,698 metric tons of US$ 2.2 million during same month of last year, it added. Meanwhile, during last month palm oil import swelled by 43.16 per cent and reached at 192,258 metric tons costing US$ 153.677 million against the imports of 106,087 worth US$ 107.344 million of same period last year, the data reveled. On the other hand, food group imports in country during first four months of current financial year decreased by 9.10 per cent as compared to same period of last year. From July-October, 2013, food group imports reached at $ 1.38 billion which was recorded at $1.51 billion in same period of last year, said the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. During the period under review, imports of edible oil including soyabean and palm oil decreased by 20.28 per cent, 11.28 per cent respectively. During the period from July-October, tea import in the country decreased by 20.01 per cent. About 37,275 metric tons of tea imported worth US$87.60 million imported to fulfil the domestic requirements as against 36,838 metric tons valuing US$ 1.19 million imported in same period of last year. The other food commodities which witnessed negative growth in their imports during the period review included spices 11.09 per cent and leguminous vegetables (pluses) by 33.40 per cent.

LSE loses 0.88 points LAHORE—Lahore Stock Exchange here Monday witnessed bearsh trend by losing 0.88 points, as the LSE Index-25 opened with 4681.26 points and closed at 4680.38 points. The market’s overall situation, however, corresponded to an upward trend as it remained at 1.850 million shares to close against previous turnover of 1.100 million shares, showing an upward move of 750,100 shares. While, out of the total active 96 scrips 34 moved up, 9 shed values and 53 remained equal. The Major Gainers of the day were Mari Petroleum Company, Pakistan State Oil Company Limited and Treet Corporation Limited by recording increase in their per share value by Rs 7.97, Rs 5.16 and Rs 4.52 respectively. Adamjee Insurance Company, D.G.Khan Cement Company and Silk Bank Limited (Saudi) lost their per share value by Rs 1.74, Rs 1.25 and Re 0.94 respectively. Top three Volume Leaders of the day included Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited with 403,000 shares, Lafarge Pakistan Cement with 326,000 shares.—APP

tronic Financial Transaction Services which includes Debit Card Processing and Management, ATM Driving & Monitoring

Show cause notice issued to Shangrila disposed off STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) while conducting a hearing in the matter of show cause notice issued to M/s Shangrila (Private) Limited for prima facie violation of Section 10 of Competition Act that deals with deceptive marketing practices, accepted their commitments and disposed of the matter. The matter was heard by a three member bench comprising of Dr. Joseph Wilson, Chairman, Mr. Mueen Batlay, Member and Dr. Shehzad Ansar, Member. The representative of National Foods argued that in terms of clear findings of the enquiry report and the Retail Audit Survey conducted by A.C. Neilson, National Food had major market share while the market share of Shangrila was quite low. It was also submitted that even the Brands Foundation has not allowed Shangrila to use ‘No. 1’ tagline. On the other hand the Counsel appearing on behalf of the Shangrila filed Com-

mitment under Regulation 30 of the Competition Commission (General Enforcement) Regulations, 2007 that the marketing campaign under question had already been discontinued and they will ensure compliance with the Competition Act and the directions of the CCP in the matter thereof. Based on the aforesaid commitment and the forthcoming approach of Shangrila, the CCP’s bench disposed of the matter while accepting the commitments filed by Shangrila ensuring compliance thereof and also directing to file compliance report that none of marketing material contains deceptive claim i.e. Pakistan’s No. 1 used in the marketing campaign in question. Consumer protection is a key area of Competition Law Enforcement and CCP’s Office of Fair Trade (OFT) has been established to further the Commission’s objective of creating a business environment based on healthy competition and protecting consumers from anti competitive practices.

Khushhalibank supports women empowerment through its vision tion. He said, “Poverty in PakiISLAMABAD—The 7th Paki- stan in not very deep, it needs stan Microfinance country forum concluded last week at Ramada Hotel, Islamabad with a joint agenda for empowering the women in Pakistan. Khushhalibank the largest Microfinance bank was a joint sponsor of this event. The topic for this year’s forum was “Striking a Balance between Poverty Reduction and Access to Finance” and comprised two interactive sessions on ‘Poverty Reduction – An Attainable Goal’ and ‘Access to Finance – Technology at Hand’, including a panel discussion on the theme. Addressing the event Chief guest Dr. Prof Ahsan Iqbal Federal Minister for Planning & Development and Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of Pakistan applauded the efforts made by the Microfinance sector of meaningful intervention so Pakistan in poverty allevia- that it can generate growth

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that is inclusive; microfinance is not about doling out cash transactions but developing

LAHORE —A high level delegation of an international Chinese company, Shanghai Electric Group, led by its Vice Presidents Lv Yachen and Cheng Yuan met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here today and discussed matters regarding cooperation in various energy projects in Pakistan. Shanghai Electric Group expressed interest in investment in power sector in Punjab. Wel-

coming the offer of investment in energy sector, the Chief Minister assured that Punjab government would extend maximum cooperation to Shanghai Electric Group and other investors. Chairman Universal Metal Corporation Japan Haseeb Rehman, Chairman Nishat Group Mian Muhammad Mansha, Director Shanghai Electric Zhang Xing, Assistant Director Zhao Hui, General Manager Imran Khan, Additional Chief

Safety regulations, inspections vital to industrial growth SALIM AHMED L AHORE —The government has to make proper legislation to avoid tragic incidents of explosions and fire eruptions at industrial & plant sites with a view to achieve target of standard economic growth as poor regulations reflect the utter collapse of enforcement of plant safety standards in the country. This was observed by the speakers at a training workshop on “Process and Plant Safety & Risk Based Inspection” organized by TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification, formerly Moody International. Mr. Reinhard Preiss, who is an expert in the field of plant safety & Risk Based Inspections from TÜV Austria Holding Vienna, shared his expertise and knowledge with the participants of the first ever training on plant safety and risk based inspection in Pakistan. The participant companies’ personals, who expressed their keen interest and enthusiasm in training workshop, included National Refinery Ltd, Attock Refinery Ltd, United Energy Pakistan Ltd, Pak Arab Refinery Ltd, OMV Pakistan Exploration & Production Inc, Shell Pakistan Ltd, Engro Fertilizers Ltd & Oil & Gas Development Company Ltd and several other key companies.

skills that can augment the poorer segments of society.”

Secretary Energy, Vice Chairman Punjab Investment Board and other concerned officers were present on the occasion. Welcoming the delegation of Shanghai Electric Group to Lahore, the Chief Minister said that Pakistan and China are bound together in strong ties of friendship and their economic relations are strengthening. He said that China has extended maximum help to Pakistan in every hour of need.

SALIM AHMED L AHORE —The World Bank Lead Economist on Monday gave a clearly defined framework to overcome the challenge of competitiveness in the province of Punjab and called for a time bound action plan to increase its export worthiness. Mr. Vincent Palmade, Lead Economist, Private & Financial Sector Development, South Africa Region, World Bank was talking to LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Senior Vice President Mian Tariq Misbah, former President Mian Anjum Nisar, Chairman Contractor and Builders Association Akbar Sheikh, Executive Committee Members Ibrar Ahmad, Mudassar Masood Chaudhry and former EC Member Rehmatullah Javed also spoke on the occasion. The World Bank Economist said that implementation of a set of integrated services

ISLAMABAD—The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Monday lauded the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for announcing a comprehensive package to revive drying investments and boost confidence of the downhearted business community. All the problems being faced by Pakistan have something to do with the prevailing economic situation which cannot be addressed unless the business community feel safe and encouraged, said Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA. In a statement issued here today, he said that the incentive package intended to encourage investment in the country was need of the hour if we are to solve the increasing problems. We fully support the PM’s package which will accelerate economic growth, reduce unemployment and benefit masses, he added. Ghiyas Paracha said that the business-friendly government should also announce incentives for CNG sector providing employment to millions and benefitting majority of population by pro-

vision of affordable fuel. He said that almost four million vehicles are using CNG making Pakistan world number one country but the incompetence of the former government has pushed this industry to the brink. He added that oil import bill is the main contributor to the high inflation which can be reduced by promoting CNG which will benefit whole population of Pakistan. Paracha said that high interest rate is chocking growth while increasing unemployment is triggering poverty forcing people to compromise on education and health which in turn is supporting militancy, and extremism. Harassment by officials, bureaucratic procedures, taxation issues and bhatta culture are some issues that need urgent attention to rebuild the confidence of the weary business community, he said. The leader of the CNG sector said that government has realised that standard of living of majority will continue to deteriorate unless business community is allowed to work with peace of mind which is beginning of the change.

could help achieve the re- plan, he said that there was a quired level of competitive- need to sustained commit-

ness needed to win greater portion of world market. Identifying the key factors for the implementation of an action

ment from the very top with dedicated world class team at every tier either it is private sector or the public sector.

Taiwan interested in tapping economic potential STAFF REPORTER AHORE

supported the National Entrepreneurship Working Group (NEW-G) in organizing its inaugural seminar on importance of building entrepreneurship ecosystem in Pakistan. The seminar was held in collaboration with the United States Consul General, Karachi and Injaz Pakistan with the support of Institute of Business Administration (IBA), MITEFP (MIT Enterprise Forum Pakistan), Gillette Pakistan and Global Entrepreneurship Week-Pakistan, an initiative of the Kauffman Foundation. The National Entrepreneurship Working Group (NEW-G) was recently formed to serve as a national, multi-stakeholder forum for sharing ideas, information and knowledge to support the growth of entrepreneurship and innovation in Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, Naveed Siraj, Country Manager Intel said “Intel Pakistan has a proud record of helping women improve their lives and accelerating their inclusion in national economic development. We provide ICT-based learning and skill-development platforms like Intel E-Basics & Intel Easy-Steps which open up a world of possibilities for women through knowledge tools which could help them to start their businesses.

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Time bound action plan to increase export worthyness of Punjab

L —Taiwan External Intel supports Trade Development Council Taiwan Bureau of Foreign launch of and Trade have shown their inclito conduct market surentrepreneurship nation veys in Pakistan to tap bilattrade and investment poworking group eral tentials. This was revealed by I SLAMABAD —Intel

Shanghai group shows interest for investment SALIM AHMED

ter Bank Funds Transfers facility, Internet Banking interface etc. UnionPay International – a subsidiary of UnionPay has an acceptance network in more than 140 countries and regions, providing payment services to the world’s largest cardholders group. This is a major step for the bank towards internationalism. “Euronet’s outsourced model was a perfect fit for our business requirement of launching UnionPay cards”, said Farah Naz, Head of Strategic Planning & Marketing, Al Baraka. “It’s cost effective with the quickest time to market which is our top most priority for any initiative. Euronet keeps up with the technological and regulatory requirements which will enable us to focus on our core banking business. We believe this partnership with Euronet and UPI will help us grow and add more advance, valuable and revenue generating services quickly and cost effectively.”

Price Index (CPI) based inflation increased by 10.9% during the month of November 2013 as compared to same month of last year. According the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, on monthon-month basis, CPI increased by 1.3% in November 2013 as compared to 2.0% in the previous month and a decrease of 0.4% in November 2012. Core inflation measured by non-food non-energy CPI (Core NFNE) increased by 8.5% during previous month. Core NFNE inflation on month on month basis increased by 0.3% in November 2013 as compared to 0.9% a month earlier and 0.2% in November 2012. According to PBS, Month on month basis, SPI increased by 3.2% in November 2013 as compared to a increase of 1.2% in October and 0.01% in November 2012. WPI inflation on year on year basis increased by 10.4% in November 2013 as compared with 9.8% a month earlier and 7.7% in November 2012. WPI inflation on month on month basis increased by 0.3% in November 2013 as compared to an increase of 1.1% a month earlier and a decrease of 0.4% in November 2012.—APP

the LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari on his return from four-day visit to Taiwan as head of a ten-member delegation. The other members of the delegation were: LCCI Executive Committee Members Khawaja Khawar Rashid, Abrar Ahmad, former Executive Committee Members Nabila Intisar, Margoob Shakir Izhar and Awais Saeed Piracha. The LCCI President said that a two member team of Taipei Economic and Cultural Center

(TECC) comprising TECC Economic Counselor Dr Guann-Jyh Lee would visit Pakistan late December this year to have first hand knowledge about trade and investment opportunities. Engineer Sohail Lashari said that Executive Vice President Taiwan External Trade Development Council Simon Wang assured his full support to the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry to expedite dissemination of trade-related information. David HSU, Deputy Director General, Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs, had promised to send his officials deputed in Indian foreign mission to Pakistan to conduct market survey for Taiwanese businessmen, the LCCI President added. The LCCI President said that the

Deputy Director General, Bureau of Foreign Trade had also invited Pakistani businessmen to enhance interaction with their Taiwani counterparts to learn more about their strengths in various economic sectors and ways to enter into Taiwani market. Engineer Sohail Lashari said that the very objective of signing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) was to step up B2B partnership between the two countries. He said that the LCCI and TAITRA would initiate joint working for strengthening the private sectors in their respective countries. Exchange trade delegations and expeditious exchange of market.

Land reforms must for progress, says Kisan convention SALIM AHMED LAHORE—The second Peasants’ Convention sponsored by the Human rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called for removal of all obstacles to land reforms, adoption of appropriate laws to protect the rights of farm labour, and preparation of a five-year plan for solving agriculture sector’s problems. The state of agriculture and the various difficulties faced by peasants and landless tenants were analysed by peasant organizations and peasants’ friends in the human rights movement from the four provinces at HRCP’s second peasant’s Convention at Multan the other day. The participants endorsed

the recommendations of last year’s convention and redefined their demands/targets. They also adopted a 10point Multan Declaration listing their priority tasks for 2014. The peasant demands adopted at the convention are as follows: The state must adopt a five-year plan for the uplift of the agriculture sector and the people dependent on it; Land reforms should be enforced forthwith. All obstacles to this objective must be speedily removed because without a just redistribution of land neither the state can make economic progress nor can the people be guaranteed their right to food security; Land ownership ceiling should be fixed per family

and all surplus land distributed among cultivators. While doing so women and men should be allowed equality of entitlement. Women-headed families should also be given land without any discrimination; All moves to encourage corporate farming must be abandoned; The practice of allotting state land to landlords should be given up. The community lands, grazing fields and state-owned farms in Sindh occupied by landlords should be recovered from them and allotted to cultivators; The peasants who have been cultivating state land for a long time in Okara, Khanewal, Cholistan and Thal area must be given proprietary rights forthwith.


Afridi hits out at critics K ARACHI —Former captain Shahid Afridi hit out at his and team’s critics on Monday declared them Heckle, Jeckle and Mr Bean. “Heckle, Jeckle, Mr Bean are commenting on the televisions channels like team have had not lost a match during their playing days,” he told reporters on arrival from South Africa where Pakistan beat the host 2-1 for the first time in ODI series and draw the T20 series 1-1. Misbah-ul-Haq however missed the golden opportunity to make history making clean-sweep against South Africa by surprisingly resting Shahid Afridi and Muhammad Hafeez in third ODI in Centurion. He was referring to comments of former skipper and ace batsman Muhammad Yousuf and speedster Shoaib Akhtar on the private TV Channel during Pakistan’s home series in United Arab Emirates and in South Africa.

Without naming anyone, Afridi said he was fully aware of the past and discipline of these players.

He praised the outstanding performances of Anwar Ali and Bilawal Bhatti on their debut in Cape Town. However he said it was too early to match and compare Bilawal Bhatti compared with Razzaq and others. He criticized the players

appearing on the different television channels that instead of building the team in loss they are downing the Pakistan team. Shahid Afridi said he will keep working hard and perform for the country. In the meantime newly emerged all-rounder Anwar Ali said it was his dream to serve the country to the best of ability. “Its is my endeavour to perform the best of my abilities with the bat, ball and in the field for Pakistan,” he commented. Anwar Ali won the man of the match award on his debut after defeated South Africa in the opening one-day international at Cape Town. Pakistan team came under for heavy bashing after Pakistan stunning in UAE after 4-1 in ODIs and 2-0 loss in two T20 loss and playing 1-1 draw in the Test series after having won the opening Test at Shaikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.—APP BAJAUR AGENCY: Commandant Bajaur Scouts Col Mir Amir Ali awarding winning trophy of Rahat Shaheed Cricket Tournament to the captain of winning team.

Deuces performs hat-trick with win in KC Bridge Congress K ARACHI —Team Deuces

HYDERABAD: Position holder players with their trophies during closing ceremony of Hyderabad Sprots Festival 2013 at Board Stadium.

Alpine skiing: Svindal wins again in Lake Louise super-G

PCB must hire a batsman head coach after Whatmore: Amir

L AKE L OUISE (Canada)— Aksel Lund Svindal won the men’s alpine World Cup super-G at Lake Louise on Sunday on an Olympic course the Norwegian has made his own. Svindal clocked 1min 28.53sec to beat Austrian duo Matthias Mayer and Georg Streitberger by 0.24sec and 0.38sec respectively. Svindal notched his 22nd World Cup victory, surpassing Kjetil Andre Aamodt’s Norwegian record. “I think it’s cool,” he said of the record. “It is something to know that my idol is at home and that I beat his record. I will call him later and I will see what he says. I think he must have some mixed feelings.” Asked if the venue should be re-named “Lake Lund” Svindal said he’d have no problem with that, although he noted that the Canadian resort was already fondly known as “Lake Lindsey” by fans of American Lindsey Vonn, winner of 14 World Cup races here.—AFP

I SLAMABAD —Former Paki- equivalent to what the board stan Captain Amir Sohail feels Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should hire a batsman head coach for the national team after Dav Whatmore whose contract expires in February next year. The PCB will not renew Whatmore’s contract as Whatmore had earlier informed the board that he would not be seeking an extension in the job due to personal and family reasons. His last assignment with Pakistan will be the upcoming Sri Lanka series in the UAE, to be held this month. According to media reports it has been learnt that discussions had been held with former coach Waqar Younis is a top contender to replace Whatmore as head coach. Waqar who is settled in Australia has shown interest in the coaching assignment but has also kept forth some strong conditions to sign a fresh contract. Waqar has also asked for more authority and a pay package

is paying Whatmore. Waqar, who was head coach of the national team in 2010 and 2011, ended his contract prematurely in September, 2012 on personal and health grounds. There are also talks about handing Younis Khan the additional responsibility of being the team’s batting coach besides playing in the Test matches. Talking to APP, Amir Sohail said Pakistan team already has a bowling coach Muhammad Akram and to hire another bowler head coach like Waqar Younis won’t he suitable for the team. “The national team needs a batting head coach, a person who should be wellknown for his batting and can make the team deliver with the bat,” he said. Amir said batting is always been a weakness of the national team and it is the need of the hour to hire a batting head coach. “Consistency in team’s batting is always lacking,” he said.—APP

completed unique hat-trick on Karachi Bridge Circuit when they won the Karachi Club Bridge Congress at KC Annexe on Sunday evening. Quite contrary to their earlier clean-wash win in the Karachi Gold Gold Cup, Deuces had to work hard for the completion of hat-trick in Karachi Bridge circle. It was their third successive win, and fourth for Abdul Muqeet and Anwer Kizilbash. Deuces yet annexed another major title. When the last round began, Deuces faced GFQ and Data Steel faced another fancied team Giants. It was quite a dramatic finish, when only two boards remained to decide the fate, at this stage, Deuces was winning by 0.15 Victory Points (VPs) with score for Deuces at 76.75 as against 76.60 of Data Steel. But Deuces got a clean swing on the last board which raised their score to 83.70. However Giants not allowed Data Steel by their excellent defence to take any undue advantage. Former National Champions Data Steel finished second with 78.54 VPs in their kitty. In this ordeal, Deuces won five out of six matches, from Giants 13.45, Karachi Club 17.08, Data Steel 17.56, AKB 13.71 and finally GFQ 16.38 lost fourth round match to star-studded Allana 6.03. Deuces comprised A. Muqeet, Wajahat Suri, Anwer kizilbash, Farhat Abbas and Tanvir Mazahir. Data Steel restricted to second position having 78.54 VPs to their credit. Having old stars like Pervaiz Mirza, Rashid jaffer and on-form players like Hasan Askari, Tariq Rasheed Khan, Gulzar Bilal and Shakeel Chandna, They won four matches, 20.00 from Zia Tigers, 16.73 from Dynamite, 15.15 from Invincible and 14.22 from Giants, drawn on level terms with AKB and lost to Deuces.—APP

PHF appeals Govt to make hockey’s participation in Asian Games possible I S L A M A B A D — P a k i s t a n Games, is also in jeopardy. Hockey Federation (PHF), Secretary, Rana Mujahid feels the participation of national team in Asian Games is in danger due to the ongoing tussle between two parallel Olympic Associations saying the government must step-in to resolve the issue. The 17th Asian Games will be staged in Korea from September 19 to October 4, 2014, and will involve 13,000 athletes and officials from the 45 NOCs in 36 sports. Talking to a private news channel, the newly elected PHF Secretary said after missing the berth in the Commonwealth Games, the participation of the Pakistan Hockey team, in the next year’s Asian

Commenting on the situation Rana Mujahid, while putting the onus of the ongoing tussle between two parallel Olympic Associations, appealed the Government to step-in. “The Government provides PHF with NOC, funds etc hence we have to follow their directives. The PHF does not favor a particular faction of PQA, however wants to see the resolution of this confrontation”, Rana Mujahid said. Rana said the government should intervene in the matter as the deadline to submit the entry for the Asian Games is also approaching. Pakistan is the defending champion of the Asian

Games. The Pakistan Olympic Association under Syed Arif Hassan recognized by International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the only channel available for Pakistan to send athletes at international events. On the other hand, the POA led by Akram Sahi claims to be country’s legitimate Olympic Association, in view of a court ruling which put restriction on a third-term for a POA office bearer. “We have apprised the Inter-provincial Coordination Minister, Riaz Hussain Pirzada of the situation who has assured the PHF of playing his part in resolving the standoff”, Rana added.—APP

All Pakistan hockey from Dec 6 R AHIM Y A R K HAN —Annual 20th All Pakistan Sona cup hockey tournament will commence here from December 6 with the participation of 15 teams. Organising secretary of the event Abdul Sattar Sindhu, while talking to APP here on Monday, highlighted that the tournament is being regularly held in the district for the last twenty years. PAF, Wapda, Gojra, KPK police, RYK, Steel Mills, Bahawalpur, Vehari,Okara, Hyderabad and PTV and others teams would contest for the title whose final match would be played on Decemmber 13 in Sadiqabad. “Chairman of the NA standing committee for Wapda,Sardar Mohammad Arshad Khan Leghari would be chief guest at the inaugural match”, said Sindu.—APP

National hockey championship from Dec 19 L AHORE —The 60th edition of National Hockey Championship will be played here from December 19-29 at National hockey stadium. “Teams of PIA, WAPDA, NBP, SSGC, Army, Port Qasim, Navy, Police, PTV and HEC will participate in the premier hockey activity,” said a member of the organizing committee on Monday. The Championship will be organised by the Punjab Hockey Association on behalf of Pakistan Hockey Federation will be played on Round Robin League , he said.—APP

Sharjeel vows to continue his aggressive batting style

MULTAN: Players in action during practice match for the selection of Multan Board team for All Pakistan Boards Basketball Tournament.

Anwar looking to serve Pakistan cricket in a big way

ing with Bilawal Bhatti as they K ARACHI —New emerging Bilawal Bhatti,” he said. He said he was feeling raised second ODI best partISLAMABAD—Sharjeel Khan star all-rounder Anwar Ali has has vowed to continue his aggressive batting if got a chance to represent Pakistan in the playing eleven in T20s against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka at United Arab Emirates (UAE) later this month. Sharjeel, the left-handed opener who has been selected in the 14-member squad for T20 series against Sri Lanka and a lone match against Afghanistan, had scored 194 runs off 124 balls in the President’s Cup One-Day Tournament this year. The left-handed opener while talking to Pakpassion.net said, “I’ve always promised myself that if I get the chance to play for my country, I will play in the same aggressive way that I always have from junior cricket to First Class.” “I don’t think that one should drastically change his batting approach from doISLAMABAD: Canadian High Commissioner in Pakistan, Greg Giokas giving away a cheque of Rs.100,000 to mestic cricket to international cricket,” he added.—APP member of Pakistan Cricket Association for the Physically Handicapped.

said that he was looking to serve Pakistan cricket in a big way after getting an instant success in his debut Onedayer against South Africa at Cape Town. “It was great honor to achieve something in first ODI for Pakistan. But I am setting higher targets to serve Pakistan cricket team for a long time to come,” he told APP in an exclusive interview on Monday on his return from Johannesburg after an encouraging tour. He said it was great moment that he was the part of Pakistan team which won their first One-Day International series against South Africa in their home grounds in a quarter century. “It was great feeling and honour being part of history-making team as we beat South Africans in front of their home conditions and crowd,” 26-year-old Karachiborn Pathan, said, beamingly. “I was bit nervous when told half hour before the match that I was part of the team with

some pressure when Pakistan nership of 74 runs for the slipped to 131-7 when and he eighth wicket. went to bat against Dale Steyn, Anwar Ali scored an unwho at his brilliant best. beaten 43 off 55 balls with half a dozen boundaries and snapped-up the wickets of Jacques Kallis and David Miller for 24 runs in six over and was named man of the match. He said during his earlier period with Pakistan Under-19, he was not focused on his batting but later started to pay attention to his batting and scored my maiden century a couple season ago. Anwar said he wanted to follow in foots of Pakistan allrounders like Abdul Razzaq and Azhar Mahmood. “After achieving a bit of international success, I am eager to be consistent and perform well against Sri Lankans,” he “After early pressure, I felt added. He said in Corporate confident when I started to Ramazan Cricket, he played a middle Steyn and played in match winning knocks under normal fashion which helped intense pressure which raised me to score some runs,” he my confidence and it was first recalled. step in establishing me as an He said he enjoyed play- all-rounder.—APP


Golf: Rory McIlroy wins Australian Open A U S T R A L I A —Having led for the vast majority of the Australian Open in his bid to take out the coveted triple crown of Australian majors, Adam Scott let it slip on the final hole of the final tournament in the trifecta. And he was ‘‘gutted’’ about it. With a bogey on the final hole, Scott’s dream of winning all three Australian majors was dashed. Rory McIlroy, who had not won all year, drained the fourmetre putt on the 18th at Royal Sydney to take the Stonehaven Cup. The final putt of the tournament had felled Scott, who had led almost from start to finish. Almost. ‘‘I’m disappointed to make an error at the last and open the door for Rory,’’ Scott said afterwards. ‘‘I was kind of trying to keep it closed all day the best I could. Nothing was going my way on the greens today. ‘I could have put this thing away I think early on if the putter was behaving how it should have, like it did the rest of the week, but

Bresnan called into England squad for Adelaide test

I just misjudged into the last and a player as good as Rory is going to take that opportunity. ‘‘It’s just the way golf is. I’m gutted. I felt like I never had a better chance to win the Aussie Open.’’ He still had it heading up the 18th fairway. One shot up, Scott overshot the green with his second, then overshot the hole with his chip. He two-putted but the damage had been done. He would have to make do with second, still a remarkable effort with him already having taked the Australian Masters and PGA tournaments in recent weeks. Former Australian Open champion John Senden shot a six-under-par round of 66 to finish third. Scott, the US Masters winner, was doing his best to smile but this will hurt. It was hardly his capitulation in last year ’s British Open, having bogeyed the final four holes, but Scott still led by four shots – even over a player of McIlroy’s talent – heading into the final day.

“I didn?t want to finish like that”: Adam Scott McIlroy put early pressure on Scott, turning the corner at four-under for the round and, while Scott responded, the world No.6 saved his best for last. He sank his final putt, after Scott’s bogey gave him a one-under round of 71. Perhaps feeling like the bloke who turned the lights on at the party, McIlroy apologised to the crowds who turned up at Royal Sydney. ‘‘I’m sorry that I had to ruin Adam’s triple crown,’’ he said. The victor, perhaps feeling like he had turned a more significant corner, paid tribute to Scott. ‘‘He’s had a phenomenal year,’’ McIlroy said. ‘‘It’s a real credit to him that he came down and played all four weeks. It would have been very easy to skip a couple ... to play four in a row is a credit to him. ‘‘He knew what responsibility he had coming down as Masters champion, the first Australian to win a green jacket. He’s a credit to the game

but he is also a credit to this country.’’ Scott, whose bogeys came on the first and last holes, was doing his best to remain upbeat. Golf can do this to anyone, even the world No.2, and the player many believe – rankings aside – is the best. ‘‘Absolutely, it does it on a daily basis to everyone out here,’’ Scott said. ‘‘It was going to be a tough day no matter what and Rory made his move and I just couldn’t knock in the putts you expect to make. ‘‘I’ve made them all week but slight mis-reads and not quite the right pace, didn’t match. ‘‘It’s been a great year. Obviously I didn’t want to finish like that. If I didn’t play any good the first few days and played great today and finished second I’d be pretty chuffed going into Christmas, so that’s AUSTRALIA: Rory McIlroy holds the Australian Open trophy aloft after beating Adam Scott to top spot on the final hole. how I should look at it. ‘‘I’ll get over this tonight and look forward to a few weeks’ rest and get ready to go next year.’’— AFP

Lindsey Vonn to delay surgery for Sochi Winter Olympics bid LONDON—Lindsey Vonn will

put off further knee surgery all- in the hope of being fit enough rounder Tim Bresnan was to compete at the Winter Olympics. The Olympic downhill champion recently re-injured ligaments in the same knee that was rebuilt following a crash in the World Championships in February. Vonn, 29, was due to return this weekend but the training accident has put her Sochi Games prospects in doubt. “In the end, surgery is going to have to happen,” said the American. “I might as well see how long it holds up.” Vonn, who partially tore the right anterior cruciate ligament in the 20 November fall called into the England squad at Copper Mountain, took for the Ashes series on Mon- several runs down the superday and will be available for G course at Vail on Sunday. the second Test against Aus- Afterwards, she said her knee tralia in Adelaide this week. felt “really good”. She will Bresnan, who suffered a travel to Lake Louise, Alberta, stress fracture in his back for downhill training ahead of which ruled him out of the fi- next week’s World Cup event. nal Test of the first Ashes se“Just trying to ski solid,” ries earlier this year, which she added. “I’m not trying to the hosts won 3-0, travelled do race runs. I’m trying to to Australia with England’s build into it. Not push it too Performance Programme. hard. But I was still able to be Having proved his fit- aggressive and confident in ness, Bresnan’s stock rose what I’m doing so that when I as, apart from Stuart Broad, get up to Lake Louise I can England’s attack disap- hopefully have a good feelpointed in the first Test at ing right away.” Brisbane.—Agencies Vonn, who also won

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downhill and Super-G gold at the 2009 World Championships in Val d’Isere, recorded her fifth consecutive

women’s World Cup downhill title last year. The Winter Olympics begins in Russia on 7 February.—AFP

Asif, Sajjad secure 4th win in IBSF World Snooker I

K ARACHI —Reigning World Champion Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Sajjad maintained their dazzling run in the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) World snooker championship in Daugavpils (Latvia) by securing their fourth win in a row on Monday. Faisalabad-born Asif, staged a superb recovery after dropping the opening frame to down Ismail Turker of Turkey 4-1. After losing the first frame, Asif demonstrated smart tactical play and cue control to chalk out 19-76, 64-11, 88-08, 76-16, and 7236. Asif carved out the break of 51 in the third frame. Muhammad Sajjad, who was part of Pakistan team with Muhammad Asif which won the World Team Snooker in Carlow (Ireland) in the recent past, displayed a brilliant break-building to blanks Darren Paris of Switzerland 4-0. Ace cueist from Sargodha, Sajjad constructed the break of 93 in the second and 115 clearance breaks of 115 in his terrific victory. Sajjad won the match 74-10, 93-01, 69-17.—APP

Misbah calls for patience from Pakistan fans

SLAMABAD —Test and oneday captain Misbah-ul-Haq says Pakistan needs a batting coach to solve the team’s toporder batting problems at the crease in international matches. He also urged cricket fans in the country to be patient. Misbah returned home Monday after leading Pakistan to its first ever one-day series victory against South Africa, a 2-1 win. Pakistan also drew the Twenty20 series 1-1. ‘’We have to think a lot about our batting and (a batting) coach could be beneficial,’’ Misbah said. ‘’Batting is a constant problem for us for the last 2-3 years and we have to seriously start thinking about it.’’ Despite the top order batsmen struggling against South Africa, rookie all rounders Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali emerged as future stars in the series. Both Bhatti and Ali shared a productive half-century stand in Pakistan’s 23-run win in first one-dayer at Cape Town after South Africa reduced the visitors to 131-7. Bhatti smashed three fours in fast bowler Dale Steyn’s one over in Pakistan’s narrow 1-run win in the second ODI at Port Elizabeth where opening batsman

match by four wickets. “Our batting averages are nowhere and there’s no consistency,” Misbah said.“After scoring in one match, we flop in 3-4 innings, so I think we have to work hard on this thing.” After two days of rest at home, Pakistan team will leave for the United Arab Emirates on Thursday to play three test, five ODIs and two T20 matches against Sri Lanka.

Pakistan will also play a T20 against Afghanistan at Sharjah on Dec. 8 before the tour kicks off against Sri Lanka with a T20 at Dubai on Dec. 11. Lanky left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan was not named in Pakistan’s Twenty20 squad after the he injured his hip muscle during Pakistan’s 4-1 loss in the one-day series against South Africa at the U.A.E. last month. He also missed Pakistan’s short tour to South Africa. Irfan is yet to recover from the injury and is also likely to miss the ODI series against Sri Lanka. “Without Irfan we were thinking that it will be difficult for us (in South Africa), but the way Bilawal Bhatti performed, we didn’t feel Irfan’s absence,” Misbah said. “The way youngsters have performed, our hopes are high from them in future.” Misbah said after playing in South Africa, where there’s lot of bounce on the wickets, it will benefit his team to play against Sri Lanka in the U.A.E. “No doubt Sri Lanka is a very strong team and conditions do suit them too, but I think our team will play quite well after competing against South Africa in tough conditions,” Misbah said.— AP

Barcelona loses again without Messi, 1-0 at Bilbao B A R C E L O N A —Barcelona that arise, but one game had

MADRID: Athletic Bilbao’s Gaizka Toquero falls over Barcelona’s Martin Montoya during their La Liga match.

Ahmad Shehzad also scored a century. But Shehzad was out for a duck in the third ODI at Centurion and, despite Misbah’s unbeaten 79, Pakistan was dismissed for 179 and lost the

lost its second straight game without injured star Lionel Messi when Athletic Bilbao handed the defending Spanish league champions a 1-0 loss Sunday at San Mames. Forward Iker Muniain scored the winner in the 70th minute after Bilbao’s incessant pressure recovered the ball and sparked a counterattack inside Barcelona’s half. Neymar was once again tagged to pick up Messi’s goal-scoring duties, but when he wasn’t frustrated by slippery footing Bilbao’s defense got the better of him. Barcelona was left level on points with Atletico Madrid and three points ahead of Real Madrid after both title rivals won on Saturday. Barcelona’s first defeat in the domestic league following 13 wins and one draw came five days after it lost 21 at 10-man Ajax in the Champions League. Barcelona hadn’t suffered consecutive defeats since March. ‘’When you lose there are always doubts and questions

nothing to do with the other,’’ Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta said. ‘’We have to correct our mistakes. It’s a loss. That can happen. We shouldn’t see it any other way.’’ Gerardo Martino’s team has won once and lost twice since Messi suffered a left hamstring injury that will likely keep him out until January. And while Barcelona sputters, Atletico and Madrid keep on churning out wins. ‘’This team isn’t used to losing two consecutive games,’’ Martino said. ‘’And we came here with the intention of rebounding from the first loss, so it’s a shame not to win after we did enough to deserve it. Until Bilbao scored we were the better side, controlling the ball and creating chances for long stretches. After their goal it was a different game.’’ Also on Sunday, Valencia beat 10-man Osasuna 3-0, Sevilla won 2-1 at Granada, and Rayo Vallecano drew 2-2 at Real Betis.

The match was billed as perhaps the toughest test of the season for Barcelona coming off its first setback in 21 games and without the injured Messi, goalkeeper Victor Valdes, and defenders Dani Alves, Carles Puyol and Jordi Alba. And so it proved to be as Bilbao stayed undefeated in seven games at its new San Mames Stadium. The victory lifted it into fourth place and in the final Champions League spot. Like so many times in past meetings between the Basque and Catalan clubs, the pace remained frenetic and intense with the ball constantly changing sides until Bilbao took charge late as Barcelona faded after falling behind. ‘’I think we played a complete game from start to finish. I am very happy to have done my part to get the win by scoring the goal,’’ said the 20-year-old Muniain, who added that Bilbao was aided by the fact that Barcelona had played a game midweek and arrived with wearier legs. Early on, Barcelona

coolly worked its way through Bilbao’s pressure and just past the 10-minute mark deployed a number of one-touch passes in a series of attacks that went unrewarded. Neymar first had his strike palmed over the bar by Bilbao goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz in the 12th before Iniesta spoiled a back-heeled flip by Sergio Busquets by firing wide. Then it was Bilbao’s turn and Muniain had a golden chance to put the hosts ahead in the 29th, but he barely made contact on a deflected cross that reached him with only goalie Jose Pinto to beat. Barcelona looked to hit Bilbao on the break, but Neymar slipped several times while trying to dribble and had to change his shoes in the 34th. The new boots still didn’t help the Brazil striker in the 50th when he wasted Cesc Fabregas’ pass by sailing his shot high, and his frustration at Carlos Gurpegui’s marking boiled over and soon earned Neymar a yellow card when he retaliated.—AP


Charity sporting events offer incentives to get fit

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LONG with the usual reasons for los ing weight, like fitting into a bikini and improving health, fitness experts say raising money for a good cause is another incentive for people to get in shape. Entering a charity run in memory of a loved one or a bicycle ride for a worthy cause has pushed many couch potatoes from their sedentary lifestyle on to the path of fitness. Kelly Flynn, running coach for Team In Training, a charity sports endurance program from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, has been teaching novice runners to tackle the Boson Marathon since 2005. “The people who’ve never run before and have a motivation, like a loved one, are the easiest people to coach,” said Flynn, a 40-yearold Boston-based attorney. “They stick it out. And when they cross the finish line, they’ve become running junkies.” Flynn, a soccer and softball player in her teenage years, said it was the death of a high school friend from lymphoma that inspired her to become a running coach for charity. “I saw a flyer (from Team in Training) and went, on a lark,” she said. “His death was my catalyst.” Team in Training, which is 25 years old, has raised more than $1.4 billion, with more than 600,000 people from across the country taking part in different endurance events to raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Flynn, whose 200-strong team soon will start training for 2014, has helped to train more than 800 Boston marathoners and her teams have

raised over $4 million. For Sarah Jane Constantine, a self-described recreational runner, marathon running was a bucket-list dream until she started running for charity. “I didn’t think at 39 I was going to start marathoning,” said Constantine, a 41-year-old manager for a pharmaceutical company in Boston who has raised money for cancer research. “That’s what I’m most proud of,” said Constantine, who finds some way to exercise every day, from running to strength training to swimming with her daughter. Constantine dedicated her first marathon to her stepfather, who died of melanoma at 44. Last year it was for her daughter’s school friend’s mother, who died of lung cancer. This year she plans to run for the cancer-stricken daughter of her husband’s coworker. “You feel helpless,” she said. “I’ll be running for money for research and treatment.” Charity events are a nationwide staple of Flywheel Sports, a chain of indoor cycling studios founded in 2010. New York-based cofounder and creative director Ruth Zukerman said the fundraising events her company holds throughout the year are beneficial for people new to sport, for charities and for her business. “A lot of people come to these charity rides who’ve never been to us before. Typically some 80 percent of the people are new,” she said. “They come to us to give, they love it, and they become clients of ours.”

Motorists are stuck in a massive traffic jam due to illegal encroachments at Saddar.

Deadline for removal of illegal sinages IRFAN ALIGI

Qaim urges for early rehabilitation of Sukkur Barrage STAFF REPORTER

KARACHI—Sindh Minister for KARACHI—Sindh Chief Minis-

Students at their stall during exhibition of industrial and operation models at Jinnah University for Women.

CM for completion of 47 uplift schemes on priority STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Sindh Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed to the works and services department to ensure completion of 47 schemes for the construction of about 1800 kilometer of roads with qualitative work by Dec 31 , 2013 so that people of area could enjoy the better communication facilities. This he directed while presiding over the meeting to review over the development works at committee room of Sindh Secretariat Karachi Monday. Sindh Minister for Works and Services Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Adviser to CM for finance Syed Murad Ali Shah , Sindh Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, Additional

Secretary Development Arif Ahmed Khan , Secretary to Works and Services Kazi Shahid Pervaiz, Secretary to CM Rai Sikandar, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput , planning and development (P&D) department Director General Syed Imtiaz Shah attended. Addressing the meeting the Chief Minister directed the officers to give priority to those development schemes which are at the verge of completion. He said that Finance department has also been directed to release full funds against such scheme. The CM directed the officers also to ensure quality of the work and warned that in case of sub standard work the officer concerned would be taken to task. He also directed to the officers of monitoring and evalu-

ation wing of P&D Department & Secretary Works and Services to go in the field and examine & evaluate the quality and performance of work administratively, financially and technically and report to him about their findings. While taking notice for delay in the completion of 134KM Nawab Shah-PadidanRanipur road, he asked the officers to communicate the railway authorities for getting their no objection certificate about over head bridges on this road and get it completed within shortest possible time for which an allocation of Rs 268.635 million has been released. He directed the officers to take reconstruction of Torri to Manjhi bridge road in the hand and complete it on priority basis.

Information and local government Sharjeel Enam Memon had directed the Karachi metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui to ensure complete removal of sinages and billboard that were being displayed in nook and cranny of the city in violation to existing rules and regulations. The Minister further sought composite report on marriage halls that were constructed on amenity plots, parks and playgrounds and those that were constructed unlawfully, so that necessary legal action against such commercial premises be initiated. the Minister said that certain facilities for the people were either destroyed or had been suppressed under heavy corruption such as illegal charged car parking and water hydrants. The Minister passed these orders while chairing a high level meeting of the KMC and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) officials. The meeting was attended by Sindh Secretary Local Government Muhammad Jawaid Hanif Khan, KMC Administrator and KW&SB managing director Qutbuddin Shaikh.

ter (CM) Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed to the irrigation authorities, engineers and experts to give priority to existing Sukkur Barrage and ensure its strengthening and rehabilitation at any cost and he termed it as backbone of economy and life line for the people of Sindh. He directed the officers for early implementation on the scheme of rehabilitation and re strengthening the Sukkur barrage which has been conceived at its estimated cost of Rs 30 billion with the consultation of National and International firms. The scheme must be implemented as per recommendations of the panel of experts in letter and sprit. This he directed while presiding over meeting to review over the future planning of Sukkur Barrage at the committee room Sindh Secretariat Karachi today. Leader of opposition in national assembly Syed Khursheed Shah, Senior Minister for education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Sindh Minister for works and services

Mir Hazar Khan Bijirani, adviser to CM for finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Chief Secretary Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, Secretary to CM Rai Sikandar, Secretary Irrigation Babar Afandi, ex Secretaries and Irrigation experts, Including ANG Abbasi, Bashir Dahar, Shuja Junejo , ex Chief Engineer Irrigation Khadim Memon, Irrigation expert Malik Ahmed Khan from Punjab , Chief Engineer Sukkur Barrage Junaid Memon and other attended. The CM said that there were two opinions about the survival of Sukkur Barrage. He said that one theory was to have alternate of Sukkur Barrage because of expiry of its life time and second opinion of experts was that there was no need of construction of new Sukkur Barrage but we can re strengthen existing Barrage and make it more viable and beneficial to the people of Sindh up to next 30 to 50 years. He said that after threadbare discussion and deliration by the exports of irrigation in the meeting he came on the conclusion that there was no structural threat

to Sukkur Barrage as such there is no need to conceive another schemes for alternative barrage urgently at present. However he directed the officers, experts that in the meantime the irrigation department must conduct the study with the help of National and International experts for preparing feasibility and identifying of the site for new proposed barrage in the replacement of Sukkur Barrage but he made it clear that we cannot put the rehabilitation work of existing Barrage on the hold because of concept of alternate one. He said that the final study of the experts for having new Barrage would be vet and to be got implementation in case of consensus of all the stakeholders on it. This is a very important and even sensitive issue and we cannot take it in haste. The CM said that we are considering the re strengthening and rehabilitation of Sukkur barrage since long. He said that ex-president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari had also visited the Sukkur Barrage along with deputy Prime Minister (PM) of United Kingdom (UK) during the last flood

AKTI Pharma committee condemns drug price hike STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—All Karachi Tajir Ittehad (AKTI) Pharma and Surgical Committee Chairman Tariq Mumtaz had strongly condemned the recent trend of hiking prices of essential and life saving drugs. The committee had termed the increase in drug prices were artificial and would lead to retrenchments in trade activities, unemployment and above all they would be the people at the lowest level fo the society to suffer most due to skyrocketing prices of medicines.

The increases in prices and artificial shortages being created in market had started inflicting it worst impact on the poor patients of low-income residential colonies and spatial settlements. The situation was equally grave in public tertiary care hospitals as the patients were in a state of severe mental agony, said Mumtaz, adding that the effects of short supplies and sudden increase in essential and life saving drugs had grossly affected the patients suffering from depression, anxiety, epilepsy, fits (children) and cortisone-made

emergency drugs. He said that the prices had been raised by 200 percent such as the Phenabarbiton was being sold for Rs 1400 while its market price was just Rs 300. Conversely, Panadol CF was being sold for Rs 300 instead of its regular price of Rs 170. Ativan prices were increased from Rs 150 to Rs 500 and Migril was sold for Rs 70 instead of Rs 20. Decadron injection that was available for Rs 390 was sold for Rs 800 but still it was greatly out of stock at the wholesale and retail shops.

Prize distribution ceremony STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The annual prize distribution ceremony of DHA Tooba High School was held at PN Sabir Hall here today. Dr Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui, Director General Directorate of Inspections of Private Schools and Colleges was the chief guest of the function. The students presented an aptitude oriented fabulous talent show on the occasion. The theme of the programme was based on Quran, Philosophy of

Iqbal and Secrets of Life. The presentation included skits, poems, a short English play and an exhilarating Urdu play. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Mansoob Hussain said that the aim of education is to produce confident, capable and dynamic individuals who can face the onslaught of life challenges successfully. He said that confidence, self reliance and dynamism are the basic ingredients of a sound personality which must be inculcated in students. Mr. Mansoob Hussain said

that education brings transformation and enlightenment in life. He reiterated that a good educational background provides a solid foundation for success in life and emphasized the need for developing a sound and efficient education system that can produce individuals who could positively contribute for the society. He commended the talented performance of students and the efforts put up by the teachers to make the programme a success. Earlier the Principal, Ms.

Raheela Jamshed in her welcome address said that the main focus in the school was on intellectual and emotional development of students to make them responsible and good citizens of the society. She also highlighted the academic and extra curricular achievements of the students of the school. At the end the Chief Guest awarded prizes to the students who excelled in various curricular and non-curricular activities and awarded certificates of merit to the teachers.

The students of Defence Authority Tooba High School presenting an exhilarating talent show at the Annual Prize Distribution function.

and had asked the UK deputy PM for their support in this task. He said that UK Deputy PM nodded our request in affirmative. He said that at present two important issues of Sukkur Barrage were being focused in addition to other issues. Which include enhance its discharge capacity from 0.9 million cusec to 1.5 million cusec and other to ensure proper water feed to its right bank off taking canals. He said the he was optimistic that these two major issues would be got resolved under the rehabilitation project which to be implemented very short. Leader of the opposition in national assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah expressed his satisfaction over the briefing made by the Senior irrigation engineers who served the irrigation department as Secretary and Chief Engineers said that there were hundred reasons for totally depending on existing Sukkur Barrage. One reason of completion of life time by Sukkur Barrage compel us to have an affective, plan of alternate Barrage in hand.

Registration process for 8000 private schools STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Private school Management Association (PSMA) Chairman Sharaf Uz Zaman said that there were 17, 000 private schools in Karachi of which 50 percent were not registered with the Directorate of Private School, Sindh. The situation had led to deprivation of attaining the benefits of electricity tariff under the residential category for which the PSMA had fought a long battle in bureaucracy and in courts. Zaman said that the national Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) and Karachi Electric Supply Company had played their roles for alleviating the agony of the owners and administrators of private schools for considering their right for paying the electricity bills under the residential tariff plans while they had been paying the bills as commercial entities in past. However, the NEPRA and the KESC had imposed a condition that only those schools that would make a show of genuine letter of registration to the power distribution company would be held eligible for paying the electricity bills under the residential category. Henceforth, it was the unavoidable responsibility of the Directorate of Private Schools to open the registration so that the 50 percent of unregistered private schools could also benefit from the facility.


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LONG with the usual reasons for los ing weight, like fitting into a bikini and improving health, fitness experts say raising money for a good cause is another incentive for people to get in shape. Entering a charity run in memory of a loved one or a bicycle ride for a worthy cause has pushed many couch potatoes from their sedentary lifestyle on to the path of fitness. Kelly Flynn, running coach for Team In Training, a charity sports endurance program from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, has been teaching novice runners to tackle the Boson Marathon since 2005. “The people who’ve never run before and have a motivation, like a loved one, are the easiest people to coach,” said Flynn, a 40-yearold Boston-based attorney. “They stick it out. And when they cross the finish line, they’ve become running junkies.” Flynn, a soccer and softball player in her teenage years, said it was the death of a high school friend from lymphoma that inspired her to become a running coach for charity. “I saw a flyer (from Team in Training) and went, on a lark,” she said. “His death was my catalyst.” Team in Training, which is 25 years old, has raised more than $1.4 billion, with more than 600,000 people from across the country taking part in different endurance events to raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Flynn, whose 200-strong team soon will start training for 2014, has helped to train more than 800 Boston marathoners and her teams have

raised over $4 million. For Sarah Jane Constantine, a self-described recreational runner, marathon running was a bucket-list dream until she started running for charity. “I didn’t think at 39 I was going to start marathoning,” said Constantine, a 41-year-old manager for a pharmaceutical company in Boston who has raised money for cancer research. “That’s what I’m most proud of,” said Constantine, who finds some way to exercise every day, from running to strength training to swimming with her daughter. Constantine dedicated her first marathon to her stepfather, who died of melanoma at 44. Last year it was for her daughter’s school friend’s mother, who died of lung cancer. This year she plans to run for the cancer-stricken daughter of her husband’s coworker. “You feel helpless,” she said. “I’ll be running for money for research and treatment.” Charity events are a nationwide staple of Flywheel Sports, a chain of indoor cycling studios founded in 2010. New York-based co-founder and creative director Ruth Zukerman said the fundraising events her company holds throughout the year are beneficial for people new to sport, for charities and for her business. “A lot of people come to these charity rides who’ve never been to us before. Typically some 80 percent of the people are new,” she said. “They come to us to give, they love it, and they become clients of ours.”

President Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith Pakistan, Sajid Mir leading a protest against US drone strikes at Bhatti Chowk.

Zubair apprises diplomats of PM’s incentive package STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Various embassies

and high commissions are taking keen interest in the incentive package recently announced by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. In this regard many diplomats contacted President FPCCI Zubair Ahmed Malik to know full details of the package and reaction of the business community. Talking to the diplomats, the FPCCI chief said that the incentives and amnesties will announced by the government have a very positive impact on the economy which was struggling since long. He said that business activities were passive which was resulting in inflation and unemployment but now the Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Zahid Hamid being briefed by Director Gen- situation is taking a positive eral Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research regarding various projects. turn. Economy cannot be revived unless business community is safe and happy and the relaxations and amnesties announced by the PM would certainly boost confidence of the business community, he told diplomats.

Garments city over 13 thousand acre land STAFF REPORTER

LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said textile industry is backbone of national economy and country’s exports can be increased by promoting this industry. He said that former rulers ignored this important sector of the economy during their five years’ tenure due to which irreparable loss was caused to textile industry. The Chief Minister said that due to timely and effective steps of present government, textile sector is improving. He disclosed that Punjab government is setting up Garments City over 13 thousand acre

land near Kala Shah Kaku Motorway for the benefit of industrialists. He said that funds have been provided for purchasing land for the establishment of Garments City. He said that all options would be considered for supplying gas to textile industry during winter. He expressed these views while talking to a representative delegation of industrialists here today. Federal Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, MNA Pervaiz Malik, Provincial Industry Minister Muhammad Shafiq, Vice Chairman Punjab Investment Board, MD Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, office-

Punjab Rozgar Bank to provide job opportunities to youth SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that shortage of electricity is the biggest problem of the country and government is taking measures on emergent basis for resolving this problem. He said that revolutionary measures are being taken for the welfare of the masses which include issuing Khidmat Card and setting up of Punjab Rozgar Bank for providing job opportunities to the youth. He said credit goes to the present government that that no corruption scandal has come to the fore during its five months tenure. He said that people will feel relief during the next two and half years due to the measures taken by the government and the elements involved in price hike, hoarding and profiteering will be behind the bars. Talking to a private TV channel, the Chief Minister said that Pakistan is rich in resources but it is looking for aid and it is need of the hour that indigenous re-

sources should be developed for achieving self-sufficiency. He said that maladministration will have to be eliminated and national responsibility will have to be discharged in every sector. He said it is lamentable that Nandipur power project remained pending for two and a half years during the tenure of the former rulers which was a criminal negligence. However, he said, present government immediately after coming into power revived this project and 98 percent of its machinery has reached Nandipur. He said that work is being carried out speedily on this project and its first turbine will start operating from the beginning of the next year due to which 100 to 150MW electricity will be added to the national grid. He said that he is adhering to his promise regarding accountability as indiscriminate action should be taken against those who have looted national resources. He said that no scandal has surfaced during the last five months of the present gov-

ernment which is a big achievement. He said that the present leadership served the masses during its last tenure and even greater steps will be taken for the welfare and betterment of the people in future. He said that metro bus project was completed and one lakh 40 thousand people are benefiting from this system. He said that Khidmat Card is being launched which will benefit 13 lakh families while interest free loans will be provided to the educated youth through Punjab Rozgar Bank for setting up their business. He said that agreements have been signed with several countries to cope with energy problem and these projects include hydle, solar, coal, biogas and biomass projects. The Chief Minister said that PTI on the one hand is protesting against drone attacks while on the other hand it is receiving foreign aid which is a contradiction. He said that PML-N leadership renounced such foreign aid

30-40pc cut in prices of daily use items witnessed

bearers of APTMA Ahsan Tanvir, Gohar Ijaz, Shahzad Ali Khan, Syed Ali Ahsan as well as officebearers of Pakistan Textile Exporters Association and Pakistan Textile Processing Industry were also present on the occasion. Matters relating to supplying gas to textile industry during winter were discussed in the meeting. Talking to industrialists, Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that national economy can be strengthened and new job opportunities created by promoting industry. He said that PML-N government is pursuing a solid strategy for promoting trade, economic and industrial activities.

STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Punjab Food Minister and Chairman Price Control Committee Bilal Yaseen has said that, as a result of timely steps taken by the Punjab government, a marked reduction of prices in everyday use items have been registered, from 30 percent upto 40 percent. He said the process of official coordination between different provinces would be further strengthened to streamline supply of vegetables and fruits, so that

price hike can be controlled effectively, through the improvement of supply of everyday items. He said work on long term projects have also been initiated, for future, aimed at ensuring ready availability of fruits, vegetables and eatables to the general public. The Food Minister was presiding over a high level meeting of Price Control Cabinet Committee at Civil Secretariat, here today, during which Provincial Minister for Industries & Trade Ch. Muhammad Shafiq, Minis-

ter Agriculture Dr. Farrukh Javed, Additional Chief Secretary Punjab and secretaries of other departments were also present. Bilal Yaseen said that, on the directive of Punjab Chief Minister, three-day convenience bazaars are being held in all districts, thrice a week, where citizens are being made available vegetables, fruits, meat and atta at fixed rates. The meeting was informed daily products, poultry and beef is being exported, as their supply is in excess.

Call for extending benefit of research to common man STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Common man must be benefited by the research made in our research institutions. These benefits would have a better trickledown effect to the common man if the research is commercialized. This was stated by Federal Minister for Science and Technology Mr. Zahid Hamid while visiting Pakistan Council of Science and Industrial Research Laboratories (PCSIR) here Monday. The Minister said that there must be collaboration of research and development institutions with our Industry and Universities which would improve the quality of our products and

resultantly export would increase. He also said that research would be made according to the requirement of our industry and market so that it can contribute instantly. Answering a question, the Minister said, ink pad for election process is being prepared by PCSIR and we will meet the target in time. The Minister also chaired a meeting at STEDEC and PCSIR. He emphasized on the participants that they should work vigorously for scientific research in the country. Earlier Federal Secretary Science & Technology Kamran Ali Qureshi participated as Chief Guest at the occasion of consultative Workshop on National Quality Policy organized by the

PCSIR Laboratories in a local hotel. While addressing the participants of the workshop he said economic prosperity key elements of the government’s policies and there is a need to organize all the efforts at national level to revitalize economic activities that will ultimately result in improvement of the quality of life and the priority of the government is the revival of economy through maximizing our exports. He said by the development of new technologies, standardization and technical regulations have become extremely complex at international level. So, the development of a new comprehensive national quality policy is the basic need to en-

hance the export of our country. Such quality policy requires the coordination between the standardization and technical regulations dealing with subjects of science and technology, trade, industrial development, environmental management, health and many more. Mr. Qureshi further said that an effective national quality policy needs to be developed with inputs from all stakeholders. UNIDO International Expert on Quality policy Mr. Martin Kellermann, Chief Technical Advisor, UNIDO, Mr. Bruno Valanzuolo and Joint Technical Advisor, Ministry of Science & Technology Mr. Masroor Ahmad Qureshi also addressed the workshop.

Policemen standing alert outside the Punjab Assembly building during the session.

in May, 2011, two and a half years ago which was at the cost of the blood of innocent Pakistanis and it is still adhering to its decision. He said that friendship with America is possible without aid. He said that present leadership tolerates criticism and also seek guidance from it. He said that the elements involved in plundering of national resources deserve no leniency and the government launched indiscriminate action against gas and electricity thieves first time in national history. He said that due to the measures taken by the government people will feel relief from price hike during next two and a half years. Replying to a question about increase in power tariff he said that the consumers using up to 200 units are being given a subsidy of 155 billion rupees while those consuming from 200 to 300 units are being given a subsidy of 8.5 billion rupees. He said that the present government has also paid circular debt of 500 billion rupees.

LHC disposes of Russian woman’s petition LAHORE—The Lahore High Court Monday disposed of a petition filed by a Russian woman for the custody of her minor daughter from Pakistani husband after compromise between the parties. The single bench comprising Justice Sheikh Najam ul Hassan was hearing the petition filed by Ivanova Evgneia Victorvna, a Russian national, for custody of her minor daughter, Umaira Ahmad. As proceedings started, the petitioner Russian national along her husband Ahmad Naseem appeared before the court and informed that they had reached a settlement after resolving their differences. According to deal, Ivanova along minor child would go to Russia and then Japan where Ahmad Naseem would join them, they added. The court disposed of the petition in the light of statement given by the parties. The court also ordered to release the passport of petitioner. The petitioner through her petition submitted that she married to a Pakistani national, Ahmad Naseem, a resident of Gujranawala, in Japan about six years ago. Almost 2-years after the marriage, she gave birth to a girl baby who was named Umaira Ahmad, she added. On last hearing, the court had temporarily handed over the custody of the minor to the petitioner-mother.—APP


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