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Nawaz nominates Malik as Balochistan CM Governor to be nominee of PkMAP Nationalist leadership

lauds Nawaz decision, to stand by him and Pakistan STAFF REPORTERS

Rain, winds kill 17 in K-P PESHAWAR—At least 17 people, including seven minors, were killed and several others were injured in separate incidents as heavy winds followed by rainstorms hit Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday. Strong winds blowing at 75 kilometres per hour caused heavy destruction across the province, inflicting losses to livestock and property.

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MURREE/QUETTA—In a major move to honour his commitment and pacify the nationalist parties in Balochistan, PML-N President and Prime Minister designate announced the nomination of Dr Abdul Malik of National Party and that the next Governor will be a nominee of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party. Addressing a press conference here Sunday after a high level meeting with PML-N, Continued on Page 6

Magsi resigns Q UETTA —Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi on Sunday night resigned as Governor Balochistan after prime minister-in-waiting

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Smooth transition of power credit goes to all political forces: Zardari Not aware of any drone agreement STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari Sunday night said the credit of strong democracy and smooth transition of power following the May 11 elections went to all political forces who ensured that the democracy remained the main driving force of the country. In an interview with a panel of journalists, the president said not only Nawaz Sharif but other political parties also supported the Pakistan People’s Party and made the transition a suc(PPP) for the sake of democracy cess.

To a question whether he wished to be in the run for the next term as the president, he said he believed he had no right to participate in the next presidential election. He, however, said that he would take a decision, if asked by the PPP. The president said PPP would play the role of a constructive opposition in the next government, adding the party would not be an opposition for the sake of opposition. To a question, President Zardari said that if Nawaz Sharif

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Egypt: Court rules legislature illegally elected CAIRO—Egypt’s highest court would not be dissolved until the leader Hosni Mubarak two years ruled on Sunday that the nation’s Islamist-dominated legislature and constitutional panel were illegally elected, dealing a serious blow to the legal basis of the Islamists’ hold on power. The ruling by the Supreme ConstiMURREE: President of PML-N Muhammad Nawaz Sharif addressing a press conference tutional Court says that the with Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Chief Mehmood Khan Achakzai. NP chief Mir Hasil legislature’s upper house, the only one currently sitting, Bizenjo and PML-N leaders Sanaullah Zehri and Changez Khan Mari are also present.

parliament’s lower chamber is elected later this year or early in 2014. The consti-tutional panel has already dissolved after completing the charter. But the ruling nonetheless deepens the political instability that has gripped the country since the overthrow of authoritarian

ago. The same court ruled to dissolve parliament’s lower chamber in June, a move that led to the promotion of the tooth-less upper chamber, the Shura Council, to becoming a law-making house. The Shura Council, long derided as nothing more than a talk shop, was elected by about

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India violating UN resolutions for 60 years: Majeed STAFF REPORTER M U Z A F FA R A B A D — T h e Prime Minister of AJ&K Ch Abdul Majeed has said that the CBMs, the people to people contact, cross LOC trade are not enough to satisfy Kashmiris. He said this while addressing the participants and families of National Security and War Course held at a local hotel on Sunday. Members of the Cabinet, Chief Secretary AJK, Mr. Almud din Ballo and Secretaries were also present at the occasion. The Prime Minister said the people of Kashmir have

Governor grieved CHITRAL: A large number of vehicles waiting in front of Lawari Tunnel to cross because vehicles stuck in water in over loss of lives front of Lawari Tunnel. Police training centre in Hyderabad soon H Y D E R A B A D —Deputy Inspector General of Police Training Azhar Rasheed has said that a police training centre is being established in Hyderabad. Talking to the media here Sunday at the secretariat of Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI), the DIG informed that after its completion the centre would provide training to up to 2,000 policemen. It would be equipped with modern facilities, a good hostel, playgrounds and computer facilities, he added. “In the first phase the centre will provide training to around 1,000 personnel and after its expansion in the second phase the number will be doubled to 2,000,” he told. Responding to a question, the DIG admitted the shortcomings in the police training which affect their capacity about not only arresting the suspects but also getting them convicted through the court. “The police though arrest terrorists, criminals and miscreants but most of them lack the ability to ensure that they are able to prove the charges in the court,” he said. He acknowledged that the policemen were at a disadvantage when compared with the terrorists who have modern weaponry. The DIG said that they were taking steps to modernise the police training so as to ensure that the cops meet the standards of the world’s best police. HCCI President Seth Goharullah and other office bearers were present on the occasion.—APP

P E S H AWA R —Khyber

Two die in Pasni firing

Storm leaves 6 dead in Peshawar I SLAMABAD —At least six crimes. The motive behind the scene. The police shifted people including two children were killed and 9 were injured as the wall of a house collapsed in Landi Sarak area of Pesha-war,a private news TV reported on Sunday. The incident took place due to thunder storm. Nine persons of the same family were trapped under the debries. All the injured people including women and children were shifted to a hospital. Quetta: Unknown armed men gunned down two persons in Pasni area of Gwadar district on Sunday. According to police, two persons including Saleh Muhammad and Amir Bakhsh resident of Pasni were on way to somewhere when armed assailants riding a motorbike opened fire on them. As a result, they died on the spot after receiving multiple bullet wounds. The bodies of the deceased handed over to the heirs after completion of legal formalities. Armed assailants managed to escape from the site after committing

the killing could not be ascertained so far. Police registered a case and started probing. In another incident an alleged bandit has been killed and another arrested in an encounter in Industrial town of Hub. Police said on Sunday that a gang of three armed bandits entered a factory to loot the staff and laborers where exchange of fire took place between the police and the rob-bers. “One robber was killed in the encounter and another arrested. The Third bandit managed to escape,” police said. Hub police have registered a case against the sus-pects. Further probe was in process. While, a man has been shot killed by unknown armed persons in Dukki area. Police said on Sunday that unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire at one Mehrab, leaving him dead on the spot. The assailants managed to escape from

the body to hospital that later was handed over to the heirs after autopsy. Dukki police have registered a case against the accused and started investigation into the incident. A man committed suicide at his house in Bhag area of Lehri district on Sunday. According to Levies force, the victim Ehsan Ahmad shot himself with a pistol. His body was handed over to the heirs after legal formalities. The reason behind the suicide could not be ascertained. In another case the police have arrested an alleged bike snatcher from Mian Ghundi area, on outskirts of the provincial capital. Police said on Sunday that law enforcement agency personnel apprehended an accused who was involved in snatching motorcycles from people in Mian Ghundi area. The police have registered a case against the suspect. Further investigation was underway.—APP

People asked to get CNG cylinders, kits tested after every five years I SLAMABAD —All the CNG for which specially designed conversion workshop/outlet. vehicle owners have been asked to use certified CNG cylinders and kits in their vehicles and get them tested from trained personnel after every five years. An official of Oil and Gas Regulator Authority (OGRA) also advised the owners to get their vehicle’s CNG system inspected at least once in a year from a trained technician. Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a high-pressure gas

and fabricated seamless cylinders manufactured in accordance with prescribed standard should be used in vehicles. Only the valid licensees/CNG Stations have been authorized to convert vehicles to CNG at their respective facilities. The Authority has asked both public and private vehicle owners to use only approved brands for their own safety and interest. LPG, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Acetylene cylinders are not meant for the CNG use so that never use these cylinders as they cannot withstand CNG pressure of 200 Bars and therefore will explode causing loss of life and property. The owners should not get installed CNG kit/cylinder in the vehicle from any unauthorized or a road-side

“Never install a cylinder which has been fabricated by joining two halves by means of male and female threads or welded as only seamless vehicle cylinders are used for CNG,” he added. The owners should not install a used cylinder which has been burnt/damaged during riots or other terrorist activities. Such cylinder is weakened and may lead to serious accidents resulting in loss of precious lives. The owners of vehicles should never ask for refueling beyond the allowable maximum pressure of 200 Bars under any circumstances. In case any CNG station is found dispensing CNG at excess pressure, it may be reported to OGRA for strict action against the station to ensure public safety.—APP

Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engr. Shaukatullah has expressed his deep shock and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the devastating thunderstorm that hit the province and FATA on Sunday afternoon. In his condolence message, the Governor while expressing his deep sympathies with the affected families has said, that he fully share their miseries and agonies in this hour of trial. The natural calamities, he remarked, are indeed beyond reach of any human beings. However, he added, they should not feel themselves alone and every possible step would be taken by the respective authorities for their support and assistance. He also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed souls and courage to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss with patience. The Governor has also wished early recovery of the injured.—APP

Asad vows to make KP a model province

very strong relationships with their brothers in Pakistan. They are the people who have supported us morally, financially, and politically during last 60 years. They have fought three wars for Kashmiris. They have supported them in 2008 earthquake. And they were always there when Kashmir and Kashmiris needed them. “On the other hand, India has been violating the UN resolutions for the last 60 years. It is killing Kashmiris, their men, their women, their children, their young and their old. Its forces have been torturing them, putting them

behind bars, hanging them on gallows, and molesting their women” he maintained. All this is being done to a nation, to the people, who are innocent, who are peaceful, who have nothing in their hands and who want nothing but the right of selfdetermination. They want the control of their fates in their own hands. They want their future in their own hands. And this is their biggest sin. He said for India this is their crime. So it is taking its revenge from the innocent Kashmiris. On the other hand, India is violating the UN resolutions which call for a plebi-

scite in Kashmir and which call for the right of self determination for Kashmir. India is violating these resolutions for the last 60 years. Not only this, but it is not even willing to sit on table. It is not willing to talk to Kashmiri leadership. The only treatment India can give to the Kashmiri leadership is – jails, torture, and killings. The Kashmiri struggle is peaceful. Kashmiris have decided that they will continue their struggle till they achieve their goal. They will struggle for 100 years but will not sit back, and will not leave their peaceful struggle he said.

Candidate for NA Speakership

Profile of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq I SLAMABAD —Following is profession, he completed a Punjab in 1975. He has been

the brief profile of Sardar B.Com degree from Hailey chairman of Sardar Trust Eye Hospital since 1994. Ayaz Sadiq, Pakistan MusHe has also been a memlim League-Nawaz’s (PMLber of the Lahore Gymkhana N) candidate for Speaker NaClub since 1996. tional Assembly. Sardar Sadiq, who has two sons Ayaz Sadiq was born on Ocand a daughter, has travelled tober 17, 1954 in Lahore, to the Middle East, China, Far Punjab. In 2002, he fought East, USA and the European elections for the first time on Union. His hobbies include PML-N ticket against Tehrikreading, traveling and e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on cricket. In recent days, Sadiq NA-122 and defeated him has been the PML-N’s point with more than double votes man for Balochistan. (37,531 vs 18,638 votes). He was given the responIn 2008, Ayaz won with a sibility to not only organise lead of almost 55,000 votes the party there but also given against PPP and PMLQ. In mandate to talk to other poelections 2013, Ayaz again litical parties. He also held won from NA-122 National talks with nationalist parties Assembly, beating Imran Khan. A businessman by College, University of the in Balochistan.—APP

Frequent power outages force people to use hand-made fans I SLAMABAD —The residents eas and being sold to retail- fans are in great demand evof the twin cities have been forced to once again use obsolete methods of cooling themselves to cope with rising temperature as unabated load shedding continues. Although, replaced by electric fans, air coolers and air conditioners, hand-made fans can again be seen in the twin city markets as frequent power outages continue during the day and night. Hand fans are usually made by women in rural ar-

ers at Raja Bazaar in Rawalpindi. Asad Murtaza, a roadside vendor who sells hand fans in Saddar Bazaar said that due to soaring rates of Uninterrupted Power Supply Units (UPS), and generators - the hand made fans are in great demand since the last two months. Previously: “We use to find buyers only at railway stations and bus stands but now the buyers have multiplied and these

erywhere,” he added. The price of the handfans have also been increased from Rs 10 to Rs 30 as their demand went up and customers are willing to pay. Mohsan Khan, a shopper told APP that UPS and generators are very expensive and are purchased only by those who can afford their price and running cost whereas hand made fan is our all time help against sweltering heat.—APP

L AHORE —Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Asad Qaisar on Sunday said the PTI government would turn KPK into a model province in the country. Inquiring after Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan here at his residence Zaman Park, Asad Qaisar told media the PTI government would make efforts to bring peace, improve law and order in the province. The government would launch new programmes for the betterment of youth while education and health sector would be its priorities, he added. He said they would give a unique budget and utilize all the available resources to put the province on road to progress and prosperity. He said: “It was responsibility of the federal government to get stopped drone attacks and a comprehensive policy should be adopted on this issue after the consultation with other parties and we will raise the issue in assem- MULTAN: Residences of Pathan Market burn the tyres to block the road during a protest against to MAPCO. blies”, he added.—APP

TIKA is here to serve people of Pakistan: Mehmet Emin

Projects costing $ 90m are gift of Turkey to Pakistan LIAQAT TOOR I S L A M A B A D —TIKA,

MULTAN: A youngster filling and weighing LPG cylinder at his shop.

a Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency has initiated projects in Pakistan to serve the people of this great, friendly and brotherly country. In an interview with Pakistan Observer, Mehmet Smail Emin, Islamabad Programme Coordinator of TIKA said his body is working in the fields of health, education, social infrastructure, agriculture,

poverty alleviation, training and empowerment of women. TIKA, working directly under Turkish Prime Minister has so far invested $ 90 million in all the provinces of Pakistan. “Pakistan and people of Pakistan are very close to my heart. Pakistan is my second home. I love to serve this country. Every project is a gift of Turkish people through Government of Turkey to Government of Pakistan for the people,” he remarked. The essence of every project is

to serve people of Pakistan, he said. Giving details about activities of his body, he said since its launch in Pakistan in 2010, $ 65 million were given to TOKI, another Turkish organization for building houses in Muzaffargarh. For sustainable development in different sectors, he said the programmes include trainings for Pakistani officials and students, Construction of wells in Peshawar, Swabi, Lakki

Marwat, D.I.Khan, Tank and Nowshera, distribution of tricycles and wheel chairs among handicaps in Punjab, distribution of sewing machines in Peshawar and D.I.Khan, distribution of Ramazan food packages in flood affected areas and distribution of ambulances in all the provinces. The on- going projects include construction of 50 beds hospital and school and hostel buildings in Muzaffargarh which will be handed over next month,

Beetal Goats project in Faisalabad. This programme is for widows who are given goats for making their earning. Mehmet Smail Emin said there is no problem of funding as TIKA can allocate more funds for suitable projects for the people of Pakistan. He said the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has special love for Pakistan. He is keen to help Pakistan and its people for their welfare.


Nizami hopes good from PML-N I SLAMABAD —Caretaker federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Arif Nizami hoped that incoming PML-N-led government would take steps to resolve the issues, the country facing these days. It was a good sign that the leadership of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) were showing political maturity, he added. Talking to a private TV channel, Nizami said that new government had to develop political consensus to resolve challenges to the country including economy and terrorism. He said that negotiation with Taliban would be held under the limitations of constitution. Nizami appreciated the former PPP-led government for introducing amendments in the constitution to strengthen the state institutions, adding that no political victimization was made in previous regime. Replying to a question, he was of the view that PML-N had played a role of strict opposition during former regime. He said that people had rejected the slogan of south Punjab in general elections, adding that the people had given the mandate for strong Pakistan. He suggested the political stakeholder to introduce the policies which remove the chances of political confrontation in the country. He hoped that opposition in National Assembly comprising Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) would play a responsible role in the House. The opposition could ensure the accountability of the government, he added.—APP

PRCS hands over newly constructed houses to Goth Machi flood victims STAFF REPORTER RAHIM YAR KHAN—Thousands of people in flood affected areas are still without proper shelter and concrete efforts are need of the time to rehabilitate them as with the passage of time if not addressed properly the situation can be worst. This was stated by Pakistan Red Crescent Society Chairman Major General (Retd) Ch Muhammad Nawaz Khan while addressing the handing

over ceremony of “Red Crescent Homes for Homeless,” in Basti Abdul Hakeem Kobar, Goth Machi of District Rahim Yar Khan. General Nawaz said that the PRCS being the leading humanitarian organization in collaboration with Fauji Fertilizer has constructed these houses for the victims. He said that these houses shows the commitment of the PRCS in serving the vulnerable and its motto First to Reach and Last to

Leave. He said that these reconstructed houses were built keeping in view the cultural and residential needs of the area. The PRCS Chairman said that to cope with the challenges there is a dire need of joint sustained efforts by government authorities, international donors and aid agencies so that flood survivors can keep their families safe and healthy now, and get timely support to rebuild their livelihoods, homes and communities. Apart from

this struggle, PRCS gave a swift response during 2010 deadly floods when its volunteers provided relief assistance of worth Rs nine billion to over 4.1 million victims. He said 2011 monsoon had also descended hitting 8.9 million people in various parts of the country. The similar response of PRCS could also be seen in those difficult times when PRCS, while fighting the deadly showers, reached among the rain victims and pro-

L A H O R E —Former Prime Minister

Terror big challenge for PML-N I SLAMABAD —Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab, Najam Sethi stressed on the need of taking on board all stakeholders to hold talk with Taliban for maintaining peace and tranquility in Pakistan. The economic issues and terrorism were big challenges for incoming PML-N-led government, he added. Talking to a private TV channel, Sethi claimed that caretaker government had ensured free, fair and transparent elections in the country, adding that the government were remained successful to build up confidence of people during electoral process despite of militants threats. He said that Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was authorised to appoint staff on polling stations across the country. Replying to a question, he said that big challenge for Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was to restore itself as national party, adding that Awami National Party (ANP) had to face defeat in election due to bad governance in former regime. He said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had given tough time to Muttahida Qaumi Movement in Karachi. Earlier, addressing the graduation ceremony of a private school at Expo Centre, he observed that English had become an international and trade language and getting competency in English language was essential for facing the international challenges. However, he added, the Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Balochi, Pashto and other local languages could not be ignored at all as these reflect our culture and traditions. “We will have to adopt both Urdu and English languages for our progress and survival,” he maintained. Congratulating the graduating students, Najam Sethi said that they were ambassadors of Pakistan and had to improve its image abroad by playing their effective role. The Chief Minister advised the students to pay attention to their education and serve the country and nation by equipping themselves with modern knowledge.—APP

KP PTI to support Centre I SLAMABAD —Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak said that his government would support the federal government in bringing peace and tranquillity in the country. Talking to the media at Imran Khan’s residence in Lahore, he said the KPK government would support all those policies of the federal government which would help bring peace in the province. They would make efforts to adopt a policy to ensure peace and root out terrorism from the province, he added. He said the KPK government would strengthen the police department which could stop robberies, kidnap incidents and other crimes. To a question regarding drone attacks, he said that it was the responsibility of the central government to get stopped drone attacks in tribal areas. To another query, he said: “The decision about NATO supply would be made after the consultation with allies and according to the aspirations of the people of province.” Pakistan Tehrik e Insaf MNA from Khanpur Amir Zaman has said “I will prefer developmental project for my constituency while I demand from Federal government to provide funds for sustainable development projects”. Talking to a private news channel, he said that our forefathers had rendered great sacrifices for the prosperity of this region. Developmental projects like construction of roads, provision of Sui gas must be given priority in his constituency, he added. He said people have elected him to fulfill their demands while legislation is also compulsory. Legislation is practiced in those societies only where the infrastructure is developed, he added. He said basic necessities of life are missing in this society which demands efforts of all elected members.—APP

sion, the beneficiaries thanked the PRCS chairman for reconstruction of their mud houses into concrete houses as now they will be able to start a new life in their houses that they never dreamt for. “I am very happy as now I will no more be in a tent in this scorching heat as now I have my own house, I feel more secure and Thanks to Red Crescent for giving me the most basic need of my life,” said one of the allottee of the new constructed house.

Dust-storm, rain likely in upcountry

PPP to be responsible opposition Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Sunday that the Pakistan People’s Party would play a responsible role as a parliamentary opposition. Inquiring about the health of Pakistan Tehrike-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan here at his residence in Zaman Park area, Gilani told media that Opposition Leader in National Assembly would be from the ‘Noes’ parliamentary party having maximum number of seats. But it should not be perceived that the value of other opposition parties would reduce, he explained. Gilani said, “PPP acknowledges the mandate of all political parties and our party will play an effective and responsible role, while sitting on the opposition benches.” He added that he as a prime minister had taken along all the political parties and other stakeholder, while deciding about the matters of national importance. To a question, he said that since the caretaker governments were still at the helm of affairs, and a consensus policy would be formulated and diplomatic channels would be used to stop drone attacks once the new federal and provincial governments were in place. To another query, Gilani said that all the law enforcement agencies were striving hard for the recovery of his son Ali Haider Gilani, who was kidnapped from Multan during his election campaign. However, he added, the security agencies had yet to make a headway in finding a clue about his abducted son.—APP

vided over 0.29 million people the relief goods of worth Rs 260 million in the most affected and vulnerable districts The Chairman said beside that the PRCS in collaboration with International Federation of Red Cross/ Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), other partner national societies and local donors has rehabilitated 75,000 families in the affected areas all over the country worth PKR 1.5 billion. Speaking on the occa-

HYDERABAD: HST, JST and PST pass candidates holding a protest in support of their demands.

I S L A M A B A D —Heat wave conditions will persist across the country on Monday with chances of duststorm with light rain to occur at few places of Malakand, Hazara division, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. According to the synoptic situation, seasonal low lies over Balochistan and its adjoining areas. A shallow westerly trough is expected to affect Upper parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and adjoining areas from today. Gusty winds are likely at Islamabad and Rawalpindi during the next 24 hours. The weather will remain hot and dry in most parts of Punjab, KP, Sindh and Balochistan during the next 24 hours. The maximum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Islamabad 39 C, Rawalpindi 40 C,

Peshawar 40 C, Lahore 43 C, Karachi 36 C, Muzzafarabad 39 C, Quetta 35 C, Murree 26 C and Bahawalnagar, Jaccobabad, Shorkot, Larkana 46 C, The highest maximum temperature recorded in Dadu was 48 C

while the temperature in D.G Khan was 47 C. People in Punjab, Sindh, and areas around western belt in Pakistan are reeling under intense heat wave as temperatures are continuously soaring. According to meteorological office, the temperature has touched 50 degrees in Sindh.—APP

Khetran demands biometric thumb 4.2m children Women classes at Bahawalpur 5 years age varsity from Sept: Mukhtar impression verification on ballot papers under die annually I

ISLAMABAD—PPP leader Mir with already-filled boxes. The Assembly Faiza malik said on Baz Mohammad Khan Khetran on Sunday alleged that elections in Balochistan were rigged. Talking to reporters at the National Press Club here he alleged that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had not been able live upto its duty to ensure free, fair and transparent elections. He alleged that in his constituency - NA-263 (Loralai in Barkhan district) there was stuffing of stamped ballot papers. Maulana Ameer Zaman of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl had won from NA-263 with 29,504 votes. Khetran obtained 22,101 votes followed by Sardar Yaqoob Nasir of PML-N with 22,025 votes. Mir Baz Khan Khetran claimed that he could identify the officials who had allegedly replaced ballot boxes

PPP leader accused the officials of the local administration of their role in rigging. He alleged that when he tried to present proofs of rigging before the ECP, one of its members did not entertain his complaint.Showing dozens of spoiled ballot papers to journalists, Khetran demanded ECP to verify the thumb impressions on ballot papers in his constituency, through NADRA’s biometric system. The PPP leader condemned registration of cases against Mudassir Rizvi, the chief executive of Free and Fair Election Network, saying Rizvi was being victimised because he had pointed out irregularities in elections. Meanwhile, Pakistan Peoples Party Women Wing Lahore president and member Punjab

Sunday the PPP would oppose decisions to be made against public interest. Talking to PPP workers at her residence here, she said no one would be allowed to take any step against the prosperity of the province. She said the PPP would continue to remind the promises made by the PML-N and it had to fulfil all of its promises, adding the PPP was a pro-people party and it would never leave them alone. She rejected that the PPP had been weakened after becoming a opposition and said it was strengthened, adding the PPP was defeated under a conspiracy in the province. However, she said the morale of workers and legislators was high and the party would play its role dynamically.—APP

I SLAMABAD —More

than 420,000 children under the age of five years die every year in the country due to both external and internal factors. The major causes of death among under-five children are birth Asphyxia (22 percent), Sepsis (14 percent), Pneumonia (13 percent), Diarrhoea (11 percent) and Premature birth (9 percent). A study ‘A Situation Analysis of Women and Children in Pakistan’, jointly released by Planning Commission of Pakistan and United Nations Children Fund pointed out that rates of under-five child mortality.—APP

SLAMABAD—Vice Chancellor of the newly established Women University, Govt. Sadiq College Women University, Bahawalpur Prof Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar has said tha regular classes in the 1st Women University of Bahawalpur Division will be commenced from September 2013. Talking to Radio Pakistan he expressed the hope that the first Women University of the area will bring revolutionary changes in our society and will surely bring positive results in the socio-economic development of the area. He said through this university the girl students will have more chances to excel in every field because they will be

given scholarships for higher education and better chances for employment. He said that the recruitment of staff for the Women University had been started and soon 300 vacancies of female staff would be filled while the annual budget process is being under progress as well as the website of the Govt. Sadiq College Women University had also been launched for complete information and details about the university, he added. He further said that efforts were under way to get funds and land for this Women University and HEC had been providing complete support in this regard besides the federal and Punjab governments.—APP

Students plan to spend vacations at hilly places ISLAMABAD—The summer va- fainted in different colleges oughly. While they can also

learn skills of their choice through short summer courses being offered in different fields, she said. Thousands of local tourists have started visiting mountainous areas of Murree, Nathiagali, Ayubia, Kaghan Valley, Naran and other popular tourist spots on daily basis due to rise in mercury across the country. The hilly areas of the country with clean air, varied topography, beautiful scenery, local traditions and simple life styles are not less than any treat for the nature lovers especially when mercury reaches at its peak. The coun- LOWERDIR: Senior Minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Siraj-ul-Haq addressing durtry has witnessed record- ing welcome party event at Samar Bagh. breaking heat wave conditions during the month of May which compelled the people to move to the hilly areas and commune with the P ESHAWAR —Members Pronatural beauties.—APP Jabbar Khan, the leader vincial Assembly belonging H YDERABAD—The incident to PTI Fazal Hakeem Swati of kidnapping of a trader from of Hala Naka Shopkeepers and Ishtiaq Urmur expressed Hala Naka area, near Association who led the proresentments over the remarks Hyderabad Bypass, here testers, said such incidents of the President Pakistan Sunday triggered a strong of violence, kidnappings and Medical Association Dr. reaction from the local trad- extortion have become freHussain Ahmad against Chief ers who surrounded the lo- quent in the area. “This one also appears to Minister Khyber cal police station in protest, Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak. burnt tyres and blocked the be an act of kidnapping for In separate statements issued highway. According to SHO ransom,” he said. He warned here, the PTI MPAs said that Hatri police station Muneer the police that the traders the remarks of the President Abbassi, a trader Hassan would launch a strong proPMA Dr. Hussain Ahmad was Raza Khan was allegedly kid- test, suspend goods transirresponsible and against the napped on Sunday when he port and other services if the will of the people. They arrived at his shop in the crimes happening in their area were not stopped. warned President PMA to morning. “We also want an immeditake his remarks back other“Four unknown suspects wise the matter would be taken in a car bearing registration ate recovery of Hassan from the to the floor of the assembly. number ADA 394 took him kidnappers without payment of They said that Chief away while he was parking any ransom,” he demanded Minister Pervez Khattak in his car after dropping his fa- adding that the police should his speech soon after tak- ther Hamedullah Khan at the bust the kidnapping gangs. The SP Headquarters Wasee ing the office, warned the shop,” he said. government officials includA shopkeeper, Waheed Hyder arrived at the protest ing doctors to start serving Pathan, tried to save Hassan venue to pacify the protestthe people with zeal and but the kidnappers opened ers. Hyder assured them that vigor for which they are fire on him. He however es- the kidnapped person would being paid.—APP CHITRAL: A large number of trucks crossing the Lawari Tunnel. caped unhurt, the SHO said. be recovered.—APP

cations for the students of all the educational institutions run by Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) have started and the students are planning to spend the long holidays in some hilly areas to avoid hot weather. The summer vacations started from June 1 will end on August 12, according to the notification issued by the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD). Students have taken a sigh of relief after going through a hard exercise of first term examinations in unbearable scorching heat of summer. The country has witnessed record-breaking heat in the month of May alongwith prolonged loadshedding and the early vacations were announced on the demand of parents and teachers. It has been reported that many students

due to intense hot weather and frequent power outages. Many of the students have planned their visit to their hometown or hill areas to avoid the hot season. “We are happy over the decision of summer vacations from start of June as it has become difficult for my children to go to the institutes in such hot weather and concentrate on study” Tahir, a parent said. “We have planned to spend the whole vacations at some hilly area just to avoid hot weather,” the parents said. Shagufta, a teacher at a local college said, “Summer vacations gives an opportunity to the students to relax and revise their syllabus and study the course for next term”. It is also best time to have grip on those subjects which the students thinks are difficult for them by studying thor-

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Problematic pact with India

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HE PML-N leadership on the whole is all set for a new beginning in the country and it is hallmark of its policy to respect the verdict in the provinces and take forward the process of reconciliation. Such a policy is the only way to ensure congenial political atmosphere enabling the new government to complete its mandated five year tenure and democracy to take firm roots. Everyone appreciated Mian Nawaz Sharif for open heartedly accepting the mandate given to PPP and PTI in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa as that is the real spirit of democracy. However we are surprised to see a statement by former Sindh Governor and PML-N leader Mumtaz Ali Bhutto that in case the Sindh government fails, the federal government would be compelled to impose Governor’s rule in the Province. This shows that Mumtaz Bhutto is still living in the era of 1970s when former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto dismissed the governments in erstwhile NWFP and Balochistan and is totally unaware of the ground realities of 2013. We may say that it is this mindset that had put Pakistan into political turmoil in the past and damaged the democratic system. Mr Mumtaz Bhutto could not win even a provincial assembly seat since 1980s and joined the PML-N to get elected. However because of his typical mindset and approach to the issues being faced by the people, he has been once again rejected in the recently held elections. Having lost the chance of getting a position at the centre or in the province, perhaps he is talking of the Governor rule hoping to get the coveted slot but we strongly believe that even thinking of such an extreme measure and that too so early would lead to political confrontation. We are certain that the PMLN leadership would take notice of such negative thinking and keep those persons at bay whose only objective is to remain in power through whatever means possible as that would not be acceptable to the people, bring a bad name to the party and damage the nascent plant of democracy.

The proposed merger of federal divisions

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LL indicators lead one to believe that the new Cabinet will be small in size and go all the way at a fast pace to address the criti cal challenges facing the country. Even Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, senior PML-N leader, gave the indication that the Cabinet will be small one as part of austerity measures in view of economic situation, and this would be welcomed by all and sundry. We may point out that after the hurriedly passed 18th constitutional amendment, several ministries were devolved to the Provinces but a number of their departments were retained by the Centre for one reason or the other. In addition about a dozen new divisions with some what confusing nomenclature were created during the last one year and placed under different Ministries. In view of the prevalent financial constraints, there is need to merge these divisions to cut the wasteful expenditure. However we would emphasise that there should be no downsizing of the staff but only readjustment is made so that normal functioning of the Federal institutions is not affected. At the same time, new divisions be given the names that are easy to be understood by the people at large so that they do not feel any difficulty as to where they had to go for their day to day affairs. We are certain that the PML-N government would have a thorough review of these divisions as there is duplication of work and their merger and streamlining will be a guarantee for smooth working.

India quenching nuclear thirst from all around

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FTER entering into an agreement with the United States in 2008 for sharing of civilian nuclear technology, Indian Prime Minister during his recent visit to Japan reached yet another deal with Tokyo to deepen their defense cooperation and to reopen talks for a nuclearenergy agreement that would let Japanese companies export nuclear reactors and technology to India. It reflects Indian quest for quenching nuclear thirst from all around and become a major nuclear power. However it is astonishing that peace loving Japan, the only country that suffered from nuclear weapons during the second world war and had been opposing the nuclear proliferation, has readily agreed to the Indian demand. There is all the possibility that the agreement between Japan and India that could become the key to deepening their nuclear relationship would lead to use of the technology for weapons. It is no secret that India is not a signatory to the CTBT while Japan has all along been urging New Delhi and Islamabad to sign it and in this background Japan’s decision to supply nuclear technology to India would be a source of serious concern in Pakistan. After the India-US agreement, the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group, granted India a special waiver in 2008 allowing it to engage in civilian nuclear trade despite its non signatory status in the NPT. The critics have pointed to India’s waiver as a hollowing out of the NPT. Perhaps coming under Japanese nuclear-power builders influence who are increasingly looking to export their reactors, as domestic utilities have kept reactors offline and put off plans for any new construction, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is changing the Japanese policy which the country followed since the Hiroshima disaster. This Japanese approach is discriminatory and would have serious implications and create nuclear imbalance. Therefore we would urge the concerned authorities in Pakistan to consider the fuller implications of the Japanese-Indian nuclear deal and keeping in view the financial constraints concentrate on developing modest programme of fine tuning and miniaturization of our strategic assets.

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Drones conundrum how vital they be. Elaborating the anti-terrorism Muhammad Ali Ehsan US strategy President Email: muhammadaliehsan1@hotmail.com Obama said in his speech, ‘we must make decisions he recent counter terrorism based not on fear, but hard-earned policy speech delivered by US wisdom and that begins with underPresident Obama at the Na- standing the threat we face.’ The hard tional Defense University; Fort earned wisdom should have been used McNair explained the perimeters not only to understand the threat faced remaining within which America by the people of America but also the will proceed to fight the war on ter- people of Pakistan. If this was done ror in the coming years? Following US would have refrained from executUS President’s ‘clear policy guide- ing the current drone strike. The drone lines to fight this war’ a US drone strike only suggests that US was not stuck and eliminated the TTP leader interested in providing the opportunity WaliuRehman in North Waziristan. to Nawaz sharif led government to iniThe timing of the use of the US as- tiate and execute the planned peace sassination tool ‘the drone’ could not process with the Taliban’s. With its have been worst. One- it came on the persistence to use drones as a military heels of a new democratic govern- instrument to attack and degrade our ment taking over in Pakistan and two- sovereignty US hardly acts as a partalong with the target the drone elimi- ner actually more and more people in nated the good will between the TTP Pakistan see it as a rival. Seen in the and the new government and thus hi- context of history the leading power jacking the prospects of a peace deal of the world has done both;assited us with Taliban’s. If this was ‘tighter as well as punished us whenever it scrutiny and oversight in the future suited its unterests. What we have US drone campaign’ that President failed to do as a State is to figure out Obamma referred to in his speech how to stop US to both chose us as a than I am afraid Pentagon failed to partner as well as act as our rival to spot the President’s guideline. manage its interests. It’s time that President Obama said in his Pakistan took a stand to explicitly speech that ‘we are safer because of indicate to US which red lines it is our efforts’. I wish the ‘we’ had re- not expected to cross or else the war ferred not only to the people of US on terror for us will continued to be but the whole world. Every drone defined as ‘a failure of state policy’. strike that US carries out in PakiIt is the State that people turn to stan leaves the people of pakistan when faced with challenges. A vast more insecure and vulnerable to the majority of people in Pakistan today likely act of vengeance by the are unhappy with the manner in Taliban’s. Its the people in this coun- which US has welcomed the formutry who bear the brunt of Taliban’s lation of new government in reprisal. How can the US be so blind Pakistan;with an ill planned, timed not to see and consider this? The and executed drone strike. latest US drone strike proves only For how long will US use ‘naone point- US policy, effort; re- tional security’ as a justification to do sources and chosen methods to fight anything from carrying out a military this war will continue to cater for operation to kill OBL deep inside our the American interests and in no way territory to continue executing drone the interests of Pakistan no matter strikes? Such events/actions only

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rally together the people and further reinforces the consciousness of their national identity and national solidarity. With democracy on the road to taking firm root in Pakistan it is only natural that the peoples representatives and the Armed Forces of the country implement and execute the will of the people. That will today calls for the end of US drone strikes. United States with its actions today contributes and furthers the social and political instabilities that we face. The older and more traditional threats to our national security are today obscure and have been replaced by the newer ones. US must realize that its actions contribute to the causes and effects of these growing internal threats that Pakistan faces today. Considering the current security dilemma faced by the State of Pakistan to which the US actions directly contribute one is puzzled to imagine by which definition should US be called a friend and an ally? By a definition that acclaims its military/ economic aid and the assistance it provided during the natural calamities and disasters or the one that poses grave challenges to the national security of our country? Drones as ‘instruments of long military reach’ and their use seems very much military in dimension. But the cause and effect they create for us as a country are mostly non military in dimension. As a consequence of now almost over 8 years of drone strikes Pakistan is being left to deal with whole spectrum of challenges; social and political instability, growing hatred against America, people finding reason/pretext of not owning rather joining the war on terror, proliferation of sub nationalism, increasing annoyance amongst the people for a lack of military engagement of intruding drones etc. Seen in this context US must question the usefulness of these ‘instruments of military reach’. Their use without the approval and connivance of our State results not only in our State losing control on the ‘de-

veloping circumstances’ but results in the continued loss of our national integrity as well . For how long can the people of Pakistan allow such an arrangement to endure? If national security today is inseparable from an interdependent and integrated international security than why Pakistan is at the recieving end of such a pardigm. Why is it both a partner as well as a rival of such an arrangement? Why its national interest are not considered important and why is it made to suffer in the methods and manner the world chooses to execute and implement the agenda of world security? Both the US as well as pakistani governement needs to deliberate on these questions and find some honest answers. Seen only as a ‘troubled spot’ and not as a country that is a nuclear power and where 180 million people live the world led by America is making a mistake in the manner it views this country. The world should look at Pakistan through the lens of clarity and not through the telescope of a policeman that only sees problems, threats and negativity in our country. In the global war on terror the negative forces of change can only be stopped through mutually agreed policies and actions reached through consensus at the global scale. The political and public pressure on the government of Pakistan to preserve national integrity and sovereignty will only grow and build in the coming days. US should better understand that and do everything to rebuild a relationship of dependence and trust with Pakistani government and security establishment. It’s not the utility of drones and the terrorists that they eliminate that is questionable. It is in how they are used and how that puts to doubt our national integrity and sovereignty that needs to be debated to seek the solution to the drones conundrum.

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hinese Prime Minister Mr. Li keqiang, undertook three days visits of India. This was the first foreign tour of Premier Li, ever since he took over as the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China. Earlier, there were looming threats for a likely military confrontation over a military post in the northern Kashmir. Both sides have been accusing each other for the incursion in the disputed region. At last, sense prevailed and both sides reconciled and pulled back their forces. According to some Indian analysts, this dispute was more serious than the one that resulted into Sino-India war in 1962, had it been allowed to escalate. Since both sides had learnt a lot from the 1962 war, thus, they finally resorted to diplomatic solution, after the flag meetings of the local military commanders from both sides bore no positive results. In this regards, the visit of Indian Foreign Minister to Beijing was a big break through. According to Indian sources, Chinese military had intruded 19 km into Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh area (Indian Occupied Kashmir). The LAC is yet not been demarcated in this area. Indian Defence analysts view that this Chinese intrusion was aimed, “to cut the only supply route to the strategic Indian Air Force base at Daulat Beg Oldi, and thereby force India to dismantle it.” Chinese side however, had reservations of an Indian outpost at

Chumar. This Indian strategic military outpost was indeed, “a strategic lookout point that overlooked Chinese communication lines in Aksai Chin.” Finally, India agreed to dismantle this strategic military outpost, which put the Chinese Military at ease, and they moved back to their normal position along the LAC. For the time being, the border issue has been put under the carpet, in order to pave the way for a highlevel visit by the Chinese Premier Mr Li to India. Nevertheless, the SinoIndia border issues have a history and unless resolved permanently, there remain chances of confrontations. However, in the contemporary world, neither India nor China can afford a military confrontation. An article, Chinese Premier Li keqiang, wrote prior to his maiden Indian visit is a proof that, China is looking ahead for a better Sino-India cooperation in 21stcentury. In this article, Chinese Premier appeared cherishing his old memories in India and presented India as a dream world. Mr Li painted a picture as if there would be no problems in improving the Sino-India relationship in the coming years. This gesture was quite visible once prime Minister ended his three days Indian tour. Upon completion of his visit, Prime Minister Li said that, his Indian visit was successful and he “felt at home.” Regarding his talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Sing, Premier Li declared those as the “deep, friendly and frank.” He further said that, “It made me feel like I was at home. I really appreciate his (Singh’s) arrangements.” otherwise, while selecting India as the first country for his visit abroad, Prime Minister Li,

wanted give a clear message that, the two emerging Asian economies are going to cooperate and increase their states. The minor border disputes and external interference would not hinder the larger interests of economic interdependence. India even cancelled its tri-lateral military war games, it had agreed with Japan and United States. There is no doubt that economy is the biggest factor in the future relationship of major powers and between the nation states. Currently, the Sino-India bilateral trade is over 60 billion US dollars and is likely to cross $100 billion by 2015. The trade balance has been in the favour of China so far. However, in the process, both sides are being benefitted. Immediately after the visit of Chinese Prime Minister, Indian Premier, Dr Singh visited Japan. There are serious issues between China and Japan. On the other hand, India has good relations with Japan, through its look east policy. Japan has contributed a lot towards Indian economy and both are cooperating in the field of defence. However, this is tricky relations, not only with Japan, but, the tri-angular relationship between; India-Japan and United States. India has a strategy to get benefit from all without losing. But, the followers of Kautilya have their own longterm planning. A book entitled “Grand Strategy for India: 2020 and Beyond, was published by ‘Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses (IDSA) New DelhI’ in 2012. The book was edited by Krishnappa Venkatshamy and Princy George. With respect to Indian security, the book outlines that, “India’s

security in next decades will also depend on how the broader regional situation evolves. Much of the world is wary of China’s rise. India, in particular, is concerned about China’s continuing support to Pakistan and its growing footprint in regions that are of strategic interest to India.” The book emphasizes the Indian security planners to strengthen the defence capabilities in order to counter the impending challenges, facing the Indian state: internally in the form of insurgencies in its north and northeastern states and regionally from China and Pakistan. The essence of the book is that, India has to act as global power. While Indian strategists are sweating for greater Indian role in the international politics, the world biggest democracy has one of the worst poverty at home, suffering from poor governance with inbuilt corruption and nastiest record of human rights. The Indian strategists propose for India a bigger role at the strategic level in the contemporary strategic environment. Surely they predict, neither Pakistan would withdraw from its claims over major issues like Kashmir and water issues, nor China is going to lay off its demands of disputed border areas, therefore, this panel of strategists’ advice India to diplomatically engage Pakistan and China, while strengthening its defense capabilities alongside. Indeed, through diplomatic engagement and short-term CBMs, India to engage its rivals, until it establishes itself as an economic and military power, thereafter, issues would automatically diffuse. —The writer is Islamabad-based International Relations analyst.

rime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday agreed to accelerate talks to conclude a pact that would allow Japanese firms to export nuclear power-generation technologies and equipment to India, which is struggling to secure stable electricity supplies to sustain its economic growth. The agreement came when the United States, France, Russia and South Korea are fiercely competing to get orders for nuclear technologies and equipment from India. A Japan-India nuclear cooperation pact is problematic especially in view of the fact that India is not a party to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). India plans to build some 20 new nuclear power plants and to increase the share of nuclear power in total electricity supply from the current 4 percent to 25 percent by 2050. The value of India’s nuclear power market is estimated at $150 billion (about ¥15 trillion). Mr. Abe has already signed agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Turkey to enable the export of Japan’s nuclear power technologies and equipment to them. It is deplorable that he is pushing such exports to India, paying little attention to the danger of nuclear power generation and the need to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation. Mr. Abe appears to ignore the sober fact that Japan has suffered from the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. India carried out nuclear explosion tests, repeated test launches of missiles that can be tipped with nuclear weapons, and is not a signatory of the NPT. India and its neighbour Pakistan, a nuclear armed nation that is not a member to the NPT, have been engaged in an arms race. These stark facts should not been forgotten. India has no comprehensive safeguard agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency to let the nuclear watchdog inspect nuclear-related equipment and fissile materials in a signatory nation and have the nation provide relevant data. But in 2008, under the pressure from the US Bush administration, the Nuclear Suppliers Group, including the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Japan, decided to allow exports of nuclear power technologies and equipment to India, giving it exceptional treatment. In exchange, India pledged unilateral and voluntary moratorium on nuclear weapons tests and joining a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty to ban the further production of fissile material for nuclear weapons. But India has called for insertion of a clause in a Japan-India nuclear pact, which ensures that the pact will not hamper India’s nuclear weapons program. It also wants the right to reprocess spent nuclear fuel from Japanese nuclear power generation equipment. Japan should never accept these Indian demands. Japan should rethink its approach to India because a Japan-India nuclear pact could trigger a further arms race between India and Pakistan, thus undermining Japan’s and India’s joint goal to ensure peace and stability in the whole of Asia. — The Japan Times

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Opec and global economy

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he Organisation of Petro leum Exporting Countries (Opec) has to balance the interests of its member states with the health of the global economy. If the oil price is too high, global growth slows; and exporters lose revenue. If it is too low, needed income of member states drops in any case. At its latest meeting, Opec decided to maintain its current official level of output, despite concerns that weak global growth, especially in the Eurozone, and increased production in shale oil from the United States, might push down prices, currently in the $100 range. In troubled times, when stability is prized, it is necessary that Opec be transparent about its price objectives and cautious in its efforts to influence the market. — Gulf News

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever. —John Keats British poet


No to $5b heist 10.8% hydropower and 4.2% nuclear (May 29, 2012 the Rizwan Ghani Guardian). Phase out energy generation Email:sadcat44@hotmail.com from gas, oil and water to ensure security of food and water, cut 60% oil imports to control he media reports of govern resultant inflation, poverty, improve ment plans to raise $5bn by healthcare and education, and meet selling bonds to end Rs 500bn UN carbon emission policy and concircular debt is broad daylight heist. tribute towards a cleaner and Government has no legal and moral healthier world. The energy prices right to bailout energy sector, which can be reduced by 80 %, while enis outdated, corrupt, and protecting ergy generation can be doubled by $3bn annual profit of oil mafia. So- 2015. The per unit cost of electriccializing of energy sector losses, and ity can be reduced by 60 % in next privatization of profits is against the six months and 80 % in medium interest of public, taxpayers and con- term by shifting 80% of electricity generated from gas (45%) and oil sumers. The $5bn circular plan must be (35%) to solar between six months used to nationalize energy sector, to two years. The per unit electricity cost in improve energy sector infrastructure and pay foreign loans, which will Pakistan generated from oil is behelp make energy sector profitable. tween Rs.16-18, while it costs 9.9 WAPDA showed Rs 9bn surplus cents/unit and 7 cents to generate per while current system faces deficit of unit of solar energy in Saudi Arabia Rs 600bn. The government should and China respectively. The prices adopt a multi-pronged National En- of per unit cost of coal and solar are ergy Policy (NEP) to end load shed- equal in China. It is generating ding, reduce energy prices, and pro- 60GW from renewable, and it plans duce surplus energy. The state and to double solar electricity generation its institutions including judiciary from 21GW to 40GW by 2015 (alneed to protect taxpayers’ money, most equal to installed electricity rights of the consumers and national production capacity of Pakistan). The availability of technology and interests. The “100-day energy road map” sharing of developments can help is flawed. There is an urgent need to Pakistan to double its energy capacrevise 2030 energy mix and adopt ity by 2015, and the medium term policy to generate 15 % energy from 16GW plan is tainted. The adoption of renewable encoal, 80 % from renewable sources and 5% from civil nuclear technol- ergy is necessary for economic ogy. As per the current government progress. The adoption of renewable energy mix policy, 45% energy energy can help Pakistan “explode comes from gas, 35% from imported economic bomb”. According to the oil and the rest comes from hydro- experts, 50 % world energy generaelectricity at 12%, coal at 6% and tion will shift to renewable by 2035. nuclear at 2%. The Pakistan Energy In 2012-13 alone, the global solar Yearbook 2010 predicts that by 2030 panel demand was between 20GW the country’s energy generation will to 40 GW. By shifting education inincrease to 1,62,590 megawatts and stitutions, healthcare, industry, consist of 45% natural gas, 19% streets, highways, public, domestic, coal, 18.5% oil, 2.5% renewable, and transport sectors, Pakistan can

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cut fuel exports by 60 %, revive 2-4 million energy shortage affected jobs, and generate another million jobs. The use of renewable energy has improved 30% per acre yield in

Media reports of government plans to raise $5bn by selling bonds to end Rs 500bn circular debt is broad daylight heist. Government has no legal and moral right to bailout energy sector, which is outdated, corrupt, and protecting $3bn annual profit of oil mafia. Socializing of energy sector losses, and privatization of profits is against the interest of public, taxpayers and consumers. China. It is also helping to overcome water shortages through water desalination and purification, treatment of sewage and industrial wastewaters. Pakistan can use renewable energy to free mega water storages to irrigate arid lands for national food security, inter-provincial harmony, create millions of jobs in rural areas, and cut rural migration to urban centers. Furthermore, it can help Islamabad to protect its political, economic and national interests. Pakistan can progress on lines of advanced countries. By moving cooking, heating and lighting to re-

Voice of the People newable, Pakistan can have surplus gas, which can be used for public welfare, provide clean and cheap fuel (CNG) and reduce poverty. China is headed to use 50,000 electric buses and 2 million electric cars, which will be charged from renewable electricity. China is using solar technical schools and colleges to train thousands of solar experts (China Rising, Al-Jazeera special series 5 May 2013). EU states have defeated oil lobby by supporting solar panel imports to adopt cheap alternate energy and end hoarding of energy mafia (May 24, the Guardian). Similarly, EU states are also using solar powered trains, railway stations, mass transit inter and intra city/country transport systems. Pakistan should plan to sell surplus energy by 2017. China is developing regional energy hub for energy security. Europe-Africa and Gulf States have also signed agreements for joint energy and rail projects. Pakistan can use the hub to develop flexible energy models to protect interests of public and state, and sell surplus energy to national grid. By making public a stakeholder in energy sector, the government can generate three million power generators, end thefts/line losses, and incentives for corruption in the energy sector. In Germany, every 60th citizen is selling electricity to the government. The 1942 US Rural Energy Marshall Plan helped develop rural areas. Cheap energy can bring industrial revolution in Pakistan, and allow Islamabad to export surplus electricity in the region, including India (45 % deficiency) and Afghanistan. Thus, Pakistan needs to adopt new NEP policy and recover financial losses of energy sector instead of rewarding corruption and failure by funding circular debt.

Views From Abroad

New US weapons have China worried Michael Richardson

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hen the United States car ried out a successful test re cently of an advanced highspeed, long-range weapon ostensibly designed to reduce US reliance on nuclear arms in a crisis, it set alarm bells ringing in China. Far from reassuring Beijing, the May 1 test of the sleek hypersonic unmanned aircraft, known as the X-51A WaveRider, has added to China’s concerns that US superiority in conventional weapons may make nuclear conflict more, not less, likely. During the test, the WaveRider’s scramjet engine ignited high above the Pacific Ocean, thrusting the demonstrator to a speed of nearly 6,245 kilometers per hour (KPH), just over five times the speed of sound. Scramjet stands for supersonic combustion ram jet, which has no moving parts. Fuel is mixed with air rushing into the combustion chamber and then ignited to provide power. The WaveRider flew for 3½ minutes on scramjet power, the longest such flight in history. At that speed, a flight from New York to Los Angeles could take less than 39 minutes. While scramjet propulsion may one day be used in civil aviation and for outer space flight, the more immediate application is military. The US Air Force, Army and the Pentagon’s research arm, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), have been testing various super-fast unmanned aircraft over the past few years as part of a futuristic program called Prompt Global Strike (PGS). DARPA has been testing an experimental arrowhead-shaped plane, the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2). It is an unmanned, rocket-launched, manoeuvrable craft that glides through Earth’s atmosphere at incred-

ibly fast speeds. The HTV-2 is designed to travel at 20 times the speed of sound, or Mach 20. This would cut the flying time between New York and Los Angeles to under 12 minutes, 22 times faster than today’s commercial airliners. DARPA says that the ultimate goal is “a capability that can reach anywhere in the world in less than an hour.” The last flight test of the HTV-2 in April 2012 was only a partial success. After being released from its protective cover atop the rocket, it nose-dived back toward Earth, levelled out and glided above the Pacific at just over 20,900 kph for about nine minutes before the searing speed and heat caused parts of its carbon composite skin to peel away. Initiated nearly a decade ago, after al-Qaida’s terrorist kingpin Osama bin Laden eluded capture in Afghanistan, these PGS tests are intended to develop a weapon armed with a nonnuclear high explosive warhead that could strike targets anywhere in the world in an hour or less. The US Quadrennial Defence Review Report in 2006 said that the PGS weapons would hit “fixed, hard and deeply buried, mobile and re-locatable targets.” At present, the only way the US could with any certainty destroy such targets in an hour or less would be to use submarine-launched long-range ballistic missiles or USbased intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Like the PGS weapons now being tested, these rocket-assisted weapons travel at hypersonic speeds. However, they are all armed with nuclear warheads. So the result of a strike could be devastating, globally destabilizing, and out of all proportion to the terrorist or other threat. Among early PGS plans were proposals to retrofit a small number of existing US submarine-launched missiles or land-based ICBMs with

conventional warheads. But Congress in Washington refused to fund these plans because of concerns that Russia and other nuclear powers would be unable to distinguish between a PGS launch and nuclear weapons launch, raising the risk of an unintended nuclear missile exchange. Since then, the list of potential PGS targets has grown as terrorist groups and missile-armed states hostile or potentially hostile to the US have increased in number. A conference hosted by the US Strategic Command last August discussed instances in which the White House might some day order a nonnuclear rapid strike. They included a sudden move by China toward destroying a critical US or allied communication satellite by rocket or laser, a danger accentuated by what US defence officials say was a high-altitude Chinese anti-satellite test on May 13, the third reported since 2007. They also included a North Korean ballistic missile being readied for launch against US allies Japan or South Korea, or against US bases in either of those countries or on the U.S. island territory of Guam in the western Pacific. Iranian long-range missile launches, and terrorist assembly points for nuclear explosive devices or so-called dirty bombs that use conventional explosives to spread radioactive material, might be other reasons for a PGS weapon to be used. The latest PGS tests by the U.S. worry Russia, but they worry China more because it has far fewer nucleartipped missiles that can reach the U.S. than Russia, and less effective systems for destroying incoming missiles than Russia. U.S. analysts estimate that China currently has a total of only a few dozen nuclear-armed ICBMs that can strike the U.S. Writing on the China-U.S. Focus website on April 22, Major Gen. Yao Yunzhu, director of China-America Defense Relations at the Chinese

Armed Forces Academy of Military Science, said that Chinese concerns stemmed from two facts: (a) The ballistic missile defense systems that the U.S. and its allies had deployed, or were planning to deploy, in the Asia-Pacific region could intercept residue Chinese nuclear weapons launched for retaliation after China had been attacked, thus potentially negating the deterrence effect of the Chinese nuclear arsenal. (b) The U.S. was developing a series of conventional strategic strike capabilities. When deployed, they could be used to hit China’s nuclear arsenal. Hu Yumin, a senior research fellow at the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, wrote in January that the U.S. aimed to combine PGS with its space and antimissile technologies to “form an integrated defense system, which could render other countries’ strategic weapons, including nuclear arms, almost useless.” Hu was clearly referring to China. He added that this could put such countries in a dilemma: Either they would lose the ability to launch a strategic nuclear counter-attack or they would have to use nuclear weapons first to avoid devastation. Chinese concerns are recognized by some U.S. officials and analysts. With swinging cuts in military spending biting in the U.S., the most likely outcome is a modification of the PGS program. Existing shorter-range and slowermoving U.S. cruise missiles, launched from aircraft or submarines, could be used to strike PGS targets, while expensive research and development of hypersonic weapons is put on the back burner, at least for the time being. The writer is a visiting senior research fellow at the Institute of South East Asian Studies in Singapore. — Courtesy: The Japan Times

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here I was in the bathroom a few minutes ago, with screwdriver in hand and a pair of pliers getting the soap tray fixed. I worked hard and as I did, I wondered how my wife had managed to get me to do it, most often, after she left for the hospital I generally forgot the little chores I am supposed to do around the house: “Bob,” she had said this morning, “Looks like our guests will know what they ate the night before when

they dine with us!” “Why?’ I asked, “Don’t we have soap?” “Yes we do?” she said. “Then what’s the problem?” “It’ll be the first time a host holds the soap out for his guests to use when they wash their hands,” she said. We both laughed and a few hours later I was patiently getting the soap tray back. We’ve all been there. We want to encourage a child to do her homework, or a spouse to complete a project, or a colleague to follow through. How can we encourage without criticizing, nagging, berating or pushing? Maybe because I’m the one that occasionally has to be nudged, I’ve learned a few important things about the finer points of positive motiva-

tion. First, whenever possible, try to keep it light-hearted: The careful use of humor can work in any relationship to make the point in a way it will be heard. Sometimes we are so frustrated we know that however we say it, it will be bound to come out wrong. These are especially the times when humor may be needed. Second, without exception, be polite and respectful. Sometimes it’s more about how we say it than what we say. Too much of the world is run on the theory that you don’t need road manners if you drive a five-ton truck. No one wants to be forced, pushed, run over, cajoled or manipulated. They want to be respected. Finally, as often as you can, show appreciation. There’s nobody

in the world really who doesn’t respond to a dose of good appreciation. The German Shepherd dog who lives with me and is one of the fiercest I have kept, becomes so happy when I tell him, after he has done something well, “That’s a good dog!” He loves it. And so would anyone. These are a few of the finer points of positive motivation. And even if motivating is not your purpose, respect and appreciation, topped off with a little humor is bound to improve any relationship. Well, at least now my guests will go back not having to remember what they ate at my home the previous night..! —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

Taxing the over-taxed MUHAMMAD ASIM KHAN

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s if the continuous increase in prices of key commodities was not enough to over burden the common man, the Federal Board of Revenue has now suggested a new sales tax to be levied on all processed food items, including milk and cream. This proposed tax will have a negative impact on under-privileged sections of the society. This tax, if imposed, will cause the price of fresh milk to go up. As always, the lower income bracket will be most affected by this ruling as it will no longer be able to afford milk for its daily consumption. In Pakistan, where a large majority of children are severely under-nourished and where bone disease is fairly common, milk remains a major source of nourishment and thus a staple food item. With each passing day, the masses are forced to give up on things given their high cost. If the government agrees to go through with this tax, milk will be yet another item on the list of unaffordable expensive things. I urge the concerned authorities to look into this matter and reconsider their decision to impose this tax. —Via email

Education standard RAMEEZ FAROOQUI One of the problems plaguing our educational system is the shortage of qualified and committed teaching staff in government-managed schools and colleges. Pakistan spends less than two percent of the national budget on education. Most of the budgetary allocation for education is eaten away by administrative expenditure, leaving a paltry amount for pay of the teaching staff. This is an alarming situation. Quality of education is being affected adversely due to shortage of teachers in government educational institutions. No doubt, private sector is contributing to the cause of education, but fees charged by private institutions are beyond the capacity of fixed income families. What is the solution? I think volunteerism can help the situation of shortage of teaching staff in government educational institutions. Most of the government servants who retire at the age of 60 are fit and willing for teaching assignment in educational institutions. Only a limited number of retirees are lucky to get extension in service or jobs in private sector. Some of them are highly qualified for teaching assignments. Most of the serving officers attend foreign universities for higher education at the expense of the state. However, this training is not properly utilised. An officer after getting degree in economics may spend most of his time in regulatory ministries. However, after retirement their services may be used for education and development of the new generation. Foreign training data is available with the Establishment Division, Economic Affairs Division and concerned departments of provincial governments. The United Nations has launched a Volunteer Programme for Pakistan. But vacancies of volunteers for education are rarely notified. It is advised that ministry of education and educational institutions may contact UN Pakistan office in this regard. I think UNVP pays maintenance allowance to encourage volunteerism. —Karachi

Bullet train quite feasible MISBAH RAFIQUE Nawaz sharif has promised to start a bullet train from Peshawar to Karachi. Many nay-sayers are questioning the project. The same people said the same thing when Mr Nawaz Sharif started the motorway. My job takes me to Punjab frequently and I travel on the motorway from Lahore to go Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi. It’s a joy ride. More over the development around the motorway is remarkable. I have also widely travelled in Sindh,comparing the roads in Sindh a friend of mine told me the other day, “ when you leave Sunjerpur in Punjab and enter Sindh, you don’t need a road sign to tell you that you are now in Sindh, the road speaks for itself.” The same nay-sayers are saying that Pakistan would not be able to finance the project. I will say to Mr Nawaz Sharif: not to be discouraged. Trucks take 72 hours to reach Lahore from Karachi on an average, where as the new buisness train takes 18 hours only. The bullet tarin will require even less. It would not only be good for thousands of passengers but would also be great for good transportation. The Pakistan railway is probably the richest as far as land assets are concerned. Thay have the choicest property from Karachi to Peshawar. Pakistan railways has the best of the best in Karachi’s heartland. Starting from the west of the Karachi city station and traveling on Moulvi Tameezuddin Khan Road towards Dr Uddin Ahmed Road, the Pakistan Railways owns an open area of about 400 meters by 1’000 meters. They use it for storing containers and have some godowns. If we divide this 400’000 sq metres of land into 50 meters by 50 metre commercial plots, 160 sky scrapers can be built on this area. It will be within one kilometre

of Karachi’s zero point which is the Karachi City Railway Station, and the City’s Buisness district of I.I Chundrigar Road. Similarly Karachi cantonment station has 800 hundred meters by hundred meters by 100 meters land available on the east side of the station. Using 50 meters by meters per plot, 32 skyscrapers can be constructed. The presence of 132 skyscrapers in the heart of Karachi is mouth watering for any world class construction company, Business men and people who want to minimise travel time to offices would love this option. Karachi alone would be able to help Pakistan Railways generate millions of dollar. However if we do this for Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Hyderabad, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Gujrat also, we can surely generate the amount Mr Sharif wants for this game- changing project. —Karachi

Is CNG a safe energy? REHMANI This is apropos to the milieu of Gujrat Incidence. Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is an environmentally clean, plentiful, low-cost, domestically produced fuel that is used in transportation. But is it a safe vehicle fuel? Any fuel, including those used in motor vehicles, can be dangerous if handled improperly. Fuels contain energy, which is released when the fuel is ignited. The answer to this is, unequivocally, yes CNG is a safe form of energy. However, there are many myths out there regarding the dangers of CNG because it will not burn at concentrations below 5% or above about 15% when mixed with air. If released in an accident, CNG is also non-toxic and as a clean alternative to other automobile fuels. Worldwide roughly 7 to 8 million CNG Vehicles are used, with the largest number in Argentina, Brazil, Iran, Pakistan and Thailand. As petroleum prices erratically jump up and down and up again, it’s tempting to look at CNG as an alternative. Buyers beware: the math is tricky. Majority of public private vehicles have converted to CNG because of cheaper price as compared to petrol and diesel having been made expensive both due to taxation policies and as well as due to higher international market prices. The genie of CNG has been strengthened. Not only are government, transit agencies, school busses but a major figure of private transport using CNG vehicles. In a recent incident in Gujrat 14 children died. The reason behind is CNG + Gasoline. Accordingly, 2,000 people were killed in cylinder blasts in 2011 and this figure is almost double in 2012, as the government could not take any concrete steps in this regard. Furthermore, the government ensures that the certified cylinders and kits are available in the market, and transporters are forced to not use old, expired uncertified cylinders in their vehicles, which are increasing the risk of explosion. The shelf life of a cylinder is five years, but some greedy transporters still use them after the expiry date. Suggestions: It is the duty of the government to ban supply of CNG to Public Vehicles i.e. Toyota Hiace, Busses, vans and Coaches, because in case of emergency it is difficult for the passengers to save their lives. Further, to decrease the prices of Diesel. These are two ways to safe CNG stations. For God sake, do not close this ‘chapter’ once again. Now, it is the time to take immediate decision, to save the humanities, to save the properties, to save the families, to save the panic. —Islamabad

Beggar nuisance SIDRA TUL MUNTAHA Begging is indeed, a stigma in our society. Begging is a social problem in Pakistan. It has become a nuisance in big cities like Karachi . In fact beggars are parasites. Instead of working and earning bread by honest labour , they resort to begging .It has become a shameless business to beg. They are not ashamed of themselves. Even young and able bodied persons follow the line of easy living by begging. Public places, parks, hotels,

hospitals, bus stops are raided by beggars. They lower the prestige of the country.The government should take serious actions against the professional beggars. Those who are ablebodied , must be made to work and earn honest living .The crippled and the old should be confined in poor houses .Those carrying contagious diseases , should be sent to hospitals. It is duty of both the government and well-to-do people to remove the stigma from the society. —Karachi

Hurdles for ambulances KUMAIL HASAN Road traffic in Karachi has been increasing day by day just like any other metros. It is a common sight to see the plight of ambulances sandwiched between buses, trucks, two-wheeler and what not screaming for way to speed. Even though much publicity is given in media about the urgency and necessity for giving way for Ambulance vehicles, public at large seldom bother about this social duty. VIPs speeding on are alerted by the traffic cops and the roads are cleared. My simple suggestion to the authorities concerned is why don’t we adopt the same procedure for helping the ambulance vehicles also. once ambulance starts hotline communication may be given to a particular traffic hub, who will flash the information to the appropriate traffic police personnel at the spot and ensure to clear the route sidelining other vehicles compulsorily This will pave smooth way for the Ambulances to speed towards the Hospitals / Nursing Homes for Emergency care . Public also would understand and give way on humanitarian angle. Let us save those poor lives by just sacrificing a few minutes of our time. Will authorities look into this suggestion ? —Karachi

Poison on sale openly RAMEEZ FAROOQUI Spurious syrup is being sold at medical stores in Lahore as cough remedy. People are dying by taking the poisonous cough syrup. There is no check on the sale of spurious drugs in the country. This is the level of governance. Apparently, the health department and drug inspectors are in cahoots with merchants of death. Where is accountability? Politicians are busy in plundering the national resources for their posterity. Welfare of the people is not included in the government agenda. The media, religious leaders and social workers can play crucial role against the menace of trade of poison. Intelligence agencies can also play important role in this jihad. —Karachi

Drugs among students SYED AMMAR ZAIDI The problem of drugs has become serious issue for many people, including students. Smoking has already become a fashion among the students, which is the first step towards the use of drugs. I am a lecturer and recently a student of mine in Pharm-D 7th semester died due to the drug addiction. There are a number of students in colleges and universities involved in drug addiction and promotion of drugs. Unfortunately, there is no one to take the step against this curse. Our law enforcement agencies and anti-narcotics force have failed to stop the use of drugs in our society. The government should introduce a check and balance system in colleges and universities, related to the use of drugs among the students. —Karachi

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Rain, winds kill 17 in K-P From Page 1 Walls and roofs collapsed killing two minors in Lady Sarak Charsadda Road. Similarly, a child, identified as Sher Ali, was killed in Naugaman, Daudzai. Three bodies were also brought to a hospital in Takht Bhai, Shergarh where an emergency was declared. They were identified as Hikmat Khan, a resident of Qudratabad, Saleh Gul, a resident of Moi Bhanda and a minor girl whose identity could not be ascertained. A house on Harichand Road collapsed on three passenger vans, injuring 30 people. The wounded were taken to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital. In Hathian, a house collapsed injuring two teenagers and a wall fell on a car in Maikh Kohi injuring three others. A woman was killed and a minor was injured when a wall collapsed storms in Risalpur, Nowshera. Chaman was on her way home with her granddaughter CHITRAL: Hundreds of vehciles waiting to cross the Lawari Tunnel on South portal as Dir side Lawari tunnel is opened when a wall fell as a result of for traffic on Friday, Monday and Wednesday only and remain closed for four days a week. heavy winds. In Shabqadar, heavy downpour killed two persons in separate incidents in Mian Kallay and Rawal Kor.

Pre-mature increment to upgraded servants allowed ISLAMABAD—At last after delay of 11 years , Finance Division had to notify to grant one pre-mature increment to all government servants , whose scales were upgraded by government after 2002. In January 2002 , Federal Services Tribunal (FST) had decided that up-gradation will be treated as promotion , which allowed one pre-mature increment to the employees who were upgraded, but government refused to accept the verdict of the tribunal. During last decade , several civil employees from different department knocked the doors of FST for allowing one pre-mature increment on up-gradation and each time the tribunal had passed the orders to do the needful. After a pile of decisions from FST in this regard , finally the tribunal while hearing a similar case , filed by Chairman Employees Association of Pakistan Military Accounts Department took a strong stance and ordered Secretary Finance to implement the decision forthwith or else he would has to pay fine of Rs 75,000 in the tribunal.—Online

Asia-Pacific region becomes center of world development SINGAPORE—The Asia-Pacific region, which once experienced confrontation, division and wars, has made a strong bend to a region with the most dynamic cooperation and development, said Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Minister of National Defense of Vietnam, on Sunday. Speaking at the 12th Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore, Vinh said geopolitically, Asia-Pacific has three permanent members of the UN Security Council. In terms of future development, Asia- Pacific is the center stage of countries with high technology, advanced management, abundant work force and plentiful natural resources.— NNI

Kashmir issue can be resolved through dialogues: Dr V P Vaidik SALIM AHMED

LAHORE—Kashmir issue can be resolved through dialogues amongst all stakeholders namely Pakistan India and people of Jammu and Kashmir. But independence from both India and Pakistan can be slavery of other world powers because Jammu and Kashmir is land locked and lacks financial resources. These thoughts were shared by Chairman, Council for Indian Foreign Policy Dr. V.P. Vaidik at TECH Society Club during his speech to the members of Pakistan Visionary Forum on the topic “Future Indo-Pak relations.” Dr Vaidik said, only a few Indians had not accepted partition of India and creation of Pakistan but it did not mean that they were in favour of any kind of loss to Pakistan. “I appeal to Pakistanis and Indians to take practical measures by withdrawing troops from Kashmir as a first step to initiate peaceful dialogue”. “ We are in favour of

freedom of Kashmiris but not their separation from us. Solution of terrorism also lies in negotiations which is not possible until your friend America stops drone attacks,” he said. Dr. Muhammad Sadiq, Zubair Sheikh, Engr. Abdul Majeed Khan, Qayyum Nizami, Engr. Muhammad Azeem, Jameel Gishkori, Justice (retd) Sharif Hussain Bokhari, Engr. Mahmudur Rehman Chughtai, Sardar Muhammad Saeed Khan, Prof. Dr. Atiya Syed, Prof. Dr. Mugheesudin, Col. (retd) Z.I. Farrukh and other members were also present. Zubair Sheikh said that confidence building measures were necessary to resolve all issues between India and Pakistan for which intellectuals of both countries could play a pivotal role. Justice (retd) Sharif Hussain Bokhari said that he had listened to only a few Indians who were in favour of resolving Kashmir issue and Dr. Vaidik was one of them. He added that movement of Pakistanis visiting India was

suspiciously watched. Dr. Mugheesudin said that until Indians stop claiming Kashmir as their integral part the issue could not be resolved. Answering to the question of strategic partnership between India and USA, raised by Col. Farrukh, Dr. Vaidik said that being a major regional power India it had its own significance. Qayyum Nizami said that when Indian prisoners were released from Pakistani jails they proceeded to India with better health and fitness as compared to the mentally and physically tortured Pakistani prisoners released by India. Former Chairman IRSA Engr. Shafqat Masood said that there was no example of giving rivers to countries like the three devoted to India rather access to the waters of rivers was granted to countries. Dr. Vaidik informed him that he was going to have dialogues with Pakistan’s water experts on this issue and also invited him for such a meeting in Lahore.

Smooth transition of power wanted to be elected as the consensus prime minister of the country like Yousuf Raza Gilani was elected in 2008, then he (Nawaz) himself would have to approach all the political parties. To a question regarding PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif’s dialogue offer with the Tehriki-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the president said, “If this government wanted to talk with these forces then there was a need to identify whether or not Taliban had political mindset, as extremists generally do not negotiate.” Regarding NRO and Swiss cases against him, President Zardari said that National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) and Swiss cases were the charges for what he had been sent to jail for eight years. He said that, in his opinion, these cases were controversial and carried no substance.

From Page 1 Speaking on Balochistan issue, the president said that the previous government undertook many development projects for Balochistan, however he said that more progress could have been achieved had the Baloch people participated proactively in development of their province. He said that he himself asked Speaker of the National Assembly to constitute a Parliamentary Committee to give the rights to the people of Balochistan, and said he was pleased that it did its job and a comprehensive package was given to the province. Regarding the drone attacks, the president said that the PPPled government had not signed any agreement with the US government over drone attacks,

however, he added that he was not aware if former President Musharraf had made any such agreement or not. Responding to a question about the future of former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf, he said it was up to Prime Minister-in-waiting Nawaz Sharif to decide what action he planned to take, when he assumed his office. Asked if he would pardon the former president, he said, if such a request was made to him by his family, he would take an appropriate decision. To a question he said shooting down a drone aircraft was not an issue, and the real issue was the repercussions of such an action. Regarding the law and order situation in Karachi, the president said “non-state actors” were active in the port city.

Magsi resigns Rebels, Hizbullah waging From Page 1 Nawaz Sharif announced to bring the next governor from Mehmood Khan Achakzai’s Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP). Talking to media Magsi said that he has rendered his resignation to President Asif Ali Zardari.

deadly fight in Lebanon B EIRUT —Several fighters were killed in an overnight clash between Hezbollah fighters and Syrian rebel forces in Lebanon’s eastern border region with Syria, Lebanese security sources said on Sunday. One source said 15 rebels

were killed in the fighting east of the Bekaa Valley town of Baalbek, but the exact toll would not be clear until bodies could be retrieved from the remote and rugged border area.One Hezbollah fighter also died, he said.—Reuters

Saudis need extra training ‘to replace expats’ JEDDAH—The Labor Ministry has made it mandatory for any organization, whether schools, companies or offices, to reserve vacancies in 19 job categories for only Saudis. These are: Executive HR manager, HR manager, labor affairs manager, staff relations manager, staff relations specialist, staff relations clerk, recruitment clerk, staff affairs clerk, attendance control clerk, receptionist (general), hotel receptionist, health receptionist, claims clerk, treasury secretary, security, broker, key specialist, customs broker and female sales specialists (women only). Arab News spoke with CEOs, authorities of schools and companies who confirmed that the 19 positions classified above are related to human resources, customer services, health management, accounts, clearing and forwarding agents and, of course, women-sensitive sales areas.

Mohamed H. Zakaria, CEO and general manager of Saudi Steel Profile Company, said that the 19 job categories that are related to the HR department and reserved for Saudi nationals can easily be short-listed or filtered down to three positions. Only companies like Saudi Aramco, Sabic, SEC, or the STC can employ all categories. “I think the best way to implement Saudization is not through passing legislation but through the sincere and active participation of the private sector and expatriates. The Labor Ministry should seek the help of expatriates to train Saudis to replace them,” he said. He also said with a per capita income of more than $ 31,000, Saudi Arabia is ahead of many European countries and with 262 billion barrel of oil reserves (excluding natural gas, metals and minerals), each Saudi owns more than a million dollar’s worth of oil.

Forcing Saudis into the private sector will be a temporary way out. Secondly, hiring extra Saudis and putting them on the payroll will throw many private companies out of business, as it will take at least three to five years to train and replace the expatriate work force, especially at the lower and mid levels. “In fact, most Saudis approaching us for a job don’t even know what job they are seeking and a lot of job-seekers, including Saudis and non-Saudis with even five years of work experience don’t realize that they fall in the entry-level category,” he explained. Padma Hariharan, director and head of Novel International Group of Institutions, said that these positions are sensitive and organizations, including the government sector, should ensure that the employees they are hiring are sensitive to the needs of the organization, as all positions are ultimately for Saudis

only. She said the area of concern is improvement of communication in English. As the Kingdom has opened its doors to global investment and is encouraging tourism in a big way, it is mandatory for the Saudis employed to effectively communicate in English. “Training and qualifications are absolutely mandatory to secure the job. The Ministry of Education (MoE) clearly states that we need to appoint Saudi teachers to teach Islamic education, Qur’an, Saudi history and geography and Arabic. Moreover, the Saudi faculty needs graduates in its field. In order to enhance the quality of the work force and the work environment, I would strongly recommend that the government set up a skilled work force center or hub for training professionals in their respective areas,” she added.— NNI

18th Amend ends ‘fertile zones of ministries’

ISLAMABAD—All ‘good days’ for parliamentarians ‘aspiring for fertile zones’ of lucrative ministries end with enforcement of some articles of 18th amendment. These articles of 18th Amendment were due to come in force after elections , which contain a ‘major setback for aspiring parliamentarians ‘ of limiting ministries to 11% of total Assembly strength. This translates into total abiding by the constitution, whose article 92 clearly outlines the formation of federal government; as section 1 aptly defines that “President shall appoint federal and state ministers from amongst Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) on the advice of Prime Minister”. Senators in federal cabinet shall not exceed more than 1/4th of Cabinet, while article 130, section B asserts that Provincial cabinet shall be 15 , or not exceed 11% of total Provincial Assembly’s strength and would be answerable to the Provincial Assembly. Observers, analysts finalize the total ministers at maximum of 49, all inclusive of federal, state ministers and advisors, Punjab cabinet having maximum of 41, Sindh 19 ministers, while Balochistan and KPK are limited to 15 cabinet members. Former PPP federal cabinet had ‘swelled’ to an unprecedented 60, while even such a smaller Provincial cabinet of Balochistan had 50 ministers, because almost the entire Assembly had shifted to official benches, leaving behind Yar Muhammad Rind as the sole opposition member!—Online

Afghan-Turkmen railway construction KABUL—A delegation of the Turkmen officials led by Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov recently met with the Afghan president Hamid Karzai in capital Kabul and delivered an invitation to take part in the official ceremony of laying the Turkmen section of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railway. President Hamid Karzai in return conveyed sincere appreciation to the Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for Turkmenistan’s continued assistance and support in the socio-economic revival of its neighbor. Karzai quoted by Trend News Agency said, “Afghanistan very much appreciates this fraternal assistance and support.” Afghanistan signed a memorandum of Understanding with Turkmenistan and Tajikistan on the construction of railway line during a summit in Ashgabat in March. Ashgabat and Kabul earlier signed an intergovernmental framework agreement on the construction of the 85-kilometer railway line AtamyratYmamnazar (Turkmenistan) and the 38-kilometer line between Akina and Andhoi (Afghanistan). The Turkmen ministry of railway transport will construct the Atamyrat-Ymamnazar railway in Lebap region. In the meantime officials from Afghanistan and Turkmenistan recently met in Ashgabat.—NNI

I STANBUL —Hundreds

of people were on Sunday occupying Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the epicentre of the worst demonstrations in a decade against Turkey’s government which have seen almost 1,000 people detained and scores wounded nationwide. Some protesters camped around the square’s monument to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern secular Turkey, occasionally chanting “Government, Resign!” and victory cheers after the police withdrew on Saturday. Taksim has been at the heart of a wave of more than 90 demonstrations in 48 cities nationwide, the biggest public outcry against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government since it assumed power in 2002. But after two days of violent protests and appeals by Turkey’s Western allies for re-

straint, the situation appeared to have calmed on Sunday after police pulled out of Taksim and officials took on a more conciliatory tone. Officials said 53 civilians and 26 police officers were hurt during the violence, while Amnesty International put the number of wounded in the hundreds and said there had been two deaths. Amnesty said some protesters had been left blinded by the massive quantities of tear gas and pepper spray used by police while at least two people were hit in the head with gas canisters. Interior Minister Muammer Guler said police had detained 939 people as of Saturday evening, but many have been released. Turkey’s Western allies Britain, France and the United States have called for the

Erdogan government to exercise restraint, while Turkish officials acknowledged mistakes. “We have learnt our lesson,” Istanbul mayor Kadir Topbas told NTV on Saturday. He said he regretted “not informing the people enough” on the details of the construction project in Taksim, the spark that led to the protests. What began as an outcry against a local development project in Turkey’s largest city snowballed into a broader protest against what critics say is the government’s increasingly conservative and authoritarian agenda. Speaking at a rally on Saturday, Erdogan acknowledged: “It is true that there have been some mistakes, extremism in the police response.” But he added: “I call on the protesters to stop their demonstrations immediately.” —AFP

Six office-bearers part ways with Sindh Tarraqi-Passand Party OUR CORRESPONDENT HYDERABAD—In second major defection after 1999 within Sindh Tarraqi-passand Party (STP), six main office-bearers and central committee members have quit the party on the ground that Dr Qadir Magsi was running STP in somewhat autocratic manner and was not ready to discuss reasons behind the defeat suffered by party in the May 11 polls. STP was part of ten party anti-PPP alliance that had fielded candidates in Sindh. It

was also part of Sindh Progressive Nationalist Alliance formed three years back against PPP and to contest election from this plat form - but STP has only recently announced quitting ten party alliance and SPNA on the ground that politics of alliance has always harmed Sindh. No candidate of STP including its vice chairman Dr Rajab Memon won elections in May 11 general elections. Those who have resigned from basic membership of STP included Hyder Shahani, senior vice chairman, Hoat Khan

Gadahi, deputy secretary general, Qadir Channa, finance secretary, Muzaffar Kalhoro, press secretary, Nand Lal Malhi, Gulzar Soomro and Saran Unnar, all central committee members. “We have formed a five member committee to decide our future course of strategy,” said Ghulam Hyder Shahani while talking to Dawn.com. He said that being a traditional Baloch, he would not like to discuss so many things but would say that STP chairman was not active in election campaign.

Malik nominated as Balochistan CM From Page 1 PkMAP and National Party leaders , Nawaz Sharif said a change would be brought in Balochistan through good governance and merit and heal the wounds of the people. He said despite having majority in the Provincial Assembly, the PML-N gave sacrifice for setting good traditions and the posts of Chief Minister and Governor have been given to the coalition partners. He said there would be a government in Balochistan free from corrupt and pointed out that had there been democracy, there would have been no violence in the province. He said his party had always voiced for bringing an end to violence and for peace and development and time has come to fulfill these commitments. He said peaceful environment is the first step for progress and prosperity. To a question about the role of FC in Balochistan, Nawaz Sharif said elected government makes the policies and all other institutions are bound to implement the programme. PkMAP Chief Mahmud Khan Achakzai said Punjab has shown broad heartedness and as a result they were standing together today. He said today Punjab’s attitude is democratic, it has agenda of democratic Pakistan, to fight against terrorism and corruption and Pashtun and Baloch are with it today. If Punjab will take one step for friendship and reconciliation, Pashtoons and Baloch will respond by taking two steps. He said the decision would help in making a new Pakistan. He said Balochistan has many problems which could be overcome through joint efforts. He said we want to take all the parties along and only through this approach, lasting

peace would be possible in Balochistan and Karachi. He said it is the beauty of democracy that all the parties are standing together. Achakzai thanked Mian Nawaz Sharif on behalf of Baloch and Pashtun leadership for the gesture and said they would stand with him and Pakistan in the time to come. Mir Hasil Bizenjo of National Party appreciated the nomination of Dr Abdul Malik for the post of Chief Minister. He said Nawaz Sharif honoured his commitment to take along the leadership of small communities and this could have been done by Punjab leadership and Nawaz Sharif. He said they would not allow the repetition of things that had happened in the last ten years. He said it is our commitment to Nawaz Sharif that we would not allow any one to indulge in corrupt practices in Balochistan. That will strengthen democracy and Pakistan and the resources would be utilized for the wellbeing of people of Balochistan and Pakistan. Provincial President Sanaullah Zehri, who himself was an aspirant for the job said they would extend full cooperation to the Chief Minister. From day one, we will extend cooperation to check violence and end corruption. He said unless we over come the problems of law and order and corruption, we will not be able to achieve Mian Nawaz Sharoif’s vision of new Pakistan. After his nomination as Balochistan Chief Minister, Abdul Malik Baloch on Sunday said that an independent commission would be established to probe into the murder of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and issue of missing political workers in the province.

Speaking to media soon after being nominated as Balochistan CM by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML N) chief Nawaz Sharif, Baloch said recovery of missing persons was his top priority. “I would not be a powerless chief minister,” he said, adding that all out efforts would be made to bring back missing persons. The National Party (NP) chief said that federal government would be approached for the arrest of accused involved in the murder of Nawab Akbar Bugti. He hinted that there would be no “overflowing” cabinet and only limited cabinet members would be announced to lessen the financial burden of Balochistan. “I would not tolerate corruption,” he added. Dr Baloch said that all displaced Marri and Bugti tribesmen will be rehabilitated in Kohlu and Dera Bugti. Thousands of Bugti and Marri tribesmen were displaced in the aftermath of military operation during Musharraf regime. The NP chief said that majority of the people in the province live below the poverty line and vowed to take revolutionary measures to overcome poverty after assuming power. He said all postings and transfers would be made on merit. Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said meaningful negotiations will be initiated with disgruntled Baloch brothers for durable peace in the province. “I believe in dialogue and oppose use of force,” he explained, adding confidence building measures would be adopted to convince the Baloch leaders to come to the negotiating table for political settlement of the Balochistan issue.

Egypt: Court rules legislature illegally elected seven percent of the electorate last year. It was not immediately clear whether the ruling on the 100-member constitutional panel would impact in any way on the charter it drafted. The constitution was adopted in a nationwide vote in December with a relatively low turnout of about 35 percent. But even if it does not, the ruling will question the legal foundations of the disputed charter pushed through by allies of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in an all-night session late last year. Critics say the charter restricts freedoms and gives clerics a say in legislation. The Islamists who drafted it hail the document as the best one Egypt ever had. There was no immediate comment from Morsi’s office on the ruling. Regardless of their consequences on the ground, Sunday’s ruling is likely to prolong the polarizing political transition that followed Mubarak’s

From Page 1 overthrow. Rival political groups disagree not just on policies and the future course of the nation but on the legitimacy of the basic institutions of govern-ment. It will give heart to the mostly secular and liberal opposition, while providing fresh ammunition to the argument often repeated by the president’s supporters that the judiciary is filled with Mubarak loyalists determined to derail the nation’s political process. Morsi, elected nearly a year ago, tried to reinstate parliament’s lower chamber just days after he came to office on June 30 but eventually bowed to the court ruling and backed down. In both rulings on parliament’s two chambers, the court contended that political parties that fielded candidates for the third of seats set aside for independent candi-dates, as allowed by the election law, amounted to a breach of the principle of fairness.

The Shura Council’s critics say it is ill-equipped to be the nation’s sole law-making body, and complain that it’s considering legislation that will have a far reach into the future rather than simply pass what is absolutely necessary during the transition period. Of the chamber’s 270 members, 180 are elected with the other 90 being appointed by Morsi. Five percent of its members are Christians — about half the proportion of the popu-lation — and four percent are women. When elections were held in early 2012, not only did many voters stay away but so did many political parties — especially several of the newborn liberal groups with smaller budgets. Over 70 percent of the seats were taken by Islamists. The court on Sunday also ruled unconsti-tutional clauses in a 1958 law giving the president far-reaching powers under a state of emergency..—AP


Serena sets up Kuznetsova rematch at French Open best win of the year. Kerber was under pressure on serve early on, but she was the one to grab the first service break of the match to take a 4-3 lead. She handed that back immediately and the more aggressive Kuznetsova then won the next two games, sealing the set with a crosscourt forehand winner. The Russian made it five games in a row to lead 2-0 in the second before Kerber stopped the rot with a break of her own to level at 2-2. The German went on to break again in the ninth game and served out to level the match. But it was Kuznetsova who dominated the deciding set winning four games in a row to lead 4-1 and then holding serve twice. Next up for Kuznetsova will be top seed Serena Williams if the American can defeat Italy’s Roberta Vinci, the world number one doubles player, in the next match up on centre court. The Russian defeated Williams in the quarter-finals on her way to the title in 2009. The 31-year-old Williams is on a 27-match winning streak—the longest of her career—having won four straight tournaments coming in to Roland Garros. The only French Open success to date among her 15 Grand Slam titles came 11 years ago and her problems on the claycourts were again in evidence last year when she she crashed out in the first round. Also in fourth round action on Sunday was fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland going up against 2008 champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia and last year’s runner-up Sara Errani of Italy PARIS: Serena Williams marched into the quarter-finals of the French Open after taking on Carla Suarez overcoming Italy’s Roberta Vinci 6-1 6-3 to set up a clash against Svetlana Kuznetsova. Navarro of Spain.—AFP

P ARIS —Serena Williams bludgeoned her way to another lopsided win at the French Open on Sunday as she continued her quest for a second French Open title, 11 years after her first. The top seeded American needed just 70 minutes to dispose of the world’s top doubles player, Roberta Vinci of Italy, 6-1, 6-3 and in four matches at Roland Garros this year, she has dropped just 10 games. The win puts her into a quarter-final matchup against unseeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia who won the title in Paris in 2009 after defeating Williams in a quarter-final thriller. And it takes her careerbest winning streak to 28, the third longest since 2000 behind sister Venus (35) and Justine Henin (32). As in the previous three

Watson reveals India heartache L ONDON —Shane Watson has revealed that Australia’s controversial tour of India was the “lowest point in my cricket career”. Not only did Australia suffer a 4-0 loss in a Test series concluded in March, team management axed four players, including then vice-captain Watson after the second Test for failing to complete “homework” set by coach Mickey Arthur. “Whatever happened throughout India, certainly for me personally, was the lowest point in my cricket career, there’s no doubt about that,” all-rounder Watson said after making 135 in Australia’s four-wicket Champions Trophy warm-up win over the West Indies in Cardiff on Saturday. “The decisions that were made for a reason and we certainly have to move forward as a team because we’ve got two series backto-back of the biggest cricket we’ll ever play.”—AFP

rounds Williams asserted her authority from the start, jumping out into a 4-0 lead. The only trouble she occasionally had came from the windy conditions that disrupted her service action. Vinci got on the scoreboard when Williams hit long with a forehand in the fifth game but two games later, the set was done and dusted for the American in just 29 minutes. The Italian had only her textbook slice as a weapon to keep powerhouse Williams at bay and that was never going to be enough. She did hang on till 3-3, with Williams getting increasingly frustrated with the gusting wind, but there it ended as the American turned on the power once more to speed away. A second French Open triumph on June 8 would give

Williams 16 Grand Slam titles, two short of fellow Americans Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert who are tied for fourth place on the all-time list on 18. vetlana Kuznetsova gave warning that she can still contend at Grand Slams on Sunday by defeating eighth seed Angelique Kerber of Germany to reach the French Open quarter-finals. The 27-year-old Russian won the second of her two major titles in Paris in 2009, but since then she has struggled with injuries and loss of form, slipping to 85th in the world rankings at the start of the year. But a run into the Australian Open quarter-finals boosted her confidence and she once again, as an unseeded player, drew inspiration from the claycourts at Roland Garros to record her

BCCI chief to step down temporarily NEW DELHI—India’s cricket chief Sunday defied calls to quit over a betting scandal in the country’s top domestic competition but agreed to step aside to allow an investigation to take place, the board announced. The move, a compromise negotiated by N. Srinivasan at an emergency meeting in the southern city of Chennai, appeared unlikely to quell the controversy which has seen the country’s sports ministry call on him to resign. Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested on May 24 for allegedly taking part in illegal betting on the Indian Premier League (IPL) which is the subject of multiple police investigations. Meiyappan is a business executive for the most successful IPL franchise, the Chennai Super Kings, which is owned by 68-year-old businessman Srinivasan who has

headed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) since 2011. “Mr. N. Srinivasan announced that he will not discharge his duties as the president of the board till such time that the probe is completed,” said a statement after the meeting. It said Jagmohan Dalmiya, a controversial former president of the BCCI from 2001-2004, “will conduct the day-to-day affairs of the board” during Srinivasan’s absence. The BCCI met Sunday amid growing rancour among the 31-member body and a series of resignations over previous days, including the secretary, the treasurer and the chairman of the IPL, Rajeev Shukla. Srinivasan described his decision to step aside “an extraordinarily fair step”, saying the meeting was smooth and free from acri-

Young British Pakistani Golfer wins ‘European Junior Golf C’ships 2013’

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OUNG Pakistani Brit win the tournament in ish Golfer age 12 wins Europe’s most prestigious Junior golf Junior European golf championship organised by US Kids Golf organisation. Championship was played at Gullane Golf Club, Scotland where “The British open” golf major tournament was held in past. Championship was played over three rounds and he finished on a score of gross 8 under par, Aadam has also won same tournament I 2012. He as the first British Asian Muslim golfer to 2012, he also became the

first junior to retain his trophy in two years in running by wining 2013 championship. Aadam is golf scholar at “Foxills Golf Club” Surrey UK, he is 12 years of age and play off 4.7 handicap, he is due to play in “ Junior Callaway world golf championship “which is due to be held in July 2013 at Tory Pines Golf Club 2013. He is looking for an organisation or an individual to fund his trip to USA, if you are interested in supporting Aadam than contact his father at sshussain90@gmail.com.

mony. “After discussions, I announced I will not discharge my functions till the probe is completed. The decision was well received,” he told NDTV station. A top BCCI official who did not want to be named told AFP the decision was not unanimous. “I heard Mr Srinivasan say the decision was unanimous... it was anything but unanimous and all I can say at this time is that the last has not been heard about this,” he said. The scandal in the money-spinning IPL, a Twenty20 tournament which sees top international stars play alongside domestic players, has again shaken the faith of fans in what is overwhelmingly India’s most popular sport. The arrest of Srinivasan’s son-in-law came after Test paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two teammates in the IPL’s Rajasthan Royals — Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila — were taken into custody. All the accused deny any wrongdoing. Police allege the players deliberately bowled badly in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars after striking deals with bookmakers. Meiyappan, who is still in custody, is being investigated for allegedly passing information to bookies and placing bets on the IPL. This is illegal under India’s laws which ban gambling on all sports except horse-racing. Srinivasan can only be impeached if three-quarters of the BCCI board vote against him. Speaking at a defiant press conference last month, he launched a blistering attack on the Indian media’s relentless coverage of the scandal. “I have explained it many times, I have done nothing wrong,” he said at the time.—AFP

BERLIN: Champions League winners Bayern Munich became the first Bundesliga team to win the treble after beating VfB Stuttgart in Saturday’s German Cup final.

Bayern win Cup final to earn historic treble BERLIN—Champions League winners Bayern Munich became the first Bundesliga team to win the treble after their hard-fought 3-2 win over VfB Stuttgart in Saturday’s German Cup final. Having claimed their fifth European crown in Wembley last Saturday and won the Bundesliga with a record tally of 91 points, Bayern completed the set with their 16th German Cup title. The Bavarian giants won the European Cup in three straight seasons in the 1970s, but coach Jupp Heynckes ended his twoyear tenure in charge of the most successful Bayern side of all time. Striker Mario Gomez, who made a rare start ahead of Mario Mandzukic, hit two after the break to add to Thomas Mueller’s first-half penalty as Bayern cruised to a 30 lead. But a bullet header on 71 minutes, then a well-placed shot, both from Austria’s Martin Harnik, 10 minutes from time, ensured a nervous finale as Bayern weathered Stuttgart’s late onslaught. But Bayern were not to be denied their 45th win from 53 matches in all competitions this season. Ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola will replace Heynckes as Bayern head coach on June 26, but after just three defeats and 11 league points dropped all season, it is hard to see where he can improve.—AFP

Peshawar win KP Inter-Region Archery C’ship P E S H AWA R — P e s h a w a r clinched the trophy after securing 48 points in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa InterRegion Archery Championship which concluded at Commerce College Ground Abbottabad on Sunday. Secretary Pakistan Archery Federation Muhammad Wisal Khan was the chief guest on this occasion. District Sports Officer Syed Sqlain Shah, Assistant Director Sports Jamshed Baloch, District Sports Officer Saleem Raza, officials, players and large number of game spectators were also present and witnessed the contests wherein teams from Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, Kohat, Peshawar, Mardan, Malakand and Hazara took part. In the overall teams positions Peshawar team took 48 points and won the coveted trophy, followed by Malakand with 38 points and Dera Ismail Khan remained at third with 32 points. In the overall individual category Muhammad Salman of Peshawar got first position.—APP

Guptill makes England suffer again SOUTHAMPTON—Martin Guptill made the highest score by a New Zealand batsman in a one-day international as England again paid the price for dropping him. Guptill’s 189 not out was the cornerstone of New Zealand’s 359 for three at Southampton on Sunday, their highest ODI total against England topping the 340 for seven they made in Napier in 2008. The opener ’s innings surpassed Lou Vincent’s previous New Zealand record of 172 against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in 2005, and was the equal fourth highest in history. England need to beat their previous record ODI winning chase of 306 for five against Pakistan in Karachi in 2000 if they are to level this three-match series at 1-1. The 26-year-old Guptill’s 103 not out at Lord’s on Friday had powered New Zealand to a five-wicket win. But, as happened at Lord’s, Guptill was again dropped on 13 with Chris Woakes once more the unlucky bowler. The seamer’s first over at Lord’s had seen Guptill’s top-edged pull dropped by Tim Bresnan at long leg. And Woakes’s first over on Sunday saw a Guptill pull go straight through Jonathan Trott’s hands at mid-wicket. That was the only chance Guptill gave in a 155-ball innings featuring two sixes and 19 fours that equalled West Indies’ great Viv Richards 189 not out at Manchester in 1984, in a 55-over match, as the highest individual ODI score against England.

Together with Kane Williamson (55) and Ross Taylor (60) he shared partnerships of 120 and 109 respectively following the early loss of Luke Ronchi. New Zealand captain

Brendon McCullum, who won the toss on a typically good Southampton pitch, was 40 not out after adding an unbroken 118 in a mere 50 balls for the fourth wicket with Guptill.—AFP

AGEAS BOWL: Martin Guptill of New Zealand raises his bat after scoring a century against England in 2nd ODI on Sunday.

Identity of team owners of certain franchise teams

ECB chairman raised issue in ICC’s Board meeting BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT M UMBAI —Speculation is rife as to whether the ICC’s Anti-Corruption official warned Srinivasan’s sonin-law, Gurunath Meiyappan about betting on spot-fixing, and also who owns the Chennai Super Kings team in the IPL, but the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Giles Clarke did raise the issue of the ownership of certain teams of the Domestic T20 Leagues, in last ICC Board Meeting. “Mr. Clarke reported that Mr. Singh (Yogendra Pal Singh, the ICC’s AntiCorruption and Security head) had explained in a

meeting the previous day that his biggest concern was in respect of the identity of the owners of certain domestic franchises, and the lack of transparent process around how those fanchises had been awarded and how they could financially be sustained”, states the Minutes of the ICC Board meeting, a copy of which is our possession. Interestingly, the said Board Meeting in April 2013, was attended by N.Srinivasan for BCCI and an official of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and questions have been raised about the ownerships of few teams in IPL and SLPL. Following ICC’s Ethics Officer (Sean Cleary) report, which reminded directors of their obligation under

clause 4 in respect of conflicts of interests, emphasising that directors ought to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest. The Ethics Officer went on to explain that clause 3 of the current Code of Ethics requires that when directors are acting as ICC Board members, they must act in accordance with the interest of the ICC. And believe it or not, N. Srinivasan’s reply was that the BCCI didn’t agree with that principle and maintained that his position was such that he was representing the BCCI. Possibly he meant most money from the game is coming from India and no finger should be pointed at them.


15-member KP coalition govt takes oath on 5th TARIQ SAEED

3 killed, one injured DERA GHAZI KHAN—Three persons were killed while another sustained serious injuries in two separate incidents in the limits of Kala police station here on Sunday. According to police, two persons namely Muhammad Shareef Thangani and Muhammad Asif Thangani resident of Chak Raman were sleeping at their residence today morning when Fayaz, Nazeer, Kalo, Allah Ditta and Ghulam Mustafa allegedly attacked them with a knife. Both died at the spot. The motive behind the double murder was stated to be watering dispute. —APP

Old enmity claims two lives P A R A C H I N A R —Unknown armed men gunned down two persons over personal enmity here on Sunday. Following the incident, enraged people set ablaze a vehicle. According to details, armed men of a rival group opened fire at members of opponent group in Chinark area of Kurram Agency, killing two persons on the spot and fled the scene. The enraged protestors of the victim group held protest demonstration and set a vehicle on fire. The security forces reached the scene and brought the situation under control. —INP

2 NATO containers set ablaze MASTUNG—Unknown miscreants opened fire and set ablaze two NATO containers here that were on their way to Karachi on Sunday. According to Levies sources, two NATO containers coming from Chaman border to Karachi after delivery of NATO supplies came under attack in Dasht area of Mastung district. The containers caught fire after firing but the drivers and cleaners of both containers remained safe in the incident.—INP

Canal becomes mini beach LAHORE—The Lahore canal becomes a mini beach on summer Sundays with the only exception that it is surrounded by roads on both sides while people of all age groups gather along the canal bank to beat the scorching heat and fight the effects of loadshedding. From BRB to Jallo and then to the Thokar Niaz Beg, people of all age groups including minors, children, adolescents, youth and the elderly gather to have a dip in the cool canal water besides a sip of liquids during the sweltering sunny days. —APP

Boy drowns in canal HAFIZABAD—A 12-year-old boy drowned in Lower Chenab Canal near Ahmedpur Chatha on Sunday. According to villagers, Ahmed s/o Muhammad Mansha along with other children was taking a dip in the canal when he drowned. The search of his body was in progress. —APP

ISLAMABAD: PML-N MNA Sardar Ayaz Sadiq submitting nomination papers for the slot of Speaker to Secretary National Assembly on Sunday

Nomination papers of 8 candidates for Speaker, Dy accepted

Khoso directs revival of Polio Cell

ISLAMABAD—Caretaker Prime ISLAMABAD —Secretary Na- supervised by the newly elected Movement. While the same Minister Justice (retd) Mir tional Assembly Karamat Hussain Niazi Sunday accepted the nomination papers of all the eight candidates, contesting for the slots of Speaker and Deputy Speaker National Assembly. The election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly will be held on Monday through secret balloting. The outgoing Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza would supervise the election. She will also administer oath to the newlyelected Speaker. While the election of deputy speaker would be

Militants kill school principal in Frontier Region Peshawar

Speaker. The nomination papers for the offices of speaker and deputy speaker were submitted at the office of the secretary by 12 noon on Sunday. A total of four candidates are in the run for the coveted post of Speaker including the formidable Sardar Ayaz Sadiq of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz, Nawaz Yousuf Talpur of Pakistan Peoples Party, Shehryaar Afridi of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf and SA Iqbal Qadri of Mutahidda Quomi

number of candidates are vying for the slot of Deputy Speaker, including Murtaza Javed Abbasi of PML-N, Ghulam Rasool Koreja of PPP, Munazza Hassan of PTI and Kishwar Zehra of MQM. PML-N’s Sardar Ayaz Sadiq had won National Assembly seat from NA-122 Lahore while Murtaza Javed Abbasi from NA18 Abbottabad. Any nominated member,in writing,can withdraw his candidature at any time before commencement of proceedings.—APP

Russia blocks UNSC declaration on Qusair UNITED NATIONS—Russia on block the statement highlights the

PESHAWAR—Militants killed the principal of a government high school in Pastawana, Frontier Region Peshawar Saturday late night. Local residents said that dozens of heavily armed militants entered the house of headmaster Haji Rehman and opened fire at him, killing him on the spot. It was not clear why the man was targeted but locals said that he had developed differences with the militants which eventually led to his death. “Probably he was considered pro-government by the militants and that was why he was killed in cold blood,” said a local elder on condition of anonymity. It is the first incident of its kind in which a government servant other than that of Khasadar force and Levi personnel, has been targeted. Previously, the militants had attacked Levi check posts, kidnapped 22 people and killed them in cold blood.—INP

Saturday blocked a U.N. Security Council declaration of alarm over the bloody siege of the Syrian town of al-Qusair by Syrian troops and Hezbollah guerrillas, Security Council diplomats said. Britain, president of the 15nation council, had circulated a draft statement to fellow members voicing “grave concern about the situation in al-Qusair, Syria, and in particular the impact on civilians of the ongoing fighting.” Qusair, near the SyrianLebanese border, is usually home to an estimated 30,000 people. Fighting for control of the town has raged for two weeks. Council statements must be agreed unanimously. Russia blocked the draft text, saying it was “not advisable to speak out as the U.N. Security Council didn’t when Qusair was taken by the opposition,” a council diplomat said on condition of anonymity. Another diplomat confirmed the remarks. Moscow’s move to

deep chasm between Russia and Western nations on how to deal with the two-year-old civil war in Syria that has killed more than 80,000 people. Russian diplomats in New York did not respond immediately to a request for comment. The draft statement, obtained by Reuters, also urged forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and rebels trying to oust him “to do their utmost to avoid civilian casualties and for the Syrian Government to exercise its responsibility to protect civilians.” It appealed to Assad’s government “to allow immediate, full and unimpeded access to impartial humanitarian actors, including U.N. agencies, to reach civilians trapped in al-Qusair.” Diplomats said Russia told council members that the best way to deal with Syria was through intensive diplomacy. However, one council diplomat noted that Russia continues to sell weapons to Assad’s government.—Reuters

Hazar Khan Khoso took notice of the reports in the media regarding closure of the Polio Cell in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, Sunday, June 2. Reiterating his commitment to eradication of Polio in the country, the Prime Minister reviewed his decision after a presentation about the implications of such a move by Federal Minister Dr Sania Nishtar on national polio eradication efforts. The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) had also recommended the restoration of Prime Minister’s Polio Monitoring and Coordination Cell to help eradicate the crippling disease from the country and warned that “next six months are absolutely vital” on June 1. Established by the Pakistan People’s Party government in 2011, the cell was dismantled by the caretaker government in the last week of May. It said there had been 26 polio cases at the time of board meeting in the first week of May in endemic countries Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Pakistan had 198 cases of polio in 2011 and the number came down to 58 in 2012 and nine till May 2013.

Ahmadinejad unhurt in copter ‘accident’ TEHRAN—Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s helicopter had to make an emergency landing in the northeast on Sunday after an unspecified “accident,” the presidency reported, adding that he was unhurt. “The helicopter carrying Dr Ahmadinejad and a number of officials on Sunday had an accident, but the pilot managed to land the aircraft safely,” the website president.ir reported.

P ESHAWA R —The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf led fifteenmember cabinet of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa coalition government is likely to be sworn in on Wednesday, June 5, as the senior coalition partner has finalized the names of ministers and also got the green signal from PTI chief Imran Khan with the senior journalist Shaukat Yousafzai to be entrusted with the responsibilities of the Minister of Information. The KP cabinet will consist of eight members from the PTI and three each from the coalition partners Jamaat-e-Islami and Qaumi Watan Party of former chief minister of NWFP, Aftab Ahmad Sherpao. One minister is likely to be inducted from Awami Jamhoori Ittehad, also a coalition partner. “We have not only finalized the names of our cabinet members but also got them approved from party chief Imran Khan,” the PTI leaders said. The two junior coalition partners JI and QWP have already given three names each for the ministerial slots with Siraj ul Haq of JI and Sikandar Sherpao, the scion of Aftab Ahmad Sherpao, taking oaths as senior ministers of Pakhtunkhwa on Friday. While Siraj ul Haq is all set to get the finance ministry, Sikandar Sherpao may be given the Ministry of Irrigation. Siraj ul Haq has already served as an effective Finance minister in the MMA government. While the new cabinet

members will be sworn in after allocation of the portfolios for provincial ministers, the PTI that has bagged eight out of fifteen ministries, named six of its ministers. They include Shaukat Yousafzai, Atif Khan, Ali Ameen Gandapur, Yasin Khalil, Dr. Amjad, Israrullah Gandapur and Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani Seasoned journalist Shaukat Yousafzai, who is also the provincial secretary general of the party and nominated as deputy parliamentary leader of PTI in KP assembly, is likely to get the portfolio of Information as well as important local government and rural development. Israrullah Gandapur has been tipped as the new Law Minister of the province while Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani is to be given the charge of Health

‘Red Letter Day’ for Balochistan people Malik’s nomination to bring peace GHULAM TAHIR QUETTA —It is the red letter day for the people of Balochistan on hearing the decision of Mian Nawaz Sharif that Dr. Malik of National Party has been nominated for the slot of chief ministership of Balochistan. Nawaz Sharif according to political observers acted as statesman to provide opportunity to the people of Balochistan to play their role in the mainstream of national affairs by nominating Dr. Malik. It is sagacious decision of the chief of the PML-N to nominate Dr. Malik ignoring his own party headed by Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, Chief of Jhalawan, to rule the province. The political observers pointed out that the nomination of Dr. Malik as chief minister would open a new era of peace, prosperity and unity for the

province. The leader of the Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PMAP) played significant role to end the deadlock.

The coalition of three parties PML-N, PMAP, and National Party would end hatred, promote brotherhood and create harmony among all sections of the people. The wise step by Nawaz Sharif would lead to initiating joint efforts for rapid economic development of the province and ending sense of deprivation. It would not be out of place to mention here that the army played positive role in paving the way for building confidence in all the political parties who took part in the elections without any intimidation and fear. General Kayani’s assurance gave strength to the people to come forward and take part in the process of elections.

Minster. She has already served as caretaker health minister in the past. Atif Khan, sources said, is to be made the excise and taxation minister while Amin Gandapur may be given the portfolio of revenue. Sources said, though PTI as per its manifesto would keep a normal size cabinet, it has, however, made up its mind to induct ten advisors to accommodate its more MPAs allowing the cabinet to swell to 25. The PTI that stands atop with 55 seats in the house of 125 members has QWP, JI and AJI as the coalition partners having, ten, nine and five seats respectively. However, the Chief Minister Pervez Khan Khattak of PTI secured 84 votes during his election as leader of the house on Friday that constitutes two third majority.

Riaz-ur-Rehman Saghar laid to rest LAHORE—Renowned journalist-poet-lyricist, Riaz-urRehman Saghar, who lost battle against cancer at the age of 72 years was laid to rest here on Sunday. Hundreds of people including family members, relatives,friends, journalists, TV/Film/Radio artists attended the funeral of deceased offered at Commerce College ground. According to sources the cine-song-writer was under treatment for cancer for the last many days at a local private hospital. It should be mentioned that Riaz-ur-Rehman Saghar wrote more than 2000 ballads Saghar’s lyrical excellence manifested in many movies including ‘Kabhi to Nazar Milao’, ‘Chief Saab’, ‘Sargam’, ‘Ghoongat’, ‘Inteha’, ‘Mohabattan Sachian’, ‘Samjotha Express’, ‘Ishq Kuda’ to name a few. Saghar versed vocals for many singers such as Hadiqa Kiani’s songs ‘Dupatta Mera Malmal Da’ and ‘Yaad Sajan Di Ayi’.—INP

China spurns sea-claim arbitration pushed by US, Allies BEIJING—China dismissed calls for arbitration to resolve disputes after the U.S. and Japan vowed to resist attempts to seize contested territory by force, signaling further tensions in Asian waters vital to world trade. Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of the general staff of the People’s Liberation Army, sought to reassure neighbors of China’s peaceful intentions while affirming sovereignty in areas of the East China Sea and South China Sea. He said a maritime dispute with the Philippines could be solved through “open-

minded channels” rather than the United Nations. “We don’t see any necessity to resort to an international tribunal,” Qi told the Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in Singapore today. Patrols by Chinese warships and surveillance vessels “within our own territory” are “totally legitimate and uncontroversial,” he said. The world’s biggest economies have struggled to agree on rules for operating in the seas and resolving territory disputes, raising tensions as China’s military strength grows. President Barack Obama will meet Chi-

nese leader Xi Jinping in California on June 7 amid disagreements over cyber-espionage, Iran’s weapons program and Syria’s civil war. Philippine Defense Minister Voltaire Gazmin, who sat on the same panel as Qi, said he hoped the UN arbitration panel would direct China to “desist from undertaking unlawful acts that violate our territorial rights.” The Philippines and Vietnam reject China’s map of the South China Sea as a basis for joint oil and gas exploration. “Arbitration is a friendly and peaceful mechanism,”

Gazmin said. “We hope that there will be no adverse effects on our trade relations with China.” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in Singapore yesterday that the U.S. “stands firmly against any coercive attempts to alter the status quo” in disputed waters. He also sought to reassure China that moves by the U.S. to shift military resources to Asia didn’t amount to a containment policy. “How can the U.S. assure China of our intentions — that’s really the whole point behind

closer military-to-military relationships,” Hagel said in response to a question from a Chinese delegate at the event hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. “We don’t want miscalculations and misunderstandings and misinterpretations, and the only way you do that is you talk to each other.” Japan, a U.S. ally, boosted defense spending for the first time in 11 years to defend its territory in an “increasingly severe security environment,” Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told the forum yester-

day. He said Japan, while committed to pacifism, may create a National Security Council and wants to establish a regional body at the “earliest possible timing” to prevent crises over incidents at sea. “We sometimes hear criticism that Japan is abandoning its identity as a ’peaceloving nation’ and is attempting to challenge the existing international order,” Onodera said. “These views are a total misperception. The aim of the aforementioned initiatives is

to enable Japan to make a more proactive and creative contribution toward regional stability.” Hagel sought to reassure Asian allies yesterday that budget reductions won’t derail U.S. commitment to their security. A year after the Pentagon said it would “rebalance” its strategy to focus more on the region after a decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense Department faces as much as $500 billion in cuts over the next nine years as part of a deficit-reduction law.—Agencies


Greek coffee could be key to long life

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HE key to a long life could be simpler than we thought - maybe even in our morning cup of coffee. A cup of boiled Greek coffee to be exact - could improve cardiovascular health and increase longevity. The findings were published in Vascular Medicine and focused on observing the residents of Ikaria, a Greek Island, where they have the longest lifespans in the world. The scientists were intrigued to find out how these island inhabitants found the secret to a longer life. Only 0.1 percent of Europeans live to be older than 90 years - but on the island of Ikaria that number is 1 percent. Gerasimos Siasos, a medical doctor and professor at the University of Athens Medical School, and his colleagues wanted to explore the elderly population’s coffee drinking and its effect on their health. The endothelium is a layer of cells that lines the blood vessels, which is impacted by lifestyle habits and aging. The researchers focused on coffee because earlier research has proven that moderate coffee intake may decrease the risk of coronary heart disease, they wondered whether it could have a positive impact on other areas of endothelial health. For example, a study from 2009 reported that high intakes of coffee, decaffeinated

coffee, and tea are all linked to a decreased risk of diabetes Greek coffee is commonly boiled in a pot and served in a cup where the grounds are allowed to settle to the bottom. The researchers recruited 142 Ikarians (71 women and 71 men) who were over the age of 65 years and had lived on the island all their lives. They carried out their analysis using health check data (for diabetes, high blood pressure) and questionnaires to measure the participants’ lifestyles, coffee drinking, medical health, and tested their endothelial function. The investigators researched all kinds of coffee consumed by the participants. Surprisingly over 87 percent of those in the study drank boiled, Greek coffee every day. Participants who drank more Greek coffee had better endothelial function than those who drank other types of coffee. Even in volunteers who had high blood pressure, coffee consumption was linked to better endothelial function, without negative influence on blood pressure. “Boiled Greek type of coffee, which is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants and contains only a moderate amount of caffeine, seems to gather benefits compared to other coffee beverages.”

ISLAMABAD: Sultry weather has also affected birds and animals. Ducks seen standing in a dry pond in search of water at Margazar Zoo.

Passenger van catches fire, two injured R AWALPINDI —Two women were injured Sunday when a passenger vehicle caught fire here infront of Excise and Taxtation office Katcheri chowk, Rescue 1122 reported. According to detail, a passenger Suzuki van CNG cylinder caught fire due to which two women received injuries while the other passengers jumped from the van to save their lives. The injured women identified as Eishra 35 and Razya 65. The injured shifted to nearby hospital.—APP

Anti-dengue campaign RAWALPINDI —Anti-Dengue campaign has been launched ISLAMABAD: Students of Roots Millennium Schools planting a tree in connection with in the city to aware the public about the preventive meaenvironmental awareness initiative. sures for the fever. City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) said people could call helpline 0800-99000 to get assistance about dengue. An official told APP, prevention of the disease is priority of the government and the importance of keeping our ducted plantation activity in the city administration is STAFF REPORTER planet clean. collaboration with WWF. working day and night to Roots Millennium Every student was engaged avoid a possible outbreak of ISLAMABAD—It is very important to teach our chil- Schools-RMS nationwide has in this noble activity to plant the infection. dren about being kind to the took the initiative to be the a tree to save our tomorrow. Allout efforts are being CEO RMS Chaudhry made to control dengue cases Earth and environment. Envi- first Green School by having ronmental Education isn’t just a legal bonding with WWF Faisal Mushtaq TI shared his in the city. Dengue fever is about a one day celebration. Green School Program to ful- views with RMS students & under control in Rawalpindi It’s about lifestyle changes fill their National, Civic & at teaching faculty; “As educa- region, he claimed. In a move, that will make a positive impact last but not the least Religious tionist, it’s our job to teach all old tyres were confiscated every day of the year. Environ- Obligation of Environmental our children about environ- from the limits of Rawal Town mental awareness and educa- Education & Awareness mental issues. Believe it or and Potohar Town, to eliminot, kids do listen and learn nate threat of dengue outtion is very important to edu- among the youth. RMS nationwide con- from us. cate children and adults about break in the city.—APP

Environmental awareness by Roots Millennium Schools

Kidney patients multiplying in city hospitals ISLAMABAD—The number of kidney patients has increased manifold in the federal capital due to lack of awareness and delay in proper medication. According to data available with Online, a total of 7549 kidney patients received dialysis in 2011 from one of the major hospitals of the federal capital Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). Importantly this number has increased this year to over 8000 patients, most of them continuously receiving dialysis. During an exclusive interview with this agency Head of the Nephrology Department PIMS Dr. Ghias-ud-Din Butt said early management of the disease could secure the patients from dialysis process.He said diabetes is the main cause behind kidney diseases and it has contributed a lot in increase of the patients.—Online

Services of Egyptian teachers acknowledged STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —International Islamic University (IIU) on Sunday arranged a farewell party to acknowledge the services of Egyptian faculty members who have been serving the university for three years. Federal Minister Feroz Shah Jamal for Overseas Pakistanis as chief guest on the occasion, said that the government valued friendly relations with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and all Islamic countries. He said Pakistan aspired to further promote cooperation with Egypt and Islamic countries in the field of education. The Minister also lauded the services of Egyp-

tian teachers for IIU and thanked Egyptian government for their cooperation and emphasized on promoting more frequent relation, educational ties and exchange of students and teachers. Ambassador of Egypt to Pakistan, Saed Hindam expressed his wish to strengthen friendly relations with Pakistan. He said that “He wants that Egyptian scholars and teachers play their role for the uplift of education in Pakistan”. He said that Egyptian government would continue its cooperation with Pakistani universities in future as well. Saed Hindam appreciated the services of IIU and

said that the university was credibly considered in all Muslim Countries. Earlier, in his welcoming note President IIU Prof. Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh admired the services of Egyptian teachers for the IIU. Dr. Al-Draiweesh said “IIU feels proud to have foreign faculty members including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and from many other Muslim countries”. He briefed the participants about the upcoming educational projects of the university. Rector IIU, Dr. Masoom Yasinzai expressed strong hope that Muslim countries would continue their cooperation with one another.

No relief from water shortage I SLAMABAD —The Capital supply for a few minutes in civic body’s role is confined Development Authority (CDA) has failed to ensure water supply both through pipelines or even water tankers to the residents across the Federal Capital. The residents of “I” series sectors are facing acute water shortage for last few weeks but CDA’s Water Management Wing gives a deaf ear to the increasing complaints by the residents yearning to have water despite tall claims of the CDA high ups. “With the increasing temperature, the demand of water rises manifolds but the residents are provided water

24 hours forcing them to adopt alternate arrangements,” Ejaz ul Haq, a resident in I-10/2 sector informed this agency. Similarly, due to poor and inefficient water tankers service, the consumers hardly get water supply, he added. Another resident, Sajjad Hussain alleged that the water tanker service staff was supplying water to the areas housing VVIPs. He pointed out that last year, a number of families had to shift to their relatives in Rawalpindi and suburbs due to water shortage but the

to mere lip service despite putting huge funds for improvement of water tanker service and other measures to ensures in this regard. A few number of residents whose house are located at elevated surfaces are now looking for other options including drilling well in their house against heavy cost. When contacted, an official of the CDA said that in view of prolonged power outages, the Authority has decided to use generators to operate tube-wells to overcome water shortage in the metropolis.—APP

A true ‘Aashiq’ of the last Prophet (SAW) Alhaj Hhafiz Hmuhammad Abdul Karim CITY REPORTER R AWALPINDI —The

Sufi saints played and continue to play a central role in preaching and propagation of Islam in the subcontinent. Hundreds of Thousands of people were converted to the divine path by various saints in different eras by enlightening the hearts of people to attract them towards the eternal faith of Islam. One of these blessed people of Almighty Allah was Alhaj Hafiz Muhammad Abdul Karim, who founded the spiritual school at Eidgah Sharif Rawalpindi. He not only guided the needy but various other saints also benefited from this institute and went on great heights themselves. After Hafiz Muhammad

Abdul Karim, his successor Alhaj Hafiz Muhammad Abdur Rehman, who is known as Pir Sani, not only continued the tradition of ‘Urs’ of the Holy Prophet (SAW) but also glorified preaching of Islam. Besides being a spiritual personality, Pir Sani was also a prominent religious scholar. He spread the knowledge of the divine and wisdom of the ages in Islamic countries like Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia etc, through his teachings in a manner that won accolades from even prominent religious scholars of these countries. After the death of Hafiz Muhammad Abdur Rehman, Alhaj Hafiz Pir Muhammad Habib ur Rehman became custodian of Eidgah Sharif shrine. He got all the religious

and spiritual education from his mentor Pir Sani. However, his grandfather, Hafiz Muhammad Abdul Karim,

also played an important role in his grooming. On his birth, his grandfather famously had said that the saint has taken birth. He came to be affectionately known all over as Pir Lasani because he had

not only memorized the Holy Quran but also had the unique distinction of having memorized ‘Siha-e-Sitta’ (six books of the Prophet’s (SAW) book of Sunnah). The affection of Pir Lasani towards the Holy Prophet (SAW) could be judged by the fact that he used to celebrate his birthday not only on 12th of Rabiul-Awwal in accordance with the Islamic calendar but also on twenty second of April every year according to solar calendar. On the occasion, prominent ‘Naat Khawns’ and ‘Huffaz’ were invited to pay tributes to the last Messenger of Allah. After the passing away of Pir Lasani, his successor Alhaj Hafiz Pir Muhammad Naqib-ur-Rehman took over the job of spiritual grooming of the faithful and he is still

busy in spreading the message of love for the Holy Prophet (SAW) to date. Like his illustrious ancestors, Pir Muhammad Naqibur-Rehman also spends every moment of his life in the love of the Holy Prophet (SAW) he remains busy in preaching and propagation of Islamic teachings and devotees from far and wide come to seek guidance. He possesses all the good qualities of his luminous ancestors and always has a smile on his face that adds to his kind personality. In all his sermons Pir Muhammad Naqib-urRehman emphasis the teachings of our Prophet (SAW). He stresses that; We are the best chosen Ummah of God Almighty and our Prophet (SAW) came as a blessing to the whole uni-

verse just like Allah is the up bringer of it. We should always remember that in order to make Allah happy and appreciate his blessings, we shall have to follow the path laid by our Prophet (SAW), which in reality is following God Almighty’s path. Allah have blessed Eidgah Sharif with a bright little star, Muhammad Hassaan Haseeb-urRehman, who will be carrying forward the name of his ancestors. This child, at his early age acquires the spiritual love for the Holy Prophet (SAW) and is naturally blessed. Insha Allah International Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) Conference will be held on 8th June at 8:00am 2013 (Saturday) at Eidgah Sharif.

Police arrests 11 accused R AWALPINDI —11 accused arrested in police action on possession of drugs and illegal weapons. Sources from police said to media, that taking action against drug and illegal arms dealers, they have arrested 11 accused and took 700 gm Heroin, 275 gm Charas, 26 bottles of alcohol an a 30 bore pistols along with 4 firing round in their custody.—Online

June 03 SUMMERS exhibition by Kamdani at No 18 Branded Outlet, School Road F-6, second floor United Bakery, Islamabad. Be there and grab your piece, which is created according to the season. Timings 11 am to 7 pm. June 05 THE Institute of Strategic Studies is organising a launch ceremony of a book on ‘Iran and the bomb” Nuclear Club Busted’ co-authored by Ghani Jafar and Shamsuz-Zaman at 1130 hours at its premises. June 07 THE Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Ministry of National Heritage & Integration in collaboration with National College of Arts has planned to present Free Puppet Show for children. The show will be held every first Friday of the month at National Puppet Theatre Hall (Liaquat Hall) Rawalpindi. The show aimed to provide education and entertainment to the children of Rawalpindi. Children alongwith their parents are invited to the show. The first show will held on Friday at 5:00 pm.


Solar park work in full swing ABU DHABI—The construction work on Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is in full swing and the mega project will reduce carbon footprint in Dubai and increase the UAE expertise in the field of solar and renewable energy, a senior government official said. The Dh12 billion solar park, which will generate 1,000 megawatts upon completion, falls in line with the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to enhance Dubai’s green economy and promote its sustainable future. The landmark project also contributes to conserving natural resources, preserving the environment as well as promoting Dubai’s leading position to achieve the highest criteria of power efficiency and increase the contribution of renewable energy to the overall energy mix. “Construction works are relentlessly going on to complete this park in line with the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to promote opportunities of improvement and sustainable development and support Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice-chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and managing director and chief executive of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, during a field visit to project.—Agencies

Bilfinger eyes takeover in Asia FRANKFURT—German construction and industrial services group Bilfinger SE is eyeing an acquisition in Asia or North America to reduce its dependence on the European market, its chief financial officer said. It would certainly be good for us to once again make a larger strategically significant takeover as we’ve done at the end of 2009, when we bought Austrian MCE with an enterprise value of 250-300 million euros ($324-389 million),” Joachim Mueller told Germany’s BoersenZeitung in an interview published on Saturday. He said it would be important for market expectations if such a move were to succeed in Asia or North America. Last month, Bilfinger’s Chief Executive Roland Koch said the company was planning to reduce its dependency on Europe by pushing expansion in Asia and the United States. Koch said then that 80 percent of the company’s business currently came from Germany and Europe.—Agencies

PQ shipping activity KARACHI—One ship arrived at Port Qasim to offload project cargo at M.W-3, port sourcesa said here Saturday. Berth occupancy was maintained at 57% at the Port on Friday where a total of eight ships namely M.V KPS-I Alican BEY-Powership, M.V Port Menier, M.V Maha-B, M.T Maple, M.T Kalamas, M.T Norgas Challenger, M.V Spring Sun Shine, M.V Vinaship Sea are currently occupying berth to load/ offload cement, project cargo, furnace oil, VCM, fertiliser, palm oil, steel, coil. Cargo handling operations were carried out smoothly at the Port where a cargo volume of 53183 tonnes comprising 45855 tonnes import, 9328 tonnes export, was handled during the last 24 hours. M.T Kalamas, M.T Norgas Challenger, M.T Maple sailed on Saturday morning. M.T AL Soor-II at FOTCO, M.T Atlantic Glory at EVTL arrived on Saturday as per arrival schedule, port sources said.—APP

To succeed as a team is to hold all of the members accountable for their expertise. — Mitchell Caplan

SHC issues FPCCI reposes confidence contempt notices Glaxo drug shown to extend lives to Adil Gilani, of ovarian cancer patients in PM elect Nawaz Sharif Saad Rashid STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, an apex body of chambers in the country and all its affiliated chambers Sunday unanimously reposed full confidence on the sagacious and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister-designate Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for steering the country out of economic, gas and power crisis crippling the national economy. President FPCCI Zubair Ahmad Malik and Vice President SARRC CCI, Pakistan chapter Iftikhar Ali Malik told media that FPCCI along with all its affiliated chambers, trade bodies and associations across the country have unanimously reposed confidence on PML government led by Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Zubair said that PML high pro-

file competent teams of technocrats and elected veteran parliamentarians enjoying the highest degree of impeccable integrity under the sagacious leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will take the country out of looming crisis and put on the way to progress, prosperity and development. He said traders are also Pakistani, our all demands are always just and genuine which are to be addressed on top priority to provide solace and cushion of relief package to grief stricken business community badly hit be rampant gas and load shedding coupled with deteriorating poor law and order. He said we demand fair and equitable system of taxation in all classes of the society and sectors of economy besides immediate levy of tax on agriculture income and construction of water reservoirs on top priority to meet the ever increasing energy

needs of the country. Zubair said that a workable mechanism be devised amongst regions and stakeholders to revisit, review and reach a political consensus for construction of new water reservoirs and dams on war footings which are vital for power generation and boosting economic activities besides bumper agriculture production in the country. Regarding law and order, Iftikhar Ali Malik said that sustained political stability coupled with better law and order is prerequisite for strengthening the national economy. He suggested the government must evolve a long term economic policy with complete legislative cover for bringing economic revolution in the country and fully exploiting indigenous natural resources and all stakeholders must also be taken on board prior to formulation of all national economic policies.

Hyderabad industrialists advised to start construction of units in SITE Phase-2 HYDERABAD—The Managing should obtain allotment of their croachments in the SITE areas, Director of Sindh Industrial and Trading Estate (SITE), Sajjad Hussain Abbassi, has advised the industrialists of Hyderabad to begin construction of their industries in the SITE Phase- II after completion of the required documentation process. Addressing a reception at the secretariat of Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI) here, he told the businessmen that the Supreme Court’s stay against the development of SITE Phase- II had lapsed. “The SITE has already approved the tender for the infrastructure development of phase- II. The industrialists

plots and begin construction of their industries,” he said. He added that the SITE authorities were committed to the development of 300-acre phase- II project. He said that the repair and construction work of the roads in the SITE areas of Karachi and Hyderabad would be started within 15 days to provide a better infrastructure to the industrialists. He also assured that the Combined Effluent Treatment Plant in Kotri SITE, Jamshoro, and the water filtration plant in Hyderabad SITE phase- I would be made functional within 15 days. Responding to complaints of the businessmen about en-

the MD assured that the SITE would cooperate with the police, rangers and anti encroachment authorities to get their plots vacated from the grabbers. “The government is very much mindful of the fact that the economic growth of the country was dependent on industrial development,” he observed. The HCCI members at the reception apprised the MD about their complaints and also made demands for provision of moderan facilities in the SITE areas. They demanded fire tenders for the SITE areas, repair and construction of the drainage system.

Boeing’s first 787 arrives in China BEIJING—China’s first Boeing lines and Hainan Airlines have strengthening partnership between 787 arrived in the country on Sunday, state-run media said, less than two weeks after Beijing regulators approved the aircraft, which had faced safety problems. The high-tech Dreamliners were cleared to return to service worldwide in April after all 50 were grounded in mid-January following two overheated battery incidents. The plane delivered to China Southern Airlines, one of the country’s industry leaders, “has been installed with improved batteries that had passed various tests”, China Radio International reported on its website. “The 787 arrived Sunday in Guangzhou,” a southern city where the company is headquartered, it said. China Southern Air-

each ordered 10 of the planes, while Air China has ordered 15. The president and chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airlines, Ray Conner, called the delivery of the first plane a “significant new milestone in the

Boeing and China”. Regulators grounded the 787 after a battery fire on one aircraft parked at a US airport and a smouldering battery on another caused smoke and fumes, forcing an emergency landing.—APP

Textile design display STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The Asian Institute of Fashion Design (AIFD) showcased the students’ research in textile designing and work on different themes/ trends to produce the best possible products. An announcement here said that the students experimented and

explored different design art techniques along with textile core mediums such as printing and weaving. “Basically the idea is to groom and educate students with all the theoretical and practical approaches and develop the understanding of the textile field. And minimise the gap between the In-

stitute and Industry,” remarked Head of Textile Department of the AIFD Hassan U Zafar. The whole idea was to make the students confident and aware about the industrial limitations and the work standards required in the industry and how to make things feasible and practical in the textile world.

STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Justice Aziz ur Rehman of Sindh High Court has passed order on the application of JS Bank restraining Mr. Adil Gilani from misusing the platform / forum of Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) for damaging the reputation of JS Bank and for promoting the personal agenda of the business opponents and rivals. Earlier JS Bank has filed a suit against Mr. Saad Rashid, Mr. Syed Adil Gilani, Transparency International Pakistan and Transparency International Secretariat alleging Mr. Adil Gilani and Saad Rashid were misusing the platform of TIP for damaging the business of the bank, its sponsors and subsidiaries. It has also stated that Mr. Adil Gilani, who was an employee / business associate of Mr. Aqeel Karim Dhedhi, a self claimed rival of Mr. Jahangir Siddiqui, was abusing the forum and name of TIP to promote personal agenda to the detriment of banks name and business. Sindh High Court had issued restraining order against defendants restraining them from making/ circulating false and libelous material despite stay order Mr. Adil Gilani had continued with malicious propaganda. Court has now issued contempt notices to Mr. Adil Gilani for 12.6.13.

Lucky Cement sees opportunity in Congo STAFF REPORTER LAHORE —Pakistan’s largest cement producer Lucky Cement plans to start construction next month on a $240 million factory in Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said. The cement project is the second to be announced this month as manufacturers see opportunity in rebuilding the mineral-rich, war-ravaged central African country. Lucky Cement has a 50-50 agreement with the Rawji Group, a banking firm with decades of experience in Congo, for a company called Nyumba Ya Akiba (NYA). “Now’s the time to reconstruct the country which was destroyed by the civil wars,” Sajid Feroze, NYA’s chief financial officer, told Reuters. NYA’s factory - 250 km (155 miles) from the capital Kinshasa - is due to come online in late 2015 and will produce 1.2 million tonnes a year, more than double the current total production in Congo. The country currently consumes about 15 kg (33 lb) of cement per capita per year, whereas neighbouring Angola uses 300kg and the global average is 400 kg, Feroze said. “There’s a huge lack of cement and there are lots of projects coming. This country has a huge potential so it’s a big market.”

CHICAGO—A cancer drug sold by GlaxoSmithKline was shown in a clinical trial to extend survival by several months for ovarian cancer patents whose disease had returned after initial surgery and chemotherapy. The findings suggest that the oral drug, Votrient, could be used as a “maintenance” therapy for many ovarian cancer patients. Votrient, designed to interfere with the growth of new blood vessels that tumors need to survive, is approved in the United States to treat people with kidney cancer or soft-tissue sarcoma, a group of rare but aggressive cancers that usually begin in the muscles, fat or other tissues. A large-scale Phase 3 trial in women with advanced ovarian cancer found that the drug, also known as pazopanib, extended the time patients lived without their disease getting worse by an average of 5.6 months, compared with a pla-

STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The work on under-construction Darawat Dam has been halted due to shortage of funds. According to a document presented by the Ministry of Water and Power to the relevant Senate Standing Committee, the Planning Commission had released Rs 910 million against the PSDP allocation 2012-13 of Rs 2,000. Rs 1,190 million has not yet been released causing discontinuation of dam’s construction work. An official of the Ministry of Water and Power told media that the Finance Ministry was persistently being pursued for release of funds. Replying to a question, he said the physical progress of main dam was 99 percent whereas the overall one was 74 percent. Replying another question, he said total Rs 4,000 million was required to complete the project within stipulated time along with settling liabilities of 1500 million. The dam, located in Jhangri

stock index soared to its highest in more than four years as retail investors continued to reposition themselves in anticipation of MSCI Inc.’s possible upgrading of UAE to an emerging market status. The Dubai Financial Market General Index jumped 2.67 per cent to close at 2430 points, its highest close since November 2008. The volume surged to cross more than a billion shares, with the turnover totalling Dh1.31 billion. Yesterday’s rise comes after HSBC Holding Plc. in a May 31 report said that UAE could see a move up from its current frontier mar-

could see a possible flow of more than $370 million into the market. “Currently, we are seeing increased volumes and some repositioning into names that could benefit if the UAE secures an MSCI upgrade to ‘emerging market’ status later this month,” said David Verghese, senior fund manager at Emirates NBD Asset Management. Mohammad Ali Yasin, managing director of NBAD Securities, agreed. “The confidence levels have gone back up to such high levels that the latest surge volumes are growing in anticipation of UAE’s inclusion in MSCI’s emerging markets cat-

Yasin does not foresee a major correction even if UAE were to miss the upgradation this time again. “Even if there is a correction, or a slowdown, the volumes will continue to respectable levels,” he said. From a technical perspective today’s action in the DFM has a number of bullish characteristics and signals that the DFM may not yet be done with this rally, said Bruce Powers, a Dubai-based technical analyst and a financial consultant. “Not only has the DFM now closed above the prior peaks of the past couple of weeks, but volume also surged to the highest level

since October 2009, and the day ended strong, at the high of the day. “Further, and important, is the DFM has clearly closed above its next potential significant resistance area of 2408.9, the peak from October 2009. It has now closed above all peaks (resistance) that occurred subsequent to the sell-off from the 2008 financial crisis. It remains extended but there is no obvious resistance until 2,869 and up to approximately 3,295.” The continuing advance comes on the back of “the first quarter earnings reports, which have been quite supportive of the rally and we are seeing more inquiries from investors regard-

village on the border of Thatta and Jamshoro districts and some 70 kilometres of Hyderabad, is a component of the Water and Power Development Authority’s plan to build small and mediumsized dams to meet the irrigation and electricity requirements. Its construction began in January, 2012. The initial estimated cost of Rs 8.73 billion was revised to Rs 9.3 billion. According to the project director, Gul Mohammad Junejo, the dam will irrigate 25,000 acres and is expected to create 4,500 jobs. The dam’s water reservoir consists of 10,500 acres while the size of its catchment area is 3,149 square metres. It will have the storage capacity of 150 million cubic feet and its irrigation network, which includes a canal, minors, distributories and subminors, will be spread over 64 kilometres. The Darawat Dam will be filled by rain water and through the Nai Baran seasonal drain, which has a capacity of 89,177 acre feet.

Dubai-based oil retailers Enoc, Eppco lower diesel prices ABU DHABI—Dubai-based oil pact on the overall economy, retailers Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) and Emirates Petroleum Products Company (Eppco) have lowered diesel prices by 20 fils a litre across all their service stations effective. The new diesel price from June 1 will be Dh3.50 per litre, down from 3.70 a litre, Enoc said in a statement. “ENOC is revising the price of diesel in line with the international price trends for crude and refined products,” said Burhan Al Hashemi, managing director for Enoc Retail. He added: “The recent decline in international prices has provided us an ideal window of opportunity to pass on the price benefits to diesel users. The price decrease will have a positive im-

ing local equities,” added Verghese. In particular, Dubai’s property companies and banks have seen a solid improvement in earnings with the real estate market making a strong comeback and the lenders’ provisions declining. Gulf Navigation, was the biggest gainer on the day, surging 14.89 per cent to Dh0.301. Among the others to see significant rise were DFM, Gulf’s only bourse that’s listed, Dubai Investments, Drake and Scull. DFM was up 14.72 per cent to Dh1.87 and DIC gained 13.02 per cent to Dh1.56. Abu Dhabi Securities General Index rose 0.76 per cent to close at 3589.07.

dict who they are. “Our findings show that we finally have a drug that can maintain control over ovarian cancer growth achieved through initial treatments,” lead study author Dr Andreas du Bois, professor of gynecologic oncology at Kliniken Essen Mitte in Essen, Germany, said in a statement. “If pazopanib is approved for ovarian cancer, many

Some patients can be cured patients will experience longer with surgery and chemotherapy, disease-free and chemotherapybut doctors have no way to pre- free periods.”—Agencies

Funds shortage halts work on Darawat Dam

Dubai benchmark stock index soars to highest in 4 years DUBAI—Dubai’s benchmark ket status, a reclassification that egory.”

cebo treatment. The study was presented on Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago. An estimated 230,000 women worldwide are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. Most are not diagnosed before the cancer has spread, and up to 70 percent of them die within five years.

given the vital role that diesel plays in the logistics sector.” Enoc said the price revision is expected to benefit the manufacturing sector and other supply companies with large fleets that use diesel. The Dubai oil retailers buy diesel at international prices and then adjust the local prices, based on the landed cost of the oil product. Diesel is widely used in the UAE as a transportation fuel and its prices have a direct bearing on inflation. Unlike petrol, whose prices are state-set, diesel prices are deregulated for Dubai oil marketing companies, which means the product’s prices can move up or down, based on the global price trends.—Agencies

Barclays pulled into US money laundering investigation LONDON—Barclays has been dragged into an international money laundering investigation after US prosecutors discovered that Arthur Budovsky, the founder of digital currency exchange Liberty Reserve, held an account with the British bank. US prosecutors have filed an indictment against the operators of Liberty Reserve, accusing the Costa Rica-based company of helping criminals around the world launder more than $6 billion in illicit funds linked to everything from child pornography to software for hacking into banks. “Barclays can confirm it is co-operating with the investigation, following the notification it received from the authorities,” a spokesman for the bank said on Sunday.—Agencies

Bombardier says CSeries jet on track for end-June debut PARIS—Canada’s Bombardier is confident it will be able to fly its new CSeries passenger jet by the end of June, a senior executive said on Sunday. The first aircraft, which rolled out of the factory in green primer paint and is now under the control of flight test crew, is looking “great” for a June test sortie, Chet Fuller, senior commercial vice president, told reporters. A maiden flight is considered important for sales of a new aircraft. The countdown coincides with the larger Airbus A350, which is expected to fly within weeks. Fuller dismissed speculation of a flight timed to coincide with the June 17-23 Paris Airshow, but said Bombardier would use the showcase event to unveil a previously undisclosed customer for the 110-seat version of the CSeries.—Agencies

US jobs growth steady in May WASHINGTON—Employers in the year are projected to slow the US added as many jobs in May as they did the month before, showing the world’s largest economy is weathering the effects of higher taxes and government spending cuts. Companies probably boosted payrolls by 165,000 workers last month, matching the gain in April, according to the median forecast from 69 economists surveyed by Bloomberg before a Labour Department report this week. The unemployment rate held at a four-year low of 7.5 per cent, according to the survey. Other figures may show manufacturing is making little progress amid slack global growth. The government spending cuts, known as sequestration, that began in March and the payroll-tax increase at the start of

growth this quarter, putting a damper on hiring as businesses assess the damage. A slackening economy may prevent unemployment from retreating enough for the Federal Reserve to scale back stimulus any time soon. “Employment growth is decent but not gangbusters,” said Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS in Lexington, Massachusetts. “Between the federal government and the rest of the world we’re not getting a lot of help.” Consumer spending, the largest part of the economy, fell in April as income growth stalled, a report showed last week. Household purchases dropped 0.2 per cent, incomes were unchanged and prices declined by the most in more than four years, according to Commerce Department data.—Agencies


Greek coffee could be key to long life

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HE key to a long life could be sim pler than we thought - maybe even in our morning cup of coffee. A cup of boiled Greek coffee to be exact - could improve cardiovascular health and increase longevity. The findings were published in Vascular Medicine and focused on observing the residents of Ikaria, a Greek Island, where they have the longest lifespans in the world. The scientists were intrigued to find out how these island inhabitants found the secret to a longer life. Only 0.1 percent of Europeans live to be older than 90 years but on the island of Ikaria that number is 1 percent. Gerasimos Siasos, a medical doctor and professor at the University of Athens Medical School, and his colleagues wanted to explore the elderly population’s coffee drinking and its effect on their health. The endothelium is a layer of cells that lines the blood vessels, which is impacted by lifestyle habits and aging. The researchers focused on coffee because earlier research has proven that moderate coffee intake may decrease the risk of coronary heart disease, they wondered whether it could have a positive impact on other areas of endothelial health. For example, a study from 2009 reported that high intakes of coffee,

decaffeinated coffee, and tea are all linked to a decreased risk of diabetes Greek coffee is commonly boiled in a pot and served in a cup where the grounds are allowed to settle to the bottom. The researchers recruited 142 Ikarians (71 women and 71 men) who were over the age of 65 years and had lived on the island all their lives. They carried out their analysis using health check data (for diabetes, high blood pressure) and questionnaires to measure the participants’ lifestyles, coffee drinking, medical health, and tested their endothelial function. The investigators researched all kinds of coffee consumed by the participants. Surprisingly over 87 percent of those in the study drank boiled, Greek coffee every day. Participants who drank more Greek coffee had better endothelial function than those who drank other types of coffee. Even in volunteers who had high blood pressure, coffee consumption was linked to better endothelial function, without negative influence on blood pressure. “Boiled Greek type of coffee, which is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants and contains only a moderate amount of caffeine, seems to gather benefits compared to other coffee beverages.”

KARACHI: A turtle skeleton at beach needs the attention of authorities concerned.

Violence claims six more lives

Collective efforts to provide better facilities to Hujjaj stressed

K ARACHI — Abdul Haseeb were also present. KARACHI—At least six people Khan has underlined the Senator Abdul Haseeb

were killed in different areas of violence in different incidents in Karachi on Sunday. Looting, plundering, abduction and murder have become hallmarks of the day particularly in our hub of economy. Two bodies have been found near Gaddap Super Highway; yet they can’t be identified. Both of them were reportedly tortured to death. In the same way, a man was killed while two others got hurt in Bhains Colony. Both of them were shifted to hospital for legal formality and first aid. In Malir Mamon Goth, a 20-year-old youth was shot dead by unknown person. Robbers gunned down 52-years-old Aslam Haider who showed resistance in the area of Juma Goth.—NNI

need for collective efforts by Haj group organizers to get better facilities for Hujjaj and get resolved the problems facing them and Hujjaj as well. Speaking as chief guest at a reception in the honour of a Haj Group Organizer Siddique Ahmed Meher Ellahi , which was hosted by the Citizens’ Social Forum led by Masood Ahmed Siddiqui, said a release here on Sunday. He assured his full cooperation in getting better facilities and government support for hujjaj and the group organizers. Prominent builder Muneer Sultan and Chairman Citizen’s Social Forum, Masood Ahmed Siddiqui

Khan was of the view that such people are at the helm of affairs of the country who lacked the capacity and intention to resolve the social and economic problems of the common man. “We have made masters of our fate those who do not deliver,” he remarked. He regretted that even those making hue and cry over deteriorating economy of the country do not stand firm and do not support his efforts aimed at it revival and strengthening. He maintained that some Haj group organizers seemed not serious in addressing Hujjaj’s grievances and in getting better facilities for them especially in Saudi Arabia.—INP

KARACHI—Shaheed

Council here, says a statement of the University of Karachi on Sunday. They said that the research would help carry forward the vision of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. The speakers included the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Karachi, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser, General Secretary of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Sindh, Taj Haider, a veteran PPP leader, Prof. N.D. Khan, Director of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Chair, University of Karachi, Prof. Ejaz

Qureshi, Salman Shaikh, Amanullah Shaikh and Dr. Musarrat Hussain Khawaja. The Vice-Chancellor lauded the publication of the books by the Benazir Bhutto Chair of Karachi University. He also assured every sort of assistance towards the research work in the future as well. Taj Haider spoke of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto’s struggle against dictatorship and militancy. Prof. N.D. Khan said that Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto was a prominent leader of the Muslim world.—APP

KARACHI: Activists of Jamat-i-Islami staging a demonstration against killing of Abid Alyas.

7500 cops to be recruited to control law, order KARACHI—The Sindh cabinet in its maiden meeting in Karachi has decided to recruit 7‚500 more personnel to tackle the challenges of law and order in the province. The meeting was presided over by the Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah. Briefing media about the cabinet meeting‚ Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said that the inspector-general of police had once again been given a free hand to take action to restore peace in Karachi. The meeting decided to launch a service of 200 buses in Karachi immediately. The meeting also expressed the resolve of the provincial government to provide all basic amenities to the people.—NNI

Plan to improve KMC schools demanded

Cabinet gives free hand to IG to restore peace K A R A C H I — The

Sindh cabinet has given free hand to Inspector General Sindh to take every possible measure to restore peace in the metropolis. Talking to media after the cabinet meeting that lasted for four hours, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said

SPs, DSPs and SHOs will be held accountable for target killings that occur in their respective jurisdictions. He furthermore asserted that the IG Sindh has been informed that the police officers will have to face suspension if target

killings happen in their respective areas. Within six months, he noted, Karachi circular railways will be inaugurated in Karachi and within a month, 200 new buses will be brought on the city roads. Another 7500 jawans will be appointed in Karachi police, he added.—INP

Commissioner emphasises on urgent repair of Jam Sadiq Bridge K ARACHI — Commissioner bridge has become very tion and ask the Director Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has emphasised on urgent repair of Jam Sadiq Bridge connecting vast areas of Landhi and Korangi including Korangi industrial zone to the main city. In a letter to the Administrator Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), the Commissioner pointed out that the condition of the

alarming and this may lead to any human and material loss, said a release here on Sunday. He said that besides reports of frequent traffic jams on this bridge, the traders and industrialists have sent him many applications for its repair. He requested the Administrator Karachi to take note of the serious situa-

General, KMC Technical Services to have coordination with the Deputy Commissioner (East) to ensure immediate repair of this important bridge. He underlined the need for better coordination among the public sector organisations/agencies for the resolution of public problems.—APP

K ARACHI — A comprehensive plan be prepared for the improvement of the primary schools being run under the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC). This was stressed by the Administrator of the KMC, Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi, at a meeting of the Education Department on Saturday. He directed that in the plan priority should be accorded to the schools in the suburbs. The Administrator said that 131 schools in different areas of Karachi have been converted into English medium schools. He further pointed out that steps are being taken for the gradual repairs and renovation of 552 KMC schools so that a good atmosphere be provided to the children. The Administrator also highlighted the significance of education towards progress KARACHI: A beautiful view of sunset at sea beach. and development.—APP

KU advises LL.M students to submit theses by Sept 15 K A R A C H I — The Karachi University has advised the L.L.M. students to submit their theses to their respective colleges till September 15, 2013 without late fee and till October 30, 2013 with a late fee of Rs 1500. A student would have to submit six copies of theses. It should be related to 12 compulsory subjects of the first and second year of L.L.M. and be written according to research methodology, said a KU announcement here on Sunday. Each student would have to submit a pay-order of Rs 1500 in the name of the Controller Examinations of Karachi University along with other necessary documents. The failed students who are to appear only in vivavoce would have to submit four copies of their theses along with Rs 7500 pay-order. Whereas, the students failing in theses would have to submit two copies of their fresh theses along with Rs 7500 pay-order in the name of the Controller Examinations.—APP

Substandard plastic bags termed dangerous Zulfikar Ali Bhutto & Benazir Bhutto for environment, human health were towering personalities KARACHI—Masses in Paki- at massive level and imposed goods and different items in

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto were the towering personalities of the sub- continent. The historians would write about Ms. Benazir Bhutto in the time ahead and the books published by the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Chair at the University of Karachi would play an important role in this regard. This was stated by the speakers at the launching of book about Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto at the Arts

stan should reduce the pollution in the environment at least with their minimum efforts not to utilize the plastic bags which are not only dangerous for their health but emitting hazardous impacts on the environment. According to the research, an substandard plastic bag takes hundreds of years to get self decompose, and till that time they remain in environment causing very hazardous impact in our routine life. There is a need to raise awareness among the masses

ban by the government with heavy penalties on the manufacturing, its distribution and supplies with aggressive and long-term policies, expert said. Sahir Rafique Khan, Regional Manager in a meeting held here said the awareness of D2W an oxo- biodegradable bags is being raised among clients, manufacturer, retailers for making our society, living places and our beloved country greener and for the better future for new generations. Though plastic bags are indispensable for carrying

daily lives but the quality of plastic bags could be improved through reduction of toxic element and addition of D2W in order to reduce the hazardous effect of plastic bags on the environment and human lives. The production of plastic bags are carried at massive level in Pakistan which has continued to impact negatively on the human lives and climate of the country because they emanate carbon dioxides and various polluted chemicals in the environment on dumping.

Business Dynamics Private Limited in corporation with Symphony Environmental introduces D2w Technology for the greener future by adding only little amount of D2W we can make our environment free of toxic plastic pollution, she said. Symphony D2w Technology is being used in more than 99 countries around the globe and trying to make this mother earth free of plastic pollution, Amber Naim, Public Relations Officer said. D2W Is a low cost insurance against the accumulation of plastic waste in environment

now get involved, start today convert your packaging into D2w oxo-Biodegradable plastic bags for a greener tomorrow! D2w is a top leading brand of symphony environmental UK in oxo-biodegradable technology, she added. These efforts will not only reduce the hazardous impact of pollution in the environment but it will stop creating toxic chemicals in air, soil and water of the land, saving the lives of birds and marine animals, protecting the sewerage system of the city from disasters.—NNI


Parental smoking causes vascular damage in young children

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NOTHER wave of evidence against tobacco use was released this week, with evidence from a Dutch research team showing parents smoking causing vascular damage in young children. Published in Pediatrics, 5 years ago, the scientists began collecting data from 259 children at the age of four weeks, gathering data about their parents smoking habits and studying their cardiovascular health until the age of 5. Specifically, they looked at the children’s carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) and arterial wall distensibility, using ultrasonography to take the measurements. The evidence is fairly conclusive and shows that children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy had on average carotid arteries showing 15% more stiffness, as well as arterial thickening of 19 microns, (which is about the thickness of a cassette tape) compared with their smoke free peers. Where both mother and father smoked during the pregnancy the stiffness rose to 21% and thickening to 28 microns. The scientists state that they were unable to find an effect from fathers smoking during pregnancy or from mothers that began smoking after giv-

ing birth, showing that the primary damage is from the mother smoking while carrying the fetus. Uiterwaal, an associate professor of clinical epidemiology at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care at the University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands, said : “...With our findings, we think that smoking in pregnancy does play an independent role, although we know that exposure of children to [secondhand] smoke is damaging in many areas.” Researchers pointed out that nearly twenty percent of U.S. adults smoke, with around half of children showing biochemical evidence of exposure to tobacco smoke, or passive smoking as it is known. Authors and pediatricians Susanne Tanski, MD, MPH, of Dartmouth College and Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, of the University of Rochester write that: “There is no known safe level of exposure.” Although of course there are hundreds of other chemicals we are exposed to daily, from car fumes, brake pad dust, to household cleaning chemicals, paints and glues, that are just as aggressive and harmful as tobacco smoke.

LHC’s Complaint Cell notices 21 cases in May LAHORE—Complaint Cell of the Lahore High Court during the month of May took notice of a record 21 news items published in various daily newspapers for action. It takes action on administrative side against news reports of electronic and print media unfolding shocking human rights violations, particularly acid attack, gang rape, kidnapping for ransom, police torture and encounters etc, and directs the concerned District & Sessions Judges to investigate the incidents. The Cell has taken cognizance of about 119 such cases during the last 11 months. The concern of High Court has fetched fruitful response with the result of a fast-track disposal of 61 cases. LAHORE: Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal files his nomination papers for Speaker with PA Secretary.

Education panacea to rid Pakistan of jobs, economic woes : Sethi STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Najam Sethi has said that education is the key to rid Pakistan of poverty, unemployment and other problems. Addressing the graduation ceremony of a private school at Expo Centre, he observed that English had become an international and trade language and getting competency in English language was essential for facing the international challenges. However, he added, the Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi,

Dacoit killed in encounter

LAHORE: Youngsters bathing in a swimming pool during hot weather.

Anti-measles drive in 12 districts

Three more die of deadly decease STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —After rising measles cases in Punjab, the health department has decided to launch another measles drive in 12 high risk districts of Punjab from June 13. This was decided at a meeting held on Sunday presided over by Director General Health, Punjab Dr Tanveer Ahmed. Talking to media persons after the meeting, a focal person of the department Dr Younas said that necessary material had been dispatched to the districts which include

Gujranwala, Bhakar, Shaikhupura, Okara, Kasur, Layyaha, Rawalpindi, Rahim Yar Khan, Lodhran, DG Khan, Faisalabad and Sargodha. Responding to a question about the rising number of cases of measles, he said often parents did not go to doctors and treat the child on a spiritual basis when the child reached the last stage they contact doctor. He appealed to parents to contact doctors without any delay in case of symptoms of measles in their child so that proper treatment at early stage

could be ensured. He said measles was a curable disease and was going out of control due to the ignorance of people. Meanwhile, measles claimed three more lives rising the total deaths to 132 in the province. According to health department officials, the deaths were reported one each from Children, Mayo and Services Hospitals. Some 164 new cases of measles were reported from Punjab including 34 from Lahore hospitals increasing the total number of cases to 15,482 during the last six months.

LAHORE— Dacoit was killed in an encounter with police in Kahna area here. Police said that two motorcyclists tried to loot a taxi driver Arshad of Kanganpur and his family when he resisted. The robbers shot at and injured Arshad and fled. The injured was rushed to the hospital. Police officials at a picket spotted a suspected motorcycle (LHJ-2357) and signalled to stop but the motorcylists opened fire at policemen. In retaliation, the police returned fire. As a result, a dacoit identified as Shahbaz Masih received bullet injuries and died on the spot while his accomplice managed to flee. Meanwhile, Lahore police claimed to have arrested 13 gangsters and recovered Rs 256,000, prize bonds worth Rs 100,000, a motorcycle, 10 mobile phones besides illegal weapons from their possession in a week. During preliminary interrogation, the outlaws have confessed of 20 incidents of robbery in Lahore and other districts.—AP

235 acid-hurling incidents occurred in 2012 L AHORE —Acid throwing tered in this centre during last dents of burst of pressure Mayo hospital, provides incidents are on the rise in the country as 235 cases were reported in Burn Centre of Mayo Hospital during the last year 2012. In an exclusive interview with APP, Head of Burn Centre of Mayo Hospital and Registrar of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) Prof. Farid Ahmed Khan said that most of women were among the victims of acid throwing incident and maximum cases were reported from sourthern Punjab where literacy rate comparatively low, he said. To a question, he said that injuries from electricity, leakage of gas and acid throwing are the common in the country as 235 cases of acid throwing were regis-

year 2012. Prof. Farid Ahmed Khan who is a renowned Plastic Surgeon and five time winner of gold medal in his academic carrier serving as Chairman Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, King Edward Medical University Mayo Hospital when questioned about the first aid of burn injury, he said that the affected organ or limb of the body immediately dip into water for four to five minutes and contact doctor instead of self-medication by applying wet flour or toothpaste on the injury because such things are not sterilized and may cause of infection. He also drew attention towards the increasing inci-

cookers which might have big casualty. Responding about the existing facilities about the burn injuries, he said: “We have only fifteen percent limited facilities, there should be a full-fledged proper burn centre in the hospital.” Two modes of treatment including Dermatome vac closure and Tangential excision are used in the centre, Prof.Farid said and adding that a plan is however is prepared to set up a burn centre in the under construction nine-storey surgical tower in Mayo hospital which is under construction. About the cost of treatment of burn injuries, Prof.Farid said that it varies in different hospitals but the

free of cost treatment while in private hospitals it costs from thousands to millions. There is only one ward consisting of 12-bed is available for around 200 patients visiting its emergency in one month while 300 patients receive medical treatment at its OPD per month. The reason of less patients are lack of facilities and space, Prof.Farid added. However, 25 trained doctors are available in centre. He suggested that it is need of the hour to establish a state-of-the-art burn centre in Mayo hospital which is the largest hospital of the country.—APP

Balochi, Pashto and other local languages could not be ignored at all as these reflect our culture and traditions. “We will have to adopt both Urdu and English languages for our progress and survival,” he maintained. Congratulating the graduating students, Najam Sethi said that they were ambassadors of Pakistan and

had to improve its image abroad by playing their effective role. The Chief Minister advised the students to pay attention to their education and serve the country and nation by equipping themselves with modern knowledge. The Chief Minister said that bureaucracy should rise above their political affilia-

tions and make the public service as their moto, citing that public service was a form of worship. He said that Punjab government had fulfilled its obligation by holding the general election impartially. Later, the Chief Minister along with school administration gave away awards to students with distinctions.

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