Pak qualify for semis on net run rate India out of World T20 despite win against SA COLOMBO—India’s one-run win over South Africa was not enough to keep them in the World Twenty20 Tuesday as the former champions were beaten to the semi-finals by arch-rivals Pakistan, who had a better net run rate. India made 152-6 in their 50 over but they failed to stop South Africa reaching 121 runs, which would have put them into the last four at Pakistan’s expense. South Africa were even-
ECC approves tariff decrease for motorcycle industry ISLAMABAD—The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet met here Tuesday under chairmanship of Federal Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and gave in-principle approval to gradually bringing down tariff regime for motorcycle industry in a way that the local industry should not be impacted.—INP
Zardari’s statement was not ‘unwarranted’
Commission on enforced disappearances meeting regularly
Karzai blames US for fostering corruption
SC orders arrest of former OGRA chief
ISLAMABAD—District and Session Judge South Karachi Tuesday summoned 50 thousand rupees bail bonds each from three parliamentarians Rehman Malik, Farah Naz Isphahani and Nadia Gabol in dual nationality case. Election Commission had filed a petition in the court of District and Session Judge South Karachi, Azam Baloch Continued on Page 7
ter net run rate along with Australia. Sri Lanka will play Pakistan and Australia face West Indies in the semi-finals. Earlier, Pakistan gave themselves a big chance of reaching the World Twenty20 semi-finals Tuesday with a shock 32-run win over Australia, who qualified regardless on net run-rates. Pakistan made 149-6 after being sent in to bat in the group two Super Eights match at the
Pak, India clash over Kashmir at UNGA
UNITED NATIONS—Speaking a the UN General Assembly Pakistan’s Deputy Permanent Representative Raza Bashir Tarar made it absolutely clear that Jammu and Kashmir is neither an integral part of India nor has it ever been. He said President Zardari had also reaffirmed in his speech to the General Assembly that Pakistan will continue to support the right of the people of Kashmir to peacefully choose their destiny in accordance with the Security Council’s ISLAMABAD—The Commis- UN longstanding resolutions. sion of Inquiry on Enforced The Pakistan Envoy using Disappearances comprising of his right to reply said that referthe former Senior Judge of ence to the Jammu and Kashmir Supreme Court Justice Javed dispute in President Zardari’s Iqbal and Muhammad Sharif statement was not “unwarVirk, Member, is conducting regular proceedings of the cases ranted” as asserted by the Indian of Enforced Disappearances with the assistance of Law Enforcing Agencies for tracing out the Missing Persons. Proceedings of the Commission are being held at Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Quetta periodically.—NNI K ABUL —Afghan President Hamid Karzai blamed the United States for making the problem of corruption in Afghanistan worse, although he accepts the scandal within his government. Speaking in an interview with CBS news, Karzai said the US practices in managing and ISLAMABAD—The Supreme awarding huge contracts to AfCourt (SC) has ordered the ghan businesses had abetted the authorities concerned to country’s crippling graft. immediately arrest former Afghan political experts told chairman of the Oil and Gas TOLOnews that Karzai’s accuRegulatory Authority (OGRA) sation was fair, but also stressed Tauqir Sadiq and initiate that the corruption at the presiproceedings against him in dential palace and high-ranking accordance with the law.A government officials was the three-judge bench of the apex real root of the problem. court, headed by Chief Justice “It is correct that there are Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, issues with contracts, but the on Tuesday heard case real problem is the presidential pertaining to OGRA’s and government officials who malpractices.—INP are involved in corruption without any prosecution,” Afghan Civil Society Activist Mir Dual nationality case Ahmad Joyenda said—NNI
Court summons bail bonds from 3 MPs
tually bowled out for 151 in 19.5 over. Australia also qualified for the semi-finals despite losing their Super Eights group two match to Pakistan by 32 runs earlier on Tuesday. Sri Lanka and the West Indies reached the last four from group one. South Africa reached 122 for five in the 17th over in pursuit of the 153 required for victory against India, sending Pakistan into the last four on bet-
External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna. Raza Bashir Tarar lamented that Kashmir remains a symbol of the failures of the United Nations system rather than its strengths. Representatives of Pakistan and India had a verbal duel in the U.N. General Assembly over decades-old the Jammu and Kashmir dispute between the two South Asian countries. Reacting to Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna’s assertion earlier in the day that last week’s remarks by President Asif Ali Zardari remarks on Kashmir were “unwarranted”, Pakistan’s Deputy Permanent Representative Raza Bashir Tarar defended the Pakistani leader’s statement as the dispute, he said, remained
unresolved.“Let me begin by emphasizing that the reference to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in the President of Pakistan’s statement was not ‘unwarranted’,” Ambassador Tarar said, while exercising his right of reply to the Indian minister’s statement in which Krishna also claimed that the Himalayan state was an “integral part” of India. “Let me also make absolutely clear that Jammu and Kashmir is neither an integral part of India nor has it ever been,” the Pakistani envoy told the 193-member Assembly. President Zardari reaffirmed in his speech that Pakistan “will continue to support the right of the people of Jammu & Kashmir to peacefully choose their
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Protest against SPLGO in Sindh continues Clashes with police in various cities KARACHI—Protest against the Sindh Peoples Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) continued in Sindh on Tuesday, with demos and clashes with police in different cities. The Jiey Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) had announced province-wide protests after killing of its worker in Nawabshah. The activist was killed and several others injured in Nawabshah when police opened aerial fire to disperse an unruly mob during the strike which was observed across Sindh on a call given by nationalist parties’ alliance, Sindh Bachao Committee, against new local bodies system. On Tuesday, complete shutter-down and wheel-jam strike was observed in Nawab-shah where JSQM activists took to
streets, burning tyres on roads and torching vehi-cles. The infuriated workers also clashed with police leaving a cop injured. Other cities of the Nawabshah district: Dolatpur, Sakrand, Qazi Ahmed and Daur were also shut on Tuesday, with thin traffic on roads and heavy police contingents deployed. Markets, shops and educational institutes remained closed in most parts of Sindh for the second consecutive day on Tuesday. JSQM workers staged sit-in in Khairpur, Noshehroferoz, Moro, Kandiaro and other towns, chanting slogans against the PPP government and blaming it for dividing Sindh. Lawyer also boycotted courts in several cities.—NNI
Premadasa stadium, before a five-man spin attack restricted Australia to 117-7. Prolific spinner Saeed Ajmal claimed 3-17, but it was 20-year-old Raza Hasan who was declared man of the match for conceding just 14 runs and taking two wickets in four over of steady left-arm spin. Both teams ended the Super Eights on four points each, which knocked winless South
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Russian FM due today
LAHORE: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira and Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah talking to media.
If Nawaz guarantees peace...
ISLAMABAD—Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov, is reaching Islamabad today (Wednesday) for bilateral con-
sultations, Foreign Office confirmed in a statement. Mr Lavrov is visiting Pakistan on the invitation of Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar extended during her last visit to Moscow in February this year. Pakistan and Russia enjoy an excellent relationship based
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Kayani meets PM ahead of Russia visit ISLAMABAD—Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf a day before his four-day visit to Russia.Strategic issues and matters pertaining to Pakistan Army were discussed in the oneon-one meeting, sources said, adding that foreign office officials later joined the high-ups following the meeting. They said General Kayani held consultation with the PM ahead of his October 3-6 visit to Russia where he will hold talks with Moscow’s top military leadership and is likely to meet some political leaders.It is expected that he will also meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, who recently called off a scheduled visit to Pakistan. Analysts say Kayani will give a push to Islamabad’s efforts to Continued on Page 7
PPP not to form electoral alliance with ANP in KP: Saifullah STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—The newly appointed President of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter Anwar Saifullah on Tuesday said that his party is not going to form an electoral alliance with its coalition partner Awami National Party (ANP) in the province. “We will go in elections without forming any alliance with the ANP in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa as the ANP is
ruling and the PPP is not…therefore we want to win majority in next elections and sit on the driving seat to rule the province,” said Saifullah while speaking to a news conference at the residence of senior minister Rahimdad Khan. Saifullah said his priority after becoming the provincial chief of the PPP would be to further organise the party at district level and to go in to elections to win majority. He said that the party’s provincial cabinet will be an-
nounced in a day or two besides a meeting of all elected members, district chiefs and other post holders has also been called to discuss the future line of action before the elections. “We have also initiated the process of finalising names of the candidates for the national and the provincial assembly, said Saifullah adding that he will move from Islamabad to Peshawar in order to give more time to the party. Saifullah thanked President Ali Zardari and Faryal Talpur for
Govt ready to withdraw FC from Balochistan: Kaira
reposing confidence in him by naming him the PPP’s provincial chief. Responding a question, he said that performances of the sitting MNAs, MPAs would be reviewed before allotting party tickets to them for the upcoming elections. Rejecting the impression that the former president and cabinet members have reservations over his nomination as party’s president, Saifullah said that the outgoing president
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LAHORE—Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira has said the government is ready to withdraw FC from Balochistan, if Nawaz Sharif guarantees peace in the province. Talking to the media persons in Lahore along with Minister for Religious Affairs Khurshid Shah after appearing before the Lahore High Court (LHC) in Haj quota case‚ Kaira said that PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, being a national leader should avoid giving irresponsible statements. He, however, welcomed Nawaz Sharif’s meeting with Baloch leaders in-
cluding Talal Bugti and Akhtar Mengal. “We are ready to withdraw FC from Balochistan if Nawaz Sharif gives the guarantee that this move will not further deteriorate the situation in the province,” he added. To a question‚ he said agencies are working under the government and they have submitted their replies before the Supreme Court about the Balochistan situation. He also called upon the political parties not to politicize the issue of Balochistan. To another question‚ the Information Minister said his party is following the apex court’s directions on the NRO implementation case.
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah said the present government ended the role of military in Balochistan. “It is ready to withdraw FC if PML (q) chief Nawaz Sharif guarantees the lives of innocent people there,” he also said. “We believe in the independence of judiciary and our leaders have always appeared before the courts,” he said. Earlier on his arrival at Lahore‚ Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira told reporters that constitutional course will be pursed for the establishment of new provinces including South
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Nawaz for grand alliance to resolve Balochistan problems STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Mian Nawaz Sharif Tuesday said that we are willing for a grand alliance in order to resolve Balochistan issue which is “crucial.” Talking to media after condoling former Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president and human rights activist Asma Jahangir over her mother’s demise, Nawaz said he
was in favour of the formation of a grand alliance to resolve the Balochistan issue. He made it clear that he was not criticising the government over Balochistan issue rather he was giving sincere advice to tackle the problem. “Now when sixpoint agenda has come to surface, the problems posed to people of Balochistan must be addressed before it is too late,” he said. The PML-N President expressed apprehension that if the
government did not act on the issue soon it may eventually run out of time to salvage the situation. “Those who had gone missing from the province of Balochistan were Pakistani citizens and it was vital to raise voice for them,” he said. He added the recovery of the missing persons was the duty of the government, which should have taken significant steps to resolve the issue. The near and dear ones of missing persons are awaiting their return, he said.
Approver in Political leadership indifferent ephedrine case to Balochistan issue: Jamali faces threats I —Former prime Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran SLAMABAD
ISLAMABAD—Chief Executive Danas Pharmaceuticals, Imran Ahmed Khan has said that after becoming approver in ephedrine case, he is continuously receiving threats of severe consequences In a press release issued here on Tuesday, he said that he joined the Danas Pharmaceuticals Ltd in the year 2011 and before that he owned a pharmaceutical company named ‘Jinnah Pharmaceutical’ in
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minister Zafarullah Jamali has said that the ongoing consultation and meetings between leaders of opposition political parties with Baloch nationalists is only a political game and not a struggle to resolve Balochistan issue. Talking to media persons here on Tuesday, Zafarullah Jamali said that meetings of Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif, Ameer Jamaate-Islami (JI) Syed Munawar Hassan and Chairman Pakistan
Khan was part of preparation for next general polls and each political party is making efforts to gain maximum benefits utilising the other. He said that Balochistan issue was being politicised for getting attention and sympathies of masses of the province and no single political party is sincere to resolve the issue. The former prime minister was of the view that reservations of Baloch people and leadership must be resolved before general elections.—INP
Zardari to rid nation of loadshedding soon: Altaf LONDON—Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain said President Asif Ali Zardari will soon give the nation good news regarding end of power Load shedding in the country. The Muttahida and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have been
allies and they will sustain this bond in future as well, he noted while talking to the reporters along with Federal Interior Minister Rehman A. Malik. “Besides offsetting the deprivations of the people of Balochistan, it is highly vital to make an attempt to recover the
missing persons of the province”, the MQM chief Altaf said commenting on the issues besetting Balochistan. Speaking on the occasion Malik remarked the PPP and the MQM would maintain their alliance for sake of democracy.— NNI
11,000 rain-hit families get food ration: WFP
DG Khan flood affectees lead miserable life D ERA G HAZI K HAN —De- tional Highway and other that due to poor hygienic eral link roads disrupting the higher places under the open sky. The affectees have to face several problems including provision of food, clean drinking water and medicines. Federal and provincial governments and PDMA made tall claims of providing all possible assistance to flood affected population but they still await for relief announced for them. The affectees were of the view that provincial government pledged for rehabilitation in concerned areas flushing out the stagnant water but currently they were struggling for their survival. They said
land routes. In line with commitment to provide masses of remote villages of the district with medical assistance at their doorstep, the HDO has rehabilitated two flood devastated health centres in Tank. Meawhile the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has so far provided one month food ration to around 11,000 families, badly affected due to recent monsoon floods in Sindh and Balochistan provinces. As per initial plan, one-month food ration is being distributed to some 10,000 families in Jacobabad district of Sindh and the same number is also being provided to affected families in Balochistan. So far 6,000 families have already been facilitated in Sindh while around 5,000 have been accommodated in two districts of Balochistan, Naseerabad and Jaffarabad, Coordinator of WFP, Amjad Jamal said. Talking to APP here on Tuesday, he said the process of distribution is expedited and hopefully the process is completed within next two to three days. Amjad said some areas in Sindh are under 2.5 metres (8 feet) of water, drawing upon limited available stocks of food. WFP plans to reach a further 10,000 families in coming days. He said to reach further families, the WFP has provided 29 boats to Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) as some areas have limited road access due to DERA GHAZI KHAN: A peter engine is being used to clear the flood water from Siddiqabad. flood waters. spite tall claims of the federal and provincial governments and Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) miseries of rain and flood affected population have not been lessened and they are forced to lead lives under open sky without basic life amenities. According to details, thousands of flood affected people of different areas of Dera Ghazi Khan including Sadiqueabad Colony, Darkhast Jamal Khan, Khanpur, Mamouri, Paigah and Nawab Shehr who became homeless due to destruction of their houses, have taken shelter by Na-
‘No operation underway in Balochistan’ OUR CORRESPONDENT QU E T TA —Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi said on Tuesday that maintaining peace in Balochistan was the responsibility of the provincial government, adding there was no operation, being carried out in any part of the province. He said this while talking to the participants of National Management Course who called on him here at Governor House. The previous regimes neglected Balochistan that caused sense of deprivation among the people of the province, he said adding Aghaze Haqooqe Balochistan package would not remove the decade-long grievances there are lots of more things to be addressed to resolve the issue of Balochistan.
conditions epidemics have gripped the affected population and children were pretentious especially. They demanded Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif for taking solid steps regarding pledged relief package and provision of ration. On the other hand concerned authorities, when contacted by INP news agency to get their view point, said that the provincial government was making all out efforts to provide relief to flood affected population but they have to face hardships in approaching some areas as floodwater washed away sev-
Protest against SPLGO
Ghinwa threatens million march to Karachi NAZIR SIYAL LARKANA—Chairperson Pakistan Peoples Party (Shaheed Bhutto) Ghinwa Bhutto will lead a million March from Larkana to Karachi along with parties and all corners to protest against SPLGO by ruling PPP and MQM. Ghinwa Bhutto, while addressing an emergency Press Conference at Al-Murtaza House, followed by provincial meeting announced to lauch struggle to fight for the sovereignty and protest against the present regime despite of strikes. PPP (Shaheed Bhutto) Chairperson claimed that due to the SPLGO by the present government bloodshed cannot
avoid due to rural and urban divide, added that there is no decentralization and sovereignty in metropolitan and two system in Sindh will create many issues in long-lasting. Ghinwa Bhutto said the class-wise divide and differences are the result of PPP and MQM rulers, while their policies introduced much corruption and mismanagement in the different sectors in the name of beautification plan and in Karachi and rest of Sindh. Ghinwa Bhutto said they have rejected the ordinance and the people of Sindh, the poor of country removal policy is ongoing by MQM which is the results in urban or metropolitan cities.
They condemned the division of province and termed it a conspiracy to divide Sindh without any consent of people of Sindh, the ordinance was issued by the Governor and after two weeks in Provincial Assembly. She said the all Nationalists and political parties have rejected the SPLGO by the present government. On the occasion, she said there are still discussions and dialogues are continued for the Saraiki province in country, but the present rulers issued ordinance in the darkness of night in province. Ghinwa said the evil objectives of foreign hidden hands are involve in the ordinance to produce documents.
Painful panic by dengue ent bodies. y ‘ RAKHSHANDA RAKHSHY ists and consultants from all dengue larva, worm….. over the world were invited The Punjab government d. 4…Professional advice: PAKISTANI
AST year 2011 in the month of September dengue virus had played havoc in the country and there was a large number of patients reported to be victims of this deadly virus in largely Province Punjab, the heart of Pakistan and really the main victim of this menace and threat was the only province of Punjab and if I am not wrong almost about 10,000 patients confirmed with the dengue virus were under treatment in different hospitals of the entire Punjab Province. The chief minister, Mr. Shahbaz Sharif visited himself these hospitals extensively on daily basis to look after these patients welfare in most of the hospitals. The whole of Punjab, especially Lahore was gripped and engaged with this very painful panic “ Dengue Virus” and there was a scare and jolt in the minds of the people of Lahore. Infect there was a large danger that the death toll from this virus could have been in thousands (about 25000) and this would have been a big disaster in future. However Mr Shahbaz Sharif took it up immediately as a big challenge and utilized all his possible avenues to counter and counteract this troublemaker Menace of Dengue…. However the experts, special-
from other countries, which had been victims of this deadly disease to come and help to take care of this menace. From Sri Lanka, Thailand and many other pertinent countries were requested specially to send immediate help and assist to us and be responded by sending doctors, nurses, and other experts, Pakistani personnel were sent out to get training and returned as master trainers to impart this all important training to resident local personnel here.. With such a quick and multidimensional approach it became possible to control the deadly virus and the numbers of casualties were minimized and reduced…. Now this year the Punjab Chief Minister Mr Shahbaz Sharif decided to take timely action and a committee was formed comprising of ministers, assembly members and senior officers of related departments…. This committee meets on a weekly basis which is often presided over by the Chief Minister himself or in his absence by Mr Khwaja Sulman Rafiq , special assistant to the Chief Minister…..The health department established a “dengue control wing “which is working under the control of Mr. Vector Barne Desier, who is working as the additional director general Entomologists, are stationed in all towns where work is being done to locate and finish the
has adopted an adorable and pragmatic approach for making the common man aware of the dangers of the” dengue fever “and informing them about the preventive measures and safety measures to be adopted by them… Additionally it has also widely publicized the action being taken by the provincial government to protect the general public as well as putting in place immediate emergency procedures to take care of any cases Detected for possible “dengue virus”. This “pro-active “approach has been given the shape of a “campaign” which has been launched in a ‘multifaceted manner using the following means… a. 1…. Media: In this case all the three types of media i.e. ‘radio’,’television ‘,’print’, have been extensively utilized to reach all the segments of society and all tiers of cultures…. b. 2…. Cultural: Walks have been organized to let all people participate in the campaign and also give visibility to the fact that all segments of society are participating in the campaign c. 3…. Mass ‘man to man’ contact technique: Elected members of the ‘Provincial ‘and ‘National assemblies’ as well as persons elected on other forums to represent the general public in differ-
Care has been taken to ensure the deep involvement of “health professionals “ e. 5…Involvement of all segments of society: All segments of society have been involved in the large campaign to include students, teachers, religious leaders, ladies, and even young boys and girls to form task forces meant to help deal with the menace of dengue. Virus… This “pro active approach” has been adopted due to the personal interest and involvement of the Chief Minister of Punjab , Mr Shahbaz Sharif who has taken keen interest in preparing and the kicking off of this most important welfare campaign launched in public interest .The health department of the government of Punjab has been totally integrated in this effort and care taken to ensure that the general man on the street gets all the correct and dependable as well as reliable information in this regard and also that it is easily understood as well as convenient to practice in daily life…… In addition to the preventive measures, care has been taken to also educate the common man about the likely symptoms. So that it is easy to recognize and will help in detection and further treatment process.
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HYDERABAD: Member of High Court and District Bar Association Hyderabad holding a protest demonstration against Sindh Peoples Local Bodies Ordinance 2012, outside Press Club.
Chinese smuggler held with 35 species of rare turtles OUR CORRESPONDENT GILGIT—The officials of the Forest Department here on Tuesday foiled a bid of smuggling of rare species of turtles to China and arrested a suspect. According to details, the Forest Department officials held a Chinese citizen and recovered 35 rare species of turtles from his possession in Soosot area. The suspect is being interrogated. Meanwhile the Custom officials in Quetta on Tuesday foiled an attempt of heroin smuggling at Bulleli check post. As per details, the Custom officials at Bulleli check post upon suspicion stopped a Mazda truck and during search they recovered 100-kilogram high quality heroin from the hidden compartments of the vehicle. The officials took into custody the Mazda truck and heroin, however, the driver managed to flee from the spot. Talking to media, Assistant Custom Collector Mumtaz Ali Ghangroo said that the custom officials were busy on their routine checking at Bulleli check post that they stopped Mazda truck.
Youth festival from Oct 8 OUR CORRESPONDENT F AISALABAD —Government College University Faisalabad will start a fourday Punjab Youth Festival from October 8 on directions of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. It will comprise colorful events including dress show, handicraft, painting, technical project, cultural project, mili gaghma, short film and many more. The festival is aimed at promoting different sectors by attracting locals, to educate them and polish skills of students.
Dry weather in most parts of country
15 infants dead in 4 days over power failure
ISLAMABAD—The Met Office sius in Turbat and lowest
here Tuesday forecasted dry weather in most parts of country during next 24 hours. According to Met Office here, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. During next 48 hours, the weather will remain mainly dry in most parts of the country with no chances of rain. However, partly cloudy weather is expected in Parachinar, headquarters of Kurram Agency and Abbottabad district. Weather remained dry in most parts of the country during last 24 hours. Maximum 42 degree centigrade temperature was recorded at Turbat while pollen count remained 80 per cubic meter. The Quetta Met office has forecast dry weather for Quetta and surrounding areas for next 24hours. On Wednesday, the maximum temperature is expected to remain between 27 to 29 Degree Celsius while minimum as 09 to 11 Degree Celsius. On Monday, highest maximum temperature was recorded as 41 Degree Cel-
minimum as 8 Celsius at Kalat. The Multan Met office has forecast dry weather for the city and its suburbs during the next 24 hours. On Sunday, the highest temperature of 38.5 degree Celsius was recorded and lowest temperature 5.5 degree Celsius was recorded.
On the other side the Federal Flood Commission (FFC) on Sunday said that the Indus River was still flowing in low flood at Guddu Barrage with water discharge of 700,000 cusecs. While maximum temperature recorded at Turbat = 41oC. Meanwhile, the Federal Flood Commission (FFC) on Saturday said presently all main rivers including Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej were flowing normal.—APP
L ARKANA —With the death of another infant on Tuesday at a government hospital in Larkana, the number of shocking deaths of newly-born babies climbed to 15 over the past four days. The babies died because of power failure and subsequent interruption in oxygen supply. The Sindh government has ordered a probe into the deaths. Officials said the governor and chief minister Sindh have separately summoned details of the incident. Sources said five children in intensive care unit on Friday night died after the power failure in the hospital. The administration attempted to kick-start the standby power generators but it also failed because there was no diesel in its fuel tanks. In the absence of backup for oxygen supplies, the babies could not be saved, they said. On Saturday, eight more babies died as they could not get medical treatment because of power outages.
World Habitat Day observed in 4 cities ISLAMABAD—UN-Habitat Pakistan in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change celebrated World Habitat Day in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, and Quetta to reflect people’s right to sufficient shelter. According to a press release, this year’s theme, ‘Changing Cities, Building Opportunities’ is focused towards the urgent need to improve cities and provide better services and opportunities for the worlds growing urban population. United Nations has designated the first Monday of every October as World Habitat Day. It also aims to remind people that they are responsible for the
habitat of future next generations. The Islamabad event started with a global message from the Secretary General of the United Nations delivered by Resident Coordinator, United Nations Pakistan, Mr. Timo Pakkala and the speech of the Executive Director of UN-Habitat delivered by Country Programme Manager, UN-Habitat Pakistan, Siamak Moghaddam. The Secretary General, in his message on World Habitat Day said, “from necessity springs
opportunity. Better planned and better functioning cities can help guide us to the future we want: cities where everyone has adequate shelter, water, sanitation, health and other basic services; cities with good education and job prospects; cities with energy-efficient buildings and public transport systems; cities where all feel they belong.” Projections predict that in a little over a generation from now, two- thirds of the global population will be living in towns.—APP
PML-N not sincere in establishment of Seraiki province Lawyers’ active role sought Staff Reporter
Khosa wants early talks to solve Balochs grievances
PESHAWAR—The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa M U LTA N —Punjab Gover- and Sheikh Ghias-ul-Haq. Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar has stressed for more effective role and efficient services of the lawyers community in promoting awareness amongst the people and help in ensuring their socioeconomic well being. Talking to a delegation of lawyers from Malakand which called on him at Governor’s House, Peshawar, he said that the role of lawyers community is of great importance in social uplift of the people, as apart from their effective contribution in dispensation of justice, they also help in promoting spirit of accommodation amongst masses and ensuring rule of law and justice. Provincial Minister for Finance, Muhammad Hamayoun Khan was also present on this occasion. Talking on various points raised by members of the delegation the Governor also appreciated the spirit of the lawyers towards their professional responsibilities. He also assured every possible support in improvement of their working atmosphere. Meanwhile Mr. Badi-uz-Zaman Khan and other members of the delegation highlighted certain problems which the people of the area have been facing and also suggested measures for their solution. KMU decides setup Institute of Paramedical Sciences: The Academic Council of Khyber Medical University (KMU) Tuesday decided to setup Institute of Paramedical Science (IPS) for launching 4 years paramedics’ course after introduction of nursing and physiotherapy courses to provide quality education to students in diversified fields. This decision has been taken during KMU academic council meeting with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Hafizullah Khan in chair. Quality facilities would be available to students at IPS.
nor Latif Khan Khosa Tuesday renewed a call for talks with Baloch leaders to redress grievances of people of Balochistan. Addressing a press conference at local airport before his departure to flood-hit areas of DG Khan and Rajanpur, he said, “Baloch people are our brothers and sister and they are patriots.” He was flanked by Federal Minister for Climate Change Rana Farooq Saeed, PM’s media coordinator Khawaja Rizwan Alam, MPA Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar, M Saleem Raja, PLF leaders Bushra Naqvi
“It was the PPP-led government that had apologised to Baloch people for their exploitation by past governments. And it was yet again the present government that made serious attempts to address apprehensions and deprivations of Baloch people by launching ‘Aaghaz-eHuqooq-e-Balochistan’ package,” he added. He said that Balochistan was rich in minerals and Gwadar port was the economic corridor of Pakistan. “Balochistan’s resources can be utilized to improve living standards of Baloch people and development of the coun-
try,” he added. Khosa criticized the PMLN leadership and said Mian Nawaz Sharif’s attempt to link the Balochistan issue to a demand for early elections was meant to enter power corridors. Khosa said the government was sincere in safeguarding rights of Baloch people and would make an allout effort to address their concerns. Governor Khosa said the PML-N leadership was not sincere in establishment of Seraiki province and using tactics to delay the proceedings of the commission formed for the purpose. He said the commission
for new provinces was formed on the resolution adopted by the Punjab Assembly but now the PML-N leadership had backtracked. They have put the issue on the back burner, he added. He said he would request President Asif Ali Zardari to get the resolution regarding Seraiki province passed from the Senate where the PPP enjoys a two-thirds majority. He said that PPP was the biggest democratic party of the country and believed in democratic dispensation. He urged the Supreme Court to resume the hearing of the Asghar Khan case,
pleading that it was an old case that deserved early hearing. “The PPP does not believe in politics of vengeance and will continue its efforts on the political front,” he added. Responding to a question, Khosa said that Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had visited Karachi to sympathise with the bereaved families of the Baldia town tragedy and compensation announced by him reached the affected families. “Similarly, aid has also reached flood hit people across the country as per promise made by the prime minister,” he added. “However, Mian Nawaz
Sharif is making only lip-service. The compensation Nawaz Sharif had announced on behalf of the Punjab government for affected families of the Baldia town factory fire, has not yet reached the families. It’s like rubbing salt into their wounds,” he added. To another question on raging hill torrents that caused damage in DG Khan and Rajanpur, the governor said the situation would have been different had the Punjab government implemented recommendations finalized in the Justice Mansoor Ali Shah report on the devastation caused by floods in 2010.—APP
Hazara Conference seeks end to violence OUR CORRESPONDENT
Q UETTA —The speakers in the Hazara Solidarity Conference demanded of the authorities to take steps to preFirdous sees off first Haj flight vent violence and target killing of innocent people. Our Correspondent Hazara Democratic Party S IALKOT —Federal Minister for Na(HDP) organized this confertional Regulation and Services Dr ence on Monday night. Firdous Ashiq Awan said the federal Balochistan Minister for Ingovernment had taken effective meater-Provincial Coordination sures to provide all facilities to Pakistani and Pakistan Muslim pilgrims in Saudi Arabia and past misLeague-Q leader Dr. Ruqayya takes would not be repeated this year. Saeed Hashmi urged reliShe was talking to pilgrims at Sialkot gious and political parties to International Airport on Tuesday. She tolerate each others and resaw off the first direct Haj flight from spect beliefs of each others. Sialkot International Airport. General She emphasized the need to Manager Sialkot International Airport Limited (SIAL) promote a culture of mutual Muhammad Nawaz Chaudhary told newsmen that 3,500 respect and tolerance. pilgrims of Sialkot region would go to Saudi Arabia to perShe said that no one form Haj through seven direct international flights. Meanshould hurt religious feelings while it is also reported that a total of 1400 people from of anyone. She said that across the globe will perform the sacred religious ceremony this year as guests of Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul QUETTA: Afghan refugees move towards trucks after registering the names of their families with the UNHCR people of Hazara Community were facing threats. She Aziz. Media reports quoting Saudi Minister for Religious during the repatriation in the Balaili camp. Affairs Sheikh Saleh Al Sheikh said that the Saudi King has decided to host 1400 people from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Mayanmar, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Russia, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Bhutan, New Ghani, Taiwan, South Korea, Maldives, Azarbijan, Uzbakistan, Turkmenistan, Sudan, Thailand, Turkey, Cambodia and various countries of Africa. Multan—Reception for PTCL inM ULTAN —Twenty couples tending pilgrims: Pakistan Telecommunications Company belonging to poor families Limited (PTCL) hosted a reception in honour of its fourty Sindh, Eastern Balochistan STAFF REPORTER wed in a mass marriage ceremployees who are going to perform Haj under the em- M ULTAN —Social media is funded by Danish Interna- emony here on Tuesday. Qavi and Kashmir during the ployee welfare scheme. The reception was held at its head- emerging fast as a powerful tional Development Agency Khan Welfare Society, a non- I SLAMABAD —Director Na- current week, Dr Hanif quarters which was attended by PTCL employees. PTCL tool that can be helpful for (DANIDA). Women journal- governmental organization tional Weather Forecasting added. The vulnerable areas sponsors the Haj of 40 employees each year according to female journalists to pro- ists can employ modern jour- organized the ceremnoy at Centre, Pakistan Meteoro- may receive heavy downa pre-defined process. mote gender sensitive re- nalistic skills and speak their Arts Council Multan in which logical Department (PMD), pour during the next few porting of events, said ex- mind on women issues includ- dowry worth Rs 40,000 was Dr Muhammad Hanif on days which may also cause Matchless development schemes perts at a two-day workshop ing their economic empower- given to each bride. Qavi Monday said the monsoon urban flash flooding. Scatwhich concluded here Tues- ment, human rights through Khan Welfare Society, was currents penetrating into up- tered rain/thunderstorm is Staff Reporter PESHWAR—Federal Minister for Com- day. Deputy Country Direc- social media in addition to named after renowned actor per parts of the country will expected in Punjab, Khyber munications Dr. Arbab Alamgir Khan tor CIPE Pakistan Hammad promoting gender sensitive Qavi Khan in 1990 and it had spread southward during Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir provided dowry to 350 brides mid-weak and cause wide- on Tuesday and WednesKhalil has said that development Siddiqui told a gathering of reporting, Hammad said. Uks director Tasneem since its inception. spread rains in the coming day. schemes carried out by the PPP gov- female journalists of Multan Widespread rain and Talking to APP, Ashhar days. “Monsoon period has ernment in the communications sector that hundreds of thousands Ahmad said that today’s has no match in history. He expressed of web surfers from across women were not weak but Hassan Kamran, general sec- entered into its last phase thundershower is expected Punjab, Khyber these views while talking to media after the world could interact with wrongfully being portrayed retary of the association said which will be more active in presiding over a high-level meeting. He each other through social as merely a symbol of glam- that the organisation is con- and bring widespread rains Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and said that despite limited resources, they media on the internet. The our for marketing products or sist of 15 members who strive during this week”, he said Eastern Balochistan from have been able to complete numerous two-day workshop titled victim of excessive attitudes hard for raising funds for the while talking to media. He Thursday to Sunday, Dr projects, whereas others are near ‘strong women, strong na- and behaviours. She urged marriages of poor girls. He in- said the intense weather sys- Hanif said. He informed that completion ahead of schedule. Expressing his satisfaction tion’ opened here Monday the women journalists to pub- formed that deserving families tem is developing at Bay rice and cotton growing arover the progress, the Federal Minister praised the efforts for women journalists to en- lish success stories of women submit applications and the Bengal which will enter in eas of Punjab and Sindh of Chairman NHA Syed Muhammad Ali Gardezi and also courage women adopt me- having accomplishments and association make arrange- Pakistan through Central In- may receive good rains this week and water situation in urged other officials to take due care of quality and pace of dia as a career and to create achievements to their credit. ments of dowry after scrutiny. dia. Due to this weather sys- the reservoirs is likely to imProminent comedian acthe work. Arbab Alamgir Khan told the media persons that a gender sensitive code of These stories would serve as reasons behind the popularity of the PPP government is ethics encompassing print inspiration for other women tor Khalid Abbas Dar who tem, the intensity of prevail- prove after this spell. He to follow, she added. presided the ceremony as ing monsoon currents will said Monsoon period northe fulfillment of electoral promises, saying there is no and electronic media. Fazila Gulrez, a social sci- chief guest appreciated the increase in the next days mally prevails till mid of The workshop was part contradiction in their words and deeds. He said that they have an everlasting relation with their people and to bring- of a two-year project ‘More entist, raised objections over efforts of Qavi Khan Welfare and cause enhanced mon- September and now it has ing prosperity to the nation is their top priority. He said Women In Media’ launched advertising campaigns of Society and said that it was a soon rains at Punjab, entered into its last phase Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which can be called as the that they want continuation of democratic process and by ‘Uks’ Islamabad and cosmetics companies.—APP highly noble task.—APP will be victorious in the next elections as well because all democratic forces of the country are supporting them, the Minister added. On Monday, the Federal Minister spent a busy day and, as usual, met with various people from his constituency gave instructions to officials on their applications. Earlier, inaugurating the Kushalgarh Approach Road on the Jund side he said that the Jund Approach Road will cost 166 million rupees and the contract for its MUTTAHIR AHMED KHAN a father and his two sons, Adnan’s short film titled Mohammad Ahmed will seAn exhibition of the inconstruction has already been awarded. two real brothers. This ruth- “Heal” that revolves around lect the 4 films, in two cat- spiring works in miniature art OLLOWING its years- less trend of killing members a child named Azeem, a resi- egories, to be awarded. Be- by the well-appreciated artStresses interfaith harmony long tradition, the city of a same family has gener- dent of the conflict-ridden sides the film gala, the ist Sana Obaid, with Syed Staff Reporter pulse remained oscillat- ated new currents of horror region somewhere between organisation also arranged Ammad Tahir as its curator, P ESHAWA R —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ing between the outbursts of and fright amongst the al- Pakistan and Afghanistan. workshops and invited news opened on Tuesday at the Minister for Minority Affairs, Haji mirth and ready fear-gripped citizens. Other remarkable features casters from different chan- Chawkandi Art Gallery. Sana Nimroz Khan has said that interfaith The poor and simple were the screening of various nels to provide valuable in- has portrayed many social ismourning, harmony is the need of the time in the during the people like tailors, rickshaw documentary and feature formation and guidelines to sues artistically and demonprevailing situation, adding that peace last week, and drivers, fishermen, labourers movies produced by the stu- the trainees. A social play strated her precious ideas will be maintained only through respectthe spree of and watchmen are being killed, dents of different schools titled “The Pillowman, was with a unique appeal and ing the religions of each other. He exArt and Cul- and one can imagine how mis- and colleges, under the guid- staged at the MAD School minute details using the delipressed these views while addressing tural events erable the conditions of their ance of their teachers and in the twilight phase of the cate tool of the aesthetics. oath-taking ceremony of the National The audience appreciated c o e x i s t e d family members would be afPeace Committee for Interfaith and Harher impressive work of art, with the ram- ter their deaths. In the wake of mony (NPCIH) here in Peshawar Press beauty and contrast for sopage of tar- the uncontainable rampage of Club (PPC) on Tuesday. The new cabinet of the National geted killing and limited-scale these horrific killings, the procial communication. Another Peace Committee for Interfaith and Harmony is comprised riots. vincial Police Chief Fiaz Lighari such multi-coloured event of Alama Mohammad Shoaib (Provincial chairman), A fresh wave of killing has restructured the administook place at the Canvas Art Saifullah Khan (Senior Vice Chairman), Haroon Sarab Diyal Gallery, on Tuesday, where The last week remained tration and the management of (Vice chairman), Professor Dr. Taskeen Ahmad Khan, caught between the devour- the city Police, dissolving all Anwar Saeed‘s digital prints Mohammad Jameel Qamar, Qari Masahib Gul, Akhundzada ing jaws of targeted as well five district police administraon archival paper artworks Muzaffar, Alama Mehmoodul Hassan. Sardar Charan Jeet as sectarian killings and tions and dividing it into the with the support of civil so- last week. Produced by Nida are being displayed to sooth Singh, General Secretary Mohammad Zubair, Deputy Gen- scores of people were de- 20 divisions, headed by Super- ciety. Although a bit tar- Butt, under the banner of her the eyes and souls of the art eral Secretary Rafiullah, Additional General Secretary, Priest prived of their precious intendents of Police. But, what- nished with the technical theatre company Made For lovers. Entitled ‘Exercises in Yusuf Patras, Maulana Abdul Qadir, Additional Secretary lives, and their families of soever the case may be, the faults and lacking conceptual Stage, the play has been di- Imagining the Other‘, the exInformation, Asif Hazrat Bhai, Secretary Finance, Dr. their beloved ones. The lat- disappointed citizens of the depth, the films prepared by rected by Rouvan Mahmud, hibition was admired by the Rahmatullah, Secretary Administrative Affairs, Afsar Khan est surge has emerged on city are hopeless and are go- the students were appreci- who has also played the lead people from all walks of life, and Patron-in-Chief Bahadar Khan. The Provincial Minis- the city’s horizon with a new ing towards believing that ated by the audience, keep- role. The Pillowman is an in general, and by the artists ter for Minorities Affairs administered oath to the newly and more fatal trends and, nothing would be done, in this ing in view their efforts and award-winning play by Mar- and the art students, in parelected cabinet of the committee NPCIH. On this occasion, in addition to the political case, and, one by one, all would passion. According to Jibran tin McDonagh and revolves ticular. the newly elected chairman NPCIH, Alama Mohammad workers, people affiliated or be killed, one day, on their Ahmed, the organizer, there around a writer named NA Standing Committee visShoaib stressed need for the establishment of peace in the socially associated with vari- turns. were total 14 films shortlisted Katurian Katurian who writes its Karachi Centre region in the prevailing situation and urged the ulema and ous sects and religious The prevailing panorama of for the festival out of the 40 short stories often depicting The National Assembly’s mashaikh of different schools of thoughts to play their circles have also been tar- Art Festivals that had been received from violence against children. He Standing Committee for Infordue role in this regard. He further stressed on the youth to geted to ruthless torture and The two-day Gandhara different regions of the coun- is interrogated by two police mation and Broadcasting Conplay full role in promotion of interfaith harmony, saying murders. The most painful Film Festival kicked off with try. offers, one playing the good vener Pir Aftab Hussain Shah real worship is the service of humanity. He said that hurdles and miserable news were of a well-mannered inauguraThe jury comprising the cop, the other the bad, about Jeelani and members Syed in the establishment of peace created by miscreants could the murder of four real broth- tion, on Friday, at the PACC prominent artists Talat the connection of his stories Ameer Ali Shah, Dr. Darshan, be easily resolved through promotion of interfaith har- ers and, in another incidents auditorium, screening Mian Hussain, Sonia Rehman and to children`s murders. Sheerin Arshad Khan and mony at local levels.
Social media helps gender sensitive reporting: Hammad
20 couples wed in mass marriage ceremony
urged the authorities to ensure maintenance of peace and protection to life and property of common people. She urged men to bring their women into education and mainstream politics as it is need of hour. She suggested forming a committee to look after matters of education and livelihood of children and families of martyrs. She said that tolerance and respecting values of each other could result in restoration of peace. She announced Rs 10,000 for Hazara Solidarity Conference. Abdul Khaliq Hazara, Chairman HDP said that some elements who want to destabilize Pakistan and Iran were involved in hatching conspiracies to spark sectarianism in Balochistan adding that relevant forces including government.
Waterborne disease leading killer: WHO most active phase unusually. To a question, Dr Hanif said that floods are not expected anywhere so far, however the National Weather Forecasting Center (NWFC) Islamabad and all Regional Centers are closely monitoring the active monsoon rains in coming days and will inform the concerned authorities about the situation before time. According to the met office, the rainfall recorded during the last 24 hours was Islamabad (Zero Point) 161mm, Islamabad (Golra) 78, Rawalpindi (Saidpur) 64, Islamabad (Chaklala) 55, Rawalpindi (Shamsabad) 52, M.B.Din 45, Rawalpindi (Bokra) 34, Kotli 13, Mangla 12, Dir 11, Kakul and Gujranwala 08, Bunji 07, Parachinar and Pattan 04, Malamjabba 03, Risalpur 02, Lahore (PBO) and Murree 01 mm.
Guns and Roses Juxtaposed
Sheikh Mohammad Tariq Rasheed paid a visit to the PTV Karachi Centre, the other day. The visitors were cordially welcomed by the General Manager Karachi Centre Mustafa Kamal Mandu Kheil, Executive Program Manager Zartaj Ali and the Heads of the different departments. Later, the Convener Pir Aftab Jeelani presided over a meeting with the Managing Director PTV Yousuf Baig Mirza. Giving a detailed briefing about the Karachi Centre’s programs to the members, Managing Director PTV informed that the channel enjoyed full confidence of the viewers and popularity of both sports and news channels had risen to a great extent. He further said that PTV’s boosters are working finely to spread information and to provide healthy entertainment to the people residing in the areas affected by the extremism. The Committee Members expressed their happiness over the institution’s considerable increase in the advertisements and the resultant rise in revenue generation, and appreciated the endeavours of Mr. Yousuf Baig Mirza, in this connection.
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Russia for good relations with Pakistan
Myanmar’s progressive insight
NDEED postponement of the much-awaited and high profile visit of the Russian President, which could not materialize for unexplained reasons, caused some dismay to circles in Pakistan that wanted to develop good relations with the erstwhile super power. There are, however, rumours that the postponement had something to do with Pakistan’s inability to do necessary homework for agreements with Russian Federation on some important economic projects and plans. As abrupt cancellation of the visit was seen by observers as a setback, it is somewhat satisfying that Moscow decided to send its Foreign Minister Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov on a two day visit around the same dates his boss was supposed to be in the Pakistani capital. His visit was preceded by fruitful talks between a Russian delegation and its Pakistani counterparts leading to signing of three MoUs for cooperation for expansion of Pakistan Steel Mills, collaboration in Railway and energy sector of Pakistan. Hopefully, the visit of the Russian Foreign Minister would help sort out irritants, if any, at political level, paving the way for more meaningful economic and commercial ties between the two countries. It is rightly believed that ever since inception of Pakistan, Russia has been expressing its keen desire to establish and maintain close and mutually beneficial relations with Pakistan but there are reasons to believe that our rulers and policy-makers did not respond in the same spirit. It was, perhaps, due to some genuine security concerns that Pakistan put its weight in the Western block but with the passage of time it transpired that the country’s security and defence interests were instead paralysed by joining the Western camp. As for economic assistance and cooperation, American help did not provide any basis for sustainable development, rather it made the country permanently dependent on foreign aid. As against this, Russians have been willing to undertake projects of economic significance as witnessed in cooperation for establishment of Pakistan Steel and now interest for IP and TAPI gas pipeline projects. There is, therefore, every reason to promote relationship with Russia on sound footing and it is time we shun the past attitude and put this relationship on right track.
Nisar shows way out for Balochistan I
T is encouraging that the simmering issue of Balochistan, which re mained on the backburner for the last several years, is getting the priority attention it deserved by almost all relevant circles raising hopes for an early solution. As judiciary is demonstrating its firm commitment to contribute towards resolution of the problem, political leadership too has started focusing on the issue. We have all along been emphasizing in these columns that the issue of Balochistan is complicated enough not to be left to the Government or establishment alone to handle. It is responsibility of all segments of the society especially the political leadership to take keen interest in addressing the challenge on priority basis as it has serious implications for security and solidarity of the country. Therefore, one should appreciate PML(N) leader Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for realizing his responsibility in this regard as leader of the largest opposition party and the party that created Pakistan. The way he is pledging support to the Baloch leadership, as witnessed during his meetings with Sardar Akhtar Mengal and Sardar Talal Bugti, would surely help mitigate the problem. The impassioned appeal made by Talal Bugti to people of Punjab to listen to the grievances of Baloch people and extend a helping hand in addressing them is an indication of the fact that the political leadership can surely play a positive role in untying the knot. In this backdrop, the proposal of leader of the opposition Ch. Nisar Ali Khan for the formation of an All Parties Committee on Balochistan deserves to be given serious consideration as it has the potential to offer solution to the problem. In the past the collective will of the leaders helped achieve breakthrough on issues like constitutional amendments, provincial autonomy, devolution of powers and authority and NFC award. Balochistan issue is multi-dimensional and can only be addressed through a genuine and serious national effort.
Pak women cricketers take revenge W
HILE cricket lovers across the country who were expecting thrill ing performance and victory at the World T20 against arch rivals India by their team were totally disappointed over the dismal performance of the men’s team, Sana Mir led eleven member squad of women cricketers performed wonders at Galle the other day in a nail biting and fluctuating fortune match against India and snatched the victory by one run. It was an intense and nerve shattering drama but the Pakistani girls kept their cool with the sole purpose to give something to enthusiasts back home to celebrate. The performance by the women team thus took a sweet revenge and is yet another manifestation that with commitment and determination one can turn the odds into opportunities. In fact women in Pakistan are proving their skills in all fields, which were earlier, considered as the sole domain of men. They are at senior positions purely on merit in bureaucracy, banking, businesses, chambers, education and health sectors. Due to their hard work, the girls have regularly been securing top positions from Boards examinations to Universities degrees which is reflection of their aspirations to gain high ground in all spheres of national life. Anyhow, we hope that the victory of women team will inspire Professor Hafeez led team to overcome its weaknesses and deliver in the field. We may point out that there is lot of talent in the team but the players lack mental strength. Statistics prove that if our team loses the opening wicket early, then it starts taking pressure resulting in fall of wickets one after the other. Victory or defeat is part of a sport but the playing eleven must enter the field devising its strategies in the dressing room how to confront the opponents in odd situation and if it keeps nerves on hold, we are certain it can emerge victorious against any team.
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Media & the Supreme Court who holds public office or cases in which public interest has possibly hurt. And it is Kuldip Nayar been the accused in these Email:firstname.lastname@example.org very cases that are likely to take this fresh route created by Justice Kapadia. If this judghe news was that the Su ment had come earlier, former preme Court hadn’t framed telecom minister A Raja would any blanket guidelines for have cited it and moved an appelmedia coverage of court cases. late court asking for the media to Most people felt relieved. How- keep out of the 2G spectrum trial. ever, much to the dismay of those In fact, all those who wrongfully who believe in open justice and received coal blocks from the govfree speech, the court had actually ernment would be hoping that indone worse. It may be a personal vestigating agencies take the matvictory for the outgoing Chief Jus- ter to the courts quickly, so that the tice of India S.H. Kapadia, but a media limelight could be taken off reverse for the rule of law. The them by asking for a postponement highest judicial officer of the coun- order. During the hearing of the try, a man widely believed to be a case, Justice Kapadia did not apcrusader against corruption, has preciate that news, if postponed, perhaps unknowingly, given pow- would cease to be news. He failed erful defendants a route to black to adhere to all the assistance renout the press from covering trials. dered to the court by the finest leThe verdict by the Supreme gal brains, including Soli J. Court’s five-judge bench has held Sorabjee, Fali S. Nariman and that courts have the power to pun- Rajeev Dhavan, who warned that ish for contempt and postpone pub- a very delicate balance would be lication or broadcast of develop- disturbed if the court went ahead ment in hearings. This means that with its plan. But Justice Kapadia any person accused in a civil or had some other ideas. How the court got to this point criminal case can file a petition to a high court or the Supreme Court is interesting. Having observed to allege that his or her rights have Kapadia for nearly his entire term been affected by the media cover- as Chief Justice of India, it became age. The media is not interested in evident to me that the allegations that reporting cases where the accused surfaced after he delivered the judgare unknown and have committed ment in the landmark Vodafone tax what editors would term, ‘routine case hurt him deeply. A petition crime’. Newsrooms are interested wanting to keep Justice Kapadia out in reporting cases that involve fa- of the case made its way to the apex mous or power people, someone court. As expected, it was dismissed
by another bench, but it left a scar on Kapadia’s mind. Justice Kapadia is known to be a voracious reader and consumer of media. The play the petition received in the press, particularly since it involved his son, Hoshnar, took a toll on him. Subsequently, another article alleged that since his son-in-law, Jahangir Press, worked for the Tata Group, Kapadia should not hear cases involving the corporate house. He transferred all Tata Group matters to other benches. The media did not notice this at the time, but the move spoke volumes about how much his reputation meant to him. Justice Kapadia came from a modest background and once famously said integrity was the only asset he possessed. The manner in which the media lapped up allegations against him, perhaps hurt Kapadia. The 1113 complaints he received from senior counsels and letters he said he received from under trials, claiming the media had condemned them even before a court convicted them, was probably what made Kapadia constitute the five-judge constitution bench to deal with media excesses. When courts choose to act on letters, reports or complaints, the documents are generally converted into petitions and placed on record. However, none of the letters received by Justice Kapadi from the under trials were made part of the record. Some complaints by lawyers like Nariman, K.K. Venugopal and Harish Salve were used. The hearing itself seemed to be a waste of time since nothing new was argued or discussed before the court. The judges were asked not to upset the cardinal balance between the freedom of speech under
Article 19 (1) (a), its restrictions under Article 19 (2), the right to life under Article 21, and the laws of contempt and defamation. All that the court has done is to open the floodgates to petitions seeking postponement orders along with a temporary stay on trials that are likely to be of vital interest and importance to the public. My feeling is that the judges might come to realize in time that the judgment was not necessary because the courts with contempt power have the authority to postpone news. Justice Kapadia cushioned the reasoning by saying the press would be protected from contempt laws. None of the lawyers who argued for the media asked for this protection. Journalists were never particularly fond of the sword of contempt hanging over their heads, but this sword will hurt the people’s right to know. Hopefully, a review petition— the Editors’ Guild of India is contemplating one—will make its way in and the court will consider it. The court rarely reviews its decisions. But that is the simplest way. Otherwise, a nine-judge bench might need to come together to overturn this decision. And that might never happen. The episode reaffirms that the highest court of the land is indeed supreme, but it is not infallible. On this occasion, ego has got mixed with authority. In a way, Justice Kapadia retires this month with the judgment that may adversely affect the media, something which he probably did not want. —The writer is a veteran Indian journalist, syndicated columnist, human right activist and author.
The filth we call democracy miracle to come to their rescue. Our Politicians, GenShaukat M Zafar Judiciary, erals and Elite Email: email@example.com remained unable to discharge their national responsibility. The corruption, embezzlement and akistani elite are looting the plunder of rulers have caused depoor today, which has never spondency, unease and hatred been this bad since indepen- among the people of Pakistan durdence. Pakistan is badly impreg- ing the last four and a half years nated with corruption. Police are and their hopes, aspirations and decorrupt, laws are corrupt, and any- sires have died. Nobody is there to body who holds an official post help the people of Pakistan. Pakistan’s economic problems is corrupt. The higher the post, the bigger the bribe rate. Our politi- have gone from bad to worse durcians and their ally bureaucrats are ing the last four and a half years. not less than parasites sucking our Its real per-capita income is one of wealth like voracious beings. the lowest in the world. It is now a President Zardari‘s gang is busy debt-ridden country and has to pay with its looting spree without any enormous loans which it took from feeling for the poor. No one is safe the World Bank and IMF. In addiin this country with these cor- tion to abnormal borrowing from rupted politicians ruling the coun- local Banks including State Bank try. To make matters worse every of Pakistan, PPP government has institution in Pakistan bleeds from borrowed unlimited loans from wounds inflicted by greedy and these international agencies at very corrupt politicians. The Zardari high interest rates. The result is that government and his allies are no the country lies as a hostage in the fools. They know that the policy hands of the World Bank and IMF they pursue is murderous for the who dictate their terms and condicountry. They do it purposely. tions at will. It is a sad note that all They are killing the country. It’s the huge loans that Pakistan has part of the elite’s plans on the di- been taking from IMF, World Bank rection of their external masters. and private international and local Pakistan is not in safe hands. The banks during current regime has next step is to split Pakistan. They gone down in a black hole with don’t talk about it yet. But it’s the people ending up paying the debt agenda, but they will not be able back forever. People are the strength of any to accomplish it Insha’Allah. Furthermore, people are suf- democracy. This power is being difering due to price hikes, corrup- luted by “Divide and Rule” techtion, poverty, hunger, lack of jus- nique by President Zardari. People tice, target killings, and an utter have been divided by their religion, collapse of state institutions etc. cast and geography. Politicians are and are so fed up with the rulers elected by their respective cast, rethat they have lost their hope and ligion and geography have the conare apparently awaiting some fidence that they will again elected
upon these cards, even if they loot nations prosperity. For this they pay to the party. The political class has a firm grip on power and it is passed down to their children, with a staggering number of MNAs and MPAs ‘inheriting’ constituencies. Political dynasties have been established and the same names appear again and again on the political stage every time elections take place. Pakistan is said to have democracy. But what is going on inside the parliament is a mockery of democracy. Today the Pakistan is a sick and dangerous nation run by a handful of the politically powerful corrupt and cunning leaders. The people are also at fault who has always failed miserably in electing good representatives here in Pakistan. Despite, now it is very difficult situation because the people have lost their power of voting also due to rigging. The voting machinery is threatened and misused. It is very easy for the sitting regime to buy polling staff to temper voting results than to lure voters to vote. So the people of Pakistan have become really powerless. Another evil is that at grass root people accept money for vote then later just shout for their right for next five year. In many areas people boycott election for their right this thing highlight on day of election then result come and their voice goes into drum. Pakistan has become a slave to a cunning political and corporate class wearing a mask of democracy. Millions of Pakistanis are still deprived of basic necessities like food, cloths, shelter, medicines and education whereas politicians are generating huge assets. Our politicians are looting us, ruling us and taking away country’s wealth and corruption and bad governance has paralyzed whole country...people are living life worst than death in Pakistan ... but
till date we do not want to be united and raise our voice against corruption there can be no change. We all have to move from the terraces and become actively involved in it because it is for our own good. Replacing them with politicians committed to serve everyone equitably is the only way. People aware of today’s dangers have to lead, encourage others, organize and agitate for change. Those political class, who have been and who are, enjoying the fruits of a corrupt system is not in any big hurry to change the existing system to become famous and to please the people in the street! It is the people who should demand for required and urgent changes. It has to be a well thought out and disciplined action with passion but not with emotion! Unless people are willing to change their present way of life the status quo will continue. People need to assemble under some single umbrella to be heard. It is only the people who can root out the corrupt political system that the country is ridden with by not succumbing to the offers of and to pay bribes. No enactment of any law in this respect could bring the change that the people are hoping for. All the people should unite & need to clean Pakistan from corrupts. Are there some people who are prepared to take to this battle against the corrupt political class and how much anyone is prepared to personally sacrifice their resources is what matters!? If the politicians are forced to pay only 20% of their hoarded money as a one-off tax to the Government, and this money is put to good use- like infrastructure, poverty alleviation, education, health and tax relief to the middle class it will be great for the country.
yanmar’s junta is thinking out of the box. President Thein Sein’s remarks that he would accept the Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as the next head of state has a lot to be read between the lines. Though the stance is welcome, as it paves way for the strengthening of the infant democratic culture, it goes on to point out that the powerful military is increasingly getting marginalised in running the affairs of the state. The intention might be to use Suu Kyi as a bargaining card to undo sanctions loaded against the regime, and at the same time oblige the international community on its demands for reforms and democratisation. Whatever may be the reasons, it is a good omen for the Burmese that their resilience and struggle for an elected dispensation is bearing fruit. Nonetheless, there are big challenges before the regime, and that can’t be set aside with rhetoric. The first and foremost is to bring a real change in the social polity and ensure that the masses are empowered. Myanmar is one of the most downtrodden societies of Southeast Asia, and the issue has been further compounded with prolonged dictatorial rules — denying the people the right to free speech and economic enterprise. Similarly, the country faces acute communal issues, and that was evident during the recent Rohingya and Rakhine feud, which claimed thousands of lives as the government was unable to enforce its writ. So is Burma’s ethnic quandary. A more confident Thein is now better placed than before to address Myanmar’s political and socio-economic riddles. Suu Kyi has already done her job by volunteering to campaign for the embattled regime, and her services as the people’s ambassador at large are appreciated. The military and the junta that had ruled the country for decades cannot expect to live on the sole largesse of ushering in a quasi-elected parliament. The change has to be real in essence. Hoping that Suu Kyi’s personality cult can make the difference is a far-fetched theory. It’s time to do away with the legacy of repression.—Khaleej Times
Urgent need to restore stability in Afghanistan
he increasing number of sol diers killed in Afghanistan over the past few weeks is an indication of the regretful state of affairs in the country. Afghanistan seems to be in a state of deadlock — one that is costing the country dearly. Not only has such a state had serious implications on the livelihood of its citizens, but it has also thwarted the efforts of nation-building. A series of attacks against US and Nato soldiers has highlighted the seriousness of the security situation. The most recent incident is that of a suicide bomb attack that killed at least three Nato soldiers and an Afghan interpreter, along with other civilians. The suicide bomber is alleged to have been wearing a police uniform. Such an attack follows the ones which had been carried over the past few months — by uniformed officers against foreign troops stationed in the country. The toll of foreign troops’ deaths will not stop at this. The number certainly puts matters into perspective in terms of where the country is heading — an alarming perspective to say the least. If foreign troops are being targeted by those parties that are considered to be allies, then there is a serious issue with the relationship between the two sides. This is being said given the fact that 11 years have passed since the war in the country had started and its drastic consequences followed. Afghanistan today lives a tragic reality. For one thing, security has yet to be attained fully and across all its parts. This is much needed to ensure stability that will allow carrying out critical nationbuilding projects. And this highlights another important issue — the state of reconstruction efforts that aim to provide the people of Afghanistan with better infrastructure, health care and education.—Gulf News All good things must come to an end.
Causes of protests, visible & invisible Voice of the People Shams uz Zaman Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
he level of violence displayed in recent protests has left many dumbfounded. Despite that the video was several months old and became public few weeks ago, the level of rage and violence was simply beyond comprehension for most in and outside Pakistan. The pattern of this violence however is not new as people had witnessed such violence after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Danish cartoons and against long spells of load shedding. The pattern indicates that the rage was not just about the video but other invisible factors also fueled the anger as later protests remained mostly peaceful. In a classical Islamic state protesting is not permissible which can put life and property of people at risk and can be hijacked by anti-state elements as witnessed in Pakistan and even during London riots. Against any grievances, in an Islamic state, people have the right to directly ques-
tion the caliph or the governor and if not satisfied, have the right to go knock at court’s door. Numerous examples from Islamic history can be cited in this regard. Likewise, in case of a wilful blasphemous incident outside state boundary, it becomes incumbent upon the state/government to ask from host state to take appropriate action against the blasphemer or else it would be treated as a hostile act. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case in Pakistan where government is neither interested to address the grievances of the people nor is ready to regard the collective wisdom of elected representatives. Rather the government has willfully and by ascendancy deprived people of their basic rights by increasing cost of living to ensure continuity of their luxurious lifestyles. Masses are also humiliated and denied access to various public and government offices in the name of security, consequently creating three distinct classes in Pakistan and polarizing the state never witnessed since 1947. This polarization of society into ruling elite, the working middle class and deprived common masses view
each other with a degree of hate and animosity. On the other hand the so called freedom of speech or abuse in the west is extremely hypocritical in nature. While Muslims are deprived of this freedom by banning headscarves, forbidding minarets of mosques, prohibiting circumcisions and criminalizing questioning of holocaust etc, others are allowed to wear hats, engrave tattoos and abuse Muslim’s Holy Scriptures or Prophet with complete impunity. If the freedom of speech is just about saying anything regardless of how much violence it incites, then videos of Osama bin Laden, Ayman al Zawhari or the bomb making movies of Taliban also amply gets covered under the so called freedom of speech. Let us hope someone putting this freedom of speech to test by screening such videos in movie theatres at New York, Washington, Paris and Hague or by questioning as to how many Jews died in the holocaust? Indeed such an action would never be permitted by the governments exposing their hypocrisy and lies on freedom of speech. These double standards cast
an extremely negative shadow on the collective conscious of Muslims germinating seeds of hate and revenge against the west. Muslims, especially in deprived countries once learn about the complacence of rulers with the West through wiki-leaks, their anger triggers into rage against their rulers be it the blasphemy or load shedding. Once these deprived masses try to avenge the representatives of states, willfully purporting this blasphemous campaign, and state machinery stops them by applying force, this rage is then unleashed onto the state, its symbols and the upper classes. Ideology, like religion, just becomes a catalyst in such kind of protests. The anatomy of this raging violence across the Muslim world, therefore needs to be understood in right perspective. If the right to abuse becomes acceptable under the so-called ‘freedom of speech’ then the killing of Chris Stevens should also be anticipated in display of ‘freedom of action’. —The author is an M.Phil Scholar at: Strategic and Nuclear Studies Department National Defence University Islamabad.
How Pak-US ties can improve? started improving. Now as a result of meeting of Pakistan’s Foreign Minister and US secretary of State Col M Hanif (R) both countries have Email: email@example.com agreed to re-start negotiations of the working groups which had been constituted for negotiats US ally in war on terror be ing establishment of strategic partnering fought in Afghanistan for ship between two countries. But, dethe last 10 years, Pakistan-US spite these efforts the speed of imrelations have been ridden with mu- provement of relations is very slow tual suspicions and lack of trust in and trust deficit still prevails which each other. The US has been accus- is required to be addressed on prioring Pakistan of not doing enough ity basis as both countries have to despite the fact that Pakistan has work together to bring peace in Afcommitted large strength of its ghanistan preferably before completroops to fight terrorists in FATA tion of withdrawal of US and NATO and Swat areas (almost equal to forces, by end of 2014. coalition forces in Afghanistan) and Pakistani politico-military leadsuffered colossal human and eco- ership, intellectual community and nomic losses in the process. common people very well understand US secret attack on Osama’s that keeping good relations with the hideout in Abbottabad city without US is very important for Pakistan. prior information of Pakistan further But what they want is that future reenlarged the trust deficit. Attack on lations with the US should be based Pakistan’s Salala security check post on respecting Pakistan’s sovereignty by the US troops killing 24 military by the US and honouring each other’s personnel was the worst incident as national interests. While the US a result of which, in protest, Pakistan wants to pursue its wider national closed ground supply routes to US interests as a super power it should and NATO forces deployed in Af- also realize that Pakistan as US ally ghanistan. After about 5 months clo- has also to protect its interests parsure of supply routes US Secretary ticularly the core national interests of State, rendered apology on behalf in the light of its constitution and asof the US and the routes were opened pirations of elected representatives by Pakistan and mutual relations and people. Strategic cooperation
cannot be a one sided and zero sum game as probably US thinks in case of Pakistan as an ally in war on terror. Strategic community in Pakistan considers that Pakistan-US relations can be improved speedily but being a super power some meaningful and major initiatives have to be taken by the US with a view to addressing Pakistan’s concerns and turning Pakistani public opinion in its favour by addressing their expectations. In this context following suggestions and policy options are offered for the US policy makers. US may announce a concrete plan to help meet Pakistan’s energy needs with in shortest possible time since this shortage has very badly affected Pakistan’s industrial sector and also the common people. US should announce a nuclear deal for Pakistan like India. As a consequence, majority of Pakistani people is likely to consider the US a friendly country because it will end their perception that the US is after Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. This is because people consider that nuclear deterrence is the only safety measure against India’s aggressive designs. US should declare provision of substantial economic aid to Pakistan (without strings or restrictions) for ending Pakistan’s debts, bailing out its economy due to losses suffered on account of war on terror, then Pakistani people will fully support initiatives of the Pakistan’s government in brokering a successful peace deal in Afghanistan.
The US should give assurances to Pakistan that it will not give any military foothold to India in Afghanistan and will also not accept Indian strategy of exploiting its strategic partnership with it against Pakistan’s interests with respect to Kashmir dispute and Afghanistan. It is already being done by India by terming Kashmiri’s freedom struggle as terrorism and by having increased foothold in Afghanistan; she is destabilising Balochistan using its consulates in Afghanistan. While Pakistani people are not against USIndia friendship, they want that the US should consider Pakistan equally important in this region and should give equal treatment to it. The US should not insist on Pakistan to do more and may cooperate with it to carry out anti terrorist operations according to its own internal dynamics and environment. It is also not justified to say that Pakistan is providing sanctuaries to terrorists in FATA. For the last few years Taliban are controlling about 60% of Afghanistan’s territory and the US and NATO forces have not been able to expel them. Should it be said that they are providing sanctuaries to terrorists there as the US says to Pakistan regarding Taliban’s presence in FATA? In this context US is also not justified in saying that Taliban are coming from FATA to attack coalition forces in Afghanistan. —The writer is presently working for IPRI, Islamabad.
Views From Abroad
Netanyahu’s meddling in US election David Andrew
ome observers claim that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to tip the scales against President Obama in the elections this November. Judging by his recent behaviour – and based on my own research about how such efforts have played out in other settings – these accusations are probably correct. The realization that Mr. Netanyahu may be meddling in the American presidential elections could complicate the foreign policy debate on the campaign trail and have repercussions for future diplomacy between the United States and Israel. At the start of this month, Mr. Netanyahu suddenly began pushing for Washington to lay down new “red lines” on Iran’s nuclear programme. He also warned on Sept. 11 that nations that fail to do so “don’t have a moral right to place a red light before
Israel.” Next, anonymous Israeli sources (and reportedly Netanyahu himself) suggested that Mr. Obama was snubbing Israel’s leader by refusing to meet during the UN General Assembly. Despite an immediate effort by President Obama to soothe tensions through a late-night phone call to Netanyahu, the prime minister then went on Sunday talk shows to tell the American people that their president was not being tough enough on Iran. Netanyahu’s dogged efforts to highlight small gaps between the Obama administration’s position and his own have prompted accusations that he seeks to help elect his old friend Mitt Romney. Observers who accuse him of meddling include veteran columnists with the The New York Times, the New Yorker, Time Magazine, and Ha’aretz, as well as Israeli opposition leader Shaul Mofaz. Still, the current case is brimming with indicators that one of Netanyahu’s private goals may be to
shape the US presidential election. For one, he has a fraught relationship with the incumbent and a longstanding connection with the challenger. What seems to be a manufactured crisis over Obama refusing to meet him at the UN is especially telling. This sort of “snub diplomacy” is a classic feature in many past cases of partisan intervention. Netanyahu’s confrontational, exasperated tone toward the Obama administration over Iran makes little sense from a diplomatic standpoint. The Israeli prime minister has already received an unprecedented commitment that Obama will never let Iran weaponize its nuclear fuel and will use force if necessary to ensure this promise. Unless Netanyahu is calling into question America’s ability or the president’s word, existing US promises should really be sufficient (if not completely satisfying from an Israeli perspective). All of these factors suggest that Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to in-
fluence the upcoming American presidential election. This is a realization that poses both opportunities and challenges for the presidential campaigns on foreign policy. Regardless of who wins in November, the American president is likely to remember Netanyahu’s conduct during this critical period. In the short term, the prime minister may or may not receive additional concessions from Washington on Iran. But once Netanyahu faces his own elections in 2013, he will probably find himself on the receiving end of American intervention, either as retribution or reward. At the very least, this episode should serve as a potent reminder that international alliances are often messier in practice than most politicians would like to admit. The writer holds a PhD in political science from MIT and serves as a non-resident fellow with the UCLA Centre for Middle East Development. —Christian Science Monitor
Hateful cartoons and films..!
hat I love every morning is to spend time with my favourite cartoon characters. “What’s Calvin up to today?” I ask myself and eagerly read comic strip done so brilliantly by Tom Waterson. I quickly move to Hagar the Horrible and laugh out loud awakening my poor dog who looks at me glances at the page I am reading and wonders whether my writing has finally driven me nuts. Denis the Menace which thrilled
me during my childhood years hasn’t ceased being a source of immense amusement for me, and so also my dear friend Charlie Brown: How wonderful the gentle humour, witty and comic to squeeze smile even on sullen, surly days. But all cartoonists are not the same. While in college I had been involved in amateur theatre and we had a cartoonist who could quickly sketch what the director wanted us to do in the next scene. He had us in splits as he cartooned our different expressions, but very slowly we grew to dislike the boy; all he saw in each one of us was something he could lampoon and make fun of. Even the handsome hero was drawn with a jaw like a bicycle lamp! I slowly realized the
cartoonist was not trying to be funny, he was being hateful and his tool was his pencil. This was not a jester but somebody filled with anger and resentment who hit back at the world with his brilliantly drawn sketches. He drew not from art but from inner cesspools of hate. How different from those who make me laugh each morning. We now hear about twisted artists like film makers who have an ax to grind, a bone to pick who take goodness and distort it to bring in devilish evil. The film makers who have caused hurt to the Muslim world, belong to this kind. They are evil and need to be treated as such. They are madmen who should be put away in an asylum and key thrown away!
There is nothing funny in what they create; they are only results of a twisted, perverse mind. They are despicable bigots and the world should recognize them as such and not talk about freedom of expression. Freedom here is like giving gun to mass murderer, placing him in a school of innocent children, and after the dreadful act we protect him from shattered parents by telling them he has the freedom to shoot. Are we such fools? Have we become so insensitive to the sentiments and feelings of our brothers? Maybe it is time we had a look at some freedoms and wonder whether it is freedom that is being allowed or hate unfettered..! —Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Drones harm US itself KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ
he recent report published by Stanford University and New York University, warns that the CIA’s drone campaign not only hit very few key targets, but that the attacks have resulted in high civilian casualties including women and children and have greatly increased sentiments against the US in Pakistan. Pakistan foreign office issued several statements in past and said US Drone strikes are illegal and against the sovereignty of country but drones attacks still continue in Pakistan tribal areas border Afghanistan. It seems true that after closure of NATO supply line and tough stance of Pakistan government US is increasing pressure on Pakistan. Last eight years US drone attacks have killed more than two thousand people in Pakistan tribal area. According to human right organizations in Pakistan most of them who lost their lives were women and children. Former Mushrraff government prepared secret agreements with US government to carryout US drone program on Pakistani soil. Several human rights organizations including Amnesty international condemn killing of ordinary people through US Drone attacks. According to human rights organizations cost of any militants killed through US Drones is lives of ten innocent people. Only months ago both houses of Pakistan parliament condemned US Drone attacks and said Drone attacks are against the sovereignty of country. Security experts in Pakistan believe that because of killing of ordinary people, Drone attacks are main cause of revenge suicide attacks in Pakistan which is causing harm to Pakistan economy. After killings of innocent people militants groups find it easy to use destruction of drone attacks for their propaganda purpose and hire new recruits for new targets. Even mosque, markets, public places and army installations are not safe from revenge attacks. After any done attacks US authorities claim killing of high value targets but true reality is that no prove is available about the claim. —Jeddah, KSA
Sindh Assembly & the ordinance MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL The ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) finally got passed the controversial ordinance SPLGO – 2012 in the house of Sindh Assembly on Oct 01 in grim atmosphere despite majority of the members of House were against it but situation was created by ruling PPP in a way that no one from ruling party dared to oppose it whereas Opposition parties demonstrated severe protest in the House. This reminds me of the resolution passed by the same Assembly in 1954 favouring controversial One Unit. It is very sad the prevailing PPP government been had pressurizing its majority members in Sindh Assembly to support it. If it was so what was justification of keeping Sindh Assembly intact? It is better to whither Sindh Assembly as we would at least save huge money of public from going into drain. The proper way on controversial issues are; to present some amendments in the Houses and after detailed discussions on article-wise, the law is amended in democratic atmosphere and not presenting the Ordinance in highly threatening and cohesive atmosphere as was done this time. It is very sad PPP rulers of Sindh government who were posing themselves as champion of the rights of the people of Sindh are bent upon to murder the wishes of majority people since inception of prevailing government for the last four and half year in Sindh. Further, the majority of ministers of Sindh government seems ready to sing the praise songs of Islamabad rulers by wrongly claiming: “PPP is more nationalists compared to others” but they are taking somersaults on all important issues. The highly bad governance in Sindh has put this province in further trouble. Spending of huge money of tax payers on prevailing futile advertising campaign to promote performance of Sindh government is very sad story. The people of Sindh are rightly of opinion that Sindh government has miserably failed to protect their national rights. Very sad! —Karachi
India won & Pakistan won ZAHID RASHID It was a super Sunday in Pakistan and India on September 30, 2012 when Pakistan and India were playing T 20 Super Eight game in Srilanka. As in all world cup matches between these two nations Pakistan Lost the game again. But this time our women cricket team defeated Indian women team on very next day so as to give cricket lover bit of console for Pakistani. Cricket to the invention of Britain and I think sharp rulers of Britain deliberately transferred this game in the nations under their rule. Because Cricket is a time taking game and if someone divert the youth of a nation towards this game it means they have spoil. One can imagine that if a young man of 25 year old spending 5 days to watch a test match which ends as a draw game how much he will lose in his life. Once I met a Chines Student in a bus, while everyone there was gossiping and wasting time but he was reading book during the whole journey. At the end of the journey I asked him about his reading habit. He said that “he never wasted a single moment of his life “ .I was shocked and came to the conclusion that this is the reason China became the leader of the world within few decades. I suggest to my fellows around Pakistan to be realistic and let the cricket game as game and do not waste time while watching a time taking game. In-
dia and Pakistan have many issues to resolve and loss and win in cricket does not matter for both of us. —Rawalakot Azad Kashmir
Media’s hypocritical stance SYED HASSAM AHMED Media at this time is considered as one of the most important pillar of the State and this remains an unquestionable fact as it continues to conduct its work on the directions and commandments of the State authorities. This fact of slavery to the government became more evident when it joined hands with the government to malign the peaceful anti-America protests ignited across the country against the blashpemous movie. The government conferred an important task to media to defame the protests and label them as emotional, angry and violent mobs. Media with the aid of government initiated negative propaganda against the peaceful protesters and shaped the nonviolent protests as inhuman demonstrations all of a sudden. What it did was giving maximum time and exclusive reporting to angry protests led by government thugs and not giving sufficient covereage to hundreds of other peaceful protests staged across the country including the most peaceful protests by University Students on Thursday and the one of Numaish Chowrangi on Friday. The giddiness of our media diverted the whole momentum and discussion against the blasphemy to the discussion that the followers of Islam are extremists and they could not even record their protests peacefully. Through your resource, I must suggest our media to show some maturity now and behave responsibility by giving equal time to both sides of the picture. —Karachi
Media maturity HAMID WAHEED The dynamic media today challenges the existing operating procedures in our government institutions. Propaganda an uncouth word has been replaced by polished media handling. Powers interested in misleading and moulding public opinion according to their design freely use and misuse media. The psychological media operations launched now focus on creating confusion and demoralization amongst target audience and increase the wedge between the leadership, security apparatus and general population. The developed world came up with rules for every game including war and the rights for prisoners. Most of this was refined and formalized by the culture of democracy. The improvement in technology, science and awareness benefited humans during bipolar era. We saw laws coming up to stand for humanity , values and media ethics. However post bipolar world suddenly finds itself fighting to find escape routes back to dark ages . This phenomenon has forced individuals, the corporate world and even the progressive political parties to realign but in Pakistan the government and its institutions are still not in pace with these media challenges. The recent strategies running in media provide us an opportunity to study, analyse and enhance our capability of understanding at individual as well as institutional level . The happenings of last fortnight indicate a media focus on dividing and creating wedge between institutions . It started with US based News paper which wrote quoting officials that, CIA sends monthly Fax to ISI, outlining drone attack plans; Pakistan’s continued clearance of air space is considered “tacit consent” . The statement clearly had Pakistan Foreign Ministry and Its Army in focus. B Raman a well known Indian RAW official now turned into a writer and analyst wrote in March this
year that,” Covert action capability is an indispensable tool for any State having external adversaries. Its purpose is not just collection of intelligence, but the protection of national interests and the safeguarding of national security through deniable actions of a political, economic, paradiplomatic or para-military nature. A State resorts to covert action if it finds that its national interests cannot be protected or its national security cannot be safeguarded through conventional political, economic, diplomatic or military means or if it concludes that such conventional means are not feasible. This is a true representation of RAW and other hostile agencies policies and mind which need to be known to all who are daily bombarded with media information. More than acquiring information, today it is more important to identify and understand the flow of information. Unfortunately our politicians and institutions lack research and analysis wings to support their thought and in process they not only become prey to hostile agenda but also unknowingly become their supporting tool. The nation will have to undergo such media strategy in coming days and weeks as elections close up and major events like Abbottabad commission report and Akhter Mengal’s six points move forward. Balochistan is the backbone of Pakistan and at same time this area has international interests. The national and international stake holders will keep enforcing and spreading desired view. A common Pakistani will require analytical support to understand issues concerning their future. The institutions and political figures will be increasingly targeted and used. The analysts and patriotic media has a challenge in the offing but before that, let us start asking the first question to the information reaching us. Is this true? and taking the first immediate step to share and ensure false propaganda does not succeed . —Rawalpindi
LAN charges on gas bills SILA ZAHID LATIF SHEIKH I want to draw the attention of concerned authorities over the issue of extra charging on gas bills. My last month bill was of 122 units and when I went to pay my bill they asked me to pay for 200 units. When I asked for the reason they said that these are LAN charges and if more than 100 units are used than you have to pay for 200 units whether you have used 101 units or 199 units. This does mean that you have to pay almost the double of what you have used. The question is why aren’t they receiving charges from those who are stealing gas and not paying bills. Gas is being stolen by commercial users but these LAN charges are applied on residential consumers. The people who are responsible for this dishonesty are those who own mills, factories, industries, and other commercial means. Because of some dishonest people why the innocent ones are being targeted to pay extra bills? These extra LAN charges are unfair. If this stealing of gas is a big problem so the concerned people should take appropriate steps for overcoming gas theft rather than imposing extra charges on innocent people of Karachi as they are already living in threatening situation. —Via email
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URING anti-Japanese protests in Beijing, a group of about 50 demon strators surrounded the car of the American ambassador, Gary Locke, chanted slogans about disputed islands, and prevented the vehicle from entering the embassy compound until Chinese security personnel intervened. The incident showed that, in the mind of the Chinese public, the United States was very much on Japan’s side despite Washington’s repeated assertions that it does not take any position on the “ultimate sovereignty of the Senkaku’’ or Diaoyu islands. But while the United States says that it is neutral in the dispute, it has also said that the islands are covered by the U.S.-Japan security treaty of 1960 and thus under American military protection. The American defense secretary, Leon Panetta, who visited Japan and China a couple of weeks ago, urged both countries to exercise “calm and restraint, saying “it is extremely important that diplomatic
America’s dilemma in Asia means on both sides be used.’’ Chinese officials, meanwhile, urged Washington to honor its promise of not taking sides. From China’s standpoint, the U.S. is in Japan’s corner and thus cannot be an impartial mediator. Indeed, China traces the problem to actions taken by the United States. A Chinese Foreign Ministry statement issued Sept. 10 pointed out that, while the San Francisco peace treaty placed the Ryukyu islands under the trusteeship of the United States in 1951, two years later the United States “arbitrarily expanded its jurisdiction to include the Diaoyu island and its affiliated islands.’’ Twenty years later, when the United States agreed to return Okinawa to Japan, the Diaoyu islands were included in the reversion. Relations between China and Japan are at their lowest point since 1972, when they were first established. Certainly, a great deal has changed. China has replaced Japan as the world’s sec-
ond largest economy and is expected to overtake the United States to become number one in the not too distant future. China’s new-found confidence is reflected in utterances in the official media. On Sunday,
As for the American policy of “returning’’ to Asia, a People’s Daily commentary declared: “The current Asia is completely different from the Asia in the Cold War period. China’s comprehensive national strength has obviously grown and its international status has greatly risen.’’ the People’s Daily newspaper called on Japan to “repent’’ and said that “Japan’s two-decade economic downturn has rapidly changed the power balance between China and Japan.’’ “China is no longer a weak opponent,’’ the Global Times declared, “regardless of the role of the U.S. in the matter. Strategic confrontation is not a choice for Japan.’’ Indeed, in a commentary before Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Beijing earlier
Libyans Lament Their Missing Army YASMINE RYAN
Following the US-led invasion of Iraq, the West backed the extensive purging of the state security forces to STABLISHING an army has rid the bureaucracy of anyone and evalways been imperative for a eryone who had been loyal to Saddam State’s viability and the cre Hussein. The devastating chaos that ation of a sense of national followed was, as New York Times colunity. Considering Libya’s security umnist Maureen Dowd recently devacuum - which resulted in the unconscribed it, “one of the biggest foreign trolled propagation and impunity of policy bungles in American history”. armed militias, - the National Transitional Consequently, the Gaddafi-era buCouncil has made security sector rereaucracy has been left largely in place, form its top priority. “Nationalizing” undermining the national instimilitias and integrating militiatutions’ credibility in the eyes men into the army and the poof many former rebels. “After lice forces should not only we won the revolution, we bring back security but also realised that the government help fostering unity among a was still controlled by people heavily divided country. Yet, who had been loyal to Gaddafi, this will take time and distrust especially in the interior minremains embedded since istry and defence ministry,” “many Libyans believe that Abdul Jawad al-Barri, a promipoliticians have funnelled nent former member of the money to whichever militias Libyan Islamic Fighting Group served their private interests.” (LIFG) who had been imprisMoataz Billah wears military oned in the notorious Abu fatigues, carries an AK-47 and Salim Prison until he was freed lives with his comrades in what during the revolution, said. was once an army barrack. He “The people who control dropped out of school in his the security forces are weak early teens, and says playing a small part in the Libyan revolution gave him working in that café again after he has and are not qualified for their roles. been driving around with a Kalashnikov They do not have Libya’s best intera new sense of purpose in life. in a pickup truck. But that doesn’t mean ests at heart,” he said. Brian McQuinn, “I want to become a professional he wants to go join the army.” an Oxford University researcher who soldier,” he said. Like tens of thouIn the eyes of the protesters in has conducted the first detailed studsands of young Libyan men who took up arms during last year’s uprising Benghazi, these men risk posing a ies of Libya’s revolutionary armed longterm threat to the government, par- groups, said that finding a balance beagainst long-time ruler Muammar ticularly when some of them have been tween avoiding the errors of Iraq, and Gaddafi, the 18-year-old has been waitallowed to become more powerful than establishing trust in the national instiing for the chance to join an army that is yet to materialise. In a country where the national security forces. History of tutions, was a major challenge. distrust Libya’s ex-ruler, King Idris I, “My understanding is that one of leaders have historically acthe lessons from Iraq is that decentuated regional divides to reinforce their own power, Many blame the National Transitional Baathification was a mistake,” he said. “The question is, then many Libyans believe that politicians have funnelled money Council (NTC) - the body that stepped in to what’s the alternative?” Shadow forces to whichever militias served run the country after Gaddafi’s ouster - for The NTC’s preferred solution their private interests. For the many Libyans frus- allowing the national police and army to fall was to simply sidestep those forces they did not trust, creattrated by the security vacuum, by the wayside. ing entirely new ones. When their government’s inability to was deeply wary of the armed forces the US diplomatic post was attacked in prevent the killing of the popular US he forged in the 1950s. He kept the Benghazi, for instance, the army and ambassador Christopher Stevens and three of his staff in the city of Benghazi forces weak and divided, creating para- police were not called upon to interlast month was the last straw. Popular military units he believed would be more vene. Instead, US staff relied on deanger over the lack of government lead- loyal. That was not enough to protect fence from two controversial, pro-Isership on security and the rule of law, him from the 1969 coup led by a young lamist, armed groups that have supGaddafi. Deeply distrustful of the planted existing state security forces: along with the ongoing impunity of the “treacherous” officers who had helped the Libya Supreme Security Committee militias, prompted 30,000 people to take him come to power, Gaddafi carried out (SSC), which is under the control of the to the streets of Benghazi on Septemextensive purges, killing or arresting interior ministry and the Libyan Shield ber 21. And hundreds of ordinary Libyeveryone above the rank of colonel. Brigade, an elite paramilitary force built ans have voluntarily handed in their Gaddafi made a watchdog paramilitary out of the revolutionary brigades. The weapons at collections organised over force of his own, the Revolutionary February 17 Brigade, a militia linked to the weekend. Guard. Viewed as the most ideologically the Muslim Brotherhood, also sent men Spurred by the protests, President loyal to Gaddafi and made up of men to defend the consulate. While Ansar Mohammed el-Megarif, head of the hand-picked from his birthplace of Sirte, al-Sharia, the group suspected of beGeneral National Congress (GNC) that it was charged with indoctrinating and ing behind the US consulate attack, took over from the transitional government in August, has promised Libyans spying on the rest of the armed forces. came in for criticism, many people in Few people interviewed by Al Benghazi were equally upset about the that empowering the army and police Jazeera in Benghazi- including military groups that were supposed to be proforce is his government’s biggest priority. Waiting for an army Even before leaders, government officials, and even tecting the Americans. ultra-conservative armed groups like Abdul Salam al-Asmari, a member the September 11 attack on the US conAnsar al-Sharia dispute the need for a of the February 17 Coalition, a group of sulate in Benghazi, there were some strong army and police force. However, legal professionals that helped organise signs that the new government has already been more proactive than the NTC they say unless each party feels they the weapons collection day, said that can trust whoever is in control of those the NTC had built forces that served had been. forces, winning full-hearted support for its own political interests. “The NTC In early September, Billah signed a the endeavour is going to be a chal- should have worked with the defence contract with the defence ministry. He lenge. Mohamed Taynaz, Libya’s ministry and the interior ministry, but is now a state employee, and will begin deputy defence minister, spoke with Al instead they gave all their support to receiving a monthly salary of 900 Jazeera about the many challenges of the SSC and other ideological militias,” Libyan dinars ($720) a month. Billah is overcoming the institutionalised divi- he said. “People are coming to see the a member of the Libya Hourra militia, SSC for what it really is. It’s a militia one of the many militias led by former sions of the past. The army’s command structure was centralised under the force that resembles Hamas’ Executive army officers who defected to fight Gaddafi family to the extent Libya did Force [Tanfithia] or Hezbullah’s military against Gaddafi. not even have a defence ministry until wing,” he said, arguing that the SCC’s Abdul Wahid Wanis, a captain in last year, he said. real loyalties lie with the Muslim BrothLibya Hourra who first joined the “During the last 42 years, Gaddafi erhood. Libyan army in 1980, said that the auSecularist activists are far from alone thorities had turned their backs on the ruled in a way that deliberately accentuated regional rivalries,” Taynaz said, in this criticism of the paramilitary many professional army officers who responding to a question about some groups. Al-Barri, who in his many years defected to join the revolution, and the of the armed groups’ reluctance to cede with the LIFG had fought for a more many unemployed young men like their autonomy. “People still think in Islamic form of government, also argued Billah who were eager to become soldiers. “We have capable people who these terms, and it will take some time that ideologues were undermining nato overcome their distrust.” His minis- tional unity. “The SSC was a great idea already had a lot of military experience, try has made steps to sign contracts during the revolution, to protect and we have new soldiers eager to get with former rebels and have begun pay- Benghazi and the rest of the country,” more training,” Wanis said. ing military personnel regular salaries, he said. “But since then, the Brother“Most of the people who particia carrot that the government is offering hood has taken control of the SSC and pated in the revolution were uneduto encourage militias to accept govern- it has been given the best equipment cated and unemployed,” he said, argument oversight, he said. and facilities. They took control of the ing that the military offered a rare opThe government has also begun election administration too.” portunity for disenfranchised young sending promising rebels abroad for “We want only two forces; police men to contribute to the new Libya. training in the United Arab Emirates, and the army. We reject the SSC and Nationalising the militias gives young men like Billah the opportunity to serve the UK and the US. France is offering Shield Brigade, we don’t want to turn their nation, rather than tribal or regional support to the Libyan navy, and Italy into Lebanon,” he said. However, and Turkey have also offered assis- Mohamed Ramadan al-Shater, a interests, he said. It also delegitimises tance. “When they return, they’ll be highly-ranked member of the Libyan those militias, normally from a non-miligiven good jobs, under the control of Muslim Brotherhood from Benghazi, tary background, that have attempted the defence ministry,” he said. denied that the movement controlled to define themselves as religious Avoiding purges Analysts say the SSC or any other armed groups. guardians, as well as those which have Libya’s international partners, espe- He said the Brotherhood, whose Jusbecome rogue criminal gangs. Not every militia member aspires to join the cially the US and the UK, have encour- tice and Construction Party won a disaged the interim authorities to avoid appointing 17 out of 80 seats in the security forces. Many have little faith in the national government, and relish any purges of top officials associated July election, was a civilian movewith Gaddafi. ment. —Courtesy - Al-Jazeera the power that owning weapons gives
them. Matthew Van Dyke, an American who fought with the Libyan rebels last year, said that many former fighters see their weapons as an insurance policy in case the national government veers off the path of democracy. “Some of those weapons they paid for in money, and some of them they paid for in blood, they will not give them up,” he said. “It’s hard for a guy who’s been working at a café his whole life to go back to
last month, the state agency Xinhua warned the U.S. not to try to contain China and said: “To be frank, U.S. power is declining and it hasn’t enough economic strength or resources to dominate the Asia-Pacific region.’’
And Xinhua bluntly called on the U.S. to “take concrete steps to prove that it is returning to Asia as a peacemaker instead of a troublemaker.’’ Ever since Richard Nixon’s visit to China in 1972, the U.S. has tried, without success, to convince Beijing that its alliance with Japan does not constitute a threat to China. The Chinese evidently see the current crisis as an opportunity to drive a wedge between the two allies. They are advising Japan to play an
independent role and act as a bridge between the U.S. and China. At the same time, they are telling the U.S. that it stands to benefit from cooperating with China while warning the U.S. that Japan is steadily moving to the right and may one day constitute a threat to the world. The current crisis presents the United States with a dilemma. Japan is its chief ally in Asia and any sign that Washington is reneging on its treaty commitments will cast doubt on the value of its treaties with other countries. On the other hand, China is clearly the power to deal with in the future and the U.S. doesn’t want to jeopardize that relationship. But China is right that the current deadlock is partly a result of American policies during the cold war. The question is what can the U.S. do today? The answer seems to be: precious little. Still, it must use whatever influence it has to see to it that the crisis remains no more than a war of words. The United States needs to be seen as doing something to resolve a problem that it helped to create. Frank Ching is a journalist and commentator based in Hong Kong. Email the writer at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @FrankChing1.—Courtesy - Korea Times.
How unholy is foreign aid? and the donor countries. As a matter of practice, the long-term benefits for the donor countries are rarely stated or even discussed in FA arrangements. This lack of full disclosure permits the critics and political opportunists to paint FA as unholy endeavours with hidden agenda. Importantly, however, that the agenda of long-term benefits for the donor country is not being delineated does not make the offering of
technology and know-how from the multinationals to the recipient country. It is true that in some cases, the HE popularly alleged part donor countries may insist on the ners of this unholy FA alli employment of specific firms for FA ance are the donor govern projects. But in those instances, it ments, institutions like the is generally because the technologiWorld Bank, IMF and the UN, intercal information is very sensitive national NGOs and large multinationand/or its transfer or leakage may als. Political parties in the recipient pose a security risk, as in the case countries are often labeled as agents of nuclear power plants. Sixth, unof the FA alliance by many of their like the multinationals, the citizens, intellectuals and media. NGOs are non-profit This commentary attempts to evaluCritics of foreign aid (FA) often organisations. As they carry ate the merits of this perception of on their development work in FA being unholy or immoral. The argue that it is primarily used by the the recipient countries, their focus here is on whether FA is conmandate may require them to trived as an unholy endeavour, not rich nations as an influence peddling the extent to which FA has histori- mechanism to augment the interests of promote specific types of economic or social practices cally helped or harmed the recipiand institutions. Critics argue ent countries. There are several the citizens and organisations of the angles to look at this issue. donor countries at the expense of the that the preferences of the NGOs lead to transformation First, except in unusual circumaway from the traditions of the stances such as Iraq and Afghani- recipient countries. recipient country. Yes, they stan, FA is not forcibly parachuted into the recipient countries; by and FA unholy in any way. Fourth, it is can and yes, they do. The important large it is the recipient countries that true that there can be collusion be- thing, however, is that none of this seek out FA. Second, critics may ar- tween the international agencies and is done by compulsion, all NGO acgue that the alliance manufactures a the rich donor countries funding these tivities take place upon the approval crisis environment or a pretext in gen- agencies. But this is known, rational of the government of the recipient eral, that forces a recipient country and expected. Doesn’t it make sense country and within the laws of the to request and accept FA. This could that the donor countries have a major land, NGOs are not making any indeed be the case for achieving geo- say about the FA operations of the money from such activities and there political objectives of mighty or as- agencies they fund? Thus, for ex- is no owner of NGOs. They raise a piring donor countries. In such in- ample, suppose the major donors ask significant part of their FA funds the WB to cancel a previously ap- from the well-meaning citizens across stances, FA can be termed unholy if the geo-political outcomes are detri- proved loan to Bangladesh because the world including those from their mental for the recipient country. There of corruption allegations. Is this im- home base or donor country, and the is nothing unholy about the manu- moral? Not really. Governance is a operations of NGOs create local factured pretext if both the donor and major concern everywhere and it can employment and transfer of technolthe recipient ultimately benefit from only be beneficial for the people of ogy and know how. So, what is unBangladesh if the WB uses the FA holy about the operations of the the geo-political outcomes. Third, it is important to keep in window judiciously to help improve NGOs? atmosphere in To conclude, there is not much mind a framework of mutual benefits governance Bangladesh. that is unholy or immoral about FA. for the parties to an endeavour. OneFifth, multinationals do profit from So long as the FA activities are mudirectional flow of benefits is inherently unsustainable in the long term, FA through consulting, banking, con- tually consented to, respect the especially when resources are scarce. struction, et cetera, in the process of laws of the land and the terms of implementing FA funded projects. In the contracts, and are not designed As such, that the FA alliance may seek to harness benefit from FA for most cases, the multinationals obtain to benefit the donor countries and their stakeholders is rational, and these businesses through competitive institutions at the expense of the should be expected instead of sus- bidding process and quite often they recipient country counterparts, the pected or despised. After all, FA seek the services of local lobbyists perceived unholy alliance is just transfers to the recipient country im- and partnership of local firms. As long that, imagined, not factual, and the ply foregone opportunities (such as as the multinationals carryout these allegations are likely spawned by curtailing budget deficit) in the do- activities in a legal manner and within political opportunism or an inhernor country. What could be truly at the stipulated conditions of specific ent philosophical intolerance for stake is the sharing of the long-term FA ventures, there is nothing unholy foreign practices and institutions. benefits of FA between the recipient about it. In fact, there is a transfer of —Courtesy - Daily Star
Afghanistan’s ‘Green on Blue’ Nightmare ROBERT DREYFUSS
“warning and reporting system for insider threats,” including a process for anonymous tips, and more. Still, in early September, U.S. Special Operations forces suspended training the particularly troublesome Afghan Local Police (ALP) after the August 17
Then, over the weekend of September 15-16, six more coalition troops were killed in two insider attacks. That TTACKS on coalition spike caused the U.S./ISAF command troops by members of Af in Afghanistan to suspend indefinitely ghan security forces en so-called “mentoring” operations with danger partnering programs Afghan security forces. and point to grave cultural misunderWhile the Pentagon offistandings. With just over two cials have confirmed that years to go before the complepartner joint operations have tion of the U.S. drawdown in already returned to their norAfghanistan, insider attacks on mal levels, the incident called U.S. and coalition troops have into question the viability of risen to an all-time high. So far the U.S. strategy to hand in 2012, 37 separate attacks by over responsibility for secuAfghan soldiers and police rity to Afghan forces by the have left 53 troops dead in soend of 2013. The topic called “green on blue” inciseems to have figured promidents- those where coalition nently in a video conference forces are attacked by a membetween President Barack ber of the Afghan security Obama and President Hamid forces- including two this weekKarzai last week. The reend. The pace of green-on-blue sumption of partnering opattacks has accelerated sharply: between 2007 and 2009, just shooting death of two American spe- erations was probably a wise deci14 coalition troops fell victim to insider cial ops troops by ALP members. An- sion, given that one consequence attacks, but since 2010, according to a thony Cordesman, the veteran CSIS of a cutback in partnership and tally by The Guardian, 106 coalition military analyst, said in the report that mentoring operations with Afghan “green on blue and other politically National Security Forces (ANSF) troops were killed in 63 attacks. might have been a rise in Another study, The rising pattern of green-on-blue incidents the number of civilians this one by the New America Founda- has set off alarm bells from Kabul to Washington and killed in U.S./ISAF operations, including airstrikes, tion, identified 116 escalation-of-force incikilled and 88 London. By mid-summer the attacks had already dents, and night raids. wounded in green- reached epidemic proportions, when a string of Some analysts have on-blue attacks since 2003. Mean- attacks left 10 U.S. troops dead in a two-week span, claimed that the decline in the number of civilian cawhile, Reuters esti- after which the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of sualties Afghan and coalimates that insider tion forces have caused in attacks account for Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, traveled to Kabul to 20% of all combat meet with senior commanders and Afghan officials to recent years is due, at least in part, to the greater numrelated deaths that ber of Afghans in the opcoalition forces discuss what was emerging as a crisis. erations. —Courtesy - FP. have suffered in 2012. By August, a series of emer- oriented strikes on both foreign and [Robert Dreyfuss is an indepengency steps had been implemented to Afghan targets may be giving the in- dent, investigative journalist in the reduce or eliminate insider attacks, ac- surgents back the overall momentum Washington, D.C, area, who writes cording to a report by the Center for in the war.” That is true, he pointed frequently for The Nation, Rolling Strategic and International Studies, a out, even though it isn’t clear how Stone, and other publications. His Washington think tank. Among them, many insider attacks are Taliban-in- blog, The Dreyfuss Report, appears stricter vetting of Afghan recruits, spired, and how many result from per- at TheNation.com. He is the author beefed-up counterintelligence teams, sonal grudges and grievances or gen- of ‘Devil’s Game: How the United mandatory interviews for Afghan sol- eralized anger against the U.S./ISAF States Helped Unleash Fundamendiers returning from leave, a new coalition on the part of Afghan forces. talist Islam’].
Suspend Afghan-Pakistan strategic agreement: Parliament
Panetta calls Afghan security ministers on insider attacks
KABUL —Afghan lawmakers Qasimi said that he believes vent and suppress the financing
WASHINGTON—US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called his new Afghan counterpart to discuss issues including insider attacks. According to a Pentagon statement, Panetta called Afghan Minister of Defense Bismillah Khan Mohammadi and Minister of Interior Ghulam Mujtaba Patang earlier in the day to congratulate them on their recent appointments. Panetta and the Afghan ministers “expressed their eagerness to work together to address a number of important issues, such as the continued development of the Afghan National Security Forces and preventing insider attacks,” said the statement. Panetta also reiterated “the United States’ continued commitment to a secure and stable LAHORE: Jamhoori Wattan Party leader Talal Akbar Bugti talking to the media persons after a meeting with Jamiat AhlAfghanistan.” The Afghan mission is e-Hadith leader Sajid Mir. plagued by an uptick in the socalled insider attacks, in which Afghan security forces or militants wearing Afghan uniforms open fire on their NATO partners and trainers. Such attacks have caused the death of more than 50 coalition members so From Page 1 far this year.—NNI KABUL —Mawlawi Ataullah in February, when Qurans were not exist under the Taliban reLahore. Faizani took time out from set on fire at a US military base. gime are now broadcasting muAfter selling Jinnah Pharteaching Islamic studies at a NATO issued an immediate sic concerts, dramas and Indian maceutical, he joined Danas girls’ school in Kabul to explain apology but nationwide protests films. In cities, meanwhile, young Pharmaceutical as a Chief Exwhy Afghans have a duty to re- erupted regardless. The anger has since been women often wear American or ecutive. “The ex-owners of the sist the occupation of their counseen in demonstrations over an European-style clothing with medicine company were intry. He quoted sayings of the anti-Islam video released on their compulsory Islamic volved in illegal sale and purchase of ephedrine but when Prophet Muhammad, spoke of YouTube, and in a number of headscarves. Members of the religious Anti-Narcotic Force (ANF) foreign troops humiliating civil- incidents involving Afghan seians, and ridiculed the corrup- curity forces deliberately shoot- establishment claim these seem- found Danas Pharmaceutical in that illegal business K ABUL —A Haqqani leader tion that runs through the heart ing their foreign counterparts, ingly innocuous developments involved of ephedrine, Imran Ahmed suggesting that tensions be— along with the illicit sale of of the government. suspected of supporting a sui“This anarchy has been cre- tween two very different cul- alcohol, drugs and prostitution Khan was asked to be appeared cide bombing that killed two as an ‘approver’ in this case to U.S. soldiers has been arrested ated by the West,” he told tures may be near a breaking — have contributed to the dete- avoid any punishment in this point. riorating security situation by GlobalPost. “The West is never in eastern Afghan province of When he is not teaching at encouraging immoral behavior. regard. Logar, the coalition said on happy to let Muslims be united.” Imran Ahmed Khan started a girls’ school, Faizani is an “There is a difference beFaizani’s views are common Tuesday. receiving threats from some inimam at a mosque in Kabul. He tween Islamic freedom and “An Afghan and coalition among members of the powerfluential government officials to security force today confirmed ful religious establishment here. said that non-Muslims who are Western freedom,” said Abdul stop appearing as an approver guests in an Islamic society have Zaher Dayee, a professor in the Clerics and scholars now openly the arrest of a Haqqani leader Sharia Law faculty at Kabul against the main culprits behind suspected of being behind the sympathize with the Taliban and the same rights as Muslims. the screen. But he added that this rule University. Sept. 26 suicide attack that question much of what NATO “I have just received a nodoes not apply to soldiers, who For him the relaxation of claims to have achieved. killed two coalition service tice from Federal Bureau of he insisted are a legitimate tarsocial conventions, the actions Far from being radical, their members in Pul-e- Alam disRevenue (FBR) for non-payget for attacks, including suicide of foreign troops and the pervamessage is part of a mainstream trict, Logar province,” the coament of income tax of more than lition or International Security demand for the creation of an bombings. “People cannot just sive administrative corruption 10 billion rupees that is not jusAssistance Force (ISAF) said independent state that would sit down with their hands under have combined to create an en- tifiable and seems to be mere a impose corporal punishment, their beards, they should react,” vironment where the Taliban are in a press release. conspiracy of some influential able to gain support. stricter dress codes for women he said. A Taliban-linked group of and greater censorship of the Away from the battlefield, “There is no democracy and persons”. He appealed to the conmilitants, the Haqqani network media. clerics feel a more insidious no Islam, there is a kind of ancerned officials of ANF to take mostly operates in eastern Affight is being waged against archy: people are looting land Their complaints about life ghan provinces and capital in Afghanistan post-2001 inevi- their religion. They believe this and houses, they are raping. No strict action against those who are involved in this illegal acKabul, has been responsible tably begin with the presence of can be witnessed in the govern- law exists, ” he said. for many high-profile attacks foreign troops. The occupation, ment corruption and empowerAlthough the Afghan gov- tivity of selling and purchasing including suicide bombings they believe, has actively en- ment of warlords that have be- ernment has occasionally ex- of ephedrine.—Online and Improvised Explosive De- couraged a litany of personal come a feature of life since the ecuted prisoners it accuses of vice (IED) against security and political ills in an effort to US-led invasion. serious offenses, that is not forces. More mundane issues are enough for men like Dayee who weaken the bedrock of society: The security force also de- Islam. also of concern. The media has claim President Hamid Karzai is tained a number of suspected The sheer depth of this an- flourished during the last decade a puppet of the United States.— insurgents, and no civilians ger and suspicion was evident and private TV channels that did NNI From Page 1 were harmed during the operaPunjab. He said the commistion, it said. sion on new provinces was established on the demand of the The Afghan forces and From Page 1 PML- N to develop consensus some 100,000 coalition troops on the matter. Rejecting reserhave intensified cleanup op- and asked for launching vations of the PML-N ‚ he said erations against Taliban and criminal cases against Interior the commission will continue other militants but the insur- Minister Rehman Malik, Farah the work and present its report. gents in retaliation responded Naz Isphahani and Nadia Gabol. The Court issued notices for He said Pakistan People’s Party by suicide attacks and roadside October 9 to them. bombings.—NNI KABUL—Up to 25 Taliban mili- were killed in a blast in south- has worked to improve the situIn his reply to Supreme tants have been killed in differ- ern Kandahar province over- ation in Balochistan and we Court on Tuesday, Interior Min- ent Afghan provinces within the night, the provincial government have welcomed the visit of ister Rehman Malik was of the past 24 hours, authorities said on said in a statement on Tuesday Baloch leader Akhtar Mengal to view that he did not have infor- Tuesday. morning. “A powerful blast took Islamabad. mation about the parliamentarTo a question‚ the Informa“Afghan police, army and place in a weapon and ammuniFrom Page 3 ians who held dual national- the NATO-led coalition forces tion reserve, killing 11 militants tion Minister said agencies are ity.—Online launched 10 joint cleanup opera- on the spot in the Kanjoso area working under the government They also praised the statetions in Kabul, Nangarhar, of Spin Boldak district border- and they have submitted their owned channel for promoLaghman, Uruzgan, Kandahar, ing Pakistan late Monday night,” replies before the Supreme tion nationalism and indigWardak, Logar, Ghazni, Khost the statement said, adding that Court about the Balochistan enous culture and traditions, and Helmand provinces, killing two local Taliban commanders situation. setting aside the foreign 14 armed Taliban insurgents and were among the dead. films and plays. The Taliban insurgents, who detaining 30 others over the past Chief of the Naval Staff vis24 hours,” the Afghan Interior have been waging an insurgency From Page 1 its the city Ministry said in a statement pre- of more than one decade, have Inspecting the ongoing senting daily operational updates. yet to make comments. A total improve relations with Moscow From Page 1 Naval exercise ‘Sea Spark They also found and seized of 14 people, including three ahead of the pullout of foreign 12’, Chief of the Naval Staff weapons, the statement said, NATO-led coalition soldiers, on mutuality of interest in enAdmiral Mohammad Asif troops from Afghanistan.This will without saying if there were any were killed and more than 50 oth- hancing greater bilateral coopbe the Pakistan Army chief’s first Sandila visited forward casualties on the side of secu- ers injured by a Taliban suicide eration and convergence of bases of Pak Marines in the visit to Russia since 2009, when rity forces. bomber in eastern Khost prov- views on various important rehe had made a trip at the invitacreek areas on. gional and international issues, Separately, up to 11 Taliban ince Monday morning.—NNI tion of his counterpart.—INP On his arrival, the navy the ministry stated. chief was given a briefing by It added that two countries the coast commander on also share the common objective various measures taken to of peace and stability in the ensure impregnable defence broader region and attach imporof this highly difficult and tance to regional connectivity peculiarly special area. both in terms of trade and enLater, the navy chief visited ergy cooperation.—INP various locations/forward deployment sites of the marines and appreciated the troops’ high morale. The Pak Marines and other elements exhibited their special skills in various demonstrations including From Page 1 raids and ambushes, under different environment. destiny in accordance with the The navy chief also witUN Security Council’s longnessed the ‘close air support standing resolutions on this matoperations’ by PAF aircraft. ter”. During his visit to the Kashmir, he said, remained creeks, Admiral Sandila in“a symbol of the failures of the spected Pak Marines forUnited Nations system rather ward-most border. than its strengths.” The writer is a senior eduThe president went on to say cationist, critic and a freelance that a solution could only be journalist) and can be reached at (firstname.lastname@example.org, LAHORE: President PML-N Muhammad Nawaz Sharif offering fateha on the death of reached in an “environment of cooperation.”—NNI email@example.com) former Supreme Court Bar President Asma Jahangir’s mother.
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Pak, India clash over Kashmir at UNGA
said that the planned strategic agreement between Afghanistan and Pakistan is meaningless and any work on it should be suspended until the country stops cross-border shelling into Afghanistan’s eastern regions. Several Afghan lawmakers including the speaker of the House Abdul Raouf Ibrahimi slammed discussions of a longterm deal between the two countries. “Afghan people are the victims of violence and terrorism and Pakistan is the real cause of that,” Ibrahim said. “The Afghan government should closely monitor the contents of the strategic agreement and consider the issue of Pakistan being a supporter and facilitator of insurgents in Afghanistan.” Ghazni MP Ali Akbar
signing a deal with Pakistan is premature and should be delayed, according to Tolonews. “Signing the strategic agreement with Pakistan is untimely because Pakistan is now shelling the eastern provinces,” Qasimi said. “It should be delayed until it changes its strategy and position against Afghanistan.” Kunar MP Saleh Mohammad Saleh called the agreement meaningless given just days ago Pakistani military were warning residents in up to 15 districts of the eastern provinces to leave their homes or be caught up in their incursion. MPs also claimed that Pakistan had clearly violated the United Nations Security Council 1373 (2001) Resolution which says all nations must pre-
of terrorism, as well as criminalise the willful provision or collection of funds for such acts, and to not allow their territory to be used as the terrorism fundraising efforts. “Pakistan is violating the 1373 (2001) United Nations Security Council Resolution which prohibits the funding of terrorist networks and obliges nations to take strong action against such networks. The United Nations should prevent Pakistan’s continued shelling on Afghanistan’s eastern provinces and impose sanctions against them,” Kabul MP Baktash Siawash said. The signing of an Afghanistan-Pakistan strategic pact by the end of 2013 was decided upon by the presidents of both countries in their meeting in the US last week.—NNI
Painful panic by dengue Similarly all the ‘tiers and cadres’ of health care have also been extensively trained , and educated to help the common man in this regard…..The task forces have been used to ensure the following steps in regard to taking care of all possible aspects of the dengue menace : a. Educate, the common man about all aspects of the dengue menace. In the schools the dengue virus menace is being taught as a part of the syllabus and questions have been included in the examination papers… b. Create awareness, about the danger: involved in falling victim to the dengue… c. Dissemination of information: about symptoms, so as to recognize and take immediate action… d. Help IN adoption of preventive measures:, to include use of mosquito repellant lotions e. Annihilate dengue mosquitoes by spraying insecticides, in the house and water containers f. Filling up or covering up dirty water ponds: in the vicinity of the living area and workplaces. g. A big anti-dengue virus volunteer force: has been created to hold seminars, workshops, and awareness walks are being organized in this regard on a regular and well coordinated basis with the participation of all people… h. A special anti-virus DAY: has been observed on the 2nd of September 2012 throughout Punjab for this purpose and activities were held in the whole of the province. in which ministers, members of assemblies, leaders of the civil society, Ulema
From Page 2 , students and women Due to the personal efforts of the Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Shahbaz Sharif, the campaign against the dengue has taken the shape of a dynamic movement in which all people and segments of society are vigorously participating in order to control the deadly disease. The concerted efforts of the Punjab government with the involvement of elected representatives and all tiers of society have yielded excellent results and the menace has been controlled to a very great extent. Whereas last year the number of cases reported were around 20,000. This year only 20 cases have been reported as yet This is because of the timely action taken by the government of the Punjab , under the table and active guidance and involvement of the Chief Minister…... The bold ,active, coordinated, inter active, mass man to man contact, integrated and allinvolving campaign against the menace of dengue has proven that when timely action is taken with the help and involovement of the masses as well as the professionally competent individuals advice then the results is totally in accordance with expected and wanted calculations. The only requirement is that the campaign or movement should be launched with total dedication, sincerity and involvement of all the likely to be affected or to be involved at a later stage in managing the evil and harmful and disastrous effects of the menace Indeed it has been proven once again that the age
old idiom “prevention is better than cure “holds given even today… The total involvement of the chief minister has shown that the PML (N) as a political force has mobilized its members and the masses at all levels to bring about an extremely desirable result out of the fearful and disastrous likely menace which was haunting the minds of all persons due to the evil effects and deadly consequences of the dengue virus which had caused a number of deaths last year when people were caught unawares, unprepared and off guard. The main cause was lack of awareness and this year all efforts have borne fruit due to the awareness created amongst the masses and all segments of the interacting people. Already the results are very encouraging and the number of cases reported has gone down tremendously. Indeed the continuous and untiring efforts of the Chief Minister .of Punjab, Mr Shahbaz Sharif have borne fruit and the situation this year has been far more satisfactory than last year and the mence has been restricted withn the result that during the last 8 months of this year only 12 confirmed cases have been reported. Whereas last year the number was in thousands… So we honestly could say that Punjab Government has done wonderful and great efforts… So I must say that “Congratulations to CM and his team”. The Author is based at Karachi, a Senior Columnist and Ceo of the Progressive Media Group.
Pak qualify for semis on net run rate From Page 1 Africa out of the tournament. “I am grateful to see the effort put up by the boys today,” said Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez. “It was a big game for us and we needed to be at our best against a side like Australia. “Once we got a good total, we knew we will do well because there was going to be help for the bowlers. Raza Hasan was brilliant, a great find for us.” Australia advanced to the semi-finals despite the defeat due to having the best net runrate in the group. The result left India needing an emphatic win over South Africa later on Tuesday to stop Pakistan’s progress. Sri Lanka and the West Indies have already qualified from group one. Australia, who have never won the World Twenty20 despite taking four World Cup
titles in the 50-over game, had breezed through four consecutive matches in the tournament before being halted by Pakistan. “Pakistan outplayed us,” Australian captain George Bailey admitted. “The ball turned a lot more than before and they used spin against us very well. “The challenge for us now will be to get the winning form back in the semis.” Veteran Mike Hussey was Australia’s mainstay with an unbeaten 54 off 47 balls, as none of the other batsmen managed to cross 15 against the rampaging spinners. Australia never looked comfortable after their in-form openers, Shane Watson and David Warner, were dismissed by the fifth over with only 19 runs on the board. Australia, who needed to make 112 or more to qualify,
achieved the target when Hussey cut seamer Umar Gul to the fence off the first ball of the final over. Two overs at the end were the only ones by a seamer as the spinners shared 18 overs between themselves. Pakistan’s innings revolved around left-hander Nasir Jamshed’s 55 off 46 balls, which contained four boundaries and two sixes. After the openers were removed by the sixth over, Jamshed put on 79 off 55 balls for the third wicket with Kamran Akmal, who made 32 before both batsmen were dismissed in the space of three deliveries. Abdul Razzaq marked his return to the side in place of Yasir Arafat to make 22 from 17 balls. Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc claimed 3-20 for Australia.—AP
Benazir Income Support Programme
Gordon Brown appreciates BISP’s major initiative on education NEW YORK—Federal Minister and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Madame Farzana Raja during her visit to United States held meeting with former Britain Premier and United Nations’ Special Envoy on Global Education Gordon Brown and discussed matters related to mutual cooperation on various social sector endeavors especially education. The meeting was a follow up to the Former Britain Premier’s meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari. Mr. Gordon Brown while appreciating the performance of BISP as a comprehensive social protection programme briefed Madame Farzana Raja about the objectives of UN initiative “Education First” that aims at helping the countries
promote education in the context of Accelerated Millennium Development Goals (AMDGs). He said that BISP’s Programme on educating children of BISP beneficiary families could prove phenomenal in promotion of education in Pakistan. Talking to former Britain Premier, Chairperson BISP recounted various steps taken by the Government especially through BISP for uplifting the socio-economic well-being of the poor in Pakistan. She said that BISP, the flagship Programme of the democratic government was also focusing on the education sector and about to launch “Waseela-eTaleem” Program under its umbrella for the promotion of primary education in Pakistan.
Chairperson BISP said that BISP has launched this initiative in a bid to provide basic education to every child according to UN’s MDGs. She said that more than 3 million non-school going children of beneficiary families registered with BISP will be sent to schools. She said that under this program BISP will be providing cash transfers while families will agree to send and retain their children in primary schools. Gordon Brown told Federal Minister that as UN Special Envoy for Global Education, he would continue his efforts assisting the Pakistan Government in promotion of education among the masses especially in the far-flung areas of the country.—PR
ECP proposes to triple election expenditures
President convenes NA ISLAMABAD—President Asif Ali Zardari has convened the session of National Assembly on October 5.According to a notification released from presidency on Tuesday, President Zardari has summoned the session in Parliament House at 10:00am. This session will be the 46th session of the fifth parliamentary year of the incumbent National Assembly. According to Sources, NA Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza will preside over the stormy session on October 5 at the Parliament House. —Online
MULTAN: Flood affected women in a vehicle moving towards safer place.
36 dead in HK boat crash off Lamma Island
Balochistan AIP chief gunned down QUETTA —Unknown assailants
HONG KONG—A collision be- juries or are in critical condi- reportedly operated by Hong gunned down chairman of
tween two passenger boats off Hong Kong (HK) has left at least 36 people dead, Chinese officials said on Tuesday. One of the boats was carrying more than 120 people to a Kayani attends fireworks display when it halfWar Games sank following late Monday RAWALPINDI—Chief of Army night’s collision near Lamma Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Island. Parvez Kayani visited Twenty-eight people were Bahawalpur to attend the pronounced dead at the scene. second session of Southern About 100 others have been Command War Games, said taken to hospital, eight of whom the Inter Services Public were later said to have died. Relations (ISPR) in a press A large-scale air and sea release Tuesday. The Southern search for survivors is still conCommand War Games started tinuing. on 24 September, marking the A Hong Kong government next phase in this year’s Azm- statement said: “Over 100 e-Nau series exercises that people were sent to five hospitook place earlier this year in tals during the incident; nine of Central Command. The them have sustained serious inprocess is aimed at reviewing and validating operational plans in the light of current threat spectrum.—NNI
tion.” Rescue work would continue, the statement added, because the fire department could not rule out that there were still people inside the vessel or missing. The collision occurred during a busy period for passenger travel in Hong Kong, at the end of a long holiday weekend to mark the mid-autumn festival that this year coincides with China’s National Day on 1 October. Power company Hong Kong Electric has confirmed to the BBC that it owned the boat which sank. It was taking staff and family members to watch National Day fireworks in Victoria Harbour. The vessel and another boat -
US Consulate reopens
NEW DELHI—Now, at least on one particular stretch along the unresolved 4,057-km Line of Actual Control (LAC), Indian soldiers can finally cock a snook at Chinese troops after years of being aggressively needled, Indian media claimed on Tuesday. Indian soldiers are armed with spanking new high-tech QRT (quick-reaction team) boats to patrol the highly-picturesque but equally-contentious Pangong Tso (Tso means lake in Ladakhi) in eastern Ladakh, which has emerged as a major flashpoint between the world’s largest and second-largest armies over the last decade, TNN reported. Located at an altitude of 13,900-feet across the Changla Pass, Pangong Tso has also become a major tourist destination in recent years after the Bollywood film of Aamir Khan blockbuster “3 Idiots’’ was shot there. But the sheer tranquillity of the 134-km-long lake, two-thirds of which is controlled by China as it extends from Tibet to India, cannot hide the strategic game underway there. Equipped with over 20 well-armed boats, People’s Liberation Army troops have been virtually running circles around
ECP seeks declaration on oath from MPs
STAFF REPORTER would reopen today (Wednes- ISLAMABAD— Election Com-
day) after two weeks of closure due to disruption of law and order following the anti Islam blasphemous film protest. US Consulate was closed down following attack on US consulate in Karachi and killing of US ambassador in Libya as a back lash of blasphemous film produced by a US citizen. In view of the fragile situation all foreigners were asked to suspend their activities. All of the foreign missions were reopened last week after the situation normalised however the US consulate would reopen today. —Online
mission of Pakistan has reminded all the parliamentarians and members of the Provincial Assemblies to submit fresh declaration on oath that they are not disqualified under Article 63(1) of the Constitution. In this regard, the Election Commission of Pakistan has sent prescribed Declaration Form to the Secretariats of National Assembly, Senate and Provincial Assemblies of Punjab, Sindh, KP and Balochistan.
Terror bid foiled
Electricity tariff likely to go down
is likely to be decreased by 4 paisas per unit. The National PESHAWAR—The police Electric Power Regulatory Aufoiled a terrorism bid as it thority (NEPRA) will hear a case recovered two remote regarding cut in electricity tariff controlled bombs here on today. The NEPRA said that reTuesday. According to details, duction in tariff would be made police recovered two remote in terms of fuel adjustment.The controlled bombs near Qaim expected decrease in tariff is due Floor Mills in Bara Sheikhan to increase in hydel power proarea. The bomb disposal squad duction.—INP (BDS) was called in which defused the bombs. It should be mentioned here that more than five terrorism bids have been foiled in Bara Sheikhan during recent week. On Sep 28, In-charge BDS Hukim L ONDON —It is costing a Khan was martyred during whopping 11,000 pounds a day defusing a bomb in the same for Britain to ensure that area. —INP WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy here, MPA resigns does not flee the country. Salim Ahmed The final bill could be LAHORE—Pakistan Muslim much more as the 41-year-old League-Q (PML-Q)’s continues to defy extradition to Unification Block Head in the Sweden where he is suspected Punjab Assembly Dr Tahir Ali of sexually assaulting two Javed has resigned from the women. membership of provincial Scotland Yard confirmed it assembly of the Punjab, it has costs 11,000 pounds every day been learnt. Sources said that to ensure that the Australian Dr Tahir Ali Javed has sent his does not flee his bolthole at the resignation to the Speaker of Ecuadorean Embassy, the the Punjab Assembly. Dr Javed Daily Mail reported. has cited personal reasons for The police bill for staking resignation from the seat of out the embassy where provincial assembly. He was Assange is holed up has alelected from Narowal on the ready reached more than 1 milticket of PML-Q. lion pounds. Officers have
Kong and Kowloon Ferry - collided, causing the HK Electric vessel to list, a company official was quoted as saying. The other boat reportedly had about 100 people on board. It was slightly damaged in the crash but returned safely to port, according to Radio Television Hong Kong. A number of passengers on board were treated for minor injuries. Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung promised an investigation into the accident. “All of Hong Kong’s emergency forces are focused here,” he said. “Wide-ranging rescue work is being carried out in the sea, on land and in the air.” Dozens of boats and two helicopters were involved in the search.—Online
Indian hi-tech boats to counter China in Ladakh lake Indian troops handicapped by slow, outdated vessels. In the past, Chinese boats have even disabled Indian boats by ramming into them. “Now, we have received 11 of the 17 QRT boats, each of which can carry 16 to 18 soldiers, ordered from the US. With these high-speed interceptor boats, fitted with radars, infra-red and GPS systems, we can do robust reconnaissance and area domination patrols,’’ an Indian officer told TNN. “If the Chinese come one km into our territory, we can go three km into theirs. Earlier, apart from some smaller vessels, we had only a couple of large speed boats, mounted with machine guns and capable of carrying 10 soldiers,’’ he added. As earlier reported by TOI, Chinese troops have notched up over 550 “transgressions’’ into Indian territory in all the three sectors - western (Ladakh), middle (Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh) and eastern (Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh) - of the LAC just since January, 2010.Eastern Ladakh has borne the brunt of this “increasingly assertive’’ behaviour by China. —Online
Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) Balochistan on Tuesday morning.According to details, unknown assailants gunned down chairman of Awami Ittehad Party Balochistan Dera Mir Karim Khan Marri in the area of Khuzdar, Chakar Khan road on Tuesday. Police has taken custody of the dead body while dead body has been handed over to the rela- RIYADH—Health Minister Dr. tives amid tears.A case has been Abdullah Al-Rabeeah has said lodged in this regard.—Online that all Haj pilgrims are safe and his ministry has not detected any epidemic diseases or malaria among the Haj pilgrims this year. Al-Rabeeah said the pilgrims, who have already arrived in Makkah and Madinah, are in sound health. He also specifically said there is no incidence of KARACHI —Lawyers all over malaria.Although the Sindh observed strike against new coronavirus is still prevalent, LG System while prisoners and there is no cause for alarm, said their relatives faced enourmous the minister. So far, he said, only difficulties. A shutter-down and two people were diagnosed posiwheel-jam strike was observed in tive for the disease.Ministry ofvarious districts of Sindh province ficials are closely watching the on Tuesday against the erstwhile movement of the virus. “We have Sindh People’s Local Govern- alerted all the ports of entry in ment Ordinance (SPLGO). the Kingdom to check any susMeanwhile a complete shut- pected cases among pilgrims and ter-down strike was observed in regular travelers. Most people inSukkur, Hyderabad, Larkana, fected with coronavirus are likely Nawabshah, Khairpur, Thatta, to recover after receiving the necDadu, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, essary treatment. This is a simple Ghotki and in some other small towns of the province. No public transport plied the roads. The protesters took out large rallies and burnt tires on the National Highway.—Online
million pounds. Last week, Foreign Secretary William Hague admitted there is “no sign of any breakthrough” after meeting his Ecuadorean counterpart Ricardo Pinto at the United Nations in New York. The comments came after the hacking activist accused the US of persecuting WikiLeaks and torturing Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking classified documents. At least four Metropolitan officers guard the embassy, on the second floor of a block of flats behind Harrods in Knightsbridge, West London, around the clock. They have set up a 250,000 pounds mobile command station on the doorstep of the building and occupy positions outside and in sur-
ment,” the official said. Justifying further the proposal, he said, in certain constituencies in Balochistan and KPK, the candidates have to reach out to remote and far flung areas. Moreover, expenditures on holding meetings and processions also cost more than the cost a decade back. “Therefore, when the candidates exceed the limits, they submit engineered figures to justify their expenditure,” the official mentioned. The officials however elaborated that the Commission will have a strict vigil on election campaign expenditures. “No matter if we have suggested increase but we are also determined to strictly monitor the expenditures.” The official quoted the example of India where Income Tax Officers monitor the spending and report to their Commission. “Although our ECP still awaits legislation on political financing, yet it has started monitoring the election expenditures.” To this effect, the official mentioned to Bannu and Multan elections four teams each were deputed to monitor the spending. “We had constituted four
teams each of every constituency with every team having four members.” When asked about mechanism of assessing the expenditure, the official said, these teams were assigned to make video of rallies, processions and meetings; hoardings and billboards and wall chalking and the meals served at the congregations. “Through this mechanism we could calculate spending to some extent although, it could have not been fully authentic since there is no laid down mechanism.” When questioned validity and applicability of this mechanism, the official said, of course it is a complicated mechanism. “But, somebody has to start somewhere. We have started this practice and hope to bring to it more accuracy and transparency.” Election Commission is diligently pursuing the reform agenda for making the election system in the country more credible and applicable. Numbers of proposals are with the government as the Commission awaits legislation on critical issues like political financing and making Code of Conduct for Elections, part of the Representation of the People Act. —APP
liable to All pilgrims safe, no Musharraf death: Talal Bugti epidemic: Saudi Minister L
Lawyers observe strike against LG system
SC rejects plea against Suddle Commission I SLAMABAD —The Supreme Court of Pakistan has rejected plea to prevent Shoaib Suddle Commission from probing Arsalan case. During the proceedings, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain remarked that judges also have their rights and asked for arguments to complete because Pakistan-Australia T20 match has been started. Zahid Bukhari who is counsel of Malik Riaz argued that Shoaib Suddle has personal as well as family terms with Dr. Arsalan Iftikhar, that’s why he is not hopeful for the justice. —NNI
Assange costs Britain 11, 000 pounds a day been watching the property in Knightsbridge, West London, since Assange breached his bail and claimed asylum in June. They have been told to arrest him if he puts “one toe” outside. Ecuador granted political asylum to Assange in August after he took refuge in the country’s embassy in London. Ecuadorean foreign minister Ricardo Pinto has warned Assange he could be in the embassy for a decade if he is not allowed to leave Britain. Critics have called on the Metropolitan Police to end the costly stakeout. London Mayor Boris Johnson confirmed the policing bill between June 20 and September 10 was 905,000 pounds. If the costs continued at the average of 11,000 pounds a day the total would now be over 1.1
ISLAMABAD—Election Commission of Pakistan has proposed legislation to the government to almost triple the election campaign expenditures for the upcoming candidates, sources informed APP on Tuesday. According to these sources, the Commission has recommended to enhance the election campaign expenditures for provincial assembly candidates to the tune of Rs three million and for National Assembly candidates to Rs five million. At present the election campaign expenditure limit is Rs one million for provincial assembly candidates and Rs 1.5 million for National Assembly candidates, the sources added. When contacted, an ECP official confirmed the proposal and said, it has been moved to facilitate the candidates who have vast constituencies. However, the proposal is still pending with the government as proper legislation was needed for enhancing the limits. “The limits at present are insufficient to meet the election campaign expenditure. We know that the candidates submit with us wrong figures. This legislation will facilitate them to avoid submitting false state-
rounding properties. Officers from every London borough, specialist police units and undercover squads have been brought in to join the open-ended stake out. Critics called on the police to end the stand-off but sources said the force cannot step back from its responsibilities to arrest Assange for breaching his bail. Australian hackerturned-activist is trying to avoid extradition from Britain to Sweden over allegations of rape and sexual assault in August 2010. Assange fears that he may be sent to the US, if extradited to Sweden, and face charges punishable by death for publishing some 250,000 leaked American diplomatic cables.—INP
supportive medicine meant to prevent complications. Nonetheless, in rare cases, a species of this virus entails acute complications to the respiratory system and kidneys, which may lead to death. Particularly vulnerable are the elderly and those suffering from chronic heart and chest diseases or immunodeficiency. Prior to the start of the Umrah and Haj season, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent out circulars to its embassies abroad indicating the quarantine requirements in the respective countries for the issuance of the pilgrim visa. This year, the Kingdom focused on diseases such as yellow fever, meningitis, seasonal influenza, polio and food poisoning. Stipulated vaccines should be given 10 days before the date of departure to Makkah and Madinah. —NNI
AHORE —Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) chief Talal Bugti on Tuesday said that former military dictator Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf was liable to death in accordance with Islam and democracy. Following his meeting with the leaders of Jamaate-Islami (JI) at Mansura, Talal Bugti talking to media underscored the need of a grand alliance of democratic forces before the general elections. He said he also invited JI, who assured considering the proposal. Talal Bugti also asked the media to come to take the lead without any fear in promoting the idea of a grand alliance, which was the need of the hour, especially in Balochistan, where tortured bodies were found and the democratic forces being killed. JI Amir Munawwar Hassan said that India was meddling in Balochistan and US intentions were crystal clear.—INP
Oral HPV rates higher in men than women
STUDY published in JAMA reveals that among men and women between the ages 14 to 69 years in the U.S., the overall prevalence of oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is around 7%. In addition, the researchers found that the prevalence of HPV is higher among men than women. The study is being published early online in order to accompany its presentation at the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium. “Oral HPV infection is the cause of a subset of oropharyngeal [relating to the mouth and pharynx] squamous cell carcinomas (OSCC). Human papillomavirus - positive OSCC are associated with sexual behavior in contrast to HPV-negative OSCC that are associated with chronic tobacco and alcohol use. At least 90 percent of HPV-positive OSCC are caused by high-risk (or oncogenic) HPV type 16 (HPV-16), and oral infection confers an approximate 50-fold increase in risk for HPV-positive OSCC. The incidence of OSCC has significantly increased over the last 3 decades in several countries, and HPV has been directly implicated as the underlying cause. Although oral HPV infection is the cause of a cancer that is increasing in incidence in the United States, little is known regarding the epidemiology of infection.” In order to analyze the prevalence of oral HPV in the
U.S., Maura L. Gillison, M.D., Ph.D., of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, and colleagues examined data from a cross-sectional study as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2009-2010, a statistically representative sample of the U.S. population. The 5,579 participants, aged between 14 to 69 years old, provided a 30-second oral rinse and gargle with mouthwash. In order to detect HPV types, the researchers assessed DNA purified from oral exfoliated cells through testing methods. Results revealed that the most prevalent HPV type detected was HPV-16 (1.0%) and the overall prevalence of oral HPV infection was 6.9%. The researchers discovered peaks in the prevalence of oral HPV infection in different age ranges: The first peak was found among participants aged between 30 to 34 years old (7.3%).The second among participants aged between 60 to 64 years old (11.4%). The overall prevalence of oral HPV infection was considerably lower among women (3.6%) than men (10.1%). The prevalence was also higher among cigarette smokers, former and current marijuana users, and heavy alcohol drinkers. In addition, the team discovered that the prevalence of oral HPV was linked to numerous measures of sexual behavior.
ISLAMABAD: Woman seen taking keen interest in paintings at an exhibition ‘Art from Balochistan’ at Gallery Louvre.—PO Photo
Art exhibition of Quetta-based artists CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The opening ceremony of an arts exhibition for promotion of Pakistani fine art, starting Wednesday, was held at Gallery Louvre on Tuesday. Ambassador of France to Pakistan, Philippe Thiebaud,
Minister for Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs, Balochistan, Mir Shah Nawaz Khan Marri, Director of Hunarkada Art Academy Islamabad, Jamal Shah, were guests on the occasion. The exhibition is organised by the French embassy in collaboration with Alliance
Française, Islamabad. The art lovers of the federal capital, by attending the exhibition, will discover or rediscover the contributions of the great masters to Pakistan contemporary culture scene. The exhibition presents the work of 7 renowned artists of Balochistan.
ISLAMABAD: People standing in queue to get free meal in F-7 Markaz on Tuesday.
Japanese film festival portrays Samurai epics SANA JAMAL
100% literacy rate can be achieved by 2020
ISLAMABAD—A drama comISLAMABAD—Chairman HEC bered at 134, with 295 Nation- had achieved their degrees petition in connection with the
campuses. from abroad. Punjab Youth Festival conI SLAMABAD —The Japanese (Higher education Commis- wideThe Chairman HEC also Javed Leghari also regret- cluded at the Rawalpindi Arts sion), Javed Leghari has exFilm Festival that opened here on Tuesday not only brought delight to the audiences but also changed their perception about the Samurai. Traditionally, the word ‘Samurai’ evokes images of determined warriors fully clad with metal armour, helmet and a sword. However, as opposed to swordplay and intense scenes, the viewers were treated to a different aspect of samurai, who were concerned, disciplined, and focused more on their daily lives. The Samurais showcased at the film festival, appeared more compassionate to everyone and dedicated to their families. Akira Kono, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of Japan to Pakistan inaugurated the Japanese Film Festival organised by the Embassy of Japan in collaboration with the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) and the Pakistan Japan Cultural Association that kicked off here at the PNCA, Islamabad on Tuesday. “The Japanese Film Festival in Pakistan is being held since 1995 and this year ’s theme is “Samurai Movies”, which would be a great opportunity for Pakistanis to learn various aspects of Japanese tradition, culture, lifestyle and society” said Akira Kono addressing the audiences. This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Pakistan.
pressed his resolve that with allocation of entire budget of Pakistan, 100% literacy can be achieved until 2020. Briefing the Senate’s standing committee for education here on Tuesday, chaired by senator Abdul Nabi Bangash, chairman HEC said that youth were attracted to higher education in droves. He said that it was due to this trend that university education had swelled by 4 times since 2011; while currently universities in Pakistan num-
informed the standing committee that only 7% of population had access to universities, compared to 12% of Bangladesh and India; and also said that many Pakistanis were returning back to homeland with PhD degrees, every month, and who were provided with best of opportunities. The committee was also informed that so far HEC had facilitated 2000 scholars with their PhDs, out of which half had achieved their PhDs from Pakistan while the other half
ted the fact that Pakistan with 1.7% of GDP was amongst six out of two hundred countries, having lowest budget for education. The committee gave directives to education ministry to brief the Prime Minister regarding the issue, and HEC be provided for to cover its deficit, which included disbursement of salaries. The committee also asked HEC to submit a detailed list of approved seminaries (Madaris) in the next session.—Online
Exploring Brazilian culture through Capoeira CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The beginning of Capoeira classes at the Embassy of Brazil is a wonderful chance for Pakistanis to learn about the dynamic and brilliant Brazilian culture. Capoeira, a Brazilian art form, is an amusing kind of activity that combines elements of martial art with dance and music. The Brazilian Embassy in Islamabad is organising Capoeira classes free of charge. To mark the start of Capoeira classes at the Embassy, the Ambassador of Brazil, H.E. Alfredo Leoni, held a ceremony here on Tuesday. Greeting the first group of students, H.E. Am-
bassador Leoni shared brief information about the Brazilian art form. Capoeira, an art form steeped in Afro-Brazilian culture, has been maintained for centuries in Brazil. “It was rarely found in African countries until recently, when Brazilian practitioners started spreading it again in its original continent. “Capoeira is one of the most important cultural manifestations of the strong links that still exist between Brazilian and African cultures”, he stated. Classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays (from 5pm to 7pm) for adults and on Sundays for children (from 4 to 6 p.m.), all at the Embassy of Brazil (F-8/3,
street 72, House 1). Prospective capoeira students must register through the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org since there are a limited number of places. There are no charge for participating in the classes but participants are asked to bring appropriate clothes that do not restrict leg movements and prepare yourself for a great workout, informed the instructor. Capoeira is a perfect way to get a deep understanding of Brazilian culture. It is a fun way to practice a healthy, physical activity, to have an artistic and social experience, as well as to learn about selfdefence in a social and friendly environment.
Dr Samiullah Koreshi’s book launched; Speakers highlight author’s rare insight
West urged to agree on terms of coexistence ASHRAF ANSARI ISLAMABAD—At the launch of a book, ‘Pakistan in the Era of Turbulent Diplomacy’, by Ambassador Dr. Samiullah Koreshi here Tuesday, the speakers greatly appreciated scholarly effort of Koreshi in taking close view of Pakistan’s foreign relations, 1947-update, in historical and philosophical perspective. Islamabad based think tank Institute of Strategic Studies arranged the launching ceremony. In his presidential address, veteran diplomat, formal Secretary General, Akram Zaki highlighted contents of the book to considerable length. He pointed out that the book by Dr. Samiullah Koreshi was unique in respect of not only its relevant and authentic
contents but also in terms of its treatment of the subject. “The author is a distinguished diplomat, eminent scholar and a political philosopher”, he noted, saying he educates through his book which portrays a rare sense of dynamics of history , culture and philosophy “. He shows clear understanding of such concepts as clash of civilizations and urges the East and West to tread the path of dialogue. Akram Zaki agreed with the author of the book that Pakistan needed to correct imbalance in its foreign relations. Zaki saw great perils in a world dominated by a single super power after the demise of the Soviet Union. He pinned his hope on yellow races and Russia that would restore world balance to great extent in near future. Former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Admiral
QAU bags first position in drama competition
ISLAMABAD: Ambassador Akram Zaki, Secretary General (Retd) Foreign Affairs is delivering presidential address at launch of the book ‘Pakistan in the era of turbulent diplomacy’. On the dais (from L to R) are Dr Samiullah Koreshi author, Admiral Iftikhar Ahmad Sarohi, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (Retd), Ambassador Gul Hanif, Chairman ISS and Dr Ikram Azam.—PO photo Sultan Bashir.
(Retd.) Iftikhar Sarohi made a special mention of Dr. Samiullah Koreshi’s distinguished diplomatic career and his dedicated services for the country in the realm of its foreign relations. He said the book is a clear picture of Pakistan’s foreign relations and it “moves like a movie” bringing the readers to experience the events themselves. Chairman Institute of Strategic Studies, Ambassador Gul Hanif highly appreciated scholarly work of Dr. Samiullah Koreshi: He said the author of the book has remarkably analyzed strategic diplomatic situation of the region in the global backdrop. Dr. Ikram Azam , eminent scholar of futuristics in his address touched on salient features of the book by Dr. Samiullah Koreshi. He said its style is simple and straight forward , but its treatment is
encyclopedic. He agreed with the author in his sharp criticism of Musharraf’s policies. Ambassador Dr. Samiullah Koreshi presented a vivid view of Pakistan’s foreign policy over the past 65 years. He said Pakistan for most part of its existence has followed independent foreign policy, taking care of its national interest. However he spot lighted grey patches in Pakistan’s foreign relations. He sharply criticized western view of Muslims and said there was no justification for Islamophobia . He said in this era of globalization, there was only one option: coexistence and dialogue, no confrontation. A large number of diplomats and intellectuals attended the book launching ceremony.
Council (RAC) on Tuesday. In the category of Supporting Actor/ Performer Aneeqa Gul of Khadija Umer Girls College, Rabia Javed, Government Girls College, Dhok Mangtal, Reeha from Sangam Art Academy and Kashif from Urdu University got the awards. In the best actor category, Hadya from the Quaide-Azam University achieved the award. Best Writer award went to Waqar Aziz from the Urdu University and best director award goes to Asia Altaf of the Fatima Jinnah Women University while best costume award bagged by the Khadija Umer Girls College. In general category, the Quaid-e-Azam University secured 1st position, the Federal Urdu University got 2nd position and the Fatima Jinnah Women University remained 3rd.—APP
Youth festival an opportunity for players to test their skills RAWALPINDI—Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Imdad Ullah Bosal has said that Punjab Youth Festival is providing opportunities to all the talented players to test and prove their skills. He said that all the sports competitions at inter-district level, to be held under Punjab Youth Festival, should be organized in a well-coordinated way so that the good and talented players and teams could get all opportunities of participation and they could join the next phase of competitions at Punjab level. The district and divisional officers of sports department on this occasion giving briefing told that inter-district competitions will be held at various points in the division which will start on Oct 5 and will continue till Oct 13.—APP
Role of Parliament, media crucial in defence Zohr
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October 05 PAKISTAN National Council of the Art, Ministry of National Heritage and Integration has scheduled ‘Sham-eGhazal’ on at 7 pm at PNCA Auditorium, F-5/1. Renowned ghazal singer Aqeel Manzoor and Ahsan Ali will perform. October 6 THE report on Devolution and Social Development by Social Policy and Development Centre will be launched on Saturday 6th October 2012, at 02:30 p.m at Marriot hotel Islamabad. The report looks into the various aspects of the implementation issues of the 18 th constitutional amendment including the emerging issues. Continues LARGEST exhibition of Pakistani contemporary art celebrating 30 years of Rohtas Gallery is on at the National Art Gallery until October 24th. The exhibition is taking place in galleries 5,6, and 7 of the National Art Gallery. Gallery timing are Sunday to Thursday from 10 A.M. to 5 pm. ***** EID sale 20 % off starts on Aliya Fahad’s original fabrics at MODEVILLE, house 6, st 60, F-6/3..# 8440011 Time 11 am to 9 pm.
2 dengue virus cases confirmed in Polyclinic Hospital ISLAMABAD—Two cases were confirmed to be infected with dengue virus in the Polyclinic Hospital in the federal capital. Sources said that total 38 suspected dengue infected cases have been reported in the hospital while two patients were confirmed to be infected with dengue virus. Polyclinic’s spokesperson, Dr Sharif Astori talking to INP said that all out efforts were made to facilitate dengue patients and a separate ward consisting 25 beds was specified for the purpose. He said that free of cost treatment is offered to dengue patients in the hospital, and added “we are trying our best to provide excellent treatment to patients in the available resources,”—INP
Sacrificial animals start arriving in twin cities CITY REPORTER
Imran, Secretary General Ahmed Mansoor and other members of the Association appreciated the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production for his innovative approach and new ideas, expressing the hope that the initiatives would help in trim down the trust deficit gap between various stakeholders. They also informed Senator Mushahid about the issues being faced by the reporters in the defence field and proposed that training and orientation of the media representatives would help create more understanding of the sensitive issues and positive reporting of the defence matters. Senator Mushahid welcomed the proposals and RAWALPINDI: A student performing during national song competition at Government Viqar-un-Nisa Post-Graduate hoped that such regular inter- College for Women. actions and brainstorming would provide vision to act, coherently, in a more professional manner with the sole aim of strengthening the defence of the country through transparency and openness.—INP R AWA L P I N D I —DCO at Mianwali. According to accessibility of the quality STAFF REPORTER Rawalpindi, Saqib Zafar has the press release issued here education through state-ofconstituted a three-member I SLAMABAD —Allama Iqbal Tuesday, the new building the-art technology for all committee to prepare report to Open University(AIOU) has will be equipped with latest’ segments of society at their displace the chemical units declared the study of infor- ‘state-of-the art’ technology, door-steps . out of residential areas of the mation technology (Com- including computer labs, The new building is city. Sources said that the puter) compulsory at the level video conferencing systems, spread over at the area of committee would prepare a of Matric, FA and BA in or- examination hall, class rooms, 31800 square feet that will report for removal of 37 der to equip their students Information Counters, library cost of Rs. 92-million. The chemical units from the resi- with necessary skill and and Internet facility. It will new building will have the dential areas. It comprises know-how to earn their live- facilitate around twenty five capacity of arranging exams Additional District Collector lihood and meet the chal- thousand students of AIOU for over three hundred stuGeneral, Saif Anwar Jappa, lenges of the present era. who live around the region. dents at one time. DO Labour, and DO (I & P). The up-gradation of the The Vice-Chancellor also The AIOU is the first UniThe decision has been versity in the public sector basic infrastructure is a part announced on the occasion taken on the advice of Indus- which has achieved the dis- of the AIOU’s strategy to that the University will intry department of Punjab, tinction of acquainting its provide its staff best possible crease the remuneration of sources added. students with the latest working environment as well the tutors engaged for variDCO Rawalpindi, Saqib knowledge of information as enabling their students to ous AIOU courses from this Zafar has endorsed the ad- technology, this was stated acquire skill-based education year. While giving the tutorvice, as there are no fire- by the Vice-Chancellor that help to promote job-ori- ship, the AIOU will ensure safety measures available in AIOU, Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed ented education. “ The AIOU that the tutor must be abreast these units. The committee is Sangi while inaugurating its has recently undertaken a with the basic knowledge of analysing where these new building of its campus number of steps to ensure computer. chemical units will be transISLAMABAD: Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on ferred.—Online Defence & Defence Production exchanging views with defence reporters at Parliament House.
ISLAMABAD—Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production, in an interaction with senior office bearers and representatives of the Defence Correspondents Association of Pakistan (DCAP) at Parliament House, has said that the culture of secrecy and confidentiality needs to be discarded to ensure transparency and openness in the policy making particularly those relating to defence and national security. He said that the role of Parliament and media is not only crucial in strengthening the Defence of the country but also in taking the biggest stakeholder i.e the people of Pakistan on board with a view to muster popular support for policies in the field of defence and security. Senator Mushahid welcomed the creation of DCAP and said that it will help the committee to have an institutional relationship with me-
dia on issues of national security. He reiterated that the committee will not only act as a bridge between Khaki and Mufti but will also strive to develop a good working relationship between media and military to promote and protect our national interests at global and international level in a befitting manner. Apprising the media men about the initiatives, Senator Mushahid remarked that a viable work plan has been prepared. The Committee will arrange regular workshops, interactive sessions and hearings etc in coordination with ISPR and civil society organizations to create awareness about the defence related matters and challenges being faced in the changing global scenario. Senator Mushahid Hussain also invited members of DCAP to attend the Policy Seminar of the Senate Defence Committee being held on November 1 on the theme: ‘Towards 2014: Challenges of NATO in Afghanistan’. President DCAP Muhammad
Chemical units to be removed from residential areas
World Teachers’ Day on Friday I SLAMABAD —The United Nations’ (UN) World Teachers’ Day celebrates the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels on 5th October across the world. This year the theme of the day; “Take a stand for teachers” is a direct call for authorities to take action against any challenge, economic or social to improve the social and working conditions for teachers globally. Various events are arranged in many countries around the world on or around October 5. These include celebrations to honor teachers in general or those who have made a special contribution to a particular community.
The day may also be marked by conferences emphasizing the importance of teachers and learning, extra training sessions for teachers, recruitment drives for the teaching profession among university students or other suitably qualified professionals and events to increase the profile of teachers and the role they play in the media. On October 5, 1966, the Special Intergovernmental Conference on the Status of Teachers in Paris, France, was closed and the “Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers” was signed by representatives of UNESCO and International Labour Organization. On October 12, 1997, the 29th session of UNESCO’s
Farkhand refuses to relinquish charge
General Conference was opened. During this conference, on November 11, 1997, the “Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel” was adopted. On October 5, 1994, the first World Teachers’ Day was held. This event has been organized on the same date each year since then. World Teachers Day offers the chance for worldwide public to observe significantly vital contribution which teacher create, both outside and inside classroom. Numerous of the education experts from entire world will fuse to ensure the needs of the education for the coming age group on this very special day. World.—APP
CROs to be appointed in police-stations R AWALPINDI —Directives to
I S L A M A B A D — F a r k h a n d HRD section to issue notiIqbal has refused to relinquish the office of the chairman of Capital Development Authority (CDA) despite induction of new chairman by the Prime Minister. Prime Minister issued orders for changing chairman CDA Farkhand Iqbal and all the members of board and this development was also notified. But Farkhand Iqbal refused to quit the office and discharged the duties on Tuesday. He also inducted over 25 favorites in various posts. He also directed
fication of these appointments within a day. Sources told Online Farkhand Iqbal issued orders related to important files. Sources further said retaining the office by Farkhand Iqbal despite Prime Minister orders is illegal and the subordinates should not comply with his orders. Sources said that Farkhand Iqbal told his all officers in categorical term that no one could remove him from his seat therefore, his orders be complied with.—Online
appoint Criminal Record Officers (CROs) have been issued in all the city police stations to keep and update the record of criminals. Sources said each CRO would provide the record of the criminals of his police station to the criminal record office established in the CIA staff centre. In addition to Rawalpindi, orders regarding appointment of CROs in other police stations have also been issued. The criminal record office has been made computerised to keep a record of the criminal elements and that of the prisoners.—Online
PHA not getting any fund for one and half years
AIOU declares computer study compulsory
Foundation University holds Convocation 2012 for FUIEMS CITY EDITOR
I SLAMABAD —Convocation R AWALPINDI —Despite pas- for 2012 of the Foundation
sage of one and half years of establishment of Parks and Horticulture Agency (PHA), the Punjab government could not provide any kind of funds to PHA. Non-development funds were not released to PHA during last financial year while provision of funds could not be ensured as current financial year enter third month. Moreover, PHA regular employees were paid salaries by their original departments who were shifted to the agency from other departments including TMA Rawal Town, Potohar Town, and RDA. It should be mentioned here that due to lack of funds, PHA has sacked its daily wages employees two months back while salaries of other employees have been pending for last two months. Sources said that the Punjab government has issued Rs30 million development funds but funds were not directly given to PHA and the agency could not get funds as yet. —INP
Overcharging of fare irks commuters
R AWALPINDI —As the festival of ‘Eid-ul-Azha’ draws closer, the sacrificial animals have started arriving in twin RAWALPINDI—Citizens have cities of Islamabad and protested against overchargRawalpindi. ing of wagon and Suzuki fare The process would get by Rs 5 from stop to stop by momentum in the coming owners of Toyota Hiace and days before Eid-ul-Azha. Suzuki’s plying on different So far at present, sacrifiroutes of twin cities. cial animals could be seen on The wagon drivers have IJ Principal Road, Bakara started charging fare Rs 18 Mandi, Bani Chowk, Adiala instead of Rs 16 from one Road, Dhamyal Road but stop to other stop on the prices of the animal are comroute from Dhok Hafiiz Karal paratively higher than last Chowk to Miran Abad, Fwara year. chowk unilaterally while no However, city district adnotification has been issued ministration and Rawalpindi by the Transport Authority Cantonment Board has proin this regard. hibited sale of the sacrificial “We have also been afanimal in residential areas. fected adversely by the hike The city district governin the prices of petroleum ment, when contacted, said products but increase in fare that plan would be anby Rs 3 from stop to stop is nounced in next 10 days in sheer tyranny, said a group this regard and open spaces of school teachers. would be allotted for estabCitizens demanded immelishment of sacrificial animals diate stern action against markets for Eid-ul-Azha in unilateral increase in fares of outer parts of the city. He said public transport from stop by that specific areas would be allocated for the sale of these ISLAMABAD: A view of encroachments by shopkeepers and vendors on footpaths and the owners of wagons and road at Faizabad which needs attention of the authorities concerned. Suzuki drivers. —Online animals.
University Institute of Engineering and Management Sciences (FUIEMS) was held here at the University Auditorium on Tuesday. The Chancellor, Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) and Secretary Defence, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Asif Yasin Malik HI (M) was the chief guest. Maj. Gen. Gul
Muhammad HI (M) (Retd), Rector FUI and Prof. Dr. Aftab Ahmad, Director FUIEMS were also present on the occasion. The Chancellor of Foundation University awarded about 278 graduates of Engineering and Management Sciences degrees. The chief guest also awarded 07 gold medals, 05 silver medals, 33 distinction certificates and 38 merit certificates. Zaib Maroof clinched the award for best
graduating student. In his welcome address, Director FUIEMS, Dr Aftab Ahmad, presented the Institute report, highlighting the progress and academic excellence it has achieved in the past years. The Chancellor FUI, Lt. Gen Asif Yasin Malik in his address, said that the establishment of Foundation University is a landmark contribution of Fauji Foundation towards promoting higher education in the country.
Geelani, Shabbir denounce Krishna’s remarks
Washington has recognized Kashmir dispute, Fai tells Mirwaiz
India using different tactics to prolong its hold
SRINAGAR—The Chairman of SRINAGAR—In occupied Kash- a disputed territory, which needed Ahmad Shah addressing party and Kashmir. All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq met the Executive Director of Kashmiri American Council (KAC), Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, who is serving two-year detention in the US, claimed a Srinagar-based English daily. The office of KAC is intact and people associated with it are working hard to keep the world informed about the developments taking place in Jammu and Kashmir, Dr Fai said. The APHC Chairman spent more than three hours with Dr Fai and both of them discussed various issues, including Mirwaiz’s recent meeting with the representatives of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in New York. Mirwaiz assured Dr Fai that the people of Kashmir were committed to their cherished goal of securing their right to self-determination.—KMS
mir, senior Hurriyet leaders, Syed Ali Gilani and Shabbir Ahmed Shah have strongly denounced the recent statement of Indian External Affairs Minister, S.M. Krishna in the United Nations that Kashmir is an integral part of India. Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar said that Kashmir was
to be resolved as per wishes of the Kashmiris. He called upon New Delhi to shun obduracy and adopt a realistic approach for settling the dispute, once and for all. The veteran leader hailed Pakistan President, Asif Ali Zardari for effectively projecting the Kashmir cause at the UN. Shabbir
activists in Baramulla said that Krishna’s assertion was totally unrealistic. He said that even Indian leaders had promised that Kashmiris would be given an opportunity to decide their future by themselves. He deplored that India was using different tactics to prolong its illegal hold on Jammu
APHC leaders, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, in their statements in Srinagar and the APHC-AJK chapter in a meeting in Islamabad with its Convenor, Mahmood Ahmed Saghar in chair, also denounced Krishna’s remarks.
Zafar condemns detention of Kashmiri youth
Meanwhile, an APHC spokesman in a statement demanded immediate release of all illegally detained Hurriyet leaders and activists including Muhammad Aamir, Irfan Ahmad, Ghulam Mohiuddin and Muhammad Yousuf, languishing in different jails. In New York, a large number of Kashmiris staged
a protest demonstration in front of the UN building as Indian Minister for External Affairs, SM Krishna, addressed the 67th session of the UN General Assembly. The AJK President, Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan led the demonstration, which was organised by the Kashmiri American Council.—KMS
POONCH—A trivial dispute between two groups of students, rendering four of them injured, took a communal turn here in the border district and in the subsequent violence, seven vehicles were damaged and two shops were ransacked. As the clash took a communal turn and the violence erupted, the police also detained few transporters.—INP
HC (G) calls for withdrawal of Indian troops SRINAGAR—In an unexpected eign Ministers at New York. but strong response to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Hurriyat Conference (G) said that sending Army back to the barracks would not help the Kashmir issue in any way. “Kashmir issue cannot be resolved until withdrawal of the last army man from the state…It does not make a difference whether Army stays in the barracks or in the newly constructed makeshift bunkers,” the conglomerate reacted in a press statement issued here. The response comes immediately after the Mirwaiz Umar, chairman of the Hurriyat Conference (M), urged upon New Delhi to send the Army back to barracks and remove draconian laws from Jammu and Kashmir for ongoing parleys to become successful. He had made the call while speaking at the annual meeting of Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) of For-
3G services blocked, broadband slowed down in IHK SRINAGAR— In an effort to block the access to anti-Islam movie available on internet, BSNL—a key telecommunication service provider has blocked 3G services in Kashmir. The move is seen, by the government, to prevent any law and order problem in the state especially in Kashmir valley. 3G services have been slipped over 2G and all this was necessitated by the content of anti-Islam movie which is spreading fast on the internet. “The state home ministry is keen to block the access to the blasphemous movie available on internet. We are trying hard to remove technical hiccups that have surfaced in taking away the blasphemous film from the Internet. But till we overcome these hiccups, we have slowed down the internet speed which will surely prevent downloading of this film,” sources revealed. Internet service providers are trying their best to stop downloading of the anti-Islam film particularly on smart phones which the government fears spread faster and can create law and order problem.—INP
Students’ clash takes communal turn in Poonch
MUZAFFARABAD: AJK Prime Minister Ch. Abdul Majeed and others at a function on Tuesday.
Kashmiris protest as Krishna addresses UN General Assembly NEW YORK—A large number of Kashmiris staged a demonstration in front of the UN building as Indian Minister for External Affairs, SM Krishna, addressed the 67th session of the UN General Assembly. The Azad Jammu and Kashmir President, Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, led the demonstration, which was organised by the Kashmiri American Council. The demonstrators raised vociferous slogans urging the international community to cognisance of gross human rights
violations being perpetrated by Indian troops and police in occupied Kashmir. They also called for an end to Indian state terrorism in the territory. Addressing on the occasion, the AJK President said that the Kashmiris would never compromise on their inalienable right of self-determination. “We will press on with our struggle until we attain freedom,” he maintained. He especially called for the release of jailed Executive Director of the Kashmiri American Council, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, while laud-
ing his services for the Kashmir cause. Sardar Yaqoob Khan appreciated Pakistan President, Asif Ali Zardari, and Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, for effectively projecting the Kashmir dispute before the international community. Others who addressed the included Sardar Sawar Khan and Sardar Mushtaq Ali. They urged the UN to implement its resolutions on Kashmir and to bring an end to the repression of Kashmiri people by New Delhi.—KMS
Shopian tragedy victim family wants reinvestigation SRINAGAR—The High Court of occupied Kashmir has asked the counsel representing the victims’ family in the tragic Shopian double rape and murder case to lay a motion seeking continuation of proceedings before the court. Following the court directions, Ghulam Nabi Shaheen, representing the family submitted Power of Attorney on behalf of the family in the court. He pleaded that the family was not satisfied with the earlier investi-
gations and wanted reinvestigation into the case. Shaheen submitted before the Court that a team of officials of impeccable integrity needed to be constituted to reinvestigate the case. Shakeel Ahmad Zargar, husband of the victim, Neelofar, was also present in the court. On May 29, 2009, Asiya Jan, 17, and her sister-in-law, Neelofar, 22, were abducted while they had gone to their orchard. They were raped and subsequently murdered and their
bodies were found near Ranbiar nullah in the area. incident had triggered massive protests across the Valley following which the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took over the case on September 17, 2009. On December 14, 2009, the CBI said that the deaths occurred due to drowning, which was in contradiction to the finding of a Judicial Commission headed by Justice (retired) Muzaffar Jan.—KMS
SRINAGAR—In occupied Kashmir, APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Zafar Akbar Butt strongly condemning the continued detention of innocent Kashmiri youth and booking them under black law, Public Safety Act, has urged the world human rights bodies to take cognisance of the worsening political situation of the territory. Zafar Akbar Butt while talking at his party office in Srinagar to the families of detained youth said that India could not suppress the Kashmiris’ just struggle for securing their right to self-determination through use of brute force. He pointed out that Indian police were harassing the youth who had taken part in massive peaceful protests in 2008 and 2010. He expressed serious concern over the booking of Irfan Ahmad, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Yousuf and Ghulam Mohiddiun under the black law, Public Safety Act. He urged India to steps towards settling the Kashmir dispute, which was the main hurdle in cordial relations between PaMUZAFFARABAD: Journalists protesting against PML-N workers’ attack on Central Press Club. kistan and India.—NNI
“…We want to remind them (New Delhi and Pakistan) that the ongoing dialogue needs an ownership by the people of Jammu and Kashmir. This objective can be achieved by withdrawing draconian legislations, releasing political prisoners, and sending the army back into the barracks,” he was quoted by the local media as having said. Hurriyat (G), which is headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, however, reminded Mirwaiz that although human rights violations have been on rise in Kashmir, “but it is basically a political issue.” “The entire international community is aware of its history that Kashmir was not to be a part of India. And that India occupied us forcibly without the will of the people here…Indian army has occupied thousand of Kanals of land under the barracks, and it really does not
make a difference whether or not it stays in those barracks,” it said. conglomerate said “such statements” could confuse the international community. “The Hurriyat Conference believes that the Indian occupation has no democratic or moral footing. And we must mince no words in demanding complete withdrawal of the troops,” it said. Meanwhile, Geelani has strongly condemned the state government for slapping PSA on Abdullah Nasir who is the conglomerate president from Pattan. He said the government through its agencies was harassing the activists of the Hurriyat (G). “We are going about our agitation peacefully, but the government and its agencies are framing our members in false cases. This is being done with the intention of harassing us and limiting our political freedom,” he said.—INP
Shah condoles with Guru S RINAGAR — In occupied Kashmir, senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmad Shah visited the residence of innocent jailed Kashmiri Muhammad Afzal Guru at Doaba in Sopore and condoled the death of his mother. A statement issued from the party office in Srinagar said that Shabbir Ahmed Shah expressed concern about the way the Indian was handling the Afzal Guru case. “Afzal is an innocent person, who has been serving the death sentence unjustly for the last many years,” he said. While paying tributes to other Kashmiri political prisoners, he said, “They are not alone in their struggle but the whole Valley is with them.” He further added, “We will not let the sacrifices offered by the people go waste in any way.” The senior APHC leader said that the people of Kashmir had been waging a political struggle and were determined to continue it until they secured their right to self-determination.—KMS
APHC leader acknowledges struggle of the people ISLAMABAD—Senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmad Shah while acknowledging waging a political struggle by the people of Kashmir said that they were determined to continue it until they secured their right to selfdetermination. According to KMS, APHC leader expressed these views while he visited the residence of innocent jailed Kashmiri Muhammad Afzal Guru at Doaba in Sopore and condoled the death of his mother.—INP
MUZAFFARABAD: Chairman of PSF, AJK Sardar Zia Qamar called on Senior Minister Ch. Yaseen.
Majeed pledges to make Muzaffarabad a model city MUZAFFARABAD—Azad Kash- pers are running high in the Azad mir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed has said his government had started implementation of a comprehensive plan to develop the state capital as a model city. “I am not a prime minister who makes tall claims. I will ensure one hundred per cent implementation of whatever I announce and shortly people will see for themselves winsome changes on the ground,” he said addressing a gathering of traders in Madina Market here. “I am least bothered by the negative propaganda campaign and instead will religiously fulfil my commitment to develop Muzaffarabad as the most beautiful and model capital,” he added. Before reaching the market, where traders showered flower petals on him amid pro-government chants by ruling Peoples Party activists, the prime minister laid foundation stone of four uplift schemes under the Muzaffarabad City Project (MCDP). These included Saheli Sarkar Bridge costing Rs 356 million, greater water supply scheme (Rs 1350 million), sewerage line project (Rs 2450 million) and Tariqabad bypass (Rs 442 million). For quite some time, tem-
Kashmir capital with majority of residents and leaders believing that the Azad Kashmir government is not fair towards the development of the town which was ravaged by the October 2005 earthquake. Referring to the very anger, Majeed maintained that previously many “self styled champions” of Muzaffarabad’s rights remained as prime ministers “but, practically, none initiated any project, seriously, for the quakeaffected capital. “Now they are politicking in the name of Muzaffarabad... I will not allow them to do so and hope people will also expose them according to the factual position,” he said. He recalled that when the earthquake had struck he had raised a strong voice against relocation of capital from Muzaffarabad as an opposition lawmaker. “Where were the so called protagonists of Muzaffarabad’s rights at that time?” He said he had personally witnessed the devastation on the mini doomsday in 2005 and within one year of his rule he had initiated more than 40 projects in Muzaffarabad, some of which were nearing completion.—INP
Yaqoob welcomes improvement in Pak-India ties ISLAMABAD—President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan has welcomed the enhancement of relations between Islamabad and New Delhi.Talking to VOA, he said that participation of Kashmiri leadership is must in the dialogue on resolution of Kashmir issue. He said that after attending UN General Assembly session in Washigton, he got an opportunity to highlight Kashmir issue in his meetings with world leaders and he took full advantage of the international forum. Sardar Yaqoob said, “I talked to people on Kashmir issue and the people know about it.” He said that Kashmir is a political issue and it should be resolved on diplomatic basis. He urged the KashmiriAmericans to take active part in the US politics and get their voice to the Congress by talking about it on political platform. He said without casting vote and taking part in politics in the coming elections, Kashmiris will not be able to raise their voice in a better way.—INP
Kashmir: Hate against Indian Armed Forces ZAHEERUL HASSAN
HE conduct of crimes have become part of routine activities of Armed Forces and multiplying the already prevailing hate in the society. According to one of my friends from Ludhiana Mr.Balbir Singh Sooch, Advocate, Chief and Spokesperson of Sikh Vichar Manch very rightly diagnosed the reason of hate in Kashmir. I always respected Balbir Singh due to his fair opinion and candid voice against Indian brutality in IHK and other parts of the India. His recent email stamped my already published observations about Indian rogue army. He narrated one of the incidents of the past in which deployed soldiers forced innocent females to appear naked before the commanding officer of a unit since one of the villager woman refused to provide hen to his bearer. In this connection, I am reproducing Balbir Singh’s report for the attention of my readers since it is not different from the prevailing situation in Kashmir. According to him after 1971 War with Pakistan, he was posted to Srinagar from April 1972 to April 1974 as he was then serving in Indian Air Force. The soldiers of Indian Force were not al-
ways equipped with weapons and were no way a ruthless or inhuman force in uniform and their job was different than the Indian Armed forces including Border Security Force (BSF). Sometimes, Airmen feel ashamed to call themselves “Fauji” in the context, though, that ‘word Fauji’ should be an honourable for all of us in India, but it is not so for the protectors of the country and negatively used. There were Kashmiri bearers engaged privately available for the different groups of Airmen, who were provided a pass by the Air Force authorities to serve and earn by doing petty work like serving morning and evening tea from the Mess on our bed and bringing washed and pressed uniform and other clothes for us on requisite payment to them. One day, I was being having adventurous thinking, I asked my bearer to take some of us to the nearby Villages for a visit as to know how, the villagers live there and to know about their living standard? Normally, fencing of sensitive Air Force Wing boundary remained open and broken for facilitating the civilian to enter through short cuts, and there was not different situation, though that was a field area. His prompt reply was, “The Villagers will hate and beat me as to why he brought ‘Army men’ near to
their ladies and close to them, even can attack, abuse and insult you in anger”. Then, I questioned him, why it will be so? e started narrating the past number of stories from 1965 War with Pakistan, as to how armed forces dealt cruelly with illiterate and simpleton Villagers in Kashmir? For example, he said, I like to sight one narration of very painful story-tale, “That once during the War of 1965, one Col. ordered to his soldiers at midnight to bring a hen or Murga from some Village and prepare the chicken for him. The soldiers obeyed the Commanding Officer and went to hunt for him, but then the Villagers did refuse deliberately to offer chicken to their demand in the manner considering the men of alienated forces, India. The soldiers reported back to their Commanding Officer the negative response of the Villagers at midnight in the matter. On hearing this, the Commanding Officer got frustrated and angrily asked his soldiers to march along with him in uniform towards those Villages, from where you got response negatively in the matter. According to the bearer, the Commanding Officer ordered to his soldiers, ask the ladies of each Village behaved in the manner in the matter, to bring hen or Murga in their laps with their breasts naked in
standing position and their men to lay down on the ground during the midnight illegal operation. They took all hens or Murgas from ladies after humiliating them by all the ways cruelly and their men were beaten very badly, while lying down on the ground without any justice to them. According to the bearer, it was usual for the Indian Army or BSF to do so. I think, now a days, the condition may be worst as being encouraged to Indian Forces through the Indian Media. It was really then a heart touching and painful story of Kashmiris in the hands of the Indian Forces and I don’t think now situation is different there, where touts and the most corrupts are ruling under a contract with the government of India. Anyway, the bearer convinced about us to the Mukhiayas of Villages that Indian Air Force men are not cruel as they had wrong impression and we could visit a few Villages and knew their simple, natural and innocent behaviour especially of the extra ordinary beautiful girls. Who did not know difference between 25 paisa and 40 paisa? The most beautiful girls turned our enemy with their face red, when we offered 40 paisa of an egg (Thool in their language) instead of 25 paisa, when the same size Egg (Thool) was available in Srinagar City of 65 paisa then. On this confrontation,
the shopkeeper was asked to come and convince them that we ready and willing to pay more prices for their eggs, brought by them. When they knew the truth, the smile on their face was extremely attractive and thereafter, I never experienced such a sudden and natural smile in my life. I never enjoyed such a natural beautify, simplicity and innocence of girls after visiting the Villages of Kashmir. I did ask the Villagers present there that you people are getting very cheap ‘Rice and Dal’ on subsidy. In reply to this, the Villagers said, “our Village ‘Mukhiayas’ sell such ‘Rice and Dal’ in black and don’t bring it in their Villages in connivance with the officials concerned. In the end the Chief Spokesmen of The Sikh Vichar Manch very rightly stated that the conditions for the Kashmiris may be worst presently than those peace days in the valley. Like every other fair individual Mr. Balbir Singh asked form the international community that whether any solution to this international problem is there or not? It is mentionable here Kashmir issue is one of the basic bone of contention between Indo-Pak. The resolving of the Issue will definitely improve the regional security —Kashmirwatch
KPCCI strategy Staff Reporter P ESHAWAR —President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KPCCI), Dr. Muhammad Yousuf Tuesday called for implementation of effective strategy for women development and to bring them in mainstream. Talking to a delegation of newly elected cabinet of Women Chamber of Commerce here at his office, he felicitated the newly elected members and urged them to strengthen links with the government and encourage businesswomen of the province to come forward. He urged the female members of KP chamber and Women Chamber to take joint measures for the development and encouragement of businesswomen of the province, adding that KPCCI is already taking steps for the welfare of females and creating awareness among women.
NADRA launches smart home remittance facility TARIQ KHATTAK ISLAMABAD —The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has announced the formal launch of National Cash Remittance Program to facilitate overseas Pakistanis in disbursing foreign remittances/cash to their loved ones back home. The citizens of Pakistan now have at their disposal more than 117 NADRA Registration Centers designated so far all over Pakistan from which they can receive foreign remittance sent by their relatives living abroad. Launching ceremony of the joint venture between NADRA and H&H Exchange Co was held at NADRA Headquarters, Islamabad. This project will enable NADRA centers to process inward home remittances from abroad for the
general public using smart national identity cards. NADRA has successful deployed infrastructure across the designated registration centers for facilitating the citizens of Pakistan in receiving funds in a safe and timely manner. “ID card is no more just an identity document, it is about entitlements”, said Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik while promising that NADRA intends to roll out citizen centric smart e Government programs. “People across Pakistan now can simply walk into NADRA centers and get their remitted money at designated network of NADRA outlets,” said the chairman, while also expressing his resolve to further promote the facility to the remaining Registration Centers where the system isn’t currently available by this year
end. The chairman noted that foreign remittance is crucial to the sustainability of the nation’s economy, and this significant program is directly aimed at facilitating and promoting the disbursement of money to Pakistan. The chairman added that NADRA, through its services, has once again lived up to the nation’s expectations as a pioneer in e-commerce solutions, facilitating wide segment of public, especially from rural areas to engage in financial transactions at their door step. ‘We are fulfilling the government’s objective to promote & enhance the outreach to unbanked and less-privileged members of our community,’ he added. It is worth adding that NADRA has already designed an automated system for finan-
Agri-research Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD—Speakers at a workshop here Tuesday stressed the need for enhancing per acre crop productivity at par with the developed world by increasing investment in agriculture research to address the food security issues. A week long workshop on “ Food Security Situation in South Asia: Problems and Advisor to PM on Petroleum Dr Asim talking to media during a press conference at Prospects is being orgaOGDCL. Secretary P&NR Dr Waqar Masood and MD/CEO OGDCL Masood Siddiqi nized by the SAARC also seen in the picture.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir human Resource Development Center aiming to bring together the researchers and practitioners and facilitate a dialogue on key issues of food security situation in the SAARC region.
NBP kicks off Sindh rescue operation
PQ shipping activity
KARACHI—Two Ships M.V K ARACHI —Being nation’s Yasa team and M.T Nolo Wati carrying 56,500 tonnes canola seeds and 2,959 tonnes chemicals were berthed at grain & fertilizer terminal and Engro Vopak terminal respectively on Monday, 1st October. Meanwhile three more ships with containers and diesel oil also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during the same day. Berth occupancy remained 29% at the Port on Monday where four ships namely M.V Fisher-D, M.V Yasa Team, M.T Nalo Wati and M.T Mari are currently at PQA berths to load/offload cement, canola seeds, chemicals and furnace oil during last 24 hours.—APP
bank, NBP is always the first corporate entity to come forward and help the nation whenever a calamity hits its countrymen. To mitigate sufferings of the people affected by recent massive floods, National Bank of Pakistan has decided to reach out to flood affectees and has provided them relief goods (eatables) in bags. The bank has initially distributed around planned to distribute 1000 bags containing eatables across the afftected areas as Kamber/ Shahdadkot, Jaccobabad, Kashmore, Shikarpur and Larkana. The Bank’s Re-
gional Management Teams with the help of local administration will distribute the food items. It is not the first time that NBP comes forward to help the nation in need. In 2011 floods, National Bank of Pakistan distributed cumulatively more than 25,000 rations bags in all affected areas, more than 8,000 tents, established 27 medical camps in which 21,000 patients were given treatment, 2000 mosquito nets were also distributed. NBP earmarked Rs. 158.0 million for Flood affected people out of which Rs. 25 Million contributed in Prime Minister Relief Fund 2011; Rs. 50 Million for Medical Camps and ration bags and Rs. 66.5 Million for tents.
Apart from Rs.141.5 million, all NBP Staff, clerical/ non-clerical staff, officers, junior to senior management have contributed Rs.16.774 million from their salaries to Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund-2011. To discharge its social responsibilities as well, the bank has established a separate entity namely Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) and allocated a hefty budget.In 2010 Floods, to mitigate sufferings of the people affected by recent massive floods, the management of the National Bank of Pakistan, besides contributing Rs.50 million to the Prime Minister ’s Flood Relief Fund-2010.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose”. — Dr Seuss
Federal Minister for Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh chairing ECC meeting in Islamabad.
Govt assures soft loans to industry SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Federal Ministers Syed Khurshid Shah and Qamaruz Zaman Kaira Tuesday gave categorical assurance to Punjab businessmen to plead their case at Federation. The Ministers made the promise when the LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar invited their attention towards the plight of business community because of an acute shortage of electricity and gas. Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah alongwith Federal Information Minister Qamaruz Zaman Kaira Tuesday visited the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry. LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar, Senior Vice President Irfan Iqbal
Sheikh, Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad, former presidents Mian Misbah-urRehman, Mian Anjum Nisar, Mian Shafqat Ali, Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry and Mian Muzaffar Ali also spoke on the occasion. The Federal Minister said that the government is working on 20,000 MW long-term Hydel power projects to overcome energy crisis and the country would have ample electricity by the year 2015. Syed Khurshid Shah said that the government has planned to offer five-year term soft loans to the industry for setting up of coal fired turbines that could generate up to 4000 MW of electricity. He said that oil mafia has been obstructing the energy projects as power generation from local resources would
cut oil import bill that is $ 27 billion annually. The Federal Minister said that no country in the world can afford to produce electricity through such an expensive fuel. On the issue of sovereign guarantees to the province for setting up of new power projects, the Federal Minister said that the Federal Government is ready to give the guarantees to the investors, however, for this the Punjab government would have to take initiative. Syed Khurshid Shah said that the present PPP government was not responsible for energy crisis and urged the business community to ask Chief Minister Punjab to form a commission to fix the responsibility and identify the root-causes. He said that the govern-
ment was well aware of the problems of the business community caused by electricity and gas shortage but unable to do anything over night. He said that natural gas distribution is being done according to the gas provision of the 1973 Constitution. While dispelling impression of any confrontation between Punjab and Federation, the Federal Minister for Information Kamaruz Zaman Kaira said that under the 18th Amendment, the provinces have the right to setup power generation plants. Punjab has the potential to produce 700 MW hydel electricity and if the Provincial government really wants to resolve the crisis it must approach Council of Common Interest.
cial institutions and telecom operators for branch-less banking with currency transactions of e-Sahulat touch points acting as a hallmark of technological innovation. Details of designated NADRA Registration Centers will be communicated to the public subsequently through leading print and electronic sources as well as NADRA and H&H Exchange Co.’s websites. Consumers can also obtain this information by contacting NADRA helpline at (051)111786-100 or at H&H Exchange Co.’s helpline at (021) 111 – 44 00 44. NADRA’s services have assisted commercial banks to extend branch-less banking concept without incurring additional expense on infrastructure as well as operational costs, thus creating a win-win situa MoU signing ceremony between NADRA and H&H Exchange Co.
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Gas cut during winter depends on supply: Dr Asim STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Advisor to Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain has said that gas load-shedding duration during winter will depend on supply of gas from the reservoirs. Talking to media persons here on Tuesday, Dr Asim Hussain said that Com
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ADB, IFSB sign agreement STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Wednesday. The MOU will facilitate in promoting the development of Islamic finance in common developing member countries. “The importance of Islamic Finance in the development of Asia cannot be doubted, as can be seen by the significant increase in Shari’ah compliant financing
in a number of ADB’s developing member countries in recent years,” said Bindu Lohani, ADB Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development. “We look forward to working even more closely with IFSB under this MOU to address some of the key issues facing our member countries in the areas of financial inclusiveness and infrastructure financing.” Lohani and IFSB Secretary-General Jaseem Ahmed signed the MOU on behalf of their institutions. The MOU provides an effective basis for joint ac-
tivities and general cooperation in areas of common interest, with the following objectives specified: Enhancing cooperation in the form of joint technical assistance and/or policybased work in Common Developing Member Countries; Promoting the development of Islamic finance, in particular strengthening the capacity of regulating and supervising Islamic financial services institutions, Islamic capital markets and Islamic liquidity management in Common Developing Member Countries.
APDPA delegation meet FBR chairman
Minister Russian investment expected Prime Quality Award MoU singed to facilitate STAFF REPORTER
S IALKOT —A delegation of All Pakistan Dry Ports Association (APDPA) headed by Muhammad Ishaq Butt met with Chairman FBR and apprised him about reservation of traders regarding SRO 413 (1) / 2012. Chairman All Pakistan Dry Ports told newsmen at Sialkot Dry Port on Tuesday that according to the SRO issued on April 25, 2012 by FBR vide Public Notice No. 01/2012-(P) , the tracking devices are to be installed both on Prime Mover and on containers while levying heavy cost of tracking devices and tracking charges. Muhammad Ishaq Butt apprised the Chairman that this SRO will have negative implications and repercussion on up-country dry ports and thereafter exports and imports of the country. He said that up-country dry ports played a vital role in the development of export culture in their respective areas and exports were increased many folds. The Chairman FBR, Ali Arshad Hakeem, endorsed the view point of the Chairman All Pakistan Dry Ports Association and promised that all necessary measures would be taken to resolve this issue. The Chairman FBR asked Muhammad Ishaq Butt to submit a comprehensive proposal to settle this issue.— APP
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ISLAMABAD: Chairman Board of Investment Saleem H Mandviwalla speaks during a media briefing. Chief Trade Representative of Russia in Pakistan Yuri M Kozlov is also seen in the picture.—PO Photo by Sultan Bashir Corporation the media that the MOU reSTAFF REPORTER Mr. Sergei Abutidze, garding the expansion and ISLAMABAD—A Russian del- Deputy General Director, JSC rehabilitation of Pakistan egation comprising heads of Te c h n o p r o m e p x o r t , M r . Steel Mills was signed yesRussian companies are on a Andrei Lisov,General Direc- terday. It dealt mainly the four day visit regarding co- tor, JSC Tyazhpromexport, cooperation in the project of operation in the fields of Rail- Mr. Shukhrat Mahmudov, modernization, reconstrucways, Water and Power and Commercial Director, CJSC tion and expansion of the Frame Work Cooperation Transmasholding, Yuri M. production capacity of PaAgreement with GENCO and Kozlov, Chief Trade Repre- kistan Steel Mills, Karachi Pakistan Steel Mills. The sentative of the Russia in up to 1.5 million Tons. The Chairman BOI, Mr. Saleem H. Pakistan ,Mr. Danila Ganish, Tyazhpromexport helped PaMandviwalla held a press Deputy Head of the Mission, kistan to establish Pakistan briefing today along with the Embassy of the Russian Fed- Steel Mills. After the signRussian delegation to inform eration in Pakistan, Mr. ing of MOU, the technical the media about the details Shehzad Shaikh, CEO, Inter- audit of the Pakistan Steel by the regarding the on-going in- trade Limited, yesterday we Mills vestment talks between Pa- have appointed him Honor- Tyazhpromexport would be kistan and Russia. The Rus- ary Investment Counselor to carried out, the Chairman sian Delegation Participated Russia and Mr. Irfan Hameed informed. The MOS/Chairin the Media Briefing, Dr. Kiani, CEO, Core Corpora- man said that Pakistan Steel Mills is a symbol of PakistanAlexander Rybas, General tion. Mr. Mandviwalla told Russian bilateral relations. Director, Prominvest State
DRA can’t function unless passed into an act M M ALAM
N EW Y ORK —What if you KARACHI —Chairman Pakididn’t finish building it, and they came anyway? Some of the country’s biggest cellphone carriers may be about to find out. Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc. (T) and Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) have spent billions of dollars rolling out new networks that promise superfast speeds for browsing the Web on mobile phones. And they have heavily marketed the technology, called LTE, even though for AT&T and Sprint those networks aren’t anywhere near complete. That hasn’t been a problem so far, because only a small percentage of their subscribers actually use the new networks. But the coming iPhone 5, which touts LTE capability, may tempt the masses to try those networks out, exposing gaps in coverage and testing the networks’ ability to handle heavy traffic for the first time. Carriers have a lot riding on LTE, the fourth major upgrade of their networks since cellphones were rolled out commercially three decades ago. Not only does the technology move data roughly 10 times faster, it does so more efficiently, allowing carriers to squeeze more mileage out of their limited holdings of airwave rights.—Newswire
Pakistani investors to visit Turkey STAFF REPORTER
stan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) M. Jawed Akhai urging the Government to pass the Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA) Ordinance into an act within stipulated time through Parliament on priority basis to facilitate pharmaceutical industry has warned that otherwise DRA could not function effectively. He was addressing a Press Conference here alongwith other PPMA office bearers. Chairman PPMA pointed out that pharmaceutical industry had been facing hardship after 18th Amendment that transferred health sector from Federal to Provincial Government. He said PPMA was urging the Government to smooth out the working of DRA to streamline the drug registration process in the country & to carry on pharmaceutical business without any obstruction: “There are several policy mat-
NADRA launches From Page-13 tion for all stakeholders. Chairman H&H Exchange, Mr.Haji Haroon said NADRA is an eminent public sector organization, which has built its repute as a sound and dependable entity by undertaking a number of successful projects aimed at empowering the citizens of the country. ‘Inward home remittances through NADRA centers is a more convenient channel as centers are ideally located in different parts of the country in close proximity to residential areas,’ he said, adding that people will not have to wait in long queues for processing their remittances. Salient features of this project include timely processing of transactions, safe and secure handling of cash, and confidentiality of data and transactions, he added. On the occasion, NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik was accompanied with other senior officials of the organization. On the other hand, participants from H&H Exchange included Muhammad Yousaf Rao, Ashfaq Haji Haroon, SajjadArif, Abid Hussain, M. Ahsan Rao, Mohammed Amjad, Idrees Kimani and Sheikh Iqbal Hussain.
KARACHI: Jawed Akhai Chairman PPMA addressing a press conference. Chairman PPMA Dr Kaiser Waheed and Riaz Hussain also seen in the picture.—PO photo by Javed Iqbal ters pending at DRA level, which is a great hindrance in materializing true potential of pharmaceutical industry. These policy matters include setting up of pricing mechanism, contract manufacturing, vitamin policy & other related matters”. Jawed Akhai further pointed out that industry was yet to get a price mecha-
nism, which could provide a leverage to adjust prices against cost escalation related to inflation & devaluation of Pak Rupee against foreign currencies: “The last across the board price increase was granted in 2001 & since then a massive cost escalation took place to affect the cost of inputs in drug manufacturing.
EGO Pakistan held STAFF REPORTER K A R A C H I —International Energy, Gas, Oil, & Power Exhibition & Conference (EGO PAKISTAN 2012) organized by FAKT Exhibitions Private Limited was held in Lahore Expo Center. Participants from more than 100 companies showcased their products from the Energy & Power sector. The exhibition displayed state-of-the-art equipment and machinery related to oil, gas and energy sectors. Participating states included China, Germany, USA, Italy, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Canada and Pakistan which showcased their technological advancements to the high profile trade visitors. Moreover, the show featured exclusive pavilions for China and Germany in which various companies marketed their products. The Federal Minister for Water & Power, Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar inaugurated the exhibition. He stated that energy sector should be given priority over fertilizer industry for producing cheaper electricity to reduce power shortage and get rid of load shedding in the country. The Minister visited dif-
ferent stalls and shared views with the exhibitors about their products. He said that holding of such types of exhibitions is welcoming as it help provide latest information about the energy and allied products. Saleem Khan Tanoli, Chief Executive Officer, FAKT Group. said that “FAKT Group is founded with the principal objective of building bridges among Pakistan and International Countries by promoting commerce, trade and business through its corporate Exhibitions and Conferences.” He also said that FAKT recognizes the need of trade and commerce among different industrial sectors and therefore it has planned to organize over 5 events in the coming year. He also told media that the company has been successfully organizing IGATEX- The Regional Largest Textile Exhibition, 3P- Plastic, Printing & Packaging and F+T- Food + Technology Build Pakistan, SNS Safety, Security & Rescue & PMTMPakistan Machine Tools & Machinery Exhibitions & conferences. These exhibitions have turned to be trendsetter trade events among their respective industries.”
K A R A C H I —A high-level delegation of Pakistani investors would soon visit Turkey. This was stated by the Sindh Minister for Finance, Syed Murad Ali Shah, here on Tuesday. He said that Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, will lead the delegation which would attend the investment moots in Istanbul and Ankara besides attending the roadshows and meeting those from the public and private sectors. Murad Ali Shah spoke of the close friendly relations between Pakistan and Turkey. He said that Turkey always assisted the people of Pakistan in the time of need and referred to the Turkish assistance during the floods and rains. The Chairman of the Sindh investment Board (SIB), Zubair Motiwala, said that there are immense opportunities of investment in the province of Sindh. He said that there is a need that the international investors be apprised of these. Zubair also called for enhancing the bilateral trade between Ehsan Malik, Chairman and CEO Unilever Pakistan and Dr Rashid Bajwa, CEO, NRSP with others at the MoU signing ceremony. Pakistan and Turkey.
of the Governing Council for Prime Minister Quality Award (PMQA) consist of leading professionals from various economic sector of Pakistan was held under the chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Basharat Raja, Advisor to Prime Minister for Industries in which it was discussed and reviewed various matters related to PMQA policies and framework. CEO, NPO briefed the participants about the achievements of the PMQA. He highlighted that National Productivity Organization (NPO) has utilize foreign experts from Singapore and New Zealand to train the PMQA Assessors on international standards. Furthermore, these foreign trainers and NPO resource speakers also hold training and briefing session for Applicant Companies who had applied this year. The GC members while reviewing the aspects related to PMQA performance, appointment of PMQA Judges and designing of PMQA Award appreciated the effort of NPO and encourage it to promote the Award on a larger scale next year.
FPCCI appreciates extension in deadline for payment of ITR STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —FPCCI President Haji Fazal Kadir Khan Sherani and Vice Presidents Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed Dhingra, Haroon Rasheed and Iqbal Dawood Pakwala, have appreciated the Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for accepting FPCCI request for extending the deadline of filing of Income Tax Return from September 30th to October 10, 2012. They added that this will facilitate the tax payers in timely discharge of their tax liability voluntarily and filing of return without hassle on the one hand and help the FBR in collection of revenue. The FPCCI Office bearers also appealed to the tax payers to avail the facility in a big way.
Nokia Lumia 610 Debuts in Pakistan
STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Unilever Pakistan Limited (UPL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) for providing entrepreneurial support using micro-financing model to under-privileged individuals. The MOU was signed by Ehsan Malik, Chairman & CEO UPL and Dr. Rashid Bajwa, CEO, NRSP. Through this partnership, UPL and NRSP aim to establish a sustainable business model that will utilize mutual expertise to provide economic opportunities through self employment. The scope of the project includes a grant for enterprising but underprivileged indi-
viduals identified by NRSP to set up their shops. Working capital required to maintain minimum level of stock at the proposed shops will be through micro finance loans. The selected candidates would also benefit from entrepreneurial training covering fund management, basic sale techniques and record keeping. In the pilot phase, 50 entrepreneurs will benefit from this initiative. At the signing ceremony held at Unilever ’s office, Chairman & CEO UPL, Ehsan Malik reiterated Unilever Pakistan’s commitment to enhance the livelihood for the marginalized and underprivileged sections of society in a sustainable manner. “Through our partnership with NRSP we plan to facilitate entre-
preneurship in Pakistan. Making sustainable living commonplace is at the heart of our business model and the use of micro-finance makes this model scalable as well in the future,” he added. On this occasion CEO NRSP, Dr. Rashid Bajwa said that our aim is to harness people’s potential to promote entrepreneurship. “Skill development is key to ensuring that the rural entrepreneur is able to make most of this opportunity. This is what makes this project unique. We feel that a micro-financing solution and guidance on how to run the business will empower the shop owners to improve their standard of living while becoming contributing members of the economy.”
KARACHI: AVM Qasim Masood Khan, DMD PIA at certificate awarding ceremony with the fresh batch of airhostes.
MUFAP members elect chairman, and directors STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD —The Members of the Mutual Funds Association of Pakistan (MUFAP) have elected new Directors on the Board of Directors against the vacancies arising from the rotational retirement of some of the Directors on the 20th September, 2012. The new Board of Directors of MUFAP at its first meeting held on the 1st October, 2012 has elected the new Chairman and Vice Chairman for the year 2012/ 2013 (1st October, 2012 to 30th September, 2013). The new Chairman is Mr. Rehan N. Shaikh and the Vice Chairman is Mr. Rashid Mansur. Chairman Mr. Rehan N. Shaikh is the Chief Executive Officer of HBL
Asset Management Limited with over 16 years of international experience in the Mutual Funds industry. Prior to joining HBL Asset Management Limited, Mr. Shaikh worked at State Street Corporation in Boston, USA where he managed several operational groups including fund accounting, custody, security pricing and financial reporting for multiple institutional clients. Shaikh lead several mergers and back office conversions and also helped in establishing an operational department servicing State Street’s largest client, migrating over 250 funds and over $111 billion in assets to State Street. Vice Chairman Mr. Rashid Mansur is the Chief
Executive Officer of JS Investments Limited (JSIL). Prior to joining JSIL he was the President and CEO of Escorts Investment Bank Limited and has also served as the Chairman of the Investment Banks Association of Pakistan. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Pakistan and Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers London with over 26 years of domestic and international banking experience. In Pakistan, he has held various Board-level positions in both Private and Public Sector. During his professional career, he has rendered valuable services for the promotion of economic relations between Turkey and Pakistan.
STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Nokia Lumia 610, the most affordable Lumia series smart phone to date is now available in Pakistan. Powered by a window 7.5 os, Nokia Lumia 610 offers the sleekness of the windows smart phone coupled with the affordability and reliable warranty that is hallmark of every Nokia phone. “The Nokia Lumia 610 will introduce windows phone to a new generation of local smart phone users, offering them something different and valuable in terms of pricing and features,” said arif shafique, gm operations, Nokia Pakistan. “With Nokia services, quality apps and a plethora of built-in features coupled with a fast and friendly interface, Nokia Lumia 610 has everything in the package to make it an instant hit among the aspiring youth of Pakistan.” The Nokia Lumia 610 is a great smart phone for younger audience who will appreciate the built-in Microsoft office app. Word mobile, PowerPoint mobile, excel mobile and one note mobile make working on the go easier. With sky drive, files and notes can be synchronized, opened and edited from the pc or the phone.
Gas cut From Page-13 pressed Natural Gas (CNG) would be categorically phased out due to shortage of gas supply in the country. However‚ he assured that domestic consumers will face less load-shedding as compared to the previous year. Dr Asim said that summary of one billion cubic feet of gas import would be presented to the Economic Coordination Committee meeting for approval.
KARACHI: Haji Fazal Kadir Khan Sherani, President FPCCI presenting crest to Ahmed Hassan, Ambassador of Ghana. Others in the picture are Dr Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, Chairman, Mir Nasir Abbas, Nasir Mirza and Ahmad Zaman Khan.
Dollar, euro rangebound in Asian trade TOKYO—The dollar and the euro stayed within a tight range Tuesday key meetings in Europe and Japan, while the Australian dollar slumped on a surprise rate cut. The dollar stood at 78.09 yen Tuesday afternoon, nearly flat from 77.98 yen in New York Monday afternoon. The euro was at $1.2892 and 100.70 yen, little changed from $1.2887 and 100.51 yen in New York. The markets were waiting for headlines from Greece and Spain, as well as the results of a Moody’s review that could see Spain downgraded to junk status, Kengo Suzuki, forex strategist at Mizuho Securities, told Dow Jones Newswires. After Spain unveiled an austerity budget for 2013, some EU officials expressed their resolve to help the country if it seeks a bailout, as eurozone finance ministers gather for a meeting on October 8. Rising hopes for a Spanish bailout are also expected to be discussed at a European Union summit on October 1819.
The Australian dollar dropped to $1.0314 from $1.0342 after Australia’s central bank on Tuesday cut interest rates by 25 basis points to 3.25 percent, ending a three-month pause. “The outlook for growth in the world economy has softened over recent months, with estimates for global GDP being edged down, and risks to the outlook still seen to be on the downside,” RBA Governor Glenn Stevens said in a statement. “Growth in China has also slowed, and uncertainty about near-term prospects is greater than it was some months ago.” The Bank of Japan is due to hold its next meeting on Thursday and Friday, with dealers not expecting any fresh measures after last month extending its huge asset-buying scheme. But the risk has increased for rhetorical interventions to tame the strong yen under the reshuffled government of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda that was launched Monday, Lawson said.—APP
ACCA organised Talent Gymnasium STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —ACCA Pakistan organised Talent Gymnasium 2012, attended by key employers and more than three hundred students. It was a unique platform for dual objectives of honing professional skills of finance and accounting trainees and bringing together ACCA’s key employers and talented trainees to explore career opportunities. With businesses going global the employers require employees with a diverse skill set that matches an international standard. Particularly in the accounting and finance function, instead of mere number crunchers, employers look for individuals with an overall understanding of the business, analytical capabilities and awareness about all dimensions of business risks. The session included interactive employer presentations from Mr. Syed Amir Ali, Head of Investment Banking, Meezan Bank Ltd.
Concedes party defeat T BILISI —Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili conceded on Tuesday that his ruling party had lost an election to a coalition led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, increasing the chances of a peaceful transfer of power in the former Soviet republic. Ivanishvili said he was confident of becoming prime minister as partial results put his six-party Georgian Dream on course to win Monday’s parliamentary election. Ivanishvili’s supporters streamed through Tbilisi’s streets after polls closed on Monday, waving flags and sounding car horns in celebration even though Saakashvili’s United National Movement (UNM) had initially claimed victory. “According to preliminary results, it is clear that Georgian Dream obtained a majority in this election,” Saakashvili, 44, said in a televised address in which he finally conceded defeat on behalf of his party. “This means that the parliamentary majority should set up a new government, and as president, in accordance with the constitution, I will do everything to make their work comfortable, so that the parliament can choose a chairman of the parliament as well as set up a new government.” The election could mark the first peaceful transfer of power between rival parties since the Caucasus country won independence when the Soviet Union broke up in 1991. Any instability in the nation of 4.5 million would worry the West because it is a conduit for Caspian Sea energy supplies to Europe and has a strategic location on the Black Sea between former Soviet master Russia and Iran, Turkey and central Asia.—Reuters
Scraps defamation draft KIEV —The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday scrapped a draft bill which would have made defamation a crime punishable by jail, a move the opposition and media had feared was a step towards censorship before a parliamentary election later this month Deputies from President Viktor Yanukovich’s Party of the Regions and their allies, who hold the majority in parliament. rushed through the draft law’s first reading on September 18. It would have allowed prison terms of up to five years for offenders. Journalists are seen at work as they protest against media censorship during a parliament session in Kiev October 2, 2012. However, last week Yanukovich criticised the timing of the proposal on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, prompting the Regions deputy who introduced the law to remove it from parliamentary discussion. Yanukovich spoke against it after protests by Ukrainian journalists and also after the opposition turned it into an election issue. The parliament voted on Tuesday to remove the bill from its agenda, although the opposition voiced concerns that it may resurface later. “They will do everything to come back to this after the election of a new parliament,” said Arseny Yatseniuk, the leader of the United Opposition bloc which includes the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party of jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The scrapped libel law would have applied to anyone, including journalists.—Reuters
Assad tours Aleppo BEIRUT —Syrian President Bashar alAssad is visiting the city of Aleppo to take a first-hand look at the fighting between government forces and rebels and has ordered 30,000 more troops into the battle, a Lebanese paper said on Tuesday. Al-Diyar newspaper, which is known for its pro-Assad stance, said the president had flown by helicopter at dawn from the presidential palace in Damascus to Aleppo. It did not specify what day the trip started but said that Assad was still in Aleppo. The visit was decided on after reports that the situation in the city, Syria’s largest and its commercial center, had become very serious. “President Assad ordered units 5 and 6, estimated to be 30,000 soldiers and 2,000 personnel carriers, to move from Hama to Aleppo and to attack any occupied areas of Aleppo province from the Turkish border,” it said. Reuters was unable to independently verify the report. An employee of al-Diyar told Reuters it had a correspondent in the city. Syrian state media made no mention of any visit. Rebels mounted a new offensive last week to seize the city, which was until July firmly under Assad’s control. They claim to hold most of the Old City but are struggling to hang on to their positions in the face of heavy artillery fire. The rebel forces are in the east and Assad’s forces in the west of Aleppo. Fires started by the combat have gutted the historic market in the Old City, a world heritage site. Opposition activists say 30,000 people have been killed in the 18-monthold anti-Assad uprising, which has grown into a full-scale civil war. For much of the revolt, Assad retained a grip on Aleppo.—Reuters
Cancer surgery B OGOTA —Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday he would undergo surgery for a non-aggressive prostate cancer in a health scare that seemed unlikely to derail his government’s imminent talks with Marxist rebels to end decades of war. Santos, 61, said the tumour was discovered as part of a routine checkup and will be removed on Wednesday. “It’s a small tumour located on the prostate gland and it’s a good prognosis. It’s not aggressive,” he said at the presidential palace in Bogota, flanked by his doctor and his wife. “There’s a 97 percent chance of being totally cured.” The Harvard-educated economist, who took office two years ago, is about to embark on negotiations in coming weeks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), whose insurgency has led to the deaths of tens of thousands in half a century. A successful end to the peace negotiations would help secure Santos a place in history and allow him to further build on the economic and security advances that began under President Alvaro Uribe a decade ago. Colombia, a nation of about 46 million, has attracted record foreign direct investment over the last few years as a U.S.-backed military offensive against drug traffickers and FARC rebels improved business confidence.—Reuters
Venezuela supports peace talks C ARACAS —Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles pledged to help Colombia in its peace talks with rebels and distance himself from Iran should he defeat President Hugo Chavez in an increasingly tight race ahead of Sunday’s election. The government of neighbouring Colombia is due to start talks with Marxist FARC guerrillas this month in Oslo to try to end five decades of conflict. Chavez’s government, accused by Bogota of backing the rebels in the past, supports the talks. That has led to speculation that an opposition victory in Venezuela on October 7 could damage prospects for peace in Colombia. But Capriles denied that was the case. “A government led by us would accelerate the Colombia peace process. A progressive government in Venezuela will stop being a refuge for rebels, for armed groups,” he told a news conference in Caracas on Monday. —Reuters
Observers praise Georgian polls
Amnesty wants Egypt to tackle legacy of abuse
CAIRO —Amnesty International warned Tuesday that abuses by Egyptian police and military continued with impunity after regime change and Hosni Mubarak’s ouster, and urged the country’s newly elected leader to deal with this “bloody legacy” by bringing to justice those responsible for killing, maiming and abusing protesters. Two extensive reports released by the Londonbased human rights group in Cairo on Tuesday detail cases of rights abuses by the troops after Mubarak left office in February 2011, focusing on six separate incidents of crackdowns that killed at least 120 protesters. Amnesty said thousands of protesters were injured or maimed — with documented cases of loss of eyesight — during the crackdowns, and that detainees were tortured in custody.— Reuters
tors said on Tuesday that despite some instances of intimidation in Georgia’s parliamentary election, voters had freely expressed their will and urged rival political forces to work together following the poll. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili conceded on Tuesday that his party had lost the election to a coalition led by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, paving the way for a peaceful transfer of power in the former Soviet republic. “Despite a very polarizing campaign ... the Georgian people have freely expressed their will at the ballot box,” said Tonino Picula, a leader of the monitoring mission representing the Organization for Security and Cooperation, lawmakers from NATO, the European Parliament and the CAIRO: A protester waves a stick at Egyptian soldiers during clashes outside the Ministry of Defence. Council of Europe.—Reuters
Our revolution has been stolen: Libya jihadists D ERNA, L IBYA —From the mountains of Afghanistan and the streets of Baghdad to the iron cages of Guantanamo Bay, Libyans from Derna have made their small city a big name in global jihad. Now, with their nemesis Muammar Gaddafi gone, many are home - but say their battle for an Islamic state has only just begun. The death of the U.S. ambassador last month in the sack of Washington’s consulate in Benghazi - an assault Washington says may have involved al Qaeda-allied militants - has shone a global spotlight on armed Islamists across eastern Libya. One effect of hostile reactions at home and abroad has been that some Islamist groups, part of a patchwork of militias which fill a vacuum left by Gaddafi, have made a tactical retreat from view, in some declaring their brigades to have disbanded. But Islamist fighters in Derna make clear they will seek redress
for grievances, many with little to do with religion, some dating to colonial times, others rooted in a sense that victory in the fight against Gaddafi they began years ago has been “stolen” by his former henchmen and stooges of the West. Though their numbers, arms and alliances are hard to gauge, there is little doubt that Derna, a down-at-heel harbor town of 100,000 five hours drive east of Benghazi, is home to hundreds of battle-hardened men who want a Islamic state - and a share of the oil wealth they believe was denied the east while Gaddafi was crushing their aspirations during decades of bloodshed. Salem Dirbi, a veteran Islamist fighter, thinks his revolution has been hijacked by former Gaddafi loyalists now back in power while those who “sacrificed their blood” to overthrow the dictator have been elbowed aside. “How do you expect us to have confidence in the state?”
asked the forty-something Dirbi, now trying to establish himself in the electrical appliances business. “They are putting in the same old people and just changing their titles to fool people.” Dirbi waged a long war against Gaddafi. Like many of the commanders of the Islamist units who helped topple the “brother leader” last year, Dirbi had spent years in the mountains during a bloody guerrilla struggle against him in the 1990s. His home town boasts that it has sent more Islamist militants to fight in more holy wars - from Iraq, to Afghanistan to Syria - than any other town in the Arab world. Today’s Islamist fighters in the town say they are the victims of a conspiracy, made plain when they were accused of being behind the attack on the U.S. consulate. “The state is making up this conspiracy. The state deliberately ignores the fact that there is an Islamic renais-
Manila, Muslim rebels talks close to peace deal MANILA—Negotiators from them more political and eco- and radical Islamic splinter the Philippine government and the country’s largest Muslim rebel group began a fresh round of peace talks in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, aiming to seal an agreement to end 40 years of conflict in the south of the mainly Catholic state. Government and rebel negotiators are closing in on a peace deal after nearly 15 years of violence-interrupted talks, a potential landmark success for President Benigno Aquino that could pave the way for more investment in the country’s impoverished but resource-rich south. A peace deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would set up an expanded autonomous area for Muslims on Mindanao island, giving
nomic powers including a bigger share in revenues from natural resources and a more active role in internal security. “The road is not that long, but it’s still very hard to tell if we will reach there,” Mohagher Iqbal, the rebels’ chief negotiator, told Reuters by text message late on Monday. “But we are close to it.” The deal to end one of two long-running insurgencies in the Philippines, which have killed more than 160,000 people, could be signed as early as this week if the fourday talks in Malaysia are successful. Despite the prospect of a peace deal with the MILF, Mindanao is likely to remain one of the most violent places in Asia, plagued by a longrunning communist insurgency, heavily-armed clans,
groups. Iqbal said there are still some issues to be resolved in the latest talks, particularly on the shape and size of the new political entity, internal security and wealth-sharing arrangements. The two sides are working towards a framework agreement, a roadmap that would create the new autonomous region before the end of Aquino’s term in 2016. The agreement would set up a 15-member transition commission which has until 2015 to draft a law creating the new entity to replace the current autonomous region that has been in place since 1989 and which is widely seen as a failure. A peace deal could boost Aquino’s efforts to attract investments in the minerals, oil-and-gas.—Reuters
Militants shifting focus on North Africa: Tunis President C AIRO— Islamist militants are shifting their focus from southwest Asia to Arab North Africa and stepping up violence in the region, Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki said in an interview published on Tuesday. Moderate Islamists who were harshly suppressed by secular Arab dictators have gained political power or prominence following popular uprisings in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. But armed, militant Islamist groups, including the North African wing of al Qaeda, have also benefited from lapses in internal security across the region wrought by the often chaotic transition to more democratic government. Marzouki told panArab daily al Hayat that some of Tunisia’s hardline Salafists had links to al Qaeda and that North African countries would work before the end of the year to form a united front against the threat of rising Islamist militancy.
“The centre of the terrorist movement is moving now from Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Arab Maghreb region ... and the great danger is at our doors,” Marzouki said. He said around 3,000 Salafists in Tunisia were estimated to be potentially dangerous and described them as a “cancer” in the country, the first in the Arab world to bring down dictatorship in a wave of popular uprisings. Marzouki, a secularist in office under a power-sharing deal with the moderate Islamist Ennahda party after it won a free election a year ago, said talks with such militants were futile and the threat they posed must be addressed with legal measures. “(Militants) are mainly present in Libya and Algeria, and especially in the south,” Marzouki said, referring to the remote and thinly populated desert expanses of the Maghreb where policing is weaker and there has been traditional tribal resistance to central authority.
“There is a security problem now threatening the entire Arab Maghreb region ... All our southern borders are threatened with this problem now. There has to be a unified response from all the countries.” Last month, Salafists predominated in a crowd of protesters who ransacked the U.S. embassy in Tunisia in fury over a film insulting the Prophet Mohammad, killing two people, and the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed in an Islamist militant ambush. Al Qaeda’s affiliate in North Africa then urged Muslims to kill more U.S. government representatives in the region - particularly in Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritania. AQIM, or Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, emerged out of Algeria’s civil conflict but has gradually expanded south into the Sahara and raised its profile in recent years with hitand-run attacks and kidnapping of Westerners for ransom.—Reuters
3 Nato soldiers, 4 cops among 14 suicide deaths KABUL —A suicide bomber the blast. killed 14 people, including three NATO soldiers and four police, and wounded 37 in Afghanistan’s volatile eastern Khost province on Monday, a NATO spokeswoman and local officials said. Six civilians and an Afghan interpreter also died in the attack. A witness told Reuters a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform struck as U.S. soldiers patrolled the city of Khost. A NATO spokeswoman confirmed only that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber. Provincial Governor Abdul Jabar Nahimi said the bomber had been riding a motorcycle packed with explosives and 37 civilians were wounded in
sance,” said Dirbi, whose brother was among more that 1,200 Islamist inmates machine-gunned by guards in a Tripoli prison in 1996. “I want to see Gaddafi’s men on trial, not being rewarded and honored,” Dirbi said in his newly furnished office near the Ateeq mosque, one of 70 mosques and tombs that have earned Derna a name for religious piety. The uprising that toppled Gaddafi was ignited by protests linked to the Abu Salim prison massacre, when the families of those killed there demonstrated in Benghazi in February last year to demand the release of their lawyer. Many of Derna’s jihadists, drawn from the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group that led the insurgency in the 1990s, joined groups such as alQaeda in Afghanistan, Iraq and Chechnya. Gaddafi turned a blind eye to this exodus, happy to see the Is- MALE —The trial of former lamists go somewhere Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed, who faces charges else.—Reuters of abuse of power, is due to begin in the capital, Male. Nasheed, who resigned in February in what he said was a coup, is accused of illegally arresting a judge. The former human rights activist denies the charges against him and F RANCE — France’s public says the trial is politically moprosecution service said on tivated. A conviction could disTuesday it was shelving an investigation into allegations qualify him from contesting that disgraced former IMF the next presidential elections. chief Dominique Strauss- Nasheed, who was sucKahn, a man once tipped to ceeded by his deputy, become president of France, Mohamed Waheed, he said he had engaged in group rape. was forced to quit by threats The prosecution service of violence from rebellious said in a statement it had police and soldiers. But a dotaken the decision after a mestic commission of inquiry young woman retracted an al- - backed by the Commonlegation against the 63-year- wealth - last month rejected his old, who is also fighting wider account, saying he had accusations of sexual misde- stepped down voluntarily. The charge against him meanor in France and a civil relates to an incident in Janucase in the United States. Strauss-Kahn’s legal ary, when he was accused of team welcomed what illegally ordering the arrest of amounted to a partial victory a judge accused of corruption. for their client, who has asked Now the 45-year-old, once an a court to end a wider French Amnesty International prisinquiry into sex parties orga- oner of conscience, faces up nized out of the northern city to three years in jail or banishment to a remote islet in the of Lille. “We are satisfied but the popular tourist archipelago if fight goes on,” Richard found guilty of abuse of ofMalka, a lawyer for StraussKahn,” told i>TELE television. “This case is a nonstarter and we’ve said it’s total nonsense from the outset. Now we’re starting to prove it.” ISTANBUL —The remains of Strauss-Kahn was days former Turkish President away from announcing he Turgut Ozal are to be exhumed would run for the French from his grave in Istanbul on presidency in May 2011 when Tuesday on the orders of prospolice arrested him in New ecutors investigating suspiYork after a hotel maid alleged cions of foul play in his death he had tried to rape her. ew 19 years ago. Mechanical digYork prosecutors later gers arrived at his tomb within dropped those charges, cit- a towering mausoleum in a ing concerns about the cred- cemetery on the European ibility of the accuser, but ho- side of Turkey’s largest city tel maid Nafissatou Diallo is under the supervision of a pursuing him in a civil case prosecutor-led team including and his legal battles have forensic experts, television piled up since his return to footage showed. France. After Ozal’s death, relaIn the so-called Carlton tives and associates said he Affair, named after a luxury was poisoned, and forensic hotel in the northern French teams will investigate whether city of Lille, investigators are any poisonous substances trying to establish whether are present in the remains. Strauss-Kahn participated in Ozal, the eighth president of sex parties to a degree that the Turkish Republic, died of amounted to actively encour- heart failure in April 1993 in an aging prostitution. trauss- Ankara hospital at the age of Kahn’s defense team has ar- 65 and while in office. gued from the outset that he Viewed as a visionary who is the victim of a witch-hunt helped shape modern Turkey because of his self-confessed with free market economic penchant for libertine sexual policies, Ozal also gave firm encounters.—Reuters support for the West, support-
The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility, although Afghan insurgents are quick to claim any successful attack on foreign troops as their own. The bombing followed the killing of two Americans on Sunday in an exchange of fire with Afghan forces that took the death toll of U.S. military and civilian personnel to over 2,000 in the 11-year war. Insider attacks by members of the Afghan security forces against NATO allies have resulted in 52 deaths this year among foreign forces and this month prompted a tightening of rules for joint patrols between coalition and Afghan forces.—Reuters
Nasheed faces power abuses trial
Rape inquiry dropped against ex-IMF head
fice. “The coup has not yet been completed,” Nasheed told AFP at the weekend after his Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) staged a mass rally in the capital island, Male. He said he had “no chance of a fair trial, particularly in a case as political as this”. The BBC’s Charles Haviland in Male says that despite the small size of this country, Nasheed became a disproportionately influential head of state, raising the Maldives’ profile by highlighting the threat posed to it by climate change. Last week, a court order was introduced preventing him from leaving Male, one small island in the coral atoll nation. He has denounced the ban as an unfair and politically motivated attempt to prevent him from campaigning in the upcoming elections. But the government argues that travel restrictions are standard ahead of several court cases Nasheed faces. His party has vowed not to follow any orders from the courts until the judicial system is reformed and his lawyers say he will join colleagues in a tour of outlying provinces due to also start soon.—Reuters
Turkey to probe ex-president’s death ing the U.S.-led coalition which expelled Iraq from Kuwait in 1991. Prosecutors decided two weeks ago that Ozal’s remains should be exhumed and another autopsy held after a state supervisory board, acting on the order of President Abdullah Gul, produced a report in June voicing suspicions about the death. The report was ordered in response to the suspicions of Ozal’s family and friends about his death and the subsequent investigation. However, members of Ozal’s family had been opposed to exhuming his remains. After a period of military rule following a 1980 coup, Ozal dominated Turkish politics during his period as prime minister from 1983-89 and parliament then elected him president. While prime minister, Ozal survived an assassination attempt by a right-wing gunman in 1988 when he was shot at a party congress, suffering a wounded finger —Reuters
Australia v Pakistan, Super Eights, World T20
Pakistan win to keep alive semis hope, Australia qualify C OLOMBO —Pakistan spun a web around Australia’s batsmen to grant themselves a strong chance of qualification for the World Twenty20 semi-finals. Though sobered by defeat, the Australians managed to reach the 112 they required to make their qualification for the semis a certainty, while the result also ensures that South Africa are knocked out, regardless of what happens in their final Super Eights match against India. The 32-run margin to Pakistan means that India must win by a wide margin, about 31 runs, against South Africa in order to elbow their way past Mohammad Hafeez’s
team into a semi-final spot. Such a scenario would be undeserved by Raza Hasan and Saeed Ajmal in particular, who tied Australia in the kinds of knots previously unseen at this tournament. Australia’s first loss of the tournament reopened their former doubts when confronted by quality spin on a slow, turning pitch, and also demonstrated the chaos that can ensue if Shane Watson and David Warner do not give the innings a rapid start. Pakistan did not use a paceman until the 18th over of the innings, and other nations can be expected to use similar tactics against Australia for the remainder of the event. In the end it took a half century of considerable composure from Michael Hussey to ensure Australia’s qualification.
Football: Man City can be Champions League winners MANCHESTER (United Kingdom)—Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure believes the Premier League champions can win the Champions League this season, as they prepare for their first home game on Wednesday against Borussia Dortmund. The former Barcelona midfielder, who won the competition with the Catalan giants in 2009, said that with other former winners in their squad such as Maicon, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli, they have the experience to go all the way. The 29-year-old said: “I have that experience and it is good to have big players like Maicon and Balotelli. It is not easy to win the Champions League. “Here the club just wants to be in the second round and we know we have to improve because we have a very good team and with a team like this we can go very far in the competition.” After their opening group game 3-2 defeat against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu, Toure has called on his side to improve defensively if they are to qualify from the group. Roberto Mancini’s side conceded two goals in the final five minutes from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in Spain to hand Madrid the victory. “We are playing our first game at home and we want to show the fans we made a mistake in Madrid. We have a tough game against Dortmund,” he added. “Of course we need to improve when you play against a tough team like Madrid, we need to improve in defensive situations. We have to go beyond that and do better.—AFP
COLOMBO: Jamshed shared a 79-run stand with Kamran Akmal. Their inability to seriously challenge a middling tally will sound a note of warning for Australia’s coaches, who also had the odd lapse in the field to ruminate on. Mitchell Starc had pinned Pakistan’s captain Mohammad Hafeez lbw with
his first ball to push the batsmen onto the defensive, and should also have dismissed Nasir Jamshed for a duck. But Glenn Maxwell dropped the catch at slip, allowing Jamshed to go on to an important 55. Pakistan’s innings
went on in fits and starts, pinned down by Starc, Watson and Xavier Doherty, but scoring freely from Pat Cummins and Brad Hogg. Australia’s in-form openers Watson and Warner walked out to face the sort of
target they had devoured in previous matches, also aware that reaching 112 would guarantee a higher run-rate than Pakistan and thus a place in the semi-finals. Warner swung Hafeez wide of midwicket for a boundary in
Murray wins opener in Japan Open title defence T OKYO —Andy
Murray opened the defense of his Japan Open title by beating Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6 (7), 64 in the first round on Tuesday. Murray withstood 17 aces from Karlovic at Ariake Colosseum. Gael Monfils of France, who was scheduled to be Murray’s opponent, withdrew with a right knee injury he aggravated in Beijing last week, and was replaced by lucky loser Karlovic. Monfils is returning to Paris to have his knee examined. Despite having break points in the first and seventh games, Murray was unable to capitalize. Playing for the first time since winning the U.S. Open last month, Murray admitted it was not easy against the towering Karlovic. ‘’Playing against him you know it is going to be uncom-
fortable,’’ Murray said. ‘’He is a tricky player.’’ Murray, who bested Karlovic in the first round at Wimbledon, serve three consecutive aces in the eighth game to level at 4-4. With both players unable to break serve, Murray finally prevailed 9-7 in the tiebreak with a forehand passing shot down the line, after saving a set point when he was down 7-6. Karlovic, who had 12 aces in the set, squandered a chance to go up 6-3 in the tiebreak when he doublefaulted. Murray, who won the gold medal at the London Olympics, took an injury timeout following the first set after appearing to injure his back early in the match. ‘’It feels fine now,’’ Murray said. ‘’After not playing for a while, then to start
making sudden, aggressive movements, it can happen. By the middle of the second set I was fine.’’ The second set was on serve until the 10th game, when Murray went up 0-40 with Karlovic serving. The Croat saved two match points, but sent a forehand long on the third to give Murray the victory. Murray said his priorities have changed following his first Grand Slam victory. ‘’I have reset my goals,’’ he said. ‘’Winning a Grand Slam was so important to me that I was often focusing on the next Grand Slam rather than the next match or tournament. That is going to be different now.’’ In other matches, sixth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada defeated Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4.—AP
ACB eyeing associate membership of ICC K
A B U L —Shahzada Massoud on Tuesday took over as the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman, replacing Dr. Omar Zakhelwal, who stepped down a day earlier due to personal preoccupations. Massoud, former Cricket Federation chief and ACB deputy head, told reporters the International Cricket Council (ICC) would soon grant Afghanistan associate membership. He praised his predecessor’s services, saying that Zakhilwal had done his bit to promote cricket in the country, with the national squad winning several international matches. Following the news conference, he spoke exclusively to Pajhwok Afghan News on plans for promoting the game. He said Afghanistan was currently an associate member of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and affiliate member of the world body. He said the ACC had already granted ACB’s request for associate membership and the ICC would shortly take a decision on the subject. Despite its limited resources, the ACB has been able to popularise the game across the country. Massoud vehemently dismissed the impression that the ACB was riven by differences, squabbles and groupings. He insisted the board set great store by hiring qualified individuals. “In Afghanistan, cricket has come to be a symbol of national unity. There is no room for ethnic biases and regionalism in ACB, and those indulging in such TOKYO: Andy Murray of Britain returns the ball against Ivo Karlovic of Croatia during things would be shown the their first round match of the Japan Open tennis championships. door,” he remarked.—NNI
the first over and the match seemed likely to follow a familiar path. But Hasan’s leftarm spin proved difficult to bully, and Hafeez improved on his start.
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Warner might easily have been lbw in the third over to Hafeez, but Pakistan were compensated in the fourth when Hasan pinned Watson in front of leg stump, sweeping. Watson’s demise for his lowest score of the tournament by a distance changed the complexion of the chase. Hafeez soon had his revenge on Warner, winning an lbw appeal when the batsman attempted a slog sweep, leaving Hussey and George Bailey to negotiate an increasingly confident Pakistani spin ensemble. They survived for a time, but Bailey followed one six with two attempts to pull Ajmal - the first nearly lbw, the second clearly so. Cameron White and Maxwell both perished trying to swing for the fences, and at 65 for 5 Australia were not only facing defeat but also a thrashing by such a margin that their place in the tournament would be in doubt. Hussey and Matthew Wade combined for a partnership that accepted the humbler goal of passing 112, a tally they were within two runs of when Wade was confounded and bowled by Ajmal. Next ball Cummins completed an ordinary match by misreading the doosra, but Hussey cut the first ball of the final over to the boundary to ensure qualification. He pumped his fist in recognition of the moment, but Australia go into the knockout round with an aura somewhat diminished. Bailey had sent Pakistan in to bat and, as he had done against South Africa, Doherty took the new ball with his leftarm spin, though this time
there were no immediate wickets. Instead it was Starc who struck early, curling his first delivery unerringly into the front pad of Hafeez for the most palpable decision Richard Kettleborough will give at this tournament. Starc should have had another wicket two balls later when Jamshed squeezed a full delivery straight to first slip. Maxwell seemed a little surprised to see the chance come his way, and dropped it. This would prove a costly lapse by an Australian side that has made remarkably few across the tournament. Initially, though, Pakistan were kept quiet by Bailey’s bowling changes and fields. Imran Nazir made a fairly subdued 14 before miscuing a Watson full toss to mid-off, and Jamshed took his time getting comfortable, surviving one concerted caught behind appeal from the bowling of Hogg. Jamshed gradually found his rhythm, and a pair of sixes from Cummins and Doherty helped form the foundations of a threatening stand with Kamran Akmal. At 103 for 2 after 14 overs, Pakistan were well placed, but the innings then veered sharply off course. Jamshed heaved at Doherty but failed to clear long-on, and next over Kamran drove Starc straight to cover, reacting with disbelief having done so. The recalled Abdul Razzaq was preferred to Shahid Afridi at No. 6 in a curious batting order choice, and the final total looked mediocre. That it ultimately proved to be more than enough was testament to the quality of spin delivered by Hasan and Ajmal.—Agencies
Pakistan innings: Hafeez lbw b Starc .......... 4 Imran c Bailey b Watson14 N Jamshed b Doherty ... 55 Kamran c White b Starc 32 Umar Akmal not out ........ 9 Razzaq c Watson b Cummins ......................... 22 Afridi b Starc ................... 4 Shoaib Malik not out ...... 4 Extras: (lb 2, w 3) ............ 5 Total: (6 wickets) ......... 149 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W XJ Doherty ........... 4-0-27-1 MA Starc .............. 4-0-20-3 SR Watson ........... 4-0-23-1 PJ Cummins .......... 4-0-42-1 GJ Maxwell ............. 1-0-6-0 GB Hogg ............... 3-0-29-0 Fall of wickets: 1-5 , 2-29 , 3108 , 4-108 , 5-136 , 6-144
Australia innings: Watson lbw b Raza ......... 8 Warner lbw b Hafeez ...... 8 Hussey not out ............. 54 Bailey lbw b Saeed ........ 15 CL White b Hafeez ....... 12 GJ Maxwell b Raza ......... 4 MS Wade b Saeed ........ 13 Cummins lbw b Saeed .... 0 MA Starc not out ............ 1 Extras: (b 1, w 1) ............. 2 Total: (7 wickets) ......... 117 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Hafeez ................... 4-0-22-2 Raza Hasan .......... 4-0-14-2 Saeed Ajmal ......... 4-0-17-3 Shahid Afridi ........ 4-0-33-0 Shoaib Malik ........ 2-0-19-0 Umar Gul ............... 2-0-11-0 Fall of wickets 1-15 , 2-19 , 344 , 4-58 , 5-65 , 6-110, 7-110
PCB keeps close eye on players C OLOMBO —The Pakistani cricketers taking part in the ICC World T20 tourney in Sri Lanka are being kept under constant surveillance by their cricket board in order to avoid any fixing scandal. The strict measures taken by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have come in the wake of the 2011 spot-fixing scandal where three of its leading international cricketers — Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and
Mohammad Asif — were found guilty and sentenced to jail. The board is taking all measures to avoid repetition of such an incident during the ongoing T20 championship. “No player is allowed to meet any suspicious or unknown person on the tour,” PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf was quoted as saying by BBC. “We have constituted a security wing in Pakistan to
monitor daily reports sent by officers accompanying the team,” he said. The entire Pakistan squad, including coach Dav Whatmore, is maintaining a distance from the supporters during the net practice sessions and even at their hotel. The players have also been strictly instructed to not speak to anyone without the consent of their media manager.—INP
Didn’t want Mahela to be banned: chief selector BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT M UMBAI —By relieving Mahela Jaywardane from the captaincy for yesterday’s match against England, the Sri Lankan team management showed fine presence of mind. Kumar Sangakkara led the side while Jayawardane figured as an ordinary player. “As a captain, Mahela was fined for the team’s slow over rate in the previous game and had he been fined again for the same offence yesterday, he would have been banned for the
next immediate match and we didn’t wish to miss the important player like him and therefore the captain was changed”, the chief selector, Ashantha De Mel said exclusveily from Colombo. “It was a team decision taken in consulation with the selectors. Mahela will return as a captain in the next match”, the chairman added. “It was not against the spirit of the game but a wise move”, India’s former ICC umpire Suresh Shastri said. “There is no violation of laws either. It is as simple as any player can have different batting order for diffierent game”, he added. “Sri Lanka can name any
eligible player as its Captain for a match during this tournament, as long as it is done at the toss”, Lucy Benjamin, the ICC official clarified. “A squad replacement player takes place after a change in the squad - as in a player is removed from the 15-man squad and replaced with another (due to injury or exceptional circumstances etc - as per previous ICC events). In this case, a player is not being replaced in the squad. The captain has been changed and the appointing of a captain for a match/series is the prerogative for a team in this case Sri Lanka”, she further added.
Oral HPV rates higher in men than women
Study published in JAMA reveals that among men and women between the ages 14 to 69 years in the U.S., the overall prevalence of oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is around 7%. In addition, the researchers found that the prevalence of HPV is higher among men than women. The study is being published early online in order to accompany its presentation at the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium. “Oral HPV infection is the cause of a subset of oropharyngeal [relating to the mouth and pharynx] squamous cell carcinomas ( O S C C ) . H u m a n papillomavirus - positive OSCC are associated with sexual behavior in contrast to HPV-negative OSCC that are associated with chronic tobacco and alcohol use. At least 90 percent of HPV-positive OSCC are caused by high-risk (or oncogenic) HPV type 16 (HPV-16), and oral infection confers an approximate 50-fold increase in risk for HPVpositive OSCC. The incidence of OSCC has significantly increased over the last 3 decades in several countries, and HPV has been directly implicated as the underlying cause. Although oral HPV infection is the cause of a cancer that is increasing in incidence in the United States, little is known regarding the epidemiology of infection.” In order to analyze the prevalence of oral HPV in the U.S., Maura L. Gillison, M.D., Ph.D., of the Ohio State University Compre-
hensive Cancer Center, Columbus, and colleagues examined data from a cross-sectional study as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 20092010, a statistically representative sample of the U.S. population. The 5,579 participants, aged between 14 to 69 years old, provided a 30-second oral rinse and gargle with mouthwash. In order to detect HPV types, the researchers assessed DNA purified from oral exfoliated cells through testing methods. Results revealed that the most prevalent HPV type detected was HPV-16 (1.0%) and the overall prevalence of oral HPV infection was 6.9%. The researchers discovered peaks in the prevalence of oral HPV infection in different age ranges: The first peak was found among participants aged between 30 to 34 years old (7.3%).The second among participants aged between 60 to 64 years old (11.4%). The overall prevalence of oral HPV infection was considerably lower among women (3.6%) than men (10.1%). The prevalence was also higher among cigarette smokers, former and current marijuana users, and heavy alcohol drinkers. In addition, the team discovered that the prevalence of oral HPV was linked to numerous measures of sexual behavior. They found that the prevalence was higher among participants who reported ever having sex (7.5%) than those who did not (0.9%).
Clients face problems due to lawyers’ strike KARACHI—Lawyers all over Sindh observed strike against new LG System while prisoners and their relatives faced enourmous difficulties. A shutter-down and wheel-jam strike was observed in various districts of Sindh province on Tuesday against the erstwhile Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO). Meanwhile a complete shutter-down strike was observed in Sukkur, Hyderabad, Larkana, Nawabshah, Khairpur, Thatta, Dadu, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Ghotki and in some other small towns of the province. No public transport plied the roads. The protesters took out large rallies and burnt tires on the National Highway.—Online
Alia wins HRs Professional of the Year award KARACHI–The 11th edition of the Asia Pacific HRM Congress saw wi-tribe Pakistan’s Director Human Capital, Alia Zafar, win the HR Professional of the Year award. An announcement here on Tuesday said that the award recognizes individuals and organizations for a professional cause in various award-categories. Given that the theme of the 2012 Conference was ‘HRBuilding Future Leaders’, it is a laudable fact that one of witribe’s very own received the prestigious award in a ceremony that recognizes individuals and organizations for benchmarking HR practices, it was further stated.—APP
Altaf condoles with Nadeem on mother’s death STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The Founder and
KARACHI: Speaker Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmad Khuhro addressing a press conference at his office.
Khuhro defends new Local Government bill KARACHI—Speaker, Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on Tuesday said that Sindh People’s Local Government Bill-2012 was passed by the Assembly according to the rules in democratic manner.“Had any member objection to this Bill, he/she would have raised his/her voice against it on floor of the House, which is a democratic and a civilized way”, the Speaker said during a press conference here at his Sindh Assembly chamber. He said that the members who made hue and cry, and objected to the Bill in un-democratic way actually facilitated passage of the Bill un-opposed by members of Pakistan People’s
Party (PPP) and Muttehida Qaumi Movement (MQM). Those calling him a traitor, he said, must look into their inside. They have a very bad political history regarding safeguarding the rights of Sindh, he said. “Many people criticising PPP for this LG system were active part of dictator Pervez Musharraf’s Local Government system,” he maintained. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro questioned the MPAs who demanded for presentation of the Bill in Sindh Assembly, why they did not submit their objections to the Assembly Secretariat so that a unanimous amendment could have brought after discussions
and deliberations. The senior PPP leader said that his party had always been struggling for rights of Sindh and that former prime minister and chairperson PPP Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto staged a sit-in at Sindh-Balochistan border in defence and integrity of the province. On the issue of allotment of separate seats in the Assembly, he explained that it was Jam Madad Ali who submitted a joint application from the members seeking separate seats. Jam Madad Ali is member of the cabinet and till his resignation from Ministership is accepted he can’t be allotted separate seat in the House.—APP
World Space Week to be marked from tomorrow KARACHI—The World Space Week (WSW), an international celebration of the contribution that space science and technology makes to the betterment of the human condition, will also be marked in 10 cities of Pakistan including Karachi. This was stated by an official of the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) here on Tuesday. It was pointed out that the United Nations has declared World Space Week as October 410 annually. It is celebrated in some 65 nations of the world including Pakistan. During WSW, events and educational programmes related to space are held globally. SUPARCO, as a
national space agency, has been regularly conducting WSW activities each year since 2005 to increase awareness of space technology and to promote its peaceful usage amongst students and the masses in Pakistan. This year, SUPARCO has extended WSW activities throughout Pakistan with the partnership of key educational institutions of Pakistan. The theme of the WSW 2012 is ‘Space for Human Safety and Security’. The National Space Agency will hold an inauguration ceremony of WSW on October 4 at the National Center for Remote Sensing and Geo Informatics (NCRG) Karachi to formally commence World Space Week 2012 celebration in Paki-
stan. The chief guest for the ceremony will be Peer Mazhar-UlHaq, Provincial Minister of Education and Literacy. A specially designed mobile education bus equipped with multimedia shall leave to create awareness of space through lectures, multimedia presentations and video shows in towns and villages of Sindh. On the same day, Quiz Contest and Water Rocket Competition for different public and private school students shall also be held at SUPARCO headquarters. Declamation contest and seminar on WSW 2012 theme ‘Space for Human Safety and Security’ have also been arranged on October 5 and 9 respectively.—APP
Leader of Muttahida Quami Movement Mr Altaf Hussain has expressed his deep sense of grief and sorrow on the death of the mother of senior MQM worker Mr Nadeem Nusrat. Late Anwer Jahan had been admitted in a local hospital in London and passed away on Tuesday. She was 69. Mr Hussain telephoned Mr Nusrat and his brother Mr Waseem Nusrat soon after getting the sad news and offered his condolences on the death of their mother. He prayed Allah to shower his blessings on the departed soul. Comforting Mr Nusrat, he said that there could be no replacement for the love of a mother and there could be no tragedy greater than the passing away of one’s mother. He said that their grief was felt by him and each worker of the MQM. Mr Hussain also condoled with sisters and other family members of Mr Nusrat in Pakistan on the telephone. The burial will take place in Pakistan and Mr Hussain has asked the Co-ordination Committee of the MQM in London to make necessary arrangement for sending the dead body to Pakistan. He also asked the Co-ordination Committee in Pakistan to make arrangements for the burial. He asked the MQM workers to attend the funeral of the mother of Mr Nusrat.
KARACHI: President Karachi Union of Journalists (Dastoor) Amir Latif addressing a demonstration against killing of journalist Abdul Haq Baloch in Khuzdar.
Cop among two killed in violence 25 criminals arrested, arms recovered KARACHI—At least two people Hospital for postmortem. A po- and Mangopir areas of the city. including a policeman were killed in firing incidents in different areas of the city here on Tuesday. The police arrested 25 criminals during separate actions and recovered arms and drugs from their possession. According to police, some unidentified miscreants opened indiscriminate gunfire near Shershah Pankha Hotel (restaurant), killing a man, Abdullah on the spot and fled the scene. The body was shifted to Civil
liceman, Babar, who was injured in a firing incident in Kharadar, succumbed to injuries at Civil Hospital. Meanwhile, firing incidents continued in different areas of Karachi, including Sohrab Goth, Lyari, North Karachi during which six persons were reported injured. The injured were shifted to different hospitals of concerned areas. Unknown miscreants hurled four hand grenades at cement depot and a crush plant in Shah Latif Town
However, no causality or injury was reported in both the attacks. On special directives of DIG East Shahid Hayat, the police conducted search operation in different areas of the city during which 25 criminals involved in murder, attempted murder, street crimes and robberies were nabbed. The police claimed to have recovered eight pistols, two revolvers and huge quantity of drugs from their possession.—INP
APML suggests re-introduction of Musharraf’s local govt system KARACHI—Keeping in view the Musharraf had introduced a prob- She further said that Local Govrecent political crisis in Sindh, APML has said that if provincial government would have re-introduced Pervez Musharraf’s local government system, situation would have became in the favor of province and common people. This was said by Aasia Ishaque, central secretary information APML on Saturday in a statement issued from central information secretariat. She said that Pervez
lem-solving local government system in 2001, which was accepted by all the provinces simultaneously. This local government system ran successfully and people, who represented the grass root levels, had served the common people”, she added. APML central leader said that elected people had been given the full opportunity to bring change in the lives of their voters and they had proved this too.
ernment System 2001 was very handy and represented by people from grass root level. This system was working on permanent basis but discontinued just because of some minor political oppositions. “The performance of this system was outstanding where the work was carried out under a good will and good gesture but the malpractices did bring criticism on the system”, Aasia lauded.—online.
Ebad praises MPs for devising new LG System KARACHI—The new local bod- can still be brought about in acies law introduced in the province in-cludes the good points of the 1979 and 2001 systems. This was stated by the Governor of Sindh, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad Khan, here on Tuesday. He was talking to the participants of the 97th National Management Course who called on him at the Governor House here. However, the Governor added, the further improvements
cordance with the constitution. He said that there was no single clause in the new law that causes any differen-tiation or against the spirit of harmony. Dr. Ishrat was of the view that the opposition was expressed about the procedure of its enforcement. However, no opposition is coming to the fore on any clause of the new law.
He said that no unconstitutional step was taken for the introduction of the new law. The Governor also rejected the notion that under the new local bodies law two different systems have been introduced in the province. He pointed out that the Commissionarate system and the local bodies system have been introduced in the province under two different laws.—APP
Youth development centre being established KARACHI—Youth development centre is being established in the metropolis for the provision of training opportunities to the youngsters. This was stated by the Sindh Minister for Youth Affairs, Syed Faisal Ali Subzwari. He visited the under-construction facility in Karachi’s Gulistan Jauhar area on Tuesday and saw the progress. The Minister said that the centre, spreading over an area of six acres, would be completed in the next fiscal year with an estimated cost of Rs 374.79 milKARACHI: Fishermen getting ready to go into sea for catching fish at Ibrahim Haideri. lion.—APP
System of surveillance cameras at final stage KARACHI—The installation of surveillance cameras in the metropolis is in the final stages. This was stated by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Sindh, Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari. He was talking to the participants of the 97th National Management Course who visited the Central Police Office (CPO) here on Tuesday. The IGP said that in the initial phase, 50 wireless cameras, 60 automated number plate readers, 164 PTZ cameras and 656 fixed cameras are being installed. He stated that in the next phase, the video surveillance system would be expanded. Leghari also informed that steps are being taken for the introduction of the vehicle tracking system technology and the establishment of the FM Radio Station. The nation-wide police-to-police trunk call system would also be introduced soon. IGP informed that in the current year 100 police officials embraced martyrdom and that these included one SP, two inspectors, 18 assistant sub inspectors, 19 head constables and 52 constables.—APP
Transportation critical issue for women K ARACHI — Transportation continues to be a critical issue for women in the urban sector of the country where they are largely responsible for a disproportionate share of the household’s transport burden. A report compiled by Homenet-Pakistan, an NGO working for the cause of urban home based workers of the country said working women in general have more limited access to available means of transport, as compared to their male counterpart. With limited access to individual means of transportation a vast majority of poor women in the cities.—APP
Daily aspirin tied to risk of vision loss
ENIORS who take aspirin daily are twice as likely to have late stage macular degeneration, an age-related loss of vision, than people who never take the pain reliever, a new European study reports. The data do not show that aspirin causes vision loss. But the findings are of concern if aspirin somehow exacerbates the eye disorder, researchers say, given how many seniors take it daily for heart disease. “For people who have age-related macular degeneration, it probably isn`t wise to recommend taking aspirin,” said William Christen of Brigham and Women`s Hospital in Boston, who was not involved in this study. Researchers led by Dr. Paulus de Jong at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and Academic Medical Center collected health and lifestyle information from nearly 4,700 people over age 65. The study, published in the journal Ophthalmology, included Norwegian, Estonian, British, French, Italian, Greek and Spanish seniors. Of the 839 people who took aspirin each day, 36 had an advanced form of the disease called wet macular degeneration. This equates to about four out of every 100 daily aspirin users. In comparison, roughly two out of every 100 people who took aspirin less frequently had the same type of macular degeneration.
The wet form of the eye condition, caused by leaking blood vessels in the eye, leads to vision loss in the center of the eye‘s field of vision. The dry form of macular degeneration is more common and less severe, although people still suffer visual impairment. Together, wet and dry macular degeneration make up the leading causes of vision loss among people over age 60, afflicting millions of Americans. The researchers found that aspirin use was not tied to the dry form, nor to earlier stages of the disease. “I don`t think that`s surprising,” Christen said. “I think the effects of aspirin may be different in the early stages of age-related macular degeneration than in the late stages.” Aspirin is often taken to prevent cardiovascular disease, and Paulus said there has been controversy over the link between cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration. Paulus wrote in an email that his team “analyzed as meticulously as possible” whether cardiovascular disease might have influenced the results, and still found that aspirin users — regardless of their heart health — are at a greater risk of the more serious type of vision loss. While it`s a good idea to caution people that aspirin might have a deleterious role in macular degeneration, “a healthy eye with full visual capacities is of no use in a dead body,” Paulus said.
Dy PM to discuss farmers’ problems L AHORE —Pakistan Muslim League senior central leader and Deputy Prime Minister Ch Parvez Elahi has said that we have always supported the farmers and he would discuss their problems with Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf for their solution. He said this while talking to a delegation of Pakistan Kissan Ittehad, headed by Abdul Rahman Kanju, which called on him at the State Guest House here today. On this occasion, Abdul Rahman Kanju apprised Deputy Prime Minister Ch Parvez Elahi about the problems of the farmers. After listening to the problems of the farmers attentively, Ch Parvez Elahi said that during his tenure as the Chief Minister taxes were remitted to the small zamindars besides provision of special subsidy for the farmers. He said that resultoriented steps were taken for checking water theft and ensuring water reaches till tail, pukka water courses were constructed, laser leveler and stipends for livestock growth and other facilities were provided with open heart. Ch Parvez Elahi said that we are still standing shoulder to shoulder with the farmers, Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) will be given immediate instructions to start procurement of ten lakhs bales of cotton from farmers. As regards agricultural tariff for electricity and other problems, he assured the delegation that he would take up these matters with the Prime Minister.—NNI
‘Rabies kill more people than bird flu, dengue’ L AHORE —Vice-Chancellor
LAHORE: President PML-N Muhammad Nawaz Sharif offering fateha on the death of former Supreme Court Bar President Asma Jahangir’s mother.
Rs14.2b Punjab women welfare schemes soon L AHORE —The Punjab gov- tion of the United Nations government ernment will spend over Rs 14.2 billion on welfare projects of women in the province during the current fiscal year. This was stated by Planning & Development Department Secretary Arif Anwar Baloch while addressing a workshop on “Gender Responsive Budgeting” and members of the Lahore Development Journalist Association, at a local hotel on Tuesday. He said the Punjab government with the coopera-
Development Program (UNDP) was endeavouring for women rights in society.No society can make progress without making women strong economically, he added. Highlighting various initiatives of the Punjab government for the development of women, he said that a Women Development Funds had been established in the province at a cost of Rs 500 million and Daycare Centres at a cost of Rs 100 million which showed the Punjab
efforts for women’s welfare. Arif Baloch said that legislation was being made to safeguard the law of inheritance for women so that nobody could deprive them of their legitimate rights. Project Manager SPRSM Muhammad Zaman Wattoo and Directing Staff Member Industrial Relations Institute Lahore Tahir Manzoor also spoke on the occasion. Later, Chief Research & Development Sector Khalid Sultan gave away certificates to the participants.—APP
Shahbaz dumps energy crisis on Federal govt’s head SALIM AHMED
LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is facing worst energy crisis due to which an extremely negative impact has been registered on the national economy, while industrial, agricultural and other development sectors have been badly affected. He said the people are extremely perturbed over loadshedding and thousands of labourers have been rendered jobless. He said the federal government has not taken any concrete step during the last four and a half years to resolve energy crisis. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif stressed that overcoming energy shortage is the
need of the hour in order to ensure progress and prosperity of the country. He said the Punjab government is working on various energy generation projects. The Chief Minister was addressing at a dinner given in his honour by UK Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry in London, which was also attended by President UK Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Razi Khan, General Secretary Kamran Khan, Vice Chairman Punjab Board of Investment & Trade, Dr. Maftah Ismail, industrialists, investors and Overseas Advisor Javed Malik. The Chief Minister said that the role of expatriate Pakistanis is highly praiseworthy in the progress and prosperity
of Pakistan. He said Punjab government is extending all out incentives and encouragement to foreign investors. He said a highly conducive atmosphere for investment has been created in the province by extending all relevant facilities to the potential investors under one roof. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that foreign investors are being extended incentives and facilities on top priority basis due to which the province has emerged as a hub of safe investment for the foreign investors. He said development projects aimed at welfare and uplift of the masses are being completed expeditiously with the help of Turkey, Iran and other foreign countries.
of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences(UVAS) Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said rabies is one of most lethal zoonotic or animal-transmitted diseases, killing more people each year than H5N1 and dengue fever. Talking to APP on Tuesday, he said vaccination was only treatment while there was no concept of vaccination of pets in our society. He said vaccination was necessary and the only way to avert rabies and other animaltransmitted diseases. He said that university was making efforts to save both animals and workers involved in treatment of pets through vaccination. He said, “Recently, UVAS along with a private medicine company arranged a vaccination drive in the varsity,” he added. To a question, he said they had developed a kit to ensure the quality of milk it. He urged vets, doctors, scientists and researcher to join hands and launch concreted efforts to eliminate rabies. Over 95 percent of rabies cases are caused by infected dogs bite in Pakistan. The cases can be prevented by vaccination of pet and stray dogs.—APP
LAHORE: Jamhoori Wattan Party leader Talal Akbar Bugti talking to the media persons after a meeting with Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith leader Sajid Mir.
LHC orders minister to allot Hajj quota in 24 hours
Rescue 1122 manages 472 fire incidents in September
quota allotted to HGOs out of available quota of 540 pilgrims as per orders of the Supreme Court and Balochistan High Court. However, the chief justice observed that the court had not passed any order which was against Haj Policy 2012. He said that the court wanted to empower the ministry and government but the ministry was constantly moving the goal post. The chief justice observed that after court’s intervention Rs 71 million income tax was recovered and many management disputes were also resolved which mitigated public problems. The court observed that the federal secretary religious affairs on September 11 after clearance from the minister had assured the court that a quota of 540 Hujaj would be allocated to new HGOs, but on the last hearing it was told that the minister wanted to take the matter to the Supreme Court. Federal Minister Syed Khurshid Shah highlighted efforts to make Haj operations transparent and added that the quota of 540 pilgrims was retrieved from defaulter HGOs and it was their property which could not be allotted to new HGOS. Referring to details of the quota given on the Supreme
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STAFF REPORTER L A H O R E —Lahore
High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Tuesday ordered Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah to allot available quota of 190 Hujaj to four new Haj group organisers within 24 hours. The chief justice directed the minister to select four HGOs from short-listed groups on the basis of experience of Umra operations. The court also ordered the minister to inform the court in writing about reasons behind a shortfall in available Haj quota of 540. The chief justice passed the orders on a petition filed by Ashfaq Ahmad Mirza and others against not allotting Haj quota to new Haj group organizers (HGOs) despite court orders. As proceedings started, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah and federal law officers appeared before the court whereas Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira and other PPP leaders were also present in the court. Additional Attorney General of Pakistan Abdul Hai Gilani informed the court about details of Haj
Court and High Court directions from the quota of 540 Hujaj, he said he wanted to take the matter to the Supreme Court because it was his constitutional right. He said that even if the Supreme Court ordered to allot the quota, even then nobody could go to Saudi Arabia this year. The court observed that it wanted to facilitate and strengthen the government and asked the minister to distribute the remaining quota among new HGOs in good faith. The minister said the remaining quota of 190 pilgrims could be allotted to new HGOs. The court after hearing the arguments ordered the minister to allot a quota of 190 Hujaj to four new HGOS and submit a compliance report through a law officer on October 3. The petitioners, in their petition, submitted that the court had ordered the religious ministry to allot a quota of 5,000 pilgrims to new HGOs and complete the process by June 18. However, the respondents were delaying the matter to avoid allotment of quota to new HGOs, they added. They pleaded the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the respondents for disobeying court orders.
LDA officers posting, transfers L A H O R E —Additional Di- opment-I, LDA, as Deputy Land Development-I vice
Muhammad Imran already transferred. The competent authority has also entrusted the Administrative Control of all Deputy Directors Law and Assistant Directors Law to Director Law, LDA. The transfer/ postings of all Deputy Directors Law/ Assistant Directors Law will henceforth be made upon the recommendation of Director Law, LDA. In addition, Director Law, LDA will countersign the ACRs of all Deputy Directors Law and Assistant Directors Law and the Director concerned will be the initiating/ reporting officer. In case of contractual Assistant Directors Law/ Law Officers, Director Law will sign the Performance Evaluation Report in addition to reporting officer. Meanwhile extension has also been granted in contract appointment of Waqas Noor, Estate Officer, LDA, presently working in the Directorate of Estate Management-I from 28-082012 to 29-09-2012, on the same terms and conditions as mentioned in his appointment letter. The decision on further extension of his contract will be taken after the outcome of ongoLAHORE: President Lahore Bar Association Zulfiqar Ali Chaudhry speaking during a ing enquiry proceedings Press conference regarding blasphemous film. against him.—APP rector General LDA Mariam Kayani has granted extension in contract appointment of Imran Sarwar, Assistant Director (Computer), LDA, for further three years from September 19, 2012, on the same terms and conditions as mentioned in his appointment letter. According to a notification issued here, competent authority has posted Muhammad Imran, Assistant Director (Law) working in Directorate of Land Devel-
Director Law (Civil Court) in his own pay and scale in Directorate of Law. However his posting against senior post is purely a stop gap arrangement and this order will in the way confer any right upon the said officer to claim seniority/ regular promotion. Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Assistant Director (Law) working in Directorate of Law has been transferred and posted as Assistant Director (Law) in Directorate of
gency Service (Rescue 1122) managed 472 fire incidents in Punjab during September. According to emergency data compiled by the Provincial Monitoring Cell of PES, most of the fire emergencies occurred in factories and commercial high-rise buildings. The fire emergencies include 124 in Lahore, 52 in Faisalabad, 46 in Rawalpindi, 38 in Multan, 26 in Gujranawala, 12 in Bahawalpur, 14 in Sargodha, 19 in Sahiwal, 12 in Jhang and 16 in Sialkot. The rescue service in other districts of Punjab also managed a couple of fire incidents except Murree, Pakpattan and Mianwali where no fire emergency was reported. The major fire incidents in Lahore included an inferno in a shoe factory on Band Road which claimed 25 lives besides a fire incident in commercial plaza at Queens Road where 13 occupants suffocated but provided timely care by Rescue 1122. Another fire incident in a commercial plaza at Hall Road was saved from total burning by the service and a trapped victim of a factory was saved at Thokar Niaz Baig.—APP
Aitchison College art festival on 13th L AHORE —The Aitchison College Art, Music and Dramatics Society is organizing its first ever Art & Performing Art festival here on October 13 and 14. According to organizers, three societies have collaborated to give students a chance to practice all of their skills related to arts. The event provides a platform for young artists to enhance their skills, explore fields of arts and performing arts. The aim of this event is to allow the young minds to showcase their creative flair on a competitive forum.—APP