MNAs join hands to protect constitution New NA lived up to good governance, rule of law LIAQAT TOOR
PPP to field candidate for PM: Fahim ISLAMABAD—Pakistan
ISLAMABAD —The 14th National Assembly has very much lived up to good governance and rule of law as parliamentary leaders in their spirited speeches on Monday during the proceedings in lower house pledged to work for welfare of the people and the country. Though agenda of the day was to hold elections of Speaker and Deputy Speaker, but on the
very outset, just after taking of oath by some MNAs, Mahmud Khan Achakzai from Balochistan on a point of order touched very sensitive issue of violation of Constitution by those who took oath of its protection. He suggested political parties should not take such elements into their fold. However, the Monday speeches in the NA have set the tone and trend of the new House as members belonging to both treasury and opposition benches
overwhelmingly opposed those elements who, according to them, will violate the Constitution and laws of the country. They also stressed to work for the welfare of the people and the country by setting up a system of good governance. The other members endorsed their views with thumping of desks. Members of the National Assembly from across the political divide in a rare show of unanimity vowed to preserve and pro-
tect the constitution and resist any move by any usurper to abrogate the sacred document and derail democracy. The consensus emerged in a brief debate in the House after the outgoing speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza administered oath of office to some members of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf on Monday. Standing on a point of order, Pakhtoon leader Mahmood Khan Achakzai referred to the oath
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PML-N’s Ayaz elected NA Speaker, Murtaza Deputy
No deportation of Pakistanis from Saudi Arabia
Iqbal, Sher new Punjab Speaker, Deputy; Jan Jamali elected unopposed as BA Speaker
People’s Party leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim said on Monday that his party would nominate a candidate for the prime minister’s election scheduled to take place on Wednesday. Speaking to media representatives in front of Parliament House, Fahim said the PPP received two requests SHARAFAT KAZMI/ from PML-N leaders urging it SALIM AHMED to support their candidates for the elections of speaker and ISLAMABAD/LAHORE/ prime minister. Q UETTA —Sardar Ayaz Sadiq “The party accepted the and Murtaza Javed Abbasi of request for the speaker’s PML-N were elected Speaker Continued on Page 6 and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly on Monday. Ayaz Sadiq got two hundred and fifty-eight votes. His opponent Shehryar Afridi of PTI secured thirty one and Iqbal Qadri of MQM twenty three votes. Overall three hundred and thirteen votes were cast and one KARACHI—A court in Abu vote was declared invalid. Later‚ Dhabi has ordered former Ogra Outgoing Speaker Dr Fehmida chief Tauqir Sadiq to be handed over to Pakistan within a Continued on Page 6 month, a National Accountability Bureau official told media on Monday. The court order against tainted former chief of Pakistan’s Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority was given on the request of the Pakistani I SLAMABAD —The supreme government. court on Monday ordered the fedTauqir Sadiq has been declared a proclaimed offender eral government and law minisand is also a principal accused ter to submit reply in land reform case in the next hearing today in a Rs82 billion corruption case. He fled abroad soon after Tuesday A nine-member larger bench the Supreme Court declared his of the apex court headed by Chief Continued on Page 6 Justice Iftikhar Muhammad
Abu Dhabi court orders Tauqir’s extradition
ISLAMABAD: PML-N president Muhammad Nawaz Sharif congratulating Ayaz Sadiq on his election of Speaker National Assembly on Monday.
Land Reform case: SC orders federal govt to submit reply Chaudhry resumed hearing pf the petition filed by workers party against judicial verdict regarding land reforms. Petitioner told the court that the government did not submit its reply in the court regarding land reform case. Chief justice consulted the federation and law ministry that
what would be status of land reform after 18th Amendment, adding whether it would be responsibility of the federal government or provinces. Chief Justice made it clear that these are such questions which reply should be given by
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ISLAMABAD—Contradicting all reports carried by Pakistani media that 30000 illegal Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia will be deported, Mohammed Naeem Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia has said these are figment of imagination and totally incorrect. Talking to Pakistan Observer on Telephone from Riyadh, Ambassador Naeem said that Saudi Royalty is extremely considerate to Pakistani nationals and they consider them very close to their hearts and they want that Pakistani workers should regularise themselves. The leadership has also waived off the nationality quota for each company so that Pakistani nationals can benefit even if the number of Pakistanis are at higher side in a company. “Many Saudi companies have contacted Embassy of Pakistan Riyadh and Consulate in Jeddah and showed willingness to provide jobs to Pakistani nationals who are illegally staying in Saudi Arabia,” he said. Pakistan’s Embassy in Riyadh and Consulate Jeddah have issued around 5000 travelling documents for those who want to go back. However, he said Pakistani embassy and Consulate staff are trying to get maximum transfer
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Terrorists gun down PTI MPA Farid in Hangu His friend also dies in attack TARIQ SAEED PESHAWAR—In a gruesome incident, a parliamentarian of ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) and a new entrant to Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Assembly Farid Khan was shot dead along with a friend by the unknown miscreants in Hangu. His brother and a passer-by minor girl sustained serious injuries during firing by assassins who managed to flee after committing the crime. The brutal killing of a modest and sane MPA, who was popular for his social services in the area, sent a wave of resentment and anguish among the locals who took to streets and also turned violent to record their pro-
test. MPA Farid Khan, who made later joined PTI. He had defeated his way to the assembly for the the strongest candidate Attiq rr Rehman of JUI Fazal from PK42 who won the elections two times previously. Reports reaching her from Hangu district said unknown assailants showered bullets on the vehicle, in which the MPA was travelling along with his brother and a friend, with bullets in Sangetor Mohallah in Hangu leaving the people on board the vehicle critically wounded. The victims were rushed to the nearby hospital where the medics pronounced Farid Khan and his friend dead while his brother and a passer-by minor girl first time in independent capac- who also sustained wounds, were ity in May 11 general elections, Continued on Page 6
MQM offers unconditional support to Nawaz Top MQM negotiators meet PML-N chief STAFF REPORTERS K A R A C H I /I S L A M A B A D — Muttahida Qaumi Movement Chief Altaf Hussain has endorsed the decision of the party’s Coordination Committee, offering unconditional support to Nawaz Sharif in election for the office of prime minister. Addressing a joint meeting of Coordination Committee of Pakistan and London via telephone, Altaf Hussain prayed that the new government might succeed in coping with the challenges facing the country.
Meanwhile, Mutahidda Qaumi Movement delegation on Monday called on Prime Minister-designate and PML-N leader Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif at the Parliament House and exchanged views on the political situation. MQM leaders, Dr Farooq Sattar and Senator Babar Khan Ghauri, held a meeting with Mian Nawaz Sharif. This was the first high-level contact between both the parties since 1992. PML-N leaders Senator Dar and Ch Nisar Ali Khan were also present on the
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Pakistani diplomat assaulted in India NEW DELHI—Pakistan High Commission First Secretary for trade Zargham Raza was allegedly assaulted by unknown assailants in New Delhi on Monday. Raza was on his way to a market when he was attacked, leaving him seriously injured. The Pakistan High Commission in India has lodged an official protest with Indian authorities following the attack. Indian news channel NDTV reported that Raza was allegedly manhandled after his car was involved in an accident with a motorcycle. The report claimed that Raza hit a two-wheeler and the pillion rider, a woman, fell down. He did not initially get out of his car, afContinued on Page 6
President House to cooperate with govt IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—President Asif Ali Zardari said that the process of transition of powers was being carried out smoothly in the country. The President House would extend full cooperation to the newly formed governments in the centre and in all four province in accordance to the provisions of the Constitution of Pakistan. The President stated this while talking to the newly
elected Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, who had called on the President Monday at the Bilawal House in Karachi. The CM on the occasion apprised the President of law and order situation in the province, formation of Sindh provincial government and preparations for the next fiscal budget for the fiscal year 2013-14. The President said that the democratic system in the country was consolidated and
strengthened. All the political forces should resolve peoples’ problems and take the country out of the crises. He directed the CM to take all measures to ensure restoration of peace and tranquillity in Karachi and deal with the criminals with an iron hand. The President further directed the CM to include publicfriendly development projects in the coming fiscal budget of the province.
PM appoints Dr Saadia Sarwar as Polio Cell head
‘Political consensus to facilitate public relief’
Sadiq’s election as democratic good omen
“During my stint as SLAMABAD—Former Speaker ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Q UETTA —The Chief Min- alities including Baloch, adding that he was cognizant the party image. He said that government. Talking to re- INational speaker I upheld my oath and Assembly Dr Fehmida Justice (R) Mir Hazar Khan Pashtoon, Punjabi, Hazara, that people of Pakistan were NP would continue political porters after his nomination Khoso has appointed Dr. Saadia Sarwar, presently working at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat, as focal person of the Prime Minister’s Monitoring Cell on Polio at PM Secretariat. The decision was in continuation of Sunday’s decision of the Prime Minister to restore the Prime Minister’s Monitoring Cell on Polio at Prime Minister’s Secretariat. The Prime Minister has also issued directions that the Cell should start functioning forthwith and expressed the hope that honest and dedicated persons would be coopted to achieve the goal of complete eradication of Polio from the country. Reiterating his government’s resolve to eradicate polio from Pakistan, the Prime Minister expressed the hope that the Cell would play an important role in achieving this national objective.—APP
ister in waiting Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has emphasized the need to make good liaison with democratic forces to provide relief to oppressed people. He was addressing a gathering of his party workers and media persons at MPA Hostel, here on Monday. He said “If we succeed in making good relations with democratic and progressive forces, it would help in resolving problems of downtrodden people of society and promote harmony, brotherhood among the people”. He said that his party, National Party has accepted the challenge to get all nation-
Sindhi and others together at a single platform to meet the challenges faced by the country and its province Balochistan. He said that he was thankful to Prime Minister in waiting and Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif, Pashtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party chairman Mehmood Khan Achakzai and his own party leadership who assigned him task to tackle the issues being faced by Balochistan. “ Our test has started and we could not provide relief to masses if we could not unite all political and democratic forces of the country,” he said
happy over nomination of chief minister Balochistan from a Baloch nationalist party. He said that National Party has no agenda of transfers and postings but it would pay special heed to implement its manifesto and agenda that is to recover missing persons, sectarian violence and target killings, introducing reforms in education and health sectors and curb corruption. Dr Abdul Malik who is also President of National Party (NP) urged his party activists to remain far away from issue of posting and transfers of government employees as it would damage
struggle of all veteran nationalist leaders including Mir Yousuf Aziz Magsi, Gul Khan Nasir, Mir Ghous Bakhsh Bizenjo, Sardar Aataullah Mengal, Nawab Muhammad Akbar Khan Bugti, Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri, Dr Abdul Hayee Baloch, Bacha Khan, Khan Abdul Samad Khan and Khan Abdul Wali Khan. Speaking on the occasion, MPA and National Party senior leader Nawab Muhammad Khan Shahwani said that Premier in waiting Mian Nawaz Sharif expressed his political maturity by nominating Dr Abdul Malik for the top slot of the Balochistan
Mirza Monday termed the election of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq as speaker “good omen” for democracy and strengthening of democratic institutions. Expressing her views before administering oath from Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, she assured fullest cooperation to the newly elected speaker and conveyed her best wishes to her. She said the 13th assembly created balance among the federating units, introduced 18th, 19th and 20th Amendments besides restoring1973 Constitution in its original form. The role of all erstwhile members, particularly of women remained exemplary throughout that period, she said.
tried my level best to equally
treat all the members. I have also been endeavouring to run the affairs on the principles of justice”, she added.—APP
7 killed, several injured in separate incidents
Surraiya of APWA passes away
S WAT —Three members a family including two sisters and a brother died while three other injured in a roof collapse in Chargo Shah area in tehsil Kabal, police confirmed on Monday. According to details, family of Afsar Ali was asleep when roof of their house caved in. Three family members including 17 years old son Jan Muhammad, 21 years old Noor Jehan and 11-year-old Aleema died on the spot. Afsar Ali’s wife Bakht Bibi, his younger daughter and son injured in the incident. Local volunteers retrieved the injured from the rubble and shifted to the Saidu Sharif Hospital. South Waziristan: Unknown assailants here Late Sunday gunned down a
KARACHI—Surraiya Abbasi, a founding member of All Pakistan Women Association (APWA) and close confidant of Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan passed away, after protracted illness here on Sunday. The lady born in 1918 at Lucknow, married to a civil servant Izhar Ali Abbasi, was fully conscious of the 1947 atrocities experienced by people in wake of one of the largest migrations that has ever been witnessed in history. Realising the needs of the country, in face of its limited capacities and resources, she also made tremendous contribution towards establishment of Pakistan chapter of Red Cross, later re-named as Red Crescent, with major focus on training of Pakistani youth in general and women in particular in first- aid. This was besides the fact that the enterprising and educated Muslim woman of her time played her role in promoting the culture of voluntary blood donation in the nascent country. The pioneer member of APWA will perhaps always be remebered by the artisans and their respective families who benefitted a lot due to the patronage Surraiya Abbasi provided to them by setting-up APWA Artisans Colony.—APP
as chief minister Balochistan here, he vowed that his government would make utmost efforts to create congenial environment to bring all annoyed Balochs to the negotiations table. “Sardar Attaullah Mengal, Sardar Akhtar Mengal and their party, Balochistan National Party, have contributed a lot for the people of province,” he said and appealed them to join hands for resolving the issues of the province. He said his party would address the overall problems of the province in collaboration with the allied parties in the provincial assembly.—APP
SKARDU: A beautiful and eye catching view of Sadpara Dam.
PML-N to root out corruption at all levels: Hamza Shahbaz
Int’l Day against Child Labour on June 12
ISLAMABAD—PML-N leader comprehensive strategy to ments and introduce new I SLAMABAD —Every year
system for bright Pakistan. Earlier, talking to APP outside the Parliament House, Hamza expressed the hope that under the dynamic leadership of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the PML-N government would address all challenges including terrorism, unemployment, fragile economy, energy crisis and others. He urged all the leadership of the country to play constructive role for Pakistan’s progress, adding that the political forces should collectively work to ensure supremacy of the constitution and rule of law. To a question, Hamza said that the newly elected government would ensure implementation of all the decisions of the Supreme Court including the one regarding former President Pervez Musharraf. Commenting on drone attacks by US forces, he said that drone attacks should be stopped and termed it as an attack on country’s sovereignty. Hamza said that PMLN leadership has provided the Baloch nationalist parties with an opportunity to redress the grievances and KARACHI: A man holds the picture of his missing son demanding for his quick and safe deprivation of Baloch recovery. people.—APP Hamza Shahbaz Sharif on Monday has said the party has plan to root out the corruption at all levels and also in all the departments across the country. Talking to a private TV news channel, he said the party has devised a
resolve the complex issues being faced by the country. He said new government will take all out measures to eliminate corruption at all levels. He stressed that PMLN would bring the revolution in education, health depart-
June 12 is being observed as International Day against Child Labour to highlight the global extent of child labour and raise awareness on the situation of millions of children, girls and boys working as workers. The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the first World Day in 2002 as a way to highlight the plight of working children and to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour. This year, the World Day will provide a spotlight on child labour in domestic work. Education International (EI) in collaboration with the Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour of the International Labour Organisation (ILO-IPEC), launched the campaign ‘One hour against child labour’ in 2012. EI developed an educational and interactive campaign material to be used globally by teacher unions, their members and students to undertake activities around child labour issues. The ‘One hour against child labour’ activity can be undertaken in schools, classrooms, staff rooms, union offices and union meetings.—APP
former Vice President of Peace Committee at Tank, security sources confirmed. According to details, unknown attackers started indiscriminate firing on Hayatullah, who was a former Vice President of local Peace Committee. He died on the spot while his gunman sustained critical injuries. Kasur: A woman died on receiving fatal injuries during fight with her daughter-in-law here last Sunday night while a young man was slaughtered in another incident of crime in the district. According to police, in Phoolnagar, Shaheen resorted to beating her mother-in-law, Nargis bibi during a domestic fight. The elderly woman died from severe blows from a metal pipe. Police said husband of the
3.6m dollar donated to Malala Fund I SLAMABAD —The
Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) donated Dh 368,000 to UNESCO, to support the Malala Fund for Girls’ Education in Egypt. The cash represents a portion of the box office sales of the Abu Dhabi Festival, the annual classical music, arts and community festival of ADMAF that took place throughout March this year. Hoda al Khamis-kanoo and Irina Bokova sign the MoU allowing ADMAF and UNESCO to work together on educational and cultural projects. Launched in December 2012, the Malala Fund for Girls’ Education is dedicated to 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was the target of an assassination attempt by the Taliban last October because of her defence of the right of girls to go to school. The fund seeks to stem the dropout of adolescent girls from secondary education, strengthen women’s literacy programmes and give momentum to the quest to provide access to school for
all girls by 2015. The UAE has played an active role in supporting this special case and cause from the beginning. Last week, Malala Yousafzai, along with her family members, visited the UAE and thanked Abu Dhabi government officials in person for their efforts. “Education is the key to a greater future and we hope this donation will enable girls and women to experience a better tomorrow,” said Hoda Al Khamis-Kanoo, founder of ADMAF. Furthermore, ADMAF also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Unesco. The agreement will allow the two organisations to work together on future educational and cultural projects. “With its genuine devotion to nurturing talent, encouraging cultural dialogue and empowering disadvantaged children, youth and adults, the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation is a partner of choice for our organisation,” added Irina Bokova, director-general of Unesco.—APP
accused had gone overseas leaving behind his children, wife and mother who often quarrelled over petty issues. A case was registered against the accused woman. In another incident, Jaffer s/o Abdul Hameed was slain by five unidentified outlaws. The victim’s father told police that his other son, Muzaffar was kidnapped by the same criminal elements during the same incident last night. Quetta: A man was injured by unknown armed men at Sariab Road area of provincial capital. According to police, the victim namely Allah Rakha was on way home on his bicycle when armed assailants riding a motorbike opened fire at him, leaving him injured and fled from the scene.—APP
Special persons have hopes from new govt MULTAN—Society for Special Persons (SSP) has urged the incoming government of Pakistan Muslim League (N) to involve special persons in policy formation prior to shaping out the national budget for next fiscal year. Chairperson SSP Zahida Hameed while talking to APP stated that special persons were ignored and not included at policy making levels. She remarked that there were 12 to 15 per cent special persons in the country, including those with physical disability, and adio/visual impairment. She cited that special persons were given importance at policy making throughout the Europe and added that such persons with special needs be given priority by the next government. She advocated creation of physio-therapy centres in south Punjab for rehabilitation of special persons. “Multan lacks institution for higher education for special persons”, she regretted and urged the incoming government to improve the situation for education, healthcare.—APP
WB to improve Punjab reproductive health, nutrition I SLAMABAD —The World Bank (WB) approved a package of assistance worth US$ 100 million to support the implementation of the Punjab Health Sector Reform Project, which will focus on enhancing the number of people who access quality essential health services, particularly in the low performing districts of Punjab. “Punjab holds the key to Pakistan’s progress towards attaining the MDGs as it constitutes 60 percent of Pakistan’s population”, said Rachid Benmessaoud,
World Bank Country Director for Pakistan, said WB statement issued here Monday. “This programme would help the government of Punjab implement its Health Sector Strategy for the province by building the capacity and systems to strengthen accountability and stewardship in the Department of Health,” Rachid added. Despite recent gains, the health sector performance in Punjab remains inadequate due to multiple external and internal health system fac-
tors. Punjab’s overall health outcomes are comparable to the national average or slightly better than other provinces, but the pace of change remains slow and uneven with significant disparities among regions, rural and urban areas, and by economic status. The average duration of exclusive breast-feeding is only 0.9 month in Punjab, as compared to the national average of 3.2 months. Immunization coverage also remains low; only one in three children aged 12-23 months are
fully immunized (34.6%). The government of Punjab is keen to make progress on human development to build a productive workforce with its large and increasing share of youth, it said adding in health it has developed a holistic, results-focused Punjab Health Sector Strategy 2012-2020, involving governance and accountability reforms and strengthening health systems to improve sector management performance and health outcomes in the province. “Punjab has gradually
improved maternal and child-outcomes and the key to further improvement is addressing the huge burden of malnutrition among women and children which have not improved in the past two decades. Stunting occurs among 39 percent children under five”, said Dr. InaamUl- Haq, task team leader of the project. He said the project would aim “to improve the capacity of health service providers to deliver nutrition interventions at the facility and community MULTAN: Stallholders of general bus stand hold a demonstration in support of their level.—APP demands at Nawan Shehr Chowk.
Woman involve in nine family members deaths held
Mazari to support PML-N
ISLAMABAD —Secretary Information of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Dr Shireen Mazari assured that her party would support every steps of PML-NM UZAFFARGARH , June 03 led government to stop drone attacks (INP): Police on Monday arin tribal areas of the country. Drone atrested the accused involved tacks were illegal and it is clear violain the unfortunate incident tion of the laws of United Nations (UN), that occurred in she added. She blamed former PPP-led Muzaffargarh last week government for adopting dual policy on where nine members of a famthe issue of drone attacks. Talking to a ily including six children died private TV channel, Shireen urged for dissociating the after consuming poisonous country from the American fight, to ensure peace and tranfood. quillity. The America was also involve in nuclear proliferaAccording to the investion, she said. Replying to a question, she claimed that tigating officer Ashiq Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government would introduce energy Hussain, the accused woman policy in the province to generate its own electricity. She named Shaheen who is also appreciated the PML-N decision to nominate Dr Abdul a relative of the victims had Malik for the office of Chief Minister (CM) Balochistan. Abdul Malik was the representative of the people of Balochistan, she added. Dr Shireen Mazari further said that drone attacks were blatant violation of human rights, Pakistan’s sovereignty, and international law. Instead of staging sit-ins, PTI would raise its voice in the assembly. She said that Fata people should also get the rights equal to other Pakistanis. She said that it was part of PTI mani- QUETTA: Chief Secretary Balochistan, Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad performs foundation stone laying ceremony festo to free Fata people from FCR. She said that rigging of of women vocational center at Khartar. I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Meworst kind took place in many constituencies; however teorological Department they do not reject the entire electoral process. She said (PMD) on Monday forecast that the performance of Election Commission during the mainly hot and dry weather elections has not been good.—APP across the country with chances of dust-storm and Qaim greets winning candidates rain at isolated places of UpKARACHI—Sindh Chief Minister Syed per Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northeast Punjab,Kashmir Qaim Ali Shah congratulated the winand Gilgit Baltistan during ning candidates of Pakistan Peoples next 24 hours. Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) in the gen- I SLAMABAD —Universities together through dialogue Azerbaijan to Pakistan, Mr. ther level,” he said. Dasghin Shikarov said that “We have also anAccording to the synoperal elections from Tharparkar and and academic institutions of and understanding. The initiative is intended Pakistan and Azerbaijan en- nounced 36 need based tic situation, a shallow westJacobabad districts of the province af- Pakistan and Azerbaijan ter re- polling. This was stated in an of- would simultaneously create to work beyond diplomatic joy deep rooted relations and scholarships for the stu- erly trough in upper air sysficial statement here on Sunday. From youth forums to raise aware- ties by creating and enhanc- these youth forums would dents of the Consortium of tem is prevailing in the northTharparkar, Faqir Sher Muhammad ness and general under- ing youth to youth contact as help build the relations to new 12 Pakistani Universities as ern parts of the country and Bilalani and Noor Muhammad Shah standing of each other un- first step towards exploring heights. He was of the view well”, he said. Pakistan and is likely to persist during next youth are few days. Dust-storm and Jilani succeeded on National Assembly der a project ‘Azerbaijan-Pa- the possibilities of working for that youth are the assets of Azerbaijani seats. Whereas, Makhdoom Naimatullah and Dost Ali kistan Youth Society’ joint progressive efforts, they both states and by motivat- bonded through this plat- rain is likely at isolated places Malakand, Hazara, Rahimoon bagged Sindh Assembly seats. Their main con- launched here Monday by said. As formal diplomatic ties ing this segment of the soci- form to have shared objec- of division, testants were from the Arbab family. PPP’s Abid Sundrani Institute of Peace and Diplo- already exists but the deep- ety will create a long term tive of joining hands together Peshawar became MPA from Kandhkot and Muqeem Khan Khoso macy (IPD). Speakers at the rooted people to people con- avenues for cooperation be- and through this podium Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, division and from Jacobabad districts. The Chief Minister said those launching ceremony ob- tact is missing which is need tween the countries. “We are both nations would enhance Lahore who considered themselves most popular in Thar were served that this Youth Soci- of the day to build as both enjoying deep rooted links at their cooperation in various Islamabad. While good rain is exdefeated very badly. The success of PPP candidates de- ety is being proposed with nations have common culture, government to government fields and at all levels. Execupicted confidence of the people on the policies of PPP. intent to create a bridge be- history and religion to share. level and now this initiative tive Director, IPD, Farhat Asif pected at Kashmir and Gilgit Speaking on the occa- will help boost people to reflected on the objec- Baltistan during the next 24 Now, he continued, PPP Government would make its best tween Azerbaijan and PakiAmbassador of people contacts at much fur- tives.—APP hours. The maximum temefforts to come up to the expectations of the people and stani nation to come closer sion, peratures recorded during prove as a role model for other governments in the counthe last 24 hours were try. He pledged that Thar would witness un-precedented Islamabad 39 C, Lahore 43 C, development/ uplift on social and economic fronts. Syed Karachi 36 C, Peshawar 40 C, Qaim Ali Shah urged the elected members of his party to Quetta 35 C, Skardu 31, make plans/ schemes forthwith for the development and Murree 26 C, Muzzafarabad welfare of the people of their constituencies. He said the 39 C, Gilgit 37 C, Faisalabad top priorities of his Government would be maintenance of SHAFFAAT MALIK 42 C, Multan 45 C and law and order, development/ upgradation of health, eduHyderabad 41 C. A fair/ partly cation, agriculture and industrial sectors. He thanked the T ALAGANG —Vehicles and cloudy weather has been people of Tharparkar and promised to start a new era of pedestrians are forced to development in the backward area.—APP pass through open manholes in Talagang. Main road and World urged to resolve Kashmir issue most of the streets of ISLAMABAD—The Chairman of All Parties Talagang are showing the same picture and on some Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq places people have put and other Hurriyet leaders have called stones to avoid accidents, ISLAMABAD—Every year the upon the international community to come which is creating problems forward for resolving the Kashmir dispute for motorists and may cause European Union provides in the interest of lasting peace in the reserious accidents especially opportunities for students gion. According to the Kashmir Media at night. According to de- worldwide aspiring to go to Service, Hurriyet leaders made these astails, on Talagang Chakwal European institutions for sertions, today, at a seminar, which was road few manholes are bro- higher education through an organized by Jammu and Kashmir ken while couple of man- EU programme known as Anjuman-e-Sharie Shian in connection holes are designed in a funny Erasmus Mundus and under with the death anniversary of the Iranian revolutionary leader, way, almost 6 inches above this programme, 45 students Aayatullah Imam Ruhollah Khomeini. Besides Mirwaiz Umar were awarded scholarships the ground. Farooq, other speakers who addressed the seminar included from Pakistan this year. The HYDERABAD: A large number of passengers travelling at the roof of Suzuki van. ***** Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Maulana Abbas There are quite a few sports EU delegation to Pakistan Ansari, Professor Abdul Ghani Butt, Muhammad Yasin Malik stadiums in Tehsil Talagang congratulated these stuand the Iranian envoy in New Delhi, Aaqai Jawadi. APHC leader, but unfortunately these are dents selected for the 2013 Nayeem Ahmed Khan during his visit to the family members of in horrible conditions due to Erasmus Mundus scholarMuhammad Afzal Guru at Doabgah in Sopore said that hangnon supervision. They were ships to study at different ing of Muhammad Afzal Guru was the result of India’s antibuilt in millions and hundreds universities across the EuroKashmir policy that was why he was not provided a fair trial in of thousands of people can pean Union, making Pakistan the court. Another APHC leader, Zafar Akbar Butt, visited be entertained through these one of the largest recipients Pulwama and expressed solidarity with the families of two youth stadiums. These are not un- of this year ’s Erasmus who were recently martyred by Indian troops. Addressing a der any department that’s Mundus scholarships. condolence meeting on the occasion, he urged India to fulfill Erasmus Mundus is a away 88 postgraduate schol2,091 million under the leadF AISALABAD —The Punjab why these are not properly the promises made by its leaders with the Kashmiris of giving them an opportunity to decide their political future by them- Educational Endowment arships worth 4.5 million to ership Shahbaz Sharif. Dr. looked after. Social and local European Union education selves. The authorities did not shift illegally detained senior Fund (PEEF) scholarship talented and deserving stu- Naureen Aziz said that PEEF circles demanded that these programme which aims to liberation leader, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, from Jammu’s Udhampur programme would be spread dents of the university here was a landmark step to pro- sports facilities should be enhance the quality of Eurojail to Srinagar in violation of court orders. A Srinagar-based to other provinces of the on Monday. Dean Faculty of vide quality education to given under Tehsil Munici- pean higher education and students. pal Administration’s supervi- promote dialogue and underhuman rights watchdog, Voice of Victims, in a statement said country like Punjab to pro- Science and Technology Prof less-privileged Dr Naureen Aziz Qureshi, Registrar Muhammad Ayub sion so that people of these standing between people vide opportunity of quality that the occupation authorities were using the so-called Human Rights Commission to cover up the discovery of thou- education to less privileged Registrar Muhammad Ayub said that with the interven- villages can get full advan- and cultures through coopand talented students. This and PEEF Planning Coordi- tions of GCUF administration tages from these facilities. eration between countries. sands of unmarked graves in the territory.—APP was stated by PEEF Plan- nation Manager Ayesha under the leadership of Vice ning Coordination Manager Touseef disbursed the schol- Chancellor Prof Dr Zakir Hussain, the GCUF had beAyesha Touseef while arships among students. Addressing on the occa- come the sixth best universpeaking at a gathering at the scholarship distribution sion, Ayesha Touseef said sity of the county, according Higher Education ceremony of the GC Univer- that PEEF was aimed at pro- to viding education to talented Commission’s ranking. SFAO sity Faisalabad. The event was arranged and less privileged students Assistant Registrar Saima presented the by Student Financial Aid Of- to bring them at a par with Perveen fice (SFAO), GCUF on the the more fortunate ones. She progress report of financial directions of GCUF Vice said since its nception in aid office. Treasure Ghulam Chancellor Prof Dr. Zakir 2008, PEEF had distributed Nabi, Anjum Shrazi from Hussain. The PEEF gave 41,348 scholarships worth Rs PEEF.—APP
added excessive poison pills in the flour that caused the deaths. During the investigation, the accused woman admitted of her crime while further investigation was underway, the police officer said. Police have also taken uncle of the children Muhammad Amin into custody. Last week, nine members of a family including seven children died after consuming poisonous food in Tehsil Jatoi.—INP
Dust storm, rain likely in upcountry
Azerbaijan-Pakistan nations to come closer via dialogue: Speakers
Dangerous open manholes
forecast for Tuesday in the metropolis, said a weather report on Monday. According to the weather report issued by Pakistan Meteorological Department, the maximum temperature is expected to remain in the range of 36 to 38 degree
celsius. It said dust-thunderstorm/ rain is likely to occur at one or two places in Kalat, Zhob and Quetta divisions of Balochistan. Hot/very hot and dry weather is likely to prevail elsewhere in the region. IRSA releases 304,434 cusecs for rim stations The Indus River System Authority (IRSA) on Monday released 304,434 cusecs water for various rim stations with inflow of 314,244 cusecs. According to the data released by IRSA, water level in the Indus River at Tarbela Dam was 1405.90 feet, which was 27.90 feet higher than its dead level 1378 feet.—APP
EU awards scholarships to Pakistani students
PEEF scholarship plan to be expanded
Civil judge to probe death of Tasawar, killed in police custody BASHIR AHMAD RAHMANI lice in connection with a case. and DPO to launch special HAFIZABAD—Civil Judge/Judicial Magistrate Hafizabad Rai Muhammad Naeem Kharl has been appointed as Inquiry Officer to ascertain the real facts leading to the death of Tasawar Hussain S/o Muhammad Rafiq of Bhoon Khurd who was allegedly tortured to death by the Kaleke police on May 20 while in police custody. The Judicial Magistrate has directed all and sundry to attend his court on June 07 to record their evidence in connection with the custodial death of Tasawar Hussain, who was arrested by the po-
***** Three armed bandits intruded into the house in Mohallah Majeedpura in broad-day-light today and snatched away gold ear rings worth thousands of rupees. According to Asmat Ullah Rahmani, three armed bandits stormed into his house and forced his wife Zuhra Bibi to hand over her ear rings at pistol point. ***** Awami Mahaz Hafizabad has expressed its grave concern over the sale of drugs in different streets and localities of the city and certain villages and have appealed to the RPO
crackdown on the drug peddlers to save the younger generation from leading astray. ***** Dog bites have been increased in the city particularly in Mohallah Dhab Wala, Farooq-e-Azam, Mohallah Rashidpura, Qila Sahib Singh, Mohallah Mughal Pura, Mangat Road and other new localities mainly due to apathetic attitude of Tehsil Municipal Administration Hafizabad. Over the past two months the number of pyedogs in different localities has been increased and they attack and bite the pedestrians during the nights.
The Erasmus Mundus also contributes to the development of human resources and international cooperation capacity of higher education institutions in third-countries, by increasing mobility between the European Union and these countries. This programme provides support to Higher education institutions that wish to implement joint programmes at postgraduate level or to set-up inter-institutional cooperation partnerships between universities from Europe and targeted ThirdCountries, individual students, researchers and university staff who wish to spend study or conduct research. During the last couple of years Pakistan has received 418 Erasmus Masters’ scholarships which include 32 Ph.D. scholarships along with 9 undergraduate and 5 post-doctoral scholarships.—APP
MNS acts like statesman in Balochistan
Erdogan needs to listen
ML-N Quaid and next Prime Minister of the country Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is repeatedly shattering hopes of his crit ics and opponents, who lose no opportunity of making him target of undue criticism on account of so-called concentration of power and lack of accommodation. Ever since he won May 11 elections, MNS has been sending positive signals and has demonstrated to the nation that reconciliation should be for the sake of national interests and not for personal and party agenda or securing clutches for the shaky Government. After firmly saying ‘no’ to suggestions for grabbing power in KPK and not only giving free hand to PTI for the formation of the provincial Government but also lending support to efforts for unanimous election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of KPK Assembly, Mian Nawaz Sharif made the historic announcement of nominating Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch of NP for the coveted slot of Chief Minister of Balochistan, ending spate of rumours and speculations on the issue. PML(N), with 17 seats, was in a position to form the Government there easily especially when PML(Q) and JUI(F) were more than willing to lend a helping hand but he made the ultimate sacrifice and offered two top posts of the province to PkMAP of Mahmood Khan Achakzai (Governorship) and National Party (Chief Ministership), the parties who were at number two and three on the tally list. No doubt, from the day one, NP and PkMAP had authorized Mian Nawaz Sharif to nominate the CM but he did not misuse the authority and made the decision keeping in view the interests of the volatile province and the country. There is sense of deprivation and political unrest in the province, which demanded that the administration of the province should be handed over to those who have the ability and capacity to contribute towards normalization process and MNS based his decision on this criteria and that is why it is widely being hailed by the nation. It is a unique sacrifice in the political and electoral history of the country, as Nawaz Sharif has done this at the cost of alienating his own party and provincial leadership who wanted Chief Minister from amongst them. We must acknowledge the sacrifice and the spirit of provincial President of PML(N) Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, who lost his son and brother during electioneering and worked hard to make PML(N) the single largest party in the province but ultimately agreed to forego his claim for the slot in the larger national interests. We hope that Dr. Malik would come up to the confidence reposed in him by MNS and expectations of the people of Pakistan by establishing a model government in a province known for its corrupt practices and restoring much-needed peace. Otherwise, the sacrifice of MNS would go waste.
SC may revisit its energy verdict E
XPERTS are rightly pointing out that the energy crisis, if not tackled at both operating and strategic level in the immediate future, might become a national security threat because of its catastrophic consequences. They argue that the new Government should go beyond resolution of circular debt, full recovery of generation cost from consumers and elimination of subsidies by concentrating on structural changes in the sector. It is intriguing that despite increase in hydel power generation and implementation of equal power sharing as per direction of the Supreme Court, the crisis has deepened further, creating problems for industry, businesses and the common man. In the first place, in principle, equitable load-shedding for all types of consumers is a welcome decision but practically it would harm our industry and businesses without which we cannot dream of economic progress and development. We would, therefore, request the honourable court to revisit its verdict so that the wheel of the economy moves on. We would also urge the business community to cooperate and shun its stubborn attitude towards any suggestion of conservation of energy. We are sure that the problem of load-shedding would mitigate significantly if markets, bazaars and shopping centres are closed immediately after sunset as is the case in most of the countries of the world including those who have no energy crisis.
Egyptian court too asserts E
GYPT’S highest court reflexed its muscles too and dropped a bomb shell on the political horizon by a major judgement. The court on Sunday ruled that the nation’s legislature and constitutional panel were illegally elected. The ruling by the Supreme Constitutional Court also says that the legislature’s upper house, the only one currently sitting, would not be dissolved until the Parliament’s lower chamber is elected later this year or early in 2014. The Administrative Court still has to decide how to apply Sunday’s court verdict and whether it will have any impact on the assembly and the constitution that was ratified by a national referendum in December 2012. Sunday’s rulings are the latest in a series of court orders challenging the legitimacy of the country’s top political institutions. The Islamistdominated People’s Assembly (re-named as the House of Representatives) was dissolved in June 2012 following a court order, two days before the presidential election runoff. Many post election watchers in Egypt were in fact apprehending such a turn of events by courts in Egypt. The ruling virtually deepens the political instability that has gripped the country since the overthrow of authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak two years ago. It is understood that the ruling could create deep trouble for President Morsi, who is ruling the country in line with the aspirations of the people. Regardless of their consequences on the ground, the ruling is likely to prolong the polarizing political transition that followed Mubarak’s overthrow. Rival political groups already disagree not just on policies and the future course of the nation but on the legitimacy of the basic institutions of government and the ruling has the danger to derail political and democratic process and could make the going difficult.
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Challenges and opportunities task of clearing up the wreckage of the misrule of the last five years and put the country on the to progress and prosMohammad Jamil road perity. It needs no remindEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org ing that the nation is at present entangled in a very difficult and precarihe process of transfer of ous condition. It is in the lap of a mulpower to the newly elected tifaceted monstrosity of terrorism leadership is nearing comple- and low intensity insurgency. And tion. In provincial assemblies elec- no lesser worryingly it is in the grip tions for speakers, deputy speakers of dire energy crisis while its and even chief ministers have been economy is in tatters. With the held. On 1st June, National Assem- world caught up in deep recession bly met and members took oath; and and fiscal crises, there are no doelections for Leader of the House nors out there ready with open arms and Leader of the Opposition were to bail us out. The incoming rulers held on 3rd June. On 5th June, prime on one hand have challenges but on minister will be elected to complete the other they have opportunities of the process of transfer of power. utilizing the immense national reTranquility and calm must now sources, which is possible by forgcome to the political waters. The ing unity among the people. reservations and grouses being Of course, the task of creating coharboured by certain political quar- hesion in the starkly polarized polity ters about the May 11 poll may not and knit it together into a harmonious be all devoid of substance, yet the one whole is nerve-wrecking, too deredeeming feature is that election manding and no easy to carry out. As results have been accepted, barring regards dealing with militants, a far a few complaints of foul play. Any- more imaginative, pragmatic and rehow, measure of normality and mu- alistic strategy involving political initual accommodation must return to tiatives like dialogue, and at the same the national politics so that the gov- time keeping the option open for powernment can take on the gigantic erful military action is called for. It challenges facing the nation i.e. de- would also require painful, bitter and teriorating law and order situation, drastic reforms to revive the sagging economic crisis and threats to inter- national economy and tide over the nal and external security of Pakistan. huge energy crisis through creative It is true that half a decade of planning, and not by looking outwards inept, corrupt and incompetent rule like import of oil through deferred of the outgoing ruling clique has left payments. In short, the incomers are this nation so badly crippled that it in for gigantic challenges internally can hardly afford yet another half a and domestically. Therefore, the opdecade of political turmoil. It needs position should give some time to the political stability for the incoming incomers so that they do not say that rulers to attend to the stupendous they were not allowed to work for
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nation’s well-being and good by their political rivals. Remember that people do not have patience to wait for the next half a decade for relief. Before elections, Mian Nawaz Sharif made promises that if PML-N came into power, it would solve the problems of load shedding, unemployment, inflation and terrorism. Such promises had raised the expectations of the people, and now people expect of the PML-N to at least show the direction and resolve that those promises would be fulfilled. As regards load shedding, Nawaz says there is no quick fix. He should not have raised the expectations of the people just to secure their votes. For example, he was opposed to going around the world with begging bowl, and was also against IMF loans with harsh conditionalities. It is to be seen how PML-N’s economic experts would break the begging bowl. However given the available resources, the incomers would have to seek help from friendly countries and also will have to approach the IMF for loans to pay back the earlier loans to escape the default. Anyhow, one would know the direction of the government only after it is installed when it will unveil its plan for first 100 days. As pointed out by Mian Nawaz sharif, his government would control electricity theft. In fact, there should be zero-tolerance to tax evasion and corruption also. He should immediately replace the inept and incompetent heads of public sector organizations with the competent and honest personnel, to avert the losses of hundreds of billions to the exchequer. By bringing informal economy in the tax net, the revenue can be increased by at least Rs.1500 billion. Given the will and determination, this is achiev-
able. As regards foreign policy, Nawaz Sharif may feel some satisfaction this time round, as the military has already declared that the biggest threat to Pakistan is internal. But it does not mean there is no threat from the hostile neighbor, as India reportedly is supporting insurgency in Balochistan and also through Afghanistan in FATA. Mian Nawaz Sharif will have to tread this risky road with care, yet he should make it clear that the issues including the core issue of Kashmir cannot be placed on the back burner. Secondly, he should not convey an impression of beseeching India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan, because when India says that Manmohan Singh cannot visit Pakistan in the near future, the nation considers it as an insult. Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid has urged Pakistan’s incoming prime minister Nawaz Sharif to “convert into reality” the “positive signals” which he had given during his election campaign with reference to India, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. “We hope that he will work towards converting these positive signals into reality upon assuming office,” Mr Khurshid told journalists the other day. It has to be mentioned that Nawaz Sharif had told Indian correspondents during the election campaign that he would seek to fix responsibility for the Kargil fiasco and share with India any useful information on the Mumbai terror attack. Mian Nawaz Sharif should be careful while issuing such statements, as Pakistan’s detractors will later use against him. —The writer is Lahore-based senior journalist.
Mandate & alien democracy? but also the bureaucrats, who are depending on the powers, ECP and the ROs who Ali Ashraf Khan the were invested with the special Email:email@example.com magisterial powers but not a single man was arrested anywhere in Pakistan for cheating he much-trumpeted election in polling though hundreds of vid2013 and its result thereafter eos have been aired as a proof. Ghost go to prove that the holding voters are reported to have stamped of free and fair elections is an up- election simble ‘Ghara’ on ballot hill task in a country where every papers in favour of some favourites institution of state is infected with of establishment contesting as indecorruption. As a matter of fact the pendent candidates. In such a situation a new party idea of democracy is alien to the large majority of Pakistanis. People like PTI without loyal bureaucrats or in Pakistan do not understand equal- access to rigging instruments has no ity of men and of equal opportuni- chance to win an election. ‘Change’ ties for all because this is not what as demanded after a five years of horthey are experiencing in their ev- rible, mismanaged, corrupt and ineryday lives. That is why election capable government of PPP has not only includes the acceptance of the come victorious in center. All that preferred outcome by the voters and came is the old and twice on corrupby all contesting candidates and tion charges rejected government of parties. The nation was expecting PML (N). That the same Sharif miracle from CEC appointed with brothers will have changed themconsensus of the same political par- selves since their last stint in power ties but the way election was ma- is highly doubtful. Their understandnipulated for the heavy weights ev- ing of democracy is that of a game erywhere in the country has proved to come to power through votes unthat ECP’s election agenda was der whatsoever circumstances reachieved while the people are still mains the same. They don’t underconfused because these results will stand that flawed elections can do no not be able to bring harmony or more than produce a flawed governconsolidate the federation, which ment without creditability. Nation has now pinned a lot of was fragile before and will remain hope on Nawaz Sharif that he will the same after the elections. These ideas of democracy and solve the energy crises which has not equality might be acceptable to very only crippled the economy but has few educated and non-political Pa- brought common man’s life to a kistanis; while this is not understood standstill due to 16 to 18 hours of by the large majority of the illiter- load shedding. It is an open secret ate population because equality, that we are not generating electricity equal rights and opportunities do to available full capacity, if the rulnot exist in any sphere of their daily ers are sincere in providing relief to lives. And neither is accepted by the people the issue of circular debt could politicians and party activists as the be solved in minutes, power generarules of the game called democracy tors and PSO should not be allowed are abused by all and sundry – that to become state within state, if need is why they manipulate and rig elec- be A state of emergency could be tions to the full. This includes not imposed on electricity producers and only the parties and the candidates the government could assume con-
trol of these units and run them to their full capacity. Pakistan will become surplus in power Production if this is done. PML (N) which was assuring people before elections to resolve this within 90 days appears to be taking a U-Turn after winning elections; similarly Imran Khan’s Tehrik-e-Insaaf is shaky about drone attacks. If they compromise on their stands then election and democracy will have no place in our country. Economic reforms are vital for the progress and prosperity of our country, but so far lip service is going on as was done in the second tenure of PML (N) government when recommendations for revamping of export and industry were thrown in the cold storage; today a lot is being said about jump starting the jammed wheel of production. FPCCI and Chambers are undertaking discussions seeing the change of guards, where were they during last 5 years when people were protesting in streets against it? My humble and simple suggestion in this regard is government has to come out with an attractive bailout package to give a boost to our manufacturing industry as is done in Bangladesh and elsewhere; Government should not be shy in announcing such a package, those who talk against it should be removed from their cozy- cushioned chairs in government. This is the time to make wonders in textile exports we have a lot of room unexplored. Apart from this Pakistan should tap its oil & gas resources in Baluchistan, which have not been utilized for last 65 years, only God knows the reason. There is another fundamental problem also. One of the first things the new government wants to do is to talk to the Taliban in order to bring to an end terror attacks in Pakistan and restore peace not only in the tribal areas but in the rest of Pakistan and in Karachi as a main point of reference. But as we all know Taliban do
not approve of occupation of Afghanistan by US & NATO and that means their point of reference is entirely different from that of the government which will create an almost un-dissolvable contradiction of values between the two negotiating sides because we are engaged in this proxy war of US. So Pakistan has to take bold step and disassociate from this war and engage Taliban to secure peace in Pakistan. Peace in Pakistan is the vital need of the country if we want to live in the comity of nations as a brave and self respecting nation and not as a poodle of US. Once we succeed in arriving at an agreement with Taliban that Pakistani territory will not be used for any attack and Pakistani cities will not be targeted as we have already got destroyed for being partners of US proxy war things will change and let Afghanistan for Afghanis and Pakistan for Pakistanis the heinous agenda of World Jewry will die its natural death. As a matter of fact these are serious questions and they have to be addressed. But this cannot happen in a hurry and it has to imply a public discussion besides the political will to implement whatever the outcome of such a discussion. Let’s hope that we will reach this point sometime, even if not with this election. And one can doubt if any election can put things right in this country given the stage of decline which Pakistan, its economy and society has reached. What is needed is a real ‘change’ and a parliament dominated by the political and economic elite is not likely to have the political will to achieve this. The bureaucracy and all institutions in the country are run down and infested with corruption and sheer incompetence that no ‘democratic’ process can put them right. It needs a strong hand – elections are ill prepared to produce any such thing. God bless Pakistan.
opular protests have spread across Turkey with all the speed of a dangerous brushfire. No less than 67 cities have now experienced marches; on Friday the demonstrators had de facto possession of Taksim Square in the heart of Istanbul. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, has won three elections – two by landslide majorities – and delivered a sustained economic boom. Yet these protests did not come out of the blue. Mr Erdogan leads the Justice and Development party (AK), whose Islamist leanings appear increasingly at odds with the secular republic forged by Ataturk 90 years ago. When the prime minister urges Turks to have “more than three children”, tells people who drink that they are “alcoholics” – and then restricts the sale of alcohol – many naturally question his intentions. Moreover, Mr Erdogan has authoritarian instincts and does not take easily to criticism. Remarkably, Turkey has the dubious distinction of keeping more journalists behind bars than any other country: 49 currently languish in jail, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The fact that some of the local media have ignored the protests is another sign that many are wary of crossing Mr Erdogan. The Prime Minister, a grave and emotional man, is a masterly politician who retains a well of popular support. He has wisely admitted that when the police drenched central Istanbul with tear gas on Friday – possibly killing two people – this amounted to “excessive” force. This is not a Turkish version of the Tahrir Square protests that felled Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. None the less, Mr Erdogan would do well to listen and respond. Sustained unrest in Turkey, an aspiring member of the European Union bordering both Syria and Iran, would affect us all. — The Telegraph
Will cricket become gentleman’s game again?
Srinivasan, the embattled president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has called for a meeting in Chennai today. One hopes that for the benefit of Indian cricket, he will choose the moment to step aside from his post and reflect over how his megalomania and arrogance have tarnished the game. The arrest of his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, on charges of betting and leaking of team secrets in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has torn apart the moral fibre of Indian cricket and brought home disturbing truths, chief among which is the fact that corruption has spread into the vitals of the game like a cancer. The coincidence that Srinivasan owns an IPL franchise, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) — of which his sonin-law was the CEO and team principal — and is the managing director of India Cements, the company that owns CSK, is rather glaring. There is a conflict of interest and the BCCI president’s position is untenable. Truth be told, this is Srinivasan’s end game. With five BCCI vice-presidents scheduled to put in their resignations, the board president is running out of support. He has no moral right to continue. Where does Indian cricket go from here? Suffice to say that the game is strong enough to exorcise the evils that have consumed it. Responsible and honest officials must do their part as well. The cleansing process will not happen in a day, but concerted efforts need to be made to ensure that cricket is put back up on the pedestal from where it has fallen. — Gulf News
One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past nor in complaining about the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the very essence of life. Anatole France —French writer
Overseas Pakistanis deserve incentives Voice of the People Saira Rizwan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or last two years, overseas Pa kistanis (OP) are being dis cussed, but for all the wrong reasons. The talks of encouraging OP to invest in Pakistan are reminiscent of ‘cash cow’ treatment and takeover of foreign currency account. The politicians and travelling class of Pakistan takes them nothing more than voters and ‘Bed and Breakfast’ hosts for their overseas visits. Back in Pakistan, the exploitive treatment of OP starts at the airports and continue during their stay in Pakistan, which only ‘ends’ with their departure. The National Policy for OP should include following areas to win wholehearted support of OP and their families in nation building and increasing remittances. The organizations for OP should serve overseas Pakistanis. A past 30 year media reports show that funds have been mismanaged, looted and wasted by the governments, banks and the OP organizations. Reportedly, the boards of OP organizations in illegal investments have lost billions of rupees, but there is no accountability. The housing schemes are in shambles. Insurance system for OP is fractures, insufficient and lacks comprehensive schemes. The fate of OP at the hands of foreign missions is no different may it be counselor services, legal aid, healthcare or education of their children. Media re-
ports show that OP are losing their properties to land mafia, housing schemes, and corrupt practices. OP have made payments in dollars and Euros but there is no sign of handing over of plots/houses/business property. Unfortunately, it is going on with the collusion of corrupt members of police, land department and judiciary. The killings of abducted victims despite paying ransom discourages OP from visiting and investing in Pakistan. The abduction and release of OP and/or their family members for ransom must end. India has introduced effective steps to protect overseas citizens, their properties and investments. There is a need to put in place an effective security mechanism to win back the confidence of the OP. OP children should be facilitated in professional education. The new admission criteria in Pakistan’s professional colleges has negatively impacted education of OP children especially girls. Entrance exam is a good system but it has left thousands of OP children out of professional education. It needs to reviewed because the majority of OP working in remote areas are forced to home school their children due to non-availability of schools or colleges. Science students (FSc) are adversely affected due to non-availability of books, guidance, and hostel facilities in major cities. They have to do self study and take exams in major cities. Female students are worst hit in such cases as they are neither sent to Pakistan nor major cities. Government should accommodate children of OP in other
countries in professional colleges of Pakistan. There should be separate entrance exam for OP. The professional college entrance test should be simpler and centrally conducted at provincial/state level for admission in all professional colleges of the province and quota seats in other provinces/ states. It will help majority of overseas parents who cannot afford to send their children to take entrance exams within Pakistan or from other countries. There should be three merit lists for OPs; one for those who did FSc from Pakistan, second for those who did it from overseas Federal Board centers, and third for foreign boards (IBCC). It will end problem of separate entrance exams on different dates for various institutions/provinces in Pakistan and facilitate mothers who accompany their children due to long process of exam and results. Fees and education duration of professional colleges should be rationalized. In Europe and America international students are charged three times the fee of local student. The number of international students is 33% of the total class strength so that the government finances the education of remaining 66 % students. Pakistan can follow the same model in all government professional colleges. It will allow government to fund education of local students and train children of OPs. Each OP student will annually contribute $1500-2200 to local economy in form of tuition and accommodation fee in addition to other monthly expenses. Fee in foreign currency will help government
institutions and the government, but private professional institutions will oppose this proposal to protect $6000 to15000 annual tuition fee being charged in their institutions. The lowering of annual fee $4000 in private institutions will help increase number of professionals and foreign remittances. The government should facilitate OP students to increase remittances. Pakistan needs to bring medical education to 4 + 1 year bachelor program and 4+2 master program in line with Europe. The concerned boards/bodies including PMDC and Engineering council should facilitate and give internships to students studying in overseas professional institutions. This will save time of students, and have more chances of getting overseas jobs because they live in foreign country, speak local language and their parents are also working in the same country. The doctors and engineers can easily help their children and their classmates to get jobs in their setups. Similarly, Pakistan needs to train surplus professionals on lines of India to secure more overseas jobs so that those professionals earn more remittances for Pakistan. The banking and insurance sectors should improve services for OPs. The banks by giving market rate of foreign currency to attract and improve remittances. Better online services, attractive plans for savings, education, healthcare, marriage, retirement and house building/ property are need of the hour.
Gender discrimination Arooj Fatimaa Email:email@example.com
ender discrimination has been a part of Pakistan since its ex istence, one of the outstanding reasons behind it is the illiteracy amongst the masses another would be the culture that does not allow women to stand besides men. The world that we live in today is evolving on a day-to-day basis with ground-breaking discoveries being made at frequent intervals. Living standards have touched new heights; entrepreneurs have pushed the boundaries of the business world even further. Despite all these developments, the primitive knowledge that men are superior to women remains embedded in our societal structure. Although, the western societies seem to have overcome the discriminatory practices, there is still a part of the culture that practices it. Gender stereotypes are an influence from
the day one is born. One’s gender is the deciding factor of a name, “girls” names versus “boys” names. Also, gender is what parents usually use when deciding what color to paint a nursery, pink for a girl or blue for a boy. Gender determines what toys they will purchase, dolls if they are expecting a girl and trucks for boys. The list goes on and these stereotypes follow us through the years and in a way shape our lives. I can think of several gender stereotypes operating in my personal life at home, at work and in relationships. Pakistan is considered an under developed country in the world and its progress has been slow and steady, the trend of working women in Pakistan has recently grown but this was not always the case as before the turn of the century the percentage of working women was nominal and the concept amongst masses was that a female should stay at home and not go out to work, with women working besides men there is the issue of sexual harassment women at work
usually get harnessed because they are the weaker sex of the two and it’s a problem that females have faced all over the world. Often, sexual harassment incidents fall into the category of the “merely annoying. In other situations harassment may lead to temporary or prolonged stress and/or depression depending on the recipient’s psychological abilities to cope and the type of harassment, and the social support or lack of it for the recipient. Psychologists and social workers report that severe/chronic sexual harassment can have the same psychological effects as rape or sexual assault victims who do not submit to harassment may also experience various forms of retaliation, including isolation and bullying in the 18th amendment the federal ministries were dissolve which included the ministry for education health culture and women ministry as well. So the little work that was done previously even that was stopped. Hence I do not say that these ministries should be established again but the new government of PML-N
should make a commission which should prepare a report on violation of women rights and make recommendations on it according to the report. Media has spread awareness of political and terrorism issues among the people but the area of civil issues has been neglected. It is now the responsibility of media to spread awareness about civil issues as well so that we emerge as a civilized nation. In West there are many laws to maintain the issue of women harassment which are strictly followed. We have laws on the issue of women harassment but we are not following on it so it is very shameful situation for us. The 33% representation of women in parliament is a encouraging but the women should not keep their responsibilities related to politics only, they should also keep in work on the women rights. The major agenda of the coming government of PML-N is energy crisis but they should also focus on women rights and especially the issue of women harassment.
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Drone attacks further radicalising Pakistan Imran Awan
he US airstrike last week, which killed the Tehrik-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) second in command Wali ur Rehman has again raised the contentious issue about the legality of US drone strikes in Pakistan. The United States, like many of its allies across the international community were quick to hail this operation a success. Yet underneath this bravado lays a very serious question and that is” despite killing high profile figures such as Wali ur Rehman and Baitullah Mehsud in 2009, the methods used to target the Taliban may in actual fact be acting as a recruitment tool for extremist organisations in Pakistan who have an apathy towards the Taliban. The latest airstrike came as the dust was settling from the recent Pakistani elections. At a crucial time when the TPP were willing to hold “peace talks” with the new Pakistani Nawaz Sharif administration, this US airstrike seems to again have reignited anti-US/Pak relations. The
drone strikes are mainly used in the federally administered tribal areas, and whilst accurate statistics about the number of drone strikes and casualties are difficult to ascertain because of the nature of access, the Bureau of Investigative Journalists has argued that at least 2,541 to 3,540 people have been killed in drone attacks and almost 411 to 884 of those are civilians. When Imran Khan, the cricketer turned politician and leader of the Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf party famously said he would shoot down a drone if elected as Pakistan’s next prime minister, many commentators viewed it as light satire appealing to the middle class vote. Yet his statement does appear to represent the majority of Pakistani’s views on drone attacks. A 2011 Pew poll of drone attacks, for example, showed that 89% of Pakistani citizens argue that drones kill innocent people. Moreover, a report published by Stanford and New York Universities in 2011 showed the scale of the psychological impact drone attacks had on Pakistani civilians who felt “terrorised” by them. The most damning piece of evidence against the use of drone
strikes was in March 2011 when 40 people were killed, many of whom were civilians at a local tribal meeting. Thus, public perception of drones in Pakistan is one that portrays a lack of trust and confidence in the Pakistani government for its pro-drone stance which has inevitably left a vacuum for extremist groups like the TPP and others that gives them an opportunity to amplify their actions and raise the public alarm through a number of wellcoordinated and sophisticated terrorist assaults upon the public. Indeed, this is true in the rise of “lone wolf” terrorists such as the Pakistani-born US citizen Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to detonate a bomb in Time Square. In his trial Shahzad cited the drone strikes in Pakistan as one of the reasons for his grievance against US policy makers. Interestingly, Obama has done everything possible to distance himself from the George W Bush administration policies on the “war on terror”, yet he continues to support the drone strikes, a policy brought in by the former president. Obama and his Vice-President Joe Biden have recently been attempting to justify the
use of drones through a blaze of interviews via social networking sites. In a recent video session on Google+, President Obama justified the use of drones as the only means to avoid “intrusive military action”. The use of drones violates Pakistan’s sovereignty and whilst the death of Wali ur Rehman will be celebrated across the United States and afar, for ordinary Pakistanis there is a chilling reminder that reprisal attacks are around the corner. US drones put all Pakistani’s at risk and therefore are counter-productive in defeating the Taliban. Their legality can also be questioned and ultimately their psychological impact on Pakistanis and inhumane manner in which they have killed many innocent civilians is fermenting and radicalising more people and creating a destabilised Pakistani society. Within this heightened atmosphere, a hydra global insurgency from a plethora of extremist groups in Pakistan has emerged that have links to al-Qaida led extremism and are willing to die to avenge the death of their leaders. — Courtesy: The Guardian
An empty bed..!
hen my mother passed away a few days ago in America, I asked my daughter to take a photo of the empty bed. She wondered why, but she dutifully did what her dad asked for and sent the picture to me. Why an empty bed? Because it tells me my mother will never rest on it again. It is final, and she’s gone, she will never
return to lay her head on that pillow, never look at the photographs on the wall. It tells me that the curtain that shielded her from the Baltimore sun can now be removed, that the view downstairs will never be seen by her now closed eyes. I look at the empty bed, and know it is final. She will never rest her weary limbs on them again, legs and body which found it difficult to rush to the phone whenever my impatient call went to her. I will not call her anymore because the bed is empty. But there is more to that picture than just that: The bed tells me that where she has gone there will be no more need for a place
to rest her weary limbs, because they will be weary no more. That there will be no need for curtains to shield her from the light because she herself will be part of the light, that the photographs of her brothers and sisters, her dad and mom on the wall, will be more than just pictures; where she is now, she will see them rushing to her, holding her, hugging her and welcoming her. ‘Welcome dear daughter!” her father whom she loved so much will say, “I have waited long for you.’ But the one with twinkle in his eye and love on his face will be her husband, who went ahead more than a decade ago, ‘My Tweet!’ he will whisper,
‘You’ve joined me at last! It’s beautiful here!’ Yes, it’s a beautiful place: No more loneliness, no more heartaches as she waits for sons to call, and looks for email from them, “Bob have you written to the wrong account?” she would write and ashamed I would write back, “Ma, I didn’t write to you, in the past week!” Why an empty bed? Because it tells me there is joy and laughter, happiness and love where she is. No more pain, no more hurts, it’s just rejoicing, jubilation, ecstasy! I smile at her empty bed..! —Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SYED AMMAR ZAIDI The association of the owners of CNG is not prepared to accept the reduction in gas prices because many politicians own CNG stations, like they own sugar mills. There are also reports that hundreds of CNG outlets have been stealing gas and using much more quantity than was allotted to them by the two gas distribution companies. There are about 3.5 million vehicles with gas kits installed, including a majority of rickshaws as the Punjab government had banned the rickshaws on petrol on major roads to control air and noise pollution. Both the CNG station owners and the government are not prepared to reduce their income. The users of gas are now spending hours waiting to fill their cylinders due to shortage in the supply of gas. This is a typical case of study as to how the policymakers in the land of the pure make policy without thinking about its long term impact. Now the CNG station owners and public transport owners, by joining the hands, can cripple people’s movement. Unfortunately, the government, instead of looking after the interests of the consumers, is helping the gas mafia. —Karachi
Karachi mob outfit ALMAS UR REHMAN SHAFI Karachi, ruled by mobsters is even worse than Chicago of Al-Capone in terms of lawlessness, killings, extortion, land and drug mafia domination, because criminals have been allowed to hold at ransom the financial hub of Pakistan and its major port city for almost three decades. Those who proudly claim to have the mandate of this city, forget that their mandate is confined to deliver good governance, amend laws and take all measures to protect lives and property of citizens of Karachi and uphold rule of law. It is a failure of the state and its civil and khaki dominated establishment, which have allowed the law to be hostage to whims of criminals. Political mandate does not give anybody the right to kill, collect extortion, or spread terror in any part of the country. The people of Pakistan have a right to enjoy peace and security, which most of our political and bureaucratic establishment enjoy with their families and assets, both located in law abiding societies like UK, Canada etc. Alphonse Gabriel Capone, an American born of Italian descent moved to Chicago, became a visible public figure, donating to charitable endeavours with his illegitimate money, till he was involved in 1927 St Valentines Massacre, when seven members of a rival gang were butchered in the battle for turf. Since nobody from Illinois dared to come forward as a witness in the absence of a witness protection law, the federal government convicted him on charges of tax evasion and he was sent to Alcatraz prison in 1931 for eleven years to be released on parole in 1939. Al-Capone never dared come back to Chicago and died in Florida as a recluse in 1948. Chicago, which was the crime capital of America, was finally rid of mob rule and Chicago Outfit, the gang led by Al-Capone. It is time for writ of law to be imposed in Karachi and no man should have the option to be asked to obey laws, nor should the elected executive be seen negotiating with criminals to further their political objectives. —Karachi
***** MIR MURTUZA HUSSAIN Though some of the readers may disagree to the title of my letter but this is the popular view on ground of most citizens who are educated and earning handsomely in Karachi. The statistics also reveal that of the world’s 13 largest cities, Karachi is the most dangerous having the highest homicide rate. There is hardly any crime that is not prevalent in Karachi. Extortion, kidnapping for ransom, robberies, thefts, sectarian and ethnic killings, land grabbing, bomb blasts and what not, making it the most dangerous city to reside. Those having the resources to move out of country and city are doing so and that too at a rapid pace. Justice Khilji Arif while hearing the case pertaining to the implementation of the court’s orders in the verdict given last year after the Supreme Court took suo motu of the violence and unrest in the city rightly pointed out that 90 percent of the people living in Karachi are now victims of psychological stress. No one can imagine the psychological trauma that citizens go through daily because of the law and order situa-
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hurchill while defining politics and politicians had said that a successful politician was the one who promised moon and stars to his electorate before the elections and after being elected to the power could explain to them as to why he couldn’t do all that he had promised. MNS has certainly grown up to qualify for that category of successful politicians. He has so far taken to explain only one issue that of the energy and load shedding as to why it can’t be solved sooner as promised and one would have to wait and see what he will have to say about the other many many ‘moons’ and the ‘stars’ that the Sharif brothers had so enthusiastically promised to the masses — the poor naïve masses who believe in such “successful” politicians who take them time and again for a big ride. —Rawalpindi tion. Parents are worried till, their children who are out of home for educational or job related activities are back home safe and sound. People prefer staying indoors to avoid any untoward incident. The businesses are suffering severely and no one at the helm of affairs is willing to pay heed as the entire city has descended into a state of fear. Severe concerns have been raised time and again from all quarters the civil society, political parties, businessmen, supreme court or the press about the aggravated law and order situation of Karachi. The government of Sindh has miserably failed to fulfil their constitutional obligation to guarantee the security of life and property of the citizens of Karachi. The solutions and steps to improve the situation of Karachi are brought out in the newspaper and the media over and over again but no one is willing to fix the problem. The law enforcement agencies whether it is the police, rangers or the army, have turned a blind eye over the state of affairs in Karachi which is indeed quite appalling and incomprehensible. Keeping in view the prevailing circumstances the maximum I can do is hope and pray that the city, once known as the city of lights, regains its lost peace and prosperity. —Karachi
A new destiny SIBTAIN ALI The masses seem to have acknowledged that all political parties are now regional, as one political party didn’t get any votes in Sindh, because during their tenure the motorway wasn’t started from Karachi, the port city, which points to the lopsided vision of development. Another political party didn’t get votes in Punjab because that party tried to divide the province of Punjab into two; or perhaps was unfair in distribution of energy and also that there was massive corruption and terrorism during their rule. A new political party, whose tsunami was projected to reach out to Lahore and Karachi and other urban areas, saw a mysterious change in its course. Its epicentre was finally discovered to be in Peshawar. However, urban voters in Karachi have yet to know whether we have democracy in the country, a grim fact on which we have little room to discuss in public. Balochistan could not make up its mind who they wanted in their province as the powerful factor. There are source defining features of general elections. First, the political division of our country has finally taken us to where we do not have a single political party that qualifies to be called a national party, representing all the provinces. Secondly, we have revealed who we really are; the ethnic veil has been lifted. With our voting patterns, we have made it very obvious that we are a diverse nation. Thirdly, the diversity within the ethnic communities of Pakistan may not necessarily be viewed to be a division amongst them and we shouldn’t dread the diversity within us, on the contrary we can capitalise on it, say, by allowing provincial autonomy, encouraging competition in raising revenues, etc. It is for the new masters, at national and provincial levels, to take a deep breath and start the journey with these facts pinned on their information boards. Democracy is now demanding from them to deliver —Via email
Court suspends PCB Chairman RAMEEZ FAROOQUI The Islamabad High Court has ordered the suspension of Zaka Ashraf, the head of Pakistan’s cricket board, over what it called the “dubious” and “polluted” process to elect him. Ashraf, the PCB chairman, was ordered to “refrain from exercising his power within his incumbency” till the court’s next hearing on June 13. The court was responding to a petition filed by a former Rawalpindi Cricket Association official against the Pakistan board’s elections that were held earlier last month - through which Ashraf was elected to a fouryear term as chairman. “The petitioner has a good arguable case in his favour, as entire process of election
of PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf appeared to be motivated and polluted,” Justice Shaukat Siddiqui said. Ashraf was elected in the first week of May, under the new PCB constitution that replaced the system of appointing the PCB chairman by the patron of the board, the president of Pakistan. It was the first election of a PCB chairman. The process was conducted without any prior announcement, the PCB revealed the appointment through a press release. Ashraf has been the PCB’s chairman since 2011, previously working under the old constitution, under which he was appointed for an indefinite period by the patron, President Asif Ali Zardari. —Karachi
Using illegal SIMs ALTAMASH BIN SYED The use of illegal mobile SIMs has become the most lethal form of terrorism, more than anything else. Recently, thousands of fabricated active SIMs of a leading telecom company had been confiscated from their premises and most of them were being sent to FATA. In a recent press conference the Senior Superintendent Police Sargodha said that no action would be taken against the cellular company employee who cooperated with the police and shared any information regarding the fraudulent SIMs. Why isn’t this pushing under the carpet, a very serious crime, being taken strict notice of? It seems that instead of investigating the case thoroughly the police have issued its own verdict which as per law is not their job. This statement is hampering the legality of the issue and is beyond logical understanding. If police officials were given cash and commendation certificates on this raid, then why these company officials who committed the crime with these illegal SIMs will be spared? —Karachi
Rash driving by youngsters MUHAMMAD BILAL AKBAR Everyday news channels are broadcasting and newspapers are reporting certain deaths due to careless driving. Especially the youngsters on the bikes love one wheeling and perform other bike stunts. Rash driving has become a symbol of proud for the young generation and when they meet severe accidents all the dreams are ripped of in a matter of seconds. No doubt they may feel very happy and proud while doing all that stuff but doing so they risk their own lives and moreover become a source of worry for their parents. In this regard government should take action and strict laws may be imposed to save the future generation. —Karachi
We’ve to change ourselves MUHAMMAD ARSAL ASIF The people of Pakistan are waiting for a “Messiah”, a leader who will save the country from falling into the abyss. Problem with our country is that everyone is corrupt at the individual level. Corruption and bribes are common trades of people. If anyone wants to get his license made, he would rather bribe an official than actually study for, and pass the test. If we want change, we have to change ourselves first, then we can change society. Just electing an honest leader will not bring any change if we are corrupt ourselves. Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. [Al Quran 13:11] —Karachi
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MQM offers From Page 1 occasion. A source told media that both the sides discussed the possibility of cooperation between the MQM and PML-N at the center as well as in Sindh Province. “The MQM delegation conveyed to Mian Nawaz Sharif the congratulatory message from Quaid-e-Tehreek Altaf Hussain on the emphatic win of the PMLN in recent elections. They also said that the MQM wanted to cooperate with the PML-N in center and Sindh Province. Mian Nawaz Sharif expressed gratitude to the MQM leadership and said soon formal talks would be held with the MQM in this regard,” the source added. Dr Farooq Sattar said that they had met with Mian Nawaz Sharif to convey felicitations from his party to him. “This meeting was not planned and rather it happened by chance,” he asserted without mentioning that they had sought special time from the PML-N chief.
Abu Dhabi court orders Tauqir’s From Page 1 appointment as Ogra chief illegal on Nov 25, 2012, and ordered NAB to arrest him. Sadiq managed to leave the country although his name was on the exit control list. Two former prime ministers — Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf — have been accused of being involved in the ‘illegal’ appointment of Sadiq.
MNAs join hands to protect PML-N’s Ayaz elected NA Speaker, Murtaza Deputy From Page 1
From Page 1 which make it obligatory for them to preserve and protect the constitution and sought ruling from the Speaker as to how the powerless and poor Parliamentarians can do so. He said one way was that the Members of the House should make a commitment not to join forces that cooperate with the dictators and asked all parties to refuse accepting any person who remained part of violator of constitution in the past. Regretting over the violation of the constitution in the past repeatedly, Achakzai stressed upon avoiding such practices in the future. He said there are several members in the House who supported the former dictators. In their remarks through points of orders Khawaja Mohammad Asif, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Javed Hashmi, Shah Mahmud Qureshi, Farooq Sattar, Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani, Zafarullah Jamali and Ijazul Haq supported the proposal of Mr Achakzai and said that the members and the political leaders should have their self accountability.They said if the Prime Minister and the Members would respect the constitution, people of the country would follow them. Khawaja Mohammad
Asif, PML-N said no one would disagree with Mahmud Khan Achakzai and as a new era is beginning, people have pinned their hopes with the House. He said the House would resist any move to abrogate the constitution and not support any extra constitutional steps. Makhdoom Amin Fahim, PPP announced not to support any unconstitutional step. He said they had always opposed dictatorship and would stand like a rock against it in the future. Makhdoom Javed Hashmi of PTI said abrogation of constitution and imposition of martial laws dismembered the country. He said politicians have paid heavy price and went to jails. He said the proposal that politicians should collectively devise a strategy to preserve democracy was a welcome step. He said PTI wold support every move to protect constitution and democracy. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan of PML-N said mere speeches and oath would not help protect the constitution keeping in view the experience of 65 years. He said every member will have to commit to preserve the constitution and the government of the day will have to show performance. He said if the Prime Minister and his relatives would follow the
law, people would follow their suit. Nisar said they respect every member and mandate of the parties and now every one would have to do politics of Pakistan and constitution instead of parties. Shah Mahmud Qureshi, PTI, said the House would have to prove its relevance by performance. Dr Farooq Sattar, MQM, said the members will have to support and follow every article of the constitution instead of just talking about article 6. Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani, JUI(F), said by not making legislation according to Islamic Shariah was also violation of the constitution which should be avoided. He stressed the need for making all laws according to Islamic injunctions. Former Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali pleaded for running the proceedings of the house according to agenda instead of speeches. Mr Ijazul Haq said the major demand of the constitution is to protect and preserve the independence and sovereignty of the country. He said in the past unanimous resolutions were thrown in the dust bin and stressed that if the Parliament would take decisions on its own, it would raise the prestige of the Parliament and democracy.
Land Reform Case: SC orders From Page 1 the federal government. Petitioner Abid Hussain Manto said that the verdict announced by the court regarding land reform is against the spirit of human rights. The petitioner furthering his
statement said that East Pakistan implemented law reforms in 1949 but West Pakistan could not adopt it due to feudal system. Addressing the Attorney General, Chief Justice said why
he was silent. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said that federal government is passing from the stage of transition of power; that is why it could not submit its reply in this regard. Chief Justice said that the court has nothing to do with the transition of power as the Attorney General is present in the court. Supreme Court ordered the federal government and law minister to submit reply in land reform case on next hearing to be held today on Tuesday.—INP
Afghan forces to lead all military operations in few weeks KABUL—The Afghan Ministry of Defencesaid that the Afghan security forces will take over the responsibility of all military operations in the country within 20 days. Officials of the Ministry said that the Afghan security forces have been preparing themselves for the last phase of security transition from foreign troops. The Afghan security forces have been leading 90 percent of the military operations in the country, according to MoD officials. “All security responsibilities will be handed over to the Afghan security forces in June and it is expected that the fifth transition process will take place soon,” the Defence Ministry Spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi said. Meanwhile, some Afghan MPs have expressed their concerns over the lack of security in the province. Off late, there has been a steep rise in the terror activities. The insurgents have been carrying out operations in the Kunar, Nangarhar, Nuristan, Khost, Farah, Kandahar, Faryab, Badakhshan provinces targeting the Afghan security forces. The MPs said that the Afghan security forces cannot take security responsibilities under the current situation and the Government should deploy more security forces. “There are fears that the Afghan forces cannot take charge of security of all the parts and if efficient forces are stationed in the insecure parts of the country, then this fear will be removed,” MP Ahmad Ali Akhlaqi said. The foreign troops will leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, after which the Afghan security forces will take charge. There are around 66,000 US troops in Afghanistan helping over 300,000 Afghan security forces fight insurgency. On Friday, the US President Barack Obama has said on Friday that he and the Nato Secretary-General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen have agreed to focus the Organisation’s 2014 summit on Afghanistan. —NNI
Pakistani diplomat From Page 1 ter which a hostile crowd gathered. Delhi Police then escorted him to safety. The Pakistan High Commission’s version of events, as per the NDTV report, stated that Raza was being chased by a motorcycle. After an altercation with the biker, a group of 10 to 15 people assaulted Raza and his driver. The motorocyclist was detained by police.—Agencies
Mirza administered oath of office to Ayaz Sadiq. Newly-elected Speaker vowed to make all-out efforts to run the House with complete transparency and impartiality. Newly-elected Speaker assured that he will treat all Members of the House equally. He appealed them to cooperate smoothly running the House. In her remarks‚ the outgoing Speaker‚ Dr‚ Feh-mida Mirza exprssed the confidence that new speaker and the Assembly will continue to work for strengthening of democracy. Dr Fehmida paid rich tributes to the former House especially women members for their valuable contribution in the promotion and strengthening of democratic norms. Murtaza Javed Abbasi of PML-N was elected Deputy Speaker securing two hundred and fifty eight votes. Munazza
No deportation of Pakistanis From Page 1 of sponsorships (Naql Kafala) for those who want to stay in Saudi Arabia. He said that our technical and non-technical workforce is extremely diligent, hardworking and committed hence they are preferred by Saudi employers. He urged Pakistani nationals illegally living in Saudi Arabia to avail of the amnesty announced by Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud which will end on July 3, 2013. He urged them not to delay in availing this facility as this deadline was not likely to extend. He said those who willingly want to go back to Pakistan, Embassy and Consulate would facilitate them. Those who want new employers, we are here to help them, he added.
PPP to field candidate From Page 1 election but rejected the other request for supporting Nawaz Sharif to be elected as prime minister,” Fahim said. Earlier, the PPP withdrew its candidates for the election of speaker and deputy speaker. The announcement came a day after President Zardari told journalists in Islamabad that he wished Nawaz to be elected unanimously, similarly to the elections of former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani. However, Fahim said the party’s decision to field a candidate against Nawaz for the prime ministerial race was final. Despite PPP’s decision, Nawaz is all set to become prime minister for the third time as his party enjoys majority in the newly-elected National Assembly that was sworn in over the weekend.—NNI
Hassan of PTI secured thirty one and Kishwar Zahra of MQM got twenty three votes. Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq administered oath to the new Deputy Speaker. The Speaker announced that the election of the Leader of the House will be held on Wednesday. He said the nomination papers can be filed up to 2:00 pm by Tuesday. He said the election will be held by the division of the members. The House will now meet on Wednesday at 11:00 am to elect Leader of the House. In Lahore,Rana Muhammad Iqbal and Sher Ali Gorchani of PML-N on Monday took oath as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Punjab Assembly. Rana Mohmmad Iqbal was re-elected as Speaker securing 297 votes whereas Sher Ali Gorchani bagged 293 votes out of 332 votes. Rashid Hafeez of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf secured
35 votes. The polling was held in the building of Punjab Assembly in Lahore on Monday. The members of the provincial assembly voted through secret ballot and congratulated Rana Iqbal on being elected as speaker for the second time. Shahbaz Sharif was the first one who cast his vote, followed by the remaining members of the assembly. Later, voting for the deputy speaker began following the oath taking of Rana Muhammad Iqbal and after its completion PMLN’s Sher Ali Gorchani emerged as a winning candidate by obtaining 293 votes. Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s candidate Sardar Waqas Hassan Moakkal got 37 votes. Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal administered oath to the newly elected deputy speaker Gorchani. Rana Mashhood, deputy speaker of previous Punjab Assembly, ad-
ministered the oath of Rana Muhammad Iqbal. Rana Iqbal on the occasion expressed his resolve to run the affairs of the house in an impartial manner. Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz’s Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali was elected unopposed as the speaker of Balochistan Assembly while Mir Abdul Qadus Bizenjo was elected as deputy speaker on Monday. A meeting of the parliamentary board of PML-N and Pakistan Muslim League – Quaid (PML-Q) was called where speaker and deputy speaker of 10th elected assembly of Balochistan were elected. Jamali would assume charge of the assembly as the 13th speaker and Bizenjo would be the 15th deputy speaker. Both speaker and deputy speakers would take oath today, during the assembly session.
Terrorists gun down PTI From Page 1 admitted for treatment. “The incident took place when unidentified assailants opened fire at the car of the MPA, resultantly Farid Khan lost his life while his driver and friend sustained injuries as the killers made good their escape”. Senior police officials told newsmen adding the victims were shifted to District Headquarters Hospital Hangu where the doctors pronounced MPA and his friend dead. The news of the brutal killing of the MPA Farid
Khan, who hailed from a poor family but was popular enough for his sane and modest nature and the social services, spread like a jungle fire and hundreds of people gathered at the hospital and later took to the streets to register their protest over the incident that came as big challenge for the newly inducted PTI government in the province. “Following the killing of MPA Farid Khan and friend hundreds of angry protestors
thronged the roads and damaged several shops in Hangu Bazaar”. Police said. He is reported to have only 100 Rs. in his pocket at the time of submitting his papers before the returning officer and was financially supported by his friends and relatives in the elections. He had established strong bonds with the people based on sincerity and selfless services since long. His death is being mourned by thousands of people.
Pakistan restrict Proteas to 202-9 in CT warm-up L ONDON —Pakistan pacers restricted South Africa to 202-9 in 50 overs in a warmup match of the Champions Trophy here at the Kennington Oval on Monday. After being sent into bat by Pakistan captain Misbahul-Haq, the Proteas were in immense pressure against fierce bowling and lost seven wickets for 83 runs. However, the lower-order batsmen Jean-Paul Duminy (43) and Ryan McLaren (55) saved South Africa from an embarrassment with a 94-run eighth wicket partnership. All nine wickets lost by South Africa, went to pacers as Asad Ali and Wahab Riaz grabbed three each and Junaid Khan claimed two wickets. Pakistan’s first warm-up match against Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being played due to rain on Friday.—AFP
Scotland lose six players for Croatia trip L ONDON —Six players have THE OVAL: Junaid Khan trapped Hashim Amla lbw during Pakistan vs South Africa, pulled out of the Scotland Champions Trophy warm-up match on Monday. squad for Friday’s 2014 World Cup qualifying match in Croatia, team officials announced on Monday. Full-backs Lee Wallace and Danny Fox, centre-back Gary Caldwell, Celtic pair Scott Brown and James Forrest, and midfielder Liam ISLAMABAD—Former Olym- some problems in the national players are average and their Bridcutt are the players to pian Shahnaz Sheikh said it is team’s training camp and play- playing quality should be im- have withdrawn due to eiproved in the camp for the ther injury or fitness convery important for Pakistan to ers preparing for the WHL. “The Pakistan Hockey WHL. secure a place among the top cerns. The PHF has organized three in World Hockey League Federation (PHF) is slower in As a result, Motherwell national team’s 15-day training full-back Steven Hammell (WHL) otherwise qualifying in camp at Abbottabad for WHL and Aston Villa central the Asia Cup for the 2014 to be held in Malaysia from midfielder Barry Bannan World Cup would be tough for June 29 to July 7. The camp have been drafted into the the national team. will conclude on June 15. Talking to APP on Monsquad by manager Gordon Pakistan is placed in Pool Strachan. day, Shahnaz Sheikh, who B with South Africa, England played between 1969 and Scotland are seeking their and Malaysia. 1978, said it would be easy for first victory in UEFA qualifyShahnaz advised the na- ing Group A, but can no Pakistan to qualify for the tional team’s head coach Akthar longer qualify for next year’s World Cup in the WHL rather Rasool to focus the players on tournament in Brazil. than qualifying in the Asia attacking hockey which is the Cup. “The competition for PaRevised Scotland squad demand of the modern field kistan in Asia Cup would be Goalkeepers: Matt Gilks hockey. difficult. (Blackpool/ENG), David “Nowadays the game of Marshall (Cardiff City/WAL), It would be better if Pakihockey is played very fast Allan McGregor (Besiktas/ stan prepares well for the WHL giving players little time to re- TUR) and qualifies for the World Cup act in the field,” he said addthrough it,” he said. Defenders: Gordon Greer ing that a suitable plan to en- (Brighton and Hove Albion/ Shahnaz who was capped 68 times and had scored 45 taking timely decisions which counter other teams’ game- ENG), Steven Hammell goals for the Pakistan National lead to mistakes in future,” he plan should be set by the (Motherwell), Grant Hanley Hockey Team, said he sees said adding that our forward coach and the PHF.—APP (Blackburn Rovers/ENG), Alan Hutton (Real Mallorca/ ESP), Russell Martin (Norwich City/ENG), Andy Webster (Hearts), Steven KUALA LUMPUR—The Bad- review technology to ad- in the Malaysian Open this Whittaker (Norwich City/ minton World Federation dress “last-minute issues” year and last month’s ENG).—AFP (BWF) said Monday it was that have cropped up in test- Sudirman Cup in Kuala ing. Lumpur, the sport’s world Line-calls are a flashpoint governing body had planned in badminton, with players to go live at next week’s Inoften complaining about of- donesia Open. ficials making erroneous or Instead, the BWF “will biased decisions, and the continue testing the line-call sport plans to follow tennis technology in an effort to reand football in using tech- solve some last-minute isBoard nology to reduce the risk of sues which arose during the L AHORE —Sports recent testing”, it said in a Punjab announced its 12delaying indefinitely the live human error. After testing its system statement.—AFP member girls team to take part implementation of line-call in the in the Pakistan inter provincial U-16 girls athletics championship commencing here from tomorrow, Tuesday at Punjab stadium. Punjab team comprises Fatima Hussain, Afeera Naz, Javeria Kiran, Zainab Khan Amna Yusuf, Asiya Ibraheem, Mussarat Bibi, “N Srinivasan an- ter account.“Mr Jagmohan Abida Sadiq, Amina Sadiq, DEHLI—Indian cricket chief Martha Ghafoor, Mehwish N Srinivasan will step aside nounced that he will not dis- Dalmiya will conduct the day- Yasin and Sana Hanif. from his role until an investi- charge his duties as the presi- to-day affairs of the board.” Rizwana Tareen will be the On Saturday, IPL chairgation into allegations of dent till such time that the man Rajeev Shukla resigned team manager and Khalid spot-fixing in the Indian PreBhatti, the team coach. Difrom his position. mier League has been comIn the last fortnight, three rector General, SBP, Dr pleted. bowlers from the Rajasthan Mohammad Salah Tahir will Srinivasan, president of Royals team - Sreesanth, Ajit inaugurate the event. the Board of Control for Meanwhile SBP anChandila and Ankeet Chavan Cricket in India (BCCI), has - have been arrested as part nounced its U-14 team to take so far resisted calls to resign. part in the Pakistan U-14 boys of the police investigation. His son-in-law and Last week, Sreesanth in- athletics championship startChennai Super Kings official sisted he was innocent. The ing from tomorrow, Tuesday Gurunath Meiyappan is families of the other two have at the same venue. Hamza among those to have been also denied the allegations. Jameel, Mohammed Irfan, arrested by police. The players have been Hassaan, Chand Zeb, Umer India fast bowler Shantha suspended by India’s cricket Farooq, Abu Bakr Akber, Sreesanth is one of three Mudassir Mushtaq, board and their IPL team. players arrested. Mohammed Irfan, Ali Raza, Spot-fixing involves illeThe BCCI held an emergally rigging parts of a match, Ataa ullah Khan, Mohammed gency meeting in Chennai on for example by timing the de- Husnain, Hanzala, Abdullah Sunday to address growing livery of a deliberate wide or Tahir, Amir Abbas and Chand criticism of the board, and no-ball, to benefit bookmak- Waseem are the members of Srinivasan in particular, in the probe is completed,” the ers or those betting on the team whose manager is wake of spot-fixing allegaAmanat Gill. Fazal Butt will BCCI said on its official Twit- matches.—AFP tions in the IPL. be as coach.—APP
Qualifying for World Cup vital in WHL: Shahnaz Sheikh
BWF postpones use of review technology
Punjab team named for girls U-16 athletics
BCCI chief steps aside till completion of investigation
Azarenka into French Open quarter-finals
Federer reaches last eight after Simon battle P ARIS —Second seed Roger Federer produced a thrilling riposte to Gilles Simon’s gallant attempt to knock him out of the French Open on Sunday to claim a 6-1 4-6 2-6 6-2 6-3 victory in front of a raucous lateevening crowd on Philippe Chatrier Court. Averting a mounting crisis in the middle of a spectacular match, Federer won the last two sets to reach his 36th consecutive grand slam quarterfinal and keep alive his hopes of a second title at Roland Garros. When 15th seed Simon, roared on by chants of “Gillou”, won the third set, Federer looked to be in danger but the 17-times grand slam champion hit back with every weapon in his arsenal to set up a quarter-final with another French hope, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. It was nerve-wracking until the end, however, with Federer missing an easy volley when serving for the match at 5-3 to offer Simon hope of a late escape. Federer then wasted his first match point with an anxious forehand swiped into the net but when a second opportunity came his way Simon pushed a backhand into the tramlines. “It was beautiful, it’s always special to play matches like that,” 2009 champion and
PARIS: Roger Federer returns against Gilles Simon in their fourth round match at the French Open tennis tournament. firm Paris favourite Federer said Nicola Pietrangeli on the allat courtside. “You always re- time list of matches won here. member matches like this.” The Swiss had to dig into The victory was 31-year- his vast repertoire of strokes old Federer’s 58th at the to subdue Simon - a player who French Open, making him joint has troubled him before and leader with Guillermo Vilas and who won the first two of their
five previous meetings. There were the delicate drop shots, lob volleys, the backhand slices that seem to hang in the air for eternity and then those explosive forehands that few players can return. Federer even managed to curl one winner between the outside of the net post and the umpire’s chair to give him a sixth and final set point in the opener. Everything looked under control for Federer until he stumbled and fell in the sixth game of the second set. There was no obvious damage but he was broken in the next game and Simon rammed home the advantage to level the match. A flustered Federer dropped his serve twice in the third set as Simon, bidding to reach the quarter-finals at his home grand slam for the first time, sensed his chance for a huge upset. Federer has made a career out of pulling out the stops when required, however, and quickly restored order, overpowering a tiring Simon in the fourth set with some belligerent tennis. An early break in the fifth gave Federer breathing space and despite a few nervous moments at the end he claimed the 900th Tour victory of his career.—AFP
Thana, patwari culture to be eliminated: Shahbaz Only dedicated MPs to be included in Punjab Cabinet SALIM AHMED L AHORE —PML-N leader
NATIONAL BRIE 4600 MW power shortfall ISLAMABAD—Citizens are facing worst ever electricity load shedding this summer with power shortfall exceeding 4,600MW and the duration of load shedding rising to 18 hours a day in most areas. According to the ministry of water and power, the total electricity generation currently stands at 11600 MW while the demand is 16200 megawatts. The gap between generation and demand has resulted into a shortfall of 4300MW due to which loadshedding is being carried out on alternate hours.—Online
PPP Punjab MPs leader LAHORE —Pakistan Peoples Party Monday nominated Qazi Ahmad Saeed as its parliamentary leader in Punjab Assembly. In a statement in Lahore, PPP Punjab says it will not field any candidate for elections of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the provincial assembly. Pakistan Peoples Party has almost eliminated from Punjab as it got just seven seats in 371 members house in May 11 polls.—Online
8 gangs busted V EHARI —Vehari
police claimed on Monday to have busted eight gangs and arresting their 24 members wanted by police in different heinous crimes like murder, attempt to murder, dacoity and robbery. Addressing a press conference here ,District Police Officer (DPO) Shariq Kamal Saddique told that the gangs were busted by police during a crackdown against criminal elements. He said the gangs busted included Nasri gang, Akhtri ,Machhi, Dilawi, Ghulam Nabi gang and others.—APP
PDMAs’ training PESHAWAR—Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Monday arranged a training course at Manshera for preparing local volunteers and community members to handle disasters and emergencies during natural calamities in a coordinated way. Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Director PDMA, Muhammad Massod said that course aimed at trained the volunteers and social society members to work in a liaison during emergencies. —APP
QUETTA: Allied political parties nominated Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Abdul Malik, President NP, is being presented traditional turban.
Iran nukes talks moving in circles: IAEA chief
SC notices to IG, AG Sindh in lawyers’ killing case
Iranian advances in building a heavy-water research reactor and in its uranium enrichment work were in “clear contravention” of U.N. Security Council resolutions, dating to 2006, calling for a suspension in such activities. The IAEA has been trying since early 2012 to engage with the Islamic state over what the Vienna-based U.N. agency calls the “possible military dimensions” to Iran’s nuclear program.But ten rounds of negotiations in the last 17 months have failed to achieve any breakthrough. Western diplomats ac-
to the Inspector General (IG) Police Sindh and Advocate General (AG) Sindh to make sure the arrest of killers of Kausar Saqlain advocate and his two sons. A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary, Justice Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Justice Gulzar Ahmad resumed the hearing of a case regarding the target killing, disappearance and torture to lawyers throughout the country. While directing the intelligence agencies to assist the police to identify the culprits, the bench also directed the IG Sindh to submit the compliance report regarding their efforts at the next date of hearing. The notices were issued on the application of Tausiq Asif, president of Lahore High Court Bar Association. During the course of proceeding, ISI and IB presented the confidential reports stating that agencies would cooperate with the police and also assure their full support to the police. It is to mention that Kausar Saqlain was targeted and killed at Mureepure Road, Karachi when he was traveling with his two sons. Meanwhile, DIG Security Islamabad Tahir Alam, apprised the apex court that he had met some responsible intelligence officers and police and intelligence have concluded that the culprits were the same. He was very confident to saying that police will arrest them within three weeks. He also submitted the report of security plan in Rawalpindi and in the capital territory. Tausiq Asif claimed that lawyers were being targeted but except the paper-work nothing had been done to arrest anyone.—APP
I SLAMABAD —The Supreme VIENNA —The U.N. nuclear Board of Governors, he also said cuse Iran of stonewalling the Court on Monday issued notices watchdog chief said on Monday talks with Iran have been “going around in circles” - unusually blunt criticism pointing to rising tension over suspected nuclear arms research by Tehran that has increased fears of a new Middle East war. Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, vented growing frustration at the lack of results in getting Iran to address suspicions of military dimensions to its atomic energy program. Tehran denies the accusations.In hard-hitting comments to the IAEA’s 35-nation
Index crosses 22,000-point level at KSE K A R A C H I —The Karachi stock market’s benchmark index on Monday crossed the historic 22,000-point level as investors’ euphoria over hopes that PML-N-led government would revive the economy continues. At 14.02 pm, the Karachi Stock Exchange’s 100-share index was trading at 22,002.58 points, up 179.53 points, or 0.82 percent. Turnover remained impressive at 191.05 million shares. Dealers said that investors’ sentiment is buoyant on hopes that the Prime Minister-elect Nawaz Sharif’s government would focus its efforts towards reviving the economy. Since May 11 general elections in which PML (N) emerged as single-largest party, the market has seen bullish trend. The KSE index has gained a whopping 15 percent in May 2013.—NNI
IAEA, an allegation Tehran rejects.” Despite the intensified dialogue between the agency and Iran since January 2012..., no agreement has been reached on the structured approach document. To be frank, for some time now we have been going around in circles,” said Amano.”This is not the right way to address issues of such great importance to the international community, including Iran,” he said, according to a copy of his speech to the closed-door board meeting at the IAEA’s headquarters.”—Reuters
Two-day Pugwash Kashmir dialogue now from Aug 18 HAMEED SHAHEEN ISLAMABAD—The international conflict resolver, Pugwash whose Kashmir conference was to be held here from June 18-20 will now take place on August 18-20, the management announced. Pakistan Observer learnt here that the shift of date, but the venue same, has been necessitated on administrative ground. The 2-day Kashmir conference on the Pugwash platform would mull over eleven points, all related to Kashmir dispute for nearing towards ultimate solution as reported earlier in Pakistan Observer. Presently at least seven Kashmir solutions are being mulled at the global level by conflict resolution bodies. They are: The Chenab formula; independent Kashmir valley; a smaller independent Kashmir; independent Kashmir; Kashmir joints Pakistan; the status quo; But Kashmiris want a solution that satisfies their basic aspirations-
within the frame of usage of their right to self-determination. UN security council too favor a solution based on self-determination by Kashmiris. The world has now accepted their onus to resolve Kashmir if the urgency of south Asian peace and security in the entire region are implemented in the context of fast evolving frame work of ‘Asia being future pivot’ paradigm. Today’s Kashmir nestles among three declared nuclear states – Pakistan, China and India having face-to-face contiguity with military might. The 2-day deliberations over Kashmir on the platform of Pugwash would finally be reduced into proper recommendations to be sent later to Islamabad and Delhi. One aspect that combines Kashmir with the thinking of Pugwash is to seek out negotiated solution of ffull scale war fought out zone of Jammu and Kashmir located increasingly of highest strategic geo-physical dimensions.
Shahbaz Sharif vowing to exterminate ‘Thana Culture’ said corruption defamed the country for last five years While addressing the meeting of parliamentary committee in Lahore on Monday, he said police culture would be changed forever.Shahbaz Sharif said they would serve the masses with humility and change the culture of Thana and Patwaris to facilitate the people. He said people will be provided justice at their doorsteps. Further he said that previous government looted national resources in the name of so-called democracy and the ‘government of the people but so far as the condition of common man is concerned, it went on from bad to worse, leaving him at the mercy of fate. He said he would chalk out a new strategy in consultation with all stakeholders for extermination of corruption from all departments. While quoting a verse from the Holy Quran, newly nominated chief minister Shahbaz Sharif said that Allah forbids us to show disappointment and pessimism. “I hope that the PML-N government in the Center and
Punjab would succeed in handling issues faced by the nation” said Shahbaz. Earlier Pakistan Muslim League-N Parliamentary Party, Punjab, had unanimously endorsed the nomination of Mian Shahbaz Sharif as Leader of the House in the Punjab Assembly. A resolution in this regard was moved by Rana Sanaullah at a meeting of the committee on Monday morning which was unanimously approved. Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif reiterated his firm resolve of channelising all
out efforts and resources to overcome energy crisis and extending much-needed relief to the people. Shahbaz said the new government will work on a comprehensive plan aimed at revival the national economy‚ which has been destroyed due to massive corruption. The PML-N leader made it clear that new Punjab Cabinet would be formed in consultation with the assembly members. “Only those MPs would be taken as ministers who had abilities to serve the masses whole heartedly,” he said.
India keeps pace with Pakistan, but focusing on China WASHINGTON—China, India, 110-120. China meantime went nuclear powers, France, Britand Pakistan all added 10 to 20 nuclear weapons to their arsenal last year even as the top four nuclear nations, US, Russia, UK and France, appear determined to retain their nuclear arsenals indefinitely even if they didn’t add to their inventory, the Swedish arms watchdog Sipri said in its 2013 handbook released this weekend. Sipri’s world nuclear forces chart showed India bumping up its nuclear warheads from 80-100 in 2012 to 90-110 in 2013, keeping pace with Pakistan, which went from 90-110 weapons to
from 240 nuclear weapons in 2012 to 250 in 2013, while France and UK froze their arsenals at 300 and 225 weapons respectively, as did Israel at 80 weapons. Russia and the USA were the only two countries reducing their inventories of strategic nuclear weapons under the terms of the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START) as well as retiring ageing and obsolescent weapons. However, Sipri said, they, along with the three other recognized
ain and China, are either deploying new nuclear weapon delivery systems or have announced programs to do so, and appear determined to retain their nuclear arsenals indefinitely. As a result, although the total number of nuclear weapons in the world dropped from approximately 19000 in 2012 to 17265 in 2013, there was little to inspire hope that the nuclear weapon-possessing states are genuinely willing to give up their nuclear arsenals, the Sipri
BNP-M to decide on June 28 to quit assemblies or not: Mengal QUETTA—Chief of Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNPM), Sardar Akhtar Mengal has announced to approach the Baloch masses whether to quit or remain in assemblies for what he called “survival of Balochs.” Addressing a press conference after chairing central committee meeting on Monday, he said the party would announce its future political strategy on June 28 in a public meeting in
Quetta. “Baloch masses voted for BNP-M but establishment snatched our mandate,” he said. Sardar Mengal said that his party was deprived from the right of representing Baloch masses in recently held general elections. “Victory of our candidates was turned into defeat,” he said, adding that under a preplanned conspiracy, delaying tactics were used in the announcement of results to deprive
Baloch people from their real representatives. The BNP-M chief stated that the reason behind keeping away his party from parliament was to turn Baloch majority into minority in the upcoming census in Balochistan. He insisted that his party was also punished for its principle stance over continued human rights violation and recovery of mutilated dead bodies in the province. —INP
Central Europe awash with floods, thousands homeless
SIALKOT—A Japanese solar- PRAGUE—Volunteers piled up affected parts of Germany, in 2002, when 17 people were built walls of sandbags. The and her husband were sheltering emergency could influence the Necas declared a state of emerenergy producing company has offered solar energy technology to the Sialkot business community for coping with energy crisis. A Japanese delegation made this offer during a meeting with businessmen held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) ere Monday. SCCI’s former President Naeem Anwar Qureshi presided over the meeting. He said that the solar energy technology by the Japanese company NIPA Tech’ could be helpful in overcoming energy crisis in the export-oriented city. —APP
sandbags to keep a swollen river from overwhelming the Czech capital’s historic center on Monday after floods across central Europe forced factories to close, drove thousands from their homes and killed at least six people.Five people were killed at the weekend in the Czech Republic, where the flooding was the worst in a decade, while in Austria one clean-up worker was killed in a mud-slide near Salzburg and another three people were missing. The flooding, which also
Slovakia, Hungary and Poland, sent shares in reinsurers Munich Re and Hannover Re down by about 3.5 percent with markets anticipating big claims from property owners once the waters recede.Carmaker Volkswagen temporarily shut its plant in Zwickau, in the eastern German state of Saxony, because the flooding stopped workers reaching the factory, and parts of the German town of Passau, at the confluence of the Danube and two other rivers, were flooded.The last time central Europe saw similar floods was
killed in the Czech Republic, and damage estimated at 20 billion euros ($26 billion) was inflicted. Officials in Prague, the Czech capital listed by the U.N. cultural agency as a World Heritage Site, said they did not anticipate the waters of the swollen Vltava river, which runs through the center, would reach the 2002 levels.But they were not taking chances. They shut the metro system and, in streets near the river, soldiers put up mobile metal fences - flood defenses that were ordered after the disaster 11 years ago. Elsewhere, volunteers
Charles Bridge, a favorite spot for tourists which dates back to the 14th century, was closed. Tree trunks floated by in the muddy brown water. A riverside path, which is below street level, is usually populated with cyclists and people sitting at cafes, but it was under water on Monday.”We left England yesterday and it was sunny and warm. We didn’t expect this, we don’t even have our raincoats,” said British tourist Alison Tadman, who came to Prague with her husband, Adrian, to celebrate her 47th birthday.She
in a McDonald’s restaurant. “We’re pretty disappointed,” she said.Some of the worst flooding was around the Danube river, which starts in Germany and snakes its way through countries including Austria, Slovakia and Hungary on its way to the Black Sea. The river was swollen by heavy rain at the weekend.In Germany, the interior minister flew to the flood-hit regions on Monday and Chancellor Angela Merkel was preparing to go on Tuesday, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.How her government responds to the
outcome of a nationwide election in September. “It’s perfectly normal the leader of the government would go to the region and see what is happening for herself,” said Seibert. Shipping was stopped on parts of the Danube and Rhine rivers in Germany - both important arteries for shipping grains, coals and other commodities because of the high waters. Thousands of people living in low-lying areas in Austria, and the Czech Republic, had to be evacuated from their homes. Czech Prime Minister Petr
gency on Sunday for most of his country.The risk on Monday was that the flood danger could follow the course of the Danube river downstream to other European countries along its route. In Hungary, whose the capital Budapest is built on the banks of the Danube, state media quoted Gyorgy Bakondi, head of the National Disaster Authority, as saying that 400 people were working on flood defenses.He said water levels in the river could reach or even exceed the height seen in the record flooding in 2002.—Reuters
Coffee, with pill, reduces breast cancer recurrence
RINKING coffee could decrease the risk of breast cancer recurring in patients taking the widely used drug Tamoxifen, a study at Lund University in Sweden has found. Patients who took the pill, along with two or more cups of coffee daily, reported less than half the rate of cancer recurrence, compared with their Tamoxifen-taking counterparts who drank one cup or less. The team followed over 600 breast cancer patients from southern Sweden for an average of five years. Approximately 300 took Tamoxifen. The drug, a common hormone therapy after breast cancer surgery, reduces the risk of new tumours by blocking oestrogen receptors. How coffee interacts with the treatment, however, isn’t immediately known. “One theory we are working with is that coffee ‘activates’ Tamoxifen and makes it more efficient,” says Maria Simonsson, doctoral student in Oncology at Lund University. The Lund University researchers have previously linked coffee consumption to a decreased risk of developing certain types of breast cancer. Caffeine has also been shown to hamper the growth of cancer cells. The latest observational study involving coffee’s role in cancer prevention and treatment under-
lines the need for more research, according to the team. “We would like to know more about how lifestyle can interact with breast cancer treatment,” says Helena Jernström, Associate Professor of Experimental Oncology at Lund University. Meanwhile, a British study reveals that breast cancer is less likely to recur if women previously treated for the disease take the drug tamoxifen for 10 years, instead of the recommended five years. The study was a component of a larger international trial, for which similar results were announced last year. “I think it’s huge because it’s the second trial to show a benefit for 10 years versus five years,” said Dr. Sandra Swain, medical director of the Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital Center and president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, or ASCO. “It is important not only in the U.S., but for the world. It is a very inexpensive drug.” Tamoxifen, available as a low-cost generic, has long been used for younger, premenopausal, women with early-stage breast cancer that responds to estrogen. Most start taking the estrogen-blocking drug immediately after completing their initial surgery or chemotherapy. Around 70 percent of breast cancers are estrogen-receptor positive, meaning they are fueled by the hormone.
ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Argentine Rodolfo Martin Saravia taking interest in the paintings displayed during an exhibition of paintings by S Faraz Ali & Irum S Khokhar at Nomad Gallery.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir
Tuck shops at Benazir Int’l Airport charges exorbitant prices from visitors I SLAMABAD —A large number of visitors at Benazir Bhutto International Airport have appealed to the higher authorities to take notice of the escalating prices of commodities at the airport tuck shops, which are charging exorbitant prices of different things. They said that the shopkeepers at these tuck shops are cheating visitors by charging thrice the prices of different eatables and other goods available in the open market. The people complained that the shopkeepers don’t display a rate list of their commodities. Talking to APP various visitors complained
that these shopkeepers are getting huge profits by charging three times higher amount on commodities, as compared to the open market. “There is a complaint office at the airport, but we think the concerned authorities are not ready to take any action against them,” they said. Azra Arif visiting Benazir Bhutto International Airport to see off her relatives, told “I have purchased a packet of chips for Rs.40, which is easily available in the open market for Rs.15 and a packet of juice for Rs.80, which is also available in the market at only Rs.20.” Although,she said the retail
prices of Rs.10 and Rs.15 are mentioned on the packets of chips and juice, but the shopkeepers are charging higher prices. “These shopkeepers are pretending that they were paying higher rents of these shops that’s why they charge higher amount to meet their expenses,”she added. He said these shopkeepers are also selling other items at higher prices and it seems that there is no one to check the prices and control these shopkeepers. The shopkeepers refused to comment over the issue when they were asked to give reason of charging higher prices. —APP
ISLAMABAD: Noori’s band performs at a local school as part of its talent-hunt campaign on Monday.
118 criminals, 50 gamblers arrested ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Police have arrested 118 persons involved in street crimes during the current year and recovered 74 snatched mobile phones and looted cash from their possession, a police spokesman said. On the directions of IGP Islamabad Bani Amin Khan, Islamabad police launched aggressive campaign against those involved in street crime. During this drive, Capital police obtained the record of those persons who had ever remained involved in street crimes and arrested a total of 118 criminals. SSP Islamabad Yaseen Farooq has also directed all Sub-Divisional Police Officers (SDPOs) and Station House Officers (SHOs) to ensure effective patrolling in their jurisdictions and take stern action against the antisocial elements.—APP
Islamic art promotion need of hour
Islooties facing acute water shortage I SLAMABAD —Various sectors of Federal Capital, Islamabad have been facing acute water shortage for the last many weeks. “With the increasing temperature, the demand of water rises manifolds but the residents are provided water supply for a few minutes in 24 hours forcing them to adopt alternate arrangements,” Ejaz ul Haq, a resident in I-10/2 sector informed this agency. Similarly, due to poor and inefficient water tankers service, the consumers hardly get water supply, he added. Another resident,Sajjad Hussain alleged that the water tanker service staff was supplying water to the areas housing VVIPs. He pointed out that last year, a number of families had to shift to their relatives in
Rawalpindi and suburbs due to water shortage but the civic body’s role is confined to mere lip service despite putting huge funds for improvement of water tanker service and other measures to ensures in this regard. Meanwhile Chairman CDA, Syed Tahir Shahbaz said, “Due to effective steps taken by the Water Management Wing of Capital Development Authority (CDA), major reduction in water complaints has been observed”. He was talking to the participants of launching ceremony of the sector-wise “Clean and Green Islamabad” campaign in Sector F-8, here on Monday. The Chairman CDA said that water complaints have been reduced from 1000 to 600 and water management wing is working round the clock for the
redresal of water complaints. He directed concerned formations to take effective measures to address water complaints and to repair water supply lines on war footing. He said that the addition of private water tankers in the CDA water tankers fleet and repair maintenance of offroad tankers will also help reduce water complains. However, he said, CDA require same cooperation, interest of citizens which they showed during this ongoing clean and green Islamabad campaign. He said that the participation of the residents has raised the moral of CDA officers. He hoped that the campaign would be helpful in resolving the issues regarding sanitation, repair of roads, sewerage, and encroachment in a befitting manner. —APP
ISLAMABAD —The President of International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) Prof. Dr. Ahmad Yousif AlDraiweesh Monday said, the promotion of islamic art was the need of the hour. This he said while addressing on the occasion of visiting Islamic Art Exhibition held by students of Islamic Art and Architecture of the university. “It is utmost need to strengthen and develop this precious art, which is declining due to neglecting attitude of the society towards this rich assets of muslim heritage”. President IIUI was of the opinion that IIUI had left no stone unturn for the promotion of Islamic Art and would seek expertise from world fame Islamic Art institutions. He appreciated the hardworking and devotion of the students and ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister, Feroz Shah Jamal, President IIUI Prof Dr Ahmad Yousif admired their unique and fabu- Al-Draiweesh, Rector IIUI Dr Masoom Yasinzai and other senior members on the occasion of farewell party in honour of Egyptian teachers’ services for IIUI. lous work.—APP
Margalla Festival in full-swing at Art and Craft Village ture would be presented on I S L A M A B A D —A 10-day June 6, whereas June 7 Margalla Festival organized would be celebrated as here at Art and Craft village Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa day. is in full swing and providDuring the Festival, ing a rich source of recrehorse dance has also been ation and entertainment for arranged for the entertainthe people of twin cities. ment of the visitors on daily The festival which started basis. On Punjab Day, the on May 31 is organized by visitors enjoyed their the Capital Development favourite colourful cultural Authority (CDA). events of Punjab, while The festivities of the people of all age groups event were divided on difwere amused by the promiferent days by the particinent cultural group “Jhoole pation and presentations of Laal”. all the provinces and Mulazim Hussain, a reregions’s cultures. nowned singer who earned In the Festival June 1 great name to the country in was celebrated as Punjab a music competition in India, day and June 2 was dediperformed before huge aucated to Sindh culture, dience. The People were furwhile June 4 would be celther excited by the traditional ebrated as Baluchistan day, an exclusive show on Kash- ISLAMABAD: An artisan demonstrating his skills at his stall set up at the Margalla Punjabi Dance “Luddi”. The famous folk singer from mir and Gilgit Baltistan cul- Festival at Art and Craft Village.
Hazara, Afshan Zabi performed in Hindko, Punjabi, Saraiki and Pashto and received great appreciation from audience. Another folk music icon from Punjab, Gulshan Jehan entertained the spectators with her melodious voice. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest and Member Planning and Design, Syed Mustafain Kazmi, said; “On the direction of Chairman CDA, Syed Tahir Shahbaz this mega cultural event has been arranged, which is representing culture of all provinces including Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. Syed Mustafain Kazmi also appreciated the efforts of Sports and Culture Directorate, CDA for organizing such a big cultural
event. He said that beautiful cultural color of provinces provide ecstasy to the visitors in the beautiful environment of the federal city. He said that the people from all walks of life are visiting the cultural festival to enjoy the culture of their choice. Syed Kazmi said that recreational and entertainment activities not only provide opportunities to folk singers and artists but also help promote our rich culture at international level. Earlier, he visited different stalls at the festival where artists were demonstrating their different handicraft work. Concluding ceremony of the festival would be held on June 9.—APP
World Environment Day I SLAMABAD —World Environment Day will be celebrated on June 5 all over the world aims at brining positive environmental action. World Environment Day activities take place all year round and climax on 5 June every year, involving everyone from everywhere. World Environment Day is also a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations. The World Environment Day celebration began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. The theme for this year ’s World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save.—APP
June 05 THE Institute of Strategic Studies is organising a launch ceremony of a book on ‘Iran and the bomb” Nuclear Club Busted’ co-authored by Ghani Jafar and Shamsuz-Zaman at 1130 hours at its premises. June 07 THE Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Ministry of National Heritage & Integration in collaboration with National College of Arts has planned to present Free Puppet Show for children. The show will be held every first Friday of the month at National Puppet Theatre Hall (Liaquat Hall) Rawalpindi. The show aimed to provide education and entertainment to the children of Rawalpindi. Children alongwith their parents are invited to the show. The first show will held on Friday at 5:00 pm.
Bilal Mustafa appointed as President of KASB Bank
Muslim Institute’s Budget discussion Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD—The Muslim Institute organised a round table discussion on ‘Budget 2013-14: Challenges & Opportunities for Economic Justice & Development’ in Islamabad. Dr Abdul Qayyum and Shahid ur Rehman were speakers of the discussion. Research associates of the MUSLIM Institute as well as from other think-tanks participated in the round table discussion. Program Coordinator MUSLIM Institute Tahir Mehmood gave a presentation on ‘Challenges to Pakistan’s Economy’. Dr Abdul Qayyum analysing economic conditions of Pakistan said that the country’s major issues were growth rate, inflation and unemployment. Shahid ur Rehman in his discussion said that “we need economic reforms to handle our economic issues. Unfortunately our agenda of reforms is set by donors. We have to give subsidy of 6 rupees per unit on electricity to the private sector generating electricity. This huge amount of subsidy is big hurdle in eliminating circular debt. Our fuel usage for power generation is inefficient and there is corruption in this process. We are creating wind power at cost of 20 cent per unit and selling at 10 cents. Subsidy of 10 cents per unit is not affordable.
PQ shipping activity KARACHI—Three ships carrying containers and chemicals were berthed at Qasim International Containers Terminal, Multi Purpose Terminal and Engro Vopak Terminal on Sunday, Port sources said here Monday. Three more ships carrying containers, chemical and diesel oil also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during the last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was 45% at the Port on Monday where a total of five ships namely Maersk Columbus, Atlantic Glory, Vina Shipsea, Spring Sunrise and Argent Daisy are currently occupying berths to load/ offload containers, chemical and urea respectively. A cargo volume of 33955 tonnes comprising 32254 tonnes imports and 1701 tonnes exports inclusive of containerised cargo carried in 432 containers (TEUs) was handled at the Port during the last 24 hours.—APP
PIA chief visits MCCI today Observer Report MULTAN—Secretary Defence and Chairman PIA Lt. Gen (retd) Asif Yasin Malik is likely to visit Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday (today). According to MCCI sources, Secretary Defence and Chairman PIA Lt. Gen (retd) Asif Yasin Malik is expected to visit Multan Chamber of Commerce. He will have a meeting with MCCI representatives and exchange views and discuss the problems faced by the business community of South Punjab.
Rates for conversion KARACHI—The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S. Dollar Bonds and profits thereon by all banks and for providing Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Deposits (excluding F.E. 25 deposits) by the State Bank on June 4, 2013. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs 98.5232, Japanese Yen Rs 0.9823, Pound Sterling Rs 150.3463 and Euro Rs 128.2870.—APP
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate. — John F Kennedy
STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Board of
KARACHI: Stock brokers viewing the large screen at KSE as the ascending trend continued in KSE-100 index.
72pc cotton sowing accomplished in Punjab STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Punjab completed 72 percent cotton sowing over the target acreage of 6 million for 2013-14 Kharif season, Director General Punjab Agriculture Extension Services Dr Anjum Ali said. “The modest cotton sowing target would be achieved during next 10-15 days to produce 10 million bales of cotton in order to meet the domestic needs of the commodity as well as export purpose,” he added. Punjab had failed to achieve cotton production target of 11.5 million bales by 2 million bales during 201213 cotton harvesting season as some areas in south Punjab were hit by floods.
Dr. Ali said the cotton growers in districts of Jhang, Layya, D G Khan, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Multan, Khanewal, Vehari, Sahiwal, Pakpattan, Lodhran, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan are working day and night to sow the strategic cash crop over the remaining 1.6 million acres during next ten days. It may be added that the Federal Cotton Committee (FCC) has set the cotton sowing target over 7.648 million acres for production of 14.1 million bales for season 2013-14, which is 5.75% more than the current year’s anticipated output. According to official figures Pakistan produced around 14 million bales till May 3, 2013, which were around 600,000 cot-
ton bales less as compared with 14.60 million bales during the same period in crop season 201112. However, Chairman Agri-forum Pakistan Dr Ibrahim Mughal told this scribe that cotton growers are facing lot of difficulties due to shortage of certified cotton seed, inadequate irrigation water supply in seven districts of south Punjab through the Chashma Jhelum link canal, high cost of fertilizers and 50 percent less germination of cotton seed. He said that the prime time for sowing the new varieties of cotton seed has already passed away and there has been no scientific planning for sowing cotton crop which is the basic raw material for the country’s economic lifeline textile and cottage industries.
Textile industry profits up STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The profit of textile companies have grown to Rs 8.9 billion in third quarter of fiscal year 2012-13, depicting growth of 7 per cent quarterly and 180 per cent annually. Cumulatively, textile profits have reached Rs 23 billion in 9MFY13 versus Rs 4.5 billion in the same period last year. The upward trajectory of profits is also because of cheaper financing and continuous Pak rupee depreciation in addition to firm cotton prices and strong regional demand. With the continuation of these factors, experts believe textile profits will
remain strong in coming month. Further, expected GSP Plus status for Pakistan by EU will further push Pakistan’s textile to European countries. They said that contrary to sharp decline of 9 per cent in FY12 to $12.4 billion, higher regional demand and firm textile prices culminated into 6.1 per cent growth in exports to $10.7 billion. In Rupee terms, the exports posted a rise of 15.5 per cent to Rs 1.0 trillion. However, within textile, yarn exports have increased by 26 per cent to $1.85 billion in FY13. Similarly, grey cloth and ready-made garments exports surged by 11 per cent and 12 per
cent to $2.2 billion and $1.5 billion, respectively. They said that with fortunes favouring Pakistan’s largest textile sector, profits of listed textile units have increased by 7 per cent QoQ to Rs 8.9b in 3QFY13. This is in addition to 52 per cent profitability growth witnessed in 2QFY13. In line with the profits, textile exports has also showed 15.5 per cent ($6.1 per cent) improvement to Rs 1 trillion ($10.7b) in 10MFY13. Improved profitability and exports are mainly because of strong demand from China and neighbors, firm international cotton prices, cheaper financing and continuous rupee depreciation.
Pakistan’s access to TIR likely AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—Pakistan’s access to the TIR (International Road Transport) Convention is yet to be taken however the decision in this regard is in the process of negotiations while a decision in this respect has not been taken yet. The local transporters industry will also benefit, as more (and better) trucks conforming to EU standards will be needed to transport Pakistani goods to Turkey, and onwards to Europe. This may also lead to the possibility of signing joint ventures with international transport companies, which would be a welcome development. It was communicated to the delegation of Federation of Pa-
kistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) led by its Vice President Naveed Jan Baloch during the course of the training held in Ankara, Turkey recently organized by the gov-
ernment of the Turkey in collaboration with the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB). The FPCCI delegates were briefed comprehensively about the TIR Convention by representatives from Turkey’s Min-
istry of Customs and Trade, the Ministry of Transport, the customs authorities, the private sector, and the International Road Transport Union (IRU), Geneva about the implications for Pakistan of acceding to the TIR Convention. It may be mentioned that Pakistan has been engaged. The TIR Convention is a multilateral treaty that would enable an international customs transit system, linking Asia to Europe through the road route. The TIR Convention has already been signed by 68 member states (including the European Union), and is being used by these countries to conduct international road transport operations successfully.
Directors of KASB B a n k Limited, with the approval of State Bank of Pakistan, has appointed Mr. Bilal Mustafa as President and CEO of the bank. Mustafa is a seasoned banker with over 38 years of diversified experience working in key positions for Habib Bank, Allied Bank, First Allied Bank Modarba and The Bank of Khyber He is regarded as highly accomplished, results oriented leader with demonstrated success in driving growth & profitability of very large portfolios. He has broad based experience in General Banking, Corporate Banking, Credit Risk Management, International Trade Finance, Transactional Banking, Audit & Inspection and Human Resources. His dynamism, prolific background and an in depth understanding of banking industry are expected to give a new impetus to the growth and success of KASB Bank.
Dull trading hits cotton market STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Lint trading re-
ISE gains 91 points STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Stock Exchange (ISE-10) here on Monday witnessed bullish trend as the index was up by 91.35 points to close at 4171.54 as compared to the previous day’s trading. Stock Analyst, Ibrahim told APP that the positive sentiments in local stock market were seen due to undergoing smoothly process of power of transfer. He said that the investors had responded very positive to that development and took the positions in cement and banking sector. “A decline in total turnover was due to profit-taking by some punters but at the
closing of market, they left for homes with net positions”, he said. Total volume of shares traded was 10,000, which was down by 76,600 when compared it with a day earlier closing. Of 155 companies’ shares traded, the price of 92 was increased while the price of 63 decreased but none remained unchanged. The price of top gainer Murree Brewery was increased by Rs.15.75 while the price of top loser Mitchells Fruit Farma decreased by Rs.4.33. Maple Leaf Cement, Nishat Mills and Bank of Punjab (Right) remained volume leaders, with volume of 5,000, 3,000 and 1,000 shares respectively.
Sugar mills profits decline STAFF CORRESPONDENT KARACHI—The profits of 24 listed sugar mills out of 28 has declined by 22 percent to Rs 3.8 billion during the first quarter of the current year as against Rs 4.9 billion in the corresponding period. A surge of 16 percent in the sugarcane purchase prices on year paid by the sugar mills during last season is the major reason behind the phenomenal decline in gross profits of the sector, said Irfan Saeed of Invest Capital. He said the sugarcane purchased at Rs 174 per 40kilogramme in the first quarter was purchased at Rs 150 per 40kilogramme. However, the net sales of the sugar mills have increased by 15 percent on yearly basis to Rs 30.82billion.
Plan to provide jobs to 25m people STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Small Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) Sardar Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera Monday unveiling five-year business plan of the authority said that 25 million people would get jobs opportunities from 2013 to 2018 under it. He told a high level meeting here at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KPCCI) that the GDP would further be increased from $ 73.95 billion to $ 193.50 billion. He informed that mea-
sures would be taken to improve the strength of SMEs up till 2 million and ensure country’s exports up till $ 54.20 billion. Speaking on the occasion, President KPCCI Dr. Muhammad Yousuf Sarwar lauded the five-year business development plan and called for implementation of the plan in letter and spirit. He mentioned that USA, China, Japan, Indian, Malaysia, Turkey and Bangladesh had given special attention to SMEs and put their economy on the path of progress and prosperity. He deplored that unfortunately Pakistan did not give as much privileges to SMEs as it deserves as a result of which the
small, medium business could not flourish. He said SMEs are facing various challenges in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including certain complications by banking sector. He proposed that SMEDA in collaboration with State Bank and Commercial banks should have to introduce incentives for SMEs in KP for economic uplift in the province. CEO of SMEDA Sardar Ahmed Nawaz assured the KP chamber that SME sector would be strengthened in the province, adding that many important recommendations have been made in five-year business development plan for development of tourism.
mained dull on back of grade issue and power outages while buyers remained eager for fine grades with stable spot rate, traders at Karachi Cotton Association said. The KCA spot rate remained stable at Rs 6,400 per maund while fine grade fetched better prices at around Rs 6,775 per maund on higher demand. Trading at major stations in Punjab and Sindh remained insignificant on account of lower demand from textile and spinning sectors besides power outages in major textile and ginning units areas in the country, traders said. Paucity of fine grades in past week and financial crunch were also among the factors for slow trading and lowering down of trading volumes, said traders. During six trading sessions buyers made deals on back of FAISALABAD: A worker busy in routine work at power loom factory. shrinking stocks of all grades at around Rs 5,125 per maund to Rs 6,550 per maund in Sindh and Punjab stations.
Butt nominated as acting president FPCCI OBSERVER REPORT KARACHI —The Vice President, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Azhar Saeed Butt will be the acting President of the FPCCI in absence of Zubair Ahmed Malik, President, FPCCI who has proceeded to China to attend Chengdu Forum 2013 in Chengdu and 1st South Asia Exposition 2013 June 5–8, 2013 in Kunming 6-10 June, and the 3rdChina-Sichuan Imported Commodity Fair starting from June 14-18.
KASHF Microfinance Bank announces FINCA acquisition
OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—Kashf Microfinance Bank Limited (KMBL) has announced an equity injection of PKR 824.7 million by FINCA Microfinance Cooperatief U.A. (Netherlands). With this transaction, FINCA becomes the majority shareholder of KMBL, acquiring 82.8 percent of the shares. Speaking at a ceremony in Islamabad to mark the occasion, M. Mudassar Aqil, CEO of KMBL, characterized the transaction as an ideal match of FINCA’s global reach with KMBL’s local depth. “KMBL was founded to serve the citizens of Pakistan with the financial tools everyone needs to fuel
their productivity and create a better life. Now, with a strengthened capital base and with the technical support made possible from FINCA’s 28-year history of global leadership, KMBL stands today even better positioned to fulfill our mission of job creation and poverty alleviation.” Speaking at the same ceremony, FINCA’s President and CEO Rupert Scofield described the acquisition of KMBL as the ideal pathway into Pakistan for FINCA, given the two institutions’ shared mission and values, and the technical skills of the local team. KMBL’s Founder and Managing Director of Kashf Foun-
dation, Roshaneh Zafar welcomed FINCA and emphasized that this partnership will enable the bank to establish new thresholds in the microfinance industry in Pakistan. She also highlighted the important role that Kashf has played in pioneering and founding KMBL in order to serve the “missing middle” or the small entrepreneurs who are the vehicle for creating local jobs, an imperative for Pakistan today. Dr. Saeed Ahmed, Director Agriculture & Microfinance Department, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) was the guest of honor at the occasion, a well-attended event, with representatives from SBP, the Securities.
US debt tops $13t for first time WASHINGTON—US debt has 90 percent of annual gross do- of budget deficit in April. reached 13 trillion dollars for the first time in history, the Treasury Department said Wednesday, stoking a political furor over government spending. Amid vast government outlays designed to end the economic crisis, the debt reached a record 13,050,826,460,886.97 dollars on June 1, according to official figures. The debt has more than doubled in the last 10 years and now stands at just under
mestic product. Against this backdrop, steaming the flow of red ink has become a contentious political issue in Washington, with Democrats and Republicans trading barbs about who is to blame. Earlier on Wednesday President Obama assailed Republicans for leaving him with the type of spiraling short-term deficits that fuel longer-term debt. The US government suffered its 19th consecutive month
“By the time I took office, we had a one-year deficit of over one trillion dollars and projected deficits of eight trillion dollars over the next decade. Most of this was the result of not paying for two major tax cuts skewed to the wealthy, and a worthy but expensive prescription drug program that wasn’t paid for,” Obama told an audience in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “I always find it interesting that the same people who participated in these decisions are
the ones who now charge our administration with fiscal irresponsibility. “Despite all their current moralizing about the need to curb spending, this is the same crowd who took the record 237 billion dollar surplus that president Clinton left them and turned it into a record 1.3 trillion dollar deficit.” But Republicans have lambasted Obama for expanding government spending since he came to office through a massive reform of healthcare.
The debt has risen by around 2.4 trillion dollars since Obama took office in January 2009 and rose 4.9 trillion dollars in the eight years George W. Bush spent in office. “Thirteen is certainly an unlucky number, especially for our children and grandchildren who will be left to dig out of trillions of dollars worth of debt,” said Republican Senator Judd Gregg, a frequent critic of Obama’s budget policies. “This dangerous and unsustainable level of debt cannot
continue without bankrupting our country, and I urge the majority to slow its explosion of spending and borrowing before it is too late.” But economists are sharply divided over how quickly the US should move to rein in spending. Some believe that a rapid tightening of government expenditure, or an increase in taxes could remove the one support that is keeping the United States from falling deeper into recession. But as debt-contagion fears
grip Europe others have warned that the United States has limited time to forge a credible plan to end its own fiscal woes. Even the normally cautious Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has warned that politically painful tax hikes or spending cuts could be needed to balance the budget. Obama has launched a bipartisan debt commission to investigate ways of tackling the problem. It is expected to produce its findings by the end of the year.—Newswire
Bullion Rates KARACHI—Following were the bullion rates in major cities yesterday. RS PER 10 GRAMS KARACHI: Gold Tezab Silver Tezabi
MULTAN: Gold Tezabi (24-Ct) Gold 22 Ct SilverTezabi Silver Thobi
45430.00 41540.00 789.00 760.00
Pakistan Railways revival STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The revival of the Pakistan Railways is not possible without introduction of an integrated transport policy, end in prevailing corruption (from ticket-less travelling to contract on nepotism basis), and by induction of a good number of locomotives in passenger and freight sectors. An army of officers, land grabbing and a big number of employees (800,000) are other issues needed to be addressed carefully. It is merit mentioning that till 1970s, the Railways was a self-sustaining organisation run by an autonomous four-member policy forming Railways Board which constituted a Member Traffic, Member Mechanical, Member Civil and Member Finance. The Railways had 821 locomotives in 1948, it now has 528. The rest of the data on the Railways is equally depressing. The public utility has total fleet of around 200 engines right now. Officials say bringing more engines on the tracks will resolve most of Railways’ woes. “The government – a major stakeholder in rail, road and air transport – needs to design an integrated transport policy where goods are enlisted for economical carriage. Pakistan also desperately requires a transport ministry to regulate and control the industry, similar to what is being done in the UK, India and other developing countries,” say officials. Transportation of goods, which previously constituted 40 per cent of its revenues, has been reduced to 10 to 15 per cent. Only three to four trains run in freight sector and dry ports are barren. They say that an integrated policy would benefit the national economy and would bring change in department. Today, with an allocation of around Rs14 billion annual budget, the Railways is in dire financial straits, with scarcity of funds and serviceable locomotives to keep it on track. With the prevailing crisis, now it is a challenge for new government that how it will bring back old glory of the public utility. Some officers believe the PML-N government would try to run Gul Train between Turkey and Pakistan and that the ‘rail diplomacy’ between India and Pakistan would also go ahead. The past PPP government had proposed the leasing of Indian train engines in a bid to establish ‘rail diplomacy’ with neighbouring country. The chapter, later, closed owing to criticism and security issues for the Indian locomotives. The officials held that Indian Railways would never be in favour of the deal with Pakistan.
CPI slightly goes up 0.51pc in May Price Index (CPI), a key indicator of inflation slightly rose 0.51 percent during May 2013 over April 2013, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reported. The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) during May 2013 increased by 0.07 percent while the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) decreased 0.43 percent during the month as compared to April 2013, it further said here on Monday. The CPI was increased by 5.13 percent in May 2013 over the corresponding month last year, according to FBS data. The CPI of July-May 2012-13 had increased by 7.51 per cent over July-May 2011-12, the data revealed. During the month of May 2013 over the same of 2012, the trimmed core inflation has been observed as 6.7 per cent while it was 11.7 per cent during May 2012 over the same month of 2011.
During May 2013 over same month of 2012, the non-food and non-energy core inflation has been observed as 8.1 per cent while was 11.1 per cent during May 2012 over the same month of 2011, said a data. The main commodities which showed an increase in their prices in May 2013 over April 2013 included Fresh Fruits (11.99 per cent), Fresh Vegetables (11.87 per cent), Potatoes (8.09 per cent), Gur (4.66 per cent), Pulse Masoor (2.67 per cent), Chicken (2.53 per cent), Tea (1.82 per cent), Jam, Tomatoe Ketchup and Pickles (1.12 per cent), Betel Leaves and Nuts (0.98 per cent), and Beverages (0.87 per cent). The main commodities which witnessed a decrease in their prices in the month over April included Onions (12.0 per cent), Tomatoes (6.06 per cent), Pulse Gram (5.14 per cent), Besan (4.95 per cent), Eggs (3.42 per cent), Gram
EFS organising Islamic financial training programme
FPCCI presents energy situation in Sichuan Forum
STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Consumer
KARACHI—Islamic Finance K A R A C H I —Tariq Sayeed, Awareness Series (IFAS) 2013 has brought the industry leaders, international speakers and key foreign dignitaries to this important platform to address the acute shortage of quality training programmes available for Islamic finance industry in Pakistan. IFAS 2013 has been organised by Emaan Financial Services (EFS) in partnership with National Bonds Corp, a Dubai government entity (NBC) and supported by Halal Industry Research Centre (HIRC), Halal Development Council (HDC), Halal Association Pakistan (HAP) and Fundshop, Investment Solutions. The event has invited the interest of key industry leaders from Pakistan and UAE including D M Qureshi as chief guest, National Bonds Corporation CEO Muhammad Qasim Al Ali, Emaan Financial Services CEO Raheel Iqbal.
former President of SCCI who leads South Asian business delegation will address inaugural session of 4th SichuanSouth Asia Business Promotion Seminar under the theme of “Future Energy - The Development of Electrical Power Industry in South Asian Countries, Potential and Opportunities” along with Vice Governor of Sichuan. Zubair Ahmed Malik, President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) who is leading private sector from Pakistan will make presentation on areas of cooperation in energy and power sector between Sichuan and Pakistan. The seminar will be inaugurated by Gan Lin, Vice Governor of Sichuan Province of the People’s Republic of China tomorrow at Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province. The Business promotion Seminar, which is a regular an-
Whole (3.18 per cent), Wheat (3.0 per cent), Fish (1.59 per cent), Wheat Production (1.22 per cent), Mustard Oil (1.12 per cent), Spices (0.16 per cent), Beans (0.50 per cent) and Sugar (0.24 per cent). While, non-food items has registered an increase during a month over previous month of the current year included Sewing Needle and Dry Cell (6.78 per cent), Cleaning and Laundry (2.06 per cent), Cottion Cloth (1.47 per cent), Personal Care (1.29 per cent), Marriage Hall Charges (1.27 per cent), Medical Equipments (1.18 per cent), Utensils (1.11 per cent), Stationery (1.04 per cent), Tailoring (1.02 per cent), Doctor (MBBS) Clinic Fee (1.02 per cent) and Cosmetics (0.92 per cent). The nonfood items showed a decrease during May over April included Motor Fuel (3.22 per cent), Kerosene Oil (2.60 per cent), Personal Equipments (1.73 per cent) and Firewood Whole (1.72 per cent).
Additional tax on tobacco industry demanded STAFF REPORTER
I SLAMABAD —The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) has asked the incoming government to take serious steps including imposing additional taxes on tobacco industry in the upcoming budget to discourage its growing usage. Despite all the half-hearted efforts including the AntiSmoking Ordinance, tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke continues to grow and remained the leading preventable cause of death and disease, said Dr Murtaza Mughal, President PEW. It also results in productivity losses especially among the less fortunate people of the society, economic losses and a substantial burden on the health-care system which can be reduced, he said. Dr Murtaza Mughal suggested that government can slap additional taxes on tobacco industry in the upcoming budget as an effective tobacco control measure which can discourage its use to an extent that it is no longer a significant public health nual feature is hosted by Chinese problem. Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Sichuan sub-council and is organised in collaboration with National Federations/Chambers from South Asian countries under the auspices of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry STAFF REPORTER (SCCI). The seminar will be ad- L AHORE —A high-profile dressed by business leaders Thought-Leadership CEOs from CCPIT Sichuan Province Panel comprising of industry and South Asian Chambers of leaders and experts will open the Commerce & Industry, practi- 6th Annual Pakistan Telecomtioners and experts on power munications Conference 2013 Sector. (TeleCON 2013) on June 13, Pakistan delegation which 2013 at the Marriott Hotel in left for China included Shaheen Karachi. The theme of the conIlyas Sarwana and Gulzar ference this year is “The Next Firoz, Vice Presidents of Wave in Telecommunication: FPCCI, Munawwar Baig The Digitized Society/ ConMughal, former President sumer”. Islamabad CCI, Nasir Uddin The panel will discuss the Sheikh , Chairman Fairs and current and future status of the Exhibition Committee, FPCCI, telecom and IT sectors in PakiSheikh Abdul Razzaq and stan and the need for reform and Muhammad Shoaib, Executive sustainability keeping in view Committee Member of FPCCI global and regional trends in and Hena Mansab Khan, mem- technology development. While ber women entrepreneur coun- the telecom industry has recil of SCCI. mained stable albeit without much foreign direct investment, including a stalemate in the issuance of the 3-G licenses, the IT sector has been making inroads on the international front. The telecom sector will be represented by Mr. Bilal Munir Sheikh, Chief Operating Officer, global competition determines Mobilink, whereas the Informathe finest hotels and hospital- tion Technology (IT) sector will ity companies in the world”. be spearheaded by Ms. Jehan The International Hotel Ara, President, Pakistan SoftAwards received entries from ware Houses Association Asia Pacific companies in 19 (P@SHA). Mobile telephony in countries. Newcomer countries Pakistan will also be discussed to the competition were as a game-changer in today’s Turkmenistan, Pakistan, New services portfolio of banks. Zealand, Laos and Macau,. Lord Bates from the House of Lords in British Parliament presented the winning companies with special plaques during awards presentations.
TeleCON 2013 opens on June 13
PC Rawalpindi receives prestigious int’l hotel award OBSERVER REPORT ISLAMABAD—The elite of the Asian hospitality industry gathered at the Shangri-la Hotel in Kuala Lumpur to hear the long-anticipated results of the Asia Pacific Hotel Awards. Pearl Continental Hotel, Rawalpindi won an award for the category of Best Airport Hotel for Pakistan. A total of 94 awards were given to 19 countries in the region for a variety of hotels, ranging from
small to large and general to specialty. Sheharyar Mirza, General Manager Pearl Continental Hotel, Rawalpindi, said “Congratulations! to all Pakistani’s, It is the victory of whole nation, It’s an Award for the Country and we are proud to hold the green flag high in international competitions” Mr. Asad ul Hussain, Public Relations Manager said ” It is an honor to be recognized as the International Hotel Awards
Japanese company offers tech to overcome energy crisis STAFF REPORTER
SIALKOT—A Japanese solarenergy producing company has offered solar energy technology to the Sialkot business community for coping with energy crisis. A Japanese delegation made this offer during a meeting with businessmen held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) here Monday. SCCI’s former President Naeem Anwar Qureshi presided over the meeting. He said that the solar energy technology by the Japanese company ‘NIPA RAWALPINDI: Sheharyar Mirza, General Manager, Pearl Continental Hotel, Rawalpindi Tech’ could be helpful in overholding the prestigious winners shield Best Airport Hotel-Pakistan along with the Manage- coming energy crisis in the export-oriented city. ment representatives.
RAWALPINDI: President RCCI Manzar Khurshid Sheikh inaugurating IESCO Customer Service Centre.
Shifting of Karachi-based units to Punjab underway STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (Unisame) has approached the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (Smeda) for help and made a study for investments in Lahore, Gujranwala and Sialkot regions for SMEs of Karachi who are unable to carry on their business satisfactorily due to poor law and order situation prevailing in many parts of the city and have decided to shift to Punjab for better prospects. President Unisame Zulfikar Thaver said due to deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi
the union requested its patron, Chaudhry Sameeullah the vice chairman of the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) to help the SME units of Karachi who have decided to shift to Punjab and guide them in selecting the correct location to set up their units in Punjab according to the nature of their work. Sameeullah advised that in Lahore region, there exist huge prospects to invest in production based set ups on Multan Road which starts from Thokar Niaz Baig and goes right up to Multan. He suggested that in Gujranwala region the GT Road between Lahore and Gujranwala
owes huge potential for industrial sector due to availability of skilled staff for ceramics, agricultural, foods & textile facilities and is best for the medium sector as the land is expensive than that on Multan Road. The union expressed hope and confidence in the business friendly leadership of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) and the provincial government of PML-N in Punjab and urged the PML-N to facilitate the SMEs in setting up of coal gasification energy plants for generating electricity and abolishing import duty and sales tax on the import of alternate energy systems to make them affordable.
ICCI for empowering women to reduce poverty, unemployment CNPWCCI was a positive step towards the empowerment of I SLAMABAD —Women are women and hoped that it would more than half of our population facilitate and help the aspiring and bringing them in the mainwomen entrepreneurs to enter stream of economic life is the the business world. key to reduce poverty & unemMr. Bakhtawari was of the ployment as well as to view that developed world has strengthen the economy. This achieved better economic progress was observed by Mr. Zafar by empowering its women and Bakhtawari, President, Pakistan can also accelerate the Islamabad Chamber of Compace of its economic growth by merce & Industry (ICCI) while enhancing the participation of exchanging views with Ms. women in business & economy. He Qaisra Sheikh, President, Cenassured that ICCI would provide all sorts of professional and technical support to CNPWCCI in its capacity building and for facilitating its members. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Qaisra Sheikh, President, Central & North Punjab Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CNPWCCI) highlighted the different issues being faced by women entrepreneurs in Pakistan. She said lack of access to finance was a major problem for women entrepreneurs and urged that government should develop a system to provide easy credit to them. She said training, networks development, obtaining required business information, barriers in the legal ISLAMABAD: Zafar Bakhtawari, President, ICCI exchang- and policy frameworks were other ing views with Qaisra Sheikh, President, Central and North major obstacles for women entrePunjab WCCI for women entrepreneurship development in preneurs, which need to be addressed by the government. Pakistan.
tral & North Punjab Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CNPWCCI) during her visit to ICCI. He said the benefits of women empowerment are many and the new government should focus on offering special incentives for the development of women entrepreneurship so that this important segment of society could play a constructive and more effective role for the development of country. He said that establishment of
Mobilink brings Wikipedia Zero to Pakistan STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Mobilink has launched Wikipedia Zero with the aim of providing its customers with free access to the world’s largest general reference database. The source will be available for Mobilink’s prepaid customers who will have free access round the clock to the full mobile version of Wikipedia. Mobilink customers will also be able to view these articles in Urdu on supported handsets. Farid Ahmad, Vice Presi-
dent Marketing Mobilink commenting on the launch of Wikipedia Zero said, “As Pakistan’s leading mobile internet provider we are proud to partner with the world’s sixth largest website to offer our customers free access to Wikipedia. We hope that our customers will enjoy browsing through Wikipedia on Pakistan’s fastest mobile data network.’’ The service is offered in continuation of Mobilink’s ideology of providing its customers the best mobile internet ex-
perience. On the other hand, this service will also complement Mobilink’s recent contract with UNESCO for its mTaleem projects where under and unprivileged women from the rural areas are formally taught through mobile phone services and SMS. The service is available for all new and existing prepaid customers free of cost by accessing Wikipedia at m.wikipedia.org OR zero.wikipedia.org from either their native mobile browser or through Opera Mini.
PSMA wants duty on ship breaking industry STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The steel sector has proposed to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to impose a 5 percent customs duty and Rs 2,500 per ton specific duty on ships imported for dismantling. Pakistan Steel Manufacturers Association (PSMA), in its budget proposals also called for setting up a committee comprising a member each from steel melters, ship-breaking industry and FBR for determining such duties and taxes. According to PSMA, the ship-breaking industry is paying sales tax only on 70.5 percent of the weight of the scrap ship. Steel melters insisted that the industry was not paying 20 percent customs
duty and 16 percent sales tax on the remaining 29.5 percent, most expensive items and revenue generating items such as copper scrap, brass scrap, aluminium, machinery, kitchen items, ropes, chains, wood, bunker oil, lubricants, paints, ship tackles, electric cables and switches. “This 29.5 percent translates into an untaxed revenue of hundreds of millions of rupees that is lost by the FBR…it is not being collected as per law,” it said. Therefore, PSMA has proposed to FBR to impose a 5-percent customs duty and Rs 2,500 per ton specific duty on import of ships for dismantling. “This will give to some extent, equal competition and level playing field to steel melters, besides increasing FBR’s revenue.” If the FBP
is unable to impose these new taxes on import stage, the board should increase the sales tax base up to 90 percent of the weight of the scrap ship. At present, they insisted, shipbreakers were paying taxes on just 70.5 percent of the ship’s weight. The increase has already been recommended by the Director Intelligence and Investigation, Karachi (Pakistan Customs), it added. Steel manufacturers also called for a reduction in withholding tax on local taxable supplies from 3.5 percent to 1 percent for steel industry; including steel melters; shipbreakers, re-rolling mills on local supplies of meltable scrap, billets, ship-plates ingots, rerollable scrap and DRI. Ferro-
alloy is a very critical item for steel making. However, steel melters are paying as much as 16 percent sales tax, which should be reduced from to 5 percent and it should be adjustable, they suggested. They said that industrialists had invested hundreds of billions of rupee in steel melting industry and this sector is providing job to thousands of skilled and unskilled workers. Stressing the need for a level playing field, PSMA said that issues being faced by steel melting units should be addressed in the upcoming budget and resolved in a proper manner to ensure the industry’s survival and growth. PSMA cited an agreement between the shipbreakers, steel melters, re-
rollers, Engineering Development Board (EDB) and Pakistan Steel and said that the difference between ship plates and billets was agreed at Rs 1,200 per ton. The association pointed out that at present, the difference in prices of ship-plates supplied by ship-breakers and steel billet by steel melters was between Rs 9,000 and Rs 10,000 per ton. In order to implement the above mentioned agreement, a committee should be formed to determine duties and taxes so that the difference between shipplates and steel billet did not exceed Rs 2,000-3,000 per ton at any times. According to other budget proposals, 1 percent withholding tax on purchase of scrap by steel
melters should be maintained and the 0.5 percent turnover tax on steel melters and re-rollers should also remain unchanged. DRI (Direct Reduced Iron) is a substitute of meltable steel scrap. “It is requested that the withholding tax should be reduced from 5 percent to 1 percent, as withholding tax is an adjustable tax and directly hurting the working capital, which remains stuck up in excess of the tax liability, straining cash flows and profitability of steel industry”. On the sales tax side, PSMA has proposed that on Steel Melting Furnaces and Rolling Mills operating within sugar mills and other units producing power by baggase, coal, gas, the sales tax should be collected on 80 percent ca-
pacity of the transformer given that 1 megawatt of transformer capacity gives 1,000 tons of billet and ingot production per month. All casting units operating under B-1 and B-2 connections should also pay Sales Tax on electricity bills at Rs 4 per unit. While, sales tax for steel melting industry and re-rolling mills should be maintained at Rs 4 per unit and adjustment of 5 percent sales tax paid at import stage should be maintained. “We request that the above measures be included in the budget 2013-2014 to give an equal competition and a level playing field to all Stakeholders in the steel industry,” PSMA said.
Coffee, with Pill, Reduces Breast Cancer Recurrence
RINKING coffee could decrease the risk of breast cancer recurring in patients taking the widely used drug Tamoxifen, a study at Lund University in Sweden has found. Patients who took the pill, along with two or more cups of coffee daily, reported less than half the rate of cancer recurrence, compared with their Tamoxifen-taking counterparts who drank one cup or less. The team followed over 600 breast cancer patients from southern Sweden for an average of five years. Approximately 300 took Tamoxifen. The drug, a common hormone therapy after breast cancer surgery, reduces the risk of new tumours by blocking oestrogen receptors. How coffee interacts with the treatment, however, isn’t immediately known. “One theory we are working with is that coffee ‘activates’ Tamoxifen and makes it more efficient,” says Maria Simonsson, doctoral student in Oncology at Lund University. The Lund University researchers have previously linked coffee consumption to a decreased risk of developing certain types of breast cancer. Caffeine has also been shown to hamper the growth of cancer cells. The latest observational study involving coffee’s role in cancer prevention and treatment underlines the need for more research, accord-
ing to the team. “We would like to know more about how lifestyle can interact with breast cancer treatment,” says Helena Jernström, Associate Professor of Experimental Oncology at Lund University. Meanwhile, a British study reveals that breast cancer is less likely to recur if women previously treated for the disease take the drug tamoxifen for 10 years, instead of the recommended five years. The study was a component of a larger international trial, for which similar results were announced last year. “I think it’s huge because it’s the second trial to show a benefit for 10 years versus five years,” said Dr. Sandra Swain, medical director of the Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital Center and president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, or ASCO. “It is important not only in the U.S., but for the world. It is a very inexpensive drug.” Tamoxifen, available as a low-cost generic, has long been used for younger, premenopausal, women with early-stage breast cancer that responds to estrogen. Most start taking the estrogen-blocking drug immediately after completing their initial surgery or chemotherapy. Around 70 percent of breast cancers are estrogen-receptor positive, meaning they are fueled by the hormone.
KARACHI: Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui presiding over a high level meeting regarding ‘Dengue’ at Commissioner House.
Commissioner takes notice of 183 new dengue cases IRFAN ALIGI K ARACHI — Emergence of 183 cases of Dengue hemorrhagic fever in Karachi had drawn the attention of the civil administration, which prompted the Karachi Commissioner to convene a high level meeting of the officials of the health department Monday. The Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui noted that the emergence of
PPPP to cooperate with governments as per constitution STAFF REPORTER
dengue hemorrhagic fever was repeat of the pandemic and would create problems for the civilians and the government and should be exposed to extreme level preventive measures. The commissioner while chairing the high level meeting of the officials from health department warned that loss of life of any civilian would be a colossal loss and any negligence regard-
Employees’ support sought for better welfare of labour community KARACHI—Director General vors in the shape of old age ployers and business com(Operations) of the Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI), Syed Iqbal Haider Zaidi, has asked the employers to come forward and extend support for better welfare of labour community regarding their legal and moral obligations. He expressed these views during the visit of SITE Association of Trade and Industry here on Monday. Zaidi informed the office bearers of the Association that EOBI is playing a vital role to provide pension-related benefits to people of worker class and their survi-
pension, survivors’ pension, invalidity pension and old age grants. He further said that there are 5.5 million industries and private sector workers who are registered under Employees Old Age Benefits Scheme and they are getting various types of pensions after their retirements. ‘EOBI has made arrangements to provide the pensions to registered workers through branches of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), mobile banking and Easypaisa’, the Director General sanid. He appealed to the em-
munity to cooperate with EOBI to fulfill this noble cause and with this support the productivity of workers would also be improved. Earlier, Chairman SITE Association Arshad Vohra and other office bearers discussed the issues related to registration of workers, facilitation system, contributions and pensions. The DG EOBI offered the SITE Association to conduct training workshops on online facilitation system, so that the problems being faced by employees would be resolved.—APP
The officials should also hold a press conference every 15 days in this regard. The Commissioner said that the President and the Chief Minister were already concerned about the health and safety issues of a common man. Therefore, the officials of the health department should stay alert and initiate high grade preventive measures against the spread of dengue.
Zaidi shows concern over historical Jehangir Park’s deterioration STAFF REPORTER
K ARACHI — Karachi MetroK ARACHI — President Asif politan Corporation (KMC)
KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah inspecting FIR register during late night visit at Liaquatabad Police Station.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki
ing proper preventive mechanism and official responsibilities would lead to severe action against the negligent. The Commissioner also said that it was necessary to establish a round the clock working surveillance cell and a focal person on dengue should be deputed immediately to update the media and the civilian population with the preventive measures and emergence of the new cases.
for citizens of Karachi. He said this during a visit of Jehangir Park Saddar. KMC Transport and Communication Senior Director Muhammad Athar and Parks Department officers were present. Administrator Karachi said this park as a gift for citizens of Karachi was given by Khan Bahadur Behram Jee Jahangir in 1893 and this park after establishment become center of entertainment activities for citizens whereas 100
years old trees also increased importance of this park however due to lack of proper maintenance this park gradually lost its beauty and common citizens avoid visiting the park. He said it was a matter of concern that transporters due to broken iron walls had started using a part of this park for parking their vehicles whereas garbage from adjoining areas was also put here due to which the beauty and attraction of this park.
PST to launch protest campaign against killings of workers STAFF REPORTER
K ARACHI — Pakistan Sunni Tehreek (PST) said it would launch a protest campaign from Karachi to Kashmore in condemnation to killings of workers of the PST and failure of the authorities concerned to arresting the killers if the killers of workers of the PST were not arrested within 72 hours. The PST would with the commencement of its protest campaign would also suspend its political activities. The target killings in Karachi went rampant and patriot political parties, doctors, businessmen and traders were at the mercy of the killers. An ethnic party was behind the ongoing targeted killings of workers of the PST in Karachi but the government was on the pretext of political compromises was silent over the grave situation. PST Coordination Committee member Fahimuddin Sheikh said this while addressing an emergent press conference held at the Markaz-e Ahl-e Sunnat Monday. He was flanked by Shahzad Qadri and Tayyab Qadri. Sheikh said that it impossible for the PST to control its workers because the KARACHI— Secretary, Paki- KARACHI: A group photograph of Muhammad Azam Sama, Secretary Religious af- killings of workers of the PST stan Medical Association fairs, Muhammad Amin Ullah, Bahar Ullah Hazarvi and others during the visit of Dar Ul was on rise with the passage (PMA)- Centre Dr Mirza Ali Eman Haj and Umrah services.—PO photo of each single day. Azhar Monday urged the authorities to ensure transparency in Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC). He expressed his deep concern, about what he called as marked deterioration in the standard of medical education, with particular reference to Chandka KARACHI—Surraiya Abbasi, witnessed in history. Realising of her time played her role in Begum Surraiya Abbasi, Medical College, Larkana. a founding member of All Paki- the needs of the country, in promoting the culture of vol- who also spent a considerable Dr Mirza said the evening stan Women Association face of its limited capacities untary blood donation in the time in Lahore, was again the programme introduced at the (APWA) and close confidant and resources, she also made nascent country. moving spirit to manage refumedical institution was be- of Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali tremendous contribution toThe pioneer member of gee camps and ensuring yond anybody’s comprehen- Khan passed away, after pro- wards establishment of Paki- APWA will perhaps always be proper and dignified existence sion and that it actually tracted illness here on Sunday. stan chapter of Red Cross, remebered by the artisans and of the people pouring in almost opened doors for corruption The lady born in 1918 at later re-named as Red Cres- their respective families who empty handed into the then and nepotism, he opined. Lucknow, married to a civil ser- cent, with major focus on train- benefitted a lot due to the pa- newly established country. PMA Centre’s office- vant Izhar Ali Abbasi, was fully ing of Pakistani youth in gen- tronage Surraiya Abbasi proEven at that point of time bearer said merit should be the conscious of the 1947 atroci- eral and women in particular vided to them by setting-up she attempted to help women sole criterion for admissions ties experienced by people in in first- aid. This was besides APWA Artisans Colony at the gain self sustenance and a esto the medical, dental colleges wake of one of the largest mi- the fact that the enterprising then Drigh Road Colony, pres- tablished chain of industrial and universities.—APP homes.—APP grations that has ever been and educated Muslim woman ently Shah Faisal Colony. Ali Zardari said that the process of transition of powers was being carried out smoothly in the country. The President House would extend full cooperation to the newly formed governments in the centre and in all four province in accordance to the provisions of the Constitution of Pakistan. The President stated this while talking to the newly elected Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, who had called on the President Monday at the Bilawal House in Karachi. The CM on the occasion apprised the President of law and order situation in the province, formation of Sindh provincial government and preparations for the next fiscal budget for the fiscal year 2013-14. The President said that the democratic system in the country was consolidated and strengthened.
Administrator Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi directed to prepare a comprehensive plan for removing encroachments around historical Jahangir Park for restoration of actual condition of this park located in Saddar and safety wall around the park should be built so that this park could be made a standard and beautiful picnic point
PMA Centre seeks transparency in PMDC
Pioneer member of APWA & close confidant of Begum Ra’ana Liaquat passes away
KARACHI: Multiple Council Chairman, MD-305 (Pakistan), Lion M. Raza Ali presenting Lions memento to Past International Director Lion Naresh Agarwal from India at the 17th Annual Convention organized by Lions Clubs International, District 305-S1 Pakistan in Karachi.—PO photo
Greek coffee could be key to long life
HE key to a long life could be sim pler than we thought - maybe even in our morning cup of coffee. A cup of boiled Greek coffee to be exact - could improve cardiovascular health and increase longevity. The findings were published in Vascular Medicine and focused on observing the residents of Ikaria, a Greek Island, where they have the longest lifespans in the world. The scientists were intrigued to find out how these island inhabitants found the secret to a longer life. Only 0.1 percent of Europeans live to be older than 90 years but on the island of Ikaria that number is 1 percent. Gerasimos Siasos, a medical doctor and professor at the University of Athens Medical School, and his colleagues wanted to explore the elderly population’s coffee drinking and its effect on their health. The endothelium is a layer of cells that lines the blood vessels, which is impacted by lifestyle habits and aging. The researchers focused on coffee because earlier research has proven that moderate coffee intake may decrease the risk of coronary heart disease, they wondered whether it could have a positive impact on other areas of endothelial health. For example, a study from 2009 re-
ported that high intakes of coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and tea are all linked to a decreased risk of diabetes Greek coffee is commonly boiled in a pot and served in a cup where the grounds are allowed to settle to the bottom.The researchers recruited 142 Ikarians (71 women and 71 men) who were over the age of 65 years and had lived on the island all their lives. They carried out their analysis using health check data (for diabetes, high blood pressure) and questionnaires to measure the participants’ lifestyles, coffee drinking, medical health, and tested their endothelial function. The investigators researched all kinds of coffee consumed by the participants. Surprisingly over 87 percent of those in the study drank boiled, Greek coffee every day. Participants who drank more Greek coffee had better endothelial function than those who drank other types of coffee. Even in volunteers who had high blood pressure, coffee consumption was linked to better endothelial function, without negative influence on blood pressure. “Boiled Greek type of coffee, which is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants and contains only a moderate amount of caffeine, seems to gather benefits compared to other coffee beverages.”
‘Training vital to enhance police performance’ LAHORE—Deputy Inspector General (Operations) Jawad Ahmad Dogar on Monday stressed the need for training and counseling for improving the behaviour of police officials and their performance. Talking to APP, he said: “We want to see higher salaries of police officials than other departments to create a sense of self-respect among them.” He appreciated the efforts of political leaders for allocating a big chunk of amount in the current budget for police, adding officers should supervise and evaluate the performance of police to make them accountable. The DIG Operations said the hiring and recruitment process should be updated in accordance with the international standard and all kinds of tests including psychology, writing, health, intelligence and physical tests should be conducted before hiring a policeman and to polish their abilities. Jawad Dogar said that the number of registered cases had been increased but the crime rate decreased as compared to the last year. He said that about 500 cases had been registered against illegal sale of petrol and use of substandard CNG and LPG cylinders in vehicles to avoid any untoward incident. He said: “It is the need of the hour to amend the Police Order and investigation should be in progress before an arrest”.—APP
Backview mirrors on bikes drive triggers
LAHORE: A senior traffic tfficer fixing mirror on motorcycle at Mall Road, choking traffic flow.
Effective steps stressed for IP rights protection L AHORE—Effective coordination will be ensured to protect Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the country. Intellectual Property Right Pakistan Director General Tariq Feroze expressed these views while presiding over a meeting of Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Coordination Committee held here at IPO regional office on Monday. Tariq Feroze stressed developing close liaison with all enforcement agencies for implementing laws and mitigating grievances of complainants with regard to infringement of IP rights. He said that Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) Pakistan with the assistance
of the World Intellectual Property Organization and other international organizations was trying its best to provide maximum opportunities of local and foreign training to officials concerned of enforcement agencies so that they could be able to check IP violations. The DG further said that IP enforcement committees at federal and provincial level had been activated besides upgrading intellectual property infrastructure. He said that it was the responsibility of all stakeholders to play their role in building respect for IP because it was directly related to investment and economic well being of Pakistan.
The participants of the meeting pointed out various matters regarding practical implementation of IP laws and assured that they would try their best to improve their performance. Director IPO Regional Office Lahore Saira Imdad Ali briefed the participants about the intellectual property management system in Pakistan. Representatives of PEMRA, police, FIA, National Book Foundation, Customs Intelligence, WTO Wing, Competition Commission of Pakistan, Consumer Association of Pakistan and Anti Counterfeit and Infringement Forum were also present.—APP
Measles claim two more lives, toll soars to 135 L AHORE —Measles
on Monday claimed two more lives, bringing the number of deaths to 134 in the province. According to health department officials, both deaths were reported from Mayo Hospital. Some 134 new cases of measles were reported from Punjab including 54 from Lahore hospitals increasing the total number of cases to 15,582 during the last six months. Meanwhile, Additional Director EPI, Dr Nazir Hussain while talking to APP
said that during investigation it was found that a majority of deaths in Lahore were caused by severe pneumonia and delay in reaching hospitals. He urged people to cooperate with vaccinators and contact doctors without any delay in case of symptoms of measles in their children. He said that after the upward trend of measles cases,the EPI department decided to start antimeasles drive before time on June 13. Meanwhile, Measles is
under control in district Multan and on average two or three cases are being reported in hospitals daily. Executive District Officer (EDO) Health, Dr Iftikhar Qureshi talking to APP here on Monday said, “ As measles is under control in district Multan, it has not been included in the special campaign being run by provincial government.” Nishtar Hospital, Children Complex, Civil Hospital and DHQs were catering to the patients pouring in the these hospitals, he added.—APP
LAHORE—City Traffic Police have inaugurated a campaign to create awareness among the public for use of backview mirrors on motor bikes. Chief Traffic Officer Capt (retrd.) Sohail Ch ,SP Traffic City Circle Rana Shujaat and Vice President Marketing of a motorcycle company, Sohail Ahmad, distributed side mirrors among bikers at Faisal Chowk in front of the Punjab Assembly. Later, talking to the media, the CTO said that effective use of side mirrors could save people from traffic accidents. He added that special squads had been formed to educate motorbike drivers about the risks of driving motorbikes without backview mirrors. He said that wardens will educate the public for one week after which action would be initiated against drivers not using side mirrors from June 10.—APP
LAHORE: Newly elected Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Sher Ali Khan Gorchani waves to his supporters outside assembly building.
LHC takes action in 19 cases of HR violation L AHORE —Lahore High Court complaint cell took cognizance of about 119 cases of human rights violation during the last 11 months on administrative side. Stating this a spokesman of the cell has claimed that this initiative of High Court had fetched fruitful response with the result of a fast-track disposal of 61 cases. Further indulgence on the part of Lahore High Court in these cases was not required because completion of challan and submission to the courts concerned stands accomplished legal proceedings whereof have also been launched to ensure dispensation of justice to the victims. Remaining cases are being monitored vigorously. After going through the re-
ports received by the Sessions Judges, the Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial has asked them to issue strict directions to police for prompt submission of challan/police report u/s 173 Cr.p.c. They have further been directed to submit the latest reports in the matters to LHC Complaint Cell immediately. The cell had taken action against news reports of electronic and print media about human rights violations, particularly acid attack, gang rape, kidnapping for ransom, police torture and encounters etc, and had directed the concerned District and Sessions Judges to investigate the incidents. Meanwhile, The Lahore High Court Monday took cognizance of news pub-
lished in a section of the press of gang-rape of a mother of three in the Shalimar area. The District & Sessions Judge (D&SJ), Lahore has been directed to investigate the matter and submit a report of steps taken by local police along with his own comments. A resident of Aalia Colony reported to police that she went to Arshad and Aslam for a job but they took her to some unknown location and raped her. Police registered a case against with no arrest so far. The LHC Complaint Cell took serious notice of the news and directed the D&SJ to look into the matter and submit a report within a week.—APP
PML-Z urges others to elect Nawaz as consensus PM L AHORE —Pakistan Muslim League-Zia President Muhammad Ejaz-ul-Haq on Monday urged top leaders of political parties to elect Muhammad Nawaz Sharif as unopposed Prime Minister with consensus and set another good example for promotingg democracy in the country. Talking to APP here, he said it was the need of the hour that all political parties in the larger national interest must t unite on a national agenda irrespective of their political considerations to steer the country out of the crisis.He said in the prevailing situation, all political parties in the parliament should come forward and play their role in progress for development and prosperity of the country. He said the PML Zia’s central working committee,in principle,in the national interest,has decided to cast their votes unconditionally for Nawaz Sharif for third time Prime Minister and Shahbaz Sharif as Chief Minister, but PML-Zia would maintain its separate identity in the house.He said that his party would fully support the new government of Nawaz Sharif to strengthen the democratic system in Pakistan. Ejaz Ul Haq said that the PML-Zia was committed to promoting democracy in the country and all positive and constructive policies to be pursued by the Nawaz Sharifled government would be fully supported in the larger national interest.—APP
LAHORE: Models walk on the ramp during fashion show organized by Pakistan InstiMPPC to PTI media tute of Fashion and Designs, an annual show of graduates of the institute. resolve delayed UVAS wins Rs 400m research Saeed Bodla donates cell closed pension cases 300 Islamic L —The Pakistan
L AHORE —Punjab Ombudsman Javed Mahmood has set up Mohtasib Punjab Pension Cell (MPPC) for immediately resolving the delayed and pending pension and GP Fund cases of retired government employees. The Ombudsman would monitor the Pension Cell to be assisted by Wazir Ahmed Qureshi, former Punjab Accountant General and Consultant Ombudsman Punjab for Ainance and Accounts, sources said here Sunday. They said that Javed Mahmood had set up the MPPC after receiving a number of complaints regarding extraordinary increase in the cases of undue delay in the payment of pension, GP Fund and other financial benefits to retired employees. The Punjab Ombudsman also asked retired government employees to bring into the notice of the cell, the matters of delay in payment of pension, GP Fund, Benevolent Fund and Group Insurance so that they could be paid payment at the earliest.—APP
grant for 43 projects
L A H O R E —The grant do- nanoparticles, “ Prof Pasha nated by international donors to the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) for research related projects has reached Rs.400 million for its 43 research projects in 2012-13. This was stated by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Mehmood Pasha while talking to APP on Sunday. The 43 projects consist 26 interntional and 16 inside the country. Some few days back an Assistant Professor, University of the UVAS Dr Muhammad Imran Rashid, also won a Rs 10.925 million in grant from “Grand Challenges Canada”, a funding agency of Canada, for his research project. His research project was titled “Development of toxoplasma multi-protein sub-unit vaccine and their experiment trials in mouse model administered intranasally with triad of antigens formulated in
said. The UVAS has succeeded to get cooperation with four universities including Penensalvania State University, Michigun, Jackson State Universities and University of Canniticut of USA under US Ministry of Science and Technology winning Rs.200 million for four projects. Similarly, UVAS researchers are working on five projects with the research grant donated by Punjab Agriculture Research Board with estimated cost of Rs.80 million, the VC said. The annual budget of the UVAS in fiscal year 2012-13 was Rs 470 million excluding Rs.180 million earnings of the university. It is a sign of big acknowledgement of the performance of the UVAS by the international donors in the field of livestock and dairy development, the VC maintained.—APP
calligraphy pieces to PU
L AHORE —Internationallyfamed calligrapher Saeed Ahmad Bodla has donated 300 pieces of multi-colour Islamic calligraphy to the Punjab University. VC PU Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran told APP here that calligraphy depicting the name of Allah, Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and different Surahs have been displayed at the Islamic Art Gallery PU Library, Islamic Centre and few of them at VC office. The VC highly appreciated the goodwill gesture shown by Saeed Bodla and directed Chief Librarian PU Chaudhary Muhammad Hanif to prepare a CD and documentary of all calligraphy works for distribution to all other libraries and leading educational institutions across the country. He said the collection of rare Islamic calligraphy would be an asset and help a lot to fine art students and others to learn the techniques of preparing unique calligraphy.—APP
Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) closed its central media cell at Cavalry Ground. According to a PTI spokesman, the central media cell was started only for general elections and some workers had been transferred to PTI Punjab office, Jail Road. He said the upgradation of the PTI Punjab office would start soon.—APP