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US steps up Pak surveillance W ASHINGTON—The $52.6 lengthy front page story said on appears at the top of charts listbillion U.S. intelligence arsenal is aimed mainly at unambiguous adversaries, including alQaeda, North Korea and Iran. But top-secret budget documents reveal an equally intense focus on one purported ally: Pakistan. No other nation draws as much scrutiny across so many categories of national security concern, Washington Post in a

Tuesday. A 178-page summary of the U.S. intelligence community’s “black budget” shows that the United States has ramped up its surveillance of Pakistan’s nuclear arms, cites previously undisclosed concerns about biological and chemical sites there, and details efforts to assess the loyalties of counterterrorism sources recruited by the CIA. Pakistan

ing critical U.S. intelligence gaps. It is named as a target of newly formed analytic cells. And fears about the security of its nuclear program are so pervasive that a budget section on containing the spread of illicit weapons divides the world into two categories: Pakistan and everybody else. The disclosures, based on documents pro-

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Peace in Karachi Syria rebels armed, trained by CIA at all costs: Nawaz

LONDON—The first cell of Syrian rebels trained and armed by the CIA is making its way to the battlefield, President Barack Obama has reportedly told senators. The US announced in June that it would send light arms to the rebels but refused to provide anti-aircraft missiles and other heavy weapons. The US announced in June that it would send light arms to the rebels but refused to provide anti-aircraft missiles and other heavy weapons. Continued on Page 6

Islamabad eyes $6.6b loan from IMF WASHINGTON—International Monitory Fund (IMF) Executive Board meeting will be held in Washington today (Wednesday), where matter of granting 6.6 billion dollars loan to Pakistan will come under consideration. Authorities of Ministry of Finance has expressed hope that, IMF Executive Board (EB) will approve the loan, because as per negotiations with IMF mission, government has taken many of significant steps to fulfill the terms of IMF. IMF Board will grant 6.6

Political forces for action against criminals AMANULLAH KHAN/ IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI–In his statesmanship like vision Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed here to restore peace in this largest city of the country at all costs for which all political parties especially PPP and MQM have been taken on board because the issue of disturbed Karachi is a national issue which needs to be tackled collectively. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was addressing a large gathering of business community in which he dilated upon Karachi

MQM reacts to cancelling of Sattar’s invitation IRFAN ALIGI

STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Pakistani has taken up its case with the UN Commission on the Limits of Continental Shelf seeking rights of exploration and exploitation of seabed resources in an additional area of 50,000 Square Kms. A presentation in this regard was made before the Commission by a Pakistani delegation led by Secretary Science & Technology, Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar which also included representatives from the Ministry of Defence, Pakistan Navy, Director General, National Institute of Oceanography and Project

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tage of the loopholes in the law, He said we are all Pakistanis and committed to stability of Pakistan, whatever we said about each other election campaigns is now the story of past we all have to build Pakistan at all costs. He said in a firm tone that we have to come together to address the issues faced by Karachi or other parts of the country. He said that people remark “ I do not smile these days” how can I smile when the people are confronted with complex issues, we will certainly smile but let us resolve the issues first for the

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BB murder case

PPP plea to become party rejected

KARACHI—The representation RAWALPINDI—An anti-terror- law does not allow any political

of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) through its Parliamentary leader in national assembly, Dr Farooq Sattar at a highest level all party conference was all of a sudden smashed through a letter from a section officer of the Continued on Page 6 provincial government. The letter thus despatched to the MQM secretariat just hours before the APC was convened informed that the presence of Dr Sattar was regretted. However, the MQM in broader perspective

Pak wants to expand seabed resources area

law and order situation with reference to All Parties Conference (APC) he earlier chaired. The APC of PPP, MQM, Jamat Islami, PML-F, JUI, ANP and every party was of the collective view that the action was needed for tangible results. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared that while going for restoration of peace there would be no room for politics in handling Karachi issues in Karachi and other parts of the country.. He also indicated for amendments in the law of the land for effectively handle the criminals who are taking advan-

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ism court (ATC) on Tuesday rejected Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) request to become party in Benazir Bhutto murder case. During case proceeding, PPP Secretary General Advocate Latif Khosa argued that Benazir Bhutto was chairperson of the party and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari took the charge after her assassination. Therefore, PPP should be allowed to become party in the case. ATC judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman stated that

party to become party in a murder case and rejected the plea submitted by Pakistan Peoples Party. Former prime minister of Pakistan and PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Rawalpindi in December 2007 when terrorists opened fire at her vehicle followed by a bomb blast. The government at the time had stated that banned Tehrike-Taliban Pakistan was involved in the murder of Benazir.—INP

Local body elections

Punjab opp parties to contest jointly OUR CORRESPONDENTS LAHORE/ISLAMABAD—Four opposition parties in Punjab announced on Tuesday that they will be contesting the local body elections together. Pakistan People’s Party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan

Muslim League–Q and Jamat-eIslami have joined hands against Pakistan Muslim League-N for the local body elections. The decision came after a joint meeting among the leaders of the parties. Meanwhile, the opposition parties in the Punjab Assembly

have decided to move court against new Local Government system in the province. Talking to media, Pakistan People’s Party leader Manzoor Wattoo claimed that his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Jamaat-e-Islami will move court

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KARACHI: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif meeting with representatives of different political parties at Governor House on Tuesday.

Sartaj‚ Indian HC discuss bilateral relations

Govt for increasing tax to GDP ratio: Dar ISLAMABAD—Government is Service and Chief Collectors and ministration for national committed to increase tax to GDP Collectors at Customs House economy cannot be over-empha-

on Tuesday. sized. He said that government ISLAMABAD—Indian High Com- ratio through reforms in the taxa- Karachi The minister said that gov- had imposed with-holding tax on tion system as well as in Federal

missioner to Pakistan T.C Raghavan called on Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad Tuesday and discussed recent tension on Line of Control (LoC) and latest developments in bilateral relations. Both discussed recent tension on Line of Control (LoC) and latest developments in bilateral relations. The tensions on both sides of the de-facto border, which have been going on since August, have restricted residents to their homes, making it difficult for them to step out without fearing casualties. They two side also discussed the proposed meeting between the prime ministers of the two countries in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this month. Sartaj Aziz stressed that Pakistan was looking to foster cordial ties with India, adding that the September meeting between the two premiers would go a long way to addressing misunderstandings from the past.—NNI

COAS visits LoC in Azad Kashmir KOTLI—Chief of Army Staff General Ashraf Parvez Kayani on Tuesday visited the Lion of Control in Azad Kashmir and reviewed the situation there in the wake of Indian violation of LoC. Security sources said the army chief met with army jawans posted at Azad Kashmir’s Nakyal sector and appreciated their courage and bravery.—NNI

Board of Revenue (FBR) to improve infrastructure and launch projects of national importance for the economic progress of the country as well as a better future for coming generation. This was stated by Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Ishaq Dar while addressing senior officers of Federal Board of Revenue of South Region including Chief Commissioners, Commissioners of Inland Resource

Several MoUs to be signed during PM’S visit to Turkey LIAQAT TOOR ISLAMABAD—Several MoUs relating to trade, investment, joint ventures, culture, education and people to people contacts will be signed between Islamabad and Ankara during three-day visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Turkey beginning on Sept 16. A large delegation of businessmen will also accompany the Prime Minister, who is visiting the brotherly country on the invitation of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The outgoing Turkish ambassador to Pakistan Babur Hizlan told Pakistan Observer,

a road-show on energy will also be held in Istanbul and recommendations of the show will be presented to Nawaz Sharif. Turkish participation in energy projects in Pakistan is expected due to this show. Two cultural centres of Turkey will be established in Pakistan including one in Lahore to strengthen cultural links between both the countries, the ambassador said. The members of business delegation will interact with Turkish businessmen to explore avenues for launching joint ventures. More investment from Turkey is expected during the high profile visit of the Prime Minister.

Telephonic address of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman, APHC HAMEED SHAHEEN ISLAMABAD—The Chairman, All Parties Hurriat Conference, Mirwaiz Mohammad Umar Farooq, will telephonically address direct from Srinagar a gathering in Islamabad as well as the people of Pakistan on the Defence Day. A Round Table Conference on September 6, 2013 has been organized by the Nzriya Pakistan Council (NPC), Islamabad, on “Defence of Pakistan: 1965-2013” to which the Mirwaiz will address and also

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PM: Geo-strategic location of country to be fully exploited PNS Aslat to boost maritime security

K ARACHI —Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed the resolve to develop maritime secPresident case tor to fully exploit the geo-strategic location of the country. Addressing the induction ceremony of the first ever locally developed PNS Aslat frigate in Pakistan Navy in Karachi Tuesday‚ the Prime Minister said Pakistan is contributing effectively to fight the forces that are out to ISLAMABAD—Supreme Court destabilize and destroy interna(SC) has given time to Deputy tional borders. Attorney General (DAG) to file Acknowledging the assispara wise comments till tance of China in the development September, 10 on petition of PNS Aslat frigate‚ Nawaz seeking court’s order for Sharif said Pakistan and China restraining President Asif Ali share time tested relations that Zardari from going abroad. stretches back to 1950. He said A two-member bench of Pakistan views relations with SC led by Justice Khilji Arif China as enduring multi dimenHussain took up the petition sional and deep rooted which alfiled by Shahid Orakzai for ways stood the test of time. PakiContinued on Page 6 NAKYAL (AJK): Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani during his visit to forward areas on Line of Control. stan relations with China form a

DAG allowed time to file comments

ernment is committed to trans- retailers and distributors, miniparency and accountability of mum tax on builders and develeach rupee collected as taxes and opers and was focusing on sectors that are out of the tax net, Picture on Back Page besides giving access to banking information for bringing in the its utilization for the welfare, tax net non-assesses for increasprogress and prosperity of the ing the number of tax payers in nation, said a statement issued by the country. The minister said that revthe Ministry of Finance here on Tuesday. enue officials will have to imSenator Ishaq Dar said that prove their performance, work the importance and role of tax adContinued on Page 6

pillar of the country’s foreign policy. Pakistan deeply values Chinese support and cooperation in all domains. He was confident that defense cooperation between the two countries will grow in the years to come and serve as a source of improving peace‚ stability and

Picture on Back Page security in the region. The Prime Minister also acknowledged Chinese support in the development of Gwadar deep sea port saying this port will help open new vistas of growth and prosperity in the country. He said this port will become game changer in respect of trade and economy of the region after the development of necessary rail and road infrastructure. “Pakistan and China share a close and time tested

relationship that stretches back to the 1950s. Pakistan views its relationship with China as enduring, multidimensional and deep rooted, which has always stood the test of times. The extent of strength, cooperation, mutual trust and respect of this all weather friendship has been best described by the ExChinese Premier Hu Jintao as “higher than the highest mountains and deeper than the deepest oceans”. It therefore goes without saying that Pakistan’s foreign relations with China form a pillar of Pakistan’s foreign Policy,” he added. “Pakistan deeply values the resolute Chinese support and cooperation in all domains. Construction of F-22P Frigate at Karachi Shipyard under transfer of technology arrangement is a

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Air exercise ‘Shaheen-II’

PAF contingent leaves for China STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Pakistan Air Force contingent comprising Mirage and F-7 PG aircraft, combat Pilots and ground technical crew left for China to participate in the joint Air Exercise “ShaheenII”. The exercise will be conducted between PAF and PLAAF (People’s Liberation Army Air Force) from 03 to 22 September, 2013. It is a historic event as it is the first time that the Air Force of any country would be participating in a joint Air Exercise in Chinese air space. It is pertinent to mention that the first exercise of this series “Shaheen-I”

took place in March 2011 in Pakistan at an operational Air Base of Pakistan Air Force. The prime objective of the exercise is to excel in the air combat capability with focus on Air Power employment in any future conflict. Pakistan Air Force conducts such exercises on regular intervals both inland and abroad. Air Exercise “Shaheen-II” will provide an opportunity to combat crew of both the Air Forces to acquaint themselves with applied tactics of air power in near real scenario. Pakistan Air Force emphasizes the combat training of its air and ground crew.

‘Polio free Pakistan’ in running year STAFF REPORTER

Federal Curriculum Commission to end soon disparity

—State Minis- all the provinces would be Secretary Ministry of Educa- He appreciated the efforts of would be celebrated everyISLAMABAD—The annual cer- IterSLAMABAD for Education, Trainings taken onboard while estab- tion, Trainings and Stan- the provincial authorities in where with the same pledge emony of Rotary Club Rawalpindi was held under the Chairmanship of District Governor Haji Iftikhar and President Mr Rashid Mashkoor. Members of the Club and other honourable guests were participated in the event. During the event, the President told about polio. He said our target during year is to finish the polio from the country and the year 2013 will be “Polio Free Pakistan.” Moreover, many steps to enhance the education were framed. District Governor has denoted one kanal land for establishing the school and promised more cooperation in this regard. The President has also announced Rs 100,000/ for the school.

and Standards in Higher Education Engineer Baligh ur Rehman on Tuesday said the government would establish Federal Curriculum Commission for bringing reforms in the curriculum development at federal and provincial levels. He was addressing the launching ceremony of National Plan of Action and progress towards Article 25-A organized by Ministry of Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education, UNICEF and UNESCO. The minister said he was in consultation with the Chief Ministers of all the provinces and representatives from education department in

lishing this commission. The Federal Curriculum Commission would lessen the disparities among the curriculum being implemented in all the provinces, bringing uniformity, he added. The minister said the government is striving hard to initiate reforms for increasing spending on education upto 4 percent of GDP by the year 2018. “We have to initiate key reforms in terms of improving service delivery and enrolling more children into schools to transform the country”, he added. The minister thanked all the political parties for giving prime importance to the education sector in their manifestos during elections.

NA-25 by-polls on September 18 I SLAMABAD —The Election Commission of Pakistan has announced voting on September 18 for by-elections in the National Assembly Constituency NA-25 Dera Ismail Khan-Cum-Tank. The ECP announced the date after Chief Secretary KPK in his report informed the commission about peaceful atmosphere for elections, PTV reported. The decision has been taken on the request of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. The son of Chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Asad Mehmood and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Dadu Khan kundi would contest from the constituency. By-elections in NA-25 was postponed on August 20 in view of the law and order situation in the constituency.—APP ISLAMABAD: PAF’s F-7 PG aircraft taking off from and Operational PAF Air Base to participate in joint air exercise ‘Shaheen-II with Chinese Air Force being conducted in China from Sept 03 to 22.

Training workshop on Zoonotic diseases RAFIULLAH MANDOKHAIL Z HOB —A 5-day training workshop on Zoonotic diseases for health workers (male and female) and veterinary staff, organized by Relief International concluded here on Tuesday. Dr. Akhter Mandokhail was the chief guest on the occasion. Veterinary Officer Dr. Syed Ramazan Shah, Dr. Yousaf Hassan and Dr. Naseebullah delivered lectures on Zoonotic diseases - Rabies, Anthrax, Leshmeniasis, Tuberculosis, Tetanus, Brucellosis, Dengue , Congo , Swine flue and Bird Flue. They said that direct contact with infected animals through breathing, eating raw meat and milk and biting of certain infected animals like dogs and cats causes transmission of Zoonotic diseases. They emphasized for adopting preventive measures by using masks, gloves, bed nets and mosquito spray, hand wash before and after contacting infected animals.

Measures to curb malaria in flood-hit areas

WFP requires $ 28m to continue relief operation I SLAMABAD —The

World Food Programme (WFP) requires U$ 28 million on urgent basis to continue its relief and recovery food assistance operation till the end of current year. Likewise, for the first half of 2014, additional funds of U$ 122 million are needed, an official of the WFP-Pakistan told APP here on Tuesday. He said considering the incidence of renewed monsoon flooding in 2013, the WFP Pakistan deemed it necessary to enhance its readiness capacity for which funding was also required. Meanwhile, health experts on Tuesday said that more malaria prevention and control measures are essential to reducing the malaria in the flood-affected areas of the country. According to the experts, malaria is a life threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of

infected mosquitoes particularly in this high-risk season. They said parasites are spread to people through the bites of infected anopheles mosquitoes, called malaria vectors, which bite mainly between dusk and dawn. They added non immune travellers from malaria free areas are very vulnerable to the disease when they get infected. Dr Wasim Khawaja from Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) said that parents and caretakers of children needed to realize that it was their moral, ethical and religious obligation to ensure their children were protected against diseases and disability through completion of the immunization course. He said media persons should play their vital role in motivating families and communities to avail the free vaccination service against the diseases available in the hospital.

He said that malaria is an acute febrile illness, adding, in a non immune individual, symptoms appear seven days or more usually 10 to 15 days after the infective mosquito bite. Dr Khawaja said the first symptoms like fever, headache, chills and vomiting may be mild and difficult to recognize as malaria. If not treated within 24 hours, malaria can progress to severe illness often leading to death, he added. He said children with severe malaria frequently develop one or more of the symptoms like severe anaemia, respiratory distress in relation to metabolic acidosis, or cerebral malaria. He said in adults, multi organ involvement is also frequent while in malaria endemic areas, persons may develop partial immunity, allowing asymptomatic infections to occur. He said malaria epidemics can occur when climate and other conditions suddenly favour transmission in areas where people have little or no immunity to malaria.—APP

Irrigation Dept fails to curb water theft SHER GONDAL M ANDI B AHAUDDIN —Irri-

dards in Higher Education, formulation of the Plan of Ahmed Bakhsh Lehri on the Action. Director UNESCO Dr Kouze Kay Nagata said United Nations institutions in Pakistan are aimed to reduce poverty and equip the citizens with the power of knowledge with focus on marginalized communities. She said education is a key to achieve progressive social transformation and poverty reduction can only pave the way toward sustainable national economic growth. She said UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has launched global initiative occasion said education is for education to enrol every important to address the is- child into school. Dr Nagata sues of food security, climate said this year, the upcoming change, poverty, terrorism. International Literacy Day

to provide every child right his or her due right to education. She said UNESCO has provided technical assistance for preparing the NPA and it would ensure enrollment of 25 million out of school children of primary and secondary age group. She congratulated the Islamabad Capital Territory and Sindh province for adopting Article 25-A and working for its implementation. She also hoped that the other provinces would also take steps for implementation of this article. She emphasized on increasing spending on education upto four or five percent of GDP in the coming years.—NNI

Drive against gas, power thieves continues

Theft detected in 3 factories S IALKOT —The district ad- electricity theft on 052- SNGPL engineers and elite ministration has detected gas and electricity theft of Rs 43 million during a special campaign. District Coordination Officer (DCO) Iftikhar Ali Sahu expressed these views in a district taskforce meeting on Tuesday. The DCO said the campaign against gas and electricity theft would be intensified on the orders of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. He said theft of gas and electricity could not be controlled without support of people and citizens could provide information about gas and

9250456.He said action would be taken immediately and the name of the informer would remain confidential. He said police had arrested 58 accused for stealing electricity and gas registered 72 cases against them. Faisalabad: The antitheft squad under the supervision of District Coordination Officer (DCO) Najam Ahmad Shah detected three gas theft cases in different factories here. A spokesman of the local district government told here that the antitheft squad along with

force conducted raid at an ice factory on FaisalabadJaranwala Road and unearthed heavy gas pilferage in the factory. He said that factory owners Khawaja Maqsood and Khawaja Aman Ullah were stealing gas worth Rs 5-6 million annually by putting a direct connection on main gas pipelines to run two heavy duty generators, big electric motors and other machinery in the factory. The raiding team also took into custody the apparatus being used for gas theft.—APP

Minister for welfare projects across KP P E S H AWA R —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Tourism, Sports and Museum Mehmood Khan Tuesday said that the government will initiate different uplift projects to ameliorate the lot of poor segment of the society. He said that the government after the assuming the power was working around the clock to improve socio economic condition of down trodden, maintain supremacy of law and good governance. He was talking to a group of people of Swat here at his office.

The Minister said PTI led government was against corruption and favouritism and the change has now started visible. Mehmood Khan said that different projects related to agriculture, roads, communication and energy besides education and health are being launched in Swat. *** Khyber Medical University (KMU) Peshawar being the largest and sole public sector medical university of the province has been actively involved with the Associations

of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) for the hepatitis control and awareness particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In this connection KMU is organizing a symposium in joint collaboration with Health Department of KP and APPNA here at a local hotel on Wednesday. Shaukat Ali Yousafzai Minister of Health KP will be the chief guest while acting Vice Chancellor KMU Prof. Dr Shad Mohammad will be the guest of honor in the opening session of the symposium.—APP

gation department is not functioning properly to curb continuous water theft. Muhammad Inayat Gondal advocate said that on 19-72013 on his request AC Mandi Bahauddin he went to check water theft on Moga Number 38401/L Rajbah Mangat and found water being stolen with the help of pipe in the presence of SDO and lower staff of irrigation department. SDO took the pipe that was transmitting three times more water that the capacity of one Moga. AC reported the matter to DCO who further forwarded ton Executive Engineer Gujrat for proper action in the light of detailed report of AC. Despite this no action has been taken against the irrigation officials and beneficiaries of stolen water. He said the water shareholders at tale have been deprived of their due share of water. He urged CM Punjab to take notice of water theft that is taking place with the connivance of irrigation officials and direct CHAMAN: Levies jawan stand alert in the squad vehicles for the security of the NATO action against all those in- and US vehicles supply, crossing into Pakistani side of the Pak-Afghan border from volved in this heinous crime. Kandahar towards Karachi port.

CNG fitness checking campaign too slow! I SLAMABAD —The Hydro- Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan sticker that is valid for one sticker through SMS to 8028. use of CNG kits in vehicles, carbon Development Institute of Pakistan’s (HDIP) campaign to verify fitness of CNG vehicles is moving at a very slow pace, verifying only 15,000 vehicles so far, across the country. “People frequently verified their vehicle’s fitness and due to strict measures adopted by the authorities after cylinder blast incidents, the number of verified vehicles grew; but now things are moving at a snail’s pace,” an official of the HDIP told APP on Tuesday. The official said that PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Shaukat Yousafzai checking regpeople in Khyber ister during his inspection visit of Molvi Amir Shah Hospital.

and Sindh were showing laxity in getting their vehicles verified, due to the lenient approach of the traffic police. HDIP Officer Incharge Rao Abdul Rehman said that the vehicles were put to verification process at specific workshops; while those which did not qualify were given a grace period. Answering a question, he said that 112 workshops are working throughout the country to check the fitness of 3.5 million public and private CNG vehicles, which are then issued a fitness

year. Regarding the verification process in the federal capital, he said the first verification sticker was issued on June 5 and around 30-40 CNG vehicles visit on a daily basis, but only 10 to 15 vehicles qualify for the fitness token. He said the residents of Islamabad can get their vehicles checked at the HDIP CNG Station at F7/4. After checking a vehicle, a sticker is issued, which is valid for one year. He said the details of the vehicles could be verified by sending the code on the

The checking fee was Rs 1,000 per vehicle, which was valid for one year. All the relevant departments, including the traffic police, were also actively participating to ensure verification of the CNG vehicles, he added. He also appealed to the media to play a proactive role in creating awareness among masses to test fitness of their vehicles for their own safety. According to details, the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has been ordered to strictly ensure rules and regulations regarding

particularly those carrying children, and the Islamabad traffic police are issuing tickets to vehicles for using poor quality CNG kits. The decision was made in a meeting of the Islamabad deputy commissioner with the representatives of Hydro Carbon Development Institute, CNG associations and Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP). It was also decided that vehicles will also be checked at the CNG stations apart from checks conducted by ITP and Islamabad police.—APP

RTIO to play key role in curbing corruption Peace in Karachi

This he said while ad- access to information. mation Officer where none of plication, he could contact the nance was the first agenda P E S H AWA R — K h y b e r He said with this law ev- the applicants would be asked information commission. He item of the provincial governISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Wa- Pakhtunkhwa Secretary In- dressing a seminar on Right

ter and Power Khwaja Muhammad Asif said that government would take all political parties on board for maintaining peace in Karachi. He said that the government will evolve consensus among all the political parties for maintaining law and order situation in the country. The minister said that the federal government was providing all kind of cooperation to the province for curbing criminal activities in the commercial hub city. Talking to media he said that the government would demonstrate political will in attending the Cabinet meetings to maintain law and order situation in Karachi. He said that continuous democratic process was needed to resolve all the issues including terrorism. Replying to another question, he said that Cabinet meeting would take final decision regarding steps for peace in Karachi. Khwaja Asif said that all political parties wanted strict action against the criminals without any discrimination to ensure government’s writ. Earlier, talking to reporters at party’s Krishan Nagar office on Tuesday, PML-N central leaders Mohammed Mehddi and Tariq Mehmood Gill said that trouble in Karachi has taken a serious turn and if prompt solution was not sought, the situation would aggravate. They said, it is a welcoming sign that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was presiding over a cabinet meeting on Karachi situation. Since, they said, he (Nawaz) is a true patriot and popular leader, he would be able to evolve a strategy to bring peace in Karachi. “Early peace in Karachi is must to frustrate elements lurking to damage Pakistan,” they added.—APP

formation and Public Relations Azmat Hanif Orakzai has said that access to information was the due right of every human being and the KP Right to Information Ordinance (RTIO) will play a key role in the provision of relief to the people, developing good governance and curbing corruption. It will make the public bodies transparent, besides making the accountability drive a success and above all making access of the people to the basic information.

to Information Ordinance arranged by the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) at a local hotel in Peshawar on Tuesday. The purpose of the seminar was to practically implement the RTIO and to initiate drive to apprise the public of its advantages. Azmat Hanif Orakzai said their religion Islam and the Constitution of Pakistan has given them the right to access to information and according to aims objectives of the law everybody could get

ery citizen could get information from those public bodies which were being run on the public funds or working for the welfare of the people. He said under this ordinance none of the applicant could be refused to have access to information and record he wanted. He said any type of information could be given to the applicants except those where there were certain legal acceptations. Azmat Hanif Orakzai said that the applicant would submit his written application on plain paper to the Public Infor-

about the reason for getting the required information. He said the officer concerned would be bound to provide receipt to the applicant and would provide the demanded information within ten days of the receipt of the application. He said if the applicant required information regarding security to life and liberty, then the same information would be arranged within two days. The secretary information said if the applicant was not satisfied with the info so far provided to him in response to his ap-

said this commission would consist of three persons. He said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Ordinance was better than those implemented in other countries. He said the ordinance would not only bring transparency in the public bodies but would also play a vital role in the disposal of matters of national interests. He said the good impacts of the RTIO would be felt on the lives of the common man as well. He said the Right to Information Ordi-

ment and the Information Department wanted its completion in letter and spirit. He said on the implementation of the Right to Information Ordinance poverty, frustration, lawlessness etc would vanish from the society. However, he underscored the need for initiating a strong public awareness campaign in this regard. He said through workshops, seminars, meetings and media in all the districts a campaign would be made for the purpose.—APP

Dengue virus control

Fumigation equipment dispatched to Swat PESHAWAR—Director Health

CM visits police station Staff Reporter PESHAWAR —Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak paid a surprise visit to police station University Town Peshawar and checked all the records of the police station. He met the detainees and got information about their detention. Members Provincial Assembly Ishtiaq, Urmar, Khaliq-uz-Zaman, Yousaf Arif, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Sheraz Paracha and Chief Minister Security Officer, Zaibullah Khan also accompanied the chief minister. SSP operation Hussain Khan, SP Cantt Faisal Kamran and ASP Town Rana Umar Farooq also arrived at the police station. Talking on this occasion, the Chief Minister stressed upon the police personnels to bring about a positive change in their attitude towards the general public so that the trust of the public in police could be restored and people could feel a sense of security. Police should greet the people coming to police station to register their complaints and seeking help of police with a smile and deal with them in an honourable manner; the Chief Minister fur- BAHAWALPUR: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif visiting the medical relief camp for flood affectees. ther stressed. While expressing his satisfaction on the overall performance of the town police station Mr. Khattak directed the police officers to surprise visit the police stations under their control on regular basis and report to the high ups accordingly. On this occasion SHO, Town Police Station, Sardar Hussain briefed the Chief Minister about the performance of Smart Cards for Children section 9 of NADRA Ordi- parentage orphanage will STAFF REPORTER the police station. also, an official told APP here nance 2000. With the provide an affidavit stating completion of registration the supposed names of ISLAMABAD —The National on Tuesday. Corruption free society Empowering socially des- process of orphanages, no parents. Mobile teams are Database and Registration Our Correspondent Authority (NADRA) has is- titute children with identity individual (orphan) can be busy to register orphanH AFIZABAD —State Minister for Na- sued around 1000 smart was a long-standing initia- deprived of his fundamental ages all across country to tional Health Services, Regulation and cards free of cost to the or- tive of NADRA, which now right as ensured in the con- finalize the process of isCoordination, Saira Afzal Tarar said that phans residing in registered has eventually seen a pros- stitution of the country. suance of Smart Card to corruption would be rooted out from the orphanages houses. After pect of success of the project, Orphanage must be reg- such children. society and stern action would be taken the successful launch of he added. Now children with- istered under Federal ProAll the registered oragainst the corrupt elements. Address- Chip based Smart National out known parentage will vincial orphanage Act, and phanages have been elecing the meeting of newly-constituted Identity Card (SNIC) for have the fundamental right to orphanage will have to tronically linked with District Coordination Committee, she adults, the Authority has be the citizen of the country provide CNIC of the guard- NADRA system. NADRA is stressed the need for concrete steps started the issuance of and get an identity under ian. In case of unknown also working to put vaccinaimproving service delivery promptly. tion record, orphanage/ She warned that those found negligent guardian information, educaor taking little interest in the implementations of welfare tion record and other vital agenda of the present government would be shown zero information on Smart Card tolerance. She directed the officers to be punctual in ofChip. fices and education institutions for their better functioning. She also stressed the need for surprise visits of hospitals for improving their functions to ensure better treatment to the ailing humanity. Newly-appointed DCO P E S H AWA R —Khyber Mansoor Qadir assured the minister that he and his team Pakhtunkhwa Minister for would leave no stone unturned to improve the performance Health Shaukat Yousafzai of different departments and utilize development funds would chair the first monthly with the consultations of public representatives. Later, the review meeting on polio minister visited the village Jurian of Shaheed Capt. Sarfraz eradication on September A H RAO Khan and expressed her sympathies with his father (Retd) 5th, at Health Secretariat. The Subedar Maj Mansib Ali Khan and other family members. meeting would be held on M IRPUR —A national help She said that she and the nation was proud of the young monthly basis with a view to line on the issue has been Shaheed Capt. for making supreme sacrifice while defendgive an update on implemen- launched by the forced maring the homeland. MNA Mian Shahid Hussain Bhati, MPAs tation of National Emergency riage unit at Home Office Malik Fayyaz Ahmad Awan, Ch. Action Plan (NEAP) for Po- London in order to discourlio Eradication in Khyber age the menace of the issue Pakhtunkhwa besides re- of forced marriages through viewing the current status civil legislature and with the and issues confronted to ex- coordination of the civil sopanded programme on immu- ciety. This was disclosed nization (EPI) in the province. here yesterday by Ms. **** Victoria White, the visiting The provincial minister for Caseworker of the British Industries, Commerce and Foreign & Common Wealth Labour Bakht Baidar Khan office in London while adTuesday called on the Khyber dressing a news conference Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Engi- here on Tuesday during her neer Shaullah at Governor’s day-long official trip to this House here. He remained with city of over a million Britainthe Governor for sometime based Kashmiri expatriates. and discussed matters pertainThe British diplomat was ing to the role and services accompanied by Albert which the department has been rendering for well being of the people of the province. The minister also highlighted salient features of the ongoing development projects as well as the future planning upon which the proPESHAWAR: Activists of different unions of students vincial government is contemchanting slogans during a protest demonstration in front plating to streamline.—APP of Cantt Railway Station.

NADRA issues 1000 smart cards to orphans

Polio eradication review meeting tomorrow

Services FATA, Dr Pervaiz Kamal Khan has said that medical professional of the Directorate has been stationed in Swat and two fumigation machines have also been dispatched to control the outbreak of dengue virus. He said that all the necessary fumigation equipment have been handed over to District Administration to strengthened dengue preventive measure in the area. He said that the medical professional of FATA Secretariat have been directed to ensure their presence till the eradication of the virus from the area. Earlier, a seminar on the ‘Role of Dengue Fever and its Prevention’ was organised at the Saidu Medical College auditorium hall here.

Dr Irfan, expert on ‘Dengue’ presented different technical aspects of the dengue fever and briefed the audience on the anti-dengue campaign which had been launched by Punjab government during year 2011 and 2012. He highlighted the experiences of Punjab government that how to control dengue virus. He further informed the participants about the directions of World health Organization to start anti- dengue activities. Army Doctor, Colonel Aijaz shared his experience with participants on the occassion and said that it will take time to eliminate Dengue from the area. Beside the seminar, an awareness walk was also carried out for Dengue sefety measures by district administration.—APP

Rain at isolated places likely I SLAMABAD—The Meteoro- are continuously penetrating logical Department on Tuesday forecast rain-thundershower at isolated places of most parts of the country; however, rain-thundershower is likely to lash isolated places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Malakand, Hazara, Bannu, Kohat divisions and Kashmir. Khyber Pakthunkhwa including Malakanad and Hazara divisions during next 24 hours. According to Met Office here, Bannu and Kohat divisions are also likely to receive rainthundershowers during the said period due to season low lied over North Balochistan and adjoining areas. Moreover, weak monsoon currents from the Arabian sea

into upper parts of the country whereas a shallow westerly wave is also prevailing over upper parts of the country. Mainly hot and humid weather

is expected in most parts of the country; however, rain-thundershower is also expected at isolated places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore and Sargodha divisions and Kashmir. The weather of Abbottabad.—APP

National helpline to discourage forced marriages in UK David, Consular Operations in the British High Commission and Mrs. Neelam Farooq, head of Consular Operations, British High Commission Islamabad and other two-member official team of the experts from the BHC. She pointed out least 47 percent of the total of 1500 cases of forced marriages from various countries, registered with the Forced Marriage Unit of the British Home office in London, belong to Pakistan, mostly Azad Jammu & Kashmir She pointed out that as a result of a successful campaign of raising awareness among the people especially the stake holders, a considerable decline in the cases of forced mar-

riages in UK has been experienced and people use to avoid to suffer the menace – which, she pointed out, is also discouraged in the religion of Islam. Victoria pointed out that Bangladesh is at the 2nd number with 11 percent of cases and India is at No. 3 with 8 percent of the cases of forced marriages registered with Forced Marriage Unit of the British Foreign & commonwealth Office so far. Other countries include Iraq Afghanistan, Somalia and some African countries from where the cases of the forced marriages faced by the British nationals, landed in the Forced Marriage Unit, she added.

Kashmiris know who is behind communal clashes ISLAMABAD—Senior APHC occupation of India and how erupted in Gool, Ramban and leader and Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabbir Ahmad Shah has said that the people of Kashmir are “politically mature to distinguish between the election politics and freedom struggle.” According to Kashmir Media Service, Shabbir Shah in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “India is forcibly occupying Kashmir since 1947.” “The of Kashmiris know how many lives they have sacrificed against the forced

much brutalities they had tolerated,” Shah said adding “They also understand that the authorities by arresting pro-freedom leaders are trying to suppress the freedom movement.” “Kashmiris also understand that those parties involved in election politics are strengthening the imperialistic propagandas of India under the garb of democracy,” he said. “Kashmiris also know who were behind the communal clashes that

Kishtwar and who targeted Muslims by adopting partial approach,” he added. The DFP chief while applauding the political intellect of Kashmiris said “whenever situation turned worse for movement, they sacrificed everything for its sake.” Shah, while warning pro-Indian politicians, said Kashmiri people would never let the sacrifices go waste and “they will never prefer roads, parks and music concerts over HYDERABAD: Markets were closed in the city during strike called by JSQM rejecting the medical report about the cause of death of party leader Bashir Qureshi. freedom.—APP

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ET another case has been registered against former President Pervez Musharraf in connection with the Lal Masjid operation and the killings there. The FIR was registered on the orders of Islamabad High Court. It is the latest in a series of charges dating back to Musharraf’s 19992008 rule, which the retired General has been facing since March this year when he opted to return to Pakistan from self-imposed exile. The former President is already booked on charges of involvement in the murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Nawab Akbar Bugti, high treason for subverting the Constitution and Judges detention cases and who knows there may be others in the pipeline against him. These cases against the former President and Retired Army Chief, we believe, are bound to open a Pandora’s box because he was Head of State and one cannot imagine that he would have ordered the murder of people for which he has been charged. Such actions are taken by officials dealing with law and order and it looks rather odd that at a time when Pakistan is facing a number of crucial issues including militancy, internal instability, tattering economy and border security, perhaps a distracting phenomenon is being created. It is a dilemma that no body is questioned when he is at the helm of affairs but when he is ousted all sorts of charges are levelled against him. People start filing petitions about one act or the other of the former ruler, either to get justice or to gain publicity in a high profile case. Isn’t it the duty of a Government in office to protect the sovereignty of the state, provide security to the people, enforce writ of the government, maintain law and order and counter any mischievous attempt to create a state within state. Now as the economic hub of the country, Karachi is burning and there is an alarming situation of failing law and order in the city where pockets of states within state have been created, is it advisable for the Government stay idle and do nothing? And if the Government decides to launch an operation, to establish the writ of law, and some people are killed in the crossfire, will there be any justification to file cases against the government functionaries and commanders managing operation to put the things in order?

Is SC stepping in executive’s arena? T

HE Supreme Court, on Monday, gave landmark directions to the Federal Government giving deadline of 10 days for appointment of Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and 30 days for auctioning of the much-delayed auction of 3-G spectrum. A three-member Bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary, observed that the country has suffered hugely due to uncalled for delay in the auction of the spectrum and that the PTA’s composition should be completed to kick-start the process. It is a fact that it was only after taking cognisance of many important issues by the Supreme Court that the Governments of the day abandoned their inaction and moved to implement measures in the interest of the country and the nation. There are numerous such instances and 3G auction is one such issue that remains pending for about five years just because of lack of commitment, sincerity and transparency on the part of the PPP Government. The present Government has vowed to expedite the process and in fact, the budgetary proposals envisage prospective income from the auction but unfortunately there is no move in sight towards achievement of the objective. Hopefully, the intervention of the court would sensitise the relevant authorities and they would make transparent moves for auctioning of the spectrum that would generate income for the Government and help introduce latest technology for users of telecom services. But the court decision has also prompted a debate whether or not the Judiciary is stepping in the domain of the Executive. Some analysts believe that appointment of Chairman PTA and auction of the 3-G spectrum are purely the realm of the Executive and the Judiciary should not intervene in such executive matters. We believe that Pakistan is passing though a sort of transition and that the new Government is making headways to clear the back-log of the past, it should be given a chance to take such actions without any outside pressures.

US to leave back a burning Afghanistan W

HAT happened in Afghanistan on Monday is a clear indication of the environs in which the United States is going to leave back the unfortunate country — burning, bloodshed and chaos. Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen dressed as Afghan police attacked a US base and set 41 of parked supply vehicles ablaze. The United States has already announced timetable for withdrawal of the occupation troops and in the first phase unnecessary equipment, arms and vehicles are being sent back. Americans claim that they have completed their mission in Afghanistan but the continued violence and bloodshed speak otherwise. The only super power of the world might have accomplished the task of destroying the entire infrastructure of the country and killing of hundreds of thousands of people but as for as the stated goal of stability and peace is concerned, there is no indication that Afghanistan would see any such thing in the near future. Like Iraq, where sectarian war triggered by the US strategy is taking heavy toll. There are apprehensions that different ethnic groups of Afghanistan would continue to fight for gaining control of different parts of the country once foreign forces leave Afghanistan. Americans have also sidelined the majority ethnic population — Pushtoons — dubbing them as Taliban and handing over almost the entire governance and administration to minority groups, sowing seeds of tension in the country. Similarly, the United States is also bent upon assigning undue role to India in Afghanistan and as a consequence, there are fears, the country would again become a battleground of regional powers. Taliban still have significant presence in Afghanistan and the use of force has proved to be ineffective and therefore, it is important that the United States should initiate genuine dialogue aimed at creating consensus on the shape of the system that suits the country best.

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Indian administrative service officers to enforce illegal acts and suppress the critics. This was the time Kuldip Nayar when the thin line between right and wrong, moral and immoral was erased. Only a couple of officers HE Indian Administrative stood up against what was sheer Service (IAS) is at the apex dictatorship. Fear of punishment to run the country’s for disobedience made the administration. It replaced the Indian service servile. It was once a steel Civil Service (ICS) which was an frame but it has now turned into a instrument in the hands of the British seal frame. The Shah Commission, to rule over India. After appointed to look into the independence, there was serious excesses during the emergency, deplored how the thinking whether there should be an has all-India service at all. The states bureaucracy caved in. The wanted persons from their own area Commission has said: “The ethical considerations to administer. But, then Home Minister Sardar inherent in public behavior became Patel was particular to have an all- generally dim and in many cases India service to articulate the feeling beyond the mental grasp of many of of unity and to maintain the the public functionaries. Desire for diversities prevailing in the country. self-preservation as admitted by a The service would also, Patel number of public servants at various asserted, ensure that the Indian levels became the sole motivation for constitution remained supreme in the their official actions and behavior…” medley of pulls by different states. The service has not recovered from Two all-India services, Indian the carrots dangled before it during Administrative Service and Indian the emergency. In fact, it is going out Police Service (IPS), were of the way to placate the rulers. The constituted. They came to occupy latter, in turn, have rewarded those top positions in the states. This who did what the rulers wanted. The arrangement worked fairly well till malaise is largely because of two the early seventies when the rot reasons: one, the rulers do not respect started due to the Centre’s maniac the regulations and violate them to effort to concentrate power and the reap benefits for themselves and their states’ ambition to play politics parties; two, the IAS officers who are through civil servants. This has allotted to the states, have surrendered practicably nullified good because of threat of transfer or posting administration. The IAS has become to an unimportant position. Therefore, it is heartening to see, a glorified state service. The rulers use it in the manner when IAS officers like Durga Shakti they like. In real, the emergency is Nagpal from UP and Ashok Khemka the watershed. Then Prime Minister from Haryana, standing up against Indira Gandhi suspended the the wrongs the rulers wished them constitution and used the IAS to do. She has been suspended


because of stopping the illegal mining by sand mafia. The Samajwadi Party, ruling UP and placating the Muslim electorate, has justified her suspension, saying that she had endangered the communal harmony by ordering the demolition of an outside wall of a mosque. One, this is not true. Two, she was within her right to demolish any unauthorized structure on the government land. In a judgment, the Supreme Court has said that a place of worship should be pulled down immediately if the government land had been encroached upon. It is a pity that the Supreme Court rejected a public interest litigation (PIL) petition challenging her suspension. The court is technically correct that it cannot interfere in matters between the government and the employees. The Court had the opportunity to set right the rot. It should have realized the anger which swept through the country following action against the two officials. The support of IAS associations from some states and the trainees at Mussorie to Durga evokes hope that the service which has ingratiated itself with politicians may begin to assert itself as was the case before the emergency. The manner in which the three-member IAS officers’ committee endorsed the Haryana government casts shadow on the behavior of the service. The nation still hopes that the bureaucracy will make up for the deficiencies which the politicians, particularly belonging to the ruling party in a state or at the Centre, have created in the system. In many foreign countries, there

is a committee for civil service supervising the suspensions, transfers and promotions of officials. A similar committee can be constituted in India as well. The task can also be entrusted to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which is also the recruiting authority. The service itself will have to do introspection if officers were to act only on the basis of self-promotion. Today when the common man does not get even what is rightfully due to him, he is disillusioned with the entire system. True, politicians will continue to keep an eye on the electorate, but the IAS cannot afford to fall prey to their designs. A public functionary must display a degree of vigilance and willingness to sacrifice. The Gandhi dynasty should draw a lesson from the example of Feroze Gandhi, son-in-law of Jawaharlal Nehru. Feroz Gandhi would take up cases of corruption in parliament, even to the embarrassment of Nehru. He was so upright that he did not even live at the Prime Minister’s house but had a separate bungalow to which he was entitled as a member of parliament. It is another matter that Feroze Gandhi’s son, Rajiv Gandhi, got the atmosphere contaminated when, as the Prime Minister he bought the Bofors guns. Corruption of the dynasty has not lessened either in tone or tenor. Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, has created a stench. Coming back to the IAS, its name is in the mud. It must retrieve itself not only for the sake of the Durgas and Khemkas, but also for the public which is still hoping against hope that the service will

YRIA has come out with a rejoinder to the United States. In a swift and carefully worded statement, Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, who is considered to be very influential in the regime, said that Washington’s possible military action against Damascus would fuel terrorism worldwide, and come as a shot in arm for Al-Qaeda. Mekdad wasn’t playing to the gallery when he said this as he went on to correlate the rebels’ association with the United States, and blamed them squarely for the August 21 chemical attack in the suburbs of the capital. Mekdad has a strong point when he says that dreaded terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, who want to polarise the region and plunge it deep into warfare, will make use of this opportunity to further their nefarious designs. They are already stated to be regrouping in Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere — and in Syria where many of their affiliates are operative will bless them with a new lease of life to stage upfront attacks. This perspective will have an impact as US Congressmen debate the war proposition. This ensuing war of words between stakeholders in the conflict, namely the US and Syria, is making the war case more and more interesting. The point is if President Barack Obama’s intention is to secure the region from a dictatorial regime and its barbaric acts, then how safe will the world be if Al Qaeda starts operating in the shadows? Secondly, if the reigning Baath Party is so sure of rebels and its accomplices’ involvement in the August 21 toxic attack, this is the time to bring to fore evidences against the outfits and make a befitting case before the world. Comewhat may, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad has to honestly look into the proposition of standing down and making room for a peaceful transition of power. In both the cases, whether it is an attack from the West or continuation of the ongoing civil-strife, Syria is dying slowly.—Khaleej Times


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N an all encompassing, first speech since the general elections, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif admitted that the country’s institutions have failed on almost all fronts, including the war on terror. He thanked the people for expressing their confidence in him. But he said, “We should face reality that the country faces severe challenges”. This frank articulation is indeed a healthy sign. Real progress can only be made when the leadership is aware of and is willing to admit the existence of problems. This was the official acknowledgment of an otherwise open secret. Prime Minister’s assessment is also a mirror reflection of the grim situation portrayed by the ‘Annual Survey of Failed States’ covering 2012. This survey has recently appeared in ‘Foreign Policy’ magazine. Basing its calculations on data derived from elements like demographic pressure, refugees, public services, economic decline, factionalised elites, security apparatus etc, it places Pakistan in the 13th position with a total score of 102.9. Bangladesh stands at 24th with a score of 96.1, Sri Lanka at 25th with a score of 95.7 and India at 79th with 77.5. Any figure above 80 puts country in ‘critical’ category. While addressing the nation, the PM touched on issues ranging from power crisis and corruption to Pakistan’s relations with India, drone attacks and national security. He has rekindled the hope that his government, with the help of the people, will resolve all these issues. He said Pakistan is passing through a challenging phase and “we will have to take difficult and important

decisions”. He said that soon after taking over the government he had invited all political forces to join hands to steer the country out of its current problems and put it back on the track of development, and “now going one step ahead, offer dialogue to those elements which unfortunately have taken the course of extremism”. For over two months, Nawaz Sharif had put off the traditional inaugural address to the nation. The unofficial explanation was that he was taking a tour of the wonderland of the problems confronting the country and would come up with concrete action plan for handling all of them especially terrorism and energy crisis. His diagnosis was correct, but some of the offered solutions were hollow. Many analysts had opined that though the new government was aware of the existence of most of these problems, they had little idea of the breadth and depth of many of them. Unfortunately, this was true as confessed by the prime minister. He said that he only discovered the scale of the problems after assuming his office in June. Existence of this information black hole came as a disappointment to all well wishers of the country; the prime minster in waiting for the last five years should have been better informed. There is a need to institute measures to ensure dissemination of information to the government in waiting so it remains ready to step in shoes and start functioning without fumbling. We need to look into system of shadow ministers to overcome this difficulty. The prime minister was clearheaded about the problem of terrorism. He pointed out that fear had pervaded everyone, from lawenforcement agencies to the courts and to witnesses. He called for dialogue with the militants. He made

unconditional offer of coming to the table. However, he asserted in case a reasonable way out was not possible, his government would not hesitate to use force. This is indeed the correct approach. Most of countries have overcome the problem of terrorism through this two track approach. A fair chance should be given to those who wish to give up terrorism but find all exit doors shut. Moreover, this would help in building national consensus if option of hard power application becomes inevitable. Though Nawaz Sharif touched on every challenge country is facing, it was issue of energy about which he did a plain talk and told nation that a sudden and immediate solution was simply not possible. This was indeed a realistic assessment of situation. He was bold enough to state that addressing the curse of load shedding, would take five years as new projects will require several years before they start generation. “I am confident power crisis will be overcome in five years,” he said. In realm of foreign policy, he spoke of making significant departures from existing settings. On India, PM was far clearer and stronger, emphasising he sought improved ties for sake of people of region, despite the problems and perils exist. However, PM needs to realize not much of space is available to accommodate his wish list. India is not ready to cede space for such adjustments. He should launch a diplomatic campaign for evolving a regional approach for meeting challenges of post 2014 Afghanistan. In context of drone attacks, though he has conveyed his point of view to US side, concessions given by earlier govts may stand in his way. However, overall change in drone policy as unveiled in President Obama’s “Crossroads” speech provides a ray of hope such attacks could come to

an end within one year. PM’s assertion that he intends to take on problems of Baluchistan and use development as a tool to help tackle problems is quite encouraging. However, he needs to address governance vacuum; otherwise all development effort would go down drain. The outgoing govt had pumped in phenomenal funds, but nothing changed on ground. Likewise, he was concerned about frequent breakdown of law & order in Karachi. Karachi needs a wholesome treatment, starting from depoliticising law enforcement agencies & controlling gun running. Nawaz Sharif was also candid about the state of economy. Pakistan’s foreign debt, he said, had increased from Rs3,000 billion to Rs14,000 billion in 14 years. The government had to opt for more loans to pay the heavy instalments. He pointed out that the losses from state corporations amounted to Rs2.5 trillion in the last five years. Nevertheless, he will have to find out remedies for these poor performing strategic entities short of privatization. There is need to appoint hard core professionals for running these corporations and do away with the political appointees. Through his speech, PM Sharif has laid down his leadership style. The new government is suffering from slow syndrome. It certainly does not have unlimited time at its disposal. It will have to ensure that signs of improvement begin to show for themselves. It must reach out to the underlying causes leading to present impasse and avoid an approach of window dressing. The real test starts now, even if he could deliver partially on what he has pledged, the country would set out in the right direction. —The writer is Consultant Policy & Strategic Response, IPRI.

HE cure is proving to be as dangerous as the disease for emerging economies, including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This week, the Group of 20 significant global economies will be meeting in Russia. No matter the formal agenda — which includes better regulation of the international financial system — the summit will mainly be concerned about the volatility of emerging markets and the slowing growth of their economies. This is perhaps best reflected in the recent weakness of their currencies, with the Indian rupee and South African rand, among others, hitting record lows against the dollar. Federal Reserve, which has been stimulating the US and global economy by making easy money available to financial markets, has indicated that it will begin easing the programme as US economy shows clearer signs of recovery. As a result, investors are pulling their funds out of emerging markets and moving their money back to the perceived safety of the US economy and the strengthening dollar. Governments in some emerging markets are desperately casting around for ways to the tackle the perceived crisis. But, this is not to say that emerging economies do not have problems of their own making. They are running large trade and budget deficits and are often dragging their feet on tackling red tape, corruption and necessary economic and labour reforms. Dealing with these matters will help boost investor confidence in their economies and currencies. —Gulf News A truly great man never puts away the simplicity of a child. —Chinese Proverb

Democracy blessing or curse? of basic freedoms, lack of democracy, institutionalized and an economy that Shaukat M Zafar racism, remained almost bankrupt Email: due to irresponsible behavior of our leaders. Our so called leaders did not allow us to AKISTAN is a beautiful become a nation. Democracy and country- at least I think it is. I good governance are two sides of the coin. Legitimacy, say “I think” because while I same perceive it to be beautiful, I accountability, transparency and sometimes wonder if I mistake safety, inclusiveness are the cornerstones of security and normalcy for ‘beauty’. good governance that are non existent The Founders of the country intended in Pakistan. The strengthening of the to establish and maintain freedom, state and its institutions is the liberty and sovereign independence guarantee of political stability, peace in this country. Most of them wanted and democratic freedoms but the it an Islamic Democratic country. same had never been a priority of the They wanted average people to have so called political regimes. Our did nothing in equal opportunity, and they wanted leaders the people to be free and able to macroeconomic stability, essentially choose leadership that they deemed in respect of controlling liquidity wise, virtuous, and educated. As it is, pressure, price control, foreign we the people do not have free choice exchange management, monitoring and equal opportunity to choose who competitiveness indexes and represents us. We are presented with controlling the budget deficit. Pakistan belongs to all who live choices, and the basic choices we have are limited to candidates from in it, but they always remained organized partisan political parties hostage in few hands. In the recent that divide us. Our forefathers did past for instance, five years since the establish a balance of powers so called democratic government between the executive, judicial and came in. Since then lives of tens of legislative branches of government, millions of Pakistanis changed and what is known as checks and downwards forever. It’s difficult to balances of power which we removed believe. It feels like only yesterday gradually. The people of Pakistan we were sharing day to day activities have indeed come a long way to with the world. “Things will achieve democracy and freedom but improve immediately after ousting failed. Real democracy comes with the dictator” was slogan we heard real responsibility, and only by taking from PPP. We saw the things didn’t personal responsibility can we ever improve for at least five years rather realistically expect real change -- worsened forever. Apparently our that’s what democracy is all about. constitution lays the foundation for We have a history of a divided, a democratic and open society in unequal society based on hatred, which government is based on the discrimination, sectarianism, will of the people and every citizen inhuman treatment, religious is equally protected by the law and extremism, exploitation and total lack commits to human dignity, the


advancement of human rights to the improvement of the quality of life of all citizens and to free the potential of each person and to build a united, non-racial, and democratic and prosperous country able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the comity of nations, but physically it is still a dream for the people of Pakistan. We have seen corrupt and incompetent system. If we get a corrupt leader every now and then we are dealing with a flawed individual. But if we constantly, again and again, get corrupt leaders we are dealing with a flawed system. Our political system is now deeply flawed. The problem is that I cannot easily see how to improve or fix it. The most important thing to realize is that democracy is a tool, a means we use to achieve an end. Too many people now confuse it with the end itself. “Real Democracy” has come to mean something that is good, something everybody wants. But there is no rational reason to assume that democracy of universal suffrage is uniformly good and can be applied with equal success in all circumstances. The fulfillment of the Real Pakistani Dream would be having a government that is truly of the people, by the people and for the people — government that promotes the general welfare by using the common wealth for the common good, and ensures domestic tranquility, liberty, freedom, and justice for all the people. I am a strong supporter of democracy. But democratic government alone does not guarantee effective government. Today what is happening in our country has raised many questions about democratic form of

governance also. When I look at situation in Pakistan today, I can’t see democracy always ensures our liberty or prosperity, and here in Pakistan it functions so poorly that it threatens our very survival. People of Pak are lamenting the demise of democracy. Things which should be done by Parliament are being done by courts...this is reflection of weakening of democracy. Perhaps in order to ensure our continued existence, we need to supplement democracy with other tools in our toolkit. To some extent, the present government is doing well in most of the areas but it should generate new sources of income out of rich tax evaders instead of escalating energy prices every next week and also take steps to reduce the prices of essential commodities. The government should not be run like a business. Also, now is the time for all good, conscientious people to come together, to stand up and demonstrate their will to strengthen the hands of the government in its good deeds and strongly oppose the things detrimental to the interest of the people at large, to bring about a peaceful, nonviolent revolution and reformation and force the government to be truly of, for and by the people. For the average people who are the humble and meek of this world shall indeed inherit the earth. But it will not happen unless and until we make it happen. Another thing is that we will not have true democracy until we struggle to stop and prevent the power of money to influence political campaigns, or to influence our politicians, law-makers and policy makers, and fool people. —The writer is retired banker.

Indo-US accord and Pakistan Beenish Altaf Email:


EVERAL developments are taking place at regional and global levels that have posed serious concerns and apprehensions for Pakistan to think about them seriously. In this regard, one of the credential steps was the channelizing of strategic relationship among India (who is aspirant to become an Asian super power) and the US (global super power). This was the move that diverted the US interest in the region, sarcastically not less than 1800 e.g., from a heartily ally Pakistan to India. For this reason, several questions are being raised or asked by Pakistan on the respected forums to the international community and the so called law enforcing communities. That adds in it how the deal impacted to the regional security structure? Does it shattered or in any way disturbed the regional nuclear symmetry in the region? How adversely it impacted on Pakistan? And last but not the least does the so-called Indo-US civil nuclear cooperation was a benefit to the international nuclear nonproliferation regime as per the US? Addressing to a national seminar at Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) on ‘Indo-US Nuclear Deal and Pakistan: The Years Ahead’ on 28 June 2013, Raja Zafarul Haq, the leader of the house in the Senate said that “Pakistan would build upon its own

strengths to improve its nuclear capabilities for civil use and maintain a formidable defence and would also explore other avenues for the purpose. In addition he was of the view that Pakistan had been able to ride the tide and counter challenges posed to it since its inception.” In this context Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline (IP) and Turkmenistan-AfghanistanPakistan-India gas pipeline (TAPI) are no doubt efforts append the cause. Khalid Rehman, DG IPS reckoned the significant ‘economic impact Indo-US nuclear deal would have on Pakistan with cheap power generation through nuclear power plants coming online by 2016 that will bring down the per unit electricity cost to approximately five to six rupees in India, providing huge competitive advantage to the industry there; whereas cost of electricity unit in Pakistan will be more than twenty rupees per unit.’ However, analyzing the US gains four years post-deal, are not much as the US could not be able to made up from India, the conditions that the US put before the deal finally inked in up — Sept 2009. Since for this purpose, it was not only international laws that were waivered or violated but the US had also amend its domestic laws as well. It’s the US ‘grand strategy’ to invest in India for helping it to become South Asian giant (both economically and militarily) as a part of an ‘anti-China coalition.’ Recounting the doublestandards in the Indo-US nuclear deal, India fulfils none of the US

obligations except of an additional protocol by the IAEA. More alarmingly eight out of 24 Indian power reactors had been kept outside the IAEA’s safeguards that are breeder reactors which are capable of producing weapon grade plutonium. It is adversely effecting the security situation of South Asia since the military asymmetry disturbs among both nuclear rivals of the region. Paradoxically Pakistan is not indulged /involved in any arms race nor even it wants too, it’s just that Pakistan is maintaining its Minimum Credible Deterrence (MCD) required by the given situation or scenarios that force Pakistan to do so no matter by what means. Pakistan — TNWs plays a very prominent and stabilizing role in this regard. Well, currently Pakistan is actively projecting and promoting its efforts in the nuclear non proliferation, nuclear security and energy sectors. For which Pakistan’s current two power plants are operational—Chashma I and II that are fully under IAEA safeguards and the upcoming Chashma III and IV are too, be intended under the complete IAEA inspections. This is the focal point where the supplier groups should see the difference between the two. Concluding instead of raising apprehensions on the legal Pak-China cooperation, other NSG could also initiate civil cooperation with Pakistan on the bases of operating under the IAEA umbrella. Apart from the IAEA debate nevertheless Pakistan is too a nonNPT state like India, it does not also

qualify for civil cooperation among NSG, but if the criteria-based approach is adopted by the NSG Pakistan fits in legally. Tariq Osman Hyder alleged that Pakistan wants a relationship based on reciprocal respect with India and had been advocating a strategic restraint regime aiming at nuclear restraint, conventional balance and dispute resolution but Indian response has been disappointing. Conversely, India is hardening its position and is further developing its combat capabilities with cooperation of other countries.” Although Pakistan had been proposing against Missile Defense Program in the region nonetheless it was left with no alternative other than to further improve its deterrence. Hyder termed ‘the new Indian military doctrine as dangerous and observed that it circumvented the agreements between Pakistan and India and was clearly offence-oriented. Hitherto it is quite evident that nonproliferation means nothing to the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Therefore if the NSG wants to save its very standing and its credibility it should adopt a ‘non-discriminatory, criteriabased approach’ while extending its nuclear cooperation with other countries otherwise the ongoing efforts to bring India into its trade hub would truly ruin its objective and focus of establishment. —The writer is Research Associate, associated with the Strategic Vision Institute (SVI).

Views From Abroad

Don’t break law to swipe at Assad Noah Feldman


OMBING Syria for using chemical weapons against its own citizens would violate international law as it currently exists — let’s get that straight. But that doesn’t answer the question of whether the US should do it anyway. Some evils are so great that righting them requires violating laws that are inadequate to the situation, such as when the US broke the same international law by bombing Serbia in 1999 to stop what looked a lot like genocide in Kosovo. The real question is: Should we break international law to send the symbolic message use of chemical weapons violates, well, international law? The legal analysis is surprisingly simple. If the United Nations Security Council authorizes force, international law allows it. Otherwise, unless acting in selfdefence, a country or a group such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has no right to attack another. The UK government issued a statement to the effect that international law recognizes a right

to intervene proportionately when many lives are being lost — a version of what is sometimes called the international responsibility to protect, or R2P. The biggest trouble with this argument — the United Kingdom also used it when NATO bombed Kosovo — is that it doesn’t appear in any treaty or any definitive statement of international law. The British lawyers might say that customary international law recognizes this right after the Kosovo bombings. But custom is supposed to become law when all or almost all states agree with it. And as we can plainly see from the Russian and Chinese opposition to bombing Syria, not everyone agrees. Even after Kosovo, the US and UK went to the Security Council to seek authorization for bombing and then invading Iraq. The same was true of bombing Libya. Illegality under international law shouldn’t end the discussion, however. Laws are made to be broken — especially international laws that create the possibility of horribly immoral results under some conditions. It would be monstrous to stand by and let hundreds of thousands or millions of people die preventable deaths

because, say, Russia vetoes action in the Security Council. The bombing of Kosovo was justifiable in moral terms — the saving of innocent lives — even if it was (cough, cough) illegal. If genocide in Rwanda or Bosnia or Cambodia or German-occupied Europe could have been prevented by unlawful intervention, it would have been the right thing to do. What is more, doing the right thing enough times might eventually change international custom so that the law does in fact change to allow or even require protecting the vulnerable. But violent disobedience of the law shouldn’t be undertaken lightly. International law exists because its serves the interests of states and people. Almost all the time, it deserves to be followed. Breaking it weakens respect for the rule of law itself. It makes our treaties less meaningful and our commitments less firm. Breaking it makes us all a little less secure and safe. It would be worth violating international law to save hundreds of thousands of lives in Syria — if we were confident we could actually do so. But that isn’t the Obama administration proposal. Instead, the

US and UK are talking about bombing in limited ways, with the goal of deterring further use of chemical weapons by Assad or other bad actors in the world. It’s unclear whether the deterrent would work, of course. US President Barack Obama’s warning about “red lines” obviously failed. But even assuming Assad and others might be deterred, is it worth the violation of international law to create this limited deterrence? Would enough lives be saved to justify the cost? Numbers can’t fully answer this moral problem. Logic, however, can help. What’s wrong with weapons of mass destruction isn’t just that they kill lots of people. Assad has killed many thousands more of his citizens by conventional means. No, such weapons are particularly hateful because they violate international law. For more than a century we have realized that chemical or biological attacks are bad for everybody in war — which is why almost all nations on Earth signed treaties banning them. The writer is a law professor at Harvard University. — Courtesy: The Japan Times

Voice of the People Exclusion of national heroes from textbooks YASIR FEROZ


o join Armed Forces of Pakistan is a dream of about every growing kid of a patriotic family. Many of them prefer to join “ARMY”, because from the very first day of independence, army played a vital role in protecting country’s integrity and sovereignty. Those blessed soldiers who successfully achieve their first aim, soon think about their next target ie “Martyrdom.” The number of the Commissioned officers who embraced martyrdom is higher than other countries of the world, because our officers knows the rule of “ Leading From The Front.” For the last few days, I am consistently thinking about the decision of Punjab Text Book Board, for excluding our highest military award recipients from the textbooks. Today I am feeling guilty, I don’t know why or textbook boards are determine to keep our younger generations ignorant about our heroes. Such steps taken by different Boards were also seen in past when there were Quranic Verses, accounts of the companions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and our great names in history were removed from different courses. This trend should be stopped in future for the sake of our next generations. —Karachi

The merits of democracy ALI ASHRAF KHAN The US seems unable or unwilling to learn the lesson from its so many unsuccessful wars in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. Syria is the next on their agenda despite a dismal economy and growing poverty in America. Surprisingly, it was British people who historically and more recently have their own experiences with lost wars. This time they have understood the writing on wall much better and have therefore, decided not to be a part of another debacle no matter what. The decision of the people has been accepted by the British Government; it was David Cameron’s black day when he who had been one of the most ardent war mongers had to declare that he had been wrong and the British people wanted something else than he did. And he had the stomach to accept defeat and bowed to the will of the voters. This has weakened the chance of a military intervention considerably with Germany also refusing now to take part in a military operation in Syria. Russia is also sticking by her guns and vowing to block a UNSC resolution, is sending war ships into the Mediterranean and has already warned these war mongers to be prepared to face the consequence. Hopefully Obama will understand this, and also refrain from making another mistake. In such case voice of people – if and when listened to will prevent a disaster. This is what democracy could do if it functions properly. Lessons from this could be learned by all who pay attention to Human dignity. —Karachi

Place of women in our society ATIYA TARIQ Women are the most respectable in all the ways. If she is a sister, she is a source of strength for her brothers, if she is daughter she is source of forgiveness for his parents, if she is wife she is a good companion for her husband, so in all the relations Islam has given an honorable status to the women. Women in society are important as men. In fact both men and women make it possible for society to exist and progress. The position of women in out society, On the whole, is not very satisfactory. Most of our women living in the villages are uneducated they do not have the rights which the men enjoys in the rural society. Very few women enjoy independent position as owner of land and property. They depend upon their husbands of the person looking after their families. Women in villages can not often marry as they like. Women in cities are in somewhat in better position some of them can, of course, get educated and can marry after their choice. But women in poor families like those of laborers or wages earners live like village women. Most of them works hard in their small and dirty houses server their husband and take care their children and live in quite helpless conditions. We should give enough opportunities to our women to work in different fields of life within the Islamic limits. We should give the right place to our woman in society. Only then we can make proper progress as a nation. —Via email

Alarming global warming QURAT-UL-AIN SHAHZAD Global warming is becoming one of the major problems of the world. Global warming is the increase in average temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere. Many scientists now believe that global warming is caused by human activities. Humans cut down trees, produce more waste through their many activities and actions. Therefore, people pollute the environment. Human beings burn fossil fuels such as oils, natural

gas, coal, wood products, and solid waste which produce carbon dioxide and excess of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causes or results in global warming. Therefore, environment scientists believe that one of the main causes of global warming is the overdose of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Forest destruction and population growth are related causes of global warming. Trees which are the largest known natural mechanism for removing carbon dioxide from the air are being mercilessly cut by people which result in the deforestation and subsequently lead to global warming. Trees possess a large storage space for carbon dioxide in their structure and when they are cut down as a consequence more and more carbon dioxide is not absorbed or stored by the trees. Thus, forest destruction only creates more heat and lead to global warming. There are simple things that an individual can do to decrease the causes and effects of global warming. By recycling things we can help reduce global warming. We can recycle and reuse paper, glass, plastic, and clothing items. By doing this we will be saving tree and wildlife which are used to make things for our every day needs. We can give more trees to the world which will give us more oxygen and neutralize the carbon dioxide. By planting a tree we can provide ourselves with oxygen while at the same time removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. —Lahore

Indian drama HASAN EHTISHAM India has produced another award winning drama last month. Drama was titled as “LoC killings: Pakistani soldiers joined with militants to attack India”. According to the script cast were as follow: hero role was played by Indian Military, villain character was carried out by Pakistan Army as usual, supporting role was performed by Indian Media (Oscar winning) and heroin was the famous RAW. Drama was so interesting that extras, Afghanistan and USA also had the central characters. However, drama was a good art work with obvious use of propaganda but was not best selling manuscript. Nevertheless India produced it and launched it to accomplish various objectives. In reality it was India who initiated the attacks. Soon after an air space violation by India, which PAF pushed back forcefully, the Indian media had come up with such a story of an attack on its military post on the LoC in Jammu sector. Indian media anchors literally shouted in live programmes on Pakistani analysts to stamp their arguments. I was stunned with such accusation by Indian anchors those who never accustomed with a journalist’s norms. Currently Pakistan has its own internal issues to deal with and has no room in its plate to confront abroad. Therefore, such an attack by Pakistan Army is out of question; as it can only offer a chance for the international media and diplomatic circles to wage malicious propaganda against Pakistan. There is a prospect of Indian violation of ceasefire that Congress leaders want to use anti Pakistan sentiment as a slogan for the upcoming election campaign to attract voters. This Indian intension is obvious through the reaction given by BJP on LoC violations. Opposition leader Yashwant Sihna moved a privilege motion against the Indian Defence Minister condemning him of misleading the nation over the conflicting statements issued on the killing of Indian soldiers at LoC. Poll panel chief of India’s BJP while addressing a mega rally in Hyderabad had accused the Congress of being only interested in vote-bank politics on LoC violations. This LoC violation done by Indian troops may also be aimed at serving India’s interests related to Afghanistan situation. Pakistan and USA are already cooperating in arranging peace talks to seek a peace agreement in Afghanistan. In this scenario, India sees its role in Afghanistan to be diminishing. The purpose of Indian incursion was also to divert the world’s attention from the human rights atrocities that are taking place within

Indian occupied Kashmir. Whatever the objectives behind this self created Indian drama, they are not getting the desire results. I hope once again a man with conscience will emerge and expose these fake accusations of Indian media about Pakistan Army. There are many personalities in India who are against Indian false flag operations against Pakistan, for instance Satish Verma who disclosed that Indian Government orchestrated terror attack on the Indian Parliament and the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai. —Islamabad

Media mash ANJUM SHAHEEN Media in any country has a significant role to play in the country’s success. Media has a strong influence on people’s attitude and behavior. And if I am talking about Pakistan then the role of Pakistani media has been in question for a long time. It’s a long debate that either our media are playing a positive role and educating the masses or destroying their mindset. Our film industry was already in critical dilemma and only producing sub-standard films which have limited viewership. Once in a blue moon a good movie is produced and obviously that is not enough for the whole industry. Pakistan viewers have to rely on foreign films. These movies impose their culture and traditions on us. Their norms are penetrated into the minds of our younger generation like slow poison. Pakistani film industry needs to raise its standards and should produce quality movies to attract educated people to the cinema and to counter this psychological warfare. The Pakistani drama has been very popular in South Asia but unfortunately it deteriorated and Indian drama serials followed by the imported Turkish drama are capturing the viewership of the TV sets. Private channels motivated by their commercial interests only are playing havocs with our culture and traditions which we were required to protect against the onslaught from across the border. Our TV channels were supposed to promote our Islamic traditions and Pakistani culture but unfortunately they started following foreign media content. Collective efforts are required to stop the cultural invasion. PEMRA should take action to regularize the stream of foreign and dubbed content on national private TV channels. The Government rightly emphasized on self-regulation but this is nowhere to be seen and now even common people are acknowledging that the media must operate within a reasonable framework. All I have to say is that if it is necessary to on air their content than it should be passed through some filters. As it is directly affecting our culture and not only our culture but local TV production industry. Nowhere in the world media is allowed to be used for only sensationalism and glamour that we witness on some of our channels. Pakistan is rich in culture as well as talent. There is just a need to utilize it in the best possible ways to support our industry and sustain it at the best level. —Lahore

Declaration of assets TABASSUM MAIRAJ “Police officers, SHO’s directed to declare assets.” A good decision by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government. It should be extended to other departments in KPK and should be followed by other Federal as well as Provincial Governments. —Islamabad

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PM: Geo-strategic From Page 1 testament of the everlasting bond of friendship that exists between China and Pakistan. I am confident that the defence cooperation between the two countries will grow from strength to strength in years to come and will be a source of improving peace, security and stability in region. Here I would also like to acknowledge Chinese cooperation in development of Gwadar Deep Water Port which has strengthened maritime infrastructure in Pakistan and opened new vistas of economic growth and prosperity in Baluchistan. I am sure that the port will become a major game changer visà-vis the trade and the economy of the region when rail and road routes from Makran coast to the Western region of China through Khunjrab are developed,” the Prime Minister said. Addressing the ceremony Naval Chief Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila said strong naval force is required to deal with the challenges being faced by the country.—NNI

Syria rebels armed From Page 1 During a meeting at the White House, the president assured Senator John McCain that after months of delay the US was meeting its commitment to back moderate elements of the opposition.—Telegraph

Telephonic From Page 1 throw light on the way-out of the Kashmir issue. Mohsin-i-Pakistan, Dr A. Q. Khan, former Law Minister, Mr S. M. Zafar, the Editor-in-Chief, Pakistan Observer & Chairman, NPC, Mr Zahid Malik, former Foreign Minister, Mr Gohar Ayub Khan, former Naval Chief Admiral (Retd) Abdul Aziz Mirza, Lt-Gen (R) Hamid Gul, Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council, Maulana Tahir Ashrafi and former Chairman, PTCL & Senior Vice Chairman NPC, Mian Mohammad Javed ill also address RTC. A large number of Kashmiris will attend the RTC to listen to the address of Mirwaiz which will be at Aiwan-i-Quaid at 4.00 p.m.

Peace in Karachi at all costs From Page 1 good of the people. We would not allow our motherland to be destroyed at the hand of outlaws, we will use every possible strategy to bring stability to the country. He expressed his confidence that the day is not far away when the glorious past of Karachi being a city of lights would be restored very soon, inshallah he said with a firm tone. Regarding issue of terrorism, extremism and even issues with India he said “ we would like to resolve the issues with dialogue.” On the issue of load shedding and energy crisis, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the government is committed not only to bridging the gap of 5000mw shortfall at the earliest but also to go for a grand target of 50,000 mw to meet the growing need of energy which is vital for growth and stability of the national economy. Addressing political parties conference, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, he would not do politics over the burring law and order situation of Karachi and would also not allow to do politics on it. The representatives of political and religious parties presented suggestions and recommendations on Karachi’s situation and assured the government of their full cooperation. The PM said that the peace and stability in the port city was imperative and unavoidable for the progress and stability in the country. Thee peaceful atmosphere in the city would trigger further investment and in this regard the private sector had to play a major role. Nawaz Sharif asked representatives of political parties to provide guidance and valuable input to improve law and order situation in the port city. He said the federal government was ready to assist all the provincial governments in tackling any situation, including law and order, as it respected the public mandate enjoyed by them. The Prime Minister said Pakistan was confronted with a host of issues like terrorism and loadshedding and stressed that together political parties of all

US steps up From Page 1 vided to The Washington Post by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, expose broad new levels of U.S. distrust in an already unsteady security partnership with Pakistan, a politically unstable country that faces rising Islamist militancy. They also reveal a more expansive effort to gather intelligence on Pakistan than U.S. officials have disclosed. The United States has delivered nearly $26 billion in aid to Pakistan over the past 12 years, aimed at stabilizing the country

and ensuring its cooperation in counterterrorism efforts. But with Osama bin Laden dead and al-Qaeda degraded, U.S. spy agencies appear to be shifting their attention to dangers that have emerged beyond the patch of Pakistani territory patrolled by CIA drones. “If the Americans are expanding their surveillance capabilities, it can only mean one thing,” said Husain Haqqani, who until 2011 served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States. “The mistrust now exceeds the trust.”—INP

hues should stand firm to face the challenges. He underlined the need for use of maximum power to overcome challenges like terrorism and loadshedding. “An investor cannot invest when there is an issue of law and order situation and under such conditions how can we tread the path of progress and prosperity and expects growth,” he added. Prime Minister Sharif emphasized that peace and economic growth were interlinked. About the situation in Karachi, the Prime Minister observed that someone was demanding for bringing in the military to control the situation, others were pressing forth for targeted operation while somebody was asking for deployment of Rangers. Addressing the representatives of political parties, he reminded them that some among them had powerful public mandate and it was the policy of the federal government to respect their due mandate. “I’m not a Prime Minister of Pakistan Muslim League but belong to the whole country. So far as the development of the country and issues of loadshedding, bringing an end to lawlessness and law and order are concerned, I will not do politics,” he emphasized and asked the political parties to extend their cooperation in the greater national interest. He said he had already made it clear during his televised address to the nation and at the mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam that they fully respected the mandate enjoyed by parties in the provinces. The federal government was ready and would be ready to assist the provincial governments and their stance was already widely shown by the media, he said, adding, ”We strongly believe that change in governments should be made through ballot and now Pakistan has started its journey on such a path.” The Prime Minister said that they were ready to assist the parties and expected similar reciprocation on their sides. He said there was no dislike for anyone and asked the political representatives to frankly discuss the issue of law and order in Karachi without any reservation. He maintained when Karachi was peaceful, it would benefit the coming generations and the mothers would have no fear for their school going children. Highlighting the importance of developing a political consensus, the Prime Minister said it would benefit all as nobody wanted to settle abroad as it was their home and together they could lead it to path of prosperity and development. He said he had also discussed with the Sindh Governor and the Chief Minister the situation prevailing in Karachi, which was an

important city of Pakistan and a commercial hub. Sindh Governor Ishratul Ibad, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid and leaders from Muttahida Quami Movement, Pakistan Peoples Party, Awami National Party, Jammat-i-Islami and others were also present during the meeting. While sharing their individual suggestions and complaints, the PPPP leader Abdul Qadir Patel said that in order o reach a point of correct decision of eliminating the lawlessness from the city, the government should take the Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi on board. He said that police and Rangers were sufficient to conduct targeted operation against the criminals in the city and there was no need for the deployment of the Pak Army troops in the city. Karachi should be deweaponized, he demanded. PPPP leader Taj Haider said that the federal government should give a free hand to the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and the courts should not grant bail to the criminals unless they obtain complete assurances that the accused to be granted bail were innocent. MQM leader Babar Ghauri said that there was a need of targeted operation in Karachi but the innocent people should be protected from any unwanted action. Awami National Party leader Shahi Sayed said that the institutions of the country had been ruined due to personal interests and the situation had reached a stage that no police office was willing to indulge in operation against the criminals. He said that the law enforcement agencies had arrested the criminals and handed them to police but it was police that released them. It was imperative that efforts should be made to raise the morale of police and police department should be cleansed from black sheep. JI leader Muhammad Hussain Mahenti said that the Ji had been barred from any dialogue at the government level in last 5 years but it was good to see that the federal government had taken them on board. He said that police and Rangers did not have the will to protect the poor of the city and it was up to the federal government to help the people and save the city. PMLF leader Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh said that the government should avoid advertising its efforts but should initiate operation against the criminals. Sindh government and the people of the province should feel the benefits of the presence of the PM in Karachi and free hand should be given to police, Rangers and intelligence agencies. Induction in police department on political bases should be eliminated.

Punjab opp From Page 1 against the new LG system, adding that the Pakistan Muslim League-Q was also supporting them. Wattoo further said that all the three parties would also contest LG polls with seat adjustment and cooperation. Earlier, the same day in Islamabad, Election Commission of Pakistan prepared a design to hold the local body elections in the country. According to the statistics, there are a total of 184,900 voters in 43 cantonment areas all over the country and 1,298 polling stations will be set up for the elections.

Govt for increasing From Page 1 hard and demonstrate their administrative and professional abilities to ensure that the revenue target of Rs.2475 billion set by the government was achieved through better governance and plugging of leakages. He further said that the objective of taxation reforms introduced by the government include encouraging corporatization of economy for which several incentives like low rates for the corporate sector were included in the budget, increasing dependence on direct taxes, reducing tax-evasion by facilitating tax-payers’ compliance through simplification of tax procedures, simplifying the administration of taxes and compliance particularly for small businesses. These reforms are also included broadening the tax base, elimination of money laundering and whitening of black money, improving the process of self-assessment and audit compliance and helping the Provincial Governments to increase their tax revenues by accepting agricultural income only if provincial agricultural income tax was paid, he added.—APP

Islamabad eyes From Page 1 billion dollar loan to Pakistan for three years under the program of Extended Fund Facility (EFF), for which Pakistan has already given the Letter of Intent (LoI) while Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar has also informed about it. IMF has agreed to extend the quota of Pakistan from 348 billion dollars to 415 billion dollars, by which Pakistan will get 6.6 billion dollars, which was limited up to 5.3 billion dollars before earlier. Under the agreement, Pakistan was bound to take several measures, and as per sources terms of IMF including consensus between provinces and federal, fixing surplus budget of provinces up to 6 percent, less monitory deficit, search for minimum 10,000 new tax defaulters and elimination of subsidy on electricity have been fulfilled.—Online

Pak wants From Page 1 Director as well as the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations. Pakistan’s Presentation was well received by the members of the Commission. Accordingly a Sub-Commission has been formulated to review Pakistan’s submission for final recommendation on the establishment of Pakistan’s outer limits of its Continental Shelf. Pakistan, it may be recalled had also made a submission on its claim for the extension of continental shelf on April 30, 2009.

DAG allowed From Page 1 hearing Tuesday. At the inception of hearing DAG appeared in the court. He requested the court that he has to file para wise comments therefore, he be allowed some time. Justice Ejaz Chaudhry remarked “ it is very simple matter. As to why you don’t give arguments. DAG said he has to obtain directives from federation and after it he will be able to do some thing. The court observed “what you have to ask in the directives you want to seek from the federation. Shahid Orakzai said “ I have requested to isolate this matter from the original case for the reason that President Zardari is completing his tenure on September, 8. I fear the matter does not take the form what remains in my mind. —Online

MQM reacts From Page 1 had sent Babar Ghauri and Haider Abbas Rizvi to the APC to support move on resolution of much decomposed peace and tranquility in the port city. While speaking to the newsmen after attending the APC, Babar Ghauri said that the MQM representatives had briefed the Prime Minister of the reservations of the MQM. On the other hand, immediately after the MQM was informed of cancellation of the invitation for Dr Sattar to attend the APC as the representative to the MQM, the MQM Coordination Committee held a press conference at the Karachi Press Club Tuesday and Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui made the key address at the press conference. Dr Siddiqui said that the MQM had decided to reject the one-on-one meeting of Dr Sattar with the PM because the offer for the one-on-one meeting was the result of strong reaction by the MQM over the cancellation of invitation for Dr Sattar. The cancellation of Dr Sattar’s presence

in the APC led to severe disappointment among the people of the city and the people had widely criticised the government for that unwanted for action and said that the government had itself created a stampede to the way of seeking concrete way-out to the problems of lawlessness. The situation was a manifest that the government wanted to impose decision in the city while pushing the key stakeholder into the isolation and that was too a non-democratic maneouvour that would cause the measures to fail. Dr Siddiqui had also in his press conference stated that the APC was called by the provincial leadership of the ruling party in the centre, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the cancellation of Dr Sattar’s presence in that APC was a nonserious attitude toward seeking solution to the problems. He said that the MQM wanted that the PM should not take any pressure on Karachi’s matter as the country needed strong leadership that should be capable for working without taking pressure.

Pakistan vs Zimbabwe, 1st Test

Ajmal spares Pakistan’s blushes H ARARE —Pakistan were floundering at 182 for eight before tail-enders Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan added an aggressive 67 for the ninth wicket to enable the tourists to finish the day on 249 for nine against Zimbabwe in Harare on Tuesday. Pakistan were floundering at 182 for eight before tailenders Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan added an aggressive 67 for the ninth wicket to enable the tourists to finish the day on 249 for nine. Opening bowlers Tendai

SCOREBOARD Pakistan 1st innings: Khurram lbw b Panyangara ................. 11 Hafeez b Chatara ............. 5 Azhar Ali b Masakadza 78 Younis b Panyangara ..... 3 Misbah b Utseya .......... 53 Asad b Utseya ................ 4 Adnan Akmal b Chatara 18 A Rehman lbw b SW Masakadza ....................... 7 Saeed Ajmal not out ..... 49 Junaid b Panyangara .... 17 Extras: (lb 3, w 1) ............. 4 Total: (9 wickets) ......... 249 To bat: Rahat Ali Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-21, 11.5 ov), 3-27, 4-120, 5-132, 6-157, 7-173, 8-182, 9-249 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W TL Chatara ......... 22-6-64-2 T Panyangara . 19.5-2-71-3 SW Masakadza . 22-8-40-2 E Chigumbura ...... 2-0-15-0 P Utseya ............. 23-1-55-2 H Masakadza ......... 1-0-1-0

Chatara and Tinashe Panyangara, who went into the match with only five Test caps between them, started the Pakistan slide with some disciplined bowling at the start of the day. They were well backed up by off-spinner Prosper Utseya and medium-pacer Shingi Masakadza. But Chatara and Panyangara were guilty of some loose bowling with the second new ball as Ajmal (49 not out) and Junaid (17) gave the Pakistan innings some respectability. Junaid was out to the fifth ball of the final over of the day when he flashed at Panyangara and was caught behind. Azhar Ali, who made a patient 78 off 185 balls, and captain Misbah-ul-Haq (53) were the only Pakistan toporder batsmen to shine. They put on 93 for the fourth wicket. Hamilton Masakadza, standing in for regular captain Brendan Taylor, was justified in his decision to send Pakistan in as the tourists lost their first three wickets for 27 runs inside the first hour, with both Chatara and Panyangara taking advantage of early life in the pitch. Chatara struck first when Mohammad Hafeez was caught at second slip off a ball which lifted sharply. Panyangara followed up with the wickets of Khurram Manzoor, who went back on his stumps and was leg before wicket to a ball which cut

back, and Younis Khan, who was bowled when he played forward tentatively and the ball trickled back onto his stumps. Utseya dismissed Misbah and Asad Shafiq in quick succession during the afternoon, with both batsmen falling to ambitious shots, and Shingi Masakadza was rewarded for some accurate bowling when he took two wickets after tea, including that of Azhar, who was drawn into a drive and caught at first slip. Taylor withdrew on the morning of the match after his wife gave birth to the couple’s first child. Pakistan-born Sikandar Raza replaced him, earning his first Test cap. The withdrawal of Taylor, Zimbabwe’s leading batsmen, was the latest setback for the host nation following a pay dispute which threatened to prevent the match from taking place. The players only agreed on Monday to play following a commitment by their board to pay outstanding salaries before next week’s second and final Test in Bulawayo. Zimbabwe fielded an inexperienced bowling line-up, following the retirement of Kyle Jarvis in order to pursue a county cricket career in England and Graeme Cremer’s unavailability because of the pay issue. Batsman Sean Williams also withdraw because of the pay dispute.—Agencies

PCB to review evidence in Kaneria case L AHORE: Pakistan cricket officials agreed Tuesday to review evidence provided by former captain Rashid Latif in his bid to help banned spinner Danish Kaneria. The 32-year-old Kaneria, Pakistan’s most successful spinner with 261 Test wickets, was last year banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for spot fixing. Kaneria was named as the middle man in a fixing deal between his Essex team-mate Marvyn Westfiled and alleged Indian bookie Anu Bhatt during a 2009 county match. Latif, a well-known campaigner against corruption in cricket, is backing Kaneria’s fight to overturn the ban and has handed information to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Latif had irked officials by saying that Bhatt had been a PCB guest on some tours and during 2005 and 2006 home series. The PCB rubbished the claim and sought an apology from Latif. The Board said Tuesday that its officials had met Latif and would review the evidence provided by him. “During the meeting Latif submitted certain material pertaining to Kaneria’s case, which shall be reviewed in detail by the PCB and in case the need arises another meeting will be scheduled in the near future,” it said in a statement. Kaneria has had two appeals against the

ban and a third looking to reduce the ban rejected earlier this year. Last month he filed another appeal in a London commercial court and vowed to carry on his fight. Latif has accused the ECB of making Kaneria a scapegoat to save county cricket. Pakistan is the country worst hit by allegations of match fixing. It was forced to ban former captain Salim Malik and paceman Ataur Rehman after a judicial inquiry in 2000. Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir are also serving five-year bans in connection with a 2010 spot-fixing case.— AFP

HARARE: Adnan Akmal has his stump relocated by Tendai Chatara during Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 1st Test, 1st day.

Federer stunned while Nadal rolls on at US Open

Pakistan to participate in WVC qualifying round on its own

WASHINGTON—Roger Federer crashed out of the US Open in the fourth round while Rafael Nadal captured his 19th hardcourt win in a row to reach the quarter-finals without having allowed a service break. Federer on Monday suffered a stunning upset at the hands of Spanish 19th seed Tommy Robredo, whose 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-4 shocker was his first victory in 11 matches against the 17-time Grand Slam champion and five-time US Open winner. “I’m going to feel like I beat myself,” Federer said. “It was up to me to make the difference and I just couldn’t. “I self-destructed, which is really disappointing. When things came to the crunch I just couldn’t do it. It’s frustrating.” Federer’s failure, which came on the heels of a shock second-round Wimbledon exit, thwarted a potential quarter-final match with 12time Grand Slam winner Nadal in what would have been their first meeting on the New York hardcourts. This was the first year since 2002 that Federer has not made a Grand Slam final. Instead, it will be Robredo in his first US Open quarter-final against secondseeded countryman Nadal, who dispatched Germany’s 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1.—AFP

ISLAMABAD —Pakistan team in the four nation volleyball further said the four nation Volleyball Championship to


will be participating in the qualifying round of the World Volleyball Championship (WVC) to be held in Iran this month on its own expenses, as the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) has not yet granted funds to the federation. Pakistan team will depart to Iran on September 9 as the event will continue from September 11 to 13. Talking to APP, President of the Pakistan Volleyball Federation (PVF), Chaudry Muhammad Yaqoob said a private sponsor has helped Pakistan to participate in the qualifying round of the mega event. He said besides this the team had also to participate

tournament to be held in Qatar from September 20 to 25 but because of the unavailability of funds from the PSB it seems impossible. “Teams of Pakistan, Japan, Australia and Qatar had to participate in the said event,” he said. Chaudry Yaqoob

tournament was very important and useful for the team exposure at international level. Being disappointed from the PSB for not giving the funds on time, the president further said that the team will also participate in the Asian

be held in Dubai from September 28 to October 6. “We will go in the event on our own if the PSB doesn’t provide us the funds,” he said. Yaqoob said if players won’t get any international exposure than their skills won’t be enhanced.—APP

Fozia, Laiba, Gul Pari & Laila advance in KP Women Squash

P ESHAWAR —Fozia, Laiba, PESHAWAR: Former World Champion Qamar Zaman with squash players at the openGul Pari and Laila advanced ing ceremony of 3rd Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Open Squash Championship. to next round after securing victories against their respective rivals on the opening day of the 3rd Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Women Open Squash Championship which got under way here at Qamar Zaman Squash Complex, Qayyum Stadium on Tuesday. Former World Champion Qamar Zaman, who is also President of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Squash Association, was the chief guest India instead of South Africa years is really amazing. In BIPIN DANI on this occasion and for? I hope that he marks his de- his first year he became a O BSERVER mally inaugurated the Champarture from the game with a superstar and in the next C ORRESPONDENT pionship in which top 16 playcentury against the West twenty years his life was ers from Abbottabad, Indies in Mumbai and gives like that of a demigod. Mardan, Swat, Bannu and M UMBAI —Darren Sammy his loyal and longtime sup- Sachin is a true profesPeshawar are taking part. and company may be want- porters in India and around sional and his passion and Secretary Pakistan Cy- ing to “spoil” Sachin’s the world a final glimpse of love for the game have recling Federation Syed Azhar 200th landmark Test in In- his brilliance and genius”. mained unchanged during Ali Shah, Secretary Khyber dia, but at least one West “Sachin will be under a those years. He has been a Pakhtunkhwa Squash Asso- Indian believes that many lot of pressure to do well and role model and an inspiraciation women officials, play- former greats want Master- West Indies bowlers will try tion to me and to everyone ers and large number of spec- blaster to score 100 runs in to get him out early but he in the Indian team.” tators were also present on this Test. should use that pressure to “I believe that Sir this occasion. Rudi Webster, the Bar- lift his game and be a hero Garfield Sobers, Sir Vivian Former World Champion bados-born all-rounder, for his team and country one Richards, Brian Lara and Qamar Zaman played a short who has worked with the last time”, Webster added. other great players from the for the inauguration of the Windies team (and with InMany superb tributes Caribbean would like him to Championship. dian boys too for a short have already been paid to bat well in his 200th Test Addressing the players, stint) as a psychologist is Sachin but none greater than even though he will be playhe said, four top players keen to see Sachin the praise from M.S.Dhoni, ing against the West would be selected to repre- Tendulkar scoring 100 runs the captain of India. Dhoni, Indies”, Webster added. sent Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against West Indies. in Rudi Webster ’s book “T20 cricket has capsquash team in the forthcomSpeaking exclusively Think Like A Champion) has tured the minds of the ing National Women Squash over his mobile from his said: “Playing with Sachin is young players in India but Championship to be played Greneda residence, the 75- like having a God coming into batsmen who want to play here in the end of Sept this year-old Webster says, this world and blessing you. well in Test cricket should year. “how wonderful is it that The kind of character he is commit themselves to He said soon after the Sachin Tendulkar will now and the way he has con- watching, studying and Championship a camp would play his 200th and possi- ducted himself on and off the copying the great master|, be setup for the top four play- bly his last Test match in field over a period of twenty he signed off. BAHAWALPUR: Players of Bahawalpur Corps and Mangla Corps playing a match during Army Hockey Championship. ers.—APP

Former greats want hundred from Sachin in his landmark Test against West Indies

Egypt military building buffer zone with Gaza GAZA —Egyptian security ians of supporting the militants. down is reminiscent of the forces have destroyed some 20 houses along the border with Gaza, local residents said on Tuesday, in what the Palestinian enclave’s Islamist Hamas rulers fear is an effort to build a buffer zone to isolate them. Egypt’s military stepped up a campaign against Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula, bordering Gaza, after deposing Islamist president Mohamed Mursi following mass unrest, and has accused Gaza Palestin-

JUI-F opposes army in Karachi

The crackdown, before and after Mursi’s ouster, has included closures of tunnels from Gaza the military believes have been used to move weapons, gunmen and goods across the border. Now, residents on the Egyptian side of the border say, the armed forces have also begun to tear down homes, apparently suspecting they are being used to hide tunnel entrances or provide cover for other militant activity. The Egyptian crack-

demolitions that Israel, citing security concerns, used to carry out on the Palestinian side of the Egyptian border before it pulled troops and settlers out of the Gaza Strip in 2005. “We reject any concept of building a buffer zone. Buffer zones should not be built between brothers and between friendly countries,” said Ehab al-Ghsain, spokesman for the Hamas government in Gaza.—Reuters

Pakistan committed to objectives of disarmament, non-proliferation: FO

I SLAMABAD —JUI-F Chief ISLAMABAD—Pakistan is fully sive physical protection mea- ficacy of our strategic export con- KARACHI: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif with a group of PNS ASLAT ship’s company in Karachi. Maulana Fazlur Rahman has opposed calling Army in Karachi. In a statement issued here on Tuesday, the JUI-F Chief however added that if Law Enforcement Agencies fail to control the situation there, Army could be called in for help under article 149 of the constitution. Maulana Fazlur Rahman stressed the need for consensus among political parties before launching any operation in Karachi. He expressed the hope that federal cabinet would come up with some solution to Karachi problem.—Online

committed to objectives of disarmament and non-proliferation. As a nuclear weapons state, Pakistan’s policy is characterized by restraint and responsibility. These views were expressed by Foreign Office Spokesperson while responding to a query regarding a Washington Post story on leaked information on US intelligence surveillance activities. The Spokesman said that Pakistan has established exten-

River Indus in medium flood

Pugwash moot to begin on 15th

Observer Report KARACHI—In Sindh, River Indus is in medium flood at Kotri Barrage while it is in low flood at Guddu and Sukkur Barrages. According to a data released by Sindh Irrigation Department, the water level was receding at Guddu and Sukkur barrages.

PTI to support govt over peace talks ISLAMABAD—Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan has said that his party will support the government over peace talks with Taliban. In an interview, he said the government and establishment will have to be on one page to effectively handle this issue to restore peace in the country. Imran said the entire nation should also be taken on board and the peace talks must be held through tribal leaders. The PTI chairman said “we will have to pull out of the US war to end suicide attacks in the country.”—Online

Three more dengue cases LAHORE—Spread of dengue in different areas of Punjab has increased the worries of citizens as more dengue cases surfaced across the province on Tuesday. Dengue virus has been detected in three more patients hailing from Pakpattan, Lahore and Sheikhupura who were admitted at Mayo Hospital. Now total number of dengue patients across the province has reached to 65.—INP

Man killed, wife injured in accident F AISALABAD —A man was killed while his wife sustained injuries in a road accident in the limits of police station Sadar on Tuesday. According to police, Muhammad Sajid of Shahdra, Lahore along with his wife was going on a motorcycle to see his relatives when a rashly driven tractor trolley hit them near Sammundri By-pass. As a result, Sajid died on the spot while his wife suffered injuries and was shifted to Civil Hospital in precarious condition. —APP

Resolution of Kashmir issue

HAMEED SHAHEEN ISLAMABAD—The 59th Pugwash Conference for three days will begin here, September 15-17, Pakistan Observer learnt here Tuesday. The subject of the conference being participated by Kashmiri figures from both parts of Jammu and Kashmir as well as from Pakistan and India and international community will focus on Kashmir. This time the Pugwash Kashmir agenda carries eleven points with stress on the status of Line of Control. Prominent Kashmiri leader and Chairman APHC, Mirwaiz Mohammad Umar Farooq talking to Pakistan Observer from Srinagar on Tuesday afternoon confirmed his participation in the Islamabad Pugwash conference. Later in first week of November the 60th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs, “Dialogue, Disarmament, and Regional and Global Security” will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, 1-5 November. The conference will bring together from around the world approximately 200 leading current and former policy makers, scientists, and other international opinion shapers to explore creative solutions to some of the world’s most challenging problems, it adds.

sures, robust command and control institutions under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister, comprehensive and effective export controls regulatory regimes to ensure safety and security of nuclear installations and materials. We follow best international practices and standards set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), he said. He said Pakistan is also fully engaged with the international community on nuclear safety and security issues. The ef-

trols has been acknowledged by experts from the international export control regimes during interactions on various occasions. The spokesman said Pakistan is a state party to both Chemical Weapons Convention and Biological Weapons Convention and is fully implementing the two regimes. The Spokesman further added that Pakistan’s nuclear deterrence capability is aimed at maintaining regional stability in South Asia.—Online

Senate body denounces US planned attack on Syria ISLAMABAD—Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Tuesday through a unanimous resolution strongly denounced the US planned attack on Syria and demanded of the United Nations to probe use of chemical weapons in that country. Prime Minister advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz gave detailed briefing to the standing committee about the situation in the region. The in-camera session of committee was chaired by it Chairman Senator Haji Adeel which

lasted for four hours here today. Later, Haji Adeel and Senator Mushahid Hussain briefed the newsmen about the proceedings of the standing committee and said the committee strongly adopted a resolution, in accordance with the aspiration of people of Pakistan, condemning the US planned attack on the Islamic country. They said the committee considers the US action as an attack on sovereignty of Syria.— INP

India accuses Chinese army for not letting troops patrol LAC NEW DELHI—A ground situation report, submitted by National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) chairperson Shyam Saran to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on August 10, 2013, has alleged that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops are not allowing their Indian counterparts to patrol the Indian perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. The spot report, commissioned by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on the IndiaChina border issue, has confirmed the government’s worst

fears, a report in Hindustan Times said on Tuesday. Singh had told Saran to visit the eastern Ladakh and Siachen sectors from August 2 to 9 for reviewing the border infrastructure development and LAC situation. Saran, who had conducted a similar exercise in May 2007, has reported a grim scenario of Chinese transgressions in the Daulet Beg Oldi (DBO) sector, Depsang Bulge and Chumar. The report has been shared with the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).—INP

ET disposes off appeal against Fazlur Rehman DERA ISMAIL KHAN—Election Tribunal Tuesday disposed off an appeal against Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) Ameer Maulana Fazlur Rehman filed by his rival Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) candidate Senator Waqar Ahmed Khan for want of evidence. Senator Waqar Ahmed Khan had challenged his defeat in NA24 Dera Ismail Khan, leveling different sort of charges on the JUI-F chief, in the Election Tribunal set up by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). In the elections, the PPP candidate had around 67,000 votes, while Maulana Fazlur Rehman bagged 92,000 votes. —INP

Ali Geelani re-elected TeH chairman SRINAGAR—Senior pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Geelani was re-elected chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat for fourth consecutive three-year-term through a secret ballot. Geelani, who was after a long time allowed to move out of his house, got 590 votes while his nearest rival Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai got 66 votes. TeH’s Majlis-e-Shoura (advisory council) for various districts was also elected. Geelani continues to remain TeH’s chairman since it came into existence on August 7, 2004. The 83-year-old leader is also the chairman of Hurriyat (G), which came into existence after a vertical split in Hurriyat over participation of Peoples Conference , one of the constituents, in 2002 Assembly elections.—NNI

Pak participates in Colombo Defence Seminar 2013 COLOMBO—Pakistan is par-

ticipating in a three-day Defence Seminar 2013 which began in Colombo Tuesday. The Sri Lankan Army has organized the seminar. Pakistan will also display locally developed communication equipment at the Seminar. According to a press release, a high level delegation will be representing Pakistan at the Defence Seminar 2013 organized by the Sri Lankan Army under the theme of “Post Conflict Sri Lanka: Challenges and Regional Stability” from 3-5 September 2013. The Pakistani delegation includes Ambassador (Retired) Sohail Amin, President Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) Lieutenant General (Retired) Muhammad Masood Aslam and Brigadier KARACHI: Chairman FBR Customs House presenting a shield to Finance Minister Ishaq Imran Munawar representing Dar. Pak Army. —NNI

US Gen: Afghan forces suffering unsustainable casualties LONDON—Afghanistan’s police and army are losing too many men in battle, and may need up to five more years of western support before they can fight independently, the top US and Nato commander in the country has told the Guardian. General Joseph Dunford also said in an interview that it was too early to judge whether Nato had been right to end combat operations in Afghanistan this spring. Western forces have officially offered only training and support to the Afghan army and police during the brutal fighting season of the summer months. Dunford admitted that Nato and Afghan commanders are concerned about Afghan casualty rates, which have regularly topped more than 100 dead a week. “I view it as serious, and so do all the commanders,” Dunford said. “I’m not assuming that those casualties are sustainable.” The rapidly expanded security forces, now 350,000 strong, did not need help in basic battle

skills, Dunford told the Guardian. But they still struggle to support themselves in areas varying from logistics and planning to intelligence-gathering and back-up from planes and helicopters in difficult battles. Dunford’s comments highlighted an apparent rift between western politicians keen to wrap up a messy war that has cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, and military commanders on the ground who are seeing a newly formed police force and army struggling against a hardened insurgency. There is no firm end-date for the assistance however, and Dunford said western troops may need to stay in the country until as late as 2018 to tackle problems from the air force to intelligence. “I look at Afghan security forces development as really kind of three to five years,” Dunford said. “That doesn’t mean they can’t do things today; I’m just talking about before they get to the standard where they may not

Vehicles distribution by Production Ministry

Audit report unveils massive corruption ISLAMABAD—An Audit Report into Ministry of Production’s Accounts for 2012-13 has unveiled corruption of millions of rupees during Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led federal government five years tenure. According to the audit report of ministry of production, buses and rickshaws worth Rs 189.6 million were distributed among the choiced people and institutions without any criteria and legal procedure. The report revealed that during former government rule,

vehicles worth millions of rupees were purchased and distributed by the politicians among various institutes and private organizations without following rules. The report said that Former federal minister for information and broadcasting, Firdous Aashiq Awan distributed buses worth Rs 2.5 million among the private colleges, institutions and other organizations. About 200 auto rickshaws worth Rs 33.1 million were distributed by ex-federal minister Nabeel Gabol..—INP

need assistance and support any more.” Dunford also did not rule out a combat role for Nato troops after 2014, particularly in the form of close air support, the planes and helicopters that aid troops caught in fierce fighting, which is a capacity that Afghanistan is only starting to develop. “There are three words in the mission: train, advise and assist. In a Nato context ‘assist’ would include things like providing combat support, which is specifically the aviation piece, and a policy decision would have to be made about that,” he said.” Despite the shortfalls in police and army abilities, heavy security force casualties and a leap of about a quarter in civilian deaths and injuries in the first half of 2013, Dunford said the troops had defied the Taliban, who had started the summer aiming to crush the government’s spirit and will. “The Afghans actually have been resilient,” he said. “They have prevented the Taliban from accomplishing their goals.—INP

Israel holds joint missile test with US OCCUPIED JERUSALEM—Israel says it has carried out a joint missile test with the U.S. in the Mediterranean Sea amid heightened tensions as Washington weighs sea-launched strikes against Syria. The Defense Ministry said Tuesday that it, together with the U.S. Defense Department, had carried out a “successful test” in the Mediterranean and on an air force base in central Israel. Russian state-owned news agencies earlier said Russian radar systems had detected two “ballistic objects” fired from the central Mediterranean toward the eastern part of the sea.—AP

Japan to cork radioactive leaks with ice wall TOKYO—The Japanese government announced Tuesday that it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear station after repeated failures by the plant’s operator. The decision is widely seen as an attempt to show that the nuclear accident won’t be a safety concern just days before the International Olympic Committee chooses between Tokyo, Istanbul and Madrid as the host of the 2020 Olympics. The Fukushima Dai-ichi plant has been leaking hundreds of tons of contaminated underground water into the sea since shortly after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami damaged the complex. Several leaks from tanks storing

tainted water in recent weeks have heightened the sense of crisis that the plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., isn’t able to contain the problem. “Instead of leaving this up to TEPCO, the government will step forward and take charge,” said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said after adopting the outline. “The world is watching if we can properly handle the contaminated water but also the entire decommissioning of the plant.” The government plans to spend an estimated 47 billion yen ($470 million) through the end of March 2015 on two projects - 32 billion yen ($320 million) on the ice wall and 15 billion yen ($150 million) on upgraded water treatment units that is supposed to remove all radioactive elements but water-soluble tritium - according

to energy agency official Tatsuya Shinkawa. The government, however, is not paying for urgently needed water tanks and other equipment that TEPCO is using to stop leaks. Shinkawa said the funding is limited to “technologically challenging projects” but the government will open to additional help when needed. The ice wall would freeze the ground to a depth of up to 30 meters (100 feet) through an electrical system of thin pipes carrying a coolant as cold as minus 40 degrees Celsius (minus 40 Fahrenheit). That would block contaminated water from escaping the facility’s immediate surroundings, as well as keep underground water from entering the reactor and turbine buildings, where much of the radioactive water has collected. gentina.—AP

Hospital to home focus may reduce readmissions


ELPING people who were recently re leased from a hospital understand how to care for themselves and informing their primary care doctors about their stay may reduce their risk of being admitted back into the hospital, says a new study. Researchers found that implementing a statewide transitional care program for North Carolinians on Medicaid - the state and federal insurance for the poor - was linked to a 20 percent reduction in patients’ risk of going back to the hospital during the next year. “That finding is fairly consistent with what had been shown in other studies… We were hoping to achieve that big of a difference. The novelty was being able to achieve it on this scale,” Dr. Annette DuBard, the study’s lead author from Community Care of North Carolina in Raleigh, told Reuters Health. Researchers have known that the time immediately following patients’ release from a hospital is critical to their chance of being readmitted later on. “The time of discharge from the hospital was a very vulnerable time for patients with complex care needs and we need to get resources in place to make sure they go more smoothly,” DuBard said. Much emphasis has been put on programs to reduce readmissions and ultimately save money, but there have been some questions about how to address issues at home that may increase a patient’s risk for another hospital-

ization. In 2012, a study found issues such as not being able to take medication or get to doctors’ offices were linked to an increased risk of being readmitted. Studies conducted at individual hospitals have found promising results with programs that coordinated patients’ care when they left the hospital, taught patients and their families how to manage their medical conditions at home and then followed up with the patients after they were back home. For the new study, DuBard and her colleagues calculated the rate of readmissions among more than 13,000 patients on Medicaid with multiple chronic health conditions who enrolled in the statewide transitional care program between 2010 and 2011. They compared that to the rate of readmissions among about 8,000 patients who received standard care with no extra help at discharge. Overall, the researchers found those who went through the transitional care program were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital during the next 12 months. The biggest difference was for patients who were the sickest and thus at the greatest risk for having to go back to the hospital. Among those people, the researchers found 20 percent in the transitional care program were readmission-free after a year, compared to 12 percent of the usual care group. The researchers write in Health Affairs that one readmission was averted for every six patients who went through the program.

Making Islamabad the beautiful, more beautiful. Saplings are being planted at Zero Point to enhance greenery in the capital.

Strategy for development of Murree RAWALPINDI—Punjab Minis-

Babur Hizlan, Ambassador of Turkey paying a farewell call on Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force at Air Headquarters in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Turkish Ambassador calls on Air Chief STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Ambassador of Turkey, Babur Hizlan paid a farewell visit to Air Headquarters, here on Tuesday and called on Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt in his office.

The Air Chief thanked the outgoing Ambassador of Turkey for playing a vital role in opening the various areas of co-operation between the two countries in general and the Air Forces in particular, said a press release issued here. The outgoing Ambassador keenly facilitated the conduct of

Encroachments removed with public support ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) has launched a campaign to remove encroachments from the various busy points of the city with a purpose of ensuring smooth traffic flow and avoid inconvenience to road users. In this regard, ITP conducted a special survey under supervision of SP (Traffic) Asmat Ullah Junejo to identify various points in the city where traffic flow is not smooth due to the encroachments on roads. After identifying such points, ITP removed encroachments from Bhara Kahu area in the first phase through coordination of traders and other stakeholders. A special police team headed by Inspector Ehsan Elahi conducted this operation in Bhara Kahu area which has been appreciated by trader’s community and local people. They said said this effort of ITP would greatly help to avoid traffic jams in various vicinities of Bhara Kau in future. SP (Traffic) Asmat Ullah

Junejo said that vendors encroach on roads or motorists park their vehicles at unspecified area which result in traffic jams causing inconvenience to people. He said efforts are being made to overcome such issues after consultation with traders, shopkeepers and other stakeholders. He said this drive would be extended to other parts of the city as such problematic points have been identified. He said trades and shopkeepers have assured their full cooperation in this regard because such encroachments resulting in traffic jam also affect their businesses. SSP (Traffic) Dr. Moeen Masood has said that ITP is endeavoring to overcome traffic related problems and desired results can be achieved only through cooperation of citizens. He hoped that mutual cooperation between traffic police and citizens will further enhance in coming days to ensure exemplary traffic system in the city.—NNI

joint air exercises between PAF and TuAF i.e Indus Viper-II in Pakistan and Anatolian Eagle in Turkey. The Air Chief also presented souvenirs to the visiting dignitary at the occasion.

ter for Labour and Manpower Raja Ashfaq Sarwar Tuesday said the provincial government has devised an effective strategy for development of urban and rural areas of Murree on equality basis. Addressing a meeting held in Murree to review performance of government departments, he said all departments have been directed to immediately redress grievances of masses. He expressed the confidence that government departments would come up to expectations of public as a drastic agenda of reforms is being implemented to improve their efficiencies. The minister directed the quarters concerned to expedite the work on development projects being carried out in the area so that they could be completed before the advent of summer season, especially repair of roads. He said Murree is an attractive place for tourists where people from across the country as well as abroad visit to see scenic beauty of the hilly areas. He said the Punjab government is committed to resolve problems being faced by the local to improve their living standard and provide them facilities at par with developed cities.—APP

EHMS to facilitate Hajj pilgrims CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yusuf said on Tuesday that Ministry has introduced Electronic Hajj Monitoring System (EHMS) to facilitate intending Hajj pilgrims during current Hajj season. Addressing a press conference here he said, “the system would help intending Hajj pilgrims to register their complaints online regarding any difficulties and the staff deputed in the holy land and as well in Pakistan would try to address grievances within no time.” He said intending pilgrims can make free calls round the clock on number 08007700 in Pakistan while on 088116622 in Saudi Arabia to register their complaints.

The staff deputed in the Electronic Monitoring System will have the capability to understand all the regional languages. “The government will provide all possible facilities to the intending Hajj pilgrims this year and all efforts have been made to make the 2013 Hajj an exemplary Hajj,” he added. All information such as missing of luggage, death and illness of any intending pilgrims can be registered in the system, he added. The system would also check the performance of Hujjaj, medical mission and private tour operators. The Minister said the ministry has also introduced SMS service to inform intending pilgrims about the day to day activity, he added. Sardar Yusuf said around 143,000 people would perform Haj under gov-

ernment scheme while around 86,000 would perform under private tour scheme. The Minister said the government has hired around 122 buildings for intending Hajj pilgrims. He said the ministry has also arranged comprehensive training for intending pilgrims. He said Hajj flight would start on September 9 from Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta simultaneously and continue till October 9. Pilgrims can see his flight schedule by just submitting application number or his Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC). He said PIA will operate a total of 214 Haj flights to Jeddah and Makkah. The PIA will operate Haj flights from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan and Sialkot.

Qauid’s speeches ISLAMABAD—On the request of Radio Pakistan‚ All India Radio has provided speeches of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to Pakistan. Director General All India Radio Mr. Leela Mandoi told that the speeches are provided on the request of Government of Pakistan which was forwarded by Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi to AIR. He said his organization will cooperate with Radio Pakistan and provide any other material which it requests. All India Radio has provided two speeches of Quaid. One delivered at All India Radio in New Delhi on 3rd of June‚ 1947 giving his reaction on plan to hold a referendum in the NWFP about its joining with Pakistan or India.—INP

Medicines out of stock in BBH RAWALPINDI—Medicines sup- administration has deprived of tients instead of health and cure. plied to Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) by health department of Punjab have gone out of stock while patients are forced purchase medicines from open market. As per details, negligence and mismanagement of hospital

patients from purchasing low price medicines prescribed by doctors from the dispensary of hospital. On the other side poor cleanliness arrangements of hospital have also started spreading diseases amongst pa-

Patients and their family members have demanded from Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif to take notice of this situation and to resolve these issues of hospital as soon as possible.— Online

UAE play leading role in investing in Pakistan and Afghanistan: UAE Ambassador It is committed to boosting peace, stability in Afghanistan LIAQAT TOOR ISLAMABAD—Essa Abdulla Al Basha Al Noaimi, ambassador of United Arab Emirates has said his country has played a leading role in investing in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He was speaking at a reception hosted in honour of EastWest Institute delegation and the participants of “Abu Dhabi Process” about “Afghanistan: Reconnected, ” in a local hotel. The ambassador said UAE is committed to boosting peace and stability in Afghanistan. It is also committed to giving firm international cooperation for its development and to guarantee a future for this friendly country free from violence and extremism. In 2010, he said two conferences were held in Dubai for investment in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It has development

projects serving the human being and economics in the two countries. The United Arab Emirates is viewed as an important trade partner in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The special relationship bond of the United Arab Emirates with Pakistan and Afghanistan led to a chance of participation in most regional and international meetings related to long term development in these two countries. Essa Abdulla Al Basha Al Noaimi said this vision is based on the bright stances of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness the Deputy President, their Highnesses the Rulers of UAE and H.H. General Sheikh Muhammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed

Forces. It also shows the govHe said everyone knows the ernment of UAE commitment position held by the UAE in free towards the principle of joint trade area since it has rich experience in this regard in the past years. In 2011, the World Bank has ranked the UAE as the top third country in the world regarding easy procedures related to trade movements through boundaries. This is parallel to solid vision of the UAE foreign policy on regional and international level as it has built wide network of mutual interest with countries to serve the cause of development, exchange of expertise and trade and transfer of technology in addition to policy of providing generous humanitarian security and work with the in- aid in the economics or develternational community for in- opment fields directly or international peace and security directly for many countries. and preserving the stability so It has contributed in peacethat to reach the stage of pre- keeping missions and protecvailing stability and peace in tion of civilians and reconthis region. struction work after the end

of conflicts.This represents its sincerity in achieving noble goals related to international peace and stability, he said. The UAE ambassador said based on the interest shown by the government of United Arab Emirates in strengthening the international community’s efforts to make economics security in Afghanistan better and linking it to active and positive relations with the surrounding regime, a chain of seminars under the title of: “Abu Dhabi Process Meeting, Afghanistan Reconnected” have commenced. “We salute the government and hosting nation of Pakistan on holding these meetings during the coming two days. We also appreciate the generous efforts of East West Institute Ambassador Dr. Beate Meader Matcalf, Vice President and Regional Security Director at the institute in

this regard,” he said. “We also appreciate their Excellencies, the representatives of countries, scientific personalities, academics and media people for participating in these meetings and in this humble welcoming ceremony,” he said. He said United Arab Emirates is regarded as the 5th largest country in the world in producing oil and it has 7th largest gas reserves in the world. It also endeavors to continue working as a reliable and firm source of petroleum to the rest of the world. Regarding cooperation and discussing issues related to energy and especially the petroleum energy, the UAE is hosting headquarter of International Renewable Energy Agency IRENA. It also hosts the world summit for future energy in January every year, he said.


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Rupee-dollar parity

Poor conditions forcing MNCs to quit Pakistan

Staff Reporter K ARACHI —It is highly anticipated that the rupeedollar parity will tilt in favour of the dollar by end of September 2013, due to more than one reasons, currency experts said. The rupee fell to an all-time low level of Rs 104.87 for buying against the dollar in the interbank market while it also broke the open market record when it closed at Rs 104.75 for buying against the greenback. Due to noninterest of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in the foreign exchange market, the exchange rate mechanism now depends on supply and demand position, they added. In September 2013, the dollar demand will increase by 3.0 percent to 4.0 percent as compared to other months. On the precondition of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the SBP will not intervene in the forex market and leave the exchange rate free. Besides under this condition IMF will provide first instalment of $6.6 billion under the new arrangement loan package in September 2013 to Pakistan, said Fazal Ahmad a currency expert in Houston.

Shipping activity at PQ KARACHI—Two ships carrying containers and vehicles were berthed at Qasim international Containers Terminal and Multi Purpose Terminals on Monday. Meanwhile, four more ships carrying containers, cement and wheat also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was 55% at the port on Tuesday where a total six ships namely Nysted Maersk, Inlaco Brave, Jia Rum Resolve, Malakand and Iron Layd are currently occupying berths to load/ offload containers, cement, general cargo, vehicles, rape seed and furnace oil respectively during last 24 hours. A cargo volume of 88951 tonnes comprising 78166 tonnes imports and 10785 tonnes exports inclusive of containerized cargo carried in 1026 containers (TEUs) was handled at the port during last 24 hours.—APP

AMANULLAH KHAN K ARACHI —On the back of poor law and order and business conditions the multinational company Johnson & Johnson is reportedly wrapping up its drug production unit not internationally but in Pakistan only indicating level of crisis persisting in pharmaceutical industry. The multinational company has been expanding its drug business all over the world including in emerging countries like India however the situation is outright opposite in Pakistan, where the American drug producing giant has decided to shut down its medicines production plant, Janssen having incurred stringent operational losses and lack of government’s commitments and interest towards foreign investors. Johnson & Johnson is not alone to leave Pakistan, which is considered mainly a lucrative and big market for pharmaceutical companies with dense population having high vulnerability of epidemics outbreak,

Bullish trend at ISE STAFF REPORTER

but a few big names in international healthcare arena have done the same earlier in recent years including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited (MSD), Searle Pharmaceuticals, and Organon. The crisis in pharmaceutical industry is getting worst as the manufacturing of different medicines were suspended first, and now multinational companies in particular has all set to disinvest and planning their closure gradually in Pakistan. The prolong unsettled issues and pathetic attitude of the government towards sensitive industry has forced global pharmaceutical giant to wrap up its business in Pakistan paving the way for different multinational drug manufacturing companies to follow the suite though it will also hurt the sentiments of foreign investors working in the country or willing to invest in the future in pharmaceutical and different industries. Sources said that local and multinational companies are reluctant to buy out plants of

Johnson and Johnson Limited Pakistan despite of the fact the company has established wide range of medicine products portfolio and sales share in local market because a prospect acquirer of the company will have to face similar harsh challenges which caused the departure of Johnson & Johnson. In Pakistan, previous governments have capped the prices of medicines since 2001 which cost heavily to drug manufacturers having no further capacity to absorb the impact of high production cost including expensive imports of raw material, package content, and utility expenses. Furthermore, the new government is seemingly firm to continue its rigid pricing policy COLOMBO: Prof Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms shaking hand with President of in the future which may cease Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa. productions of many medicines which is beyond the financial feasibility of manufacturing companies as scores of the medicines have already been stopped producing by multinational and local pharmaceutical companies due to constant losses.

LSE MD seeks freezing markup for two quarters

OGDCL initiatives to save $2.5b yearly




K A R A C H I —ICI Pakistan L AHORE —Flood and heavy launched its new corporate

rain has badly affected the factories and residential areas of Kala Shah Kaku and Muridke district Sheikhupura, Punjab. Lahore Stock Exchange and its members have serious concern about the rehabilitation of Industries and the nearby Residential Areas. Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Lahore Stock Exchange Mr. Aftab Ahmed Chaudhry strongly appeals to the Government of Pakistan, especially the Governor State Bank of Pakistan to freeze the markup for two (2) quarters to financially facilitate the flood affected factories. This kindness by The State Bank of Pakistan can help the affected industries to bring their factors of production back into to their original shape.

identity across the country today. Speaking at the occasion, Chief Executive Asif Jooma stated “Our new brand reflects our growth aspirations whilst reinforcing the Company’s strong heritage and values. Following the acquisition of majority shareholding by YBG, one of Pakistan’s most progressive groups, the Company is set to expand its local and international footprint

SMEDA signs MoU with GRFC

succession, Plasti & Pack Pakistan has emerged as region’s most important trading gateway to get in touch with buying audience of Pakistan’s plastic processing & packaging industry. This year has witnessed a marked increase in local participation. Plasti & Pack also attracted an enthused participation of some of the leading companies from China, Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey;

cannot easily share everything with media due to nature of ISLAMABAD—The Oil and Gas their work like other producDevelopment Company Limited tion and marketing companies (OGDCL) would be capable of do to highlight their products providing 13,000 barrels of and services. He further said that crude oil, 360 million cubic feet gas and 750 metric tonnes liq- OGDCL has shown great peruefied petroleum gas per day on formance during the last five completion of its six ongoing years thereby resulting in growth of revenue and market development projects. This initiative would con- share of the company; and tribute $2.5 billion to the na- shareholders have gained huge tional exchequer annually profits. He also introduced through export of petroleum OGDCL media team with the products, and government of media and expressed hope of Pakistan would receive Rs 37 better relations between the billion in terms of general sales OGDCL and the media in the tax and royalty. These figures future. Being the largest explowere shared with media by ration and production company at national level, OGDLC OGDCL during a dinner. While addressing the me- through dedication would help dia, OGDCL Managing Di- the country come out of energy rector and CEO Muhammad crisis in the years to come. He Riaz Khan said that in the re- also said that OGDCL poscent past OGDCL failed to sesses the best technical faciliSTAFF REPORTER highlight its achievement and ties, experienced and qualified Rates for conversion targets; and OGDCL is a re- human resource to expedite the LAHORE—The Small and MeKARACHI—The following search and development exploration and production of dium Enterprises Development organisation, where experts oil and gas. rates will be applicable for Authority (SMEDA) signed a conversion into rupees of memorandum of understanding Foreign Currency Deposits, (MoU) with Global Research & Dollar Bearer Certificates, Facilitation Council (GRFC) to Foreign Currency Bearer accelerate SME development Certificates, Special U.S. process in the country. President Dollar Bonds and profits GRFC Touqir Khan Lodhiand thereon by all banks and for GM Business Development providing Forward Cover on SMEDA, Sultan Tiwana signed Foreign Currency Deposits the MoU on the behalf of their (excluding F.E- 25 deposits) respective organizations at by the State Bank on SeptemSMEDA Head Office. ber 04, 2013. The rates are Under the MoU, both sides U.S. Dollar Rs 104.9104, would support each other in carJapanese Yen Rs 1.0549, rying out joint research projects Pound Sterling Rs 163.4084 and facilitation in areas of Loand Euro Rs 138.2089.—APP gistics, Supply Chain Management and Entrepreneurship This MoU is yet another earmark showing SMEDA’s commitment towards its efforts for working with private sector for creating better opportunities “What is moral is what for small and medium enteryou feel good after and prises in the country. General what is immoral is what HBL and Bank Al Jazira hosted a signing ceremony inking an agreement to promote remit- Secretary, GRFC Imran Ahmed you feel bad after.” tances from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan. The ceremony was attended by Sami Al Rajhi, VP Advocate gave vote of thanks head of Banking Service Retail Banking Group Bank Al Jazira, Habib Yousuf, Head Finan- to SMEDA officials on this oc— Ernest Hemingway cial Institution Division, HBL and others. casion.

ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Stock Exchange witnessed bullish trend here on Tuesday as the ISE-10 index increased by 31.19 points and closed at 4,193.55 points. A total of 68,000 shares were traded, which were up by 27,500 points when it compared with previous day’s trading of 40,500 shares. Out of 140 companies, share prices of 80 companies recorded increase where as share prices of 60 companies registered decrease meanwhile no company remained stable in today’s trading. The share price of Glamour Textile increased by Rs. 10.85 per share while that of Siemens Pakistan Engineering decreased by Rs. 48.29 per share. Sui Southern Gas, Bank of Punjab and Netsol Technologies remained the top trading companies in Tuesday’s trading with 40,000, 13,000 and 8,000 shares respectively.

ICI launches new corporate identity

through sustainable growth. avenues for growth and diverThe brand promise ‘Cultivat- sification.” ICI Pakistan’s history predates the formation of the country with the ground breaking of its Soda Ash manufacturing facility in 1939 and presence as a trading concern marketing products manufactured by ICI Plc globally. Over the years, the Company transformed itself ing Growth’ coupled with the into one of Pakistan’s largest invisual identity of the new log dustrial concerns introducing – the ‘Blue Pearl’, builds on innovative products and techthe Company’s focus of culti- nologies, having businesses vating its existing businesses that are major players within whilst also looking for new their respective industries.

International food processing exhibition AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—In its 11th Year of

UAE and Saudi Arabia dealing in petrochemicals, extrusion, injection and blow molding and printing machinery and material. In concurrence to this, 10th Edition of International Food Processing Packaging Exhibition IFTECH Pakistan is also taking place. IFTECH Pakistan is now amongst the most preferred B2B exhibition of South East Asia also considered as the biggest annual gathering of local and international food technology leaders in Pakistan.

The organizers; Pegasus Consultancy are proud of the fact that IFTECH has channelized the introduction of many new technologies in the food industry of Pakistan especially in dairy, fruit, vegetable, confectionery and meat processing and packaging. An interactive demonstration of culinary arts and hospitality management skills will also take place during the show. So far, over 6,000 trade visitors have already registered online to attend Plasti & Pack and IFTECH 2013.

Stock market rises on hopes of improvement in law, order STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The KSE-100 index bench mark increased by 83.80 points to close at 21808.48 on Tuesday after experiencing a subdued trend during the last several days. The brokers said that the Federal Government’s special attention towards improvement of law and order in the metropolis made positive impact on the share market.

The investors showed interest in Banking, Cement, Communication, and Industries sectors as significant trading was witnessed in those sectors. KSE-30 index increased by 80.33 points to close at 17009.34 as compared to previous 16929 points. Active trading was witnessed in the stocks of 347 companies, of which shares of 188 companies closed up, 138 down while 21 remained unchanged. Highest increase of Rs 10.85

was recorded in the stocks of Glamour Textile to close at Rs 228 while Khyber Tobacco increased by Rs 10.13 to close at Rs 247.81. Nestle Pak decreased by Rs 310.52 to close at Rs 5985 while Wyeth Pak Ltd was down by Rs 147.50 to close at Rs 2802.50. Highest turnover of 16601000 shares was recorded in the stocks of Bank of Punjab. Total market turn over remained at 169475110 as compared to the previous 180153570 shares.

Interest rate hike seems imminent STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The rising inflation may pave way to the central bank to raise interest rate, one of the prior conditions of IMF for $6.6 billion loan package for Pakistan. Inflation based on Consumer Price Indicator (CPI) has recorded at 8.55 percent in August 2013 as compare to same month of last year. The constant increase in inflation may pave way for State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to increase the discount rate in the upcoming monetary policy. Sources said the IMF had asked the government to in-

crease the discount rate - the minimum rate at which the central bank lends money to the commercial banks - by 100 basis points to 10pc. In its last meeting, the SBP had slashed the discount rate by 50 basis points to 9pc while arguing that inflation had been falling. However, sudden rebound in inflation in July (8.3pc) and August (8.5pc) can be used as a basis to increase the interest rates, making IMF’s case stronger to ask for the uptick. The central bank, which was supposed to announce the monetary policy on 27th August, has delayed the announcement of the policy decision till current

month (September 13) to see the inflationary figures of August before making decision. Sources were of the view that SBP might raise the interest rate by 50 to 100 basic points from current 9 percent after increase in inflation rate. It is worth mentioning here that Pakistan and IMF reached on consensus for $5.3 billion bailout package, which now increased to $6.6 billion, in first week of July 2013, which would need approval from IMF’s executive board on September 4, 2013. However, according to the agreement, Pakistan would need to take prior actions including tax notices to 25,000 potential

tax dodgers and hike discount rates by 1 to 1.5 percent, increase in power tariff and Council of Common Interests (CCI) will ensure economic discipline by provincial governments to generate the surplus of Rs23 billion. Meanwhile, the economic experts are of the view that inflation would further fuel in the months to come as government has decided to increase the power tariff and also increase the petroleum product prices for the ongoing month of September. According to the data released by PBS, CPI based inflation has enhanced by 8.41 per-

cent during first two months (July and August) of the ongoing financial year 2013-14. Sensitive Price Index (SPI) based inflation surged by 9.93 percent and Wholesale Price Indicator (WPI) based inflation increased by 7.41 percent during the months of July and August against the same month of the last year. Meanwhile, according to the PBS figures, CPI based inflation increased by 1.2 percent in August 2013 against July. The break-up of CPI-based general inflation (8.55 percent in August 2013 over August 2012) showed that food and non-alcoholic beverages prices went up

by 10.02 percent, alcoholic beverages and tobacco prices increased by 14.53 percent, clothing and footwear prices soared by 15.04 percent, housing water, electricity and gas fuels 6.52 percent, health care charges went up by 6.52 percent, transportation charges increased 2.52 percent, communication charges 4.93 percent, recreation and culture charges went up by 9.74 percent, education charges 8.09 percent and restaurants and hotel charges by 10.05 percent and miscellaneous 6.04 percent in August 2013 against the same month of the preceding year 2012. Meanwhile, according to the

PBS figures, price of onions increased by 34.51 percent in the month of August against July, prices of chicken enhanced by 12.15 percent, prices of potatoes went up by 7.36 percent, price of eggs surged by 6.23, price of wheat increased by 4.94 percent, price of wheat four surged by 4.49 percent, price of fresh vegetables went up by 4.15 percent, price of gur enhanced by 3.74 percent, price of wheat products increased by 2.36 percent, price of cereals soared by 1.92 percent, price of milk products enhanced by 2.84 percent, price of beans raised by 1.7 percent, price of bakery and confectionary items increased

by 1.66 percent, prices of beverages surged by 1.24 percent and readymade food by 1.15 percent during the month of August against the month of July. According to figures, cost of Personal Equipments increased by 3.09 percent, text books prices enhanced by 2.63 percent, readymade garments cost surged by 2.3 percent, kerosene oil price soared by 2.08 percent, tailoring charges increased by 1.9 percent, motor fuel price soared by 1.72 percent and doctor (MBBS) clinic fee went up by 1.27 percent during month of August against July 2013.

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Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) Manzar Khurshid Sheikh on Tuesday rejected the increase in prices of petroleum products which he said will destroy economic and industrial uplift in the country. He demanded of the government to withdraw the decision on earliest to promote the business activities. He said that uninterrupted electricity must be provided on cheaper rates and government must devised plan to overcome circular debt as in recent circumstances circular debt cannot be fixed forever. He said that that business community of Rawalpindi city

























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

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Etihad Cargo, Abu Dhabi hub handle record July tonnage STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Etihad Cargo, part of UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, has posted record monthly uplift figures for July of 45,000 tonnes, a 37 per cent increase on the same month in 2012 (32,876 tonnes). Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Kevin Knight, said: “Over the past 12 months we’ve strengthened our global cargo business, expanded operations across new and existing trade lanes, seen demand continue to grow, and in response, we’ve been able to add greater capacity via our growing passenger and freighter fleet.” The impressive tonnage figures for July were driven largely by increases in key export markets such as India, Hong Kong and China and demand into the Middle East for foodstuffs ahead of the Holy Month of Ramadan, predominately from The Netherlands. The carrier’s Abu Dhabi hub also posted record tonnage for July with 70,500 tonnes handled into, out of and through the cargo facilities, which are now part of Etihad’s subsidiary organisation, Etihad Airport Services – Cargo. Mr Knight added: “Announced in May this year, the acquisition of the Abu Dhabi Cargo Company, is an investment turning point in terms of how we plan to grow cargo handling at our hub, and drive better synergies and efficiencies for the benefit of our local and international customer base. “ T o meet the future demand for cargo at our Abu Dhabi hub, planning is also underway to develop the East Midfield site for a new state-of-the-art integrated Cargo Terminal.”

Emirates offers special offers upto 20pc discount STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, has launched special offers with up to 20 per cent off for travellers from Pakistan for Business Class and Economy Class fares to select destinations on its global network. The offer is valid for purchase of tickets until 10th September 2013 for travel between 15th September 15th January 2014. These special offers mean customers in Pakistan can enjoy Emirates’ renowned hospitality on some of the most popular destinations such as London, Birmingham, Paris and New York. Return fares to London and New York, as an example start from PKR 83,890 and PKR 108,770 respectively, inclusive of all applicable taxes.

is receiving threats and ‘Parchi’ from extortionists who are demanding from 5 million to 20 million as bhatta. He was addressing the press conference over the sharp increase in the prices of petroleum products. Senior Vice President Pervez Ahmed Warrich, Vice President Nadeem Rauf, former presidents Sheikh Shabbir, Sohail Altaf, Dr. Hassan Sarosh Akram, leaders of trade associations Sheikh Hafeez, Sheikh Sadiq, Shahid Ghafoor Paracha, member Executive Committee and other members of Chamber were also present on the occasion. Manzar Khursheed Sheikh said that despite of facilitating the business community government

is creating more problems for it. Along with energy crisis now business community of Rawalpindi city is facing threats, which is creating instability. He said many members of RCCI have received threats from extortionists but because of fear they are not ready to come forward and register their complaints. “Government should provide safety to business community if they really want to attract investors and want to business activities in the country,” he added. President RCCI urges that government should cancel the sharp increase in the prices of petroleum products, as this would increase the inflation rate and ultimately common man will suffer. He said, its batter that

PA seeks subsidy for flood affected crops STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Punjab Assembly during open debate on wheat and its support price urged the government to provide enough subsidy to farmers whose crops were washed away during recent floods. Members also stressed for building of Kalabagh Dam to store floodwater and generate ample electricity to meet national requirement. They called for a comprehensive policy to attain wheat autarky in years to come. Comparing to India, members were of the demand that the government must offer subsidy on water and electricity to poor farmers. Replying to queries by

members, Food Minister Punjab Bilal Yasin said, the government was attaching high priority to enhance wheat production in the province. In this regard, he said, a comprehensive policy had already been evolved. He said, training courses were being arranged to learn farmers about latest techniques in the field of wheat growing. The minister on a question, said the government was aware of media reports regarding selling of dead animal’s meat in the market. Necessary action, he said, was being being taken against elements involved in this ugly business. Taking floor on a point of order, Ilyas Chinoti, a member said, to obtain good wheat yield ample water was required. He

emphasised the need to develop small water reservoirs for storing floodwater going waste to sea. Another member Ahmad Khan pointed out that owing to high cost of inputs, farmers had halted wheat growing and preferring to other crops. In his wind up speech, Agriculture Minister Punjab Dr Farrukh Javed said, the government was fully taking care of farmers interests. He said, a number of incentives were being given to wheat growers. A member drew government’s attention towards selling of seeds at exorbitant rates. As the minister finished his speech, the Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal prorogued the session till sine die.

Result-oriented policies needed to ensure food security STAFF REPORTER

in collaboration with Alliance of World Food Summit in Against Hunger and Malnutri- 2005. AAHM Pakistan chapISLAMABAD —Speakers at a tion (AAHM) National Chap- ter is consisting on civil soci-

ISLAMABAD: Participants at the National Consultation on Policy Perspective of Hunger and Malnutrition situation in Pakistan exchanging views. consultation moot called for devising result-oriented policies to boost agriculture sector and ensure food security in the country. Addressing National Consultation organized by Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment (SCOPE)

ter Pakistan, Oxfam Novib Pakistan and Oxfam-GROW at a local hotel here on Tuesday, Tanveer Arif, Chief Executive, SCOPE elaborated that AAHM, which is a global network of intergovernmental organizations and civil society, formed as a follow up

ety, government organizations and experts. He said that AAHM Pakistan has developed advocacy strategy which aims at supporting government initiatives of National Food Security and Nutrition Policy and Zero Hunger Programme.

Rs279b tax collected in July, Aug STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has provisionally accumulated Rs 279 billion during first two months (July and August) of the ongoing financial year 2013-14. “Federal Board of Revenue has provisionally collected Rs 279 billion during July-August period of the current fiscal year that may increase in next few days when figures compiled”, said Riffat Shaheen Qazi, official spokesperson of FBR. However, she did not share the target of two months (July and August), as she said, “FBR set quarterly revenue collection target not monthly targets”.

Meanwhile, sources said that FBR has set Rs 286 billion revenue collection target for the first two months (July-August) of the ongoing fiscal year, which might be achieved when final figures of revenue collection compiled. Sources further said that final figures of revenue collection are likely to be finalised in next three to four days. The collection would go beyond Rs 279 billion after obtaining revenue data from far-flung areas and reconciliation of revenue receipts, he added. The FBR has provisionally collected Rs 279 billion during the first two months of 2013-14 against Rs 177 billion in the corresponding period of last fiscal year show-

ing an increase of around 57 percent in one year. Meanwhile, FBR has collected Rs 145 billion during the month of August. The healthy growth in first two months of current financial year 2013-14 is mainly due to heavy taxation measures worth of Rs 200 billion taken in budget. The FBR has to collect an uphill revenue collection target of Rs 2474 billion during the current financial year 2013-14, which is 28 percent higher than the collection of previous fiscal year 2012-13 that was Rs 1936 billion. However, chairman FBR Tariq Bajwa other day showed his commitment to achieve this revenue collection target, what he termed a ‘challenging target’.

government take action on our request and reduce the prices of petroleum products otherwise we have other option to go shutter down strike and to go in courts against this decision. Manzar Khursheed said that business community was hopeful before general elections but now the steps taken by the government has disappointed everyone. Increase in the prices of petroleum products and instability is discouraging new businesses in the country. He suggested Finance minister to have an economist in his team and RAWALPINDI: President Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Manzar advised to make maximum ef- Khurshid Sheikh addressing a Press conference. forts for avoiding taking such anti-trade, anti-industry and anti-people measures in the larger interest of the country.

Oracle Pakistan makes general availability of its database AMANULLAH KHAN K ARACHI—Oracle Pakistan today announced the general availability of Oracle Database 12c, the first Database designed for the Cloud. Speaking on the occasion, Ahsen Javed, Regional Managing Director, Oracle Pakistan and SAGE-W said, “The Oracle Database 12c brings to customers a new multitenant architecture that simplifies the process of consolidating databases onto the cloud; enabling customers to manage many databases as one - without having to change their applications.” He further added “The innovations in Oracle Database 12c were developed keeping in mind the requirements of our customers who are looking to move to the cloud, the new multitenant architecture will make it so much easier for them to consolidate their databases onto the cloud securely,” Oracle Database 12c also offers customers other capabilities for cloud computing such as simplified provisioning, cloning and resource prioritization without resorting to major application changes. “As organizations embrace the cloud, they seek technologies that will transform business and improve their overall operational agility and effectiveness,” Joshua B Chua, Director, Sales Consulting and Enterprise Architecture, Oracle ASEAN. “Oracle Database 12c is a next-generation database designed to meet these needs, providing a new multitenant architecture on top of a fast, scalable, reliable, and secure database platform.

Import of gold for export of Jewellery restored STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Import of Gold for export of Jewellery has been restored by Ministry of Commerce, a statement of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan issued on Tuesday (TDAP) said. The new procedure has been issued vide SRO - 760 (I) /2013 dated September 2, 2013, the same has been posted on the website of Ministry of Commerce / Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). It may be recalled that the import of Gold under the defunct SRO 266 was temporarily suspended for a month with effect from August 1, 2013 as per the directives of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC). The Chairman of ECC/Finance Minister had assured the traders that he would reopen the import in a month after revamping SRO266 in order to minimize misuse.

USAID supports consultative workshop for improved dairy farming management STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Commercial dairy farmers from the Punjab today participated in a consultative workshop with dairy sector stakeholders and farm managers to assess the needs for modern farm management services. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Dairy and Rural Development Foundation (DRDF) supported the workshop through their Dairy Project. “The demand for farm management is increasing in Pakistan’s dairy industry, as investors are looking into developing commercial farm set-

ups, especially in the Punjab,” stated Vice Chairman DRDF Abdul Sattar Dogar. “The Dairy Project-trained farm managers will join a powerful sector of Pakistan’s economy, and we have to prepare them for the market. This workshop will assist the Dairy Project in enhancing the scope of the upcoming farm managers’ training, and further align the offered training with market needs.” The Dairy Project’s fourweek farm managers’ trainings prepare dairy farmers and unemployed, educated youth to become excellent resources for farm management in their respective regions, increasing

farm productivity, and creating employment opportunities for young educated Pakistanis. Through this project, Pakistan’s rural economy will acquire a much-needed boost, leading to increased employment opportunities. “We have to improve production and yield per animal instead of increasing the number of animals at farms; the newlytrained farm managers will learn how to assure this happens in the future,” said Dairy Project Director Jakob Moser. “Today, we have taken a great first step to develop an enhanced farm managers’ training program, which will be based on the needs of commercial dairy farmers. This

Mobile phone imports down by 15.16pc in July

STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The mobile phone imports into the country decreased by 15.16 percent and 34.87 percent during the month of July, when compared to the imports of July 2012 and June last year respectively. The imports of mobile phones into the country during July, 2013 were recorded at $44.678 million against the imports of $52.66 million during July 2012 and $68.594 million in June 2013, according to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). Meanwhile, the overall imports of telecom group also decreased by 9.53 percent and

19.21 percent during the month of July 2013 when compared to the imports of July 2012 and June 2013 respectively. The telecom group imports during July 2013 stood at $102.045 million against the imports of $112.792 million in July 2012 and $$126.304 million in June this year, the data revealed. Similarly other apparatus of telecom group during the period under review also decreased by 4.6 percent and 0.59 percent as compared to the imports of July 2012 and June 2013 respectively. The imports of other apparatus during July 2013 stood at $ 57.367 million whereas the imports during July 2012 and

June 2013 were recorded at $60.133 million and $57.71 million respectively. Exports from the country increased by 2.65 percent during the first months of the current fiscal year (2013-14) as against the exports of the same months of the last fiscal year. It may be mentioned here that the trade deficit during the first month of the current fiscal year was recorded at 1.719 billion, showing an increase of 6.07 over the deficit of $1.621 billion recorded during the same month of the last year. Similarly, the trade deficit during July stood at $1.719 billion against the deficit of $1.743 billion in June 2013, showing negative growth of 1.35 percent.

Wapda to complete Neelum-Jhelum project in time nomic activities in the area. The sources said that two tunnel-boring machines (TBMs) were also imported from Germany to complete the project in time, saying that these machines have already been made functional on the project. Out of total 67-kilometre tunnels, over 33 kilometres long tunnels have been excavated, while excavation of under-ground power house stands at over 70pc and transformers hall at 95pc. Desander of the project is over 88pc and the Nauseri bridge is 100pc complete, they added. The Power House of the project is

located in the Chattar Kalass. Installed capacity of the project is 969 MW comprising four units of 240 MW each. The original cost of the project was Rs130 billion but the revised PC-1 cost of the project was put at Rs274.882 billion as it has escalated due to change in design and machinery requirement owing to the earthquake of 2005. Neelum Jehlum Hydroelectric Project envisages the diversion of Neelum river water through a tunnel and after producing power, out-falling into Jehlum river.

Tomato prices up by 84pc

Wateen receives re-certification

STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—WAPDA is making all possible efforts to complete the Neelum-Jhelum project in time. Officials sources say that the project, besides generating much-needed hydel electricity in the country, is also of immense importance for Pakistan to establish priority water rights. Expressing satisfaction over the pace of work, they said that the project is an excellent opportunity for socio-economic uplift of the local populace by providing them job opportunities and boosting other eco-

STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Price of tomatoes increased by 84 percent in July 2013 as compared to June 2013. Heavy rainfall and flood in various parts of the country are said to be the factors behind low tomato yield leading to its import and thus a higher price. FAFEN governance monitors visited 188 retail outlets in 105 districts and reported increase in the prices of other vegetables as well. Price of potatoes increased by 21 percent and onions 10 percent. A high increase was also registered in the price of fruits-dark red apples 38 percent, golden apples 35 percent and bananas 12 percent. Prices of condiments went

up with that of ginger increasing 12 percent, garlic 8 percent and turmeric 4 percent. Among poultry products, 7 percent increase was observed for eggs while broiler chicken live went up 1 percent. The average price of broiler chicken meat however remained unchanged. Other meat items including beef and mutton also registered increase of 3 percent and 2 percent. Similarly prices of all the sweeteners (gur, desi shaker (3% each) and sugar (1%)), dairy products (fresh milk and yogurt (1% each)) and wheat (flour (3%) and grain (1%)) registered rise. An increase was also observed in the price of kitchen fuels, LPG (3%), firewood (2%) and kerosene oil (1%).

Fine lint remains in focus STAFF CORRESPONDENT KARACHI—The leading buyers remained eager for fine grades during the trading session amid firm spot rate, which stood at Rs 6,700 per maund, traders at Karachi Cotton Association (KCA) said. The buyers bought fine grades on competitive prices in Sindh and Punjab stations at around Rs 6,975 per maund while lint production in the ginneries of Sindh and Punjab remained on the lower side due to slow pace of drying up rain-affected cottonseed, brokers said. Higher demand for fine grades in Punjab and Sindh stations would continue to favour sellers as they were asking

slightly higher prices even at Rs 7,050 per maund, besides ginning activities remained firm with overall production of around 70 percent to 100,000 bales per week. The general prices remained slightly up as deals changed hands at around Rs 6,925 per maund to Rs 6,975 per maund, floor brokers said. In Punjab and Sindh stations mills bought lint of all grades including fine ones at around Rs 6,650 per maund to Rs 7,000 per maund on back of growing demand for textile products, they added. The secondary buyers made deals for all grades of lint including second grades for blending purposes at around Rs 6,150 per maund to Rs 6,625 per maund.

STAFF CORRESPONDENT LAHORE—Wateen Solutions, a subsidiary of Wateen Telecom Ltd has once again achieved the Cisco Gold Partner certification meeting all the rigorous standards set forth by Cisco in networking competency, service, support and customer satisfaction. As a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, Wateen continues to succeed in attaining the broadest range of expertise across multiple technologies by achieving Cisco advanced specialisations in borderless networking, collaboration and data centre. Naeem Zamindar CEO Wateen Telecom said, “Accomplishing the broadest range of expertise across multiple technologies is a testimony to our deep commitment and quality deliverance. Wateen also provides a host of Cloud and Managed Services to give customers the flexibility they need and the outcome they desire.” Edison Peres senior Vice President of worldwide channels at Cisco said, “With specialisations in borderless networking, collaboration and data centre, Wateen Solutions has made an investment in developing the capability to deliver the integrated and customised technology solutions that today’s customer’s demand.”

consultation will lead to better farm management trainings and create jobs at large, commercial farms,” he added. USAID’s three-year, $14 million Dairy Project, implemented by Dairy and Rural Development Foundation (DRDF), will impact the lives of 9,000 small dairy farmers by enhancing their productivity by at least 10 percent, resulting in at least 10 percent increase in their incomes. The project is also providing training on the best dairy farm management techniques to train and establish 2000 selfemployed Artificial Insemination Technicians and 5000 Women Livestock Extension LAHORE: Participants at the USAID DRDF Dairy Project’s Consultative Workshop for Workers. Commercial Dairy Farmers.

Hospital to home focus may reduce readmissions


ELPING people who were recently re leased from a hospital understand how to care for themselves and informing their primary care doctors about their stay may reduce their risk of being admitted back into the hospital, says a new study. Researchers found that implementing a statewide transitional care program for North Carolinians on Medicaid - the state and federal insurance for the poor - was linked to a 20 percent reduction in patients’ risk of going back to the hospital during the next year. “That finding is fairly consistent with what had been shown in other studies… We were hoping to achieve that big of a difference. The novelty was being able to achieve it on this scale,” Dr. Annette DuBard, the study’s lead author from Community Care of North Carolina in Raleigh, told Reuters Health. Researchers have known that the time immediately following patients’ release from a hospital is critical to their chance of being readmitted later on. “The time of discharge from the hospital was a very vulnerable time for patients with complex care needs and we need to get resources in place to make sure they go more smoothly,” DuBard said. Much emphasis has been put on programs to reduce readmissions and ultimately save money, but there have been some questions about how to address issues at home that may

increase a patient’s risk for another hospitalization. In 2012, a study found issues such as not being able to take medication or get to doctors’ offices were linked to an increased risk of being readmitted. Studies conducted at individual hospitals have found promising results with programs that coordinated patients’ care when they left the hospital, taught patients and their families how to manage their medical conditions at home and then followed up with the patients after they were back home. For the new study, DuBard and her colleagues calculated the rate of readmissions among more than 13,000 patients on Medicaid with multiple chronic health conditions who enrolled in the statewide transitional care program between 2010 and 2011. They compared that to the rate of readmissions among about 8,000 patients who received standard care with no extra help at discharge. Overall, the researchers found those who went through the transitional care program were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital during the next 12 months. The biggest difference was for patients who were the sickest and thus at the greatest risk for having to go back to the hospital. Among those people, the researchers found 20 percent in the transitional care program were readmission-free after a year, compared to 12 percent of the usual care group.

KARACHI: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif being received by Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at Karachi Air Port on Tuesday.

Minister orders removal of encroachments from Food Dept land

Few killings in Karachi with 20m population not a big issue: AIGP IRFAN ALIGI

KARACHI–Provincial Minister KARACHI—The Additional Infor Food, Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar has directed that encroachments on the land of Food Department be removed immediately. Presiding a meeting of district officers of his department, he said that strict action should be taken against the people involved in land grabbing, a handout issued here on Tuesday said. He said that legal action be taken against the officers involved in theft of wheat bags from the Food Department’s warehouses.He directed that such cases be referred to AntiCorruption Police. The Minister directed the officers concerned to ensure sale of ‘atta’ (wheat flour) at the fixed rates and take strict action against those shopkeepers who are involved in overcharging.—APP

KARACHI: MQM Deputy Convener Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui addressing a press conference. Babar Ghouri and Nasrin Jalil are also seen in the picture.—PO photo

spector General of Police, Sindh for Karachi, Ghulam Qadir Thebo said that Karachi was a big city which population had crossed 20 million and in such a big and densely populated mega city, killings totaling to 10-20 persons was not a big issue. He expressed these views in a press conference he had addressed the police head office Tuesday. It was not know as why the AIGP had chosen the day for the press conference at a time when the Premier of the country, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was busy in obtaining fed back from

STAFF REPORTER KARACHI–Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) had Tuesday in a crack-down operation against the residential defaulters disconnected water connections in vast areas of Gulshan-e Iqbal, Jamshed, Saddar, Baldia and Shah Faisal Colony. The KW&SB disconnection team on the directives of KW&SB Managing Director Qutbuddin Shaikh conducted disconnection campaign and was

led by the deputy managing director revenue Aslam. The water connections were disconnected in Zehra Apartments, Rizvia Society, Jauhar Complex, Al-Muslim Corner, Lay Arcade, Ghazi Arcade, Shakeel Garden, Commissioner Society, Arafat Corner, VIP Corner, Al-Haseeb, Yasir View, Islamic Arcade, Gulshan View, Soni View, Al-Nasira Heaven, Asma Garden in Gulshan-e Iqbal. In Jamshed, water connec-

ICCBS inks MoU with Sudanese Centre of Research KARACHI–The International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University, has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Centre for Research (NCR), Khartoum, Sudan, to initiate academic, research and scientific cooperation between the two institutions. According to ICCBS spokesman here on Tuesday, the Director of ICCBS Prof. Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary on behalf of the International Centre and Director NCR Prof. Dr M. Galal M. Ahmed signed the MoU in a special signing ceremony held at Khartoum, Sudan. On the occasion, Dr Choudhary said that ICCBS is among the leading centres of excellence in chemical, biological and biochemical sciences, serving as the centre for research

and training of scholars from various countries of the world. The facilities at ICCBS are at par with any good research establishment in the west. ICCBS, he added, is an integral part of Karachi University, which is recognised as the premier establishment of higher learning and research in the subcontinent and in the developing world, graded as 233 in world ranking of Universities in natural sciences, while the ICCBS is one of the best higher learning institutions of the varsity. The Director NCR praised the research facilities and standard of the ICCBS, and said that NCR is a premier research institute of the Ministry of Science and Communications in Sudan. He said that the collaboration with ICCBS will definitely build the human capacity of various institutions in Sudan.—APP

KARACHI–Karachi was on high alert on Tuesday because the Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was in Karachi on his mission to take his plans ahead for the elimination of target killings, extortion, kidnappings for ransom and street crimes. Leaders of political and religious parties had been in the all party conference and there were talks about award of free hand to the provincial government to deal with the killers. However, the perpetrators felt they already had a free hand to gun down 13 citizens

tions of Maryam Heights, Faran Society, KMCH Society, PESCH Block 2, in Shah Faisal Colony, water connections were disconnected in Block 19, Welcome Centre, Simon View, Welcome Terrace, Pak Avenue, Haramain Towers and in Block 18, Jauhar Square, Classic Apartments.

ings, street crime, extortion but it was also a fact that there was huge spread of illegal weapons that were used in assorted crimes mentioned earlier and above all, the AIGP said that killings of a few persons in a city that had crossed the population above 20 million was not a mentionable matter.He admitted that there were No Go Areas in the city but after repeated actions, such No Go Areas had been partially eliminated and police and other law enforcement agencies had been in a position to enter those areas freely.He said that as compared to the population of the city, there were only 25, 000 cops and officers in police department and there were black

13 gunned down amid PM’s presence in city STAFF REPORTER

KW&SB disconnects water supply of various residential areas

the leaders of political and religious parties, traders and businessmen, and chiefs of the intelligence and law enforcement agencies so that he could carve out a consolidated plan for bringing normalcy in the port city. The AIGP had also sleeted the time to engage the newsmen in a press conference when the city’s largest mandate holding political party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement had announced its schedule of an urgent press conference at the Karachi Press Club. The AIGP said that it was a fact that the city and the citizens were badly stricken by the unchecked incidents of target kill-

of which 4 were killed in just half and hour, which was a bold question mark on the performance and efficiency of police and Rangers. The incidents of killings were occurred in many areas of the city including Orangi Town, Pir Elahi Bux Colony, Soldier Bazar, Garden East, Clifton, M A Jinnah Road. In Orangi Town, sector 12L, a worker of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian was killed and was identified as Naeem 30. His body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal procedures. One was killed

in Pir Elahi Bux Colony after some unidentified assailants had attacked with automatic assault weapons on a car while another was killed in Garden East Dhobi Ghat area. One was killed near Ziauddin Hospital in Clifton. Police sub-inspector Shamshad 30 posted at Pakistan Bazar police station as intelligence officer was killed in Orangi Town No 5. Syed Ejaz Hussain Shah son of Syed Faiz Elahi 50 was killed in Leemo Goth area of Gulshan-e Iqbal. Zaheer son of Pir Bux 45 was killed on Abul Hassan Esphahani Road in Gulistan-e Jauhar.

sheep in the police department, too.So far, around 119 cops were killed in the city during current year (2013) in incidents of target killings but the moral of polices was still high, he claimed adding that police had a target to chase the criminals and bring them to task no matter how powerful or influential they were. He said that cops were being killed in incidents of target killings. Police had busted a gang leader of extortionists, which had been operated on information provided by a lady employee of an institution. The AIGP claimed that people had been protecting the target killers belong to them.

Two alleged car snatchers arrested KARACHI–The Anti-Car Lifting Cell (ACLC), arrested two accused of car snatching from Gulistan-e-Johar here on Tuesday. The accused identified as Muhammad Ayub and Muhammad Shahid alias Kana, were arrested while they were travelling on an allegedly snatched car no AMM-649, said a police statement. The police has also recovered two pistols along with seven rounds from the accused. Mominabad police has also arrested two accused of street crimes, after exchange of firing from the Metroville area.—APP

Independence Day of Indonesia celebrated KARACHI—To mark the 68th sul General welcomed all the trade volume as well as pave the lateral economic relations between while Indonesia is the largest and the entry point of the foreign Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Indonesia which was celebrated, Indonesian Consul General in Karachi and Mrs. Rossalis R. Adenan hosted a reception at the Karachi’s DHA Country and Golf Club Convention Hall on the evening of 2nd September 2013. The reception was attended by Federal and Sindh Government officials, including the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan (Mr. Yaseen Anwar) and the Senior Minister for Education of Sindh (Mr. Nisar Ahmed Khuhro), senators, members of Sindh Parliament, diplomats, honorary consul generals, businessmen, politicians and representatives from civil society in Karachi. It was started by playing the national anthems of Indonesia and Pakistan and followed by remarks of the Consul General and the Chief Minister of Sindh, Mr. Syed Qaim Ali Shah who was the Chief Guest at the reception. On his remarks, the Con-

guests and extended the warmest regards of the Indonesian Ambassador to Pakistan and Mrs. Burhan Muhammad to those who are attending the reception. He also extended warmest and sincerest felicitation to the Government and people of Pakistan, particularly in Sindh Province, on the auspicious occasion of the 66th Independence Day of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan which was celebrated on 14th August 2013. The Consul General shortly elaborated the Indonesian current economic development under the dynamic leadership of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono which was characterized, among others by significant achievement in economic growth amid the current global economy slowdown. He underlined the newly implemented Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between Indonesia and Pakistan which started entering into force on 1st September 2013 and will further increase the bilateral

commodities export, including from Indonesian to this Region will be more important in the years ahead. The Chief Minister of Sindh who in his speech congratulated the Indonesian Consul General on the auspicious occasion. He reiterated the longstanding relations between the two brotherly countries which has been established since a long time, and underlined the huge potentials the two countries have that should be further explored for the mutual benefit of the two countries, particularly in economic sector, among others through business to-business contact. With the huge potentials and similarities the two countries have, he believed that the bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries will be further strengthened. During the function, some Indonesian traditional cuisine were served KARACHI: Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah along with Consul General of Indonesia and and Balinese dances were perother guests cutting the cake on the occasion of 68th Independence Day of Indonesia. Nisar formed which were much appreciated by the guests.—NNI Khuhro, Nasrin Jalil and others are also seen in the picture.—PO Photo by Sultan Chaki

way to the signing of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two brotherly countries. The Consul General expressed his confidence that the future of bi-

the two brotherly countries will be more strengthened in years ahead, bearing in mind the Pakistan’s economy as the second largest in the Region, and is one of the emerging markets in the World,

economy in ASEAN and member of the G-20. In line with the increasing bilateral trade volume of the two brotherly countries, he believed that the role of Karachi as the hub of commercial activities

Hospital to home focus may reduce readmissions


ELPING people who were recently released from a hospital under stand how to care for themselves and informing their primary care doctors about their stay may reduce their risk of being admitted back into the hospital, says a new study. Researchers found that implementing a statewide transitional care program for North Carolinians on Medicaid - the state and federal insurance for the poor - was linked to a 20 percent reduction in patients’ risk of going back to the hospital during the next year. “That finding is fairly consistent with what had been shown in other studies… We were hoping to achieve that big of a difference. The novelty was being able to achieve it on this scale,” Dr. Annette DuBard, the study’s lead author from Community Care of North Carolina in Raleigh, told Reuters Health. Researchers have known that the time immediately following patients’ release from a hospital is critical to their chance of being readmitted later on. “The time of discharge from the hospital was a very vulnerable time for patients with complex care needs and we need to get resources in place to make sure they go more smoothly,” DuBard said. Much emphasis has been put on programs to reduce readmissions and ultimately save money, but there have been

some questions about how to address issues at home that may increase a patient’s risk for another hospitalization. In 2012, a study found issues such as not being able to take medication or get to doctors’ offices were linked to an increased risk of being readmitted. Studies conducted at individual hospitals have found promising results with programs that coordinated patients’ care when they left the hospital, taught patients and their families how to manage their medical conditions at home and then followed up with the patients after they were back home. For the new study, DuBard and her colleagues calculated the rate of readmissions among more than 13,000 patients on Medicaid with multiple chronic health conditions who enrolled in the statewide transitional care program between 2010 and 2011. They compared that to the rate of readmissions among about 8,000 patients who received standard care with no extra help at discharge. Overall, the researchers found those who went through the transitional care program were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital during the next 12 months. The biggest difference was for patients who were the sickest and thus at the greatest risk for having to go back to the hospital.

LAHORE: President of PPP, Punjab, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo talking to media persons after a meeting of joint opposition in Punjab.

96 traffic wardens deputed L A H O R E —City Traffic bvcxh fbPo\\\=lice on Tuesday deployed another 96 traffic wardens at various roads of the city to ensure smooth flow of traffic. CTO Sohail Chaudhry said that 101 traffic wardens who were deputed at city traffic police lines, had already been deployed at the busy traffic sectors in the city to regulate traffic, city traffic police sources said here on Tuesday.—APP

Three more dengue cases

PM efforts for peace in Karachi to bear fruit: PML-N L AHORE —The efforts of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will bear fruit and bring peace in the strife torn Karachi. Talking to reporters at party’s Krishan Nagar office on Tuesday, PML-N central leaders Mohammed Mehddi and Tariq Mehmood Gill said that trouble in Karachi has taken a serious turn and if prompt solution was not sought, the situation would aggravate. They said, it is a welcoming sign that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was presiding over a cabinet meeting on Karachi situation. Since, they said, he (Nawaz) is a true patriot and popular leader, he would be able to evolve a strategy to bring peace in Karachi. “Early peace in Karachi is LAHORE: Artists performing during a stage show ‘Main must to frustrate elements lurking to damage Pakistan,” they added. They urged all political parties to contribute to resolve one of the major issues facing the country. The PML-N leaders said, only a ruthless operation is the need of hour to purge the port city of mercenaries, exsaid that newly-established SALIM AHMED tortionists and kidnapChinese design institute would pers.—APP L AHORE —Punjab Minister open up new vistas of mutual for Energy, Malik Sher Ali cooperation between busiKhan has stated that the Paki- ness entities of China and Pastan Muslim League-N lead- kistan in the energy sector. Earlier, Zaho Wen Xue, ership is resolutely determined to overcome the chronic men- President overseas project ace of load-shedding and for company of NWEPDI, in his this purpose in addition to in- welcome address, stated that LAHORE—Provincial Minister creasing power generation, it it was an established principle for Forest, Fisheries and Wild- has launched an aggressive of the Chinese leadership to life Malik Asif Awan has said campaign against massive develop a sound relationship lakhs of acres of government electricity and gas theft which with Pakistan and push forland was illegally occupied and is costing up to Rs.250 billion ward the ties among power generation firms of the two action would be taken soon. annually to the country. He expressed these views nations. He was presiding over a Now the Chinese engimeeting in his office Tuesday, while addressing opening cerwhich was attended by Addi- emony of the world reputed neers would work hard, alongtional Secretary Forests Naeem Chinese North West Electric side Pakistani friends, to furPower Institute office in Paki- ther strengthen existing bonds Tiwana and others. The minister directed the stan at a local hotel, here Tues- of cooperation in all fields of energy sector to achieve a betofficers to protect government day. ter and easier life for the The Minister said that as a land like their personal property otherwise strict action result of expeditious measures people of both the countries. He said that NWEPDI has would be taken against them taken by the incumbent govwithout any discrimination. ernment the existing electric- already taken part in a series He stressed upon the of- ity generation had been en- of work in designing, procurficers to prepare an action plan hanced by over 1700 MW. He ing, constructing and testing for eradication of theft of trees and corruption and send it to him.

Aggressive campaign on against electricity, gas theft

Forest Dept to retrieve govt land: minister

L AHORE —Youngsters in the city seem to be in a race to impress others through the writings on the rear screens of their cars, as most cars in the city trend to display some message on them for others. The witty, and sometimes smutty, statements on the rear screens of cars are often written to catch people’s attention. Some youngsters also display quotations, and even names of their beloved ones. Sohail Malik, a resident of Gulberg, had splashed on his car screen that read, “Mom says no more girls.” He said that he had written it just for the sake of fun, and that his views on the ‘issue’ were totally different.

projects of MG-I in Pakistan. The opening of the Institute’s office, the Chinese electricity experts would be a part of strength of electricity grid in Pakistan, he added. Later Mr. Li Xiu An, President of NWEPDI observed that eversince its inception in October 1956, the NWEPDI has attained the status of one of the top companies in China power sector and had designed 261 major power projects both at home and aboard with a total capacity of 126.063MW, which was 14 percent of the total power generation of China. Vice President NWEPDI, Zheng Shu Gui, while giving a presentation on achievements of the Institute, remarked that setting up of the NWEPDI Pakistan office was a milestone for the international business which showed that Pakistan power market was very important to China.

LDA officials promoted

LAHORE—Spread of dengue in and all available resources were L A H O R E — D e p a r t m e n t a l different areas of Punjab has increased the worries of citizens as more dengue cases were surfaced across the province on Tuesday. According to health authorities, dengue virus has been detected in three more patients hailing from Pakpattan, Lahore and Sheikhupura who were admitted at Mayo Hospital. With three new cases total number of dengue patients across the province has reached to 65. Provincial health authorities were of the view that anti-dengue campaign is in full swing

being utilized to control the further spread of the disease. The health department officials said that besides fuming, vaccination, precautionary measures, awareness campaign in the countryside areas is also in progress. They said that without cooperation of masses, provincial government can’t succeed in anti-dengue drive. The health officials also urged the citizens to play their role to save precious lives and ensure the spread of disease.—INP

“Girls often dislike this statement, but some become my friend just because of it,” he said, adding that he did not believe that there was anything ‘immoral’ in it, and that he was just using his ‘freedom of expression’. Amir, a resident of Model Town, had “If you are mad, I am your dad” written on the back screen of his car. He said that it was a ‘warning to others’ attempting to overtake him on the city roads. He however said that it was not an attempt to hurt anybody’s feelings. Another piece of writing on the rear screen of car tells others, “Do not follow me, am always wrong”. The young drivers often write such statements on their cars to make readers laugh. A youngster had a message

on the back of her car that read, “Fasla rakhain warna piyar ho jaye ga” (Keep distance or you might fall in love). Another car in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) had “Waldain ka adab karo, Santro kia BMW bhi milay ge” (Respect your parents and you’ll get a BMW instead of a Santro) written on it. Aqif Sheikh, another resident of the DHA had written “Looking good is a curse” on his car. Another car in the locality had “Save the drama for your mama” written on it. As youngsters write statements on the back screens of their cars to seek attention, others use the space to spread their agenda. This practice was evident

PES provides emergency service to 128,468 people L AHORE —Punjab

Emergency Service (PES) provided rescue service to 128,468 people by carrying out 46,895 rescue operations in the province during the month of August last. This was told in a meeting to Director General Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Dr Rizwan Naseer here at Rescue 1122 Headquarters. The meeting was told that Rescue 1122 responded to emergency calls includes 16,886 road accidents, 21,018 medical emergencies, 606 fire incidents, 227 building collapse incidents, 2,310 crime, 223 drowning incidents, 3 explosions and 5,622 other emergency operations. Speaking on the occaison, Dr Rizwan Naseer said the ratio of road accidents was increasing with every passing day in Punjab. He said that citizens should abide by traffic rules and regulations for the safety of human lives.—APP

‘Kidnapped’ Pak origin US citizen returns home

promotion committee of Lahore Development AuLAHORE—An allegedly kidthority (LDA) has promoted napped Pakistani origin US 11 officials. citizen Hasnain Bukhari The officials who have reached back to his home on been promoted include acTuesday. counts clerks and junior acAccording to details, count assistants (BS-11) to Hasnain Bukhari was allegthe post of junior accounedly kidnapped soon after his tants / account assistants arrival here from USA but the (BS-14). drop scene of drama came to LDA also issued final an end when he safely renotice for personal appearturned back to his home loance to Sheraz Qamar cated in Lahore city. Bukhari, junior clerk, LDA on Police said that the drama account of his unauthorized LAHORE: Residents of Nowshehra Virkan holding a demonstration against non-arrest of kidnapping was outcome absence from duty.—APP of murderers of their seven family members. of domestic dispute. Hasnain Bukhari recorded the statement that he did not want to go back to America while his parents were enforcing their decision to return to USA. LAHORE—The Lahore High chief justice directed to re-isIt should be mentioned Court Tuesday again issued sue notice and adjourned the that Bukhari’s parents had notices to Pakistan Tehreek-e- matter till September 18. lodged an FIR at local poThe petitioner through his Insaf chairman Imran Khan on during the general elections your beliefs? I think if one a writ petition challenging the petition submitted that Imran lice station against his kidwhen political workers wrote wants to preach his ideas Election Commission of Khan had filed an application napping by unknown perslogans on their cars in like this, there is no harm in Pakistan’s (ECP) order allow- before the ECP for public in- sons, however, the drop scene revealed after his refavour of their leaders. it,” he added. ing him to move an application spection of election record of Safdar Hussain, a lawyer, Punjab University (PU) with Returning Officer NA-122 NA-122 and the commission turn.—NNI said that the stickers had Centre for Clinical Psychol- to inspect election record. had on June 18, 2013, allowed played an important role in ogy Director Dr Nosheen The LHC chief justice is- the application and also dicreating awareness on the K Rehman said that most sued notice on a petition filed rected the applicant (Khan) to issues among people. He youngsters wrote such by National Assembly Speaker make another application for said that there was no harm statements to seek others’ Sardar Ayaz Sadiq who was examination of documents bein using ‘modern methods’ attention. “Those who do declared returned candidate fore the returning officer confor sharing one’s ideology. not get attention at their from the constituency in the cerned. Some people had also homes or in society adopt May 11 general elections on He submitted that the peused their cars’ back screen such methods to get atten- the PML-N ticket. titioner had no objection to for preaching purposes or tion of others,” she said, As proceedings started the inspection of election for sharing their beliefs, and adding that it was not a today, the ECP’s counsel ap- record, except ballot papers, others had written Quranic healthy practice. She said peared before the court and in terms of Section 45 of the verses on their cars for pro- that such people could submitted a reply. Representation of the People tection. earn fame and others’ atHowever, after reviewing Act, 1976. A car owned by Dilawar tention through hard work. the reply, the chief justice diThe petitioner said that he Hussain, a resident of Model However, she said that rected the counsel to seek fur- had objection only to the exTown, had “Ali Maula (AS)” new ways were being ther explanation and apprise it tent that ECP expected the rewritten on its back screen. He adopted for advertisement on the next date of hearing. turning officer of NA- 122, said that the name had saved purposes, and writing on The chief justice was in- Lahore to allow and supervise him from many curses. cars was one of them. formed that no body appeared public inspection of permis“What is bad in showing on behalf of Imran Khan. The sible election record.—APP

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