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2 Colonels, 3 civilians martyred in suicide attack

NATO commander accuses Russia of destabilizing eastern Ukraine

TTP claims responsibility

BRUSSELS—NATO’s top military commander accused Russia on Wednesday of destabilizing eastern Ukraine through the use of Russianbacked forces and demanded that it stop interfering. While a majority of the troops Russia had close to the Ukrainian border - previously estimated by NATO at 40,000 - had withdrawn or were in the process of withdrawing, some appeared intent on staying, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander Europe, said. “There are several large formations that are remaining and they have not reduced their presence in any way. Some portion of the force looks like it intends to remain,” he said. Breedlove said he saw

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Dar’s budget sets country’s economic direction

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STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI —Two military officers were among five people killed Wednesday when a Taliban suicide bomber hit their twin cabin vehicle on Fateh Jang road near Rawalpindi, Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations Asim Bajwa said. Zahir Shah and Arshad, both LieutenantColonels were martyred in the blast, Bajwa said. Three civilians also died in the attack. The attack was carried out when the officers were on their way to a military installation near Fateh Jang at 9:20 am, military sources said. Initial reports said the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber. Military helicopters were called in at the spot soon after the attack to move

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif performed the 2nd balloting of the Youth Business Loan Scheme on Wednesday. Minister for Finance, Mohammad Ishaq Dar and Chairperson PM Youth Programme, Maryam Nawaz also attended the ceremony.

Nawaz asks opponents to let govt do its job  Youth securing biz loans are harbinger of econo-revolution 

STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that those who were not willing to work should let him do his job. Taking a dig at Imran Khan’s PTI he said “how will you run a country when your are not

able to run a province”. Addressing a ceremony related to Business Youth Scheme, he said that the people had given him an opportunity in the last year general election. “Now opponents by respecting people’s opinion should let me work”.

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Dar: Budget aims at ensuring good governance SHARAFAT KAZMI

Attacks on Pak posts from Afghanistan leave 7 dead TARIQ SAEED PESHAWAR—In yet another incident of naked aggression

ISLAMABAD—Finance Minis- from across the Afghan borter Ishaq Dar has said that the new federal budget is aimed at ensuring good governance, eliminating corruption, plugging leakages in taxes and expanding the tax net. He was speaking at the post-budget news conference to explain salient features of the budgetary proposals in

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the dead and injured to a hospital. Meanwhile, other helicopters were called in to carry out a search operation in the area. The area was cordoned off by security forces personnel and evidence was being collected from the location. Rescue teams from Islamabad and Rawalpindi reached the site of the blast. A spokesman for the banned Tehreek-iTaliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack. TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said the suicide bombing was carried out by TTP attackers to protest “the killing of seven TTP activists in Karachi” and “the killing of Taliban prisoners in jail” and the bombing which comes in the wake of military action and airstrikes in the North Waziristan tribal

der, third with in short span of ten days, the terrorists from Afghanistan attacked number of security posts in Bajaur thrice on Wednesday leaving at least seven soldiers martyred and large number of others including an officer seriously wounded. The government of Pakistan while taking serious notice

of the continued cross border aggression, condemned the unprovoked attacks from Afghanistan and raised the matter with the Afghan government in Kabul as well as Afghan Embassy in Islamabad. It may be recalled that hundreds of militants from Afghanistan’s Kunar province armed with sophisticated weapons, had launched predawn assault on number of Pakistani security posts at PakAfghan border in Bajaur

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Govt briefs diplomats on anti-polio drive LIAQAT TOOR I SLAMABAD—The Government on Wednesday briefed members of Diplomatic Corps on polio eradication campaign in Pakistan. In the briefing held in the Ministry of Foreign of Affairs, Ayesha Raza Farooq, Prime Minister’s focal person on polio explained about the steps taken by the government to implement the recommendations by the IHR Committee of WHO. The diplomats were informed about the current sta-

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Punjab CM to announce Multan Metro Bus Project today M U LTA N —Chief

Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif is likely to announce Metro Bus Project for Multan during his visit to the city on June 5 (Thursday). Talking to journalists at local circuit house, DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal said that CM Shahbaz Sharif would be briefed about the launching of Metro Bus Project in the city. About the route, he informed that consultant firm of Turkey alongwith MD Metro Bus Project would visit three proposed routes and the most feasible route would be decided after consultation and feedback from local parliamentarians. About Motorway Project, DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal informed that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was taking

special interest on early completion of Faisalabad-Multan Motorway. About Multan-Karachi Motorway, Gondal informed that he had received a letter from higher authorities for issuance of notices to people for acquiring land for the Motorway. The DCO further said that notification would be issued to citizens in line with “Khasra” for the execution of mega project. About early completion of Old Shujaabad road, he informed that funds to the tune of Rs 90 million would be utilised for completing the road at the earliest. Zahid Gondal also informed that he was taking special interest in improving libraries especially Bagh Langay Khan and Kuhna Qasim.—APP

2nd tranche of Rs354m for Thar victims released I S L A M A B A D —Federal Government has beneficiaries of Thar have been paid an

FAISALABAD: Officials and workers of Faisalabad Waste Management Company holding awareness rally at Katcheri Bazaar.

Minister wants transparency in medical, dental colleges admissions PESHAWAR—Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Min- leges over and above the number of seats ap- established Gaju Khan Medical College and ister for Health, Shahram Khan Tarakai has directed all the concerned quarters to ensure complete transparency in the admission process of medical and dental colleges saying it is the basis for quality medical education. He expressed these views during chairing a meeting of the Joint Admission Committee of the public sector medical and dental colleges of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa here Wednesday. He was briefed in detail about the admission policy adopted last year for admission to medical institutions, proposed amendments in the policy and the draft prospectus for upcoming admissions. A number of matters related to the affiliation of newly established medical colleges with Khyber Medical University (KMU), their registration with Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), their operationalisation, seat distribution and the issue of registration of those students who have been admitted to medical col-

proved by PMDC for these colleges were discussed threadbare and a number of important decisions were taken to this effect. The committee while elaborating the demerits of the decentralized admission policy adopted last year suggested the chair to restore the centralized admission policy practiced before. The provincial minister responded that the matter would be presented to the Chief Minister for final decision after thoroughly looking into all aspects and consultation with all stakeholders. The meeting decided to constitute a committee headed by Vice Chancellor, KMU to work out the issue of registration of newly established medical colleges with PMDC and equalize the number of seats of all public sector medical colleges with the approved number of PMDC and come up with it recommendations within ten days. The chair directed the heads of the newly

Nowshehra Medical College to complete all the formalities for the affiliation of their respective colleges with KMU and their registration with PMDC within the shortest possible time period. The meeting also directed the principals of all the public sector medical colleges to furnish detailed list of students admitted in their respective colleges over and above the PMDC approved number of seats by Monday next so that their cases of registration with PMDC could be processed. Besides Secretary Health, Ghulam Qadir and Additional Secretary Health Khan Bakhsh Marwat, the meeting was attended by VC, KMU Prof. Dr. Hafeezullah, Dean Post Graduate Medical Institute Peshawar, Prof. Raiz Anwa, Chief Executive, HMC Peshawar Prof. Mumtaz Marwat, Chairman Joint Admission Committee, Prof. Ejaz and all other members of the committee.—APP

Durrani for more allocations for education sector

Three outlaws held after encounter

M U LTA N —Former

H YDERABAD —Police ar-

Vice Chancellor Bahauddin Zakariya University, Dr Ashiq Muhammad Khan Durrani said on Wednesday the government should have earmarked more money for education in the federal budget 201415. Talking to this news agency, he said that education and health sectors should be top priority of the government. He said that healthy mind, healthy body, wise and educated people could serve the country in a better way. Former VC BZU stressed the need for recovery of taxes for the progress and PESHAWAR: Senior Minister for Health Shahram Khan Tarakai offering dua prosperity of the country.— after inaugurating Dr Waqar Zahir Memorial Surgical ward at Hayatabad Medical Complex. APP

rested three outlaws and recovered lethal weapons from their possession during an encounter here in the jurisdicition of Hatri Police Station on Wednesday. According to a police spokesman, they receieved a secret information about the presence of a gang of dacoits near Chaang Goth on National Highway. The SHO along with police force reached the spot but the outlaws started firing on them. However, the police retaliated and succeeded in arresting three outlaws in injured condition along with lethal weapons. They were identified as Aqeel s/o Achan, Farid s/o Subhan and Babar s/o Zafar.—APP

released second tranche of relief to famine stricken people of Thar amounting Rs354 million approximately, which would be distributed among more than 53 thousand victims. In order to support the famine affected people of Thar, Federal Government took the first step in announcing that the cash benefits would be distributed among the victim families. In order to ensure that the disbursements to the victims are objective, transparent and efficient, it was decided that the benefits would be paid to the eligible beneficiaries of BISP, identified on the basis of poverty survey and have also collected their Debit Cards. First tranche of Rs. 6400 per beneficiary was paid to more than 51 thousand Thar beneficiaries in April 2014. This amount was in addition to the Rs. 3600 quarterly payment per beneficiary, which means that the total disbursement was Rs. 10000 per beneficiary for Thar in the third quarter of FY 201314. Once again, more than 51 thousand

additional amount of Rs. 6400 per beneficiary, while the total disbursement for these beneficiaries in the fourth quarter of FY 2013-14 stands at Rs. 10000 per beneficiary. Furthermore, through a rigorous beneficiary outreach campaign, 1997 beneficiaries of Thar district have been included in the Cash Transfer initiative of BISP since the release of previous tranche. These beneficiaries have been paid both installments amounting to Rs. 12,800 per beneficiary, which is in addition to the quarterly cash grant of Benazir Income Support Programme. Moreover, BISP has also recently released the 4th Quarterly installment of the current FY and the beneficiaries of Thar beneficiaries will also receive the installment with the relief amount. The partner bank UBL has also been instructed to make special arrangements in the district for the delivery of payment so that the affected beneficiaries may receive their assistance in a convenient and respectful manner.—APP

NAB arrests ex-secretary HERA for embezzlement P ESHAWA R —National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday arrested accused Gulzar Ali, ex-secretary to Chairman Higher Education Regulatory Authority (HERA), allegedly involved in embezzlement of public money by depositing the same in his personal bank account. It worth mentioning here that the accused person not only refused to appear before the departmental inquiry committee constituted by Higher Education Department Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but he also destroyed/concealed the office record. HERA being unable to recover the looted money requested the NAB (KP) to conduct an inquiry against the accused and recovered the money so embezzled. As per details, private colleges and universities operating in the province are to be registered with HERA by depositing registration fees and renewal fee after every year. For the purpose of all financial transactions to be made in the name of HERA, an official bank account is maintained. However, the accused Gulzar Ali directed some universities and colleges to deposit their registration/renewal fees in his personal bank account in MCB University Town Branch, Peshawar. Scrutiny of bank record of the said account confirmed the complaints lodged by the officials of educational institutions. Moreover, he allegedly used to demand and obtain money from the educational institutes in the name of TA/ DA during his scrutiny visits to these institutes. He also overcharged the fees from educational institutes in some cases. The accused will be produced before the Accountability Court Peshawar for obtaining his physical remand.— APP

Minister assures appointments, transfers on merit P E S H AWA R —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Irrigation Mehmood Khan Wednesday assured that all appointments and transfers in Irrigation department would be done on purely merit basis. Presiding over a high level meeting here, he said political pressure would not be accepted in appointments and transfers. The minister reviewing the performance of the department expressed satisfaction and directed all officers and officials to ensure their presence at the offices and concentrate on timely completion of on-going projects. He asked the department not to compromise on quality of development projects and utilize all their energies to ensure completion well before time in public interest. The Minister said that national resources are being utilized on welfare of masses and dishonesty in this regard would not be tolerated.—APP

Pakistan interested in Russian copters SALAHUDDIN HAIDER


ITH the statement from Russian Presi dent, Putin that his country wants to lift arms embargo and start sale of Russian military material to Pakistan, prospects of a new era of bilateral ties between Islamabad and Moscow, seems on the anvil. Already a humble start has been made in that direction with the unofficial visit to Karachi of the Russian Pacific Fleet, comprising a big submarine “Marshal Shaposhnikov” and the rescue tug-ship “ Alatau” in April this year. The Russian Consul General in Karachi Oleg Avdeev was asked this question at his media briefing Tuesday night. He replied that Russian-Pakistan relationship is moving towards new horizon. Russian Helicopters have been in Pakistani use, and there are growing interest from Islamabad in these. The two countries, he said, had been dili-

gently working on bettering their mutual beneficial ties. This relationship since last 67 years, is based on justice and mutual respect for”each other’s legitimate interests”. “It is currently undergoing meaningful transformation”. Oleg observed. The two countries, he added had identity of views on key global issues, reflected in their stands in international for a. It wont be exaggeration to say that this constitutes an important role in the stabilizing the security situation in the region and has also become a perceptible factor in world politics. Russia he said, was interested in getting contracts for the overhaul of Pakistan Steel to restore and further increase its capacity. The mother of industries was set up by Russia in the 70s. He thought that trade between the two countries needed lot more to be done, but was happy at the proposal by the federation of Pakistan chambers of commerce and industry(FPCCI) to hold a single country exhibition in Moscow. Trade between the two countries, showing ten-

dency for improvement, needed more attention, This is because of lack of awareness of each other’s requirements and products etc, direct banking facilities. But he thought that the problem is not “insurmountable”, Last October, he said, three major companies—Gazprom, RPM, and Saturn visited Karachi and Lahore for road shows. These were reputed Russian companies in gas exploration, railway and power generation which are of vital importance for Pakistan economy. Coal and telecom are other areas for cooperation. He felt happy that last October a Russian businessmen delegation visited Pakistan to try to translate working relationship with their Pakistani partners. Very soon he said port cities of St Petersburg and Karachi, will sign an agreement for cooperation, which will open up new vistas of cooeperation in various spheres. He said recent developments will be seen as encouraging developments for improvement and cementing of bilateral ties between his country and Pakistan.

TAXILA: Parliamentary delegation of the Committee of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security of the Senate of Czech Republic is being briefed at Taxila Museum during their visit.

Legislators hail national budget

PCSW seeks provision of improved legal aid to women prisoners

ESHAWAR —Chairperson Provincial Com- aid to the inmates, most of them will get K H A N E WA L —MNA P mission on the Status of Women (PCSW) release.

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak giving keys of buses to heads of universities and colleges donated by police at Police Line.

ERRA to complete $93m IDB funded projects by June next ISLAMABAD—Earthquake Reconstruc- completed while speedy construction and in Bagh (AJK).He added that so tion, Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) has set a target to complete the Islamic Development Bank funded 69 projects worth US$ 93 million in Hazara Divsion, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in next 11 months. The targets have been set in a monthly project review meeting presided over by Earthquake Reconstruction, Rehabilitation Authority, Deputy Chairman Maj. Gen. Muhammad Azeem Asif. Director General, ERRA donor and sponsor Abid Hussain apprised about the action plan to complete the IDB funded projects within eleven months. Deputy Chairman directed all project directors to complete ongoing projects and remove impediments by finding amicable solutions for the construction of projects.Abid Hussain said that member National Assembly and ERRA Council member Dr. Ibadullah, Deputy Chairman and other seniors authority officials, stakeholders played a key role for reaching amicable solution of various issues related to the payments and construction for completion of health, education, power and infrastructure projects in the difficult terrain of Mansehra, Shangla and Kohistan districts. About the Kuwait funded projects, he added that out of 31 projects of education, 24 have been

work is underway for competition of the remaining projects. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 23 projects funded by Saudi Fund for Development are also showing progress as 14 projects have been completed.DG city development project, Zafar Hussain Wahla told the meeting that ongoing projects including road, education, health, power and environment are in progress and expressed hope that these will be completed within time.About the new projects, he said that in Muzaffarabad 35, Bagh 33 and in Rawalakot 17 projects have been launched. He added that out of total 123 projects, 90 new projects have been initiated while 16 have been completed in Muzaffarabad, Bagh and Rawalakot. In the meeting, the deputy chairman expressed his satisfaction and directed the concerned directorates to complete on going projects on priority basis.DG Planning, Pervaiz Hayat Niazi said that during the current month 37 projects have been completed in education, roads and governance in AJK and KP provinces. Majority schools for girls and boys were completed in Mansehra, Battagram, Shangla, and Abbottabad

far 1707 projects of education, health and governance are under construction and among these 70 percent work has been completed on 265 projects. While giving the details of projects, KP Earthquake Reconstruction Rehabilitation Authority Director General, Kamran Zeb said that out of 6887 projects so far 4653 projects haven completed while 1462 projects are in construction phase. Director General State Earthquake Reconstruction Rehabilitation Authority (SERRA), Sardar Muhammad Rahim Khan said in AJK out of 7626 so far 5008 projects have been completed while 2628 projects are in construction phase.The Deputy Chairman ERRA directed the concerned department officials to complete on going projects within stipulated time. He expressed his satisfaction over the pace of work in earthquake hit areas and directed for quality and durable work. Director General (DG) State Reconstruction Rehabilitation Authority AJK (SERRA), DG Pakhtunkhwa Reconstruction Rehabilitation Authority (PERRA), senior member board of revenue, Projects Directors, ERRA officials and NESPAK representatives also participated.—APP

Deputy Speaker inaugurates NADRA office A B B O T TA B A D — D e p u t y Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbassi on Wednesday inaugurates the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) office in Lora city. He said this office will facilitate the residents of the Lora circle those were earlier bound to visit Abbottabad or Haripur for registration. PML-N government always give priority to the developmental projects in Hazara division and many projects including express way, airport and other will be started soon, he added.—APP

Two hospitals sealed, quacks held K HANEWA L —A team of health department sealed two illegal hospitals and arrested two quacks here on Wednesday. In line with special directives of DCO Muhammad Usman Moazzam, Deputy DO Health, Mukhtar Ahmed alongwith Drug Inspector Zubair Butt and health team conducted raids at two illegal hospitals including AlIqbal Hospital Jhang Road and Mehboob Clinic Adda Bara Meel and sealed them. The team also arrested two quacks Muhammad Mukhtar and Mehboob Hussain while Mumtaz Khan managed to escape. Cases have been registered against the quacks.—APP

FWMC organizes environment day walk

ABBOTTABAD: Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi inaugu-

KP IGP suspends rating NADRA Office in Lora. SDPO, SHO, MPA calls for Paddy varieties can give better two SIs expediting work on P ESHAWAR —Taking notice yield from saline land Hangu projects of the public complaints the Inspector General of Police IGP) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Nasir Khan Durrani has suspended SDPO, Puran Martung, district Shangla, SHO, Muharrar and two subinspectors and ordered departmental inquiry against them.According to details the IGP received complaints that the local police has released the arrested suspect person without taking any action or registered any case against him. The IGP took serious notice of the incident and asked report from concerned officers of district Shangla. The Shangla police officers termed the complaints against the said police officers based on facts. The IGP in light of the report of the high ranking police officers of district Shangla suspended SDPO Puran Martung, SHO Martung, Muharrar and two sub- inspectors with immediate effect.—APP

Muhammad Khan Daha and MPA Haji Nishat Ahmad Khan Daha Tuesday hailed the federal government on presenting a people-friendly budget for the fiscal year 2014-15. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif deserve commendation on the achievemnt, they said in a statement. They heaped praise on the government on fixing minimum wage of workers at Rs 12000, raise in pensions and salaries, reforms in Railways and announcing Karachi-Lahore motorway project. They said that budget clearly reflects aspirations of the people for it carries sizable allocation for energy sector to overcome loadshedding, huge increase in allocation for BISP, infrastructure uplift besides health and education sectors. They said that some defeated politicians were trying to mislead the nation by issuing statement from a foreign country and added that it looks as if they were finding it hard to digest on-going march of the country towards development and prosperity under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. They said that PML-N government would complete its five-year term as per the constitution.—APP


Shah Faisal and Deputy Commissioner Hangu Naeem Anwar Sadozai visited District Headquarters Hospital Hangu, Central Jail, Sangair Road and Sports Complex and reviewed on-going uplift work besides directing for timely completion of the development work. MPA Shah Faisal and DC Hangu warned of strict punishment for those found involved in financial embezzlement and guilty of negligence. The relevant officials of C & W department accompanied them during their visit to DHQ Hangu, Central Jail, sports complex and Sangair road. Shah Faisal and DC Hangu asked the relevant quarters to complete on-going development projects in time including Central Jail and DHQ Hospital so that people could benefit from the measures taken by the government for their welfare.—APP

MULTAN—Agriculture experts have said that paddy varieties having resistance against salinity can give better yield from saline land. In a release issued by media liaison unit of Punjab agriculture department here Wednesday, experts said that growers should sow thick rice varieties including KS-282, KS-133 and Niab Irri-9 while for Basmati rice, varieties including Basmati-385 and Shaheen Basmati be preferred. Growers should keep water standing in the field for a week before shifting of nursery in case of excess quantity of soluble minerals in the soil. However, they must not plough the field in the presence of water. The strategy will push the minerals to deep layers of soil and better production can be achieved.In case of excess water logging, growers should apply gypsum in accordance with soil analysis results before shifting of nursery there. Application of Sulphuric acid instead of Gypsum would give better results in case the land is partially affected by salinity and water logging. Paddy growth usually comes to a halt and crop starts drying up two weeks after shifting of nursery in case of intense water logging problem. Growers should apply 50 kilogram of Sulphuric Acid with water in case the whole field is affected. If the field is divided in small portions then growers should sprinkle a mixture of 20 portions of water with one portion of Sulphuric acid to trigger growth. At least four saplings be inserted in one hole of the production field during shifting of nursery and dead saplings be replaced by new ones in the first week after shifting.—APP

F AISALABAD —Faisalabad Waste Management Company (FWMC) on Wednesday organized a walk to mark the World Environment Day. The walk started from Kutchery bazaar which concluded at Clock Tower after passing through on various roads. Manager operations FWMC Muhammad Ijaz, Sr. Manager Accounts Javed Hussain, Company Secretary Aurangzeb Shami, Communication Officer Farhan Qazi, General Secretary Anjuman-e-Tajraan Punjab Shahid Gogi and Chairman Faisalabad Power looms Association Mirza Shafique Ahmed participated in the walk. The participants of the walk were carrying banners and placards inscribed with statements about cleanliness.—APP

Youth crushed to death KHANEWAL —A youth was crushed to death under the wheels of 7-Up Tezgam Express near Kacha Khu overhead bridge here on Wednesday. According to police, Shabir (20) s/o Habib resident of Kacha Khu area was crossing the railway track near overhead bridge when he was hit by 7-Up Tezgam Express coming from Rawalpindi for Karachi. As a result, he sustained serious injuries and died on the spot. Police have taken the body into custody.—APP

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Neelum Toru has stressed upon the government to provide better legal aid service to female inmates languishing in different prisons of the province. “A number of female prisoners who have completed their sentence are still languishing in jails due to some legal technicalities and can get release if provided proper legal assistance,” added Neelum in a press statement issued here on Wednesday. Chairperson PCSW had recently visited Central Prison Peshawar to inspect the condition of female prisoners. She said prisoners are getting legal assistance free of cost, but there is still need of further improving it. She expressed satisfaction on the overall condition and facilities being provided to the female prisoners, but felt the need that if measures were taken to provide legal

In her maiden visit to jail, the women right activist even appreciated medical facilities, especially relating to psychiatry, provided in Central prison to female prisoners. Neelum Toru said during the visit she realized that a number of female prisoners are unwilling to go out of jail due to fear of being attacked by their close relatives. She also demanded of the government to take appropriate measures for providing basic facilities including health, education and recreation to the children growing up in jail due to imprisonment of their mothers. Chairperson PSCW said she has decided to regularly visit different jails of the province to inspect the condition of female prisoners. After the visit, Neelum Toru also made arrangements for providing some food items to the children of women prisoners.—APP

Hot, dry weather expected ISLAMABAD—Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next 24 hours. According to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), the temperature of some major cities recorded on Wednesday morning was: Islamabad 20 degree centigrade, Lahore 28, Karachi 29, Peshawar 24, Quetta 18, Gilgit 15, Murree 19 and Muzaffarabad 22 degree centigrade. The temperature of hottest places recorded during the last 24 hours was: Dadu, Jacobabad, Shaheed Benazirabad 48°C, and Larkana, Sibbi, Sukkur, Rohri and Turbat 47°C. Mainly hot and dry weather is also expected in Lahore. While, dust-thunderstorm/light rain is expected at isolated places in Sargodha, Multan and Sahiwal divisions. According to local Met office, weather remained hot and dry in most parts of the province during last 24 hours. Some of the hottest places in the country during last 24 hours were:Dadu 48øC, Dalbandin 47øC, SH. Benazirabad 46øC, Multan 40øC,Fasalabad 40øC and Sialkot 40øC.In the metropolis minimum temperature was recorded as 27 degree centigrade on Wednesday while maximum was 42 degree celsius. Meanwhile, the Karachi Met Office on Wednesday forecast hot and dry weather in the metropolis over the next 24 hours. It said the maximum temperature is expected to remain in the range between 36 to 38 degrees centigrade. The weather report said that mainly hot and dry weather is likely to prevail elsewhere in Sindh and Balochistan region.However dust-thunderstorm or rain is expected at one or two places in Kalat and Quetta divisions of Balochistan, it said. Meanwhile, Larkana city and its surroundings remained in the grip of severe heat on Wednesday, forcing the people to remain indoor. The Met Office recorded maximum temperature as 49 degrees Celsius. Humidity was recorded at 40 percent in the morning at 8 am and 10 percent in the afternoon. The District Health Department distributed hand-bills bearing suggestions for the people to avoid sun-stroke and other heat related complications.—APP

Journalists visit fishermen communities PESHAWAR—Leading environmental journalists visited fishermen communities in Keti Bunder for climate change sensitization. The field survey was organized by WWF-Pakistan under its “Building Capacity on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Areas of Pakistan” (CCAP) project, said a press release. The visit raised awareness about climate change and other related issues in coastal areas of Pakistan including sea intrusion, erosion, poverty, lack of health facilities, poor hygienic conditions, prevalent in coastal communities. The visit is part of WWFPakistan’s commitment to empower environmental journalists with the latest information and research about the impacts of climate change in Pakistan. Participating journalists interacted with affected communities and learnt about livelihoods and problems associated with climate change. Understanding of ecosystem management and climatic change adaptation initiatives of the programme were also a component of the field visit.—APP

10 smugglers with narcotics nabbed ISLAMABAD—Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) was recovered 33 kg charas, 6 kg opium, 1.68 kg heroin, 180 kg poppy straw and psychotropic tablets, arresting ten drug smugglers and seized two vehicles. According to details, ANF conducted operations in different cities including Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi, said a press release issued here on Wednesday. ANF Lahore intercepted a Charade Car No. LHJ-186 in Tehsil and District Mianwali and recovered 22.20 kg charas and six kg opium, tactfully concealed in secret cavities of the car. Two accused persons namely Syed Iftikhar Shah and Fazal Hayat, both residents of Peshawar were arrested at the spot. ANF Lahore arrested Ali Raza alias Bili r/o Narowal and recovered 1.28 kg heroin from his possession. He was arrested from his house at district Narowal. ANF intercepted a Suzuki Carry van No LEC-13-556 near Sambrial, Wazirabad Road, Sialkot and recovered 180 kg poppy straw from the vehicle. An accused namely Mirza Jameel Baig r/o Sialkot was arrested at the spot. ANF Peshawar arrested Nausherwan r/o District Kohistan and recovered eight kg charas from his possession. The accused

arrested near officer Colony, Karakurram Highway, Abbottabad. ANF Rawalpindi arrested Ishfaq Hussain r/o Jhelum and recovered 2.4 kg charas (Garda) from his possession. He was arrested from Main GT Road, Chak Akka, District Jhelum. ANF Rawalpindi intercepted a Pakistani national namely Muhammad Ibrahim r/o Mardan at Benazir Bhutto International Airport who confessed of having heroin filled capsules in his stomach, which later on resulted in delivery of 94 heroin filled capsules. He was to travel for Jeddah by Shaheen Airlines Flight No. 719. ANF Rawalpindi arrested Nasir Ali alias Gudo r/o Rawalpindi and recovered 400 gram heroin from his personal possession. He was arrested from Dhoke Syedan, Rawalpindi. ANF Karachi arrested Khurshid Alam and Feroza Khurshid, both residents of Katachi and recovered 250 gram charas, 540 gm psychotropic tablets and 280 gm psychotropic material from their personal possession. They were arrested from Zamzama Commercial Street, Karachi. Cases have been registered at ANF Police Stations and further investigation is under way.—APP

Dar’s budget sets country’s economic direction


Was price to win release of an American soldier from Taliban captivity too high?


INANCE Minister Ishaq Dar has presented a fairly balanced budget as the proposals reflect desire of the Government to accelerate the pace of economic development, create job opportunities and provide some sort of relief to the poor and down-trodden segments of the society. Growth, infrastructure development, investment and industry-specific aspects of the budgetary proposals are quite evident but fuller implications of the taxation proposals would be known from market conditions during the next few days and weeks. There is no doubt that the challenges we face in the realm of economy can be tackled to a great extent if we accelerate the growth rate and sustain it and widen the tax net to raise money to fund developmental activities, pay back loans and meet administrative expenses prudently. Presently, we are running the country on borrowed money and the volume of loans is getting bigger with the passage of each day. Therefore, the measures announced by the Finance Minister to document economy, gradually eliminate the discriminatory and abhorring culture of SROs and undue concessions and subsidies augurs well for realization of the cherished objective of documentation of the economy. But we have seen in the past that the Governments made similar attempts by proposing measures in budget speeches as a result of which prices went up in the market and ultimately the Government backtracked in the face of pressure and opposition by businessmen. We hope this will not happen this time and the measures proposed by the Minister would be implemented in letter and spirit for the long term interest of the economy and the country. Hefty allocations for some mega and other vital projects in energy, water and communication sectors indicate developmental priorities of the Government. Abolition of the so-called Income Support Levy is a welcome initiative besides meagre increase in salaries and pensions as well as raise in minimum wages by two thousand rupees and cash grant under BISP by three hundred rupees. These coupled with reduction in duties and taxes on mobile phones and calls would provide some relief to the masses. The Government might have its own thinking in granting more concessions to the stock market and the ever-demanding textile sector but these allude to pro-elite approach. Cement and steel prices were already sky-rocketing but regrettably instead of providing relief, the Government has announced measures that would jack up their prices further creating more problems for the common man. Any how, the budget reflects the overall philosophy of Mr. Dar as to which direction the economy should go and hopefully he would be able to bring about a change in coming years.

Violent protests defy Altaf’s appeals T

HE arrest of MQM leader Altaf Hussain by London Police on charges of money laundering has stunned Pakistanis and rightly injured sentiments of MQM workers throughout the country. The magnitude of the reaction can be judged by the fact that even Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has taken notice of the development and asked Pakistani mission in UK to provide legal counselling to the MQM leader. Similarly, Opposition leaders including Mr. Asif Ali Zardari too have expressed sympathies with MQM at this critical juncture. However, it is sad that there has been violent reaction in Karachi where some elements resorted to burning of public and private properties. The arrest of Mr. Altaf is surely a matter of concern but it has to be kept in mind that it was made by Scotland Yard and not by Pakistani Police or authorities. London Police and Scotland Yard are known for their impartial and pressure-free investigations and prosecution and one can expect that they would hold transparent proceedings, as this is a question of their respectability and reputation. There is, therefore, hardly any justification to resort to violence in Pakistan when the Government and people are sympathetic to the MQM and fair treatment is expected from London Police. One fails to understand how burning of and damage to the Pakistani assets can, in any way, influence the London police. This is particularly important to recall that apprehending such an eventuality, Mr. Altaf, twice last year, made impassioned appeals to his followers to remain calm, quite and peaceful. We would, therefore, urge MQM leaders in Pakistan to demonstrate maturity and ask workers to exercise restraint in expressing their anger.

Nargis Sethi takes an electrifying start S

OON after taking over the challenging assignment of Ministry of Water and Power, a workaholic Secretary Nargis Sethi made an electrifying start with a surprise visit to Rawat Sub Division where the XEN was found ordering load shedding on his own, ignoring the schedule given by IESCO and the complaint staff was absent. Her visit is in line with the track record of Nargis Sethi in different positions and particularly in her previous brief tenure as Secretary of the Water and Power Ministry during which she earned respect by displaying her deep commitment and fuller comprehension of challenges. Since coming to power, the PML-N government led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the centre and Mian Shahbaz Sharif in Punjab is devoting all the attention to address the challenge of power generation and reducing load shedding. This issue has several dimensions starting from generation to line losses, theft, non payment of dues, corrupt practices by the officials from top to bottom, circular debt and even more important the lack of culture of savings. If administrative set up is improved and geared up to perform in the interest of the State, the situation can improve to a certain extent. Only on Monday last, Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) chief Arshad Rafiq was removed from office and arrested over charges of corruption and abuse of power. Rafiq is charged with trading in substandard transformers, authorising changes in load-shedding schedules and failing to prevent electricity theft thus misusing his authority for personal gains and causing huge losses to the utility. Lahore and Rawat power distribution handlings are the tip of the iceberg as this practice is going on all over the country where influentials and corrupt with connivance of officials are enjoying all benefits and causing losses to national exchequer. Thus there is dire need for a complete overhaul of the entire distribution set up. We are certain that on the basis of her record, if Nargis Sethi is retained in the Ministry for the next four years, she would with the backing of the two Ministers Kh Mohammad Asif and Abid Sher Ali be able to achieve the targets set by the Prime Minister to rid the country of load shedding by the end of his present tenure in office.

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UN must play its role in Kashmir to put the Kashmir conflict on their official agenda. UN mediation, however, is Laura Schuurmans still regarded by the Kashmiris as offering real hope of achieving a solution to the conflict. In recent HE Kashmir conflict, to years, Kashmiri pro-independence gether with the Palestine leaders like Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, question and the situation on Muhammed Yasin Malik, Shabir the Korean Peninsula was one of Shah including the elderly Syed Ali the first disputes to be discussed in Gilani have repeatedly urged the the United Nations Security Coun- United Nations to take a more procil. In October 1947, war had bro- active role in seeking a fresh and ken out between India and Pakistan binding Resolution on Kashmir. The over Kashmir. Indian P.M. political climate for such a fresh Jawaharlal Nehru tabled the Kash- Resolution seems to be increasingly mir question at the Security Coun- favourable. Earlier this year a cil in January 1948. The result was spokesperson of UN Secretary Genthe adoption of two UN Resolu- eral Ban Ki-moon stated that the tions: Number 39 adopted on 20th United Nations was willing to meJanuary 1948 and Number 47 on diate between India and Pakistan, 21st April. The Resolutions set up provided that both countries request a Commission on Kashmir tasked such assistance. with mediating a peaceful resoluOver the past six decades, Pakition to the dispute and arranging a stan has made numerous attempts to plebiscite to decide on the future internationalize the dispute and of the disputed state. Both Resolu- move towards a resolution of the tions were adopted under Chapter conflict. The Pakistan government VI of the UN Charter which means has tried a range of measures includthat they were non-binding and had ing initiating peace-talks. India, on no mandatory enforceability. the other hand, has preferred to preInitially the United Nations serve the status quo and has consislooked as if it would play a crucial tently claimed that the Kashmir conrole in resolving the conflict. Now, flict does not require international more than sixty years later, how- involvement and that the dispute will ever, the Resolutions of 1948 re- be resolved through bilateral negomain un-implemented and the UN tiations as outlined in the Simla has become silent on the issue. Agreement of 1972. India has long Without the promised plebiscite the been hoping that the Line of Conpeople of Kashmir have been de- trol, the de facto border that divides prived of their right to self-deter- Kashmir between India and Pakimination and are exposed to the stan, will be transformed into an incontinuing human rights violations ternational border. The Indian committed by the Indian security agenda is that the Kashmir Valley forces. To date the United Nations will be incorporated as an integral Human Rights Council has failed part of the Indian state. Both


Kashmiris and Pakistan are strongly opposed to such a plan. The vast majority of Kashmiris in the Kashmir Valley never wanted to join India in the first place and public sentiment towards India has always been strongly negative. The attitude of the Indian authorities is to silence anyone who speaks out against India’s occupation of Kashmir. In January 2009, shortly after the Mumbai terrorist attacks, the then British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, while on an official visit to India suggested that a resolution of the conflict in Kashmir would make India less vulnerable to future terrorist attacks. This suggestion outraged the Indian authorities and when British P.M. David Cameron visited India in November 2013, Kashmir was not on the agenda and was not mentioned throughout the visit. For some time now Pakistan has been regarded with some caution by the international community. The root cause of this problem can be traced back to the Afghan-Soviet War (19791989) when the Pashtun tribal areas were used as a transit point to send mujahedeen into Afghanistan. After the war ended the Pakistan economy failed to re-establish sustainable growth, a situation compounded by the imposition of sanctions for its alleged development of nuclear weapons. Some of the mujahedeen who had earlier defeated the soviet regular forces would now find a new front in Kashmir to fight against the Indian occupation. India has done everything possible to play down the gravity of the situation in Kashmir. Part of this approach is to reduce the visibility of the opposition. Accord-

ingly, Kashmiri pro-independence leaders are never seen on the international political stage, at conferences or other international meetings. In 1948, the United Nations Resolutions on Kashmir stated that a prerequisite for a resolution of the conflict was independent mediation. Today, however, the dispute essentially has reached a stalemate. To move forward world leaders should reach out directly to Kashmiri pro-independence leaders, lawyers, and human rights activists. Those activists who have been repeatedly faced with the hardship of life in Kashmir. When Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was only 17 unknown gunmen assassinated his father. Shabir Shah spent a large part of his life either behind bars or under house arrest, and many other pro-independence leaders have similar stories to tell about their struggle for freedom. Two things are essential if the stalemate between India and Pakistan is to be broken. First, it has been decades since the Kashmir dispute appeared on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council. To break the silence that has muzzled the UN on this issue and to move one step forward towards a new UN Resolution on Kashmir, Kashmir must reach the official agenda of the United Nations once again. At the same time, the international community must reach out to Kashmiri proindependence leaders and activists and give them back their voice! They must be allowed the right to present their case on the international stage. —The writer, a Jakarta-based research analyst, writes exclusively for Pakistan Observer.

Crimes and political alibi rants for the arrest of former prime minister Dr Khalil Ahmad Yousaf Raza Gillani and Makhdoom Amin Fahim, former commerce minister and a member of Gillani’s cabinet. Both are am a politician; I cannot com senior leaders of Pakistan Peoples mit any crime; I am perfectly Party. Seven others include the list innocent! That is how, as we of the accused in this case which alknow at least in Pakistan, politicians legedly involves major irregularities argue. That manner of political self- of Rs.7 billion in granting freight subdefence clears the two-way traffic: sidies to fake trading companies by criminals may become politicians; the Trade Development Authority of and, politicians may become crimi- Pakistan (TDAP). Previously both nals. Pakistanis have enough of both. politicians were issued three notices And the breed is multiplying like to appear before the court. As the rabbits. All the more, species be- notices were ignored (note their arlonging to other realms of social, rogance!), then bailable warrants economic, military, cultural, reli- were issued. Now non-bailable wargious have started aping the politi- rants have been issued with hearing cians. They have learned the art of adjourned till June 17. The same day the former prime politics from them. That’s a hundred percent foolproof method of over- minister issued a statement and said: no case in this country was completed coming any odds. Also, that has rendered all the without implicating him whether it systems of accountability ineffica- was the case of OGRA, NICL, NRO, cious. Why? Because, and it is aw- TDAP or Haj scam. He added: the fully baffling that, all the systems beneficiaries of the NRO had been of accountability are conceived, de- exonerated but he was still facing the tailed and legislated by the criminal music. His political alibi was worded politicians or political criminals. thus: ‘He asked the government to Who can forget the National Rec- avoid crossing the limits of victimonciliation Ordinance (NRO)? And ization and unleash it to the extent it is these politicians, tainted with they could also bear it tomorrow. criminality, who appoint the heads They had no stomach to tolerate even to these accountability systems, just the fraction of what was going on like Chaudhry Qamar Zaman, has against him.’ No sooner this news item flashed been appointed Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau than the political machinery of Peoples (NAB). Just like leader of the oppo- Party got switched on and statements sition party in the National Assem- started pouring in the newspapers and bly, Khurshid Shah, has been made TV channels to beat the drum of poChairman of Public Accounts Com- litical victimization. Very next day comittee (PAC). Such systems are a chairman of the PPP and former presiproduct of the political-criminal dent Asif Ali Zardari ‘deplored the victimization of former prime miniscomplex in Pakistan. The latest episode from this ters Yousaf Raza Gillani and Raja complex unfolded a few days ear- Pervez Ashraf and former federal minlier when on May 29 an anti-corrup- ister Makhdoom Amin Fahim behind tion court issued non-bailable war- the façade of accountability as witch-


hunting.’ He warned: ‘that bodes ill for the politics of tolerance, accommodation and reconciliation.’ This narrative of Political Victimization is very much typical and repeats itself on various occasions and for various personalities. Now it’s Asif Ali Zardari’s turn to mouth it: in his statement he pretended to be shocked while, according to him, the PPP was seeking to protect the democratic system through political reconciliation the government was chasing political opponents and thereby undermining the unity of political forces. His tirade is totally based on political alibi: he said that decisions in national policies whether in the rental power plants or subsidies or concessions in importing commodities were taken collectively and transparently by the cabinet in the light of objective realities and singling out the prime minister is patently wrong and smacks of political victimization. Also he found a poignant similarity between the hounding of Benazir Bhutto in late 1990s for the decisions jointly taken by the cabinet at the time and the chasing of Yousaf Raza Gillani, Raja Pervez Ashraf and Makhdoom Amin Fahim now for decisions taken by the cabinet. He advised the government to review its policies and stop witch-hunting and victimization of political opponents. This narrative of political victimization amounts to this: all the decisions politicians make while they are in government, whether they prove to be good or bad, must be treated as unquestionable; since by dint of their electoral mandate they are innocent; and more than that by virtue of their being politicians and representing the people they cannot make any wrong decisions. In short, in their capacity of being politicians, they are infallible. And while they win elections, they place themselves beyond every norm, value, principle, and morality

and law; thus, their infallibility perfects. Gillani’s and Zardari’s words quoted above are based on these presumptions. They may be termed as the Political Alibi. Thus the political alibi claims the politicians must be considered and treated as beyond the law of the land. That means they are King, who used to be law unto himself. So they, the politicians of Pakistan, are law unto themselves. No need to try Yousaf Raza Gillani, Raja Pervez Ashraf, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, or Asif Ali Zaradri for any wrong-doing; they are infallible; they are themselves law of this land. Or otherwise, if this or any other government think of trying or tries them, their narrative by implication means to say that, they will not protect the democratic system; they will give up political reconciliation; and so on. In this sense, the political alibi conceals threats of undermining the system. Just as psychological alibis provide criminals with excuses for their crimes, such as harming others, or murders in the name of honor, etc; in the same way, politicians use the political alibis as excuses to hide their inefficiencies, incompetencies, corrupt and dishonest practices, scamming, nepotism, cronyism, and misappropriating the public exchequer. Finally it may be reminded that the law of Pakistan provides for no such alibi to any one, be they politicians. That was why they took recourse to the NRO; otherwise, such a law would have come to their rescue. If any charge is made against any politician, he / she should present himself / herself in the court of law and prove his / her innocence. Political alibi is no way of proving ones innocence; it may prove the guilt, instead! —The writer is Lahore-based political analyst and author of several books.

RESIDENT Obama and his top aides are taking satisfac tion in the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from nearly five years of captivity by the Taliban. While it may be, as some former comrades allege, that Sgt. Bergdahl’s capture followed his desertion of his post, by obtaining his release the administration upheld the principle that, as Mr. Obama put it, “the United States of America does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind.” That will be a comfort to many families beyond the Bergdahls, whose dedication to their son is inspiring. For all that, the administration’s handling of the matter raised some troubling questions. In releasing five senior Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay prison to the de facto custody of Qatar, Mr. Obama appears to have sidestepped a law requiring that Congress be notified before such releases from Guantanamo take place. The Afghan government, which was not informed of the prisoner swap before it took place, angrily alleged that it also violated international law by transferring detainees to a third country. Congressional Republicans charged that the administration had breached its policy of refusing to negotiate with terrorists — a precept it confirmed just weeks ago in advising Nigeria’s government not to negotiate with the Boko Haram movement about abducted schoolgirls. The administration’s answers to these critiques are only partially satisfying. It says it did not negotiate with terrorists, since the exchange was brokered through Qatar and not directly with the Taliban. Sgt. Bergdahl and the Taliban commanders, officials add, were prisoners of war, not hostages. Probably the president’s lawyers are correct in saying that the Constitution gives Mr. Obama the authority to carry out such exchanges; a signing statement he attached to the Guantanamo legislation asserts as much. Moreover, administration officials say they were obliged to move quickly because of concern about Sgt. Bergdahl’s health. Still, the impression reinforced by the deal is of a president anxious to disengage from Afghanistan as rapidly and as thoroughly as possible, with minimal regard for the consequences for Afghans. US officials, who have been talking about a possible exchange of Sgt. Bergdahl for the Taliban commanders for several years, once presented it as a possible first step toward an Afghan peace accord. However, administration officials now play down that notion, and the Taliban dismissed it out of hand. In a rare statement, the movement’s leader, Mohammad Omar, instead said the release of the commanders brought the insurgency “closer to the harbour of victory.” The released militants’ movements will be confined inside Qatar for a year, but there’s no sign the men are ready to give up the fight against the Afghan government. Now that Mr. Obama has committed to withdrawing all US forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, the Taliban have scant incentive to negotiate either with Kabul or Washington. For Mr. Obama, the release of Sgt. Bergdahl wraps up one loose end of the Afghan war, and the release of the commanders resolves another. The president has confirmed the United States’ unswerving commitment to its servicemen, and he has once again made clear to Afghans that US backing for their fragile state is anything but firm. — The Washington Post

I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it regardless of the possible outcome. — Golda Meir Israeli stateswoman

Putin invades Normandi meeting. High on their agenda will be imposition of Muhammad Ali Ehsan the economic sanctions Email: on Russia. This a day prior to th grand Normandy UNE 6 2014 is the 70th anniver get-together of the world leaders sary of Normandy Landings – the where Vladimir Putin will be repreday allied forces began the inva- senting Russia that lost more soldiers sion in Normandy. It’s also the day than any other single country against the western leaders will face Presi- the German onslaught but which now dent Putin for the first time since the loses global support for creating Crimean crisis. In Normandy Presi- Crimean crisis. Going to Normandy President dent Putin is expected to meet the British Prime Minister David Putin has through Gazprom Chief ExCameron and also the pro western ecutive Alexi Miller announced that elect Ukrainian President Petro the state-controlled gas company Poroshenko. The lead up to the com- would delay a requirement for memoration ceremony suggests that Ukraine to pay in advance for gas in all likelihood the ceremony in supplies by a week to June 9. Earlier Normandy will apparently be over- the gas company had threatened the shadowed by the presence of Presi- discontinuity of gas to Ukraine from dent Putin who may not be seen as 3 June. Ukraine owns over $2 bilrepresenting a country that lost mil- lion debt to Gazprom which in Feblions of lives in world war II but a ruary after the removal of pro-Ruspresident who is locked in an ‘eco- sian Ukrainian President Viktor nomic conflict’ and the ‘war of re- Yanukovich had doubled the price sources’ with the west in which an- of gas being provided to Ukraine. nexation of Crimea was a small part. EU is equally affected by the possiPresident Putin was scheduled to bility of gas shut down as 15 perhost the G-8 Summit of the countries cent of its gas needs are being met in the international economic forum by the gas being transited through in Sochi this week. Instead the seven Ukraine. The eighteen member Euother nations boycotted that and de- ropean states are now in a quandary cided to get-together in Brussels on how to ensure the continuity of the 5th June for a G-7(minus Russia) supplied gas that more than anything


else is utilized to create 31% of European electricity. Putin is trying to do everything in his powers to reverse the damage likely to be caused to the Russian economy by the west imposed economic sanctions. Oil and gas exports today make up 70% of Russia’s $515 billion annual exports. A less well known fact about President Putin is his thesis, completed in the mid -1990’s explaining ‘how Russia needed to recapture control over its natural resources to restore its status as a superpower’. Whatever Putin does today is not due to a sudden resurgence of his national conscience but an attribute of a nationalist Russian mindset that asks some hard and pertinent questions. Would Russia’s oil and gas industry wreck if not for Mikhail Gorbachev’s ‘Glasnost’ and ‘Perestroika’ – openness and reform? Would it decline had the investment in 1989 from oil and gas industry not shifted towards food and consumer goods? Could the fall of Russian daily oil production from 12 million barrels per day to 8 million barrels per day between a period from 1989-1992 be prevented? Why an industry that was deprived of western technology for decades due to NATO’s embargo was left with no choice except accommodating western access to it that too at a grand scale and at west’s own terms?

Nationalist Russians like Putin blame the capitalists for exploiting Soviet resources under the guise of perestroika. Whether it is a sign of continuity of this mindset or pure stubbornness – one thing is for sure as long as Vladimir Putin heads Russia he will stick to his agenda. The third time elect Russian President is determined to fight this ‘resource war’ that he considers is being fought over the control of natural resources in the area that once constituted the great Soviet Economic Empire. At the heart of this economic confrontation is the Russian nationalist desire to do anything to prevent capitalists from profiting from their minerals and to reverse the humiliation that President Clinton exploited after the cold war victory to take away the oil reserves in and around Caspian Sea from Russian influence. President Putin may have one hand tied behind his back due to west imposed economic sanctions but it is with the other hand that he will continue to showcase his skill as a Kremlin leader who won’t submit under western pressure . He will do everything to circumvent that pressure in fighting the ‘resource war’ that has replaced cold war and which Putin’s Russia has no choice but to fight. — The writer, a retd Lt Col, is doing PhD in civil-military relations from Karachi University.

The downward spiral kistani media are many. Unfortunately, the Pakistani electronic keep on brandishing the Yasir Masood Khan media so called flag of the national terest, without any restraint, and continue running like unharnessed horses to win the OR the last month or so, the incontrovertible race of the conglomelectronic media of Pakistan erations. The media tycoons are has been accused as different alarmed, criticised and warned interTV channels have been firing the can- mittently by the patriots to work ons of eloquence, self-contrived pre- within certain limits, keeping the namises against each other and the gov- tional interest and the national will at ernment institutions, to spark rat- the centre of their work ethics. The ings. Rating orientation among the media combating can prove to be a media channels is a progressive ac- silver lining journey and in that free tivity; TV ratings helps advertisers journalism feels shaky and can be to post more and more of their com- choked at the utmost scenario. In any mercials seeing the overwhelming case, continuation of free expression response to the shows with audi- needs not to be dumped Contemporaneously, it also ences glued to the TV sets. But when there is a mushroom growth of TV seems, abstract or foreign powers are channels, compromise on quality can trying to manipulate our institutions have an adverse effect on the rating and especially the concerned electronic media, fulfilling their evil puras well. So it cuts both ways. Pakistani electronic media’s bat- poses. For Instance, the neighbouring tling started off with a vicious gun media left no stone unturned in fuelattack on 19thApril, 2014 on Hamid ling hatred against the ISI to their own Mir, the Geo’s anchor person, seems political advantages. The way the Into have changed everything, setting dian print and electronic media emoff a divisive media war in which bellished the hoo-ha of a recent incithe truth itself has become bitterly dent of Hamid Mir openly indicates contested. The intriguing questions the acumen of their exploitation to behind this polarisation among Pa- achieve their pernicious aims.


Despite criticism, I still believe that the electronic media’s pivotal role in reforming and rebuilding of the society cannot be denied. Its gigantic role in the modern age cannot be overlooked. The Pakistani media’s healthy role in exposing corruption and raising voices against objectionable and obnoxious matters, no doubt, augments their credibility.I assume it is an apt time for all the media channels to hone and whet the appetite of nationhood and sovereignty. The whole nation is ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with the electronic media; they only have to win back their lost earned reputation. Battling and schism among the media itself will only aggravate the tempestuousness among various institutions and the state.PEMRA’s (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) code of conducts needs to be reinvigorated and exercised in an unbiased and affective manner to stop the current media’s rift and that seems to be the only way for a cohesive media’s relationship. It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistani democracy is too young to be maligned.It is still going through a learning phase and in whatever distorted shape it is, still needs to be sustained and supported. Both the ISI and

the judiciary need to refrain from power politics, which supposedly is the best way for their own ascension. In the same way, the Pakistani electronic media are in a nascent stage and going through the phase of transition, and instead of the baby steps, which should have been taken towards maturity, the monster maniac strides on. So part of the electronic media faces a backlash. Let’s not be like “wanton boys” who were used and abused, sporadically, at the hands of those who have malicious wands. It seems that the voodoo spells have been spinning the media into a whirlpool quite effectively up till now. The gist of the matter is that the media, the judiciary, the government, the ISI and the army—all of them need to build a wall of nationhood with concreted blocks and thwart the exploiters from orchestrating their musty orders.While being in the midst of this furore; it is the time, the true time for the media to be the speakers of truth and the whole nation is looking with beseeching eyes that the truth shall be adhered now before it gets too late. —The writer is a Research officer at Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad.

Views From Abroad

Climate change gets real Eugene Robinson


VEN for people who don’t be lieve in it, climate change just got real. It’s about time. The Obama administration’s proposed new rule for existing power plants — reducing heat-trapping carbon emissions by up to 30 percent by 2030. Before Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy could announce the new rule Monday, critics were already bellowing about higher energy rates and lost jobs. They pretended not to see that President Obama — as with health-care reform — is taking what ought to be seen as a Republicanfriendly approach. The rule, which will not become final until next year, gives states great flexibility in how they reach the target. They are not forced to immediately begin shutting down the aging coal-fired power plants that constitute one of the biggest sources of carbon pollution. Rather, each state can

take the path that best fits its circumstances — ramping up the generation of energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar, for example, or entering regional capand-trade agreements. Ultimately, however, hundreds of those aging, dirty, coal-fired plants will have to close. If the planet could speak, it would say good riddance. Many of those who do not believe in climate change also reject the idea that carbon dioxide can be called a pollutant, since it is a natural and necessary component of the air we breathe. But direct measurement shows that the concentration of carbon dioxide in atmosphere has increased by an astounding 40 percent since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, when humankind began burning fossil fuels in earnest. As with any poison — or pollutant — it’s the dose that counts. The question that some sceptics like to pose — “Why should the United States take such a big step on its own?” — is meaningless when you think about it. China is the world’s largest emit-

ter of carbon dioxide. Emissions are rising sharply in India and other rapidly industrializing countries. Nothing the United States does unilaterally, or even in concert with Europe and Japan, can solve the problem. What we really need is a global solution. It is true that we cannot save the planet on our own. But it is also true that if warming-induced disaster is inevitable, it will arrive sooner if we fail to act. Meanwhile, Chinese and Indian universities are full of scientists who are warning their own governments about the negative impacts of carbon emissions. China has already signalled its intention to move away from coal, and while this is easier said than done, Chinese officials have an added incentive: The noxious smog that shrouds major cities, most of it from coalfired power plants, has stoked real anger among the country’s burgeoning urban middle class. In other industrializing countries as well, as people get richer they will demand a cleaner environment.

Obama hopes that action by the United States, the richest country in the world, will make it possible for the other big carbon emitters to act. Some of the domestic critics who scoff at this notion also complain that Obama, in their view, does not sufficiently assert US leadership around the globe. What do these people think leadership means, if not actually leading? The bonus is that closing coalfired power plants will encourage the development of cleaner energy sources. The power generation industry was already moving toward cheap, plentiful natural gas, which releases much less carbon. Gas should be seen as a bridge toward clean, renewable energy sources — an industry that will be huge in the 21st century. It’s our choice. We can try our best to ensure that the next Industrial Revolution — the one that ends dependence on fossil fuels — happens here. Or we can watch it happen in China. — Courtesy: The Washington Post

Am I ready..!


O soon after a great victory! Soon after a spectacular showing at the polls, a much renowned leader is dead. Just yesterday he was making plans to help his party win in his home state. There was laughter and jokes and joy as the ministers met. It wasn’t a terrorist attack. It wasn’t a bombing. It was an accident that the common have: A junction, a speeding car, bang and

the end came. One would think with power comes protection against such eventuality, apparently it doesn’t. Death comes at its own bidding, sparing neither rich or famous. It could be a road accident, the plaster on your ceiling falling, a fatal heart attack, slipping on paver blocks; it could be anytime: But are we ready to die? Most of us aren’t. You who are in the early flush of life, you think you have a century left, you laugh at death and even dare death with your motorbike stunts or mountain climbing or other such ways to frighten away death. But death plods on and gets its victim at its own time. At the

time of death are you prepared? Even a hundred year old breathing his last, has unfinished business; wondering why wife left for the hospital cafeteria, just when he is going! He couldn’t say goodbye. Most are not prepared. But there is a big difference between being prepared and being ready. Being prepared is like the final moments, making your will, holding your child, telling someone even when going to work, you love him or her: Being prepared is like waiting to die, by living as if you are going to die the next moment. But being ready is enjoying your life because you are not terrified of death. Are we ready?

Ready to move past the closed door onto a glorious life beyond: Are we ready for that? We should be, every moment, every minute, by living for that Someone waiting for us beyond that door, with every moment of our time on this side. When God lives in you, in your thought, word and deed here on earth, you will be ready to step with Him onto the other side. A much loved leader dead: As you sit in front of television screen today and hear the mourning of family, outpouring of grief of followers, look in the mirror and ask yourself: Am I ready? —

Voice of the People Ethics and the media HASHIM ABRO


thics and the Media” has become the talk of the town. All educational, intellectual, political, social, diplomatic circles, among others, deliberate on the importance and scope of ethics and media in the Pakistani society which is confronted with a plethora of problems such intolerance, extremism, militancy, polarization, injustice, extreme poverty, hyper inflation etc. Media strategists, media experts, teachers and media men are aware of the fact that the Social Responsibility Theory claims that the media could be self-regulating by adhering to the precepts such as, a) media has obligations to fulfil to a democratic society in order to preserve freedom; b) media should be self-regulated; c) media should have high standards for professionalism and objectivity, as well as truth and accuracy; d) media should reflect the diversity of the cultures they represent; and e) the public has a right to expect professional performance.Like many others, I strongly believe that the social responsibility does not only fall upon the reporters, anchors and producers of media. The responsibility also falls on the consumers to become media liberate and maintain high, yet reasonable expectations of the media. In theory, if these things happen, there will be no need for PEMRA to intervene. Here I also wish if our nascent media channels accept media ethics in the earnest sense and practice the best standards of media and for this it is essential to hire intellectually sound lot and train and groom them as better educated journalists, to discourage sensationalism in news and to enjoy more accuracy in reporting. Like many other wellwisher of media and proponent of media freedom, I have strong faith in the public’s ability to determine right and wrong, and take action to preserve the public good when necessary. —Islamabad

UN charter needs review SHAHIDULLAH The UN since its inception in 1945 has not been productive and positive so far as the problems of the Muslim world are concerned. At the time of its inception, it had 53 members, which has now increased to 193. It consists of 5 permanent members in the Security Council. They have the power of veto. These are France, USA, UK, Russia and China. The first three countries belong to Christianity (capitalist bloc) while the latter two belong to the communist bloc. There is no permanent Muslim member in the Security Council. Though it has 10 non-permanent members for a period of two years but they have no power of veto. The monopoly hold by the veto powers should be abolished. All the countries should be empowered equally. Pakistan as the only Nuclear Muslim state should be given a permanent membership. All the decisions of the UN ought to be made by two-third majority of the total 193 members in the General Assembly. The United States (USA) has been exercising its power in the UN frequently. Under its influence, the UN has solved many problems like Namibia, South Sudan, East Timor that emerged on the global map while on the other hand the disputes confronting the Muslim world are still unresolved. Enigmas like Kashmir, Palestine have not been given due significance. Regarding Palestine, the US has exercised its veto to endorse Israel. Similarly, in case of Kashmir, Russia has vetoed so many debates in the UN. These key issues are still unresolved due to the stubborn attitude of the veto powers. The world is unconscious or slumbering on these burning tribulations of the Muslim Uma. It is now need of the hour that the UN should play a constructive role rather being partial or prejudicial in its verdicts. All the members should be given equal and substantial power share; only in this way it will be able to maintain peace and security in the world. Otherwise, it will encounter the fate of League of Nations sooner or later. If the hegemony of P-5 is not neutralised, how peace and stability would be possible in the Middle East and Sub-continent? —Mardan

Beware! We are losing ground MALIK ATIF M MAJOKA Brazen attack on a young woman in the courtyard of Lahore High Court not only did cost her life but tarnished the image of Pakistan to the farthest corner of earth. The crime is of such an extreme brutality that it shook every human the news reached to. The incident ignited international condemnation and with it came a wake up vibe for the conscience of Pakistani ruling classes. It was so distressing to notice that after two days of the barbaric act custodian of Justice in Punjab, the honourable chief Justice of Lahore high court finally decided to look into it as serious crime against women; apparently the killing was done in the name of honour as if honour thrives on criminal acts. The entire concept of honour killing is detestable, one may ask as how there can be an honour in a killer? Taking life of a human being is the most despicable act under any religious or non religious moral codes. In this particular incident, a pregnant young woman was callously murdered by stoning to death, something that could only happen where society has reached to the state of moral bankruptcy. The forces of oppression and injustice always thrive in such societies. If you want to gauge the responsibility of any sate the best way to gauge is to look at its treatment of weaker segments of society like women, mi-

norities or economically marginalised. State of Pakistan has failed to protect its weak and as a consequence gradually it is falling into the hands of anarchic self proclaimed so called custodians of faith and morality. How many more lives would get lost before rulers of Pakistan do something to protect the frail and restore country’s image. In another incident Holy Sikh scripture Guru Garanth Sahab was desecrated in upper Sindh. The Province once known for its pluralistic tolerant social values. Sindh government, like always, is in a state of high bliss reasons of which are not known, rulers of Sindh are rejoicing and celebrating the egalitarianism of antiquity that once existed in the form of great Indus valley civilisation, some five thousand years ago, however, they have failed to notice the plight of Hindus, Sikhs and Ahmadis in present day Sindh. Nationalists in Sindh seem to have lost considerable ground to far right extremists. The severity demands stern administrative and well throughout ideological strategy to counter and strategise peace in Sindh and Pakistan. —Melbourne, Australia

A way to energy conservation S NAYYAR UDDIN AHMAD A Watt saved is a Watt produced and the cost of installing 1MW powerhouse is approximately PKR 1 billion. We can save a minimum of 1000 MW per day, if countrywide all markets and offices are very strictly closed at 6 PM, while all TV channels and Cable TV networks should also be shut down at 9 PM, for the Pakistani viewers. The above proposal will give peaceful load shedding free nights to the teeming millions, who can’t afford UPS, generators or solar power systems, during the long hot and humid summer season. Hope that the government will give a serious thought to the above proposals in the larger public interest. — Lahore

Help artists, writers S M KHAN The Culture Department of Sindh government, through its Endowment Fund is helping elderly artists and writers, from time to time, who need financial help mostly for their treatment. Nonetheless, the department pays only one portion of the said expenditures for treatment. As per report, the Culture Department has so far distributed around eight crore rupees among needy artists and writers since April 2010 that really commendable. I hope the government of Sindh would continue to serve these valuable artists and writers who badly deserve this type of financial help in their old age. It is unfortunate some quarters have launched a campaign against this financial assistance programme of the government. There is a need to further streamline the process and remove the lacunae, if any, to ensure that the money goes to the deserving ones. —Karachi

A plea to the universities, HEC FARAZ MANGI Most respectfully it is stated that I Faraz Mangi the citizen of Kashmore Sindh, appeared in B.A Part-II Examination, six months ago, and am awaiting my results to pursue my further studies in Masters in any of the university in this session. Now as many Federal and Provincial universities have announced their admission schedules, the students, including myself, who want to get admission in any university for master’s programme, are very upset because the BA/BSc results are still

awaited. If the result is not announced immediately, we won’t be able to get admission in any university. This is a clear example of mal-coordination among our academic institutions which spoils one whole year, or at least a complete semester of the students. Let the admission programmes be announced by the universities after the announcement of the results of the qualifying stage of studies. I would humbly request the HEC and the universities to hold on the admission process for a while and first announce the results, which we are anxiously waiting for. —Islamabad

Ukraine’s Pyrrhic victory ENGR ARSALAN THAHIM The Ukrainian crisis started on a trade deal. Ukraine state government wanted to trade with European countries while the people wanted to trade with Russia. Consequently Ukraine lost pro-Russian states like Crimea and recent unofficial voting in Ukraine’s states Donetsk and Luhansk showed 90% people want to join the Russia. This apparently a trade deal event has changed the entire map of the region after joining the the Ukraine states to Russia. In the meanwhile, USA has stepped in to safeguard its own interests through active diplomatic activity, to reverse the democratic decisions taken by the people in a democratic manner. On one, the US is playing a significant role for emerging the Middle East uprising by supporting the Democracy - the government of people, for the people and by the people; likewise, it still plays in Syria. But on the other side, its role in Ukraine is against the proRussian activists. Now US is fighting proxy war of Ukraine along with the NATO troops on the Black sea. Ukraine has still time to go for dialogue with the Russians and vice versa because both the countries share common cultural and historical background. They have to pass the future along the Black sea coast. —Shikarpur

Rupee depreciation BABAR MUGHAL We are experiencing a tough time with depreciation of the Pak rupee every day. Let us analyse the effect of Rupee depreciation; how the Rupee depreciation against the Dollar is calculated? Let’s replace rupee with potatoes. Today, one US dollar can buy 45 potatoes. Next week, 1 US dollar can buy 52 potatoes. Does this mean that potatoes have become cheaper, since you can buy more potatoes for the same one US dollar? No, it does not mean that potatoes have become cheaper. It means that potatoes have depreciated in value. The same is true for the Rupee. When one US dollar can buy 55 rupees today and 99 rupees next week, it means that the value of the rupee has depreciated. The past year has been disastrous for the rupee value against the dollar. The value of rupee against dollar has touched the figure of 100 and even beyond in recent weeks. As per the experts, the Rupee will be volatile for some more time. This kind of increase in dollar value will have a drastic impact on the economy of a country, which depends too much on oil and other raw material imports. —Via email

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Cameroon sends troops north to take on Boko Haram

Ukraine government claims heavy rebel losses as fighting rages on

DABANGA, (Cameroon)—Everyone out! Hold onto your KIEV (Ukraine)—Government forces Vladyslav Seleznyov, said two service- tary - whose initial efforts in April to belongings, we’re going to con- pressed on with an offensive in east- men had been killed and 45 wounded. root out the rebels flopped with defecFighting was continuing in Slaviansk tions and loss of military equipment duct a search,” yells a ern Ukraine on Wednesday, claiming Cameroonian soldier as he in- they had inflicted heavy losses on region and mopping-up operations were are making against the rebels who ocspects bus passengers already separatist fighters, though this was underway in the nearby town of Krasny cupy strategic points in densely popuLiman, which he said government forces lated cities. wearied by dusty hours on a denied by the rebels. Slaviansk, a town of about 130,000 bumpy northern road. A spokesman for Kiev’s “anti-terror- had taken control of on Tuesday. President-elect Petro Poroshenko or- and located at the centre of the three main “We’re everywhere in the ist operation” said more than 300 rebel area,” said the soldier in fighters had been killed and about 500 dered the resumption of operations by regions of eastern Ukraine, was quickly Dabanga, in Cameroon’s far wounded in fierce fighting in the past 24 government forces to quell the rebellion taken under the control of the rebels in north, the border region where hours in and around the city of Slaviansk, by pro-Russian militia in the Russian- early April and government forces have a French family was kidnapped a strategically located separatist strong- speaking east soon after scoring a re- had little success in weakening their grip sounding victory in an election on May on the city. The offensive in Slaviansk follast year by Islamic extremists hold. of the deadly Boko Haram Government forces used aircraft, he- 25. The Kiev government says the fight- lowed a daylong firefight on Monday in movement. licopters and artillery in a fierce attack to ing is being stirred up by Moscow, which Luhansk, a town further to the east on the The incursion of Boko try to root out the separatists who have opposes its pro-Western course. Kiev also Russian border, after an attack by sepaHaram fighters into Cameroon, controlled Slaviansk and surrounding ar- accuses Russia of letting volunteer fight- ratists on a border guard camp. ers cross into Ukraine to fight alongside Government forces acknowledged from their stronghold over the eas since early April. border in Nigeria, has led to But the rebels on Wednesday denied the rebels. Moscow denies this and is urg- on Wednesday that the border guard regular vehicle searches and the government’s casualty figures. “Re- ing Ukraine to end military operations and camp had been evacuated and personnel had left with their weapons, though the identity checks by the army. ports of 300 dead are not true. Losses to open dialogue with the separatists. Since government forces resumed separatists described this as a surrender. With his helmet tightly the Ukrainian side were more than ours,” Zhanna, a resident of a nearby apartstrapped on and wearing a bul- Aleksander Boroday, “prime minister” of their push against the rebels, there have let-proof vest, the soldier sys- the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s been clashes in and around the main ment block, said she saw guns and amtematically stops traffic on the Republic, was quoted as saying by industrial hub of Donetsk and near the munition being removed from the base. border town of Luhansk, with loss of “The (separatist) militia has taken over road between Maroua, the re- Interfax news agency. gional capital, and Kousseri, to Describing the fighting as “heavy”, life on both sides. But it is not clear the building and lowered the Ukrainian the north, a machine-gun the government forces spokesman, what real progress the Ukrainian mili- flag,” she said.—Reuters. mounted on a pick-up truck nearby. “We are looking for weapons, ammunition, drugs,” the soldier told AFP, asking not to be named. AFP. In the past few days, Cameroonian authorities say they have deployed an impressive military force to the Far North region in the wake of bloody raids and a series of kidnappings of foreigners. Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden”, has killed thousands of people since 2009 in its fight to establish an Islamic state in the north of Nigeria. As well as causing an international outcry by kidnapping more than 200 schoolgirls, it has burnt down whole villages and carried out deadly bomb attacks, while taking its Obama vows to stand with Ukraine as he meets President-elect in Poland fight over the porous border into Cameroon. Cameroonian authorities plan to deploy almost 3,000 troops and paramilitary police in the coming weeks. Already, small units of sol- BAGHDAD—A suicide bomber targeted a group nephew of the influential tribal leader Ahmed diers riding armoured cars pa- of pro-government, anti-militant Sunni militia- Abu Risha whose brother led the formation of trol the main roads and smaller men west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing the original Sahwa — an anti-al-Qaida militia secondary routes, while fighter eight people and wounding 14, officials said — until his assassination in 2007. W ASHINGTON —A Russian The al-Qaida splinter group, known as the fighter jet intercepted an planes and combat helicopters Wednesday. keep watch from the skies. The bomber struck on Tuesday night as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and other American reconnaissance The mobilisation comes two militiamen were patrolling a camp for families who Sunni-led militant groups have strengthened plane in international airweeks after a summit in Paris that had fled the months-long fighting in western Anbar their control over parts of Anbar province, in- space over the Pacific in late brought together the heads of province between militants from an al-Qaida splin- cluding the city of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi, April, prompting top offistate of several countries border- ter group and government forces allied with Sunni since late December. The government has not cials to complain to senior made progress in a campaign to dislodge them Russian military officials, a ing Nigeria, including tribal fighters, a police officer said. Cameroon’s Paul Biya, who deIt was unclear if the bomber had come from from these strongholds. Pentagon spokesman said Meanwhile on Wednesday, a parked car Tuesday. scribed Boko Haram as a “seri- the camp, which is located outside the provinous threat” to the whole region. cial capital of Ramadi, or had followed the mi- bomb ripped through a commercial area in northArmy Col. Steve Warren, Leaders at the meeting litiamen into it. The police officer said two mi- ern Baghdad, killing four civilians and wound- the spokesman, said the Rusagreed to cooperate on a joint litiamen, three guards and three women died in ing 12, a police office said. sian Su-27 fighter flew Two medical officials confirmed the causality across the nose of the U.S. “war plan”, at a time when the explosion. Cameroon was still considered The officer identified one of the slain mili- figures. All officials spoke on condition of ano- Air Force RC-135U aircraft, a weak link. tiamen as Mohammed Khamis Abu Risha, the nymity because they were not authorized —AP coming within about 100 feet The country’s northern (30 meters), while in interborder region is thought to be national airspace over the a centre for smuggling weapSea of Okhotsk. ons to the armed extremists, Warren said the U.S. with Yaounde accused by plane did not take any evaback on such monitoring, except in the case of a B ERLIN —German prosecutors have opened others of failing to act sive measures. The Russian against the Islamists even on an investigation into the alleged monitoring national security interest. pilot maneuvered his jet in a “The leaders of our close friends and allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone by its own soil. way that exposed its belly to deserve to know that if I want to learn what they the U.S. National Security Agency, officials “Until now, Cameroon has the American crew, he said, think about an issue, I will pick up the phone avoided a head-on confronta- said Wednesday, in a move that could again apparently as a way of showand call them rather than turning to surveilcomplicate diplomatic relations between the tion with Boko Haram,” said a ing that it was armed. Warlance,” Obama said at the time. two allies. It was not immediately clear what local police officer, who also ren said there was no radio Following the news of the German probe, the new investigation might mean in terms asked not to be named. communication between the Obama’s deputy national security adviser, of possible prosecutions of Americans. “Now the soldiers have the two planes’ crews. Ben Rhodes, said the U.S. believes direct Documents provided by National Security right to open fire on suspects He said Defense Secredialogue between the two countries rather who ignore warnings. We can Agency leaker Edward Snowden indicated in Octary Chuck Hagel and Gen. than an investigation is the best way to adtober that the U.S. was monitoring Merkel’s expect that there will be victims cellphone conversations, as well as those of 35 dress Germany’s concerns. U.S. spying con- Martin Dempsey, chairman of in this war,” he added. the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both The crackdown comes other foreign leaders. Merkel expressed outrage troversy raised the matter later with German federal prosecutors have opened an and accused Washington of a grave breach of trust. after the armed fundamentaltheir Russian counterparts. investigation into the alleged monitoring of In the ensuing diplomatic fallout, President ists appeared to have stepped Warren said he could not Chancellor An Germany probes alleged NSA Barack Obama acknowledged Germany’s anger up their cross-border atexplain why the incident, Merkel phone.—AP and promised that new guidelines would cut tacks.—Reuters

U.S. trade deficit widens to 2-year high

Goodbye Afghanistan, hello Asia-Pacific

W ASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit widened to its highest level in two years in April as imports hit a record high, suggesting trade could be a drag on second-quarter growth. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday the trade gap increased 6.9 percent to $47.2 billion. That was the largest since April 2012 and followed March’s revised $44.2 billion gap. Economists polled by Reuters had expected the deficit to widen only to $40.8 billion from a previously reported $40.4 billion shortfall. The government also published its annual benchmark revisions with Wednesday’s data. When adjusted for inflation, the deficit increased to $53.8 billion from $50.9 billion in March. Trade subtracted almost a percentage point from firstquarter gross domestic product. The economy contracted at a 1.0 percent annual pace in the first three months of the year. Imports increased 1.2 percent to an all-time high of $240.6 billion in April. Imports of automobiles, capital goods, food and consumer goods all hit record highs in April. The trade deficit with the European Union was the largest on record, as was the gap with Germany. Imports from South Korea also touched a record high, while Chinese imports rose 16.3 percent. That pushed up the politically sensitive trade gap with China to $27.3 billion from $20.4 billion in March. Exports slipped 0.2 percent to $193.3 billion.— Reuters.


Eight killed in Iraq suicide attack Pentagon: Russian fighter intercepts US plane

Germany probes alleged NSA Merkel phone tap

which happened April 23, was not made public earlier. It is the latest source of concern for U.S. officials since a heightening of U.S.-Russian tensions following Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine. In mid-April a Russian Su-24 fighter made lowlevel passes over a U.S. Navy ship in the Black Sea. An RC-135U is a highly specialized reconnaissance plane known as “Combat Sent.” There are only two such planes in the U.S. Air Force; both are assigned to the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. Their crews are from the 45th Reconnaissance Squadron and the 97th Intelligence Squadron of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency. The “Combat Sent” aircraft are equipped with communications gear designed to locate and identify foreign military radar signals on land, at sea and in the air. The crew is composed of two pilots, one navigator, two airborne systems engineers, at least 10 electronic warfare officers and six or more technical and other specialists.—AP

Creating a learning society JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ


ITIZENS in the world’s richest coun tries have come to think of their econo mies as being based on innovation. But innovation has been part of the developed world’s economy for more than two centuries. Indeed, for thousands of years, until the Industrial Revolution, incomes stagnated. Then per capita income soared, increasing year after year, interrupted only by the occasional effects of cyclical fluctuations. The Nobel laureate economist Robert Solow noted some 60 years ago that rising incomes should largely be attributed not to capital accumulation, but to technological progress ? to learning how to do things better. While some of the productivity increase reflects the impact of dramatic discoveries, much of it has been due to small, incremental changes. And, if that is the case, it makes sense to focus attention on how societies learn, and what can be done to promote learning ? including learning how to learn. A century ago, the economist and political scientist Joseph Schumpeter argued that the central virtue of a market economy was its capacity to innovate. He contended that economists’ traditional focus on competitive markets was misplaced; what mattered was competition for the market, not competition in the market. Competition for the market drove innovation. A succession of monopolists would

lead, in this view, to higher standards of living in the long run. Schumpeter’s conclusions have not gone unchallenged. Monopolists and dominant firms, like Microsoft, can actually suppress innovation. Unless checked by anti-trust authorities, they can engage in anti-competitive behavior that reinforces their monopoly power. Moreover, markets may not be efficient in either the level or direction of investments in research and learning. Private incentives are not well aligned with social returns: firms can gain from innovations that increase their market power, enable them to circumvent regulations, or channel rents that would otherwise accrue to others. But one of Schumpeter’s fundamental insights has held up well: Conventional policies focusing on short-run efficiency may not be desirable, once one takes a long-run innovation/learning perspective. This is especially true for developing countries and emerging markets. Industrial policies ? in which governments intervene in the allocation of resources among sectors or favor some technologies over others ? can help “infant economies” learn. Learning may be more marked in some sectors (such as industrial manufacturing) than in others, and the benefits of that learning, including the institutional development required for success, may spill over to other economic activities. Such policies, when adopted, have been frequent targets of criticism. Government, it is

often said, should not be engaged in picking winners. The market is far better in making such judgments. But the evidence on that is not as compelling as free-market advocates claim. America’s private sector was notoriously bad in allocating capital and managing risk in the years before the global financial crisis, while studies show that average returns to the economy from government research projects are actually higher than those from private-sector projects ? especially because the government invests more heavily in important basic research. One only needs to think of the social benefits traceable to the research that led to the development of the Internet or the discovery of DNA. But, putting such successes aside, the point of industrial policy is not to pick winners at all. Rather, successful industrial policies identify sources of positive externalities ? sectors where learning might generate benefits elsewhere in the economy. Viewing economic policies through the lens of learning provides a different perspective on many issues. The great economist Kenneth Arrow emphasized the importance of learning by doing. The only way to learn what is required for industrial growth, for example, is to have industry. And that may require either ensuring that one’s exchange rate is competitive or that certain industries have privileged access to credit ? as a number of East Asian countries did as part of their remarkably successful develop-

ment strategies. There is a compelling infant economy argument for industrial protection. Moreover, financial-market liberalization may undermine countries’ ability to learn another set of skills that are essential for development: how to allocate resources and manage risk. Likewise, intellectual property, if not designed properly, can be a two-edged sword when viewed from a learning perspective. While it may enhance incentives to invest in research, it may also enhance incentives for secrecy ? impeding the flow of knowledge that is essential to learning while encouraging firms to maximize what they draw from the pool of collective knowledge and to minimize what they contribute. In this scenario, the pace of innovation is actually reduced. More broadly, many of the policies (especially those associated with the neoliberal “Washington Consensus”) foisted on developing countries with the noble objective of promoting the efficiency of resource allocation today actually impede learning, and thus lead to lower standards of living in the long run. Virtually every government policy, intentionally or not, for better or for worse, has direct and indirect effects on learning. Developing countries where policymakers are cognizant of these effects are more likely to close the knowledge gap that separates them from the more developed countries. —Courtesy: Korea Herald.


S President Barack Obama announced Tuesday his in tention to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016. In a statement from the White House Rose Garden, Obama said he expects to reduce US troops levels from the roughly 32,000 which remain there now to 9,800 by the end of this year, and to cut that number by about half by the end of 2015. After this year, US troops deployed to Afghanistan will be used only for training and counter-terrorism operations against al-Qaeda, he said. The withdrawal plan will depend, however, on the signing of a pending Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Washington and the next president of Afghanistan, who is expected to take office by the end of the summer after presidential elections that are set to take place next month. Without the BSA, according to senior administration officials who briefed reports, the US would resort to the so-called “zero option” - or withdrawing all of its troops at the end of the year. President Hamid Karzai, whose relations with Washington have become increasingly rocky during Obama’s tenure, has refused to sign the BSA, insisting that the decision be left to his successor. The two candidates in next month’s run-off election, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, have publicly supported the agreement. In his statement, Obama, who was due to deliver a major foreign policy address at the US Military Academy on Wednesday, put the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in the context of what he depicted as a larger transition in Washington’s global military strategy, including its ongoing struggle against radical Islamists linked to al-Qaeda. “The bottom line is, it’s time to turn the page on more than a decade in which so much of our foreign policy was focused on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” he said. “When I took office, we had nearly 180,000 troops in harm’s way. By the end of this year, we will have less than 10,000. In addition to bringing our troops home, this new chapter in American foreign policy will allow us to redirect some of the resources saved by ending these wars to respond more nimbly to the changing threat of terrorism, while addressing a broader set of priorities around the globe.” Obama was making an implicit reference to his administration’s promised “rebalancing” of US strategic assets toward the Asia-Pacific region, as well as more recent concerns about Russian intentions toward its closest neighbors. He also suggested that Washington will not leave Afghanistan having accomplished all of the objectives for which it first sent troops under George W Bush in October 2001, in the weeks that followed the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks on New York and the Pentagon. “I think Americans have learned that it’s harder to end wars than it is to begin them,” he said. “... We have to recognize that Afghanistan will not be a perfect place, and it is not America’s responsibility to make it one. The future of Afghanistan must be decided by Afghans.” Obama’s announcement came under immediate attack from neo-conservatives and other right-wing hawks who have long insisted that Kabul will need more trainers to protect and stabilize the country after the end of 2014, the date on which the US and other North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries had previously agreed would mark the transfer of all combat responsibilities to Afghan government forces. They were particularly angry about Obama’s promise to remove all US troops by the end of 2016. “The president came into office wanting to end the wars he inherited,” said Republican Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte in a joint statement. “[He] appears to have learned nothing from the damage done by his previous withdrawal announcements in Afghanistan and his disastrous decision to withdraw all US forces from Iraq.” “Today’s announcement will embolden our enemies and discourage our partners in Afghanistan and the region. And regardless of anything the president says tomorrow at West Point, his decision on Afghanistan will fuel the growing perception worldwide that America is unreliable, distracted, and unwilling to lead,” the three senators insisted, in what has become a standard theme in Republican and neo-conservative attacks on Obama’s foreign policy. —Courtesy: Asia Times

Ukraine Could Derail Russian Military Reform COLBY HOWARD


USSIAN military actions in Crimea and throughout the crisis in Ukraine have led many to marvel at the “new model army” and improved, “rebooted” military force that the Kremlin now has at its disposal. How deep the military’s updated look penetrates to regular conventional forces, and not just special operations interior troops like the GRU special forces and the semi-elite VDV airborne troops, is much debated and yet to be seen beyond orchestrated military exercises. This in itself is a good thing; no one wants a second Georgia or an incursion into eastern Ukraine so that they may compare notes on Russia’s armed forces. The loss of Western defense contracts will have a lasting effect on modernization. Even without a demonstration of force, though, it appears that the Ukrainian conflict could possibly stunt or derail continued modernization and reform, especially for the conventional forces many have claimed “improved.” As a direct result of the Kremlin’s handling of Ukraine, Western defense contracts, technology and training infusions have been postponed or outright canceled. The Russian Defense Ministry, meanwhile, has become much more concerned with operating as an arm of the propaganda machine than with advancing reforms. Russian ground forces had been set to receive a state-ofthe-art training facility prior to events in Ukraine. The facility would have been up and running by the end of 2014 and was to be located in Mulino, just west of Nizhny Novgorod. This training center, to be built by Rheinmetall Defense of Germany, would have included a MOUT city, or Military Operations on Urban Terrain, interactive combat scenario areas and numerous live-firing ranges and maneuvering areas. Each year 30,000 soldiers would have passed through this shiny new facility, training at the platoon to battalion levels, significantly improving the overall tactical capability and intra-operability of Russian forces over the course of just a few years. The training center had the potential to make a difference up and down the chain of command, providing facilities to quickly teach basic to advanced skills and importantly, create an environment to operate with adjacent units under a higher command, all under realistic conditions. But this deal, struck during the comparatively progressive days of Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and General Nikolai Makarov, has been put on hold and will likely be canceled under future pressure from the U.S and its allies. The defense industry is sure to dismiss claims that Western defense contracts were needed in the first place and that any and everything the Army needs can be found at home. —Courtesy: Moscow Times

Extortionists being brought to book in KP

Banned outfits planning to escalate terrorism: Sindh govt told STAFF REPORTER

STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWAR — KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak Wednesday revealed that network of extortionists have been traced and the crackdown being undertaken for bringing all such gangs to task would be not only result oriented but the people especially traders community would see it by themselves and would feel a complete sense of security as such. He said that PTI led coalition govt after freeing police department from political interference and making it dignified independent organization has proved that we have no malicious personal or political designs like that of the past traditional rulers and politicians. He said “ we are endeavouring to create peaceful and conducive environment free from unrest, terror, corruption and other social evils”. He was talking to the media personnel after handing over keys of police donated Daewoo buses to heads of various universities and colleges in an impressive ceremony at Police Lines Peshawar. Speaker KP Assembly Haji Asad Qaiser, IGP Nasir Khan Durrani, Secretary Home Department Syed Akhter Ali Shah, Secretary Higher Education Farah Hamid, other high ups of civil and police department as well as the city and PTI elite were also present. Earlier IGP Nasir Durrani, AIGP (HQ) Mian Muhammad Asif and DIG (Telecommunication) ZafarUllah Khan highlighted achievements of police force and said the new buses were being given to educational institutions as the terror bids compelled police to use other vehicular means.

Addressing the ceremony Pervez Khattak said that the visible process of change and reformation has been started in police department. He reiterated that we would not leave this process of change incomplete He said bureaucracy would be next after police force to be depoliticized to deliver and serve the masses. Chief Minister said that his govt was bringing about a real change in the society rather than hallow slogans and lip service like that of the past rulers. He expressed the confidence that police officials would change their behavior with people. He said that police force has been equipped with latest know how as well as separate departments of training, investigation and intelligence have been setup to control crimes and ensure law & order. He saluted the bravery of KP Police and civil administration saying that they are discharging their responsibilities in befitting manner. He said that the home and tribal affairs department was being further streamlined with a greater role in this regard. Pervez Khattak deplored that the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had to bear the brunt of the ill conceived policies of the past regimes. Thousands of innocent people and security officials including our valiant police jawans lost their precious lives in suicide and terrorist incidents. Chief Minister regretted that in the past, the rulers used to claim that they were in state of war when innocent people and security jawans were killed in terror acts in cold blood but these rulers did not take any steps for capacity building of police force to combat such terror acts.

Nawaz asks opponents to let govt do its job From Page 1 “It is the time for work not to hold dharanas and my government has proved this through inauguration of Nandipur power project within the short time of seven months. Nawaz Sharif said that he had welcomed those who received mandate in KP, Sindh and Balochistan. Addressing the second computer balloting for grant of loans under Prime Minister’s Youth Business Loans here on Wednesday Prime Minister Nawaz expressed the confidence that the youth securing loans for businesses would prove to be a harbinger of social and economic revolution in the country.. The Prime Minister said in the first phase 38,000 applications for loans were received under PM Youth Business Loans including 31,000 men and 7,000 women. Of them, 6000 were selected for grant of loans through computer ballot in the first draw and 6000 more are being selected through second draw. The Prime Minister said those getting loans would not only be able to launch their own business but also provide job opportunities to others. The Prime Minister said the programme is not meant for any specific area or region but is being implemented all over the country in a transparent manner. The Prime Minister said the government has

also launched Qarz-e-Hasna scheme, which would benefit 250,000 families next year. He said there would be 50 % share for women in the scheme. He said the scope of the youth training scheme is being increased to cover 50,000 youth who would get one year training in different trades. Nawaz Sharif said this is the time for taking practical steps for resolving problems of the people and not to go for sit-ins. He said those who could succeed in 2013 elections should wait for 2018 general elections. He said the Government has launched a number of development projects and is completing them in record time. The Prime Minister said 35 billion dollar would be invested in power, road and railway sectors during the next ten years. He said 21,000 megawatt of electricity would be added to the national grid in eight to ten years. Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar said the present government is focusing on welfare of the down trodden sections of the society and launching of six youth related schemes are part of that strategy of PML-N. Meanwhile, Balochistan Board of Revenue has set up Provincial Surveillance Cell for verification of revenue record for getting loan under Prime Minister’s Youth Business Loan.

KARACHI—Federal Interior Ministry has despatched a letter to Sindh government warning it that the banned outfits were planning to carry out terrorist activities in Karachi and other parts of the province on large scale. The Sindh government has been advised to take preemptive measures to foil such bids of terrorism. The letter further stated that security of religious places, government offices, sensitive installations and public places should be beefed up and Sindh government should also carve out a fool proof security plan. Following receipt of the letter, the Sindh government directed Inspector General of Police, Sindh Iqbal Mehmood and heads of other law enforcing agonies to ensure fool proof security of all vulnerable points that were mentioned in the letter. The law enforcement agencies have been directed to enhance patrolling.

Suicide attack From Page 1 region. Meanwhile, Namaz-eJanaza of Colonel Muhammad Zahir and Colonel Arshad Hussain Shaheed, who embraced Shahadat Wednesday in a suicide attack near Tarnol, Rawalpindi, was offered at Chaklala Garrison. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Defence Mnister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, General Rashad Mehmood, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, large number of military personnel from three services and people from all walks of life attended the Namaz-eJanaza of shaheeds. Later, bodies of Shaheed Colonel Muhammad Zahir and Colonel Arshad Hussain were sent to their ancestral towns where they will be buried with full military honours.

Govt briefs From Page 1 tus of the campaign to eradicate polio virus from Pakistan. This was followed by briefing by a representative of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination on the procedures and arrangements put in place to ensure smooth implementation of WHO recommendations.

Attacks on Pak posts From Page 1 agency on May 31 leaving a soldier martyred and two others critically wounded. However, retaliatory fire by the Pakistani troops with the help of Cobra gunship helicopters, left as many as sixteen intruders dead in the clashes that lasted for three hours. Reports reaching here and confirmed by the military sources said, the terrorists from Afghanistan side attacked Pakistani security posts in Mano Zangall area in bordering Bajaur agency using sophisticated weapons early in the morning that re-

sulted in the Shahadat of at least two soldiers guarding the posts and serious injuries to three others that also include a captain of the Pakistan Army. “In Bajaur early morning on Wednesday terrorists from across the border fired at Pakistani security posts in Mano Zangall and Makkha tops. Two soldiers embraced Shahadat and three including an officer sustained serious injuries”. Military sources said. However, the aggressors from across the border again resorted to unprovoked firing

on Pakistani security posts in Makkha top in the afternoon with heavy machine guns and other sophisticated weapons leaving another two soldiers martyred. There was, however, no end to the naked aggression from the troubled Afghanistan and the terrorists from across the border went for third attack in a day on the Pakistani security posts in Bajaur in the evening this time leaving three

more soldiers martyred thus raising the toll of martyrs to more seven. Military sources told Observer adding the Pakistani security forces also retaliated the attacks with the help of Cobra gunship helicopters. In the meanwhile Pakistan condemned in strong words the unprovoked attacks from Afghan side and the matter was raised with the Afghan government in Kabul and with their Embassy in Islamabad.

DISCOs chiefs to remain on video link during Sehar, Iftar in Ramazan I SLAMABAD —The Secretary Water and officials of Ministry of Water and Power. Power, Ms. Nargis Sethi Wednesday directed all the Distribution Companies’ Chiefs to make all arrangements for the Ramazan as she alongwith her team at the Ministry level and all the DISCOs Chiefs at their Power Distribution Centers would remain linked via video conference to monitor and ensure uninterrupted electricity supply during the Sehar and Iftar times. The Directions were given by the Secretary Water and Power at video link meeting participated by all the DISCOs Chiefs and

The Secretary directed the DISCOs Chiefs to devise their respective plan of action in the coming day for optimal electricity load management. She said that effective monitoring and better management can bring solace for the public. She said that there is a lot of room for improvement in the service delivery by the DISCOs which if made would ultimately lead to better relations between the consumers and the distribution companies. She urged them to take practical steps in minimizing the line loses.—NNI

NATO commander accuses Russia From Page 1 Russia’s hand behind unrest in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have seized control of several towns and are locked in combat with the Ukrainian army. “Russia is continuing to destabilize Ukraine in other ways. Russian irregular forces, Russian-backed forces, and Russian financing are very active in eastern Ukraine. This has to stop,” Breedlove told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting of NATO defence ministers in Brussels. “I think what you see in the east part of Ukraine are very well-led, very well-financed, very well-organized clashes with Ukrainian forces ... seizing Ukrainian buildings ... It is very clear that the Russian influence is a part of this,” he said. Moscow denies such involvement in eastern Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has raised concerns with Moscow about reports of Chechens and other fighters crossing into Ukraine from Russia to join the rebellions against the leadership in Kiev. The Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya has denied sending fighters to support pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, but said some could have gone of their own accord. NATO has made clear it has no plans to get involved militarily in Ukraine but it has sent fighter aircraft and ships to eastern Eu-

rope to reassure NATO allies alarmed by Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Breedlove said all steps being taken by NATO to reinforce its members in eastern Europe would comply with NATO’s 1997 agreement with Russia, but he accused Moscow of breaking the pact “when they crossed a sovereign boundary and annexed under fire a portion of a sovereign nation”. He also said that NATO and its member countries were considering a wide range of requests for help from Ukraine, including lethal aid. Breedlove said Ukraine had put forward a list of items it needed for its military both to NATO and to individual allies and said this included weaponry as well as non-lethal aid. “They have asked for everything from command and control, communications, help with cyber, help with kinetic capabilities (weapons), help with training, to developing their national guard forces,” he said. Asked if NATO had a position on providing lethal aid, Breedlove said: “That is being discussed and it is inappropriate to remark at this time.” NATO officials say the alliance does not have weaponry to supply. Any decision to supply armaments to Ukraine would be a decision for individual NATO allies.—Reuters

Senate passes anti-terrorism, four other bills I SLAMABAD —The Senate on Wednesday passed the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2014 unanimously. The bill provides to amend the Anti Terrorism Act, 1997. The bill was moved by Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid. The Senate also passed the Anti-Terrorism (Second Amendment) Bill, 2014. The bill provides to amend the Anti-terrorism Act, 1997. The bill was moved by Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid. The Senate unanimously passed “The Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill, 2014”. The bill provides to amend the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Act, 1973. The bill was moved by Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights Pervaiz Rashid. The Senate unanimously passed “The Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (Amend-

ment) Bill, 2014”. The bill provides to amend the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan Ordinance, 1979. The bill was moved by Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights Pervaiz Rashid. The Senate also passed the fifth bill “The Services Tribunals (Amendment) Bill, 2014”. It provides to amend the Services Tribunal Act, 1973. The bill was moved by Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid. Speaking on the passing of the bills, Leader of the House Raja Zafar-ul-Haq said that it is a great day in the history of Senate as five bills were passed with the cooperation of the opposition. He thanked and congratulated all the members of the House on the passing of the bills.—NNI

8pc Punjab growth rate target fixed for next four years SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that a target of growth rate of eight percent has

been fixed in the province during the next four years. He said that a strategy has been evolved to create one million new job opportunities annually while planning has been made to

Budget aims at ensuring From Page 1 Islamabad on Wednesday. The Finance Minister dispelled the impression that the budget is pro-rich and contains peanuts for the poor. He clarified that additional tax revenue worth 231 billion rupees envisaged in the budget for the next financial year would not impact the common man. He said the government has embarked upon a programme to phase out discriminatory SROs in three years as some influential people had squeezed unnecessary concessions against standard rate of duties, which also bred corruption. He pointed out that elimination of some SROs next year would help raise additional revenues of 103 billion rupees. He said remaining tax would be realized from new tax assesses. Ishaq Dar said the new budget contains measures to alleviate sufferings of about 90 million people living below poverty line. He said Qarza-e-Hasna schem and Prime Minister’s youth schemes are aimed at bringing these people out of the trap of poverty. He said the budget also envisages packages for agriculture, industrial and textile sectors to help realize their true potential. The Finance Minister said there are 2.5 million retailers in the country but just a few thousands are registered. He said chain stores, shops in air-conditioned buildings and those accepting credit and debit cards will have to get themselves registered compulsorily. Similarly, he said, those with

electricity bills of fifty thousand rupees and above will also have to register themselves with tax department. The Finance Minister categorically stated that the budgetary proposals contain no measure that could lead to increase in prices of cement. He warned that the government would not allow cement manufacturers to create artificial price-hike and stern action would be taken against profiteers. Ishaq Dar said the culture of non-filing of tax returns will have to be eliminated for the sake of national economy and progress. He said the previous government could increase tax collection by just three percent, while the present government increased it by 16.4% in eleven months of the current financial year. He urged consumers to get receipts while making any purchases to help document the economy and discourage leakages of taxes. The Minister said the PPP Government did not increase allocations for Benazir Income Support Programme but the present Government hiked them two hundred percent in just one year. Cash grant has also been increased first from one thousand to one thousand and two hundred and now to one thousand and five hundred per month under the programme. The number of its beneficiaries has also gone up from 4.3 to 5.3 million families. He pointed out that minimum pension

has been increased by hundred percent and there is twenty percent increase in minimum wages. He said the government would spend additional 42 billion rupees due to increase in salaries and pension. He said Employees Oldage Benefits Institution would be asked to increase pension of its pensioners. The post of Superintendent has been upgraded to scale seventeen and employees in scale one to four will be eligible for one premature increment. The Finance Minister said the budget contains a number of measures to promote exports as prosperity cannot be come sans increase in exports. He said an EXIM bank on the pattern of China and the United States would be established. Ishaq Dar said the Government is working on Health Insurance Scheme for the benefit of the poor.He said the budget contains special incentives for less developed regions of FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan, Balochistan and Swat. To a question he said national debt has come down by 600 to 700 billion rupees due to appreciation of rupee against dollar. He said three thousand farmers would be given credit worth one hundred thousand rupees each. Responding to another question the Finance Minister said he did not approve a proposal for increasing amount of monetization of transport facility for senior government officials.

make 20 thousand youth skillful during four years. He was presiding over a high level meeting regarding Annual Development Programme for the fiscal year 2014-15. Chairman Planning & Development gave a detailed briefing regarding the salient features of ADP- 2014-15. Provincial Ministers, Special Assistants, Assembly Members, Chief Secretary, Provincial Secretaries and concerned officials were present. The Chief Minister said, “maximum resources will be allocated in the new budget for the development of backward areas”.

SHC orders withholding Defence Secretary’s pay STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The Sindh High Court on a petition of parents of Muhammad Sajjad, a missing person, has ordered for withholding salary of Secretary Defence. According to details, the petitioner apprised the high court that Muhammad Sajjad and Qari Abdul Shakoor were picked up by law enforcement agencies from Gulshan-e-Iqbal on Dec 26, 2012. In this regard, Qari Abdul Shakoor submitted an affidavit wherein he stated that the LEA had picked Sajjad and him and took him to Tarinda Muhammad in Bahawalpur. Later, they released him but there was no trace of Sajjad till date. The 2-member bench of the high court asked Corps Commander concerned and Secretary Defence to submit their explanations in the court, which they did not. Therefore, the court directed the Accountant General of Pakistan to withhold salary of Secretary Defence with immediate effect. The court issued a show cause notice to the Secretary to submit his explanation on Jun 12.

MQM’s protest sit-in From Back Page They said that Hussain belonged to them and would soon resume his struggle for the people and the country. KCCI Businessmen group Chairman Siraj Kassam Teli said that all should pary for his early recovery from his illness. Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan Jawaid Chattari said that on the basis of his year-long practice of law, he was fully convinced that the Scotland Yard Police had implicated Hussain in a bogus case of money laundering. The Police action on the basis of that bogus case of money laundering was in fact an attempt to force Hussain to bow down but they would fail in their designs. He said that was a resolute and patriot Pakistani and had never been alleged of any corruption. How could a leader of millions carry any act of terrorism with such a petty amount of 400, 000 pounds in UK and this point should also be in minds of leaders in Pakistan? Chattari questioned. He lambasted British government for arresting Hussain without completing investigations against charges of money laundering and the entire process was absolutely unlawful.

Imran From Back Page understands their anguish. The PTI Chairman also condemned the violence and burning of vehicles by enraged protestors of MQM and expressed concerns over the uncertainty among the citizens and business community of the metropolis which has brought the city to a standstill situation. “With petrol stations also closed no citizen can move even in a case of an emergency. Khan said while there are claims by MQM that this standstill of life in Karachi is voluntary everyone knows that the reality on the ground is different. This is unacceptable to blackmail people of mega city for action taken by the British government against one of their own citizen,” Khan said.—INP

Gen Fan Lauds Pak support to China BEIJING—Vice Chairman of

Queen unveils legislative agenda LONDON— Queen Elizabeth II unveiled the government’s legislative agenda for its final year in power Wednesday on a day that showcases Britain in grandest style — offering a sumptuous display of pomp and power. The main ceremonial event of Parliament’s calendar is a moment of pride, replete with ermine and silk and evoking centuries of grandeur. Thousands of tourists lined the streets near the gothic spires of the Houses of Parliament to watch the parade of carriages in hopes of getting a glimpse of the monarch’s gloved hand.—AP

Canada sending troops to Eastern Europe W ARSAW — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday that his country is sending more soldiers than initially planned to a military exercise in Eastern Europe in response to Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine. Harper’s office said Canada plans to about 75 soldiers to Latvia this month to participate in Saber Strike 2014, a U.S.led exercise. —AP

German drive to make military attractive BERLIN — Germany’s defense minister plans to equip the country’s new professional military with better childcare, more attractive barracks and Internet access — giving it a facelift as it competes with business for new recruits in a humming economy. Germany abandoned conscription in 2011, a relative latecomer to a trend in Europe toward largely professional armies. —AP

Maneka mulls ban on school junk food N EW DELHI — To improve nutrition among school-going children, women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi plans to propose a ban on unhealthy or ‘junk’ food in school canteens across the country. The objective is to “make available good quality, safe food to students in school canteens”, said officials from the WCD Ministry.—AP

China’s Central Military Commission Fan Changlong met on Wednesday with visiting Pakistani Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif. Calling Pakistan a “true friend” of China, Fan said the development of bilateral “all-weather friendship” is the common option of the two peoples. China appreciates Pakistan’s strong support for China in combating terrorists of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), Fan said, calling on the two sides to further counter-terrorism cooperation. Fan said the People’s Liberation Army is willing to enhance concrete and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif who is on an official visit to China, met long-term exchanges and General Fan Changlong, the Vice Chairman Central Military Commission, China, at cooperation with the PakiBeijing. stani army.—INP

MQM’s sit-in on Altaf’s arrest continues for 50 hours Politicians, lawyers, businessmen, ministers resent arrest IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—In severe reaction to arrest of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain, people from all walks of life, leaders of political parties, ministers, lawyers traders associations, transporters, leaders of businessmen forums, trade unionists and leading Christian, Hindu and Sikh leaders flooded the sit-in of MQM at Numaish Chowrangi Wednesday Thousands of men, women, teenagers and children, workers, office-bearers. in-charges of wings of MQM, sympathisers and general public joined MQM’s sitin, which continued for 50 hours under scorching sun. Among eminent politicians, lawyers and businessmen, who joined MQM’s sit-in at Numaish Chowrangi were Senior

Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Pakistan Muslim League Functional (PMLF) leader Jam Madad Ali and Pir Yasir Sain, Senior lawyer of Supreme court of Pakistan advocate Jawaid Chattari, Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Businessmen Group Chairman Siraj Kassam Teli, Karachi Tajir Ittehad (KTI) Chairman Atiq Mir, members of Karachi Bar Association (KBA) and Sindh Bar Association (SBA) led by advocate Ahsan Iqbal, Christian Party leader Amjad Farooqi, Hindu Community leader Hargan Das, leaders and members of PIA Air League Union, Skyway Union of PIA and United Workers Union and All Sindh Gold Dealers association Chairman Haroon Chand, All Pakistan Muslim League, Pakistan Awami Tehreek, Karachi Union of journal-

Situation arising after Altaf’s arrest reviewed I SLAMABAD —Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday chaired a high level meeting to discuss situation arising after the arrest of MQM chief Altaf Hussain in London. Sources said that speaking at the meeting the prime minister said that the arrest of Mr Hussain was a legal affair and the government was extending its “legal and moral assistance” in this regard. He told the meeting that Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad had assured him that law and order would be maintained in Karachi. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan briefed the meeting about the government strategy to maintain law and order in Karachi. He said that the federal government would extend cooperation to the Sindh government to maintain peace in the city. Prime Minister Mian

Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and federal interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday phoned Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan. They discussed about Altaf Hussain’s health and overall situation he was facing in London. According to sources, PM and federal interior Minister told Governor Ebad that federal government was taking steps to contact British government over Altaf Hussain’s matter and that federal government would extend full support to Hussain on moral and legal grounds. Sources also claimed that the situation in Karachi was also discussed and both the sides vowed to play their role for bringing life in Karachi to normalcy. PM told the Governor that federal government was with Hussain and MQM amid ongoing tough circumstances and prayed for early recovery of Husain from illness.

ist, Pakistan Federal union human rights in his case. of Journalist, S.I.T.E assoSpeaking on the occaciation of Industry, Jamia sion, PMLF leader Jam Alliance, Sindh Tajir Madad Ali and Pir Yasir Ittehad and many others. Sain said that MQM was Sindh senior Minister passing through difficult for education Nisar Ahmed time. PMLF and MQM had Khuhro after he joined the close relations and hence sit-in told the newsmen PMLF was standing beside that he was representing MQM and their Chief Sindh government and Pa- Hussain. kistan People’s Party to They said that though show solidarity with MQM the situation was inflicting Chief Hussain and it was a heavy agony on MQM matter of satisfaction that Chief and members but the PPP was sitting with its ally conspiracy to implicate that had struggled for de- Hussain in fake money mocracy in Pakistan. laundering case would do He said that all should no harm to him and he support MQM and would come out of the situHussain for the sake of ation neat and clean. democracy. They said that MQM He said though Chief Hussain and MQM Hussain was admitted to never committed any crime a hospital in London but it and hence they were conwas also a matter of agony. fident that he would get British authorities had the justice and released with responsibilities to ensure complete respect. provision of health facilities and meet all established norms of law and Continued on Page 7

Imran asks MQM to stage protests in London ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf head Imran Khan Wednesday asked the Muttahida Qaumi Movement not to punish the people of Pakistan for an action carried out in London by the British government. His remarks came as hundreds of MQM workers continued to stage a sit-in at Numaish Chowrangi in Karachi and demanded the government guarantee

safety of Altaf Hussain. Imran Khan said MQM should hold protests in the United Kingdom instead of Karachi. He said the UK had arrested one of its citizens on charges of money-laundering and there is no justification for MQM to stage its protests in Karachi. He, however, expressed solidarity with the MQM’s supporters, saying he fully

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1,800 US troops for Afghan counterterror Bomb kills 3 civilians in Maymana B RUSSELS /KABUL — The U.S. military said Wednesday that about 1,800 of the nearly 10,000 U.S. troops the U.S. plans to leave in Afghanistan at the end of the year would be conducting counterterror operations, providing that specific breakout for the first time. The military said other nations may also be willing to provide counterterror forces, although no final decisions have been made. The revelations came as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan told reporters at a NATO meeting that he believes there will be no problem getting enough allied troops to reach the 12,000-force total officials believe is needed in Afghanistan to train and assist Afghan forces beyond 2014. “Right now, I don’t have any concerns getting to 12,000,” said Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford. Of that number, the U.S. would contribute 8,000 to train and assist Afghan forces. Italy, Germany and Turkey have all committed to providing forces to secure parts of the country. Next year, the U.S. would have troops in the east and south, while the Italians will be largely in the west, the Germans in the north and the Turks in Kabul. Asked for an assessment of the Taliban, Dunford told reporters that he believes there is friction within

NA Motion calls for suspension of Dasti’s membership OBSERVER REPORT I SLAMABAD —In an interesting turn of events, more than 200 parliamentarians have submitted a privileged motion in the NA Secretariat for the suspension of Jamshed Dasti’s membership from the House. Members of all political parties signed the motion against Dasti, an independent MNA from Muzaffargarh. The motion said that Dasti had defamed parliamentarians, including Lady MNAs, by accusing them of engaging in immoral activities in the parliament lodges. The motion was signed by almost all lady members of the House. Earlier this year, Dasti had accused parliamentarians of bringing alcohol, hashish and dancing women inside the premises of the parliament lodges.

the insurgency. The U.S. and NATO combat mission in Afghanistan will come to a close at the end of this year. NATO defense ministers meeting this week discussed which countries would continue to provide forces into 2015 and beyond. The U.S. has said it will leave 9,800 forces at the end of this year, cut that number about in half by the end of 2015 and have just a small force, in the hundreds, there after 2016. A bomb placed in a thermos bottle detonated remotely at a market in northern Afghanistan killed three civilians on Wednesday, an Afghan official said. The attack, which killed two men and a woman, took place in the Faryab province’s

capital of Maymana, said Ahmad Jawed Dedar, a spokesman for the provincial governor. The explosion also wounded 12 other civilians, including four women and a child, Dedar said. The thermos was brought and left next to a shop at the market by a person wearing a burqa, the traditional head-to-toe covering of Afghan women, he added, though it was not certain if the person was a woman. Also Wednesday, Omer Zwak, the spokesman for the provincial governor of southern Helmand province, said four Afghan police officers were killed and one was wounded when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb on Tuesday evening.—Agencies

Govt stands with national security institutions: PR I SLAMABAD —Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid has said that the government is against terrorists and stands firmly with institutions of national security. Talking to newsmen in Islamabad on Wednesday afternoon, he paid rich tributes to the army officers and Jawans, who laid down their lives in two terrorist attacks on Wednesday. He said sacrifices of personnel of the national security institutions would always be remembered. The Minister said it is unanimous decision of the nation to oppose terrorism and standby the national security institutions. To a question, he said the strategy decided by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to address the menace of terrorism is being implemented by national security institutions. He said this strategy is successful and its outcome would help make Pakistan a peaceful and secure

country. Replying to another question about allegations of some opposition leaders that the government deliberately delayed the matter regarding issuance of national identity card and Pakistani passport to MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, the minister said this is irresponsible statement. He pointed out that Aitzaz Ahsan’s PPP remained in power for five years and why they could not issue passport and identity card to Mr. Altaf Hussain. He said it is irresponsible attitude to criticize government unnecessarily and try to mislead people. He said Aitzaz Ahsan should know that what his remarks could do in Karachi where government of his own party is in power. He wondered whether Aitzaz wanted to create problems for his own provincial government in Sindh. —NNI

Woman in Meghalaya resists rape, militants blow her head off Lady shot 6 times in the head SHILLONG , India—A 35-year-old tribal Garo woman’s head was blown to pieces when she resisted an alleged molestation and rape attempt in South Garo Hills district of Meghalaya by suspected GNLA militants who shot her at point blank range, sparking outrage in the state. The woman was at home with her husband and five children when four to five armed militants of the Garo National Liberation Army entered their house at around 6pm. They locked up her husband and five children inside the house and pulled out the woman, police said. She was first assaulted and molested. When

she resisted, they shot her with automatic assault rifles from point blank range blowing her head in almost two pieces, inspector general of police (operations), GHP Raju said. GNLA was declared a terror organization by the Centre in January 2012. The banned outfit is allegedly involved in several cases of murder, kidnapping and extortion in all three Garo Hills districts in Meghalaya. PA Sangma, MP representing the Garo Hills region, condemned the incident and said the law and order situation in region was worsening everyday. “I strongly condemn the incident and am

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worried over the Garo Hills situation which is worsening every passing day. This has never been the case in the past. The state government has failed in tackling the situation,” Sangma said. He said a delegation of his National People’s Party would meet the minister of state for home Khiren Rijiju to apprise him of the situation. The incident came close on the heels of the countrywide outrage over the gang rape and murder of two teenaged cousins in UP’s Badaun district. The girls, reported missing by their families on May 27 night, were found hanging from a tree the next morning.—PTI

Diet and exercise may help maintain weight loss


ROGRAMS focused on both diet and ex ercise may help people who have lost weight keep the pounds from creeping back on, according to a new analysis of past studies. Orlistat, an obesity drug, may also be effective when taken at higher doses, researchers found. More than one third of U.S. adults are obese, and obesity raises the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. Losing weight - and keeping it off - can reduce those risks. “Long term weight loss through changes in eating and physical activity is possible, even in adults who have already acquired obesity related illness, and effective weight loss programs are now available,” researchers led by Stephan Dombrowski of Newcastle University in the UK write. They pooled data from 45 studies that included a total of 7,788 adults who had lost at least five percent of their body weight. The studies looked at people’s ability to keep the weight off for a minimum of one year. Forty-two of the studies included an initial phase meant to produce weight loss. The participants in those studies lost an average of about 24 pounds. The studies all looked at medication or lifestyle changes such as diet, physical activity and meal replacements, either alone or in combination, to help with weight loss maintenance. The researchers found that people participating in programs that combined diet and exercise gained back 3.4 fewer pounds

after one year compared to people receiving no extra help with weight maintenance or standard treatment only. They also found that combining Orlistat with behavioral changes resulted in 4 fewer pounds regained after one year compared to participants who took a drug-free placebo. Orlistat appeared to be more effective at larger doses, according to results published in the British medical journal BMJ. But the drug also came with gastrointestinal side effects. Lori Rosenthal said the findings echo previous research and that it was “interesting” that the authors included data from so many studies. Rosenthal is a dietician at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. She was not involved in the new review. “I think it’s great that they covered so many different studies but there’s also so much variety and the long-term research isn’t there, you know - going beyond 24 months,” she told Reuters Health. Still, “We know that interventions like diet and physical activity are really important in preventing weight regain after losing,” she said. Rosenthal noted that participants who had dropped out of the programs were not always included in the findings, and that could affect the review’s results. “Weight management is hard,” she said. “People have to realize that it’s not just the losing it - it’s for life, and if you don’t like what you’re doing, if it doesn’t work for you, you’re not going to stick with it.”

President calls for concerted efforts to eradicate drug trafficking STAFF R EPORTER ISLAMABAD—President Mamnoon Hussain has emphasized the need for more concerted and coordinated efforts by all the relevant agencies to curb the menace of drug trafficking, which the President termed critical for durable peace, stability and socio-economic development of the region. The President said this while speaking to Country Head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Pakistan Mr. Cesar Guedes, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr today. The President said that international community has important role to play in combating illegal drug production and trafficking, urging the need for an integrated approach including promoting alternative livelihood, agriculture development, curbing and reducing drugs consumption to check the menace. On Pakistan’s commitment to UN Charter, the President said that since inception, Pakistan has always remained steadfast to its commitment on the ‘Charter of the United Nations’ and all our governments have endorsed and maintain UN principles of peace, human rights, justice and better social standards for all. The President reiterated that the present government is also committed to work with the regional and inter-

Country Head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Pakistan Cesar Guedes called on President Mamnoon Hussain at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Wednesday. national community to fight UN charter. Mr. Cesar Guedes briefed UNODC appreciated the drugs and crimes and to Appreciating the efforts the President about the role support of government of Pahonor all its international of UNODC, the President of UNODC to curb drugs and kistan and also thanked the obligations, according to the said that the joint efforts of crimes, UNODC’s country President for meeting. He asvision of United Nations. UNODC and government programme for Pakistan sured that UNODC would He cited the huge contri- agencies, particularly e- ((2010-2015)) and range of continue to work to empower bution of Pakistan Law En- Learning initiative to fight capacity building initiatives Pakistani law enforcement forcement Agencies in UN drugs and crimes, have posi- especially e-Learning pro- and regulatory agencies to peace keeping missions, as tive impacts on the perfor- gram for the law enforce- reduce drug trafficking and one such example of mance of Pakistan’s law en- ment personnel of Pakistan. improve the management of Pakistan’s contribution to forcement agencies. The Country Head borders to increase security.

Strategic plan for immunization unveiled ZUBAIR QURESHI

Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Dr Abdul Aziz Ibrahim Al-Ghadeer receiving a souvenir from Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Rodolfo Martin Saravia during a reception to bid farewell to the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

Zero tolerance against sub-standard food: CDA STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Directorate of Health Services (DHS), Capital Development Authority (CDA) is committed to show zero tolerance against food handlers who are selling sub-standard and unhygienic food stuff to customers. An official of the DHS told reporter that the health department of the civic body is vigorously active to eliminate the availability of sub-standard, adulterated and un-hygienic food stuff from the most of the hotels and food stalls of the capital city. “DHS has been carrying out its successful campaign against substandard and un-hygienic edibles in the city for quite some time,” he informed adding that the campaign has also given fruitful re-

sults. To a question about action taken against such violators, the official stated that strict actions on the spot, as per law, is taken against them under the principles of public health and other relevant laws. The DHS is further trying that all food handlers must wear proper dress; for example caps, aprons and gloves etc to avoid spreading diseases and to ensure good, healthy and quality food to customers. While on the contrary, the people, at large are not happy with the quality of food stuff saying that all such stuff was going unchecked by the authorities. “There is a mushroom growth of hotels on every nook and corner while most of these are not observing food quality and despite tall claims of the authorities food

outlets are going unchecked,” said a senior citizen Rab Nawaz.

ISLAMABAD—Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar Wednesday launched the comprehensive “Multi-Year Strategic Plan for Immunization (MYP) for the year 2014-2018. Addressing the ceremony she said the Ministry was committed to increasing immunization coverage, improving sustainability of immunization services, improving public perception about immunization and introduction of new vaccine such as Rota and PCV for children. The comprehensive plan is a part of the wider commitment for saving lives through immunization. Tarar said the multiyear plan was a package of Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar addressing launching nine separate comprehen- ceremony of comprehensive strategic plan for immunization. sive multi-year plan documents developed with mutual consultation of the vibrant and effective. She also urged monitoring ing routine immunization in the country” said Dr. federal and provincial governments and develop- and accountability as government has spent hun- Ala Alwan. The ceremony was told that the plan presents a ment partners for all EPI entities at Federal, dreds of millions rupees on immunization. She Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, said unfortunately daily 600 children die of dif- financial framework linking availability of resources Baluchistan, AJ&K, Gilgit Baltistan, FATA and ferent disease and we want to bring this ratio very with immunization performance targets. The plan low. provides an overall description of achievements and Islamabad. Earlier, Dr. Ala Alwan in his remarks congratu- expected developments in immunization by consoli“Each plan has been developed in line with local needs proposing locally appropriate solu- lated the stakeholders on developing the strategy. dating sub-national cMYP into one narrative and tions. The exercise served as an opportunity for “This plan has set the direction of immunization in effecting cohesion and synergized working of all stakeholders across the country. The Launch was federal and provincial health personnel to work Pakistan for the next five years. By setting direction and agreeing with provinces attended by Regional Director, WHO Dr. Ala Alwan, together with collective nationwide wisdom” remarked the minister. She while highlighting im- on priorities, actions and probable financing re- Secretary, Ministry of NHSRC, Rashida Malik, ofportance and significance of this initiative said, quired for immunization, the Government of Paki- ficers from Provincial Health Departments and dewe will make immunization programme more stan has reinforced its commitment to strengthen- velopment partners.

First Saturday-off restored in capital’s schools ZUBAIR QURESHI I SLAMABAD —Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Fareedullah Khan has announced to restore first Saturday off in the ICT educational institutions. He made this announcement at the oath-taking ceremony of Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA) here on Wednesday. The oath-taking ceremony took place at Islamabad Model Postgraduate College for Girls F-7/2.

However, the Secretary CADD’s announcement came “too late” as the schools running under the ICT and Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) are closing from this week end, i.e. Friday June 6, 2014 for summer vacations. Children and their parents have been complaining of delay in declaring summer vacations as in Punjab schools are already closed since June 2, said a teacher. She was of the view the CADD first disallowed two weekly holidays and later withdrew the traditional practice of observing first Saturday as off-day. Now when

the schools are closing for summer vacations making such announcement means nothing, said the visibly furious lady teacher. The CADD Secretary congratulated the newly-elected body and hoped they would contribute to the collective good of teachers’ community. The newly elected central body of FGCTA includes Professor Sagheer Ahmed Mirani (President), Prof Tanveer Zehra (Senior Vice-President), Prof Misbah Amir (Vice-President), Prof Ijaz Ahmed (General Secretary), Prof Tahir Bhatti (Joint

Secretary), Prof Safina Insaf Shah and Prof Ashfaq Ahmed (Finance secretary). Principals of various colleges, the office-bearers of Central Academic Staff association (CASA), School Association and a large number of professors witnessed the occasion. The newly elected president FGCTA Prof Sagheer Ahmed Mirani thanking the CADD secretary raised issues such as timescale formula with allied benefits, regular budget and posts of teaching and non-teaching staff for IMCB Sihala, IMCG Humak, IMCG I-8/3 and IMCG I-14.

He also called for creation of additional posts for existing FG colleges and early appointment of Director Colleges (the post is vacant after retirement of former director since 10 April 2014). CADD Secretary assured the newly elected teachers’ body to address their issues. At the end, shield were given away to Prof Tahir Mahmood ex-president FGCTA, Prof Khalida Makhdum, Prof Yasmeen Bokhari two ex- senior vice presidents and Prof Deedar Ali Baloch former general secretary.

Summer traffic plan for Murree to avoid traffic jams Fajar Zohr Asr

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Meghrab at Sunset Isha 09:00 Brothers in Islam establish regular prayers & charity

June 6 TO celebrate the Republic Day and National Day of Nepal The Ambassador and Mrs. Bharat Raj Poudyal will hold a reception on Friday 6th June 2014 from 19:30 hrs to 21:30 hrs, at Sheesh Mahal Hall, Serena Hotel.

Police arrest 26 outlaws RAWALPINDI—Rawalpindi Police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested 26 outlaws including four gamblers, two drunkards and four suspected dacoits and seized 215 grams charras, seven bottles of liquor, 10 liter wine, nine pistols 30 bore with 15 rounds, one rifle 223 bore and 958 rounds from the possession of the arrested accused. According to Police spokesman, Waris Khan police netted Sajjad for having 215 grams charras. Taxila police arrested Kamran on recovery of five bottles of liquor while 10 liter wine was recovered from Nusrat. Murree police recovered two liquor bottles from the custody of Mubashir Nawaz. City police rounded up Khurram Shehzad and Amir as they were allegedly under the influence of alcohol. Other accused were sent behind the bars for having illegal weapons, drugs and liquor. Meanwhile, Gujar Khan police acting on a tip off conducted a raid and nabbed four suspected dacoits namely Sajjad, Ali Akbar, Rais Ahmed and Muhammad Tahir. Police also recovered one rifle 44 bore with 50 rounds, three pistols 30 bore with 23 rounds and other items from them.—APP

Chairman RBISE calls on Rector IIUI STAFF REPORTER I S L A M A B A D —Chairman Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) Dr Muhammad Zareef Wednesday called on Rector International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) Dr. Muhammad Masoom Yasizai. Matters of mutual interest and steps for improving educational system were discussed in the meeting, said a press release. Role of IIUI Schools for quality education was also discussed in the meeting. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai said IIUI is keen to strengthen relationships with all the departments which are dealing with the education of country’s youth. He said IIUI is committed to produce balanced youth personalities who acquire contemporary education at IIUI with a blend of Islamic teachings and traditions. Rector IIUI also assured all possible support to the RBISE from the university. Dr. Zareef lauded the role of IIUI while saying the university is serving Ummah with responsibility and distinction of providing education integrated with teachings of Islam.

STAFF REPORTER RAWALPINDI—City Traffic Police have issued summer traffic plan for Murree to facilitate the tourists and avoiding traffic jams. City Traffic Officer (CTO) Rawalpindi, Senior Superintendent Police (SSP), Muhammad Shoaib Khurram Janbaz while talking to reporters said that Traffic Wardens deployed in Murree have been directed to work hard for facilitating tourists. He also urged the tourists to observe traffic rules properly for resolving traffic issues

and avoid traffic jams on roads of Murree. Shoaib Khurram said 325 traffic wardens and inspectors have been deployed in Murree and City Traffic Police (CTP) is implementing a special summer traffic plan devised for the tourist resort. He said Murree is most attractive resort for the tourists and all out efforts are being made to resolve the traffic problems. He said a comprehensive plan was devised to facilitate the tourists according to which entry of heavy vehicles particularly on Mall road has been banned. Murree Mall

Road, GPO Chowk, Kashmir Point, View Fouth, Bank Road, Hall Road and Imtiaz Shaheed Road will be closed from 8 am to 12 pm for Hi-Ace vans, Coasters, Water Tankers and other loading vehicles. One way traffic will be allowed from Guldana road to GPO, Bank Road to Kashmir Point, Hall Road, Kashmir Point, Bagh Shahidan, Cecil road, Dilkusha road and View Fourth Road towards GPO roads. He said, only ambulances, the vehicles of traffic police, Military Police, TMA and government vehicles will be allowed on

Murree Road while the summer traffic plan will be implemented till Sept 15. Shoaib Khurram further informed that all possible facilities are being provided to the tourists, adding that traffic wardens under the supervision of inspectors have been deployed at all important points of the city. The CTO said several points have also been reserved for car parking. Different main roads will be closed for two way traffic, he said adding, tourists should cooperate with traffic police so that traffic mess particularly during summer sea-

son could be avoided. He said, the tourists can get help and guidance through help line 051-9269200. Only nine meter long vehicles or 33 seater will be allowed to be used for student trips. The CTO informed that 700,000 awareness pamphlets have been got printed and will be distributed among the motorists. 10 traffic kiosks have been placed at vital points for briefing the tourists about road safety. A traffic facilitation center is being established. Shuttle service and wallet parking facility will also be provided to the tourists, he added.

Metro Bus project going with full pace Rs. 5.72b spent so far STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The authorities have so far spent more than Rs. 5.72 billion on RawalpindiIslamabad Metrobus project which upon completion is estimated to cater thousands of passengers on daily basis between the two cities. The expenditure occurred were Rs. 3.93 billion till May 16 in Rawalpindi part against total cost of Rs. 19.37 billion and Rs. 1.79 spent in Islamabad against the total cost of Rs. 24.84 billion. The total length of the project is 22.5 km, 8.6 km in Rawalpindi and 13.9 in Islamabad with total cost of Rs. 44.21 billion. According to an official information, at present no organized urban bus transport service is operating between cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The level of service offered by the minibuses is far below any acceptable standard. Traffic

volumes of over 210,000 vehicles ply on three major corridors connecting two cities carrying around 525,000 passengers. The project has been started from near Flashman Hotel on Mall Road Rawalpindi and as per plan following the existing Murree Road upto Faizabad, it will then turn left into the federal territory and follow I.J.P. road upto 9th Avenue. Thereafter, it will turn right and follow the 9th Avenue in Islamabad then turn right on Jinnah Avenue upto the end of Blue Area. From Blue Area a connection to Secretariat stop will be provided through the open space behind parade ground. It will cross the Constitution Avenue and another couple of main roads through underpasses. However, the remaining length of this section is also designed on a lower level in an open Trench section keeping in view various security constraints. The work on the project is continuing in both the cities with full pace.

Workshop held on research and advocacy STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Ilm Ideas Voice and Accountability, a non- profitable organization Wednesday conducted a two-day workshop on “Research and Advocacy” to enhance the capacity of their partner organizations in generating quality evidence and advocating effectively with the government for policy reforms and improved service delivery in the education sector. The workshop covered a range of topics including customization and development of research techniques and tools led by renowned economist and Professor Dr.Faisal Bari, who emphasized the need for producing specialized and high impact research. Executive Director, Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS), Dr. Salman Humayun, presented a analysis of advocacy counterparts in the education sector and emphasized that, “there is a need to recognize the strong link between evidence and advocacy to influence relevant stakeholders for required policy changes.” Baela Raza Jamil, Director Programs at Idarae-Taleem-o-Aaghai (ITA) and Deputy Country Director for Democracy Reporting International, Niaz Ahmed conducted comprehensive sessions on developing and implementing effective advocacy plans

to influence relevant stakeholders for improved education policies and reforms. They covered a range of best practices that partners should engage at the constituency, district and provincial levels to affect change. Samar Minallah Khan, renowned documentary maker and social activist shared a range of techniques that may be employed to document evidence in a video format and targeted at specific audiences to generate reform and behavioral change. Zehra Zaidi, team leader, Ilm Ideas stated on behalf of the team, that this program is committed to engaging the best expertise to support the work of their partners operating in the districts to enhance education outcomes and opportunities. Eighteen partners from across Pakistan focused on fostering public demand for increased accountability and transparency in the education sector, attended the event which was by senior sector experts. The highly interactive sessions resulted in an improved understanding of all participants for developing evidence based advocacy for sustainable policy reforms, particularly in the education sector. Case studies were also presented during the sessions to help attendees develop better thinking around the subject. The session was closed with a distribution of certificates to all participants.

A little girl stands depressed in front of her house demolished by CDA in G-7, due to unauthorized construction.

Junkyards, tyre shops, service station sealed under anti-dengue drive R AWALPINDI —Tehsil Municipal Ad- special raids and inspected a number of but all possible measures were being ministration (TMA), Rawal Town and Environment Protection Agency (EPA) under their joint anti-dengue operation, sealed three junkyards, two tyre shops and a service station after finding them a potential hub for dengue larva breeding during last week. Talking to APP, Town Officer Regulation (TOR) TMA Rawal Town, Malik Toseef said Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) and Environment Protection Authority (EPA) teams conducted

tyre shops, junkyards, nurseries, under construction sites, godowns and other vulnerable places during the period and took action in accordance with the law against the rules violators. Notices were also issued and the owners of tyre shops and junkyards were directed to take solid steps to remove stagnant water otherwise strict action would be taken. During the inspection, he said, although the teams found no dengue larva

taken to keep the surroundings clear of dengue mosquito. He informed that the teams removed stagnant water from a number of dengue breeding sites. The teams would continue to conduct such raids until the dengue mosquito was eliminated, he added. TOR further informed that all 32 graveyards of the town are also being cleared and special operation in this regard is underway from last two weeks.—APP

Pindi traders’ mixed reaction on budget R AWALPINDI —The trading community of Rawalpindi on Wednesday gave mixed reaction on the federal budget for fiscal year 2014-15 presented in the National Assembly on Tuesday. Commenting on the budget, Mohammad Faisal, a trader in Tench Bhatta, told APP said that concrete steps were being taken to broaden the tax base, which would help strengthen the economy. He said the Finance Minister had announced measures for poverty alleviation, revival of the privatization programme, promotion of exports, jobs creation and public debt management. He said the expansion in tax net would boost the revenue collection with positive impact on national economy and development as more funds would now be available for uplift projects. But, he said, a large number of people in the country were not paying tax according to their wealth.

Sheikh Siddique, a businessman, said the budget speech was a short one, in which details of proposed plans and targets could not be clearly presented. Appreciating increase in the salaries of government employees, he said this would provide relief to the salaried class. Likewise, pensioners had also been provided relief, he added. President Anjuman-e-Tajran Peoples Colony Sohail claimed that the trading community had not been provided much relief. The tax payers should be encouraged by giving more incentives, he added. President Anjuman-e-Tajran Saddar Rawalpindi Cantt Shahid Ghafoor since full details were not divulged in the budget speech, therefore, the people could not know more about the measures announced by the budget. He said the targets set in previous year budget could not be achieved.—APP

Activists of APCA demonstrating near China Chowk in favour of their demands.

A view of sewerage water accumulated at the entrance of DHQ Hospital needs attention of the concerned authorities.

Commuters suffering due to monopoly on Sihala-Raja Bazaar route R AWALPINDI —Contrary to consistent efforts of the Punjab government to extend maximum facilities to the commuters, monopoly of Suzuki van Mafia on Sihala-Raja Bazaar route continues unabated. The commuters who travel on the route are facing acute shortage of public transport as they have no option to travel other than Suzuki vans plying on the route. Thousands daily travel on this route, which starts from Raja Bazaar and culminates at Sihala Bazaar - a rural area of the federal capital. Talking to APP, people especially students, government employees and factory workers were of the view that Suzuki van service was extremely insufficient to cater to the needs of the area people. They complained that Suzuki van cleaners humiliate commuters by shifting the travelers frequently, charging exorbitant fare without showing the approved fare-charts besides threatening

to disembark them instantly, in case of non-compliance of their order-like requests. “Women are among the worst sufferers as there is no proper seating arrangements for them in Suzuki vans, which has the sitting capacity of 12 persons,” said Rehmat Ali - a area resident. Ahmed Khan, a passenger who was thrashed by drivers and conductors of several vans, said he asked for the farelist and the conductor went furious saying that he would charge what he has demanded. After exchange of harsh words, he said, the conductor stopped the van near the River Sawan bridge and gathered other transporters asking to teach a lesson to the “inquiry officer.” One of the drivers shared with this scribe that van owners plying on the route were influential and they gave them full authority to handle the commuters. “We have clear directions to not accept passen-

ger dominance in any case. Owners have spent huge amount to run the vans. We have been given assurance that Thana and Kutchery is their (owners) headache,” he revealed. Another resident, Muhammad Sultan, said earlier Varan bus service was launched on the route but it was not allowed to operate by the Suzuki mafia. “They (owners) have monopoly and do not allow any other service to operate at this route by force,” he added. He recalled that when the bus service was initiated, Suzuki owners had blocked the Grand Trunk road near the Sawan bridge besides damaging the buses. Commuters have demanded of the authorities for starting a decent transport service like Toyota Hiace van and airconditioned buses at the route to create an atmosphere of healthy competition among transporters and provide a respectable travel service for them.—APP

President Manmoon’s Kashmir remarks hailed S RINAGAR —The veteran ment on Kashmir. They

ISLAMABAD: Senator Baz Muhammad Khan, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, presiding over a meeting of the committee at Parliament House on Wednesday.

Indian spy says treated worse back home than in Pakistan jail

IHK Court acquits Javed Mir, Shahid in old case S RINAGAR —A court has acquitted two APHC leaders in a false case registered in 1999 after it found that the prosecution failed to prove charge against them. Chief Judicial Magistrate, Srinagar, Virender Singh Bhou, acquitted the APHC leaders, Javed Ahmed Mir and Shahid-ul-Islam, in an FIR registered against them at Maisuma Police Station in Srinagar.—KMS

SRINAGAR —Sent on a mission to Pakistan 37 one who will listen to our cries? Where should we helpless Sahani is urging Prime Minister years ago, there has been little by way by appreciation for Indian spy Vinod Sahani. So much so that he feels that his own country has treated him worse than a state which tortured and kept him in jail for 11 years. Sahani ended up being arrested and spent 11 years in Pakistani jails. There, he was tortured and even subjected to electric shocks. “In Pakistan, we faced worst tortures but our eyes never got moist, but today when we go home and see our kids starving, we can’t stop crying. Is there any-

Cop impersonating as militant apprehended TRAL (IHK)—A policeman tant and blackmailing the working with the counter insurgency wing – the Special Operation Group— was arrested on Wednesday on charges of extortion and posing as a militant in Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar. An official told Kashmir Dispatch that policeman Bilal Ahmad had been posing as a militant and blackmailing a family from the past two to three months in Umerhear on the city outskirts. The official said that the policeman, who is posted with the SOG in South Kashmir’s Tral, was posing as a Jaish-e-Mohammad mili-

family of Hilal Ahmad. “He had managed to get between 200000 to 250000 rupees from the family,” the official said. The accused SOG man today had an argument with the mother of Hilal Ahmad. “Hilal’s brothers managed to overpower him but in the melee the policeman fired at least five shot,” he said. But one of the bullets hit the policeman’s leg and he was hospitalized. The accused is a resident of Ghulab Bagh in Srinagar. Residents in Umerhear held demonstration and demanded action against the accused.—KD

Geelani sees Kashmir solution in poll boycott SRINAGAR—Hurriyat Con- seek votes are the same ference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has said the only way to force the government of India to resolve the Kashmir issue is through complete poll boycott. “Our estimates suggest that 80 percent of people of JK stayed away from the recently held Lok Sabha elections. I believe, if we ensure complete boycott of Assembly elections slated later this year, Government of India will be shaken and forced to resolve Kashmir issue,” Geelani said while addressing a seminar at Hyderpora here organized by the Hurriyat (G) in memory of Kashmir’s disappeared persons. “Cent percent election boycott will not only send a signal to New Delhi but to entire world community that Kashmiris are fighting for their birth right. We must pledge that from today onwards, we will launch a vigorous poll-boycott campaign. Our election boycott should not be based on force, stones, thrashing and warnings,” he said. “We must make people understand that those who

people who have sold the sacrifices and chastity of our daughters and mothers,” Geelani said. Taking a dig at Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Lone for claiming that vote for his party is vote for change, Geelani said it was unfortunate that he (Sajad) is damaging the mission of his father. “I remember, his father used to run a vigorous election boycott campaign,” Geelani said. “It is tragic that Sajad deceives people in the name of vote for change at a time when Kashmir is soaked with blood of martyrs and thousands of women are waiting for their husbands, sons to return.” Stating that change of guard at New Delhi hardly makes any difference to JK, Geelani said there is no difference between the parties that rule India. “Yes, the only difference I find between Congress and BJP is that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was soft spoken while current Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known for talking tough,” the Hurriyat chairman said.—NNI

shout? We too have the right to live,” Sahani said. Sixty-one-year-old Sahani sat on a hunger strike to protest the Jammu and Kashmir government’s move to dismantle his fast food cart, which was the only source of living for his family of four. Jammu Municipality Commissioner Kiran Wattal said, “I don’t know why he is sitting on a dharna. He has no documents to support his claim. Some officers had told him verbally to start business from there. That does not work. Why should I convince him to stop protest?” Now, a

Narendra Modi to intervene. “Our youth has been snatched by Pakistan and old age made miserable by India. I now request Narendra Modi to dispatch an officer to Jammu and see whether there are ‘achche din’ (good days) or ‘burey din’ (bad days),” Sahani said. According to Indian media, Sahani has never felt as bitter as he is feeling today. Like a true selfless soldier who puts the country first, he does not need cash or recognition, but he wants to be treated with humility and with a fair share of honour.—NNI

US raps India for not probing unmarked graves SRINAGAR—The US State Department has cial Powers Act (AFSPA). “A three-memcriticised the Indian Government for not investigating unmarked graves in occupied Kashmir, saying that these graves have more than 2,943 bodies of victims of extra judicial executions from 1990 to 2009. “While the Government expressed its intention to conduct investigations into unmarked graves, no investigation was initiated by year’s end,” the US State Department says in its latest report on Executive Summary of Human Rights in India, a Valley-based newspaper, The Kashmir Monitor, quoted the Department as having said. The report says that there were no public records available of acts committed under the draconian law, Armed Forces Spe-

ber panel appointed by the Supreme Court reported that the armed forces operating under the shield of the AFSPA were committing serious human rights violations. The (Indian) government promised the Supreme Court that it would place the panel report before the cabinet committee on security. The NHRC (National Human Rights Commission) asked the Supreme Court to order the government to prosecute those responsible for the killings,” the report says. Earlier, the Human Rights Watch had reportedly asked the Government to conduct an independent, transparent and credible investigation into the unmarked graves discovered in occupied Kashmir.—KMS

Landlord held for rape attempt TANGMARG (IHK )— A man was arrested reached the house and Mir fled. Her parWednesday in North Kashmir after he allegedly tried to rape the teenage daughter of his tenant, an official said here. The official said that Abdul Qayoom Mir, who is in his fourties, tried to rape 15-year-old daughter of Ghulam Nabi Chopan in Tangmarg’s Karhama, some 40 kms west from the Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar. He said Mir tried to rape the girl when her parents were away. “Her parents had to take their son to a doctor and the girl was alone when the accused barged in her room and tried to rape her,” Station House Officer Ayaz Geelani said. But the girl raised an alarm and her parents and neighbours

ents were near their rented accommodation when Mir tried to rape the girl. Mir had escaped from the scene but we managed to arrest him,” the official said. He said a case has been registered under FIR no 27-2014 U/S 452,376,511 in police station Kunzar. Chopan, his wife and two children are living as tenants in Mir’s house since past one year. Reports confirm that the crime rate in Kashmir is ten times more than the militancy related activities. As per data available, during the year 2012, 24608 cases were registered under various heads of crime in the state. In 2012, at least 63 rapes were reported in the state.—KD

UK tourists warned not to travel to tourist resorts S RINAGAR —The Foreign and Commonwealth Office in New Delhi has recommended to the citizens of the United Kingdom not to travel to tourist destinations of Pahalgam, Sonamarg and Gulmarg in occupied Kashmir. “Please note that the tourist destinations of Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg fall within the areas to which the FCO advise against all travel,” the Commonwealth Office notified on its official website on May 27. The kidnapped tourists included two British citizens, Keith Mangan and Paul Wells. Out of the six hostages, one American had escaped. Others were killed. More than a decade later, in their investigative book, ‘The Meadow,’ two foreign journalists, Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark, held Indian intelligence agencies.—NNI

Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has reiterated his demand for independent investigation by some credible non-government agency into over 120 innocent killings that occurred during the 2010 mass uprising in the territory. Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, called for a stern action against those Indian troops and police personnel involved in the massacre of innocent youth. Meanwhile, Tehreek-eHurriyet Jammu and Kashmir in a statement condemned the authorities for not allowing journalists to visit Hurriyet leader, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai at his office in Srinagar. Hurriyet leaders and organizations including Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt, Yasmeen Raja, Zamrooda Habib, Farida Behanji, Firdous Ahmad Shah, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Hakeem Abdur Rasheed and Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in their statements welcomed the Pakistan President, Mamnoon Hussain’s state-

hoped that Islamabad would continue to support the freedom struggle in Kashmir. The Jamaat-e-Islami of occupied Kashmir through a resolution passed at its member convention at Battamaloo in Srinagar, today, called upon India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir dispute as per Kashmiris’ aspirations. The event was presided over by Jamaat Ameer, Muhammad Abdullah Wani. Awami Action Committee leaders, Ghulam Nabi Zaki and Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi addressing party workers in Srinagar vowed that the martyrs’ mission would be continued until it reached its logical conclusion, despite all odds. The US State Department in its report on Human Rights in India criticised New Delhi for failing to conduct investigation into unmarked graves in occupied Kashmir. The report said that that these graves had more than 2,900 bodies of victims of extra judicial executions from 1990 to 2009.—KMS

PDP declares Mufti Sayeed as chief ministerial candidate SRINAGAR—Peoples Demo- them and take them up with cratic Party (PDP) has declared that the party patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed will be PDP’s chief ministerial candidate during the upcoming Assembly polls in the state. “It is writing on the wall now that the people of the state would vote for PDP to bring in the government with clear majority headed by Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, so that the initiatives of change that had been started in 2002 are carried forward,” PDP president Mehbooba Mufti announced at a thanksgiving public meeting at Kulgam. Mehbooba was elected to the Lok Sabha from Anantnag parliamentary constituency after defeating NC leader and sitting MP Dr Mehbooba Beg with a margin of more than 60000 votes. PDP chief said the political problems facing the state have to be taken head-on and Mufti Muhammad Sayeed would need a decisive mandate to be able to address

the national leadership. She said the state would have an entirely new experience of good governance and conflict resolution, if PDP, which already has three MPs in the parliament, gets a chance to form a stable government in the state. Referring to some recent decisions by the state government, Mehbooba said the government is now trying to undo the wrongs, committed during the past five and a half years, “but it does not care to mention the immense cost it has inflicted on the people as a result of its arrogance, misgovernance, inefficiency, compromises and corruption.” “Would the Omar Abdullah government reverse the silly SMS ban or the so-called recruitment policy, if they had not been defeated in the Lok Sabha elections,” Mehbooba wondered and said the power of vote had finally come to stay in the hands of the people.—NNI

Arrests can’t deter Kashmiris: HCJK SRINAGAR—Castigating the use of force by Mushtaq ul Islam and ‘shifting him from government to suppress the ongoing movement, Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir (HCJK) has said if the rulers had contemplated on the reasons behind their defeat in parliamentary elections, they would have released the political opponents and youth arrested during polls long ago. Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir (HCJK) said, had the rulers considered the reasons behind their defeat in parliamentary elections, they would have released the political opponents and youth arrested during elections, long time back. Spokesperson of HCJK in a statement said, “It seems that the rulers have not learned lessons from the defeat in parliamentary polls.” Expressing serious concern over the ‘continuous’ detention of HCJK leader and Muslim League Chairman

one jail to another’, the spokesperson said, “It is an unlawful act on part of authorities and is also extremely condemnable. The arrests continue in south, central and north Kashmir where people rejected the National Conference and Congress representatives.” The spokesperson while terming the use of ‘force on people by police’ in Hardshewa, Sopore as ‘intolerable’, said the police have went ‘berserk’ in that area. “We express wonder over the fact that on one hand, innocent children are booked under PSAs and other draconian laws and are shifted to outside valley jails where they suffer under scorching heat, while as on the other hand, the forces involved in the killings of innocent people in 2008, 2009 and MUZAFFARABAD: Magistrate Municipal Corporation Mr Sajjad Shah is inspecting the markets of commodities to check prices here. 2010 are roaming free,” he said.—NNI

Tortured to work for Indian Army, Afsar Khan exposes captain B ARAMULLA —Muhammad Afsar Khan son of Muhammad Muzaffar resident of Binner Sherwaniabad Baramulla and her wife Zahida narrated a woeful tale about Indian army captain’s alleged repression who is posted at F-Company Venkara Binner Baramulla. While displaying his bruised body, Muhammad Afsar Khan, the father of seven daughters told CNS that from past one year 46 Rashtriya Rifles F-Company Captain Balihan aka Major Saleem aka Gabar Singh is after him and compelling him to act as his informer. “I am a driver by profession and in 1995 I was working for militant outfit Al-Baraq as upper ground worker. I never crossed the border. Like other Kashmiri youth I shunned the path of militancy and started living a peaceful life. Everything was fine till last year,” he said adding that the said army captain for the reasons better known to him called him to his camp

and asked him to work for him. He told me that he will give him reward in case, “I help him in nabbing the militants.” He said that both of them will reap benefits. “You will get rewards and I will get promotion. Shake hands with me without any delay,” the Captain said. “My refusal infuriated him and from that day he started harassing me and my family on the one or the other pretext. Why should I act as an Army informer for a petty sum? I don’t want to get killed because I have seven daughters,” Afsar told CNS. He said in January this year Captain Balihan picked him up and interrogated him. “When my wife informed the Panch Syed Shah and another respectable citizen Ghulam Muhammad Bhat about my illegal detention, he set me free on the condition that we will not take up the matter with the higher authorities,” he said. Her wife Zahida told CNS that time Captain Balihan assured her that he will never touch her hus-

band again. “I was shocked on May 29 last month when my father informed me that Captain Balihan dragged my husband from the vehicle near Stadium Gate Baramulla and took him along inside the army camp,” Zahid said. “I was on way to Baramulla to fetch rice when Captain Balihan stopped the vehicle and detained me. He took me inside a dark room. He along with his body guards interrogated me without any reason. The body guards of another Captain Pradhan joined the chorus. I can easily identify them. They forced me take off my all clothes and used all their energy to torture me. It was a nightmare and they continuously interrogated me for four hours,” Afsar said adding that blood oozed out from his ears, nose and mouth. “Have a look over my body and see what they did to me,” he added. Her wife Zahida said that she spent whole day outside Stadium gate and raised hue and cry the day when her husband

was dragged from the vehicle. “I almost become a commodity that fateful day. I continuously knocked at the army gate to get my husband released. Locals who wanted to come close to me to enquire about the matter, were beaten up by army personnel deployed at the gate,” Zahida said. Afsar said that when his condition deteriorated during interrogation, Captain Balihan handed him over to the local police. “Initially, after seeing my condition, police refused to take me along but finally they shifted to Kantabagh hospital and treated me well. “I am thankful to Jammu and Kashmir police for taking care of me,” he said adding that his Samsung Galaxy mobile is still lying with the said Captain. He said that the Captain also snatched Rs 10000 from him during the interrogation. Muhammad Afsar Khan alleged that during interrogation, Captain Balihan hanged an AK-47 rifle around his neck and a pistol in his hand and

while clicking several photographs, told him that, “this is sufficient proof to dub me as a hardcore militant whenever he needs,” he said and appealed army authorities to take cognisance of the matter and save him from the wrath of the said Captain. Srinagar based Army spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel N.N.Joshi told CNS that it is all baseless and there is no truth in it. He said it is only an attempt to malign the image of the army. “Afsar Khan was an active OGW whose activities came to light. Based on the inputs, he was apprehended and handed over to police on the same day,” Joshi said. Another army official from Badami Bagh Cantonment wishing not to be named vehemently refuted these allegations and said that Army does not believe in physical torture. “The said person was called for questioning on May 29 during day hours and was handed over to police on the same day. There were reports

against him that he is in touch with militants, but the Army took a lenient view and released him,” he said adding that it is baseless that army has kept his mobile phone and cash. “There is no truth in it and the biggest thing is that one can’t attribute everything to Army. If this fellow has torture marks on his body, that does not suggest that it will be the deed of the army. Army is propeople and such allegations always widens the gap between army and common people,” he added. Deputy Inspector General of Police North Kashmir Range Ghulam Hasan Bhat told CNS that Army had called the said person for questioning. “They released him on the same day after he was found innocent. If he is all praise for the police then he should have approached the top police brass,” he said adding that he would certainly look into the matter.—NNI

Japan to provide Rs 5b for energy sector reforms

Rice inspection cell likely to cease operation Staff Reporter KARACHI—The rice inspection cell under the Quality Review Committee (QRC) managed by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) is to be closed, it is learnt reliably. According to Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) sources the ministry of commerce in a letter to Director General (DG) TDAP Lahore has informed the DG that the ministry has decided to close the QRC and has asked the DG TDAP to reply about the future of the staff, assets and the mechanism for its hassle free closure. President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver thanked the federal commerce minister Engineer Khurram Dastagir and the members of the ministry of commerce for their wise decision to close the QRC, which was creating hurdles for, rice exporters.

Conversion rates KARACHI—The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S. Dollar Bonds and profits thereon by all banks and for providing Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Dep osits (excluding F.E- 25 deposits) by the State Bank on June 05, 2014. The rates are U.S. Dollar Rs. 98.5046, Japanese Yen Rs. 0.9602, Pound Sterling Rs. 164.8277 and Euro Rs. 134.0943.—APP

LSE loses 14.85 points LAHORE —The Lahore Stock Exchange here Wednesday witnessed bearsh trend by losing 14.85 points, as the LSE Index-25 opened with 5669.09 points and closed at 5654.24 points. The market’s overall situation also did not correspond to an upward trend as it remained at 2.704 million shares to close against previous turnover of 3.777 million shares, showing a downward slide of 1.072 million shares. While, out of the total 94 active scrips 30 moved up, 15 shed values and 49 remained equal. The Major Gainers of the day were Shell Pakistan Limited, Nishat Mills Limited and Pakistan State Oil Company Limited by recording increase in their per share value by Rs 13.54, Rs 5.60 and Rs 5.50 respectively. Mari Petroleum Company, Engro Corporation Limited and Dawood Hercules Corporation lost their per share value by Rs 17.33, Rs 10.54 and Rs 3.76 respectively. Top three Volume Leaders of the day included Lafarge Pakistan Cement with 1.341 million shares, The Bank of Punjab Limited with 352,000 shares and Dewan Farooq Motors Limited with 209,500 shares. —APP

ISLAMABAD: Additional Secretary Economic Affairs Division, Yasmin Masood and Ambassador of Japan, Hiroshi Inomata signing an agreement for the loan of JPY 5 billion for Energy Sector Reform Program in Pakistan.

UNISAME hails govt to present pragmatic budget AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—The Union of Small and medium Enterprises (UNISAME) has welcomed the annual budget 2014-15 and felicitated senator Ishaq Dar Federal Finance Minister (FM) for presenting a pragmatic budget to the parliament for legislation. President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver said the FM has accepted all our demands and we are thankful to him for providing institutional support to the sector by funding and proposing the setting up of credit guarantee scheme for farmers, mortgage refinance company, Exim bank, National Food Security Council, Reimbursement of farm loans scheme. Agricultural credit is being expanded up to Rs 500 billions and funds have been allocated for commodities warehouses and warehouse receipt financing. Incentives are being provided for processing industry for duty and tax-free facilities in certain areas. Sales Tax on tractors has been reduced to 10%. Livestock insurance companies are being incorporated and special loans for cattle owners will be provided. It is heartening to note that the Export Development Fund (EDF) will be revisited to restructure it on proper lines. Thaver appreciated the relief to the textiles sector, the reduction in export refinance rate, longterm financing rate by 2%. UNISAME lauded the FM for deciding

to revamp the concept of anti exports bias to make exports competitive, to re organize the National Tariff Commission (NTC) and plans for upgrading the textiles and cotton seeds act for bringing about remarkable changes. The FM has introduced the fast track refund programme and claims will be refunded within 3 months. The union chief appreciated the revitalizing of the House Building Financing Corporation (HBFC) and also the promotion of low cost housing scheme. The other relief for marriage halls, telephones and airfreight subsidy was also appreciated by UNISAME finance committee. Thaver said the budget is balanced, positive and offers institutional support rather than simply giving namesake short term relief. The FM has made efforts to promote the setting up of institutions for promoting the primary and secondary sectors in scientific manner and deserves best appreciation of the sector leaders. He urged the trade leaders to understand the policy of institutional support first before criticizing the budget. UNISAME had voiced the concern for the primary sector which is a source of raw material and the backbone of our agricultural economy and is very pleased that the FM gave special attention to agriculture, livestock, food processing and setting up of financial institutions like Exim Bank, Insurance companies and revamping others like EDF, HBFC, and commodity warehousing.

PIAF terms budget 2014-15 as economic revival L AHORE —Pakistan Industrial and Trad- industry would help get full benefit of the ers Associations Front (PIAF) said on Wednesday that the budget 2014-15 was an economic revival plan with numerous initiatives to strengthen energy and infrastructure sectors, which would help overcome growth related challenges. PIAF Chairman Malik Tahir Javed stated here that budgetary measures would pave way for early economic revival of the country through conducive business atmosphere, adding, the allocation of sufficient funds for energy sector and construction of water reservoirs was a giant leap to end energy crisis. Malik said that tax measures would broaden the tax base enabling the government to meet its revenue targets, while cut in sales tax on tractors was a right step to pull this industry out of crisis, besides providing a huge relief to growers. He said that incentives announced for the textile sector would help government to achieve the GDP growth target, as the grooming of textile

GSP Plus status given by the European Union to the Pakistan. It would also enhance productivity and generate millions of employment opportunities. The PIAF chairman also welcomed increase in salaries of the government employees, pensioners, and 50 percent reduction on the income of disabled persons. He said cut in duty on import of power generating equipment would encourage establishment of new power plants in private sector. Establishment of EXIM Bank would play a vital role to enhance the exports as the exporters could now get easy loans, he added. Malik, however, called for bringing down the rate of General Sales Tax from existing 17 percent to 5 percent, besides taking measures for construction of vital projects. He also urged the government to ensure implementation of budgetary measures in true sense of word to get the desired results.—APP

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STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —For the first time ever in the history of the country, a Pakistani national has been appointed as a director of the prestigious and globally famous ‘International Association for the glo-

Call for national nano-technology initiatives ZUBAIR QURESHI

bal fertilizer Industry’ (IFA). This honour has gone to the incumbent Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Fauji Fertilizer Company (FFC), Lt Gen (Retired) Naeem Khalid Lodhi who also happens to be the Chairman of the Fertilizer Manufacturers Pakistan Advisory Council (FMPAC). Lt Gen (R) Naeem Lodhi has now become the first ever Pakistani to be selected as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Fertilizer Association. The spokesperson of the FFC, Waheed Hamid while terming the development a matter of pride for the nation stated that for first time in history of IFA, since its inception in 1927, they have selected a director on its board from Pakistan. “IFA has over 525 members in 85 countries but had no representation on the board of directors from Pakistan” he remarked. According to him, the decision to take Lt Gen (R) Naeem Lodhi on board of directors was made at the latest board meeting held at Sydney (Australia) during the last month. The International Association for the global fertilizer Industry, “IFA” is the sole Fertilizer body at international level based in France and mandated to promote the Fertilizer industry through its research and outreach initiatives.

ment and it is expected that pursuing this programme will not only promote the energy sector reforms but also improve the government’s fiscal situation and stimulate economic activities. Japan also plans to provide technical assistance for the GoP to implement some of the reform programmes, utilizing Japanese knowledge. This loan from Japan will be provided at a concessional rate of Yen LIBOR minus 10bp and the repayment period is 30 years, including the grace period of 10years. Japan has been extending active support to the energy sector of Pakistan over the last three decades. For example, Japan financed thermal power stations in Bin Qasim and Jamshoro, and the Ghazi Barotha Hydropower Project. Japan has also supported the National Transmission and Dispatch Company to expand its grid systems by building 12 new grid stations, networking 1,487km-long transmission lines and upgrading training facilities. In power distribution, Japan has contributed a lion’s share in electrification of over 6,000 villages and intends to continue to provide necessary assistance to Pakistan in the energy sector at appropriate junctures, while closely monitoring the progress of the reforms and coordinating with other development partners.—APP

I SLAMABAD —Executive Director COMSATS, Dr IE Qureshi, while presiding over the inaugural ceremony of a three-day conference on “Frontiers of Nano-science and Nanotechnology” observed that Pakistan is lagging behind in the ongoing global technology revolution based on nanoscience. He was addressing the participants of the conference, which is being held at the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology (PINSTECH), Islamabad, from 3rd to 5th June 2014. Dr Qureshi appreciated the efforts of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan, with regard to preparing an umbrella PC-1 for strengthening nanoscience and nanotechnology research at its three subsidiary organizations, Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), and National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST). He noted that the establishment of a cell within the Ministry to coordinate research activities in the relevant areas

through 20 laboratories of different universities and R&D organizations is a welcome step. However, there is a need to launch a National Nanotechnology Initiative, to help prepare the country for the onslaught of nano-applications having market potential of up to three trillion dollars by 2015. Dr. Qureshi also informed the participants of the conference, about the role that is being played by the COMSATS Headquarters, Islamabad, and CIIT in organizing relevant symposia and workshops recently, where scientists from China, Malaysia, Germany and USA had visited Pakistan and shared their experience of research at the cutting edge nanotechnology. At the close of the first day session Dr. Qureshi presented the Director-General PINSTECH a book on advances in nanotechnology research in different developing countries based on the proceedings of international workshop on ‘Nanotechnology in the Edge of Convergence’, held in Selangor, Malaysia (24-27 November 2011), which was edited and published by COMSATS with the support of NAM-S&T Centre, India.

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Jam Kamal Khan in meeting with Obaidulllah Jan Babat Advisor to Chief Minister Balochistan for Live Stock and Dairy Development, Forest, Wild Life and Environment Department Balochistan.

Center of Excellence in Islamic Economics to open ultimate avenue to Islamic banking SALIM AHMED

A cardinal principle of Total Quality escapes too many managers: you cannot continuously improve interdependent systems and processes until you progressively perfect interdependent, interpersonal relationships.

First Pakistani named as director IFA

I SLAMABAD —The Government of Japan would provide a concessional loan of JPY 5 billion approximately Rs. 5 billion to Pakistan for supporting the energy sector reforms. An agreement to this effect was signed between Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Hiroshi Inomata and Additional Secretary, Economic Affairs Division, Ms. Yasmin Masood, said a statement received here Wednesday. Addressing the signing ceremony, the Ambassador said that Japan recognises that addressing power crisis is a matter of critical urgency in Pakistan. “We are pleased to work with the Government of Pakistan to tackle this problem in cooperation with other development partners”, he added. This loan is provided as a part of a joint programme to support the energy sector reforms, which is co-financed, by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB). The ADB, the WB and Japan have worked with the Government of Pakistan to develop a reform programme and set agreed policy targets to manage tariff and subsidy, improve sector performance and open the market to private participation, and improve accountability and transparency in the energy sector. This loan is provided to facilitate achieving these targets by the govern-

L AHORE —Terming announcement of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar with regard to establishment of ‘Center of Excellence in Islamic Economics’ in a bid to further research work in Islamic Banking and Finance, Al Baraka Bank (Pakistan) Limited, CEO, Mr. Shafqaat Ahmed expressed optimism that the proposed Center of Excellence would go a long way in further promoting Islamic banking in the country apart from removing hurdles in the growth of Islamic banking. Talking to Pakistan Observer, Mr. Shafqaat Ahmed who possesses over 42 years of rich banking experience both within Pakistan and in the international markets, said it is matter of great satisfaction that State Bank under the leadership of Saeed Ahmed, Deputy Governor State Bank of Pakistan is playing role of facilitator for the growth

of Islamic banking in the country. Referring to budget speech of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Al Baraka Bank (Pakistan) Limited CEO said it is heartening to note that the government has revived the efforts to promote Islamic banking and financial system in the country. He said Mr. Dar announced that a committee has been constituted for this purpose comprising prominent Ulema, bankers, economists and government officials, which will finalize its recommendations by 31st December, 2014 suggesting measures to enhance the current share of Islamic banks in the overall banking assets, remove difficulties in expanding the outreach of Islamic banking, enlarge the set of Islamic financial products, design instruments for financing government fiscal operations on Shariah principles and identify steps required to ensure wider application of Islamic financial

system in the country. Mr. Shafqaat said, “Over the last few decades there has been a rapid progress in research and experimenting of financial institution on the basis of Islamic instructions. The shade of Islamic financial institutions has spread over 45 countries now.” According to him, Pakistan is one of the pioneer countries, which started converting economic system on Islamic rules. Public perception needs to be addressed, because the masses think that Islamic banks work in the same way as conventional banks do. This perception looks logical because conventional banks have started Islamic banking windows in their branches. Mr. Shafqaat said, Islamic bank is not just a financial institute based on circulation of money but it is a trade-based institute that after generating resources does trade and the profit is shared to account holders who gave their funds to the

banks. In conventional bank, one can earn fixed rate of return on their accounts on the other hand bank earn huge amount of profit and retains to itself that is purely earned through account holders money. He was of the view that need of the hour is to make Islamic banks and financial institutes compatible with other systems. “We are hopeful to see a universal financial infrastructure compatible with and helpful to the growth of Islamic banking in the near future,” he said. He said that Pakistan possesses potential to become a regional hub for Islamic finance if proper regulatory reforms are introduced. To achieve this goal, the government needs to revamp the existing structure of taxes and duties to make them conducive to Islamic finance. To encourage people to invest in Shariah compliant products, the government should have introduced incentives in the form of tax credits.





































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Oil prices rise in Asia ahead of US supply report S INGAPORE —Oil prices edged higher in Asia Wednesday as investors await the latest US supply report for clues about demand in the world’s biggest crude consumer. The US benchmark, West Texas Intermediate for delivery in July, gained 14 cents to $102.80 a barrel while Brent North Sea crude for July was up seven cents to stand at $108.89 in afternoon trade. “Crude oil prices edged just a tad higher... as traders look ahead to the key US Department of Energy weekly report,” Singapore’s United Overseas Bank said in a note to investors. The official weekly US stockpiles report Wednesday is expected to show inventories dipped 100,000 barrels on average in the week to May 30, according to a Wall Street Journal survey of 13 analysts. A decline in US inventories usually indicates healthy demand in the world’s biggest economy, which would in turn support global crude prices. US petroleum products were forecast to show gains, including a 300,000 barrel increase in gasoline inventories. Investors are also monitor the situation in Ukraine, where government forces and pro-Russian insurgents have been embroiled in skirmishes for weeks in the east, although fighting has so far not expanded into a full-fledged civil war. The West has accused Russia of fomenting unrest in its neighbour since the ousting of pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych in February. Moscow denies the allegation. Investors fear a fullblown conflict in Ukraine, a conduit for a quarter of European gas imports from Russia, will disrupt supplies and send energy prices soaring.—AFP

McDonald’s Pakistan wins award KARACHI—In recognition of its outstanding customer service and satisfaction, McDonald’s Pakistan was awarded the Best Customer Service Award in Food and Beverage Segment at the Service Punch 2014 organized by Active8. Service Punch is Pakistan’s first ever Service Awards conference to honor organizations that are committed to ensuring customer delight through excellent service. The awards were based on a survey by, for best service providers in different sectors. The ceremony, which was held at Royal Palm, was attended by a large number of CEOs, businessmen and delegates along with members of the Pakistani business community. The main highlight of the evening was the focus on the vital role of customer care; where McDonald’s Pakistan shone amongst a list of global corporate giants like Standard Chartered, MCB, Nestle, etc. in view of featured panelists from several companies.—PR

Federal budget depicts govt aim to push economic growth STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —The measures proposed in the budget 2014-15 to promote foreign trade and attract investors specially from foreign countries are appreciable, said Chairman Pak-India Business Council (PIBC) Noor Muhammad Kasuri. Talking to media here on Wednesday, he said the budget for the next fiscal year was a document, which reflected strong commitment of the government to lead the country on the road to progress by controlling fiscal deficit, increasing exports and minimizing inflation. He said a special focus had been laid on strengthening infrastructure facilities in the country and the government had proposed a number of development plans and schemes with huge allocation of funds in the budget. “Better and devel-

oped infrastructure facilities are of highly importance to attract local and foreign investment because the investment creates job opportunities and also increase Gross Domestic Production (GDP)”, he said. The steps proposed in the budget reflected that the government had clear understanding of the economic issues faced by the country and also have vision to solve them, he said. The PIBC chairman said steps had also been proposed in the budget to overcome the issue of energy shortage in the country. He said an import of LNG had been focused which was among the best options to overcome energy problem of Pakistan. He expressed his confidence that the government would do vigorous efforts to promote regional trade specially with India.

Canada offers huge scope of investment: Canadian HC FAISALABAD—Mr. Greg Gioikas, High Com- problems which could be minimized with missioner of Canada to Pakistan Wednesday said that Canada virtually opened its doors for investors from all over the world to overcome its fast increasing deficit. Addressing here at Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI), he said that there was a huge scope of investment in Canada in almost all sectors of economy. He said that Canada was the only country, which was tariff free to encourage import and export businesses. He said that Business Investment Program had been launched to give visas to investors on top priority. There are three visa offices in Pakistan, one in Lahore, one in Karachi and one in Islamabad, which were working efficiently, he added. Regarding trade with Canada, Mr Gioikas said that Pakistan and Canada could collaborate in many fields including agriculture, livestock and energy in addition to many others that were suitable for promoting bilateral trade. He said that Pakistan was facing energy

solar and wind energy. More than 300,000 Pakistani were working in Canada, who could also invest in Pakistan upon their return to their homeland, he added. Earlier, Engr. Suhail Bin Rashid President of FCCI in his address of welcome said that Canada and Pakistan relations were commendable as it was extending gracious aid to Pakistan in calamities in addition to funding for education and women empowerment. Regarding regional trade, he said that the Pakistani business community was in favour of trade with India but, level playing field was imperative to fully harvest its fruit. He also suggested various steps to promote bilateral trade between Pakistan and Canada and said that exchange of trade delegations and single country exhibition could also pave way for enhancing trade and business links between the two countries. Former FCCI president Mian Javed Iqbal presented a memento of FCCI to the Canadian High Commissioner. —APP

ICCI terms federal budget constructive, investment-friendly ISLAMABAD —Business community hailed the tax collection with electricity bills to target the federal budget 2014-15, terming it as a balanced, constructive and pro-business. Talking to APP, President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ICCI) Shaban Khalid said that over all budget was constructive and investment friendly which had addressed all major areas of the economy. He said that in current federal budget, the government expressed its determination to resolve the issue of energy for increasing the economic activities and industrial growth in the country. He added that allocation of budget for new energy project in different areas of power sector would be a good step to provide energy to industrial and domestic sector. The ICCI President said the government also showed commitment to broaden the tax net and connected

more people. He said that the government also addressed the exports issues and decided to establish the Exim Bank to facilitate the import and export in the country. He also appreciated the government for tackling the problems of Textile sector and to review the output of cotton as well as go for value addition in Textile. Replying to a question, he said the government has showed commitment to facilitate and to give relief to the under privileged manufacturing sector. He said in budget speech the government showed commitment to review the fiscal deficit and to control the inflation as a whole in the country. He also hailed the government for its commitment to enhance foreign reserves to $ 22 billion in next three years.—APP

RCCI to actively participate in public wealfare programmes R AWALPINDI —Managing Director Paki- ing important role of the business community stan Bait-ul-Maal (PBM) Sheikh Abdul Waheed on Wednesday said “Great Homes” would be set up for senior citizens having no resources to earn livelihood and lead respectable life. “First project of “Great Homes” is being started in Lahore and the plan will be extwnded to other cities gradually,” he said during his visit to Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI). RCCI Group leader Sheikh Shabbir, President Dr. Shimail Daud, RCCI Senior Vice President Malik Shahid Saleem, Vice President Muhammad Alam Chughtai, Chaudhry Iqbal and members of the chamber were also present on the occasion. He said existing chain of “Sweet Homes” where needy students were being provided education and accommodation would be further strengthened. Highlight-

in strengthening national economy, he said, entrepreneurs were also rendering great social services to mitigate the sufferings of downtrodden segment of the society. He appreciated RCCI for holding free medical clinics and making arrangements for hepatitis vaccination to protect the humanity from lethal diseases. The PBM MD urged other business chambers to individually hold public welfare programmes from time to time to facilitate the common man. PBM, Sheikh said, in collaboration with RCCI would start a campaign to create awareness among the masses about importance of social work, inviting philanthropists to come forward for the noble cause and needy/patients to contact the organization for financial assistance.—APP

PAAPAM hails GST reduction on tractors STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Chairman Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM) Mr. Usman Aslam Malik hailed Governments decision to reduce the GST to 10% on tractors. Commenting on the decision Mr. Malik said that this had been a long-standing demand of the tractor industry and farmers alike. Almost all nations support their agriculture with rebates and incentives and concessions. For Pakistan this type of support is of great importance as Pakistan’s economy is based on agriculture with 45% of the total work force associated with agriculture. Usman commended the efforts of the Tractor committee of PAAPAM, which played an active role in convincing the decision makers to reduce GST in support of the Pakistani farmer and the Pakistani tractor industry. Mr Malik said that without the support of Mr Mohammad Saleem, Mr. M.A. Malik, Mr. Tariq Nazeer, Agha Qasim Raza, Mr. Waseem Khalid, Mr. Irfan Qureshi, and Mr. Saeed Iqbal Khan and Mr. Mumshad Ali, all active members of the tractor committee this decision would not have been possible. Usman was all praise for Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif who arranged a meeting of the association on critical issues of the Auto Industry with Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar immediately after his visit to the Pakistan auto show back in March 2014. Mr Usman added that this decision has come about through rigorous debate and analysis of data of all the stakeholders.

LAHORE —President Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr. Shah Faisal Afridi has hailed the Federal Budget 2014-15 by terming it as a business friendly budget. In a press statement issued here today he has thanked Mr. Ishaq Dar, Federal Finance Minister for allocating Rs.73 billion for Pak-China Economic Corridor and also introducing several measures to improve infrastructure facilities for growth of trade and industry in the country. The current budget is destined to accelerate investment and economic growth with a special emphasis on promotion of exports, agriculture, communications and housing sectors, he said and appreciated the government for decrease in corporate tax and bringing untaxed sectors into tax net. In order to attract Foreign Direct Investment in manufacturing, construction and housing sectors, President PCJCCI applauded the government proposal to reduce the corporate tax rate to 20pc. He hoped that it will also help generate employment, which is one of the major challenges to be faced by the nation. He said that such relief measures signal the government’s declared policy to foster a friendly investment and business environment in Pakistan. Mr. Afridi welcomed the reduction of sales tax on tractors and increase of taxes on the non-registered informal

“Winners of the Regional Final, Mobilink Rising Star 2014 with Mobilink HR Team”.

Govt presented people-friendly budget: MCCI ISLAMABAD—Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI),Iftikhar Ali Shah on Wednesday lauded the role of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government for preparing a balanced and peoplefriendly budget 2014-15. Talking to media, he said that foreign countries are taking keen interest in different sectors due to dynamic policies of the present government. He said that foreign investment in various sectors would create job opportunities for the people. He said that Prime Minister’s Business Loan Scheme for Youth, would help alleviate poverty besides increase business activity in the country. Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Masooma Sabteen said that present government is taking steps to collect tax from elite and business class so that poor people could be provided better facilities at their doorsteps. She said that women empowerment through Income Support Program would strengthen economy besides bringing improvement in the lives of the people. She appreciated the measures taken by PML-N government for allocating a huge amount to achieve development targets in the country.—APP

President Pak-China JCCI hails federal budget SALIM AHMED

KARACHI: SSGC’s DMD (Corporate Services) Mr. Yusuf J. Ansari receiving the prestigious ‘Brands of the Year’ Award in the category of ‘Gas Utility’ on behalf of the Company from Governor Punjab Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar.

sector. He said that auto industry was facing a steep decline in production and hike in sales tax on tractors backfired, leading to closure of industry. But, the reduction of sales tax to 10 percent will put the tractor industry and its allied vending units across the country back on track, bringing tractor rates in the reach of small landholders - a step forward in farm mechanization, maximizing per acre yield, , he said. He also appreciated the incentives offered in the budget for exports and agriculture and termed the announcement of these incentives quite timely, as both these sectors have not been performing to their real potential in recent years. Regarding phased withdrawal of tax exemptions through SROs, President PCJCCI hoped, this step will help create level playing field for various sectors of business and industry. The proposal to bring retailers into sales tax regime is also a big step in expanding the tax base but being an indirect tax its incidence will fall on the consumers barring few instances, the reliance on direct taxes looks more pronounced, he asserted. He further said that broadening of tax net is the only way to increase revenues because one of the cardinal principles of taxation is that it should be levied on the basis of ‘capacity to pay’ and it would therefore only be fair if all tax-related measures are implemented in consultation with the real stakeholders.

RAWALPINDI: President Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr Shimail Daud in a group photo with Managing Director Pakistan Baitul Mal Sheikh Abid Waheed and others.

KARACHI: Farigh Four-Campaign of the Year. Picture shows Beenish Mir, Shahvaar Ali Khan, Tariq Azam Shaukat Khanum, Javed Jabbar, Shehzad Ahmed, Muhammed Amer Shaukat Khanum.

Daily opening & closing rates Total Volume (Lots): Traded Value (Rs):

5,148 1,230,830,939


Price Quotation ................... Open $ Per Barrel ....................... 102.40 $ Per Ounce ....................... 18.822 $ Per Ounce ....................... 1,245.5 Rs Per 10 gms ....................... 39,992 Rs Per Tola ....................... 47,942 Rs Per Tola ....................... 47,942 Rs Per 100 kg ....................... 3,612 Rs Per Maund ....................... 4,375 Rs Per kg ....................... 45.18 US Cents per pound ............ 88.36 Rs Per 100 kg ....................... 3,363

Close 103.26 18.732 1,244.9 39,972 47,830 47,830 3,612 4,374 45.17 87.74 3,363

The total value traded was reported at PKR 1,230m. Number of lots traded were reported at 5,148 and PMEX Commodity Index closed at 2,976. Major business was contributed by crude oil amounting to PKR 638m, followed by gold (PKR 552m) and silver (PKR 40m).

Punjab win U-14 Boys Table Tennis Championship L AHORE—Sports Board Punjab (SBP) U14 boys clinched the team title of InterProvincial U-14 Boys Table Tennis Championship at GB Sports Complex, Gilgit on Wednesday. SBP boys beat Sindh by 3-1 in the title clash. Hosts Gilgit Baltistan thumped Azad Kashmir 3-1 and captured third position in the event.The singles final will be played between Faizan Zahoor and Mehdi Raza tomorrow, Thursday at 11.00am at the same venue. Faizan Zahoor, who won two matches for his team, was the major factor behind SBP’s title triumph. In the first clash, Faizan toppled Sindh’s Furqan 3-0. Their match score remained 11-6, 11-9 and 11-9. Sindh bounced back in the next thrilling encounter in which Mehdi Raza defeated SBP’s Abdullah Yasir by 11-5, 611, 11-4, 4-11 and 8-11. SBP regained their rhythm in the next clash. Now it was Ali Mehboob’s turn to inflict a heavy defeat of 11-8, 11-9 and 115 on Noor Nabi of Sindh. In-form Faizan wrapped up the contest with another victory against Mehdi Raza. His match figures were 11-6, 11-9 and 11-8. Meanwhile, Director General Sports

Board Punjab (SBP) Usman Anwar on Wendesday praised the performance of SBP U-14 Table Tennis team for winning the title in Gilgit. He congratulated the team on winning the tile and specially praised the brilliant performance of Faizan Zahoor, who played vital role in his team’s title victory. DG SBP said here these victories are the result of hard work done by the players, coaches and the whole management. “Two years ago Punjab Govt started a campaign under the auspices of Punjab Youth Festival and the said campaign had a major role in all title achievements,” he added. He said it was just a commencement, in future our youth will script more success for the country. The inter-provincial tourney reflected that there is plenty of sporting potential in our country,” he described. “We, as a team, are doing hectic efforts and the way our young players showed magnificent game in the championship, we can say that the future of table tennis is bright in Pakistan,” he hoped.—APP

Saleem feels Shahnaz should be in PHF instead of coaching I SLAMABAD —Former Olympian Saleem teams of India and Korea will give Pakistan Nazim feels Shahnaz Sheikh should have been offered to work in the decision making matters of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) instead of coaching saying age of the Sialkot-born player doesn’t allow him to be on the field. Talking to APP, Saleem Nazim said Shahnaz Sheikh is in the late 60s and at this age people get physically weak and inactive as compared to the person aging from 30 to 40 years. “Shahnaz should have been kept in the PHF office rather than on the field,” he said. Saleem said a young person should have been appointed as coach. “There is a variety of talent in our country when it comes to coaching,” he said. Saleem said Rana Mujahid can be a good coach if he hadn’t been the PHF Secretary. “We need a young person with experience as a coach,” he said. Speaking about the national team’s chances in the Asian Games to be held in South Korea in September, Saleem said

a tough competition in the event. “When Shahnaz has accepted the responsibility of being the national coach then he should fulfill it with good results. Our team is the defending champions of Asian Games and if in this event the team performs low than the responsibility lies on the coach,” he said. Talking about the ouster of the greenshirts from the 2014 Men’s Hockey World Cup to be staged from May 31 to June 15 at Netherlands, Saleem said this will be the first time our national side which has been a four-time winner in the past didn’t qualify for the mega event. “The World Cup was a very good opportunity for the national team to prepare for the Asian Games,” he said. Saleem said the responsibility of the team not making it to the mega event goes to that time PHF. “If the PHF officials including coach who were associated with the team that time should have worked hard than the results would have been different,” he said.—APP

ISLAMABAD: Turkish ambassador S Babur Girgin witgh Turkish Cyclist and mountaineer, Muharram Aydin Irmak, who started his journey on his bicycle on 13 April 2014 from Taksim Square, Istanbul, intending to climb 8611 meter height of K-2 mountain.

Gymkhana beat Junoon in a friendly cricket match

Turkish cyclist, mountaineer to climb K-2 SPORTS REPORTER

I S L A M A B A D — C a p i t a l ISLAMABAD—Turkish Cyclist and mountaineer, Muharram Gymkhana beat Junoon Cricket Club by 3 wickets in a friendly cricket match played here at G-10 Ground. Electing to bat, Junoon Cricket club scored 235 runs in 40 overs. Skipper Imran Ilyaas top scored with 51 followed by Fahad 43. For Capital Gymkhana, off- spinner Ahmed Rehman bowled brilliantly bagging 6 wickets for just 28 runs. It is pertinent to mention that Ahmed has been a fine performer but the Islamabad Cricket Academy (ICA) had discarded him from playing Inter District Cricket. In reply, Capital Gymkhana achieved the target in the 37th over. Batsman Rana Saad Ilyaas scored an unbeaten 101 supported by Shahid Ilyaas 51 and Tehseen Khan 40. For Junoon Arsham Farooq grabbed 4 wickets for 40 runs.—APP

Aydin Irmak, who started his journey on his bicycle on 13 April 2014 from Taksim Square, Istanbul, intending to climb 8611 meter height of K-2 mountain, has reached Pakistan and met with the Ambassador of Turkey, Mr. S. Babur Girgin, at Turkish Embassy, Islamabad. Mr. Muharram Aydin Irmak has completed his first part of the journey on bicycle to Islamabad via East Beyazit, Iran and Afghanistan. He declared that he is the first one in the world who has started his journey on bicycle to attempt to K-2. Irmak informed that together with him are seven members from international mountaineers and they would have a twenty one members group altogether with the local mountaineers who would be providing them logistic support. He is the only Turkish national among the group who would lead towards K-2 expedition. This expedition has not been supported financially by any company or organization but with the moral contribution of his close friends and with his own savings, said Mr. Irmak. He also said that he is hopeful to hoist the Turkish flag at the K-2, which is the second highest mountain after Everest, but technically most difficult expedition. On this expedition, he said, he would go on bicycle to a possible point and then continue the climbing keeping in view the difficulties that a human body and brain may face on such expeditions by utilizing his past successful experience to climb K-2.

PESHAWAR: Players in action during 1st Jawan Markaz District Inter-Collegiate Girls Volleyball Tournament.

Probables shortlisted for U-16 advance coaching L AHORE —The National Junior Selection Committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finalised a list of 46 probables from which 24 would be selected for a three-week Under-16 Advance Coaching Programme in Lahore. The final trials would be held in Lahore from Friday to Sunday (June 6-8). According to Basit Ali, chairman of the junior selection panel, selectors have picked the most outstanding performers of the PepsiPCB Cricket Stars Under-16 tournament held last month. “It was a difficult task when we sat down to pick the 40-odd cricketers because we saw a lot of fine youngsters who performed superbly for their respective regions,” Basit told media persons. “The most pleasing aspect from my point of view from the tournament was that we were able to earmark the nucleus for the next Under-19 World Cup in 2016.” The former Pakistan batsman further observed that the talent from the under-16 level would benefit the future national senior sides. “I have no doubt in my mind that if we keep faith in the young lot coming from the junior-level tier the future of Pakistan cricket would be in good hands. We shouldn’t overlook the importance of having such tournaments on a regular basis because this is the way to move in the right direction,” he stressed. “Who knows how many of the players we have selected for the final trials would become Pakistan stars of the future? But there is no denying of the fact that with the talent we have seen, the future [of Pakistan cricket] appears to be secured.” The selected 24 players would be training from June 9 to 27 at the National Cricket Academy under a pool of elite coaches.—APP

SBP condoles death of Wattoo’s uncle L AHORE —Director General, Sports Board Punjab, Usman Anwar has condoled the death of Haji Mohammad Iqbal, uncle of Deputy Director Sports Board Punjab (SBP) Tariq Wattoo, died here on Wednesday. Usman Anwar also prayed for the rest of departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the members of bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.—APP

Misbah wants PCB to start grooming future captain ISLAMABAD —Pakistan captain Misbah-ulHaq wants the national board to start searching for future skippers to groom. Misbah turned 40 last month, but on and off the field he remains the undoubted leader of the test and one-day international sides since taking over after the infamous spot-fixing scandal. “The important thing is that the board and management should give confidence to whichever player they want to be groomed (as captain),” Misbah said on Wednesday. “There are lots of players ... Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal are captaining their teams in domestic cricket ... they have cricketing sense and if they get some experience you can give them this (captaincy) responsibility.” Misbah has been the mainstay of a brittle Pakistan batting lineup, and was the topscorer in one-dayers in 2013. The Pakistan Cricket Board has already indicated that Misbah could lead the team at least until the World Cup next year in Australia and New Zealand, but Misbah said his prime objective was to keep on scoring prolifically and stay fit. “I have always said that captaincy is in the hands of the cricket board,” he said. “My focus is to perform according to the best of my abilities ... the rest of the things are not in your control, and I don´t even think about it.”

Misbah was the oldest player of around 40-odd players who attended a recent monthlong training camp in Lahore. Along with Younis Khan, Misbah was one of the fittest senior players in the camp, which Misbah said should be organized at least once a year to keep a close watch on players´ fitness. “The biggest motivation is your passion about this game ... when you have passion you try to be the best,” he said. “Not only me, all the senior players have worked hard by trying to push themselves.” The PCB will be issuing central contracts after assessing fitness reports from the camp. “It is a good thing that central contracts are being attached with our fitness level, only then will we have professionalism,” he said. Misbah was also heartened by news that fast bowler Mohammad Irfan, sidelined for seven months by a hip fracture, was recovering well. “Irfan is an exceptional bowler, he is totally different from other bowlers in the world,” he said. “He is your lethal weapon, his four, five overs could win you any match.” Pakistan´s next international commitment was in Sri Lanka in August, then hosting Australia and New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates.—AFP

Regional Inter-District Cricket

Peshawar stun Dir Lower by 10-wicket win P E S H AWA R —Peshawar stunned Dir supervised the match while Rawas Khan Lower by 10 wickets win in the Peshawar Regional Inter-District Senior Cricket Championship on the last day of the three-day match played at Gymkhana ground on Thursday. On the last day Peshawar restricted Lower Dir to follow-on and in their second innings Lower Dir only setup a target of 32 runs which was quite easily chased the target for the loss of no wickets in just five overs. Dir Lower made 191 runs in which Badshah Hussain smashed 64 runs including three boundaries and two sixes, Safeer scored 39 runs including four boundaries. For Peshawar Taj Wali claimed six wickets and Jibran took two wickets. Asif Awan and Ahmad Nadeem

acted as scorer. In the second match played between Charsadda and Nowshera ended in a draw wherein Nowshera has first innings lead by taking three points. Nowshera while batting in their second innings scored 255 runs for the loss of 10 wickets. Gohar Ali made 64 runs, Aimal Khan hit another classic 42 runs. For Charsadda Sajjad Ahmad claimed five wickets and Muhammad Umair took two wickets. On the last day Charsadda team smashed 123 runs for the loss of two wickets. Ashfaq Ahmad scored 60 runs, Muhammad Idrees made 46 runs. Sohail Khan and Noushad supervised the match while Aamir Khan acted as scorer.—APP

Saqib, Kashan, Obaid reach final in KP Inter-Club Lawn Tennis P ESHAWAR —Saqib Umar, Obaid Ullah, ter-final Shoaib Khan beat Farhan Ullah by 6Kashan Umar took berth into the final after securing victories against their respective rivals in the Under-10 and Under-16 categories of the Peshawar District Inter-Club Lawn Tennis Championship being played here at Synthetic Courts of the Qayyum Sports Complex on Wednesday. President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Lawn Tennis Association Dr. Tahir was the chief guest on this occasion who witnessed the semi-finals of the both categories. In the Under-10 category Kashan Umar defeated Arsalan Khan by 6-3 and 6-4 in the first semi-final while in the second semifinal Obaid Ullah beat Hamza Roman by 6-2 and 6-3 to reach to the final. In the Under-16 quarter-final Yousaf Khan upset national junior champion Barkat Ullah by 6-4, 3-6 and 6-3. In the second quar-

4, 3-6 and 6-2, in the third quarter-final Shakir Ullah beat Shaharyar by 6-3, and 6-4 while in the last quarter-final Saqib Umar beat Aqib Umar by 6-3, 2-6 and 6-3. In the Under-10 quarter-finals Kashan Umar beat Hamid Israr by 6-3 and 6-3, Arsalan Khan beat Shaheer Inam by 6-3 and 6-3, Hamza Roman beat Shah Sawar by 6-2 and 63 while Ubaid Ullah beat Haris Khan by 6-4 and 7-6 (6-6). In the Under-16 Saqib Umar beat Shakir ULlah while in the Under-10 category Kashan Umar beat Irsalan Khan and Obaid Ullah beat Hamza and Roman by 6-3 and 6-2 and moved to the final. The final will be played on Thursday with Adviser to the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Spots and Tourism Amjad Afridi will grace the occasion as chief guest.—APP

Insaf club advance to next round in Frontier Foundation Lions T20 club PESHAWAR—Insaf club advanced to next round after defeating Asian Stars club by four wickets in the Frontier Foundation Lions Twenty20 Cricket Tournament being played at Gymkhana ground on Wednesday. Asian Stars club won the toss and elected to bat first by setting up 172 runs in which Niaz Ali smashed 49 runs including five boundaries, Muhammad Khan scored 25 runs. For Insaf club, Asad Ullah claimed four wickets, Jalal and Shehzad took two wickets each. In reply, Insaf club chased the target for the loss of six wickets with Asad Ullah (52) including seven boundaries, Rafiqullah (41) with three boundaries and two sixes, Shahenshah made 30 runs and Imran scored 29 runs.—APP

PHF to set up five-month long juniors camp for Malaysia event L AHORE —The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has taken a surprise decision to hold a five-month long camp for the juniors from June 9 to Oct 10 to prepare and select the national junior team for participation in the 4th edition of Sultan of Johor Junior Invitational Hockey Tournament which will be held in Johor Baru, Malaysia from Oct 12-29. The training camp is being set up at the Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium, Karachi. The PHF has invited 53 junior probables and officials to report to Olympian Manzoor-ulHassan, the camp-commandant, on June 9. Probables: Goalkeepers: Munib-urRehman (Railways), Talal (Wapda), Nauman (Islamabad), Adeel Rao (Punjab), Hafiz Ali Umair (Pak Boards), Awais (Punjab Colours), Wajid Ali (Customs), Ali Raza (NBP) and Kashif (Army). Full Backs:: Mubasshir Ali (NBP), Abid Bhatti (NBP), Shah Faisal (Punjab Colours), Mateen (Customs), Hafiz Ammar Tayyab (Railway), M. Ahad (Wapda), Ejaz-ul-Haq (Lahore), Hassan Muhammad Anwar (Punjab), Ali Sher (Islamabad), Atif Mushtaq (PIA) and Nauman (Railway). Half-backs: Sikandar Mustafa (NBP), Mohammad Junaid Kamal (NBP), Khizar Akhtar (NBP), Abu Bakar (PIA), Ghazanfar (Wapda).—APP

FIFA World Cup: Every player to be tested for drugs

Sri Lanka win last ODI, series against England BIRMINGHAM—Sri Lanka proved too eighth over as Tillakaratne Dilshan got Jayawardene had made just eight

strong with both ball and bat as they after the England seam attack. But their when he edged left-arm paceman Harry beat England by six wickets in the fifth and final one-day international at Edgbaston on Tuesday to clinch a 3-2 series victory. First paceman Lasith Malinga took three for 50 as Sri Lanka restricted England to 219 all out. Then, after Sri Lanka had wobbled at 62 for three, fifties from Mahela Jayawardene (53) and Lahiru Thirimanne (60 not out), together with captain Angelo Mathews´s 42 not out off 34 balls, saw the tourists home with 10 balls to spare. But there was a controversial moment during England´s innings when Sachithra Senanayake ran out Jos Buttler as the non-striker backed up. Mathews upheld the appeal for a perfectly legitimate dismissal and Buttler, whose blistering 121 had so nearly taken England to victory in the fourth ODI at Lord´s, was out for 21. “You would have to ask Angelo Mathews,” said Cook when asked for his view of the run out during the presentation ceremony. “We were obviously disappointed. I hope I wouldn´t do it. You don´t know in the spur of the moment how you would handle it.” However, Mathews insisted: “He was taking starts, not only this game but in the last game as well. “We gave him two warnings, and I don´t know what else you can do to stop him doing that, so we had to go for it. I would stick by it. What we did was completely within the rules. We warned him in the last game too.” Sri Lanka, set a seem- EDGBASTON: Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka holds the series trophy aloft after beatingly modest 220 for victory, ing England in 5th ODI. were cruising at 55 without loss in the charge was interrupted by off-spinner Gurney between wicketkeeper Jos James Tredwell´s Buttler and first slip Jordan, neither burst of two wick- going for a chance that probably beets for four runs longed to the gloveman. Left-hander Thirimanne hooked in 11 balls. First he had Dilshan, Ravi Bopara just short of Gurney at Mendis ................. 9-0-50-2 England Innings: whose 28 fea- long leg before Jayawardene´s delicate Cook b Senanayake ...... 56 Dilshan ................. 5-0-17-0 tured five bound- late cut, with the ball almost in Bell c and b Mendis ...... 37 Priyanjan .............. 4-0-18-1 aries, caught off Buttler´s gloves, off the medium-pacer Ballance c and Mathews .............. 6-0-23-1 a flashing drive went for four. But Jayawardene was b Malinga ....................... 10 Sri Lanka Innings: by Joe Root at out for 53, ending a fourth-wicket Root b Priyanjan ........... 10 Dilshan b Tredwell ........ 28 e x t r a - c o v e r . stand of 98 when he skied all-rounder Perera lbw b Anderson . 19 Morgan b Mathews ...... 17 WASHINGTON: Spain´s national soccer team practices a defensive wall during training at RFK Stadium. Tredwell struck Jordan to Anderson at mid-off. Bopara b Mendis .......... 17 Sangakkara b Tredwell ... 2 Sri Lanka were now 160 for four in again when Buttler run out ............... 21 Jayawardene b Jordan .. 53 K u m a r the 39th over. Thirimanne pressed on Jordan run out ............... 30 L. Thirimanne not out ... 60 Sangakkara, the to an 89-ball fifty before Anderson J. Tredwell b Malinga ..... 0 A. Mathews not out ..... 42 century hero of dropped a return catch when the batsJ. Anderson b Malinga ... 5 Extras: (lb6, w12) ........... 18 Sri Lanka´s man was on 58 — although by then H. Gurney not out ........... 0 Total: (4 wkts) .............. 222 Extras: (lb3, w12, nb1) ... 16 Fall of wickets: 1-55, 2-59, 3- seven-run fourth Sri Lanka were in sight of victory. ODI win at Lord´s Off-spinner Senanayake, allowed Total: (all out) .............. 219 62, 4-160 on Saturday, was to take part under International Cricket Fall of wickets: 1-76, 2-98, 3- Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W caught on two at Council regulations despite being re116, 4-136, 5-142, 6-170, 7- Anderson ........... 10-1-33-1 slip by Chris Jor- ported for a suspect action at Lord´s, Gurney ................ 10-1-46-0 199, 8-201, 9-218, 10-219 dan. Then spear- again proved economical in taking one Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Jordan ................... 8-0-55-1 head James for 36 from 10 overs. He had arguably Kulasekara ........... 5-0-22-0 Tredwell .............. 10-2-30-2 ISLAMABAD—Australia capAnderson had observed the ´spirit of cricket´ by Malinga ............. 9.1-0-50-3 Root ...................... 6-0-25-0 tain Michael Clarke on Kusal Perera lbw. warning Buttler before running him Senanayake ........ 10-0-36-1 Bopara ............... 4.2-0-27-0 Wednesday said their up- L A H O R E —India and Nepal have an- Sharma, Pawan Kumar, Parveen Kumar, Star batsman out.—AFP coming series against Paki- nounced their teams for taking part in Rajbeer Singh, Manoj Kumar, Parveen stan in October-November the 2nd South Asian Men netball cham- Kumar, Gaurav Malik, Rajpal Singh, will be a big test for them. pionship being played from June, 23 at Vineer Nehra, Jasvir Singh, Ashwal, Clarke who is focused on Liaquat Gymnasium, Pakistan Sports Ankit Kumar, Vikash Kumar, Anil Kumar, Australia’s forthcoming se- Board Islamabad. Nitin Kumar, Amit Kumar, Askok Kumar, ries said, “Our goal is to con“We have received the names of In- Sanjeev Sharma, Vivek Sain, Saabir tinue our form in the Test dian and Nepalese teams and we look Ahmad Bhat and Shiv Nand arena and prove we are ca- forward to conformation of the other Dixit,(Maldives) Mustafa Ahmed Ali, pable of staying at the top. teams in few days time,” said Mudassar Adhuham Ahmed, Ifsah Ahmed, Our upcoming series against Arain ,Secretary, Pakistan Netball Fed- Maumoon Abdulla, Ali Muhammad CAMPANA—Colombia’s talisPakistan (October-Novem- eration here on Wednesday. Khuwailid, Ahmed Mohammad, Husham manic striker Radamel Falcao ber) and India (NovemberPNBF is holding the event in collabo- Mohammad, Riza Hussain Arif, Waheed will miss the World Cup after January) will be big tests for ration with Pakistan Sports Board. Fol- Mohamed, Jaleel Fazna and Najeel losing his battle to recover our group,” says a press re- lowing are the teams (India) Gaurav Ahmed.—APP from the crushing knee injury lease issued here. he sustained playing for his chances of being drafted for future franBIPIN DANI Australia is the numberclub Monaco in January. chise tournaments and campaigns? OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT one ranked Test side in the The 28-year-old’s ab“Further, as a region, we should be sence from Brazil was conworld. Clarke said Australia M UMBAI —Anil Roberts, Trinidad and looking to build relationships. His franbeing at number one is a satfirmed on Tuesday by ColomTobago’s sports minister, has not given chise team certainly seemed to be willing isfying achievement and one bia coach Jose Pekerman. up hope of Sunil Narine’s inclusion in to do what was necessary to assist him of the proudest moments of “It’s a sad night,” the Argenthe West Indies Test team for the series in getting to the West Indies training his career. tine told a press conference against New Zealand, despite the selec- camp in the fastest possible time, followat his squad’s training camp Clarke believes Test tors have announced the 13-member ing the IPL Final”. in Campana. cricket remained the ultimate “Again, I am requesting that due consquad for the first Test beginning in Jachallenge for any cricketer. “With a great deal of sadsideration be given to the arguments I maica on 8th June. “Test cricket truly is a `test’. ness, I must inform you that Speaking exclusively over telephone presented in earlier correspondence and Falcao and Luis Perea will not It requires stamina, skill, pafrom Trinidad, he says, “I have not lost that the WICB work towards selecting tience, fitness and the ability be taking part in the World hope yet. I shall be taking up the issue the best possible team for the home seCup because they have not to adapt to different condiwith my other federal ministers in is- ries versus New Zealand. We have here a tions and opponents. It is still recovered from their injuries.” young cricketer fresh off of a win in a lands”. Falcao, who has scored the purest form of cricket and franchise final that was seen by millions Interestingly, the minister, whose I don’t think there would be a 20 goals in 51 international across the globe, and by all accounts a mother (died six years ago) was Indian appearances, suffered seriyoung cricketer in this countruly epic battle. I truly hope that you (born in Malaysia), has sent another lettry that wouldn’t want to repous knee ligament damage in and your board will be able to come to ter (the first letter was written on May 31) resent Australia and wear the a French Cup tie on January to the West Indies Cricket Board on Tues- some kind of decision before the start of 22 and has not played since. Baggy Green in a Test the home series and that all consideration day. He has been training with match,” Clarke said. is given to the professional futures of In his letter, a copy of which we have, the Colombia squad since the Australia achieved the West Indian players, the team and West he says, “the current policy as it stands number-one position after the end of last month but his fitIndies cricket itself”. would suggest that a West Indian player ness level has failed to satannual update of the Reliance The sports minister, in his earlier letmay have to do what is tantamount to Test Team Rankings Table on isfy the Colombian team’s ter, had also given the example New abandoning his franchise team at its most medical experts. “It’s a diffi1 May. Australia is now on critical hour. What signal is sent if Sunil Zealand player. “It must be noted at this cult time. I’ll be supporting the 123 ratings points, level with Narine had simply left his team just be- point that Mr. Brendon McCullum of New team with all my force. South Africa, however, when fore a major final being streamed across Zealand who participated in the play off “The forwards picked for ratings are calculated beyond the globe? What would that say about for Chennai Super Kings has been sethe World Cup are great playthe decimal point, Michael the commitment and reliability of our play- lected to play for New Zealand in an away ers who have the backing of Clarke’s side is ranked ahead ers? How would this have affected his, series while being afforded the opportuof South Africa by a fraction NETHERLANDS: South Africa player Timothy Drummond vies with New Zealand player the entire team and the and indeed other West Indian cricketers, nity to participate fully in the IPL”. Jared Panchia during a Field Hockey World Cup match in the Hague. coaches.”—AFP of a point.—APP

ISLAMABAD—FIFA is on an ambitious mission to make sure that for the first time every player who takes part in the World Cup has a drug test and carries a ‘biological passport‘. Football‘s governing body wants to impose the passport—already used in cycling and athletics that will follow a player throughout his career, giving details of blood and urine tests. Since March, a team of FIFA doctors and nurses have been carrying out random blood and urine tests at internationals and team training camps. “We can test anybody, anytime, anywhere, any amount of times,” said Jiri Dvorak, FIFA`s chief medical officer. So far nothing alarming has turned up, according to Dvorak. “The hematological parameters are normal,” he said. FIFA is building up a biological

Series against Pakistan will be a big test: Michael Clarke

passport on all players. It has taken at least two test samples from most players while some have given up to four, Fox Sports reported. So far teams have made the doping investigators welcome. “They understand what we are doing and they consider that kind of examination as part of their professional life,” said Dvorak. The FIFA tests look for discrepancies in haemoglobins and red cells that could indicate EPO doping or other banned efforts to boost endurance. These kinds of tests are already used in cycling and athletics. Football‘s governing body also checks hormone levels and for anabolic steroids in the urine. The drug testing logistics in Brazil face difficulties, Dvorak acknowledged. There is no international standard laboratory in Brazil. The World Anti-

Doping Agency withdrew its accreditation for the only facility in Rio de Janeiro last year. FIFA will be sending its samples to a laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, which will add $250,000 (180,000 euros) to the doping clampdown costs. And as blood samples must be analysed within 36 hours of being drawn, it will be a race against time to get samples from far-flung World Cup cities such as Manaus in the Amazon and Fortaleza. “It is a challenge,” acknowledged Dvorak. But transport from stadiums has already been tested. “There are a few games that are difficult. But the majority of the samples will arrive at the laboratory between 24 and 48 hours,” said Dvorak. The Lausanne laboratory will work 24 hours a day during the World Cup, he added.—APP

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Diet and exercise may help maintain weight loss


ROGRAMS focused on both diet and ex ercise may help people who have lost weight keep the pounds from creeping back on, according to a new analysis of past studies. Orlistat, an obesity drug, may also be effective when taken at higher doses, researchers found. More than one third of U.S. adults are obese, and obesity raises the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. Losing weight - and keeping it off - can reduce those risks. “Long term weight loss through changes in eating and physical activity is possible, even in adults who have already acquired obesity related illness, and effective weight loss programs are now available,” researchers led by Stephan Dombrowski of Newcastle University in the UK write. They pooled data from 45 studies that included a total of 7,788 adults who had lost at least five percent of their body weight. The studies looked at people’s ability to keep the weight off for a minimum of one year. Forty-two of the studies included an initial phase meant to produce weight loss. The participants in those studies lost an average of about 24 pounds. The studies all looked at medication or lifestyle changes such as diet, physical activity and meal replacements, either alone or in combination, to help with weight loss maintenance. The researchers found that people participating in programs that combined diet and exercise gained back 3.4 fewer pounds

after one year compared to people receiving no extra help with weight maintenance or standard treatment only. They also found that combining Orlistat with behavioral changes resulted in 4 fewer pounds regained after one year compared to participants who took a drug-free placebo. Orlistat appeared to be more effective at larger doses, according to results published in the British medical journal BMJ. But the drug also came with gastrointestinal side effects. Lori Rosenthal said the findings echo previous research and that it was “interesting” that the authors included data from so many studies. Rosenthal is a dietician at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. She was not involved in the new review. “I think it’s great that they covered so many different studies but there’s also so much variety and the long-term research isn’t there, you know - going beyond 24 months,” she told Reuters Health. Still, “We know that interventions like diet and physical activity are really important in preventing weight regain after losing,” she said. Rosenthal noted that participants who had dropped out of the programs were not always included in the findings, and that could affect the review’s results. “Weight management is hard,” she said. “People have to realize that it’s not just the losing it - it’s for life, and if you don’t like what you’re doing, if it doesn’t work for you, you’re not going to stick with it.” Support during the weight management phase is important, Rosenthal added.

Additional IGP Ghulam Qadir Thebo meeting with a delegation of all Karachi Anjuman-eTajran led by Haroon Chand at CPO.

CM approves compensation money for MQM workers STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah had Wednesday approved a summary for releasing compensation money to 136 aggrieved families of Muttahida Qaumi Movement. The summary was submitted by a commission led by Justice (Retd) Zahid Kurban Alavi, which examined 136 cases individually and recommended to Sindh government that 136 aggrieved families should be paid compensation.

After CM’s approval, the summary was despatched to finance department for release of Rs 20.72 million from which each aggrieved family would receive Rs 200, 000 as compensation. Finance department had after completing necessary departmental work, despatched cheques to the Commissioner’s secretariat for onward disbursement of compensation money to the aggrieved families of workers of MQM, who had lost their lives in assorted incidents of violence in 2012.

All operations at the British Deputy High Commission were stopped temporarily due to tension in the city after arrest of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain.— PO photo Sultan Chaki

City administration to support traffic management K ARACHI —Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that the district administration will support Naval police, Traffic police and district police in traffic management on important city roads. To bring awareness among public about lane markings, bill boards will be displayed on different roads, whereas lane marking will be done at Dalmia, Karsaz, Lucky star, Shahra-eFaisal and Gizri. The commissioner was presiding over a meeting in this connection at his office, said a statement issued here on Wednesday. The Commissioner further said that the administration in cooperation with Rangers, police, district police and traffic police should start crackdown against green number plates, tinted windows, blue lights and vehicles carrying arms. The efforts of traffic police regarding traffic management in the city were appreciated during meeting. The meeting was attended by DIG Traffic Arif Hanif, Additional Commissioner Karachi1 Muhammad Aslam Khoso, Deputy Commissioner South Mustafa Jamal Qazi, Commander Pakistan Navy TI(M) Rizwan Ahmed, Additional deputy commissioner East Syed Junaid Ahmed and other officials.—APP

BC APP Karachi’s son injured in firing KARACHI—Young Mohammed Omer son of Pervaiz Aslam Bureau Chief Associated Press of Pakistan Karachi was injured in firing by the security guard of a petrol pump station situated on Shahrah-e-Faisal in the Airport police station limit where he had gone to get petrol in his motorcycle on Tuesday. The guard was trying to clear the petrol pump station of customers due to disturbances caused by the news of arrest of MQM

leader Altaf Hussain in London. In this course the guard suddenly opened fire hitting 16year old 10th class student Omer in his left foot. He was rushed to Jinnah Hospital on Edhi Ambulance for treatment. The Medico Legal Officer at Jinnah hospital emergency ward said the bullet pierced through his left foot causing bone fracture. Panic broke out at the petrol pump station following the firing. The guard fled from the scene.—APP

Qaim reviews rain, storm, flood protection contingency plan STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that billions of rupees had been invested to strengthen the flood protective embankments in the Sindh. Sindh Irrigation Department should prepare for fool proof flood fighting contingency plan and Deputy Commissioners should coordinate with all stakeholders and ensure its implementation within their respective district, without fail so that 2010 flood-like situation might not be emerged. The CM issued these directives in a high meeting regarding pre-monsoon flood preparation and disaster risk management held at CM House Karachi Wednesday.Addressing the meeting the CM directed the Civil Administration and Management of Local Government to ensure proper cleaning of their drainage net including natural drains before the

monsoon. Expressing his apprehension over the massive encroachment on the 13 to 14 drainage at Karachi, the CM said that due to illegal practice of encroachments since decades the 70-feet bed width of drains had now remained 10 feet only. In such a situation, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) should prepare a strategy for efficient disposal of heavy rain water from the urban areas under short term strategy and propose an effective storm water drainage plan for long term strategy. He also formed the committee headed by Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Siddiqui with representative from local Government, KMC and KWSB to recommend the precautionary measures in this regard. The CM also directed the management of local Government to ensure cleaning of drainage net in all other cities including Hyderabad and arrange

DMCs’ financial powers given to DCs STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The Financial Powers of District Councils, Municipal Committees, and Town Committees had been transferred to the Deputy Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners of the concerned areas with a view to ensure transparent utilization of the funds and had proper development in the areas. This was decided in a meeting presided over by Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Qaim Ali Shah held at CM House Karachi Wednesday. He had also expressed his dissatisfaction over the performance of NSUSC at Sukkur and directed Sindh Chief Secretary to replace this organization with an efficient mechanism to resolve the civic problems of the people of Sukkur. The CM was of the view that water

supply drainage and proper sanitation were the basic but prime responsibilities of the local bodies/ organizations but they totally became failure in their job. He said that Pakistan People’s Party-led Sindh government had decided to provide efficient deliveries to the people at least for their basic needs e as such till the local bodies elections were conducted, deputy commissioners and Assistant Commissioners had been tasked for proper utilization of funds on proper works. He said that Sindh government had also decided to introduce strong monitoring mechanism even for the performances of Deputy Commissioners/Assistant Commissioners in this task and would take sever action in case any of them found involved in illegal practices.

Altaf’s arrest international conspiracy IRFAN ALIGI K ARACHI —All Pakistan Muslim League Central leader and spokesperson Asia Ishaq said that the ongoing problems faced by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain were worsened by planned and deliberate delay in issuing national identity card and a passport to him, which was part of conspiracy to throw Husain into ongoing legal matters, which were also based on mere suspicions. She said that many top leaders of Pakistan’s major political parties had been involved in money laundering but the British authorities and the Scotland Yard Police not only ignored those well

documented cases of money laundering but turned a blind eye, which was a manifest of discrimination. Federal government was making announcements for extending moral and diplomatic support to Hussain, who was now in Police’s custody but in fact, federal government already had the knowledge as what was going to happen and thus it with a purpose delayed issuance of identity card and a passport to Hussain, she claimed. She said that the APML was monitoring the entire situation closely and believed all that happened to Hussain was part of a conspiracy. The Scotland Yard police had not yet framed any legal charge against MQM Chief but still his

house was searched for many hours and despite serious illness, Hussain was not allowed to go to hospital. British authorities should decide whether they would allow the Scotland yard Police to take one-sided actions as they had never initiated any probe against those that had pounded London with heavily spread property and bank deposits while Hussain was placed under severely agonizing pressure just on suspicions? She questioned the British authorities. She said that APML Chief General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf was also facing similar circumstances on political basis and all cases he was facing today were part of a planned conspiracy.

de watering machines make all pumping houses functional. While discussing about, precautionary measures for riveran flood, the CM said that heavy investment about Rs 10 billion so far had been made not only to strengthen the flood protection embossments but restore the old water ways to avoid 2010 like flood situation once forever. He said that Rs 3.5 billion had been spent for remodeling of drainage system and Rs 1.5 billion for emergency clearance of spinal drains of L.B.O.D. In addition to that, Rs 4 billion were being spent to restore old water ways /Dhoras in the Second phase of the schemes. Besides, huge money was being spent from the regular budget of the irrigation Deptt for this purpose. The CM directed the Secretary Irrigation to prepare fool proof flood fighting contingency plan in such a way so that no incident of breach could be occurred.

Railways workers busy in repairing the tracks at Reti Lain.

Bilawal condemns Fatah Jang blast STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Patron-in-Chief of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has strongly condemned cowardly suicide attack on security forces on Fatah Jang road today resulting in the martyrdom of several including two military officers and injuring others. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in a message paid tributes to valiant forces for fighting militants as they are savages and barbarians who want to impose by force their distorted ideology on the people. He said the people of Pakistan will never succumb before these militants and fight them to the finish. “Our martyrs are heroes and the nation is indebted to them”, he said.

Diet and exercise may help maintain weight loss


ROGRAMS focused on both diet and ex ercise may help people who have lost weight keep the pounds from creeping back on, according to a new analysis of past studies. Orlistat, an obesity drug, may also be effective when taken at higher doses, researchers found. More than one third of U.S. adults are obese, and obesity raises the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. Losing weight - and keeping it off - can reduce those risks. “Long term weight loss through changes in eating and physical activity is possible, even in adults who have already acquired obesity related illness, and effective weight loss programs are now available,” researchers led by Stephan Dombrowski of Newcastle University in the UK write. They pooled data from 45 studies that included a total of 7,788 adults who had lost at least five percent of their body weight. The studies looked at people’s ability to keep the weight off for a minimum of one year. Forty-two of the studies included an initial phase meant to produce weight loss. The participants in those studies lost an average of about 24 pounds. The studies all looked at medication or lifestyle changes such as diet, physical activity and meal replacements, either alone or in combination, to help with weight loss maintenance. The researchers found that people participating in programs that combined diet and exercise gained back 3.4 fewer pounds

after one year compared to people receiving no extra help with weight maintenance or standard treatment only. They also found that combining Orlistat with behavioral changes resulted in 4 fewer pounds regained after one year compared to participants who took a drug-free placebo. Orlistat appeared to be more effective at larger doses, according to results published in the British medical journal BMJ. But the drug also came with gastrointestinal side effects. Lori Rosenthal said the findings echo previous research and that it was “interesting” that the authors included data from so many studies. Rosenthal is a dietician at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. She was not involved in the new review. “I think it’s great that they covered so many different studies but there’s also so much variety and the long-term research isn’t there, you know - going beyond 24 months,” she told Reuters Health. Still, “We know that interventions like diet and physical activity are really important in preventing weight regain after losing,” she said. Rosenthal noted that participants who had dropped out of the programs were not always included in the findings, and that could affect the review’s results. “Weight management is hard,” she said. “People have to realize that it’s not just the losing it - it’s for life, and if you don’t like what you’re doing, if it doesn’t work for you, you’re not going to stick with it.” Support during the weight management phase is important, Rosenthal added.

Shahbaz meets Danish global leader to discuss sustainable energy solutions. SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Energy challenges in Pakistan and the potential of wind energy were among the key topics during a meeting between Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif, and high level business delegation from Vestas, a Danish company and a world leader in wind turbines manufacturing. The head of the Vestas delegation, Mr. Danny Nielsen, Chief Operating Officer of Vestas Asia Pacific and China, was accompanied by the Danish Ambassador to Pakistan, Jesper Moller Sorensen. Mr. Nielsen briefed the CM about Vestas’ global operations and its high-end wind solutions to over 73 countries, terming wind energy as an independent, healthy and long term sustainable solution for Pakistan, especially to overcome its energy crisis and creating job opportunities. Mr. Nielsen shared that Vestas in 2012 provided its first wind turbines in Pakistan to the wind farm project run by Zorlu Energy Pakistan Ltd. in Jhimpir, Sindh, which became operational in 2013. “We feel very proud to have contributed to this wind journey, as we believe this milestone puts Vestas in an advantageous position to support development of wind power in Pakistan. Our continuous commitment in producing market leading products through re-

LHC takes notice of woman’s attempt to self-immolation

Activists of Aurat Foundation hold placards during protest against killing of a woman who had married a man of her choice and brutally killed outside Lahore High Court.

Govt using all resources for providing better healthcare SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Provincial Minister for Excise & Taxation and Finance, Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman has said that government is using all available resources for providing better healthcare facilities to the people especially mother & child in the province and the priority areas of the targets are rural folk. He said that government has increased health budget on yearly basis and at least seven percent budget for health sector will be increased in next fiscal year’s budget. While talking to a delegation of family physicians, Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman said that the government considers the dignity of the prestigious medical profession and will redress all the major problems being faced by the medical community including paramedics. He said that doctors, nurses, paramedics specially the LHWs, LHVs and midwives plays pivotal role in provision of the healthcare facilities to the people in rural areas. He said that focus of the Provincial Government is upon Primary and Protective Health Care so that to achieve the millennium Development Goals

(MDGs). He said that Health Insurance Scheme is being launched with a cost of Rs.4 billion. The Minister said that three Drug Testing Laboratories (DTL) are being established at Multan, Rawalpindi and Lahore besides two Food Testing Laboratories will be setup at Faisalabad and Rawalpindi and the government has provided Rs. 15 crore for this purpose. He said that an amount of Rs.102 billion are being utilized on the provision of health facilities which is 10.9 percent of the total budget Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman said that community midwifery homes were being established in remote areas so that infants and mothers could be saved from fatal diseases. He said the MMR in LHWs covered area is 147/100,000 live births, compared 300 to 350/100,000 to uncovered areas, therefore, the LHWs, LHVs and the community midwives were being appointed at all the health centers in remote areas, he added. He said that revolutionary steps have been taken by Punjab government through re-engineering of resources in the field of education and health so that modern educational as well as latest medical facilities could be provided to the people at their door step.

LAHORE—The Lahore High Court Complaint Cell Wednesday took notice of a press report on administrative side that a married woman tried self-immolation outside the DCO office, Bahawalpur. The cell has directed the district and sessions judge Bahawalpur to look into the matter and submit a detailed report within a week. Razia Bibi of Nonari village in Ahmedpur East tehsil along with her father, Abdul Majid, and relatives appeared on the scene carrying a bottle of kerosene oil. She threatened to kill her by setting herself on fire. However, locals foiled her attempt and called police which listened to her complaint. Police said Razia Bibi alleged that five people, including Saeed Ahmed, Sadiq and Khadim, had abducted her four years back and forcibly contracted her marriage with Fida Hussain.—APP

search and development enables us to support countries such as Pakistan with effective, efficient and long-term low cost energy solutions”, said Mr.Nielsen. He further added that wind energy had a lot to offer Pakistan in terms of positive socio-economic developments in the

and share resources with local investors. He informed the CM that the delegation is currently visiting the country asVestas sees Pakistan as a market with a huge potential. Talking on the occasion, CM Punjab acknowledged Denmark’s expertise in wind

vest in Pakistan and share their knowledge, technical expertise and product solutions for renewable energy. Danish Ambassador, H.E. Jesper Moller Sorensen, stated that Denmark is a market leader when it comes to technology for production of energy from wind.

nology and experience can play an important role in developing a roadmap on renewable energy solutions for Pakistan. Danish companies can offer different angles including energy production and power generation like wind turbines, hydropower, biogas and other technical so-

A delegation of Danish Company Vestas Wind Systems led by Danish Ambassador to Pakistan, Jesper Moller Sorensen called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday. country, as it does not need to be imported, compared with the high price of oil import; it ramps up very quickly and is ready to provide substantial electricity growth required in Pakistan. Mr. Nielsen said that Vestas was ready to share knowledge with wind energy partners in Pakistan and would also bring in its experience working with international financial institutions

energy and said that both Denmark and Pakistan could benefit from increased cooperation. He shared that Punjab was the largest consumer of electricity due to large population and high presence of industries. Recognizing that there is a critical gap between supply and demand of energy in Pakistan, Chief Minister Sharif encouraged Danish companies such as Vestas to in-

Ambassador Sorensen shared that by 2050, Denmark plans to meet 100 percent of its energy needs with renewables, creating more jobs, increasing exports and reducing its energy dependence. “Danish companies are very strong in some of the areas, where Pakistan faces challenges, and this is especially true within energy efficiency. Denmark’s success story, tech-

lutions”. Ambassador Sorensen also shared that the Embassy was organizing two awareness seminars in Karachi and Islamabad on wind production so all key stakeholders could meet on a common platform and discuss and share the experiences, benefits and success of wind energy production, which has now become fastest growing energy resource in world.

No polio case in Punjab due to anti-polio campaign OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that due to effective and vigorous anti-polio campaigns, no polio case has been reported in Punjab. He said that regular immunization campaigns have developed immunity in children and in spite of positive environmental sample in Lahore, no child has been affected by polio virus. He said this while talking to media after administering polio vaccine drops in the Garhi Shahu area on the 3rd day of special anti-polio campaign in

Lahore. DG Health Dr. Zahid Pervaiz, EDO Health Lahore Dr. Zulfiqar Ali, DOH Lahore Dr. Saeed Akhtar and other concerned officers were also present on this occasion. Kh Salman Rafique said that according to the recommendations of WHO the range of anti-polio campaign has been extended from 73 union councils to total 165 UCs of Lahore and 3800 mobile health teams are busy to administer polio drops to 15 lakh 70 thousand children of up to five years of age. Responding to a question, Kh Salman Rafique said that polio reservoirs were existing in KPK and FATA.

He said that some children out of thousands of families travelling to Punjab carry polio virus as a result sewerage water samples have been positive. He disclosed that the type of polio virus found in Lahore is similar to that virus which is present in FATA. He reiterated that anti-polio campaign would be continued in Lahore till environmental sample of Lahore is negative. Meanwhile, Kh. Salman Rafique also visited Jinnah Hospital and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital to check the polio certification counters established for polio vaccination of international travelers.

Speakers stress to implement code of conduct for media LAHORE—Speakers at a conference stressed the need for implementing code of conduct for media for a balanced reporting. The conference titled “Removal of ambiguities in code of conduct of electronic media and devising an effective implementation mechanism” was organised by Institute of Mass Communication of the Punjab University here on Wednesday. Addressing on the occasion, Additional Secretary of Information and Broadcasting Muhammad Azam said that media must evolve a self regulatory mechanism and follow the code of conduct for media. He said that PEMRA was working on media code of conduct.

PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said that the owners of media houses should evolve policy keeping in view of national interest. He urged the reporters to file balanced report after a thorough investigation. The participants of the conference gave comprehensive suggestions for an effective mechanism to implement code of conduct for media. They were of the opinion that journalists should report/ broadcast news item accurately after verified it and information must not be biased, misleading or false. Additional Attorney General Punjab Naseer Ahmad Bhutta, PEMRA members, prominent journalists, teachers and students were also present on the occasion.—APP

Corporals given special service cadre STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Provincial Minister for Counter Terrorism Department Col. R. Shuja Khanzada has said that corporals were appointed in special grade 5 but keeping in view the sensitive nature of their work and special attention towards training, Chief Minister Punjab has upgraded them from grade 5 to grade 9. He divulged this while addressing corporals after completion of the first phase of their training at Elite Force Training School, Baidian, here today. Secretary Home, Maj. (R.) Azam Suleman and other high ranking police officer were also present on the occa-

sion. Provincial Minister said that corporals have been awarded special service cadre and any corporal could get quick promotion after showing his abilities. He told corporals that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had directed Chief Minister in November 2013 to establish counter terrorism department. He said that Punjab government started work on it very quickly and chose the eligible candidates in a very transparent way through NTS. Provincial Minister stressed upon the corporals to utilize all their abilities because they will handle the department in future. He said that promotions of corporals are being linked with their performance and any

corporal could now rise to the post of Director General. Provincial Minister further said that Chief Minister and people of Punjab have high expectations of them. He hoped that after getting nine months’ training in counter terrorism they would now be able to perform their duties in a much better way and prove themselves as the important counter terrorism force of the province. Earlier, Provincial Secretary Home, Maj. R. Azam Suleman also addressed the ceremony. He said that corporals are being selected through transparent selection system of NTS. He said that training is very tough but they would become best force of the province.

IG National Highway & Motorway Police Zulfiqar Cheema presenting prize to a student at a seminar on ‘Awareness about Traffic Rules’ at Dr Pervaiz Hassan Environmental Law Centre PU.