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PTI calls for ECP reconstitution I SLAMABAD —The political party chief Imran Khan in the justice with his role of overseestrategy committee (PSC) of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday called for reconstitution of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and expressed its concerns over the failure of the ECP to implement the Supreme Court’s order for conducting delimitations and voters’ verification in Karachi. The PSC met here at the PTI central secretariat with the

US endorses Pak-Afghan, UK summit declaration WASHINGTON—United States endorsing Pak, Afghan UK summit declaration said that we are committed ourselves to support an Afghan-led process. During daily press briefing spokeswoman of State Department Victoria Nuland replying a question said that as you know, last month we had our own meeting. President Obama had welcomed President Karzai here to Washington. And in that context, they reaffirmed that an Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process is the surest way to end the violence and ensure lasting

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chair. The meeting took stock of the prevalent political situation in the country and the party’s contacts with other likeminded political forces for possible alliance and seat-adjustments for the upcoming elections. The PTI meeting reiterated its demand for resignation of President Asif Zardari, stating that being the co-chairman of the PPP, the president could not do

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Bangladesh politician gets life term

Parliamentary Body urges Govt to take serious notice L ONDON —The United Kingdom’s parliamentary committee on international development has demanded of its government to confront Pakistani politicians on their mass scale tax evasion and check if any political party has included a tax agenda in its manifesto. “Why do you not look them in the eye and say, ‘I pay taxes in the UK, are you paying taxes in

Pakistan?” asked Sir Malcolm Bruce, chairman of the committee, while addressing to the minister for international development, Justine Greening. The Centre for Investigative Reporting in Pakistan (CIRP) tax report on politicians remained a dominant factor in the proceedings. The chairman of the committee was shocked to note that around 70 percent of Pakistani

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MPs don’t pay taxes. The minister in response said she would raise the tax issue during her visit to Pakistan. At this, the chairman of the committee reacted: “We expect results.” A transcript of the Four suspects held committee’s proceedings obSTAFF REPORTER tained by The News revealed the unrest of the UK parliament over tax evasion by their Pakistani KARACHI —The terror attack with grenade outside Pakistan Air Continued on Page 7 Force Base near city centre created panic at Shar-e-Faisal here Tuesday. According to reports some unknown armed bandits hurled at least five grenades near PAF base on the busiest Shar-e-Faisal and managed to flee away from the scene. of tax evasion by parliamentarSoon after the incident law ians. The members of provincial enforcing agencies rushed to the assembly have been summoned spot resulting suspension of traffic on the main thoroughfare Continued on Page 7 where rangers, police, and PAF personnel cordoned off the area. More details about the damage and casualties have yet to come.

Terror attack near PAF base

ECP to review tax evasion by MPs Summons sit-in parties tomorrow STAFF REPORTER

Naek for lifting ban No contact with on recruitments Naek: CEC

ISLAMABAD—Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (Retd) Fakhruddin G Ibrahim on Tuesday strongly denying reports of telephonic contact with Federal Minister for Law Farooq H Naek, said he has not talked to him at all. When approached the CEC to know

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Iranian firm to lay Pakistan side of gas pipeline AMANULLAH KHAN

KARACHI —An Iranian company is believed to have won the contract for laying Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project which is of vital important to drastically cut

huge oil import bill running in billions of dollars. It may be mentioned that the cabinet recently gave a go-ahead to the construction of the IranPakistan (IP) gas pipeline project. According to sours Pakistani

public sector firm Interstate Gas Systems and private Iranian firm Tadbir Energy will sign the contract. Iran has designated a ‘clean’ private company to sign a direct contract under the Iran-Pakistan

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Certain forces conspiring to delay polls: Nawaz STAFF REPORTER

Kashmir Solidarity Day observed with renewed pledge ISLAMABAD—Kashmir Solidar- the international community unity Day was observed on Tues- der the resolutions of United day to express solidarity with the Nations Security Council. Kashmiris struggling for their right to self-determination. February 5 had been declared as a public holiday. The government and the entire nation reaffirmed support to stay with Kashmiris in the hour of trial and their fight against the Indian opSHARAFAT KAZMI pression. The Day is being marked in Pakistan since 1990 to pay hom- ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister age to the Kashmiri martyrs and Raja Pervez Ashraf Tuesday highlight the plight of Kashmiris said Kashmir liberation movefor their birth right to self-deter- ment is indigenous and no mination, promised to them by power on earth can stop the

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ISLAMABAD—Another huge swindling of billions of rupees in the questionable deals with new captive power plants (NCPPs) has surfaced at a time when the Supreme Court is desperately trying to logically end the mega scam of rental power plants (RPPs). The Ministry of Water and Power and Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) have approved the tariff of new captive power plants on their own by committing the flagrant negation of Nepra Act. Encouraged by the ministry and Pepco, the electric power distribution companies have entered into the

agreements for 20 years with new captive power plants right on the pattern of RPPs. According to the Nepra documents available with Pakistan Observer, in 2009, the top guns of Ministry of Water and Power, Pepco, Wapda and APTMA (all Pakistan textile mills association) on their own finalized the tariff of the new captive power plants by flouting the law of the land which is Nepra Act. And to this effect, the ministry, Pepco, APTMA and Member power (Wapda) played pivotal role in carving out the tariff and new captive power plants policy. The most alarming aspect of this whole episode is that neither the tariff nor the policy has been ap-

proved by the Nepra. The most ironic fact is that the electricity power distribution companies which are well known to the rules of business and the powers that the Nepra holds have started entering into agreements with many industrialists who have installed the new captive power plants. The documents reveal that the Ministry and Pepco finalized the tariff of new captive power plants at Rs 5.99 per unit keeping in view the gas prices in 2008 which have now reached at Rs 9 per unit if kept in view the existing gas tariff. In the tariff structure, the fixed cost has been determined at Rs 1.53 per unit, and financial cost at Rs 1.57 per unit. Under the agree-

ment, incase any electric power distribution company refuses to purchase the electricity from new captive power plants, then the company will have to pay fine of Rs 1.83 per unit, and if the new captive power plant is denied the gas as fuel, then the distribution company will also be exposed to pay fine of Rs 1.69 per unit. And this additional burden will be passed on to end electric power consumers. Under the faulty and questionable agreements, the cost of the power plants will be paid back in 7 seven years by the power consumers and after 7 years, if the power plants refuse to provide electricity, they will be liable to pay no penalty at all. And to ap-

people of Kashmir from their just right of self-determination. “Kashmir issue is not only a threat for the peace and prosperity of South Asia but also for

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More than 15 die in KP TARIQ SAEED PESHAWAR— The fresh wave of rains and snow falls which started was destructive as at least 28 persons including women and children died across the country Tuesday, while several buildings including houses met destructions. As the torrential rains couples with heavy snowfalls wreaked havoc in parts of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, more than 15 people were killed and scores others sustained injuries in the province. The Malakand division remained hard hit where, the reports say, more than 15 people

Discos buy power from NCPPs sans Nepra approval ALI SYED

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28 killed as rains play havoc

KARACHI—Chief of the Paki- three days earlier in the country stan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), Nawaz Sharif, said on Tuesday that ‘certain forces’ were conspiring to delay the elections. Nawaz, who was speaking to the media in Jeddah, added that postponing the 2013 polls was against the interests of the nation. He said his party would not allow for such a delay to take place, and that the elections would take place as per schedule. The PML-N chief’s statements on a ‘conspiracy’ to delay the elections come in the wake

The day is observed prayers at mosques and houses across the

Kashmir dispute threat to world peace: PM

Billions of rupees scam surfaces

DHAKA—A Bangladeshi court sentenced a senior opposition official to life in prison Tuesday for mass murder and crimes against humanity during the 1971 war. Abdul Quader Molla, 64, the fourth highest ranked leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, is the first politician to be found guilty by the International Crimes Tribunal, a muchcriticised domestic court based in Dhaka. Before the verdict was announced, a man was burned to death as riots rocked the city. Molla was sentenced following charges of rape, genocide and murder. Jamaat announced a nationwide strike on Tuesday and warned it would resist at any cost a “government blueprint” to execute its leaders. The verdict is expected to be given at

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ting and two former Members of Punjab Assembly allegedly havI SLAMABAD —The Election ing dual nationalities. The ComCommission of Pakistan (ECP) mission will also review the cases has summoned tomorrow representatives of opposition parties, WASHINGTON—A newly which staged sit-in outside Parrevealed Justice Department liament House. memo finds that US citizens According to Additional Secbelieved to be senior Al-Qaeda retary of ECP Afzal Khan, the operators may lawfully be reservations of opposition parties STAFF REPORTER killed, even if no intelligence shows they are actively plotting would be discussed in details with their representatives. ISLAMABAD—Federal Law an attack. It is worth mentioning here Minister Farooq H Naek has The disclosure by NBC that member EC Khyber requested Chief Election News, which posted a link to Pakhtunkhwa, Shehzad Akbar Commissioner (CEC) the white paper on its web has invited the members of op- Fakhruddin G Ebrahim to lift page, comes amid rising position parties to hold talks. the ban on fresh administrative controversy over US use of Meanwhile, the Election appointments as well as the drone strikes to kill Al-Qaeda Commission of Pakistan on suspects in Pakistan and Continued on Page 7 Tuesday issued notices to 21 sitYemen. Among the most controversial were the September 2011 killings in Yemen of Anwar alAwlaki and Samir Khan, whose killings stoked concern because they were US citizens who had never been charged with a

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ing the holding of general elections, hence, his stay in the presidency would make the election process doubtful. PTI President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi and PTI Vice Chairman Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi briefed the committee on the political contacts made with different politi-

pease the industrialists, Rs 2.50 per unit additional tariff has been extended. The Nepra documents clearly highlight the details of the agreements of electric power distribution companies with new captive power plants saying that Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (Fesco) has entered in to agreement for purchasing electricity for 20 years with Galaxy Textile Mills and Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (Hesco) with Lucky Cement, Omni Power, Thatha power and Anwar Textile and Sukkar Electric Supply Company (Sepco) inked the agreements with

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were eaten up by the harsh weather during the past three days. According to the reports reaching here six people including three children and two women of a family were washed away in torrential floods near Talokar area in Haripur. Body of a child was recovered while one was rescued alive. Search for the rest of the persons was underway. Likewise at least three people were killed in Mardan and Charsadda districts while seven others were wounded in various rain related incidents with major being the collapse of roofs of the houses. In Swabi district two teenage brothers died and eight people were injured when the

roof of a house collapsed at the Afghan Refugees camp in Swabi. According too local sources the continuous rains and wind storms have damages over 100 houses in the area dominated by the Afghan refugees. Three passers by were trapped and killed in an avalanche at Malikkhel Amnavi area of Shangla district where as a vehicle plunged into ravine down after losing control near Bisham resulting in the death of one person. At least one person was dead and several others sustained serious injuries when the roofs of many houses caved in Peshawar. The rains on Tuesday continued

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PPP buried politics of hatred: Kaira TAXILA—Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira Tuesday said Pakistan Peoples Party has buried the politics of hatred and promoted the politics of reconciliation for the betterment of the country. Addressing the workers convention in Taxila‚ the Information Minister said assemblies are going to complete their tenure because there is a political stability in the country. The Minister while referring to sit-in staged by the Opposition yesterday (Monday)‚ he said its aims and objectives were not clear. On the one hand they are supporting the Election Commission and on the other they are criticizing its performance. Info Minister said resolution of Kashmir issue is vital for peace in region. He said every Pakistani

supports and prays for independent Kashmir. He said government would continue the support of Kashmiris. He said PPP sacri-

ficed leaders to save democracy and we have to fulfill dream of Shaheed Z.A Bhutto.

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VCs concerned over ‘Private Members HEC Amendment Bill’ ISLAMABAD—The 11th Vice Chancellors’ Committee meeting held here Tuesday said the proposed ‘Private Members HEC Amendment Bill’ would have detrimental effect on the higher education sector and revert back all the achievements gained during last decade. The meeting was attended by members of National Assembly Standing Committee on Education and Training, Rectors and vice chancellors representing 137 public and private sector universities. The VCs noted that the QUETTA: People sitting around bonfire to get themselves warmed up during extreme universities have shown tremendous progress in the last cold weather.

decade and the HEC reforms are being followed by the other countries as role model. The main factors for the excellent contribution by this organization are its autonomy and its management which is comprised of capable and highly qualified educationists and professionals and there is dire need to further strengthen this organization. The Vice Chancellors were of the view that the higher education sector has been a growth engine for socio economic development of the country and higher education institutions have started to

Madrissa student dies in restaurant wall collapse BASHIR AHMAD RAHMANI to HAFIZABAD —A 15-year-old student of a Madrissa was killed on the spot while three others seriously injured when a wall of a restaurant in Pindi Bhattian collapsed and fell down on them due to heavy rain early Tuesday morning. According to rescue sources, four teen-aged students of Madrissa Umar Bin Khattab located on by-pass Pindi Bhattian were on way to their Madrissa when dilapidated wall of a roadside restaurant fell down on them. They were removed from under the debris by the rescurers but Muhammad Shoaib, son of Saifullah of Shori Manika, succumbed

his injuries while Matiullah, Sarfraz and Shereen Rehman sustained serious injuries and were rushed to the THQ Hospital Pindi bhattian where they were progressing satisfactorily. Hafizabad city and most of the villages in the district were lashed by hailstorm and substantantial rain during the past 24 hours. According to agricultural experts the rain would be beneficial to the standing wheat crop and fodders. However, due to choked drains and malfunctioning of sewerage system, the local citizens particularly those located in low-lying areas faced multiple problems owing to ac-

cumulation of rain water. ***** Activists of Jamat-iIslami taken out a rally to express their solidarity with Kashmiri Muslims which were groaning under in the shackles of Indian Imperialists for the past sixty seven years. Led by JI Ameer Dr. Muhammad Yaseen Ansari, Ex-Chairman MC Hafizabad Dr. Habib Ullah Cheema, Prsident Kisan Board Gujranwala Division Aman Ulah Chattha and others paraded from AlFatah to Fawara Chowk where they addressed the gathering. They disapproved Government decision to give India status of MFN and termed it betrayal to the Kasmiri

Muslims which were rendering supreme sacrifice for the independence from Indian slavery. They said that Kashmir is jugular vein and survival of Pakistan was linked with the Kashmir. They regretted that UN has failed to implement its age old resolution for holding plebiscite in Indian held Kashmir. ***** The city police have resolved the murder mystery of Malaysia returned youngman Tahir Iqbal of Mubarak Colony by arresting his wife and two others. Deadbody of deceased Tahir Iqbal was found floating from Jhang Branch canal about a month back and his wife Faiza, of Mubarak Colony Hafizabad had filed

a Writ Petition in the Session Courts for the registration of an abduction case against unknown accused. During interrogation Faiza confessed that she had developed illicit relation with Zahoor of the same locality and wanted to get rid of her husband to usurp his properties. She further confessed that she with the complicity of her paramour and his friend Akhtar Ali administered intoxicants and later throttled him to death and thrown the dead body into the canal on December 26, last. The deceased had returned to Pakistan on December 25, last. He left behind three minor children further investigations are in progress.

Manholes turning into death traps SHAFFAAT MALIK TALAGANG—Open manholes in different areas of the town are turning into death traps for the residents who have demanded authorities concerned to take steps to cover these manholes. The streets and roads of different areas of Talagang including Middle School street. Street near Mundial Colony, TalagangChakwal road and now old Pindi road near Mundial Chowk have broken and open manholes in these areas are creating problems for the residents. Motorist, elders and children are the main victims of these manholes and many times accidents took place due to these open manholes. Citizens have complained that no manhole in these areas is safe as lids from these manholes have disappeared while authorities are paying no heed to cover them. Residents have regretted that the elected rep- ABBOTTABAD: A motorcyclist moves on the road after heavy snowfall in the area. resentatives are also silent spectator of the situation and are not taking concrete steps to solve the issues of public. They demanded of the government to direct department concerned to take immediate steps for covering the open manholes with lids and save ered in a meeting of select and appointments, STAFF REPORTER the people from accidents. committee while those who government’s educational P ESHAWAR —National Edu- brought amendments in the institutes had been put at cation Council (NEC) re- suggestions were represen- verge of destruction and it jected the government’s tatives of the government not now wanted to destroy priclaim that some suggestions of Provincial Educational vate educational system. “If of private educational insti- Council (PEC). The represen- was destroy, which way will tutes were accepted while the tatives, he said did not have be remained to impart better M ULTAN —Police have un- rest were rejected, Deputy authority to negotiate with education like private schools,” he questioned. earthed a fake medicine manu- Chairman of NEC Nazir the government. The government, he said The private education facturing factory in Multan Hussain demand for impleand arrested nine workers on mentation of Educational had no mandate to pass sector, he said was playing Tuesday. Media Reports said Code 1935 to bring better- Regulatory Authority Bill very important role to proon Tuesday police conducted ment in the system. (RAB) from the provincial vide standard education to raid on a factory and arrested Speaking at press confer- assembly as its tenure was children but government nine workers. Police have ence here at Press Club on going to end while the RAB completely ignored its role sealed off the factory and sent Tuesday, he said that sug- was already rejected by pri- and owing to the proposed samples of medicines to labo- gestions regarding private vate educational institutes. RAB was tantamount to put ratory for test. Further inves- educational system given by Mr Hussain further said the educational system in tigation is underway.—INP NEC had not been consid- due to political inferences Pakistan at stake.

NEC head seeks implementation of 1935 educational code

Fake medicine factory sealed

paly pivotal role for the wellbeing of Pakistani people and industrial growth through strong university-industry linkages. It would be extremely unfortunate if at this point that legislative step are taken without any consultation with the stakeholders. The vice chancellors felt that any changes in the HEC Act should have the recommendations of Task Force established by the Prime Ministers High Powered Committee which is awaiting notification. They demanded that the Task Force may be notified so that consultation process may be started without further delay.

Interviews for PhD admission tomorrow

The Vice Chancellors also highlighted the financial problems being confronted by higher education sector. Chairman National Assembly Standing Committee on Education and Training, Sheikh Rohale Asghar and other committee members of the Standing committee appreciated the role of HEC for socio-economic development and promotion of quality education in the country. They were of the view that any legislation that takes away the dynamism and autonomy of HEC will be damaging to the higher education sector in the country.

They were of the unanimous view that HEC is one institution which has functioned extremely well and has delivered wonderful results during the last decade. On the behalf of the committee, he categorically stated that the legislation should be based upon careful review of past progress and consultation with the relevant stakeholders so that this model organization may be further strengthened to continue its positive role. Sheikh Rohale Asghar remarked that the committee would not undertake any step undermining the autonomy and future of higher education in Pakistan.—APP

More rains, snow to continue

I SLAMABAD —The Pakistan moderate rain occurred at a F A I S A L A B A D —University Meteorological Department number of places in Sindh of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) will hold interviews for Phd admission in various disciplines of the faculty of social sciences and sciences for Spring semester 2013 here on Thursday, February 7. According to a spokesman of the university, interviews for admission were scheduled to be held on February 5, had been postponed due to Kashmir Solidarity Day. Now, interviews will be held on February 7, Thursday. Moreover, the name of the discipline of Development Economics mentioned in MSc (Honors) should be considered as withdrawn from the admission notice of Spring Semester 2013, he added. **** The police claimed to have arrested 27 criminals including 12 proclaimed offenders, 11 illicit weapon holders and 4 drug pushers from different parts of the district during last 24 hours. A spokesman of the police department said here on Tuesday that police recovered 6 pistols of 30-bore, 3 guns, 2 rifles, 18 bullets, 120 grams heroin and 110 bottles of liquor from their possession. The police have also arrested 2 drunkards during this period. Scores of people staged a protest demonstration.— APP

predicted that under the influence of prevailing weather system, widespread snowfall, heavy at times, was expected over the hills of Malakand, Hazara, Murree, Galiyat, GilgitBaltistan and AJK on Wednesday as well. It said hailstorm was also expected at isolated places in the plains of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Islamabad during next 24 hours. According to the PMD, Risalpur received 84mm, Saidu Sharif 83mm, Peshawar 79mm, Chirat 70mm, Dher 67mm and Kohat 61mm rain on Tuesday. PMD Director General Dr. Mohammad Hanif, while explaining the synoptic situation, said that a strong western system is affecting most parts of the country and it is likely to persist till Tuesday night. The strong weather system is expected to generate heavy rains with snowfall over the hills in upper parts, including Murree, Galiyat and Patriata on Tuesday. Karachi: The recent moderate to light rain in different parts of the metropolis turned the weather cool in the port city. Almost the whole city is experiencing a cool breeze and cloudy weather after the recent rain. According to weather report issued by the Met Office on Tuesday, very light to light and

and at isolated places in Balochistan during the last 24 hours. It said that chief amount of rainfall recorded during the past 24 hours in the city including Landhi, Karachi was 11 millimetres, Model Karachi 9 mm, Airport 5.4 mm, Saddar

4 mm, PAF Faisal Base 3.3 mm, PAF Masroor 2 mm and Nazimabad 1.7 mm. Faisalabad: The city received drizzling throughout the day here on Tuesday which decreased temperature. The dark clouds coupled with cold wind started on Monday evening while the rain started at midnight on Monday. Bahawalpur: Various areas of Bahawalpur and Cholistan received rain on Tuesday for third consecutive day. The weather has turned chilly and mercury dropped down to 7 degree Celsius. Water has been accumulated in Tobas and Kunds in Cholistan. According to Meteorological Department, cold.—APP

Transfer of policemen patronising criminals demanded

Link roads continue clogged with heavy snow Rainfall: control room set up STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—A control room has been set up to deal with the emergency situation following the heavy rainfall in Peshawar city. Talking to Private TV, Deputy Commissioner Javed Marwat said that the disaster cell has been established by deploying revenue staffers in rural and urban areas of the city. According to flood cell, a moderate flood was also reported in Badhani nullah and Machni at Kabul River while inhabitants of adjoining areas are also been asked to remain alert.

M HALEEM ASAD TIMERGARA—The Khall traders on Tuesday demanded of police authorities to immediately transfer officials of the Khall police station involved in escaping a habitual thief from police custody. Speaking at a news conference here at the local press club traders’ union president Akhunzada Hameedur Rahman, chairman Akhunzada Shah Zaman, vice president Haji Shah Zarin and others alleged that a habitual thief was caught red handed by local traders on Sunday night. They said the thief was handed over to Khall police hand cuffed. The traders said that next morning they were in-

formed that the arrested thief had escaped from police custody. They alleged that three officials of the Khall police station had been supporting outlaws. They said the SHO Khall, Habibullah, again arrested the thief after the area people warned of protest. The Khall traders said that theft incidents were on the rise because of police negligence and inefficiency. They demanded immediate transfer of officials involved in escaping the thief and recovery of looted valuables. ***** It continued to rain for the third consecutive day in plains while snowing on hills in all parts of the Dir Lower. According to data collected by this reporter on Tuesday

so far four people including three children and a woman were killed while three other injured in Dir Lower in rain related incidents. Similarly collapse of walls, leaking of ‘katcha’ roofs and killings of livestocks has been reported in Talash, Maidan and Khall. Flood water flows on roads because of blocked drains causing difficulties for commuters and motorists. Residents said that main Chakdara-Timergara and some link roads remained closed for traffic due to overflow of water in streams. They said that link roads of Toormang, Pato Talash and upper parts of Samar Bagh remained closed due to heavy snowfall where residents were confined to homes.

World urged to help liberate held Kashmir SHER GONDAL M ANDI B AHAUDDIN — People from all walks of life observed Kashmir Solidarity Day on Tuesday to show their support with the people of Occupied Kashmir in their struggle for liberation from Indian subjugation. In this connection ex-servicemen of the area held a meeting here under arrangements of Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society. Veterans paid tributes to Kashmiri valiants’ for fighting against Indians to get freedom. They paid homage to Kashmiri martyrs and highlighted plight for their birth right to self determination. The meeting through a unanimous resolution urged the world to play role to lib-

erate Kashmir from the Indian occupation. **** DCO Tariq Mahmood paid surprise visit to Government High School, Rural Health Centre and Post office in Bosal Sukha village and checked their working. He asked students some questions but they could not give proper answers. Similarly performance of health staff at the RHC was poor. He showed his displeasure and admonished the teaching and health staff. He said Punjab Government was spending millions of rupees for promotion of education and improvement of health facilities but the departments were not doing justice with the vision of Chief Minister of Punjab.

The situation, instead of improving, was further deteriorating and things were going from bad to worse, he observed. He said doctors who claimed themselves as Messiah were found absent on their seats when patients visit health institutions for seeking medical treatment. He warned the medical and teaching staff to improve their performance failing which stern action would be initiated against delinquents. **** A man shot dead his sister and her husband here yesterday. According to details one Amjad Iqbal, resident of Mona Sydan in Malikwal Police Station, contracted love marriage with Irim Bibi of the same village seven years ago.

Munawar who is brother of Irim developed grudge against the couple and the other day he entered the house of the couple and shot them dead. Police have registered a case against the accused and further investigation is in progress. A day earlier one resident of Chhimmon near Harya Railway Station fired on his sister ’s former husband while he with driver and a tenyear old girl was going on a pick up to his village Kot Hasat in Malikwal Tehsil. As a result three of them were injured who were moved to Malikwal Hospital where the former husband succumbed to injuries while the girl and driver were admitted for furDERA ALLAH YAR: Activists of Jamat-e-Islami shouting slogans during a demonstration on Kashmir Solidarity Day. ther treatment.


Governor grieved Staff Reporter

P ESHAWA R —Khyber

Pakhtunkhwa Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar has expressed his deep shock and sorrow over the precious lives and material losses in torrential rains in various parts of the province and expressed his deep sympathies with the affected families. In a press statement on Tuesday, the Governor said that though such a situation is beyond reach of everyone, yet, he expressed the confidence that the respective organizations will be engaged in ensuring immediate relief to the affected people. In this hour of trial, the Governor said, the affected families should not feel alone rather the entire nation fully shares their grief. He prayed for the eternal peace of the departed souls and courage to the bereaved families to bear the irreparable losses with patience. He also prayed for early recovery of the injured. Meanwhile, Barrister Masood Kausar also expressed his heartfelt condolence on the sad demise of Dr. Muhammad Ali; the Advisor to the Sindh Chief Minister and a passionate sports lover. In his condolence message on Tuesday, the Governor while expressing his deep sympathies with members of the bereaved family said the rich contribution which the deceased has rendered for promotion of sports especially in the field of cricket will be remembered. He prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with patience. Man kills wife: A man strangled his wife over domestic issues in Phagtanwala police limits on Tuesday. Police said that Muhammad Sarwar resident of village Laluwali, Tehsil Kotmomin ended the life his wife Alma Bibi after strangling her with a rope.

PML-N leadership united Raza Naqvi

Seven killed in various incidents B AHAWALPUR —Three heinous criminals involved in kidnap for ransom cases have been killed in encounter with police at Mari Sheikh Shijra here Tuesday. According to District Police Officer (DPO) Sohail Habib Tajik, on tip off the police raided and arrested three criminals involved in various heinous crimes including kidnap for ransom, murder and dacoities. Police have registered a case. Rain related incidents: Two persons have been killed and several others sustained injuries in rain related incidents that took place in different parts of Punjab. According to television channel reports, two people were killed when the roof of their house collapsed in Darmaywala area of Dipalpur. Zhob: Two persons were

killed when an avalanche triggered due to continuous rain struck them in mountainous area of Mandayzai in Zhob. Levies sources said that rain continued in Zob on third consecutive day Monday night. The deceased were identified as Muhammad Saleem and his son Muhammad Raheem, who were were laid to rest in a graveyard of their native area. Lightning kills man in Kalat: A man was was killed when lightning struck in Jawa’ay Gandan area of Sorab tehsil, Kalat district on Monday night. According to Levies sources, the deceased was identified as Pir Jan. Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi on Monday approved payment of compensation to the victims KOTRI: Women on their way back home after filling their pitchers with water from a tubewell. of terrorism.—APP

New province creation much before general elections: Gilani

Delay of trains irk Peshawarites, Pindiites STAFF REPORTER

PESHAWAR—Prolonged delay of separate prov- Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi lomatic support is with the of trains continued to irk the ATTOCK—The PML-N party leaders in M U LTA N —Former prime favour ince, he said and added that was nominated for caretaker people of Kashmir. He said passengers at Peshawar railAttock district are united and having no minister and Senior Vice

differences. The rumours regarding our differences are having no reality; we all are one page and one platform. Chairman Standing Committee for Defence production Sheikh Aftab Ahmad, MPA Malik Aetbar Khan, MPA Chaudhry Sher Ali, MPA Malik Muhammad Azam and Advocate Malik Asif Ali said this during a joint press conference. On the occasions Senior Vice president PML-N Attock Saleem Shehzad was also present. Sheikh Aftab said, we all are united under the leadership of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Shari. We have full confidence in party leadership he said. Sheikh Aftab said, PML-N has strong candidates from all the constituencies of Attock district and will have clean sweep in the forth-coming elections. He said, we all will launch our election campaign collectively with full unity and with out any hypocrisy. The graph of PML-N is going high as people have confidence in us. All the party workers to also remain united. After coming into power PML-N will turn Pakistan into a developed and prosperous country he said. He lauded the efforts of Chief Minister for the development of Punjab and especially for Attock district. He said, next elections will be held on time and PML-N will have clear majority. MPA Malik Aetbar Khan, MPA Malik Muhammad Azam, MPA Ch Sher Ali and Advocate Malik Asif Ali also addressed the press conference.

New province to help solve problems ISLAMABAD—PPP’s member of the National Assembly Jamshed Dasti has said that establishing new province will help resolve the problems of the people of South Punjab. Talking to Pakistan Television, Dasti said that no hurdle should be created in the establishment of the new province and asked the parties to avoid politicking on the important matter. He said the people of South Punjab were facing health, education, water, law and order issues, besides unemployment and the creation of new province would help resolve their problems. He urged the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz to support the government’s move in this regard. Continuity of democracy only solution of all problems: Member National Assembly of Pakistan Peoples Party Rubina Qaim Khani said continuity of democracy is the only solution of all problems. Talking to Pakistan Television (PTV), she said that leadership of PPP had given rendered sacrifices for the restoration of democratic system in the country rather then others. She said that credit goes to the leadership of PPP who had accepted the mandate of all political parties, adding PPP is ready to sit with any political party for the betterment of the country and its people. Replying to a question, she said general election would be held on time and consensus would be made about interim set-up and all political parties should stand together against anti democratic elements. She said that PPP is the largest democratic party of the country and always worked for democracy rather then acquired the power. Rubina Qaim Khani said after the elections it is going to be first time in the history of country that a democratic party would transferred the powers to second democratic force.—APP

Govt to build amusement park Staff Reporter

P E S H AWA R —Khyber Pakhtunkhawa minister for sports and tourism, Syed Aqil Shah has said that provincial government would build an amusement park in Abbottabad, the place where al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed by US commandos in 2011. Talking to media persons on Tuesday, Syed Aqil Shah said that the amusement park project in Abbottabad will have a zoo, paragliding club and water sports facilities. It will also have cultural heritage park. He said that the development is not intended to counter Abbottabad’s negative reputation following bin Laden’s discovery there. It’s part of a revival of recreational and cultural activities in the province, he added. Aqil Shah said that the project will cost about $50 million and take five years to complete and the construction will begin in a few weeks. Javed Iqbal Abbasi, a lawmaker from the area, hoped the project will improve Abbottabad’s image. Meanwhile Parks and Horticulture Agency has completed 95 percent of renovation work at Fort Kehna Qasim. Managing Director Parks and Horticulture Agency Javed Mehmood Bhutti in a statement on Monday said different parks and roads were being improved with an amount of Rs 100 million. He said an art gallery was also being introduced at historic “Damada” to show documentary about culture of Multan to visitors. He added that widening of Clock Tower chowk, renovation of Masjidul Mazafar and Water Works road were important achievements of the district government. About Parks and Horticulture Agency, he said Punjab Assembly had approved a bill and after notification a divisonal headquarters authority would be set up. He said maximum resources were being utilised to promote greenery in the city. Bhutti added that green belts had been prepared on old Bahawalpur Road, Bosan Road and Masoom Shah Road.

Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday that new province was a part of party’s manifesto which would be created before general election. Talking to mediapersons at local airport, he said that decision of separate province has been taken after discussing all matters including economic, water and numbers of seat in the parliament. The PML (N) is not in

people should not come into its trap on this issue. Gilani said that Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif should desist from instigating people for protests. To a question, he said that he went to the Supreme Court to file a review petition as he had some objections on the case. He said that it was his stand that president had immunity and it has been written in the letter. “Keeping in view of national interest, the name of

setup in Punjab while Bahawalpur was also mentioned for capital of the province,” he added. He said that demand of opposition to change governors of the provinces was illegal as they are the nominees of federal government. Gilani said that PPP believed in democracy and it had given sacrifices for this cause. He said that he expressed full solidarity with the people of Kashmir and added that his moral and dip-

that when he was the prime minister he said to resolve all issues with India including Kashmir, Siachen and others. To a question about Most Favoured Nation status to India, he said that it means a balance trade with India as it had been stated by Quaid-eAzam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. PM’s Media Coordinator Khawaja Rizwan Alam, MPA Mehr Arshad Sial and other party workers were also present.—APP

way station in chilly weather on Tuesday. Hundreds of passengers including women, children, elderly people and relatives as well as family members of passengers arriving had to wait for hours in intense cold weather due to long delays in arrival and departure of trains. Karachi-Peshawar Khyber Mail reached the stations of Rawalpindi and Peshawar two hours late than the schedule while Karachi-Peshawar Khushal Khan Express and

Awami Express were five hours late. Three passengers Habib Khan Mehsud, Liaquat Khan Jadoon and Bilal Ishfaq hailing from Rawalpindi and Islamabad complained that Inquiry officials were not providing information and asked the people to wait when inquired about arrival and departure of trains. The passengers leaving for other cities and relatives waiting for their beloved arrived from various cities criticized the Pakistan Railways (PR) for its poor performance and failure to normalize the operation. PR officials when contacted by INP in this regard said that shortage of engines.

Balochistan govt orders arrest of unregistered Afghan refugees Q UETTA —The Home Department, the Government of Balochistan has ordered to arrest illegal and unregistered Afghan refugees living in the province. This was decided in a meeting held with Home Secretary Cap (retd) Akbar Hussain Durrani in the chair that was also attended by Commissioner Afghan Refugees Abdul Saboor Kakar, Deputy Commissioner Chagai Dr. Muhammad Aslam, ADC Loralai Dr. Rashid Jaffar, Deputy Director FIA Shahab Azim, and representatives of United PESHAWAR: Deputy Chairman National Education Council Nazar Hussain talking to Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and media during a press conference.

Rally to show solidarity with Kashmiris JAVED MOAVIA NANKANA S AHIB—A rally was organised by different religious organizations in Nankana Sahib from Purana Nankana to Goal Cakar on Kashmir Day here on Tuesday. Inspite of cold and rain hundered of men and children participated in the rally. Sikh community also welcomed the rally particpents on the gate of Gurdwara Janam Asthana, the birth place of Baba Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion. President Sikh Council Of Pakistan Sardar Mastan Singh told mediamen that being Pakistanis their hearts beat with the hearts of

Kashmiris. Sikh community also showed their solidarity with Kashmiris in their struggle of freedom. The participents of the rally were carrying banners and placards on which slogans about Kashmir freedom movement were inscribed. Bahawalpur: Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed here Tuesday to express complete solidarity with the oppressed people of held Kashmir struggling for their right of self-determination for the last six decades. Rallies were taken out to mark the day. A rally was taken out from Masjid Al-Haq to Farid Gate while another rally was taken out from Chowk Fawara.

Sassui Palijo to be chief guest HYDERABAD—Sindh Culture Minister Ms Sassui Palijo will be the chief guest at the 32nd death anniversary commemoration of eminent writer and historian late Muhammad Usman Deeplai. According to a press release issued here Tuesday by the Sindh Information Department, the programme will be held at the auditorium of the Sindh Museum here on February 7. Notable writers, historians and poets would also attend and address the event. The Kashmir Solidarity day was observed throughout Larkana, KamberShahdadkot, Shikarpur, Jacobabad and KandhkotKashmore districts of Larkana Division on Tuesday.—APP

National Database Regulatory Authority (NADRA). The Home Secretary directed the departments concerned to arrest illegal and unregistered Afghan refugees in accordance with the Constitution and the law who were living in different districts of Balochistan. “Registration cards of Afghan refugees should be checked and if any refugee can not produce this card, he should be arrested,” he instructed. He said that arrested Afghan refugees would be repatriated to their homeland. He directed the district ad-

ministration of Loralai, Pishin, Qila Abdullah Chaman, Chagai and Qila Saifullah to take action against the Afghan refugees who found involved in illegal activities. According to a report issued by the Amnesty International, 17 internally displaced people most of them kids died due to harsh weather conditions in internally displaced camps across Afghanistan. Here is one such camps in the afghan capital Kabul where hundreds of internally displaced afghan families are living in difficult conditions.—APP

Theatre held to depict life, literary work, struggle of Khushal Khan Khattak STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWAR —The

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture department presented a beautiful theatre play based on the life, literary works and political struggle of the great Pashtun warrior poet, visionary and an intellectual genius Khushhal Khan Khattak who lived in the 17th century. In the theater show, the audience was informed that life Khushal Khan who became the chief of his tribe while Mughal king Shah Jahan also approved his appointment as revenue collector and celebrated his succession to his father Shahbaz Khan who later fought many wars for ensuring writ of the Mughal kingdom in the region.

Speaking to the Media on this occasion, The Minister for Culture and Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that fate of the nations could not be changed with wealth but by adopting the philosophy, thoughts and teachings of the national heroes. Therefore, he added, we are introducing to our new generation the lines and deeds of our great heroes and important personalities of this land like Rehman Baba, Khushal Khan Khattak, Pir Rokhan and Bacha Khan through Theatres plays. He said, after successful display of Theatre play on the life and achievements of great Pashto Sufi and revolutionary poet, Abdur Rahman Baba,

now a theatre play on the life of Khushal Khattak has been launched at Nishtar Hall Peshawar and its last display will be held on Wednesday (today) at Nishtar Hall Peshawar at 6:00 PM. The Minister continued that the government would do all its best to convey the messages of the heroes to each and every corner of the world and all the theatres plays would also be shifted to CDs for the guidance of next generation. He further said that Khushal Khan Khattak was the revolutionary figure of the region who voiced against the exploitation and cruelties of the Mughal Empire and worked for the unity of Pakhtuns.

Kashmir: UN urged to implement resolutions OUR CORRESPONDENT A TTOCK —The Kashmir Day was observed with great enthusiasm across the district on Tuesday to express solidarity with the people of the occupied territories and condemn the Indian atrocities in Kashmir. The function was held at TMA Hall Attock where chief guest, Assistant Commissioner Iftaikhar Alam express their support for the people of Kashmir and demanded that the people of Kashmir should be given the right of self-determination in accordance with the United Nations’ resolutions. He also supports for the

Kashmir people for their freedom and condemned the atrocities of Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. He said that Kashmir was an integral part of Pakistan and the people of the country will continue to support their Kashmiri brothers for their right of self-determination accordance with the UN resolutions. The Kashmir was the ‘jugular vein’ of Pakistan but India illegally occupied it and since last 65 years atrocities were being committed against Kashmir sand brutal forces are being used to suppress them. Kashmiris were facing atrocities at the hands of the Indian security forces and

thousands of them have sacrificed their lives, he said. He said the Kashmir people, have a right to struggle to liberate their motherland from Indian occupations. They demanded of the United Nations to implement its resolutions and grant right of self -Determination to the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir. Such type of rallies and meetings were also held peacefully at other tehsils of the district to observe the Kashmir Day. TMA hall was decorated by inscribed slogans in favor of Kashmiri people and against the Indian forces on illegal occupation HYDERABAD: Activists of Civil Society hold a demonstration against non-arrest of the of Kashmir. murderers of Ishtiaq Sheikh and Samia Detho.


To ensure everlasting peace in Afghanistan

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HE tripartite summit of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the UK ended on a positive note with the three countries agreeing on future strat egy to restore peace in the troubled Afghanistan and Pakistan and Afghanistan arriving at an understanding to conclude a strategic partnership agreement in six months. Presence of military leaders made decisions of the moot more relevant and hopefully these would be sincerely implemented for the sake of regional peace and stability. The credit for success of talks surely goes to Pakistan as it is going extramile to help promote peace efforts in Afghanistan and has already released dozens of Afghan Taliban prisoners as part of the process. At the London conference too, President Zardari threw Pakistan’s full weight behind the process of national reconciliation in Afghanistan and reiterated once again resolve of Islamabad to strengthen ties with Kabul as peace in Afghanistan was vital for peace and security of Pakistan. In fact, Pakistan being the major sufferer of turmoil in Afghanistan, has an abiding interest in peace and reconciliation in the neighbouring country but unfortunately some powers had been trying to sideline the country especially in the context of post-withdrawal period. However, latest developments are a clear testimony that they have now realized that peace in Afghanistan sans cooperation of Pakistan would be a mirage. But in our view, the peace efforts should not be restricted merely to provide safe exit to the occupation forces in Afghanistan, leaving behind confusion and chaos that could lead to another period of civil war in the war torn country. Afghanistan has suffered immensely in every respect due to invasion by the erstwhile super power Soviet Union and then occupation of the country by the lone super power of the day. Its people, therefore, deserve durable peace so that they can make socio-economic progress like other countries of the world. For this to happen, a workable and just power sharing arrangement should be devised while taking all stakeholders on board so that there is no power tussle or civil war after 2014. Similarly, presence of occupation forces beyond 2014 in whatever form and number might not be acceptable to proud Afghans who have never compromised on their sovereignty. Therefore, the United States should resist the temptation to continue its military presence in Afghanistan and restore full sovereignty of the country by handing over everything to Afghans who are surely capable enough to decide their own fate.

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HE Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) has become pro active in boosting efforts aimed at overcoming the crippling energy shortages being faced by the country. The Board is hosting a mega event of Innovative Energy solutions Exhibition in Karachi on February 26 with the collaboration of almost all-important stakeholders, which speaks volumes about its seriousness to help address energy problem. Exhibitions are routinely organized but this one has the distinction as young engineers, students and faculty of the country’s different universities have also been afforded an opportunity to present their projects that could make a difference to society. This would serve as an R&D based liaison with industries so as to provide the industries with efficient and innovative energy solutions. Pakistan is lagging behind many countries in scientific and technological development just because it has not yet laid the required focus on indigenous research and development despite the fact that there is no dearth of talent. We are sure that AEDB, which remained somewhat dormant in the past, is making strides under the present leadership as it has effectively demonstrated its capacity and ability to deliver in mitigating woes of the country on account of energy crisis. For the first time, wind energy has been added to the grid and there are a number of projects in pipeline both in solar and wind power sectors. A positive change is possible if the Government supports the AEDB and creates congenial atmosphere for development of the alternative energy sector. We also hope that like Solar Lamps, the Board would promote efforts for development of systems and solutions for homes and establishments.

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EOPLE of Pakistan joined their Kashmiri brethren on both sides of the Line of Control and around the world in expressing solidarity with them in their struggle for the attainment of their inalienable right to selfdetermination. The Solidarity Day is being observed since 1990 to assure the Kashmiris that the entire Pakistani nation is at their back and to remind the international community towards almost seven decades old unresolved dispute and plight of the struggling people. It is a historic fact that first Indian Prime Minister Nehru took the Kashmir issue to the UN and agreed to the plebiscite plan. The UN Security Council resolutions beginning with No.38 in 1948 and going on to No. 123 in 1957 are a recognition of the Kashmiris right. In prescribing the plebiscite, the UN took a broader, more humanitarian view of the problem than merely as some land dispute, and India by promising plebiscite was bound to honour them. Unfortunately India, which claims to be a secular democracy and champion of human rights then backed down from the commitment of its late Prime Minister and tried to silence the voice of Kashmiris through the use of force. People of Kashmir have been resisting the Indian tactics since long and thousands of youths have sacrificed their lives for their cause. President Zardari, Prime Minister Pervez Ashraf and the entire political leadership have once again reassured the Kashmiris of unflinching support to their cause. We believe that the people of Kashmir would not let the sacrifices of their elders go in vain and if the issue is not resolved through negotiations, the younger generation would be forced to take up arms once again that would have dangerous consequences for peace and stability in South Asia and the world at large.

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Kashmir hangs on Pak-India mistrust butcheries? They see to it that normalcy does not prevail. is built brick by brick. Kuldip Nayar Peace But the trained terrorists and Email:kuldipnayar09@gmail.com the mindset elements demolish whatever is raised. Trade was picking up and the lobby ooking back, I feel that the for peace was expanding. People were anxiously awaiting Indian government over-re acted to what happened on the relaxation of visa rules. The the border. I am glad that people clashes at the border have brought persuaded the Pakistani dramatists down the whole structure with a to stage the plays elsewhere be- thud. We are back, more or less, to cause the stoppage by the Minis- square one. This probably suits the try of Culture was childish. It is governments because the status quo healthy to see that people and the is better for them when the two coungovernment are distant in their tries are nearing elections. Their inthinking on relations with Pakistan. terests are different from those who I find the same thing in Pakistan. are trying to promote people-toPeople wish best of relations with people contact. The peace seekers India despite the opposition of the face national chauvinism on one hand and government’s obduracy on establishment. True, our anger over the kill- the other. The pattern is so familiar ing of two Indian soldiers and the that it is not difficult to predict the mutilation of their bodies, includ- next step. First, the accusations and ing the beheading of one, is justified. But we should not have hyped counter-accusations will become the incident—television channels less. This is already taking place. emitting anger endlessly—to the Then the thread will be picked up extent we did. We should have con- from where it was let off. This exsidered Pakistan’s denial and plains why the talks have not been awaited the probe it had ordered. broken but only deferred. When they Moreover, one Pakistani soldier are resumed they will not begin at was also killed at the border and the foreign minister level is as clear as far as beheading is concerned, I from Salman Kurshid’s rebuff to his am told that our side has also in- counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar’s dulged in it. Why should the rela- plea for talks between the two. Yet tionship between the two countries the need of the hour is the resumpbe a hostage to the extremists or tion of talks at foreign minister’s irregulars who carry out such level. Both countries should realise

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that they have no alternative to peace because both are nuclear powers. Pakistan High Commissioner Salman Bashir at Delhi has a point when he contends that bashing Pakistan has become a fashion in India. Media is particularly to blame for this. Yet he does not go to the root cause. Kashmir is a symptom, not the disease. The disease is the mistrust between the two countries. To lessen this, let Kashmir be the starting point. But when infiltration of militants from Pakistan into Kashmir continues to revive insurgency in the valley, the environments for a peaceful solution are disturbed. The ceasefire violations and clashes at LoC began when the infiltrators were sought to be pushed into Kashmir. The rule of militants in the valley has weakened considerably because the security forces have combed the valley and killed most of the militants. There was a record number of tourists, nearing half a million, to Kashmir this year. Even calls by the Hurriyat leaders for a hartal were very few. Traders, shop-keepers, houseboat operators and such other people warned against hartal because it deterred people coming to the valley and thus damaging the trade and purchase of goods. Pushing militants into Kashmir and India eliminating them is an unending process. Islamabad will have to separate militancy from negotiations. No doubt, the problem of Kashmir has to be

solved. All the agreements and declarations signed between New Delhi and Islamabad say so. Yet this cannot be possible until there is peace which is not disturbed by blood on the border. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh showed courage at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, when he separated talks from terrorism even though the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai was fresh in people’s mind. Then a dialogue between the two countries began when New Delhi’s demand to punish Hafeez Saeed, responsible for the killings at Mumbai, had not been met. Incidentally, the manner in which the case of culprits of 26/11 attacks in Pakistan is being processed gives little hope that Islamabad will do something tangible. American court has already pronounced a sentence of 14 years to David Headley, connected with the 26/11 attacks. No one in India wishes Pakistan away, as is Pakistan’s High Commissioner’s fear. That was the sentiment soon after partition. But now there is nobody to clap if a speaker denies the identity of Pakistan. The Pakistani envoy should not harp on the rhetoric which is more than 50 years old. He should move the Pakistan foreign office, since he has been a foreign secretary himself, to do something visible to prove its sincerity for talks. Mere statements would not do

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he poor economy has led Pa kistan to verge of collapse, this warning was given by IMF to 180 million Pakistanis. The reserves of foreign exchange are not sufficient for next 3 months. In such a situation neither Pakistani loans would be rescheduled nor written of. Not only this IMF declined to issue further loans to Pakistan and the reasons that were for warded by the Jeffrey are based upon ground realities. So the issue of new loans have been conditioned with consent of provinces and guarantee of UN. Moreover he said that if Pakistan wants to recover from economic crisis than tax evasion should be stopped, tax rebates should be ended and the taxes should be levied upon agriculture and other services. Of course IMF is concerned about return of its money along with profit not about the public of the countries getting loans. While discussing the basic problem of Pakistan Jeffrey repeated three times, energy, energy and energy and said that theft of electricity is the cause of budget deficit. Than who is stealing electricity, me or you? The common consumer is being looted by the electric supply companies that in spite of no electricity he is paying three times higher bills. Even one day’s delay in payment of electric bills leads to disconnection and the process of reconnection is so corrupt that every consumer prefers to pay bills on time even he has to starve. The real thieves of electricity, tax and national resources are those whose wash rooms remain cool in summer and warm in winter, no one is there to arrest them, law is power less for them and poor public is punished for their luxuries. The value of rupee is decreasing day by day, in spite of abundance of eatables they are away from the purchasing power of common consumer and this situation has led to adulterated goods. Public is forced

to eat these adulterated and unhealthy eatables that are spreading diseases in the society and to cure these public is once again offered adulterated medicine. Because unadulterated medicine are either not available due to the black marketing of the companies or beyond the purchasing power of general public. In this way corruption, bribery, tax evasion, thefts, black marketing, hoardings etc has engulfed the whole society and in near future there are no hopes to get rid from these evils. In such a situation the warning of IMF has no value for elites but is an alarm for public. Because in the history every country who got loans from IMF was doomed to destruction as this international imperialism conditions the loans with high rate of taxes over general public and in spite of being aware of this bitter reality that our corrupt rulers could no adhere from transferring these loans and national reserves to their accounts in foreign banks no l aw has been imposed on the international level to stop this transfer. In this way the loans that are given to the country on profit base are returned back to the banks of the donor country by their sponsored corrupt governments. Now if IMF forwards the energy crisis and theft of electricity as reason for economic crisis, are we responsible for this? Pakistan has no shortage of natural resources. But on the hands there is corruption and on the other hand our eternal enemy could not tolerate this that Pakistan grows self sufficient. The Indian hand behind lawlessness and growing terrorism in Pakistan is now being pointed out even by western journalists. Due to terrorism external investors are not ready to invest in Pakistan. The big industrial units considered as backbone of economy are closed and other are about to be shutdown, now there is only one business i .e . real estate and housing colonies in which the illegal profits are being invested. India is enjoying this situation because on one hand she had succeeded in haulting the construction of Kala Bagh dam at the cost of 150 millions per year paid as bribe to corrupt factors of society and on the

other hand she is busy in completion of projects to stop water of Pakistani rivers. Astonishing factor is that no public protest has been observed against Indian aggressive plans. The reason behind this is our Indian controlled media singing the chorus of Aman Ki Asha to deceive nation about Indian plans of Greater India. Our corrupt rulers have never taken the crisis of energy seriously, whenever the deals are finalized for production of electricity the kickbacks involved in the deal force public to increased prices and taxes and as a result the energy crisis worsened. In the decade of 90 the Hubco deals or rental power projects of current govt. are the evidence of corruption of our politicians. However during this time nation has been given hopes of Thar coal reserves. It was even said that Thar Coal could generate 50,000 megawatts of electricity annually for 500 years. But nothing has been done practically. Last year Dr Samar Mand Mubarak gave these happy news that the project of under ground gasification going on from last three years had been successful. Now there is the only the funds that are required and than whole country would be glowing with light. Than why govt. is not ready to issue funds? They doubt the project of Dr Samar Mand Mubarak or just like Kala Bagh Dam they are getting paid to delay this project as well? On the other hand Dr Shahid Munir, Director for Coal Technology of Punjab University has rejected Under Ground Gasification project. He is of the view that this would cost too much and the pollution generated from this project would make it unfeasible. He also claims that from such a costly technology not a single megawatt has been generated in the world. However this is purely a scientific discussion and a scientist could better explain it. However business com from India has broke the news that TATA and BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited) are interested for the purchase of Thar Coal Project and negotiations are going on since 2010. In this regard Arvind Sexena Economic and Commercial Counselor in

Indian Embassy Islamabad is playing a vital role along with his ambassador Sharat Sabharwal, he has arranged many meetings between representatives of BHEL, TATA and SEMC (Sindh Engro Coal Mining Co). This should be kept in mind that SECMC is working on feasibility of 1200 megawatt power project of Thar Coal for which it required 30 million dollars. According to the website with the cooperation of Indian Embassy the higher officials of SECMC had visited India where they held meetings with Tamil Nado and Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation. In this regard the daughter of Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah visited India last year along with 20 members of the delegation, in which Dr Mahe sh Maalani was the front person. The report of business.com is too long but the summary of the report is that officials of BHEL and TATA are satisfied regarding deal of Thar Coal and now they are only waiting for India being declared as Most Favoured Nation. Some of the readers suffering with the fever of love for India might be angry over this column but this question is valid at its place that our so-called elected representatives who pass every bill of their personal matters within few hours from parliament why they cannot unite to chalk out a national policy for generation of energy from Thar Coal? Why the 18th amendment giving rights of mineral and natural resources to provinces they have not been made bound to respect and consider national stability, so that the sale of national assets like Reko Diq projects or Thar Coal on lower price for kick backs could be avoided. Now when every province of Pakistan is independent to decide about the mineral projects is it necessary to allow enemy like India to invest and hatch conspiracies against motherland within Pakistan? Cannot the provinces of Pakistan in vest mutually to generate 1200 megawatts of energy? When will our corrupt politicians learn that even if India becomes friend she will not adhere to harm Pakistan?

here are three acceptable rea sons for the Senate to reject a president’s nominee for a Cabinet position: The candidate lacks credentials for the position; he fails to meet high ethical standards for personal behavior; or he holds extreme views. It was clear before former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearings that he possessed the necessary personal and professional qualifications to serve as secretary of Defense. Hagel’s testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday demonstrated that his views about foreign and defense policy are not only well within the mainstream but consonant with those of the president who selected him. As predicted, Hagel was aggressively questioned by Republicans on the committee, some of whom laid traps designed to portray him as hostile to Israel, indulgent of Iran and naive about the possibility of abolishing nuclear weapons. Hagel sometimes was less than adroit in countering the attacks, and occasionally seemed flustered under the onslaught. Confronted by cherry-picked quotations from his past, the nominee was eager to regret his phraseology even when it was perfectly defensible. On the other hand, Hagel was needlessly coy when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asked whether he still believed President George W. Bush’s troop surge in Iraq was a mistake. Still, the substance of Hagel’s testimony, beginning with his opening statement, belied the notion that he is out of the mainstream on Israel, Iran or nuclear preparedness, let alone “far to the left even of those of the administration,” as Sen. Deb Fischer (RNeb.) bizarrely suggested. He promised to support a “qualitative military edge” for Israel, endorsed the administration’s policy of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon (resorting to military force if necessary) and committed himself to “maintaining a modern, strong, safe, ready and effective nuclear arsenal.” In Hagel, Obama has chosen someone who — perhaps more than his first two secretaries of Defense — shares his determination to use military force only as a last resort and to effect economies in military spending. But neither the president nor his nominee is a radical. Fairminded senators of both parties should support Hagel’s confirmation. —Los Angeles Times

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he terrible incident of a fa ther who raped and tortured his five-year-old daughter to death is deeply shocking. In the first place, it is obviously wrong that a man can betray his fatherly responsibilities and emotions so profoundly, but it is also disturbing that the courts in Saudi Arabia have given him the ludicrously light sentence of paying blood money and spending only four months in jail. The media in Saudi Arabia have been vocal in their condemnation of the case and they have done well to highlight the bizarre legal situation that allows a murderer to walk free after such a lenient sentence. Far too much attention has been paid to the murderer’s selfdeclared religious calling, even though the Saudi Islamic Affairs Ministry has made it very clear that Fahad Al Gamdi is not an officially authorised Islamic preacher. This is not relevant to his horrifying actions when he doubted the virginity of his daughter, Lama, and used wires and iron roads to torture her till she died. No one is above the law and actions in the privacy of a home or in public still have to meet the required basic standards of human behaviour. It is a concern that the Saudi government has not given clearer guidelines to its courts on sentencing policy. The tradition that each sharia judge has wide discretion to make his own decisions has clearly been abused in this case. It is wrong that a man who tortures and murders a fiveyear-old girl is given such a light sentence. — Gulf News A common courtyard is swept by none. Chinese Proverb


Pakistan lost 65 years! witness murders and massacres for reasons ranging from ethnic, sectarian, tribal, clannish, honor to land grabSaeed Qureshi bing or just for show off Email: qureshisa2003@yahoo.com in streets. The poor raped young girls have to produce four eyewitnesses to prove that they fter 65 years, it takes 90 min were raped. Is it possible? Law and utes to cover a distance of 10 order has become razor thin and no miles to and fro Islamabad one cares who is killing and who is and Rawalpindi: the so called sister being killed. cities in the Potohar plateau. The poIt is a tall order to explore who lice pickets, the road barriers, the is raping whom, who is kidnapped para military contingents stop you and who kidnaps. These are signs of to find if you are a suicide bomber. doomsday but the prophesied The social life in the most protected doomsday has already descended on cities has come to such a dreadful the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. pass. I remember, as a student, it Ironically Islam is a religion of tolwould take maximum 45 minutes to erance and peace as it commands reach Rawalpindi from Wah canton- that killing one person is killing the ment by bus. Now this time is no whole humanity. Just imagine how less than three hours and one has to many humanities have been killed pay toll tax at many places. and are being killed in Pakistan. Go to the Bara or LandiKotal The new generations of Pakistan (tribal enclave) to buy a 12 bore pis- boys, girls, toddlers, adolescents, are tol for a pittance. Come back to your living in an atmosphere of persistent city, get into a house and rob the in- fear, insecurity, bomb blasts, rape, mates and get rich overnight. The arson, loot and plunder, in filth, in police would not know and would dark and dingy streets, in a nauseatnot like probe who committed such ing environment of sound and filth a crime because this has become a pollution. They come out of the commonplace daily occurrence. But homes with a lurking fear of being if you want to indulge or watch a blasted or kidnapped and targeted for combined spree of robbing, killing, unspeakable heinous crimes. The raping and extortion, go to Karachi. army was there at the helm for half And take care you could also be hit. of Pakistan’s existence, a drunkard Pakistan is the most ideal place to and lewd military president held the

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first free elections and then equaled this good deed by truncating Pakistan. Cessation of East Pakistan and surrender of a Muslim army are those calumnies that cannot be washed ever unless Ganges turns flowing opposite and the sun rises from the west. And during those crippling moments (surrender) several generals, politicians and bureaucrats were reported drinking in five star hotels with their concubines. And that army is now braced against its own people in roughest and most dangerous terrain of the world. They are fighting and dying in a war that was purposeless for Pakistan. So Pakistan an economically feeble and socially torn apart country has to put up two pronged war: one with the enemy across the eastern border, the other against Islamic militants rampaging the length and breadth of Pakistan. Which war is for Islam and which one to safeguard the territorial integrity of Pakistan? Pakistan is doomed as the menace of Taliban abetted by external abettors would not die nor surrender so soon. There is a noose of Islamic militancy around the neck of Pakistan that is tightening by way of proliferation of bomb blasts and violence. Can one dream for the day when a true and patriotic leadership would take the reins of Pakistan? Will that day dawn when the citizens would travel with a relief that their lives would be safe and they won’t be

molested, kidnapped or killed on the way? Can we visualize a society when law and order would prevail and dispensation of unhampered justice would be possible by nabbing the highest culprits in government, aristocracy and from the elite classes? Would our judges be upright and strong to uphold the law and not selling the justice? Can our institutions, government departments and bureaucracy function even by a fraction of other civil societies? Can we limit the number of religious institutions and affiliate them with the national educational system from the primary to the university level? Can we bring about a national reconciliation? Can we eliminate the thugs, the crooks, the public enemies, briber takers, the goons, and all those who have turned Pakistan into one of the most dangerous and debased places to live? Can we elect a leadership that is visionary, selfless, imbued with nationalistic spirit, progressive and dedicated to promote a democratic culture and liberalizing the society? Can a stable, democratic, economically prosperous and socially liberal, and civically a modern Pakistan be rebuilt? The list of challenges is endless. It primarily depends upon the quality of the leadership that we choose. —The writer is a senior journalist and a former diplomat.

Lessons from bogus wars Mahboob A Khwaja Email: kmaboob@yahoo.com

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trange on his inaugural for the 2nd term, President Obama did not utter a word about his original ideals of stopping the bogus War on Terror going-on for over a decade in Iraq, Afghanistan and extended to Pakistan - the most catastrophic ordeal for the American people to know when the woes and wounds will end. When would the 18-25 war veterans stop committing daily suicides? Who is responsible for driving the mankind to this animalistic madness and cruelty? Most Americans do not favor economy of wars over humanity and do think that wars and killings are sinful and crimes against humanity. Politicians are no different than stage actors, always pretending to be dong good to the people. Whereas, in reality, nothing good comes out of the self-centered and naïve hearts and minds of these creatures always passionate to promote self- enhanced interests and agendas - how soon they could get re-elected. Obama’s profile is no different. Is Obama a man of peace or a man of war? The

unraveling impacts and tragic consequences of wars do not end with paper declarations or political statements as to when the invading armies are to be withdrawn. Wars leave scars for generations to be victimized emotionally, politically, intellectually and anything else that can be imagined in human terms of unknown disasters. Long after sixty years of the 2nd World War, the Europeans and others have not recovered its dehumanized consequences of their own perpetuated insanity and barbarity for no obvious purpose of rationality except borders, flags and a primitive sense of ethnic pride and nationalism. In the 21st century politics, America is leading in all of these stone-aged qualities to be the lost Empire without being an Empire. Future must be anew, not the repetition of the past. Future making does not lie with the aggressors nor with the failed international institutions, it is with the will and resolve of the people of Iraq and Afghanistan to oust the aggressors and recover their homes and habitats for rebuilding their lives and human dignity. Taken at their face value what Commander Bush claimed at the time that the US led forces went to Iraq and Afghanistan in pursuit of

freedom, liberty and justice for the people. Instead they planned and developed the institutions of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and Belgraham prison in Afghanistan. Facts speak for themselves. All you need to do is to see the outcomes, the triumphs of the American version of liberty, human rights and justice, the horrifying photos of the prisoners are easily available through the internet, speaking their own language of the American-British civilized achievements in the Arab-Islamic world. Mr Karzai, the self-made president of Afghanistan does not have any vision or sense of reality that he will not be the president after 2014. So what nonsense he is talking about to have strategic alliance with the US forces beyond the 2014? Afghan landscape tells its own story with millions uprooted from their ancestral homes, tortured, killed by the aggressors and some made refugees in their homeland, others taking permanent asylum in secluded graveyards and some forced to go to foreign countries in search of protection and mere human survival. The aggressors do not wish to acknowledge the problem, that they are the real problem, not otherwise. How soon the aggressors would leave Af-

ghanistan, nobody can tell. With the changing fortunes of time and history, war is no longer something won with tanks and aircraft. Wars are now fought with ideas, blocks, you tube clips, news-making stories and they are about winning hearts and minds. Many weary and exhausted American Generals entrapped in Afghanistan do read Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea: The highly sensitive emerging global community is anxious to see an end to perpetuated ignorance, belligerency and sadistic acts of cruelty against the mankind. Wars kill people, do not grow peace and harmony. Would the American led bogus War on Terror end today, tomorrow or day after tomorrow? What honor is there in-waiting for Obama not to leave AfghanistanPakistan until 2014? Thomas Paine (Common Sense, 1776) must have profound sense of reality to echo the moving forces of time and history: “Everything that is right or reasonable pleads for separation. The blood of the slain, the weeping voice of nature cries, ’Tis time to part.” —The writer specializes in global security, peace and conflict resolution.

Views From Abroad

Biden’s proposal for Syria David Ignatius

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yria is the world’s most intrac table and dangerous problem. But two ideas emerged on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference that could draw Russia into a more constructive role in solving the crisis, rather than allowing it to remain an obstructionist bystander. Neither of these initiatives has yet yielded any positive results, and this still looks, unfortunately, like a war to the death. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in his public comments at the conference, remained determinedly downbeat — and reaffirmed Russia’s opposition to any forced removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But let’s look at the new ideas for a moment, rather than the old intransigence: Vice President Joe Biden

is said to have proposed, in his private meeting Saturday with Lavrov, that Russia and the United States work jointly to maintain secure control of Syria’s chemical weapons, in the event that Assad’s government should fall. This idea of RussianAmerican cooperation to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction echoes one of the most positive joint efforts after the end of the Cold War, when the two countries worked together to keep the old Soviet nuclear arsenal from falling into the hands of others. That effort was known as the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, named after the two senators, Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar, who authored it in 1992. In the case of Syria, a joint effort to secure chemical weapons would reassure Russia that it will have a role in future security and stability in Syria and the region. It would also reduce

the danger that these weapons might fall into the hands of the jihadist groups, such as al-Nusra Front that’s linked to al-Qaeda. Sheik Mouaz alKhatib, the leader of the umbrella coalition group of the Syrian opposition, repeated Friday night in Munich his willingness to meet with acceptable representative of the Assad regime, “to ease the suffering of the Syrian people.” He had initially made this proposal early last week and was blasted for it by other, more hawkish members of the opposition. His willingness to repeat it, during a panel discussion I moderated here Friday night, was a positive sign. His statement was welcomed by Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN special representative for Syria, who was also on the panel. More encouraging was Lavrov’s response Saturday, after he met with Khatib privately. He called the Syrian opposition leader’s willingness to

consider discussions with regime representatives “an important step” and said that Russia was prepared to keep working with the opposition to facilitate talks. The opposition must now decide who in the Assad regime has sufficiently “clean hands” to be a negotiating partner. This process, of separating “reconcilable” and “irreconcilable” elements of the regime is an essential step in any negotiated political transition. Bluntly put, there’s no good way out of the Syrian crisis without Russian help. I wrote months ago that the unlikely mission of US diplomacy should be to try to win a Nobel Peace Prize for Russian President Vladimir Putin, if he can broker an end to the Syrian conflict. That’s a long shot, to be sure. But it was good to hear two new ideas for how Russia could play a positive role in Syria, rather than encouraging continued devastation. — Courtesy: The Washington Post

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ark your taxi to the side of the road!” I told the taxi driver gently as he got out of his cab to go to the local temple. “Are you the police?” “No!” I said. “Then mind your own business!” I knew where he lived and that evening I went over to his place. He opened the door, stared at me, then said, “You have come to harass me again?” “No,” I said, “I have come to visit you! May I come in?” “Okay,”

he said uncertainly and ushered me into his home, a small tenement measuring just around two hundred square feet. There was a TV in one corner and a huge double bed at the other where all his family were perched watching the evening program. “You keep your home very neat!” I said pleasantly. “We have to,” he said, “Otherwise we will be falling over everything which is out of place, so I have trained the children that if they take out anything they put it back where it belongs!” “Excellent!” I said, then looked at the children, “You have a good father who has taught you well,” then saw a look of puzzlement on the taxi driver’s face, “You are saying some-

thing,” he said. “I have not said anything,” I told him as his face broke into a big grin. “What are you smiling at?” I asked. “I understand,” he said, “Why you have come here!” “You do?” I asked. “You are telling me that if I am so neat in my house I should also be neat outside isn’t it?” “Is that the message you are getting?” I asked innocently. “But this morning you told me to mind my own business if I was not the police. There is a Chinese saying,” I continued, “that a common courtyard is swept by none, and yet I wonder why? Why shouldn’t we who are so clean and neat in our own homes not treat the outside roads and open places as an extension of our homes? Why?”

The taxi driver pondered over my statement, then said, “Maybe what you’ve just asked, has the answer, that if we thought of the whole country as our own home, we would treat it as such, I think that is what I am going to teach my children from now on!” I walked my dog the next day and found the taxi driver rushing to the temple, he grinned as he reached the entrance and pointed to his cab, it was parked alongside the kerb, and the traffic around flowed smoothly even as he was inside worshipping. The common courtyard was no more common, he had made it his own..! —Email: bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People Indo-Pak CBMs LT COL ZAHEERUL HASSAN (R)

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t times Islamabad preferred to discuss Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), but New Delhi never ever shown encouraging reaction in relation to Kashmir problem. New Delhi has been stressing to strengthen the CBMs with Islamabad to normalise the relations between two capitals, but always shown reluctance in discussing the Kashmir and water problems as major issues between two capitals. She has never given any positive signal of taking a step forward for settling the Kashmir conflict rather preferred to put it aside on the name of continuation of peace process. In fact, Kashmir issue always remained very tricky and touchy aspect in internal and external Indo-Pakistan politics. We should admit from the outset that none of the government is in a position to delink Kashmir issue independently from their local traditional politics; therefore win-win solution would be the answer of resolving the issue. South Asian security situation is also directly linked with the Kashmir problem due to the history of the wars between India and Pakistan. Moreover regional Geopolitics, where gets stimuli from the interference of super powers there it too influences by the factors like natural resources, geographical features, agro economy, need of hydro generation, strategically vital locations and development of nuclear capability. The regional security gets threatened due to the lust of capture of natural resources by any powerful regional actor and pinching issue like Kashmir. Thus, we can say that resolving of issue between two nuclear sates get more importance to avoid nuclear conflict. Thus, we can say that permanent regional peace cannot be established without resolving issues of Siachen, Sir Creek, Wullar Barrage, water and especially main dispute of Kashmir. Pakistani masses are standing shoulder to shoulder with their Kashmiri brothers for the liberation of Kashmir. —Via email

Environment and economy HASHIM ABRO I vividly remember the golden words of one of my professors, Engineer Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Pathan (late) of Mehran Engineering University (MUET), Jamshoro, who once said, “Economic growth and environmental protection are directly proportional. They both go hand in hand.” Regrettably, like our past successive rulers, the present rulers, particularly, in my home province Sindh, did not take the initiatives which could have moved our economy forward and have proven to be significant to our country’s economic growth and environmental protection. It appears that the overall governmental attitude towards environment has not always been stimulating. Our economy and ecosystem is on the decline but our politicians and bureaucrats never think to halt this alarming decline. It is a curious situation that we have Environmental Tribunals in the country but look at the Environmental Tribunal in Karachi, where the post of chairperson has fallen vacant and that also of one member for the last six months but still they are not appointed and one member (legal) is also on the verge of retirement. More or less, the identical situation has remained at Quetta. Being a chemical Engineer by degree and a strong supporter of environmental protection, however, I appeal to our rulers and bureaucracy to change their attitude towards economic development and environmental protection, create environmental consciousness because healthy environment is the basis of healthy economy. —Islamabad

Islamabad declaration RIZWAN GHANI The Islamabad sit-in for democracy has sent a positive message to the world. Unlike, most pro-democracy demonstrations in the world, the Islamabad demonstration was peaceful, democratic and showed true vibrant Pakistan, which is rarely shown to the world. The women, the kids, youth, elderly, locals and overseas Pakistanis represented people from all walks of life. Despite being a mixed crowd, there was not a single incident of inappropriate behavior, harassment or crime. It has set a unique example for the demonstrator throughout the world. The guests of Quaid-i-Azam’s Pakistan truly lived up to his motto of “unity, faith, discipline”. A new era of politics is on the horizon. The youth, working class people and overseas Pakistanis were the main composition of the crowd. The government accepted their four demands, which are electoral reforms, reconstitution of election commission, caretaker setup and dissolution of assemblies. The acceptance of electoral reforms in accordance to the 1973 Constitution and People’s Representative Act (PRA) 1976 to stop corrupt politicians from taking part in general elections is a historic step despite doubts about its implementation in letter and spirit. The politicians, political parties and lawmakers have been avoiding and resisting such changes for the past four decades. If the parties adhere to the Declaration, it will begin new age of politics in Pakistan. The youth is now the custodian of politics. By refusing to join Islamabad declaration, PTI lost a golden opportunity to win support of youth. The old guard has severely damaged the support base of the youth. PML(N) on the other hand played its hand prematurely by forging an opposition alliance with corrupt politicians, turncoats and outdated leaders. The presence of Musharraf allies in the alliance

has destroyed the image of Mian Nawaz Sharif and allowed the critics to dub the party as government’s B team. It has cost PTI and PML (N) 30 to 40 % of their voters. Furthermore, if electoral reforms are implemented, the opposition alliance is likely to lose its top leadership including their children. Corruption was main stay of PTI and PML (N) against People’s Party, but by failing to come to Islamabad they have lost their credibility. The beneficiaries of gossip campaign against Islamabad sit in are People’s Party and organizers of the Sit-in. MQM, PTI and PML (N) along with their allies succeeded in distancing themselves from a character but failed to support the call for much needed reforms. They massaged the genie of anti-Pakistan alliance to support 2014 US withdrawal, but failed to justify their opposition to the anti-corruption measures. People’s Party may have made a smart move, but there is many a slip between cup and lip. PML(N), its allies and PTI have been damaged but they can still cut their losses if they go for change instead of protecting status quo inside the parliament and on the streets. Keeping in view the mindset of the youth, they should challenge People’s Party and its allies by bringing in clean politicians, supporting national institutions and interests. People’s Party is headed to go to elections without being held accountable for failed economy, foreign policy, and law and order. The opposition alliance and PTI need to give clear plans with exact details to help voters vote for manifestoes not parties so that democracy can serve public and the state not the rulers and the stakes. —Via email

Consumer friendly organisation AURANGZEB SOHARWARDI In today’s modern and fast paced corporate environment, terminologies like privatization, corporatization and globalization are frequently being used companies are evolving and growing. One such company is LESCO, Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) is a power distribution company, covering five (5) Districts of Lahore, Kasur, Okara, Sheikhupura and Nankana. All these regions get electric supply through a transmission network of 132 Kv from National Transmission and Despatch Company. For effective management and better services, LESCO has sub divided its operations into ten 12 circles, which are further sub divided into 33 divisions. LESCO has gigantic infrastructure consisting of about 20,334 employees, 26,176 Km HT Lines, 14586 Km LT lines, and 1258 11 Kv feeders. Total of 91,728 transformers has been installed in this infrastructure. LESCO is maintaining 80grid stations for electricity distribution. To sustain huge paraphernalia, with such an intricate and sensitive networks, is a hectic task. The LESCO has accepted this challenge and is making endeavors to meet all the requirements in today’s Hi-tech environment. Through the corporatisztion, LESCO has learnt to function as a consumer friendly professional organization with towering & challenging objectives. There is a total paradigm shift towards employee efficiency and customer’s relationship management because as a service organization it has to create physical evidence for its image building through customer facilitation programs. LESCO is thriving to ensure undisrupted power supply to its consumers. In the recent past, it has taken many steps to improve its infrastructure and also has initiated many projects to facilitate consumers. It has embarked upon a systematic program in which total of 55,539 tubes-well connections have also been provided for the agriculture growth by the end of the current year, which has facilitate farmers. Along with all these technical advancements, developmental

projects and infrastructure expansions, there is a dire need of creating a corporate culture to groom and train the employees for sustaining professional business environment. It is of utmost importance that an organization focuses on quality of service, customer relationship management and image building strategies through effective media management. LESCO Human Resource Department is organizing high standards trainings for its officials, in the country and abroad. LESCO has formulated policies for customer satisfaction through, consumer friendly and professional culture in which all the employees have been trained to work efficiently for attaining organizational objectives through better services. —Via email

Syria & Western hypocrisy WAQAS HUSSAIN According to UNHCR there are now more than 670,000 registered Syrian refugees and people awaiting registration in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt. Today the revolution has reached the point, where Bashar al Asad is no longer able to suppress and end it. Two major players that have emerged are the FSA (Free Syrian Army) consisting of exmilitary officials and soldiers of Assad’s army and second are Jihadists which consist of local Syrians and many other religious entities joining from other neighbouring countries like Saudia, Iraq, Tunisia, Palestine and even from Libya. These Mujahideen are now holding many key strategic positions like Taftanaz airbase in northern Idlib province, even in Damascus and Aleppo city some areas are under control of Jihadists and some under FSA while fight is still going on in these cities. Islamist fighters with a group called Jabhat al Nusra recently took over all four grain compounds in those areas of Aleppo which is held by them and now they are winning hearts of local population by easing the supply of bread by opening bakeries. In order to malign their image, reports have emerged that Shabiha forces have committed massacred and blamed it on either the FSA or the Islamists. The Syrian Muslims have sacrificed alot. Their efforts have had an impact on Muslims around the world, many of whom pray for the success of this revolution. What will follow the fall of Assad? Is a daunting questioned being asked by many? And the possible scenario seems to be quite a few. One possibility is a war between various factions, similar to the one which happened in Afghanistan. Another possibility is an intervention by the western powers to prop a puppet democratic government. While the massacre in Syria continues, we find the hypocrisy of western powers clearly exposed. In Mali, France has started a war front, approved and endorsed by the United Nation. While in Syria, the institution of UN has only served to prolong the life of the ailing regime of Bashar al Asad. As Muslims we pray that may Allah keep the sincere people who are standing against the tyrant Bashar Al Asad, firm on the Path of striving for cause of Islam and make them like the people who are mentioned in this verse. “…… [Who are] humble toward the believers, powerful against the disbelievers; they strive in the cause of Allah and do not fear the blame of a critic. That is the favour of Allah; He bestows it upon whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and knowing” [Al-Maida: 54] —Via email

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Syrian opposition chief offers Assad peaceful exit MARIAM KAROUNY, AND DOMINIC EVANS

television. Assad announced last month what he said were plans for reconciliation talks to end the violence but - in a speech described by U.N. Syria en-

ally Hezbollah, a sworn enemy of Israel, in neighboring Lebanon. Syria said the attack struck vehicles and buildings at a military research center near

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yrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government on Monday to start talks for its departure from power and save the country from greater ruin after almost two years of bloodshed. Seeking to step up pressure on Assad to respond to his offer of talks - which dismayed some in his own opposition coalition, Alkhatib said he would be ready to meet the president’s deputy. “I ask the regime to send Farouq al-Shara - if it accepts the idea - and we can sit with him,” he said, referring to Syria’s vice president who has implicitly distanced himself from Assad’s crackdown on mass unrest that became an armed revolt. Speaking after meeting senior Russian, U.S. and Iranian officials, Alkhatib said none of them had an answer to the 22-month-old crisis and Syrians must solve it themselves. “The issue is now in the state’s court...to accept negotiations for departure, with fewer losses,” the Syrian National Coalition leader told Al Arabiya television. The moderate Islamist preacher announced last week he was prepared to talk to Assad’s representatives. Although he set several conditions, the move broke a taboo on opposition contacts with Damascus and angered many in its ranks who insist on Assad’s departure as a precondition for negotiation. Alkhatib said it was not Syrian opposition chief says offers Assad …. “treachery” to seek dialogue to end a conflict in which more than 60,000 people have been killed, voy Lakhdar Brahimi as narrow and uncompromis700,000 have been driven from their country and ing - he said there would be no dialogue with people he called traitors or “puppets made by the West”.

and Sunni Muslim Gulf Arab states that could have led to U.N. sanctions isolating Assad. Shi’ite Iran has remained his strongest regional supporter. Alkhatib met Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at a security conference in Germany at the weekend. “Iran’s stance is unacceptable and I mentioned to the foreign minister that we are very angry with Iran’s support for the regime,” Alkhatib said. He said he asked Salehi to

“It was unsuccessful. The Iranians are unprepared to do anything that could help the causes of the Syrian Revolution,” Bunni, a former political prisoner, told Reuters from Budapest.

Lebanon’s border. Syria’s uprising erupted in March 2011 with largely peaceful protests, escalating into a civil war pitting mainly Sunni Muslim rebels against

pass on his offer of negotiations - based on the acceptance of the Assad government’s departure - to Damascus. The two men also discussed the need to prevent Syria’s crisis spreading into a regional conflict between Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims, he said. “We will find a solution, there are many keys. If the regime wants to solve (the crisis), it can take part in it. If it wants to get out and get the people out of this crisis, we will all work together for the interest of the people and the departure of the regime.” One proposal under discussion was the formation of a transitional government, Alkhatib said, without specifying how he thought that could come about. World powers agreed a similar formula seven months ago but then disagreed over whether that could allow Assad to stay on as head of state. Activists reported clashes between the army and rebel fighters to the east of Damascus on Monday and heavy shelling of rebel-held areas of the central city

Salehi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden all met Alkhatib in Munich at the weekend and portrayed his willingness to talk with Syrian authorities as a major step towards resolving the war. But Alkhatib is under pressure from other members of the exiled leadership in Cairo for saying he would be willing to talk to Assad. Walid al-Bunni, a member of the Coalition’s 12-member politburo, dismissed Alkhatib’s meeting with Salehi. millions more are homeless and hungry. “The regime must take a clear stand (on dialogue) and we say we will extend our hand for the interest of people and to help the regime leave peacefully,” he said in separate comments to Al Jazeera

Syria’s defense minister said the army had proved it would not be defeated in its confrontation with rebels but declined to say whether it would respond to an Israeli air strike last week. Security sources said the Israelis bombed a convoy of arms destined for Assad’s

Assad, who is from Syria’s Alawite minority. His family has ruled Syria for 42 years. Iran Anger: The violence has divided major powers, with Russia and China blocking U.N. Security Council draft resolutions backed by the United States, European Union

Japan’s Demographic Disaster JOHN W TRAPHAGAN

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APAN is faced with an unprec edented population challenge that will have social, economic, and po litical consequences for years to come. Last August, I wrote an article for The Diplomat that discussed some of the issues Japan is facing in relation to population decline. As I noted, the population has dropped for three years in a row. Recently, the Japanese government announced that the population decrease for 2012 is expected to be 212,000 a new record while the number of births is expected to have fallen by 18,000 to 1,033,000 also a record low. Projections by the Japanese government indicate that if the current trend continues, the population of Japan will decline from its current 127.5 million to 116.6 million in 2030, and 97 million in 2050. This is truly astonishing and puts Japan at the forefront of uncharted demographic territory; but it is territory that many other industrial countries

ating contexts for interactions between local residents and foreigners such as a monthly English dinner hosted in the town

Japan’s Demographic Disaster…. also are beginning to enter as well. Predicting the consequences of Japan’s demographic shift is difficult. And it is important to remember that these are projections; it seems to me unlikely that this trend will continue for the next century without some sort of intervening political, cultural, or economic factors that generate increased immigration or more robust fertility rates. Indeed, there have been modest very modest increases in the number of foreign residents in Japan over the past twenty years, with a little over twice the number today (2,134,151) as compared to 1990 (1,075,317). Many towns have developed international centers where opportunities are developed and supported, cre-

While predicting the future of these demographic trends is difficult, the causes are at least somewhat decipherable. The proxi-

A government survey of people between the ages of 18 and 34 in 2011 showed that over 61% of unmarried men among those surveyed lacked a girlfriend and 49.5% unmarried women had no boyfriend, the latter being a new record. Forty percent of respondents indicated that there was no need to marry and 45% of men showed no interest in “dating the opposite sex.” where I have done fieldwork for several years. Government officials have often explained to me that one of the goals of these initiatives is to create contexts in which Japanese people can interact, and thus become more comfortable with, foreigners. The widespread presence of foreign English teachers supported through the JET program and other English language programs has also meant that, unlike forty for fifty years ago, most younger

Japanese have grown up regularly interacting with individuals from other countries. At the same time, there has been some immigration of women from other Asian countries, such as the Philippines, into rural parts of Japan for the purpose of marrying men who otherwise would have had difficulties finding a wife among the native population. These developments may allow for increased openness to immigration in the future, although for the most part, the Japanese government has remained lukewarm, at best, when it comes to allowing any significant increase in the number of permanent residents or immigrants. Naturalized Japanese citizenship remains difficult to obtain.

It said 180 people were killed across the country on Sunday, including 114 rebel fighters and soldiers. Sunday’s death toll included 28 people killed in the bombardment of a building in the Ansari district of the northern city of Aleppo. Assad has described the rebels as foreign-backed Islamist terrorists and said a precondition for any solution is that Turkey and Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab states stop funding, sheltering and arming his foes. The majority of the insurgents are Islamists but

mate cause of population decline in Japan are fairly clear: a low fertility combined with increased life expectancy has led to a population structure that is increasingly weighted towards older members of society. Currently there are significantly fewer people under 30 than there are between the ages of 30 and 60. As the population of middle-aged individuals grows older and dies, there will be far fewer people remaining behind. In other words, the current middle-aged generation of Japanese has failed to replace itself. The question, of course, is why? Various studies of demographic change in Japan have linked declining fertility to other changing social factors such as increased education, delayed marriage age, more economic opportunities for women, and the expense of raising children in modern, urban societies. All of these have played a role in reducing fertility over the past few decades. In addition, beyond delayed marriage many Japanese have chosen not to marry and, as a result, not have children. According to the 2010 census, 30% of all households in Japan were single, representing the largest category of household composition in the country. A significant portion of these households were widows over the age of 65. At the same time, a not insignificant portion were women and men in both early adulthood and middle-age who have simply chosen to not get married. In a society like Japan where child-birth out of wedlock is stigmatized, the decision not to marry also normally means that one has chosen not to have children. Indeed, there are many women in Japan today in their forties and fifties who have opted for a career over marriage and childrearing. In Japan, social pressures make it difficult for women to manage a career while also raising a family. Furthermore, recent trends suggest that both men and women are increasingly uncertain about the value of marriage and having a family. The consequences of changing attitudes about marriage and gender roles and associated low fertility are considerable. One problem that has arisen is that many single women are living on very low incomes and have joined the ranks of the poor. —Courtesy TD

of Homs. The Jobar neighborhood, on the southwestern edge of Homs, was hit by more than 100 rockets on Monday morning, an opposition activist said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 90 people were killed by dusk on Monday.

those affiliated with al Qaeda are smaller in number, although their influence is growing. For that reason, Western states have been loath to arm the rebels despite their calls for Assad’s ouster. Rebels and activists say that Iran and the Lebanese Shi’ite militant movement Hezbollah have sent fighters to reinforce Assad’s army - an accusation that both deny. “The army of Syria is big enough, they do not need fighters from outside,” Iran’s Salehi said in Berlin on Monday. “We are giving them economic support, we are sending gasoline, we are sending wheat. We are trying to send electricity to them through Iraq; we have not been successful.”Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said later on Monday that Syria’s crisis could not be solved by military means and he called for a national accord leading to elections. “War is not the solution... A government that rules through war - its work will be very difficult. A sectarian war should not be launched in Syria,” he told Al Mayadeen television. “We believe that (deciding) whoever stays or goes is the right of the Syrian people. How can we interfere in that? We must strive to achieve national understanding, and free elections.” Another Iranian official, speaking in Damascus after talks with Assad, said Israel would regret an air strike against Syria last week, without spelling out whether Iran or its ally planned a military response. —Courtesy Reuters

Putting women in combat endangers women and security EARL TILFORD

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tions, like rebelling against the Romans, or the French resistance and Russian partisans during World War II. The roles for women in unconventional organizations (like U.S. Special Operations) are often specific, where their sex is an asset, as in gathering intelligence. Placing women in combat units raises at least three concerns. First, the American cultural norm is to protect women. Last week, a U.S. Air Force news release indicated over 700 documented cases of sexual harassment, ranging from inappropriate comments and touching to forcible rape by airpersons on

ULTURAL ramifications of new measure are far-reaching. The primary mission of mili tary forces is to fight and win their nation’s wars. Whatever enhances martial capabilities is good; all else is superfluous and, in some cases, counterproductive. To that end, military forces are teams honed for one purpose: winning. They are not about creating equality of outcomes for individuals. This begs the question: Will putting women into combat units enhance U.S. combat capabilities? Women already serve in combat or in capacities that potentially put them in mortal danger. This includes women on naval vessels, especially aircraft carriers and submarines. There are women who fly rotary and fixed-wing combat aircraft. Today’s dynamic “battlespace” potentially places almost all female military personnel regardless of service in harm’s way. That makes it difficult to bar women from more exotic and demanding roles in fighting units. The process of natural selection will prove determinant. More than a quarter of a century ago, the Air Force and Navy examined the possibility of women flying fighter planes. One argument against putting women in cockpits was that fighter pilots must be securely harnessed to their ejection seats, which could present prob- Women in Combat: A Distraction From… lems for women. Solutions were discovered, however, and women with keen airpersons on one training base. In comsenses and stout nerves can now fly mod- bat, soldiers must watch out for each other ern combat aircraft as well as men. Addi- based on a sense of comradeship akin to brotherly love. This cannot be sexually tionally, women do not see aerial combat as a “sport,” as males are more inclined to driven, since the overwhelming power of do. In land combat, however, stamina and such attraction can divide rather than unite

Is this country ready for large numbers of dead women soldiers? How will the nation react to female POWs being tortured and sexually abused? Ultimately, the question must focus on whether or not women in combat makes for a more capable armed force. strength count for a lot. While rigorous training winnows out the physically and spiritually weak regardless of gender, some women not many, but some will qualify. There are cultural aspects also to this issue. Historically, women have played three roles in war: victims, instigators (Helen of Troy and Beersheba) and warriors (Boadicea, Queen of the Inceni, and Joan of Arc). As in the case of Boadicea, the opportunities for women in certain roles are better in unconventional situa-

those facing mortal danger. Second, given the bureaucratic nature of the U.S. military, any Joint Chiefs of Staff initiative (like the current one to put women in combat) generates a policyimplementing program. High-level interest means good people will direct the program with quantitative assessments monitoring progress. Normative success will generate politically acceptable outcomes as the inevitable affirmative-action mindset

takes hold. Pressures for “getting with the program” will compel the “career-minded” implementers to overlook weakness and incompetence to achieve expected outcomes. The consequences of this mindset were made evident in the Major Nidal Malik Hasan case, which resulted in the deaths of 13 people in Fort Hood, Texas. A radical Muslim’s jihadist inclinations were overlooked. Major Hasan was “passed along” rather than cashiered because senior officers feared being politically incorrect. As in that tragic case, the end result of this new initiative could be

catastrophic, because senior officers will feel compelled to make decisions based on politically correct ideology. Third, putting women in combat units opens a vulnerability sentient that enemies will exploit. Al Qaeda might target women for capture. After taking a sufficient number of female captives, imagine these women being tortured, sexually assaulted and mutilated — live on the Internet. Parents, spouses, children and siblings would demand daughters, wives, mothers and sisters be withdrawn from combat. The National Organization for Women may even lead the clamor. Given the moral courage demonstrated by senior leaders supporting this initiative, imagine what would happen to U.S. war-fighting capabilities if the armed forces suddenly suffered a 25 to 30 percent reduction in fighting forces due to women being withdrawn from combat units. Keep in mind that in the first Gulf War, every prisoner of war, including the two female captives, was sexually assaulted. Sadly, it’s not unusual. —Courtesy Washington Times

Economic breakthrough? It’s growth without jobs AMANDO DORONILA

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HE Benigno Aquino III administration flooded the media last week with the re port that the economy expanded 6.8 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2012, lifting the full-year growth to 6.6 per cent. Philippine government economists and statisticians claimed the full-year gross domestic product (GDP) growth had surpassed their 5-6-per cent growth target for the past year. The result was not good enough to have any significant social impact on alleviating poverty and reducing the wide wealth chasm between the rich and the poor. Growth in the past two years of the Aquino administration has not translated into creating enough jobs for the poor that will allow them to break out of the poverty trap. President Aquino, who had alerted the public to expect “impressive” growth data, followed up the euphoric claims with a speech at the conference in Manila on Thursday of an organisation of global parliamentarians. Aquino credited the

“gains and reforms” made by his administration in promoting transparency and accountability in government for the economic expansion. Many left behind: Nongovernment economists have emphasised that transparency and good governance are not sufficient to drive up economic growth. The president, however, acknowledged that “the gap between the powerful and the powerless” has become too huge. Too many people are being left behind and it has also become clear that ineq-

to stem the corruption that has feasted on the very moral fabric of our society,” he added. Aquino did nothing more than merely echo studies on the economic toll of corruption. Devastating effect: In welcome remarks at the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (Gopac), Naser Al Sane, outgoing chair of Gopac, cited a World Bank financial study that quantified the “devastating effect” of illicit financial flows through corruption at US$1.3 trillion a

land, South Africa and Belgium. This amount of money could lift the 1.4 billion people living on less than $1.25 a day above this threshold for at least six years,” the report added. Countries with weak governance have a 3045 per cent higher risk of civil war, according to the World Bank Development Report 2011. In his keynote speech at Gopac, during which Vice President Jejomar Binay and the leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives were present,

The 6.5-per cent growth figure reflected “only one year” performance of the economy. “If you note experiences of countries around us, it takes several years of sustained … or rapid growth before you can reduce poverty, say by one-half for the population,” Balisacan said. How the poor can relate to and be overjoyed by the government’s euphoric announcements is hard to see. uity is borne of corruption. “The few at the top have been allowed to run roughshod over the many and have [manipulated] the system to benefit themselves, while the rest wallow in poverty,” the president told the global parliamentarians. “The greatest challenge for any modern society, then, is how

year. The World Bank Financial Integrity 2011 Report said “corruption feeds poverty and seeds violence and illicit trade”. “Illicit financial flows, including corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion, cost developing countries $1.26 trillion per year, which is equivalent to the economies of Switzer-

Aquino said “corruption cannot be eliminated by sending a few offending officials to gaol … or by removing them from office”. He was apparently referring to the dismissal of Chief Justice Renato Corona through an impeachment trial and the filing of plunder charges against former President

and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Accountability: The president offered nothing more concrete to stamp out corruption than calling for long-term structural reform, the details of which he didn’t specify. Aquino claimed that under his watch, the government had “no doubt taken huge strides toward establishing a culture of fairness and accountability when no less than a former president was charged with plunder, among other things.” The hollowness of Aquino’s report on the 2012 economic growth was exposed by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan at a Senate hearing where his appointment as director general of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) was awaiting confirmation by the Commission on Appointments. In response to grilling by senators, he said the “impressive” 6.5-per cent growth for 2012 should be sustained for several years to allow its effects to filter down to the grassroots and benefit ordinary Filipinos. —Courtesy Daily Inquirer


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Naodero power, Dadu Energy and Shikarpur power. These all agreements are illegal as Nepra has not accorded approval to the tariff of new power plants and this is more alarming that the discos are purchasing the electricity from the said new captive power plans with out getting approval from the regulator. This is more shocking and revealing to know that the discos are terribly unknown about the age of the power plants and their efficiency level, but they have blindly inked the 20 years agreements with captive power plants. The documents claim that the power plants’ machinery is second hand and possess no required efficiency level owing to which the costly gas which is supplied to them as fuel gets wasted. The country has four independent power producers (IPPs) with high efficiency level but they are not being extended the gas as fuel, rather they are being run on costly high speed diesel. Nepra has refused to accord approval to the agreement with new captive power plants putting the government, Pepco in hot water. The regulator says that determining and fixing the tariff by the government and its agency is the negation of the 7(6)2 clause of the Nepra Act.

COURT NOTICE In the Court of, Judge Banking Court-III, Allah Shafi Chowk Pull Braran Road Multan Camp Court Sahiwal. Suit No.346/2012 ZTBL Branch Pakpattan Sharif —Plaintiff Versus Bashir Ahmed S/O Sultan Caste Watto R/O Sadoo Malyka Tehsil & Distt, Pakpattan Sharif —Defendant Proclamation U/S 9 (5) Financial Institution Recovery of Finances Ordinance 46 of 2001 WHEREAS the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and others for recovery of Rs-347677/alongwith mark up/interest and costs etc claimed to be payable by you Proclamation u/s 9(5) Ordinance 46 of 2001 to the above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days of this proclamation, an application for leave to defend the suit. Taken notice that on your failure to file such application within time specified above the Banking Court shall pass a decree as prayed for in the plaint. Next date for further proceedings, in the case has been fixed on 07.02.2013.at Sahiwal Given under my hand and the seal of the court, this 21th day of December, 2012 Seal of the Court Judge Banking Court III Multan

counterparts. Earlier, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton had invited the wrath of the government by declaring that the rich don’t pay taxes in Pakistan. Recalling a quote of the International Development Minister, Justine Greening, that she would “like to cut through the crap,” Malcolm Bruce said to the minister: “That is your quote. The Pakistani MPs and people in high positions are behaving completely inappropriately, so is this not one of the instances where we should be cutting through the crap?” The chairman of the committee said the Pakistani government accepts aid: “they are taking our taxes, not paying their own taxes; they have billions of pounds in bank accounts, and yet they are looking for money from the IMF.” Everybody collectively says, he continued: “Oh, well, we expect them to do something.” They have had plans in the past to raise their tax base. It has gone down, not up, he said. What

Iranian firm From Page 1 gas supply project, for which Tehran is also extending a $500 million loan. Tadbir Energy faces no sanctions from any foreign government. It is controlled by the Imam Khomeini Foundation, one of Iran’s largest charitable groups. An inter-governmental cooperation agreement has already been signed between the two government while the Iranian firm is formally being awarded the contract. The Iranian firm will undertake all engineering procurement construction work for the first segment starting from the Iran-Pakistan border for around $250 million. Tadbir will also undertake the second segment of the project, and will increase the financing facility by allocating up to $250 million to the project, subject to discussions regarding its involvement in the distribution of gas in Pakistan later on. It has also agreed to provide and assist in arranging $250 million as supplier credit and any additional financing for the second segment. The Iranian firm will act as the lead contractor along with the nominated local subcontractor(s). The total cost of the project is expected to come to around $1.5 billion. Iran will provide $500 million, while the remaining amount was supposed to be generated through the Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC). The project envisages gas inflows of 750 million cubic feet per day by the end of December 2014, which will be consumed by power plants to generate around 4,000 megawatts of electricity.

will need an overall tax strategy, and I do think that has to be seen to apply to every body, as it does in any country, if it is to be successful.” Fiona O’Donnell, another member of the committee recalled his visit to Pakistan and heard common people saying: “I do not pay my taxes because the government is so corrupt that it does not do any good, so I would rather engage in private philanthropy.” Then as long as people are not paying tax, they do not feel they have a stake in holding the government to account, he continued. Responding to his commentary, Justine Greening said that by the end of the day it is for the political leadership of Pakistan to take those decisions, and it will require a real political will if they are to be taken forward successfully.She said tax agenda is a challenging issue and is facing hurdles but the signs are encouraging that reform is taking place.— AP

Kashmir dispute threat From Page 1 the entire world and the world should take notice of this vital issue and pressurize India to resolve this lingering issue on the UN agenda according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir,” he said while addressing a function held to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day. The Prime Minister said Pakistan has always supported dialogue with the government of India as wars are not solution to problems, adding that Pakistan is a peaceful nation and wanted good and peaceful relations with all its neighbours. He said that despite the UN resolution the people of Kashmir should be given the right of self determination and plebiscite be held there, India has forcefully occupied the area and ruling it without the wishes of the people of Kashmir. He said Pakistan believes that the use of force, coercion and violation of basic human rights can never succeed in suppressing an indigenous struggle for a just cause. Their perseverance will bear fruit, he added. “My message to the world is that Kashmir is not an issue between Pakistan and India but it is the issue of 1,600,000 Kashmiri people—a human issue which needs resolution according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir,” the Prime Minister said. He reiterated that Pakistan will stand by Kashmiris till the realization of their demands for peaceful resolution of the issue and will provide diplomatic and moral support to them. The Prime Minister assured the Kashmiri People of

Pakistan’s continued moral, political and diplomatic support at all regional and international forums till realization of their objective. The Prime Minister said that the foundation of Pakistan Peoples Party was laid by Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto on the issue of Kashmir and his daughter Shaheed Benazir Bhutto continued her father’s philosophy and highlighted the Kashmir issue at every forum. He said observing the Kashmir Day (Feb.5) which was initiated by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and now the entire Pakistani nation is united and ready to provide assistance to their Kashmiri brothers in their just right of self determination. He said President Asif Ali Zardari and Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also raised the issue at every forum and stand by the people of Kashmir in their just right of self-determination. The Prime Minister said Parliament is a supreme and sovereign institution and any change in the country will come with the will of the people and that is called democracy, which is our destination and revival. Earlier, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, Prime Minister AJK, Sardar Abdul Majeed, Acting President Sardar Ghulam Sadiq, Convener All Parties Hurriyat Conference Mahmood Ahmed Saghir, Chairman Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, Maulana Fazal ur Rehman also spoke on the occasion and threw light on Kashmir issue.

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COURT NOTICE In the Court of Muhammad Saleem Sb, Judge Banking Court-III, Allah Shafi Chowk Pull Braran Road Multan Camp Court Sahiwal. Suit No.221/2012 UBL Branch Grain Market Tehsil & Distt, Pakpattan Sharif —Plaintiff Versus Abdul Jabbar (Deceased) through his legal heirs (1) Azam S/O Abdul jabber R/O Chak Mandar wala Behram pur Tehsil & Distt, Pakpattan Sharif (2) Muhammad Najim S/O Abdul Jabbar R/O Chawk Mandarwala Behrampur Tehsil & Distt, Pakpattan Sharif —Defendant Proclamation U/S 9 (5) Financial Institution Recovery of Finances Ordinance 46 of 2001 WHEREAS the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and others for recovery of Rs-604724/alongwith mark up/interest and costs etc claimed to be payable by you Proclamation u/s 9(5) Ordinance 46 of 2001 to the above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days of this proclamation, an application for leave to defend the suit. Taken notice that on your failure to file such application within time specified above the Banking Court shall pass a decree as prayed for in the plaint. Next date for further proceedings, in the case has been fixed on 07.02.2013.at Sahiwal Given under my hand and the seal of the court, this 7th day of December, 2012 Seal of the Court Judge Banking Court III Multan

influence do we have, and to what extent is our engagement giving us leverage over what they do? To put it at its most negative, he said, are they saying, “We will take your money and do what we please”? The minister responded by saying she is very clear on the issue and understands that tax compliance will have to “start from the top and work its way down.” At the moment, the minister said, there are 70% of Pakistan’s MPs who are not filing a tax return. There is no doubt in my mind that if there are difficult reforms, particularly on tax, to be gone through in Pakistan, it is important that ordinary Pakistani people can see that these tax reforms apply to every body, she said. The minister said she would not like to “stray into legal issues within Pakistan in relation to particular politicians, but I can assure the committee that I was very clear that I do think they

COURT NOTICE In the Court of Muhammad Saleem Sb, Judge Banking Court-III, Allah Shafi Chowk Pull Braran Road Multan Camp Court Sahiwal. Suit No. UBL Branch Mission Chowk Tehsil & Distt, Sahiwal — Plaintiff Versus Salamat Ali Alies Salabat Ali S/O Near Muhammad R/O Chowk No-131/9-L Tehsil & Distt, Sahiwal. —Defendant Proclamation U/S 9 (5) Financial Institution Recovery of Finances Ordinance 46 of 2001 WHEREAS the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and others for recovery of Rs-54305/alongwith mark up/interest and costs etc claimed to be payable by you Proclamation u/s 9(5) Ordinance 46 of 2001 to the above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days of this proclamation, an application for leave to defend the suit. Taken notice that on your failure to file such application within time specified above the Banking Court shall pass a decree as prayed for in the plaint. Next date for further proceedings, in the case has been fixed on 07.03.2013.at Sahiwal Given under my hand and the seal of the court, this 24th day of January, 2013 Seal of the Court Judge Banking Court III Multan

around 11:30 am local Police said a young banker was burnt to death and four people injured on Monday evening after a bus was torched by suspected Jamaat activists protesting the war crime trials of its leaders. “He was in the bus when it was set on fire,” deputy police commissioner Nisharul Arif told AFP, blaming members of Jamaat, the country’s largest Islamic party for the arson. Police clashed with protesters early on Tuesday near Old Dhaka after they smashed cars and autorickshaws. “We fired several rounds of rubber bullets to disperse them,” police inspector Mizanur Rahman told AFP. Security was tight in the capital with more than 10,000 policemen on patrol. Schools were closed and many shops and businesses shuttered. Motorways

linking Dhaka with other cities were largely empty. Protests against the war crime trials turned deadly last Thursday, leaving three people dead in the northwestern city of Bogra. The Tribunal, a domestic body with no international oversight, was created by the country’s secular government in 2010. It has been tainted by allegations it is politically motivated, targeting only senior opposition officials. Ten other opposition figures – including the entire leadership of Jamaat and two from the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) – stand accused of war crimes. Both Jamaat and the main opposition BNP have labelled the cases “show trials” aimed at barring the leaders from upcoming polls. International rights groups have questioned the proceedings. —AP

ECP to review From Page 1 on February 7 to submit a reply in this regard. Those who have been issued notices included former MPAs Jameel Ashraf and Tahir Ali Javed and sitting MPAs Zaeem Qadri, Shaukat Aziz Bhatti, Rana Babar Hussain, Farrukh Javed, Raza Ali Gilani, Pir Kashif Chishti, Imran Shaukat, Muhammad Yar Hiraj, Tahir Khalil Sindhu, Makhdoom Muhammad Irtiqa, Arfa Khalid Pervez, Maira Malik, Ghulam Sarwar, Imran Khalid, Shahjahan Ahmed Wattoo, Ali Haider Noor, Hafiz Mian Noman, Mohsin Lateef, Mian Tariq Mehmood and Shamsheer Haider Wattoo. Former ambassador Asif Aizdi had sent reference to the Election Commission against the MPAs holding dual nationalities.—INP

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22 killed as rains play havoc From Page 1 lashing Peshawar and most parts of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, turning the weather cold. Reports of snow falls from Kalam Swat and Gallyat Abbottabad were also received where number of tourists were trapped as many link roads were blocked owing to heavy snowfall. According to Pakistan Metrological Department, Shangla received six feet of snowfall and Mingora received four feet of snowfall in the last three days. Flood water entered low laying areas of Peshawar including Latifabad, Pajagi, Saeed Abad, Faqirabad, Nasapa, Daudzai, Nothia Jadded, Kohati, Swati Phatak, Qisakhwani Bazaar and adjoining localities, creating great problems for residents. The

lapsed in Pindi Bhatian and three people injured as they trapped in the rubble of a collapsed roof in Khanewal. Five other persons were killed in different parts of the country.Several flights were cancelled at Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad due to heavy rain. The vehicular traffic between Gilgit and Rawalpindi remained suspended for the last two days due to landslides at various points in Kohistan District. Frontier works organization sources said debris of all slides have been cleared while work at Tata Pani between Chilas and Gilgit is going on‚ AbbottabadMurree road has also been blockaded due to heavy snowfall.

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diversion of funds allocated for development projects. In a telephone call to the CEC, the law minister said a ban on recruitment and diversion of funds before the announcement of an election date was in violation of the Constitution. He added that the commission had the mandate to impose the two bans after a date for the polls was announced. Naek said a letter with a formal request had been sent to the CEC in this regard. On Jan 21, the commission had banned all recruitments at the federal, provincial and local government levels with immediate effect. This ban, however, was not to apply to inductions made through the federal or provincial public service commissions. The commission had also banned diversion of funds allocated for development projects and stopped the spending of the diverted funds. The commission had in its directive stated that different segments of society had expressed grave concern that some government departments were in the process of inducting thousands of people to various positions, which amounted to pre-poll rigging. The directive had added that it had considered the concern voiced by people that money allocated for important development projects was being diverted to the discretionary fund of the prime minister for development in his constituency, which was nothing short of another facet of pre-poll rigging. The commission had therefore stated the move as imperative in order to prevent any action by the federal, provincial and local governments which amounted to influencing election results.

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country after Fajr prayers for the early liberation of Jammu and Kashmir from Indian subjugation. One-minute silence was observed at ten this morning and entire traffic came to a standstill as a mark of respect to the valiant struggle of Kashmiris‚in Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Protest demonstrations and rallies are being held in all cities and towns to express solidarity with the Kashmiris. Human chains were formed at the bridges connecting Azad Kashmir with Pakistan. The Joint Session of AJK Legislative Assembly and AJK Council held in Muzaffarabad Tuesday expressed solidarity with the people of Kashmir in their struggle for liberation from Indian occupation. Addressing the session‚ the AJK Acting President Sardar Ghulam Sadiq Khan urged the United Nations and World Human Rights Organization to pressurize India to grant right of selfdetermination to Kashmiris. He said the Indian intransigence has complicated the Kashmir dispute. He said the Kashmiris have been sacrificing their lives for the liberation from the clutches of Indian subjugation. The AJK Acting President said Kashmir and Pakistan are linked in bonds of religion‚ culture and geography. He said Kashmiris are proud of Pakistan’s support to their struggle for right of self-determination. He said India has failed to suppress liberation movement despite using force against Kashmiris. He said Kashmiris are determined to carry on liberation movement to its logical end. He reiterated that future of Kashmir From Page 1 lies in its accesion with Pakistan. In his message read out on about the details of his discussion the occasion of the joint session‚ over telephone with the law min- President Asif Ali Zardari said ister, he vehemently denied any contact. The electronic media reports that the law minister had conFrom Page 1 tacted the CEC via phone seeking lifting of ban on hiring in the However no major damage is government’s departments, im- reported except injuries to some posed by the election commis- people. sion. The report further said that Meanwhile the intelligence the CEC invited the law minister agencies have rounded up at least for a meeting at the Election four alleged Tehrik-e-Taliban Commission to discuss the issue. Pakistan (TTP) activists and recovered arms and explosives —INP

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from the possession of the extremists. According to details three handguns and grenades were From Page 1 recovered from the terrorist, the cal parties in this regard. About investigating agencies have possible electoral alliances with obtained some sensitive from the outlaws, other political parties, the PSC information source said.

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reiterated its stance that the PTI was ready to talk with all those political parties which are not part of federal or provincial governments. The meeting also reviewed the performance of the ECP with a specific reference to the Supreme Court’s verdict to conduct delimitations and voters’ verification drive in Karachi, the misuse of taxpayers’ money by the federal and provincial governments and the possible alliances and seat-adjustments by the PTI with other political forces of the country. Expressing its full confidence in the chief election commissioner, the meeting voiced its concerns over the poor performance of the ECP in implementation of the apex court orders as well as checking the misuse of state resources by federal and Punjab governments. The meeting said that the four members of the ECP appointed by the provincial governments should be appointed afresh and only non-partisan individuals should be appointed to overlook the polls. The committee observed that despite several letters written and evidence produced to the CEC about the misuse of taxpayers’ money for election campaigns by federal and provincial governments, the ECP has yet to take any action to bring this practice to an end. —NNI

officials of District Administration started pumping the flood water out of these areas, however the continued rain are hampering relief activities. As per the Railways enquiry office, the heavy rain also slightly disrupted train schedule in Peshawar. The Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar has expressed his deep shock and sorrow over the loss of precious lives and material losses in torrential rains in various parts of the province and expressed his deep sympathies with the affected families. A man and his son were killed in Darme Mala, a suburban area of Okara. A student of a seminary died when a wall of the building col-

According its report At least one person was injured in multiple grenade attacks outside Pakistan Air Force Base located on Shar-e-Faisal on Tuesday. Some unknown attackers hurled at least five grenades at the Faisal Flyover gate of the PAF base and fled away. Heavy contingents of law enforcement agencies arrived at the scene to start probe.

Pakistan is firmly committed to resolving Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and UN resolutions. He said Pakistan is strongly opposed to the use of brutal force by the Indian forces against innocent Kashmiris. In his message‚ Prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf reiterated Pakistan’s unwavering support to the Kashmiris for their struggle for liberation. He said Pakistani leaders always supported their Kashmiri brethren at all fora. He said efforts of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and President Asif Ali Zardari helped highlight the Kashmir issue internationally. Speaking on this occasion the AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed said Pakistan and Kashmir are inseparable entities. The opposition leader in the AJK Legislative Assembly Raja Farooq Haider said settlement of Kashmir issue is vital for peace in South Asia. In Punjab‚ various political‚ social‚ academic‚ cultural and other governmental and non-governmental organizations held rallies and seminars besides setting up camps to show nation’s support for Kashmiri people. In Sindh‚ a rally was taken out by the Jamat-e-Islami in Karachi this evening (Tuesday). Addressing the rally‚ its leaders including Jamaat-e-Islami General Secretary Liaqat Baloch condemned Indian atrocities in the held territory. They called for a peaceful solution to the long outstanding Kashmir issue. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa‚ Pakistan Muslim LeagueLikeminded and other organizations held rallies in Peshawar. In Balochistan‚ a rally was held in Quetta to express solidarity with Kashmiri people. In Gilgit-Baltistan‚ rallies

expressing solidarity with the Kashmiri people were held in Gilgit‚ Hunza Nagar‚ Astore‚ Diamer and Baltistan division. Kashmir Solidarity Day functions were also observed at the Pakistani missions and by the Pakistani and Kashmir community living abroad. In Britain‚ speakers at a function in Slough including Kashmir leaders said a strong and stable Pakistan is a guarantee for the freedom of Kashmir from Indian occupation. They described Pakistan as the undying dream of the Kashmiris. Addressing a function in Abu Dhabi‚ Pakistan Ambassador to UAE Jamil Ahmad Khan conveyed to the International community that lasting peace in the region can only be established by resolving the core Kashmir issue. He said Pakistan initiated confidence-building measures as part of the composite dialogue with the hope that it would help in resolving problems of Kashmir. Speakers at a separate ceremony organized by the Consulate General of Pakistan in Dubai‚ regretted that successive Indian governments have failed to honour the commitments of their own leaders to grant the right of self-determination to the Kashmiris. They said India is morally and legally bound to give the Kashmiri people their cherished right of self-determination. Speaking at a function at Pakistani High Commission in Kuala Lumpur‚ acting Pakistan High Commissioner to Malaysia Mohammad Nadeem Khan called upon the international community to help resolve the Kashmir issue to secure durable peace in the region. Later‚ documentaries highlighting the plight of Kashmiris and their struggle for freedom were shown.— NNI

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stability in Afghanistan and in the region. We believe that the U.K.-Afghanistan-Pakistan Chequers summit that occurred this weekend, was clearly an advance in this process. We fully endorse the contents of the joint statement that those three governments came forward with, and we are committed ourselves to support an Afghan-led process, she elaborated. She said our goal here has been to support the creation of a process to make it possible, both in the work that we’re doing with the Afghan Government, the work that we’re doing with the Government of Pakistan and the three of us together through the core group, and our support for the opening of the office in Qatar under the right circumstance, to make it possible for willing Taliban participants to talk directly to the Afghan High Peace Council. —Online

of similar statements from Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Senator Raza Rabbani of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). He further told reporters that overseas Pakistanis should be allowed to vote in the upcoming general elections and that it was necessary to pass legislation in this regard. Nawaz added that the incumbent government was reluctant to pass legislation which would enable overseas Pakistanis to vote. Last week, Law Minister Farooq H Naek had told the Senate that while overseas Pakistanis had the right to vote, absence of a suitable mechanism for the purpose would render it meaningless, at least for the upcoming general election. He had stated that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had enrolled as voters 4.3 million Pakistanis living abroad who possessed national identity cards.

Memo legalises killing From Page 1 crime. The white paper offers a more expansive definition of selfdefense and imminent attack than those given publicly in the past by senior US officials, who have cited “the inherent right to selfdefense” in defending the attacks. “The condition that an operational leader present an ‘imminent’ threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on US persons and interests will take place in the immediate future,” the memo says. Instead, an “informed, highlevel” official could decide that the targeted individual posed “an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States” if he had “recently” engaged in such

activities and there was no evidence he had renounced or abandoned them. The memo also says the individual’s capture must be infeasible, and can be considered so if capture posed an “undue risk” to US personnel. The 16-page memo is entitled “Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a US Citizen Who Is a Senior Operational Leader of Al-Qaeda or An Associated Force.” NBC said the memo was given to the Senate Intelligence and Judiciary Committees in June on condition it be kept confidential and not discussed publicly. Its leak comes just two days before White House counter-terrorism chief John Brennan goes before the Senate for hearings on his nomination to be head of the CIA.—AFP

PPP buried From Page 1 Qamar Zaman Kaira said opponents are raising questions over PPP’s 5-year performance but nation can not forget services of our government. He welcomed people joining Pakistan Peoples Party and said promises will be fulfilled. Kaira said that to become bhutto it is compulsory to hanged on. He said that Shahbaz Sharif wants to become Bhutto by throwing mikes. He said that PPP had restored democracy after sacrificing the live of Benazir Bhutto. He added that they run government five years despite not having majority. The minister further said that Pakistan’s independence was incomplete till Kashmir’s freedom. He said that people who lied when they were in Makkah and Madinah should avoid taunting them. —NNI


Afghan peace urgent Pak priority: Sherry Mistrust floundered talks with Taliban W ASHINGTON — Pakistan 2014.

Palijo to take part in ANP APC HYDERABAD—A delegation of Awami National Party (ANP) met President Awami Tehrik (AT) Ayaz Latif Palijo in Hyderabad on Tuesday and invited the party president to join ANP’s All Parties Conference going to be held this month. The ANP delegation was led by Federal Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, and also included ANP Sindh President Shahi Syed and others. Speaking to media afterwards, Palijo said that the ANP and AT share a common ideology, and that his party would participate in the APC called which is on how to tackle the menace of militancy. Palijo appealed Chief Election Commissioner Justice (Retd) Fakhruddin G. Ibrahim to impalement the Supreme Court’s verdict of delimitation in Karachi and involvement of army for door-to-door verification of electoral rolls.—INP

Measles claims 6 more lives K ANDHKOT —The deadly measles outbreak has left at least six more children dead, mounting the death toll to 502 across the country while 463 children died in Sindh only. According to reports gathered from different parts of Sindh, two children died in Sukkur and three more in Kandhkot and another in an adjoining area. In Punjab, 19 children have died of measles since the outbreak gripped the province. 15 children died in Balochistan while measles claimed five lives in FATA. —INP

Accord inked for acid burn victims Staff Reporter L A H O R E —Te c h n o l o g y Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) has inked an agreement of collaboration with Depilex Smile Again Foundation to help restore the socioeconomic status of the acid burn victims. According to a spokesperson the memorandum of understanding directs both parties to collaborate in the areas of capacity building of downtrodden souls fanged by this vindictive crime of acid throwing. TUSDEC will be providing free of cost vocational trainings to the women passing through their phase of treatment and recovery under the patronization of Depilex Smile Again Foundation.

Laptop distribution Salim Ahmed L AHORE —Prof. Dr. Bilal Zakariya Khan, Chief Executive Punjnab Institute of Cardiology has said that Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif’s laptop distribution scheme has benefitted students of medical colleges and universities most of the all enabling them researching in medical subjects and keeping themselves abreast with advancements and inventions in the field. Such initiatives of Punjab Government are very helpful for encouraging youth to play their due role for a healthy and prosperous Pakistan. He expressed these views while talking to the lap top winners BSc. Honors students of PIC here today. Medical Superintendent PIC Dr. Muhammad Javed and Deputy Chief Nursing Superintendent Samina Yasmin were also present on the occasion.

treats the Afghan peace process as an “urgent priority”, Ambassador Sherry Rehman said on Monday as the US media reported that mistrust among key players had floundered talks with the Taliban. “Pakistan looks clearly to an Afghan-led roadmap for reconciliation, understands that this is an urgent priority,” said Pakistan’s envoy to the US, rejecting insinuations that Islamabad was trying to delay the talks. “Pakistan also has shown support at the highest level for any track of dialogue that the Afghans deem important,” she added.The US media ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Morocco, Mohammad Reda EI Fassi paid farewell called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez reported on Monday that Mulla Ashraf at PM House. Omar has recently made a surprise offer to share power in a post-war Afghanistan. But “misOIC Summit today trust and confusion” among key players had floundered the peace effort, the report added. The United States hopes to reach some peaceful arrangement for transfer of power in Afghanistan before withdrawing NEW DELHI—With an eye on tion plan for the 1.13-million force tional Harop “killer” drones its forces from the country by both the western and eastern fronts being pushed by Army chief Gen- equipped with electro-optical sensors to loiter over high-value miliwith Pakistan and China, the In- eral Bikram Singh. I SLAMABAD—A two-day OIC “The force wants speedy in- tary targets before exploding into dian armed forces are steadily Summit begins in Egyptian capibuilding a formidable arsenal of duction of various UAVs, from them. The force has also experi- tal Cairo today. spy, target acquisition and “killer’’ man-portable micro and mini spy mented with “add-ons or attachAccording to Media Redrones or UAVs (unmanned aerial ones to `killer’ ones that act like ments” to its existing fleet of Is- ports, Foreign Minister Hina vehicles). Even as the Navy sets missiles to hit targets. It will bol- raeli Heron and Searcher-II sur- Rabbani Khar will represent up spy drone bases along the ster capabilities for surveillance, veillance drones to add a killer role Pakistan at the Summit. coastline and IAF inducts “killer’’ weapon delivery and direction of to them.The armed forces evenGHULAM TAHIR She will apprise the Summit drones, the Army has inked yet artillery fire,’’ said an officer. In tually want full-fledged UCAVs about the plight of Muslims in another contract to acquire two keeping with the plan to progres- (combat UAVs) - akin to the occupied Kashmir and highlight QUETTA— Former chief minmore “troops’’ (eight drones each) sively induct drones right down American Predators and Reapers Pakistan’s position on key issues ister of Balochistan, Nawab of Israeli `Heron’ medium-alti- to the battalion-level by the end being used in the Af-Pak region - of interest to the Muslim Aslam Raisani, has sent his resof this decade, the Army is already which return to their bases like ignation to the leadership of altude, long endurance UAVs. Ummah. lied political parties. “Under the Rs 1,200 crore establishing new UAV bases from fighter jets to replenish their misThe Foreign Minister on the According to sources, contract with Israel Aerospace Nagrota and Manasbal in J&K to siles for fresh missions. They have sideline of the Summit will Industries (IAI), the Army will Kumbhigram and Lilabari in the inducted over 100 UAVs, mainly also co-chair OIC Contact Rasiasni has tendered his resigfrom Israel, as “major force-mulnation under the pressure of coabegin inducting these new Heron north-east. The Navy, in turn, is looking tipliers’’ since the 1999 Kargil Group meeting on Jammu and lition partners. drones from January 2014,’’ Kashmir with the OIC SecreOn the other hand Raisani, Times of India said quoting a se- to raise new UAV squadrons af- conflict. DRDO, too, has got tary General Ekmeleddin while talking to media, said he nior defence official. The drones, ter establishing three at Kochi into the act by stepping up its Ihsanoglu. was ready to submit to whatever to be inducted into the new SATA (Kerala), Porbandar (Gujarat) and drone programmes, from the alAJK President Sardar (surveillance and target acquisi- Uchipuli (Tamil Nadu) to detect ready inducted Nishant to the Muhammad Yaqub Khan and decision the coalition partners tion) regiments being raised, form threats emanating from the sea. under-development Rustom-I representatives of Kashmiri might take in this regard. “I will have no objections to a part of the overall moderniza- Similarly, IAF is inducting addi- and II drones.—INP people will also attend the the outcome of their deliberameeting. tions on my fate”, said he. A Memorandum containing proposals for the peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue will be presented to the OIC KARACHI—Nouroz Baloch son Secretary General..—Online of Sher Muhammad Baloch MNA has been arrested by po- WASHINGTON—In his first day gested that he planned to make a lice for allegedly beating PIA at the office as secretary of state diplomatic push on Israeli-PalesISLAMABAD—Pakistan Muslim on Monday, John Kerry sought to tinian issues, an area that has not officer Allah Dino Jatoi. League-Quaid (PML-Q) presireceived sustained high-level atOne passenger, Nouroz send the message that he had an dent Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain tention by the Obama administraaffinity for the nation’s diplomats Baloch son of an MNA subhas demanded that the Election tion since a failed effort to broker jected PIA officer Allah Dino and would look after their secuCommission of Pakistan (ECP) talks between the two sides in rity. “Exhilarating to walk into Jatoi to violence at Jinnah terbe given powers on the lines of 2010. That has led to speculaT EHRAN —Iran will attend Indian Election Commission for minal at Karachi the officer fell @StateDept today,” Mr. Kerry, who is the son of a diplomat, tion that Mr. Kerry’s first overseas fresh negotiations with world smooth and orderly conduct of unconscious. trip may be to the Middle East. powers in Kazakhstan on Feb 26 Police took the accused into posted on Twitter. “Dad on mind! Even before arriving for work on over Tehran’s disputed nuclear the polls. JK.” Speaking to the hundreds custody and shifted him to Air Talking media at his resiof staff members who greeted him Monday, he made a round of calls activities, its top negotiator dence here on Tuesday, Shujaat Port police station. to Israeli and Palestinian leaders. in the State Department lobby, Mr. Saeed Jalili said in a statement Hussain said if the PML-N rePIA employees shut the reservation office to voice protest Kerry recalled Ambassador J. A spokesman for Mr. Abbas, released on Tuesday. ally wanted to see the Election The decision was made in a Commission independent, it against the incident of violence Christopher Stevens and the three Nabil Abu Rudeineh, told reporters that Mr. Kerry had promised other Americans who died in the phone conversation earlier Tues- should support his proposal. and rushed to police station. Police stopped the media Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the dip- to visit the Middle East “to pre- day between the offices of Jalili Without naming the PMLrepresentatives from making lomatic compound in Benghazi, serve the political path,” though and European foreign policy N leaders, who claim that the no date for the trip was anchief Catherine Ashton, Iran’s coverage of the incident at the Libya. “Everything I do will be official IRNA news agency reinitial stage and later registered focused on the security and safety nounced. In other Sunday calls, Mr. ported citing the statement. FIR against son of the MNA. of our people,” said Mr. Kerry. Kerry spoke to the foreign minisTo underscore that point, Mr. Ashton represents the soAllah Dino Jatoi took plea LAHORE—At least 50 Islamic in the FIR that ‘ Nouroz Baloch Kerry later in the day took a short ters from Japan and South Korea. called P5+1 group of the United son of Sher Muhammad drive across the Potomac River to On Monday, he continued the States, Russia, China, Britain scholars belonging to Sunni Ittehad Council issued a fatwa Baloch, MNA subjected him to visit the State Department’s Bu- calls, which have included the for- and France plus Germany. The statement did not (ruling) in which they conviolence when he was win reau of Diplomatic Security in eign ministers of Britain, France, uniform during performance of Rosslyn. In his confirmation hear- Germany, Turkey, Mexico and specify which Kazakh city demned terrorism in the country. They also condemned target ing on Jan. 24, Mr. Kerry sug- Canada. —INP would host the talks. —AP duty.—Online

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“Although the Taliban appear more ready to talk than ever before, peace talks remain elusive because of infighting among a rising number of interlocutors,” reported the Associated Press, quoting official sources in Kabul. The report said that Taliban leaders had contacted representatives from 30 to 40 different countries, but the relationship among the key players — the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan — was “marked by distrust that keeps tugging momentum away from the peace process”. The report claimed that “finding a path to the negotiating table” was also a main topic in a series of meetings among Afghan, Pakistani and British leaders in London on Monday. President Karzai recently complained that the West was using the peace talks as a lever against his government. The US media also reported that both Kabul and Washington were also frustrated with Pakistan for not monitoring the ac-

Aslam Raisani tenders resignation

MNA son beats PIA officer

Kerry pledges security to diplomats

Iran to attend nuclear talks on Feb 26

Meanwhile, observers say that even some members of the PPP are against the lifting of the Governor rule. The political observers pointed out that law and order situation has improved and the cases of kidnapping for ransom are minimal. During the Governor rule the Frontier Corps which is enjoying the powers of police caught red handed Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of police accepting Rs 20 lakh for releasing a person who was under their custody for the purpose of ransom. The investigations against them are progressing.

Shujaat demands powers for ECP like Indian EC key to election date was with them, the PML-Q president said they would soon agree that all the assemblies be dissolved on a single day. He said if elections to national and provincial assemblies were held on different dates these would have impact on results of Provincial Assemblies. Replying to a question, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said that his party has neither proposed names for the caretaker prime minister nor there had been final meeting with the government in this connection. —INP

SIC issues fatwa against terrorism killings in Karachi and Balochistan, along with sectarianism and suicide attacks. The fatwa issued declared that suicide attacks are forbidden in Islam—Agencies

tivities of Taliban prisoners it released in recent months.Pakistan counters this allegation by pointing out that it freed the prisoners at the request of the Afghan government and doesn’t have the resources to keep tabs on them. The US media also reported that Kabul had asked for the release of the Taliban’s former second in command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, but Washington urged Islamabad not to release him.But Ambassador Rehman said categorically: “Pakistan has been supporting all discussions that may lead to an Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process.” The Pakistani effort, she added, aimed at strengthening joint efforts to address extremism and advance regional peace and stability. “President Zardari has made his government’s full commitment to the project of peace in Afghanistan by assuring strenuous and sustained efforts to maintain the momentum of the process,” said the Pakistani envoy.—AP

‘New provinces commission a malafide intention’ SALIM AHMED LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan Muslim League-N would participate in the forthcoming general elections on the basis of the slogan of purifying the country from corruption, saving national resources, adopting simplicity and splendid performance of Punjab government in the field of development. He said the commission for new provinces formulated by Zardari is based on mala fide intentions. He said corrupt rulers are the biggest problems of Pakistan as Zardari government has broken all records of corruption during the last 65 years history of the country. He said orders of judiciary are not being implemented while national exchequer has been plundered so ruthlessly that a person has run away from the country, with an amount of Rs.82 billion, along with his family and on one is there to bother about it. He expressed these views while talking to Assembly Members belonging to various districts at Model Town, here today. Those who met the Chief Minister included Saood Majeed, Zahid Iqbal Chaudhry and Ch. Arshad Jutt. The Chief Minister said that Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is the only hope of the nation in the current critical situation to bring the country out of its problems. He said that Pakistan Muslim League-N would participate in the forthcoming general elections along with its allies in the provinces of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said he believes in relying on indigenous resources,

Third world is afloat with fake TB drugs: Study PARIS—Africa, India and other developing countries are awash in fake or sub-standard drugs for tuberculosis, fuelling the rise of treatment-resistant strains of TB, according to a survey published on Tuesday. Investigators in the United States asked local people in 19 cities in 17 countries to purchase isoniazid and rifampicin, the frontline antibiotics for TB, from a private-sector pharmacy. The samples were then examined by chromatography, a technique that detects chemical signature, for their active ingredient. They were also tested for disintegration, to see if they properly broke up in water at body temperature within 30 minutes. Out of 713 samples, 9.1 per cent failed these basic quality control tests, according to the probe, published in the International Jour-

nal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. Around half of the failed samples had zero active ingredients, “making them likely to contribute to drug resistance,” it said. Resistance to TB drugs develops when treatment fails to kill the bacteria that cause it – either because the patient fails to follow their prescribed dosages or, as in this case, the drug doesn’t work. It can also be contracted through rare forms of the disease that are directly transmissible from person to person. Dud drugs were manufactured by legitimate companies and criminal fraudsters, said the report.The pharmacies where the drugs were purchased were in Luanda, Angola; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Beijing, China; Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo; Cairo, Egypt; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Accra, Ghana;

Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata, India; Nairobi, Kenya; Lagos, Nigeria; Moscow, Russia; Kigali, Rwanda; Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania; Bangkok, Thailand; Istanbul, Turkey; Kampala, Uganda; and Lusaka, Zambia.The failure rate was 16.6 per cent in Africa, 10.1 per cent in India and 3.9 per cent in Brazil, China, Thailand, Turkey and Russia. Nearly nine million people around the world have TB, including more than 400,000 with a multidrug-resistant form of the disease, according to estimates for 2011 compiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO). TB is one of the world’s deadliest diseases. It is spread from person to person through the air and usually affects the lungs, but it can also affect other parts of the body such as the HARIPUR:A view of water flow in a nullah due to heavy rains in Haripur. Five members of a family, including two women brain and kidneys.— AP and three children, died when flood water hit their area.


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EN who take vitamin C supplements are at higher-than-average risk of de veloping kidney stones, a new study from Sweden suggests. The findings don’t prove the vitamin itself triggers stones to form. But researchers said that because there are no clear benefits tied to taking high-dose vitamin C, people who have had stones in the past might want to think before taking extra supplements. “I don’t think I would hold this up and say, ‘You shouldn’t take vitamin C, and here’s the evidence,’” said Dr. Brian Matlaga, a urologist who studies kidney stones at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.But, “When you talk to patients, a lot of times you’ll find patients are taking non-prescribed medications, like vitamin supplements… and there may not be great evidence that there’s an actual health benefit associated with these,” he told Reuters Health. The new finding “suggests that stone formers who take regular vitamin C may actually place themselves at increased risk,” said Matlaga, who wasn’t involved in the study. Researchers led by Laura Thomas of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm used data from a large study of middle-aged and elderly Swedish men who answered a series of questions on their diet and lifestyle, then were tracked for an average of 11 years. The current analysis included 907 of those men who said they took regular vitamin C tablets and more than 22,000 who didn’t use any

nutritional supplements. Of the vitamin C users, 3.4 percent developed kidney stones for the first time during the study, compared to 1.8 percent of nonsupplement users. Men who took vitamin C supplements at least once a day had the highest risk of kidney stones, researchers reported Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. “It has long been suspected that high doses of vitamin C may increase the risk of kidney stones as some of the vitamin C absorbed by the body is excreted in urine as oxalate - one of the key components of kidney stones,” Thomas told Reuters Health by email. Stones are made up of tiny crystals, which can be formed by calcium combining with oxalate. They usually pass on their own, but can cause severe pain in the process. Larger stones occasionally require surgery.Men are more likely to form stones than women. The findings don’t mean people shouldn’t get plenty of vitamin C through fruits and vegetables, researchers said. The antioxidant is important for bone and muscle health - and severe deficiency can cause scurvy. “Vitamin C is an important part of a healthy diet,” Thomas said. “Any effect of vitamin C on kidney stone risk is likely to depend both on the dose and on the combination of nutrients with which it is ingested.” Swedish supplements, like those the study participants would have taken, typically contain about 1,000 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per tablet, she noted.

ISLAMABAD: A large number of Kashmiris make human chain during rally to mark Solidarity Day in support of Kashmiris’ right of self-determination.

Kashmir Highway expansion work to be completed soon ISLAMABAD—The Capital Development Authority (CDA) would complete the expansion of Kashmir Highway project in one year time. The project would be completed at the cost of Rs4.8 billion. A CDA official said that the expansion work started on 13 February 2012, and added, concrete work on the project would start in March 2013. The CDA official said that Kashmir Highway would be extended to five lanes from 2 lanes on both sides. The Capital Development Authority has directed the contactors to expedite work on the project so as to complete the preferred project in stipulated time.—INP

FAREWELL CALL: H.E. Mr. Mohammed Rida El Fassi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco paid a farewell call on Mr. Zahid Malik, Editor-in-Chief, Pakistan Observer on Tuesday. The Ambassador stayed in Islamabad for 7 years and he is now leaving for Rabat on February 08.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

Da’wah book fair starts today ISLAMABAD—The annual sixday Da’wah book fair will commence on Wednesday at the International Islamic University here in connection with Rabi-ulAwwal celebrations. The visitors will be offered 30 to 50 per cent special discount on each purchased book. The inauguration ceremony of book fair will be held at Faisal Mosque campus on Wednesday morning. IIUI President Professor Dr Ahmad Yousaf AlDraiweesh will be the chief guest. Chairman Islamic Ideological Council, Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani will be the chief guest at the concluding ceremony on February 11. The book fair will remain open for visitors from Wednesday to Monday, from 09:00 am to 07:00 pm.—APP

Low gas pressure irks residents of G-10, G-11 ISLAMABAD—Gas load-shedding and low pressure in cold weather continues to increase the problems of residents of various sectors of Federal Capital, particularly G-10 and G-11. Most areas of the Capital, especially the “G” sectors are facing gas loadshedding and getting low pressure due to which residents have been experiencing problems to carry out household tasks. Rabia Aslam, a resident of G-10/1, said the gas pressure was low in her area forcing the people to use alternate fuels, including LPG gas for preparing food. “Gas is not available most of the time and we are unable even to cook food”, said Maryam Tanveer, a resident of G-10/2, talking to this agency.

Rain hampering development work in city RAWALPINDI—Persistent down ment of these projects stalled cury down to 7 degree Celsius dents to stay indoors. Usually on pour has led to severe traffic jams besides impeding ongoing development work in Rawalpindi city. The heavy shower like the other parts of the country not only paralyzed the normal life in Rawalpindi city but also set the vehicular traffic system topsy turvy on all the roads and avenues while the Murree road remained the worst affected during the torrential rains. The lashing showers of rain have adversely hit the ongoing work on mega projects including Mareer Hassan Tunnel Expansion, Sixth road flyover and service road and on the other side the scattered material and equip-

Sandhu made CDA’s DG Lake View Park Planning becomes ‘no go I —Mr Ghulam Sarwar Sandhu, a BS-19 officer area’ for public SLAMABAD

has been posted as Director General (Planning) CDA with immediate effect. He was earlier awaiting for We have to arrange ready made posting in HRD Directorate.— breakfasts for our childern, she INP added. “We are getting extremely low gas pressure during day time for the last two months. The situation is aggravating day by day,” said Ali Murtaza, a resident of G-11/2. He said that most of the people were not using gas heaters in their houses. Majority of CNG stations in the city are closed, but the people are not getting gas at their houses, he added. He alleged the gas supply in elite residential sectors was regular, while those of middle class was being meted stepmotherly treatment. The residents demanded of the Siu Northern Gas Piplines Ltd to supply gas to all the sectors on equal basis.—APP

ISLAMABAD—Lake View Park has become a ‘no go area’ for the general public these days due to undue entry charges, charged by the administration. In fact, the park covered area has been divided into various blocks and on every entry point, they levy separately that is a inconvenient for the visitors hailing from far flung areas. Alisha, while talking to APP pointed out that she was amazed to pay time and again for the same picnic point. She also complained for unhygienic sneaks and food being served in the park at a high cost. She said that there was no one for the check and balance of all these things that has become a great cause of discomfort of the visitors.Aysha Khan, another tourist, urges the authorities concerned to look into the matter and make it comfortable for general public.—APP

Robotics competition at Air University ISLAMABAD—Air University sor at Air University, Liaquat Ali pete in two categories Interna- one of the best technical festi- eagerly-awaited festivals in will organize robotics competition among the universities of the country today to select team for participating in the upcoming grand finale of Global Robotics Competition (GRC) to be held in India in March. A number of teams from different universities having engineering and computer science programmes will participate and compete for the grand finale of GRC. According to the event manager and Assistant Profes-

Khan said this year, the AIR University has been selected as official organiser of the GRC for Pakistan. He said it is for the first time that Pakistan is going to take part in Global Robotics Challenge (GRC) competition, being held in India from March 14 to 17 at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. Liaquat informed the students from different universities of the country have confirmed participation in the event. The participants will com-

tional Autonomous Robotics Competition and International Robot Got Talent, he said, adding that the winners of GRC Pakistan will compete in the International finale of GRC. The festival ‘Techkriti2013’ serves as a valuable opportunity for engineers around the globe to converge their skills and abilities on a single platform and it will be a great opportunity for Pakistan students, he said. Liaquat told that the annual technical and entrepreneurship festival which has emerged as

vals around the globe is being organised by the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, UAE, Egypt, UK, Japan and other countries are participating in the event. He said that Techkriti was launched in 1995 with the aim of developing interest and encouraging innovation in technology. In seventeen years of its existence, Techkriti has evolved and grown, fulfilling its purpose and becoming one of the most

Asia. The word ‘Techkriti’ is composed of two words, ‘Tech’ in English which stands for technology and ‘Kriti’ in Sanskrit stands for creation. It may be mentioned that Robotics, has been one of the most interesting field of technical advancements. Robotics is the branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation and application of robots and computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.—APP

the traffic flow causing a perpetual nuisance for the citizens. On Murree road, the vehicular owners had to take 4 to 5 hours to cover the distance from Benazir Hospital to Mareer chowk. The traffic flow on other avenues adjacent to Murree road including Liaqat road, Rawal road, Rashid Minhas road, double road and sixth road was seen creeping. Under construction service road along side sixth road flyover compounded traffic mess.Rain and chilling cold coupled with electricity and gas loadshedding created lots of hardship for the residents of Rawalpindi. Rain has bought the mer-

and throwing the normal life out of gear. The Met Office reported 69mm rainfall in Islamabad since its start on Sunday. The heavy rain and bad weather conditions also affected domestic and international flights at Benazir Bhutto International Airport. The rain created problems for road users, especially pedestrians and motorcyclists. Most of the roads and streets have been dug up for laying waterlines, sewers or other utility services with mud dumped alongside mostly in the cantonment areas. The rain and chilling weather forced most of the resi-

a holiday, residents throng to public parks and other recreational areas to enjoy their holiday. But on Tuesday the roads were given a deserted look due to heavy rain. “The rain confined us to home. It’s really cold and I am not going outside along with my small children,” said Mobeen adding the cold and chilly weather could affect children’s health.There were no business activities as all main markets, city centres, bazaars and shops presented a deserted look. Only food vendors did a thriving business. However, the cold weather increased the sale of fish, soup, Halwa and other items.—Online


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February 6 NATIONAL Road Safety Conference will be held at 9:30 a.m at Sheesh Mahal Hall, Sarena Hotel Islamabad. The Deputy Prime Minister, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi would be the chief guest of inaugural session and Secretary Communications will chair the second session which would end at 2 pm.

RTMA seals properties R AWALPINDI —Rawal Town Municipal Administration (RTMA) in operation against illegal construction has sealed a plaza, godown and five other shops. RTMA enforcement department staff launched operation against construction sans approved building plans and sealed an illegal under construction commercial plaza located at Dhok Kala Khan Chowk. Four shops and two floors erected over a residential unit without building plan in Shamsabad were also sealed by the concerned staff of the civic body.A godown in Dhok Ratta was sealed for construction against the approved building plan.—INP

ISLAMABAD—Lok Virsa, Min- the Kashmir issue to the interistry of National Heritage and Integration in collaboration with Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan organized a day long cultural festival here at Shakarparian to mark the Kashmir solidarity day. Kashmir Solidarity Day, observed on 5 February annually, has now become a day of great national significance. The day is revered with great fervour and enthusiasm to show solidarity with Kashmiri people. Lok Virsa’s executive director Khalid Javaid said “Lok Virsa observes Kashmir Solidarity Day for the last several years. The purpose of holding this event is to highlight the sacrifices of Kashmiri people struggling for their rights of self-determination through a cultural perspective”. This year too, a daylong mini festival was organized on Tuesday, at Islamabad. Samina Khalid Ghurki, federal minister for national heritage and integration visited the festival and met Kashmiri families, Kashmiri artists & musicians and expressed solidarity with them on behalf of the government and her ministry. Speaking on the occasion, the minister said, “Pakistan will continue to support the cause of Kashmir. We have been celebrating Kashmir Day at national level since 1990 and are continuously trying to highlight

national community. Kashmiris are undoubtedly preserve people. They are struggling to keep their identity despite atrocities by the Indian forces. Culture is an important tool, which can effectively focus contribution of Kashmiris. The today’s festival will certainly go a long way in projecting the cause of Kashmir”. The festival brought Kashmiri artisans, artists, NGOs & government organizations working for the cause of Kashmir under one umbrella to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people. The event was arranged with purely a cultural and social perspective highlighting the contribution of Kashmiri immigrants, who are trying to keep their identity and cultural traditions alive. Lok Virsa became the focal point of cultural activities relating to the day. All social sector and community organizations, artists, musicians, diplomatic community was invited to participate in the festival. A wide of range of programmes were chalked out which continued throughout the day from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. The main features included Kashmiri Artisans-at-work with more than 20 Kashmiri craftsmen/women who displayed their artisanship in creatively designed cultural pavilions and attracted attention of the crowd.

Famous Kashmiri artists/ vocalists including Subhan Rather, Rukhsana Murtaza, Haleema Bi, Gulzar Shereen and Bano Rehmat presented colors of Kashmir in their song renditions. Kashmiri musicians & instrumentalists who also performed were santoor player Ghulam Muhammad Dar, sarangi player Ghulam Rasul Butt, Ghara player Muhammad Akram Butt, Dholak player Jeevay Lal, keyboard player Anees Ahmed and others. A large number of NGOs and government organizations like Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO), Pakistan Foundation Fighting Blindness (PFFB), Gandhara Community Uplift Programme, Virsa Academy, Paksitan Handicrafts, Pakistan Taraqia Tanzeem, Kashmiri cuisine rista, roghan josh, tabaq mas, Aab gosht, and goshtaba, hot and mouth watering all washed down with Kashmiri green tea was served during the festival. Arts & Crafts Bazaar offered a variety of knick-knacks, gemstones, folk arts, crafts; trinkets, etc. were available on very affordable prices.The event witnessed a great hustle and bustle. Even rain could not diminish the enthusiasm of visitors and people from all walks of life thronged with their families and friends to see the one-day mini festival.—Online

RBISE extends date of submission of forms

Uncovered manholes become a death trap RAWALPINDI—The uncovered manholes in several parts of the city not only posing serious threat to traffic but also became a death trap for pedestrians. The public and social circles while expressing their concern over the situation underlined that several manholes are either broken or lying uncovered in several areas of the city. They mentioned the areas of Murree road, Khayaban-eSir Syed, Pirwadhai, Mareer Hassan, Ganj Mandi, Dhoke Ratta and Satellite Town where one can find uncovered manholes easily.—Online

Bridge demanded over Korang Nullah

R AWA L P I N D I —The Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education have extended the date of F.A, F.Sc annual admission form for one week and mow it could be submitted uptill 11th of February. The spokesman of Rawalpindi Board Arsalan Cheema said that now the last date for submission of form would be 11th of February with single fee while the admission form could be submitted with double fee till 18th of February and the admission could be sent with triple fee on 22nd of February.—Online

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for National Heritage and Integration Samina Khalid Ghurki visiting different stalls during cultural festival to mark the Kashmir Solidarity Day in support of Kashmiris’ right of self-determination at Lok Virsa.

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Markazi Mahfil-e-Naat Islamabad Mian Tanveer Qadri presents Naat during the 33rd Annual Naatia Mushaira organized by MMNI at Aabpara Community Center. Saqib Akbar, Wafa Chishti, Saif Ali, Javed Raza, Muhammad Sibtain Shahjahani, Naseem Sehr and Khawar Naqvi are also seen in the picture.—PO photo

SDPI holds prize distribution ceremony I S L A M A B A D —Sustainable Development Policy Institute on Monday, held prize distribution ceremony of interschool essay writing compe-

tition. The essay writing competition on “Sources of Chemicals like Mercury and their Impacts on Environment and Health”, was organized in collaboration with Zero Mercury, to mark the global day of action against mercury production and use. The competition encouraged youth to reflect upon the issue of chemicals and their impacts on environment and health. It was expected that the contest would lead to increased awareness and garner greater support for protection of environment. Around 40 schools in Rawalpindi and Islamabad participated in the competition, where over 203 entries were submitted to the organizers. In senior section, Shireen Faisal from Schoola Nova won first prize, Farhana Irshad from PAEC College Nilore got 2nd prize and Siret Nasim, also from PAEC College Nilore got third prize. In junior section, Azka Azhar

from EMS High School won first prize, Ali Rahman from Roots DHA won second prize while Mariam Kiani of EMS School won the third prize. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest, Professor Dr. Manzoor H Soomro, Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation said that there is need to sensitize the youth creating awareness on scientific subject. He congratulated the prize winning students and encouraged them to excel in life and win Nobel prizes for the country. He also suggested to publish a booklet comprising essay’s of winning students. Dr. Soomro shared the youth engagement activities carried out by the Pakistan Science Foundation and informed that each year the Foundation sends a group of students between the age of 17-21 years to London Science Forum, to expose them with celebrated scientist, academicians and industry representatives.— APP

ISLAMABAD—The residents of Union Council Sohan have demanded of authorities concerned to construct a bridge over Korang Nullah as the only way for villagers to cross the Nullah is a road, which is inundated whenever water is released from Rawal Dam. People living in villages along Korang Nullah underlined that a temporally Bridge was constructed by people at their own but it gets inundated even due to light rain and people have no choice but to use risky handmade lift. They emphasized that in rainy season, the link between villages and the city has been disconnected as Rawal Dam administration opens the spillways to release water and the people have no choice but to use lengthy alternative way and have to use 10 kilometer extra distance.—Online

Holy Prophet (PBUH) role Inauguration model for humanity: Naqib of PPP Punjab OBSERVER REPORT RAWALPINDI—The personality of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) is a role model for the whole humanity, as he was a blessing for the whole universe. Pir Muhammad Naqib-urRehman, custodian of Eidgah shrine, stated this while addressing a conference in Birmingham in connection with the celebrations of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (peace be upon him) and protection of the finality of the prophethood. “Protection of the sanctity of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) is faith of every Muslim and every follower of Islam is always ready to die for safeguarding the sanctity of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him),” he said, says a report received form UK. The custodian of Eidgah shrine said that Islam taught its followers to respect all the Prophets. He said the respect of the Prophets should be provided legal cover at the international level. He said that the humanity, which is craving for peace and tranquility, could find solace in

association with the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). “The humans, who have become fed up with the materialism, are now turning towards spiritualism. The abodes of Sufi saints are hubs of spirituality, peace and affection and the Quran and the Sunnah are taught there,” he said. Sahibzada Pir Muhammad Hassan Hasib-ur-Rehman, Pir Fayazul Hassan Sultan Bahu, Pir Syed Munawar Hassan Shah Jamaati, Pir Syed Muzammil Hussain Shah, Pir Syed Dildar Hussain Shah and Mufti Yar Ahmed Qadri also spoke on the occasion. A large number of religious scholars and figures from various parts of the United Kingdom attended the conference. Those who recited Naats on the occasion included Alhaj Yousaf Memon, Hafiz Noor Sultan Siddiqui, Shahbaz Qamar Faridi, Karim Sultan Siddiqui, Ahmed Raza Jamaati, Khalid Hasnain Khalid and Qari Javed Akhter. In the end, Pir Muhammad Naqib-ur-Rehman prayed for the unity among Muslims and welfare of the Muslims living in the UK.

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R AWALPINDI —PPP Punjab president Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo will arrive here on February 8 in connection with inauguration ceremony of PPP Punjab secretariat office. PPP Rawalpindi chapter has finalized all the arrangements on this count to accord warm welcome to Mian Manzoor Wattoo. PPP senior leader and incharge Punjab Secretariat office Rawalpindi, Haji Salim Khan said final shape has been given to all the preparations being made to welcome Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo on his first time arrival in Rawalpindi. He stated that a team has also been set up to finalize and monitor the preparations and arrangement in this regard. The team will comprise Sardar Maqbool advocate, Israr Abbasi advocate, Nayyar Pirzada, Mirza Tariq Beg, Mubin, Baboo Idrees, Malik Israr, Afzal Amin, Chaudhry Asghar, Malik Shaukat advocate, Anwar Jadoon, Babar Butt, Raja Zaheer, Qazi Sohail, Sajid Tanoli, Raja Sheraz Kayani, Tanveer Iqbal Pasha and others.—Online

ANF seizes 3 ton charas, 140 Kg heroin ISLAMABAD—The Anti-Nar-

cotics Force (ANF) recovered 3 ton of charas and 140 kilograms of heroin from a warehouse in Korangi Industrial area Karachi ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali speaks duron Tuesday. On a tip off, four ANF ing Tribal Union of Journalists Training on Reporting Child Health in FATA. teams raided a warehouse in Industrial area Karachi and recovered 3 ton charas and 140 Kg heroin. According to the ANF, the drug traffickers had brought the ISLAMABAD—The Embassy of petition. drugs from Afghanistan and Since 1955, more than 2,100 Netherlands here on Tuesday were planning to smuggle them World Press Photo Exhibitions announced a “Discovering The R AWALPINDI —The District abroad.—APP have taken place in over 450 citBar Association has banned the Netherlands in Pakistan” pho- ies in 115 countries across the tography competition. entry of beggars and Eunuchs in This competition recognizes globe. district Katchery. The exhibition, which will the outstanding potential of phoIn view of this, the District open on February 25 in the tography to tell compelling stoBar Association strictly banned Alhamra Arts Gallery in Lahore, on entry of castrates and beggars ries of the links between these will be shown in Pakistan for the countries and the presence of and those who would try to enfirst time in its existence. It conter in Katchery arrested soon and people, projects and products sists of 158 winning photocases have been registered from The Netherlands in Paki- graphs from all 57 awarded proagainst them.To this effect, the stan. According to a press release fessional photographers from 24 teams have been organized for issued here, the national photog- different countries. this aim and upon receiving inThe Dutch already estabraphy competition is open for formation they would take into lished a first trading post in young photographers strictly custody and cases would be regThatta back in the 17th century. istered against them.—Online between the ages of 18 and 29. Diplomatic ties with Pakistan Each contestant will be allowed to send one photo, with a started right after the indepentext of max. 50 words, describ- dence of Pakistan and bilateral ing the picture and its relevance development cooperation beto the subject mentioned above. tween the two nations developed The entries will be evaluated by decades ago, its projects focusRAWALPINDI—Police under its a jury with expertise in photog- ing largely on good governance, ongoing drive against anti-social raphy and art. environment, agriculture, water elements have arrested eight outThe best photographs will and education. laws including three drunkards. be displayed at the World Press Moreover, prestigious Police recovered 1080 grams char- Photo Exhibition in Lahore, with Dutch companies have been ras, one pistol 30 bore with five exciting prizes for the winners. present in Pakistan since a very rounds, one stolen washing ma- The prizes will be announced on long time and bilateral ties have chine, one stolen mobile phone and ISLAMABAD: Chief guest MNA Tasneem Siddiqui giving shield to Wattin Qadree a other items from the possession of the Embassy website and face found expression in the fields of book sites shortly and will also culture, sports and otherwise.— participant of Inter Collegiate Singing Competition held at IMCG F-7/2.—PO photo by the arrested persons.—APP spell out the details for the com- APP Sultan Bashir

Eunuchs, beggars Netherlands Embassy announces entry banned in photography competition Katchery

Police arrest eight lawbreakers


Kashmir Solidarity Day observed in AJK with renewed pledge Kashmiris extend gratitude to Pakistan for unflinching moral, political and diplomatic support AH RAO MIRPUR—Kashmir Solidarity Day was observed across Azad Jammu Kashmir on Tuesday with unprecedented enthusiasm and a renewed pledge to continue extending fullest moral, political and diplomatic support, shoulder to shoulder Pakistan to brethren in the Indian-held Jammu & Kashmir state in their just and principled struggle for the achievement of the legitimate right to self determination. The observance of the Kashmir Solidarity was primarily aimed at to reiterate solidarity with Kashmiri brethren fighting against the tyranny of Indian

Mirwaiz thanks Pakistan for supporting Kashmir cause S R I N A G A R —Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has hailed Pakistan and its people for supporting Kashmir cause. “Pakistan has consistently supported the rightful struggle of Kashmiris,” Mirwaiz said in a statement. He termed it as appreciative and bold policy on Kashmir undertaken by the Pakistan and its people. “As Kashmir continued to bleed and suffer on all fronts for demanding right to self determination Pakistan introduced Kashmir dispute to the global community and left no stone unturned to garner support from the world to resolve the issue,” he said. Mirwaiz said that Pakistan has fought several wars for the lasting resolution of Kashmir issue and thanked Pakistan and its people for lending unconditional support for the Kashmir cause. —NNI

forces in the globallyacknowleged disputed Himalayan state. As a public holiday, people took out rallies in all big and small cities, held seminars and vowed to be with their oppressed brethren in their hour of trial. The Day was observed with renewed pledges and commitments to continue diplomatic, moral and political support to Jammu Kashmir people in their just and principled struggle for the achievement of the right to self determination and the cause of Kashmir. Observance of this day was also aimed at to highlight the long-standing unsettled dispute of Jammu & Kashmir at Interna-

tional and apprise the people of Jammu & Kashmir that they are not alone in this hour of trial and turmoil as people of Pakistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir are whole heatedly with them. As a mark of respect to the valiant struggle of Kashmiris in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, oneminute silence was observed at 10 a.m. to pay respects and homage to the martyrs of Kashmir, as all rail and road traffic came to a standstill. Human chain was formed on all five bridges, including at Mangla, Kohala, Dhalkot, Azad Pattan, and Holar besides at Bararkot the entering points which connect AJK with Paki-

stan. Thousands of people belonging to AJK and Pakistan areas and gathered at these bridges and formed a human Chain. The human hands chain formed both by Pakistani and Kashmiri people was aimed at to reiterate the unity and fraternity of this fact that both the people have bonds of love and affection towards each other. Flowing of rivers towards Pakistan and ways linked with land transpire the natural accession with the country, a center of MUZAFFARABAD: AJK Prime Minister Ch. Abdul Majeed addressing the Assembly session on the occasion of Kashmiri people hopes and ex- Kashmir Solidarity Day. pectations. A large number of people from adjoining Punjab province led by the Provincial minister for Planning & Development Ch. Abdul Ghafoor Khan.

Reopening of cases against Nayeem condemned SRINAGAR —Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) has termed the opening of cases against National Front (NF) chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan as illegal and unconstitutional. In a statement he said by such acts government was trying to suppress the ongoing struggle. Hurriyat chairman while castigating the state and central governments for their dual natured policy said ‘such tactics are unfortunate and would not deter the pro-freedom leaders from treading on the path of freedom’. “On one hand they are talking about opening of channels for negotiations and on the other hand they are harassing profreedom leaders on one pretext

or the other. The authorities should understand that they can’t suppress people’s aspirations and resolve serious issues through such cheap tactics”, the Mirwaiz said while talking to KNS.National Front Chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan has said before opening a case against him, the state should first prosecute Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and opposition PeoplesDemocratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti for terming Kashmir as a dispute in the Legislative Assembly. “Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have said it in the State Legislative Assembly that Kashmir is a dispute,” he said. “So they should be prosecuted first.”

The government has opened a case against Khan that pertains to raising ‘provocative’ slogans by him and his associates against the sovereignty of India on September 16, 2011 in Gool Market area of Karan Nagar Srinagar. Khan said both the ruling and opposition politicians from the mainstream camp had called Kashmir a dispute. He strongly reacted to the opening of the case against him and termed it “fabricated” and “nothing but arm twisting”. Khan said the entire international community sees Kashmir as ‘dispute’. “United Nations and the entire world community calls Kashmir a dispute,” he said. Khan said he was yet to receive the original document of the case and would comment after going through it fully. .—NNI

Verma panel report buried: KCSDS

SRINAGAR—The Jammu and SRINAGAR—A Kashmir-based with the constitutional provi- sexual assault. The committee Kashmir High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has decided to suspend work on February 11 to “show solidarity” with the family members of JKLF founder, Shaheed Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and others. A Bar spokesman said the decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Association at Saddar Court here. “Shaheed Bhat fought for the cause of liberation of Jammu and Kashmir and for self-determination which is being denied by New Delhi for the last more than 60 years. This is despite the fact that Government of India has acknowledged the right before the international community in the United Nations,” said the spokesman.—NNI

Centre’s response to AFSPA regrettable

civil society group slammed the Government of India over its proposed ordinance on crime against women. The Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies (KCSDS) chairperson Prof Hameeda Nayeem came out strongly against the proposed ordinance by the Govt of India “in which it has made some minor changes in the existing laws on rape.” “The move is aimed at scuttling the ground-breaking Justice Verma Commission recommendations which strike at the very root of patriarchy that is entrenched in India,” Hameeda said in a statement. “It proposes a bill of rights for women in line

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has recommended the immediate review of AFSPA and an end to impunity to security forces under this inhuman law. It has also recommended that they be tried in ordinary court under public criminal law. By bringing out the Ordinance the Govt has tried to muzzle the public outrage against sexual assault and in case of conflict zones legitimize rape under AFSPA,” she alleged. “But this time around Govt cannot take people for a ride. There will be fierce opposition from all quarters to compel it to bring about revolutionary changes in how women are treated by the society.” —NNI

Pakistanis living in Britain express solidarity with Kashmiris

MUZAFFARABAD: AJK Acting President Sardar Ghulam Sadiq Khan coming to address the Feb 5th Joint session here.

Kashmir’s traffic congestion at its worst SRINAGAR—For the past one mir province has been registered play a very important role in the decade Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed tremendous growth in the number of vehicles which has in its wake brought an increase in the volume of the traffic and an increase in the number of accidents on roads as well. The data indicates the worst traffic situation not only in the Kashmir valley but in the whole country as well. In 2012, total number of registered vehicles in the Kashmir province was recorded at around 89,000 in comparison to 1.40 lakh in the year 2011. The situation at the national level has been 6.01 lakh in the year 1961 and 3.20 crore in the year 2012. Total number of road accidents in the year 2012 in Kash-

as 1239 compared to 2248 in the year 2011. At the national level, a total number of 39,000 road accidents have been registered last year. 187 persons have been reported as killed in the road accidents last year in the Kashmir province and the figure has risen to 284 in 2011. However, 4,500 persons have been reported killed in the road accidents in the year 2012 at the national level. The department of traffic and other law enforcing agencies have registered 49511 traffic offenses and challaned in the Kashmir province last year and 62,227 such offenses have been challaned two years back. Road signs at all crossing

regulation of the traffic and smooth flow of traffic on the roads. But, in Srinagar city and other towns of Kashmir valley traffic signals have been installed in few places and remaining control is done manually and police personnel are deployed to show hand signals for traffics control at road intersections, junctions and places of high traffic volume. The present traffic volume in various parts of Srinagar city amply justifies the installation of the traffic signals. Outside the state, extensive use is made of traffic signals for control of conflicting streams of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, official believe.—Online

follow-up action on the Justice Verma committee report on crimes against women, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has regretted the government response to recommendations on AFSPA. “This is clearly a case of double-standards and reflects poorly on our national resolve to uphold women’s dignity and rights without discrimination, which got a resounding expression recently in the wake of Delhi gang-rape”, Mufti said, while addressing a public meeting here. He was of the opinion that Justice Verma’s recommendations on bringing crimes against women universally under the jurisdiction of civil courts was a welcome voice and it could become the first step towards revocation of AFSPA which was introduced in totally different circumstances. He said it was unfortunate that the Union Cabinet did not even discuss the recommendations regarding AFSPA, which sends out a highly negative signal to people of J&K and other states covered by it. Stressing that AFSPA could not be a permanent feature of governance, Mufti said such laws were meant only for exceptional situations which no more exist in J&K. “Denial of the right to legal redressal is the antithesis of our great constitution and people of J&K who have enthusiastically been participating in all democratic processes cannot be kept on margins anymore for any reason”. He said institutional redressal was the best antidote to alienation and having suffered a big deficit on this account in the past the state needs fast tracking of political process to bring it at par with rest of the country. —NNI

tion in Slough in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day. It was participated by community leaders, political activists, business leaders, representatives of mosques and well-wishers of the Kashmir cause. The function was presided over by Ishtiaq Ahmed, Chairman Al Noor Group and moderated by Safdar Ali, former Chairman Labour Party Slough. Prominent among those who were present on the occasion included Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, the Chairman of Kashmir Centre Brussels, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, the Executive Director of Kashmir Centre London, Chaudry Karamat Hussain, Chairman Pakistan Welfare Association Slough, Dr Z U Khan, Councillor commissioner, Suhail Munawar, Councillor, Haqeeq Dar, former Councillor, Haji Mohammad Arif,

has consolidated reconciliation process and facilitated the efforts of establishing peace in this region.” While reminding party workers about the historic rally of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at Srinagar on April 18, 2003 where he (Vajpayee) had extended hand of friendship to Pakistan despite tension on border, Mufti said that historic event was the beginning of the era of peace in this region and “credit for this goes the PDP.” “Beginning of cross-LoC trade, opening of SrinagarMuzaffarabad and PoonchRawalakote roads are noticeable achievements of PDP”, he said and added that present UPA regime headed by Dr Manmohan Singh has also supported the pro-

peace policies of PDP. He further mentioned that prevailing peace all along the borders from Kathua to Kargil was result of the reconciliatory policy pioneered and propagated by the PDP. Speaking on the occasion, senior PDP leader Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari expressed concern over failure of the present dispensation to carry forward the agenda of peace and development in the State. He said PDP’s agenda had given encouraging results during the tenure of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed but the present government headed by Omar Abdullah has miserably failed to carry forward his agenda of peace, prosperity and development. Speaking on the occasion former Finance Minister Tariq

Hameed Karra lambasted the National Conference led coalition regime for its failure to follow the progressive policies and programmes formulated by the previous government headed by Mufti Muhammad Sayeed for the equitable development of the State. He reminded that previous government headed by Mufti Muhammad Sayeed had formulated a comprehensive programme for the socio-economic development of backward districts of Poonch and Rajouri. “As the education is the vital component for the socio-economic upliftment of the people, PDP led regime had given more thrust on creating educational infrastructure in areas like Poonch Rajouri which remained backward due to the wrong policies of the successive NC govern-

ments”, he said and pointed out opening of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University at Rajouri was one of the biggest achievements during the regime of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed. He said Baba Ghulam Shah Badhshah University has emerged as centre of learning in this region and credit for this development goes to the visionary policies of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed. “Besides opening a large number of higher secondary schools, new degree colleges were also opened at Thanamandi, Budhal, Mendhar, Surankote, Kalakote and Nowshehra to fulfill long pending demand of the people”, he said. Another senior leader Muhammad Dillawar Mir while reminding the party leaders about the steps taken during the

Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo in his address referred to the unforgettable contribution of the people and government of Pakistan for highlighting the Kashmir cause. He said that a strong and stable Pakistan was a guarantee for the freedom of Kashmir from Indian occupation. He enumerated the role of Kashmir Centres in keeping the international community informed about the latest developments. He thanked Pakistan for supporting the Kashmiris’ liberation struggle on moral, diplomatic and political levels. Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl described Pakistan as the undying dream of the Kashmiris. He described observance of Kashmir Solidarity Day as the reiteration of the commitment of the people and government of Pakistan that the

to the recent tension on the Line of Control, he asked the international community to strengthen the UNMOGIP in Jammu and Kashmir. Chaudry Karamat Hussain assured the people of Jammu and Kashmir that the Pakistani community is with them. He reaffirmed his support to the Kashmir Centre London in its efforts to highlight the Kashmir cause. Mohammed Ayub eulogised the support of Pakistani community living in Britain in the recent UK wide campaign in seeking the support of Parliamentarians for a debate on Kashmir in the House of Commons. In his presidential address, Ishtiaq Ahmed described Kashmir as the heartthrob of every Pakistani. The meeting concluded with fateha for the martyred Kashmiris and prayer for the stability and solidarity of Pakistan and success of Kashmir movement.—KMS

MUZAFFARABAD: A view of land sliding in Tariqabad area due to heavy rains.

Lasting peace, reconciliation top agenda of PDP JAMMU—Hailing resumption of cross-LoC trade between India and Pakistan from ChakanDa-Bagh area of Poonch, PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has said the political leadership of India and Pakistan have shown maturity by re-starting the cross LoC trade. Addressing a meeting of the district committees of PDP Poonch and Rajouri, Mufti said PDP has pioneered a political and economic agenda to establish sustainable peace in the subcontinent and for the development of backward and neglected areas. “Establishing lasting peace and to consolidate the reconciliation process is on the top of the agenda of PDP”, Mufti said, adding; “Our party, through its pro-peace policies,

sions. By bringing out an ordinance hurriedly as a lukewarm response to the huge public outcry against the existing environment of insecurity and lack of safety, the government has tried to bury Verma Commission recommendations which could bring about genuine changes in the environment to ensure the dignity, autonomy and integrity of women‘s selfhood in the family, public places and in the society at large.” Hameeda said women in conflict areas are entitled to all rights which are enjoyed by women elsewhere. “Under no circumstances could impunity be given to the perpetrators of

Sheraz Khan, Raja Kashmiris were not alone in MARH—Welcoming prompt SLOUGH — Pakistanis living Raja their just struggle. Referring in Britain organized a func- Mohammed Ayub.

People make chain of human hands on Kashmir Day people made a chain of human hands on the occasion of Kashmir Day Tuesday in the district despite inclement weather to express complete solidarity with the innocent and oppressed people of Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. The people observed the Kashmir Day with traditional zeal, enthusiasm and fervor, peacefully. Almost all the political and religious parties, NGOs and civil society organizations took out the rallies in the district during the light rainy and dark cloudy weather. The participants were carrying banners and placards and chanted anti-India slogans, besides, burning the effigies of fundamental Hindu leaders, in this regard. Addressing a Kashmir Solidarity Conference Federal Minister for National Regulation and Services Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said that the Kashmir Freedom Movement has entered into its final stage and the Occupied Jammu & Kashmir would soon get freedom from the Indian yoke. She said that the sacrifices of the thousands of the Kashmiri martyrs would soon be fruitful. She said that the PPP government has put across the Kashmir Dispute most effectively in the International Community, as the World had paid much attention towards the burning Kashmir Issue.—INP

HCBA to suspend work on February 11

regime of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed for socio-economic growth of the people of Poonch and Rajouri districts, said that work on Mughal road, which had been stopped for the last two decades, was restarted only during PDP regime. He mentioned that as Chief Minister of the State Mufti Muhammad Sayeed had arranged special funds for the completion of the Mughal road.PDP leaders Sardar Rangil Singh, Trilok Singh Bajwa, Thakur Balbir Singh, Abdul Rehman Veeri, Yashpal Sharma, Ved Mahajan, Rafiq Hussain Khan, Choudhary Zulfikar, Murtaza Khan, Falail Singh, Hamid Manhas, Shah Muhammad Tantray, Abdul Qayoom Dar, advocate Qamar Choudhary and others also addressed the rally.—NNI

Gross HR violations in Held Kashmir condemned I SLAMABAD — The All Par- rights organisations to take ties Hurriyet Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter has expressed serious concern over increasing human rights violations by Indian troops and police personnel in occupied Kashmir. The APHC-AJK at a meeting in Islamabad with its Convener, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, in the chair, condemned the opening of old cases against APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, and other Hurriyet leader. The participants of the meeting denouncing the continued illegal detention of Hurriyet leaders and activists in the occupied territory appealed to the world human

cognisance of the matter. They maintained that India would not succeed to suppress the Kashmiris’ ongoing liberation struggle by resorting to repressive tactics. They also said that the genuine Kashmiri leadership should be included in the talks between Pakistan and India to make the dialogue process meaningful and result-oriented. The meeting was attended by Syed Yousuf Naseem, Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Manzoor-ul-Haq Butt, Sheikh Muhammad Yaqoob, Abdul Majeed Malik, Abdul Hameed Lone, Muzaffar Hussain Shah and Khadim Hussain.—NNI


Dwindling rupee Staff Reporter KARACHI—Depreciation of Pak rupee against dollar gave a significant rise to the profit margin on illegally imported black tea in local market for being cheap priced that continues to attract the traders. “The smuggling of black tea under the garb of Afghan Transit Trade further thrived on the back of depreciating Pak rupee against dollar, as it offset the significant cut in sales tax on tea import, from 16 percent to 5 percent,” they said, adding that the devaluation of Pak rupee pulled down share of legally imported tea in overall tea consumption of the country. They said that the traders largely opt for purchasing the smuggled tea instead of going for the imported commodity for greater profit margin on its sale. The trend has, however, Ambassador Abdul Basit visiting a Pakistani Stall setup by Pakistani Exhibitor at Sports Goods Trade Fair, ISPO-13 in has badly the hit the importers, Munich. they added.

Benefit to farmers Staff Reporter LAHORE—The ongoing widespread timely rains have given a benefit of at least Rs 15 billion to the farmers at a very critical stage of crops especially, wheat, grams, mustards, oil seeds, vegetables, fodder etc, agriculture expert and agronomist said. Director General Agriculture Extension Services Punjab Dr Anjum Ali said that Rabi crops had been sown over 2.2 million acres of land in the province. These crops needed urgent watering at middle stage of their growth since irrigation canal had remained closed for de-silting purposes till February 3. He said rains had greatly benefited grams crops in rain fed areas and there were bright prospects of bumper production to the tune of 0.5 million tons this year, more than double of 2011-12 year production of 0.21 million tons.

Global consumer confidence dips LONDON—Global consumer confidence dipped at the end of last year, a survey showed that more than 60 percent of respondents said the next 12 months would not be a good time to spend. Concerns about US budget talks, which have since eased, and worries about the eurozone crisis weighed on consumer sentiment in the final quarter of 2012, according to the survey by global information and insights company Nielsen. Sixty three percent of respondents said it was not a good time to buy discretionary or non-discretionary things over the next 12 months, with spending restraint most notable among Europeans. Consumers in the Asia Pacific were most upbeat but even there 59 percent said the next 12 months would not be a good time to spend, the survey showed. India remained the most optimistic consumer market globally for a second straight quarter, followed by the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.—Agencies

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Electricity situation deteriorating day by day STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Power situation in the country might further deteriorate in the months to come, as Finance Division is reluctant to provide more subsidy to the power sector in remaining five months (February-June) of the current financial year 2012-13. Country’s domestic power sector has consumed the entire budgetary allocation of Rs 185 billion in the seven months (July-January) of the ongoing financial year 2012-13. The total allocation of subsidy for the power sector for the whole year (July 2012-June 2013) on account of tariff differential was Rs 185 billion in the budget. Sources said that finance division has reportedly shown concerns over huge power subsidy

given in the seven months and warned that further release of subsidy for power sector might balloon the country’s budget deficit. Sources said that finance ministry has asked the ministry of water and power to review the power tariff and to control the line losses instead of seeking further subsidy in remaining five months of current fiscal year. The payment of outstanding dues by provincial governments, especially Sindh, and other public sector organisations, could ease the financial problems for the power sector. “The country’s budget deficit will sharply increase if we provide further subsidy to the power sector in period between February to June 2013”, said an official of finance ministry. The

government provided an average monthly subsidy of Rs 26.43 billion to the power sector, which was “simply unsustainable”. This subsidy is mainly financing the gap between generation cost and power tariff charged by the power companies from the consumers. At present the difference between power tariff is determined by the regulator and power tariff charged by the power companies. The period between February and June is very difficult in terms of power supply subsequent to the change in weather in the country. The budgetary allocation of power subsidies which was Rs 185 billion have already been consumed in just six months and subsidies to be required to finance the tariff dif

120 Pakistani exhibitors participate in Munich Sports Fair STAFF REPORTER

I SLAMABAD —About 120 sports goods manufacturers and exporters, mainly from Sialkot participated in the world’s largest trade fair of sports goods, ISPO-2013 in Munich, Germany. Pakistan Trade Development Authority (TDAP) sponsored and extended support to new exhibitors from Sialkot under its policy to encourage new entrants in the field of export of Pakistani goods, a statement from the Pakistan embassy in Berlin said. ISPO represents International Sports Business Network and is a major event for sports goods manufacturers and suppliers all across the world. It provides a convenient meeting Continued on Page 14 ground for some of the world’s most popular sporting brands and helps in the promotion of new entrants in the market.

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Board (SRB) has made an everhighest record collection of Rs 2.9 billion of Sales Tax on Services (SToS) during the month of January. With addition of Rs 2.9 billion, now, the total collection SToS by SRB reached at Rs 18.96 billion for first 7 months of Financial Year (FY) 2012-13. SRB has to achieve Rs 32 billion target in running FY. It may be noted here that SRB had achieved target of Rs 25 billion in FY 2011-12. It was SRB’s first year and the whole team had done efforts to get success in collection of maiden year target. “This represents an increase of Rs 0.59 billion or (+25.2 percent) over the revenue collected during the corresponding period of January 2012, and also of Rs 5.77 billion or (+43.7 percent) for the corresponding first 7 months of FY 201 1-12”, said Mushtaq Kazmi spokesperson of SRB. He said that SRB has exceeded the monthly target of Rs 2.66 billion for January, 2013 and has also exceeded the target of Rs 18.66 billion for the first 7 months of 2012-13 by 9 percent and 2 percent respectively.

for increasing the participation of Pakistani companies in international exhibitions during the next four months. The plan is focused on the Middle Eastern and Turkish regions where prospects for increase of exports of Pakistani products and services are relatively wider. According to a strategic plan framed by a local event management company Eventage in accordance with policy of the government envisages export promotion of value-added products instead of the existing traditional items. The exhibitions picked up

marble, stone & granite, solar energy, electricity & lighting Index- the Design & Office Exhibition in Dubai, Eveteks- the second largest home textiles exhibition in Istanbul. Besides the above areas where Pakistan has sizeable export potential, working on plans in information and communication technology which is hitherto a weaker Sector from the Pakistani perspective but offers simple opportunities for the local talents, professional and the budding IT industries is also on the plan.

Revision of Petroleum Policy underway STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has directed the Director General Petroleum Concession to revise Petroleum and Exploration Policy 2012. “There were a few flaws in the Petroleum and Exploration Policy 2012 and relevant authorities in the Petroleum Ministry have directed the concerned department to make

some changes in the policy,” an official source in the Petroleum Ministry revealed. The proposed revisions are expected to be limited to two main features of the policy: First the existing policy which allows Exploration and Production (E&P) companies to enhance output and thereby become eligible for higher prices be revised on the assumption that the E&P already understate their capacities by 10 to 20 percent.

STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The State Bank of Pakistan may opt to keep policy rate unchanged in the upcoming monetary policy for two months as the headline inflation numbers came on the higher side clocking in at 8.07 percent yearon-year (YoY) in the month of January 2013, analysts said. Analysts ruled out any sharp pullback in inflation in the next 4 to 5 months provided that oil and other commodity prices stay within a manageable range. Thus, CPI expected inflation to stay around 9 percent for FY13. Sana Taufiq, analyst at Arif Habib Limited (AHL) expected the central bank to go with the status quo on policy rate due to currency risk as high International Monetary fund (IMF) repayments in February 2013 and subsequent inflationary risks that may prevail amid political transition, set aside rising government inflationary borrowing. The status quo on the policy rate though inflation is still within the manageable parameters and current account stands in surplus. However, the approach on inflation and external account merits a status quo than a rate cut at the moment, Sana added.

FBR yet to mount concrete steps for stolen funds recovery STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —After a long period, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has at last withdrawn exemption on taxability of joint ventures in which one partner is non-resident company, saving national exchequer from loss of around Rs300 billion annually, as over 1,200 AOPs were evading tax, which has now been stopped. However, the tax department has not announced to recover longstanding dues of billions of rupees from these companies, registering criminal cases against them by invoking section 122 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 since 2003. It is to be noted that around 1,200 so-called foreign companies, which entered into joint ventures with Pakistani firms and became

‘resident persons’, were found to be evading tax, rather claiming refunds as their proprietors are portraying themselves as ‘non-resident persons’, inflicting about Rs300 billion annual loss to national exchequer due to some confusion in international tax law. The Federal Board of Revenue has now removed this confusion in the Circular 1 of 2013 (international taxes) wherein the scope of taxation under section 153 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 has been elaborated for non-resident Association of Persons (AOPs) and Joint Ventures (JVs). The FBR has issued incme tax circular 2 of 2013. According to Circular 2 of 2013, the Circular No 1 of 2013, was issued to regulate and standardise tax treatment of joint ventures in which one of the partners is a non-resident person.

The Board has been notified of an important omission in the text of the aforementioned circular. Accordingly, the words “clauses (a) and (b) of Section 153 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001” inadvertently appearing in line No 4 of para 2 of Circular No 01 of 2013, dated January 18, 2013, are replaced with words “under Sub-section (1) of Section 153 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001”. Rest of Circular No 01 of 2013 holds good in entirety, FBR added. Meanwhile, FBR Union central president Mian Abdul Qayyum while addressing a press conference appreciated the FBR Chairman for withdrawing tax exemption for AOPs, however, he demanded the authorities to also recover the dues from these companies which turn into billions of rupees.

Exporters’ registration in STPF criticised STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (Unisame) has invited the immediate attention of senior federal commerce minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim to his statement relating to mandatory registration of exporters of edible items with trade associations in the Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF). He stated that the objective of the registration is to monitor drug trafficking and imposing double registration without realising that exporters are already registered with their respective chamber of commerce and industry besides registered with the FBR. Presi-

dent Unisame Zulfikar Thaver said the SME exporters of edible items are deeply hurt that the reason for imposing mandatory registration with the respective trade associations is given as monitoring drug trafficking. He said drug trafficking is going on since long and this forbidden and condemned criminal activity is conducted by the drug mafia which operates internationally with the connivance of many big personalities and accusing the business community in the trade policy in this manner is uncalled for. He urged the commerce minister to immediately withdraw the remarks from the trade policy which is very injurious to the reputation of the business community. The union has raised strong ob-

jection to the imposition of mandatory registration with the trade associations as it would amount to imposing double registration as all exporters are required to be members of the chamber of commerce of their area. The chambers of commerce and industry demand the National Tax Number, the bank account details, the National Identity Card and other copies before accepting membership of the exporter. The union invited the attention of the commerce minister that the ministry need not compel exporters to register with the trade association if they are already registered as members of their respective chamber of commerce.

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LAHORE—Banks are no more opening letter of credits (LCs) for export of goods, including rice, to Iran but India is having no such issue and continues to have good trade ties with Iran at state level despite US opposition. Resultantly, Pakistan and Iran official trade is at halt since United States has put economic sanctions on Iran. “We need to take some measures to continue this trade, including Currency Swap Arrangement, Barter Trade Arrangement and LC Transaction Arrangement with Iran, as rice export to Iran has plunged significantly due to ban on export

to Iran, observed REAP acting chairman Ch Samee Ullah. He pointed out that Iran is one of our biggest buyers since years and we have lost that market segment in past years. Indians are benefiting from Majarah Exchange rate ($1 = 12,260 Riyals) due to availability of official channel though Pakistan has to transact on Azad Exchange Rate ($1 = 34,000 Riyals) hence making us price ineffective. He said that overall exports of Basmati in July- October 2012 also plunged 52 percent to 168,000 tons from 353,000 tons in the year agro period. Exports of non-basmati varieties fell to

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STAFF REPORTER sales is likely to see recovery in the second half of current financial year 2012-13 (FY13) after restriction of used cars imports and its subsequent impact on picking up demand of locallymade cars. Analysts of the auto sector said local cars sales would see gradual increase from January onward with the rising booking of new models of local automobile companies. In addition to costly imported used cars will likely to shift consumers’ interest towards locally made cars. The surge in locally made cars has been witnessed in the season begins every new year which could increase the sales.

National debts stand at Rs13,254b STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Pakistan has to reimburse Rs 13,254 billion internal and external loans, the National Assembly was informed recently. Minister of State for Finance, Revenue and Planning and Development, Saleem H Mandviwalla, in a written reply informed the Lower House of the Parliament that the outstanding internal debts against the country were Rs8,332 billion while Rs 4,922 billion were

outstanding against Pakistan as external debts. He further stated that in the current scenario whereby Pakistan has to repay significant portion of IMF loan in current and next fiscal years, it was critical to borrow in foreign currency to avoid any material reduction in foreign currency reserves of the country and consequently put pressure on the exchange rate. To another question, Mandviwalla stated in a written reply that as many as 976 non-

customs paid vehicles were confiscated during 2012-13. Mandviwalla while replying to a question about payment of conveyance allowance to the government employees presently working in BPS 20 and above, stated that the government officer in BPS 20 and above were being paid Monetization of transport facility: Rs 65,960 being paid monthly to officer working in BPS 20, Rs77,430 to officer working in BPS 21 and Rs 95,910 to officer working in BPS 22 monthly.

Microfinance reaches fewer in world’s poorest but witnesses healthy trend in Pakistan TARIQ KHATTAK ISLAMABAD—About 13 million fewer of the world’s poorest families received access to microcredit and other financial services in 2011, says Microcredit Summit Campaign report captioned Vulnerability: The State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report 2011. However, contrary to the global trends, microcredit sector has witnessed a robust growth in Pakistan, which has been ranked by the Economic Intelligent Unit among top countries for offering condu-

cive environment for microfinance sector growth. As a sector developer, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) is in the driving seat to control the trajectory and disbursed over Rs. 14 billion during the year under review resulting in an increase of Rs. 2,545 million in the outstanding loan portfolio and contributing almost 76 per cent of the total increase witnessed by the microfinance sector in Pakistan. PPAF is the strategic and exclusive partner of Microcredit Summit Campaign for reporting and in terms of realizing its aims and objectives. Since its incep-

tion, PPAF has disbursed more than $850 million through 5.2 million microcredit loans. Currently, almost half of Pakistan’s microfinance market share is financed by PPAF through over 50 microfinance banks, microfinance institutions and other civil society organizations in 92 districts across the country. It is for the first time since 1998, when the Microcredit Summit Campaign began tracking this data, the total number of clients and number of the poorest families reached has declined. The total number of clients was reported to have

fallen from 205 million to 195 million and the sub-set of families living in extreme poverty, defined as less than $1.25 a day, from 137 million to 124 million. Most other parts of the world saw moderate or slowed growth, with the exception of 1.4 million new clients in SubSaharan Africa. Despite this reverse in 2011, microfinance institutions still provided microloans to more than 124 million households living in extreme poverty. Assuming an average of five persons per family, this means that more than 621 million people were affected; this is twice the entire

population of the United States. The report argues that getting the industry back on track will require a new understanding of clients’ needs, preferences and aspirations as well as designing new tools for delivering products and services at lower costs. The report highlights an ongoing challenge — how does the sector more effectively connect with those around the world who are financially excluded. The Microcredit Summit Campaign’s continued examination of innovative ways to reach underserved communities, like the potential of digi-

tal technology combined with appropriately designed products and services will be critical in accelerating financial inclusion. The Microcredit Summit Campaign is a project of RESULTS Educational Fund – a US-based advocacy organization – committed to creating the will to eliminate poverty. The Campaign brings together microfinance practitioners, advocates, researchers, investors, donors and stakeholders to promote best practices in the field, stimulate interchange of knowledge, work towards reaching 175 million of the world’s poor-

est with microfinance and help 100 million poorest families lift themselves out of severe poverty. As the lead institution for grassroot development in the country, PPAF works through civil society partner organizations to focus on the disadvantaged and marginalized across Pakistan. Adopting an integrated, multi sectoral, community-led, demand driven strategy, PPAF approach is to develop inclusive, representative, transparent and accountable institutions of the poor. The catalytic role of women in program design, delivery and

impact is at the core of all interventions. Social inclusion, political mainstreaming and empowerment of women form the bedrock of change and transformation by PPAF. Aggregation of their voices, awareness and education are fundamental to state-citizen relationships. Legal rights in the constitution and Shariah laws especially as they relate to divorce, property rights/inheritance, custody of children, voter registration and acquisition of national identity card are essential features of the social mobilization effort.


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Gold, tea imports up STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The gold imports during first half of current fiscal year grew by 29.15 per cent as against the same period of last year. According to data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, the yellow metal weighing 2054 kilogram worth of $111.185 million was imported during the period under review as compared to the import of 1594 kg valuing $86.091 million during same period of last year (2011-12).On month on month basis the gold imports in December 2012 registered an increase of 85.56 per cent and 121.96 per cent when compared to the imports during the months of December 2011 and November 2012 respectively. Gold imports in December 2012 stood at $36.373 million against the imports of $19.602 million and $16.387 million in December 2011 and November 2012 respectively. The overall imports of metal group, registered an increase of 11.03 per cent during July-December (2012-13) against the same period of last year. While, tea import in the country during the first two quarters of current financial year recorded an increased of 6.46 per cent as compared to the same period of last year. During the period from July-December 2012 country spent US$ 182.74 million on the import of 64,293 metric tons of tea to fulfill its domestic requirements, said data Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). Tea import during the first six months of last financial year was recorded at 58,883 metric tons costing US$ 171.65 million, however, tea import witnessed increase in dollar terms while the import in quantity term witnessed decreasing trend, it added. However, sugar import during the period under review decreased by 77.99 per cent and reached to 3,676 metric tons valuing US$ 2.818 million as compare4 metric tons costing US$ 12.80 million in July-December 2011, it added. The data revealed that import of leguminous vegetable (pulses) went down by 12.76 per cent as its import was recorded at 265,370 metric tons worth US$ 179.5 million as compared the 333,950 metric tons valuing US$ 205.75 million in same period of corresponding year. The import of spices also remain on decreasing track as its import came down from 55,177 metric tons in first six months of last financial year and reached to 36,012 metric tons during the same period of current financial year. According the data, import of other food items in the country was decreased by 24.80 per cent as country spent US$ 574.6 million in first six, months of current financial year as against the last year’s expenditures of $764.22 million.

Chambers for small traders a historic decision STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Small traders of capital city on Tuesday lauded the government for initiating moves aimed at welfare of the small traders, businesswomen and the cottage industry. Steps taken by the government for setting up chambers for small traders and small industry in every district of country will help resolve many problems confronted by the business community, said Kamran Abbasi, President of the Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industry. Speaking to business community here at Super Market, he said that they have been striving for chamber of small traders since 2008 and now our dream is coming true as the formal approval of Trade Organisations Bill from the Upper House is expected within days. He informed that an application has been moved to the

office of Director General Trade Organisations to rename their chamber from Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders and Cottage Industry to Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industry to ensure compliance with the bill. Abbasi said that major beneficiaries of the new law would be millions of small traders, importers, and services providers for which the credit goes to Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Jahangir Badr, Chairman Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, Senator Haji Ghulam Ali, Khurram Dastagir Khan and all the concerned officials. He said that all trade bodies are currently functioning under the Trade Organisation Ordinance 1961 that has certain inbuilt inadequacies including lack of governance mechanism for services sector, female entrepreneurs, small businesses and cottage industry.

Speaking on the occasion, Jahangir Akhtar, Secretary General of the proposed Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industry said that government’s move will ensure effective dispute resolution mechanism and that every taxpaying trader would be eligible to become a member of the chamber while the membership fee would be mere Rs 200. He said that chambers of small traders would take decisions on merit which will make things better for everyone. The bill supports proper implementation of law, definition for territorial jurisdiction for trade bodies, elimination of fake associations, and facilitates the small businesses to prosper and promote good practices, said Akhtar. The small traders demanded of the government to make the bill a law as soon as possible to win support of millions of small traders.

Cement exports continue to decline STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD—A slow recovery in domestic cement consumption during first seven months of this fiscal saved the day for the cement industry which has been constantly losing its export market since last year. January was another good month for domestic market and bad for exports. According to a statement released by cement manufacturers association APCMA, in January 2013 domestic cement dispatches jumped by 10.10 percent to 2.135 million tons.

The despatches made by the north based mills amounted to 1.706 million tons while the mills located in south despatched 0.429 million tons of cement for domestic market. The cement exports declined in the same month by 11.91 percent with total exports of 522,584 tons. Out of this 330,016 tons of exports were generated from north and 192,568 tons from south. In the first seven months of this fiscal the total cement despatches in the country reached 18.607 million tons. The domestic use stood at 13.862 million

tons and exported quantity was 4.746 million tons. The overall increase in domestic cement consumption was 7.98 percent while the overall decline in exports was 6.05 percent. The total increase in the despatches of cement stood at 4.02 percent after adjusting for decline in exports. APCMA spokesman has said that there is a serious energy crisis prevailing in the country and during the last month half of the cement units located in northern part of the country did not operate at optimum levels.

NIT kiosk OBSERVER REPORT KARACHI—Three days kiosk was organized by NIT at Expo Centre, Karachi to familiarize public about the opportunities of profit by investment in NIT funds. A heavy turnout of the visitors was witnessed at NIT stall. A very useful database of perspective customers has been compiled during the event days to help NIT marketing force to explore further. Chairman/MD NIT Wazir Ali Khoja also visited NIT kiosk and appreciated An official of NIT giving information to visitors at kiosk stall. the teamwork of NIT staff deputed at NIT kiosk.

Shipping activity at PQ

President FPCCI leaves to attend meeting of Islamic Chamber STAFF REPORTER

K A R A C H I —Two ships ar- KARACHI —President of the rived at Port Qasim to load/ offolad containers at QICT palm oil at LCT on Monday last. Berth occupancy was maintained at 42% at the Port on Monday where a total of six ships namely M.V KPS-I Alican Bey - Powership, M.V Thelisis, M.V Nedlloyed Drake, M.T Chemroad Journey load/offload, containers, rice cement, palm oil. Cargo handling operation were carried out smoothly at the Port where a cargo volume 24990 tonnes comprising 19932 tonnes import 5058 tonnes export and (664) Tues was handled at the Port during last 24 hours. M.V CMA CGM Debussy, M.V Hanjin Los Angelles at QICT M.T Harsanadi at EVTL arrive on Tuesday.—APP

Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Haji Fazal Kadir Khan Sherani has left for Turkey to attend the 15th Board of Directors Meeting of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) which will be held in Istanbul from 4-5 February, 2013 followed by the Financial Committee meeting of ICCI in pursuit of the objectives of ICCI to promote intraregional trade and investment among the OIC countries. Moreover, the President FPCCI will also be chairing

Electricity

Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has decided to take action against officials who conspired against Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import project. An inquiry committee has been constituted comprising Minister for Science and Technology (Convener), Changez Jamali Secretary Finance Division and Secretary, Law & Justice Division to examine the matter for ascertaining the reasons for managing the bidding process in a non-professional manner and fixing the responsibility for taking legal action against the person(s) at fault to avoid recurrence of such lapses in future. The committee will submit its report to the ECC within a fortnight. On Jan 29, 2013, the ECC was informed that pursuant to its decision under Case No ECC122/13/2012 of Oct 3, 2012, the process of tendering for the fast track (200 MMCFD) and first 400 MMCFD LNG import projects were taken in hand im-

From Page 13 ferential of the second half (January to June) period of the ongoing fiscal year 2013 would increase the budget deficit by around 1.0 percent of the GDP, economic experts believed. The International Monetary Fund has recently shown unhappiness over huge subsidy given to the power sector during the ongoing financial year 2012-13. IMF team is of the view that budget deficit would get out of control if current pace of releasing funds for power sector continued in next few months. Sources said that IMF team said that power subsidy would go beyond Rs 300 billion at the end of June 2013 if current pace of releasing funds for power sector continued in next six months that would increase the country’s fiscal deficit. The government has target to keep budget deficit at 4.7 per cent of the GDP during current fiscal year.

the first D-8 Chamber of Commerce and Industry meeting wherein he will discuss the D-8 action plan and establishment of D-8 Chamber’s Secretariat in Islamabad, Pakistan for the two year term 2013-14. The D-8 Secretariat will provide a platform to the private sector of Pakistan for strengthening economic ties with member countries on a wide spectrum of industries for advancing trade-led economic growth as well as enhancing D-8 intra-trade and investment. Currently the members of D-8 Chamber are Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

Action against officials working against LNG import STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Economic

mediately by SSGC. The fasttrack project was subsequently put on hold when notice was taken that it would cause confusion in the procurement of longterm LNG. The sub-committee of ECC constituted for the purpose is supervising the process of tendering. After due tendering process, technical bids for first 400 MMCFD LNG import project were received from the following three firms: (i) consortium led by GEl Pakistan (Global); (ii) consortium led by Pakistan Gasport (Gasport); and (iii) consortium led by Elengy Terminal Pakistan (Engro). The bids were opened on Jan 9, 2013 and it was noticed that Global had submitted a bidbond in Pakistani rupee, which on conversion at the SBP selling rate on the date of opening of the bid gave a lower value than the other bidders and thus was not equivalent to $ 1 million specified in Request for Proposal (RFP) documents. On the other hand the bid of Gasport was submitted about 19 minutes after the bid closing time of 4.00 pm but before the bid opening time i.e. 5:00 pm.

Chief Executive Officer Muhammad Saleem receiving a shield from LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar.

Lint trading remains brisk STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Trading remained brisk with fine lint in focus amid firm spot rate, traders at the Karachi Cotton Association (KCA) said. KCA kept the spot rate unchanged at Rs 6,100 per maund in order to provide growers incentive to fetch better returns on low grades besides strengthening baseline prices, floor brokers said. During the trading session, spinners in Sindh and Punjab stations made deals for all grades to fortify their long positions on slow influx of cottonseed in the ginneries, said traders. Grade issue remained one of the reasons and would likely continue affecting the prices in the next coming trading sessions as better cottonseed arrival has been slowed down in the ginneries. The general buyers in Punjab and Sindh stations made deals for fine lint on slightly higher prices at around Rs 6,250 per maund on back of paucity of the produce, they added. Mills in Sindh and Punjab stations bought lint of all grades on competitive prices at around Rs 5,875 per maund and in Punjab stations other than mills the buyers made deals at Rs 5,800 per maund, floor brokers added. More than 15,000 bales changed hands with more than 80 percent of Punjab’s share in trading. Private sector commercial exporters bought all grades on competitive rates at around Rs 5,675 per maund in Sindh and Punjab stations. “Prices at New York Futures market remained firm and are putting a positive impact on international and domestic lint prices, while the local market sentiment remained on firm footing on back of increasing yarn export,” said Shakeel Ahmad a fibre analyst. “The country received around 12.37 million bales up till February 4, 2013 in crop season 2012-13, which is nearing to an end in the next two months.”

Flexible rules for establishing women’s chamber demanded I SLAMABAD —The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Tuesday said new rules framed to create chambers for women, small traders and cottage industry should be flexible enough to attract the business community. Some clauses in the Trade Organisation Bill 2013 approved by the joint committee of National Assembly and Senate Standing Committees on Commerce recently will only benefit the business community if it is widely accepted, it said. The current set of rules may prove unappealing for majority of businessmen leaving the whole exercise counterproductive, said Dr. Murtaza Mughal, President PEW. The legislation for setting up business chambers in every district of the country will only benefit millions of small traders and business women if conditions are relaxed, he said. Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that condition of 150 members for a chamber and 100 members for women’s chambers having a valid National Tax Number would be difficult to meet in some small districts. He said that majority of businesswomen work from homes with no exposure, minimum opportunities and dependence on middlemen. They don’t possess NTNs and there is less likelihood that many would get one to secure membership in a chamber.

Govt asked to notice transporters strike diate action by Government for instant redressal to call-off their strike and ensure smooth transportation for port activities and supply to upcountry and downcountry destinations. A delegation of United Goods Transporters Alliances, Karachi Goods Carriers Association, Transporters of Goods Association (KPT) represented by Madad Khan Niazi and Muhammad Shoaib Khan along with others and accompanied delegation of Karachi Custom Agents Association led by its President Saifullah Khan called on President KCCI and apprised about the genuine problem. President KCCI Haroon Agar assured the delegation to contact the concerned authorities. He informed that he has already brought this issue personally in the knowledge of Commerce Minister and Commerce Secretary in the Export Development Fund meeting held on 31st January, 2013 at Islamabad for immediate intervention.

Minister for Ports & Shipping is also informed about the situation, he added. Haroon Agar urged the government to take immediate notice as the importers and exporters also have apprehensions on this issue because during the 13-days strike in December, exporters faced colossal financial losses due to delays in export shipments, decomposition of perishable export items owing to unavailability of transport. Likewise, the importers also faced huge losses in the form of detention charges as the import deliveries were halted and imported consignments failed reach to their warehouses, markets and upcountry destination leading to shortages of commodities, industrial raw materials, daily household items, medicines, food products, FMCG etc. in Karachi and across Pakistan. He also demanded that the Shipping Lines/ Agents involved in unfair and abusive business practices must be controlled by some Government regulatory authority.

Lafarge Pakistan Cement appoints Khan as CEO

CEO Excellence Awards on Feb 10

AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—The Bhatta gangsters adding fuel to fire of the worst kind of law and order which has adversely affected logistics infrastructure especially trucking of shipments from and to Karachi port and port qasim. Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s President Muhammad Haroon Agar has demanded the Government to intervene while take immediate notice of the transporters’ strike call owing to its detrimental effects on Pakistan’s economy which is already injured by internal and external challenges and the country must not undergo once again severe disruption in the import and export activities as entire activities at all ports of Karachi became standstill owing to strike by transporters in the month of December 2012. He stated that transporters’ genuine grievances need imme-

OBSERVER REPORT L AHORE—Lafarge Pakistan Cement, a subsidiary of Lafarge SA, France world number one in cement business & building materials announced the appointment of Amr Reda as the new Country CEO of Lafarge Pakistan. As a Finance veteran he has held many senior positions in various multinationals and prior to joining Lafarge Pakistan he was the Regional Business Controller Lafarge Middle East and Pakistan and has served as member Board of Directors’ Lafarge Pakistan since January 2007. Major General (R) Rehmat Khan after serving

for almost five years as CEO Lafarge Pakistan takes new role as Chairman Board of Directors of Lafarge Pakistan. “We are fortunate to have Amr as the new CEO and I have full faith that he will take the company to the new heights of professionalism. We will together work for the benefit of all stakeholders of the C o m p a n y. ” said, Major General (R) Rehmat Khan. Amr Reda, Country Chief Executive Officer, Lafarge Pakistan stated, “I am honoured and excited to lead Lafarge in Pakistan, the country I deeply love and respect. He also said, “Major General (R) Rehmat

2nd INTERTRANS 2013 to be held in April STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—2nd International Multi-Modal Transportation, Logistics and Material Handling Exhibition and Conference (INTERTRANS 2013) will be held from 23 to 25 of April, 2013 at Karachi Expo Centre. The event is supported by Board of Investment (BOI), Pakistan Railways, National Highway Authority (NHA), Gawadar Port Authority, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and International Multimodal Transports Association (IMMTA). INTERTRANS PAKISTAN 2013 will ‘Display and Demonstrate’ the latest equipment and services for ports &

container terminals, shipping companies, freight forwarders, shipping lines, air cargo, project logistics, trucking, material handling, warehousing and storage solutions, and other related product and services. The 2nd Edition of INTERTRANS Conference “Multi-Modal Transportation: Designing the Future Today” is also planned in concurrence with the exhibition where eminent local professionals and international experts from various renowned organizations will come together to discuss the potential of multi-modal transportation in the development of Pakistan’s domestic and regional logistics and supply chain industry.

Govt asked to encourage women entrepreneurs STAFF REPORTER K A R A C H I —Chairperson, Women Entrepreneurs SubCommittee of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Durre Shahwar has emphasised that the government must encourage women entrepreneurs if we want to make Pakistan strong economically and politically. She suggested preparing a comprehensive plan to encourage and help women in educa-

tion sector, businesses and jobs. She said that women constitute 51 percent of society and it’s very encouraging to observe that women are taking initiative to launch businesses. She noted that 72 percent women are associated with agriculture, 13 percent with manufacturing sector and 11 percent with social sector and still they have meager representation in related bodies. She said that the chamber intent to provide better working environment to new upcoming women entrepreneur.

STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Senior management and leadership of some 28 public and private sector companies (also including many multinationals) will be awarded the 3rd Global CEO Excellence Awards-2013 at a splendid ceremony at a local hotel on February 10, 2013. Senior Federal Minister for Commerce Mr. Amin Fahim will be chief guest on the occasion who will also give away the awards to heads of successful public, private, and multi-national companies. The Global Media Links (GML) and Better Pakistan Forum are organizing the award ceremony to admire excellence in leadership in various aspects and spheres of corporate, private, public, and industrial management. The awards will be conferred in various categories of innovative leadership demonstrated by chairmen, CEOs, and managing-directors, and other highly placed officials of large, medium, and small enterprises, industries, public, private, and government sector organizations. The prime feature of this year’s CEO Excellence Awards will be the presentation of Multinational CEO Excellence Awards-2013 to officiating heads of 10 leading and distinguished multinational companies working in Pakistan.

Banks From Page 13 121,000 tons in October this year from 184,000 tons in October last year. And in July-October 2012, exports of nonbasmati rice also declined to 333,000 tons from 531,000 tons in the same period of 2011. He expressed appreciation to Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Federal Minister of Commerce, Muneer Qureshi, Secretary Commerce and Abid Javed Akbar, CE, TDAP for incorporating the Mandatory Membership of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan into Recent Strategic Trade Policy Framework (2012-15). He said that with the suspension of Mandatory Membership since 23rd April 2012 through a Public Notice by Mincom, REAP was pulled to become a Rich Men Club so that Voice of Small Exporters is snubbed and Larger Exporters share the major chunk of the trade through formulation of self caused policies.


Saudi Arabia pledges billions to Gaza

Ahmadinejad in Egypt on first visit CAIRO—President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

GAZA—A Saudi official, at- implemented in difficult situa-

arrived in Egypt on Tuesday on the first trip by an Iranian head of state since the 1979 revolution, underlining the thaw in relations since Egyptians elected an Islamist head of state. President Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood politician elected in June, kissed Ahmadinejad as he disembarked from his plane at Cairo airport. The leaders walked down a red carpet, Ahmadinejad smiling as he shook hands with waiting dignitaries. Visiting Cairo to attend an Islamic summit that begins on Wednesday, the president of the Shi’ite Islamist republic is due to meet later on Tuesday with the grand sheikh of al-Azhar, one of the oldest seats of learning in the Sunni world. Such a visit would have been unthinkable during the rule of Hosni Mubarak, the military-backed autocrat who preserved Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel during his 30 years in power and deepened ties between Cairo and the West. “The political geography of the region will change if Iran and Egypt take a unified position on the Palestinian question,” Ahmadinejad said in an interview with Al Mayadeen, a Beirut-based TV station, on the eve of his visit. He said he wanted to visit the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian territory which neighbours Egypt to the east and is run by the Islamist movement Hamas. “If they allow it, I would go to Gaza to visit the people,” Ahmadinejad said. Analysts doubt that the historic changes that brought Mursi to power in Egypt will result in a full restoration of diplomatic ties between states whose relations were broken off after the Iranian revolution and the con- A police vehicle is towed after a suicide bomb attack in Taji, 20 km north of Baghdad. clusion of Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel in 1979. —Reuters

Two killed, four hurt in pro-govt rally QUITO—Two supporters of Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa were killed on Monday and four more suffered stab wounds during a campaign rally almost two weeks before a presidential election that the leftist leader is expected to win comfortably. “Crazy person stabs seven AP people while they were waiting for the President. Two have been killed,” Correa said in his Twitter account, referring to supporters of the ruling Alianza Pais political movement, known as AP. In a video shown on local TV networks a man could be seen breaking through a rally of a few hundred pro-government supporters and attacking them with a large knife. “Before the president was due to arrive ... we can see in these images how this person stabs the people that were standing up front repeatedly,” said Interior Minister Jose Serrano at a press conference in Quito. He said that four people were wounded and that police had arrested the person who they think carried out the attack. The incident occurred ahead of a campaign rally in Quininde, a town in the western Esmeraldas province. “Best wishes to the families of the Quininde victims. The video of the attack is spine-chilling,” Correa said. Correa, an ally of socialist Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, is expected to win the February 17 vote. Polls give him between 50 percent and 60 percent of votes, at least 30 percentage points ahead of his nearest rival, Guillermo Lasso, a former banker. The 49-yearold is very popular in urban shanty towns and rural areas, where millions have seen their livelihoods improved thanks to record spending in roads, hospitals and schools.—Reuters

Merkel’s rival ask for more time L ONDON —German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s main challenger in this year’s federal election said on Monday that recessionstruck Greece should be given more time to implement its reforms even though this would cost more money. Peer Steinbrueck, a former finance minister, said it was necessary for crisis-stricken states to get their budgets in order and consolidate sovereign debt. But Merkel’s centre-right government was too focused on consolidation, he said. “I think the application rate of these consolidation programmes must be widened, must be extended, in particular in the specific case of Greece,” Steinbrueck said, speaking in English at the London School of Economics. “It will perhaps cost some money and in my eyes it’s obvious it will cost some money from Germany as well and you have to tell the people, you have to tell the electorate and that’s what I miss (under the current government).” Steinbrueck, who served as finance minister in a conservative grand coalition under Merkel from 2005 to 2009, said more economic stimulus and more stringent supervision and regulation of banks was needed alongside consolidation in struggling euro zone states. “I think many of these countries and their governments are to a certain extent not very content with such a strategy (of) only consolidation, consolidation, consolidation because it brings these societies and economies down to austerity.”—Reuters

Women rights more safe R OME —Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti spoke of the importance of women’s rights on Monday, while his election rival Silvio Berlusconi sought to have his latest hearing in a trial for underage prostitution postponed. Berlusconi’s “Bunga Bunga” sex scandal was one of the factors that cut short his last spell as prime minister in late 2011 at the height of the euro zone debt crisis. Monti, who took over as a “technocrat” premier, used a conference on female genital mutilation to underline the importance of women in Italy, which ranks 80th in the world for gender equality according to one league table. “We must not allow people to abuse and exploit women and then forget them because they are no longer considered useful. We must acknowledge their intelligence, humanity and qualities that can be developed at all stages of their lives,” he said. Around the time Monti was speaking, judges in Milan agreed to a request by Berlusconi’s lawyers to postpone by a week his trial for paying for sex with an underage prostitute, due to his busy agenda of interviews as he bids for a fifth term. Several young women who had aspired to be showgirls on Berlusconi’s television channels have described lurid stripteases during parties at his Milan villa. He has said the parties were “elegant dinners” and denies any wrongdoing. Berlusconi’s chauvinistic quips had also fuelled ire, with him once telling the matronly Rosy Bindi, a 61-year-old, bespectacled political opponent, that she was “more beautiful than intelligent” during a television debate. —Reuters

Chavez improving HAVANA—Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is getting “much better” as he recovers from cancer surgery almost two months ago in Havana, Communist Party newspaper Granma reported on Monday. Castro, 86, spoke to reporters as he voted on Sunday in Cuba’s parliamentary elections in one of his increasingly rare public appearances. He said he gets daily reports on the condition of Chavez, who is Cuba’s top socialist ally and benefactor. “He is much better, recovering. It has been a tough fight but he is improving,” the frail, white-bearded Castro was quoted as saying. “We have to cure him. Chavez is very important for his country and for Latin America,” he said. Chavez, 58, is battling cancer in the pelvic region discovered in June 2011 by Cuban doctors. He has undergone four cancerrelated surgeries on the communist island, the last a six-hour operation on December 11 in Havana. Castro’s description of Chavez’s condition matches increasingly positive public statements from Venezuelan officials, but the Venezuelan leader has not been seen nor heard from publicly since the surgery. He was unable to return to Venezuela on January 10 to be sworn in for a new term in office, which he won in an October election. Castro, who ruled Cuba for 49 years after taking power in a 1959 revolution, has been battling his own health problems since undergoing emergency surgery for intestinal bleeding in July 2006.—Reuters

tending the official opening of a housing project in Gaza, pledged to invest millions of dollars and build more homes. Yousef alBassam, vice chairman of the Saudi Development Fund, attended Monday’s official opening ceremony of the Saudifunded, 752-home neighborhood in Rafah. He pledged an additional $88 million to the Gulf Cooperation Council program in Gaza that would go toward refurbishing some 7,000 homes and the construction of 1,100 new homes as well as six schools, the Ma’an news agency reported Tuesday. “This project was

France targets Mali Islamist bases

Suicide bomber hits Iraq army checkpoint, three killed BAGHDAD—A suicide bomber ing and shoes scattered around the sands in 2006-2007, but insur- the government to amend antidetonated a car packed with explosives at an Iraqi army checkpoint north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least three people, police said, in an apparent attempt to destabilise the Shi’ite-led government. The blast in Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of the capital, followed another suicide attack in the same town a day earlier that killed at least 22 people. It was the eighth suicide bombing in a month in Iraq, where insurgents are seeking to inflame tensions between Shi’ite, Sunni and ethnic Kurdish factions a year after U.S. troops pulled out of the country. “There were patches of blood, pieces of cloth-

place,” said policeman Furat Fleh, whose patrol was near the checkpoint at the time of the blast. “We heard shooting and shouting after the explosion”. Prime Minister Nouri alMaliki, a Shi’ite, has been struggling to quell mass protests by Sunni Muslims against what they see as the marginalisation of their sect since the fall of Saddam Hussein and the empowerment of Iraq’s Shi’ite majority through the ballot box. Ten years on from the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, sectarian and ethnic divisions run deep. Violence has fallen from the height of inter-communal slaughter that killed tens of thou-

gents have still been carrying out at least one high-casualty attack a month since the U.S. withdrawal in December 2011. Unrest in Iraq’s Sunni heartland is compounding fears the war in neighbouring Syria where Sunni rebels are fighting to topple a leader backed by Shi’ite Iran - could further upset Iraq’s own delicate sectarian and ethnic balance. Thousands of Sunni protesters have taken to the streets since late December, rallying mainly in the Sunni-dominated Anbar province where they have blocked a highway to Jordan and Syria. Many demonstrators want

tions but with UNRWA’s efforts, the project was successful in record time and with high quality. This project also employed more than 400 workers, increased incomes, and revitalized the work of contractors,” the news agency quoted Bassam saying at the ceremony. The building of the new neighborhood in Rafah was overseen by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency in Gaza. Robert Turner, the United Nations’ director of operations in Gaza, said the opening of the neighborhood would mark the end of a difficult period for thousands of families, the news agency said.—UPI

terrorism laws that Sunnis believe authorities misuse to target them, but hardliners and Sunni Islamists have called for Maliki to step down and even for an autonomous Sunni fiefdom inside Iraq. Al Qaeda’s Iraq affiliate, which views Shi’ites as apostates, last month called on Sunni protesters to take up arms against the government. No group claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s blast, but suicide bomb attacks are the hallmark of Iraq’s local al Qaeda wing, Islamic State of Iraq, which has sent Sunni Islamist fighters and arms into Syria.—Reuters

UK Surprise services cuts recession chance

Lawmaker rejects strings on Syria talks

fearing a triple-dip recession,” said Investec economist Victoria Clarke. The report also added to expectations that the Bank of England will opt against extending its asset purchases, intended to stimulate the economy, when it concludes its policy meeting on Thursday. The pound rose against the dollar and the euro. After only one quarter of expansion, the economy contracted again at the end of last year, raising the prospect of its third recession in four years and underscoring the challenge facing the Bank’s next governor, Canadian Mark Carney. He speaks to MPs on Thursday. The

has rejected preconditions for dialogue set by the opposition chief to help end nearly two years of bloodshed. Fayez Sayegh tells The Associated Press that dialogue between the Syrian government and its political opponents in the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition should start without preconditions. Opposition chief Mouaz alKhatib called on President Bashar Assad on Monday to respond to his overture for dialogue to save the country after 22 months of civil war. Al-Khatib suggested that Assad should begin releasing tens of thousands of political prisoners as a first step. Sayegh said Tuesday that the numbers cited were exaggerated and that the opposition aimed to embarrass the regime.—Reuters

PARIS—New French airstrikes targeted fuel depots and bases of Islamist extremists in northern Mali overnight, as the French military intervention turns away from cities and toward the radicals’ desert outposts that had raised fears of a Saharan launchpad for international terrorism. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on FranceInter radio Monday that the strikes hit the Kidal region, near the border with Algeria, for the second night in a row. The extremists “cannot stay there a long time unless they have ways to get new supplies,” he said. French Mirage and Rafale planes also pounded extremist training camps as well as arms and fuel depots from Saturday night into the early hours of Sunday, north of the town Kidal and in the Tessalit region. The French intervened in Mali on Jan. 11 to stem the advance of the al-Qaida-linked fighters, who had taken over much of the African country and enforced

harsh rules on the population. After pushing extremists out of key cities, France is now pushing to hand over control of those sites to African forces from a U.N.-authorized force made up of thousands of troops from nearby countries. “In the cities that we are holding we want to be quickly replaced by the African forces,” Fabius said Monday. Asked whether the French could pull out of the fabled city of Timbuktu and hand it to African forces as soon as Tuesday, Fabius responded, “Yes, it could happen very fast. We are working on it because our vocation is not to stay in the long term.” But it is far from clear that the African forces — much less the weak Malian army — are ready to see the thousands of French troops, fighter planes and helicopters withdraw and take full responsibility, in case the Islamic extremists attempt a comeback from their desert hideouts.—AP

Cats dying in Belarus basement

DAMASCUS—A prominent law- MINSK—The plaintive meows ment policy,” Titova said MonLONDON—Britain’s dominant tainly good news for all those PMI survey chimes with the lat- maker from Syria’s ruling party haunt the people of Minsk in the day. “This barbarian policy can

service sector unexpectedly returned to growth in January and optimism among firms jumped, reducing the chances of a tripledip recession. The Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for services, published on Tuesday, rose to 51.5 from 48.9 in December when the sector shrank for the first time in two years. January’s reading was the strongest since September and beat the median forecast of 49.5 in a Reuters poll of economists. However, the survey highlighted growing inflation pressures. “It does suggest the UK economy has started growing again in January, which is cer-

est quarterly forecast from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, a leading think-tank, which said Britain would probably skirt a triple-dip recession. Recession is generally defined as at least two consecutive quarters of contraction. However, the institute now expects the economy to grow more slowly this year and next than it thought only three months ago, it said in a quarterly report. “Stronger growth would inevitably have been recorded had the country not suffered the heavy snowfall, suggesting the underlying trend is even stronger than these numbers indicate,” he added.—Reuters

Crash kills 16 Bangladeshis in Abu Dhabi A B U D HABI —At least 16 said Latiful. Bangladeshis died in a terrible road crash that claimed 22 lives and injured 25 others at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates yesterday, police and Bangladesh embassy officials in the UAE said. Latiful Haque, a labour councillor at Bangladesh mission there, told The Daily Star over the phone that they had identified 16 of the dead as Bangladeshis and one as an Indian. He suspected the rest too were Bangladeshis. Early in the morning, the bus carrying them collided with a truck laden with sand and other construction materials when the workers were on their way to work in a camp,

The accident happened around 7:45am (local time), said Brigadier Hussain Ahmad Al Harithi, director of Abu Dhabi Police Traffic and Patrol Directorate, states Gulf News. The bus was carrying 46 people, says Gulf News, while Khaleej Times reports the number to be 55. “I was driving to our camp when I saw a concrete-laden truck crash into a bus coming from the opposite direction. The bus was smashed beyond recognition. I don’t think any of the workers could have survived this incident,” said an eyewitness to Gulf News. Other witnesses suggested the workers

died from suffocation in the pile of sand and construction materials. An eyewitness told the Khaleej Times that the victims worked for a maintenance and contracting company that had a camp in the area. Al Ain police deployed helicopters to rescue the injured workers who were buried under pile of sand at the site, reports Gulf News. They were transferred to Al Ain, Al Tawam, Al Noor and NMC hospitals. Latiful Haque said some of the bodies of the dead had been kept in the morgue and others had been sent to nearby hospitals as there was not enough room in the morgue. —Reuters

Gunmen attack oil ship in Nigeria’s delta Y ENAGOA —Gunmen ambushed an Indian-owned oil barge on Tuesday as it was being escorted by the military through Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, killing two soldiers and one crew member on the ship, a security forces spokesman said. The ship belonging to Sterling Global Oil Resources, part of the Sandesara Group conglomerate, was fired on in the Angiama area of the delta, according to Onyema Nwachukwu, spokesman for mixed military and police brigades in the Niger Delta region. He added that the gunmen were repelled by return fire. “Our troops were escorting

the Sterling Global Oil barge ... when they ran into an ambush. Two soldiers and one civilian were killed,” he said, and three civilians on the boat were wounded. “Troops have been deployed to the area because some of the gunmen fled wounded.” There was no immediate comment from Sterling. The swampy Niger Delta is plagued by violence of assorted militants, criminal gangs, pirates and oil thieves seeking to grab a share of the two million barrels of oil a day produced by Africa’s most lucrative energy industry. Pirates usually attack ships offshore, while oil thieves steal from pipelines in the delta’s laby-

rinthine creeks, although with so many armed gangs riding around on speedboats, the distinction is sometimes blurred. Many gangs are offshoots of militant groups that attacked the oil industry ostensibly for political reasons during a decade of unrest in the delta, before a 2009 government amnesty. The amnesty formally ended the conflict, but criminal networks continue to operate. Suspected Nigerian pirates have hijacked a French-owned Luxembourg-flagged tanker along with its 17-member crew off Ivory Coast, Ivorian officials and the International Maritime Bureau said on Monday.—Reuters

Turkey urged to speed up reforms of antiterrorism law ANKARA—Turkey must speed up its reforms of legislation such as the sweeping anti-terrorism laws under which dozens of journalists have been jailed, the head of the Council of Europe said on Tuesday. Since coming to power in 2002, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has earned praise for reforms aimed at bringing the EU candidate nation closer to European Union norms and for liberalising an economy that has seen unprecedented prosperity. But his government is also accused of trying to tame the media and smother opposition. “The lawmaking process has to be sped up,” Secretary General Thorbjoern Jagland told Reuters in an interview. “They have laws, the terrorist act for instance, special courts, and they have a very wide interpretation of what incitement to violence is, which brings so many journalists to jail.” Anti-terrorism laws allow suspects to be detained for lengthy periods before being formally charged. Erdogan’s government says most of the detained media workers are being held for serious crimes, such as membership of an armed terrorist group, that have nothing to do with journalism. “The problem is when a journalist in Turkey reports about a terrorist group then you are immediately being associated with this group ... then you are detained and accused of enhancing terrorism,” Jagland said.—Reuters

dead of night. They come, activists say, from hundreds of stray cats who find themselves locked in basements by Belarus authorities — and doomed to starvation. City authorities have been sealing off apartment block basements to keep out rats. A tragic consequence is that cats get trapped inside, left to waste away. “My heart aches to hear how the animals, whom they have walled up, are screaming day and night,” said 72-year-old Antonina Gayenko, a retiree who was feeding some cats through small holes in the iron plates used to board up the basements. “They have doomed them to death from thirst and hunger.” Elena Titova, leader of the animal rights group Protect Life, says the authoritarian ex-Soviet nation has no long-term shelters to house stray animals. She estimated that about 9,000 strays have been killed in the capital alone over the past three years. “Killing the animals with impunity has become a govern-

be described as ‘No animal, no problem.’ They find it easier to kill them as they don’t have to build shelters.” Stray animals in Belarus are placed in shelters for five days and then killed by injection when owners don’t show up. City authorities say they must block off the basements of apartment buildings in line with Soviet-era health rules. “Cats and residents will scream for a while and then they will calm down,” said Alexander Yubkov, a city worker who has welded iron covers on basement windows. He said that if workers did not secure basements, “sanitary officials will come and order us to pay a fine.” Minsk resident Karolina Litvinova said authorities don’t bother to check whether there are no animals left in a basement before shutting it. Residents have drilled bigger holes in the iron plates to allow the cats to escape. “We have saved five cats that have been walled up,” said Litvinova. —AP

Kerry warns of punishment for NKorea nuclear test SEOUL—New US Secretary of Democratic People’s Republic State John Kerry and his South Korean counterpart have agreed to make sure North Korea is punished if it carries out its threat to conduct a nuclear test. Amid signs that such a test is coming, South Korea’s president also speculated that Pyongyang may detonate multiple atomic devices simultaneously. Under a UN Security Council resolution last month condemning a North Korean longrange rocket launch that the UN and others call a disguised test of banned missile technology, Pyongyang is subject to new sanctions if it detonates its third nuclear device since 2006. North Korea announced last month that it will conduct a nuclear test to protest the toughened sanctions over its December launch, which delivered a satellite into orbit. During a phone conversation between Kerry and South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, “there was agreement that ... if the DPRK continues its provocative behavior and takes further steps, that there must be further consequences,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday. DPRK is the acronym for North Korea’s official name, the

of Korea. North Korea may simultaneously conduct multiple nuclear tests as it tries to create a warhead small enough to fit atop a long-range missile, South Korean President Lee Myungbak told the South Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, in an interview published Tuesday. Lee did not say whether his comments were based on intelligence findings. A North Korean nuclear test “seems to be imminent,” South Korea’s UN Ambassador Kim Sook said Monday at a news conference at UN headquarters in New York. He said there are “very busy activities” taking place at North Korea’s nuclear test site “and everybody’s watching.” The ambassador said he expects the Security Council to respond with “firm and strong measures” in the event of a nuclear test. North Korea has denounced sanctions over its rocket launches, saying it has the sovereign right to use rockets to send satellites into orbit under a space development program. Pyongyang’s two previous nuclear tests, in 2006 and 2009, both occurred after it received international criticism for similar rocket launches.—AP


Pakistan Olympic Association Women’s World Cup

South Africa beat Pakistan to qualify for Super Six CUTTACK—A fine all-round performance from Marizanne Kapp helped South Africa beat Pakistan by 126 runs in their last league match and qualify for the Super Six stage of the ICC Women’s World Cup. South Africa rode on Marizanne’s unbeaten 150ball 102 to post 207 for five in their alloted 50 overs after electing to bat and then shot out Pakistan for a paltry 81 in 29.4 overs to finish the league with two points from three games in Cuttack on Tuesday. Pakistan remained winless in the tournament after having lost their other two Group ‘B’ games to Australia and New Zealand. Marizanne also contributed with the ball, picking up three key Pakistani wickets for 18 runs to help the Proteas register their first win in the ongoing World Cup. Marizanne, who scored her maiden hundred, was involved in a record centuryplus stand for the unconquered sixth wicket partner-

ship with Dane Van Niekerk (77-ball 55 not out) after the South Africans were left tottering at 79 for five in 23.5 overs. Both joined forces at a time when Pakistan’s newball combination of Asmavia Iqbal and Qanita Jali had reduced the Proteas to 55 for four inside 17 overs. Just as South Africa began to build a partnership, Susan Benade was run out by Javeria Khan. It was then left to Marizanne and Niekerk to resuurect the innings and provide some semblance of respectability to the score. Both mixed caution with aggression and added 128 runs for the sixth wicket, the highest partnership for South Africa in the World Cup and the second highest sixth-wicket partnership of all time. Pakistan started off their run-chase on a shaky note and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Their ploy to promote Jalil up the batting order and bringing skip-

S Africa Women innings: Y Potgieter b Qanita Jalil 20 T Chetty b Asmavia ........ 4 Preez lbw b Asmavia ....... 0 M Kapp not out .......... 102 C Brits b Qanita Jalil ....... 0 SM Benade run out ...... 11 D van Niekerk not out .. 55 Extras:(b 1, lb 1, w 13) ... 15 Total : (5 wickets) ........ 207 Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-9, 355, 4-55, 5-79 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W Qanita Jalil .......... 10-2-30-2 Asmavia Iqbal ..... 6-0-31-2 Sana Mir ............. 10-1-39-0 Sadia Yousuf ...... 10-1-28-0 Bismah Maroof .. 10-1-42-0 Nida Dar ............... 4-0-35-0 Pakistan Women innings: Rabiya Shah lbw b Ismail . 1 Qanita Jalil b Benade .... 12 Sidra Ameen b Letsoalo 15

Bismah Maroof b Ismail 4 Nain Abidi lbw b Benade 2 Sana Mir c Chetty b Kapp .............................. 1 Nida Dar lbw b Kapp ...... 7 Javeria Khan lbw b Letsoalo ........................ 1 Asmavia Iqbal b Loubser ....................... 14 Batool Fatima lbw b Kapp4 Sadia Yousuf not out .... 10 Extras: (lb 1, w 8, nb 1) .. 10 Total: (all out; 29.4 overs) ...................... 81 Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-14, 323, 4-31, 5-44, 6-44, 7-47, 857, 9-70, 10-81 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W S Ismail ................. 8-3-18-2 SM Benade .......... 7-1-27-2 MM Letsoalo ....... 7-2-17-2 M Kapp ................ 7-2-18-3 S Loubser ............ 0.4-0-0-1

All set to hold Pak-Afghan cricket event

There is a conspiracy to keep Pakistan cricket isolated: PCB

CUTTACK: Marizanne Kapp scored a maiden hundred and took three wickets during Pakistan vs South Africa. per Sana Mir lower down the Pakistan captain Sana played her innings was order did not pay off as they Mir was once against disap- great.” South Africa captain folded up for another low pointed with the side’s bat- Mignon du Preez was delighted with the win which score in the tournament. ting performance. All the five South African “If I had to take any posi- secured her side a place in bowlers found themselves tives from this event it would the Super 6 stage. “I couldn’t have asked among wickets with be our bowling because we Marizanne, bowling medium really tested Australia and for more from the side today. pace, emerging as the most the other teams in the group Marizanne Kapp dug deep successful bowler. but when it came to our bat- for us and alongside Dane Only four Pakistani ting it just was not up to van Niekerk really gave us the big total we needed to batswomen managed the scratch,” she said. double-digit figures with the “As a side we need to go help us when it came to bowlhighest score of 15 by Sidra back now and review how we ing Pakistan out,” she said. Marizanne echoed her Ameen. are doing things as a team Pakistan will now play the and reflect on how we move captain’s thoughts, saying: seventh-eighth play-off forward from here. Credit has “I’m really happy to have match on Thursday at to go to South Africa, they contributed the way I did for Barabati Stadium against the have played some really the innings and it was cerloser of the ongoing match good cricket while they have tainly tough out there espebetween India and Sri Lanka. been here and the way Kapp cially in the heat.—AFP

HYDERABAD—The Adminis- KARACHI —PCB chairman, full steam.

trator of Hyderabad Metropolitan Corporation (HMC), Syed Barkat Rizvi has said that all arrangements for holding a successful cricket event between Pakistan and Afghanistan teams at Niaz Stadium here have been finalised. “It has remained our top most objective to make this event a revival point for international cricket in Hyderabad,” said Rizvi while addressing a press conference at the stadium here Tuesday. He recalled that it was the first major event in this stadium after 2007 when Pakistan played against Zimbabwe at the Niaz Stadium.—APP

Zaka Ashraf believes there are elements who don’t want to see the revival of international cricket in Pakistan and neither do they want the Super League Twenty20 tournament to be held on time. “I am aware there is a conspiracy to keep Pakistan isolated in the cricket world. But we have not given up hope and we are confident we can organize the Super League T20 and also this will lead to revival of international cricket in Pakistan,” Ashraf said on a television channel. Without elaborating who these people were who wanted to keep Pakistan cricket isolated internationally, Ashraf said arrangements for the Super League were continuing at

“I know there are people who are pessimists and who don’t believe that the PSL can be held nor do they see the revival of international cricket in our country. But the PCB has not given up hope and is neither dejected,” he said. The PCB chief admitted that at present Pakistan cricket was going through difficult times. “Obviously when you take into account that no test team has played in Pakistan since 2009 and teams are reluctant to come here it is a tough situation for us. Because we believe apart from perceptions international cricket can be held in Pakistan safely,” he said. There have been reports in

UK-police evidence against Asif was unlawfully used by ICC tribunal? BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT MUMBAI—Mohammad Asif, the 30-year-old rightarm medium fast Pakistani bowler leaves for Switzerland with his friend to-day, it is learnt here. The bowler ’s appeal against ICC’s seven year-ban for his alleged role in the spotfixing will be heard at the Court of Arbitration of Sports (CAS) in Switzerland on Thursday. According to the highly placed sources in Lahore, Asif and his friend are not scheduled to stay in any hotel in Geneva but at their friend’s house.

On Thursday, his appeal will be heard by a three-member panel comprising of Graeme Mew (chairman of arbitrators), John Reid (not to be confused with the former New Zeland player) and Romano Subiotto. Asif’s case will be represented by Ravi Sukul and his wife, Savita. According to the sources, the result of his appeal is likely to be announced in 2-3 weeks time. One of the grounds of appeal is that the ICC tribunal has used the evidence produced by UK police and it is only lawful in UK court. This despite the Test was played in England where the spot-fixing is alleged to have

taken place but it can not stand in any other courts and that Asif had been unlawfully prosecuted by Dubai-Head Quartered ICC. Sources close to Asif also disclosed that they were keen to produce a former renowned fastbowler who would have said that delivery of noballs by any fast bowlers are not uncommon in this game. However, the bowlers was frightened of ICC and the idea was put off. The appeal of former Pakistan captain, Salman Butt, who too has been banned (by the ICC) for ten years, will be heard by the same panel on Friday.

the Pakistan media about the PCB having the option of holding majority of the Super League matches in the UAE and just holding the knockout games in Pakistan if the reputed players are not given NOC‘s by their respective boards for the PSL. The managing director of the PSL, Salman Butt last week said in a official statement that they had succeeded in signing around 50 overseas players who would now need to get NOC‘s from their respective boards to play in the PSL. Sources aware of developments in the board also said that the chairman was personally disappointed at not getting support and help from Bangladesh and India to revive international cricket in Pakistan.—INP

Boxing star Amir Khan visits Lahore L AHORE —British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan arrived in Lahore on Tuesday and spent a busy day, meeting his fans and enjoying shopping with fiancé. According to Media Reports, 26-year old professional boxer is a former two-time world champion. He has been placed at number two in the February list at welterweight by the World Boxing Championship, was born and raised in Bolton, England, in a British Pakistani family. His family originated from Matore, Kahuta in Rawalpindi, a village in Punjab.—Online

Hasan rejects interim committee formation L AHORE —President, Pakistan Olympic Association, Lt Gen (retd) Syed Arif Hasan has termed the meeting of a few sports federations to form a so called interim committee of POA “ illegal and unconstitutional “and an attempt to draw the action of international olympic committee for violating the olympic charter. “Some quarters are desperately working against the charter of IOC and Olympic charter in Pakistan by coming up with time to time negative moves to disrupt the smooth working of POA and to promote parallelism in sports federations and now in a last ditch effort they have attempted to create a parallel POA by announcing its interim committee to run its affairs which is a grave illegal act “,he told media men at a news conference here on Tuesday at POA house. Secretary, POA, Muhammad Khalid Mahmood and other officials of POA were also present on the occasion. The participants of the press conference offered “ fateha” for departed souls of former POA Secretary, Abdul Khaliq Khan and ,Sindh Sports Minister , Dr Muhammad Ali Shah.

POA chief said at a time when clouds of uncertainty are already hovering on the national sports scene due to ongoing tussle between POA and Pakistan Sports Board the new move by a handful sports federations has added nothing but “ can draw the attention the of IOC “ to draw its course of action against Pakistan. He pointed out that most of the sports federation which attended the meeting were bogus or illegal and only three to four were genuine bodies duly affiliated with POA. “Such lesser number of sports federations cannot decide the fate of POA and future of sports in pakistan and this action has further damaged the case of Pakistan at the forum of IOC “,he asserted. Gen Arif said POA general council meeting will be held here on February 12 and those who are associated with sports will see the real picture. “ POA delegation will be flying to Lausanne, Switzerland to attend a meeting summoned by IOC on February 15 which will also be attended by representatives of PSB “,he said adding “ The meeting will decide

IOC’s future line of action against Pakistan in the prevailing circumstances “. POA President said that POA from its platform is endeavouring to safeguard the interest of sports in Pakistan and to protect the institution (POA) by adopting all constitutional measures and to fight its case for the cause of olympic spirit in Pakistan. “If the present situation goes on it can bring adverse results as IOC can suspend Pakistan’s membership in all international event which will be very damaging for the cause of sports in Pakistan “,he added. Gen Arif said those who lost the POA elections a year ago are engaged in a negative campaign against POA by creating parallel sports bodies and by announcing time to time illegal and unconstitutional decisions to complicate the situation. “ POA is against of a ban or suspension against POA because it will serve no purpose but they are a fewer people among the ranks who are holding illegal meetings and taking unconstitutional decisions so that IOC may impose sanctions against Pakistan “,he said.—APP

Women’s World Cup

England sweep into Super Sixes M U M B A I — E n g l a n d ’s bowlers successfully defused West Indies’ explosive batting line-up to set up a sixwicket win that puts the holders through to the Super Six stage. Anya Shrubsole claimed career-best figures before opener Danielle Wyatt hit 40 and victory with 15 overs to spare had the added effect of damaging West Indies’ net run rate, which could help decide qualification from Group A. Only two West Indies batsmen got into double figures and there were six ducks - as they limped to 101 all out. Katherine Brunt removed Kycia Knight with the second ball of the match before her new-ball partner Shrubsole struck three times. The run-out of West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira was followed by Brunt having Deandra Dottin caught behind, leaving the innings in tatters at 31 for 6. Kyshona Knight, batting at No. 4, and Shanel Daley staved off complete disaster with a partnership of 58 but the introduction of Arran Brindle hastened the end of the innings. Brindle took 3 for 0 from two overs, having topscorer Kyshona Knight stumped for 33, and Shrubsole returned to com-

plete a four-wicket haul, with Daley unbeaten on 30. In reply, Wyatt and Brindle put on 66 for the first wicket, as England appeared to be cruising into the Super Sixes. Dottin took two in two balls as four wickets fell for 13 runs but Heather Knight struck three boundaries to make sure Charlotte Edwards, England’s captain who had been feeling unwell, did not have to bat. The only

other flutter for England was caused by Brunt having to leave the field during West Indies’ innings with a suspected twisted ankle. Although West Indies had gone into their final group game with a healthy NRR of +1.040, it fell to +0.276 in defeat and they will have to wait on the result of India’s match with Sri Lanka to determine whether they stay in the tournament.—Agencies

Windies Women innings: Kycia A Knight b Brunt . 0 SR Taylor b Shrubsole ... 0 SA Campbelle b Shrubsole ...................... 2 Kyshona b Brindle ........ 33 JB Nero lbw b Shrubsole 0 MR Aguilleira run out .... 4 DJS Dottin b Brunt ......... 4 SF Daley not out ........... 30 SL Quintyneb Brindle ..... 0 TD Smartt b Brindle ........ 0 Munroe lbw b Shrubsole 0 Extras: (lb 3, w 23, nb 2) 28 Total: (all out) .............. 101 Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-4, 314, 4-14, 5-27, 6-31, 7-89, 889, 9-89, 10-101 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W KH Brunt ........... 5.3-1-10-2 A Shrubsole ...... 8.4-3-21-4 JL Gunn ................ 2-0-10-0

LA Marsh ............. 9-1-25-0 HL Colvin .......... 9.3-2-32-0 A Brindle ................ 2-2-0-3 England Women innings: DN Wyatt lbw b Munroe ....................... 40 A Brindle b Dottin ......... 14 SJ Taylor b Dottin ........... 0 LS Greenway b Dottin .... 2 HC Knight not out ........ 18 JL Gunn not out .............. 4 Extras: (lb 2, w 20, nb 3) 25 Total : (4 wickets) ........ 103 Fall of wickets: 1-66, 2-66, 372, 4-79 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W SF Daley ............... 6-2-20-0 TD Smartt ............. 8-1-17-0 SL Munroe ........... 8-3-22-1 SR Taylor .............. 7-2-17-0 SL Quintyne ........... 1-0-5-0 DJS Dottin ............ 5-1-20-3

680 football matches under match-fixing cloud L ONDON —Europol has revealed that 680 football matches across the globe are under suspicion of match-fixing, following a lengthy investigation into what it considers a criminal network within the sport. A total of 425 players, officials and other individuals are suspected of being involved in an organised crime syndicate based in Asia, which is thought to have been organising the operation to rig the results of matches. Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, says the allegations included two Champions League fixtures, one of which was played in England in the last two or three years, though they did not name the matches DOHA: Mark Cavendish of Great Britain and Omega Pharma - Quick Step celebrates winning stage three of the Tour in question.—INP of Qatar from Al Wakra to Mesaieed.


Study finds no heart benefits from selenium

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AKING extra selenium supplements offers no protection against heart disease - at least among people who already get enough of the mineral in their diets, according to a new analysis of past research. In the review of 12 studies that included close to 20,000 people, there was no difference in the number of strokes and heart attacks, heart disease-related deaths or deaths from any cause among participants randomly assigned to take selenium or nothing. “We need to, in a sense, erase some of the misconception around the indiscriminate and widespread use of supplements containing selenium,” said Dr. Saverio Stranges, from the University of Warwick Medical School in Coventry, UK, who worked on the review. Still, he added, “We do need evidence from clinical trials from less well-nourished populations where dietary intakes of selenium are lower.” Selenium is found in meat, bread and some nuts. Plant foods also contain varying amounts of selenium, depending on how much is naturally present in the soil where they were grown. In supplement form, it costs about $2 for a month’s supply. The Institute of Medicine recommends most U.S. adults consume 55 micrograms of selenium per day. Past nutrition surveys suggest some

99 percent of Americans have plenty of the mineral in their blood. Most of the data in the new analysis came from men in the U.S., with smaller trials from Europe, Australia and China also included. Participants were randomly assigned to take a daily selenium supplement - anywhere from 100 to 800 micrograms, depending on the study - or a placebo pill or nothing. Those trials were initially designed to look at whether selenium affects the risk of cancer or other conditions, but also included data on how many study volunteers went on to have heart disease. Studies lasted anywhere from a few months to five to eight years. On every heart-related measure - as well as cholesterol and blood pressure readings - there was no effect of supplementation, according to the review published in the Cochrane Library. However, the studies did show a slightly higher risk of hair loss and skin reactions among people taking selenium. Nutrition scientist José Ordovás, who has studied selenium at Tufts University in Boston, said it’s also possible selenium may increase the risk of diabetes or high blood pressure at large doses.Study finds no heart benefits from selenium Like other vitamins and minerals, he told Reuters Health, it may be best to get a moderate amount of selenium through diet - not too little, not too much.

LAHORE: Acting Punjab Governor Rana Muhammad Iqbal viewing pictures during the Kashmir peace exhibition at Aiwan-e-Iqbal.

Accord inked to help acid burn victims STAFF REPORTER L A H O R E — Te c h n o l o g y Upgradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) has inked an agreement of collaboration with Depilex Smile Again Foundation to help restore the socioeconomic status of the acid burn victims. According to a spokesperson the memorandum of understanding directs both parties to collaborate in the areas of capacity building of downtrodden souls fanged

by this vindictive crime of acid throwing. TUSDEC will be providing free of cost vocational trainings to the women passing through their phase of treatment and recovery under the patronization of Depilex Smile Again Foundation. The trainings will be delivered in various conventional and modern trades enabling the prospects of decent avocation for the brutally amortized women. The women will be facili-

tated with free of charge transportation and a monthly stipend aiding them to manage their medications. Depilex Smile Again Foundation is dedicated to foster the acid and kerosine oil burn victims in their struggle of physical, psychological and social reclamation whereas TUSDEC is rigorously pursuing numerous actions focused at germinating the prospects of socioeconomic empowerment for the vulnerable women.

Laptop distribution scheme beneficial for students SALIM AHMED L AHORE —Prof. Dr. Bilal Zakariya Khan, Chief Executive Punjnab Institute of Cardiology has said that Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif’s laptop distribution scheme has benefitted students of medical colleges and universities most of the all enabling them researching in medical subjects and keeping themselves abreast with advancements and inventions in the field. Such initiatives of Punjab Government are very helpful for encouraging youth to play their due role for a healthy and prosperous Pakistan. He expressed these views while talking to the lap top winners BSc. Honors students of PIC here today. Medical Superintendent PIC Dr. Muhammad Javed and Deputy Chief Nursing Superintendent Samina Yasmin were also present on the occasion. Dr. Bilal Zakariya said that the Punjab Government has not only recognized and encouraged the talent of youth by giving them laptops but has also put a great responsibility on their shoulders for responding as successful professionals passing through their entire educational career unabated. He said that laptops would help students of medical science a lot to reach their destination and accomplish their mission of serving the ailing humankinds. Dr. Bilal Zakariya expressed the hope that the students and doctors will use this wonderful machine very positively to explore the vast world of medical science and research in their subject. He stressed the winners of laptops to utilize lap tops for solution of health problems of ailing humanity using the facility of internet and research engines.

LAHORE: Workers of PPP holding a rally to mark the Kashmir Solidarity Day in support of Kashmiris right to selfdetermination in front of Punjab Assembly.

Nothing personal against Asma Jahangir: PTI STAFF REPORTER L A H O R E —In response to rights activist and legal expert Asma Jahangir’s statement against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its Chairman Imran Khan after the party rejected her name for the post of caretaker prime minister, spokesperson Shafqat Mahmood has said, “there is nothing personal against Asma Jahangir, but she just not fit the criterion to be caretaker Prime Minister.” Chairperson Imran Khan had earlier said Asma Jahangir was not acceptable to his party as the caretaker prime minister because of her views on the Supreme Court and her closeness to the PPP. PTI had laid down three necessary preconditions before somebody could be

considered for the important post of caretaker prime minister during the election period, the spokesperson said. The preconditions demand: The person nominated should be completely neutral. The person nominated should respect national institutions particularly the judiciary. The person nominated should have the necessary administrative experience to run the machinery of the state for the caretaker period and particularly able to ensure a free and fair election. According to the spokesperson, “Asma Jahangir does not fit any of the above three criterion. She has frequently attacked Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf in

the past and continues to do so.” “As a citizen in a democracy she is free to hold any views,” said the party spokesman, “but for someone required to conduct a free and fair election, Jahangir is clearly biased and does not fit the bill.” The spokesperson further added: “Asma Jahangir clearly has little respect for the superior judiciary as a number of her statements attacking the courts testify. On this criterion too, she does not fit the bill to be caretaker prime minister.” The spokesperson considered her lack of administrative experience as another hurdle. Since elections are just round the corner, the probable names for a caretaker prime minister are under discussion.

One killed, five injured in roof collapse

LAHORE—The tough smoking laws aimed at fining people puffing in public places has been branded as farce since the government still lacks effective implementation and strict enforcement of Anti-smoking Ordinance 2002 since its promulgation across the province. “The present Punjab government envisaged an idea of Smoking-free Lahore four years ago but this idea was dropped by the government itself owing of absence of health minister and lethargic attitude of the officials of the Health Department,” sources told Pakistan Observer. Due to the failure of antismoking law sale of cigarettes to underage smokers is also on the rise in the city while smokers can be seen

everywhere puffing cigarettes in government and private offices, parks, public places including train and bus terminals with impunity. The situation is getting worse in educational institutions where the ratio of smoking cigarettes is increasing among the students. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has expressed its serious concerns over the failure of anti-smoking laws in educational premises. “While on the other hand the Health Department is in dilemma on how to execute the Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non Smokers Health Ordinance 2002 as the department could not develop effective coordination with other provincial departments including environment, food, education and police ,” the sources privy to Health Department claims.

The sources further said in order to make anti-smoking law effective, the District Committees for Tobacco Control (DCTC) were established in all districts of the province under the head of District Coordination Officer (DCO) but despite the establishment of DCTCs no violator of the anti-smoking law has been arrested so far. “In February 2011, first time 37 people were fined in Lahore since implementation of Anti-Smoking Ordinance 2002 and still the concerned departments’ heads are not in favour of imposing fine or arresting violators as they are focusing on creating awareness about the hazards of smoking among the masses,” he added. The sources also pointed out that non-seriousness of the concerned authority with regards to anti-smoking drive

son was killed while five others were injured when the roof of a house collapsed here on Tuesday. According to the police, the roof of a dilapidated house collapsed during the rain in the provincial capital, burying six people under the rubble. Rescue 1122 and other relief teams rushed to the site immediately upon being informed. The injured were brought out of the debris and shifted to the city’s Mayo and Jinnah hospitals. One person died while receiving treatment at one of the hospitals, while the other injured are said to be in critiLAHORE: Motorists move on the road during rain in the provincial capital city. cal conditions.—NNI

that the Punjab Health Ministry representatives put a plan of ‘Smoke-free Lahore’ in a conference held in Cairo four years ago organised by World Health Organization (WHO). Bloomberg funds were approved for this plan but the provincial Health Ministry did not bother to pursue this financial assistance and ultimately it was dropped. The sources further said it was decided in 2008 that the Health Department, WHO and HED would conduct lecturers on hazards of smoking in educational institutions as it was found that a large number of students were indulging in smoking cigarettes and sheesha. “The results were pathetic as public especially students are well aware of dangerous of smoking and smoking could be controlled only when violators will be either fined or

STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Young doctors’ hunger strike camps outside the services hospital in the favour of their demands continued on second day while seven striking doctors were admitted in the emergency of the Services Hospital when they fainted due to low sugar level here on Tuesday. The protesting doctors spent night inside the camp amid rainfall. Young Doctors Association (YDA) Punjab had set up hunger strike camps by blocking service road in front of services hospital last day. A large number of young doctors are present in the camp. YDA vowed to continue the hunger strike until their all demands are met. It criticized Punjab government for using negative tactics to have their camps removed.

PPP finalises ex-judge for caretaker CM slot STAFF REPORTER

LAHORE—At least one per-

Govt fails to enforce anti-smoking law MUZAFFAR ALI

Seven doctors faint during hunger strike

arrested on the spot,” he said according to the data available with the department, the ratio of smoking is also increasing in medical colleges and it showed that educating students who were already aware of the hazards of smoking was nothing but a waste of time. An official in HEC, asking not to be named, told Pakistan Observer that the failure in implementing the antismoking law badly hit the educational institutions in Lahore. He said the HEC had highlighted private elite colleges and universities where male and female students smoked cigarette and sheesha. He said HEC wrote a lot of times to the heads of these institutions but practice of addiction could not be decreased as smoking addiction was considered to be a fash-

ion. Talking to Pakistan Observer, Health Executive District Officer (EDO) Dr Capt (r) Inamul Haq said the Health Department could only issue circulars to departments for implementing anti-smoking laws and it was the responsibility of the Environment Department to arrest or impose fine on violators with the support of police. He said it was also decided to bring NGOs, transport and cinemas organisations and civil society to table against hazards of smoking in Lahore. Environment Protection Department (EPD) Punjab focal person Naseemur Rehman said the Environment Department had nothing to do with the implementation of AntiSmoking Ordinance 2002 as this law came under the domain of the Health Department. He said it was not the

EPD’s duty to arrest or to impose fine on violators since they were not authorised. According to various clauses of Anti-Smoking Law, the government can impose fine up to Rs 1,000 for smoking at a public place, transport vehicles and failure of the owner or manager of a premise to display a ‘No Smoking’ sign at a prominent place. Second, third and subsequent violation could cause imposition of fine up to Rs 100,000. Sale of cigarettes to minors, sale and storage in the immediate vicinity of educational institutions and advertisement of tobacco products in violation of guidelines could cause imposition of fine up to Rs 5,000. Second, third or subsequent violation could cause imposition of fine up to Rs 100,000 or three month imprisonment or both.

LAHORE—In what appears to be a shift in strategy, the Pakistan People’s Party now has no issue with ‘retired judges’ to be the caretaker chief ministers. Within the party, the PPP has finalised the names of Justice Chaudhry Muhammad Arif (retired) and Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi (Nawab of Bahawalpur) for the caretaker chief minister in Punjab. Earlier, the PPP leadership had decided in principle not to approve of any retired judge or retired military officer for the slot of the caretaker prime minister or chief ministers. Talking to Dawn on Monday, he said since the PML-N and other parties also intended to propose the names of retired judges for the interim setup, the PPP did not want to oppose the idea “alone”. PPP Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira had also said a ‘political person’ should be caretaker premier while Punjab Governor Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood had predicted the caretaker prime minister and Punjab chief minister would be a “retired judge”.


Vitamin C supplements tied to men’s kidney stones

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EN who take vitamin C supplements are at higher-than-average risk of de veloping kidney stones, a new study from Sweden suggests. The findings don’t prove the vitamin itself triggers stones to form. But researchers said that because there are no clear benefits tied to taking highdose vitamin C, people who have had stones in the past might want to think before taking extra supplements. “I don’t think I would hold this up and say, ‘You shouldn’t take vitamin C, and here’s the evidence,’” said Dr. Brian Matlaga, a urologist who studies kidney stones at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.But, “When you talk to patients, a lot of times you’ll find patients are taking non-prescribed medications, like vitamin supplements… and there may not be great evidence that there’s an actual health benefit associated with these,” he told Reuters Health. The new finding “suggests that stone formers who take regular vitamin C may actually place themselves at increased risk,” said Matlaga, who wasn’t involved in the study. Researchers led by Laura Thomas of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm used data from a large study of middle-aged and elderly Swedish men who answered a series of questions on their diet and lifestyle, then were tracked for an average of 11 years. The current analysis included 907 of those men who said they took regular vitamin C tablets and more than 22,000 who didn’t use any nutritional supplements.

Of the vitamin C users, 3.4 percent developed kidney stones for the first time during the study, compared to 1.8 percent of nonsupplement users. Men who took vitamin C supplements at least once a day had the highest risk of kidney stones, researchers reported Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. “It has long been suspected that high doses of vitamin C may increase the risk of kidney stones as some of the vitamin C absorbed by the body is excreted in urine as oxalate - one of the key components of kidney stones,” Thomas told Reuters Health by email. Stones are made up of tiny crystals, which can be formed by calcium combining with oxalate. They usually pass on their own, but can cause severe pain in the process. Larger stones occasionally require surgery.Men are more likely to form stones than women.The findings don’t mean people shouldn’t get plenty of vitamin C through fruits and vegetables, researchers said. The antioxidant is important for bone and muscle health - and severe deficiency can cause scurvy. “Vitamin C is an important part of a healthy diet,” Thomas said. “Any effect of vitamin C on kidney stone risk is likely to depend both on the dose and on the combination of nutrients with which it is ingested.” Swedish supplements, like those the study participants would have taken, typically contain about 1,000 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per tablet, she noted.

KARACHI: A delegation of Pakistan Sunni Tehreek, led by Shakeel Qadri, called on Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.

Body of Dr. Shah arrives tomorrow K ARACHI — The body of Sports Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah will be brought from Houston, United States to Karachi on February 7. According to the Coordinator to late Dr. Shah, Nusrat Faheem, Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah will be laid to rest in Paposh Nagar graveyard after Namaz-e-Zohar. He said the body of Dr. M.A. Shah will be brought to the metropolis in the early hours on February 7. Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah, a renowned surgeon and orthopedic expert of Pakistan died during cancer treatment in Houston, United States on Monday. —APP

Plastic factory fire controlled K ARACHI — The fire which

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmad Bilour talking to media.

MQM condoles Dr Muhammad Ali Shah’s death

Seminar on rights of women held

KARACHI—A seminar was ar- positions. KWF forms alliances KARACHI—The Coordination ranged by KFC Women Forum and partnership with other trainCommittee of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has expressed sorrow over the death of Dr Muhammad Ali Shah, renowned orthopaedic surgeon and Haq Parast Provincial Adviser. In a condolence message, the committee paying homage to Dr Muhammad Ali Shah said he worked for promotion of sports. The committee members expressed that Dr Shah’s death is not only a big loss to the MQM, but it is also a great loss to the entire nation. They expressed condolences with the family of Dr Shah, and prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant fortitude to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss. APP

with collaboration with Business Professional Women South Club to create the awareness regarding the rights of women at Dr S R A Women’s Complex Auditorium, Clifton, Karachi. Eminent speakers include Khanum Gohar Ijaz, Barrister Shahida Jameel, Rukhsana Asghar CEO Fulcrum, Ms Afroze Malik shared the rights of women in Islam, new bills passed for women protection and the way corporate office policies work for women. KFC Women’s Forum enhances career development and personal and professional growths of its members through leadership development workshops and programs that help them realize their opportunities to grow and excel in tier respective

ing organizations to get discounts on fee for its members. The various events organized by the forum serve as a platform for its members for sampling, suggestions, and demonstrations of new products, services, and introductions to new program or any other news to be shared. KFC Women’s Forum also aims to serve as the medium through which its patrons can offer community services, and aspires to motivate, laude and commend such services through a program of Annual Awards. KFC launched the Women’s Forum in Jan 2006 with the aim of providing workingwomen an informal networking platform where they can develop leadership skills.—NNI

erupted in a plastic factor in Export Processing Zone (EPZ), Landhi was successfully extinguished by the Fire Brigade after few hours efforts here on Tuesday. Station Officer, Cattle Colony Fire Station, Landhi, Javed Hassan told APP that total 10 fire tenders participated in the fire controlling operation. He said the fire was that of second category but it was controlled due to timely response by the Fire Brigade. Javed Hassan said the reason of the fire has not been ascertained so far. No human casualty or injury was reported in the incident as it was a holiday in the factory on account of Kashmir Solidarity Day.—APP

KARACHI—Deputy Convenor of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Dr. Farooq Sattar has said that only MQM Chief Altaf Hussain has the solution of Kashmir dispute. Addressing a gathering in connection with “Kashmir Solidarity Day” on Tuesday, he said that the Kashmir dispute should be resolved according to the wishes and aspirations of the

people of Kashmir. He said MQM has strong heartfelt sympathies with the people of Kashmir and his party would continue to support their struggle for freedom at all levels. Dr. Sattar said that status quo is the major hurdle on way of solution of Kashmir dispute. He said that the freedom of Kashmir is linked with the end of corrupt and feudal system in

the country. The MQM leader disclosed that there are three key hurdles on the viable resolution of Kashmir, adding he said these three hurdles are namely the esatablishemnet of Washington, New Delhi and Islamabad. He urged the international community help to resolve the Kashmir issue to secure durable peace in the region.—Online

Development funds used to improve people’s lives: MQM longing to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) from the electoral constituency New Karachi, Abdul Waseem said that the legislators from MQM have been spending their allotted funds for the development works in the city so as to bring improvement in people’s lives and raise the standard of civic facilities and infrastructure. He was speaking to the representatives of print and electronic media on the occasion of his visit to the ongoing development projects being carried out

islators. New Karachi Town Municipal Administration (TMA) Chief Officer Afaq Saeed, Deputy Town Officer for Information Alamgir Saifi and other TMA officials had accompanied him. Waseem reiterated his firm resolve that the process of development would not be allowed to be hampered under any pretext especially the paucity of funds because the elected representatives from MQM would continue their efforts for the provision of standard civic facilities to the

constituencies.He assured the TMA New Karachi of continued support regarding development works in the area. Speaking on the occasion, Saeed appreciated MQM legislator Waseem for his untiring support and said that the development projects that have so far been completed and those that were being completed and in pipe line were all made possible with the support of the legislators of MQM. It is pertinent to mention that Waseem had put his special development funds.—INP

KARACHI—The Crime Investigation Department (CID) has apprehended at least four alleged Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) activists here on Tuesday. The SSP of CID told newsmen that small arms and explosives were also recovered from the outlawed extremists. So far we have seized three handguns and grenades that the terrorists were carrying with them by the time of their arrest”, added he. He said they were interrogating the arrestees to KARACHI: Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami taking part in Kashmir Solidarity Rally. squeeze more information out of them.—INP

K ARACHI — The police and rangers during separate targeted search operations in different localities of the city on Tuesday arrested 16 accused and recovered arms and drugs from their possession. According to details, rangers conducted targeted search operation in Mawach Goth at Hub River Road during which three criminals were nabbed. Arms and drugs were recovered from possession of detainees and they were wanted by various police stations in several cases of drugs selling, extortion and other crimes. The police during separate raids in Clifton area arrested 13 criminals. The nabbed culprits were being interrogated.—INP

Japanese firms ready to invest in Karachi: Hussain

KARACHI—The legislator be- with the funds allotted to the leg- peoples of their respective K A R A C H I — Administrator

4 Taliban arrested

16 criminals held

KARACHI: Policemen standing near a passenger bus which overturned due to overspeeding on MA Jinnah Road near Saeed Manzil.

Only Altaf has solution of Kashmir dispute: Sattar

Open manholes pose danger to people: MD Water Board

K ARACHI — Open manholes public safety is among our top pose danger to the Karachiites and it is one of our utmost priority to ensure public safety, said Managing Director Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KW&SB) Misbahuddin Farid during a meeting here on Tuesday. He directed that all manholes in the city especially those around schools, mosques, religious institutes and play grounds, must be covered. He also directed that dues pertaining manhole covers and bamboos be recovered so that the production runs smoothly. He said the KW&SB is a public service institution and

priorities and no negligence in this regard would be tolerated. Expressing his concerns about the financial problem he said that manhole covers must be stocked in ample quantity. Inspecting the casting, cube testing and other phases of production, he directed, the Chief Engineers to ensure that the quality of production is maintained at all times. During the inspection on reports of encroachment over KW&SB land he visited the illegal furniture market and directed that the land must be recovered on priority basis.

He also visited the Treatment Plant (water lagoon) situated in North East Karachi and the 25 acres land allocated for the treatment plant. Keeping in view safety precautions he ordered that the land must be locked and a security guard deployed there. He further directed the Chief Engineer WTM to ensure better provision of water supply to the citizens and immediate measures be taken for the maintenance and repair of the water lagoon. Chief Engineer Ghulam Qadir and Mohammad Arif were also present on this occasion.—APP

KMC, Muhammad Hussain Syed has said that over 90 Japanese companies have shown interest to invest and set up industry in Karachi. Muhammad Hussain Syed, who is on a visit to Japan said this while briefing the investors at the stall of the KMC in an International Expo organised by the Bank of Tokyo, said a statement issued here on Tuesday. He said more than 150 Japanese companies are participating in the International Expo. Board of Investment and the KMC have also set up the stall from Pakistan, he added. He said different Japanese companies are already working in Karachi in the transport, automobile and heavy machinery sectors. The Administrator KMC said that vibrant efforts are being made to improve the infrastructure of the metropolis.—APP

Rally taken out on Kashmir Solidarity Day KARACHI —Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Tuesday took out a solidarity rally here to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people on Kashmir Solidarity Day. The rally was taken out from Jail Chowrangi to Mazar-e-Quaid which was participated by a large number of JI workers. They raised party flags and banners inscribed with “we support struggle of Kashmiris for freedom”, “Salute the courage of Syed Ali Gillani and Kashmiri Mujahideen” and “unjustified invasion of Indian Army in Kashmir is not acceptable”. The participants chanted slogans in favour of Kashmiri people and against the Indian occupation. Ameer JI Sindh Mairaj-ul-Huda Siddiqui, Acting Ameer JI Karachi Barjees Ahmed, General Secretary JI Karachi Naseem Siddiqui and district ameers addressed the participants of the rally. On the occasion, Mairaj-ulHuda Siddiqui said that Srinagar will soon be the part of Pakistan after the year 2014 adding the day of Kashmir’s liberation was very near. Addressing the participants, Mairaj-ul-Huda said late JI leader Qazi Hussain Ahmed had announced to observe Kashmir Day.—APP


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