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US votes in election cliff-hanger WASHINGTON—Americans went to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to give President Obama a second term or to replace him with Mitt Romney after a long, hard-fought campaign that centred on who would heal the battered economy and what role government should play in the 21st century.

From makeshift voting sites in East Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy to the more typical voting booths set up in school gyms, libraries and town halls across the rest of the country, people began lining up before dawn to cast their ballots — collectively writing the ending to a bitter, expensive presidential campaign in which the

candidates, parties, and wellheeled outside groups were on pace to spend some $2.6 billion. At the polling place at the Elk’s Club in Fairfax, Va., outside Washington, D.C., voters braved temperatures in the low 30s to stand in an hourlong line to vote at 7 a.m. Mr. Romney, the Republican former governor of Massachu-

Post-Abbottabad action media role hearing MQM referendum delayed to Nov 14 MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—A nationwide referendum on “Taliban or Qauid-i-Azam’s Pakistan”, the brainchild of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, scheduled for November 8 has been postponed and will be held now on November 14. MQM Lahore Zonal In charge Malik Waseem Khokhar announced this at a press conference here on Tuesday. MQM local officebearers and workers were

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LHC summons YDA representatives STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Lahore High Court Judge, Justice Ejaz al Ahsan on Tuesday summoned representatives of Young Doctors Association who planned to stage a sit-in protest outside Punjab Chief Minister’s House today. A petition submitted by the Punjab government stated that a special committee is working to address issue of young doctors. The provincial government has opposed only three

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Supreme Court is final authority: CJP Seeks all ISPR press releases after May 2, 2011 STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—During Tuesday’s hearing of a petition on the media’s role after the Abbottabad operation, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said no one should be mistaken, adding that, the final decision lay with the Supreme Court. A three-member bench of the apex court, led by the Chief Justice Iftikhar, heard the petition filed by Sardar Ghazi on the media’s role after the Abbottabad operation that killed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. The petition stated that following the incident of May 2, 2011, the media played a role in

Australian PM wants probe into sheep culling SYDNEY—Prime Minister Julia Gillard demanded on Tuesday that Pakistan investigate and explain the brutal killing of 21,000 Australian sheep in Karachi, a slaughter officials have described as appalling. The shipment of Australian sheep was sent to the port city after being turned away by Bahrain, with Pakistan livestock officials ordering them to be culled over disease concerns.

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discrediting the country’s judi- wrongly depicted Monday’s ciary and its army. In his argu- statements of the army chief and the chief justice and had given the impression that both state institutions were in conflict with one another. The chief justice directed the counsel to refrain from speaking on the subject, adding that, the court was “seriously considering the statements made yesterday”. During the hearing, the chief justice also sought all press releases issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) since the May 2 incident. Chief Justice Iftikhar also sought a copy of an article writments, petitioner’s counsel, Raja ten by President Asif Ali Zardari Irshad, said that the media had

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General elections under ECP: Secretary ISLAMABAD—Secretary Elec- forces will be appointed. Ishtiaq tion Commission of Pakistan Ahmed Khan said that Election Continued on Page 7 (ECP) Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan has said that the general elections will be held under Election Commission. Talking to media, on Tuesday, after the meeting of Senate’s special committee about setting rules and regulations for general elections, Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan said the ISLAMABAD—Senate Special elections would not be con- Committee about election ducted, in any case, under su- matters has termed as unpervision of Pak Army or judi- implementable the code of ciary. He noted that, where Continued on Page 7 needed, Army and paramilitary

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setts, cast his vote Tuesday morning near his home in Belmont, Mass. When a reporter asked him for whom he had voted, Mr. Romney replied, “I think you know.” Mr. Obama voted Oct. 25 in Chicago — becoming one of more than 31 million people who voted early this year.

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UN imposes sanctions against Haqqani network U NITED N ATIONS —The United Nations Security Council has imposed global sanctions against the dreaded Haqqani militant network and the group’s ORLANDO, Florida: People casting votes during the US Presidential election. chief of suicide operations. The Council’s Afghanistan/Taliban Sanctions Committee on Monday added the Haqqani group and Qari Zakir to its list of entities which face an assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo. The move comes the same day that the US State Department designated Zakir as a “global terrorist” and imposed finanpolicies for people’s welfare. productive discussions on a vaSTAFF REPORTER The broad-based and unhin- riety of subjects and learn from Continued on Page 7 ISLAMABAD—Parliament rep- dered participation of people each other’s experiences. The resents the will and aspirations leads to greater ownership by the SAARC Charter of Democracy of the people. It is an institution people and brightens the pros- provides us the right direction for such endeavours. where the representatives of the pects of success. Lauding the role of SAARC “We envision SAARC as a people protect interests of the citizens. These views were ex- he said since its establishment thriving organization, promoting pressed by Raja Pervez Ashraf the Association of SAARC not only regional development Prime Minister, at the luncheon Speakers and Parliamentarians but advancing the global agenda ISLAMABAD—President Asif Ali in honour of Speakers of has matured and has made for peace and prosperity,’ he progress in various fields. The said. The onset of globalization Zardari has arrived in Doha on SAARC Countries. He said Parliament’s role is conference affords an opportu- has thrown open new set of chalhis first official visit to Qatar at the invitation of Emir of Qatar critical for any democracy to nity to the Parliamentarians of lenges and opportunities deSheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al- take deep roots and formulate the SAARC region to engage in Continued on Page 7 Thani. He was warmly greeted at the Doha International Airport by Minister for Justice Hassan

Parliament represents will of people: Raja

Zardari in Doha on his first visit to Qatar

Picture on Back Page bin Abdullah Al-Ghanim. The President is accompanied by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Advisor on Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr. Asim Hussain. Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani would call on the President besides talks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa AlThani tomorrow morning. The President would also have an interaction with Qatari businessmen. —SANA

2 religious leaders among six shot dead in Karachi Nine killed in 4 days in Hyderabad

KARACHI—At least six persons including two leaders of a religious group were killed in fresh incidents of violence in Karachi. Unidentified motorbike riders opened fire at a car near Parking Plaza in Saddar killing Majlis Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen leaders Allama Aftab Hyder Jaffery and Mirza Shahid Ali. Majlis Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen has an-

nounced three-day mourning against killings. Angry mobs protested against killings at Numaish Chowrangi and set a bus on fire. The Rangers initiated search operation in Sindhi Baloch Society near Pahalwan Goth and killed a man over resistance. The area reverberated with the sound of firing and additional contin-

gents of Rangers were deployed in the area. Two persons were arrested during the operation. Three unidentified dead bodies with bullet wounds and packed in sacks were found near Karimabad flyover. In reaction to the raging violence in the city, angry mob blocked MA Jinnah road by burn-

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Woman appeals CJ, IGP to arrest her son’s killers STAFF REPORTER P E S H AWA R —A bereaved mother of a slain Taimor Khan has appealed to Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court (PHC) and Inspector General Police (IGP) to arrest the killers and give exemplarya punishment to them. During a press conference here at Press Club on Tuesday, the mother Umia Begum claimed that the killers were threatening her for dire consequences if she were not ready for reconciliation. Giving details of the incident, she said that her son Taimor Khan s/o Muslim Khan was student of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) in Chhotta Lahor District Swabi meanwhile a girl Muniba d/o Wisal, who the mother added was senior to him but despite this she wanted to merry him. She further said Muniba was already a fiancée of an old man and just to get rid of him, she started love with Taimor while he was too young to know the cunning play of Muniba. The Muniba’s father, she maintained through mobile text wished to meet her son at midnight then Taimor went there wherein she claimed was harshly beaten and then killed and dumped his dead body some 22 feet away from their home. Umia Begum alleged that police had arrested the killers but since Wisal was a rich man who compelled the doctor and police of the area to change the report. “They changed the death report by taking bribe from the killers,” she blamed. She, therefore, demanded for justice by arresting the killers and award them death sentence.

UNHCR reiterates coop in voluntary Afghans repatriation

OUR CORRESPONDENT Q UETTA —At least three people were gunned down and two others injured in indiscriminate firing by unknown armed men at a yellow cab within the Sadar Police Station, police said. “ Five men were on way to Hazara Town from the downtown area in Yellow cab vehicle when armed men riding on bikes ambushed them on Brewry Road near Spiny Bus stop”, DIG Investigations, Hamid Shakeel told APP adding that two person killed instantly while three others sustained injuries, one of them seriously in the gunshots. The dead bodies and wounded were moved to BMC hospital where one of them succumbed to injuries, he added. Soon after the incident, Police officials with heavy contingent of law enforcement agencies personnel reached the spot and cordoned off the area. The dead were later identified as Muhammad Zaman, Rehmat Ali and Esa while injured included Mohammad Ali, Hussain Ali.

Kausar Afghan refugees carrying luggage trying to get transport for Afghanistan at UNHCR Office Pabbi.

OUR CORRESPONDENT Q U E T TA —United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Senior Protection Officer, Tayab Hassan Sharif lauding the efforts of the Balochistan government in voluntary repatriation of the refugees said that provincial government always remained helpful to the UNHCR. She said this during her visit to Chaman, Qilla Abdullah District, where she met the Government high officials and authorities, collaboration partners, UNHCR Field Of-

fice Chaman team and Afghan refugees. The purpose of the visit was to highlight UNHCR role in Balochistan and to strengthen liaison and coordination with the Government officials at district level and the border crossing point in Chaman. While meeting the Government officials Sharif said, that UNHCR and Commissioner Afghan Refugees (CAR) is working together to enhance the Voluntarily repatriation and encouraging Afghan refugees to return safely to Afghanistan by

providing additional transportation support and distribution of NFI’s. She added that this package will help more afghan refugees in repatriation. She added that UNHCR is taking initiative of increasing repatriation assistance to encourage the refugee movement across the border. While meeting with the Assistant Commissioner Chaman Habib Musakhel she explained the UNHCR Pakistan and specifically UNHCR Balochistan role. She explained that how UNHCR is facilitating Af-

ghan refugees from the last 30 years. Habib Ullah appreciated Sharif ’s visit to Chaman. He said that Sharif’s visit to Chaman was informative where we got a chance to discuss how the coordination can be improved between UNHCR and Government. He said we want to improve the information sharing from both side by exchanging afghan refugees reports so that it could help us in maintaining the same records for the future. He added that this kind of visits should be continued in future as well.

Army recruitment till November-18

University School annual day held

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PESHAWAR—The 57th annual prize distribution ceremony of University Model School was held on Tuesday in which students with distinction in curricular co-curricular and extracurricular activities were awarded with cash prizes and medals. Vice Chancellor University of Peshawar Prof Dr.Qibla Ayaz was the chief guest on the occasion. A full day science and arts exhibition was arranged for the female students of the school. Young artists and scientists displayed their creative work in the fairs, highlighting the importance of natural resources of the country and efficient its utilization to overcome the problems the country is confronted with. Students presented skits and tableaus on the day in which they showed their love for the country and resolve to move forward in turbulent times for its prosperity. They also called for an end to violence on children and child labor. For her, outstanding overall performance in both curricular and co- curricular activities, Zara Qaiser was awarded as student of the year. While, Mehr Khan, Palwasha Wazir and Aiman Ali were presented silver medals for getting 9th.

tion and Recruitment Officer Larkana, Major Muhammad Tarique, has announced that the registration for the selection of candidates for 131 PMA Long Course will be carried out up to November 18. According to the selection criteria for 131 PMA Long Course the candidates should have the qualification of FA/F,Sc with 50 per cent marks. Their age limit has been fixed from 17 to 22 years. The candidates who have the qualification of graduation, for them the age limit has been fixed from 17 to 24 years. Besides, who are serving in the Pakistan Army as a Sepoy, their required age limit will be from 17 to 25 years. The height is required 5 feet 4 inches. Preliminary test will be conducted from 22 November 2012 to 11 January 2013. The interested candidates belonging to Larkana, Kamber-Shahdadkot, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Dadu, Kashmore @Kandhkot and Jamshoro districts are advised to register themselves. The intending candidates can contact on telephone No. 03322741560 and (074)9410121 from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm, for further information.

Three killed, two injured in firing

HYDERABAD: Children of policeman Usman weeping during funeral of their father at Police Lines Headquaters, Usman was gunned down by an unknown motorcyclist.

2 weekly offs harm public interests NAZIR SIYAL L A R K A N A —The officers and staff of various government department enjoy 4-5 days leave in a week in the education and health ghost employees. It is fact that the officers and staff are mostly absent and enjoying 5 days leave in a week, as Saturday and Sunday off, so that employees remain missing on Friday to Monday or Tuesday reach the offices and scheduled work and the common men

suffer as usually seven days in a week. The education has been destroyed in the far and flung areas of district and there is no basic facilities of washrooms, hand-pumps and security issues are common, so that the children having lack of water intake problems and anemic conditions causing gastro and other illnesses. The most of the buildings of Education department and Health sectors are occupied or lack basic facilities or

without electricity in various government health centers and schools of the Kamber-Shahdadkot, Jacobabad, Shikarpur and Larkana districts sources told. It is also pertinent to be mentioned here that the attendance of government employees in Health and Education sector has decreased due to political involvement that’s why there attendance is zero at the offices to resolve the public issues.

NA climate panellists visit flood-hit areas OUR CORRESPONDENT SUKKUR—The four-member sub-committee of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Climate Change visited the flood-affected districts of KashmoreKandhkot and Jaccobabad to determine damages and suggest remedial measures. The committee was led by its Chairperson MNA Dr Mehreen Bhutto and included Dr Lal Chand, Gul Muhammad Jakhrani and Syed Tayyab Hussain. The Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Dr Zafar Qadir, and DG PDMA Kashif Gulzar accompanied them. Mehreen Bhutto said PPP led-government was aware of the destruction caused by flash floods triggered by torrential rains in northern parts of the province, and taking all measures to rehabilitate the displaced people. She said the

government was carrying out rescue and relief work with its own resources and more ration would be provided by PDMA within 15 days to the affected people. Chairman NDMA Dr Zafar Qadir said the government is helping them to move towards effective disaster response plans and policies both in the centre and the provinces. Earlier, the DCs of the respective districts briefing the committee said all available resources were used to provide access to rescue teams to the flood-hit areas and the pace of relief work was expedited. The DC Kashmore said 75 per cent rainwater was drained out from rural areas with the help of irrigation authorities, and 3,000 persons rescued. DC Jaccobabad Rafique Ahmed in his briefing told the sub committee that 550mm rain in 36 hours on 910 September caused breaches in Eiden branch.

congratulates TUJ

Complete ban on prepaid SIMs sought I SLAMABAD —National Assembly Select Committee that met with Khawaja Sohail Mansoor in the chair here on Tuesday has expressed its concerns over issuance method of SIMs in the country and said that more than fifty percent crimes in the country are just because of prepaid SIMs. Committee said that basic responsibility lies with the telecom operators who sold millions of SIMs without adopting any mechanism and proper verification. Legislators said that Telecos done this just to get financial benefits and destroyed the society. Ms Anusha Rehman questioned the performance of PTA in monitoring the system of the prepaid SIMs and said that issuance of SIMs without any proper mechanism results into increasing cyber crimes in the country therefore prepaid SIMs should be completely ban in the county. She suggested that Biometric system should be adopted before is-

suance of SIM adding that post paid SIM would also be helpful to remove illegal exchanges from the country. FIA officials said that voter lists are big source of ID theft because credentials of common man are snatched from these lists and later they are used to get multi SIMs. FIA officials further informed that after research conducted by FIA it is learnt that million of mobile phones in the country have same IEMI no and are smuggled in the country from abroad. They said that these cell phones are not regulated and transported through grey marketing. Committee directed officials of IT to include issuance of SIM into the proposed bill for prevention of cyber crimes in the country. During the meeting FIA and ministry of law showed strong concerns over newly drafted prevention of Electronic Crimes bill 2012 that tables before Special committee.—NNI

Fair, cloudy weather forecast

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I S L A M A B A D —Fair/partly cast for other parts of the weather with misty province. On Tuesday, the P E S H A W A R — K h y b e r cloudy morning is likely in the city highest maximum temperaPakhtunkhwa Governor, Barrister Masood Kausar on Tuesday congratulated Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ) for having been honored with Human Rights Award by Friedrich Ebert-Sliftung, a volunteer organization of the Federal Republic of Germany. In his message of felicitation addressed to Safdar Dawar, President of the Tribal Union of Journalists who has received the award in a ceremony held in Berlin recently, the Governor has described it a great success on part of the tribal journalists towards realization of their role in the arena of journalism internationally. He also wished more successes to them and assured fullest support for continuing their services in future too.

on Wednesday, said the Meteorological department forecast here on Tuesday. According to Met office’s weather report, the minimum temperature is expected to remain in the range of 19 to 21 degrees centigrade. Mainly cold and dry weather is likely to prevail in Balochistan while dry weather expected in Sindh, said weather forecast. The Quetta Met Office has forecast a dry weather for the provincial capital and adjoining areas on Wednesday. According to the Met Office, maximum temperature in the metropolis on Wednesday is expected between 20 to 22 C and the minimum temperature to be between 2 to 4 C. The dry weather has also been fore-

ture of 36.5 C was recorded in Lasbella and the lowest minimum temperature of 2.5 C was recorded in Kalat hill station. The Multan Met office has forecast dry weather for the city and its suburbs during the next 24 hours.

On Tuesday, the maximum and minimum temperature was recorded as 29.3 and 16.2 degrees centigrade respectively. Humidity was recorded 85 percent at 8 am and 44 per cent at 5 pm.—APP

Anti-Islam film protest to continue till anti-blasphemy legislation: JUI STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl (JUI-F) District Peshawar has announced for a car rally on November 15 in provincial metropolis against the anti-Islam film and vowed to continue the protest unless legislation were framed at international level against blaspheming of all the Prophets. “The issue of insulting film directed by an American civilian was buried but the JUI-F will not sit silence over it and will continue its agitation for enforcing the UN and OIC for framing the blasphemous law in order to secure the holiness of all the Prophets,” the JUI-F leaders Asif Iqbal Daudzai and Khalid Waqar Chamkani in-

formed the media persons about their party stand during a press conference at Press Club on Tuesday. They told that the party decided to take out Tahafuz-eNamoos-e-Risalatt (TNR) rally to compel rulers of the country to raise voice in this regard so that no one could dare to insult our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in future. “We have full support of minorities and Christian community will also participate in the rally,” they said and expressed the hope that the protest would create religious harmony and unity against profane acts. About the road map of the rally, JUI-F general sectary for district Peshawar Khalid Waqar Chamaki informed that 500 cars

from each constituency of the metropolitan would take part in the car protest rally. “Comprising on total 5000 cars, the rally will start from provincial secretariat and will move through Grand Trunk (TG) Road via Khyber Bazaar to Kohat road and then to the secretariat through Ring road while provincial and central leadership is expected to will address the participants,” he added. Mr Chamkani further said that they had formed three committees to contact different political parties, other religious parties, business communities and every walk of life for their participation in the rally while the trading communities had already ensured for all kind of cooperation.


1990 elections’ accountability demanded Staff Reporter

P ESHAWA R —The people will make strong accountability of those politicians, who stolen the mandate of PPP during 1990 election and will reject them with power of votes in the upcoming election, said Labour Minister Khyber Pakthunkhwa, Sher Azam Wazir on Tuesday. Talking to a representative delegation of Bhattani tribesmen of FR Lakki Marwat here at Shahi Mehman Khana, the Minister said that these politicians will face peoples’ agony during upcoming election. The minister demanded an apology from beneficiaries of the distributions of funds in 1990 to steal the mandate of the people and PPP. He said the history brought the truth before the people that how their mandate was stolen and now all the beneficiaries of the funds should seek the apology from the people. Wazir said government was making special attention on development of Frontier Regions, saying FR Lakki Marwat was the less developed areas in all the other frontier regions. After being elected from NA-47, he said special attention would be made on speedy uplift of FRs on priority to provision of gas, employment, water, health, vocational training and education facilities. He also announced establishment of industrial units in Jandola, Gabar, Darazanda and other less developed areas to provide jobs opportunities to tribal youth. He said bringing tribesmen into national mainstream of life was priority of the government. On this occasion, Malik Nizam Bhattani and Malik Haji Peer Gul Bhatani assured full support to the Minister. Earlier, Information Minister Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said his party’s doors were always opened for PPP, if it wanted an electoral alliance at the provincial level in the next general elections.

AIOU extends educational network to Northern Region G H FAROOQI C HITRAL —Vice Chancellor, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi announced a comprehensive plan to extend the University’s network to the country’s Northern Region. Addressing the Education Conference at Governor Cottage Garamchishma, some 50 KM away from Chitral, he assured that AIOU’s centers will be soon set up at tehsil level, besides a full-fledged campus at Chitral. The AIOU’s will make

its best efforts to upgrade educational facilities in the area through distance learning system, said a news release issued here on Tuesday. Garamchishma is having three valleys consisting of 70,000 population. He also announced increasing of examination centers in the region to facilitate their students at their door step. Six regional coordinators would be appointed at different parts of Chitral. There are AIOU’s 418 students of different categories from the valley. Number of examination

centers in Chitral was increased from 340 to 611. He said that master level program is already included in their planning which will be launched very soon. He said if principal of local high school provide them two rooms in his school, AIOU will appoint his local coordinator who will collect assignments and other material from students and will forward it to regional or main office timely without any delay. He also announced establishment of a Library in the valley. He said he will be willing to establish a tech-

nologically-oriented office at local level where computer lab, video conference and internet service could be made available. Vice Chancellor stressed upon women education because an educated mother can teach her children easily. He said AIOU rendering excellence service in imparting education and now number of students increased to 1.3 million. He said the university had the credit of adding more than 300,000 students to the secondary and higher education programmes every year. He said the univer-

sity had approached the segments of society who had no resources to go further in the field of education while it has now added technical and professional education to its programmes. He said it was not only the quantity which counted in the university but the quality was equally upheld using the latest available technology and employing maximum resources. Now a student sitting in Chitral will be able to attend to a teacher in Islamabad or elsewhere through the videoconference, he said and noted the students were sec-

ond to none in the country. He said the technical and professional education offered by the university had special attraction and potential for the young students of Chitral which will provide them with the opportunities of self employment. He said the courses of agriculture, livestock keeping, hotel management and tourism, archaeology, handicrafts, food processing and horticulture had great scope in Chitral. He assured the students that lack of resources and facilities would not impede promotion of educational activities in the area.

‘Situation in country tense’ SHER GONDAL M ANDI B AHAUDDIN —Gen Kayani is a government servant and his statement that no individual or institution has monopoly to decide what is right or wrong in defining ultimate national interest should be construed as statement of President Asif Ali Zardari who is supreme commander of Pakistan Armed Forces. This was said by Lt Gen (r) Faiz Ali Chishti, President Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society (PESS) while talking to ex-servicemen of Mandi Bahauddin. He said situation in the country was tense and for this present government is fully responsible. He said every government servant is responsible to perform tasks assigned to him by his superiors. However, before embark-

Reconciliation policy promotes democracy Staff Reporter

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ing upon the task it is necessary for the subordinate to offer his opinion confidentially and not through media. When referring to retired generals allegedly involved in corruption cases he said nature of duty at the time of alleged offence is the main factor for their trial. If the generals at time of offence were serving in civil institutions then they are liable to be tried in civil courts and if they were performing military duties then they were liable to be proceeded against in military courts. He said PESS was not in favor of granting extension in service to servants when they complete their service. However, citizens have right to ask reasons from authority granting such extension since the person who is granted extension is not at fault.

stan People’s Party (PPP), Anwar Saifullah Khan said Tuesday the reconciliation policy adopted by President Asif Ali Zardari has helped nourish democracy in the country and will continue to strengthen democratic institutions. Addressing a public gathering at Machinkhel in Lakki Marwat district, Anwar Saifullah Khan said the federal government despite difficult challenges, did not derail democracy and restored the 1973 constitution in its original forms. He said peace in Swat was established, issue of NFC award was addressed and colossal damages to infrastructure caused by floods was repaired and reconstructed. Saifullah Khan said PPP was the only party that has strong roots in all provinces, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan and will emerge victorious in upcoming elections. The PPP leader said election would be held on time and this would be ATTOCK: General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani presenting salute after laying floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada during his the first democratically elected government that would com- visit to Azad Kashmir Regimental Centre, Mansar Camp. plete its five year term. If voted to power again, he said, focus would be made on establishment of peace, addressing problem of load shedding, poverty alleviation, unemployment and speedy development of southern districts of OUR CORRESPONDENT ur-Rehman resident of Mohallah Ghausia Abad Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Saifullah said he would try his level F AISALABAD —Hundreds of Faisalabad on charge of car best to fulfill the trust reposed in him by the party leaderO UR CORRESPONDENT people in the limits of Ghulam theft and during investigaship. On this occasion, he announced establishment of Girls Middle School at Machinkhel and electricity schemes. On N AWABSHAH —The govern- Muhammad Abad police sta- tion allegedly tortured him this occasion, local leaders Malik Hameedullah Khan, Younis ment of the Pakistan Peoples tion on Tuesday staged a pro- severely due to which his Khan and Taimour Khan announced joining of PPP along arrears of above five years, within 24 hours. Party (PPP) is committed to test demonstration against the condition deteriorated. The STAFF REPORTER with hundreds of supporters and workers. They expressed 60 per cent on three to five To a question regarding provide basic health facilities local police after the death of police immediately shifted full confidence in the leadership of Anwar Saifullah Khan PESHAWAR—Peshawar Elec- years and 50 per cent on one action against black sheep in to common man and it is an accused in police custody. him to Allied Hospital for and assured full support. the company, he expressed striving to fulfill its commit- The business activities were medical treatment but he tric Supply Company to three years old arrears. He said that discount resolve to make the company ment. This was stated by halted around the Clock died on Monday late night. (PESCO) is giving 50 to 70 per cent discount to domes- package has been introduced free of corrupt practices, add- MNA Dr Azra Fazal Pechohu Tower Chowk as protesters On receiving information, NA to stay till March 2013 tic defaulters having arrears to strengthen the recovery ing that strict action has been at the inauguration of forced the shopkeepers to the relatives of Hafeez-urOur Correspondent one to five years and process, curb power theft initiated against high offi- Trauma Centre at Peoples shutter down their shops. The Rehman along with other H YDERABAD —The Federal Defence of above as part of relief pack- and enable the consumers to cials including XEN and Medical College Hospital police had to baton charge people besieged Ghulam Minister Syed Naveed Qamar has said age. PESCO Chief Executive pay their outstanding dues SDOs to make them example Nawabshah on Monday. protesters which infuriated Muhammad Abad police and that the constitutional term of the present Officer, Brig (R) Tariq without extra financial bur- for lower staff. In order to reDr Azra said latest medi- them who pelted the public chanted slogans against the assembly will be completed on March Saddozai who has recently den. The PECSO Chief duce loadshedding, line cal facilities after Karachi are and private properties with police. The police officers 18, 2013 and after that the general elec- assumed his charge as com- claimed that since he has losses and improve the dis- being extended to PMC Hos- stones and damaged them. dispersed the protesters on tions will be held within 60 days and Pa- pany head, Tuesday, ap- taken According to details, Monday night by assuring the charge as tribution system, he said that pital. She said the Trauma kistan Peoples Party is ready to fully take pealed the domestic con- company’s chief, the line a plan has been drafted to Centre equipped with all lat- Ghulam Muhammad Abad that action would be taken part in the elections. The party has deep sumers to get benefit from losses have considerably re- seek funds from federal gov- est medical facilities. police had arrested Hafeez- against the responsible. roots among the masses and it is hoped the relief package and clear duced and recovery has im- ernment for rehabilitation of that it will succeed in the coming general their dues with more conve- proved, adding that 1100 overloaded grids, transmiselections with thumping majority on the nience. Talking to APP here, complaint cells have been sion lines, installation of new basis of its services for the welfare of the masses, the minis- he said the company is giv- made operative to address grid stations and power ter said while talking to media persons after inauguration of ing 70 per cent discount on the consumers’ complaints transformers. electric supply in Village Abdul Jabbar Nizamani and Village Abdul Hakeem Nizamani of Union Council Shaikh Bhirkio and gas supply in Village Syed Nadeem Qamar of Union Council Phulkara of Taluka Matli and other villages on Monday. The minister said that the PPP government has strived hard to provide maximum facilities to the people at their nearest by launching various mega projects and it is the reason that the party has gained popularity among them. Meanwhile, addressing the public gatherings, the minister said the provision of gas and electricity to villages of reamount has been placed at the tivities/ bomb blast incidents, STAFF REPORTER mote districts was the commitment of the present PPP govdisposal of the Commissioner, deaths caused due to electroernment which is now being fulfilled. HDA clerifies: PESHAWAR—The provincial Peshawar Division, for timely cution, collapse of roofs, walls, Hyderabad Development Authority (HDA) has clarified that government of Khyber disbursement subjected to ob- during working in mines and no employee of HDA has been retrenched from the ser- Pakhtunkhwa has released an servance of all codal formali- thunder-lightening etc to provices. In a clarification, issued here, the HDA spokesman amount of Rs 50 million for ties and laid down procedure. vide some sort of relief and fisaid that in view of the financial constraints, the manage- payment as compensation to It further said that the Khyber nancial aid to the legal heirs of ment has decided not to extend the contracts of redundant the victims of bomb blasts Pakhtunkhwa Department of the bereaved families. Governcontractual and work charge staff. and other terrorist activities, Home and Tribal Affairs is ment of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said a statement issued here making all out efforts to arrange Home and Tribal Affairs Deby the Department of Home payment of compensation as partment has released the enBISP distributes cheques among women & Tribal Affairs on Tuesday. early as possible to the victims bloc allocation of Rs 2 million Our Correspondent H YDERABAD —The Member National It said that the released (dead/injured) of terrorists’ ac- for the dead. Assembly of Pakistan People’s Party from Hyderabad District Ameer Ali Shah HYDERABAD: Workers of Sindh Taraqi Pasand Tehreek hold shoes while sitting at Jamote has said that Shaheed Mohtarma their hunger strike camp against Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance 2012 at Benazir Bhutto was fully committed to Naseem Nager. eliminate poverty and to make the country a welfare state. The present PPP government is following the footprints of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and STAFF REPORTER launched the Benazir Income Support OUR CORRESPONDENT moting and curbing extrem- dia for fanning the fire instead Programme in order to eliminate the povism, human rights violation of discouraging violent acts. P E S H AWA R — P r o v i n c i a l erty and improve the socio economic condition of the common people particularly the poor women, he said. Jamote President, Awami National TIMERGARA—Speakers at a and state responsibility, lit- They said that media espeParty, Senator Afrasiab two-day seminar on ‘promot- erature role and extremism cially electronic media, its anexpressed these remarks while distributing cheque of Rs 150,000 each to 44 poor women of Matiari and Hyderabad Khattak and Central Vice ing humanitarian values and and international human chors and talk shows had district under Benazir Income Support Programme here at a President, Bushra Gohar human rights in the fight rights conventions. They been encouraging and proceremony on Monday. Besides month stipend to poor and MNA have expressed grati- against extremism’ said that said the wave of extremism moting extremists. “Pakistan has been dedeserving women, he said that the government has started tude to British Government basic rights had been vio- was maliciously spreading Waseela-e-Haq Programme under which interest free loans for providing best available lated in the region due to like cancer at every nook and clared the most dangerous place for media workers medical facilities to interna- growing militancy and ex- corner in the region. up to Rs 0.3 million are being provided to poor and deserv“Bombs are destroying throughout the world and it ing women so that they could be able to improve the living tional peace award winner, tremism. The Human Rights standard of their families by launching their own businesses. Malala Yusufzai. In a meet- Commission of Pakistan core peace and order of the soci- is difficult for field journalists Before providing them loan, he informed that these women ing with Baroness Saeeda group, Dir Lower, had orga- ety,” one of the speakers said, to file balanced stories durare being trained through experts to start their business in Warsi who is visiting Paki- nized the seminar which was adding militants at large had ing violence,” Asad said, different fields. Campaign against substandard pesticides stan as UK Senior Minister attended by rights’ activists devastated the icons and adding that more than two of State for Foreign and Com- from civil society including symbols of culture and civili- dozen journalists had been launched: The Director General Sindh Agriculture Extenin Khyber killed so far in the Khyber sion, Hidayatullah Chajro has directed the officers concerned monwealth Affairs in teachers, students, lawyers, zation to launch massive campaign against the sale of substanIslamabad on Tuesday, both businessmen and minorities. Pakhtunkhwa and FATA. The Pakhtunkhwa and FATA durdard pesticides and fertilizers and initiate stern action against the leaders also appreciated The HRCP representatives speakers said that despite ing the ongoing war on terror. He said the situation in those involved in this menace. Presiding over a meeting the role of British govern- Hafeez Buzdar, Hayatullah violation of basic human here at his office on Tuesday, he said that Sindh Agriculture ment in the education sector Khan Yousafzai, Akbar Khan rights in the region one way the restive tribal areas had and expressed the hope that and Haleem Asad performed or the other the state institu- not been favourable for field Minister and Secretary Agriculture have expressed concern tions had been doing nothing journalists. Most of the tribal over the sale of substandard and illegal pesticides and fer- PESHAWAR: A girl along with her mother showing the the support would continue as resource persons. They spoke on different to control it. The participants journalists, he said had left tilizers and directed to curb this menace at any cost so that photo of her missing father during hearing of missing in future, says a press release topics like media role in pro- also blamed the Pakistani me- their native towns. the growers could be saved from losses. issued here. persons’ case in Peshawar High Court.

PESCO introduces relief package for defaulters

Trauma Centre in PMC Hospital opens

Accused killed in police custody sparks protest

KP terror victims to get Rs 50m compensation

ANP thank UK Govt for Malala cure

Militancy causes HRs violations


General Kayani’s understandable statement

MEDIA WATCH

Campaign awash in cash

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HIEF of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani while addressing officers at the GHQ has stated that no indi vidual or institution has the monopoly to decide what is right or wrong in defining the ultimate national interest. In his well-considered and well-worded statement the COAS said the armed forces draw their strength from the bedrock of the public support and any effort which wittingly or unwittingly draws a wedge between the people and the armed forces undermines the larger national interest. The statement created an instant stir and became a subject of heated debate of talk shows and discussions and several analysts read a lot in it while others described it as enigmatic. But in our view the subject statement was quite understandable and a cue to the thinking in the army. It should not be seen in isolation but in the perspective of so many developments during the last few years. For instance all had read and heard the statement of former Ambassador to Washington Hussain Haqqani and persistent attempts to bring the ISI under the thumb of a section officer. More significant was to suck the army in mostly terrorism related domestic issues to divert its attention from the sacred duty of defence of the frontiers of the motherland. All this coupled with day in and day out uncharitable comments from some of the politicians and a section of the media gave a clear impression of character assassination of the Generals and the army. Of course recently and almost simultaneously in an orchestrated way, stories and comments appeared in the media about the NLC and Railways land scams in which several Retired Generals were blamed to be involved. Retd Air Marshal Asghar Khan case also highlighted the involvement of ISI in the creation of IJI and distribution of money by the Agency among the politicians to manipulate elections. Not only these politicians and media made the retired Generals subject of brute criticism but also a negative impression seemed to have been created about the army. Therefore when General Kayani says that wittingly or unwittingly an attempt has been made to draw a wedge between the people and the armed forces of Pakistan is comprehensible and understandable. In any case, as the nation passes through the most difficult time of Pakistan’s history and as stated by General Kayani everyone has a great responsibility to shoulder, we should learn from the past, try to build the present and keep our eyes set on a better future. He was right in stressing that the way forward was to strengthen the institution, ensure the rule of law and work within the defined bounds of the constitution. Now when elections, which are being considered as mother of all elections in Pakistan are due, any attempt to weaken the institutions and trying to assume more than one’s due role will set the country back. Every one owes it to lay correct foundations for the future of Pakistan. As the COAS said the integrity and cohesion of the armed forces is essentially based on the trust reposed in them by the people of Pakistan and strengthening this trust will ensure better security of the country. It is the only institution on which the people have all their faith and which comes to the rescue of the nation in difficult times, including defending the sacred borders of the motherland, fighting against terrorism, foiling internal and external conspiracies and assisting the people during natural calamities. As stated by the COAS, there could be individual mistakes and these should be best left to the due process of law and the fundamental principle that no one is guilty until proven should not be forgotten. Therefore no one should pre judge any one and avoid insinuating and demoralizing comments and debates on the armed forces which are totally against the national interests.

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RIME Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf while addressing the Asia Eu rope Meeting Summit (ASEM) has stated that misuse of freedom of expression was a sort of extremism and urged that this should be discouraged. The speech by Raja Pervez Ashraf reflects that the Chief Executive of Pakistan is not comfortable with the role of the media. The freedom of the media is an established fact, it is a hard earned freedom and in no way it should be curtailed because gone are the days when press advices were issued or media outlets were forced to cease publications. But at the same time it is a fact that some media establishments create scare among the people and high light negative aspects including glorifying acts of terrorism. Similarly at the international level and in particular in the western countries individuals and media misuse the freedom of expression by publishing and telecasting hate material against Islam. That is why voices are being raised that use of freedom of expression should also have some code of ethics and it should not be misused for negative purposes. It is a matter of satisfaction that in Pakistan too there are some saner voices who are stressing the need for implementation of code of ethics in the print and electronic media. There is a trend in Pakistan and at the international level that media follows particular types of news stories and comment upon them for the attainment of certain goals. But it is necessary that other side of the story must also be given due coverage so that the readers and the listeners could have better understanding of the whole situation. For instance while Pakistan has lost 40,000 lives and $ 80 billion dollars in war on terror but the western media is following the American line that it was not doing enough to eliminate terrorism. Anyhow, turning to the statement of the Prime Minister, we would say that the media must differentiate between the State and the Government while criticizing certain actions and policies. There should be no comment on the viability of the State but media has a right to pin point the weaknesses or failures of the government in different areas.

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Foreign funding in Indian politics and much larger as compared to such assistance from other countries. The main against Kuldip Nayar objection some instances of Email:kuldipnayar09@gmail.com such overt assistance has been that funds had been provided with ulterior motives. Thus, in the he ruling Congress has asked case of some American assistance it the government of India to was found that the ultimate source of look into the funds received funds was the CIA.” The government did not leave by different political parties from abroad. This query before the gen- things at that. The action report said: eral elections, due in 2014 or ear- “Two courses of action were considlier, conveys two thoughts. One, the ered appropriate in regard to the variCongress is not getting as much ous forms of overt assistance. One money from abroad as it used to in was that foreign foundations and orthe past. Two, the party has the im- ganizations which had received funds pression that its counterparts are reasonably suspected to have origiflushed with funds which could nated from intelligence agencies, have come only from foreign such as the CIA, should not be persources. Whatever the truth, the mitted to continue their activities or Congress has betrayed nervousness extent any further financial assistance by posing such a query. In fact, the to institutions, organizations or indiforeign funding of parties became viduals in this country, irrespective such an irritant some years ago that of the purpose for which such assisthe then government, again the Con- tance may have been extended in the gress, ordered an inquiry. The re- past. This was on the analogy of the port was revealing. It showed that decision taken by the government in all political parties received funds case of the Asia Foundation (which from abroad and that there was no was stopped from functioning). The country worth the name which did second course of action considered not send money. Since all were na- appropriate was that receipt of donaked in the bath, there was no furor. tions and other forms of financial asAll parties felt embarrassed but sistance from foreign sources should be subject to fresh legislation to more stopped attacking one another. The Home Ministry which ex- rigorous control and scrutiny.” It took many years for a followamined the report, submitted by the Central Bureau of Investigation up action. After some time, the re(CBI), observed that “financial as- port came in handy to put the shacksistance from Russian and Ameri- les on the activities of the NGOs getcan sources has been more sustained ting foreign funding. In fact, it was

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made impossible for them to get funds from abroad even for the humanitarian work. Receipt of funds without prior permission was declared illegal. With the result that even genuine NGOs are having a hard time in keeping their activities going. No amount of argument with the government that the genuine NGOs should be exempted from seeking prior permission and fulfilling other bureaucratic demands did convince the authorities. It is, indeed, the determination of some of these NGOs that has sustained them and their field activities. In comparison, however, political parties face no difficulty in getting funds despite the CBI report. The bulk of funding comes to the Congress, followed by the BJP and the CPI (M) in that order. Agents of foreign powers have sprouted all over to supply funds to the parties. But the agents have also become power brokers in the bargain. The ruling parties at the centre and in the states are finding it hard to resist pressure in not accommodating the hands that are providing the funding. But then the political parties feel more comfortable in dealing with agents than the foreign governments which are, at times, going beyond the laksham rekha for concessions. Come to think of it, foreign funding is a fetter for an elected government. Chanceries of different embassies have come into the picture. There have been embarrassing situations when the same representative of an embassy giving funds need to be ticked off for some diplomatic violations. Compromises have been reached which do not speak well of

Indian bureaucracy. Yet the political parties are quiet because the expenditure in elections are increasing much to their chagrin and difficulties. True, the Congress has benefited from the scams which have come to light. But somehow the party is under the impression that money will count the most in the next general election. Other parties have also used all kinds of methods to collect money and, if revealed, they may also be a scam of sorts. Under the circumstances, the demand by political parties to bring back the money stashed abroad become significant. But foreign governments must be more comfortable to give money through sources abroad. The account holders must be the best sources because the parties do not have to deal with the governments. Some $2000 billion is said to be with Swiss banks. Whether some funds have come from such sources is difficult to say. Yet the hawala transactions that have come to the open reveal that foreign accounts abroad have also been tapped. The question that Indian political parties have to pose to themselves is whether the taint of foreign funds which they induct into free and fair elections in a democratic polity do not tell upon the sovereignty and independence. And what about the quid-pro-quo? Leave morality apart, it is not possible for a nation to stay clean or self-reliant if foreign funding becomes an integral part of election campaigns. —The writer is a veteran Indian journalist, syndicated columnist, human right activist and author.

Pak-Afghan uneasy relationship behaved maturely and has been extending political, technical and economic Gen Ashfaq Asif Haroon Raja support. Pervez Kayani also Email: asifharoon7751@yahoo.com offered to impart training to ANA. Pakistan is engaged in number of development projects in Affghanistan shares 1400 km ghanistan. It has so far completed the border with Pakistan. Apart reconstruction of a road from from geographic contigu- Torkham to Jalalabad in the eastern ity, 42% Pashtuns of 28 million Nangarhar province of Afghanistan population of Afghanistan share re- and is now remodeling the road to ligious, ethnic, linguistic and cul- turn it into a dual carriage highway. tural ties with 15.2 million Other than trade sector, Pakistan is Pashtuns of 174 million population also engaged in building a hospital of Pakistan. Pashtuns living in in Kabul, known as the Jinnah Hosclose vicinity of Durand Line have pital Complex. A department at the blood relations and the border line Kabul University called Allama Iqbal has never acted as a barrier in their Faculty of Arts is gifted by the people cross border movement. of Pakistan. Pashtuns from both sides have Both sides agreed to enhance cobeen jointly fighting all foreign operation in transit trade, reconstrucinvaders and are doing the same tion, and technical projects. They even now. Within Afghanistan, the agreed to develop the communicaPashtuns are in majority and have tion network, boost trade to $15 bilsuffered the most and are still suf- lion a year by 2015 and boost coopfering at the hands of occupation eration in education with exchange forces and ANSF. India’s involve- programs and doubling scholarships ment in the internal affairs of Pa- from 1,000 to 2,000. In agriculture, kistan since its inception to create creation of a Pakistan-Afghanistan instability in the country through food bank is under consideration, Afghanistan also remains a core while in the energy sector joint stratproblematic issue in Pakistan-Af- egies for early implementation of ghanistan relations. The Kautiliyan trans-Afghan energy projects were concept of neighbor’s neighbor be- agreed, with particular focus on ing a friend and the neighbor be- CASA-1000 and Turkmenistan-Afing an enemy, applies here in the ghanistan-Pakistan gas pipeline. case of Pakistan’s neighbors. In- However, despite the commitments dia has always supported volume of investment and reconAfghanistan’s propaganda themes struction/development works have against Pakistan. been on the lower side giving reaPakistan has always considered son to the Afghans to grieve and an Afghanistan as a major component excuse to India to fan anti-Pakistan of its security and under the changed sentiments. security environment is now desperAfter his re-election in 2009, a ate to secure its western border by positive change came in the attitude having a friendly regime in Kabul of President Karzai and he started and to explore new energy supplies. leaning on Pakistan for political supDespite Kabul regime’s provoca- port. A Joint Declaration was signed tions bordering hostility, Pakistan in 2010 for developing roads, rail and

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bus services and air connectivity and upgrading the existing facilities. Priority was given to completing Peshawar-Jalalabad Expressway and feasibility study of PeshawarJalalabad rail link. Pakistan and Afghanistan are also planning to establish a Silk Route, CEOs Forum and Pakistan-Afghanistan Reconstruction Consortium for Reconstruction and Development purposes. Both countries considered setting up economic and industrial zones. TurkmenistanAfghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project has been inked. Pak-Afghan relations that were steadily improving once again got tense as a result of heating up of western border in 2011 by Fazlullah led militants who had fled from Swat in 2009. Afghan regime has given sanctuaries to Fazlullah and his band in Kunar and Nuristan from where these terrorists duly supported by RAW and RAAM have launched several cross border attacks in Bajaur, Mehmand, Dir and Chitral. It has triggered blame game. The worst scenario for Pakistan is hostile India on its east and proIndia Afghanistan on its western border posing twin threat to its security, which it cannot afford. In all the wars with India, while the people of FATA defended the northwestern border, Afghanistan stayed neutral. The situation may be different in any future conflict since the TTP remote controlled by foreign agencies and NA heavy government in Kabul indebted to India and nurturing an old grudge against Pakistan for helping the Taliban in gaining power in 1996 will in all likelihood support India. Conversely, if the Taliban regain power, they would have little choice but to maintain friendly ties with Pakistan since they will have to contend with hostile Iran in the southwest, NA in northern Afghanistan, not so friendly China in northeast and Russia in the north. Pakistan’s interests and policies in Afghanistan are still the same where Pakistan

hopes to have a friendly and stable government, where it is not threatened by anti-Pakistan elements. However, for Pakistan there is serious competition, even challenges from other regional players already present in Afghanistan, one of them being India with so much investment in the country. So far, Pakistan and Afghanistan are collaborating in persuading the insurgents to accept peace through reconciliatory process. For both countries a regional and accommodating approach is essential for promoting and realizing potential friendly relationship. However, since the initiative has been wrested by the Taliban, they refuse to accept a settlement on American terms. Their chief demand before making peace with the government is the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. India is acting as a spoiler and is continuing to devise strategies to keep Afghanistan and Pakistan destabilized and the two neighbors on warpath. Notwithstanding his preference for India, Karzai realizes the importance of Pakistan and the influential role it can play in stabilizing Afghanistan. He can therefore ill-afford to buy animosity of Pakistan particularly when the US and its western allies have decided to pull out by end 2014 and the Taliban surge is on the rise. However, Pakistan should remain wary of IndoAfghan strategic partnership. India’s growing involvement in Afghanistan is a threat and increasingly destabilizing factor for Pakistan’s security. Pakistan should continue convincing the US and Afghan regime into limiting India’s role in Afghanistan and should also increase its volume of investment and reconstruction/development works to be able to compete with other competitors and make a place for itself. —The writer is a retired Brig, author, columnist & a defence analyst.

hen it comes to the corro sive influence of money in politics, the 2012 campaign has presented a trifecta of troubling developments. They are, in ascending order of worry: the complete collapse of the presidential public financing system set up in the wake of Watergate; the explosion of the super PAC political committees, which are allowed to take unlimited checks to finance independent expenditures for or against particular candidates; and the proliferation of “dark money,” or spending by nonprofit organizations and trade groups that, unlike super PACs, are excused from having to reveal their donors. Every presidential cycle ends up costing more than the last, but 2012 marked the first presidential election since Watergate to be underwritten entirely by private money. This development left the candidates spending even more time than usual scrambling for dollars and beholden to the bundlers who rake in hundreds of thousands, if not millions, in donations. Along with their allied parties, each candidate raised more than $1 billion. President Obama, who helped break the system and then ignored his pledge to try to fix it, at least discloses the identity of his bundlers. Mitt Romney, unlike his two Republican predecessors, has refused even that minimal transparency. The most dramatic development of the 2012 campaign has been the explosion of super PACs and the emergence of candidate-specific super PACs as a major force in the presidential campaign and, in some cases, congressional races. According to the Centre for Responsive Politics, super PACs have spent more than $600 million this election, mostly underwritten by huge checks from wealthy donors. The biggest known givers have been Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, who together have contributed $53 million to Republican causes, including $20 million to Restore Our Future, the super PAC backing Mr. Romney. Run by Mr. Romney’s former aides and advisers, Restore Our Future has spent more than $138 million during the primary and general election campaigns. None of this is healthy. Outsized contributions by a wealthy few threaten to distort the political system. Secret contributions threaten to corrupt it. In light of wrongheaded rulings by the Supreme Court, these problems will be difficult to fix. But at the very least, ramped-up disclosure rules and limits on what super PACs can do in coordination with particular candidates would improve a system in critical condition. Even more troubling was the surge in 2012 of “dark money” spending by outside groups — supposed nonprofit “social welfare organizations” and trade associations — that take advantage of permissive interpretations by the Federal Election Commission and Internal Revenue Service to avoid disclosing donors. The Centre for Responsive Politics reports close to $300 million in such secret money. — The Washington Post

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he Congress’ rally in New Delhi on Sunday was a show of strength to emphasise the government’s role in fighting corruption and pushing reforms. The leaders hit out at the opposition over allegations of corruption and spoke about the benefits of foreign direct investment. They also defended the decision to hike the price of petroleum products. A rally like this will increase the confidence of party men, but it will take much more than this to boost the party’s image. The range of corruption allegations has taken the sheen off the Congress party and if it is sincere in tackling this menace, then steps taken should be transparent to all. To its advantage is the fact that the opposition has not been able to put its act together. It speaks as a divided family with different agendas. However, this should not hinder the Congress’ efforts to move the country towards progress. Public memory of rallies may be short, but when the man on the street does not have bread to eat or a job to go to, he is bound to lash out. The Congress must now put into practice what it has preached. — Gulf News He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon. — Proverb


Undermining S Asian nuke deterrence — I Voice of the People Shams uz Zaman Email:smszmn72@yahoo.com

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orld politics mostly func tions within the realist paradigm which pivots around state interests rather than personal friendships or emotional biases. Pakistan, even after lurking for long in a deep slumber, has yet not completely woke up to the reality. Indians however few years ago acknowledged to this global norm and succeeded in galvanizing the foreign investors as well as Military Industrial Complex (MIC) of the west through their strong economic and industrial base. Various state heads’ visit to India including USA, France, Germany, Japan and Russia last year and of Australian Prime Minister last month, profoundly endorses this paradigm shift from geo-politics to geo-economics since last few decades. Some of these visits culminated in signing of nuclear and defence agreements which would have serious implications for the regional peace and stability besides the nuclear stability in South Asia. The

latest Australian decision of selling Uranium to India, reasserted by Australian Prime Minister during her recent visit to India, has further added to the risks of undermining South Asian nuclear deterrence. A logical outcome of these nuclear and defence deals coupled with Indian quest to develop nascent missile defence capabilities, with the help of US and Israel, would result in the emergence of a triad based Indian nuclear deterrence and possibly offensive posture with implied prospects of undermining Pakistan’s nuclear capability and thus could fuel a nuclear arms race in the region. Responsibility of this virtual nuclear asymmetry spiralling into a nuclear arms race not only rests with the NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) but also with the ex-President Musharraf who myopically paved the way for Indo-US nuclear deal by lifting the objection at IAEA merely to secure his personal relationship with George W. Bush. Unfortunately, strategic blunders neither can be put right by tactical brilliance nor can be undone. Therefore, now is not the time “cry over spilt milk” but to move forward and take into account, the possibilities and prospects of emerging

scenario which lies ahead. The main concern for Pakistan is not of emerging Indian global stature but its dejure nuclear status. A hostile India, member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) club, would not only deny opportunities for Pakistan to explore peaceful nuclear initiatives but would also put a discerning psychologically strain on Pakistan’s nuclear deterrent by rapidly enhancing its nuclear capabilities. It is extremely unfortunate that the group (NSG) which was originally created in response to Indian betrayal and violation of global nuclear norm through “not so peaceful nuclear explosion” in 1974, has now become an extremely discriminatory and monopolized institution promoting a nuclear apartheid which would seriously undermine the global nuclear non-proliferation efforts. Although in the plenary meeting of NSG held in June 2011, some countries have shown their reservations over the special waiver given to India regarding Enrichment and Reprocessing (ENR) technology, but behind the scenes USA and France have assured India that they would oppose introduction of any new guidelines aiming to circumscribe

the nuclear cooperation with India. And now the latest Australian decision to sell Uranium reveals that the pacifists’ voices on nuclear issues would not be headed at the NSG forum. This approach would not only seriously undermine the nuclear non-proliferation efforts but would also permanently stall the negotiations on the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) treaty. This was reiterated by Pakistani representative in CD (Conference on Disarmament) Zamir Akram’s statement that, “Pakistan will be forced to take measures to ensure the credibility of its deterrence.” Some scholars in Pakistan believe this co-operation as a consequence of US obsession to contain China while others argue that it is aimed at exhausting Pakistan economically to strike a grand bargain for its nuclear capability in a quidpro-quo. Whatever the case, but a certain corollary of this western policy would be a destabilised South Asia with profound nuclear and conventional asymmetries which may end in a nuclear cataclysm.—To be continued —The writer is an MPhil research fellow at NDU.

UN and Kashmir Dr Raja Muhammad Khan Email: drmk_edu@yahoo.com

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he month of October is very significant in the history of Kashmir. It was on October 4, 1947, that Kashmiri started their struggle against Dogra Rule through announcement of an independent (Azad) Kashmir. On October 24, 1947, Kashmiri formally announced the state’s accession with Pakistan. On October 27, 1947, Indian forces landed at the Srinagar Airport and then there was a war between Kashmiris and Indian forces. A few units of Pakistan Army also joined the Kashmiri fighters. The Kashmir war continued until ceasefire was imposed by UNO on January 1, 1948. Surprisingly, India, an aggressor itself, referred the Kashmir case in the United Nations Organization, declaring Pakistan as an aggressor and invader. Indeed, the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is the oldest unresolved issue on the agenda of the United Nations Organization. From January 1948 to May 1964, United Nations Organization passed sixteen resolutions and carried out many debates/ discussions concerning Jammu and Kashmir. In all of its resolutions, including resolutions of United Na-

tions Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP), United Nations Organization asked for a fair and impartial plebiscite to decide the future status of Jammu and Kashmir as per the wishes of its subjects. Pakistan and Kashmiris always desired that UN should play its role for concluding the issue on logical grounds. As an impartial world body, UNO could have seen through the Indian design to annex the territory of Jammu and Kashmir raising the bogey of Pakistan aggression in those initial days of the issue. This all was done while, setting aside the facts of geographical contiguity, ethnic homogeneity and above all the wishes of the Kashmiris. Later India delayed the conduct of plebiscite in the state till she declared it as her integral part in mid 1950s, through a fake IOK Assembly accession. Even against this Indian ill intention, UNO passed two specific resolutions. As a regulating body, the UNSC gave a clear verdict regarding the powers and jurisdiction of the State’s Legislative Assembly vides its resolution of March 30, 1951, and January 24, 1957. Through these resolutions, State’s Constituent Assembly was prohibited to determine the future status of the state, until there is a UN sponsored plebiscite. Pakistan and Kashmiris are concerned that, despite its clear directive through its

resolution, India continued its illegal acts and this world body could not take any action against it. Since this was a clear violation of the UNSC resolutions by both India and the IOK Legislative Assembly, therefore, there could have been some punitive action against them by this world body, rather remaining silent. Today after sixty-five years and despite three wars between India and Pakistan, UNO seems not very serious to conclude this issue as per its own resolutions. This world body did not delay actions against other invaders, as Iraq was evicted from Kuwait in 1991, through Operation Desert Storm. Nevertheless, what to talk of enforcement action against the delinquent party for the implementation of its resolution, UN even ceased its mediatory efforts since late sixties. Such double standard in dealing with the world issues like Kashmir really put a question mark on the credibility of this world organization. Kashmiri feel that, perhaps, it was due to the apathy on the part of the UN that emboldened New Delhi to annex that disputed territory forcefully. With the reemergence of Kashmiri struggle in 1989 and its revival in 2008, in consequences of indigenous uprisings, the world body could have acted decisively to break the impasse. In the absence of any

timely action on the part of the UNSC, India unleashed a reign of terror on Kashmiris, killing those demanding their freedom and incarcerating the popular leaders in order to silence the opposition. In order to do so, India continued enhancing its forces in IOK. As occupying forces, they were given a freedom to detain and torture the civilians, gang rape the womenfolk, torch the villages and desecrate the places of worship and holy shrines. UN could neither monitor nor stop these Indian acts. Kashmiris are unlucky in the respect that, UN and international community have done very little about their right of self-determination. Since its establishment in 1945, this body resolved many issues without even having any single resolution. South Sudan and East Timor being the recent examples. In this highly civilized and globalized world, Kashmiris are still at the mercy of an occupying Indian security forces that mistreats them as a matter of routine. This Indian occupation and brutal behaviour is a clear violation of UN Charter and UN Declaration on Human Rights. Should there be some justification for the silence of United Nations over the issue of Jammu and Kashmir? —The writer is Islamabad based analyst of international relations.

Views From Abroad

Permanent militarisation of America Aaron B O’Connell

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N 1961, President Dwight D Eisenhower left office warning of the growing power of the militaryindustrial complex in American life. Most people know the term the president popularised, but few remember his argument. In his farewell address, Eisenhower called for a better equilibrium between military and domestic affairs in our economy, politics and culture. He worried that the defence industry’s search for profits would warp foreign policy and, conversely, that too much state control of the private sector would cause economic stagnation. He warned that unending preparations for war were incongruous with the nation’s history. He cautioned that war and war-making took up too large a proportion of national life, with grave ramifications for our spiritual health. The military-industrial complex has not emerged in quite the way Eisenhower envisioned. The United States spends an enormous sum on

defence — over $700 billion last year, about half of all military spending in the world — but in terms of our total economy, it has steadily declined to less than 5 percent of gross domestic product from 14 percent in 1953. Defence-related research has not produced an ossified garrison state; in fact, it has yielded a host of beneficial technologies, from the Internet to civilian nuclear power to GPS navigation. But Eisenhower’s least heeded warning — concerning the spiritual effects of permanent preparations for war — is more important now than ever. Our culture has militarised considerably since Eisenhower’s era, and civilians, not the armed services, have been the principal cause. Americans are subjected to a daily diet of stories that valorise the military while the storytellers pursue their own opportunistic political and commercial agendas. Of course, veterans should be thanked for serving their country, as should police officers, emergency workers and teachers. But no institution — particularly one financed by the taxpayers —

should be immune from thoughtful criticism. For proof of this phenomenon, one need look no further than the continuing furore over sequestration — the automatic cuts, evenly divided between Pentagon and nonsecurity spending, that will go into effect in January if a deal on the debt and deficits isn’t reached. As Bob Woodward’s latest book reveals, the Obama administration devised the measure last year to include across-the-board defence cuts because it believed that slashing defence was so unthinkable that it would make compromise inevitable. But after a grand budget deal collapsed, in large part because of resistance from House Republicans, both parties reframed sequestration as an attack on the troops . The fact that sequestration would also devastate education, health and programs for children has not had the same impact. Eisenhower understood the tradeoffs between guns and butter. “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,

those who are cold and are not clothed,” he warned in 1953, early in his presidency. “The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. The fact that both President Obama and Mitt Romney are calling for increases to the defence budget (in the latter case, above what the military has asked for) is further proof that the military is the true “third rail” of American politics. In this strange universe where those without military credentials can’t endorse defence cuts, it took a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Adm. Mike Mullen, to make the obvious point that the nation’s ballooning debt was the biggest threat to national security. The writer is an assistant professor of history at the United States Naval Academy and a Marine reserve officer. —Courtesy: The New York Times

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y editor, a political writer who has covered all the elections since democracy was created looked up with consternation as I passed his desk. “Is there nothing else worth reporting than the US elections?” he shouted. “All I hear is Obama, Romney, Obama, Romney!” “We could do something more on the scams?” I suggested. “The readers want some-

thing new!” “There’s a Zubin Mehta concert with the Vienna Philharmonic,” I ventured. “He wants to conduct for Iraqi war refugees. What? Beat them with his baton?” “Cricket?” I asked. “India Pakistan match, a proxy war. India wins and public and team lost interest in the game. I should close this paper till the elections are over.” “No, no, don’t do that,” I said hastily. “ I heard the union cabinet is meeting this afternoon.” “The Cabinet?” shouted the editor looking at me with interest. “If we could get to know what they discuss it could be quite a scoop and we could get our readers away from the

American election mania. Get ready.” “Get ready for what?” I asked. “We’ll get you into the prime ministers room,” said my editor, “then you can eves drop on the proceedings and make headlines tomorrow.” “I might be shot for espionage,” I protested. “Enough,’ said the editor. “And get going.” The cupboard I was put in, was stuffy, but comfortable and I listened to the sounds of the ministers as they shuffled in and took their places. “This is going to be an extraordinary meeting. Today I can promise the nation giant steps towards progress, prosperity and complete communal harmony,” said the prime minister.

“Yeah, yeah,” shouted the members vociferously. “No more terror attacks!” shouted the hoarse voice of the home minister. “And I,” said the minister for roads, “will build eight lane highways with flyovers and bridges throughout the country. I will make travel a pleasure.” “Food for every citizen free of cost,” shouted the food minister. “Social Security and a free health scheme,” promised the health minister. “Industries that will rival the best in the world with government grants to all entrepreneurs” “India a super power,” shouted the prime minister and his team. —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

Terrorists: Friends or foes DR HASNAT NABI I was amazed to read out a statement of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan that he will make constitutional amendments to prevent military operations against countrymen in any part of Pakistan if his party comes to power. He claimed to be political leader of national stature. Yet if he is so naive in certain issues that he is unaware of the fact that why Pakistani nation is fighting the terrorists and why Pakistani soldiers are giving their lives in fighting terrorism one feels mercy for the proclaimed leadership who is claiming to sweep in the coming elections. It is not Pakistan military which is deciding to go for operation it is the nation and the parliament which decides. Parliament backed military only then it did an operation against the extremists in Swat and Malakand. Ironically he declares the foreign terrorists and their local allies as his countrymen? His “countrymen” never hesitate to accept any of the terrorists and suicide attacks made against the innocent citizens of Pakistan. His so called “countrymen” are beheading the soldiers and uploading all that on YouTube. Yes no one supports the drone attacks which are killing the innocents’ western border of Pakistan but people do like to eliminate the terrorists from the society who have made whole the nation a hostage. Imran is a public figure he must speak after a reasonable evaluation of the facts and figures. When he speaks against Pakistan’s resolve to finish terrorism it seems he is siding the terrorists. Nation has to be very clear that terrorists are enemy of this country and they have to be eliminated by all means. Gaining political mileage out of it is not less than a cheap move. —Islamabad

Guard of honour protocol COL RIAZ JAFRI (R)

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M Raja Pervez Ashraf was shown on the TV reviewing a guard of honour parade on arrival at the Vientiane airport – capital of Laos – where he has gone to attend the 9th ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting). However, what caught my attention was that his lady wife was also walking alongside him on parade as if she was also entitled to the guard of honour. I am not very sure, but is it a practice for the lady wives of other countries also to review the parade along with their husbands? As a matter of fact, would the wife even stand alongside her husband on the saluting dais to receive the General Salute and from where the visiting dignitary starts walking along with the ‘sword holding’ guard commander and piloted by two scouts in the front to review the guard of honour parade? Could someone more knowledgeable about such protocols comment upon it please? —Rawalpindi plot could be subtly sensed behind this Malala saga. Many voices could be heard whispering opinion in our surrounding. Some say that this is an attempt to divert public eye from Blasphemy issue to lessen its intensity. While the opinion that seems to have rational weightage is that it is attempt to prepare ground for observation in North Waziristan. Many experts agree to this view point. As the public opinion has been considerably molded and fear factor against Taliban has been developed among the people through constantly projecting Malala’s episode by media, people around the country are all set to give their ultimate consent in favour of a decisive crackdown on Taliban and their safe havens (read North Waziristan). Whether or not our Army is in position to carry out this operation, counts little. The good thing for Army is that it enjoys the backing of public and politicians. Also, Sardar Akhtar Mengal’s Six points have lost their fury while we were looking after Malala. Is it another tactic to brush the Balochistan issue under the carpet and putting dense blanket over it? If this remains the condition then we will lose everything close at hand; the way we lost East Pakistan. What else is being hatched in the backdrop of Malala Yousfzai attack? The dust will soon settle and the picture will be clear for us. —Minnesota, US

who created a cartel of sorts. There should be no doubt that responsibility for PIA’s failures rests with none than its top executives who were at the helm when the losses occurred. Inspite of an assured loyal ethnic expatriate traffic, the national airline lost its market share by collective failure of its executives and a government which went on a loot sale of traffic rights to foreign airline without bilateral benefits to national airline. The highly controversial deal with THY was nothing but selling most expensive sole asset of PIA, which were its routes for peanuts. Almost half of PIA’s fleet was grounded because of lack of technical spares, a consequence of controversial selection of vendors for supply of spares. While PIA losses mounted and frequency of flights were slashed, the national airline against all commercial ethics further added to its already surplus employee strength by hiring more employees in violation of merit or transparency. There is no shortage of educated skilled manpower and qualified men or women in Pakistan, nor any compulsion to hand PIA over to lesser qualified men whose sole experience was irrelevant such as confined to their skills in clearing/forwarding industry. PIA is in a nose dive and requires expertise, integrity and competence to guide it out of a mess of its own making. —Ilinois, US

Strange that they associate a storm with a female name —Islamabad

COAS statement

Mind setting packages

Why Malala Yousafzai

COAS is perhaps addressing Supreme court to go slow on different issues as the Generals have to face music first time in the history of Pakistan and they are not used to it. If the court favours Nawaz Sharif and maligns Zaradri, on political issue it can work, but if the apex court exposes Generals in Asghar Khan case and camouflage Nawaz Sharif and company it will not work. Because as a matter of practice the recipient of bribe always remains main culprit which is left unexposed in this case. Perhaps it was not easy for the court to implicate leader of second largest political party after implicating Zardari in NRO and Memo case who commands the largest political party of Pakistan, because it would easily mean discarding all political leadership which matters. This statement at the verge of general election indicates that transfer of power in 2013 will not be smooth sailing in Pakistan like America where the voters vote in, or vote out Governments unlike Pakistan where historically Army has role to play which they are seeking for. —Via email

Sandy DR IRFAN ZAFAR

RAJA ZAHID RAZA I would like to draw your attention as to why Malala issue is being too much amplified by our media? Is our media working on any specific agenda? Before Malala was shot, thousands of people lost their lives in Karachi target killings, Shiites were killed in Kohistan and Gilgit, Balochistan and Waziristan witnessed bloodshed and killings all over. None of these blood drenched events failed to generate considerable headlines in our Media. Sadly, same worst conditions still prevail in these areas but no news comes out of there. In comparison, Malala Yousafzai, the 14 year child activist who was shot in the head by Taliban in swayed hogs the Media attention. To date, no news bulletin is complete without mentioning her well being. The moment she was injured, she was talk of the town. All the politicians and government officials rushed to enquire after her health and made loud public statements not only in Pakistan but across the globe as an obligation. Even the Army Chief, Gen. Kiyani who seldom makes public appearance and speaks to the press, reached the hospital to see Malala alongside calling the attackers “coward.” This all does not end here. From CMH Peshawar to AFIC in Rawalpindi, the spokesperson of ISPR kept on churning the Health briefing of Malala on regular basis till the time she left for London. I agree and categorically condemn the attack on Malala. This was what should never have happened to her and to any children of Pakistan. I equally acknowledge and pay homage to her for the social service and courage she had been demonstrating since quite long. But why Malala only? Why our politicians, officials, leaders, activists and most particularly our Media did not bother to go loud and open in their statements against the killings that target people in Karachi, Quetta, and Waziristan? Why no action came out of anywhere to contain the blood bathed killings in key cities of Pakistan? It is indeed seriously appalling that dozens of people who receive bullets in their chests fail to register themselves before media and public figures? Does it mean that their life has no value? The prospect of a well planned

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HADIA MUKHTAR SINGAPURI Language in this era has become very flexible as it is a tool to modify people’s perceptions in such a way that is incomprehensible to them. People contend themselves with the fact that they are in control of their lives, the irony comes full circle here. This is evident in the mobile packages and the slogans that aim to alter the mindset of people who pursue them. Rather than making a simple naïve offer of packages, they offer a whole ideology that is irrevocable and people fall prey to it. They deem these packages as a fun and carefree time of their youth. However in reality it is nothing but a complete waste of valuable time that can be used in making their secure future in a scenario that is unstable. Not only time wastage is an issue, these packages offer night long talks n feverish messaging between cross genders which increases the level of impropriety in our society. —Via email

Awkwardness of sincerity

PIA in nose dive

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Malala’s injury has indeed been a sad event. Like any irrational mob, our reaction has been to both extremes (like always) i.e. philanthropy as well as apathy. Malala’s pain was felt more, because she had fame for her name, people knew her. How about anonymous grief’s? By now, Malala is a symbol for education and progress but those speaking for her rights in their ‘awkwardness of sincerity’ will make sure that she has no space or future in Pakistan, even if she survives her present physical injury. Even, thereafter we’ll be mourning her plight in individual capacity, whereas state will continue to shower more posthumus awards (God forbid), but what should these mourners or bereaved actually do? They don’t realize and even if they do, they won’t do it. This in fact is the real dilemma of mobs, trying to look a nation. —Murree

It is only this year, that PIA pre-Hajj operation, has been conducted relatively far better than in past four years, when it was a nightmare for pilgrims who paid the highest fare per kilometer on PIA’s international network. This offers some hope that PIA may rebound back. For this to occur it is essential that those responsible for its rot should have no role in new management. PIA’s record financial losses, disruption of schedules and staggering additional Rs 100 Billion losses during past four years is an indictment, if any is required, on the mediocrity, incompetence and lack of integrity and professional ethics of top executives appointed by this government, without regard to merit, experience, professional ethics or qualification. Commercial aviation is a very specialized field, which requires services of best qualified team of professionals to cope challenges offered by a highly competitive market which offers choice of competitive fares, consumer friendly schedules and minimal pilferage by transparency in procurement. What could have been worse than the fact that even Umra and Hajj passengers were fleeced by a nexus of few marketing executives and few travel agents

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N intervention seems more and more unavoidable in North Mali. Western powers – mainly France and the US – are pushing to gain consensus over a military operation against radical Islamist rule across most of northern Mali. There is no doubt that another military involvement by the West in a Muslim country “is good news for an evolving al-Qaida movement” that will continue gaining in popularity across the Muslim world. The risk of a new war against Islamists, centred on the west African state of Mali, is rising rapidly as United States and French diplomats seek support for action from other states in the region. The move reflects a much wider concern over the rise of groups seen as embracing the al-Qaida vision, even if their focus is on their own countries rather than the “far enemy”: the United States and its western allies (see Carol J Williams, “U.S., Allies marshalling African proxies for fight against terrorism”, Los Angeles Times, 31 October 2012). . The specific US concern with Mali follows the killing of the American ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, on 11 September 2012. The group behind that assassination is believed to have had connections with Islamist paramilitaries in Mali. There is also a particular worry over the impact of the Boko Haram movement in Nigeria (see “Syria, Mali, Nigeria: war’s paralysis”, 11 October 2012). The latter group has links with potential recruits in neighbouring Niger, Chadand Cameroon, and has already conducted many attacks and operations inside Nigeria. The Nigerian government has directed the army and police to use very tough tactics to try to subdue Boko Haram, which have drawn condemnation in a new Amnesty International report. These tactics have so far both failed in their own terms and backfired by provoking more recruits to join Boko Haram, especially from the many tens of thousands of unemployed and underemployed youth in northern Nigeria. Indeed, Boko Haram has undergone something of a transformation from its original support-base among relatively prosperous if alienated communities. A report from the Londonbased International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) says: “…new recruits come most commonly from the ranks of northern Nigeria’s disenfranchised unemployed youth. Aside from its religious message, the group has tapped into the grievances of the majority-

use private military companies, not least because their actions are so readily deniable, especially when operations go wrong. The intervention blowback: That, though, is to see things very much from a western perspective. There are at least two reasons for seeing the prospect of fighting in northern Mali as a welcome boost for what remains of the diffuse al-Qaida movement.The first is

tary action in Mali evolves in the coming weeks and months, then there will in some form be extensive western participation. This may well fall short of deploying regular troops on the ground; but a “shadow war” involving drones, special forces and private military contractors will rapidly develop, backing up regional troops whose main functions will focus on garrisoning regained land. This key western involvement is likely to have a definite untoward impact.Jihadist propaganda may appear shadowy and opaque to those beyond its reach; but it will persistently and effectively represent such involvement in Mali as yet another western assault on Islam, and link the phenomenon with the suppres-

drones, which are singularly valuable in the propaganda war. Their frequent use in Pakistan, for example, may be little reported in the west, but the results are widely publicised through both the pervasive regional 24-hour TV news channels and the widely followed worldwide Islamist internet forums (see Ezzeldeen Khalil, “Jihadbook: the evolution of online Islamist forums”,Jane’s Intelligence Review, November 2012) The second is intervention. If, as is now likely, west African mili-

sion of Boko Haram in Nigeria (see “Al-Qaida franchise: the Nigerian case”, 25 August 2011). This message will have an appeal across the region - and to northern Africa, the middle east and south Asia. The means of its spread, in the form of all the regular and irregular social media, are widely available. By small degrees, another phase in the evolution of the al-Qaida idea will then be underway. — Courtesy - Open Democracy

Anti-terror threatre widens

Mali, and the Next War Muslim population in the north, who feel marginalised by the Christian-dominated government from the south and that they are victims of social inequality and economic underdevelopment (see “Extremism spreads across

mounted and whether it would even be possible to get the required number of troops together, with all the necessary logistical support for operations across such dispersed territory (see James Goundry, “France claims ac-

The justification provided is that the region “has the potential to be as much a locus for al-Qaida-related movements as Pakistan in the early 2000s.” US, France and other Western powers have refused to send troops on the ground and will rather rely on troops provided by members of ECOWAS. However, the West will certainly be directly involved by heavily backing up regional troops and setting up what Paul Rogers describes as “a ‘shadow war’ involving drones, special forces and private military contractors. West Africa and the Sahel”, IISS, Strategic Comments, 31 October 2012). The Malian vortex: Boko Haram remains primarily an internal issue for Nigeria, even if the leadership of Washington’s Africa Command is concerned at the failure of the Abuja government to bring it under control. What is certainly not an internal issue is the existence of radical Islamist rule across most of northern Mali, a large if sparsely populated region where the government in the capital of Bamako, in the south of the country, now has virtually no influence. As Islamist groups such as Ansar Dine consolidate their hold on northern Mali, so the concern grows that it has the potential to be as much a locus for al-Qaida-related movements as Pakistan in the early 2000s and, more recently, Yemen. The main advocate of intervention is France, with the United States, next in line; yet neither has any intention of overrunning Ansar Dine and occupying the region it controls with its own military. Instead, what appears to be planned is a force of perhaps 7,000-10,000 troops drawn from members of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), with Nigeria being especially prominent. Support for action has grown steadily (see Adam Nossiter, “The whiff of conflict grows in Mali”,New York Times, 23 October 2012). But there are serious doubts as to how soon an operation could be

tion in Mali to begin within weeks”, Jane’s Intelligence Review, November 2012) While arguing for action, France’s president, Francois Hollande, is intent on keeping regular French army troops well away from Mali, and the United States is taking a similar view. For the Americans, especially, the prospect of thousands more “boots on the ground” is thoroughly unacceptable in the wake of the disastrous interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet Mali is seen as a critical issue in terms of northern African stability. It is for this reason that it is highly likely that Mali will be something of a trial run for the move towards “remote control”, as analysed in the previous column in this series (see “Remote control, a new way of war”, 25 October 2012). Although it may be expected that west African troops are deployed in the coming months, they will be the visible signs of a much more subtle involvement in which drones - both reconnaissance and armed will be used intensively, along with extensive use of special forces (see “America’s global shift: drone wars, base politics”, 3 May 2012). Indeed, US and British special-force units are already reported to have been operating in the country. Washington, building on its extensive use of armed drones and special forces in Pakistan and Yemen, is likely to lead the way. But there will also be a tendency to

Losing Yemen

Indo-Pacific Waters Waves

Triangular Diplomacy: India, China and America at Sea C RAJA MOHAN

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S both China and India rise as naval powers their inter action with the United States will truly be a defining feature in the Indo-Pacific region. As in the Cold War, so in the current power play between the United States and China, the rest of Asia will simply not submit itself to the discipline of a bipolar framework. Asia will actively shape and be shaped by the emerging strategic dynamic between Washington and Beijing. Asia is home to many large states that are wedded to nationalism and territorial sovereignty, opposed to local ambitions for regional hegemony,committed to a measure of autonomy from the great powers, and determined to promote greater economic integration with each other. These are competing imperatives that do not sit well with each other but do define the contradictory nature of Asia’s rise. One of these important regional powers is India—the third largest economy in Asia, and the fourth biggest spender on defense in the IndoPacific after the United States, China and Japan. India’s potential could contribute significantly to the new balance of power in Asia as recognized by both Washington and Beijing. U.S. Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, was in Delhi last June declaring India as a “lynchpin”in the U.S. pivot to Asia. India has not had a direct conflict of interest with the United States during the Cold War, but the two have had deep differences on global and regional issues. Delhi’s relations with China have been marred by a host of unresolved bilateral disputes since they became neighbors in the middle of the 20th century and an unending competition for regional influence. With their growing and globalized economies, China and India are now dependent on the seas as never before in their history. Both are building large navies. Naval planners in Beijing and Delhi would like to project power way beyond their territorial waters to secure the increasingly dispersed interests of their nations. In both capitals, the traditional attachment to the ideology of‘non-alignment’ is giving way, if slowly, to the recognition of the need to have the capacity to influence developments far from their shores. Naval leaders in both Beijing and Delhi would like to win access to facilities in critical locations and build special political relationships that will allow their incipient blue water navies to operate in far seas. As their maritime interests expand and their naval footprints overlap, there is new friction between China and India in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.The rise of China and the emergence of India as naval powers has led to widespread recognition that the two oceans can no longer be seen as separate theatres but as a single strategic space the Indo-Pacific. China’s main maritime preoccupations are in the Western Pacificreunifying Taiwan, defending Chinese territorial claims, and constraining American naval dominance.

Yet, China’s rising maritime profile in the Indian Ocean, from where it imports a large portion of its energy and min-

namic in the Indo-Pacific. Like everyone else in Asia, India wants to benefit from China’s economic

The Chinese defense minister Liang Guanglie was soon knocking at Delhi’s doors, trying to soothe India’s growing concerns about Beijing’s rise. Delhi’s cautious response to America’s Asian pivot underlines India’s open-ended and deliberative strategy in dealing with the twists and turns in the U.S. strategy towards China. India has had a complex and difficult relationship with China since they became neighbors in the middle of the 20th century. And it is only over the last decade that Delhi’s ties with the United States have begun to warm. eral resources, is generating deep concerns in Delhi. While India’s main interest is in securing its primacy in the Indian Ocean littoral, its navy is making frequent forays into the Western Pacific. Delhi’s deepening bilateral na-

val engagement with Vietnam, which is mired in territorial disputes with China, its support to the principle of freedom

growth but would like to limit the prospects for Beijing’s dominance of the region. As the strategic gap between India and China grows—for China is rising much faster than India—Delhi can only bridge it through a combination of

internal and external balancing. An alliance with Washington, then, would seem natural for Delhi. But India

How this rivalry moves in the coming yearstowards intensification or mitigation will have a great impact on the outcomes from the U.S. pivot to Asia and the construction of a new Asian balance. In the last few years, despite growing economic engagement, Sino-Indian political tensions have not only intensified in the traditional theatre of the Great Himalayas,but have also spilled over to the maritime spaces of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. of navigation in the South China Sea, and its frequent joint naval exercises with Japan and the United States do raise eyebrows in Beijing. Even as China and India build up their naval capabilities and step on each other’s toes in the Indo-Pacific, neither of them is in a position to supplant the United States as the dominant maritime power in both the oceans. The U.S. military rebalance towards Asia is marked by a profound wariness of China’s growing power and great enthusiasm to strengthen the partnership with India. This has set in motion what could be a consequent triangular dy-

is concerned about the inconstancy of American policy towards China, the fiscal and political sustainability of the pivot to Asia in Washington. Delhi is acutely aware of the dangers of a potential Sino-U.S. rapprochement that could leave India exposed. It therefore seeks simultaneous expansion of security cooperation with the United States while avoiding a needless provocation of Beijing. Given the current ambiguities in Washington, Beijing and Delhi, there is much uncertainty surrounding the direction of the triangular dynamic between them. One thing, though, is certain. —Courtesy - The Diplomat

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N the final presidential debate, more than 11 years after the Bush administration launched its global war on terror, President Barack Obama identified “terrorist networks” as the gravest national security threat facing America. But Yemen, which is home to the most dangerous al Qaeda affiliate has attracted precious little attention from either of the candidates in this election. In the recent foreign-policy debate, for instance, Yemen was mentioned only once; compare that to Iran, which was name-dropped 47 times. In many ways, Yemen has become this war’s laboratory, a place where the United States can test new ways to fight al Qaeda. In December 2009, Obama opened the campaign with a strike on what U.S. military planners believed was an al Qaeda training camp in southern Yemen. The cruise missiles equipped with cluster bombs hit their target, killing 55 people in minutes of bombing. But instead of the al Qaeda camp the United States thought it was hitting, it had bombed a Bedouin village where some al Qaeda fighters were staying. Just over a week later, on Christmas Day 2009, a would-be suicide bomber dispatched by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) attempted to bring down Northwest Airlines Flight 253 over Detroit. With covert military backing and the most generous aid package ever from Washington the Yemeni military has managed to regain much of the territory it had lost. But it did not defeat al Qaeda. The fighters were not arrested and they were not killed; they simply faded back toward the mountains where they have been living and plotting for years. If U.S. assistance pulled Yemen back from the brink this time around, it’s only because the United States’ love-hate relationship with Sanaa has allowed al Qaeda to regroup time and again as Washington trained its sights elsewhere. Indeed, the story of al Qaeda’s stubborn persistence in Yemen’s tribal hinterlands is the story of Washington’s tortured relationship with Saleh and its attempt to make up for past mistakes by bolstering former vice president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who has taken over in his stead, with aid. In November 2005, Saleh who could have had no inkling of the unrest that would oust him 6 years later traveled to Washington for a state visit. He had been angling for an invitation for more than a year, but with al Qaeda in Yemen seemingly in check there was none of the urgency there had been in the hectic days after September 11, when the United States had heaped aid on the Yemeni president in an attempt to contain the terrorist threat. Now that it appeared to be winning on the terrorism front, the George W. Bush administration had shifted its focus to democracy promotion. Thomas Krajeski, the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa, and analysts at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research spent months attempting to figure out how best to encourage Saleh to reform. As with the Egyptian jihadis of the 1990s, the Americans found that the Yemeni leader blew hot and cold. He was engaging and concilia-tory in private but all too often combative in public. Which was the real Saleh? Was there a real Saleh? Paid informants with inside access to the presi-

dent continued to peddle stories of Saleh joking about his ability to pull the wool over the eyes of the Americans. Something needed to change; that much, at least, was clear. Krajeski’s private warnings hadn’t done any good.

looking for a response, he didn’t have long to wait. The next day, Yemen’s stable of official columnists and journal-ists tore into him in newspapers and on state television, warning Krajeski against interfering

How this forgotten corner of the Arabian Peninsula became the most dangerous country in the world. The U.S. ambassador repeated them and Saleh nodded, but there never seemed to be any action. Corruption had spiraled out of control as military officers bought diesel at the subsidized

in Yemen’s internal affairs. The con-centrated effort and near unanimous message suggested a direc-tive from the top. The United States, it seemed, finally had Saleh’s

rate before smuggling it out of the country to sell at a premium. Individuals in the National Security Bureau, the new intelligence agency the United States had pushed for in 2002, hoping that it would replace Yemen’s jihadi-riddled Political Security Organization (PSO),

attention. But Saleh never quite got Krajeski’s message. For all his signaling and attempts at subtlety, Krajeski apparently failed to communicate the w shift in U.S. policy to the man who mattered most. When

In the three year since, AQAP has repeatedly tried to strike the United States with a pair of parcel bombs in 2010 and another underwear bomb that was uncovered in early 2012 while the United States has responded with ramped-up drone and air strikes along with increased economic aid to the central government in Sanaa. AQAP has also been active on the ground, briefly taking over and administering a number of towns in the southern part Yemen that had drifted beyond government control during the 2011 uprising that forced President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down from power in exchange for immunity. were just as deeply involved in the diesel smuggling as their counterparts in the PSO. So too were Yahya Saleh, President Saleh’s nephew, and his officers in the Central Security Forces, which also received U.S. funding and training. Corruption had been a problem in Yemen for decades, as Saleh’s family and inner circle seized land across the country for their vari-ous business interests. But the old generation of careful crooks, the men who had come up with Saleh, had given way to spoiled youngsters who believed they were entitled to whatever they could grab. What the United States had once been willing to overlook in exchange for Yemen’s cooperation on counterterrorism now became a sticking point. In early October 2005, a month before Saleh’s trip to the United States, Krajeski went public with his criticisms and told an opposition newspa-per that democratic reform in Yemen had “stopped.” If the rookie ambassador was

Saleh left for Washington in early November, he expected to be rewarded as a close and indispensable ally. After all, in the four years since his first visit with President Bush, he had done everything the United States wanted. He had killed or imprisoned all the al Qaeda leaders from a list the CIA had given him in 2001 and there hadn’t been a terrorist attack since the MV Limburg bombing three years earlier. Every time a security threat popped up, he dealt with it. Earlier in 2005, when a blustery cell of militants emerged, threatening the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa and forcing it to shut down briefly, Saleh’s troops had arrested the men responsible within days. “I respond to you immediately when you need something,” Saleh told the embassy. The calculating Yemeni president had several ideas as to how Bush could repay him for his vigilance and quick action.—Courtesy - FP.


COURT NOTICE In the Court of Zafar Iqbal Civil Judge Malakwal. Mohammad Inayat Vs Mohammad Boota etc. Suit for Arbitration Award Rule of Court. Memo. Mohammad Boota S/o Sultan , Umar Hayat S/o Saee Mohammad , Mohammad Yousaf S/o Mutali , Mohammad Riaz Nambardar S/o Sahlion , Attaullah S/o Sultan , Khursheed S/o Bati Caste Sohla Baloch , Mohammad Akbar S/o Saee Mohammad Caste Gondal R/ o BhalowalTehsil Malakwal Dist Mandi Bahauddin. Whereas the services of above mentioned respondents is not possible through ordinary means, therefore, he is directed to attend this court personally or through his council on 17-11-12. Otherwise the ex party proceedings shall be taken against him. Given under my hand and seal of the Court. Sd/Civil Judge Malakwal

COURT NOTICE In the Court of Ch Mohammad Nawaz Additional Session Judge Malakwal. Dost Mohammad Vs Zafar Iqbal. Civil Appeal. Memo. Zafar Iqbal S/o Bati Khan Caste Tarar R/o Pindi Ranwan Tehsil Malakwal Dist Mandi Bahauddin. Whereas the services of above mentioned respondents is not possible through ordinary means, therefore, he is directed to attend this court personally or through his council on 2911-12. Otherwise the ex party proceedings shall be taken against him. Given under my hand and seal of the Court. Sd/Additional Session Judge Malakwal

MQM referendum From Page 1

Australian PM wants General elections ECP asked to revise code of conduct From Page 1

present on this occasion. Malik Waseem Khokhar said polling booths would be set up in various parts of the city where the polling will start from 9:00am and continue till 5:00pm without any break. He said a commission comprising retired judges, senior lawyers and journalists would monitor the referendum process and announce the result after counting the votes and ballet papers. He said oversees Pakistanis could cast their votes through online facilities while citizens of the country could use SMS service for casting their votes. He said in the wake of international scenario, MQM Qauid Altaf Hussain’s deci-sion to hold referendum is a revolutionary step.

UN imposes sanctions From Page 1 cial sanctions against him. The UN committee said the Haqqani network, which has been responsible for suicide attacks and targeted assassination as well as kidnappings in Kabul, is linked to Al Qaeda Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan and Jaish-I-Mohammed. On Zakir, it said the group’s chief of suicide operations for the Haqqani network is in charge of all operations in Afghanistan’s Kabul, Takhar, Kunduz and Baghlan Provinces. He oversees training of suicide attackers and provides instructions on how to construct improvised explosives devices. —Online

From Page 1 Graphic footage of their slaughter was aired by ABC’s Four Corners programme on Monday, including images of a man sawing at a sheep’s neck before throwing it into a trench. Other sheep were bulldozed into the pit after being killed last month, but some were seen the next morning still breathing, sparking angry condemnation of their treatment. Gillard said that she had spoken to her Pakistani counterpart Raja Pervez Ashraf at a summit of European and Asian leaders in Laos to express her concern. “I did raise with the prime minister of Pakistan my concern

US votes in election From Page 1 The president visited a campaign office in Chicago on Tuesday morning, where he called and thanked several startled volunteers in Wisconsin and then spoke briefly to the reporters who were traveling with him, congratulating Mr. Romney for having run a “spirited campaign.” “I also want to say to Governor Romney, congratulations on a spirited campaign,’’ Mr. Obama said. “I know that his supporters are just as engaged and just as enthusiastic and working just as hard today. We feel confident we’ve got the votes to win, that it’s going to depend ultimately on whether those votes turn out. And so I would encourage everybody on all sides just to make sure that

2 religious leaders From Page 1 ing tyres and torched a bus in protest against Allama’s killing. Police said a firing incident took place in Karachi’s Hyderabad colony where armed men entered a house and fired shots on family members, killing a man, his wife and their teenage daughter. Officials said hands of the victims

about the graphic and very cruel images we’ve seen of the treatment of Australian sheep,” she told reporters in Vientiane. “ I explained to him that Australians are distressed to see these acts of cruelty and that I wanted the matter investigated. “He undertook to investigate the matter … I was very clear about Australia’s concerns, very strong in raising those concerns and very clear that this is something that has distressed the Australian people.” Australian Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig earlier called the slaughter “appalling” and his department disputed that the sheep were unhealthy.—AP

were found tied up with ropes when police entered the house upon receiving information of the killings.Meanwhile, target killings in Hyderabad claimed nine lives in the past four days while the local administration seemed hapless to control the law and order in the area.—Agencies

you exercise this precious right that you have that people fought so hard for, for us to have.” Both campaigns continued trying to grind out votes on Tuesday. Mr. Obama planned a round of satellite television interviews with local stations in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, Washington and Wisconsin. Mr. Romney planned campaign stops in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Given the way both men have sometimes seemed to be campaigning for the presidency of Ohio — given the repeated stops they made there in their efforts to claim the state’s 18 electoral votes — it was perhaps unsurprising that the two campaigns should cross paths there on Election Day. —Agencies

COURT NOTICE In the Court of Mr. Muqarab Khan District Judge Chakwal Muhammad Nazir VS Ghulam Ashgar Civil Appeal Memo Ghulam Ashgar S/O Noor Asab Khan Caste Janjua Rajput Mouza Karpal Tehsil & Distt, Chakwal Whereas serving of summon to the respondent in the case as titled above is not possible, the respondent is hereby in formed through this ad in this newspapers that the respondent has been announced to appear in this court in person on be represented by a lawyer in this court on 17-11-2012 at 8.00 hours. In case of non-compliance, ex-party proceeding shall take place. Given under my hand and seal of the Court.

Sd/District Judge Chakwal

Commission has prepared five special codes of conduct with reference to elections, which include those about media, civil society, political parties, observers, and security. A proposal for increasing the expenditure on electoral campaign for a candidate of membership of National Assembly is under consideration according to which the limit of amount being spent has been raised from Rs 1.5 million to Rs 5 million while that for the candidate of membership of provincial assembly has been raised from Rs 1 million to Rs 3 million, Secretary Election Commission observed. Hr further said that Election Commission wrote to Foreign Secretary on September 20 that foreign observers be invited to Pakistan to analyse the arrangements for elections. —Online

LHC summons From Page 1 recommendations regarding doctors’ service structure, however, negotiation will continue to resolve the matter, the petition stated. Punjab government also requested the court to restrain doctors from protesting outside Chief Minister’s House. On this, the court summoned the representatives of YDA on Wednesday (today).

From Page 1 conduct for elections released by the Election Commission and asked to reframe the code according to ground realities. Meeting of the committee was held at the Parliament House here on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Senator Jehangir Badr, who is convenor of the committee. The meeting was attended on special invitation by members of the Standing Committee for Law and Justice, Secretary Election Commission and officials of the Ministry of Law and Justice. The meeting reviewed the code of conduct during which Senator Syed Muzaffar Ali Shah pointed out that permanent address was given on the voters list and feared that 30% of the voters would not be able to cast their votes. He also said that the Executive was changing the sites of polling stations in Sindh and the Election Commission should

take notice of it. He said the Election Commission must have enough manpower to get the code of conduct implemented otherwise it would be impossible to implement it. MQM’s Iqbal Qadri said instead of postal ballot, computerized system be introduced to enable overseas Pakistanis to cast their vote. He said free and fair elections were impossible until and unless the election expenditure was strictly enforced. He demanded that before the elections, record of all the candidates be obtained from the State Bank to ensure that they were not defaulters. He said under the Political Parties Act, the Election Commission can prepare code of conduct in consultation with the political parties otherwise that would be illegal. Senator Farhatullah Babar expressed reservations over EC for not exercising powers under articles 62 -63 of the constitution.

He said a ban be imposed on those contesting elections by obtaining loans from banks. He also called for checking utility bills of six months for all the contesting candidates and adoption of a transparent system for votes by overseas Pakistanis. Senator Zahid Khan identified problems to be faced by the voters in KP and Sindh due to permanent and temporary addresses and said the commission must pay attention to this problem. —INP

Supreme Court From Page 1 which was published in the Wall Street Journal and said that the case would be heard keeping the article in perspective. Later, the court adjourned the hearing to Nov 22 and directed the petitioner to present all relevant records in court on the said date.

Parliament represents will of people From Page 1 pending upon how the countries choose to respond to this process of evolution and change. Inertia and status quo will have to be abandoned in our pursuit of shared well-being of our people, he said. He said the parliamentarians have a unique advantage and

they can play a significant role in promoting the ideals of peace and prosperity in their respective countries and the region. Pakistan is firmly committed to the principles of SAARC and

attaches great importance to its ideals and processes, he said. We strongly believe that regional cooperation is an important engine of prosperity for the people of the region, he said.


US court rejects Aafia Siddiqui’s plea WASHINGTON—A U.S. appeals court has upheld the conviction and 86-year prison sentence of a Pakistani neuroscientist for shooting at FBI agents and soldiers after her arrest in occupied Afghanistan. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said a lower court judge had not erred in allowing Aafia Siddiqui, 40, to testify in her own defense at trial and in allowing certain evidence against her. Siddiqui, whose conviction was widely criticized in Pakistan, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in September 2010. She was convicted by a New York federal jury of attempted murder, armed assault and other charges.—Turkish News

Three more bodies recovered QATAR:President Asif Ali Zardari being received by Qatar’s Minister for Justice Hassan RAWALPINDI—Three more bin Abdullah Al-Ghanim at the Doha International Airport. bodies of martyred soldiers, buried under the monstrous avalanche at Siachin’s Gayari sector have been recovered by the search teams on Tuesday, bringing the total number of bodies recovered so far to 110. According to ISPR, efforts are underway to establish the identity of these three martyred soldiers, by an already present on-site team delegations would represent dif- Central were also present on the OBSERVER REPORT of NADRA experts. The ferent countries from around the occasion. ISPR spokesman said that KARACHI—The Ministry of De- globe, of which around 24 delegaThe exhibition, Akbar said, search for the rest of 29 fence Production is all set to show- tions are high-level, headed either would be open for officially inbodies are underway and would continue till recovery case some of the locally-manufac- by the defence ministers, secretar- vited delegations comprising seof all the bodies buried in the tured military equipment at the 7th ies or service chiefs of the respec- nior officials of foreign countries International Defence Exhibition tive countries. and trade visitors from abroad and snow avalanche. —INP and Seminar (IDEAS). In addition to this, 209 firms inland. Last Day of the exhibition Around 80 foreign delega- would exhibit their products, of would be reserved for the students Commander of tions from across the world have which, 135 are foreign and 74 are of colleges and universities, he arrived in this metropolis to par- local. “We have booked a major added. Sri Lanka Navy ticipate in the five-day event com- portion of available space at the Holding of IDEAS-2012 is a arrives mencing from today, Wednesday, Expo Center to accommodate de- proud moment for all of us and is here at the Karachi Expo Center. fence companies from Turkey, a clear manifestation of the fact ISLAMABAD—The Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy “Some of the major indigenously China, North America, South that Pakistan does not lack behind developed products to be show- America, Europe, Asia, Far East,” in quality defence production. Vice Admiral Jayanth cased in IDEAS-2012 include he added. Colombage, Tuesday, commenced his six day long official Main Battle Tank Al–Khalid, JF– Despite the fact that the exhi17 Thunder Fighter Aircraft, Jet bition is being held after a gap of visit to Pakistan. Sri Lankan Trainer Aircraft and UAVs etc,” four years, we have received overNavy Commander’s visit be Commodore Siddiq Akbar, Direc- whelming response from the exfrom 6 - 12 November is tor (Media) of Defence Export hibitors as well as delegations undertaken on the invitation Promotion Organization (DEPO), from around the globe, said Comextended by Chief of Naval Ministry of Defence Production, modore Akbar. Brigadier Mazhar, Staff Pakistan Admiral Asif told a curtain-raiser briefing here Director Coordination, DEPO and Sandila. This will be Vice Admiral Colombage’s first visit on Monday. He said around 80 Zulfiqar Ali Mahar, SSP Traffic abroad after taking over Command of the prestigious Sri Lankan Navy to the closest regional ally and traditional friendly country Pakistan. Colombage was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral CHARSADDA—Pakistan Mus- were no drone attacks or recently.—Online lim League President Mian loadshedding of gas and elecNawaz Sharif says no one can tricity during the rule of Musbe given right to derail the lim League and today people IHC Ad-hoc were crying for unabated drone democratic process. Judge resigns Talking to PML-N overseas attacks and shortage of utility Staff Reporter leader Nighat Khan, KP Sports commodities. ISLAMABAD—Ad-hoc judge and Cultural Wing President Nawaz Sharif said the of Islamabad High Court Mian Alam Shah Kakakhel and PML-N gave motorway and (IHC), Justice Azeem Afridi office holders of social media on nuclear capability to the Pakihas resigned from his office Tuesday, Nawaz Sharif said that stani nation and had planned a after judicial commission Musharraf removed his govern- project of bullet train between did not approve regulariza- ment which had two/third ma- Peshawar and Karachi. He urged the youths to pay tion of his service. Accord- jority in the Parliament and ing to media reports, Justice blocked road to prosperity of attention to the registration of Azeem has sent his resigna- the people. He said the murder- their votes to bring a real tion to Registrar of ers of Nawab Akbar Bugti were change in the next elections, Islamabad High Court. His roaming freely and the heirs of emphasizing that the victory of tenure was to end on Shuhada of Lal Masjid were the PML-N depends a lot on the November 20. crying for justice. He said there youths. —INP

IDEAS-2012 opens today

Pakistan to reveal sale list of war equipments

No one has right to derail democratic process: Nawaz

Political statements not domain of CJ, Army Chief: Aitzaz STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Aitzaz Ahsan said on Tuesday that Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry did not have the authority to issue political statements. Speaking to media representatives outside the Lahore High Court (LHC), Ahsan said the interim verdict of the Supreme Court pertaining to the Balochistan law and order case was non-implementable. He said the verdict was similar to Article 58-2B which allowed the sacking of elected representatives.

ASEM summit stresses close Asia-Europe ties VIENTINANE—Asia-Europe Meeting leaders pledged on Tuesday to foster closer relations between Asia and Europe at the end of the Ninth ASEM summit held here. Leaders from 51 ASEM members called for enhancing Asia-Europe cooperation to realize joint development of the two continents and to tackle global and regional challenges. During the two-day closed-door plenary sessions, ASEM leaders exchanged views on lessons learned, experiences, constructive ideas, initiatives as well as Asian vision in view of ensuring a quality and efficient growth of ASEM. “This rich discussion reflected our responsibility and strong commitment to strengthen the partnership in order to achieve our ultimate

goals, such as enhancing role of ASEM in the areas of peace, stability and development of the two continents as well as in the world at large,” Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong said. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy as the next Chair of ASEM emphasized that progress was made with Asian leaders on economic, political and sociocultural issues but admitted that challenges remained for the 2014 chapter of the summit.“Eurozone is on the right track and growth is expected to pick up in 2013 but in an interlinked world where growth is a worldwide process, both regions need to work together to put the world back on a sustainable growth path,” he said at the closing ceremony. Experience from Asian

Musa, Shahab detention unjustified: Apex court I SLAMABAD —The Supreme Supreme Court. Court of Pakistan said on Tuesday in its detailed verdict pertaining to the case of Ali Musa Gilani, son of disqualified Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, and former federal health minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin, that their detention was unjustified. The 17-page verdict is written by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk. It said that the apex court was not pleased by the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) when they arrested Ali Musa Gilani from the premises of the

Makhdoom Shahabuddin’s arrest warrants were issued after he submitted his nomination papers for the premiership. The court order said that the prosecutor did not provide any evidence that both accused did not cooperate in the investigation. It was unjustified to keep the accused in detention if they are cooperating, it said, adding that Shahabuddin and Ali Musa appeared before the investigation officers at least four times. —NNI

partners in handling of economic and financial crisis is certainly welcomed as they can and should all learn from each other, Rompuy added. Two documents — Vientiane Declaration on Strengthening Partnership for Peace and Development and Chairman’s Statement of the Ninth ASEM Summit — were issued at the end of the informal dialogue. Established 17 years ago, the original goals of ASEM were to maintain and enhance peace and stability and to promote sustainable economic and social development. The last time ASEM leaders met was in Brussels during 2010 with economic issues such as reforms to the International Monetary Fund in focus in the wake of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis and a strong rebound of Asian economies. —NNI

SC reserves verdict in Malik Riaz review petition ISLAMABAD—Supreme Court Tuesday reserved its judgment over authority of the bench in Malik Riaz’s review petition against the court’s appointed one-member commission comprising Dr. Shoaib Suddle in Dr. Arsalan Iftikhar’s case. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Jawad S. Khawaja resumed the hearing in Malik Riaz’s review petition against Suddle commission in Dr. Arsalan Iftikhar case.—Online


Dog tumors may give clues for humans with breast cancer

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UKE Robinson never liked dogs much until an ex-girlfriend offered him a puppy while he was living in San Antonio, Texas. The Great Pyrenees he named Malcolm changed all that. “It was the first dog of my adult life,” said Robinson, 41. “He was my companion, my mate.” But at the age of 6, Malcolm was diagnosed with bone cancer — which both devastated and mobilized Robinson. When a veterinarian from a major university couldn’t tell Robinson why Malcolm got cancer at such young age, he went on a national crusade to “find out why.” Robinson walked 2,300 miles over two years to raise awareness, founding in the process Two Million Dogs, an organization that is a pioneer in the field of comparative research — finding common links between animals and humans who have cancer. Today, a $50,000 grant from the organization is funding such research at Princeton University to learn how breast cancer tumors progress from seemingly benign to malignant ones. “We are using new model — no one looked at progression this way,” said Olga Troyanskaya, the computational biologist who is leading the genetic research. “It’s something that is really out there and forward-thinking.” Cancer Group Refuses to Fund

Planned Parenthood Watch Video Suzanne Somers’ Dangerous Breast Reconstruction Watch Video Nevada Couple Fights Judge Over Daughter’s Pregnancy Watch Video Troyanskaya is collaborating with Karen Sorenmo, an oncologist at the Ryan Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania, who has a special interest in mammary tumors. The pair met when Troyanskaya’s German shepherd Jessie was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2006, and she sought help from Sorenmo. Sorenmo provides the Princeton project with tumors from shelter dogs, giving the animals free treatment. Dogs have multiple mammary glands and when they develop cancer, unlike humans, they can have multiple tumors. “The screening is not as good, but when found, on average [dogs] have seven masses at different stages of development,” said Troyanskaya. “Some are benign ... but they are not truly benign.” About 80 percent of dog and human tumors are indistinguishable, according to Two Million Dogs. Troyanskaya compares dog and human tumors on a molecular level and hopes to find genetic markers that can give clues to how human breast cancer tumors progress and which ones are more likely to become malignant.

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza, Indian Lok Sabha Speaker Meria Kumari, Speaker Bangladesh Parliament Abdul Hameed and Maldives People Majlis Speaker Abdula Shahid freeing a white dove as a traditional symbol of love and peace on the concluding ceremony of SAARC Speakers Conference.

SAARC Speakers & Parliamentarians free pigeons I SLAMABAD —Speakers and Parliamentarians, Tuesday, freed pigeons in the air to mark the conclusion of 6th conference of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians. They also prayed for bringing harmony in the region through enhanced parliamentary exchanges and people to people contacts. While talking to media Abdul Hamid, Speaker of the Jatiyo Sansad of the Republic of Bangladesh, Jig-May Tshul-tim, Speaker of the National Assembly of Bhutan, Smt. Meera Kumar, Speaker of the Lok Sabha,

Republic of India, Abdulla Shahid, Speaker of the People’s Majlis of the Republic of the Maldives, expressed their best wishes to the people of Pakistan. They were of the viewpoint that they had memorable time in Pakistan and days spent in Pakistan would remain fresh for the times to come and they would cherish pleasant memories for the whole of their life. Meanwhile Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker National Assembly organizers of the 6th Conference of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians, Tuesday, presented

Photo Albums to the heads of the delegations from SAARC countries. On the conclusion of the conference, Speaker National Assembly on behalf of Pakistani people and Parliament presented photo albums of the participants of the conference. Photo albums contained photo graphs taken during proceedings of different sessions of the conference as well as participants were shown busy in discussions. The recipients of the photo albums thanked her terming albums as precious gifts.—Online

NPC to pay tributes to the poet of east, Allama Iqbal STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—As a part of its contractual endeavours to keep up the memories of the founders of Pakistan and the spirit of Pakistan Movement alive, the Nazriya Pakistan Council Islamabad has chalked out a full fledged programme to pay homage to the poet of east, Allama Iqbal, in Iqbal’s week celebrations at Aiwan-i-Quaid F-9 Park Islamabad from 8th to 13th November 2012. The events will have a take-off by a grand all Pakistan Mushaira at 6 pm on 8th November. To be presided

over by Anwar Masood and Amjad Islam Amjad as chief guest in the chair, the mushaira also features participation of Shabnam Shakeel, Noshi Gillani, Anwar Feroze, Ehsaan Akbar, Haleem Qureshi and a blend of prominent senior and young poets. Son of Allama Iqbal Mr. Justice Javed Iqbal will be the chief guest on 9th November at 3:30 pm to deliver a special lecture on “Iqbal and Pakistan of Today”. Zahid Malik, chairman NPC will preside over this sitting. 10th November will have “Kalam-e-Iqbal” being presented by renowned musi-

cians and singers at 6:00 pm. Ex-ambassador Mr. Javed Hafeez will deliver lecture in Arabic on “Iqbal’s Thoughts and the Muslim World” on 12th November at 3:30pm. Diplomats of Arabic countries and faculty and students of different Arabic learning and teaching institutions and universities have specially been invited to attend this special lecture. The concluding programme of this special week features speech contest among students of Islamabad / Rawalpindi schools on “Thoughts of Iqbal and Pakistan” on 13th November at 10 am.

ISLAMABAD: Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Oe presenting music recital during a ceremony to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Japan and Pakistan, at Turkish Embassy.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

Cultural performance presented for Turkish delegates I SLAMABAD —Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) here on Tuesday enthralled the visiting Turkish delegates with a cultural show presenting different cultural and traditional aspects of Pakistan. The four members delegation of Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkey visited the PNCA and National Art Gallery to get the taste of cultural glimpses of Pakistan. The show brought Sufi spiritual performances and regional dances of Pakistan by the performers of National Performing Arts Group (NPAG). The performers were attired in vibrant traditional costumes and conventional jewelry belonging to different provinces of the country to entertain the visiting delegates for promoting soft image of the country. The delegation showed keen interest in the contemporary art reflecting Modern and Contemporary Face of Pakistan, paintings of renowned poets of the country including Sadeqain and other artists at National Art Gallery. Speaking on the occasion Director General PNCA, Tauqeer Nasir said exchange of these kind of visits would help strengthen people to people contacts between both the countries and cement their social and cultural relations. He added that Pakistan has an asset of rich culture and traditions which should be highlighted at international level to promote soft image of the country.—APP

Japanese musicians charm music lovers Monti, and P. Sarasate. Hiroshi Oe started to play ISLAMABAD—The delightful the piano at the age of 5, and dialogue between piano and after a long interlude of 30 violin, presented by the Japayears, resumed taking lesnese artistes, filled the air with sons again from 2006. He won such warmth, grace, and ami2 Gold medals and 2 Silver ability that it simply charmed medals in the Amateur solo the audiences. and concerto sectors of 2011 The brilliant musical perInternational Chopin Compeformance, held here at the tition in Asia. He has played auditorium of the Turkish with Tokyo New City OrchesEmbassy on Tuesday tra, as well as the Prima Vista evening, was attended by a Quartet and the Silesia Philhouseful of music lovers, harmonic Orchestra from Pomostly foreigners. The Emland during their visits to Jabassy of Japan in collaborapan. He also gave a fundraiser tion with the Turkish Emconcert at the University of bassy organised the joint Tokyo in 2011 after the earthISLAMABAD—Lack of proper music recital to celebrate the quake and tsunami. parking facilities near Federal Government Services Hospital (Polyclinic) are creating problems for the patients and their attendants that is worsening with every passing day.The Polyclinic is the second major hospital of the city, accommodating a large number of patients, stationed in defferent government offices in the capital. However, several patients visit this hospital from remote areas also. Hence, this hospital provides healthcare to hundreds a day, patients and their attendants have no place to park their vehicles despite such huge inflow. The hospital administration has occupied a road running through the Argentina Park. This park is behind the hospital and the occupied area is basically a link road which has been rendered useless because of the barriers put RAWALPINDI: Students at their stalls during Sciences, Software, Fine Arts and Home in front of it by the administraEconomics exhibition at FG Post Graduate College for Women, Kashmir Road. tion.—APP

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60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Japan. The sweet sounds of piano and violin tunes were played by four celebrated Japanese musicians, Mr. Kazuhisa Akita (Composer), Mr. On Mitani (Pianist), Ms. Mie Kobayashi (Violinist) and Ms. Yuriko Ito (Pianist), together with the Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Oe, who surprised many in the audiences by playing some charming melodies. The musicians performed lovely works by Mozart, Beethoven, F. Chopin, R. Schumann, V.

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Application of Iqbalian vision in 21st century STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The research institute and think tank MUSLIM Institute organized a two day conference on “Application of Iqbalian Vision in 21st Century” in commemoration of Iqbal day on 6th and 7th November, Tuesday and Wednesday, here at local hotel. Addressing the conference, former Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir Sardar Ateeq Ahmed Khan said that Iqbal’s thought has been interpreted in all ages to suit specific interests. To understand Iqbal’s message in its true spirit, we must study and act upon it with an open mind. Iqbal’s thought is in fact a Sufi thought , very similar to the thought presented by sufi

saints like Sultan Bahoo which is in fact a lesson of religious harmony, tolerance and love. People in Germany are still proud today that a personality like Iqbal studied in their university. He added that Iqbal negated the Capitalist system and its exploitative thought, not capital itself. We must overcome this thought. Iqbal, having analysed Eastern and Western civilizations, identified Islam as the only philosophy that can create a truly progressive society for the sustenance of humanity. He added that Iqbal’s thought is centered on the personality of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and that is what he declared to be the foundation of his philosophy. He demanded that Iqbal’s thoughts should be taught at

all academic levels, in schools, colleges and universities in the country. Delivering the welcome address, the Chairman MUSLIM Institute Sahabzada Sultan Ahmed Ali expressed that the Institute is a research organization with the aim of ascertaining solutions to the problems faced by Pakistan and the Muslim world through analytic research. Shedding light on Iqbal’s philosophy he said that the past two generations claimed that Iqbal was only for them, but I think that Iqbal is for me while these coming after me will claim him for themselves. Iqbal declared Asia as a singular body eighty years ago and declared Afghanistan as its heart. If the heart is troubled, the entire body

will be troubled. This thought is fully subscribed to today and will find greater force of support in the future. Iqbal had predicted that there is no permanence in the Capitalist system and today we find evidence of that in the form of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Discussing the topic of Iqbal and the Islamic world, former Rector of Islamic University Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik said that Iqbal’s thought reformed the dynastic system of the Arab world. The youth of today there is following the philosophy of Iqbal in rejecting Monarchial rule for spiritual democracy. Professor Dr. Riaz Ahmed said that Iqbal’s religious philosophy and Sultan Bahoo’s teachings have a

very close relationship. Iqbal analysed the philosophy of the west and the entire Muslim world and explained how western thinks learnt from the traditions of the East, just as we are learning modern sciences from them today. Iqbal referred to the following verses of the Quran in his renowned lectures, which pertain to the universe and are closely related to human society. If the same methodology is adopted today, we can overcome the scourge of sectarianism. He said that the way of the Prophets (PBUT) was to convey their message through discourse and argumentation, whereas this method is rare in today’s world.


Bokhari, Meira agree on MPs’ role for stronger Pak-India ties STAFF REPORTER I S L A M A B A D —Chairman Zohr

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November 7 A TWO days’ conference titled ‘Application of Iqbalian vision in 21 st Century’ on Tuesday (13:30 – 17:10) & Wednesday (9:30 – 17:30) will be held at Islamabad Hotel. The prime objective of the conference is to raise awareness among masses about ideologies and thoughts of Allama Muhammad Iqbal. ***** EXHIBITION titled ‘Here and There…’ by Damon Kowarsky, to be inaugurated by Australian High Commissioner Peter Heyward, at the Rohtas Gallery, House No 57-B, Street 26, Sector F-7/2, Islamabad, daily 11 am 7 pm except for Sundays continuing up to November 16. November 7-8 PAKISTAN Coalition for Education, a civil society representative network is holding a two-day national level education convention titled “Investing in Education for a Progressive Nation” on November 7 to 8. More than 200 civil society representatives will be gathering in the capital city to discuss and formulate collective actions in order to improve the status of education in the country.

Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bhukhari, Tuesday, said that Pakistan desired the best of relations with all its neighbors including India. “Pakistan wishes to have friendly, cooperative and good neighborly relations with India” he observed while talking to Speaker of Indian Lok Sabha, Smt. Meira Kumar and Indian Parliamentary delegates. The Chairman Senate emphasized the need for more interaction between

Parliamentarians and declared that their role is very crucial in building stronger ties between the two countries. He said that Parliamentarians represent people and particularly the will and desire of the people in a democratic dispensation and hence they can play vital and proactive role in order to move forward the dialogue process that can lead to ultimate resolution of pending issues between the two countries. He further said that people to people contacts and frequent interactions can generate such a momen-

Speaker Meira Kumar said ship from people of India to people of Pakistan and this is the same message as was conveyed during my earlier visit to Pakistan. She said that the two countries are heading towards third round of dialogue process and both sides have very strong desires to resolve issues and move ahead. She further added that Parliamentarians from both sides should take leading roles to cement our bilateral relations. SAARC conference of ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari exchanging views with Speakers and ParliamentarSpeaker Indian Lok Sabha Meira Kumar. ian is a step towards right gion to witness lasting Reciprocating the similar that I have brought message direction and is very posipeace and ultimate sentiments, the Indian of love, affection and friend- tive development. She intum which can make this re- progress at fast pace.

Planning Netherlands contributes Commission directs CDA to $3.6m to promote HRs upgrade IJP Road STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Netherlands government has provided dollars 3.6 million to support the protection and promotion of human rights in Pakistan. The Dutch Ambassador to Pakistan Gajus Scheltema and Country Representative of ‘The Asia Foundation’ Gareth Aicken signed the agreement here on Tuesday at a simple ceremony held at the office of the Asia Foundation. It is the third Human Right Fund being supported by the Netherlands government and its a follow up to the previous two earlier human rights programmes. Addressing on this occasion the Dutch Ambassador to Pakistan Gajus Scheltema commended the efforts of the

government of Pakistan and many non-government organizations in improving the human rights situation. He said that Pakistan has made a number of significant commitments to international human rights standards. The Dutch ambassador said, “Inspite of these commitments, there are still significant legal and practical limitations on the ability of minorities, in particular to exercise to their rights.” He also referred to the published civil society statement in response to the official report on human rights recently submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adding that this statement called for a stronger political commitment by the Pakistan state for the protection of human rights and for measurable

action plan to address the existing gaps in legislation and law enforcement in the country. He said the human rights fund III could be a tool to support all stakeholders in addressing these gaps in a collaborative and constructive manner. The Dutch ambassador said there is need to protect the rights of minorities especially relating to religion as there are many incidents of attack on minorities. He said, “There is need to speed up concrete efforts and measures to check the religious base violations of human rights.” Referring to the incident of attack on Malala Yousafzai in Swat, he said, there is need to take precautionary measures by the civil society to check such incidents.

***** IQBAL Day celebration, at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts Auditorium, Sector F-5/1, Islamabad, 10 am to 2 pm. November 8 ALUMNI Association National Institute of Psychology (AA-NIP) invites you to come and join on Annual Alumni Dinner at 4:30 to 10:00 pm. Venue: Geo Physics Auditorium, QAU, Islamabad Programme. November 10 GENERAL Body Meeting of the Human Resource Development Network at the HRDN Secretariat, House No. 41, Street 56, F-6/4, Islamabad. ***** OPENING of a panting exhibition by Rajaj Changez Sultan, Mobina Zuberi, Nafisa Athar, Athar Mahmood, Naeem Pasha, Nusratji, Saran Sultan and Shahla Rafi, to be inaugurated by Iftikhar Gillani, Patron-in-Chief of the Tumair Studios, at the Gallery Changez, Islamabad, 11 am to 6 pm. ***** GENERAL Body meeting of the Human Resource Development Network, at the HRDN Secretariat, House No 41, Street 56, F-6/4, Islamabad. November 12 LAUNCHING of book ‘Confronting the Bomb’ edited by Pervez Hoodbhoy at 4:30 pm at Kuch Khaas, House No 1 Street 1, F-6/3 Islamabad. ***** HUSSANIA conference organised by the Markazi Imam Hussain Council, at the Pearl continental, The Mall Rawalpindi, 2 pm.

Two gangs of dacoits busted ISLAMABAD—Shehzad Town police have busted two gangs of dacoits involved in dacoity, street crimes and theft and recovered 3 pistols with ammunition and theft tools from their possession, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.—NNI

vited Chairman Senate and members of Pakistani Parliament to visit India and said that such frequent exchanges can assist both countries to normalize relations and move forward. It is pertinent to mention that Indian Speaker along with her delegates from Indian Parliament are here to attend sixth conference of association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians. It is second visit of Indian Speaker to Pakistan who earlier visited on the invitation of her Pakistani counter part Dr. Fehmida Mirza.

R AWA L P I N D I — P l a n n i n g Commission has directed Capital Development Authority to prepare plan for upgradation of IJ Principal Road and forward its PC-1 for approval of the project. Sources said that CDA has not released maintenance fund for the plan till now. CDA Department for Roads sent the case to Planning Wing, which became a victim of Red tape. Several months have passed but design of the project has not been issued. As a result, its PC-1 has not been prepared as yet. Completion of the project would relieve the commuters of traffic jams and heavy rush on the road. After bomb blast in Marriott Hotel, the interior ministry closed Kashmir Highway for heavy traffic. In this way, the flow of heavy traffic was diverted to IJ Principal Road. Since then, it has become one of the busiest roads of the city such that around 100,000 vehicles per day travel on this road. The citizens have demanded of Chairman CDA, Tahir Shahbaz to take personal interest in the plan and start work on it in order to reduce the pressure of traffic on IJP Road.—Online

Thanks Day on elimination of dengue ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of the Netherlands Gajus Scheltema and Country Representative Asia Foundation Gareth Aicken signing a Memorandum of Understanding. The Netherlands Government will contribute USD 3.6 million for human rights in Pakistan.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

Completion of development projects by Dec 15

Efforts underway to eliminate extremism

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trict Administration Rawalpindi (CDGR) has set December 15 deadline for completion of all development projects in the garrison city. The deadline was set in a meeting held the other day, presided by Commissioner Rawalpindi Imdadullah Bosal. The meeting was informed that none of the 179 development schemes under the Rs680 million package had been completed. DCO Saqib Zaffar directed the officials concerned to complete small projects within 15 days and set a deadline of December 15 for completion of all mega projects including Sixth Road flyover and Pirwadhai Underpass.—INP

R AWALPINDI —IGFC Major General Obaidullah Khan said that the live nations never forget the sacrifices rendered by their martyrs and take these sacrifices as a guide line for security and safety of the country. According to ISPR, he was addressing a ceremony held in the honour of the families of martyrs from FC Balochistan at Kohat. The ceremony was attended by families of around 400 Martyrs / injured personnel of FC Balochistan. Major General Obaidullah Khan said that the ceremony in honour of Martyrs further strengthens our resolve. We shall always protect the honour, dignity and sovereignty earned due to the sac-

rifices by our great Martyrs and shall not let anyone to harm Pakistan. IG FC Baluchistan said due to new developments at international and national levels, we are facing internal and external dangers and antistate elements are active to destabilize our country. Efforts are also underway to eliminate extremism and sectarianism in the country. In the prevailing circumstances, the spirit of patriotism and devotion to duty exhibited by the Jawans of Pak Army are a source of pride for the whole nation, the IG said.While speaking to the families of Martyrs, he said that they should not feel themselves alone as FC Balochistan and people of Pakistan owe them and we all are knitted in a relationship.

RAWALPINDI: Students walk on railway track may cause any mishap and needs the attention of concerned authority.

18th Amendment a hallmark in Pak-UNESCO to ensuring fundamental rights co-host event for STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Ambassador Niclas Trove, Special Envoy of Sweden for Pakistan and Afghanistan called on the Advisor to Prime Minister on Human Rights, Mr. Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar at his office. While talking about the initiatives of the democratically elected government in improving the human right situation in the, the Advisor said that the 18th Amendment is a hallmark in ensuring the fundamental rights of the people. He pointed out that through this Amendment the right to education and right to fair trial have also been included in the Constitution. The Advisor informed that in near future Child Rights Bill will be put in National Assembly that will include the legislation on internal trafficking of children, increasing the age of criminal liability from 7 to favourably 13years and the child por-

nography. He further added that bill for establishing National Commission on Child Rights is also under consideration. The Advisor said that the government has the huge responsibility to ensure smooth transition of power to the interim government and in order to accomplish this task the government is in touch with all the political parties including opposition. Additionally he reiterated that it is the first time that Political Parties Act has been extended to FATA and the government will ensure the equal participation of all political parties in floating political campaigns in FATA. While responding to a question the Advisor mentioned that in order to ensure a peaceful and free and fair election in Pakistan the government is in consultation with all the stakeholders and the fact is evident by the nomination of Chief Election Commissioner.

girls’ education CITY REPORTER

ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Education and Training, Sheikh Waqas Akram on Tuesday said Government of Pakistan and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will co-host a mega event for promoting girl education globally on December 10 at Paris. Addressing a press conference here at Ministry of Education, he said it will be first global initiative of UNESCO led by Pakistan which will be a tribute to Malala Yousafzai who dedicated her life for education. The minister said leading personalities of world are expected to participate in the event including Presidents, Prime Ministers, members of royal families, celebrates and donor agencies, devoted on the name of ‘Standing for Girls Education’.

R AWALPINDI —CM Punjab has directed all Government Colleges of Rawalpindi to celebrate ‘Thanks Day’ on November 8 and 9 to celebrate the wiping out of Dengue from across the country. On the direction of Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, the govt colleges of Rawalpindi Division would celebrate ‘Thanks Day’. In view of this, all the colleges would organize special programs while the district and Division level would also arrange separate programs. To this effect, Professor Hamayoun Iqbal said that all govt and private colleges of Rawalpindi, Chakwal, Attock and Jehlum have been informed to celebrate. In this program, they would inform the students about the breeding of dengue virus and the efforts of the CM for overcoming the Dengue virus.Meanwhile, the appreciation certificate would be distributed among those persons who made special efforts for this pur- ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education and Training, Sheikh Waqas Akram and pose.—Online Dr Nagatha, Country Representative of UNESCO, holding a joint press conference.

Anti-encroachment drive

R AWALPINDI —Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) launched anti-encroachment operation in different areas of the city and besides fining the traders took the materials placed in prohibited areas into custody here on Tuesday. According to details, upon directives of Administrator Rawal Town Saif Anwar, under the supervision of Town Officer Regulation Aftab Chohan Chaudhry TMA enforcement personnel conducted operation in various areas of Rawalpindi including Commercial Market, Raja Bazaar, Rawal Town and Bara Bazaar. The TMA officers besides issuing warning to various traders also imposed fine of Rs40,000 on encroachers and took into custody the ISLAMABAD: Director General PNCA Tauqeer Nasir with the members of a Turkish hand driven carts and elecdelegation at National Art Gallery.—PO photo tronics equipments.—INP

Long distance u-turns compound woes of citizens I SLAMABAD —Closure

of short cut passages and small u-turns on all the roads of federal capital has caused embarrassment to the citizens. Under traffic plan, small u-turns have been abolished and long u-turns have been built to make roads, high ways and intersections signal free to ease traffic flow. But longer u-turns have cost heavily to the commonman, as they have to bear the brunt of additional expenses on petrol and gas consumption on their way from homes to offices and back to homes. Short u-turns was a real facility for us as we covered the distance to our office in 15 minutes and this way we

had to spend a small amount on fuel consumption but due to long u-turns we have not only to suffer in terms of time but in terms of fuel consumption at such a time when fuel prices are soaring sky high, said a group of government employees. The prevalent u-turn arrangement depicts a gloomy picture as no u-turn exists on 3-kilometer road intervening between I-8 traffic signal and 15 Rescue. Far ahead Faizabad, a u-turn in the name of Swan has been built at a distance of 6-kilometers. Like wise no u-turn has been built on 5-kilometer distance between police check post to Peshawar More on Kashmir High way in front of fire brigade office. One has to move

to 7th avenue chowk after traveling 2 kilometer distance and then return in order to proceed to Peshawar More. This way one has to bear the additional burden of petrol consumption as much as one consumes to cover 4 kilometer distance. Citizens complained that no u-turn exists on 2-kilometer distance from D-chowk to F-7 chowk in front of parliament house. Like wise u-turn meant for the road leading to Murree from Faizabad is located in front of Margalla town and this way one has to cover additional distance of 2 to 3 kilometers. Citizens demanded evolving of traffic plan to facilitate them and not to compound their traffic woes.—Online


Shelter for homeless across AJK without discrimination

All allotments made so far by MDA stay intact: PM RAO ATIQ UL AMIN KHAN Abid Hussain Shah and ex Vice headed by former Director since 1947 and later on.Referring President Sardar Abid Hussain. General Mirza Javed Iqbal. to other achievements of his govMIRPUR—AJK Prime Minis- The Prime Minister said that his “No any plot, allotted or ad- ernment, Prime Minister Majeed ter Ch. Abdul Majeed has categorically declared here that all sorts of allotments made so far by Mirpur Development Authority stood intact and none of the allotments was ordered to be cancelled by the authority by his government. The AJK Premier was talking to a delegation of the members of Kashmir Press Club Mirpur who called on him at the Prime Minister House in Muzaffarabad late Monday under the leadership of the President of the Press Club Syed

Jamaat-e-Islami castigates administration SRINAGAR—Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir has strongly condemned desecration of a masjid by some unscrupulous elements in Bachroo Qaziabad Handwara and demanded an immediate identification of the accused and stern action against them. In a statement spokesperson Jamaat-eIslami J&K Advocate Zahid Ali accused the administration of “playing a mute role towards these sensitive issues.” “Jamaat-e-Islami J&K while strongly condemning the irresponsible role of the administration towards the sensitive public issues, cautions the public to remain vigilant against these forces who are bent upon to create a wedge amongst the Muslim Ummah here and thereby achieve their sinister designs. We should never allow anyone to cause any damage to our unity as the unity is an effective weapon to defeat the designs of the enemy,” the statement said.—NNI

government believed in providing shelter to the homeless families across AJK including the journalist fraternity in Mirpur on priority basis under the spirit of the popular policy of the PPP government of providing bread, cloth and house to the needy without any discrimination. Ch. Majeed stated while responding to questions that since his government had not advised the MDA for cancellation of any allotment including made by the recent-past management of the MDA

justed by the outgoing DG MDA Mirza Javed Iqbal-led management, has been ordered to be cancelled or to be revised”, the Prime Minister declared. Ch. Majeed further stated that his government believed in providing relief to the homeless people across AJK without any discrimination. He referred to the recent grant of proprietary rights of the properties to the refugees of occupied Jammu & Kashmir settled in various parts of AJK

pointed out that emergence of two medical colleges in Mirpur and Muzaffarabad AJK was an exceptional achievement of his government. He asserted that his incumbent government of PPP performed marvelous for the speedy progress of AJK since it came into existence as a result of land slide victory in June 26, last year AJK assembly elections. He added that such exceptional performance could not be performed the previous governments in Azad Jammu & Kashmir.

World keen to solve Kashmir dispute: Mirwaiz SRINAGAR —The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has said that the world community is showing greater interest in settlement of the Kashmir dispute. The APHC Chairman in a media interview in Srinagar said, that the International community, including the UN, OIC, European Union, European Parliament, Amnesty International and Asia Watch, was lately evincing greater interest in the final settlement of the Kashmir dispute. The Mirwaiz said that during his recent visit to Geneva,

he had made efforts at various forums to highlight the miseries of Kashmiri people. “In 2008, United Nations/ NGOs sent only four recommendation to India and this year around 170 recommendations were sent asking the government of India to improve the human rights record and 40 among them were Kashmir related,” he said. The APHC Chairman said that although the Muslim countries were facing internal problems but Kashmir dispute was still at the top and OIC had made significant commitments on it. He said that the APHC had always emphasized that India

must demonstrate sincerity towards the dialogue process for settling the lingering dispute, once for all. On recent attacks by communal elements on the Muslims in Zanskar area of Kargil, he deplored that the puppet administration had failed to provide protection to the Muslims. The Mirwaiz said that a high-level delegation of Hurriyat Conference would visit Pakistan next month. He said that ahead of the weeklong visit commencing on December 17, the APHC leaders would meet with the Pakistani High Commissioner and others.—SANA

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t is one of the least known genocides in modern his tory. Carried out with such precision, it is difficult to find its traces except in the memories of the survivors, and the tales of horror they passed on to their next generations It is one of the least known genocides in modern history. It was carried out with such a precision that it is difficult to find its traces, except in the memories of the survivors, and the tales of horror they passed on to their next generations. Around 500,000 Muslims were killed with military precision. It was such an operation that language lacks words to express this offence of demolition of human being. Though the targeted killing had already started in Jammu around mid July 1947, the operation got a fillip immediately after a fleeing Maharaja Hari Singh and his wife reached Jammu on 26 October 1947. An organised

Geelani condemns slapping PSA on Masrat SRINAGAR—Terming the slapping of Public safety Act (PSA) again on the former chairman of Muslim League Masrat Aalam as political revenge, Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani has condemned the act on part of the authorities. A spokesperson of Hurriyat (G) in a statement said Geelani condemned the slapping of PSA on Aalam saying that the authorities were themselves violating the directions of the court. Meanwhile, General Secretary of the Muslim League Abdul Ahad Para also condemned the slapping of PSA on Aalam. After slapping PSA on Aalam for the sixth time, he was sent to Udhampur Jail. Aalam was brought to Srinagar a week ago and was put at JIC Humhama.—NNI

Inquiry ordered against SHO for youth killing

Another 50 Sarpanchs resign over death threats S RINAGAR — More than 50 Jammu & Kashmir panchs and sarpanchs resigned on Monday following death threats from militant groups. They made their resignation public through advertisements in local newspapers after Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin’s warning that they would have to face dire consequences if they did not. While condemning the death threats, Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah downplayed the issue. “We never said we will provide security to each and every panch and sarpanch. We had said that whenever there is a threat assessment and we feel that there is need to do more, we will do that,” he said. Reacting to the state government’s non-committal response to jihadi threats, the All Jammu & Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) said they would go on a dharna at the Prime Minister’s residence in New Delhi if the Omar government did not address their demands. “We want the government to provide monthly wages and security to panchayat members,” Ghulam Hassan Punzoo, the AJKPC spokesperson said. “We are not demanding security for all members but only for those who need it. Security shall be based on threat perception,” he added. —INP

MUZAFFARABAD: AJK Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed speaks during a ceremony on Youm-i-Shuhada Jammu.

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MUZAFFARABAD: AJK Information Minister Syed Bazil talking to newmen.

Kashmir panches oppose security cover, blame mainstream parties S RINAGAR — Panches and the soft target of the agencies,” representatives to de-affiliate sarpanches in the valley have blamed the mainstream parties for putting their lives to risk. They leveled the allegation after the United Jehad Council (UJC) chief, Syed Salahudin, said that more the government tries to protect them, they will be targeted. Jammu and Kashmir Panch and Sarpanch Association (JKPSA) said that mainstream political parties are responsible for putting their lives at risk for their political interests. “Every body knows that panchayat elections were held in the state on non-party basis. But later the political parties both NC, PDP and Congress exploited the elected representatives at various for a for their political gains. They tried to count our heads and project us as pro-India Kashmiris. With their dirty politics they put our lives at risk and we became

general secretary, JKPSA, Khursheed Malik said. He added that the pro-India political parties who had the evil intention to weaken the Panchayat institution and did not want the devolution of powers to Panchayats gave a political tag to them to succeed in their intention. Khursheed, however, said that the Panchayat representatives will not resign from their positions. “We have been telling since the day one that we have nothing to do with Kashmir or any other political issue but are meant for the local development. We also believe that Kashmir is a dispute and has to be resolved according to aspirations of the people. We have been elected by the people for the development in their respective localities so we are not going to resign from our positions. We will ask the Panchayat

themselves from the politics,” he said. Khursheed stated that they will work to make the Panchayat institution free from politics. “Instead of tendering resignation our new strategy will be to make the institution completely apolitical by convincing the panchayat representatives having any political affiliation to de-affiliate themselves,” he maintained. Khursheed also asked Sallahu-Din to recall his statement in which he had said that they (militants) have nothing to do with Panchayat polls, saying that they were for development and had nothing to do with Kashmir issue. On the demand of the security within 24 hours by Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat conference in Jammu yesterday, he said, “Panchayat representatives in the valley cannot afford to have the security for different reasons. —NNI

Human Rights Commission of occupied Kashmir has ordered departmental inquiry against the Station House Officer of Police Station Nowpachi Marwah in Doda for the death of a youth and damage to public property in the area in 2006. A bench of the commission comprising Javed Kawoos and Amlok Singh gave the direction while disposing off a case of the killing of a youth of Marwah in police action during protests against the custodial killing of an innocent civilian. On the fateful day, the locals had recovered body of one Muhammad Ramzan Sheikh of Dherna Marwah, killed by Indian troops in a fake encounter.—KMS

Rasheed shocked

Kashmiris observe Jammu Martyrs’ Day Seminars held across Kashmir, abroad SRINAGAR—The Kashmiris on was presided over by Mirwaiz held in Surankot and Poonch arboth sides of the Line of Control observed Jammu Martyrs’ Day, today, to reiterate the pledge to continue their struggle till the achievement of the inalienable right to self-determination. Hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris were killed in the first week of November in 1947 by the forces of Maharaja Hari Singh, Indian army and Hindu extremists in different parts of Jammu region while they were migrating to Pakistan. To commemorate the day, several seminars and roundtables were held in both parts of Kashmir, Pakistan and abroad. The APHC leaders in a meeting of its Executive Council in Srinagar, today, paid glowing tributes to the Jammu martyrs. The leaders vowed not to allow anybody to compromise the sacrifices of the liberation martyrs. The meeting

Umar Farooq and participated by Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi, Bilal Ghani Lone, Maulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Maulana Abdullah Tari and Musaddiq Aadil. A seminar scheduled at the office of the forum patronized by the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani in Srinagar was disrupted by Indian police by blocking all the entry points. The seminar was arranged by the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League. Syed Ali Gilani and senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, were placed under house arrest. The APHC leader, Zafar Akbar Butt while addressing a function in Srinagar asked India to pave the way for plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir as per the UN resolutions. Similar functions were

First social activist women delegation arrives in AJK MUZAFFARABAD—The firstever delegation women social activists from Jammu and Kashmir crossed over the Line of Control (LoC) near Uri to attend a CrossLoC Women’s Meet in Muzaffarabad. The delegation will stay in Azad Kashmir for a week and return on November 12. The visit of the women activists has been facilitated by Delhi-based NGO, Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation (CDR). The 10-member delegation comprises of chairperson HOPE, Nighat Shafi Pandit, former principals of Government Women’s College M A Road Srinagar, Prof Nusrat Andrabi and Prof T Joldan, Qurrat-ul-Ain, Prof Effat

Yasmeen, Prof Ravinderjit Kour, Prof Rekha Chowdhary, Prof Yasmin Ashai, Ellora Puri and Ayesha Saleem. Sources said the women’s group would take part in two days Cross-LoC conference in Muzaffarabad in which women activists from different parts of Pakistan will participate. The group will also meet people from various shades of opinion such as political leaders, social activists, academicians and journalists. CDR Executive Director Sushobha Barve has already reached Muzaffarabad to recive the delegation. While this is the first visit of women activists from this side of state, the CDR has earlier organized two such conference in

trict ‘lost’ almost fifty per cent of its Muslim population. Thousands of Gujars were massacred in mohalla Ram Nagar. Village Raipur, within Jammu cantonment area was completely burnt down. The Dogra state troops were at the forefront of attacks on Muslims. The state authorities were also issuing arms not only to local volunteer organizations such as the RSS, but to those in surrounding East Punjab districts such as Gurdaspur. ‘The London Times’ stated that Hari Singh got 237,000 Muslims assassinated in the Jammu area. The editor of ‘Statesman’, Ian Stephen, writes that by autumn 1947, more than 200,000 Muslims were murdered in one go. Horace Alexander wrote in the ‘Spectator’ that the killings had “tacit consent of State authority” and put the figure at 200,000 The state administration had not only demobilised a large num-

ber of Muslim soldiers serving in the state army, but Muslim police officers had also been sent home. In the Jammu city, the Muslim military were disarmed and the Jammu cantonment Muslim Brigadier replaced by a Hindu Dogra officer. Muslims seeking refuge in police stations and/or Deputy Commissioners’ offices were openly handed over to RSS beasts by the Dogra officers themselves. Meanwhile, Maharaja of Patiala was not only supplying weapons but also a Brigade of Patiala State troops were operating in Jammu and Kashmir, without whose help and assistance, the objective could not have been achieved with such precision. The Times of London reported the events in Jammu with such a front page headlines: “Elimination of Muslims from Jammu”, and pointed out that Maharaja Hari Singh was “in person command-

women from Azad Kashmir have participated. One such conference was organized in Srinagar in November 2007 and the last was held in Gulmarg in September 2011. The Gulmarg conference had deliberated on Women’s Roles in Peace-building, Women’s Roles in Policy-making, and, Socio-economic and Legal Issues in Women’s Empowerment. At the end of the conference the delegates had passed a resolution: “We, the women of entire Jammu and Kashmir, from both sides of the LoC desire peace, security, and economic stability to prevail throughout the region and an immediate end to the protracted conflict. ” —NNI

SRINAGAR—MLA Er Rasheed has castigated the government for failing to identity the accused involved in desecration of Jamia Masjid at Bicherwara. Addressing a gathering at Jamia Masjid Bicherwara, Rasheed said the desecration of religious places have hurt the sentiment of Muslims. “I want to remind the state administration that just few weeks ago inhabitants of Udipora Langate had caught a non-Kashmiri resident red handed while trying to desecrate the masjid in the said village. However the culprit involved in the heinous crime was released after few days only and it was said that the offender is a mentally retarded person,” Rasheed said in a statement.—NNI

MUZAFFARABAD: AJK Finance Minister Ch Latif Akbar being received by party workers.

Genocide of Muslims, Jammu 1947 carnage was orchestrated to kill Muslims, wherever found or spotted in Jammu. British daily The London Times quoting its special correspondent in India stated that the Maharaja, under his own supervision, got assassinated 237,000 Muslims, using military forces in the Jammu area. The editor of Statesman, Ian Stephen, in his book Horned Moon writes that till the end of autumn 1947, more than 200,000 Muslims were murdered in one go. Horace Alexander wrote in the Spectator (16 January 1948) that the killings had “the tacit consent of State authority” and put the figure at 200,000. The Hindu Dogra ruler’s main aim was to change the demographic composition of the region by eliminating the Muslim population. Such was the intensity of carnage that in Jammu province about 123 villages were ‘completely depopulated’. Kathua dis-

eas of the occupied territory. In Islamabad, participants through a resolution unanimously passed at a roundtable organized by the APHC-AJK chapter to eulogise the sacrifices of the Jammu Martyrs called upon India to withdraw its troops from occupied Kashmir and stop brute use of force against the Kashmiris. The programme among others was addressed by the AJK President, Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan and presided over by Mehmood Ahmad Saghar. Kashmiri leaders including Raja Farooq Haider, Sardar Khalid Ibraheem, Ghulam Muhammad Safi and Muhammad Farooq Rehmani speaking at another function in Islamabad demanded immediate release of all illegally detained Hurriyet leaders—KMS

ing all the forces” which were ethnically cleansing the Muslims. That there was a design to change the demographics is evidenced by another well-reported incident. Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mehr Chand Mahajan, upon arrival in Jammu told a delegation of Hindus, which met him in the Palace, that now when the power was being transferred to the people they should better demand parity. When one of the delegation members wanted to know how that was possible, Mahajan, pointing to the Ramnagar natural reserve below, where Muslim corpses were still lying said, “the population ratio too can change” like that (“Elimination of Muslims from Jammu” II, The Times, London, 10 August 1948, page 5. See also Ved Bhasin’s interview to Kashmir Life). On the ground, the killing operations were organized, directed

and supervised by Maharani Tara Devi in league with her debauch Guru Sat Dev and the governor of Jammu, Chet Ram Chopra. At the politico-administrative level, Sheikh puts the blame solely on the Dogra ruler Hari Singh and Prime Minster Mahajan. At one point of time, Sheikh had even thought of initiating action against the duo for crimes against humanity (Atish-e Chinar, page 331). But why didn’t he translate his thoughts into action remains shrouded in mystery. Did he surrender this right before Sardar Patel as quid pro quo for prime ministership which came his way in March 1948? As is generally known, the government of India and the Dogra ruler were only interested in conceding him a limited role in a “Mysore type of government”. But later this plan was changed and Sheikh was offered full fledged prime ministership. Or

was it a result of coercive pressure applied by Patel on Abdullah to imprison his close relative caught red-handed of theft of valuable jewellery in Maharaja of Indore’s (known as Holkars) palace where he was employed? The other aspect of the carnage was appropriation of properties of Muslims. The Muslim names were immediately erased to conform to new ownership. For instance Urdu Bazar became Rajinder Bazar and Islamia School became Hari Singh High School to conform to the new “ownership”. Almost 95 percent of left-over properties which should have in the normal course been taken over by the state government were allowed appropriated by looters and rioters (Daily Telegraph of London dated 12 January 1948). Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was so disgusted with the carnage that on two occasions (27 November and 25 December,

1947), he made mention of it in following words: “The Hindus and Sikhs of Jammu and those who had gone there from outside (referring to RSS goons from Gurdaspur and surrounding areas) killed Muslims there. Their women have been dishonored. This has not been fully reported in the newspapers. The Maharaja of Kashmir is responsible for what has happened there” (Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi, volume 90, page 115 and 298). It is no wonder, then, that when Gandhi was killed by an RSS supported Hindu fanatic, sweets were distributed throughout Jammu in special thalis supplied from the Maharaja’s Palace. But there have been some valiant efforts on the part of a few Hindus also who tried to save the caged Muslims in Jammu those days. The names of Krishen Dev Sethi, Ved Bhasin etc top that list. But such instances have been few and far.—Emailed to Pakistan Observer.


Sugar cane price Staff Reporter KARACHI —The Agriculture Department, Sindh, has fixed Rs 172 per 40 kg as minimum price for procurement of sugarcane in the province for crushing session 2012-13. According to a handout issued here on Tuesday, the Government of Sindh has also directed the sugar factories in the province to pay quality premium to the cane growers at the end of the crushing session 2012-13 at the rate of fifty paisa per 40 Kg, cane 0.1 percent (including fraction thereof to be calculated prorate) of excess sucrose recovery about 8.7 percent determined on over all sucrose recovery basis of each mill. However, it further said that as the matter is pending in Supreme Court and as per decisions of Federal President LCCI Farooq Iftikhar presenting shield to Indian Deputy Chief Minister Sukhweer Singh Badal. Government, Steering Committee meeting held on July 16, 2007, the quality premium shall remain suspended till decision of Supreme Court/consensus on uniform formula is developed by the Federal Government. districts. Whereas in district uled to be completed by NEW DELHI/MUSCAT—The STAFF REPORTER Layyah and Muzaffargarh, November 15, 2012. Sultanate of Oman became It is worth mentioning the first country to ban poulRemoval of weeds LAHORE—The Punjab Irriga- wheat seed distribution will tion Department has take place for Rabi crop 2013- that the Punjab government try products from India since M ULTAN —Agriculture 14. under the Punjab Barrages avian influenza commonly launched a wheat-seed disexperts have urged the For the execution of the Improvement Phase-II known as bird flu was retribution plan for small farmgrowers to remove weeds from canola crop fields and ers, having land upto five wheat seed distribution Project has undertaken reha- ported a week ago from Banensure balanced application acres, in Thal Canal com- plan, services of Punjab bilitation and modernization galore. This is the second of fertilizers to get maximum mand area of district Rural Support Programme of the Jinnah Barrage and time this year that Oman has yield. In a press statement Khushab, Mianwali and have been sought by the improvement and modern- banned import of eggs from ization of the irrigation and India. Bhakkar for Rabi crop 2012- Irrigation Department. issued here Tuesday, In order to ensure water management system. According to P 13. According to the plan, as Punjab agriculture departmany as 29 thousand small timely distribution of To address the social impact Nallatha-mbi, president, ment officials said that canola plant would be able farmers will be distributed wheat seed to the eligible of the project, Social Devel- Tamil Nadu Poultry Farmers with 7,600 certified wheat farmers for early sowing of opment Action Plan has Association (TNPFA), the to get and absorb food west Asian country acseed bags free of cost for crop, a number of distribu- been developed. properly after removal of One of the components counts for 33% of eggs exearly sowing of wheat crop tion centers have been esweeds. Hoeing be applied tablished at tehsil level. As of this plan is to promote ported from India. He said in these areas. for removal of weeds after Wheat seed will be dis- of November 5 report, early sowing of wheat crop at least 4.70 lakh eggs are the completion of seed tributed in two phases. In 20,000 eligible farmers in command areas of Jinnah exported from India daily to germination process. phase-I, which commenced have received 50,000 wheat Barrage and certified wheat Oman, most of which goes Canola crop needs water seeds are being distributed from farms located in from October 15, wheat seed seed bags. twice or thrice a season in The wheat seed distri- amongst the farmers free of Namakkal, a small town near irrigated area. First water be bags are being provided to Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. farmers of above stated three bution activity is sched- cost for the purpose. applied at flower stage, Nallathambi said that Oman second at fruit stage and announced the ban on Sunthird in lower quantity at day and port authorities bethe time of seed formation gan to implement it from in fruit. Trimming of plants M o n d a y. be completed before first imparting the requisite techPoultry farmers fear that STAFF REPORTER water application and plant nical support by Firms’ Oman’s move may have a to plant distance be STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWAR —Fish Farmers project funded by the cascading effect on the inmaintained at 10 to 15 Association, Swat has de- United States. Furthermore, dustry and cause prices to centimetres.—APP KARACHI—The recent noti- manded financial assistance the commitment for extend- crash. When the sultanate fication for increase in prices for rehabilitation and im- ing support in complete re- banned imports from India in Bank holiday of a few hardship cases is a provement of trout fish habilitation was also not March this year after bird flu revision and not increase, farms in the militancy rav- fulfilled. was reported in Odisha, exStaff Reporter The commitments were ports fell from 557.34 lakh KARACHI—The State Bank said Tuesday a spokesper- aged district of Khyber son of Pharma Bureau, a rep- Pakhtunkhwa. also included the establish- eggs in March to 415.64 lakh of Pakistan would remain resentative body of multinaTalking to media, ment of processing units, in April.—INP closed on Friday, 9th November, on the occasion tional pharmaceutical compa- Mohammad Rasheed Khan, cold chain and technical of Iqbal Day as declared by nies operating in Pakistan. president, Trout Fish Farm- training for the local farmThe spokesperson said ers Association, Swat said ers. the federal government. due to inflation and rising cost that the USAID funded The president of Trout of the input materials it had be- project for rehabilitation of Fish Farmers Association come impossible for the indus- fishery sector has failed to said that farmers have also LSE sheds 29.96 try to continue producing qual- complete the program as per made huge investment, but points ity medicines. He said the revi- their commitment with the the untimely wrapping of ISLAMABAD—The Oil & Gas Staff Reporter sion would merely help the inthe project threatened the Regulation Authority (Ogra) L AHORE —Bearish trend dustry to continue producing farmers. He said that the project ultimate collapse of the en- on Tuesday issued showprevailed in Lahore Stock those drugs at break-even, just has been wrapped before tire exercise. cause notices to owners of Exchange on Saturday as to keep them available to the another 18 CNG stations. it shed 29.96 points, patients as otherwise they A spokesman for the following the LSE-25 would have to buy imported Ogra said the notices had index opened with 3978.43 drugs at prices as much as ten been issued to the owners and closed at 3948.47 times higher than the locally of CNG stations for violatpoints. The market’s produced drugs. ing the regulatory overall situation, howThe spokesperson said the authority’s instructions by ever, corresponded to an recent notification by the govnot selling CNG. upward trend as it ernment to approve increase in The spokesman added remained at 3.587 million prices of few medicines was that special Ogra teams visshares to close against long overdue and it is much less ited various CNG stations in previous turnover of than the increase which the indifferent cities across Paki3.579 million shares, dustry demanded. However, it stan. A notification issued showing an upward move would help the companies to by Ogra said supply of CNG of 8,400 shares. While, keep producing these drugs as to consumers must be enout of the total 107 active most of these were being manusured, adding that, violascrips 12 moved up, 35 factured at loss. The spokestion of instructions would shed values and 60 man expressed the hope that result in the suspension of remained equal. Engro the government would conthe respective station’s gas Food Limited, Sally Textile sider the price adjustment reconnection. The owners of Mills Limited and Arif quest by the pharmaceutical Habib Corporation companies as they have not Zubyolla N Zobaido, Ambassador of Tajikistan shaking the respective stations Limited were Major Gainer been given an increase for the hand with Federal Minister for Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez would also have to pay a heavy fine.—Online of the day by recording Shaikh. last 10 years. increase in their per share value by Rs 3.64, Rs 0.66 and Rs 0.25 respectively. Attock Refinery Limited, EFU General Insurance Limited and D.G.Khan Cement Company lost On the assurance the ofSTAFF CORRESPONDENT Coordination Officer (DCO) the wake of cut in the price their per share value by Mohammad Javed Marwat of the commodity. They told fice bearers of the CNG AsRs 4.68, Rs 2.50 and Re PESHAWAR—CNG Associa- and Assistant Coordination the officials of the district sociation agreed on the 0.74 respectively. tion Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Officer (ACO) Habibullah administration that selling of opening of their stations and has called off their unan- Arif, while CNG Association the commodity in the selling of the cheap fuel to nounced strike and resumed was represented by its Cen- present price was not viable the people. Meanwhile, the owners of tral Vice Chairman Pervez and inflicting heavy losses sales. CNG stations in district Swat The decision was taken Khan Khattak, Provincial on them. The DCO and ACO as- have also ended their strike by the Association after Chairman Fazal Muqeem Choose your customtheir negotiations with dis- Khan and others office bear- sured them that their griev- after holding successful neances would be brought into gotiations with district adminers, choose your trict administration proved ers of the Association. The office bearers of the notice of the government istration. future. successful. During the neCNG stations in Swat gotiations, the government CNG Association reiterated and efforts would be made remained closed for two — Seth Godin was represented by District their economic problems in for their redressal.

Irrigation dept launches seed distribution plan

Pharma firms demand price adjustment

Oman says no to eggs from India

Badal for easing out issues hampering Pak, India trade STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Deputy Chief Minister of Indian Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal has urged both the governments of Pakistan and India to ease out all issues coming in the way of two-way trade as it is the only way to break barriers. The Indian Deputy Chief Minister was addressing the businessmen at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar, Senior Vice President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad, former Presidents Mian Mohammad Ashraf, Tariq Hameed, Vice President SAARC Chamber of Commerce Iftikhar Ali Malik, Mian Misbah-ur-Rehman, Mian Anjum Nisar, Mian Muzaffar Ali, Mohammad Ali Mian, Irfan Qaiser Sheikh and Con-

vener LCCI Standing Committee for Pak-India Trade Promotion Aftab Ahmad Vohra also spoke on the occasion. The Leader of the Indian delegation RS Sachdeva gave very valuable suggestions in his brief address. Sukhbir Sing Badal said, by the year 2013, the Indian Punjab would have surplus electricity and would be more than willing to export to Pakistan. He said that a major portion of electricity is being produced through coal while more than 500 MW from renewable sources like biomass, wheat-straw and Ricestraw. He said that another 500 MW Solar electricity would be added to the national grid in next five years. He said that electricity for Agriculture is free in Indian Punjab while the industry enjoys a lot of

incentives. The bigger ones have more incentives than the middle and the smaller. The Indian Deputy Chief Minister said that the trade between Pakistan and India could go up to 10 billion dollar from only $ 2 billion in shortest possible time provided both the sides take sector-specific measures. Elaborating the point he said that the distance between Lahore and Amritsar is only of 35 minutes while the goods coming through a third country cost ten times more than that through direct trade. India is one of the biggest economies in the region and offers innumerable opportunities to Pakistani businessmen. He said that the businessmen must not feel any threat from entrepreneurship of Indians. Rather they

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PR taking steps to control deficit STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Railways (PR) is taking various steps to control deficit while efforts are also underway to recover outstanding amounts from other departments and companies. An official of Pakistan Railways here on Tuesday told media that to overcome the present crisis situation, RR administration under the strategy started to repair existing locomotives and procurement of new locomotives through rev-

enue/PSDP budget, bank loans, as well as, private sector participation. Railway is making efforts to get sufficient funds from the government for rehabilitation of required locomotives, rolling stock, and purchase of spares parts. PR is also inviting private sector to participate in different activities of it including rehabilitation of aging locomotives, development of Dry Ports and commercial Management of Passenger trains. New agreement has been signed with PSO for uninterrupted supply of fuel to

trains. Two trains Shalimar, and Business Express have been outsourced and efforts are underway to outsource additional trains. He said introduction of new signaling system on the network to minimize detentions and would help saving fuel expenditure. Rail fares on both freight and passenger side have been increased, although much less then proportionately to increase in the prices of POL and POL products.

Fish farmers call for rehabilitation of trout farming

OGRA notices to owners of 18 CNG stations

United States Consul General Michael Dodman during his visit to Karachi Stock Exchange.

PMEX launching collateral management firm for warehouses STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —The Pakistan Mercantile Exchange (PMEX) is in the process of launching a collateral management company for the storage, certification and issuing warehouse receipts. This was stated by Faisal Malik, business head of agricultural products at PMEX, while addressing a seminar jointly organized by the PMEX, Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) and Institute of Capital Markets (ICM) on the commencement of AGRI Commodities physical deliverable trading here at the KSE Monday. Malik explained investment opportunities and ben-

efits of agricultural commodities futures trading at the PMEX to brokers and general investors. He said the futures contract at PMEX is an agreement between two parties to buy or sell a commodity at a certain time in the future against an agreed price. The PMEX official said the futures contracts can be useful when marketing grains because they can be a temporary substitute for an intended transaction in the cash market that would occur at a later date. In the absence of a proper risk-management tool, banks are reluctant to fund farmers. If they do, the interest rates are very high. The trading of

Rice (IRRI-6) and wheat has already started on PMEX. Earlier, Nadeem Naqvi Managing Director KSE, Javed Hassan CEO ICM, Maroof Moulvi of M.M Group of Companies, Majeed Adam Director PMEX and other agriculture related personnel were present on the occasion. Naqvi opened the seminar by welcoming the guests and explained in detail the importance of commodities in developed economies. He welcomed the steps taken by PMEX on introducing AGRI commodities in their portfolio and encouraged the local players to use these hedging products being offered by the country’s capital markets.

CNG Association in KP calls off strike days, creating difficulties for private motorists and commuters vehicles in getting cheap fuel for their vehicles. The district administration while taking into consideration the situation arising out the strike held negotiations with CNG Association. During the negotiations the administration was represented by Sub-Divisional Magistrate/DOR Swat Niaz

Khan and DSP City Amjad Khan, while CNG Association was represented by its President Tahir Khan and others. The two-day strike of CNG Association had brought the movement of commuters transport to standstill and transporters were demanding manifold higher fares from the commuters. The general public in-

cluding low paid public, private sector employees, students and general public are demanding cut in the transport fares in proportion to the decrease in the price of the commodity. They are of the view that cut in the price of CNG is benefiting only transport mafia and called for passing on the relief to common men also.


Mobilink launches new offer for local, int’l calls STAFF REPORTER

to be Firdous hails SCCI Campaign launched for MVT recovery corporate culture role STAFF REPORTER

FAISAL KHAWER BUTT

S IALKOT —Sheikh Abdul I SLAMABAD —Mobilink has Majid, President, Sialkot

launched an economical recharge promotion titled as the “Rupee 1 Offer”. The offers heralds another milestone in Mobilink’s history of innovative offers designed to exceed customer’s expectations. With this offer, Mobilink customers can call any Mobilink number at Re.1+Tax per hour, while any call to other local networks will cost Re.1+Tax per minute. The offer allows customers the convenience to make international calls on landline numbers in the United States of America, Canada & United Kingdom at the same cost of Re.1+Tax per minute. Bilal Munir Sheikh, Chief Commercial Officer, Mobilink speaking about the latest offer highlighted, “Mobilink strives to bring out innovative and affordable offers for our customers with the strongest network throughout Pakistan. The “Re. 1 Offer” is specially designed to provide the most economical opportunity for both local and international dialling customers to connect with their families and loved ones.’’ To avail this fascinating offer, all Mobilink Jazz and Jazba customers can simply dial *267# (one-time fee: Rs.5+Tax), whereby on every recharge of Rs. 100 or more, they can enjoy an exciting rate of Re. 1,during the next 48 hours. This offer will be valid till 30th of November, 2012.

Brisk shipping activity at PQ K ARACHI —Brisk shipping activity has been observed at the Port Qasim during last 24 hours, where five ships carrying containers, wheat, coal, project cargo and edible oil were allotted berth at Qasim International Container Terminals, FAP Terminal, IOCB Terminal, Multi Purpose Terminal and liquid Cargo Terminal during last 24 hours. Meanwhile four more ships scheduled to load/ offload containers and project cargo also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was 75% at the Port on Tuesday where total number of eight ships namely M.V Jukie Delmas, Beagle-III, Double Prosperity, Iron Butterfly, DN Vatan, Mana Deepa, Dai Dong Sunrise and Chem Road Sea are currently occupying berths to load/offload containers, wheat, coal, project cargo, cement, steel scrape, soya been and edible oil respectively during last 24 hours. A cargo volume of 45216 tonnes comprising 30012 tonnes imports and 15204 tonnes exports inclusive of containerized cargo carried in 828 containers (Boxes) were handle at the Port during last 24 hours.—APP

Coral Economy baggage allowance increased STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Etihad Airways has increased the complimentary baggage allowance for Coral Economy class guests to 30kg. Members of the Etihad Guest program will enjoy additional allowances. For example, an Etihad Guest Elite member traveling in Economy will now be able to check as much as 50 kilos of baggage on a complimentary basis. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are continuously looking at ways to improve our offering for guests. We believe our generous baggage allowances will prove very popular with our guests across all cabins, from Coral Economy to Pearl Business and Diamond First class, while our Etihad Guest members enjoy even more baggage rewards.” In March 2012, Etihad Airways increased the baggage allowance for premium passengers to 40kg for Pearl Business class and 50kg for Diamond First class.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry, welcomed Mir Changez Khan Jamali, Federal Minister for Science and Technology and Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Federal Minister for National Regulations and Services, in Sialkot Chamber on the occasion of inauguration of Liaison office of Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority in Sialkot. He appreciated the services provided by PSQCA in development and promulgation of standards to promote manufacturing of quality

products. He also welcomed opening of PCSIR Laboratories collection center at Sialkot. Mir Changez Khan Jamali during his address assured of his full cooperation and support in resolution of issues including release of balance amount of Rs.50 million of Prime Minister’s grant to Sialkot International Airport Limited and release of Rs.21 million already approved by EDF Board for Child Labour Elimination Programme in Soccer Ball Industry. He said that he feels strong affinity with the people of Sialkot and instructed the Departments including PSQCA and PCSIR to

increase liaison with Sialkot Chamber. Dr. Firdous Aashiq Awan thanked the President and acknowledged the exemplary role of the business community in promoting socially responsible corporate culture. She said that she would provide help to Sialkot Chamber in overcoming bureaucratic hurdles in release of approved funds. She also thanked Mir Changez Khan Jamali for visiting Sialkot Chamber and announcing establishment of PSQCA’s liaison office and PCSIR’s collection center in Sialkot to provide maximum facilitation for the promotion of Export Industry.

Ufone holds ‘Friends of Environment’ competition STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Country’s fast expanding cellular network Ufone arranged “UfoneFriends of the Environment” competition to engage and instill healthy environmental practices amongst the Children of SOS villages. Children who took part in the competition were aged between 7 and 14. The activity was planned with an objective to educate the children and by association educate the future generations. During the last few decades planet earth has witnessed major environmental changes and experts attribute several reasons for this change including fast-paced industrialization and large scale cutting of trees. A total of 10 SOS villages were involved in this project. A panel which consisted of top management at Ufone judged the artwork submitted by each village. This way not any individual child alone was a winner but the whole village reaped the benefit.

Abdul Azizi, CCO Ufone, admiring artwork made by the children of 10 different SOS Villages. Children around the lenges faced by people and world have proved them- government to overcome the selves as best representa- environmental issues, the tives of change and Ufone, competition also strengthened primarily driven by this the feeling of unity among resithought, made children one dents of different villages. of the stakeholders in its onThe exhibition held in going efforts of beautifying this regard started on 24th the environment. By making October 2012 till 4th Novemchildren responsible for their ber 2012. The children were environment is ultimate as- asked to come up with envisurance of paving the way for ronment friendly slogans/ a greener and environmen- taglines with illustrations and from each SOS village the tally friendly Pakistan. Apart from creating aware- best entries were chosen and ness on the issue and chal- passed forward to us.

G4S shares in Wackenhut Pakistan STAFF REPORTER K A R A C H I —The shares of G4S in Wackenhut Pakistan Private has been bought by its Pakistani partner. Ikram Sehgal, Chairman of Wackenhut, already owned 50 per cent stake in the company. The share purchase has been registered with the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan. Sehgal said that the buyout was primarily driven by the government’s decision not to allow any foreign shareholding in private security agencies. He declined to disclose other reasons which prompted the buyout but said G4S had offered him more than a fair price for his shares but that he had declined the generous offer. He again did not share the reasons. Even though they will never acknowledge it, for G4S this is certainly a great setback. The buyout has surprised the security services

sector as it was not expected not only that a Pakistani entity could have the resources to buy out the shares of the largest security services company in the world and why should G4S decide to sell out their shares in a growth industry. Mr. Sehgal said the deal would not have been possible without the support of the country’s renowned bank, Bank Al Falah. The company will now be run solely under Pakistani management, along with its sister concern, Security and Management Services (Pvt.) Ltd, a 100% Pakistani Company and a well-known entity in the safety and security sector in the country. They will be supported in security services by SMS Electronic Safety Services (Pvt.) Ltd (SMS ESS) and Research and Collection Services (Pvt.) Ltd (RCS). The group now employs nearly 15000 people and offers security and facility management services across Pakistan.

PGJDC to award certificates STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Pakistan Gems and Jewellery Development Company (PGJDC) will award certificates to the successful trainee students on Wednesday. Around 250 students have successfully completed the diploma courses in intensive jewellery designing and making, cad, manual jewellery designing, stone setting, wax carving, finishing, polishing, sawing and piercing, filling, gemstones identification, gemstone carving and gemstone faceting. The sole objective of Gems and Jewellery Training and Manufacturing Centre is to provide gems and jewellery training and manufacturing facilities for the technical development in addition to upgrade technology and skills in mining, gems processing and jewellery manufacturing through training and provision of required equipment and facilities.

Badal for easing should workout strategy to be competitive. He said that Indian Punjab has a big consumer Market that should be captured by the Pakistani businessmen. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the banking system between the two sides should be upgraded while student exchange programme needs to be activated in the larger benefit of the people of the two sides. Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar said that the non tariff barriers being faced by Pakistani exporters are creating enormous problems. At present, almost equal quantum of trade is going on between Pakistan and India from third destinations like Dubai and Colombo etc. Some kinds of bans are also coming in the way. It increases the cost for nothing in the form of freight, taxes and loss of time. He stressed

From Page-13 the need for special relaxation in order to increase the frequency of trade talks/ deals. He called for a win-win start for the greater benefit of all. There are many possibilities which can lead our economies to supplement each other for growth. We need to identify areas of economic cooperation. Joint ventures, out-sourcing and sharing of technology etc. will further pave the way for trade expansion. He said that at present direct trade volume between Pakistan & India is around US$ 2 billion. We anticipate that trade figures will go as high as US$ 4 to 5 billion in a couple of years. So far as trade potential is concerned, it is estimated to be US$ 10 billion. He said that we are in the process of making necessary arrangements that will support the trade. Development

of banking networks in both the countries is a major progress. Infrastructure development at Wagha border is underway to handle the expected quantum of trade. Other than land route, we also need to fully utilize the rail and sea channels. Farooq Iftikhar said that flexible visa regime is the need of the hour. The business community has to wait for many days on both sides of the borders for obtaining visas. Amritsar and Lahore immediately require Consulate Offices of both the countries to process visa applications because it is quite cumbersome for the residents of Central Punjab to access Islamabad and Delhi. The LCCI President said that tourism is another important area. Both the countries have a tremendous potential of tourism which must be exploited.

K A R A C H I —Excise and Taxation Department, Sindh, will launch a special campaign for recovery of Motor Vehicle Tax from November 12 to 15 in the province. This was decided in a meeting chaired by Director General Excise and Taxation (E&T) Sohab Ahmed Siddiqi, a statement issued here on Tuesday said. Various teams under the supervision of concerned E&T officials have been constituted for recovery of the ISLAMABAD: PTCL SEVP Commercial, Naveed Saeed inaugurating One-Stop-Shop at tax from defaulters alongwith Cantt, Rawalpindi. fine during on road checking. The teams will carry out checking at all major roads of Karachi and other cities and highways as well. The owners of vehicles has also been advised to clear their dues to avoid any inconvince during ments and payments all un- bring all facilities for customers STAFF REPORTER the campaign. der one roof. under one roof” said Senior Guest of honor, Senior Executive Vice President (SEVP) ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Telecommunication Company Executive Vice President Commercial, Naveed Saeed Limited (PTCL) inaugurated (SEVP) Commercial, Naveed while inaugurating the OSS. another revamped and re- Saeed inaugurated the newly “We aim to exceed customer modelled PTCL One Stop renovated One Stop Shop. expectations by providing serShop (OSS) in Cantt, Executive Vice President vices and requisitioning reRawalpindi, as part of its new (EVP) Customer Care, quests in minimum of time”. STAFF REPORTER Equipped with latest prod“Customer First” campaign, Kamran Malik; Executive which focuses on building Vice President (EVP) Busi- ucts and services, these outKARACHI—DuPont collabo- an enhanced customer care ness Zone North, Abdul lets are offering one window rated with Family Educational experience. Sattar Naeem; General Man- operations at strategic locaServices Foundation to proCommercial-North, tions spread all over the counWidely recognized as the ager vide one year of healthy Company’s public face, Jawad Saleem; Regional Gen- try to reach every customer. lunch meals to the Deaf PTCL’s nation-wide 191 One- eral Manager (ITR), Nadeem “We are committed to Reach School Primary Cam- Stop Shops are facilitating Akhtar Awan; Regional Gen- provide a comfortable and pus in Hyderabad, Pakistan. customers by offering them eral Manager (RTR), Zafar professional atmosphere at Deaf Reach Schools and quality products and tre- Shafique; and Senior Man- our One Stop Shops,” said Training Centers, operational mendous services in billing ager (HR&A), Taimoor Executive Vice President in 6 locations, are a project adjustments, fault rectifica- Ahmed also attended the cer- (EVP) Customer Care, of Family Educational Ser- tion, new service requests, emony. Kamran Malik at the occavices Foundation (FESF) - a duplicate bills, billing install“PTCL One Stop Shops sion. non-profit educational organization working in Pakistan since 1984. The ceremony centered on Health and Safety and an partners enhance their cus- partners also receive training STAFF REPORTER introduction by DuPont to tomer solutions but will also for technology solutions, over 130 Deaf Reach School KARACHI—Intel Pakistan on lead them in identifying how to drive business growth students and faculty. DuPont growth opportunities for their and how to accelerate demand also shared valuable tips to Tuesday hosted the Intel businesses. for computing devices. Channel Conference (ICC) promote personal hygiene here which was attended by Speaking on the occaThe conference also and food safety among chil- over a hundred technology sion, Naveed Siraj Country would be held in Lahore, dren. Manager Intel Pakistan said: Peshawar and Islamabad. It The deaf students then providers. “The Intel Channel Confer- provides a central forum to The experts shared prodpresented a moving perforence in Pakistan is part of our launch products and promance on overcoming life’s uct integration techniques continuous commitment with grams, promote key Intel iniwith their partners, as well as challenges entitled “Deaf thoughts on how to maximize our channel members to tiatives, and equip channel people can do sales and marketing effec- bring the latest technology customers with the tools anything…except hear!” Af- tiveness. on time and cater to user’s they need to embrace and ter providing a nice lunch for deliver new and emerging needs.” Intel believes that this all the children and staff. At this event, he said, our technologies. training will not only help With a focus on pioneer-

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ing innovation in food science and unlocking solutions to help end hunger, the DuPont Community Fund Program aims to improve nutrition and quality of life for these less privileged deaf students and to improve academic progress through improved health.

Prices dip in US after string of gains N EW Y ORK —Home prices slipped in September after gaining for six months in a row as values were weighed down by cheaper distressed sales, data from CoreLogic showed on Tuesday. CoreLogic Inc’s home price index fell 0.3 percent from August. Prices were still up strongly compared with a year ago, rising 5 percent for the biggest increase since July 2006. Excluding distressed sales, prices were up 0.5 percent from August and also gained 5 percent from last year. Homes that have been seized by banks or are in danger of being foreclosed are often sold at significantly reduced prices. The stabilization in home prices this year has helped the housing market turn the corner as it recovers from its farreaching collapse. CoreLogic forecast prices would fall 0.5 percent in October as the benefit of the summer buying boost wears off. Still, October prices are expected to be up 5.7 percent from the previous year. “So far this year, we’re seeing clear signs of stabilization and improvement that show promise for a gradual recovery in the residential housing market,” Anand Nallathambi, chief executive of CoreLogic, said in a statement. Of the top 100 statistical areas measured by population, 18 showed year-over-year declines, down from 27. A separate report, the closely watched home price index from S&P/Case-Shiller, has also shown home prices improving as of August. The September report will be released at the end of the month.—Reuters

Farmers burn cotton as protest against low prices M U LTA N —Hundreds

of farmers burnt cotton in front of Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) office to register their protest against low prices of cotton. The farmers demanded the government to ensure reasonable raise in the rates of sugarcane, paddy, wheat and cotton. President Pakistan Kissan Ittehad Chaudhry Anwar while addressing the farmers said that low prices of cotton had effected the farmers economically. He lamented that farmers community was being ignored in the country. He demanded of the government to ensure prices of

Sugarcane Rs 250/maund, paddy Rs 2000/maund and cotton Rs 4000/maund in order to facilitate farmers and boost country’s agriculture sector as well. On the occasion, farmers burnt nearly 10 maunds of cotton. During the burning of cotton, three farmers namely Ziaul Haq Madni, Sheer Mohammad and Raza Mohammad sustained burn injuries when they were caught by the fire. Meanwhile, Secretary Textile Shahid Rasheed was also holding meeting with members of the ginners association at PCGA house, during the protest demonstration of farmers.—APP

Salma, becomes first woman acting president of FPCCI

K ARACHI —Begum Salma Ahmed Shah, Vice President FPCCI, will be the first Woman Acting President of FPCCI in the FPCCI history, during official visit abroad of Haji Fazal Kadir Khan Sherani, President FPCCI, from 6th November, 2012. Begum Salma Ahmed Shah represents Women’s Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Sindh) on the Executive Committee of FPCCI. She is Chairperson of BSA Inc. and served as Member National Assembly. She is the President of Pakistan Association of Women Entreprecontract has been awarded to neurs and Founder President the technically qualified and fi- & CEO of Women’s Chamber nancially lowest bidder. of Commerce & Industry The distorted informa- (Sindh). tion as reported suggests that this has been done at the behest of some interested party and is thus motivated. We have reasons to believe that this is a sponsored arrangement and done with the objective of changing or in- H OUSTON—For a president fluencing the final outcome locked in a tough re-election of the bidding process. fight, it may look like politiIt is imperative to men- cal gold: a settlement betion that OGDCL is the larg- tween the U.S. Justice Deest listed company of the partment and BP Plc over the Country and is also listed on Gulf of Mexico oil spill that the London Stock Exchange. could send billions of dollars The company has shown to Florida, one of a handful impressive growth in terms of politically divided states of recoverable reserves, pro- that could decide the Novemduction and revenues. The ber 6 contest. pattern of growth witnessed Yet a last-minute settleby the company has neces- ment with London-based sitated augmenting its ex- oil giant BP is unlikely beploration infrastructure and fore the election, experts minimizing reliance on rental s a y. equipment and rigs. Neither the Justice DeIn furtherance of this partment or President concept the company em- Barack Obama, whose race barked on the course of ac- with challenger Mitt Romquiring rigs to improve its ney is deadlocked in most fleet and drilling capability. polls, want to appear to poIt is an attempt to under- liticize a deal. And Obama stand the transaction has appears to face more potenplayed in the hands of some tial risks than benefits from elements who have direct in- any settlement at this terest in this matter. point.—Newswire

OGDCL bidding in accordance with PPRA rules STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—OGDCL rigs tender bidding process has been concluded strictly in accordance with the terms and conditions of the tender enquiry while following the PPRA Rules. The bidders were evaluated as per the given criterion and after necessary processing the lowest evaluated bidder has been awarded the contract i.e. the

KU students look ways to use technology OBSERVER REPORT KARACHI —The students of Education Department in Karachi University Tuesday organized a two-day program on the use of technology in education. Titled “Technorishment”, the event focused on the use of technology for a better learning experience. Tuesday, being the first day, saw the students holding an exhibition showcasing the ideal educational environment with the use of audio visual aids and educational resources as well as models.

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Govt crisis in Lithuania’s V ILNIUS —Lithuania’s president Dalia Grybauskaite refused on Tuesday to allow a new centre-left coalition government to be created until a top court has looked into allegations of voting fraud during the election held at the end of October. The president has the formal job of naming the prime minister, but parliament votes the government into office, leaving it unclear who would win a constitutional tussle. In the meantime, the current centre-right government remains in office. Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite arrives at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels. The Social Democratic Party and its allies won the vote eight days ago against years of austerity under the present government but Grybauskaite, a former European Union budget official, says a new government cannot be formed until the constitutional court has ruled on the election allegations made against a coalition partner, the Labour Party. “Until there is a final judgment on the election in the constitutional court the president will not consider the possibility of creating any coalitions,” her spokeswoman Daiva Ulbinaite told reporters on Tuesday. The court will make a ruling within 72 hours of the request.The election commission, which oversees the voting, has already declared the results valid. If the court finds there were violations the current centre-right dominated parliament would have to decide whether to adjust the result to discount tainted constituencies, or call a new election in the affected districts.—Reuters

Putin dismisses scandal-hit defence minister M OSCOW —Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly dismissed his defenceminister on Tuesday after a multi-million dollar corruption scandal and appointed a longtime ally to oversee military reforms. Putin announced on television that he had fired Anatoly Serdyukov, who had become a liability due to an investigation into the sale of ministry assets at suspiciously low prices. Serdyukov’s replacement in a job which had been long eyed by rivals, former emergencies minister Sergei Shoigu, is untainted by corruption and popular among Russians. Shoigu has also proved immensely loyal and shown few signs of political ambitions in nearly two decades in senior posts. Putin’s announcement made at a

meeting with Shoigu appeared designed to show he will crack down on high-level corruption in his new, six-year

presidential term. “Taking into consideration the situation around the DefenceMinistry, in order to create conditions for an objective investigation into all

matters, I have decided to free Defence Minister Serdyukov of his post,” Putin said, sitting across the table from Shoigu at a state residence outside Moscow. The defence minister wields immense power in Russia, channeling billions of dollars every year through the country’s powerful defence industry, the second largest arms exporter in the world. Putin has promised to spend 23 trillion roubles ($726.30 billion) on the military by the end of the decade. Putin said at the televised meeting that the new minister must continue “grandiose plans for the reform of the army”. Russian investigators raided the offices of Defence Ministry firm Oboronservis last month and opened an investigation into the company on suspicion that it had sold

assets to commercial firms at a loss of nearly $100 million. The investigation also raised questions about Serdyukov’s relationship with a former top female military bureaucrat, whose apartment was found to contain dozens of expensive paintings, rare antiques and more than 100 valuable rings. A Russian tabloid newspaper with connections with the country’s security personnel reported that Serdyukov was in the apartment as well when the raid began. A onetime furniture salesman, Serdyukov owed much of his career to the influence of his father-in-law Viktor Zubkov, a former prime minister and trusted associate of Putin. Serdyukov’s control over Russia’s arms budget had earned him enemies among ambitious Kremlin figures,

France boost competitiveness PARIS—President Francois Hollande will unveil measures on Tuesday to revive France’s struggling industrial sector and make its exporters more competitive, although critics say that the package falls short of much-needed shock therapy. French General commissioner for investment Louis Gallois waits outside France’s Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s office to hand over his report on competitiveness to at the Hotel Matignon in Paris. The Socialist government will outline proposals around 10:00 a.m. British time which are expected to focus on lowering labour costs, fuelling corporate investment and helping smalland medium-sized businesses flourish through fiscal incentives. The package is to draw on the conclusions of a government-commissioned report by industrial Louis Gallois that prescribes cutting 30 billion euros (23.8 billion pounds) off payroll taxes and compensating with spending cuts and higher consumer taxes. Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said the government would apply most of the report’s 22 proposals, spreading them out over its five year term to avoid a sudden jolt in taxes that might hit households and crimp consumer spending. “I have always said that what the French economy needs is not a shock but therapy, a deep therapy, a drawn-out therapy,” he told BFM TV late on Monday, adding that plans were designed to preserve buying power. But employers have already expressed disappointment, arguing that measures widely leaked in French media are less ambitious than the shock therapy they had advocated.—Reuters

New Saudi Arabia interior minister R IYADH ——Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as Interior Minister on Monday, marking a significant move towards a new generation of leaders from the kingdom’s ruling family. Prince Mohammed, a son of the late veteran Interior Minister Prince Nayef, who died in June, is best known as Saudi Arabia’s long-time security chief and has garnered the praise of Western countries for his role in the campaign against al Qaeda. Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Nayef salutes during a Saudi special forces graduation ceremony near Riyadh. “This brings forward the promotion of the next generation to the succession,” said Robert Lacey, author of “Inside the Kingdom”. Prince Mohammed was born in 1959. The appointment as Interior Minister lifts Prince Mohammed, who was already a deputy interior minister, into a critical role for the ruling alSaud family and one that has until now only been held by the current ruling generation. Despite his role in the security hierarchy, analysts say Prince Mohammed is in tune with King Abdullah’s cautious social and economic reforms partly aimed at making Saudi society more open to outside influence. He replaces his uncle, Prince Ahmed, who was only appointed as Interior Minister in June. “Prince Ahmed is relieved of his position as Interior Minister at his own request and Prince Mohammed bin Nayef is appointed,” said a royal decree carried on state media.—Reuters

Merkel stresses for common belief PARIS—Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germany’s Protestant and Roman Catholic churches on Monday to stress their common beliefs at ceremonies marking the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference at the end of the second session of a two-day European Union leaders summit in Brussels. Although still five years away, the date has already prompted debate between Protestants preparing major celebrations and Catholics who rue the rebellion of the German monk Martin Luther in 1517 as the start of a painful split in western Christianity.Catholics attach a special meaning to ‘jubilee years’ and would prefer to call the event a commemoration. “Especially in a very secular world, we should always stress what is common in the Christian religion,” she said. The Reformation began in 1517 when Luther nailed his 95 Theses to a church door in Wittenberg to denounce corruption in the Catholic Church, especially the sale of indulgences to help build the lavish Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Excommunicated by Rome, he won support from German princes who soon battled others who remained Catholic.—Reuters

2010 over forest fires that caused Moscow to suffer for weeks under smoke and toxic fumes, his loyalty to Putin and a background untainted by corruption have stood him in good stead. “Shoigu is unknown in our country as a great strategist or as a powerful military officer, but that is not needed in the post of the minister of defence,” said Alexei Arbatov, a military analyst at the Russian Academy of Sciences. “If the defence minister is largely an administrative post, then Shoigu has very great merits ... As an administrator he is already regarded very highly and moreover, he is popular in Russia and in social opinion,” he said. When he was serving as emergencies minister he was the most highly regarded minister by Moscow-based pollster VTsIOM.—Reuters

Syrian parliament speaker’s brother killed

Turkey’s presidential reform move A NKARA —Turkey’s ruling AK Party has presented a proposal to set up a presidential system, the deputy prime minister said on Tuesday, in a step towards a stronger presidency which Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is believed to want. Under the current system, the Turkish president is a largely ceremonial figure. The AK Party aims to create an executive presidency as part of a reform process focused around a new constitution. Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from the ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara. “We presented a measure to the parliamentary speaker’s office. Within that there is an AK Party’s proposal on the formation of a presidential system,” Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag told reporters. No details were immediately available. The AK Party has yet to spell out what its reform plans are, but Erdogan is expected to seek the presidency in a 2014 election as under party rules he cannot run for prime minister again when his term ends in 2015. Erdogan said in published remarks last Friday that he was losing hope of building cross-party support for the constitutional reforms but that he was determined to push the plans forward.—Reuters

including Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin who oversees the country’s defence industry, government sources say. His military reforms, which reorganized troops, cut the number of officers by more than 100,000 and exposed high level corruption, also made him disliked in the ranks. However, his alleged role in helping to dismantle the assets of jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky while he still worked in the tax office had led many analysts to believe Serdyukov was untouchable and would weather the scandal. Shoigu, 57, an army general, was emergencies minister from 1994 until this year, when he became governor of the Moscow region. Although the Russian authorities were criticized in

BEIRUT—Gunmen shot and arrived in the Turkish border killed the brother of Syria’s parliament speaker as he drove to work in the capital Damascus on Tuesday, the state-run news agency reported on Tuesday. Mohammed Osama Laham, brother of Parliament Speaker Jihad Laham, was killed in the Damascus neighborhood of Midan, the SANA news agency said. It was the latest in a wave of assassinations targeting Syrian officials, army officers and other prominent supporters of President Bashar Assad’s regime. Four of the president’s top security aides were killed in a rebel bombing of state security headquarters in Damascus on July 18. The killing came a day after some of the most intense fighting in Damascus in months as rebels wage a civil war to unseat Assad. In another blow to the reA crowd gathers in front of a building and car damaged after a bomb explosion in the Mezzeh 86 area in Damascus. gime, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported that seven Syrian generals defected to Turkey. The Anadolu Agency said they

Arafat exhumation on Nov 26 over poison report

Iran fuel slowdown eases war fears

IENNA —A slowdown in R AMALLAH —The body of tion so that samples can be Physics, which is part of the V Iran’s accumulation of its most the late Palestinian leader taken from Arafat’s body to public hospital. The two ex-

Yasser Arafat is set to be exhumed on November 26, eight years after his death, as part of an investigation to see if he was murdered, a diplomat said late Monday. Two senior Swiss forensic experts are already in the West Bank to discuss plans for the exhumation, which is complicated on a technical, legal and political level. A French court in August opened a murder inquiry into Arafat’s death after a Swiss institute said it had discovered high levels of radioactive polonium on the Palestinian leader ’s clothing, which was supplied by his widow, Suha. Allegations of foul play have long surrounded Arafat’s demise. French doctors who treated him in his final days said they could not establish the cause of death. Suha has said she believes he was poisoned and has requested the exhuma-

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see whether polonium is present. A European diplomat said French magistrates were due to travel to the Israeli-occupied West Bank later this month, with November 26 seen as the likely date for the body to be removed from its limestone mausoleum. Two senior employees of Switzerland’s Lausanne University Hospital have travelled to Ramallah and are working closely with the Palestinian Authority and French judicial authorities, said hospital spokesman Darcy Christen. “We have sent our best experts for final consultations,” Christen told Reuters. “Scientifically it would still be a viable operation if carried out before the end of November.” Eight years is considered a limit to detect any traces of the deadly radioactive substance, according to the Swiss Institute of Radiation

perts are Patrice Mangin, chief forensic scientist at the hospital, and Francois Bochud, head of the institute. “Their on-site mission is in order to have final consultations so that we can all take a final decision,” Christen said. “It is to do the fine-tuning. Things are going rather well.” It is still not clear if other members of Arafat’s family have given their approval for an exhumation and, with time running out, there is widespread skepticism in the West Bank as to whether his body will ever be removed from the mausoleum. No autopsy was carried out when Arafat died, aged 75, in keeping with his widow’s original request. He had been effectively confined by Israel to his compound for two and a half years before flying to France for emergency medical care.—Reuters

Israelis under Turkish trial in flotilla case

ISTANBUL—A Turkish court to break the blockade, which SEATTLE —An airline pilot on Tuesday opened a trial in Israel says it imposed in 2007 accused of stealing a man’s rental car during a bizarre encounter has been arrested. The 43-year-old pilot from charter airline Omni Air was arrested Saturday night for investigation of vehicle theft and DUI, King County sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said Monday. A Bainbridge, Wash., man told police he got into his rental car at a hotel near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and a stranger climbed into the back seat. When the victim asked the stranger what he was doing in the car, the man replied, “You know, you know,” West said. The victim pointed a handgun at the intruder and told him to get out, officials said. After a scuffle in which the man struck the intruder several times with the handgun, West said the man got out and the intruder chased him around the car. The intruder then jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off, she said. Officers found the car and a bloody man in a nearby parking lot.—AP

absentia of four former Israeli military commanders in the killing of nine people aboard a Turkish aid ship that tried to break a Gaza blockade. Prosecutors have demanded life in prison for several officers in command at the time of the 2010 Israeli raid, but it appears unlikely that any sentence could be carried out. The case symbolizes the rupture between Turkey and Israel, former allies whose diplomatic ties are effectively frozen. Israel has rebuffed Turkish demands to apologize for the raid on the ship and to compensate those killed as a precondition for normalizing relations. Hundreds of people gathered outside an Istanbul criminal court that planned to hear testimony from passengers who were on the Gaza-bound ship at the time of the Israeli raid, as well as relatives of those who were killed. Nine proPalestinian activists — eight Turks and a Turkish-American — were killed aboard the vessel Mavi Marmara, part of an international flotilla trying

to keep Palestinian militants from bringing weapons into Gaza. Turkey disputes Israeli assertions that its soldiers acted in self-defense after being attacked by activists when they boarded the ship. The commando operation sparked condemnation worldwide and led to an easing of Israel’s blockade on the coastal territory. The accused include Israel’s former military chief, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, and three other former commanders. “The trial will look into what the commanders did, what crimes were committed aboard the ship. There may also be additional indictments along the way,” said Gulden Sonmez, a spokeswoman for IHH, an Islamic aid group that had operated the Mavi Marmara. Sonmez said Israel would be required to give up the defendants if they are convicted, and that other countries would be required to do the same if they are caught elsewhere in the world.—AP

sensitive nuclear material may have helped put off the threat of a new Middle East war for now, but Tehran’s expanding uranium-enrichment capacity suggests any relief could be short-lived. By dedicating a big part of its higher-enriched uranium to make civilian reactor fuel, Iran is removing it from a stockpile that could be used to make nuclear weapons if refined further and which would otherwise have grown faster. This may explain why Israel - assumed to be the region’s only nuclear-armed state - recently signalled that an attack was not imminent, after months of speculation that it might be. But the trend that has emerged in U.N. nuclear watchdog reports on Iran this year could yet be reversible, proliferation experts say: the material can be converted back to uranium gas as long as it has not been introduced into a working reactor. Doing so “would take a bit of time, but not more than a month or two, using technology the Iranians have already demonstrated that they have mastered,” a Western envoy said. In addition, Iran’s rapid installation of new centrifuges - the machines that enrich uranium by spinning at supersonic speed - in an underground site gives it the capability to rapidly increase output, analysts say. Even so, another Viennabased diplomat said the fact that Iran was making reactor fuel from some of its highergrade uranium was positive in itself. “Hopefully it could help us buy some time for diplomacy,” the diplomat said. The question of when and how quickly Iran might be able to assemble a nuclear weapon if it chose to do so is hotly debated in the West because it could influence any decision by Israel to launch military strikes against the Islamic Republic. In September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United Nations that Tehran would be on the brink of nuclear weapons capability only in the spring or summer of 2013. Netanyahu and Barak - who regard Iran as a mortal threat - ordered Israeli defence chiefs in 2010 to prepare for an attack on its nuclear sites but were rebuffed.—Reuters

province of Hatay seeking refuge. Their identities and ranks were not disclosed. The agency said they were taken to a refugee camp in Hatay that shelters defected soldiers under tight security. They join dozens of other generals who have abandoned the regime. More than 110,000 Syrians have sought refuge in Turkey since the uprising began in March last year. In Jordan, which also borders Syria, visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Riad Hijab, the former Syrian prime minister who defected to Jordan in August. It was a rare, highlevel contact between the Moscow government and a Syrian opposition figure. Russia is one of the strongest international supporters of Assad’s regime. Lavrov said his talks with Hijab in Amman were meant to get firsthand information from the Syrian opposition on how they view a solution to the civil war.—Reuters

Israel plans 1,213 new West Bank settlements JERUSALEM—Israel has announced plans to press ahead with construction of 1,213 homes on annexed West Bank land, defying international opposition to its settlement policies. The Israel Land Administration on Monday published notices inviting bids from contractors to build on plots in Ramot and Pisgat Zeev, urban settlements that Israel has declared part of Jerusalem. The plans call for the building of 607 new homes in Pisgat Zeev and 606 in Ramot. Tens of thousands of Israelis already live in the two areas. The Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now said on Tuesday that an additional tender for the construction of 72 homes in the West Bank settlement of Ariel was reissued on Monday after a previous notice failed to attract winning bidders. Palestinians want to create a state in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital but they say Israeli settle-

ment building will cripple the viability of any future country. Israel cites historical and Biblical links to the West Bank, which it captured in a 1967 war. Some 500,000 settlers and about 2.5 million Palestinians live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Most countries consider settlements Israel has built in occupied territory as illegal under international law. Mohammed Shtayyeh, a member of the central committee of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, said the decision to expand settlements “is another reason why Palestine must go to the United Nations” to seek an upgrade of its status to non-member state. “We call upon the world to respond to this systematic Israeli policy with an overwhelming vote of support for the enhancement of Palest ine’s observer-state status,” Shtayyeh said, accusing Israel of trying “to thwart international efforts to achieve peace”.—Reuters

Suicide bomber kills 31 near Baghdad army base B AGHDAD —A

suicide bomber rammed his explosive-filled car into soldiers outside an army base near Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 31 people and injuring tens more in one of the worst attacks this year on the country’s military. Bombings and attacks have eased sharply since the height of Iraq’s sectarian strife in 20062007, but al Qaeda’s local affiliate and other Sunni Islamist insurgents often target local security forces and Shi’ite Muslims to stoke tensions. The bomber drove his car into crowds of troops and recruits outside the base in Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of the Iraqi capital, leaving body parts and burned vehicles scattered in the streets outside, police and hospital officials said. At least 31 people were killed, mostly soldiers, and another 50 people were wounded in the blast, a hospital source said. “There were army trainees leaving the base and small buses were waiting for them

when the explosion took place,” said Ahmed Khalef, a policeman working nearby. “We immediately started to rescue the wounded. You could smell of charred bodies.” Insurgents in Iraq have carried out at least one major attack a month since U.S. troops withdrew from the country in December last year. Now Iraqi officials worry Islamists may be gaining a moral and financial boost from the Syrian crisis. Bombings at the end of October killed more than 40 people, including some in blasts in Shi’ite neighborhoods in Baghdad and an attack on an Iranian pilgrim bus during the Islamic Eid al Adha festival. Sunni Islamists and al Qaeda’s affiliate, Islamic State of Iraq, often hit Shi’ite pilgrims and religious sites in an attempt to drive the country back to widespread sectarian killing. They target security forces to try to weaken the government of Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri alMaliki.—Reuters


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LAHORE: A Pakistani kabbadi player is tackled by his Indian opponent during the Kabaddi Asia Cup final match.

Punjab Int’l Sports Festival open

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LAHORE—A leading Japanese LAHORE—The Punjab Gov- Director General Sports emonies conducted by the which cannot be undone,” coach, Hitoshi Sugai, on TuesBoard and Youth Affairs Sports Board and for this he added.

ernment is in process of legislation to make the Sports Festival a regular annual feature to keep the youth engage in sporting activities for sharpening their skills in nation building. This was stated by Chief Organiser of the Festival and Deputy Speaker Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan here on Tuesday at a news conference to highlight the salient features of the Punjab international sports festival which goes into action from Wednesday. Also present was Director General, Sports Board Punjab, Usman Anwar. “The legislation will ensure that Youth Festival becomes an integral part of our society to promote healthy activities for the entertainment of the youth,” he said. “It was due to the vision of Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif and coordinated effort of SBP Chairman Hamza Shahbaz and the team work carried out under the leadership of

Football: Hulk’s sister ‘kidnapped’ in Brazil: reports R IO D E J ANEIRO —Brazilian police were on Tuesday investigating whether the younger sister of Brazil footballer Hulk had been kidnapped, amid press reports that she had been seized by armed gunmen. One police officer was quoted as saying by the daily Correio that Angelica Aparecida Vieira, 22, had been alone in a car outside a restaurant in Campina Grande, in northeast Brazil, on Monday when she was taken. No contact has been made with the woman’s family, who have reportedly asked the police not to intervene due to fears for her life. “We are waiting for a contact but they seem to prefer silence for now,” Vieira’s mother, Maria do Socorro, was quoted as saying. Media reports said that Hulk, who signed in September for Russian champions Zenit Saint Petersburg, had been informed. He is currently sidelined with a calf injury. Hulk, 26, arrived at Zenit on a reported transfer of 60 million euros from Portuguese side Porto to spearhead the club’s European ambitions. But his high salary— reportedly 6.5 million euros ($8.3 million) a year— sparked a rebellion among Russian players.—AFP

Punjab Usman Anwar, the country’s name is being seen in the world positively,” he asserted. “It was all due to the team work of all those who worked day and night to make the Punjab Youth Festival a success which has now entered into its international phase,” he maintained. “Fulfilling the promise of national harmony, the Punjab Government is holding the Inter-provincial Games in the Punjab International Sports Festival 2012 and as a good will gesture the Deputy Chief Minister of Indian Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal along with 48 members of business community and 56 athletes will be taking part in the International chapter of the Festival,” said Rana. Giving a brief account of the opening ceremony which is to be held on Wednesday at the National Hockey Stadium, Rana Mashood said: “Everyone has seen the previous cer-

ceremony we would be going a step above to make it remembered for the rest of the life.” He further informed that all 26 teams from different parts of the world are on their way to Lahore to take part in the Festival. “Some of the teams are already here and the remaining would reach the city by Tuesday night.” Speaking on the legislation, Rana Mashood informed that an expert team British expats will be formulating legislation under the supervision of Hamza Shahbaz. “We want to give the youth of the country a positive line and hopefully maintain it for a prosperous Pakistan. Even a British Expert believes that there cannot be the best possible way to moblise the youth the way Punjab Youth Festival did in Pakistan,” he added. “The Punjab Government has set a benchmark

He further said that the Punjab Government has the capacity to facilitate and provide security to any international team. “We do not want to do politics on sports and if any cricket team is invited to Pakistan, Punjab will provide all the possible security to facilitate them to play here,” he added. Meanwhile, the teams of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Belfast, Thailand, Yemen and India have reached the city to be part of the festival. The events to be contested include are baseball, football, fist ball, Touchball, ju-jitsu rugby, Kabaddi while there will be Indo-Pak competitions in hockey, tug or war, wrestling and Kabaddi while the deaf and Dump teams of Pakistan and India will clash in Dosti Cup that have events like cricket, Kabaddi, wrestling, badminton table tennis and chess.—APP

ICC Champions Trophy

First phase of tickets for Pak-India clash sold out DUBAI—The first allocation of tickets to see two of cricket’s biggest rivals — India and Pakistan — clash at Edgbaston in the ICC Champions Trophy sold out in just three hours after going on general sale. It is the first of the 15 matches in the tournament to have sold out its initial allocation of tickets. Additional tickets for this match may be released to the public via official outlets nearer the event, a release from the international governing body stated on Tuesday. The tickets were set on sale from Monday morning. The sub-continental rivals will meet at Edgbaston on June 15 next year. Warwickshire’s home ground will host five games in total, as will the other two venues — The Oval and Cardiff Wales Stadium. Tournament director Steve Elworthy said, “The ICC Champions Trophy is one of the biggest tournaments in world cricket, and with India and Pakistan meeting in the group stage at Edgbaston, we’ve seen a huge demand for tickets in the first day of sales.” “Any additional tickets that become available for this fixture will be sold via www.icc-cricket.com, so be sure to visit this site regularly for further information,” he said. Fans are strongly urged

not to purchase tickets through secondary resale websites. Tickets appearing on these sites have broken the terms and conditions, and action is being taken against the perpetrators, the release warned. Tickets for

the remaining matches of the ICC Champions Trophy, including the final, can still be purchased at www.icccricket.com or via the ICC Champions Trophy Ticket Hotline — 0844 249 2013, it added.—INP

BRISBANE: South Africa undergo a fielding drill.

day arrived here on Tuesday to impart training to aspiring judokas. The foreign coach who has come to Pakistan on the invitation of Punjab Judo Association will be conducting a coaching clinic for the benefit of local coaches, said a spokesman of PJA here. “PJA will be holding a Judo Clinic in which senior Judo players will have the opportunity to interact with the Japanese Judo expert,” he said. Sugai will also conduct belt examination and those players who are desirous of taking their belt exam should contact Mahmood Naveed, President, Punjab Judo Association. A belt award ceremony will be held on the November, 10.—APP

PRAGUE—World number six Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek will spearhead the Czech team when they take on Davis Cup holders Spain in this month’s final in Prague. Spain will be without Rafa Nadal, who led his country to a 5-0 rout over the Czech Republic in the 2009 final when the two sides last met but has long struggled with a knee injury. The Czech Republic are looking for their first Davis Cup title since Czechoslovakia lifted the trophy in 1980. They are also hoping to follow up the Czech women’s Fed Cup final victory last weekend to make the country the first since 1990 to sweep both team tennis titles. Lukas Rosol and Ivo Minar will back up Berdych, 27, and Stepanek, 33. The team’s two best players have teamed up for the doubles match in all of the Czech ties this year. Team captain Jaroslav Navratil stuck with the same squad that defeated Argentina in Buenos Aires in the semi-final. “There is not a reason to

change the team, it was fantastic in Argentina,” he was quoted as saying by CTK news agency. “We are again close (to the title) but also still far away.” The November 16-18 final will be played on an indoor hardcourt, which Spain’s coach said on Monday favored the Czechs. Right-handed Berdych lost his first match at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday against world number three Andy Murray. He has a perfect record this year in the Davis Cup competition. World number five David Ferrer will lead Spain’s bid to claim their fourth Davis Cup title in five years. Meanwhile Roger Federer opened his quest for a seventh season-ending title by beating Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-1 Tuesday at the ATP finals. The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost only eight points on his serve while converting four of his nine break points. In the other Group B match, David Ferrer was to face Juan Martin del Potro later Tuesday at the O2 Arena.—Agencies

Sixers sign Akmal SYDNEY —Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal will play for the Sydney Sixers in the next edition of the Big Bash League. Akmal will be available for the reigning champions’ first three fixtures and joins national team-mate Shahid Afridi, who will play for the Sydney Thunder, as the second Pakistani to play in in Australia’s premier domestic Twenty20 tournament. “I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the Big Bash League when the Sixers approached me,” said Akmal. “I’m looking forward to spending December in Australia and will be aiming to assist them to go back-to-back and win the tournament again.” The 22-year-old righthander sports a relatively impressive T20I record, scoring 839 runs in 40 matches at an average of 27.96 and strike-rate of 117.50. The BBL has attracted multiple overseas recruits, with West Indies allrounder Marlon Samuels set to represent the Melbourne Renegades, South African all-rounder Albie Morkel the Perth Scorchers, Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn the Brisbane Heat and England wicketkeeper Matt Prior and New Zealand opener Martin Guptill the Sydney Thunder. The eight-team competition will run from 7 December 2012 to 19 January 2013.—Online

Asif registers 2nd win in Dubai Snooker K ARACHI —Pakistan’s top cueist Muhammad Asif chalked out his second win in Dubai International Snooker Championship by beating Andy Lee of Hong Kong 4-2 in Dubai on Monday night. Asifs opponent Lee carved a brilliant break of 93 in the fifth frame but still went down 75-34, 69-16, 39-62, 5142, 04-102, 64-37. Pakistan number two Asjad Iqbal took Iran’s Aamir Sarkosh to full distance before going down fighting 4-3. Sarkosh smashed two superb breaks of 102 and 65 and Asjad made the break of 54 in the second frame.Iranian won the match 96-01, 20-87, 45-70, 76-46, 01102, 86-25, 60-38.—APP

BAHAWALPUR: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Zaka Ashraf talking to media persons.

Irfan Pathan injures knee, out for one game

Tendulkar awarded Australian honour

MUMBAI—Irfan Pathan, the tation. Baroda’s other India MUMBAI—Superstar batsman India limited-overs allrounder, may have rescued Baroda from 88 for 4 in the first innings with a century that got them three first-innings point, but he has injured his knee in the process, and will be out for at least one Ranji Trophy game. He is expected to visit Bangalore’s National Cricket Academy (NCA) for rehabili-

quick, Munaf Patel, is already out with an injured knee. They play Vidarbha, who posted an outright win over Haryana, next, at home from November 9 onwards. Irfan scored 121 and 38 against Karnataka in the season opener, bowled 25 overs for two wickets in the first innings, but didn’t take the field during the second innings, which was academic anyway given the lack of time to force a result. “Irfan was suffering from swollen knee from second day of the match,” Baroda coach Sanath Kumar told Times Of India. “His injury has aggravated and hence he will have to undergo treatment.” According to the newspaper, Irfan looked in pain almost throughout the game. “I cannot say how much time Irfan would take to get fit. It all depends on his rehabilitation at National Cricket Academy,” Kumar said. “He suffered from the swollen knee probably due to playing continuously over the last few weeks.” Irfan had only recently made a successful comeback to the national side as an allrounder in ODIs and T20Is. This brings into sharper focus the unforgiving Ranji Trophy schedule. Add to it the India A game against England A, and Irfan played seven straight days of firstclass cricket. There is no time to relax between Ranji matches either. Some of them are being played three days apart, and some provide a gap of four days.—Online

Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday became the first Indian sportsman to be honoured with membership of the Order of Australia. Arts Minister Simon Crean conferred the award on the cricketer at a ceremony in Mumbai, Tendulkar’s home city, after the honour was announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard during her visit to India last month. Tendulkar was recognised “for his service to AustraliaIndia relations by promoting goodwill, friendship and sportsmanship through the sport of cricket”, said a statement from the Australian consulate-general. “Mr Tendulkar, as a member and former Captain of the Indian Cricket Team, has made an outstanding contribution to international cricket for more than 20 years,” it said, describing his career as an “inspiration”. The 39-year-old batsmen is the world’s leading scorer in both Test and one-day cricket and has compiled an unprecedented 100 international centuries.West Indies batting star Brian Lara was also honoured with membership of the Order of Australia in 2009. Two other Indians, former attorney-general Soli Sorabjee and Mother Teresa, have previously been awarded Australian honours. Tendulkar’s popularity in the country was cemented when legendary cricketer Don Bradman said he was reminded of his own batting after watching the Indian play.—AFP


Dog tumors may give clues for humans with breast cancer

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UKE Robinson never liked dogs much until an ex-girlfriend offered him a puppy while he was living in San Antonio, Texas. The Great Pyrenees he named Malcolm changed all that.

“It was the first dog of my adult life,” said Robinson, 41. “He was my companion, my mate.” But at the age of 6, Malcolm was diagnosed with bone cancer — which both devastated and mobilized Robinson. When a veterinarian from a major university couldn’t tell Robinson why Malcolm got cancer at such young age, he went on a national crusade to “find out why.” Robinson walked 2,300 miles over two years to raise awareness, founding in the process Two Million Dogs, an organization that is a pioneer in the field of comparative research — finding common links between animals and humans who have cancer. Today, a $50,000 grant from the organization is funding such research at Princeton University to learn how breast cancer tumors progress from seemingly benign to malignant ones. “We are using new model — no one looked at progression this way,” said Olga Troyanskaya, the computational biologist who is leading the genetic research. “It’s something that is really out there and forward-thinking.”

Cancer Group Refuses to Fund Planned Parenthood Watch Video Suzanne Somers’ Dangerous Breast Reconstruction Watch Video Nevada Couple Fights Judge Over Daughter’s Pregnancy Watch Video Troyanskaya is collaborating with Karen Sorenmo, an oncologist at the Ryan Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania, who has a special interest in mammary tumors. The pair met when Troyanskaya’s German shepherd Jessie was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2006, and she sought help from Sorenmo. Sorenmo provides the Princeton project with tumors from shelter dogs, giving the animals free treatment. Dogs have multiple mammary glands and when they develop cancer, unlike humans, they can have multiple tumors. “The screening is not as good, but when found, on average [dogs] have seven masses at different stages of development,” said Troyanskaya. “Some are benign ... but they are not truly benign.” About 80 percent of dog and human tumors are indistinguishable, according to Two Million Dogs. Troyanskaya compares dog and human tumors on a molecular level and hopes to find genetic markers that can give clues to how human breast cancer tumors progress and which ones are more likely to become malignant.

KARACHI: PPP Leader Saleem Mandviwala submitting nomination papers for Senate election. Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah is also seen in the picture.

Qaim calls on Chief Election Commissioner KARACHI—Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Tuesday held meeting with Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan Justice (Rtd) Fakhruddin G.Ibrahim here at the Election Commissioner’s office. They discussed matters of mutual interest particularly holding of free, fair, impartial elections in the country, said a statement issued by the CM House. The Chief Minister assured CECP that there should be no interference and elections be held in judicious manners and in free atmosphere so that the people are provided an opportunity to use their right of vote freely.—APP

Wasan assures probe into parole affairs KARACHI–Sindh Minister for Prisons, Mineral Resources and Development, Manzoor Wasan has announced “end to sweet dreams, back to work (reality)”, as he assured investigations into the parole affair. Talking to journalists after his meeting with officials of department of mineral resources and development, at the departmental office set up within his residence, he said that during 2003 and 2005, more than 35 criminals were released on parole. Deliberating over the technicalities of parole system, the minister said that prisoners jailed over cases under judicial review were released on a parole period of 8-

MQM-H to strive for construction of KBD: Afaq

erated about the progress of mineral development in Country, according to which 1million acres of land had been allocated to 1500 companies for their drilling of minerals like gold and granite reserves in Sindh. Expressing his strongest belief that gold reserves would be discovered in Sindh, he said that this would make Sindh more vibrant and rich than even Dubai. He also disclosed that mineral department received an annual of Rs450 million in royalties, and efforts were underway to enhance this amount: while he also exhorted the departmental officials to work harder and effectively.—Online

OUP celebrates 6 decades in Pakistan

JPMC academic council takes exception to Sindh Medical University Bill K K ARACHI — The academic KARACHI: Central leader of Pakistan Sunni Tehreek Muhammad Shahkeel Qadri alongwith council, the administrative Shahzad Qadri and Tayyab Qadri addressing a press conference at Markaz Ahl-e-Sunnat. council and units heads of Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC) have taken exception to news papers’ reports regarding the newly renamed “Sindh Medical University Bill,” to be tabled in the forthcoming session of the Sindh Assembly. Through a joint resolution adopted on Tuesday K ARACHI — Reiterating his funds for the construction of the country was passing through a they cited this an attempt to stance over controversial dam putting aside all political ex- critical phase and there was need change the status of JPMC and Kalabagh dam (KBD), the chief pediencies to trigger economic for solidarity among the people. National Institute of Child Creation of more provinces on Health (NICH) and their emof the Mohajir Qaumi Movement- development. He said that KBD is a national ethnic basis would destroy na- ployees despite the Sindh High Haqiqi Afaq Ahmed on Tuesday said that he will continue to strive issue and all the patriotic forces tional unity, he said. Court’s restraining order. “The At the occasion Baig Raj attempt to undermine the instifor early construction of the dam should join hands for early conwithout which Pakistan cannot struction of the project which is said that rulers have been mis- tution created in the name of lifeline for the country. It is not a interpreting the constitution for Father of Nation is condemned become a stable country. Chairman of MQM-H said political issue but a matter of sur- personal agenda and efforts for unanimously,” said the particithis while talking to President of vival of the nation, he under- Southern Punjab province was pants of the emergency meeting. the Punjab Forum, Mr. Baig Raj. scored. Those who are opposing an example of it. He lauded the They said change in the serHe said that KBD is imperative the construction dam on the direc- sacrifices and principled stance vice structure and service rules to resolve energy crises in Paki- tives of some forces are doing so of Chairman of Mohajir Qaumi of all federal government emstan which has crippled economy for their personal petty gains dis- Movement-Haqiqi Afaq Ahmed ployees associated with JPMC and left millions jobless creating counting national interests, he and asked the nationalists to re- and NICH, that they claimed consider their opposition to were currently on deputation to multiple problems for the society. said. Repeating his stance over projects vital for country’s ex- the Government of Sindh, was Afaq Ahmed asked the government to immediately allocate Seraiki province, he said that the istence.—INP also against existing rules.—APP

10 hours only after which they were bound to return to their jail cells. “However, those released on parole in Sindh, never returned back till today, he regretted, while also assuring that political affiliations of those released on parole, was also being investigated. He said that all responsibility regarding those released on parole fell on home ministry and police, while among those released on parole included former CM, Arbab Ghulam Rahim. Reminiscing his parole period, Manzoor Wasan recollected that he experienced parole during 05Jun 1991, when his father died and he was granted a 10-hour parole. Meanwhile, he also delib-

book reading being promoted STAFF REPORTER

ARACHI—The Oxford University Press (OUP) celebrated its 60 years of publishing in Pakistan with great fanfare in the presence of distinguished academics, authors, publishers and well-wishers. To mark this milestone, a series of events was organized at its head office here, which included the inauguration of its Oxford Mobile Library and the Oxford University Press Pakistan Museum and Archives as well as the launch of its recent publication The

Class Structure of Pakistan authored by Taimur Rahman. While speaking about the Oxford Mobile Library (OML) project, Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director OUP Pakistan, said two mobile libraries had been launched with the aim of developing a library culture among underprivileged children and getting them into the habit of borrowing, reading and caring for books, returning them and borrowing more. The OMLs would visit schools in lower income areas and a total of 20 schools

would be served by the two OMLs each week. In her introduction to the Oxford University Press Pakistan Museum and Archives (OUPPMA), Ameena Saiyid highlighted that the project was the outcome of the awareness that history and heritage must be preserved for future generations. Ameena Saiyid said that one of the objectives of the creation of the Museum was to enable students to learn about and understand the publishing process, its history and development.

Services Altaf G. Memon, Senior Director Transport & Commission Muhammad Ather, Director Machine Pool Noman Arshad, Chief Officer Gulshan Town Shafiq-ur-Rehman and other officers. He said that the construction work of jail Chowrangi flyover was delayed due to the residence of jail staff who had to be shifted in newly con-

He said that 80 flats of 700 square feet in Type-A for the jail staff were constructed whereas 10 flats of 1100 square feet in Type-B and 6 flats of 1550 square feet were constructed. He said the construction of loop of Jail Chowrangi would affect I.G office therefore an I.G office consists of 13621 square feet had also been constructed.—APP

Sharjeel Memon to move ECP for Sharif brother’s disqualification KARACHI—Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon Tuesday said he will request Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) to disqualify the Sharif Brothers for rigging in 1990 elections. Talking to media after filing the nomination papers of Salim Mandiwala at the Election Commission here, he said Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif, rigged 1990 elections and broke into the public mandate.—Online

Dr Farooq Sattar challenges process Administrator visits development works of collecting K —KMC Administra- city where he was accompanied structed flats with a cost Rs 175 affidavits tor Muhammad Hussain Syed by Director General Technical million. ARACHI

has said that the construction work of remaining portion of Jail Chowrangi flyover would start just after the construction of residen-tial flats for staff inside the boundary of Central Prison which was underway and the shifting of residents would start in next 20 days. The Administrator Karachi said this while paying a detailed visit to development works in the

STAFF REPORTER K A R A C H I — Parliamentary leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) in the National Assembly Dr Farooq Sattar has challenged the process of collecting affidavits from members of elected assemblies by the Election Commission. He has challenged it in the Karachi Registry of the Supreme Court.

Quiz show for promoting blooming talent MUTTAHIR AHMED KHAN

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G Electronics has launched its Knowl edge Academy programme for students. The programme, which includes a unique and the first-of-its-kind quiz show, titled ‘LG One School One Library’, (PARO AUR AGEY BARO) aims to engage the youth of the country in a high-quality learning experience on television. Focusing on the blooming youth from Grade 10 to 12, the LG One School One Library invites them to utilize their knowledge and intellect in an enriching learning experience, showcasing their talent on a national level. The

programme will encourage the talent of children, engaging their minds in an intellectually stimulating show, giving impetus to their academic growth. The concerning team of judges began its search for the best young minds in the country through an online selection process. Contestants were required to register online for the programme. The second filters for the final contestants are on online test. The final contestants will be selected by a panel of educationists based on the evaluation of the online test results. A final set of 80 candidates will be selected for the final contest. The winner of the grand finale stands a chance to win a scholarship worth Rs.1, 800,000. In this regard, a vibrant

ceremony was held at a local hotel, in Karachi, that was attended by the corporate, media and entertainment industry personalities. The penal of honourable guests comprising Mr Micheal Hay, Mr Mansoor-ul-Hasan, Mr Imran Aslam, Mr Abbass Hussaiun and Mrs Sadiqa addressed the audience as well as the media and highlighted the main objectives behind this project. The genre of the ‘LG One School of One Library quiz show will be education, knowledge and entertainment. Commenting on the quiz show, Mr. D Y Kim, President of LG Electronics Gulf FZE, said: “We are pleased to launch the LG One School KARACHI: LG Gulf Marketing director LG Michael Ha and Mansoor ul Haq, Senior ManOne Library quiz show. This ager Corporate Marketing LG Gulf addressing press conference of one school one Library quiz show.

is a unique programme where students can showcase their talent and intellect on national television. Through this programme, we aim to offer the students a platform to build their future. We urge educational institutes and parents to encourage their children to register as this is a programme that will certainly enhance their educational skills.” “Pakistan is a very important market for LG. Over the years, LG has grown as a brand in the country. This programme is not only aim to contribute towards to development of the educational sector of the country, but is also our effort to give back to the society. LG stands committed in the development of the coun-

try,” Mr. Kim added. Also speaking on the occasion, Mr. Imran Aslam, President local TV Network said, “This is a unique programme designed to accelerate the growth of the education sector in the country. We would like to urge educational institutes to treat the show as a growth platform for their students, as well as the institute itself. This show marks the electronics brand as a ‘thinking’ entity that aims to do something for the country’s educational sector and employment, thereby impact the economy itself. We hope that all educational institutions in the country will send in their students to be a part of this unique show.”


Painkillers not as addictive as feared

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ewer than five percent of patients pre scribed narcotics to treat chronic pain become addicted to the drugs, according to a new analysis of past research. The finding suggests that concerns about the risk of becoming addicted to prescription painkillers might be “overblown,” said addiction specialist Dr. Michael Fleming at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “If you’re a person that doesn’t have a history of addiction and doesn’t have any major psychiatric problems, narcotics are relatively safe as long as your doctor doesn’t give you too much and uses the right medication,” Fleming, who was not involved in the new study, told Reuters Health. Some recent research has concluded the same thing, but another expert remained skeptical about the new report because many of the studies it included were not considered the best quality research, and they varied widely in their results. “I think the jury’s still out” on how worrisome prescription opioid addiction is, said Joseph Boscarino of the Geisinger Clinic in Danville, Pennsylvania, who studies pain and addiction. Opioid painkillers, which include oxycodone, fentanyl and morphine, have only recently become available for patients with chronic pain, said Boscarino, who was not part of the new study. In the past, the drugs were almost exclusively reserved for cancer patients and people with short-term pain - on the theory

that in the first category of patients the need outweighed the risk, and in the second group, short term use was unlikely to lead to long-term addiction. “They opened up (to chronic pain patients), and since then there’s been a wave of addiction, especially in the last five years,” Boscarino said. One recent study found that the number of people diagnosed with a substance abuse problem increased by 70 percent from 2001 to 2009, and doctors suspect the increased popularity of prescription painkillers is a primary driver (see Reuters Health story of October 22, 2012). Of course, not all these cases reflect patients who are using the drugs as directed - or who even have a prescription to treat chronic pain. To get a sense of how addictive opioid painkillers are for those patients who do have a prescription, researchers from The Cochrane Collaboration, an independent group that reviews research on medications, collected the results from 17 studies covering more than 88,000 people. All of the patients had been prescribed opioids to treat chronic pain, and nearly all of them had pain unrelated to cancer. In 10 of the studies, patients used the painkillers for anywhere from three months to several years, while one study included just short-term use of several days and the others did not report the length of time patients were on the drugs. Taken together, the studies found that 4.5 percent of people developed a dependency on the painkillers.

First consignment of Metro Buses soon: Shahbaz L AHORE —Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif has said that first consignment of Turkish buses for Metro Bus Service Project would reach Pakistan during the third week of current month. He was talking to Turkish Ambassador in Pakistan Mustafa Babar Hazalan, who called him here on Tuesday. Shahbaz Sharif said that mutual cooperation between Turkey and Punjab government was increasing with each passing day. He said that Turkish companies were investing 500 million dollars in various sectors across the province which would ultimately benefit both the countries and would start a new era of development and progress besides providing employment facility to citizens. The chief minister said that in cooperation with Turkish companies modern technology to dispose off the garbage in Lahore city has been introduced which would be extended to other cities in second phase. Turkish Ambassador Mustafa Babar Hazalan lauded the commitment of Shahbaz Sharif to serve the masses and uplift the living standard of common man. He said that cooperation between Punjab Government and Turkish companies were in larger interest of both countries.—INP

Emergency must to resolve power crisis STAFF REPORTER L AHORE—The All Pakistan

LAHORE: Advisor to Governor Punjab Sohail Butt, Federal Minister Samina Khalid Ghurki, Sufyan Ghurki, Israr Butt and others at a reception.

Free education for Baloch students by PU hailed LAHORE—Balochistan government and people from various strata of society across the country hailed the epoch-making decision of the Punjab University for providing free education to Baloch students in all disciplines. Official sources told APP here Tuesday the government of Balochistan and its people from different school of thoughts besides a large number of parliamentarians either from treasury benches and opposition termed it an historic step for providing free quality education upto PhD with free hostel facility as well as monthly stipend upto Rs 3,000 to all students from Balochistan.

Senator Fasih Iqbal who hails from Balochistan told APP that VC PU Prof Dr.Mujahid Kamran had reserved one seat in all 74 teaching disciplines exclusively for Baloch students which he added was a good omen for expressing solidarity with the neglected people of Balochistan. He said that it is for the first time in the history that all eligible students from Balochistan will have direct access to get free of cost quality education in one of the best varsity of the subcontinent. Haji Muhammad Masud, General Secretary, Blind Alliance of Pakistan and Alminar Adult Blind Centre, Faisalabad and Dr.Waqar

Chaudhary, patron-in-chief of special students in PU also appreciated the VC PU for yet another bold decision to offer same package of free education to all special students admitted to the PU. About 130 special students are admitted every year to all teaching departments with free education and hostel facility. Punjab Education Minister Mujtaba Shuja Ur Rehman when contacted told that VC PU had managed all such expenses to be spent on free education to Baloch and special students within its own meagre resources and it has not asked for any grant from the government in this regard.—APP

Chuhng DSP summoned for abuse of power STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —SP (Investigation) Saddar, Muntazir Mehdi on Tuesday summoned DSP Chuhng Nasir Bajwa for gross abuse of power. It was brought to the notice of CCPO Addl IG Haji Muhammad Aslam Tareen that Nasir Bajwa, glaringly without observing the standing instructions, got registered a case No 1226 u/s 489 F involving Rs 4 million with Nawab Town Police Station

without calling the both parties. The DSP sent his reader to police station along with the complainant, an owner of a feed mill and ordered the SHO to register the case and arrest the accused who is stated to be owner of a poultry farm having business dispute with each other on the supply of sub-standard feed and poor quality chicks that caused millions of rupees loss. The owner after greasing the palm of the DSP got registered the case to achieve

his ulterior motives. The CCPO taking serious notice, directed the SP Investigation Muntazir Mehdi not to arrest the owner of poultry farm unless the offence is made out and conduct investigation on merit. When contacted, SHO Mian Qadeer said that as per standing instructions, in 489 F dispute, both parties were always summoned first to listen their point of view and report is submitted to SP for further probe if deemed fit, then a case is registered on merit.

Anjuman-e-Tajiran central general secretary Naeem Mir has said that the government has to take revolutionary steps regarding power sector with a view to stabilize economic activities in the country. Addressing participants of an Eid Millan party hosted in honour of APAT executive committee as well as leading journalists, he said that the government should impose emergency to resolve energy crisis so that economic progress and trade activities should continue. He suggested the authorities that management of all power distribution companies should go to province to control line losses and over billing. “Government should spend available funds to clear circular debt and establish new small dams. Instead of hollow statements of building huge projects like Thar Coal, Bhasha Dam and Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline, the government should spend special funds on up-gradation of Mangla and Tarbela, besides early completion of NeelumJehlum Power Project.” If government did not resolve the issue of energy on emergency basis, the economic crisis will worsen, leading to further drop in GDP growth, he added. Moreover, inflation will further rise and employment graph will also reduce, creating a situation of complete chaos in the country, he said.

LAHORE: A view of dry bed of Ravi River.

Sadequain DCO assures foolproof paintings show Muharram measures L AHORE —Lahorites,

MUZAFFAR ALI L AHORE —District Coordination Officer Lahore, Noorul-Amin Mengal has said that foolproof security arrangements would be carried out on the occasion of Muharram-ul-Harram so that any untoward incident could be avoided. He expressed these views while chairing a meeting relating to arrangements of Muharram-ul-Harram at Town Hall here on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by the representatives of Shia Sect ,SP Multan Khan, SP Security, officers of City District Government Lahore and others departments. Mengal assured Shia Sect representatives that City District Government Lahore with the help of law and enforcement agencies would formulate a comprehensive plan for the security of Majalis and the procession

of 10th of Muharram. He also revealed that lady police constables along with male constables, Rescue 1122 officials and Civil Defence volunteers would also perform their duties on Majalis and processions. “A special meeting will be held with LESCO officials to make ensure regular electricity supply on the occasion of 10th of Muharram. The City District Government Lahore will also keep generators stand by in case of electrical fault”, DCO added. He instructed concerned officials to forth with make ensure water supply of Karbala Gamay Shah and a special lighting arrangement should be assured. He also directed officials to immediately remove hatred spreading banner, if installed in any part of the city and to take action against responsible. “People spreading hatred and damaging the peaceful

environment will not be tolerated as Allah, Himself, has discouraged sectarianism in the Holy Qurran” he added. DCO further requested Shia representatives to close their processions and Majlis on given time and to cooperate with District Administration. Shia Sect, representatives, pointed out broken and damaged roads coming on the way processions, on which Mengal instructed the officials concerned to immediately start patch work and install manholes. On the request of Shia Sect DCO Lahore directed Police officials to depute, educated Police constables, having good mannerism, on the check posts, so that visitors could not be stopped unnecessary to participate in 10th Muharram procession. Moreover, pray was offered for late shaker Hussain Rizvi Advocate who was gunned down some days back in Lahore city.

Parliament, SC to decide COAS statement’s status STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Tuesday said that parliament and Supreme Court of Pakistan can decide that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had given statements according to constitution. Talking to media persons outside the Punjab Assembly here, he said that the country could not face more adventures and there is no threat to democracy. He said that the statement given by COAS could not be linked with the chief justice’s statement. He said that some former generals had hurt the country and their black spots could not be washed. The Punjab law minister said that former ISI

chief general Ahmed Shujaa Pasha had created a new political party in the country. Rana Sanaullah said that any individual or institution would not be allowed to delay holding of general polls in the country but the elections should be held on schedule, adding that the PML-N would strongly resist if anybody tried to delay the elections. He said that establishment had been interfering in general elections since 1977, adding that the PPP Punjab president Manzoor Wattoo had also received Rs100 million in 1991 for launching long march against the government. Arif Habib had recorded his statement in this regard, he added. The law minister stressed that they should learn lesson from past mistakes and go ahead for development of the

country. He said that young doctors should stage protest within constitutional limits, adding the government should take strict action against those protesters who violated rule and regulations. The Punjab law minister said that Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa had always created trouble in any matters instead of resolving it. He asked the governor to play role for arresting Touqeer Sadiq who was allegedly involved in corruption scandal of Rs82 billion.

LHC calls reply in Sapna case STAFF REPORTER

LAHORE—The Lahore High Court (LHC) has sought a reply from the Punjab government for not arresting Dost Muhammad Khosa in Sapna kidnapping and murder case. During hearing of the case here on Tuesday, Advocate Ameen Khan, the counsel of petitioner in Sapna case, told the court that a case has been registered against former CM Punjab Dost Muhammad Khosa in Sapna Khan case. However, he said, despite passage of six months, the accused has not acquired an interim bail, neither he was included in investigations, nor the police arrested him. The petitioner’s counsel said that as Dost Muhammad Khosa has political influence therefore police avoid his arrest. The court taking notice of the lawyer’s arguments directed LAHORE: Political Secretary to Punjab Chief Minister, Mian Tariq inaugurating a the Punjab government to submit reply on next hearing. new office of PML (N).

art connoisseurs would be treated to a solo show by internationally acclaimed artist Sadequain here from Friday November 9 onwards. Ejaz Art Gallery would host this treasure trove of art which is to display more than 30 works by the veteran painter best known for his calligraphies.His murals adorn Frere Hall Karachi, State Bank of Pakistan building, Lahore Museum, Aligarh Muslim University, Punjab University and some other important buildings. Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi exhibited his works worldwide.He was recipients of Tamgha e Imtiaz, Sitara e Imtiaz and Pride of Performance. He died in Karachi in 1987 at age of 57. According to organisers, the exhibition would be inaugurated by founder member of Sadequain Foundation, Dr Salman Ahmad. The display would continue till November 16.—APP

Housemaid robbers’ gang busted STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Police have arrested nine robber housemaids and recovered million of rupees cash and snatched gold from their custody in Lahore here on Tuesday. According to police, these arrested nine women belong to Ziafat Lady Gang and they used to take employment as housemaids in rich people’s houses and after working for few days they used to escape after robbing the employers. There is a woman robber included in the arrested ladies, who robbed cricketer Kamran Akmal and many other important persons of the city. Arrested robber ladies have revealed that they had robbed many houses in different parts of Lahore successfully. Police have recovered snatched gold worth millions of rupees and cash Rs. 2.3 million from the held robber housemaids. It is expected that many more accomplices of the robber women will be arrested after police interrogation.


E-Paper November 07, 2012  

E-Paper November 07, 2012

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