Issuu on Google+

ECP reconstitution

Nawaz for urgent peace talks with TTP Taliban’s peace talks offer needs serious focus SALIM AHMED L AHORE —The chief of Pakistan’s main opposition party on Thursday urged the government to immediately take resultoriented steps in response to an offer of peace talks by the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants. In a statement issued in Lahore, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif said that the Pakistani Taliban’s offer of peace talks should be taken seriously, and that the governTEHRAN—Iranian supreme ment should not waste any time leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in taking concrete steps in that rejected Thursday a US offer to direction. negotiate one-on-one on In a video released earlier, Tehran’s disputed nuclear the TTP had expressed its willprogramme so long as ingness to hold talks with the Washington continues to government on the condition impose sanctions on Iran. “You (Americans) want to negotiate when you are pointing the gun at Iran. The Iranian nation will not be intimidated by such actions,” Khamenei told airforce

Iran supreme leader rejects US offer of talks

that leaders of PML-N, Jamiat fruitful. JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman welcomed the Taliban’s “positive” demands for peace talks, and recommended using the platform of the tribal areas’ grand jirga for peace negotiations with the outlaws. In his statement Thursday, Sharif, however, rejected the offer of acting as a guarantor. He said that his party supported the offer of dialogue by the militants, although, keeping in mind the current government’s track record, nobody could insure negotiations. The PML-N chief added that war and violence was not the solution to any problem. He urged the stakeholders to Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and initiate talks with the militants the Jamaat-i-Islami provide in the greater interest of the guarantees to make the exercise country.

Blast leaves cop dead, seven injured in Karachi

Continued on Page 7

SC seeks progress report from Sindh EC on voters’ lists STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The Supreme Court of Pakistan sought a comprehensive report on Thursday from the Sindh election commissioner regarding the door-to-door verification of voter lists in Karachi un-der the military’s supervision. A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and

Continued on Page 7

NAB moves against KPT officials for corruption ISLAMABAD—National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to proceed against individuals responsible for causing massive loss to the state in mega projects of KPT saying that sufficient evidence is available. The cases are being handed over to its enforcement agency for further action. According to reports, under its prevention regime the NAB

Continued on Page 7

STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—A blast targeting police left one policeman dead and seven others including two policemen injured within the pre-cincts of Mominabad Police station in Orangi Town on Thurs-day. Police said explosives were planted near the Mominabad Police station and went off as a police vehicle passed through. The blast was also heard in the remote areas of Paposh and North Nazimabad. Police mobile was completely damaged which showed the high intensity of the blast while the gate of the police station was also partially damaged. The injured police personnel were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for treatment.

Police surgeon said a policeman was killed. Sabahat Khan, an eyewitness told Geo News by telephone, that a loud explosion was heard in the area which spread panic among the residents. She said a large number of people gathered at the scene of the attack. Meanwhile, Unabated violence continued to claim innocent lives in the metropolis as five more people were gunned down and several others injured in separate incidents of violence. Three robbers were also killed in fire exchange with police. According to police, unidentified armed men gunned down 45-year-old man in Golimar. The body was shifted to hospital where identity of the deceased was confirmed as Waseem Siddiqui.

PPP graft baggage compels comrades to stay away in polls Situationer Nadeem Syed

W

ith PPP government’s baggage of corruption in the last over four years, bad governance and above all the miseries of the people due to lingering energy crisis weighing heavily on the public minds, it will be difficult for President Zardari to convince his coalition partners to form alliance for in the coming elections. Already with elections fast

approaching, it is widely believed that the days of the PPPled ruling alliance that remained intact in the last over four years despite heavy odds, numbered. “Not much time has been left when the assemblies are dissolved. Once they are dissolved and stage for election is set, the coalition partners will be on their own” commented a senior political figure. The negative perception of PPP is forcing its partners not to bracket them with the ruling

Continued on Page 7

Saudi named to head OIC CAIRO—A former Saudi Minister, Iyad Madani, was named on Thursday as the next head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to succeed Turkey’s Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. Madani was named at the end of a two-day summit in Cairo of the world’s largest Islamic grouping and will take over in January 2014 from Ihsanoglu, who since 2005 has headed the 57-member group based in the Saudi city of Jeddah.— Agency

Gen Allen calls on Gen Kayani I SLAMABAD —Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, met with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the latest in a regular series of engagements aimed at bolstering the militaryto-military relationship between ISAF and Pakistan as well as improving security in the region. According to a press release issued here on Thursday, the trip is the last Gen. Allen made to Pakistan as ISAF commander. He was joined in Islamabad by his successor, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., who assumes command of the 50-nation coalition force on Sunday. The officials discussed a variety of issues relating to their mutually shared goals of peace and stability in the region and strengthening cross-border cooperation. While acknowledging that there is more to do, both leaders were pleased with the progress to date. —NNI

Journalists unanimous in upholding media ethics ASHRAF ANSARI ISLAMABAD—At a seminar on media ethics and court reporting, senior journalists and lawyers agreed that there was urgent need to abide by the professional norms by media, lawyers and other professionals in fulfilment of national imperatives. Islamabad High Court Bar Association organised the seminar in collaboration with Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) Raja Shafqat Khan Abbasi reviewed media situation in terms of professional

norms and common man’s interChairman, Press Council of speaking on the occasion, said ests. Pakistan, Raja Shafqat Abbasi that Press and lawyers has played a great role for restoration of judiciary, in strengthening the democracy and rule of law in the country. Court reporters are vital part of judicial system who need extra

Enemy destabilizing Pakistan from within

Zahid Malik urges media to differentiate between State, Govt STAFF REPORTER

in Pakistan. But at the same time, he warned that vital interests of the State of Pakistan should not be eroded at any cost. Mr Malik, who is also Chairman of Nazriya Pakistan Council, was speaking at a semi-

ISLAMABAD—Mr Zahid Malik, Editor-in-Chief, Pakistan Observer, has said that the vibrant media of Pakistan has played a critical role in exposing the culture of corruption, bad-governance and lack of transparency Continued on Page 7

Picture on Back Page care and caution. He urged the media persons that while reporting, principles of fairness, accuracy, impartiality, right of privacy and verification should be maintained. He said that

Continued on Page 7

Qadri files petition in SC STAFF REPORTER I S L A M A B A D — Te h r i k - i Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri submitted on Thursday a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan seeking reconstitution of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in accordance with the Constitution. Talking to media persons outside the court’s premises Qadri alleged that the existing ECP was formed unconstitutionally and declared it as illegal. He further said that according to Article 213 of the Constitution the names of three nominations from each province should have been suggested but the procedure was not followed. Qadri further said that he had personally appeared in the Supreme Court to submit the petition and that he would argue the case himself. The TMQ chief, in the petition submitted, sought for the election commission to be reconstituted according to Article 213 of the Constitution. Earlier on Wednesday Tehreek-e-Insaaf of Imran Khan Continued on Page 7

Army to be deployed at every polling station

Free, fair polls ensured in Karachi ECP drops reference against 33 Punjab MPAs Fakhruddin shows trust in ECP members STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday agreed to take up the issue of army deployment at polling stations in Karachi in the upcoming general elections with Defence Secretary, keeping in view precarious law and order situation in the port city. Addressing a news conference after meeting with representatives of political parties, ECP Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan said that political parties had apprised him of their reservations since they were not satisfied with the ongoing voter verification process in Karachi. He reiterated that every ruling of the Supreme Court would be implemented. Dispelling speculations about delay in election; he said there was no room for any such move.

CEC repose trout in commis- sion was made after these lawsion members Election Commis- makers submitted their written affidavit in the ECP office here on Thursday, in which they clarified that they only have Pakistani nationality and never adopted any foreign citizenship. Two MPAs out of 35 who were summoned by ECP on Thursday could not appear before the commission and did not submit their affidavit. The apex court had ruled in September last year that MNAs and MPAs holding dual nationalities were not eligible to hold any public offices and had declared them as disqualified. Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner Justice (R) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim terming sion of Pakistan on Thursday the criticism against the Memwithdrew references against 33 bers and CEC of Election Commembers of Punjab Assembly in mission of Pakistan as most ‘undual nationality case. The deciContinued on Page 7


Women NADRA, Passport offices in Gilgit soon I SLAMABAD —Minister for

Women’s participation in country’s progress vital GUJAR KHAN—Prime Min- ment. He said the government Minister said he was a proud ployment. He said it was the that the lives of people must ister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Thursday said participation of women in national mainstream was vital for the country’s progress and the government was focusing on their education and skill. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of AHAN (Aik Hunar Aik Nagar) Centre at Mohri Rajgan here, he said no nation could progress without ensuring the uplift of its women. The Prime Minister said women comprised 52 per cent of the country’s population and the government was aware of their immense potential that could bring a revolution in national develop-

was following the vision of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, who always strived for the women’s rights and their respectable social status. The government has done legislation for the empowerment of women in country, he added. Raja Ashraf said Gujar Khan was the land of valiant people, who had greatly contributed for the country’s honour by defending its frontiers. He paid tribute to mothers for upbringing their brave sons, who sacrificed their lives for the country. He said women’s role was significant for positive transformation of a society. The Prime

political worker, who be- splendor of democracy that a common man from Gujar Khan was elevated to the office of prime minister. He said the government of PPP and its allies was nearing the completion of five-year tenure despite huge challenges. He mentioned the crisis of wheat in year 2008 when the country was importing 2.8 million tons of the commodity to overcome shortage. However, due to the government’s prudent policies, the country is now selfsufficient in wheat, he added. longed to a middle class and The Prime Minister said for this reason had full real- the Pakistan People’s Party ization about the problems of (PPP) believed in serving the this class, particularly unem- masses and it also believed

Interior, Rehman Malik on Thursday said a separate NADRA and passport offices for women would be opened in Gilgit to facilitate the population. He was co-chairing a cabinet meeting of GilgitBaltistan with Chief Minister of GB, Syed Mehdi Shah here. The GB Cabinet Members presented their public issues which were reviewed and. The meeting approved new NADRA/Passport offices which will be opened in Hunza Nagar and be implemented in next two weeks. NADRA office has also been approved in Sub-Division Tangi District Diamer. Passport office will be inaugurated in Chilas within next twenty four hours. The areas where criminals are creating havoc, arms licences to the general public depending on their reputation would be given to them completing all legal formalities, the meeting further decided. Interior Minister was appraised about the difficulties being experienced by the local public in travelling far from the areas to get their passports and CNICs from Gilgit which needs to be looked into sympathetically and the inconvenience of the public should be kept in view while giving the facilities to the people. He said in view of the people living far from the remote areas to process their Passports and CNICs, the above decisions have been taken in the public interest. Rehman Malik directed Director General Immigration & Passports and the Chairman, NADRA to place all these facilities within two weeks in the respective locations which have been approved for the said offices. The Interior Min- KARACHI: A group photograph of Minster for Defence Syed Naveed Qamar after the inauguration ceremony of ister has already sent a sum- Pakistan Navy’s Joint Maritime Information and Coordination Centre. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Mohammad mary for raising of one wing of Asif Sandila; Commander Coast R/Adm ZM Abbasi and others are also seen at PNS Qasim Manora. the GB Scouts as per the request of the Chief Minister GB to cover the security of Diamer Bhasha Dam.— APP

Govt supports independent HEC ISLAMABAD—Sheikh Waqas Akram, Minister for Education and Training held a meeting with the Vice Chancellors of public sector Universities here Thursday and discussed issues related with the HEC and the proposed legislation. The Minister apprised the Vice Chancellors that the Government fully supports the autonomy and the independent status of the HEC. It is completely a false and baseless impression that the Government is working to undermine the functional independence of HEC and to bring it under the control of the Ministry of Education and Training. The HEC is placed with the Ministry of Education and Training only for the purposes of Parliamentary business and for the effective coordination with other Ministries/Divisions. The Bill tabled in the National Assembly for amendments in the HEC Ordinance, 2002 is a Private member Bill, and not a Government Bill, he said. The Minister assured the Vice Chancellors that their suggestions for strengthening the HEC will be fully supported by the Ministry.—INP

LARKANA—All the political and religious parties led by Jamaat-Islami (JI) continued their staged sit-in protest at Jinnah Chowk against the removal of bogus voter lists under Pak Army and by the SC orders. On Thursday, several political and religious parties led by Jamait Islami staged sit-in against the Supreme Court orders’ violation for fairly monitoring of re-lists and removal of bogus voter lists under Pak Army and Independent authorities here at Jinnah Bagh Chowk and Press Club Larkana. The parties protest dem-

onstration and staged sit-in was continued for several hours and demanded of the Election Commission of Pakistan to start monitoring and evaluation process under Pakistan Army and Independent observers for renewal of transparent lists and removal of bogus voter lists according to the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan. All the day traffic was suspended due to staged sit-in at main roads from four corners at Jinnah Bagh Chowk and inside the city roads, protesting activists carrying banners, play cards inscribed with slogans demanded of the proper check-

ing of lists and removal of bogus voter lists as per SC orders. Waiving their flags during the staged sit-in for several hours by the different political and religious parties among Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F), Jeay Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party (JSTPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamiat Ulma-e-Islam (JUI), Sunni Tehreek, Sindh United Party (SUP), Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), Awami Tehreek, Jamiat Ulmai Pakistan (JUP) and others participated against the fake voter lists and renewal process by the Election Commission of

Coordination must to improve MEPCO performance M ULTAN —Chief Executive

Officer MEPCO, Muhammad Shakeel Chaudhry said on Thursday that better coordination between the adminstration, field staff and officials could improve the quality of work and company’s performance. Addressing a signing ceremony between MEPCO and Telenor, for provision of telenor connections to MEPCO officials, he said that MEPCO was the largest distribution company of the country. He said that latest technologies were being adopted by the MEPCO to make the company professionally strong and hoped that telenor would provide better facilities to MEPCO employees. The CEO MEPCO said that the circle of telenor connections would be extended at line staff level if MEPCO adminstration and employees could be satisfied with its service. Four Mepco officials transferred: Multan Electric Power Company (Mepco) has transferred and posted four officials here on Thursday. According to Mepco sources, Deputy Manager construction Zahid Akhtar Pakistan. They all shouted slogans has been transferred to for proper voter listings in power control centre MEPCO Karachi under the supervi- on temporary basis.—APP sion of Pak Army and other independent agencies and removal of all bogus votes from the election commission lists. The protest was remain continued till afternoon and spoke high about making of proper voter listings under Pak Army in Karachi and other parts of country. They also demanded of the Election Commission of Pakistan to follow the Supreme Court orders according to the proper functioning of voter lists under the supervision of Pak Army.

Jamaat warns of bloody revolt if EC fails to implement SC orders NAZIR SIYAL

be improved by providing them basic amenities of life. Raja Ashraf announced a grant of Rs 30 million for the AHAN Centre. Begum Nusrat Pervez Ashraf, the wife of Prime Minister, was also present on the occasion. Earlier, Chairperson AHAN Samina Khawar Hayat said the centre would provide vocational training to women to use their skill to earn livelihood. She said under the programme, so far 33,000 people had been given training. AHAN centres have been established in all the provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.—APP

ANF seizes 490 kg opium, 940 kg of hashish STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Anti Narcotics Force, conducted an operation against Drug Smugglers and successfully recovered huge quantity of Opium & Charas (Hashish) in Balochistan. According to details, Anti Narcotics Force Balochistan on information conducted a raid in the mountainous area of Turbat, heavy cross fire took place and after encounter with drug smugglers, Anti Narcotics Force successfully seized 490 KG of Opium & 940 KG of Charas of fine quality from two Land Cruiser vehicles. Drug smugglers escaped in the cover of firing and darkness.

The drugs were brought from Afghanistan and likely to be smuggled abroad. In time action of Anti Narcotics Force failed the plan to smuggle drugs abroad. ANF has registered case against the culprits; efforts are in hand to arrest the absconders. Further investigation is underway. Earlier in January 2013 Anti Narcotics Force carried out record seizure of seized. It is pertinent to mention here that in recent past Anti Narcotics Force have made commendable seizures of 1236 KG Heroin, 5703 KGs of Charas which speaks devotion and dedication of the force towards making this globe a Drug Free Society.

Cold wave to persist across country I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Me- recorded as 22 and 11 degrees teorological Department (PMD) on Thursday forecast mainly cold and dry weather for most parts of the country during next 24 hours. However, cold weather conditions are likely to prevail over upper and central parts of the country during next three days. According to the synoptic situation, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan during next 24 hours. In Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan, mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts during next 24 hours. The lowest minimum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Skardu -12C, Astore and Parachinar -11C, Kalam -10, Gupis -7, Kalat -6, Dir and Mallamjabba -5 C, Hunza, Drosh and Rawalakot -4 C, Mirkhani and Gilgit -3 C, Chitral, Murree and Dalbandin -2C. The Lahore Met office has forecast mosty sunny, clear and with slightly wind blowing weather during the next 24 hours in the city and its suburbs. On Thursday, maximum and minimum temperature was

centigrades respectively. Humidity was recorded 45.6 per cent at 6pm. The Karachi Met office has forecast a dry weather with cool/cold night in the metropolis for next 24 hours. The minimum temperature will remain in the range of 10 to 12 degrees celsius. The Peshawar Met Office here

Thursday predicted cold and mostly dry weather for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during next 24 hours. According to Spokesman of Met Office here, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country and mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of Pakistan. However, cold weather conditions are likely to prevail over upper and central parts of the country in next 24 hours. The weather of Abbottabad will remain partly cloudy while dry and cold weather is expected in most parts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa including Peshawar—APP

Physical Japanese Therapy Centre soon I SLAMABAD —The Govern- stan, Hiroshi OE and Presi- On completion the center will orities in Japan’s assistance ment of Japan would provide US$ 107,959 (approx. Rs.10 million) to Al-Mustafa Trust for the construction of a Physical Therapy Center in Gujrat city of Punjab province. The agreement for the project was signed here on Thursday between the Ambassador of Japan to Paki-

dent of Al-Mustafa Trust, Lt Gen (R) G.M. Malik. The aim of the project is to address the current situation of the lack of adequate physical rehabilitation services in the area, which renders those suffering from impairments unable to work and dependent upon others.

provide physical therapy services to nearly 25 patients per day at small charges, with a particular emphasis on the elderly, disabled and injured. Speaking on the project signing ceremony, Ambassador OE said that improving health services, especially in rural areas, was one of the pri-

policy towards Pakistan. He expressed the hope that by providing good quality services at low prices, this project would help lessen the prevalence of physical maladies in the region, and further strengthen the existing friendly ISLAMABAD: H.E. Hiroshi OE the Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and Lt Gen (Retd) relations between the people of G.M. Malik, President of Al-Mustafa Trust signing the documents at the signing cerJapan and Pakistan.—APP emony held at the Embassy of Japan.

Being amongst academics was indeed pleasant SALAHUDDIN HAIDER

A

TTENDING parties, receptions, state func tions, mixing with VIPs is normal for journalists, part of their professional obligations, but meeting academics and that too from England, was really exciting. I felt myself in youth days, or perhaps felt walking down the memory lane as a student and a youngster. The function held for introducing the British universities, and colleges of fame, generated a sense of elevation in me. The vast lawns at the residence of the British Deputy High Commissioner Francis Campbell Wednesday evening was filled with people, who commonly categorized as intellectuals, but were high profile people. There were journalists,

professors, academics, and couple of diplomats— Andrey Demidov of Russian Federation, and Michael Dodman of the United States. The occasion was a rare one. A follow up reception for representatives of the institutions having their exhibition in Karachi for students from Pakistan. And I was overjoyed to know that the organizer was none else than Fiza, the young and enterprising daughter of eminent lawyer, and former high court judge Khawaja Naveed Ahmad. He is an old friend, extremely jolly and delightful personality to be with. For quite sometime Naveed has been portraying as court judge on TV screens to enlighten people in common and simpler language about judicial complexities. After the host had made a brief remark, Fiza explained to the gathering how varied and vast were the chances for Pakistanis to study in England. Atleast 30 British uni-

versities have now opened their doors for the Pakistani students. Their representatives from management, professors and principals had come here to guide those seeking quality education, and nothing could be better place than England for their aspirations. At any one time, there are 30,000 students in England from Pakistan, said Francis, the thinking diplomat from Britain who seems to have come here with a mission to strengthen bilateral relationship with traditionally friendly countries, and to expand on it further not only in trade and investment, but also in educational field. Fiza in her speech thanked for the generous help extended by the Pakistani high commissioner in London, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, in giving visas to those wishing to promote the cause to Pakistani audience. Yet another such exhibition is due now in Islamabad on

November 12 ad 13. Eminent Manchester spoke about fa- deputy director of interna- lient features and faculties of names like Liz Green, the se- cilities available at the great tional office at the well specialities available in her alma mater. There were Mairead Kelly from York St John University where she is head of international operations, Jonathan Hughes-D’ Aeth, head master of the Repton School, based in Dubai but may soon be moving back home. Among the guests were Wamiq Zuberi, owner-editor of Business Recorder, and AAJ TV, Kazi Asad Abid,editor in chief of the Ibrat group of newspapers, Amina Syed, managing director of the famous Oxford University Press, and many more. It was a delight to exchange notes with these academics from abroad, one of them in England, but primarily Australian. British humour is known the world over, and obviously enlivKARACHI: Group photograph of representatives of British universities and colleges, at ened our discussions. the reception held for them by the British Deputy High Commissioner Francis Campbell Repton, Mairead Kelly, Liz at his residence Tuesday evening. The host is seen in the centre with other guests from Green, and Jo Nesbitt were England thanks to Salahuddin Haider. extremely delightful and jolly nior international affair officer institution where she works. known University of South to talk to. In fact Nesbitt inat the University of Then Miss Jo Nesbitt, Hampton explained the sa- vited me to meet her on my

next visit to England. The two ladies were dressed in Pakistani shalwar and kameez, which they got especially tailored for the occasion. They looked gorgeous in their newly acquired attires. Brits talk on serious subjects, but could’nt resist being witty and humourous. They cut jokes, spoke highly of Pakistani culture and traditions and looked very keen to attract as many students from Pakistan to their respective institutions as possible. They were happy to report that they had finally succeeded after initial problems to ease visa policy for students from Pakistan. Previously it was extremely tough, taking 4 to 6 months, but now things are sorted out within days and weeks, which should be heartening for those yearning to study in England. To my mind it seems a good news, but its practical implications needs to be watched.


Opens Daanish School in Mianwali PPP calls election mates’ name D IR

L OWER —The

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan Peoples Party President and Member Provincial Assembly, Anwar Saifullah Khan has asked the PPP Dir Lower President and Minister for State, Malik Azmat Khan to forward the names of candidates intending to contest general elections on the ticket of PPP. General Secretary PPP Dir Lower, Malik Sher Bahadar Khan informed APP on Thursday that Malik Azmat Khan has been asked by the Provincial President PPP to forward the names of intending candidates for four provincial constituencies and one national assembly seat for Dir Lower till Feb 8. Khan has directed the intending candidates to submit their applications well in time so that it could be forwarded to the party leadership for proper consideration. He said popularity graph of PPP has been significantly enhanced in Dir Lower owing to record development works and assistance provided to people during floods. Malik Sher Bahadar said that PPP would get overwhelming victory from here and will silence its critics as done in the past. He said the parliamentary board of the party will award tickets to the candidates purely on merit and the beneficiary will be fully supported. PESHAWAR, Feb 6 (APP): Provincial chief JUI-F, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Maulana Amanullah has convened a meeting of its parliamentary board on February 17 at 11:00 A.M in provincial secretariat of the party.—APP

Shahbaz accuses Zadari of not serious in new provinces STAFF REPORTER M IANWALI —Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Daanish schools are providing education to the orphans and children of families with low income and students are being provided quality education through modern smart boards in these schools. He said, if a Daanish school can operate in a downtrodden town like Hernoli district Mianwali, then the darkness in the country can also be removed but a sincere and determined leadership is required. He said Daanish schools are providing quality education at par with Aitchison College and Grammar school. He said, even at institutions like Aitchison College, education is not being imparted through smart

boards. He said Daanish schools are a unique example. He said that Daanish schools are not meant for the children of ministers and the rich, as only orphans and less-privileged children have the right to get education here. He said if the leadership is full of determination and the spirit of hard work and honesty, then public welfare projects are implemented and no scandal of plunder to the tune of billions of rupees is committed. The Chief Minister expressed these views while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Daanish School at Hernoli, district Mianwali, today. Provincial Minister for Education Mian Mujtaba Shuja-urRehman, Advisor Begum Zakiya Shahnawaz, Members National and Provincial

Assembly, officers concerned, male and female students, parents and teachers attended the ceremony. The Chief Minister unveiled the plaque of the newly-constructed Daanish school at Hernoli and offered Dua. This school, spread over 400 acre of land, has been completed within one year and four months, at a cost of Rs.70 crore. Separate campuses have been constructed for girl students and boy students. Addressing the function, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that, if Punjab government can establish Daanish schools, rehabilitate flood victims through model villages and provide them relief, worth thousands of rupees per head, then other problems of the country can also be resolved. He said in order

Power and Energy Society formed

to solve problems, we would have to work with dedication day and night and not just raise slogans and make speeches. He said Zardari did not express sympathy with the flood victims, as he was visiting Britain and France, while former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani cruised around in a boat just for a photo-shoot. He said even that person who belongs to Mianwali did not visit the flood victims of the area. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that he stood with the flood victims shoulder to shoulder, and worked for their rehabilitation day and night. He said Pakistan is full of natural resources but, due to incompetence of the rulers, it has atomic missiles in one hand and a begging bowl in the other. He said billions of rupees were looted in rental

cal and Electronics Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Jamshoro Thursday formed Power and Energy Society to promote academic activities for the interest of the students. According to a Q UETTA —A survey conUniversity spokesman, around six hundred members attended the foundation ducted in 29 districts of ceremony of the Society, held at the main Balochistan in 2012 revealed auditorium of the University. Pro-Vice that certain teachers in govChancellor Dr. Muhammad Aslam Uqaili who was the chief ernment schools were found guest on the occasion said that the University is making all absent. This was disclosed in out efforts to provide quality education to the students and a ceremony held in connecthe platform of the Society will help the students of Electrition with launching of survey cal and Electronics Engineering to gear up their activities. report 2012 organized by the He assured on the occasion that the University manageorganization Annual Status of ment will extend full cooperation to the Society for promoEducation Report (ASER) tion of quality educational activities in the department. The here on Thursday. Provincial Dean Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in Secretary Education Munir his welcome address highlighted the objectives of formaAhmed Badini said that, “Our tion of the Society. The management of University of Sindh teachers are not properly (SU) Jamshoro has formed a ten-member management comtrained,” adding that teachers mittee for Employees’ Housing Society Phase-III and hire should pay heed to learning the services of the private security guards for maintenance instead adopting dictatorial of peace in the university campus. The decisions to this mindset and attitude towards effect was made in a meeting. presided over by Vice Chanstudents. cellor Dr. Nazir A Mughal, a University spokesman informed. QUETTA: Warm clothes and blankets are being distributed among needy in Pishen on Prof-Dr. Rasool Bakhsh The management committee comprising Registrar Thursday. Raisani, Vice Chancellor UniMuhammad Nawaz Narejo, Project Director Ahmed Ali versity of Balochistan emphaAbbasi, Dr. Naim Tariq Narejo, Syndicate members Dr. Ghulam Murtaza Mastoi, Imran Halepoto, Secretary Sindh University Teachers Association Azhar Ali Shah.—APP

Staff Reporter

P E S H AWA R —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Environment and Forests, Wajid Ali Khan Thursday said the country cannot afford political instability and delay in general elections. He said the only way to further consolidate the democratic system was to hold polls on time. Talking to reporter, the Minister said the whole world was observing the electoral process in Pakistan so all the stakeholders should show political maturity and support a strong and independent Election Commission of Pakistan which was imperative for holding free, fair and transparent elections. He said the Awami National Party (ANP) support a strong, independent and economically stable Election Commission of Pakistan for continuity of democratic system and holding elections on time. The Minister said a strong and powerful Election Commission will not only guarantee continuity of democracy but also ensure credibility of polls’ results locally and internationally. He said the Government has appointed an impartial Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Abrahim on basis of consensus and consultation with all political parties. He said ANP will defend democracy whatever the situation may arise in future and people will strongly resist against any undemocratic move. ANP is the only party that always raised voices in support of democracy and constitutional rule.

tion are clear proof of incompetence and looting of Zardari and his cronies. He said decisions of the court have been

MIANWALI: Chief Minister Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif offering dua after opening a Danish School in Harnoli. fraud of Rs.70 billion was flouted and the rulers of committed in Punjab Bank. He Islamabad have pushed the said mega scandals of corrup- country into darkness.

Survey: Absentee teachers ratio higher in Balochistan

HYDERABAD—The Institute of Electri-

Instablity intolerable

power projects, while a dacoity of Rs.80 billion was committed in OGRA. He said Hajis were looted, whereas

People’s-friendly pension scheme launched OUR CORRESPONDENT R AHIM Y A R K HAN —To provide maximum facility to retired employees, the Punjab government has started a new scheme for payment to pensioners under which they would be able to draw pensions directly from their bank accounts rather than standing in queue for hours. Consultant Punjab Finance department Rab

Nawaz Khan said this while talking to APP here on Thursday. He said, initially the scheme was launched in Lahore on January 1st and now extended to Rahim Yar Khan and Chakwal districts and it would be started in all other districts of the province by June 30 this year. He expressed the hope that the new scheme would provide maximum facility to pensioners in getting their pension.

Power restored to rain-affected areas STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—Heavy rains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa not only disturbed the routine life also disrupted the electricity distribution system of Pesco. Many trees fell on the poles and conductors as a result electricity supply to consumers was disrupted from 120, 11 KV feeders out of 800 total feeders. PESCO’s experts immediately started rehabilitation and Repair works, said a press release issued here on Thursday. It was not an easy and short task as rain was continuously pouring in but Pesco’s technical staff restored power supply to 70% areas within one hour, while electricity was restored to 25% affected areas within 5 hours.

However few feeders were left where restoration was difficult due to snow fall, special arrangements were made to restore these few feeders of Nathia Gali,Chitral & Shangla & power was restored yesterday afternoon. The rehabilitation work was conducted under the direct supervision of concerned senior Officers of Crisis Management Cell at Wapda House Peshawar & Regional Customers Services Centers on the Special instructions of Chief Executive Pesco Tariq Saddozai,who was directly supervised the restoration operation. Chief Executive Pesco Tariq Saddozai appreciated the efforts of Pesco Technical Teams for restoration of power supply to the affected areas in the record short time.

Police foil narcotics, arms smuggling bids

sized the need to pay attention to quality in education. Syed Tanzeem, Provincial Head of Idara-e-Taleem-oAagahi disclosed that ASER volunteers teams found most of government teachers absent from schools when they visited schools for survey. Number of government teachers who used to remain absent from schools but receive salaries regularly is in thousands in Balochistan and ASER survey found that enrollment of children in schools in Dera Bugti, Kohlu, Barkhan and some other districts was very disappointing, he said. Gul Bushra Kakar, the Focal Person, Planning and Policy Implementation Unit,

Government of Balochistan said that, “Survey reports have suggested that 78 percent children do not even get primary education in Balochistan adding that dropout from classes is increasing,”. Naghmana Ambreen, Coordinator of ASER said that learning level of children in government schools of Balochistan is very low and even several students of fifth class could not read Urdu text or solve questions of basic mathematics. She said that the ASER survey has found that 19 different languages are being used across Balochistan including commonly used languages of Balochi (44%), Pashto (34%) and Brahvi (06%).—APP

Two youth commit suicide

3 killed, 3 hurt in road mishap

STAFF REPORTER

C HISHTIAN —Two young police station here late the spot. Police have regisnight has been tered case and handed over P ESHAWA R —The district boys committed suicide due to Wednesday unemployment and domestic identified. According to po- the bodies to relatives of the

police on Thursday foiled two separated bids of arms and narcotics smuggling in the jurisdictions of Hayatabad and Khan Raziq police station and arrested two smugglers. According to police, Hayatabad police during snap checking at Karkhano check post recovered 4kg heroin from an Afghan drug smuggler woman, Zulekha. The lady smuggler who belonged to Kabul was trying to smuggle the counter band to Peshawar from Jalalabad. She was taken into custody. In another action, police recovered 17 pistols and hundreds of cartridges from a car in the jurisdiction of Khan Raziq police station. The police arrested the arms smuggler Shah Nazar of Maryamzai. Bahawalpur: Police have rounded up a car lifting gang and arrested its nine members besides recovering 20 cars from their possession. District Police Officer (DPO) Sohail Habib Tajik told APP here Thursday. He said that the ratio of crime in the district has decreased by 70 percent which is a record. He said that some 5 criminals involved in various heinous crimes were killed in police encounters during last one week.

dispute in two different incidents here Thursday. According to Police sources, 25 year old Basharat Ali resident of Chak 30 shot himself dead due to unemployment while Muhammad Ramzan 24 resident of Satellite Town hanged himself over domestic dispute. Swabi: Three outlaws, who were killed during a bloody shootout with police in the limits of Yar Hussain

lice, Fayaz, his brother Zahid resident of Malakand district and Hayat Khan Bacha resident of Katlang Mardan have been killed at Jakanat area in an alleged police encounter. They were accused for starting firing on the police vehicle when asked to stop for search during a blockade on Yar Hussain Road last night. In retaliation, all the three accused were killed on

deceased. Quetta: Three persons were killed and three others sustained injuries in road mishap near Barkhan district. Levies force sources said on Thursday that two motorcycles collided with each other due to over speeding near Rakhni area. Resultantly, three of them died on the spot while the other three received wounds.—APP

USAID assures support to FATA Teachers Education Strategic Plan I S L A M A B A D — U S A I D widely consult with all stake- sion (HEC), Provincial, includthrough its Teacher Education Project supporting Directorate of Education FATA to develop its Teacher Education Strategic Plan 2018. As a first step, Directorate of Education FATA has formed a Task Force for Teacher Education Strategic Plan FATA 2018. According to a press release issued here on Thursday, the Task Force consists of senior educationists and officials of Directorate of Education FATA and chaired by Director Education FATA. Connection to this, first meeting of Task Force held in Peshawar to plan process of development the strategy. The Task Force decided to

holders and take them on board so that a comprehensive and shared Teacher Education Strategic Plan 2018 could be developed. The Teacher Education Strategic Plan 2018 FATA will details all the targets and reforms that the Directorate of Education FATA wants to bring in the area of teacher education in FATA. USAID Teacher Education Project is a five-year program which is facilitating the Government of Pakistan to improve the quality of basic education through better-prepared teachers. Working in close collaboration with the Higher Education Commis-

ing AJK, GB and FATA Departments of Education and teacher training institutes across the country, it has introduced a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Education (B.Ed.) and a two-year Associate Degree in Education (ADE). Meanwhile, Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) with the assistance of USAID Power Distribution Programme has launched an outreach campaign for the farmers in the rural areas of Southern Punjab. For this purpose an energy conservation seminars have been organized by MEPCO in the rural areas of DG Khan.—APP

SAFMA celebrates Munnu Bhai’s 80th birthday A

SAFMA invitation to attend the 80th birth day of columnist Munnu Bhai, at a local hotel, turned out to be a large, colourful and truly memorable gathering of old colleagues, friends, fans and followers of the veteran journalist, noted writer cum Punjabi poet. After returning to Lahore having spent long years in Karachi, I have been increasingly aware and grateful of what an important role SAFMA is currently playing to fill in a void created by non functioning of some organizations or deep slumber of bodies which in good old days were known to aptly handle the social, cultural

needs of this great city. him in Rawalpindi at 44It was heartening to see Edwards Road office of PT such a large reunion of old Bureau office, where he had recently joined as a correspondent of Imroze, with Syed Shabbir Shah, the redoubtable journalist of that era being the Bureau Chief of the Pakistan Times. From a stinger of PT & Imroze, then I had moved on later as a staffer in PT, and this association had lasted long, so has been my association and relationship with Munnu Bhai, who in years to come became an iconic figure both in journalism and literature, notably after his foray into television. It was good to see some friends and colleagues of old friends and colleagues Munnu Bhai. It also set my who had assembled to cheer own thoughts back to early up Munnu Bhai, on reaching 50’s, when I had first run into the milestone of 80. How-

ever, another old colleague sive Papers Ltd) Club alive career and family history. who perhaps is now re- in Lahore. Those who spoke on the stricted in his movements A cheerful and elated multi-dimensional talent and career of Munnu Bhai, included Chaudhary Aitzaz Ahsan, I.A. Rehman, Hussain Naqi, Jugnu Mohsin, Asghar Nadeem, Yunus Javed, Masood Ashaar, Shireen Pasha, Hamid Rana, Sheeba Hasan, (Sona Chandi fame), Dr. Iftikhar Bukhari, with Shuja Hashmi, acting as a most competent comphere to enliven the proceedings. While wishing many happy returns to Munnu Bhai, here is wishing the dynamic Imtiaz Alam, the rewas missing, Chacha F.E. Munnu Bhai, spoke briefly markable Secretary General Chaudhary, who at 101, is the about his long and eventful of SAFMA, to keep up the oldest and senior most mem- career, and spoke about some worthy tradition he has so ber of the great PPL (Progres- hidden aspects of his early thoughtfully created.


Is Pakistan heading for postponement of elections?

MEDIA WATCH

Obama’s Mideast visit

A

S chief of Tehreek Mihajul Quran Dr. Tahirul Qadri and PTI leaders on Wednesday reiterated their unconstitutional demand for dissolution and subsequent reconstitution of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), strangely enough PML(Q) leader Ch. Pervez Ilahi chose to join the chorus, thickening conspiracy theories that attempts are still being made to get the elections postponed so close to dissolution of the assemblies. The development comes at a time when after its meeting on the same day, the ECP declared that it was fully geared to hold elections and also described demands for dissolution of the Commission as inappropriate, understandably a highly polite term used to rebut such demands. The demand of the TMQ and PTI is somewhat understandable as both of them were not part of the parliament and therefore, part of the process for the formation of the Commission but the viewpoint of Ch. Pervez Ilahi is not digestible as he is not only the Deputy Prime Minister but his party has significant presence in the Parliament and was part and parcel of the proceedings that resulted into establishment of the incumbent ECP. Perhaps, PML(Q) developed disliking for the Commission following defeat of the PPP-PML(Q) alliance in the last by-elections in Punjab, which were swept by PML(N). Whatever the reasons, the demand for disbanding of the ECP are unfortunate and raise questions about democratic credentials of those questioning legitimacy and credibility of a constitutional institution and making a demand that is impossible to accede to if law and constitution are to be upheld. The announcement on the part of TMQ and PTI that they would launch a campaign if their demands for dissolution of the ECP and formation of a neutral caretaker set up were not accepted is also indicative of the intentions of these parties despite claims by them that they do not want delay in elections or violation of the constitution. How can you insist on unconstitutional demands and still expect others to accept them? This clearly means that you have some other motives and this will ultimately hurt your own credentials in the eyes of the people. People of Pakistan have rendered immense sacrifices to ensure continuation of the democratic process and they would not allow anyone to subvert the smooth transition of power to the next government through a free, fair and transparent election.

Thousands of absconding offenders! I

sn’t it astonishing that the Supreme Court was told on Wednesday, during hearing of a case regarding law and order situation in Karachi, that over 22,000 absconding offenders are roaming freely in the city? This prompted one of the members of the bench to remark that they see no hope of peace in the city. This is mind-boggling figure and indicates the level of deterioration of law and order in Karachi and also the performance of Police and other law-enforcing agencies. A few absconding criminals would be a routine thing for almost every police station of the country but this wholesale license given to criminals to move around freely in the largest metropolitan city of the country and disrupt its peace at will is not understandable. Mere presentation of figures before the apex court is not enough, the relevant authorities should ask the Police high-ups as to what steps they have taken so far and what they intend to do to nab these criminals. Police has been claiming that it not getting freehand to arrest, investigate and prosecute criminals because of interference from this or that circle and with this in view the political parties that have stakes in Karachi should distance themselves from criminals and the Government should give necessary powers and freedom to Police force to treat criminals as criminals. We would urge that an operation clean up should be launched to weed out perpetrators of different crimes in Karachi before general elections so that polls are held in a secure environment.

India is keeping an eye on Gwadar I

NDIAN defence minister Wednesday expressed New Delhi’s concern over Pakistan’s decision to transfer management of the strategically located Gwadar deep-sea port to China. China, as a true friend had provided most of the funding and built the facility to help Pakistan meet its needs as the two ports in Karachi were insufficient to handle increasing volume of cargo. The operations of the port were given to a Singapore company but it failed to fully operationalize it for unknown reasons. There was no alternative left to Pakistan but to give the contract to some sound parties and the Federal Cabinet took a far reaching decision to give the operations of the port to a Chinese Company. India has been aspiring to become a major naval power in the region and the comments by its Defence Minister is yet another evidence that New Delhi is having an eye on Gwadar Port in view of its strategic location. Already there are confirmed reports that Indian agencies are behind the acts of terrorism in Balochistan to destabilize it for the attainment of its long-term objectives. Another reason is that India feels threatened by Gwadar as fully operationalization of the port and associated developments will help increase the influence and significance of Pakistan. It also realizes that the use of Gwadar port by land locked Central Asian Republics (CARs), Afghanistan and China would make them more dependent on Pakistan and that would have obvious benefits to the country as it will become an important player in the region. Though a stronger Pakistan with higher stature in the international world is not welcomed by India yet we would advise the Indian leadership to avoid such comments as the handing over of the Gwadar port to China or any other country is an internal matter of Pakistan.

HURMAT GROUP OF PUBLICATIONS Zahid Malik President & Editor-in-Chief Ph: 051-2256006 Faisal Zahid Malik Gauhar Zahid Malik Editor Ph: 021-32631102

Executive Editor Ph: 051-2853818

Islamabad Ph Exchange: 051-2852027 Reporting Desk: 051-2852028, News Desk: 051-5879329 Marketing: 051-2262254, 2852029 Fax: 051-2262258 Email: observer@pakobserver.net Website: www.pakobserver.net

Lahore

Karachi Faisal Zahid Malik Editor Ph: 021-32211777, 32635403 Fax: 021-32626902 Email: obskhi@pakobserver.net

Nadeem Syed Resident Editor Ph: 042-37593341, 37566702 Marketing Ph: 37597364 Fax: 042-36300043 Email: obslhr@pakobserver.net

Quetta

Peshawar

Ghulam Tahir

Tariq Saeed

Resident Editor Mobile: 0333-7944760 E-mail:obsqta@pakobserver.net

Resident Editor Mobile: 0321-9001476 E-mail:obspwr@pakobserver.net

Muzaffarabad Abdul Hameed Shaheen Resident Editor Ph: 051-2852028, Mobile: 0315-5010791 Email: obsmzd@pakobserver.net / abdulhameedshaheen@yahoo.com

Sadia Zahid Malik Editor Sunday Magazine

Ph: 2852027-8, Ext: 116 Email: po2@pakobserver.net

T

Can Rahul succeed against Modi? said to the credit of the party’s spin managers that millions Geopolitical people still believe in notes from India of this,despite the fact that economic growth has fallen to less than half of what it was Sonia took over conM D Nalapat before trol of the country in 2004 Email: mgnalapat@gmail.com In Uttaranchal,silent work creating a revolt within the BJP led to victory for the ndia knows very little about the Congress,although in Gujarat the woman who is the country’s well-funded campaign of former BJP most powerful politician,Sonia Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel Gandhi. Her early life is almost against incumbent Chief Minister undiscussed,save for a few biogra- Narendra Modi failed to displace the phies written by those who do not BJP from office in the 2012 polls, even make a pretense of being any- although Keshubhai succeeded in thing other than publicists. Al- keeping Modi’s tally to what it had though her two sisters and mother been five years ago,thereby denying spend considerable amounts of time him the boost that would have in India, staying either with Sonia occured,had this (now) fourth-term at the sprawling state-provided Chief Minister increased his seat tally mansion provided to her at 10 despite the anti-incumbency factor. Janpath or at a farmhouse within the Two months from now,the only city limits of Delhi, the media is not southern state in the control of the allowed access to them,and their BJP,Karnataka,will go to the polls to comings and goings go undocu- elect a new assembly.Political manmented. Indeed,Sonia Gandhi en- agers who avoid media attention have joys the same level of privacy as seen to it that the most popular BJP does the leader of North Korea,the leader of the state, B S younger Kim,and this obsession Yeddyurappa,has revolted against his with secrecy is respected not only own party and may succeeded in getby the Indian media,but also by the ting it defeated,to the benefit of the international media,which too treat Congress Party. Ruling party managher with deference by staying away ers in Delhi were given their chance from prying reports on her or her to bring down the BJP because of the family members. obsession of BJP patriarch L K On the contrary,there are often Advani to get installed his gushing reports about her,such as favourite,Ananth Kumar,as Chief the way in which she is apparently Minister by displacing Yeddyurappa. “holding the country together” or The powerful “Delhi Group” of the “wiping tears from the eyes of the BJP,comprising of leaders who stay poor” when not “striving for justice in Delhi and are expert not in mass for women and the downtrodden”. politics but in the “durbar” politics The Congress Party slogan is that of that city, worked to remove the hand of Sonia Gandhi is there Yeddyurappa from the Chief to help the “Aam Aadmi”,the ordi- Ministership,thereby giving an opnary citizen of India,and it must be portunity for the Congress

I

Party,which seems on track to win back the state. There is only one way in which the BJP can once again emerge as a formidable challenger to the Congress Party,and that is by projecting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate. Hailing from a “Backward Caste” and thereby tapping into an immense vote bank,the Gujarat strongman has emerged as the most popular politician in India,especially i urban areas and in the rapidly growing middle class. Should Modi emerge as the alternative,millions of voters are likely to shake off their apathy and go and campaign for him,the way millions did in the US for Barack Hussein Obama in 2008. Certainly the memory of the 2002 riots in Gujarat,where so many hundreds were killed,still hangs over Modi.Certainly he would be best served were there to be an acknowledgement of regret that such loss of life was allowed to happen. But 2013 is eleven years away from 2002,and the shadow of the riots is no longer potent enough to stand between Modi and public support on a scale that no other politician has. By placing the spotlight on the future and not the past,by talking of the need for self-help and development rather than constantly promising sops in the Nehru fashion,Narendra Modi is energizing voters in a way that may make him unstoppable well before the end of the year.The Delhi Group in the BJP dislikes him,but in the face of public pressure and the hold he has within the party cadre,Modi seems unstoppable The only challenger to the Gujarat strongman is Rahul Gandhi,whose approval ratings are second,far ahead of those of his mother Sonia or the hapless,helpless Prime Minister of India, Manmohan

Singh. The problem with Rahul Gandhi is that he has made opponents of his mother his own opponents,thereby turning his face away from reconciliation with many of them. Also,he has repeated the populist line of his mother Sonia and grandmother Indira Gandhi,talking down to the Indian people by offering them freebies and treating them as indigents to whom a generous government will bestow favours.Modi in contrast talks of self-help and empowerment,and - most tellingly - never once mentions caste.In contrast,caste is always behind the calculations of the Congress managers advising Sonia Gandhi. Unless Brand Rahul is seen as different from Brand Sonia, the 43year old will face a struggle to capture the attention of the voters. Although he has a good team,thus far, Sonia’s men are calling the shots rather than Team Rahul. Back in the 1980s, Rahul’s father Rajiv was similarly brought under the sway of party hacks by 1983,a full year before he became Prime Minister,thereby killing any hope of reform. Unless Rahul Gandhi can emerge from the shadows of the party managers who cluster around his mother,the bag of tricks and tactics which has worked at the state level may fall flat at the national level,especially if the challenge is from an increasingly unstoppable Narendra Modi. Small wonder that countries whch once ignored him,such as the US and the UK, are now seeking to build bridges with the Gujarat leader. —The writer is Vice-Chair, Manipal Advanced Research Group, UNESCO Peace Chair & Professor of Geopolitics, Manipal University, Haryana State, India.

Seniority-cum-fitness Prof Laeeq Ahmed Khan Email: naveed@comsats.edu.pk

E

very employee whether in a Government department, a semi Government department, an autonomous body or a private organization has to have his performance evaluated each year by his immediate superior and the head of the organization as the countersigning authority. For this purpose every Organization has to develop a proforma which is called the “Annual Confidential Report”. The Government of Pakistan proforma comprises four parts. Part-I of the proforma relates to the personal information of the employee concerned such as his designation, academic qualifications, date of birth, total service upto that year, knowledge of languages etc. Part-II basically deals with the personal traits of the employee such as intelligence and mental alertness, judgment and sense of proportion, initiative and drive, power of expression, ability to plan, organize, and supervise work, quality and out-put of work, integrity, sense of responsibility, behaviour with public, etc. Part-III compares the employee with other employees in the same grade of pay, his fitness for promotion or accelerated promotion, or his unfitness for further promotion. Part-IV is left for the remarks of the countersigning authority. During the period of late President Ziaul-Haq, another Part-V was added to the Annual Confidential Report which is related to the “Knowledge of Islam” and “Attitude towards Islamic Ideology”. This has been recently revised. The Annual Con-

fidential Report is now called “Performance Evaluation Report”. PartII of the proforma includes employee’s own assessment of the quality and quantity of his work including what he has been able to achieve and what he has not been able to accomplish. Subsequently, the Establishment Division has quantified the whole system in a manner which reduces the element of discretion to the minimum. Also, for all Officers particularly for BPS19 & 20 Officers a new “Performance Evaluation Report” proforma has been introduced. Part-II of the proforma relates to the job description of the officer concerned and a brief account of his achievements during the period supported by statistical data where possible. Targets given and actual performance against such targets should be highlighted. Reasons for shortfall, if any, may also be stated. Part-III is meant for the Reporting Officer who is supposed to comment on the Officer’s performance on the job with special reference to his knowledge of work, ability to plan, organize and supervise, analytical skills, competence to take decisions and quality and quantity of output. An exclusive column has been introduced on the integrity (morality, uprightness and honesty) of the Officer concerned. The pen picture of the Officer should include the Officer’s strengths and weaknesses with focus on emotional stability, ability to work under pressure, communication skills, and interpersonal effectiveness. The fourth and seventh columns would report upon the area and level of professional expertise with suggestion for future posting and the Officer’s potential for holding a higher position and additional responsibilities. The most important question in an ACR relates

to “The Fitness for Promotion”. Obviously, a senior person has the first priority to be elevated to the next wrung of the hierarchy. Unfortunately, there are certain employees who may be senior but unfit to hold a higher office in the organization. In this case the opinion of his immediate superior would carry considerable weightage. Incidentally, this aspect of the ACR is mostly neglected by the Reporting Officers. Some of the employees may have an excellent performance in the present position they are holding but may prove an utter failure in the next higher position with expanded responsibilities. This is particularly true for “Professional Organizations” such as those which are of a technical nature where the academic qualifications are not the only criteria but it also involves the competence of the employee to take on higher responsibilities. Professional Organizations may also include organizations of higher education, or performing arts, or field work, or research etc. The higher responsibility involve “Team Work” where the potential of every employee is to be honed to its maximum and the officer incharge of the team should also have the qualities of leadership whereby he can lead the team for the achievement of the objectives of the post in a collective manner. Obviously, this means that the officer concerned should not only get the desired output from his subordinates but should also be able to train them and to enable them to accept more responsibilities in the Organization. When President Ayub Khan decided to introduce Television in Pakistan, his suggestion was oppose by different segments of society. One group was of the opinion that television is going damage the basis of

the Islamic values in Pakistan. Another group thought that television was being introduced in Pakistan to carry out propaganda for the Government in power. Another group thought that television would be used to the grade the opposition political parties. The Government, therefore, took the stand that television in Pakistan would be initially meant to inform the public about the latest events happening in the world and particularly in Pakistan. It will also be used to make the services of a good teacher available to every student in the country and thirdly for the entertainment of the masses keeping the limits of an Islamic society in view. Unfortunately, Pakistan Television has totally forgotten that it was basically meant to inform, to educate, and to entertain the people of Pakistan. Also, Pakistan Television has not been able to make the distinction between the ”Educational Programs” and the “Educative Programs”. The first category is based on a prescribed syllabus like those of the Allama Iqbal Open University for which the Pakistan Television receives handsome charges. However, it is the second category which is most important so far as the public at large is concern. This relates to the civic education of the society. In this world of competition where a large number of TV channels are operating in Pakistan, Pakistan Television is highly depended upon the Government funding, partly in the form of advertisements. Today, Pakistan Television has become the least worst channel in Pakistan because it is being exclusively used for propagating the so called achievements of the Government in power.

HE Middle East has never been America’s backyard concern. It has always been on the priority list of policy-makers at the Foggy Bottom and indispensable when it comes to deal with the state of Israel and its irresistible Arab neighbours. The reason is that the United States security concerns and inflow of oil depend on what goes around in this volatile part of the world. This is why Washington’s allied status with many of the Arab countries and the Jewish state is taken as the criterion of its foreign policy engagement. Barack Obama’s debut Middle East tour as the president is, thus, meaningful from the point of view that he will be visiting the region from a position of strength, comfortably placed in his second term, as he has already outlined his vision of a two-state solution. This is the time for Obama to put his foot down and apprise Tel Aviv that he is not around for a photo shoot, and that he means business. The trip that will take him to Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territories is an opportunity to wind up an unfinished agenda on the geography of 1967, an aspect that has kept the entire region on tenterhooks. The fact that now all of the stakeholders, including Israel, have agreed to go back to the 1967 borders in order to strike a deal on the premise of trading land for peace, its execution shouldn’t be delayed any further. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who had wasted the first term of Obama by stalling peace talks and demeaning any initiative for brokering a thaw, should be dealt without any assumptions. He has again tried to throw a spanner in the works by making protection of illegal settlements as his election manifesto. It is incumbent upon the White House to tackle such chauvinist policies with a firm mindset, and compel Israel to settle on amicable terms with its neighbours. Apart from the Palestinian territories, Obama’s concern will also be how to broaden the scope of peace by addressing Syria’s Golan Heights and the factor of non-state actors in the region. Obama could do well by pronouncing his Middle East strategy before he embarks on his sojourn so that there aren’t misgivings at the end of the day. The Nobel laureate has to vindicate the impression that he stands for brokering peace in all adversity. — Khaleej Times

*****

Act like a good neighbour

I

RANIAN President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should not be surprised at the stern warnings he had to listen to on Tuesday at his joint press conference with Al Azhar chief Shaikh Ahmad Al Tayyeb. He should have seen it coming. Ahmadinejad’s visit to Egypt, rightly described as ‘historic’ as it comes after three decades of broken diplomatic relations between the two countries. The statement by the chief of Al Azhar that Iran must end its interference in Arab countries’ affairs should have sounded familiar to Ahmadinejad. It has been said and repeated by many Arab leaders and included in almost every communiqué of regional conferences. Tehran better listen to these advice and start acting as a constructive player in our region. The Islamic republic could very well start addressing the issues of contentions with its Arab neighbours such as the occupation of the three UAE islands and the prevailing perception that it is meddling in Bahrain’s internal affairs. Iran must also take into account the Arab worries of its rising influence in Iraq and Lebanon and stop all meddling in the internal conflict in Yemen. Syria is another front where Iran is seen by many Arabs as an instigator of confrontation rather than part of the solution to the two-year-old conflict. Finally, there is the overwhelming fear regionally that Iran is harbouring a concealed nuclear programme. Tehran should come clean on this issue. Iran is an important neighbour, but its policies make it very hard to accept it as a good neighbour. — Gulf News Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes. —Proverb


Faiths divide, values unite T

he relationship between ritual ism and values is inversely pro portional. The more one sees a society engrossed in rituals, putting on the garb of holiness and sanctity, the less respectful it becomes of the values. It grows more concerned with image than character. Rituals often have the tendency of raising a fad, putting on a mask, covering up the real face and robbing the individual or the society off the substance. People of faith, be they Muslims, Christians, Hindus or others, often camouflage their action under ritualism to put on a cloak of sacredness. Rituals are a tricky business. They have an outward form and infinite capacity to deceive the onlookers. Politicians deploy them as diversionary tactics to expand their appeal among the nave men and women. Spiritual industrialists and the modern age gurus practice them for multibillion transactions. Peddlers of dubious and spurious wares survive and thrive on its strength. They have all the element of business what with these gurus flaunting colour, sound, symbols, and flags. In contrast, values have to be practiced, are difficult to be observed, demand sacrifice, are intangible and

therefore take long to be recognized sal bond of Islamic sisterhood. More and respected. Shorn of publicity, people perform Itikaaf while millions bereft of impressive array of follow- of lambs are sacrificed on Eidul Azha. ers, and devoid of More rosary beads, noise, these have to The Spirit Of Islam miswaks and musallas be perceived only find buyers. through behaviour, Lament is that dealings, manners, even if underlying pietiquette and ones ety has not changed conduct in private that much, religions and public. They are role in public life not superficial. They plainly has. Amid the have a tendency to be noisy trumpeting of latent, an obsession religious slogans, the with subtlety, a paslives of people are sion not to be discovgetting sterile of valered and shy of being ues. People are eager evident. to make repeat perforA cursory glance Atif Noor Khan mance of Hajj even over the Muslims by impersonation, around the world would convince that beating the rules of legal disability. over the last few decades, the commu- Just as the acquisition of an Amerinity has come to betray several outer can Green Card has become a symmanifestations of Islamic rituals and bol of the Indian (and, perhaps, elsesymbols. There are more millions who where too) elite, performing Umrah gather for Hajj every year. The number during Ramadan has also emerged as of those who seek forgiveness on the a status symbol. Treatment of an ail27th night of Ramadan at the Haram ing neighbour, marriage of the poor Mosque in Makkah has surpassed the ageing spinster in the back lane, or a number conglomerating for the annual child of the housemaid withdrawn pilgrimage. Beards have lengthened from the school owing to lack of reand hemlines of trousers have gone up. sources do not occupy their priority. Headscarf has emerged as the univer- People do not feel qualms in flaunt-

ing Haza min Fazli Rabbi (I owe it to my Lords bounty) on mansions raised through illgotten wealth. Individuals who find themselves ill at ease while doling out paltry sums for the poor, do not bat an eyelid on sacrificing a dozen goats on the eve of Eidul Azha. Spirit of sacrifice for the needy around does not even touch them. The very Imams who tirelessly pontificate on virtues of retaining the traditional syllabus for madrassas, somnolently make a beeline for admission of their wards in modern missionary run schools. We indeed reside in a world that has made a business of religion and rituals. It is a soulless world, sterile of values of integrity, love, compassion, generousity, forgiveness and transparency. Spirit that characterize these rites has vanished into thin air. It is time we addressed the issue threadbare. Rites without values are like form without content, style without substance and body without a soul. Let us be reminded that religions survive by distinctions and differentiation. But values are one and the same all across the substrata of all faiths. In the final analysis, the religions differentiate, but values unite. It is up to us to choose.

Upcoming polls 2013 Aymen Ijaz

T

he Upcoming general elections of Pakistan are scheduled to be held in the first week of May 2013. The ECP is making earnest efforts to ensure the conduct of free and fair elections under Article 218 (3) and 220 of the constitution. All possible pre-poll rigging is being prevented through imposition of ban on fresh recruitments, employments and allocation of various jobs in departments by the ruling parties. The army presence has been made compulsory for door to door verification of voters and at polling stations. Under Article 62 and 63 of the constitution qualified and disqualified candidates are being scrutinized and dual nationals have been decided ineligible to contest in the elections. The 4.3 million Overseas Pakistanis right to vote has been rendered meaningless in the context of lack of suitable voting mechanisms and 3.7 million voters without proper verification have been deleted from the voters list. The ECP seems very vigilant this year, the CECP Fakhruddin G.Ebrahim has solicited

necessary support from Parliament and Political Parties; however controversies exist over the other members of the commission. Some elements including Dr.Tahir ul Qadri (TMQ) are trying to undermine the credibility and competence of ECP in public speeches and media talks. Ostensibly, the objective of these critics point towards some hidden agenda of creating an ordinate delay in holding of elections as per scheduled. The government has granted worth Rs. 5.099 million to ECP for making the necessary arrangements for the upcoming elections. The ECP has taken similar reforms to India which includes commission authority over entire government machinery, its administrative machinery and rights to make transfers of high ranking governmental officials like IGs, secretaries and chief secretaries once the election schedule is announced. The nomination fee for NA candidates has been increased from Rs 4,000 to Rs 50,000 and for PA candidates from Rs 2,000 to Rs 25,000, for corrupt and illegal practices imprisonment of three years with Rs. 100,000 from existing Rs 5,000 fine money and also penalty of Rs 100,000 for violation of electoral code of con-

duct for the candidates. Beside these election preparations and strict arrangements, the curiosity about the election results and the voting behavior of the people has led to several queries and predictions. To surmise the results of the 2013 elections so early is not an easy task as the party positions and their popularity has been constantly fluctuating with respect to changing domestic and international political environment. Starting from PML-N, they have no more support from PML-Q faction but they have support from the PML-like minded factions, the party has regained its support in kharipur and Abottobad as number of electable politicians have joined PML-N, the recent by-elections in Punjab has shown the result in favour of PMLN, despite facing combined opposition of PML-Q and PPP at some constituencies. According to the recent Party’s Popularity Survey conducted by the International Republican Institute (IRI), the PML-N popularity has increased to 32% from 28% as compared to PTI whose popularity has decreased from 24% to 18% from public surveys held in July August and then in November respectively. Let’s contemplate about our ruling

party PPP, that regardless of five years of misgovernance and failure to deliver to public holds a rock solid vote bank in Sindh and to some extent in other provinces as well. Since the PML vote bank is split between N and Q, PPP gets the benefit and wins in various areas but the recent by-elections in Punjab have changed the entire political picture. The sympathetic voting PPP was able to get in the context of Bibi murder in 2008 elections will not help PPP much this time. Hence, its popularity has remained stable at 14% in the IRI survey. It is quite difficult to make any concrete statement before elections or to predict the exact outcome of 2013 general elections. However, there is little hope that the political scenario will undergo a major transition after elections. Whether it is PTI, PPP or PML-N, the public demands an immediate remedy to the growing inflation, unemployment. It is not the question of party or party leader; infact it is a question of welfare of individuals of Pakistan and their right to vote for the one who brings prosperity to Pakistan and address their major concerns and basic needs. —The writer works for IPRI.

Views From Abroad

Ending war against women George Papandreou, Ouafa Hajji

A

ccording to the United Na tions, one in three women worldwide will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. In some countries, up to seven in 10 women will be beaten, raped, abused, or mutilated. Often, the victims of such abuses are treated as criminals — dishonoured, brutalized, ostracized, imprisoned, and even executed — while perpetrators remain free. Millions of women suffer in this way, but their stories remain untold. Last December, the brutal gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in India — two months after Pakistan’s Taliban shot 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai for advocating education — triggered large-scale public protests. This outcry should mark the start of a global movement to lift the veil of silence that shrouds violence against women — which often begins at home — and protects the perpetrators. From honour killings to

child marriages, from date rape to sex slavery, crimes against women are prevalent in every society. But, when women are courageous enough to report abuse, doctors are often unhelpful, police are hostile, and the justice system fails them. For example, one in three woman in the US military is sexually assaulted, usually by a colleague, yet very few attackers are convicted. Likewise, in the United Kingdom, 473,000 sexual offences are reported annually, 60,000 to 95,000 of which are classified as rape. But, in each of the last three years, only slightly more than 1,000 offenders were convicted of rape. In March, government and civilsociety leaders will gather in New York for a meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women to agree on a plan to eliminate violence against women. Global leaders should take this opportunity to pledge to adopt the policies and devote the resources needed to end pervasive violations of women’s human rights. But, without the political will to enact legislation and enforce it effectively, promises are meaningless. Al-

though 187 countries have signed the 1979 UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women, statistics show little progress. Consider Afghanistan, which ratified the convention in 2009. A 2012 Action Aid survey found that violence against women has never been more prevalent, with 87 percent of women suffering domestic abuse. In the same year, President Hamid Karzai’s government upheld a husband’s legal right to beat his wife. Change is possible, but it requires collective action by the international community to challenge the attitudes that lead to violence, oppression, and inequality. Five steps are particularly important: (1) Ratify and enforce all relevant regional and international treaties, and implement laws that prohibit violence against women and ensure effective punishment of offences. (2) Enhance women’s economic and political empowerment, including by directing international aid toward their health, education and welfare. (3) Increase public awareness of the problem through traditional media, as well as through social me-

dia and other electronic channels. (4) Mobilize men and boys against violence through educational programs. (5) Improve support for survivors of violence and their families, including legal assistance, psychological counselling and health care. Many international movements and organizations — such as Women Under Siege, V-Day, and Stop Violence Against Women — are already working to deliver justice and security to women. Governments and political parties should support such initiatives. All people deserve justice, equality, and freedom from violence. On Feb. 14, women and men worldwide should support One Billion Rising, a global call for people to show their support for the one billion women who have survived violence and abuse. Whether you choose to strike, dance, speak out, or simply stand up, your involvement will bring the world closer to ending this deadly war against women. George A. Papandreou is president of the Socialist International. Ouafa Hajji is president of Socialist International Women. — Courtesy: The Japan Times

Under your overcoat..!

A

man wearing a smart over coat walked down the main road of a big city. Men wished him with respect and women smiled at him, children bowed and curtseyed and he nodded and smiled and wished everybody. Men looked at the overcoat he wore and marveled at it’s elegance; they knew it had been tailored by the best tailor in the city and was made of the most expensive fabric money could buy. Suddenly, without realizing it, the great man slipped on a banana peel and fell.

There was a hush, then peals of laughter; the same men and women who had been bowing to the great gentleman now chuckled, guffawed, screamed with laughter then quickly averted the eyes of their little children who couldn’t help grinning and gawking as they erupted into giggles: For beneath the long overcoat, the man was naked, and his old, gnarled wrinkled flesh was there for every one to see. How like him, many of us are: We wear an overcoat of respectability underneath which lies no character. In the last couple of months I have become more and more aware of such people; men and women who show the world they are respectable, but are rotten inside. As the events of the dastardly rape unfold in the capital, I watch senior leaders trying to give very re-

spectable statements, but a little closer look at their lives show glaring instances where they themselves have been found wanting in their treatment of women. A few months ago, I exposed the editor of a religious magazine, even wrote newspaper articles for his complicity along with the treasurer of a religious trust in cheating the government and other trustees. But with a smile on his lips and a drawing his overcoat a little more tightly around himself he moved around with his other cronies, sure in the knowledge his respectability would be a cover. Which brings me to the second point; that to see the nakedness of rot, we ourselves should have character beneath the overcoat of respectability. One reason why our nation’s leaders get away with anything is that

when exposure is done, we look and say, “So what?” It’s like the example I gave. It took people who were clothed to see that the man who wore the overcoat was naked underneath. If all the people, had been equally naked they would have said, “So what?” Are we clothed within? Do we have character in ourselves to be able to recognize nakedness underneath an overcoat? Are we clothed in the garb of integrity, of godliness and goodness that we are shocked to see otherwise? Today as you put on your overcoat of respectability have a peek at yourself, see whether you have character, that when you fall people will marvel at your content. Real respectability isn’t a cover but is shaped through character..! —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People Private schools exploitation JAWED AHMED KHURSHEED

T

here must be a government functionary to the parents from school administrations found to in crease their fees now and then for their students with or without reasons. The parents are helpless in this regard. They cannot even have a platform to voice against those school administrations. They can just raise their voice against such a school administration individually leaving school administration not to review their position. These school administrations have virtually rendered the parents not only helpless in this regard but some of the school administration also attempt to take the undertaking from the parents — willing to seek admission for their child — not to move any application for seeking concession in school fee in the times to come. The way the school administrations are increasing their monthly fee and taking huge fee on the pretext of admission fee, it leaves one to presume there is no one to monitor them. Such school administrations know that the mothers of the urbanized areas of Pakistan become obsessed with education of their children. These mothers can educate their children at any cost. I request the government of the hour to educate the parents of their rights through press and electronic media which forum is competent for them to approach for redressal of their grievances so that they cannot fall prey to their school administrations. The parents are least informed of their rights. The government functionaries can audit physically to see the imbalance of what they receive from the students in terms of monthly fee and what they pay to their teachers. They pay to their teacher an amount of salary from which one can live a week instead of month. Therefore, the monthly salary of these teachers should be enhanced four-time increase of what they actually get. —Karachi

True to Govt’s trend DR IRFAN ZAFAR Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has inaugurated a campus of the Virtual University in Gujjar Khan. This stays true to the trend of his government, which is doing everything in ‘virtual’ space instead of doing something practical on the ground. —Islamabad

Fasakh Nikkah COL RIAZ JAFRI (R) More than 200 couples belonging to Barelvi maslak had to repeat their Nikkah in Aharaula village, about 20 km from Distt. Moradabad, U.P. India, because these Barelvi Sunni Muslims had committed the crime of attending a namaz e janaza led by a cleric from the rival Deoband sect. The namaz on August 11 was led by Maulana Hafiz Abu Mohammad during the burial of his uncle, Master Nazakat Hussain, a respected madrassa teacher who died at the age of 85. However, this enraged local Barelvi leaders. Days after the burial, Haji Ali Hasan, a village elder travelled to Moradabad to meet with Mufti Abdul Mannan Karimi, a Barelvi cleric, and briefed him on how a Deobandi had led a band of Barelvis in prayer. The mufti cracked down. Those at Hussain’s burial were no more Muslims and had turned kafir, he decreed in a fatwa. The price for resumption of status quo was, “tauba karo, kalma padho aur nikah padhwao (do penance, recite the kalma, marry your wive s all over again)”. This has led the spate of Barlevi Sunni couples to get their Nikahs renewed by the Barelvi clerics all over again. What beats me, is not their calling each other kafir, but that how on earth can the poor wretched unwary wife be condemned to be divorced due to some act of her husband ?!! What is the fault of the poor lady? Is this the ‘status’ given to the women in Islam that anyone can play with their life for any rhyme, reason or on any whim???? Again the cursed divorce, which is the most disliked though a permissible act near God, and has to be administered thrice before it takes effect, is so easily perpetuated just on the saying (verdict) of some stupid cleric? And, I sincerely hope the couples had not conjugated in between or else any children conceived during their being “without” Nikkah would again be declared as Najaiz Aulad by these cheaper than a penny clerics.!! Strange and unbelievable. Any comments from any courageous learned ones, who can speak their mind out against such clerics? Who authorises them to give such verdicts and how and on what qualifications? —Rawalpindi

Organisational politics BILAL KAMRAN Organizational politics are ubiquitous and have widespread effects on critical processes (e.g. performance evaluation, resource allocation and managerial decision making) that influence organizational effectiveness and efficiency (Kacmar & Baron, 1999). Politics has become the most problematic and trickiest issue in today’s organizations and can be defined as “actions by individuals which are directed towards the goal of furthering their own self-interests without regard for the well-being of others or their organization” (Kacmar & Baron, 1999:4). The perception of politics has been shown to be an antecedent to numerous negative outcomes, for instance reduced job satisfaction, increased job anxiety and increased intention to turnover. Employees demonstrate a number of illegiti-

mate political activities (e.g., coalition building, favoritism-based pay and promotion decisions, and backstabbing) that are strategically designed to benefit, protect, or enhance self-interests, often without regard for the welfare of their organization or coworkers (Ferris, Russ, & Fandt, 1989). In contrast many researchers have noted that organizational politics can be helpful for members of the organization (e.g., Ferris, et al., 1996; Pichault, 1995; Kumar & Ghadially, 1989). Fedor and Maslyn (2002) suggest that politics can be perceived as positive when they are used by organizational members to get things accomplished or to raise issues that are “not appropriate” at a particular time. Both positive and negative forms of political behavior can occur simultaneously in organizations (Madison, Allen, Porter, Renwick, & Mayes, 1980). This “positive ends justify the means” perspective was recently investigated by Viega, Golden, and Dechant (2004), who reported on why managers “bend the rules” or violate stated policies and procedures in the course of getting their work done. Performance-based judgment calls, such as rule breaking being necessary to get the job done, were considered by 86% of managers to be common and acceptable behavior. Addressing this requires designing an organizational structure (by the management) that minimizes incentives for engaging in self-serving political activities. Moreover, workforce should be given a stake in the achievements, success, outcome and future of the organization so that they should perform in the best interest of the corporation. —Via email

Rectify private schools MOHAMMAD FAYYAZ This refers to a news items based on a press conference, and reported by the newspapers (6th February) in which the government has been criticized by the National Educational Council (NEC) for its efforts to destroy the quality education being provided to the nation’s children by the private educational institutions. One, Mr. Nazir Hussain, the deputy chairman of the NEC, who addressed the press conference said that the govt., having failed to provide good and quality education via govt. schools, and colleges, is now bent upon destroying the educational institutions of the private sector. He is partially correct that govt. has failed to manage the govt. schools for imparting quality education, but it has also miserably failed to control and manage the affairs of the private schools as well. The private schools are the most cruel and worst exploiters of both the parents and their wards. Only a few of them may be providing quality education; the rest are just minting money, and earning millions. The owners of most of the private schools which were started only a few years ago in rented buildings, now own their own sprawling schools worth billions. They are a bleeding ulcer, needed to be cured, immediately before they grow malignant, and deadly. Now that the apex courts have asked them to provide relief to the parents who have more than one child in a private school, they have increased the tuition fee tremendously. What is more, they demand yearly fund, running in thousands, from the parents at the beginning of the new session. These are facts. I, as a parent, have been experiencing these troubles and problems. The owners, and the teachers they keep, are not educationists but are no less than shopkeepers. They deal with you as shopkeepers deal with you. The constitution of a regulatory body by the govt. is the need of the time. Although the govt. has been at the end of its five-year term of ruling, they still have the authority and powers to work for it, and establish

a body. In one of my recent letters to newspapers I wrote that govt. should act, and act soon before it is too late, and before they grow too strong to control. —Charsadda

Victims alike MUDASSAR HUSSAIN CHEEMA AOA, Sir,A girl with a name Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. Ehsanullah Ehsan, chief spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that Yousafzai “is the symbol of the infidels and obscenity,” adding that if she survived, they would target her again. She is known for her education and women’s rights activism not even for Pakistan but also for world. Former British Prime Minister and current UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown launched a UN petition in Yousafzai’s name, using the slogan “I am Malala” and demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015. Here the question arises why Taliban need to attack a teenager, the answer is very simple, because they can not face criticism from a 14 year old girl. This mindset, you can see not only from Taliban but also from many other pseudo-liberal elites of Pakistan. Let me put your attention towards a recently dispute of Pakistan’s eminent scholar Prof. Pervez Hoodbhoy’s upcoming departure from the Lahore University of Management Sciences. The professor’s ideological differences are the reason his contract is not being renewed, something which the university denies. Prof. Hoodbhoy’s current contract expires in December. Prof. Hoodbhoy, speaking to The Express Tribune confirmed that he recently faced a lot of criticism when he introduced a course titled “Science and the Contemporary World Order”. He says the course, which discusses science and politics, “gave rise to ideological differences”. Nevertheless LUMS administration denies allegations, saying that the matter is of a contractual nature. Prof Hoodbhoy’s work for the promotion of science in Pakistan is well known. He spent months and years producing television programs such as “rastay ilm kay”, and “bazme-kainat, which explained in simple terms the scientific method and topics such as black holes, quantum mechanics and particle physics. In general the LUMS decision to fire Hoodbhoy is a bad signal for Pakistan’s liberal thinkers, when LUMS which is known for its liberal thoughts can refuse to allow room for debate and dialogue, then what you can accept from other institute of Pakistan’s. We are absolutely certain that Malala’s case and all other cases are examples of extremism, so then termination of Prof Hoodbhoy on the biases of conflict with faculty members is also a kind of extremism but this time it appeared and showed power not with gun but in a totally different way. These series of incidents point to the upcoming danger of conflicts between the society, which is bad omen for a developing atomic power country and for world too. We need to understand this. Everybody cannot agree with us so we need to give room for other thoughts for the long-run beneficial of society. At the I want to quote Aristotle “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” —Via email

READERS are requested to type their letters legibly with double spacing and only on one side of the paper.

—Editor Email:editorial@pakobserver.net


Tunisian government dissolved after critic’s killing causes fury TAREK AMARA

T

secular party Nida Touns, who was premier after the uprising, told Reuters: “The decision to form a small cabinet is a belated move but an important

fellow Islamists in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, benefited from a solid organisation that survived repression by the old regime.

tent of radical Islamist influence and the bitterness of the political stalemate, urged Tunisians to reject violence and see through the move to democracy

UNISIA’S ruling Islamists dissolved the government and promised rapid elections Human Rights Watch called his murder “the gravest incident yet in a climate of mounting vioin a bid to restore calm after the killing of an opposition leader sparked the big- lence”. Ennahda leader Rached Ghannouchi denied any involvement by his party in the killing. “Is gest street protests since the revolution two years ago. The prime minister’s announcement late on it possible that the ruling party could carry out this assassination when it would disrupt investment Wednesday that an interim cabinet of technocrats and tourism?” Ghannouchi told. would replace his Islamist-led coalition came at one.” The widespread protests following Belaid’s And as in Egypt, the Islamists have faced criti- they began two years ago, when their revolution the end of a day which had begun with the gunassassination showed the depth of division between cism from secular leaders that they are trying to ended decades of dictatorship and inspired fellow ning down of Chokri Belaid, a left-wing lawyer Islamists and secular movements fearful that free- entrench religious ideas in the new state. A consti- Arabs in Egypt and across North Africa and the with a modest political following but who spoke Middle East. As in Egypt, the rise to power of pofor many who fear religious radicals are stifling litical Islam through the ballot box has prompted a freedoms won in the first of the Arab Spring upbacklash among less organised, more secular porisings. During the day, protesters battled police litical movements in Tunisia. Belaid, who made a in the streets of the capital and other cities, includname for himself by criticising Ben Ali, led a party ing Sidi Bouzid, the birthplace of the Jasmine with little electoral support but his vocal opinions Revolution that toppled Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali had a wide audience. in January 2011. The day before his death he was publicly lamIn Tunis, the crowd set fire to the headquarbasting a “climate of systematic violence”. He had ters of Ennahda, the moderate Islamist party which blamed tolerance shown by Ennahda and its two, won the most seats in an legislative election 16 smaller secularist allies in the coalition governmonths ago. Calls for a general strike on Thursment toward hardline Salafists for allowing the day could bring more trouble though Belaid’s famspread of groups hostile to modern culture and libily said his funeral, another possible flashpoint, eral ideas. On Wednesday, thousands demonstrated might not be held until Friday. in cities including Mahdia, Sousse, Monastir and Prime Minister Hamdi Jebali of Ennahda Sidi Bouzid, the cradle of the revolution, where spoke on television on Wednesday evening to depolice fired tear gas and warning shots at protestclare that weeks of talks among the various politiers who set cars and a police station on fire. cal parties on reshaping the government had failed While Belaid’s nine-party Popular Front bloc and that he would replace his entire cabinet with has only three seats in the constituent assembly, non-partisan technocrats until elections could be the opposition jointly agreed to pull its 90 or so held as soon as possible. It followed weeks of deadmembers out of the body, which is acting as parlock in the three-party coalition. The small, seculiament and writing the new post-revolution charlar Congress for the Republic, whose leader ter. Ennahda and its fellow ruling parties have some Moncef Marzouki has served as Tunisia’s presi120 seats. Since the uprising, Tunisia’s new leaddent, threatened to withdraw unless Ennahda reers have faced many protests over economic hardplaced some of its ministers. ship and political ideas; many have complained Wednesday’s events, in which the Interior Min- A police officer fires teargas to break up a protest during a demonstration in Tunis that hardline Salafists may hijack the revolution. istry said one police officer was killed, appeared Last year, Salafist groups prevented several to have moved Jebali, who will stay on as pre- doms of expression, cultural liberty and women’s tution is still due to be agreed before a parliamenmier, to take action. “After the failure of negotia- rights were under threat just two years after the popu- tary election which had been expected by June. concerts and plays from taking place in Tunisian lar uprising ended decades of Western-backed dic- Belaid, 48, was shot at close range as he left for cities, saying they violated Islamic principles. tions between parties on a cabinet reshuffle, I have decided to form a small technocrat government,” Witnesses said crowds had also attacked Ennahda offices in Sousse, Monastir, Mahdia and Sfax. he said. “The murder of Belaid is a political assasFrench President Francois Hollande said he was concerned by the rise of violence in Paris’s former sination and the assassination of the Tunisian revolution,” he said earlier. It was not clear whom he dominion, where the government says al Qaeda-linked militants linked to those in neighbouring counmight appoint but the move seemed to be widely tries have been accumulating weapons with the aim of creating an Islamic state across North Africa. welcomed and streets were mostly calm after dark. A leader in the secular Republican Party gave tatorship. “This is a black day in the history of mod- work by a gunmen who fled on the back of a motor- Salafists also ransacked the U.S. Embassy in SepJebali’s move a cautious welcome. ern Tunisia. Today we say to the Islamists, ‘get out’, cycle. Within hours, crowds were battling police, tember, during international protests over an The prime minister’s decision is a response to enough is enough,” said Souad, a 40-year-old hurling rocks amid volleys of tear gas in scenes remi- Internet video. The embassy issued a statement the opposition’s aspirations,” Mouldi Fahem told schoolteacher outside the ministry. “Tunisia will sink niscent of clashes in Egypt last month. condemning Belaid’s killing and urging justice for Reuters. “We welcome it principle. We are waitin blood if you stay in power.” Ennahda, like its World powers, increasingly alarmed at the ex- his killers: “There is no justification for this heiing for details.” Beji Caid Essebsi, leader of the

nous and cowardly act,” it said. “Political violence has no place in the democratic transition in Tunisia.” Declining trade with the crisis-hit euro zone has left the 11 million Tunisians struggling to achieve the better living standards many had hoped for following Ben Ali’s departure. Its compact size, relatively skilled workforce and close ties with former colonial power France and other European neighbours across the Mediterranean has raised hopes that Tunisia can set an example of economic progress for the region. Lacking the huge oil and gas resources of North African neighbours Libya and Algeria, Tunisia counts tourism as a major currency earner and further unrest could scare off visitors vital to an industry only just recovering from the revolution. Jobless graduate Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in December 2010 in the city, 300 km (180 miles) southwest of Tunis, after police confiscated his unlicensed fruit cart, triggering the uprising that forced Ben Ali to flee to Saudi Arabia less than a month later, on January 14, 2011. President Moncef Marzouki, who last month warned the tension between secularists and Islamists might lead to “civil war”, cancelled a visit to Egypt scheduled for Thursday and cut short a trip to France, where he addressed the European Parliament. “There are political forces inside Tunisia that don’t want this transition to succeed,” Marzouki said in Strasbourg. “When one has a revolution, the counter revolution immediately sets in because those who lose power - it’s not only Ben Ali and his family - are the hundreds of thousands of people with many interests who see themselves threatened by this revolution.” Belaid, who died in hospital, said this week dozens of people close to the government had attacked a Popular Front group meeting in Kef, northern Tunisia, on Sunday. He had been a constant critic of the government, accusing it of being a puppet of the rulers of wealthy Gulf emirate Qatar. He blamed those seeking to derail Tunisia’s democratic transition: “Tunisia today is in the biggest political stalemate since the revolution. We should be quiet and not fall into a spiral of violence. We need unity more than ever,” he said. He accused opponents of stirring up sentiment against his party following Belaid’s death. “The result is burning and attacking the headquarters of our party in many areas,” he said. “This murder deprives Tunisia of one of its most courageous and free voices,” Hollande’s office said in a statement. —Courtesy Reuters

Changing Rules of Engagement The Worldview of Lee Kuan Yew YU LINTAO

E

in that it would not be dominated by distrust and competition. Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, also suggested creating a new type of relationship between major countries in the 21st century while visiting Washington as China’s vice president in February 2012.

ception.” Since the end of World War II, the number of large international conflicts has continually declined, and there have been basically no direct clashes among major powers. Huang said the relatively stable relations among major countries is partly due to the

XPLORING a new-type relation ship between China and the United States. The Sino-U.S. re lationship is currently acknowledged as the world’s most important bilateral tie. With the successful compleIf Beijing hopes to build a new type of relationship tion of the 18th National Congress of the with Washington, Washington may ask the former to Communist Party of China (CPC) last November and U.S. President Barack follow its lead in international affairs, guiding and shaping Obama sworn in for his second term in China in the interests of the United States,” Zhu said. January, the future direction of the world’s two major powers is of great interest to the whole world. Without the burden of a China is sincerely searching for a way to balance of terror brought by nuclear weapthird-term election, Obama is expected to build and maintain a stable and construc- ons, but more importantly, the interrelated act more like a “statesman” than “politi- tive Sino-U.S. relationship capable of trends of economic globalization and social cian” in dealing with domestic and foreign weathering the challenges that could arise information growth bring people around the affairs in the next four years. Chinese lead- as China’s power increases, given wide- world closer and make major power coners are stressing the new-type relationship spread views that the historical pattern of flict much less likely. The Sino-U.S. relawith the United States. Though Obama great power conflicts suggests a rocky road tionship has especially benefited from this might be busy grappling with domestic is- ahead for the Sino-U.S. relationship. How- trend. Figures may interpret more clearly the sues, such as economic recovery and gun ever, as times change, China and the United close relations between the two countries in violence, in his new term, getting along States have been highly interwoven and in- the new era. The bilateral trade volume bewith China’s rise should also be on his top terdependent with each other over the past tween China and the United States has inagenda. What kind of relationship will the decades. With the development of creased from less than $2.5 billion in 1979 two powers maintain in the future? Will multilateralization and globalization, all to $484.7 billion in 2012, a rise of about 190 they repeat the rut of the sort of daggers- countries share a more common destiny fold. The two nations are now the second drawn competition between established with mutual dependency and intertwined largest trading partners to each other while and emerging powers in history, or will interests. Therefore, a new type of Sino- the United States is now the largest export they follow the new approach of creating U.S. relationship is very possible. Many market of China. In the financial field, by a new type of major country relationship observers claimed that the changed world the end of November 2012, China had that China advocated in recent years fea- situation and international pattern have owned about $1.17 trillion U.S. national turing cooperation not confrontation, win- constituted a kind of basis for a new-type debt, accounting for about 7.6 percent of the win results as opposed to a “zero-sum” relationship between China and the United total U.S. debt. China is the largest foreign creditor of the United States. Politically, the game, and healthy competition instead of States. “Times have changed a lot. Histori- two countries have established a web of dialogue with more than 60 kinds of mechanisms, which is rare in relations between major countries. In the last four years, Hu and Obama met 12 times, a comparatively high frequency in high-level interaction. “The mutual economic dependence between China and the United States is unprecedented in the history of the world. The advancing globalization brings the two countries many common global problems. Though the United States is the only super power in the world, it is not capable of resolving all the problems alone. China is no doubt one of the most important partners of the United States on those world issues,” said Zhou Qi, a senior researcher at the IAS. In an article by Harvard Professor Joseph Nye, well known for his “soft power” theory, recently published in The New York Times, the scholar said that China is not like the Soviet Union. And the Sino-U.S. relationship is also very different from the U.S.Soviet relationship during the Cold War. He stressed that China has vast, intricate and growing trade and economic relations with BREAKING GROUND: General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Xi the United States, which are mutually beneficial, but the Soviet Union never had that Jinping meets with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Beijing. kind of relationship with the United States. cally, the jungle law era in dealing with Nye also mentioned that the world’s two malicious rivalry? The new-type relationship between international relations is over,” said Huang largest economies have much to gain from major countries was first proposed by Chi- Ping, Director General of Institute of cooperation in the fight against climate nese President Hu Jintao in a speech at the American Studies (IAS) under the Chinese change, pandemics, cyber-terrorism and Fourth Sino-U.S. Strategic and Economic Academy of Social Sciences. “The current nuclear proliferation, among others. So Nye Dialogue in Beijing last May. Speaking at era requires international players to seek called Washington to work with Beijing the opening session, Hu called for the two an approach of mutual beneficial coopera- rather than contain it. Tao Wenzhao, a long-time America Over the short term, a series of protectionist watcher now with the Center for U.S.-China relations at Tsinghua University, said moves directed at China were launched during throughout human history, rising countries Obama’s first term. Frequent China-bashing during might feel repressed by established powers, established powers would look to last year’s presidential campaign demonstrated the whereas contain the emerging powers for fear of bepopularity of scapegoating China for domestic woes ing overtaken. But under current circumstances, China and the United States are in the United States. highly interconnected with each other. If sides to establish a new type of relations tion. And from a pragmatic perspective, co- conflicts happen between the two, neither between major countries, which would dif- operation maximizes benefits for all par- could bear the consequences. —Courtesy Beijing Review fer from historic great power relationships ties. The Sino-U.S. relationship is no ex-

ALI WYNE

S

leaders serious about displacing the United States as the number one power in Asia?” - “Is the United States in systemic decline?” - “How should U.S. policies and actions adjust to deal with the rise of China?”

a competition in the 1990s, when it was common to hear that the dissolution of the Soviet Union had yielded a unipolar international system. In 1993, for example, in an essay for Foreign Affairs, Nicholas

INGAPORE’S Lee Kuan Yew has been called the “Kissinger of the orient.” As he turns 90 this year, he presents an interesting This judgment will doubtlessly frustrate those perspective on geopolitics. Befitting an individual who will be turning 90 this year, who believe that certain values are intrinsically supeLee Kuan Yew is increasingly reflective rior, even universal; given the challenges that presthese days about his life, the memories that he shared with his wife of 60 years, and ently confront both East and West, however, it has the lives that their three children have led. Unlike most his age, however, he is also much to recommend it. preoccupied with the challenges that his - “Will India rise to become a great Kristof cited Lee’s observation that the country will confront when he is gone. And Singapore truly is his country: he served power, and if so, on what timeline?” - international system would have to “What are Russia’s long-term prospects?” reconfigure itself to accommodate the as its founding father, its prime minister China of 30 or 40 years hence. “China,” (1959-90), its senior minister (1990-2004), - “What lessons have you learned from the global financial crisis?” Drawing on his Lee noted, “is [not] just another big player. and its minister mentor (2004-11). As This is the biggest player in the history of Nicholas Kristof observed in a review of answers to these and many other questions, Lee’s own writings and speeches, and other the world.” Three years later, he ventured Lee’s 2000 memoir, From Third World to publicly available sources, we tried to disthat China might be able to contest U.S. First: The Singapore Story, “[o]ther leadpreeminence in three decades. ers have reshaped nations Kemal Ataturk till his most important strategic insights in Turkey, Lenin in Russia, Deng Xiaoping in China but no one left a deeper imprint on his people than Lee.” Lee is concerned that future leaders of Singapore may take for granted the peace and prosperity that it now enjoys. The further removed one is from the struggles that made them possible, after all, the more likely one is to act as though they are organic conditions rather than fleeting ones; and, it follows, the less urgency one is likely to demonstrate in striving for their preservation. He also fears that Singapore may be squeezed amidst growing strategic distrust between the Asia’s two giants, China and India. Interestingly, though, for someone who cuts as complex and contentious a figure, Lee is not that concerned about how others appraise him and his policies. “I have never been overconcerned or obsessed with opinion polls or popularity polls,” he once said, echoing a sentiment that he has conveyed throughout his career. “I think a leader who is, is a weak ...how to implement.... In a nod to his panoramic worldview, leader.” As for his legacy, he insists on into a book that was published February being remembered for the virtues that he 1st, Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Arnaud de Borchgrave dubbed Lee the “Kissinger of the orient” (incidentally, embodied, not the positions that he at- Insights on China, the United States, and Henry Kissinger has stated on many octained. He told a group of journalists from the World (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, casions that no world leader has taught him He is not, however, a reflexive supporter of the more than Lee). One of the limitations to that analogy, “Beijing Consensus”: essentially, a fusion of authoritarian of course, is that while Kissinger has had governance, state capitalism, and incremental reforms. the opportunity to shape the foreign policy of the world’s preeminent power, Lee has Indeed, Lee increasingly discusses the challenges that the been constrained to implementing his viinformation revolution will pose to Chinese governance. sion in one of its smallest countries: with an area of 697 square kilometers, 2013). Given the respect that Lee com- Singapore is only about 3.5 times as large the Straits Times that he is “determined, as Washington, DC. That he emerged as consistent, persistent. I set out to do some- mands among leaders in the U.S. and one of the world’s leading strategic thinkthing. I keep on chasing it until it suc- China, his observations about the dynamics between those two countries are of parers is further remarkable given his responceeds. ticular interest. He does not subscribe to sibilities; while the leader of a stable, seThat is all….Anybody who thinks he is a statesman needs to see a psychiatrist.” the declinism that is increasingly common cure, and prosperous country might have more time to contemplate trends in interLee’s policies have elicited great criticism among U.S. commentators, emphasizing national order, he was consumed with far over the decades, as has the determination America’s regenerative capacities as well with which he has pursued them; as a quick as the myriad challenges that China con- more exigent tasks: creating a country amidst hostile conditions and then preventGoogle search will reveal, some hail him fronts in trying to sustain a robust rate of ing it from collapsing. as a visionary while others denounce him growth. At the same time, he argues, given Given the gravity of those tasks, it is as an authoritarian. Regarding the breadth not surprising that Lee has grown accusof his perspective, however, there is far less China’s historical experience and present momentum, one should not be surprised tomed to speaking honestly, succinctly, and debate. As Seth Mydans noted in a September 2010 profile, when his conversa- that it eventually aspires to be the world’s forcefully not as an idle provocateur, but as one who believes that candor is essention with Lee shifted “from introspection preeminent power. It is accustomed to a to geopolitics…he grew vigorous and Sino-centric international system in which tial to developing prudent policies. In a January 1950 address to Malay students forceful, his worldview still wide ranging, its neighbors pay it tribute, it will soon have in England, he stated that “between platidetailed and commanding.” I was able to the world’s largest economy, and it is maktudes and personal convictions…it is my catch a glimpse of that worldview in De- ing it harder for the U.S. military to operate in the Asia-Pacific. These trends, duty to state my convictions vigorously,” cember 2011 and March 2012, when I acamong others, have crystallized a strate- and warned against “ignoring unpalatable companied Graham Allison and Robert facts and avoiding unpleasant controBlackwill to meet with him in Singapore. gic competition between the U.S. and versy.” Here are some of the questions on which China. Unlike most observers, however, —Courtesy Diplomat he meditated at length: - “Are Chinese Lee was discussing the inevitability of such


Qadri files From Page 1 had joined hands with Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehrik and called for a powerful Election Commission and an impartial caretaker government to ensure free and fair general elections. The move was severely criticised by the main opposition party Pakistan Muslim league – Nawaz (PML-N).

HRW slams From Back Page protecting children and in treating victims. The report urges the government to ensure rigorous implementation of child protection laws and strict monitoring of child care facilities. It calls for an end to traumatic medical examinations and insensitive treatment by police and other authorities, which subject victims to further distress. —AP

Free, fair polls From Page 1 fortunate’ said that we have absolutely no political affiliation In a press statement, CEC said that the reservations by some political parties against the Members and CEC of the ECP and demand of its dissolution is most unfortunate as we are only six weeks away from the expiry of the term of present Government and on the verge of a smooth transition from one democratic government to the next for the very first time. “The appointments of all the Members of the ECP and myself were made in complete compliance with all constitutional provisions. We are all retired judges of our respective Superior Courts and have absolutely no political affiliation and such allegations are unsubstantiated and baseless and is an attempt to malign the ECP for political gains”, the CEC said. Fakhruddin further said that the ECP has never been so open and transparent as it is presently. Notices have been taken against allegations of pre-poll rigging and bans have been imposed on advertisements using public money, doling out jobs for votes and diversion of funds by the Provincial and Federal Governments to please constituents on the eve of elections. CEC said we have prepared an electoral roll in collaboration with NADRA for the first time, which will eradicate duplicate voting. Legislative proposals have been made to increase women voter participation, ensure the secrecy of the ballot paper and enhance nomination scrutiny measures. Penal action has been taken against sitting Parliamentarians for holding dual nationality and fake degrees. The number and security at polling stations has been increased. Other measures and proposals to ensure free and fair elections are constantly being considered and implemented.

COURT NOTICE In the Court of Raja Ehtasham Muqarab Judge Family Court Malakwal. Sayda Rafia Akhtar etc Vs Qadeer Hussain Suit for Maintenance Allowance Memo. Qadeer Hussain S/o Riaz Shah Caste Sayed R/o Mohala Kotli Khurd Malakwal 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 12-2-13. Otherwise the ex party proceedings shall be taken against him. Given under my hand and seal of the Court. Sd/-

Family Judge Malakwal

COURT NOTICE In the Court of Raja Ehtasham Muqarab Judge Family Court Malakwal. Sayda Rafia Akhtar Vs Qadeer Hussain Suit for Dowry Articles . Memo. Qadeer Hussain S/o Riaz Shah Caste Sayed R/o Mohala Kotli Khurd Malakwal 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 12-2-13. Otherwise the ex party proceedings shall be taken against him. Given under my hand and seal of the Court. Sd/-

Family Judge Malakwal

Journalists unanimous From Page 1 sensationalism, encouragement of violence or terrorism should find no place in journalism. He said that credit goes to parliament which reviewed the 73 constitution in its full spirit and framed Article 10A relating to right of access to information and fair trial. He appreciated the initiative of Pakistan Bar Council in signing MOU with PCP. In case of any threat from any quarter to a media person or Press, the legal fraternity will provide legal assistance to them. Abbasi said Pakistan can take pride in its free media. “Media has achieved freedom strength and prestige as a result of strenuous efforts and sacrifices”, he observed adding that now was the time to move towards maturity and professional ethics so that media could keep its rise and avoid decline. He said people have right of access to information through media. “This is how institutions become transparent and are subjected to accountability”, he said.

President, Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors, Chie Editor daily ‘Jinnah’ in his address at the seminar touched on various pressing issues relating to media practices. He focused on media development in historical perspective but lamented that there were some signs of decline also. He stressed the need to stem the tide of decline in media by promoting objectively fairness and balance in reporting. He proposed that as Bar and Bench jointly work for administration of justice, so must do Bar and Media for promoting fair court reporting and cause of justice. H a n i f Khalid, Resident Editor daily Jung, said, media in Pakistan could learn from their counterpart in the advanced countries of the world. He said the lawyers should brief reporters

PPP graft baggage compels comrades From Page 1 party in coming days, sources revealed. “There is a realization that it is better that every party should carry its own baggage” said a government functionary while commenting on the future prospects of the present alliance. Already ANP’s top leader Asfandyar Wali has ruled out any electoral alliance with the PPP. The MQM is also making similar noises, favouring seat adjustments instead of any election alliance with the PPP. The PPP leadership keeping its cards close to its chest has not so far responded to the departing shots from MQM and ANP and is more focused on the Punjab and ways and means to keep its alliance with PML-Q in tact in coming days. But the electoral considerations and dynamics of local politics have undermined the prospects of PPP-and PML-Q coming together and forge a fullfledged alliance. Already this alliance is facing difficulties ever since the PPP nominated Manzoor Wattoo as party’s head in the Punjab. The PML-Q leaders have a litany of complaints, most of them quite genuine. Leaders from both sides at the highest level have taken up these complaints with a view to run the alliance smoothly in coming days and more importantly during the election with the experience of recent by-elections for both sides as an eye-opener. In recent days some PML-Q men joined PPP from Sindh and NWFP in the presence of top PPP leadership which hardly sits well with the Chaudhrys. Moreover, the PML-Q leadership found PPP

not only encouraging defections in its ranks but stopping some political heavyweights to join PML-Q. The PML-Q leadership in order to tease PPP started releasing development funds to its members from the constituencies belonging to the PPP. “This trend is a major cause of stress in the relations between the two parties. We have asked the PPP leadership if we are supposed to fight election together then why PPP is encouraging its party members to join PPP,” disclosed a senior PML-Q leader. Sources disclosed that Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, not happy with this state of affairs has not attended several cabinet and other official meetings and just stayed away from Islamabad to record his protest in recent times. Despite intervention from the top and desire from both sides to put up a joint show in coming elections, the political analysts are not very optimistic about their future cooperation. They believe that given the negative perception of PPP and other electoral considerations it would be hard for President Zardari to maintain the present alliance or even cooperation with PML-Q. They say once the present political system is wrapped up, it would be very difficult for both sides to manage the alliance with the PML-Q leadership having little control over its members ready to join the PPP. The party leaders say that seat adjustments in some constituencies dictated by local dynamics are more practical than seeking a full fledged alliance for the coming elections.

Zahid Malik urges From Page 1

on cases of public interest. Asad Malik, President Islamabad High Court Press Association said the media has gained more importance in the society in the wake of judicial activism. “It is now for media to highlight cases of national importance being taken up by our superior judiciary without losing professional balance”, he observed. President, Islamabad High Court Bar Association, Dr Syed Anwar Shah made a brief mention of the media concept of ‘Free Market of Ideas’ and the rival concept based on need for regulated media. He said the first concept was preferable but within the framework of professional ethics. He was sure that Pakistani media would preserve its freedom and mature with the passage of time. Secretary General, Islamabad High Court Bar Association Chaudhry Junaid Akhtar Chohan thanked the participants and assured the journalists of cooperation by lawyers in court reporting.

NAB moves From Page 1 has been investigating mega projects amounting to over Rs. 1.5 trillion under the directions of Chairman NAB. In this context mega projects under Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Pakistan State Oil (PSO), Oil and Gas Development Corporation (OGDC), Capital Development Authority (CDA), National Highway Authority (NHA), Port Qasim Authority (PQA), Fauji Fertilizer Company (FFC) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) were identified and interaction between these departments and NAB covered presentation by each department to give their viewpoints. Following these presentations and considerable correspondence on the subject, numerous instances of misprocurement have come to light. Despite delays and lack of cooperation by subject departments NAB has been able to gather sufficient details for action to be initiated. Major misprocurements were identified for action under enforcement. One case in point is the mega violations by KPT in awarding contract against the PPRA rules and laid down government policies of land port strategy. Specific case of inducting 75 tons Bollard poll tugs; non enforcement of contract clauses in Chinese Works Engineering (CWE); the dredging contractor; malafide decisions in planning of deep water port; and major shortfalls in its land allotment policies have been established. —INP

nar on “Media Ethics & Court Reporting” held at the Bar Room of Islamabad High Court Bar Association which was organized by the Association in collaboration with the Press Council of Pakistan yesterday. “In no way, any news or views of the media should promote despondency about the State of Pakistan itself,” he emphasized. The seminar was presided over by Syed Nayyab Hassan Gardezi, President of the Bar Council while Raja Shafqat Khan Abbasi, Chairman, PCP, was the chief guest. Mr. Malik said as the nuclear war was rightly considered as MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction), therefore, there was no danger of war between the two protagonists of South Asia. However, he said, the enemy had laid in place in Pakistan, during the last few years, a network to destabilize Pakistan from within with the help of agents of some other countries. Mr. Malik advised the Reporters to always keep in mind the larger interest of the State and see to it that national institutions like the Armed Forces and Judiciary are not subjected to undue criticism and ridicule. Mr. Malik complimented the Indian Press for strictly following the Court advice and citing an example, he informed the audience that as an Indian judge had banned reporting the name of the girl gang raped in New Delhi on December 16, therefore, no one knows the name of the victim. He also pointed out that lawyer’s community, whose members were present in large number in the seminar, may help the judiciary to come out with a new judicial doctrine ensuring speedy justice at the lower level as well.

SC seeks From Page 1 Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed heard the case regarding the verification of voter lists in Karachi. Hamid Khan, counsel for Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan, requested the court to issue implementation orders regarding its earlier verdict for door-to-door verification of voter lists in Kara-chi. The Chief Justice remarked that the Election Commission should submit a written reply stating when the door-to-door campaign was launched and also to provide the number of army personnel deployed for this purpose. The PTI chief’s counsel also said that no instructions were issued with regard to voting rights for overseas Pakistanis.

SC ‘dissatisfied’ From Back Page

Obama to share

From Back Page The bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, asked the Sindh advocate-general to submit create, in his words, a legal frame- edented levels of information proin writing before the court that work around how these decisions vided to the public about how we he was ‘helpless’ as far as politi- are made, that has led to, unprec- do this,” he said. —INP cal parties’ involvement in Karachi violence was concerned. While asking the Sindh advocate general to acknowledge political parties’ involvement, Justice Khawaja further said that months had passed but Karachi’s law and order situation had shown no improvement whatsoever.

Lack of progress From Back Page Chief Justice Iftikhar inquired as to the recovery of the Rs 43 million lost in the corruption, as well as the lack of arrests in the case investigation, particularly of prime suspect Ahmed Faiz, who is an alleged middleman and pro-claimed offender in the case. Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) legal director Azam Khan responded that the officer investigating the case, Hussain As-ghar, had been provided with a team he required. He further said that about 30 wit-ness testimonies had been re-corded in the investigation so far.

Iran supreme From Page 1 commanders, according to excerpts of his speech posted on his website. “Some rejoice at the offer of negotiations…but negotiations will not solve anything,” he said. The all-powerful Khamenei has the final say on all key issues in the Islamic republic, including Iran’s sensitive nuclear activities and foreign policy. “I am not a diplomat but a revolutionary,” he said. “The US policies in the Middle East have failed and the Americans are in need of a winning hand. That is bringing Iran to the negotiating table.” He made the remarks in response to an offer put forward by US Vice President Joe Biden to engage Iran directly to resolve the nuclear issue provided “the Iranian leadership, supreme leader, is serious.” Speaking at the Munich Security Conference last week, Biden said: “We have made it clear at the outset that…we would be prepared to meet bilaterally with the Iranian leadership.” “That offer stands, but it must be real and tangible, and there has to be an agenda that they’re prepared to speak to. We are not just prepared to do it for the exercise,” Biden said.—AP

COURT NOTICE In the court of Salim Jan Khan Judge Banking Court 11 KPK Banglow no 1 Afzalabad old Bara Road, University town Peshawar at camp court D I Khan Case no 35/1 of 1/2/2013 date of hearing 19/2/13 Suit for recovery of Rs 118309 HBL Ashiana shopping center D I Khan VS Mohammad Jehangir NOTICE VERSUS= Mohammad Jehangir s/o Mohammad Ismail r/o PhagwaniJanoobi P/O Fateh district D I Khan Whereas the plaintiff Bank has instituted a suit for the recovery of Rs 118309 against you under section 10(2) of the financial institution (recovery of finances) Ordinance 2001. You are hereby summoned to obtain leave of the court to appear and defend the suit within 30 days after receipt / publication of the notice in the newspaper failing which an exparte decree shall be passed in favour of the plaintiff Bank with costs. Seal of the Court Judge Banking Court II Peshawar


Obama to share classified drone info with Congress W ASHINGTON —In an ex- Department of Justice White House Press Secretary Jay traordinary action, the US President Barack Obama has decided to share the classified information over “legal advice” authorising the use of drones to kill the American citizens abroad, a senior administration official has said. “Today, as part of the President’s ongoing commitment to consult with Congress on national security matters, the President directed the Department of Justice to provide the Congressional Intelligence committees access to classified Office of Legal Counsel advice related to the subject of the

3 militants killed SWABI —At least three miscreants were killed in retaliatory fire of police when they attacked a police mobile and arms recovered from their possession here in the wee hours of Thursday. According to details, three armed militants attacked a police mobile van when it was on routine patrol in Yaar Hussain locality of Swabi. The attack led to exchange of fire which continued for more than twenty minutes. —INP

Shujaat meets Jamali I SLAMABAD —The PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain Thursday called on the Functional League leader and former prime minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali here at the Balochistan House. According to sources, both the leaders discussed the current political situation in the country, especially the imposition of governor rule in Balochistan. —INP

ISLAMABAD: Zahid Malik, Editor-in-Chief, Pakistan Observer addressing seminar on ‘Media Ethics & court Reporting’. Seated on dais (from L to R) are Asad Malik, President Islamabad High Court Press Association, Dr. Syed Anwar Shah, President, Islamabad High Court Bar Association, Khushnood Ali Khan, Chief Editor, daily Jinnah, Raja Shafqat Khan Abbasi, Chairman Press Council of Pakistan and Hanif Khalid, Resident Editor daily Jang. —PO photo by Sultan Bashir

HRW slams India for failing to curb child sex abuse N EW D ELHI —India’s gov- forced people to introspect ensure the implementation of ernment has failed to curb the ram-pant sexual abuse of children, especially in schools and state-run child care facilities, a rights group said Thursday. Human Rights Watch (HRW) cited in its report the recent fatal gangrape of a young woman on a New Delhi bus in December, an attack the shook the conscience of the nation and

on the way women are treated in India. The outcry forced the government to rush through new laws to protect women. A government panel appointed after the attack to examine the country’s treatment of women also shone a light on the high incidence of child sexual abuse and the failure of the government to

child protection laws. Child rights activists say the government needs to implement the panel’s recommendations on pre-venting child sexual abuse as well. The new report from Human Rights Watch said that while such abuse is disturbingly common, government responses are falling short in

Continued on Page 7

Hajj corruption

Lack of progress in probe irks SC STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed its indignation at the lack of progress in the Hajj corruption case. A threemember bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was hearing the case in Islamabad today.

Continued on Page 7

Paper,” an official said on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak on such sensitive matters. Obama is understood to have personally made this decision because he believes that this scrutiny and debate is healthy and because he wants the US Congress to be a part of his administration’s efforts to build a durable legal framework for the country’s counter-terrorism efforts. Obama’s move comes following repeated demand by US lawmakers in this regard. Earlier during his daily press conference, the White

Reinforcement of sea defence govt’s priority: Naveed K ARACHI —Defence Minis- Zafar Mehmood Abbasi said

ter Syed Naveed Qamar has that fish costing to Rs eight said that government is en- billion is being smuggled andeavouring to strengthen nually from Pakistani waters. naval defence of the country Now the Center would help by equipping sea guards’ prevent it. He said that the Maritimes sector in Pakistan state of art technology. He was addressing the is working under different ministries and inaugural cerPicture on Page 2 it is difficult to emony of Joint Maritimes Information and coordinate between all these Coordination Center(JMICC) high offices. He said that Pakistan at PNS Qasim Manora on Thursday. The minister said Navy played a sheet anchor that with the establishment role in setting up the inforof JMICC, not only coastal mation center . He said that defence of the country would information center would be fortified but also external operate around the clock in threats would be combated which representatives of all the organizations regarding successfully. On the occasion, Com- sea defence would be mander Coast, Rear Admiral present.—Online

Carney argued that Obama takes a very serious approach to these matters and has two responsibilities in mind- his absolute responsibility under the Constitution to protect the United States and its citizens and his responsibility of carrying out the first one in consistence with Constitution and its laws and values. “He (Obama) thinks that it is legitimate to ask questions about how we prosecute the war against Al Qaeda. It is his belief that we need to move forward with more transparency, as well as

Continued on Page 7

Karachi law and order case

SC ‘dissatisfied’ with Sindh govt STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —The Supreme Court expressed its dissatisfaction on Thursday over a report submitted by the Sindh government on implementing the court’s orders in the Karachi law and order case. During Thursday’s hearing of the case which was being heard in the apex court’s Karachi registry, the bench pointed out that their written order had specifically mentioned that those involved in the city’s violence were being sponsored by political parties. Continued on Page 7


What is alcoholic liver disease?

A

LCOHOLIC liver disease, which arises from the overconsumption of al cohol, is the main cause of liver disease in Western nations. Viral hepatitis continues to be the major cause of liver disease in Asian countries, and several others. Experts say a considerable number of heavy, regular drinkers never develop liver damage - they do not fully understand why this is so and how exactly alcohol damages the liver. We know that acetaldehyde damages the liver. Acetaldehyde is a toxic chemical produced by alcohol. It seems to affect some regular heavy drinkers’ livers more severely than others. It takes a long time for any liver damage to become noticeable. The liver is amazingly good at regenerating and repairing itself. Even if three-quarters of a patient’s liver is damaged, it is able to continue to function virtually normally. Eventually, long-term heavy drinking takes its toll, resulting in liver scarring cirrhosis or end-stage alcoholic liver disease. The following factors increase the risk of developing alcoholic liver disease: Alcoholic fatty liver disease - heavy drinking can result in an accumulation of fatty acids in the liver. Sometimes, the heavy drinking need only have occurred daily over a period of than less than a week. This usually asymptomatic (no symptoms) stage is reversible if the individual abstains from alcohol for a couple of weeks. If the accumulation of fatty acids in the liver is severe, the patient may experience weakness, nausea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and malaise (generally feeling unwell). Alcoholic hepatitis - hepatitis means inflam-

mation (swelling) of the liver from any cause. In this case it means swelling because of alcohol. After many years of heavy drinking the liver can swell. In rarer occasions alcoholic hepatitis can affect individuals involved in binge drinking - heavy drinking over a relatively short period. If the patient abstains from alcohol for some months, alcoholic hepatitis is usually reversible. In some cases abstention has to go on for years. Symptoms may include pain or tenderness in the abdomen, jaundice (yellowing of skin and whites of the eyes), spider-like veins appear on the skin, general tiredness, fever, nausea and loss of appetite. Cirrhosis - the liver has been inflamed for a long time, causing scarring and loss of function. This can be a lifethreatening condition. Cirrhosis damage is irreversible and the best the patient can do is prevent any further damage by stopping drinking. A long period of abstention will improve liver function. If the damage is severe, the patient may need a liver transplant to survive. During the early stage the patient will feel tired and weak, their palms may be blotchy and red, they lose more weight, have itchy skin, insomnia, abdominal pain and/or tenderness, and loss of appetite. During what is termed the end stage there will be hair loss, jaundice, dark urine, black or pale stools, dizziness, fatigue, loss of libido, bleeding gums and/or nose, the skin will easily bruise, edema, vomiting (with blood in vomit), muscle cramps, irregular breathing, accelerated heartbeat, personality changes, walking problems (staggering), and weight loss.

ISLAMABAD: Chief guest Ambassador of Morocco H E Mohammed Rida El-Fassi, Ambassador of Argentine Republic Rodolfo J Martin Saravia, Federal Minister for Defence Syed Naveed Qamar, Editor-in-Chief Pakistan Observer Zahid Malik, Mirza Iftikhar Baig, Emilian ION, Mourad Bourehla, Javier Carbajosa, Said Mohammed Hindam, Mishi Masika Mwatsahu, Mirza Ishtiaq Baig, Mirza Umar Baig, AMB (R) Tariq Fatemi, Shahid Kamal, Maseer Jaffer, Brig (R) Zareef Malik, Michel A Galopin, Mushtaq Malik, Walid Mushtaq, Ansar Mahmood Bhatti and Dure Najaf Zaidi during farewell to Ambassador of Morocco hosted by Argentine Ambassador at his residence.—PO photo Sultan Bashir

Bokhari for ensuring availability of life saving equipment STAFF REPORTER

Shahbaz vows to remove darkness thru Ujala Programme SALIM AHMED

ISLAMABAD—Chairman Senate R AWALPINDI—Punjab Chief

ISLAMABAD: Tahreem Zafar presents Naat during Mehfil-e-Milad in connection with Eid Milad-un-Nabi, organized by Zeenat Khawaja, Mussarrat Amaan and Dr Khalida Waheed, at Islamabad Hotel. Irum Gilani, Najma Farooqi, Razia Maratib and Afshan Shaheen are also seen in the picture.—PO photo

Sufi Tabassum remembered CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The 35th death anniversary of the great urdr poet Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum was observed on Thursday. Sufi Tabassum was born in Amritsar on August 4, 1899. In 1927, he joined the Central Training College, Lahore, as a Lecturer, where he worked till 1931. In 1931, Sufi Tabassum joined Government College,

Lahore, from where he retired as Head of the Persian Department in 1954. During this period he matured into a great poet, critic and teacher. He taught three generations of students, including Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Noon Meem Rashid and Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, who later became renowned poets. It was during this period that the best Urdu and Persian poems of Sufi Tabassum were written. After re-

tirement, he formed the Iranian Cultural Centre in 1955. He devoted all his energies to modernise the Persian used by the scholars of the sub-continent an effort that has borne fruit. He handed over the Iranian Cultural Centre to the Iranian Government in 1958 after serving as its Director for three years. In 1958, he joined the weekly Magazine called “Lail-o-Nahar” as its Editor.—APP

Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari has said that Capital hospitals should be well equipped with state of the art equipment and facilities for common people. Taking serious note of shortage of ventilators in Capital hospitals, he convened a special meeting of PIMS and CADD officials to address this issue of public interest and importance at Parliament House here on Thursday. The Chairman said “As public representatives we are answerable to our people and its our responsibility to immediately address issues of their interests and concerns”. He said that civil servants should be responsive to people’s problems and seeking their solutions must be their priority. “I want result-oriented approach rather than delaying tactics in this matter of crucial importance where lives of patients are at stake,” he added. The PIMS officials briefed the Chairman Senate about the state of affairs at the Institute and lack of availability of ventilators. He said that out of 50 ventilators 22 are redundant and they lack funds to purchase more ventilators. Executive director of PIMS Riaz Ahmed Warraich told the Chairman that PC-I for purchase of 30 ventilators costing Rs 417 million was sent to planning commission but no substantial steps taken in this regard.—APP

Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Punjab government is determined to remove the darkness spread by Zar Baba through Ujala Programme. He said the rulers living in mountains of Islamabad a few kilometer away from Rawalpindi, committed dacoity of trillions of rupees in the name of electricity, set records of corruption and did not implement the decisions of judiciary whereas Punjab government did not lose courage and started Ujala programme with a

huge sum of Rs. 2.5 billion for brightening the homes. He said that Ujala programme, Daanish school, laptops and internship programme would bring a revolution in the country. He said that if all resources of Punjab and Pakistan were utilized on education, these were not enough and reiterated that we would put the country and the nation on the road to progress in accordance with the vision of Quaid and Iqbal. He announced that those students, who would get more than 60 percent marks in future, would be given laptops and solar lamps. He was addressing distribu-

tion ceremony of solar lamps under Ujala programme among talented male and female students of Rawalpindi division at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Barani Agriculture University Rawalpindi. Special Assistant on Higher Education Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Advisor Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, Senators Zafar Ali Shah, Begum Najma Hameed, Members National and Provincial Assemblies Muhammad Hanif Abbasi, Shakeel Awan, Malik Abrar, Raja Hanif Advocate, Malik Ghulam Raza, Shehryar Riaz, Zia Ullah Shah and Ch Iyaz, heads of educational institutions.

Pakistan lives in our heart LIAQAT TOOR ISLAMABAD—After spending the best seven years of his life in Pakistan, Mohammed Rida ElFassi, ambassador of Kingdom of Morocco is saying good bye to this land on Feb. 9, with words ‘Pakistan Lives in our heart.’ Rida El-Fassi, who landed in Pakistan on 10th Feb, 2006, took Pak-Morocco relations to new heights in all human activities, especially credit goes to him in construction of embassy building in Diplomatic Enclave. In a brief chat with this scribe, the Moroccan ambassador, was soaked in both sentiments of happiness and sadness as he was leaving his large constituency of

friends, he made during the last seven years. He said trade volume has doubled in 2011 with $ 400 million, lifting from figure of about $170 million in 2006. A joint venture between Fauji Foundation and a Moroccan company to produce fertilizer in Morocco has changed the complexion of relationship as the entire production is being exported to Pakistan for boosting agriculture produce. Besides Pakistan’s investment in oil sector of Morocco, meetings of PakMoroccan Joint Commission, agreement of Avoidance of double taxation, enhanced people to people contacts, exchange of scholarships, students

and cultural troupes are some of the achievements for which credit goes to this friend of Pakistan. Referring to people of Pakistan, he said they are generous, kind and peace loving. Pakistan is a beautiful and great country with its green and neat and clean capital on top of all. In a farewell message, Rida El-Fassi while thanking the people and the successive governments for full cooperation extended to him in carrying out his task, he said a stable and prosperous Pakistan is in the interest of the region, Islamic world and the world at large. It has great potential and future. ‘Best of luck to Pakistan’, he said.

Impressive Roots Environment Expo 2013 ISLAMABAD—The impressive Roots Environment Expo 2013 organized by Roots School System DHA1 Flagship campus Islamabad along with Roots School System Harley Street region, Civil Lines region and Roots Ivy International Schools was held at Pearl Continental Hotel, Rawalpindi. according to a press release. This mega event showcased an outstanding display of 3-D environment based projects based on topics like Recycling, Deforestation, Sea Pollution, Ozone Layer Depletion, Global Warming and Energy conservation. It included a fabulous panorama of 3-D projects to support the environment. Students had creatively designed projects under the supervision of their teachers and decorated their stalls with intricate arts and crafts portraying environmental issues and highlighting them with motivating captions like: “Reuse-

Reduce- Recycle, Ocean dilemma: save sea life, Think globally but act locally, Trees are terrific, Sun is our future, Go Green, Energy: a necessity.” The entire event was a mass awareness campaign about preserving and protecting the environment, an initiative by the bright students of Roots School System DHA1 campus, Islamabad. The Executive Director of Roots School System DHA1 campus, Ms. Khadija Mushtaq thanked all the guests and parents and appreciated and encouraged the students. She said that the event aimed to provide children with an opportunity to learn and create awareness about the environment by imparting the idea that learning about the environment is fun. She further added, “It is our collective responsibility to come up with practical steps to control pollution and effectively preserve and protect the environment by creating public awareness. I advise all my students to progress

academically, socially and morally.” Lt Gen Javed Iqbal, HI(M), Chairman. Adjutant General, Pakistan Army and Senator Mr. Hilal-urRehman were the Honorable

Chief Guests at the ceremony along with other heads of WWF, UNESCO, EPA, UNEP, Forest Division, Ozone Cell, UNPD and other Environment Ministries and members of the diplomatic

community. Lt Gen Javed Iqbal congratulated Roots School for nurturing brilliance among the youth and introducing such great and noble programmes that enhance students’ capabilities and

talents enabling them to thrive in the global world. He appreciated the remarkable creativity and brilliant performances of the students and the faculty members, Mrs. Riffat Mushtaq, Mrs. Khadija Mushtaq and the entire management team of the Environment Pakistan @ Roots. Honorary figures attending the expo included Mr.& Mrs. Saqib Zafar DCO Rawalpindi; Mr. Gul Najam Jamy Deputy Country Director, UNDP; Mr. Saleem Ullah, Program Officer, UNDP; Ms. Rubab, Manager Corporate Relations WWF-Pakistan; Ms. Uzma, Conservation of Environment-Islamabad; Dr. Azra Yasmin Dept of Environmental Sciences FJWU; Shaukat Hayat District Officer Environment, District Governor; Mr. Nasir Malik Chief Campaigner Message of Life Trust; Mr. Najamul-Hassan, Irshad Ramay, UN NCPC –NGO, Mr. Yasir, Greens Montessori School, ISLAMABAD: Students giving a presentation at their stalls at Roots Environment EXPO 2013. Swat; Dr. Azeem Deputy Direc-

tor Dr. Tanveer, Dr. Idris, Punjab Education Assessment Department (PEAS) Islamabad, Syed Mehmood Nasir Inspector General Forests Planning Division, Asif Shuja Khan DG EPA among other high official dignitaries. The winners of the 3-D environment stalls were O-A levels category: 1st position: Roots DHA1 campus IG1 B/D, 2nd position Roots Ivy Int. Schools GT Road campus, 3rd position: Roots 71- Harley Street and 34Civil Lines Rawalpindi. The winners of the class 1-6 category went to Greens Montessori School from Swabi along with 2nd and 3rd positions to Roots School System 34-Civil Lines and Roots Ivy Int. Schools PWD campus. The green walk on the ramp showcased amazing outfits prepared from recycled materials. Prizes were given away to the best dressed students using recycled material and other environment friendly objects.

Students show their creative flare SANA JAMAL R AWALPINDI —Youngsters, though have little opportunities, but prove themselves worthy whenever they get a chance to show off their sparks of creativity. The current textile exhibition by the students of Fatima Jinnah Women University that opened here on Friday, is one such display that demonstrates the artistic flare of the students as well as the encouragement of creativity at educational institutions. The major purpose of the artistic display is to publicize the work of young graduates to help them market their work soon after graduation. “The exhibition is to provide our students an opportunity to exhibit and market their artistic potentials because talent without opportunity is nothing,” said Professor Lubna Khatoon speaking about the worth of the exhibition. The annual exhibit showcased innovative design trends by the students of Bachelor of Computer Arts and Fine Arts Department of the University. The collections featured a range of concepts in the disciplines of textile, weaving, screen painting, silk painting and batik; and included bags, shoes, lamps wall hangings, wallets, and other accessories. The exhibition aims to interlace the threads of tradition and culture with modern textile impressions and the show presented philosophies with traditional forms of art making. Dr. Naheed Zia Khan, Dean Faculty of Law, Commerce & Management and Administrative Sciences inaugurated the display. Appreciating the diversity and efforts of the students, Dr. Naheed said that “it’s an educational exercise that exhibits the imagination of the students to further enhance and contribute to the cultural tradition and heritage of the Nation with modern touch.” A large number of students and faculty members attended the exhibition and praised the works of art on display, specially the vibrant colours and diverse themes.


Non-upgradation of scales

Teachers boycott classes 06:20 01:30 04:15 07.30

February 9 PAF Retired Officers’ Association (PAFROA) Rawalpindi / Islamabad chapter is holding monthly meeting at 1600 hours on 09 February, 2013 at Air Headquarters Officers’ Mess, Islamabad. All the members and their families are cordially invited and are requested to intimate about their attendance to Secretary PAFROA, Wg Cdr (Retd) Zafar Hameed on Telephone No – 9525811, 9280376. PAF retired officers who desire to become member of the association are also cordially invited. February 10 CLOSING ceremony of Global Model United Nations (GMUN) 2013, organised by the Global System of Integrated Studies, at the GSIS Building, Pitras Bukhari Road, H-8/1, Islamabad, 2 pm.

Radio listening highest in different strata of society

ISLAMABAD—The protest of upgradation of our scales acteachers community of different model colleges entered its fourth day and teachers on Thursday boycotted the classes against non-upgradation of their scales as per decision of the government in the year 2010. The teachers held protest in a peaceful manner from the last three days with black strips on the arms and now they started boycott of classes, after getting no positive response from the relevant authorities. Teachers boycotted the classes from one up to Masters level and demanded the implementation of upgradation of around 1800 teachers of 20 model colleges from Grade 17 to 21, monetization and provision of hiring facility. The protest was mainly led by Central Academic Staff Association (CASA) of Islamabad Model Colleges. The teachers said “We are desperately waiting for

cording to the Time Scale Promotion Formula (TSPF) from the last two years”. “The teachers who have been serving in these colleges for the last many years being deprived of their due right cannot perform their professional duties with motivation” they said. Talking to APP, President CASA, Aftab Tariq said the teachers are worried that if the decision of upgradation is not fully implemented now, they have to start their struggle again during the new government set up. He said the file of upgradation is pending with Ministry of Capital Administration and Development and the authorities in FDE are not pursuing the matters. He warned that “the annual exams are near and we will continue strike of classes in the coming days if our demands are not met”.

The teachers community is also denied of hiring facility and those who are availing are not paid hiring amount in time, he said. Welfare Staff Association of Model Colleges representing non-teaching staff from Grade I16 also joined the protest, demanding regularization of their services and provision of hiring and other facilities. Around 900 non teaching staff of different model colleges are awaiting for the regularization of their services. Director General FDE, Dr. Shahnaz A. Riaz said the file of upgradation is lying with Ministry of CAD while the process of regularization of non-teaching staff is also under-way. She said the directorate is initiating efforts to fulfill the demands of its all employees. She said a meeting will be held with the representatives of teachers and non teaching staff to settle the issues.—APP ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira giving away gifts to the position holder of All Pakistan Naat Competition organized by Radio Pakistan and PTV at PBC Headquarters.

Leaking roofs, lack of drainage

IESCO records soaked in rains R AWALPINDI —Record of They immediately put the problem in the recovery of Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) office Rawalpindi has soaked in the recent rains due to leaking roofs and lack of proper drainage arrangements, creating a possibility of damage of the record. According to IESCO officials, a lot of record of Revenue Department was drenched in rainwater when the officials reached the office the other day.

bundles of papers on tables, chairs and racks, they said, adding that arrangements to dry the papers have also been made now. The officials said that records of bills and dues of the consumers of the city as well as of Cantt Rawalpindi are saved in the office near Mareer Chowk. If the records are damaged, the company could face

dues, as the company would have to recollect and rearrange the data. The consumers might also face problems in terms of wrong bills. When contacted, Xen of Rawalpindi IESCO Sheikh Abid said that rainwater entered the office but the water was drained immediately. Records in the office are safe, he added.—INP

ISLAMABAD—A latest survey

Marghzar Zoo to have dinosaur models soon opment Authority (CDA) has decided to install models of dinosaur, now placed in Anqara Park, in Marghzar Zoo after necessary repairing. The CDA and contractor will jointly install the models worth millions of rupees in the zoo within a few months. According to CDA officials, the dinosaur models were damaged due to slackness of the administration of the Anqara Park and were eventually removed from the park. Now Chairman CDA Syed Tahir Shahbaz ordered to repair and install the models in Marghzar Zoo. He also directed to properly look after the models. The civic authority released Rs1.5 million funds for the renovation and installation of the dinosaur models.—INP

Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Thursday filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking reconstitution of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in accordance with the Constitution. In his petition, Qadri stated that despite court orders the government has failed to chalk out a mechanism for implementation of Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution which ensures election of an honest person for any public office. Qadri alleged that the existing ECP was formed unconsti-

166 govt girls’ schools in lack boundary walls

ISLAMABAD—The Senate Special Committee on “Senate Employees Cooperative Housing Society” met here with Fateh Muhammad Hasni in the chair, directed for early development of the society. Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Muhammad Amir Khan informed the meeting that the society, which was registered in 1996, had acquired land some nine kilometers away from Ex-

legal. He further said that according to Article 213 of the Constitution, names of three persons from each province should have been suggested but the procedure was not followed. Qadri also filed a separate petition for speedy hearing of his plea seeking reconstitution of ECP. Talking to media persons outside the court’s premises Qadri alleged that the existing ECP was formed unconstitutionally and declared it as illegal. He said that the constitution stated

of five members. Qadri said under the constitution, 15 names would have to be presented before the parliament before the appointment of members in ECP. The parliament would hear all the 15 candidates under article 213. The constitution bounds parliamentary hearing before the appointment of members in the commission, he added. Tahirul Qadri further said that he had personally appeared in the Supreme Court to submit the petition and that he would argue the case himself.—NP

Senate Body for early development of SECHS pressway. The total land of society was 1135 kanals, including 679 kanal and 18 marla compact one. Amir Khan said the society had 3,909 members and plots had been divided into four categories. Senator Ilyas Ahmed Bilour said that the price of land was increasing continuously despite the fact that the road infrastructure was yet incomplete.

Senator Zafar Ali Shah questioned as to why the society’s land was scattered and why could it not deliver despite getting huge funding. The committee directed the authorities concerned to provide the minutes of the society’s meetings held since 2002 directing the early completion of the work without any delay or else it should be merged with any other society.—APP

Western democracy is against Islamic democratic system

Encroachments hurdle in smooth flow of traffic

Regularization of daily wagers

Qadri files petition in SC

ISLAMABAD—Capital Devel- I S L A M A B A D — Te h r i k - i - tutionally and declared it as il- that the ECP would be consisted

revealed that Radio listening has found the highest amongst the lower and elite strata of the society. The survey, conducted by a private sector research entity Group-M Pakistan, was carried out of only FM stations of the country sampling audience from 25 cities. A presentation of the findings of the survey was made to the Director-General Radio Pakistan Murtaza Solangi and senior professionals of the Corporation in Islamabad on Thursday. It indicates that Radio listenR AWALPINDI —At least 166 ing has increased from 13 to government girls’ primary and 14% over a year. middle schools in Rawalpindi It shows that 61% of listeners district lack boundary walls, tune in Radio for new songs, 34% causing troubles for the teachISLAMABAD: IG Police Bani Amin Khan giving away trophy to a participant of Road old songs, 30% listen Tilawat and ers and students. 29% listen to News and Current Safety Campaign organised by Islamabad Traffic Police. The absence of boundary Affairs programmes.An overwalls is not only posing security whelming majority of 87% listen threats to the female teachers radio through mobile phones. and students but also providing Males also use pocket radio and chance of eve teasing to the loafinternet more than females listeners. ers.—APP Residents of many areas said that idlers keep wandering should be hanged and their as- meeting the Shura resolved that around the schools and hurl reSTAFF REPORTER sets should be abstained. the future of our nation is depen- marks on the teachers and stuRAWALPINDI—While addressThis is the only way to gain dent on the quality of education dents. The situation is affecting ing the monthly Ijlas of Shura a positive revolution. In our con- imparted to our youth and it is the educational activities in the Hamdard former Naval Chief stitution transparent procedure is imperative to give education the schools, they said, adding the Admiral Iftekhar Ahmad Serohi given to select able people, but highest national priority as this schools have been functional in and other participents said that is never implemented. The topic is essential for national cohesion the same condition for last many years. RAWALPINDI—Town Munici- western democracy is against of Ijlas was “Pakistan Kay and prosperity. When contacted, District pal Administration Rawal Town Islamic democratic system. The Behtar Mustaqbil Ki ZamanatThe Ordinance of the Higher (RTMA) has recovered Rs 20.5 original Islamic system was Aein Ki Roshni Man Awami Education Commission should Education Officer (Female) million as outstanding dues from implemented by the Prophet Numaindon Ka Itekhab”. In her not be amended as this organi- Naseem Altaf said that school its tenants. (S.A.W.W.) and the four Mus- address National President of zation has brought about a ma- administrations had funds and TMA spokesman said on lim Caliphs but it remains in Hamdard Foundation Pakistan jor revolution in the higher edu- they could use the funds for repairing and construction work in Thursday, said Administrator practice for a short period of Mrs. Sadia Rashid said that dif- cation sector. Rawal Town, Saif Anwar Jappa time. ferent types of corruption creates The number of Universities the schools.—INP had issued special directives for According to Islamic point uncertainty regarding different in Pakistan after the establishthe recovery of outstanding dues of view the system of country civil Organizations so it is nec- ment of Higher Education Comfrom the tenants. should be run by the people who essary to elect the able and hon- mission in 2002 has increased He said 100 defaulters were possess good moral character, est people. from 59 to 137, enrolment has issued final notices for the pay- for this purpose section 62 and Others who address the Ijlas increased from 0.27 million to ment and over Rs 20.5 million 63 of Pakistan’s constitution fol- were Zahid Abbasi, Dr.Riaz over 10 million, Ph-D output has has been collected so far. lowed strictly and in the result Ahmad, Sanaullah Akhtar, Tariq increased from 3,600 in 55 year He said a deadline of seven only able, honest and good Shaheen, Professor B.A. Shaikh, period between 1947 to 2003 to RAWALPINDI—Encroachments days has been given to the ten- people can reach to the parlia- Naeem Akram Qureshi, Saeed- over 5,000 in the subsequent 9 are main hurdle in the smooth ants for clearing all dues. ment. In order to end corruption ul-Raai and Birg. Iqbal Qureshi. years, and 6 Universities of the flow of traffic on city roads while traffic officers have been He said action in accordance from the country corrupt people Meanwhile, in an emergent world. directed to make all out efforts with law would be taken on next to avoid traffic mess on roads, Thursday against the defaulters said City Traffic Officer (CTO), of Istebal No 1,2 and Kashmiri Superintendent Police (SP) Syed Bazaar.—APP Ishtiaq Hussain Shah. Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday he said that the authorities concerned have also been requested to remove encroachments from city roads to ease traffic. R AWALPINDI —Cantonment The CTO said Traffic OfBoard Rawalpindi has formed a ficers are making all out efforts committee regarding regularizato regulate traffic on city roads tion of daily wagers of the board. aimed at avoiding traffic mess. The committee would All the traffic officers have evaluate the cases of daily waalso been directed to perform their gers to decide about their eligiduties to regulate traffic on roads bility for regularization. with dedication, commitment and The committee is consisting hard work so that traffic congesof two additional CEOs, deputy tion problems on the city roads CEO, Colonel Iqbal and Abdul could be avoided and the citizens Rauf. could be provided relief. According to higher offiThe encroachments should cials of the board, the employbe removed at all costs to ensure ees would be regularized under better traffic flow on the roads, he the policy of federal government said adding, without removal of about regularization of daily wagers and contract employees. ISLAMABAD: Founder President Sir Syed Memorial Society Brig (Retd) Shafi Iqbal, Presi- encroachments, increasing traffic At least two years of service dent Private Schools Network Dr Afzal Babar, and Scientific Officer Pakistan Science Foun- problems cannot be controlled and is mandatory for regularization, dation Dr Noshaba Nadeem with the winners of 5th National Science Exhibition at Sir Syed other traffic related issues cannot be addressed properly.—APP they added.—INP Memorial Society.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

TMA recovers 20.5m from defaulters

Reconstitution of EC

RAWALPINDI: National flag seen tattered as it flutters on the building of Railway Carriage Factory run by fragile Pakistan Railways.

Applications for Fulbright Scholarships CITY REPORTER I SLAMABAD—The Fulbright Programme in Pakistan has started accepting applications for 2014 under which about 200 Pakistani talented, hard work and shinning students will be provided fully funded scholarships for their higher studies at different educational institutions of the Untied States. The US government’s flagship scholarship programme awards deserving Pakistani students full scholarships covering tuition, textbooks, airfare, a stipend, and health insurance to complete their Master’s or Ph.D under this Fulbright Scholarships programme. Addressing a press conference here at the office of USEFP, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer Kathryn Schalow said, “We are proud that Pakistan has the largest Fulbright programme in the world, and also one of the oldest.” She said, “Our agreement initiating the programme was

signed on September 23, 1950 and the first Pakistanis and Americans traveled each way in the same year and it was one of the very first agreements of its kind and has since been extended to 155 countries around the world.” Executive Director U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) Rita Akhtar said USEFP administered the Fulbright Programme. Rita Akhtar echoed Ms. Schalow’s sentiments and encouraged students from all over Pakistan to take advantage of the Fulbright Program in 2014. She said in addition to the approximately 200 who will depart in the fall of 2013, there are 391 students currently study in the United States on Fulbright awards. Rita Akhtar said this is one example of the U.S. government’s long-term commitment to the education of Pakistanis, and to increasing mutual understanding between both countries. She said since USEFP’s inception more than 61 years ago, nearly 4,000 Pakistanis and more

than 800 Americans have participated in USEFP-administered exchange programs. The Fulbright Programme is one of many U.S.-government funded educational, professional, and cultural exchange programs that build people-to-people ties among Americans and Pakistanis, she added. She said the scholars are being selected through an independent, transparent merit system and women, minorities, people with disabilities, and students from FATA, Balochistan, and all of Pakistan’s provinces are strongly encouraged to apply. Rita said all disciplines are eligible, with the exception of the field of clinical medicine. She said applicants studying energy, water, and agricultural disciplines are strongly encouraged to apply. More information about this programme, as well as standardized testing and free educational advising services can be found on the USEFP website at www.usefpakistan.org.


Negligence or denial of commitment!

KPC awaits govts announced donations A H RAO

MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed passing order on the applications of people’s addressed to him.

Liberation movement to continue till success: Inqilabi

Pressure mounts on India for Kashmir solution

S R I N A G A R — In occupied

Liberation movement to continue till logical conclusion

Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Mahaz-eAzadi, Muhammad Azam Inqilabi has reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve to continue liberation movement till complete success. Muhammad Azam Inqilabi in a statement issued in Srinagar, paying rich tributes to prominent martyred leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt on his 29th martyrdom anniversary, said that Muhammad Maqbool Butt was hanged by the Indian government because he was advocating and struggling for the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. The APHC leader said that the blood of Maqbool Butt and other Kashmiri martyrs would not be allowed to go waste. He added that the Kashmir dispute had been internationalised due to the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs and the liberation movement would be taken to its logical conclusion at all costs.—KMS

Attique meets Korean envoy STAFF REPORTER

S RINAGAR — Senior APHC leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmad Shah has emphasised that the international community has increased its pressure on New Delhi to resolve the Kashmir dispute, but India is reluctant to give up its intransigent approach. Shabbir Ahmad Shah addressing a party meeting in Srinagar appreciated Pakistan for its continued political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmir cause. He called for finding out a lasting solution to the Kashmir dispute through tripartite talks involving Pakistan, India and the true representa-

tives of the Kashmiris. On the other hand, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in New Delhi called for a complete strike in occupied Kashmir on Monday to mark the 29th martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt. Senior JKLF leaders including Bashir Ahmad Butt, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi and Noor Muhammad Kalwal addressing a function in Gandarbal in connection with the martyrdom anniversary of the leader said that the liberation movement would continue till it reached its logical conclusion.

JKLF-R also held a series of such programmes in different areas of Badgam and Baramulla. The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front in a statement condemned the successive police raids on party’s office in Islamabad town for the second consecutive day, today. Police removed the banners and flags of JKLF from the office. APHC leader, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash in a statement expressed the hope that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation would come out with a serious and well-devised policy for ensuring right to self-determination of the Kashmiris.—KMS

With panel of 6 stuck in Delhi, vacancies of judges in JKHC to reach 9 by April SRINAGAR—With the panel of Kashmir High Court to Gover- particular name. These judges six lawyers and judicial officers recommended for the position of judges in Jammu and Kashmir High Court stuck up in Delhi for past few months, three more vacancies will come up by the first week of April as three senior judges are retiring by that time. This will further increase the pendency of cases that has already touched 82,266. The panel of six names— Ali Mohammad Magray (presently senior additional advocate general), Azhar ul Amin, D S Thakur and Tashi Rbastan (all lawyers) and B L Bhat and J R Kotwal (senior district judges) was forwarded by Jammu and

nor N N Vohra in April last year. Vohra had forwarded it to the state government, which in turn sent it to Supreme Court of India for further action. During the process reports to verify the antecedents of the candidates were sought from various agencies, which is mandatory procedure before pushing it further. However, there was delay in the verification of one candidate. Sources said after the SC collegium cleared all the six names re-verification was done and ultimately the opinion of three senior judges of Supreme Court was sought. They have, the sources said, also cleared the

have been linked to the state in one way or the other. Inside sources told Rising Kashmir that the file was accordingly sent to Union Law Ministry for onward journey to Prime Minister and finally to the President for the approval. However, it continues to be in the Law Ministry for the reasons no one could explain. One source said the file had been forwarded to Prime Minister’s Office but it could not be verified through official sources. When contacted Union Law Minister, Ashwani Kumar refused to comment on the issue. “I do not discuss these issues over phone,” he said.—NNI

ISLAMABAD—Ex-Prime Minister of AJK and President of Muslim Conference Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan met here the Korean ambassador Mr Choong Joo Choi and briefed him on the latest evolving situation in Kashmir. During the course of discussion he told the ambassador that Kashmiri wanted a fair and just solution to Kashmiri dispute via negotiations. He tanked the Korean ambassador for helping Kashmiri in rebilitation efforts following devastating earthquake of 2005. Korea can extend useful assistance in tapping water resources and construction of small dams in Azad Kashmir. About Pakistan-India relations the chief of the Muslim Conference said that no solution of Kashmir could be lasting in which the Kashmiris were not associated. Kashmiris can play constructive role in bringing closer both countries, he stated.He observed that during past 65 year both the governments could not solve any dispute between them without the assisting role of outside powers. He made special mention of Patrinda hydropower project, saying it would help raise ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of South Koera Choong Joo Choi called on President Muslim Conference Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan. economy of the region.

SAJJAD SHAUKAT

A

deliberate propaganda campaign keeps on going by the US, some western countries, Israel and In dia regarding ‘Talibanisation’ of Pakistan under the pretext of perennial subversive acts like suicide attacks, bomb blasts, targeted killings and sectarian violence which secret agencies like American CIA, Indian RAW and Israeli Mossad have been arranging in the country through their affiliated militant outfits. They intend to destabilise Pakistan because it is the only nuclear country in the Islamic World. For the purpose, Indo-Israeli lobbies which are well-penetrated in the US administration have left no stone unturned in distorting the image of Pakistan. They manipulate every terror-event which takes place in Pakistan. For example, despite the fact that Pakistan’s rulers, political and religious leaders strongly condemned the failed attempt by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Malala Malala Yousafzai, but

M IRPUR — Kashmir Press Club Mirpur is awaiting the arrival of the donations of a total of over Rs. 14 million announced by various leading government personalities of the country including former Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, Ch. Shujaat Hussain and the sitting minister for Kashmir Affairs Mian Manzoor Ahmed Watoo as well as the former AJK Prime Minister Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry. These leaders had formally made the announcements of donations during their respective visit to Mirpur since long before. “How the masses could trust in a leadership who could not fulfill the commitment made even with the fourth pillar of the country”, Kashmir Press Club Mirpur President Syed Abid Hussain Shah questioned while

Fight for injustice to Kashmiri women by security forces SRINAGAR—Muttahida Ulmae Ahle Sunnat (MUAS) met to discuss the alarming situation in the valley under the chairmanship of Moulana Ghulam Rasool Hami. Mirwaiz Qazi Ahmed Yasir, chief spokesperson of MUAS told media that the campaigners of Women Rights often forget to mention a few aspects for rights of women while they prefer to neglect a lot. He urged Women Rights campaigners to campaign for the injustice of women at the hands of Indian security forces. He said a lot of hooliganism is being made about the ‘Girl Band’ but the same campaigners forget that laws made for violence against women omit the states that have been slapped with the Draconian law of AFSPA. He said it means the campaigners want to give a free license to some girls who believe in mere publicity and want to provide no justice to the women who are raped by security agencies. He said these special provisions in AFSPA give a license to forces to rape anyone without the fear of prosecu-

elaborating the non-fulfillment of the commitments made by the aforesaid leaders with the Mirpur media community. He was addressing emergency meeting of the press club here on Thursday to discuss the inordinate delay in arrival of the donations announced by the leading government and political personalities. Besides the club’s President senior members of the press club including Hafiz Muhammad Maqsood, A.H. Rao, the club’s Secretary General Sajaad Haider Jiraal, Raja Habib Ullah Khan and others also spoke on this occasion and expressed their concern over the alleged irresponsible role of those who announced donations for the local press body but not abide by their commitments accordingly. Syed Abid Hussain Shah told the meeting that former Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani had announced Rs.

Ten million donation for Kashmir Press Club Mirpur during his (Gillani) visit to Mirpur on April 12 last year on the eve of inauguration of various development schemes executed in the wake of the Mangla dam raising project. The Kashmir Press Club President continued that despite repeated reminders directly and indirectly through the AJK Prime Minister Ch. Abdul Majeed for release of the announced donation amount, no any positive response has reached from the Prime Minister of Pakistan’s office despite passage of over ten months. Elaborating other donations announced by various other big wigs of the sitting government and national politicians, Syed Abid Hussain Shah said that federal minister for Kashmir Affairs Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo had announced the donation of Rs.

Hurriyat (G) questions delay in Tabinda case judgment SRINAGAR—Hurriyat Conference (G) has questioned the delay in the final judgement in the Tabinda Gani case and asked Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to issue a statement about the delay. In a statement issued here Hurriyat (G) said Abdullah should come up with a statement regarding the case. “He should say why the case is being put on the backburner,” the statement said. Hurriyat (G) also alleged that people who protested against the gruesome crime were being harassed and demanded an explanation from the government.

“Why the people who protested against the gruesome crime were being persecuted and prosecuted? The authorities are unleashing fresh arrest spree against those students who raised their voice against this brutal incident,” Hurriyat (G) said while demanding an explanation. The Hurriyat (G) statement said those who were being harassed allegedly by police include Omer Mushtaq Mir of Yaroo Handwara, Waseem Raja Mir, Pervez Ahmad Sofi, Hilal Ahmad Khanday, Javid Ahmad Bhat, Fayaz Ahmad Khuroo, Bilal Ahmad Tantray of Kachli Handwara and Abdul Rashid of

times in Hindu Muslim violence in India, especially Gujarat and Babri masjid incident.” By setting aside the so-called protest of BJP, RSS and other political leaders, India’s External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid endorsed Shinde’s statement, saying that it was based on facts. Meanwhile, Indian Home Secretary R K Singh revealed that during investigation, the government found ten names of the Hindu extremists, associated with RSS, who were involved in these terror attacks including Ajmer Sharif. While, India has always accused Pakistan of these subversive acts, but it is quite silent over Hindutva (Hindu nationalism) terror which has obtained a new face as Indian RAW, country’s high officials and fundamentalist parties have co-relationship. In fact, ideology of Hindu nation-

Younso. Hurriyat (G) said that the delay in the case was a “bad precedence” and brought to fore “double standards” of the authorities. Hurriyat (G) said that the Delhi gang rape case shocked entire Indian society and proceedings against the accused were being done on a fast track basis but Tabinda Gani case was filed more than five years ago and yet there was no breakthrough. “Police is deliberately delaying the case and for the purpose has included dozens of witnesses. From July 2007 there is no development in said case,” the statement said.—INP

Aasiya hails disbanding of girls’ rock bands SRINAGAR—Chairperson of Dukhataran-e-Milat Syeda Aasiya Andrabi has praised girls’s rock band Pragaash and other three bands for “acting upon the Islamic teachings and disbanding their activities.” In a statement issued here, Aasiya urged all the teens and students associated with these rock bands to “give more preference to the teachings of Islam and leave aside un-Islamic activities.” “For this they deserve to be praised,” she said, appealing to the parents of these kids and teens to stop their wards from “getting involved in such unIslamic activities.” “These kids are important part of our society and they need not be afraid of any threats. No one is going to even touch them,” she said, adding that the “so-called CM of J&K and other ministers and bureaucrats are using these small kids for their own benefits and propaganda. History has witnessed that these ministers have played with the life of our beloved young ones and led them astray.”—Online

MUZAFFARABAD: Muzaffarabad Development Authority Chairman Habib Awan listening to the public complaints in his office.

J&K all set to have first vigilance commission SRINAGAR—The state govern- in the notification”, he added. ment has decided to appoint former Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda as the first Chief Vigilance Commissioner of the state. State Chief Secretary Madhav Lal confirmed that the appointment of Khoda as the first CVC of the state has been approved and ‘necessary orders to this effect will be issued shortly’. “An official notification for setting up of the commission with Mr Kuldeep Khoda being appointed as the CVC, will be issued in a day or two”, Lal said. However, the Chief Secretary said orders for appointment of only one of the two Vigilance Commissioners will be issued. “Mr R K Jerath’s name will be notified as the Vigilance Commissioner and the name of Mr M S Khan is not being included

Pertinently, it was earlier reported that former bureaucrat Mohammad Syed Khan had withdrawn his name from the candidature for appointment as commissioner in the State Vigilance Commission. Meanwhile, sources close to former DGP, Kuldeep Khoda confirmed that his appointment as state’s first CVC has been conveyed to him. They said former IAS officer R K Jerath has also been informed regarding the decision and asked to remain prepared to take over the charge of the VC. When asked as to when the orders will be issued for constitution of the SVC, Commissioner Secretary GAD, Sheikh Mushtaq evaded a direct answer. “Whenever we issue orders they are uploaded on the

Official confession of ‘Hindu terrorism’ America and some western countries have been exploiting the episode in tarnishing the image of the country. They are showing to the international community that Pakistan has become a failed state due to terrorism. On the other side, US-led western countries and their media neglect Hindu terrorism which has now been officially confessed by India. In this regard, exposing the nexus between Bhartia Janta Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Indian Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde disclosed on January 20, this year that organised training camps run by the fundamentalist parties, RSS and BJP were promoting Hindu Terrorism. He also explained that these extremist parties were behind the Samjhauta Express, Meccca Masjid and Malegaon blasts. He added, “We will have to think about it (Saffron terrorism) seriously…Hindu extremist parties BJP and RSS were involved many

Five lakh for the Kashmir Press Club on the eve of a news conference he addressed at Hotel Mirpur Regency in May last year. This amount of donation could also not reach the press club despite repeated reminders launched through former AJK Prime Minister and local PPP leader Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, who was the host of the federal minister during his aforesaid visit to the city. The Press Club’s President further stated that similarly a former federal minister for Kashmir affairs Faisal Saleh Hayat had announced the donation of Rs. Two million for Kashmir Press Club Mirpur during his visit to Mirpur in 2001 – in his capacity as the federal Kashmir Affairs Minister. “The amount of his announced donation could also not reach the press club despite passage of over a decade”, he pointed out.

alism prevails in every field at the cost of other minority groups. It is even supported by Indian defence forces secretly. This could be judged from the incident, when on April 6, 2008 in the house of Bajrang Dal fundamentalists in Nanded, a bomb went off. The investigation proved that these militants were found in bomb-making and attack on a mosque in Parbhani in 2003. Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra arrested a serving Lt. Col. Srikant Purohit along with other army officials, indicating that they were helping in training the Hindu terrorists, providing them with the military-grade explosive RDX, used in the Malegaon bombings and terrorist attacks in other Indian cities. ATS further disclosed that Lt. Col. Purohit confessed that in 2007, he was involved in bombing of Samjhota express, which brunt alive 70 Pakistanis. India’s National Investigation Agency

(NIA) is convinced that Sadhu Swami Aseemanand, a Hindu right-wing leader was directly involved in the Samjhota Express blast. Sources in NIA further pointed out that besides Lt. Col. Purohit, other Indian army officials were also behind that train-bombing. In this regard, a court in Panchkula, Haryana has recorded Aseemanand’s statement which confirmed the NIA inquiry. Swami Aseemanand also confessed in the court that several RSS preachers and Sang activists were directly involved in planning, financing and executing Malegaon, Samjhauta Express, Ajmer and Mecca Masjid blasts. He stated that various leaders of Hindu communal organisations including Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Abhinav Bharat, Jai Vande Matram and Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram were also behind these blasts. With the backing of Indian high officials, leaders of the Indian extremist par-

official website of the General Administration Department for information of people”, he said. As per the State Vigilance Commission Act, the CVC have to hold the office for a term of four years from the date on which he enters upon his office or till he retires on attaining the age of superannuation, which ever earlier. A former IPS officer of 1974 batch, Kuldeep Khoda, retired as Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police. He remained the longest -serving DGP of the state at four years and ten months before he reached to the age of superannuation. The Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Commission Act came in force in 2011 after the state Assembly passed the bill to set up a commission

ties, Shiv Sena, BJP, VHP and RSS were pressurising the Congress regime to release the all culprits. It is noteworthy that in various tapes, LT. Col Purohit said, “We are all on the same plane, Hindu Rashtra (Nation)”. He even claimed that Gen. J J Singh is “with us”. (Singh was Army Chief till Sept. 2007). Significantly, Purohit mentioned that “one of our own captain had visited Israel”, and demanded “continuous supply of arms, training, an office with a saffron flag in Tel Aviv, political asylum and support for our cause of a Hindu Nation in the UN.” The Israelis, he added, gave “a very positive response.” Notably, The Times of India reported on December 17, 2010 that Congress Party’s heir, Rahul Gandhi feels that “the bigger threat to India may be the growth of radicalised Hindu groups which create religious tension and political confrontation with the Muslim community.”Courtesy—Kashmir Watch


EPZA establishes liaison office USA

97.60

97.40

UK

153.20

152.88

EURO

133.02

132.75

Canada

97.82

97.62

Switzerland

107.41

107.19

Australia

101.74

101.53

Sweden

15.44

15.41

Japan

1.0524

1.0502

Norway

17.88

17.84

Singapore

78.78

78.62

Denmark

17.83

17.79

Omani Riyal

255.00

245.55

Saudi Arabia

26.03

25.97

Hong Kong

12.58

12.56

Kuwait

347.39

346.68

Malaysia

31.47

31.41

Newzeland

82.54

82.37

Qatar

26.81

26.76

UAE

26.57

26.52

KR WON

0.0897

0.0895

Thailand

3.281

3.274

Balochistan is a centre of interest for foreign investors STAFF REPORTER

All Pakistan Business Forum launched SALIM AHMED

LAHORE—All Pakistan Busi-

Gold Tezab Silver Tezabi

53742.00 977.14

Gold Tezabi (24-Ct) Gold 22 Ct SilverTezabi Silver Thobi

53600.00 5300.00 830.00 800.00

Varsity-industries linkage AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s President Muhammad Haroon Agar has asserted upon the need of entrepreneurship development and stated that youth should be encouraged to opt for self-employment. Exchanging views with the Vice-Chancellor of Greenwich University Seema Mughal, he assured his best support and cooperation to effectively implement the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) and Greenwich University (GU), under Universities-Industries Linkage programme of KCCI, mainly to promote entrepreneurship and produce professionals as per need of corporate sector and industries. Haroon Agar was of the view that this initiative is a productive move by two leading entities of Karachi which believe in ownership and optimum reciprocating to society and as well as the country. President KCCI apprised that theKCCI has embarked upon an ambitious plan of Universities-Industries Linkages, consequently, MoU was signed with Greenwich University for mutual cooperation. He informed that President of KCCI was already a member on the Board of Governors of 20 Universities of Karachi. He focused that KCCI-GU liaison will result in development of Entrepreneurship and explore necessity for new faculties as per the onground requirements of trade and industry. Having a great say in the Federal and Provincial Governments, KCCI would support the cause of the Universities/ Higher Education Institutes of Karachi to further uplift academic excellence and call upon concerned quarters accordingly to create new dimensions of academic excellence, he focused. Greenwich University’s Vice-Chancellor Seema Mughal appreciated the vital role played by Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry for revenue generation, employment creation, entrepreneurship development and socio-economic development of Karachi and Pakistan. She stated that keeping in view mutual interest, KCCI & GU signed MoU to work together, coordinate their efforts, pool multiple resources to help the industry and academia in achieving maximum potential and increasing knowledge. She said that it is imperative to arrange lectures of President/Office Bearers/ prominent members of KCCI engaged in trade and industry at various departments of GU to broaden ideas and enlightenment for students. She was of the opinion that KCCI & GU can join hands in research and organizing conferences/seminars/symposiums.

ness Forum (APBF) has been launched with its representation in all four provinces of Pakistan as well as Gilgit Baltistan and FATA. Addressing the executive committee meeting, Chairman Nabeel Hashmi said the decision was taken in view of overwhelming demand from all districts of the four provinces and overseas Pakistani business community. Business Forum of Punjab, an already existing entity working in Punjab, has been formally merged in APBF, he said. Members of the newly constituted Central Executive Committee, representatives of the district boards of the country’s four provinces, Chairman PAKPUR Foundation Haroon Khawaja, Central President Rashid Mehr, Central Senior

Vice President Imtiaz Rastgar, provincial presidents including Faisal Afridi, Shariq Suhail and Asad Shuja Ur Rehman attended the meeting. He said the APBF is now a country-wide platform with international chapters providing forceful and effective representation of the business community. He congratulated the executive committee for the formation of districts boards throughout the country within a short period. Hashmi said that businessmen under the platform of APBF shall not only highlight issues pertaining to development of businesses but shall also participate in resolving the socio-economic issues confronting our country. “We shall provide solutions and, where required, assist in implementation of our recommendations” he said. Overseas Pakistani busi-

nessmen have always been keen to contribute towards the development of Pakistan. APBF shall provide them strong and credible platform providing information, joint venture possibilities and interface with a host of sectoral experts. The first APBF international chapter shall be inaugurated in the United Kingdom followed by the UAE. “In addition to providing facilitation to individual businessmen, APBF shall follow a unique approach to strengthen the business community as a whole. It is these entrepreneurs who are the real builders of Pakistan’s economy, he said.” Chairman Syed Nabeel Hashmi also sought upgrading of facilities being offered by existing city Chambers of Commerce to its members. He suggested that R&D funds can be better utilized by building city specific data which is non-existent at present.

SECP registered 329 companies

11 non-profit associations granted licenses in 2012’s 1Q STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) registered 329 companies in January. The authorized capital and paid-up capital of these companies is Rs5 billion and Rs573 million respectively. The new incorporations include 304 private companies, 16 single-member companies, 5 public unlisted companies, 2 non-profit associations and 2 foreign companies. Of the 2 foreign companies, one each belongs to the Cayman Islands and the U.S. Foreign investment by nationals from Norway, Bangladesh and South Korea has

Toyota wins back world’s top auto sales crown from GM TOKYO—Toyota Motor Corp regained the crown as the world’s top selling automaker in 2012, posting record-high sales and beating rivals General Motors (GM) and Volkswagen. Toyota said it sold 9.75 million vehicles group-wide around the world last year, a record for the 75-year-old Japanese automaker and up 22.6 percent from a year ago. The result was in line with the company’s December forecast, and put it back in the No. 1 spot, which it lost in 2011 when it was hit by a wave of negative publicity after a recall crisis in the United States, and a disrupted supply chain following an earthquake in Japan and floods in Thailand. Toyota held the global sales crown from 2008 through 2010, but fell to third place in 2011 behind GM and Volkswagen.— Newswire

been witnessed in 3 new local companies. These companies are from I.T., finance and banking and food and beverages sectors. The trading sector has the largest share in the new incorporations with 47 companies, followed by tourism with 44 companies, services with 29, I.T. with 23, construction with 18, corporate agricultural farming with 14 and pharmaceutical with 13 companies. The highest incorporation was witnessed at the Company Registration Office (CRO), Lahore, where 108 companies were registered. It is followed by the CROs in Karachi and Islamabad, registering 90 and 84 companies respectively. The Multan CRO registered 20 com-

panies while CROs in Peshawar and Faisalabad registered 16 and 9 companies respectively. The Quetta and Sukkur CROs registered 1 company each. During the month the returns for increase in the authorized capital of 114 companies were accepted, with the total authorized capital increment of Rs24.26 billion. In addition, 89 companies filed returns for increase in paidup capital with the total enhancement amounting to Rs4.2 billion. In addition, the SECP granted licenses to 11 non-profit associations under Section 42 of the 1984 Companies Ordinance, during the second quarter of FY2012-13, raising the number of such licenses during the first half of the current financial year to 25.

MCB assets grow by 17pc NPL reduced to 4pc AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—The Board of Directors of MCB Bank Ltd has declared final cash dividend of Rs 3 and 10% bonus shares, in addition to interim cash dividends of Rs. 10 already paid for the year ended December 31, 2012, a statement of the bank. Earnings per share (EPS) for the year came to Rs. 22.77 compared to Rs. 21.12 for December 31, 2011. Return on assets came to 2.95%, return on equity was recorded at 25.07% and book value per share improved to 95.84. Total assets of MCB Bank Limited grew by 17% to Rs. 765.899 billion. The analysis of the asset mix highlights 27% increase in investments to Rs. 402.069 billion and 5% increase in gross advances to Rs. 262.392 billion. The quality of asset saw considerable improvement as the non-performing loans of the Bank reduced by 4% to Rs. 25.562 billion reflecting im-

provement in infection ratio as at December 31, 2012. The deposit base of the Bank grew by 11% closing at Rs. 545.061 billion with 18% increase in saving deposits, 13% increase in current deposits and 12% decrease in fixed deposits. CASA base, as a result has further strengthened to 85% compared to 81% last year. Given the Bank’s strong financial footing and market base, MCB Bank Limited long term rating has been upgraded to AAA from AA+ previously in a notification by The Pakistan Credit Rating Agency on February 4, 2013. The Bank is already on the highest slot for its short term rating of A1+ on PACRA’s entity rating scale. The Board of Directors met under the chairmanship of Mr. Mian Mohammad Mansha, on February 7, 2013 to review the performance of the Bank and approve the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2012.

SSGCL clarification on UFG STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—In response to a statement issued by OGRA maintaining that Unaccounted for Gas (UFG) occurring in the SSGCL system is twice the OGRA specified target of 4.5%, SSGCL has clarified for the information of all concerned that current actual UFG of its domestic and small commercial customers is estimated at about 4 times the OGRA specified target while for other customers it is half of the OGRA specified target. SSGCL has pointed out that UFG figures are given in its actual accounts which gives the region-wise UFG in percentage terms. SSGCL believes that

UFG mainly results from socioeconomic factors, saline soil conditions and third party damages/tampering which translates into higher UFG in its distribution system for domestic and small commercial customers. If SSGCL is allowed to take decisions on pure commercial considerations, the UFG can be brought down below the OGRA specified target. SSGCL maintains that according to the Chicago Gas Institute UFG of 1% to 3% is considered low, 4% to 6% is considered reasonable and above 6% is considered excessive. SSGCL can bring down the UFG to ideal levels if it can take decisions on commercial basis which unfortunately cannot be

done because it will adversely affect the poor sections of our society. It further maintains that the Government of Pakistan is currently providing a subsidy of over Rs.200 per MMBTU for small domestic consumers and the Fertilizer Sector while SSGCL suffers a loss of about Rs.75 per MMBTU before return on assets for each MMBTU supplied to domestic and small commercial customers which translates into a loss of about Rs.7.5 billion per year for SSGCL while OGRA only allows ‘UFG and RETURN ON ASSETS’ of about Rs. 5.7 billion resulting in a shortfall of Rs. 1.8 billion.

Adamjee Life Funds show positive trend OBSERVER REPORT KARACHI—Adamjee Life debt and equity fund performance during December saw a positive trend; per unit NAVs (as of Feb 1st, 2013) are as follows: Investment Secure Fund (S&A) Bid 118.2512; Offer 124.4749 Investment Multiplier Fund Bid 127.5758; Offer 134.2903 Investment Secure Fund (IFL) Bid 118.1751; Offer 121.8300 Investment Diversifier Fund Bid 107.3990; Offer 110.7206 Amanat Islamic Fund Bid 100.3931; Offer 105.6769 Considering the growing demand for shariah compliant investment options in Pakistan Adamjee Life has launched “Amanat Islamic Fund”. Adamjee Life “Amanat” fund is an Islamic open-end asset allocation/ investment fund, which seeks to achieve its objective of stable yet aggressive returns through investing in a diverse portfolio of shariah compliant investments.

Emirates, Formula One sign agreement

OBSERVER REPORT

STAFF REPORTER

KARACHI—NBP Fullerton As-

ISLAMABAD—Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, and the Formula One group have announced a five year agreement appointing Emirates as a Global Partner of Formula 1® starting with the imminent 2013 season. The announcement was made today by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group and Bernie Ecclestone, Chief Executive Officer of the Formula One group. Emirates will have a strong branding presence at 15 races on the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship™ calendar across Europe, Asia, Australasia, North America and South America. Starting at the Grand Prix™ in Malaysia (2224 March 2013), the distinctive KARACHI: Husain Lawai, President and CEO of Summit Fly Emirates branding will be Bank Limited and Dr Amjad Waheed, CEO of NAFA, signed seen at historic circuits such as the co-branded ATM Card agreement. Silverstone in Great Britain, Monza in Italy and Interlagos in Sao Paolo, Brazil. “This is an exciting global opportunity to align two world leading brands. The ambition, cutting-edge technological standards and worldwide reach of Formula One go hand in hand with Emirates’ vision and ambition,” said Sheikh Ahmed. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Berine Eeclestone, Chief Executive Officer of the Formula One group announcing a five year agreement.

PJBF leads pharma delegation to Japan STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Pakistan Japan Business Forum (PJBF) in collaboration with their counter parts in Japan have arranged for a delegation from Pakistan to visit Japan and interact with the Pharmaceutical Companies in Japan for possible business collaboration. The 13 member delegation is led by the Senior Vice Chairman of the Forum, Satoshi Nakagawa who is also the Country General Manager of Marubeni Corporation in Pakistan, Director PJBF, Feroz Shah and the Executive Officer PJBF, Shaheena Anjum are also accompanying the delegation for coordination and networking support. Other individuals in the group are from Hilton, Neutro, Global, TG, Pharmevo,Vision, Drug, Glitz and Wilshire Lab who are to explore the opportunities available with the Japanese Pharmaceutical Companies for business in Pakistan as also the possibilities for Joint Ventures with them. During their stay in Tokyo, they will be exploring for prospective business partners, attend a seminar on SME’s arranged by the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Karachi.

KARACHI—The newly created

Photo News

NAFA–Summit Bank ATM card launching ceremony set Management Limited (NAFA), a subsidiary of National Bank of Pakistan, joins hands with Summit Bank Limited to introduce a co-branded ATM Card for NAFA investors. The NAFA-Summit Bank ATM Card launching ceremony took place in Karachi on 6th February 2013 where Husain Lawai, President & CEO of Summit Bank Limited and Dr. Amjad Waheed, CEO of NAFA, signed the co-branded ATM Card agreement. This ATM card will enable NAFA investors to withdraw cash against instant redemption of their investment in NAFA Funds, round the clock at over 6,000 1Link/MNET ATMs across the country. NAFA is managing 12 openend mutual funds with a total asset base of over Rs. 50 billion. NAFA is rated ‘AM2’, which denotes very high investment management standards by PACRA and is amongst the four top rated asset management companies in Pakistan. Sharing his vision for Pakistan’s mutual fund industry, Dr. Amjad Waheed said, “This initiative is part of NAFA’s continuous effort to offer innovative investment solutions that add value and convenience to the experience of mutual fund investors in Pakistan.”

OBSERVER REPORT

‘Havas Media Group’ will include all of Havas’s media agenrich in natural resources due to cies, consisting of Havas Media which it has gained importance (operating in 126 markets), and being recognized around within which its media brand the world as a land of opporMPG and its digital brand Metunities. The foreign investors dia Contacts will be fully incorhave gained substantial interporated and rebranded, and est in these projects. This was Arena Media (operating in 13 stated by Chairman EPZA in a markets). The rebrand is supmeeting with Mr. Fazal Kadir ported by a new simplified struckhan President The Federation ture that places its digital experof Pakistan Chamber of Comtise and content marketing at the merce & Industry and Ghulam core of its operations. This move Farooq President Quetta brings the media side of the Chamber of Commerce and business in line with the strucIndustry. ture of Havas’s creative division, Chairman M. Saadat. S. Havas Creative Group (comCheema thanked the Chamber’s posed of the Havas Worldwide President for providing office global network and Arnold Worldwide micro-network). Vishnu Mohan, CEO, Havas Media, Asia Pacific, added: “This rebranding couldn’t have been initiated at a better time from the Asia Pacific perspective. Clients in the region are looking for simplicity in agency structures and an integrated offering. The objective of our current rebranding is aligned to that expectation. The simplification of brands within our group furthers our aspiration of being the most agile and integrated agency group with digital at its core.” Commenting on the development, Anita Nayyar, CEO, Havas Media India and South Asia, observed: “Media is today an evolving ecosystem where KARACHI: Ms Fatema Munir Ahmed, Mutawallia, only change is constant. Digital Hamdard (Waqf) receiving ‘Brands of the Year Award 2011’ is fluid across every platform on Rooh Afza from Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Federal Finance from traditional to new age, so Minister. the concept of ‘digital at core’ is vital.

K ARACHI —Baluchistan is

Chairman EPZA M Saadat S Cheema meeting with Fazal Kadir Khan President of the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Ghulam Farooq President Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

space for EPZA for opening liaison office in the premises of the Chamber building. This EPZA office will enhance the business cooperation with the business community as well as explore the possibilities to establish the EPZ which in turn will create commercial and employment opportunities for Baluchistan people. Chairman EPZA further explained that our two EPZ’s at Saindak and Duddar are operational whereas third EPZ at Gwadar would be made operational soon. President QCCI appreciated the efforts made by EPZA chairman for improving the investment & industrial climate in Baluchistan.

Havas to include all media agencies

NBP supporting home remittance business KARACHI: Khalid Bin Shaheen SEVP/Group Chief-NBP and Chairman NBP Exchange Company Limited recently held a series of meetings with senior counterparts

Mobilink Foundation nominated for award STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Mobilink Foundation has been nominatedfor the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards 2013 to acknowledge the success of the ‘SMS Based Literacy’ program. Foundation’s ‘SMS Based Literacy’ program has been nominated for the inaugural ‘Connected Life Awards’ in the category of ‘Best Mobile Education or Learning Product or Service’. The program is foundation’s flagship corporate responsibility project in the education sector, which is aimed exclusively at rural women. ‘SMS Based Literacy’ was launched in May 2009 in collaboration with UNESCO, and is the first and the only service in Pakistan that utilizes Short Messaging Service (SMS) to impart education. The program is currently in its third phase and is being implemented in the provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa of

Pakistan;till date, it has reached out to over 4,000 female learners across Pakistan. Rashid Khan, President & CEO, Mobilink, highlighted, “It is a matter of great pride for Mobilink that our efforts are being recognized on the GSMA platform. The Mobilink Foundation has been the custodian of CSR initiatives since 2007, and the nomination is an acknowledgment of our efforts towards making a difference for the societies in which we operate.” Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA, added, “The GSMA warmly congratulates all the nominees for the 18th annual Global Mobile Awards. The competition for 2013 was of an exceptionally high quality, breaking all previous records. Our judging panel has assessed well over 600 entries and nominations for the 37 awards, the largest ever number of honors to be presented in the history of the Global Mobile Awards.”

OBSERVER REPORT KARACHI—Saudi Arabia is the leading remitting country for Pakistan in terms of Home Remittances, fully understanding the business dynamics, NBP is aggressively conducting business development activities in the Kingdom. In this regard, Khalid Bin Shaheen SEVP/ Group Chief-NBP and Chairman NBP Exchange Company Limited recently held a series of meetings with senior banking counterparts at Saudi Arabia to promote home remittances through formal channels. NBP has made remittance arrangements with all leading banks in the Kingdom to provide fast, convenient, reliable and absolutely free of charge remittance services to expat Pakistanis while creating awareness in the community about the availability of theses efficient services through various marketing campaigns while simultaneously discouraging the use of illegal Hawala/Hundi channels. The Pakistani community living in Saudi Arabia is also very responsive to the efforts and has overwhelmingly adopted the formal remittance channels in support of the national cause.


EL-Baradi condemns Egypt govt CAIRO—Egyptian liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei condemned Egypt’s Islamist-led authorities on Thursday for not arresting a Muslim cleric who said he should be sentenced to death. ElBaradei’s response came the same day as an outspoken secular opponent of Tunisia’s Islamist-led government was killed outside his home in what the country’s prime minister condemned as a political assassination. The “Arab Spring” revolts have brought emboldened Islamist parties to power after decades of repression, but have also exposed divisions between them and their secular opponents. An online video clip of Egypt’s religious al-Hafez channel showed hardline Salafi Muslim cleric Mahmoud Shaaban saying leaders of the main opposition coalition, the National Salvation Front, would be condemned to death under Islamic law, or sharia. The NSF has been calling for regular protests against President Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood politician elected in June. He is accused by the opposition of trying to monopolise power. Shabaan said the NSF leadership wanted power and were “burning Egypt” to get it. “It is clear now their sentence in God’s law is death,” he said in the video, which was posted on YouTube on February 2. The National Salvation Front leadership includes ElBaradei and former presidential candidates Amr Moussa and Hamdeen Sabahy. Shaaban named both Sabahy and ElBaradei in the video. “When the ‘sheikhs’ issue fatwas on the necessity of killing in the name of religion without being arrested, say goodbye to the regime and the state. Oh, how many crimes are committed against Islam and in its name!” ElBaradei responded on Twitter. In a separate Tweet in English, he wrote: “Regime silent as another fatwa gives license to kill opposition in the name of Islam. Religion yet again used and abused.” In both Egypt and Tunisia, many who campaigned to bring down autocratic rulers now feel their revolutions have been hijacked by Islamists.—Reuters

Poverty pushes Hong Kong poor into cages,cubicles HONG KONG —For many of the richest people in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s wealthiest cities, home is a mansion with an expansive view from the heights of Victoria Peak. For some of the poorest, like Leung Cho-yin, home is a metal cage. The 67-year-old former butcher pays 1,300 Hong Kong dollars ($167) a month for one of about a dozen wire mesh cages resembling rabbit hutches crammed into a dilapidated apartment in a gritty, workingclass West Kowloon neighborhood. The cages, stacked on top of each other, measure 1.5 square meters (16 square feet). To keep bedbugs away, Leung and his roommates put thin pads, bamboo mats, even old linoleum on their cages’ wooden planks instead of mattresses. I’ve been bitten so much I’m used to it,” said Leung, rolling up the sleeve of his oversized blue fleece jacket to reveal a red mark on his hand. “There’s nothing you can do about it. I’ve got to live here.

I’ve got to survive,” he said as he let out a phlegmy cough. ome 100,000 people in the former British colony live in what’s known as inadequate housing, according to the Society for Community Organization, a social welfare group. The category also includes apartments subdivided into tiny cubicles or filled with coffin-sized wood and metal sleeping compartments as well as rooftop shacks. They’re a grim counterpoint to the southern Chinese city’s renowned material affluence. Forced by skyrocketing housing prices to live in cramped, dirty and unsafe conditions, their plight also highlights one of the biggest headaches facing Hong Kong’s unpopular Beijing-backed leader: growing public rage over the city’s housing crisis. Leung Chun-ying took office as Hong Kong’s chief executive in July pledging to provide more affordable housing in a bid to cool the anger. Home prices rose 23 percent in the first 10 months of

2012 and have doubled since bottoming out in 2008 during the global financial crisis, the International Monetary Fund said in a report last month. Rents have followed a similar trajectory. The soaring costs are putting decent homes out of reach of a large portion of the population while stoking resentment of the government, which controls all land for development, and a coterie of wealthy property developers. Housing costs have been fuelled by easy credit thanks to ultralow interest rates that policymakers can’t raise because the currency is pegged to the dollar. Money flooding in from mainland Chinese and foreign investors looking for higher returns has exacerbated the rise. In his inaugural policy speech in January, the chief executive said the inability of the middle class to buy homes posed a threat to social stability and promised to make it a priority to tackle the housing shortage. “Many families have to move into smaller or older flats, or even factory buildings,” he

said. “Cramped living space in cage homes, cubicle apartments and sub-divided flats has become the reluctant choice for tens of thousands of Hong Kong people,” he said, as he unveiled plans to boost supply of public housing in the medium term from its current level of 15,000 apartments a year. His comments mark a distinct shift from predecessor Donald Tsang, who ignored the problem. Legislators and activists, however, slammed Leung for a lack of measures to boost the supply in the short term. Some 210,000 people are on the waiting list for public housing, about double from 2006. About a third of Hong Kong’s 7.1 million population lives in public rental flats. When apartments bought with government subsidies are included, the figure rises to nearly half. Anger over housing prices is a common theme in increasingly frequent anti-government protests. Legislator Frederick Fung warns there will be more if the problem can’t be solved. He compared the effect on the

Congo peace deal soon

poor to a lab experiment. “When we were in secondary school, we had some sort of experiment where we put many rats in a small box. They would bite each other,” said Fung. “When living spaces are so congested, they would make people feel uneasy, desperate,” and angry at the government, he said. Leung, the cage dweller, had little faith that the government could do anything to change the situation of people like him. “It’s not whether I believe him or not, but they always talk this way. What hope is there?” said Leung, who has been living in cage homes since he stopped working at a market stall after losing part of a finger 20 years ago. He hasn’t applied for public housing because he doesn’t want to leave his roommates to live alone and expects to spend the rest of his life living in a cage. His only income is HK$4,000 ($515) in government assistance each month. After paying his rent, he’s left with $2,700 ($350), or about HK$90 ($11.60) a day.

“It’s impossible for me to save,” said Leung, who never married and has no children to lean on for support. Leung and his roommates, all of them single, elderly men, wash their clothes in a bucket. The bathroom facilities consist of two toilet stalls, one of them adjoining a squat toilet that doubles as a shower stall. There is no kitchen, just a small room with a sink. The hallway walls have turned brown with dirt accumulated over the years. While cage homes, which sprang up in the 1950s to cater mostly to single men coming in from mainland China, are becoming rarer, other types of substandard housing such as cubicle apartments are growing as more families are pushed into poverty. Nearly 1.19 million people were living in poverty in the first half of last year, up from 1.15 million in 2011, according to the Hong Kong Council Of Social Services. There’s no official poverty line but it’s generally defined as half of the city’s median income.—Reuters

Iran TV shows US drone images

UNITED NATIONS—A delayed U.N.-mediated peace deal aimed at ending two decades of conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is now broadly agreed and could be ready for signing later this month, U.N. officials and diplomats said on Thursday. African TEHRAN—Iran’s state TV has leaders failed to sign the deal last week due to broadcast footage allegedly exconcerns of some countries over who would tracted from the advanced CIA spy command a new regional force that would dedrone captured in 2011, the latest ploy in eastern Congo and take on armed groups in a flurry of moves from Iranian operating in the conflict-torn region. U.N. peaceauthorities meant to underline the keeping chief Herve Ladsous told reporters on Tuesday that all the key nation’s purported military and countries involved appeared ready to sign the agreement, though he technological advances. Iran has declined to provide details on when and where it could be finalized. long claimed it managed to reDiplomats said the dispute over the nature of the command for the soverse-engineer the RQ-170 Sencalled enforcement brigade had not been entirely resolved, but postinel, seized in December 2011 sible dates for signing the deal somewhere in Africa in mid-February after it entered Iranian airspace with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon present - were already from its eastern border with Afbeing discussed. Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky declined to comghanistan, and that it’s capable of ment on the secretary-general’s travel plans, though he said Ban was launching its own production line in contact with “regional leaders” on the issue. Envoys said that one of for the unmanned aircraft. the main reasons the deal was not signed last week was that three After initially saying only that countries in the 15-member Southern African Development Ban and a drone had been lost near the Afother U.N. officials and envoys have described the dispute as “proceghan-Iran border, American offidural,” and diplomats say all of Congo’s neighbours - including Rwanda cials eventually confirmed the Senand Uganda - and most members of SADC are ready to sign. Ladsous tinel had been monitoring Iran’s was asked about the issue again on Thursday at a news conference at military and nuclear facilities. U.N. headquarters. He insisted that there was no collapse of the agreeWashington asked for it back but ment last week. “I would not say that the deal fell apart,” he said. Iran refused, and instead released Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (2nd R) speaks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the airport before “There were further discussions.” Ladsous said that if approved by the photos of Iranian officials studytheir meeting in Cairo. U.N. Security Council, the enforcement would be equipped with a ing the aircraft. three-pronged mandate to prevent the expansion of armed groups in The video aired late Wedneseastern Congo, as well to “neutralize” and disarm them.—Reuters day on Iranian shows an aerial view of an airport and a city, said to be a U.S. drone base and Kandahar, Yemen constitutional reforms Afghanistan. The TV also showed SANAA—Yemeni political factions will meet P RETORIA —rosecutors said images purported to be the Sention March 18 to start drafting a new constituThursday that 19 suspected Con- nel landing at a base in eastern Iran tion and agree other reforms in a bid to end golese rebels arrested in South months of turmoil and pave the way for elecwas being hindered by accusa- Africa offered mineral rights for tions, the president and officials said on Thurs- B ANGKOK —Nearly 6,000 can move on,” he said. Myanmar’s reformist gov- tions of bias in favor of the weapons and assistance in overday. The talks were promised under a Gulf- Rohingya Muslims have arrived brokered deal that averted civil war in 2011 in Thailand since October, when ernment has been criticized for Rohingyas. “Repeated threats throwing Congolese President and prised President Abd-Rabbu Mansour sectarian violence flared in its treatment of Rohingyas and and intimidation by a small but Joseph Kabila. One of the susHadi’s predecessor from power - but wrangling Myanmar’s western Rakhine its poor handling of clashes with vocal group within the Rakhine pects was identified as James had delayed the announcement of a start date. state and displaced tens of thou- ethnic Rakhine Buddhists in community have severely im- Kazongo, a U.S. citizen. U.S. Stabilising Yemen, a U.S. ally grappling with sands of people, a top Thai se- June and October. The pacted on our ability to deliver Embassy spokesman Jack ABUJA—Nigeria’s four main al Qaeda militants, southern separatists and northern rebels, is an curity agency said on Thursday Rohingyas came off worst in a lifesaving medical care,” MSF Hillmeyer said the embassy has opposition parties have aninternational priority due to fears of disorder in a state that flanks top Entire communities of statewide spree of machete and General Director Arjan confirmed Kazongo’s identity nounced a merger, forming a oil producer Saudi Arabia and major shipping lanes. “All the nation- Rohingyas are languishing in arson attacks. Many Rohingyas Hehenkamp said in a statement. and his U.S. citizenship. Britain’s Parliament on Tues“South African authorities coalition which could pose the alist forces need to work closely together to make the conference a makeshift camps in Myanmar, arrived in predominantly Budbiggest threat to President success,” said Hadi as he announced the date, according to state without access to healthcare or dhist Myanmar as laborers from day backed a motion calling for got in touch with our consular Goodluck Jonathan’s ruling news agency Saba. Hadi was elected in an unchallenged vote last clean water, according to the what is now Bangladesh under the U.N.-mandated observers in officers, who have visited him. party since the end of military year and promised to restructure the impoverished Arab country’s Medecins Sans Frontieres British rule in the 19th century, Rakhine state. Rights groups We have been in touch with him rule in 1999. Previous attempts military, which includes factions loyal to the last president Ali (MSF) aid group, while Thai- grounds the government uses to have often criticized Thailand for and communicated with his fam- at opposition alliances have its handling of Rohingya mi- ily and provided consular serAbdullah Saleh. He has since struggled to contain attacks from al land has promised humane deny them citizenship. Most of the estimated grants and its deportation pro- vices,” Hillmeyer told The Asso- fallen apart due to infighting and Qaeda and other insurgents who took advantage of the country’s treatment for the 5,899 who 800,000 Rohingyas in Myanmar cess, which leaves many illegal ciated Press. At the court hear- regional differences. The newly political chaos to strengthen their grip. About 565 delegates are ex- have arrived on its shores. created party will be tested when “Those detained will con- are regarded by authorities as il- immigrants open to abuse by au- ing Thursday in Pretoria, South trying to agree on a presidential pected to attend the “national dialogue” conference that was schedimmigrants from thorities. Africa’s capital, prosecutors said uled for last year but was blocked by southern separatists, saying tinue to be treated as illegal and legal Thai security forces discov- the alleged rebels belong to a candidate for the 2015 election. they were only interested in independence. Organisers of the confer- given only basic care in line Bangladesh, which does not rec“At no time in our national ence agreed to allocate half of the seats at the conference to southern with humanitarian practices,” ognize them either. The United ered almost 1,400 Rohingyas group called the Union of the life has radical change become Yemeni parties and groups to persuade them to attend. Many said Dittaporn Sasamit, a Nations has referred to them as during raids in the south of the Nationalists for Renewal. The more urgent,” said a statement southerners complain northerners based in the capital Sanaa have spokesman for Thailand’s Inter- “virtually friendless”. Thousands country last month and 1,752 accused do not have lawyers and signed on Wednesday by reprediscriminated against them and usurped their resources for decades. nal Security Operations Com- of Rohingyas flee from Myanmar have been detained for unlawful one of them stood and said po- sentatives of the four parties. Most of Yemen’s fast-declining oil reserves are in the south, which mand (ISOC). “The Foreign each year on rickety boats seek- entry. More boats are expected to lice denied him access to lawyers “We, the following progressive once was an independent state. The central government denies a Ministry is negotiating with ing refuge and jobs in Thailand, sail from Myanmar in the com- and his family since his arrest. political parties, namely ACN, Prosecutors say the susdiscriminatory policy. Abdel-Rashid Abdel-Hafez, a member of the other countries to take them on Malaysia and Indonesia, but the ing months, according to New ANPP, APGA and CPC, have committee preparing the conference, said delegates would join and is seeking (Myanmar) citi- number has swelled since the York-based Human Rights pected rebels dealt only with un- resolved to merge forthwith and unrest. MSF said its relief work Watch.—Reuters dercover police officers, who respecialised committees to draft detailed reform proposals and a new zenship papers for them so they corded all their encounters.—AP become the All Progressive constitution over the next six months. —Reuters Congress and offer to our beleaguered people a recipe for peace Berlusconi faces tought choice and prosperity.” ROME—The leader of Italy’s centre-left Democratic Party is facThe People’s Democratic Party has won every presidening pressure to ditch his leftist allies and seek tial election since a return to cia pact with outgoing premier Mario Monti as vilian rule 14 years ago. It cona resurgent Silvio Berlusconi threatens to spoil trols around two-thirds of the an election victory that once seemed assured. With national elections due on February 24NEW DELHI—Indian riot po- states and has a healthy major25, Berlusconi’s mix of German-bashing KABUL—The cost of corrup- nected or those with the higher was an important step toward lice fired water cannon on ity in both houses of the national rhetoric and promises to scrap the hated IMU tion in Afghanistan rose sharply income,” U.N. envoy Jean-Luc locating priority areas. Wednesday at hundreds of stu“The fight against corrup- dents outside a college in New housing tax is causing growing alarm on the last year to $3.9 billion, and half Lemahieu said at a news confercentre-left, which has seen its impregnable- of all Afghans bribed public of- ence. Lemahieu added the prob- tion by the Afghan government Delhi who were protesting at an seeming opinion poll lead chipped away. ficials for services, the U.N. lem leads “towards alienation, and the people of Afghanistan appearance by hardline nationalDemocratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani said Thursday. The findings frustration and a disconnect to will continue,” said Mohammad ist politician Narendra Modi. has given increasingly explicit signals that he came despite repeated promises those who should be able to give Rafi Amini, the head of policy Modi, tipped to be the main and planning for the agency. One opposition Bharatiya Janata is interested in joining forces with Monti against Berlusconi, who by President Hamid Karzai to you the service provided.” Fifty percent of the adult particularly troubling trend Party’s (BJP) candidate for prime has attacked both with equal vigour on his near-daily television clean up his government. The and radio appearances. “I’ve always said I want 51 percent but that international community has population had to pay at least singled out by the U.N. was the minister in elections next year, BEIJING—China’s Foreign MinI’d be ready to turn to other groups that are against Berlusconi and long expressed concern about one bribe to a public official in emergency of education as one was speaking at the Sri Ram Col- istry said on Thursday the governthe Northern League if I had 49 percent and I’m very ready to turn the problem of corruption in Af- 2012, a 9 percent drop from of the most vulnerable sectors. lege of Commerce. The high-pro- ment was investigating a comto other groups including Monti’s,” he told RAI state radio. On ghanistan because it reduces 2009, according to the findings, The number of Afghans bribing file visit to the capital was in- plaint from Japan that a Chinese Thursday, Berlusconi said his own internal polls showed his cen- confidence in the Western- which were based on interviews a teacher jumped from 16 per- tended to stress his leadership navy vessel aimed a type of radar last year with 6,700 Afghan cent in 2009 to 51 percent in credentials. normally used to aim weapons at tre-right alliance with the pro-devolution Northern League party backed government. Donor nations also fear aid adults from across the country. 2012, according to the survey. was just 2.4 percentage points behind the centre-left and he reBut the address was over- a target at a Japanese navy ship in Offers were often received shadowed by the scenes outside the East China Sea. “The relevant peated he was confident of winning. Most other polls make the money could be diverted by cor- Meanwhile, the total cost of difference greater, with a survey on Tuesday from the SWP insti- rupt officials or mismanaged. bribes paid to public officials for improving exam results and where large numbers of students Chinese departments are currently tute seeing a gap of 5.6 points, but all agree the divide has nar- Karzai ordered his ministries, increased 40 percent to $3.9 bil- providing information about the had gathered, chanting slogans conducting an earnest, solemn incontents of the tests in exchange and carrying banners such as vestigation into these reports to rowed since the start of the year. So far, Bersani has rejected sug- prosecutors and judiciary to lion. That amount was double the for bribes, raising concerns “Killer Modi Go Back”, accord- verify them,” ministry spokesgestions that he could abandon his coalition partner Nichi Vendola, fight bribery, nepotism and the openly gay head of the small Left Ecology Freedom (SEL) cronyism with a series of mea- revenue collected by the govern- about the role of the practice in ing to an AFP correspondent. woman Hua Chunying told a daily party who has strongly opposed any deal with Monti’s centrist sures in July. But a survey by ment to provide services, said shaping the behavior and expec- Police barricaded the entire news briefing. The Chinese Defence Minisgroup. But Vendola himself has expressed growing concern that the U.N. Office on Drugs and Lemahieu, head of the UNODC. tations of Afghanistan’s youths, venue as they tried to push the the senior partner in the centre-left coalition could be having sec- Crime and Afghanistan’s anti- He also noted that many poor the agency said. The survey also protesters back from the gates of try has yet to comment on Japan’s complaint. Japanese Defence ond thoughts. Monti himself has fed the speculation, saying that corruption unit showed slight people are unable to pay bribes, found that more of the public the college. he would not rule out serving as a minister in a reformist govern- improvement in curbing the leaving them without access to finds bribery acceptable. Of the Modi, who is chief minister Minister Itsunori Onodera said ment led by another leader but repeating that he would not join an common practice of paying public services or the ability to adults interviewed last year, 68 of Gujarat, is a hugely controver- this week that the incident, which alliance that included Vendola. “If Bersani is interested, as he has bribes for public services in the get government jobs. The Af- percent said it was OK for a civil sial figure. He was in power he said occurred on January 30 but ghan High Office of Oversight servant to supplement a low sal- when the western state was took time to confirm, could have declared, then he has to make a choice within his own alliance,” he country. “Corruption means you and Anti-Corruption pledged to ary by accepting small bribes, rocked in 2002 by some of India’s become very dangerous very told reporters at the margins of a conference. For a deal to be struck, the two sides will have to overcome differences which have emerged don’t get the best in the public continue its efforts in fighting compared with 42 percent in worst religious riots which killed quickly. Hua said that it was actually sector, you get the best con- the problem, saying the report 2009.—Reuers ever more clearly as the campaign has gone on.—Reuters more than 2,000 people.—AFP

6,000 Muslim Rohinyas take refuge in Thailand

19 held for bid to overthrow govt

but it was unclear if that footage meant to depict the moment of the drone’s seizure. In addition, the TV also showed images of an Iranian helicopter transporting the drone, as well as its disassembled parts being carried on a trailer. In another part of the video, the chief of the Revolutionary Guard’s airspace division, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said that only after capturing the drone, Iran realized it “belongs to the CIA.” “We were able to definitively access the data of the drone, once we brought it down,” said Hajizadeh. He described the Sentinel’s capture as a huge scoop for Iran, saying that at the time, Tehran did not rule out a possible punitive U.S. airstrike over the drone. Iranian officials have accused the U.S. of stepping up its espionage activities against Iran as part of intensified Western efforts to force Tehran to abandon its uranium enrichment program, a key aspect of its disputed nuclear program. The U.S. and its allies suspect Iran may be trying to develop atomic weapons, a charge Tehran denies.—AP

Nigerian opposition unite to oust govt

$3.9 b bribed in Afghanistan in 2012

Modi faces students anger in New Delhi

assembly. The four merging parties control almost all the remaining seats and managed to reduce the PDP’s majority in both the states and parliament in elections in 2011. “All the main opposition leaders have for some time backed the concept of a merger; the challenge will be to translate such common purpose from principle to practice,” said Antony Goldman, head of Africa-focused PM Consulting. “Policy and ideology do not feature prominently in a political discourse in Nigeria that is principally about winning or losing - and personal rivalries,” Goldman said. Tightly fought elections in Africa’s biggest oil producer can often stoke violence. Hundreds were killed in riots in the mostly Muslim north when Christian southerner Jonathan won the presidential vote two years ago. The move by Jonathan’s opponents indicates how politicians are turning their attention to elections and threatens to distract from vital reforms needed to support Africa’s second largest economy.—Reuters

China probing Japan’s radar lock-on complaint Japan that was provoking tension over a group of disputed, uninhabited islands, called Diaoyu by China and Senkaku by Japan and which are also claimed by Taiwan. “The problem at present is not China showing strength, but Japan continuously sending its ships and aircraft into the waters and airspace around the Diaoyu Islands to carry out illegal activities, damaging and infringing upon China territorial sovereignty,” she said. “Recently, Japan has been intentionally stirring up a crisis and causing tensions, blackening China’s image. This is diametrically the opposite of efforts to improve relations.” Onodera said on Thursday China’s use of the radar could be seen a threat of military force under U.N. rules, but urged dialogue to prevent such incidents happening again.—AP


WWC: India finish seventh after Raj ton C UTTACK —Mithali Raj’s fourth ODI century, which came one match too late, helped India maintain their

Pakistan Women innings: Nahida Khan c Naik b Goswami ........................ 2 Sidra Ameen run out ..... 12 Nain Abidi c Kamini b Goswami ...................... 58 Bismah Maroof c Sultana b Niranjana ..................... 15 Asmavia Iqbal c Naik b Niranjana ....................... 0 Nida Dar not out ........... 68 Qanita Jalil c Malhotra b Bisht ............................ 18 Sana Mir b Niranjana .... 10 Sumaiya Siddiqi not out . 1 Extras: (b 1, w 7) .............. 8 Total: (7 wickets) ......... 192 Fall of wickets 1-6, 2-28, 360, 4-60, 5-140, 6-170, 7-191 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W J Goswami .......... 10-2-17-2 A Sharma ............ 10-0-40-0 N Niranjana ........ 10-1-35-3

National Cycling C’ship PESHAWAR—Secretary Pakistan Cycling Federation Syed Azhar Ali Shah Thursday said that the 60th edition of the Men National Cycling Championship will commence from Feb 20-24, at Velodram Lahore. Talking to APP, Syed Azhar Ali Shah disclosed that Pakistan Cycling Federation with the collaboration and support of the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) is organizing the prestigious event in which teams from Pakistan Wapda, Pakistan Army, Pakistan Railways, SSGC, FATA, Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan will take part. More than 88 players in 10 different categories like eight track and two roads events would vie for the top honour, he said.—APP

unbeaten record against Pa- win helped India end the tour- sure she stayed till the end. kistan and end their World nament at seventh place. When Raj and the leftCup campaign with a consoNo team had chased more handed opener Thirush lation victory. The six-wicket than 105 at the Barabati Sta- Kamini were looking set for a big partnership, the opener perished, holing out to Sana Mir at mid-off off Bismah Maroof with the score on 51. Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur were untroubled by the Pakistan bowlers. Raj did the bulk of the scoring, charging down the wicket and lofting the offspinner Mir straight and following it up with a square cut through point off the next ball. Four balls after the halfway mark, Kaur perished, thanks to a run out. Shortly after, the offspinner Nida Dar sneaked through Sulakshana Naik’s defence to leave India at 108 for 4. Raj found an able partner in Reema Malhotra. While Malhotra focused on rotating the strike, Raj went after the Pakistan bowlers at will. Once India crossed the 150 mark, Raj cut loose and eventually reached her century to robust cheers from the crowd after pulling Dar for a one-bounce boundary through midwicket. India thus overhauled the target with four overs to spare. Pakistan’s decision to bat first appeared surprising, considering they came into this game on the back of todium during the tournament. tals of 84, 104 and 81. HowHowever, once the Pakistan ever, fifties by Nain Abidi batting eventually clicked, and Nida Dar, and the duo’s E Bisht .................. 9-0-50-1 the sizeable crowd - 80-run stand for the fifth G Sultana .............. 8-0-33-0 expectedly the biggest turn- wicket helped Pakistan post R Malhotra ........... 3-0-16-0 out so far - knew that India a better total. India Women innings: The pair had to bat Raut lbw b Qanita Jalil .... 4 very well in not only resurMDT Kamini c Sana Mir order to chase r e c t e d b Bismah Maroof .......... 26 down a rePakistan’s inM Raj not out .............. 103 spectable tarnings but also H Kaur run out .............. 16 get of 193. helped them S Naik b Nida Dar ............ 3 register their India lost R Malhotra not out ....... 25 Poonam Raut highest ever Extras: (lb 3, w 15) ......... 18 cheaply for the total in World Total: (4 wickets) ......... 195 second time in Cup matches, Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-51, 3- as also their fifthmany 100, 4-108 highest total games, falling Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W over while atoverall. DeQanita Jalil ............ 6-2-19-1 tempting an spite losing Sumaiya Siddiqi ... 6-0-26-0 on drive, trapped in front of Abidi while attempting to Sana Mir ............. 10-1-32-0 the wicket. Mithali walked in push the scoring, Dar reBismah Maroof .... 6-0-32-1 at No.3 and looked in sound mained unbeaten, raising the Sadia Yousuf ........ 9-0-35-0 touch and though she had third-highest individual score Asmavia Iqbal ..... 1-0-14-0 started off on a similar note for a Pakistani in international Nida Dar ............... 8-0-34-1 against Sri Lanka, she made women’s cricket.—AFP

CAS starts hearing on Asif spot-fixing ban L AUSANNE —The Court of bowler Mohammad Aamer Arbitration for Sport on Thursday kicked off an appeal hearing where Pakistan cricketeer Mohammad Asif hopes to overturn a ban imposed for spot-fixing. Matthieu Reeb, head of the Swiss-based tribunal, said the hearing was due to end at 6:00 pm local time (1700 GMT), and that fast bowler Asif was there in person to fight his case. On Friday, Pakistan captain Salman Butt is due to attend a CAS appeal hearing on his own ban. The court is not expected to issue a ruling in their case this week. Butt, Asif and fellow fast

were banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for contriving to bowl deliberate no-balls during the Lord’s Test between Pakistan and England in August 2010. Butt was banned for 10 years, with five suspended, Asif for seven years with two suspended and the then teenager Aamer for five years. The trio were also jailed by a British court over the scandal in November 2011. All three were released last year after completing half of their sentences. Aamer, now 20, decided not to pursue his appeal at CAS, after pleading guilty to the charges in Britain.

“It’s a high-profile case of two world-class players with the whole cricket world focused on it and we will fight to get the ban overturned,” Asif’s lawyer Ravi Sukul told AFP from London earlier this week. “Asif was a terrific bowler and it was terribly unfortunate that a bowler of his class suffered this, but we will try our best to get this ban overturned and Asif is in high spirits.”—AFP

NALTAR: CJSC General Khalid Shamim Wynne awarding CJSC Ski Championship 2013 trophy to Pakistan Air Force Ski team.

Football: Japan beat Latvia 3-0 in season opener

PAF lifts Chairman JCSC Ski Championships

K OBE

SPORTS REPORTER

(Japan)—Stuttgart striker Shinji Okazaki scored two goals to lead Asian champions Japan to a 3-0 win over Latvia in their season opener on Wednesday in a warm-up game ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. The 26-year-old forward, who missed a header in the 31st minute, slid down for a right-footer on a cross by Schalke defender Atsuto Uchida, which hit the left post and landed in the net in the 41st minute. In the 60th minute, CSKA Moscow midfielder Keisuke Honda struck home from the edge of the area on a perfect cross by Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa to make it two up. Less than two minutes later, Okazaki added another goal on a straight pass from behind. “I was able to move back and forward very well. I think I did 60 percent of what I wanted to do. The remaining 40 percent is ... I couldn’t keep the ball when it was tough,” said Okazaki. Japan kept the initiative after the break with substitute forward Ryoichi Maeda hitting the left post and Honda missing a goal saved by keeper Andris Vanins in the beginning of the second half. Latvians Edgars Gauracs and midfielder Olegs Laizans hit a couple of shots in the second half, shortly before the home side pressed home its advantage with two more goals. Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni said: “We didn’t get off to a good start, because we hadn’t played a game for a couple of months, but we started to play better from 15 minutes before the end of the first half.” —AFP

K ARACHI —A further en- add extra clarity to the deci- requires a physical process hanced version of the Decision Review System (DRS), with the potential to increase certainty over edges, could be available later this year if new technology to allow the use of the Snickometer tool to be included in the process gains approval. Controversy continues to exist over the ability of the Hot Spot cameras detecting faint edges, but this could be eliminated almost completely with the inventors of the system now on the verge of introducing Real Time Snickometer in an attempt to

sion-making process, according to report published in cricinfo.com website. The Australian company BBG Sports, who were behind Hot Spot, has been conducting trials on the new audio technology and believes the new improved Snickometer is the ideal complement to the Hot Spot and, when used in tandem, can enhance the DRS thereby making the review system more reliable, faster and consistent. Currently, Snickometer is only a viewing aid and not part of the DRS because it

by a technician to overlay the pictures with the sound provided by the stump microphones. This leads to delays in producing the final product and also risks inconsistencies in the results. The new system would make the process fully automated. Warren Brennan, the head of BBG Sports, said: “I am hopeful that it would improve fine-edge detection dramatically. On most occasions, you are going to have the Real Time Snicko and Hot Spot agreeing with another.

tions for CJCSC and InterServices Ski Championships were held at PAF Ski resort Naltar. The closing ceremony with award of trophies and medals was held on Thursday. General Khalid Shamim Wynne, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee was the Chief Guest on the occasion. PAF earned laurels by winning the first position in Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Ski Championship, while Gilgit Baltistan Scouts remained runners up. Whereas in Inter-Services Ski Championship, Pak Army lifted the coveted trophy and PAF remained second. Earlier on his arrival, the chief guest was received by Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan who is also the President Ski Federation of Paki-

the athletes at the scenic Naltar Valley. More than 50 athletes, representing 09 Ski associations from all over the country contested for awards in these extremely charged up alpine thrillers for two days. Pak Navy athletes participated in the competitions for the first time. Group Captain (Retd) Zahid Farooq, Senior Technical Delegate SFP, conducted the competitions which were held in the categories of Slalom and Giant Slalom. Before the award of trophies and medals, Base Commander PAF Base, Kalabagh presented post competitions report to brief the audience about the participating athletes. At the end of the ceremony, the participating athletes demonstrated an enthralling and splendid ski display. The Chief Guest, in his speech later, highly appreciated the finesse of the skiers’ manoeuvres.

RAWALPINDI: Winner of special ice skating South Korea Olympics show sign of victory after arrival at Islamabad Airport.

Faulkner fined for Gayle clash Umpires are not psychiatrists, D UBAI —Australia seamer Ranjan Madugalle.

Snickometer use in offing in cricket

I SLAMABAD —Ski competi-

stan. The President SFP briefed the Chief Guest about the prominent features of the Naltar Development Project which included installation of Chairlift and extension of the ski slope. The President SFP apprised the chief guest that designing of the Chairlift has been completed and the construction work would start at the site soon after the snow season. He also acknowledged the support of Govt of Gilgit-Baltistan for providing a stretch of adjacent land measuring about 200 Kanals for extension of the existing ski slope. The Project is likely to be completed before the next ski season. It is pertinent to mention that Inter-Services Ski Championship has been added in the Ski Calendar for the first time in Winter Season-2013. The Competitions were preceded by one-week training & acclimatization camp for

James Faulkner was fined 10 per cent of his match fee after an ugly clash with West Indies superstar Chris Gayle during the home side’s 39-run win in the third ODI in Canberra. Faulkner finished the game with four wickets, one of those being the dangerous Gayle who was out for two off the first ball of the 38th over. But he was warned by the umpire for his over-zealous sending off of the batsman. The International Cricket Council (ICC) said that Faulkner was found to have breached the code of conduct which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an international match”. After the match, Faulkner pleaded guilty to the charge and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee,

“There is no place for this type of behaviour anywhere

how can they declare Praveen Kumar mentally unfit: Rastogi BIPIN DANI OBSERVER CORRESPONDENT M U M B A I —Bhuvneshwar

near the game. The players are expected to respect the opponents all the time,” said Madugalle. “In this particular incident, James crossed the line and I’m sure he will learn from this incident.”—AFP

Kumar, India’s 24-year-old aspirant has claimed that Praveen Kumar is his idol. Sanjay Rastogi, the Meerut-based coach for Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (and also Praveen Kumar), will not force his former ward to disbelieve him as idol following Praveen Kumar’s recent spat with the players in the Corporate Trophy match. “I am unaware about the incident in which PK had abused the players and if so, it is certainly not ac-

ceptable. I am sure the player must have apologised to it and the BCCI should impose him a fine”. When told Rastogi about the umpires declaring him to be “mentally unfit”, he said, “the umpires are not psychiatrists. How can they comment on his mental status of mind”. “The bowler, after being treated in the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore came to our academy and had chat with youngesters in the camp. He was a mentor to the young boys and even distributed kits to the poor boys”. “The aggression in the fast bowler is common when

he has to perform on the field”, the coach added. “He was brought to me by his mamaji (Sanjay Singh) who also happened to be by class-mate and is / was a talented boy but unaware about the proper channel to get recognition”. “He is coming from a respecable family with father-mother and elder brother ’s family (son and daughter) staying together”. “We can’t label him as the bad-boy with one or two incidents”. “My advice to him would be to control emotions and never repeat the mistakes”, Sanjay Rastogi signed off.


What is alcoholic liver disease?

A

LCOHOLIC liver disease, which arises from the overconsumption of al cohol, is the main cause of liver disease in Western nations. Viral hepatitis continues to be the major cause of liver disease in Asian countries, and several others. Experts say a considerable number of heavy, regular drinkers never develop liver damage - they do not fully understand why this is so and how exactly alcohol damages the liver. We know that acetaldehyde damages the liver. Acetaldehyde is a toxic chemical produced by alcohol. It seems to affect some regular heavy drinkers’ livers more severely than others. It takes a long time for any liver damage to become noticeable. The liver is amazingly good at regenerating and repairing itself. Even if three-quarters of a patient’s liver is damaged, it is able to continue to function virtually normally. Eventually, long-term heavy drinking takes its toll, resulting in liver scarring - cirrhosis or end-stage alcoholic liver disease. The following factors increase the risk of developing alcoholic liver disease: Alcoholic fatty liver disease - heavy drinking can result in an accumulation of fatty acids in the liver. Sometimes, the heavy drinking need only have occurred daily over a period of than less than a week. This usually asymptomatic (no symptoms) stage is reversible if the individual abstains from alcohol for a couple of weeks. If the accumulation of fatty acids in the liver is severe, the patient may experience weakness, nausea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and malaise (generally feeling unwell). Alcoholic hepatitis - hepatitis means inflammation (swelling)

of the liver from any cause. In this case it means swelling because of alcohol. After many years of heavy drinking the liver can swell. In rarer occasions alcoholic hepatitis can affect individuals involved in binge drinking - heavy drinking over a relatively short period. If the patient abstains from alcohol for some months, alcoholic hepatitis is usually reversible. In some cases abstention has to go on for years. Symptoms may include pain or tenderness in the abdomen, jaundice (yellowing of skin and whites of the eyes), spider-like veins appear on the skin, general tiredness, fever, nausea and loss of appetite. Cirrhosis - the liver has been inflamed for a long time, causing scarring and loss of function. This can be a lifethreatening condition. Cirrhosis damage is irreversible and the best the patient can do is prevent any further damage by stopping drinking. A long period of abstention will improve liver function. If the damage is severe, the patient may need a liver transplant to survive. During the early stage the patient will feel tired and weak, their palms may be blotchy and red, they lose more weight, have itchy skin, insomnia, abdominal pain and/or tenderness, and loss of appetite. During what is termed the end stage there will be hair loss, jaundice, dark urine, black or pale stools, dizziness, fatigue, loss of libido, bleeding gums and/or nose, the skin will easily bruise, edema, vomiting (with blood in vomit), muscle cramps, irregular breathing, accelerated heartbeat, personality changes, walking problems (staggering), and weight loss.

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah receiving applications from youth at corridors of Sindh Assembly.

Qaim reviews progress on edu, health sectors KARACHI—Sindh Chief Min- Secretary Education Fazalullah ties and coal production are the ister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, on Thursday presided a meeting at CM House here to review the progress of development schemes pertaining to education, health, roads and coal sectors initiated by the present Government. The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary (P&D), Arif Ahmed Khan, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), Naveed Kamran Baloch,

Pechuho, Secretary Health, Aftab Khatri, Secretary Works and Services, Kazi Shahid Pervaiz, Secretary Coal Aijaz Ali Khan, Special Secretary (P&D) Dr. Noorul Haq, Principal Secretary to CM, Muhammad Siddique Memon and others. Chief Minister said that education and educational activities, health and healthy atmosphere, roads and communication facili-

main and important sectors of development and the present government has laid emphasis on giving priority to these sectors in the larger interest of province. He said that the schemes which are in progress, must be given priority and should be completed as early as possible and that also during the remaining tenure of the present government.—APP

KARACHI: People carrying coffin of former MPA of MQM Dr Muhammad Ali Shah after his funeral prayer at Asghar Ali Shah ground. PO Photo

Dates for SSC, HSC examinations announced K ARACHI — The Secondary School Certificate examinations in the province would commence from April 8 and that of the Higher Secondary School (HSC) from May 7. This was announced by the Chairman of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), Prof. Anwar Ahmed Zia, on Thursday. He said that these examinations would be conducted in accordance with the decision of the Steering Committee of the sindh Education Department. Prof. Anwar is also the chairman of the Committee of Heads of Educational Boards in Sindh. He said that the respective boards would announce their own time table of the examinations so that there be a uniform date. Prof. Anwar said that the results would also be notified in accordance with the decision of the Steering Committee.—APP

Dr Shah laid to rest KARACHI—Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader and Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister on Sports Dr Muhammad Ali Shah was laid to rest in Paposh graveyard on Thursday. Hundreds of people including family members, relatives, MQM leaders, party activists and people belonging to different walks of life attended the funeral prayers. It should be mentioned that Dr Muhammad Ali Shah suffering from blood cancer was under in US AO Houston Hospital where he suffered a heart attack

and died at the age of 67 on Monday. Dead body of the deceased who was a prominent surgeon was flown to Karachi from US on early Thursday. Dr. Muhammad Ali Shah was born in Indian city of Bareli on October 26, 1946. His father was a judge by profession. Having attained initial education in India, he then migrated to Pakistan in 1956. He was conferred upon various awards including Pride of Performance, Tamgha-eImtiaz and Sitara-e-Imtiaz. In 2008 general elections,

MQM gave him ticket from PS103 and served as Sindh MPA. However, he had to quit his seat on account of his dual nationality. But, he continued as adviser to Sindh CM on sports and played an important role for the progress of sports in the country. Dr. Ali Shah was a renowned orthopedic surgeon with a good record of surgeries to his credit. He also served as a member of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He was survived by a widow and two surgeon sons Dr. Imran Ali Shah and Dr. Junaid Ali Shah.—INP

CCT cameras to improve law & order in city STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Syed Hashim Raza

Zaidi, Commissioner Karachi buying process of CCT cameras worth Rs650 million was in process and soon would be installed at strategic locations to help improve law and order situation in Karachi. Expressing his optimism at a meeting with business community at FPCCI he expressed confidence that situation is bound to STAFF REPORTER improve sooner or later in Karachi, however people living KARACHI—Karachi Electric in this city should own the city Supply Company’s Deputy as their home to develop harChief Financial Officer Mr. Shehzad Yousuf has become the first Pakistani to have received the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Achievement Award for his contribution to the profession of accountancy in the country. Ms. Helen Brand, Global Chief Executive of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Global, paid rich tributes to Mr. Shehzad while conferring the award.

KESC to provide merit based training

mony among different communities living in this mega city. He endorsed the view point of the Acting President FPCCI and stated that the media is projecting a negative picture of the country’s law and order situation and many Western countries are issuing adverse travel advisories to their citizens for Pakistan, which have badly hampered the economic activities as well as foreign investment in the country. He added that the Karachi having the highest literacy rate provides a great employment opportunity to the people from all walks of

life. However, there is a need to join hands against the law breakers, anti social elements, target killers, extortionist, Qabza Mafia etc., to make Karachi again a city of light. Pakistan can join the club of high exporting countries if energy crises in Punjab and law & order situation in Karachi improve this was stated by Mr. Azhar Majeed Sheikh, Acting President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) while welcoming Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi, Commissioner Karachi who along with all DCs visited.

KARACHI—More than 30 renowned universities from United Kingdom arrived Karachi to participate in the first UK study fair organized by Global Education Fairs & Conference- Britain and supported by UK Trade and Investment, Pakistan. Francis Campbell, British Deputy High Commissioner and the director for Trade and Investment Pakistan while speaking at a reception said that perception of Pakistan is quite different from what it is considered abroad. Pakistan is open to business while presence of this gathering from different walks of life indicates that life is normal in Karachi. He said that UK Trade and Investment is delighted to sup-

port Global Education Fair & Conferences—Britain in organizing this UK Study Fair. The one key issue that has the potential to transform Pakistan’s future is education. The UK higher education is recognized internationally and is in huge demand by those seeking to improve their career prospects. As more and more Pakistani students gain UK qualifications, they have a chance to contribute to betterment of Pakistan “I encourage students in Karachi and Lahore to take time out and visit the fair and gain useful knowledge to secure their own and Pakistan’s future. During their visit to Karachi the university representatives attended a networking re-ception hosted by UK Trade and investment at the British Deputy High Commis-

sion in Karachi meet with the professionals from education industry, government officials and media representatives, Universities that will be participating in the fair come from different parts of the United Kingdom including Queen Marry-University of London, the University of Manchester, Lancaster University, the University of Warwick and the University of Buckingham to name a few. UK study fair is the first of its kind to be hosted in Pakistan. Potential students, who are interested in UK as a destination for higher education will get a chance to directly interact with UK universities representatives, learn about admission procedures and find out about syllabus and programs and fee structures offered by these universities. The fair is also a

unique opportunity for universities and institutes in Pakistan to build strategic partnerships with these universities. Global Education Fairs & Confer-ences—Britain intends to bring this fair to Pakistan on an annual basis. Speaking on the occasion Fiza Ahmed, Director of Operations Middle East and Africa of Global Education Fairs and Conferences—Britain said this is the first initiative of its kind and we are hopeful that the UK study fair 2013 will be beneficial for Pakistani students who are looking to study in the UK. We invite students to visit the UK Study fair and directly interact with top UK universities, find out programs they are offering and the admission procedures.

newly elected Members of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have taken oath as Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) who won in bye-elections recently. Acting speaker of Sindh Assembly, Syeda Shehla Raza has administered the oath from newly elected MPAs Jamal Ahmad, Dr Arshad, Nadeem Hidyat Hashmi and Rashid Abdullah here on Thursday. These four members have been elected unopposed from the constituencies of Karachi PS 101, PS 103, PS 113 and PS 115. It is pertinent to mention here, these seats had been vacant by resignations of dual nationality holders Dr Muhammad Ali Shah, Raza Haroon, Askri Taqvi and Abdul Moeed Farooqi.—Online

STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—All Karachi An-

KARACHI: Anwar Maqsood addressing a press conference regarding his drama serial ‘Aangan Terrha’ at Karachi Arts Council. PO Photo by Imran Gilani

9 bootleggers nabbed, 270kg chars recovered K ARACHI — The excise and Colony Nazim Abad number 7 Taxation officer Rehmat kushak Taxation department of Sindh has launched operation in Karachi and Kandyaro and nabbed 9 accused while also recovered 270 Kg Chars. According to Media reports, The Excise and Taxation Department launched operation in different cities of Karachi, Mehran Town, Jaskani Mohala, Parsi Gate near Mehmood Abad, KBR society, Mina Maripur, Labour colony Ibrahim Haidri, Mujahid

K ARACHI — Four

All Karachi Bilingual Declamation Contest

Education to transform Pakistan’s future: Campbel AMANULLAH KHAN

MQM’s four MPAs take oath

and chanseer Goth and recovered 150 Kg Chars, 95 kg heroine and approximately 70 illegally branded bottles of liquor. They also arrested Nazir Ahmed, Muhammad Haji, Muhammad Ali, Rashid, Mosi Imran, Nazir sheikh and Muhammad Yaseen who were involved in heinous crime while also registered separate case against these bootleggers. Meanwhile, the Excise and

and Basharat Khshak also confiscated one truck full of chars bearing number plate of K-5698 and recovered 120 kg chars near Kandyaro and apprehended 2 accused Pitris and Aslam hailing from Karachi and Pakpattan. The provincial Minister applauded the Excise and Taxation department performance and Mukesh Kumar Chawla claimed that the struggle against bootleggers would continue.—Online

nual Bilingual Declamation Contest 2013 was held at Defence Authority College For Women Ph-VIII here today. Ms. Ameena Saiyed, Managing Director Oxford University Press was the chief guest of the function. Two Students each from leading universities and colleges of the metropolis participated in the declamation. They spoke on various contemporary subjects in English and Urdu languages before the audience in the jampacked college auditorium. Ms. Saiyed lauded the tremendous potential, versatile oratory skills and intellectual ability of students and described them as simply impressive. She said that a good orator puts his or her soul into the words. She said Public Speaking was an art and an important ingredient of human personality. She advised the students that while speaking they should be rational in their arguments and focus on the relevance of the given topic. Earlier Dr. Farhat Agha, Principal DHA College for Women Ph-VIII in her welcome address said that the College provided intellectually vibrant and academically sound environment to develop.


Medical abbreviations ‘pose risk’

D

OCTORS are being warned that us ing abbreviations in medical notes is putting patients’ lives at risk. The UK’s Medical Defence Union said difficulties often arose because abbreviations can have more than one meaning or might be misread. Some patients have had the wrong limb removed or operated on and others have been given deadly drug doses, it said. A recent US study of 30,000 medication errors, some fatal, showed 5% were linked to abbreviations in notes. Common errors included abbreviating drug names and dosages, the Joint Commission found. An example involved a 62-year-old patient on haemodialysis who was treated for a viral infection with the drug acyclovir. The order for acyclovir was written as “acyclovir (unknown dose) with HD”, meaning haemodialysis. Acyclovir should be adjusted for renal impairment and given only once daily. However, the order was misread as TID (three times daily) and the patient died as a result. A UK audit by the paediatric department at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood in November, found instances where abbreviations used had caused confusion because they had multiple interpretations.

For example, “TOF” could be taken to mean “tetralogy of fallot” or “tracheooesophageal fistula” - two completely different conditions. When presented with a selection of abbreviations, the study authors found paediatric doctors agreed on the interpretation of 56-94%, while other healthcare professionals recognised only 31-63%. The authors also found that the use of abbreviations was inconsistent - 15% of the abbreviations used in medical notes appeared in the hospital’s intranet dictionary while 17% appeared in a medical dictionary used by paediatric secretaries. The MDU, which defends members’ reputations when their clinical performance is called into question, advises doctors to use only the abbreviations or acronyms that are unambiguous and approved in their practice or hospital. Dr Sally Old, MDU medico-legal adviser, said: “Abbreviations can cause confusion and risk patient safety. “In one instance a diabetic patient was given a dose of 61 units of insulin because the notes say six international units - 6IU - were misinterpreted. “Thankfully, the error was spotted and the patient was treated.” She said clear, concise communication was essential, particularly when care was provided by multi-disciplinary teams.

LAHORE: Ambulance seen trying to get way during traffic jam on Queens Road.

PTI threatens chaos if Zardari heads party activities MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesman, expressing his deep concern over President Asif Ali Zardari trying to circumvent the Lahore High Court’s orders on holding dual office yet again said since the judgment was issued Zardari has been giving contradictory statements. In a press release issued here on Thursday, Shafqat Mahmood said sometimes the president Asif Zardari said that he is not chairman of the party in Parliament which according to him is

Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) and sometimes that he is not indulging in any political activities. “It is now a well established fact that right from day one, Asif Ali Zardari has been misusing his office for political advantages against other political forces to ensure that PPP comes in to power again,” adding he said that the use of Presidency for political activities is illegal and tantamount to committing contempt of the court’s orders. “His excuse put forward to get away from the allegations of holding dual office,

that he is not Chairman of a political party rather a political association (PPP) is yet again a political farce,” he added. He said that the president according to the constitution of Pakistan is a symbol of the federation, who is supposed to be nonpartisan and unbiased and in the light of the above PTI demands Asif Ali Zardar’s resignation as he cannot do justice with his role of overseeing the holding of a free and fair general election. He said that his (Zardari) stay in the presidency would make the election process doubtful.

Demand of ECP’s dissolution unconstitutional: Experts L A H O R E —Leading legal experts on Thursday termed the demand for reconstitution of Election Commission of Pakistan as unconstitutional and undemocratic. Hafiz Tariq Nasim, Pervez I Mir, Chaudhry Muhammad Amin Javed senior advocates while talking to APP, said that the office of Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commission is fully protected under Article 213 to 221 of the Constitution of Pakistan 1973. Hafiz Nasim said that all constitutional requirements

were fulfilled prior to the appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and Election Commission while its members were also appointed in the manners provided in the constitution. Pervez I Mir said that according to Article 215, Commissioner and its members will hold the office for a term of 5 years and cannot be removed before the expiry of term except in the manners prescribed in Article 209 for the removal of the office of a Judge. He said that political parties should strengthen the election commission

rather than sticking to unconstitutional demand which he added is even undemocratic. Chaudhry Muhammad Amir Javed who is former Secretary Supreme Court of Pakistan Bar Association said that commissioner or member of the commission may resign after writing to the President. Hafiz Nasim Ahmad said that under Article 219, the duties of the entire commission are clearly determined. He said that it is upto the sweet will of the members of the commission to resign or to continue.—APP

YDA continues hunger strike STAFF REPORTER L A H O R E —Young Doctors Association (YDA) Punjab continued their hunger strike on the fourth consecutive day on Thursday. The young doctors had set up a hunger strike camp in front of the Services Hospital in Lahore where a large number of young doctors were observing the hunger strike. YDA representatives vowed to continue the hunger strike until all of their demands were fulfilled. The doctors chanted slogans against the government for not fulfilling their demands of free medical treatment for the patients in hospitals, implementation of young doctors’ service structure, release of their colleagues arrested in the Gujranwala LAHORE: Workers of WAPDA Pegham Union stage a demonstration in support of their incident and end to the Head Office. “victimization” of young doctors by termination of contracts, suspensions and transfers. Even after four days, the Punjab government has not taken any notice of the YDA’s strike which is seen as a negative element spector General Police, pro- feedback model. He said SALIM AHMED among the doctors. vincial secretaries, World while this programme will L AHORE —Punjab Chief Bank representatives and benefit the common man it Minister Muhammad concerned officers were will also convey a message Commissioner to the government officials Shahbaz Sharif has said that present. special attention is being paid Sahiwal Nabeel Awana and that their performance is beto good governance, trans- Chairman PITB Dr. Omar Saif ing checked. Commissioner Sahiwal parency and provision of gave a briefing regarding the Division Nabeel Awan while better services to the masses. project. Addressing the meeting giving a briefing regarding He said that citizens’ feedL A H O R E —Inspector Gen- back model has yielded posi- the Chief Minister said that citizens’ feedback model that eral (IG) Punjab Police, tive results regarding the citizens’ feedback model is it was started as a pilot Khan Baig has said that achievement of the targets of the best source of receiving project one year ago and now lessening the crimes rate is good governance and im- public feedback regarding its scope has been exthe only way to bring bet- proving the efficiency of government departments and panded. He said that 1357000 terment in economic posi- government departments. is a very important citizens who availed the sertion of the province and all He directed that this glo- programme due to its nature. vices of police, health, revresources to nip the crimi- rious programme should be He said that public feed- enue, education and other nal activities would be uti- furthered in a coordinated back is important toward im- departments were contacted. lized. manner and provided com- proving the efficiency of He said that more than six Addressing RPOs and plete support. He said that government departments as lakh citizens have appreciDPOs conference here on citizens’ feedback model is well as restoring the confi- ated this programme. ChairThursday, Khan Baig said helping in improving the ef- dence of the people in gov- man PITB informed that that giving protection to ficiency of government insti- ernment institutions. He said people are fully expressing public lives and property is tutions which will restore the that promotion of public their views regarding citithe duty and top priority of confidence of the people. awareness regarding citi- zens’ feedback model and the police force. He was presiding over a zens’ feedback model is of terming it a very useful for He said that there was review meeting regarding citi- vital importance so that they elimination of corruption and wide difference in crimes zens’ feedback model at could fully benefit from this malpractices. The particirate in Punjab against other Model Town. Chief Secretary, programme. pants of the meeting also provinces of the country Chairman P&D, Chairman He said that there should gave their proposals for furas law and order situation Punjab Information Technol- also be an effective system ther improving this here was much better. ogy Board (PITB), acting In- of monitoring of citizens’ programme. However, he said that it was vital to equip the police stations of rural areas with the modern technology to overcome the crimes. The IG Punjab directed to accelerate the investigations of the cases regarding missing persons, sectarian violence, bank dacoities and gang rapes. He also ordered to keep a check on incidents of murders upon resistance during robberies and street crimes.—INP

Good governance, transparency our special focus: Shahbaz

Crime rate in Punjab less than other provinces: IG

PTI, AT meeting unveiled antidemocratic forces: Sanaullah Man checking artificial decorative flowers which are going to be used during LAHORE—Punjab law minis- LAHORE: the inauguration of Rapid Transit Bus Service on 10th February in the provincial capital. ter Rana Sanaullah has said that meeting of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders with Awami Tehreek (AT) chief, Dr Tahir ul Qadri has unveiled the anti-democratic forces. Talking to media persons after inauguration of Iranian cultural exhibition here on Thursday, Rana Sanaullah said that ballot is the best possible way for change and revolution. He said that so-called long marches and threatening calls of protests and strikes create chaos and uncertainty rather than mending the situation. Sanaullah blamed that PTI’s contact with Dr Tahir ul Qadri has exposed who is backed by establishment and which political party has anti-democratic agenda. The Punjab law minister said that establishment earlier created divisions among various political parties and now it was working for their re-union for destabilizing the country.—INP

Rana rejoinder to Elahi STAFF REPORTER

Kidnapped boy recovered nepotism during his regime and no one is in a position to

LAHORE—Provincial Minis- break these “records”. He LAHORE—Gujranwala police ter for Law, Rana Sanaullah has said that the development works executed in south Punjab by the present government of PML-N are unprecedented in the history of the country whereas during the tenure of Pervaiz Elahi, claims of development of these areas were made but practically the people remained deprived of all facilities. He said that the “achievements” of Pervaiz Elahi were exposed before the people after the end of his rule and all projects of Pervaiz Elahi proved graveyards of corruption. Commenting upon the statement of Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi, Rana Sanaullah said that Pervaiz Elahi set record of corruption and

said that mass transit project of Pervaiz Elahi was, in fact, a project of plundering of two hundred billion rupees whereas contrary to it metro bus is the first project in the history of the country through which modern travelling facilities are being provided to the common man. Rana Sanaullah said that Pervaiz Elahi is upset why Punjab government has launched such a mega project for the convenience of common people. He said that why those who deprived the people of facilities during their tenure and found a shelter under the umbrella of corrupt Zardari for their personal interests criticize the public welfare projects of the Punjab government.

claimed to have recovered eleven years old boy soon after he was abducted by car riders for ransom Rs 2 million. Police said, four car riders had abducted Hamza Manzoor, alongwith his uncle Abdul Razaq was going to school on a motorcycle at Peerda Kot Kalianwala. On tip off, Hafizabad police set up a picket near Motorway Interchange Kot Abdul Maalik and started the checking of vechilces. As soon as, the suspected car (LEH9456) reached there, the police arrested two accused identified as Yasar and Nadeem and recovered the boy safe and sound. Meanwhile, Bahawalpur police have killed three proclaimed offenders in an encounter.—APP

demands in front of LESCO

LHC adjourns hearing against loadshedding STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The Lahore High Court (LHC) while hearing petitions against electricity loadshedding sought report from the government continuity of uninterrupted electricity supply to the small business communities here on Thursday. LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial resumed hearing of the case. As court resumed the proceedings, Pepco’s counsel admitted that Lesco records the lowest percentage of line losses, however, percentage of line losses among rest of the power distribution companies stands between 11% to 30%. The petitioner informed court that ‘power system’ has been badly affected due to Wapda recruitment over political grounds. Wapda officers are using electricity free of cost, he added. At this, the court summoned a report from the concerned authorities over uninterrupted power supply to the small business communities and ordered to explain the power supply process for the common consumers. Subsequently, the case hearing was adjourned till March 20.

PPP women, youth convention LAHORE—Pakistan People’s Party, Punjab is organising youth and women workers’ convention here on Friday to mark the first ever five-year term of a democratic government in the country. Mainly,Aurangzeb Burki Secretary finance of PPP Punjab is organising this convention, the party sources told here Thursday. PPP Punjab President,Federal Minister for Kashmir & GilgitBaltistan Affairs Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, PPP Lahore President, Federal Minister Samina Khalid Ghurki, PPP Punjab General secretary Tanvir Ashraf Kaira and several other leaders would address the landmark convention.—APP


e-Paper feb 08, 2013