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Pakistani Taliban reject dialogue with govt Mullah Fazlullah new TTP chief TARIQ SAEED P ESHAWAR —The Pakistani Taliban have rejected dialogue with the Pakistan government following the appointment of Mullah Fazlullah as chief of Tehrke-e-Taliban Pakistan. According to a foreign news agency, Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said

Tajik president reelected in landslide victory DUSHANBE—Tajikistan’s electoral commission on Thursday announced a landslide victory for the country’s incumbent president in a vote criticized by international observers. President Emomali Rakhmon won 83.6 percent of the vote, commission spokesman Adumanon Dodayev told The Associated Press. International monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe criticized the vote, saying that state media had been dominated by coverage of Rakhmon’s campaign and that registration requirements were designed to limit competition.

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Recurrence of circular debt be stopped STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday directed the authorities to take all necessary steps for overcoming the energy crisis being faced by the country. He said this while chairing a high level meeting to review the energy situation here at the Prime Minister House.The meeting was also attended by Minister for Finance,

speedy work is in progress on projects initiated by the Ministry of Water and Power to increase production and ensure efficiency in the transmission system. The Prime Minister directed that necessary steps must be taken so that the issue of circular debt does not arise again. The Prime Minister was informed that LNG import from next year would help in reduc-

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Dar doubts about printing of ballots in 20-25 days; Khurshid rejects printing by private printers I SLAMABAD —The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has cancelled a meeting with representatives of political parties to hold consultations over the local bodies’ elections. The ECP had originally called for the meeting on Friday.

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Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Information, Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister of State for Privatization, Eng. Khurrum Dastgir and Minister of State for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali. The Prime Minister was briefed that through implementation of an effective monitoring and checking system, line losses have been reduced. He was informed that

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FO: BBC story ‘speculative, mischievous and baseless’ Opp continues L —Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear protest session weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, Mark Urban, Diplomatic and defence editor for BBC said in Newsnight prgoramme in a detailed report on Wednesday. The report said while the kingdom’s quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran’s atomic programme, it is now possible that the Saudis might be able to deploy such devices more quickly than the Islamic republic. Earlier this year, a senior

the Taliban Shoora (Supreme decision making body) on Thursday appointed self-stilled cleric and chief of Swat Taliban Mullah Fazlullah alias Mullah Radio as new Ameer of the defunct Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Sheikh Khalid Haqqani from Swabi has been named as the deputy Chief of the militant’s organization.

The new TTP chief carries Rupees fifty million head money by the government of Pakistan and is the son-in law defunct Tehreek-e-Nifaaz-eSharia-e-Mohammadi (TNSM) chief Maulana Soofi Mohammad who is undergoing imprisonment in Peshawar jail these days. Mullah Fazlullah

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anti-terror PM for necessary steps to 3ordinances overcome energy shortfall presented in NA

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there would be no more talks as Mullah Fazlullah is against negotiations with the Pakistani government. Contrary to all the speculations and guess works,

ISLAMABAD—After failed talks with the government, Opposition in the Senate continued the protest session outside the Parliament House for the second consecutive day Thursday (today) against what they called “wrong facts and figures” on causalities in missile strikes. The Opposition claims that government provided wrong data to the upper house last week about deaths in missile strikes and terrorism-related incidents.

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The commission said the meeting had been canceled after a resolution seeking a delay in local bodies’ elections was approved in the National Assembly. Earlier, after visiting the ECP, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the printing of ballot papers was not possible within

ISLAMABAD—Three anti-terror ordinances were presented in the National Assembly on Thursday as Intelligence agencies warned of possible terror attacks during Muharram whereas the government said it had prepared a foolproof security plan to tackle the threat. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid presented the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013 the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013, (No 8 of 2013) and the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, 2013, (No 9 of 2013) in the lower house of parliament for consideration and approval. Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq referred the ordinances to the relevant committee and asked it to deliberate the amendments and to present its report in the House for approval.

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Iran nuclear plan ‘backed’ by 6 world powers

20-25 days. He added that the ECP was experienced and should resolve the matter on its own. According to Dar, if the government was involved in the process of printing ballot papers GENEVA—Iran’s plan to cap it would cast doubt on the trans- some of the country’s atomic parency of the elections. activities in exchange for selecContinued on Page 7 tive relief from crippling economic sanctions has been accepted by six world powers, the chief Iranian nuclear negotiator said Thursday. The upbeat comments from Abbas Araghchi, reported by Iranian state TV, suggest that

PM: Pak attaches special importance to UAE ties

Joint Trade Council to be set up

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ates, who called on him here. Also present during the negotiators in Geneva are movfrom broad discussions over ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister meeting were Ishaq Dar, Minis- ing a nuclear deal to specific steps Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on limiting Tehran’s ability to make Picture on Back Page Thursday said that Pakistan atatomic weapons. In return, Iran tached special importance to its would start getting relief from ter for Finance, Sartaj Aziz, relations with the United Arab Adviser to Prime Minister on sanctions that have hit its Emirates. economy hard. The Prime Minister was National Security and Foreign “Today, they clearly said Affairs and Tariq Fatemi, Spetalking to Sheikh Abdullah Bin that they accept the proposed cial Assistant to the Prime MinZayed Al Nahyan, Foreign MinContinued on Page 7 ister of the United Arab EmirContinued on Page 7

US trashing gear left in Afghanistan KANDAHAR—The withdrawing U.S. military is destroying most of the equipment it is leaving behind in Afghanistan after 13 years of war, selling the scrap for millions of dollars to those willing to buy it. The policy stands in stark contrast to the Americans’ withdrawal from Iraq, when they donated or sold still-usable items worth about $100 million. The equipment is being trashed, U.S. officials say, because of fears that anything left behind in Afghanistan could fall into the hands of insurgents and used to make bombs. Leaving it behind also saves the U.S. billions of dollars in transportation costs. Afghans are angry at the policy, arguing that even furniture and appliances that could improve their lives is being Afghans loading pieces of a destroyed US military armoured vehicle into their vehicle at a turned into useless junk. junk yard in Kandahar, Afghanistan.—File photo

“They use everything while they are here, and then they give it to us after breaking it,” said Mohammed Qasim, a junk dealer in the volatile southern province of Kandahar. He gestured toward the large yellow frame of a gutted generator, saying it would have been more useful in somebody’s home, given the lack of electricity in the area. The twisted mounds of metal, steel and industrial rubber scattered over a vast field had once been armored vehicles, trucks and huge blast walls that protected troops from suicide bombers. Giant black treads were pulled from tanks. Even air conditioners, exercise machines and office equipment were crushed and stuffed into multicolored ship-

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NA resolution seeks more time for LG polls Lawmakers call for dialogue with Taliban pers in the provided time frame. It said the printing of ballot I SLAMABAD —The National papers by any private printing Assembly Thursday unani- press will not be acceptable as mously adopted a resolution it will make the entire election seeking to delay local bodies (LB) elections saying that the recently announced schedule by the Election Commission of the local bodies elections is practically difficult to deliver free and fair elections. The resolution moved by Shah Mahmood Qureshi said it is practically difficult to hold free and fair local bodies elec- LAHORE—The Lahore High tions under the dates announced Court has ruled that Punjab’s by the Election Commission of local government elections be Pakistan (ECP). held on party basis as opposed The resolution said the ECP to what the provincial govmust ensure proper procedures ernment had originally envisto ensure free and transparent aged. local government elections. The ruling issued on petiPrinting of ballot papers as de- tions seeking LG elections on fined by the law can only be car- party basis further stated that ried out by the Printing Press of Sections 14 and 18 of the Pakistan which has shown its Continued on Page 7 inability to print the ballot pa-

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process questionable. The sovereign political will of this House should prevail in a democratic process. The resolution sought appropriate time period to deliver local bodies elections. The resolution duly signed by different political leaders has been forwarded to the Election Commission. Rising on a point of order‚ Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah said they will not accept printing of ballot papers from private press for the local bodies elections. This‚ he said‚ will raise question mark on the credibility of the Election Commission. He said holding local bodies elections is a political issue and it should be handled politically. Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the schedule given by the Election Commission for Local Bodies elections is not implementable as the provinces have to undergo

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SC calls for undoing ad-hocism ISLAMABAD—Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has remarked if the courts have to do all the jobs then what works are left to be done by the government. He further remarked “ We gave orders that chairman be appointed of the entities from PIA to PTA. This adhocism will come to end when. The entire country is being run through acting chairmen. Adhoc system be undone. There is no room for

appointment of acting chairman in PTA system. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked “ all the matters should be run as per law as law is supreme in the country. CJP gave these remarks while presiding over a 3-member bench of Supreme Court (SC) during the course of hearing of load shedding case here Thursday. Opening his arguments, Azhar Siddique advocate said companies are not providing quality service. NEPRA is not

monitoring them in proper way. No specific procedure of load shedding is adopted. CJP remarked “ you should know about your powers when a machine is not functioning properly. A better to far better way is pursued in a welfare state. A note be worked out and presented in respect of bill which is served to consumer. Azhar Siddique said KES is generating electricity through the mode of gas and is selling it

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Teachers play major role in nation building SHER GONDAL MANDI BAHAUDDIN—DCO Imtiaz Ahmed Niazi has said that teachers are nation builders. They play major role in nation building and future of coming generations. This mission can only be accomplished if they discharge their responsibilities with honesty, dedication and patriotic spirit. If the builder of nation speaks lie and show false performance through issuing bogus certificates then what lesson the coming generations would learn, he asked the participants. The DCO was chairing an education committee meeting to review performance of teaching staff. DEO Education Babar Mukhtar, District Monitoring Officer (DMO) Ahmed

Raza, DO Education Women Rifhat Riaz, DO Education Muhammad Raees, DDOs and AEOs Education attended the meeting. DMO, in his briefing told that during his inspection tour he found four schools closed during working hours. Presence of teachers in the schools was found 90.6%. Percentage of administrators who inspected various schools remained 96%. According to the report of Administrators, 28 teachers were found absent and 43 teachers were on duty. DCO directed EDO Education to serve show cause notice to teachers who were absent during inspection of the schools by administrators, and take punitive action against them if they fail to justify their absence.

Kayani advises cadets to become most valued part of society OBSERVER REPORT R AWALPINDI —Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Thursday gave away prizes to cadets for distinguished performance in academics, sports and co-curricular activities at Military College Murree (MCM). While addressing as chief guest on Annual Parents’ Day ceremony, he appreciated the college to have made its mark among leading educational institutions of the country within a short period of five years by consistently producing excellent academic results. Besides providing quality education and personality grooming, the college alongside other two military colleges in Jhelum and Sui is one of the feeder institutions for Pakistan Army. He advised the cadets to make best use of the facilities and environment made

available to them and spare no effort to become most valued part of the society. He noted it with great satisfaction that with a near 60pc induction rate in the armed forces, MCM was well upto its mission, said an ISPR press release. Welcome address was delivered by the College Prefect followed by the College Annual Report by the Commandant. The ceremony also included inauguration of college auditorium by the chief guest. MCM is one of the symbols of the Army’s commitment to contribute in national development through numerous projects in the education sector. Earlier, on his arrival, Chief of the Army Staff was received in the college by Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif, Inspector General Training and Evaluation and Brigadier Abdul Hayee, Commandant MURREE: Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of the Army Staff with the students of the Military College Murree at MCM.—APP annual Parents’ Day.

WWF-Maldives to work for conservation of marine resources

HYDERABAD: House job doctors shout slogans against non-payment of their stipend in their hunger strike camp at civil hospital.

Govt to solve people’s problems thru LB reps P E S H A W A R — K h y b e r the masses. Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Finance Sirajul Haq on Thursday said that the government was handing over the funds to concerned representatives of local bodies to ensure the resolution of public problems according to their wishes. Addressing a delegation of Bannu, he said that handing over the funds to local government representatives would help eliminating corruption from the society. He said that old system of Works and Services was under transformation and services of consultants would be hired for the purpose. The minister also assured the delegation resolution of their problems on priority basis. Earlier, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has called upon the PTI workers to shun their petty differences and prepared themselves for the coming LG elections , adding they belong to a party that was working for the great cause of reforming the social sectors and bringing about pleasant changes in the socio-economic life of

He was talking to a 30member delegation of PTI Lakki Marwat that called on him at CM Sectt Peshawar. The delegation was led by Zarin Zia, MPA and Chairperson DDAC Lakki Marwat while Provincial Health Minister and Provincial General Secretary PTI Shaukat Yousafzai and Minister Information Shah Farman Khan were also present on this occasion. Members of the delegation apprised the Chief Minister of the problems and difficulties faced by the people of their respective areas. Pervez Khattak said that PTI workers had to endeavor for realizing the vision of Party Chief Imran Khan and thus to support the provincial govt to complete the agenda of change. He hoped that with active support of the workers and masses, the present govt would succeed in changing the system and cherishing the long standing dream of reforming the service delivery system in the province. He said that the provincial government has adopted the policy of non interference

in any department with the condition of showing performance while those officials not coming to the expectations of the public and failed to deliver, would be punished accordingly. He said that lion share of the provincial resources and powers were being devolved to local govt bodies and hence there would be abundant funds for development schemes in every village, town and city in all over the province. Similarly, he said that timely and quality completion of developmental schemes would also be ensured in future. He said that the LG system introduced by the present PTI led coalition govt would bring about revolution in the province that would be exemplary for all the country. He expressed the confidence that PTI workers would field clean people in the LG elections to win and serve the masses in befitting manner. Similarly, they would not support any wrong but would work for justice done to all that was the goal of PTI to achieve, he concluded.—APP

German professor talks of sufi music SALAHUDDIN HAIDER

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German professor and author Dr Jurgen Wasim Frambagen has described sufi music as a “gift to the western world. Speaking before a select gathering at the Goethe Institute here We d n e s d a y night, that biggest contribution of the sufi music is to maintain harmony and keeping alive the culture of sharing in the subcontinent. Quoting from his book

Senate when “Pakistan is facing a crisis” and demanded that either Chaudhry Nisar withdraw his allegedly wrong

to enhance educational scholarships for students of minorities across the country. It has also extended the scope of awarding scholarships even to students of private educational institutions, which would be distributed through minority parliamentarians. The decisions were taken during a meeting by a delegation of 14 members of minority parliamentarians led by Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael with Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony. The meeting discussed various issues pertaining to minorities community throughout the country. The meeting decided that the development funds for minorities’ parliamentarians would be equally distributed among them. Funds for scholarships will also be distributed equally among the minority parliamentarians who would recommend scholarships for students of their constituency out of his allocated funds.—APP

I SLAMABAD —Ministry of ISLAMABAD—In the wake of velopment happening in the rorist attacks from June on- Religious Affairs has decided

P E S H AWA R —WWF-Pakistan in collaboration with WWF’s Smart Fishing Initiative (SFI) will make efforts to provide sustainable management of tuna in the Indian Ocean during the next three years. They signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture (MoFA), Government of Maldives, through its Marine Research Centre (MRC) to support Maldives to make joint efforts in this regard. The purpose of this agreement is to mutually extend technical and institutional support for the development and conservation of Maldivesâ•™ marine resources. It will focus on the development of sustainable management practices for skipjack and yellow fin tuna in the Maldives, said a press release issued here on Thursday. The MoU also aims to build and strengthen the collaboration between both organizations, and to share scientific expertise. Both parties will also develop and participate in Fisheries Improvement Projects (FIP) and address global issues such as climate change and its effect on fisheries. MRC has agreed to provide facilities for the collection of information about oceanographic parameters through use of scientific equipment available with it and access to available data. It will also assist in research on fisheries resources and help to implement rights based management (RBM) system for better marine resource management. WWF will provide technical expertise for capacity building and training exercises in areas including fish stock assessment, aquaculture practices, education and awareness and other related scientific studies. In addition to this the organization will provide advocacy and voice the opinions of Indian Ocean Coastal States for sound management and conservation of tuna and tuna like species.—APP

Achakzai requests opposition to end Senate sessions boycott

Ministry to increase scholarships for minorities’ students

Nocturnal music in the Land of the Sufis—Unheard Pakistan, he traced down his own history as to he developed interest in an art, which remained very important here. Starting at a young age, he listened to Indian classical and folk music. He realized that while in the sub-continent sufi music is lauded by the audience, in his own country, audiences are perhaps indifferent, mainly because they are unable to understand its intricacies, despite the fact that it was help to spiritualism. It was in Lahore that he mixed with musicians and

connoisseurs to understand the subject. Music is such a vast subject that it took time to understand. He tuned his ears to their symphonies, contents, and rhythm etc. Each and every class of music had its own history, influenced by the localized culture and tradition. A musician Akmal Qadri’s raga, and the show at Maharajah Khattak’s house in Lahore some two decades ago, he was influenced by Ustad Hamid Ali Khan. Unfortunately now, the debate whether music was haram in Islamic society, and now that suicide at-

tacks had vitiated the atmosphere, attempt should be made to accommodate differences and celebrate cultural diversity. Once he heard flute and felt that raga on the bamboo instrument could awaken emotions, both masculine and feminine among listeners. Dr Frembgen also touched on his experiences at the Shah Abdul Latif where a number of people sang his poetry. Sufi poetry is still being described as at the heart of Islam. Dhamal was one instance was moved by and had mentioned in his book.

continuing confrontation between opposition members and the government, Mehmood Khan Achakzai, head of the Balochistan-based and government-allied Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, met with opposition senators on Thursday and requested them to end their boycott of Senate sessions over an Oct 30 controversial reply submitted by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. Opposition senators, mainly belonging to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), have been protesting against what they call ‘arrogance’ shown by Chaudhry Nisar after allegedly providing wrong data to the house on Oct 30 about deaths in terrorism-related incidents. The National Assembly’s debate on the situation arising from last Friday’s killing of Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud was interrupted on November 6 when Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Ahmed Shah rose to point to a disquieting de-

reply to a senator’s question rather than make it an issue of ego or the prime minister intervene personally to settle the matter. After the interior minister, who counter-charged the opposition of making it a matter of ego, refused to withdraw his reply, arguing that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had rechecked the figures of casualties from ter-

wards and found them correct, and there being no sign of a prime ministerial intervention, Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq had ended the discussion by referring the issue to senior house member, Achakzai, for what he called “out-of-court settlement”. Achakzai met with Leader of Opposition in the Senate Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan and prominent Senators Raza Rabbani and Kamil Ali Agha on Thursday. During the meeting, he urged the opposition senators to end their boycott of Senate sessions. Separately, a meeting of all the coalition parties in the federal government was held in the Senate, led by Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq. The meeting was also attended by Chaudhry Nisar. During the meeting, the members discussed what the opposition alleged “unparliamentary behaviour” of the interior minister which had prompted opposition members to boycott Senate sessions.—INP

ANF seizes 40 kg heroin ISLAMABAD—Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) Thursday seized 40 kilogram heroin from Peshawar and arreseted two persons. According to details, ANF Peshawar on an information seized a car suzuki and recovered 40 kgs heroin, said a press release issued here. Drugs were packed in mislabeled 50 packets and were being carried to Haji Camp Lari Adda for loading in Bus destined for Karachi. Two persons namely Sharif Khan resident of Swat and Tamheed-ulla of charsadda have been arrested at the spot. ANF Rawalpindi conducted a raid in sector F11/2 and arrested 3 foreigners and recovered 5 capsules of cocaine weighing 110 grams and 15 capsules of heroin weighing 206 gms. Case under CNS Act has been registered against the arrested persons namely Nwambu r/o Naigeria, Billy Smith r/o Naigeria and Evago Rui r/o Mozzambique. ANF Rawalpindi also carried out operation near Burhan Motorway Interchange and recovered 66 Kgs of Charas. It was packed in 55 packets of 1200 Gms each and concealed in secret cavities of jeep. One person namely Faqeer Gul r/o Mardan has been arrested and jeep seized.He was travelling from Peshawar to Hyderabad and finally on clearance of route to Karachi. ANF Karachi carried out 2 cleanup operations at old Sabzi Mandi Area and Mauch Goth, detained 16 addicts and recovered 4 packs hashish and used syringes. The addiction sites have been sanitized and addicts sent to ANF Drug Treatment Centre at Liary.—APP

CHINIOT: A view of 100-year old Railway Bridge whose fences were recently painted by the District Government but road still needs repair.

Silk Route Festival to revive tourism ISLAMABAD—The three-day named after the ancient Silk glorious past of cultural and Silk Route Festival -2013 has given a new hope to local youth of Gilgit-Baltistan in attracting foreign and national tourists to get a taste of unique landscape, promote values of peace and stability, regional cooperation and gender equity through sports and cultural activities. The event provided them a unique opportunity for showing their art, culture and traditional heritage to boost tourism, trade and cultural exchange of their area along with its scenic beauty and landscapes to the delegates from Silk Route member countries including China, Uzbekistan and Indonesia, Ukraine, North Korea, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Egypt, Japan after 13 years. The concluded festival,

Route, which formed the first bridge between the East and West and was a source of trade between the ancient empires of China, India, Persia and Rome, the event is aimed at reviving tourism in the region. G-B Governor Pir Karam Ali Shah, who inaugurated the event at the Karakoram International University (KIU). “GB has much to offer to the rest of the world and its potential can be utilized by making investments in the region,” said the governor. He also spoke of G-B’s history, calling it a melting pot of influences from Kashmir, Central Asia and China where five ethnic groups speak five different languages with 36 dialects. He termed the festival as not merely the exchange of trade but an event based on

traditional exchange. “Tourists and traders have linked up the living style of Silk Route member countries through this festival and G-B is serving as a gateway to the routes of SRF,” he added. Ukraine ambassador, Volodymyr Lakomov became the first official from his country to visit Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), After five of his Ukranian compatriots were brutally murdered alongside five other trekkers at Nanga Parbat. The unprecedented Nanga Parbat tragedy in June resulted in the death of 10 foreign mountaineers and one local guide. The incident was a serious setback to the region’s tourism industry; foreign travellers left the country in droves and travel advisories were issued.—APP


KP launches Khud Kafalat scheme to end unemployment Efforts for protection of basic rights P ESHAWR —The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Govenror, Enigneer Shaukatullah here Thursday chaired a high level meeting held to review the pace of progress on ongoing efforts for protection of basic rights and resolve the grievances of FATA people. The meeting was attended by Chairman and members of FATA tribunal besides concerned authorities. The meeting was convened as a follow up action to implement the recently issued directives of the Governor in this regard. The Governor was informed that arrangements to conduct training for the existing officers in FCR would be made shortly and two Tehsildars and one Assistant Political Agent from each tribal agency would be called for a short course. The Governor was informed that Levy’s jawans having desired level of qualification and experience would be sent for training in forensic techniques for enabling them to conduct investigation of cases on scientific lines. As far as posting of dedicated APA judicial is concerned, the meeting decided to initiate process for creation of a post of APA judicial in each agency. Meanwhile, it is reported that the tribal maliks and elders hailing from Mullagori sub tehsil area Jamrud Khyber Agency have demanded of the governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and additional chief secretary (ACS)FATA to transfer the allegedly corrupt officers of Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programme forthwith, otherwise a protest would be staged in front of FATA secretariat and governor house Peshawar. The aggrieved maliks Yousaf Shah Mullagori and Gul Mohammad of Mullagori of Jamrud tehsil expressed their views in a press conference held in Jamrud Press Club the other day.We first welcomed the RAHA projects, however, when heard about the officers.—APP

Minister for resolving chronic issues I SLAMABAD —Minister for State and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Lt Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch Thursday urged all political parties and the nation to forge unity for resolving chronic issues being confronted by the country. Speaking in the National Assembly, he said load shedding in the country has decreased by 50 per cent due to effective measures taken by the government. He said that people facing several challenges and PML-N government has prioritized ending energy crisis from the country. He said that achieving peace in the country is top most priority of the government as without improving economy peace is not possible. The resolution of sectarianism, extremism and Balochistan issue are must for ensuring a prosperous Pakistan, he added. He said that government wants to resolve all the issues through dialogue. He said the Government had convened All Parties Conference (APC) for taking into confidence the whole nation, adding that government was sincere. It will not take any pressure from any quarter, he added. He said the Prime Minister will not take any dictation negating the interests of country. He said Taliban should understand that Pakistan has nothing to do in the killing of Hakeemullah Mehsood. The previous government had also announced headmoney on him, the parliament of that time had not objected on it, he added. He said the Government wants to hold negotiations to achieve lasting peace. Negotiations with Taliban must not be derailed, he added. He urged the opposition not to create problems by delivering emotional speeches. He said the blockade of NATO supply will not create any difference as the NATO forces have enough stocks with them.—APP

Govt to maintain peace PESHAWAR —Senior Provincial Minister for Irrigation and Energy Sikandar Hayat Sherpao said Thursday that Khyber Pakthunkhwa government is committed to maintaining peace in the province. He said the government is responsible for protecting lives and properties of masses and it is utilizing all available resources to curb terrorism, extremism and the crime rate. Presiding over a meeting held here to review law and order in Charsaddha, he said police force has an important role to play, adding that performance of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police is laudeable in maintaining law and order. The Minister said that measures need to be taken to address the deprivation of masses and to improve their standard of lives. Earlier, the minister was briefed about overall all and order situation in the district and measures taken by district administration and police force to curb crimes and drug peddling. The minister was also apprised regarding measures against encroachment, polio, outbreak of dengue. Sikandar expressed satisfaction over performance of district police and asked them to further improve it. He advised government officials to work honestly so that the people may see the change that was committed by the provincial led government during election camapign. The meeting was attended by Members Provincial Assembly Arshad Khan, Khalid Khan, Sultan Khan, Deputy Commissioner Charsaddha Tahir Zafar Abbasi, district police officer Charsaddha Shafiullha Khan, Assistant Commissioner Zafarul Islam, DSPs and other government officials.—APP

STAFF REPORTER P ESHAWA R —The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has announced a poverty reduction and employment generation “Khud Kafalat Scheme” to overcome the massive unemployment in the province. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa formally launched the scheme in a ceremony held here at CM Secretariat Peshawar on Thursday wherein a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Bank of Khyber and Provincial Industry & Technical Education department.

Acting Managing Director, BoK, Imran Samad and Secretary Industry Mohammad Sajid Jadoon signed the MoU in the presence of the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak. Provincial Ministers Shah Farman and Bakht Bedar Khan, other high ups of the BoK and Industry department were also present on the occasion. The CM said that funds of Rs. 2 billion have been allocated for the scheme to give soft loans to skilled youth. Under the MoU BoK will carry out the financial aspects of the scheme in terms of funds management;

loan disbursement and recovery in close collaboration with the Provincial government. The Chief Minister termed the scheme as revolutionary step of the industries & Technical Education department which will contribute to the socio-economic development, income and employment generation of the province adding that the scheme will help a great deal to overcome the issue of unemployment and poverty in the province by providing self employment opportunities to the skilled , educated and jobless young people.

On this occasion, the CM was told that under the scheme mark up free micro loans will be given to the eligible persons which included unemployed youth, small traders, female entrepreneurs, new entrants having skill but not having sufficient finances to start their business, artisans, skilled workers and low income entrepreneurs. The size of loan under the scheme ranges from Rs.50,000/- to Rs.200,000 and permanent residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa holding valid computerized national identity card and having age limit of 18 to 50 years

can apply for loan. Applicants who have already availed wasila-e-Haq facility through Benazir Income Support Program or any other such scheme, loaner or defaulters from any Bank or any other institution, employees of government/semi-government or autonomous bodies and regular students are not eligible for loans under the scheme. The maximum tenure of repaying the loan will be three years. The scheme will initially be offered for three year which the government may extend to the permanent feature of the provincial economy.

Applications sought for Khawaja Moin-ud-Din Urs I S L A M A B A D —Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has asked the intending pilgrims to submit their applications for participating in Urs of Hazrat Khawaja Moin- udDin Chishti (RA). The last date for submission of applications is November 18 and a non-refundable Bank Draft of Rs. 1000 is also required with the application, said a news release issued here on Thursday. The Urs celebrations will be held from May 1, 2014 in Ajmair Shareef, India.—APP

Rain, snowfall over hills likely I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Me- ade of link roads due to heavy teorological Department (PMD) on Wednesday forecast more rain with light snowfall at isolated places over the hills of Gallayat, Malakand division and GilgitBaltistan. An official of the Met Office told APP that the western disturbance affecting central and upper parts of the country is likely to persist for next 24-36 hours, which will cause scattered rain-thunderstorm is expected in Islamabad/ Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, divisions, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, while isolated rain-thunderstorm in Northeast Balochistan (Quetta, Zhob, Kalat divisions), D.I. Khan and Multan divisions. Meanwhile, the Met OfHYDERABAD: Police officials checking people at Qadamgah Mola Ali to avoid any untoward incident during Muharram fice has advised people to ul Harram. remain careful due to the risk of land sliding along major roads in Murree caused by prolonged rainfall and block-

Opening of Lawari Tunnel, Kalash valley road demanded GUL HAMAAD FAROOQI day by day.

C HITRAL —The

people have demented of the authorities to open Kalash Valley road otherwise they will came on roads. Addressing a press conference residents of Kalash valley comprising of both Muslim and Kalash minority elite members of Tanzeemi Tahreeki Amal said that Kalash valley has international importance by virtue of its unique culture. They said that a large number of tourists including foreigners visit Kalash valley but due to damaged road their number is decreasing

They said that deadline of 5th November has extended by 75 hours until 9th November and warned that if the government failed to blacktop this road and not handed over 15 kilometers Shekhanandeh road to Communication and Works (C &W) department, they will continue their protest and will come on roads. They demanded from chief minister KPK for opening of kalash road, blacktopping and widening Bumborat road and handing over Shekhanandeh road to C &W so as to boost tourism at Kalash valley and give relief to its residences.

Abdul Majeed Qureshi, Rafi Advocate, Nabaig Kalash advocate, Zahid Alam and other spoke to the press conference. Meanwhile, former provincial minister and district president of Pakistan People’s Party Saleem Khan and other PPP leaders including Burhan Shah advocate, Zahir Shah have urged the federal government for early opening of Lawari tunnel for traffic. Addressing a press conference former provincial minister said that main road of Chitral has been blocked for all type of vehicular traffic at Lawari top due to heavy snowfall.

Promotion of tolerance, peace M ULTAN —Provincial Ministers Asif Saeed Manais and Ch Abdul Waheed Araein said Thursday the Punjab gov- BAHAWALPUR: A policeman showing suspects allegedly involved in kidnapping for ernment had completed security ar- ransom. rangements to maintain peace in Muharram. They urged Ulema to play their role for promoting tolerance and brotherhood during Muharram. Provincial Miniser Saeed Manais directed the administration to follow timings and observe routes of processions. Provincial Minister Ch Waheed said “Islam is a religion of peace and every one should play ones role to establish peace.” Meanwhile, religious scholars, license holders, mourners and P ESHAWA R —Female stu- Lake Saif ul Muluk Clean up life, plants and flora in the people from different walks of life will participate in a walk dents belonging to different and Trek to Miran Jani Top. area. on Friday to persuade people play their active role for colleges of Abbottabad and The girls began their trek One of the students peaceful observance of Muharram. Islahi Bazm-e-Mhdi, Manshera district partici- on first day of Dunga Gali- Ayesha from Comsats UniTanzeem License holders and Young Pakistanis Organiza- pated in the two-day trek- Ayubia Pipeline track. They versity while speaking to the tion (YPO), is organizing the walk. The walk will begin from king and cleanliness drive of were provided raincoats and media said, “this is not only the residence of Malik Naseem Labar and would conclude Dunga Gali-Ayubia pipeline sticks to pick the garbage by a great opportunity to learn at Daulat gate. City Police Officer (CPO), Sultan Ahmad and Lalazar Trek. The Youth Adventure Foundations about our nature and differChaudhary has said that 100 video cameras were installed Tourism Programme was while gloves were given by ent tourism potential in the at various places of the city to monitor the Muharram pro- sponsored and organised WWF in Galliyat. They were province but also to meet cessions. While talking to APP here on Thursday, CPO by Tourism Corporation accompanied by the General girls of different institutes said that all security arrangements had been finalised for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in as- Manager Events and Tourist and many friendship bonds Muharram-ul-Harram and added that checking of the par- sociation with District Youth Information Center (TICs) have been developed toticipants of Muharram processions would be done at four Advisory Board, said a press Muhammed Ali Syed, their day”. The second day places,whereas 600 metal detectors and 64 walkthrough release issued here on respective teachers and me- programme consisted of the gates would also be used for this purpose. CPO Sultan Thursday. Earlier other dia personnel. They were di- Lalazar trek from Dunga Gali Ahmad urged the ulema to cooperate with police to ensure events have been held un- vided into groups and were to Nathia Gali. They began law & order control during Muharram-ul-Harram. He said der its umbrella e.g. Jashan e briefed by Shabeeha, their journey with a light that 105 out of 488 Muharram processions were declared Chitral, Training Campaign Mehreen and Waseem of drizzle wearing the yellow sensitive,while 344 out of 1266 Majalis-aza were declared and Clean Up Malam Jabba, WWF who had accompanied and orange raincoats, with sensitive. City Police Officer Multan, Sultan Ahmed Students field trip to them on the track and were sticks in their hands, wearChaudhry urged the ulema to cooperate with police to Jahanabad Buddha, Excur- giving them valuable knowl- ing gloves and carrying garmaintain law and order situation during Muharram.—APP sion trip to Attock Khurd, edge about the different wild- bage bags.—APP

Girl students participate in trekking, cleanliness drive

Fumigation fails to control dengue fever

snowfall. The official said the rain spell will cast positive impact on crops especially in the rain-fed areas where crops were under moisture stress due to prolonged dry weather conditions. The Karachi Met Office on Thursday forecast partly cloudy

weather with hazy morning in the metropolis during the next 24 hours. It said that the maximum and minimum temperature will remain in the range between 31 and 33, 17 and 19, degree Celsius, respectively. The weather report said that rain, thunderstorm is likely to occur at isolated places in Zhob division of Balochistan.—APP

HYDERABAD —The eruption of dengue remained uncontrolled in Hyderabad district, despite fumigation as 475 more cases were reported from Hyderabad, Latifabad and Qasimabad Talukas of the district from Nov 1 to 5, of them one has breathed his last. Dr Ahmed Haider, the Focal Person on Dengue in Hyderabad district informed APP on Thursday that the city area was the worst hit where 347 cases of Dengue were reported. Besides, 96 patients of Dengue were brought from Latifabad and 10 from Qasimabad, he said and added in the limitations of Hyderabad Cantonment Board, 19 cases of Dengue were reported while the Hyderabad rural is a safer Taluka from where only three cases were reported. Out of 475 Dengue affected patients brought in hospitals, he informed that one has lost his life, 298 were admitted and after required medical treatment, 291 patients have been discharged while seven pa- QUETTA: A large number of addicts were arrested as ANF tients remained admitted in the carried out a massive clean-up operation against drug hospitals and getting treat- smugglers and paddlers at Habib Nullah. ment.—APP


Let there be total ban on luxury imports

MEDIA WATCH

Greening our gas emissions

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N an encouraging and welcome development, the data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics indicates that the food group imports in the country during the first three months of the current financial year dropped by 11.91 percent as compared to same period last year. The items whose imports showed declining trend include milk cream and milk food for infants, dry fruit and nuts, and edible oil. Pakistan is an agricultural country and there is no reason it should import food products but unfortunately we have concentrated neither on tapping the full potential nor increasing the yield by way of adoption of modern techniques and technologies. As per report of the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN), despite below 2,000 litres per animal yield in the country as compared to 9,000 litres per animal per annum in Europe, Pakistan is the fifth largest milk producing country in the world with 35.6 billion litres (natural contents) of milk per year. There would be no need to import milk or milk products if right policies are pursued to develop corporate dairy farming; milk processing and value added dairy and meat products. Similarly, the country has been constantly and chronically deficient in its production as about 70% of the domestic requirements are met through imports. The area under cultivation of oilseeds has remained almost stagnant with some negligible variations for some crops and there are big gaps between potential yield and national average yield of various oilseed crops. About 70% of the yield potential has not yet been achieved in sunflower, 77% in rapeseed-mustard, 85% in groundnut, 65% in sesame and 74% in linseed. Similar is the case with regard to the other crops including wheat, rice and pulses in which we have still not been able to match the average world yield. While there is seen a decline in imports of food items, it is worrying that overall imports during the first quarter have showed 12.15% increase. Import of oil and machinery is a necessity but one fails to understand why the successive governments have given a blank cheque for import of luxury items. Every new model of luxury cars finds its way onto the Pakistani roads just within months of its role out, import of mobile phones has reached alarming proportions, and markets are flooded with unnecessary imported items. Pakistan is facing financial crisis and it would be in the fitness of things if there is a total ban on import of luxury goods to save our precious foreign exchange.

Musharraf showed courage and it paid F

ORMER President Pervez Musharraf has been bailed out in all the four cases and now he is free to move about or even go abroad if his name is removed from the Exit Control List (ECL). Investigations against him are reportedly underway in treason case but the trend shows he would finally be exonerated of this charge as well. Both friends and foes of the former President wondered when, true to his bold and commando image, Musharraf decided to return to Pakistan to participate in the electoral process. Some even thought he was a fool indulging in self-infliction and their apprehensions came true when he was humiliated, maltreated and entangled in many cases. He was detained in his house, which was declared as sub-jail and made to appear before this and that court. At times, it seemed that Musharraf could, some day, be awarded the severest punishment by courts because of the gravity of the charges in different cases. But Musharraf showed courage and determination as he reportedly declined offers to leave the country and his decision to face the cases has ultimately started paying. He is now a free man after a cumbersome judicial process and he is now in a position to speak with his head up. As Musharraf is privy to many developments at home and abroad, we expect him to continue to stay in the country and carve out a role for him. He has, no doubt, leadership qualities and can help a lot in extricating the nation from the deep sense of despondency and uncertainty.

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N the midst of divergent views on drone attacks, Lawmakers in the National Assembly have suggested to the Government the wiser course of dialogue with the United States for halt of these attacks as they amount to disregard of Pakistan’s dignity and sovereignty. Though there has been strong opposition to the drone attacks that cause collateral damage, but the opposition and resentment against them increased dramatically after the murder of the banned TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud in attack by an unmanned aircraft. This does not mean that people had any sympathies for the TTP leader because vast majority of Pakistanis are against acts of terrorism and strongly condemn the suicide and bomb blasts carried out in different parts of the country by the militants. The reason of their anger is that the murder of Mehsud has also killed the peace process that the Government had initiated with the TTP to bring an end to acts of terrorism. Several political leaders including the ruling PTI in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been demanding and threatening to block the NATO supply route to force US to reconsider its attacks. But in our view the National Assembly is perfectly right in suggesting to hold talks with the United States by emphasising that the drone attacks are proving counter productive and the dialogue is the only way forward to deal with this issue. It can be argued by some that in the past as well Pakistan had been demanding an end to such attacks but to no success. We believe that if Pakistan continues to persist with its stance on drones and it is backed by elected representatives, human rights organisations and other countries from the forum of the United Nations, the United States would have to give it a serious consideration. Therefore, the saner course as suggested by the members of the Parliament would be to accelerate the diplomatic efforts on all fronts including despatch of Parliamentary delegation to the US to lobby with members of important committees of Senate and House of Representatives for an end to drone strikes.

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India’s three growth-killer ministries Boris Yeltsin ignored the former close friend of the erstwhile USSR and refused to make any concessions on sale of defense equipment. China has emerged, toM D Nalapat gether with South Korea and Japan, as a powerful comEmail: mgnalapat@gmail.com petitor to the dominance of companies from countries forming part of the NATO ANMOHAN Singh ad bloc. Luckily for all of them, the mires Europe and the US, Sonia-Manmohan duo has ensured so commentators and me- that Indian companies now pose no dia outlets there repay the compli- threat to MNCs based in Europe, ment by claiming that he was the China or the US. This has been done originator of the 1992-94 economic through multiple agencies. The Rereforms which to an extent energized serve Bank of India has been carethe Indian economy. The truth is that fully headed only by those known to Manmohan’s only contribution was favour foreign interests. The present to relentlessly push for easier entry Governor, Raghuram Rajan, is a of foreign companies into India, Green Card holder who pines for the rather than seek to ensure that do- day when he will return home to the mestic companies were enabled to University of Chicago, or perhaps compete better abroad. become the first “non-American” to As Union Finance Minister, he head the World Bank. Although techpresided over such giveaways as a nically not a US citizen, Rajan can $12 b billion gift to Moscow in the be expected to do all that is necesshape of the rupee-rouble pact. Be- sary to safeguard and advance US cause of this unwise and one-sided interests in the World Bank, thereby decision, India became the only enabling Washington to claim that it country in the world to repay loans gave up the US monopoly over the taken from the USSR at an exchange top post in the Bank, even while conrate several multiples higher than tinuing to get all the benefits of such that prevailing at the time. The talk a monopoly. in Delhi was that it was the Bill Rajan has twice in his brief tenClinton administration in Washing- ure since coming to office hiked up ton that was instrumental in getting interest rates, thereby further cripIndia to accept such an expensive pling industry in India and handicappolicy, because Clinton wanted to ping them from facing foreign comfunnel financial help to the newly petition. A company headquartered in created Russan Federation. Only, he the US or the EU - or indeed in Jawanted the largesse to come from a pan, South Korea or China - gets fidesperately poor country, India, nance at a rate that is far below the rather than from his own. The $12 15 percent paid by an Indian combillion gift to Moscow did not re- petitor. The new RBI Governor is folsult in any benefits for India, as lowing in the footsteps of his two im-

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mediate predecessors by boosting interest rates and thereby ensuring that banks in India become loaded with no-performing assets, thereby crippling them from competing with foreign banks. Incidentally, Raghuram Rajan has laid out welcome mat for foreign banks. Of course, only those from NATO bloc will be welcome. Those from the GCC or from Africa or South America are not part of the small group of countries favored by Rajan and his bosses, Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi. The Reserve Bank of India has sliced away a least 2% from the rate of growth of the Indian economy .Another ministry that has fulfilled the same purpose ( of crippling Indian companies in their battle to win markets dominated by foreign companies) is the Ministry of Home Affairs. According to the MHA, investment coming from the GCC or East Asia (especially China) is suspect. Clearance for such projects takes months to arrive, if they ever do. In the meantime, if investors in these locations send their funds to London, New York or Frankfurt from where they get rerouted to India via the Muritius tax haven. Once the money gets rerouted through NATObloc entities (who claim a hefty commission for the service), the Ministry of Home Affairs withdraws its objections and permits the investment. It is as though capital from the GCC or from East Asia needs to get purified by getting routed through the NATO bloc in order to be deemed suitable for investment in India. Interestingly, executives of these NATO-bloc financial entities have free access to the highest levels of policy-making in India. The other ministry that has chopped off 2% from the rate of

growth of the Indian economy is the Ministry of Environment. This ministry has made it hell for companies to invest in India, an obstructionist stance that has gone on since SoniaManmohan team came to power in 2004. Of course, none of such obstructive tactics have actually improved the environment in India, which continues to he heavily polluted. The Ministry believes that those who are desperately poor must remain desperately poor, a view also held by the many foreignfunded NGOs who are given VIP treatment in Delhi. These NGOs operate in effect on behalf of foreign competitors, by preventing Indian companies from gaining access to minerals and to other requisites of manufacturing. The consequence has been a rise in both pollution and unemployment. Together, the RBI, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Environment reduce the rate of growth in India by a total of 6% annually. They ensure that the people of this country remain poor and deprived, even as NGOs from countries such as Canada (where per capita consumption of energy is huge but which lectures poor countries on conservation) are staffed by expatriates who seldom venture far from their luxurious residences. With such agencies ostensibly looking after their welfare ,the people of India have no need of foes. Their socalled protectors are doing the job of destruction of their future more effectively that any outside foe can. —The writer is Vice-Chair, Manipal Advanced Research Group, UNESCO Peace Chair & Professor of Geopolitics, Manipal University, Haryana State, India.

Army’s renewed resolve! in. It goes to its credit that despite having limited experience this new dimension of war, Sultan M Hali inanti-terror operations being Email: sm_hali@yahoo.com fought by the Pakistan Army through its blood, sweat and guts find few parallels in eiILITARY exercises are ther modern or ancient warfare. simulated operations con India’s Pakistan-specific “Cold ducted under realistic sce- Start Doctrine” is a different cup of narios to validate fresh concepts, cake. Handicapped by its lethargic strategy and weapon systems. Paki- deployment, when India wanted to stan Army, operating in an environ- strike Pakistan in the aftermath of the ment of tension, conflict and hostile December 13, 2001 attack on its parneighbourhood is constrained to con- liament, holding its western ceive and review war plans to meet neighbour responsible for the assault, various contingencies, hone the Pakistan’s rapid counter-mobilization skills of its personnel and test their forced a stalemate. Taking a leaf from mettle to face the myriad challenges. German General Heinz Guderian’s The Pakistan army has con- “Blitzkrieg”, India envisages that ducted numerous military exercises keeping holding forces ready for insince its independence, to meet vari- stant operations; it will be able to ous threats. Notable among them is strike a telling blow on Pakistan “Zarb-e-Momin” of 1989 which had through conventional weapons, forcwar-gamed’, field tested and vali- ing it to capitulate even before dated the then fresh concept of an nuclear weapons can be launched. “offensive-defence” strategy; a se- Indian Armed Forces have conducted quel to Indian Army Chief General scores of military exercises to Sunderjee’s highly ambitious “Op- operationalize “Cold Start”, and are now indulging in intimidation and eration Brasstacks”. “Azm-e-Nau” (fresh resolve) is jingoistic threats, evident from their a series of exercises, launched in recent across LOC misadventures. The previous major exercise of 2009 and evolved to envisage the whole range of threats facing Paki- the Azm-e-Nau series was its third, stan, including the terror attacks by played out in 2010, dovetailed with non-state actors and Indian Army’s PAF’s Exercise “High Mark-2010”, Cold Start Doctrine. Anti-terror op- where joint operations, as envisaged erations added a new dimension to by Pakistan’s defence planners were Pakistan Army’s arsenal of combat put to test. A unique attribute of the mechanism, compelling the defence exercise has been optimizing the planners to evolve fresh tactics and technological developments and adstrategy to battle the faceless enemy, vancement in intelligence gathering, that dons suicide jackets, mingles surveillance and reconnaissance with the population, targets communication and revolutionizing mosques, hospitals and education modern warfare, making early warncenters, maiming and killing ing an essential feature of women, children and the elderly. postmodern operational concepts. This new dimension to the threat was All these aspects were not only opfar removed from the set piece timally leveraged in the field exerbattles; the Army has been conven- cise, but heavily relied upon and tionally planning and participating tested to the core. The integrated

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maneuver and fire power demonstration on November 4, 2013, at the Army Firing Range of Khairpur Tamewali, northwest of Bahawalpur in the Cholistan Desert was the culmination of the Azm-e-Nau-4 and a conclusion of the series. It was a visual and graphic manifestation of the new concepts evolved and physical demonstration of countering the Cold Start Strategy. In the elaborate display, witnessed by the Prime Minister, Members of the Parliament, Services Chiefs, Defence Attachés accredited to Islamabad and the media, an operational milieu was simulated and created to provide a realistic presentation of the military prowess. It was heartening to witness the offensive as well as defensive capabilities of the Pakistan Army operating in synergy with the air power based on Pakistan Air Force and Army’s air arm demonstrating their precision, lethality and annihilating capabilities to achieve the desired effects. The Prime Minister, in his speech, while congratulating the rank and file of Pakistan Army for their dedication, hard work, sacrifices and professionalism, expressed his government’s resolve to end the bloodshed and violence (through terror attacks) by bringing the political parties, military, and civil society on the same page. Mian Nawaz Sharif also reiterated that Pakistan Army has always stood by the people of Pakistan in thick and thin. Be it natural calamities like floods and earthquakes, maintaining law & order, imparting training to our law enforcement agencies, Army has always come in aid of the civilian government. This passion of being in the forefront is something that we as a nation are very proud of. On the heels of the culmination of Azm-e-Nau, Pakistan on successfully test-fired a short range surfaceto-surface missile Hatf IX (NASR).

The test was conducted with successive launches of four salvo missiles from a state-of-the-art multi tube launcher. “NASR, with a range of 60 kilometers and in-flight maneuver capability is a quick response system, with shoot and scoot attributes. According to the ISPR, it contributes to the full spectrum deterrence against threats in view of evolving scenarios. The army chief along with senior defence and military officials, scientists and engineers witnessed the test. General Kayani, according to the statement, congratulated the scientists and engineers on this “outstanding achievement, which consolidates Pakistan’s deterrence capability.” Azm-e-Nau is perhaps the swansong of General Kayani, who has enhanced the professional capabilities of Pakistan Army through rigorous training, motivation and personal example. He is certainly leaving the Army in a far better shape in terms of proficiency, skill and professional acumen than he had received it from his predecessor. Having withdrawn the Army from its deployment in civilian organizations and curtailing its involvement in the political melee, has paid rich dividends. It is befitting that Pakistan’s military strategy is now based on credible minimum deterrence, which was visibly demonstrated during the integrated fire power display. Pakistan Army’s leadership can take pride in the fact that this fighting force, despite all the sacrifices, trials and tribulations, is now in the highest state of preparedness encompassing optimized set of military capabilities, which remain its cornerstone and amply showcase its renewed resolve to meet the challenges head-on. —The writer is retired PAF Group Captain and a TV talk show host.

HE country’s greenhouse gas emissions have been dropping significantly. Get excited. But not too excited. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported last month that the greenhouse gas output from power plants, the nation’s biggest emitters, dropped by an astounding 10 percent between 2010 and 2012. Last year alone, greenhouse emissions over the whole economy declined by 4.5 percent. In a separate report, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) noted that the recent progress on emissions came even as the economy and the population grew. The country has been using less energy to produce more wealth and, in the process, is producing fewer emissions. Though they are separate analyses, both reports point strongly to the same conclusions. A primary driver of the emissions dip has been a widespread switch from the burning of coal to the burning of natural gas to produce electricity. When combusted, natural gas releases about half the carbon dioxide as does coal. The increasing use of novel drilling techniques — commonly known as fracking — has opened up vast gas plays for production in places such as Pennsylvania and Texas. That has driven domestic natural gas prices down and made switching away from burning coal an economical choice for utilities. The EIA also noted that the increased use of renewable sources of electricity, especially wind, contributed to the country’s decreasing carbon intensity between 2007 and 2012. And the fact that Americans have been driving less and buying more fuelefficient cars has reduced the burning of carbon-heavy gasoline. If Congress would finally get the right policies in place, one could imagine a future in which the rise of US-produced natural gas cuts emissions in the short term before giving way to technologies that produce fewer emissions in the long term. That, though, would require both the sort of commitment to addressing climate change that lawmakers have so far failed to demonstrate and a willingness to pass well-designed laws that the political system usually can’t muster, even in good times. So the good news comes with some serious caveats. Fracking requires smart regulation to, among other things, ensure that obtaining and transporting natural gas doesn’t produce too many greenhouse gas emissions. And burning natural gas still produces a significant amount of carbon dioxide, so it isn’t a fuel on which the country can rely forever if the nation is to seriously tackle global warming. The government, then, cannot simply sit back and watch. In the absence of congressional action, the EPA should continue its efforts to place reasonable regulations on fracking and to limit coal burning under the Clean Air Act. And the public should pressure Congress to establish a more coherent long-term plan to move the economy off carbon-dioxide-producing fuels. — The Washington Post *****

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HEN an international expert speaks highly of the roads in the UAE and of its legislations on road safety, it is a matter of pride. But it also means that much needs to be done to implement these rules and the onus for this lies not only with the government but also on road users. Dr Etienne Krug, Director of World Health Organisation’s Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, said the UAE has the potential to be the top country in the world in road safety by 2020. But he added that to do this, the police needs to enforce the law and the people need to know. The UAE has enacted legislations at different periods of time to ensure that the roads are safe for motorists, whether they be limits on speed, the use of seatbelts or even the seating of children in the car. But this does not mean that road users should stop being careful. In fact, they must make every effort to follow the rules rather than wait to be caught breaking them. — Gulf News There’s one law for the rich and another for the poor. — Proverb


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OBLE qualities of mind and character enjoy a place of cru cial importance in the structure of Islamic teaching. Moral evolution and uplift was one of the main objects for which the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was raised up. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) himself has said “I have been sent down by God to teach moral virtues and to evolve them to highest perfection.” Good manners are the first mark of good breeding and reflect directly on a person’s upbringing. According to most scholars, one of the reasons that Islam spread in the region of South-East Asia, to places like Indonesia and Malaysia was the fact that Muslim traders appeared to have excellent manners. There was no Jihad in Indonesia. We must also remember that the converse applies and that bad manners reflect badly on Islam.” One of the most important aspects of a Muslim’s life is for him to have a high standard of morals. Since the beginning of Islam, the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was mainly concerned with teaching and disciplining Muslims to have the best manners and the best personal characteristics. His personal life and behavior were reflective of his teach-

ings, which were reveled to him by man made system it is the deen of Allah. In the Holy Qur’an, in surat Allah, He made it complete and inAl-Qalam, Allah describes the Holy tegrated. Only Allah with His great Prophet (PBUH) knowledge that is saying what can The Spirit Of Islam infinite. No man be translated as, has, can or will “And verily, you ever come up with (O Muhammad) a system that is so are on an exalted perfect. If you want standard of chara successful and acter.” (Verse 4). happy life, then The Holy Prophet just apply Islam to (PBUH) high it, and you will standard of manhave wonderful reners made him a sults. Islam is a model for all Musbeautiful religion, lims to follow. The full of wisdom and Holy Prophet harmony. If this Atif Noor Khan wonderful religion (PBUH) used to emphasize how Email:atifnoot007@gmail.com is followed propimportant good erly then a typical manners are for Muslim would Muslims. For example, Imams only be a great example to follow. Bukhari and Muslim reported that Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr “The the prophet mentioned that “The best Prophet never used bad language of you is the best among you in con- neither a ‘Fahish nor a Mutafahish. duct.” No other ethical system can He used to say ‘The best amongst match up with Islam’s ethical sys- you are those who have the best tem. Only Allah (S.W.T.) Al- manners and character.’ (Translation Hakeem, with His great wisdom, of Sahih Bukhari, Virtues and Mercould have made such its of the Prophet (peace be upon a system that teaches humans how him) and his Companions, Volume to deal with every aspect of their 4, Book 56, Number 759)”. Allives. This is because Islam is not a Tirmidhi narrated Allah’s Messen-

ger (peace be upon him) said “The best loved by me and the nearest to me on the seats on the Day of Resurrection are those who have the best manners and conduct amongst you, who are intimate, are on good terms with others and are humble, and the most hated by me and who will be on the furthest seats from me are those who are talkative and arrogant.” Love of Allah is the basis of worship that should be directed to Him alone. Any other love should be for His sake too. Muslims should also love one another and wish the best for one another. Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said “One will not be a true believer unless he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.” (Bukhari, Muslim, Nasa’i, Ahmed and Ibn Majah). Imam Malik and Imam Ahmed narrated Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said “Allah said My love is due to those who love one another for My sake.” It is obvious that one of ways of advancing noble Holy aims of Islam in an Islamic society is correct behaviour. The Holy Prophet (PBUH), addressing the sons of Abdul Muttalib says You can never gather people around you with your wealth, so treat them with a smiling face.

Sikhs’ petition: Test case for UNHCR Asghar Ali Shad Email:shad_asghar@yahoo.com

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T is an open secret that when In dian Prime Minister Indra Gandhi was killed by his Sikh bodyguards on 31 October 1984, thousands of innocent Sikhs were murdered in various parts of India but the Indian state did not punish the real culprits of this genocide till today. So on 31 October 2013 more than 10 lakhs Sikhs from all over the world filed a petition in Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council UNHCR against those killings. Sikh groups led by the US-based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) have petitioned UNHCR seeking specifically an international investigation into the November 1984 riots as well as the Council’s recognition of the killings as ‘genocide’ under Article 2 of the U.N. Convention on Genocide. The petition was followed by a ‘Justice March’ by hundreds of Sikhs from Europe, Canada and the US. The petition stresses that successive governments in India have deliberately mis-

led the world community into believing that the 1984 killings were ‘riots’ confined to Delhi, when “there is ample evidence to the contrary”. The petition provides “new evidence” aimed at proving that contrary to prevalent belief, the killings of Sikhs had spread to 18 States and 100 cities beyond Delhi. This includes, among other things, official government records that state that 35,000 Sikhs claimed damages for death and injury, out of which 20,000 claims are from Sikhs who were attacked outside Delhi. Further, the Sikh groups have provided new evidence of the existence of mass graves of 65 Sikhs in Hondh Chillar village of Haryana, discovered in February 2011, a mass cremation site at Pataudi in Haryana, and ruins of Sikh houses and gurudwaras in Gurgaon and West Bengal. The petition states, “As a planned cover-up, remains of all such sites were cleaned and rebuilt to purge traces of the attacks. The debris and human remains at the newly discovered genocidal sites throughout India as well as the official records of the Indian government are the most spe-

cific irrefutable and convincing evidence that killing of Sikhs in November 1984 was ‘genocide’. The new evidence justifies new investigation.” Stating that Sikhs have exhausted all avenues in seeking justice and redress in India, the Sikh organizations have detailed the 29year saga of 10 commissions of enquiry into the killings that led nowhere, the relief given by courts to the accused Congress leaders, and the manner in which the Congress party has promoted and given them tickets despite the charges they face. Describing the commissions of enquiry as “eyewash to offset the demands for justice and accountability,” the petition says that a cursory look at the reports and recommendations of the commissions shows that they are a “hoax played through the façade of investigation into the November 1984 killings” and were aimed at covering up the extent and scale of violence against the Sikhs. Naming the former MPs, Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, Union Minister Kamal Nath, Arjun Singh, HKL Bhagat and Amitabh Bacchan, among others, the petition says the

government has “thwarted all attempts by the victims to get justice by cover-ups, destroying evidence and providing immunity to Congress leaders, by threatening witnesses and victims. The victims have no recourse but to approach the UNHRC.” Speaking to The Hindu from Geneva, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, the legal adviser of the SFJ, said: “We are overwhelmed at the support that this petition has got from Sikhs across the world. We hope to have a hearing before the U.N. subcommittee on Human Rights, to present evidence and witnesses about the extensive use of government machinery in violence against Sikhs during November 1984.” Initiated last year, the petition was also supported by the Akal Takht, the supreme temporal body for Sikhs, which issued an appeal to Sikhs to gather signatures and make it a success. Camps were held in the five Sikh takhts and at several Gurudwaras along with awareness campaigns across social media to collect signatures. —The writer is freelance columnist.

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The answer on Iran — Yes Doyle McManus

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FTER years of fruitless ne gotiations, the United States may soon face an unfamiliar problem in its long confrontation with Iran: Are we willing to take yes for an answer? Negotiators are scheduled to meet again in Geneva this week to try to move toward an agreement that would put reliable limits on Iran’s nuclear program — limits strong enough to reassure other countries that the mullahs cannot build a nuclear weapon. Officials on both sides say they are still a long way from a deal, but they also describe the talks as an important moment of opportunity. Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, wants a deal to lift the international sanctions that are crippling his country’s economy, something he promised to try to achieve during his election campaign last spring. The challenge, of course, is that Iran wants minimal limits on its freedom but maximum relief from economic sanctions. The United States and its allies want the opposite combination, a deal that would dismantle much of Iran’s nuclear program be-

fore most sanctions are lifted. And the two sides will have to cut their deal in the face of intense mistrust and political sniping on both sides. Only last week, Iranian hard-liners staged their annual “Death to America” rally outside the long-shuttered US Embassy in Tehran, and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, felt compelled to defend his negotiators against charges that they are giving too much away. One positive sign: Both sides have agreed on a structure for the talks. In a first phase, between now and the end of the year, they’ll try to reach an interim agreement that would freeze Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for what US officials have described as modest relief from sanctions. As described by US negotiator Wendy Sherman, the idea would be to “put time on the clock … so we have time to negotiate a comprehensive agreement.” An important part of the interim deal, she told an Israeli television interviewer, would be that any sanctions relief be “limited, temporary [and] reversible.” Under one proposal being discussed, Iran would get access to some of the billions of dollars in oil earnings that the sanctions have effectively frozen in bank accounts around the world —

but the regulations that froze the assets would remain in place, and the money could be turned on and off like a spigot, depending on Iran’s behaviour. That’s phase one. Phase two would be another round of negotiations to reach a final deal — one that, in US eyes, would include limits on Iran’s nuclear program so strenuous that no other country, including Israel, would worry about Iranian nuclear weapons again. To Western nuclear experts, such an agreement would have to cover a daunting list of issues. It would need to eliminate Iran’s stockpile of highly enriched uranium, either by shipping it out of the country or by reducing it to a less dangerous form. It would need to limit Iran’s ability to enrich nuclear fuel by reducing the number of centrifuges in the country. It would need to stop the new Arak nuclear reactor from producing plutonium. And it would need to impose intrusive international monitoring to ensure that the agreement was kept. But to get such a deal, the United States and its allies would almost surely have to relax one long-standing demand: that Iran end all nuclear enrichment. From Iran’s standpoint, that is a deal-breaker, warned Rob-

ert Einhorn, a State Department nuclear negotiator during the Clinton and Obama administrations. “Rouhani and his negotiating team have … indicated a willingness to accept constraints on a domestic enrichment programme, but never a willingness to give it up altogether,” he said. “The hard-liners would pounce on any deal that could be portrayed as a humiliating surrender.” On Capitol Hill, too, the hardliners are waiting to pounce. For years, the U.S. position has been that Iran must end its enrichment program, and pro-Israel organizations say that should still be the goal. And Congress is still discussing tougher sanctions, a move Obama administration officials say would backfire by causing the negotiations to collapse (and potentially cause international sanctions to unravel too). Congress should back off. In recent history, moments of opportunity between Iran and the US have been rare. This one shouldn’t go to waste. A nuclear deal with Iran, if one can be struck, will deserve tough scrutiny. But we have to be willing to take yes for an answer. — Courtesy: Los Angeles Times

Noise, noise and noise..!

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RACKERS, drums, and noise! That’s all I have been hearing for the past few days: Says the Supreme Court as they passed the Noise Pollution Rule 2000, a loudspeaker or a public address system shall not be used between 10 pm and 6 am. It is the right of a baby to enjoy a peaceful nights sleep. It is the right of a senior citizen towards a peaceful atmosphere. It is the right of a student to concen-

trate on his or her studies. Say the people: It is our right to create noise. The people want blaring music till midnight. To hell with the baby’s sleep, or the peace that the old are entitled to. To hell with the student who burns the midnight oil, (anyway we hardly burnt any). To hell with what the Supreme Court says. The people want noise, let them have it! Nobody is greater than the law. But even governments to appease religious sentiments try to find loopholes or blatantly misuse the law: “Don’t arrest anyone who creates noise!” they tell their police. When a government starts fiddling with the very judgements passed by learned judges. When a government laughs

at the judiciary and dares it to act, then it we who have to act fast. The only hope we have left in this country is the helpline of the law, and more than the borders of our country this law needs protection, for when the law is broken by governments than the very borders of our own self will be left vulnerable for all and sundry to defile and violate. We walk tall in this world as a democracy, but in a democracy it is not just the will of the people that is mighty. It is justice, and that is why more powerful than any mandate or government. More powerful than populist thinking that can be swayed by whims and fancies, is the law. And the Supreme Court has the last word. Strong is the law but yet so

fragile. All it requires is a sleeping people, a ‘so what, let it be’ attitude and the citadel which is the court will come crashing down. Stand up today and fight, armed not with batons and sticks, not with guns and knives but with decrees and edicts and rules and regulations, to see that when a government violates or misuses the law it should be penalized, punished and pummeled back into shape! It is the right of a baby to enjoy a peaceful nights sleep. It is the right of a senior citizen towards a peaceful atmosphere. It is the right of a student to concentrate on his or her studies. It is also our right to have some peace and quiet..! —Email:bobsbanter@gmail.com

Voice of the People Hakeemullah, the martyr! COL RIAZ JAFRI (RETD)

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he other day I met a Parachinari who was visibly pleased at the killing of Hakeemullah Mehsud. On my asking him the reason for his jubilation, he looked deep into my eyes with a poignant gaze and said, “If you had seen the video showing how these Kafirs slaughtered my kith and kins, reciting Allah-ho-Akbar while cutting their throats and then taking their heads away to play football with them in the dusty grounds, you would have also shown the same sentiments today on his killing”. Then he reminded me of how they had strung the headless bodies of about a dozen FC men from the street poles in Matni bazaar near Peshawar and taken away their heads as Jihad trophies with them! He didn’t have to tell me of their calling Pakistan a ‘Kafir State’ and declaring Jihad against it and its Armed Forces, attacking the GHQ, Mehran and Kamra bases, Police Training Centre Lahore, sensitive offices of the agencies all over Pakistan, breaking jails, bombing of mosques, Imam Bargahs, Churches, Commercial markets and Bazaars, killing thousands of innocent people. And yet Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Munawar Hasan call him (them) Shaheed? I hope they know who is a ‘Shaheed’ — according to Quran, he is the one who lays down his life for Allah and not the one who takes the lives of the innocent ones!! Maulana seems to have gone crazy when he says that even a dog killed by the USA is a ‘Shaheed’ to him. Come on Maulana Sahib, we expect much better from you. Had a common man or a non-Muslim uttered this expression, he would have been termed as a heretic and might have been booked under the Blasphemy Law for making mockery of the Quranic edicts. —Rawalpindi

Conserving biodiversity SYEDA QURAT-UL-AIN A ‘Game Reserve’ is an area where hunting and shooting of wild animals is not allowed, except under a special permit which specifies the maximum number of animals or birds that may be killed or captured, the area and duration for which such permit is valid. The objectives of the establishment of a Game Reserve is to protect flora and fauna for sustainable use. Indigenous wildlife in its natural habitat makes for an ideal situation as this helps in providing an environment where growth can take place at a natural rate. In these Game Reserve areas, a person can enter or reside, cultivate any land, damage or destroy any vegetation, hunt, kill or capture any wild animal, introduce any exotic species of animal or plant, introduce any domestic animal or allow it to stray. The Game Reserves, including location, habitat type and major wildlife species, in Haripur District, are: 1. Bagra 2560—Grey partridge, Black Partridge, Fox, Hare; 2. Kalinjar 2000—Chukar partridge, See-see partridge, Grey partridge, Hare; 3. Mang 4350—Black partridge, Grey partridge, Chukar partridge, See-see partridge; 4. Pind Hashim Khan 3150—Black partridge, Grey partridge, Chukar partridge, See-see partridge, Hare; 5. Rakh Sardaran 4200—Grey partridge, Black partridge, Hare, Jackal. Pakistan has 1,027 species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles, of which 3.5 per cent are endemic and 5.5 per cent are threatened. Unfortunately, Pakistan also has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world. Pakistan has rich wildlife but because of illegal hunting it is destroying. There are 96 designated Game Reserves in Pakistan where hunting and shooting of wild animals is regulated under permits. The number of shoots allowed in reserves varies, and is determined by the Provincial governments. In KPK, wild Game Reserves are being managed by KPK Wildlife Department. —Via email

Inter-caste marriages

After marrying she will have to suffer a never ending journey of compromises with her future husband and inlaws. In addition, it snatches her future plans which she once made to achieve her goals with a person of same thinking and attitude. My question is, does the girl have no right to make her choice or opinion, does a girl has no right to marry a person of her own choice? Isn’t she a human, a free human being? When will we think her as mere a girl, a free girl who has her dreams, her choices and aims in life? She is always occupied with different relations or taken as someone’s daughter, sister, wife, mother when comes to decision making. Why does not our society let her to make decision of her life? I do respect those parents and family members who take decisions of their own choices to make their girl’s life a better life. But have we ever thought how she tackles this decision if she doesn’t want to marry a person of not her choice. The matter of fact is that we all have forgotten thinking about girls’ choices and opinions in every matter of life. In marriage cases, it becomes the matter of life and death for family especially for male head of the household to marry a girl out of their respected Caste or Baradari. It seems so cruel to chain a person’s mind with your own useless desires and honorable customs and traditions without considering her / his choice and opinion. I condemn the act of restricting someone from inter-caste marriage just because of those stupid customs and traditions as it spoils the mental growth of both girl and boy. They are made to live with compromises for the caste pride. Relations should be maintained with love and care not with compromises. There is a need to consider this issue at societal level in order to save the lives of young people from the negative impacts of caste system. The mind set is required to be changed because I think mental understanding between two people is the most significant pre-requisite for healthy and successful married life. Our elders should take couple’s consent before marrying them to avoid long term cost and consequences. —Via email

Sabotaging peace talks SARWAT AMIN RATTANI ‘Pakistan is treading on a very fine line between peace and total annihilation. And to resolve conflicts and ensure peace, the Government’s step towards peace talks has really been appreciative. But so far the peace talks have been subjected to sabotage which has resulted in further unrest in the country and both parties. Before even the peace talk could start, the drone attack by USA killed the Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud. USA has been strictly against the idea of peace talks and so has continuously tried to sabotage it. The recent drone attack was just one of the ways to do it. Just because Pakistan does not follow their ideology and has restored to peace talks instead of blood shedding does not give USA any right to interfere directly in such manner. Since Pakistan has the same aim as USA, that is to ensure peace and stability in the region, the peace talks should be given a chance. The Taliban community itself has agreed to cooperate and if these matters can be resolved without bloodshed and restoring to violence, then it would be in everyone’s favour. If USA continues to sabotage the talks and does not stop drone attacks then it is the duty of international community and UN to interfere as the incidence of these attacks itself speaks against peace and basic human right’. —Karachi

from Iran Whither justice Lesson A S and equality RECENTLY Nawaz Sharif visited SHFAQ

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SADAF FAROOQ “Beta! We respect your choice but it is to be mentioned that you will have to marry a person of our own choice or from our own caste; otherwise it will be problematic for you and us to face people talking on our faces”. This is the statement every girl hears on refusing the family-presented proposal for the sake of her own choice or love. The Inter-caste marriage system has always brought problems and fuss for both the girl and the boy, most particularly to girls and her family. And most of the time girl has to suffer a lot in this case. So many girls in South Asian region do not get married just because of this caste system as their families do not find a proper match for their girls within their caste and sometimes they keep girls to wait for so long. I have known few of my relatives and friends’ aunts and cousins who did not get married just because of this caste or bradari culture of our regions. And if they are to be married, they are compelled to marry a person who even is not established enough to feed a girl properly. This is all just happened to save the hounour of a family / tribe or to avoid people who question them for not marrying their girl inside their own caste. In all this fuss only girl and boy suffer who most of the time sacrifice their life just to save the family from being getting dishonored(as it is said). Most of the time, girl being a vulnerable subject is mistreated and compelled to put her all dreams or aims aside and bow down to the wishes of her family in order to save her and others from violence and conflicts (as happened in different rural areas).

welcomed by the nation which has had enough of fighting and has seen enough of its innocent people and soldiers being killed in cold blood. According to Nawaz Sharif the government will not let the peace process to derail. In this backdrop the best response would be to move together to make peace possible based upon the government’s stance that claims that “Pakistan has taken the path of non-violence to deal with terrorism” —Rawalpindi

Pakistan has become synonymous with calamities, violence, conflicts, overpopulation, economic collapse, energy crisis, extreme inequality, poor governance, mal-administration, organized crime, corruption, environmental degradation etc. Is there anyone to put this country on the path towards peace, progress, safety and security? Remember: To achieve all these it is essential to have “justice and equality” in the country. —Islamabad

Peace through non-violence LUBNA HAMEED As is evident from the media reports, our government is trying to convey a message of hope to the people of Pakistan, though no on-ground change is yet visible, in terms of the famous rhetorical ‘change’ that both parties had been harping about in the preelection days. The killing of Hakimullah Mehsud and the ongoing debate shows clearly the fixated mindsets of both the people and the media. The killing is being termed as a part of a conspiracy to damage process of peace talks. This maybe true but is it something that should let us define our fate? If both partners are ready to negotiation then there is nothing on the face of the Earth that can stop it from changing the course of action for itself and the nation. Only, we have to gear up the efforts. It may take a trifle longer than we had planned, but if we have decided then it must happen. The government seems bent on the point that negotiations are the only solution. A state that is being

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the United States and urged President Obama to stop drone strikes in Pakistan. Did his request yield a positive result? Iran captured a US drone which entered Iran for spying. Later, no US drone dared enter Iran again. Pakistan and Iran both are Muslim states, but one can see the difference. Why does not the UN take notice of US drone strikes in Pakistan. Are drone strikes being carried out according to UN policy? —Karachi

Taliban and peace SHERAZ BUTT WE all are aware of the Taliban’s agenda. Bombing is their business, imposing Sharia at gunpoint is their culture and terrorism is their motto. To prevent them from committing these brutal acts is like closing their so-called trade and then what are we supposed to negotiate on? Our financial crisis would not allow us to feed them monthly or yearly. So, is there anything else to offer them in return for peace? —Faisalabad

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No Turkish support for al Qaeda in Syria: Erdogan S TOCKHOLM — Turkey is not providing shelter or backing to al Qaeda-linked groups in Syria and will continue to exclude them from its broader support for the Syrian opposition, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said. Turkey has long championed more robust backing for Syria’s fractious armed opposition, but the rise of al Qaeda-linked groups among their ranks has left it open to accusations that it is lending support to radical Islamists. “It is out of the question that groups like al Nusra and al Qaeda can take shelter in our country,” Erdogan told a news conference in Stockholm during an official visit. “On the contrary, any such structures would be subject to the same fight we carry out against separatist

terrorist groups. We have taken the necessary steps against them and we will continue to do so,” he said. Al Qaeda-linked groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have captured territory in parts of northern Syria near the border in recent months. Turkey has maintained an open-door policy throughout the two-and-a-half-year conflict, providing a lifeline to rebel-held areas by allowing humanitarian aid in, giving refugees a route out and letting the rebel Free Syrian Army organize on its soil. “Who we recognize among the Syrian rebels is a known fact. We are in contact with the Free Syrian Army ... and we are also in touch with the (opposition) Syrian National Coalition,” Horse riders perform with guns to celebrate the 38th anniversary of the now famous Green March near the city of Fes, Erdogan said.—Reuters Morocco.

Philippines braces for super typhoon, the year’s strongest M ANILA— Authorities in the offices shut and power and Philippines grounded air and sea transport on Thursday and urged fishing boats to return to port, as an approaching super typhoon, the most powerful storm on earth this year, gathered speed. Typhoon Haiyan is expected to make landfall early on Friday between the central islands of Samar and Leyte. With center winds of 215 kph (133 mph) and gusts of up to 250 kph, the storm, rated as category five, the most severe, was moving west-northwest at 33 kph in the Pacific Ocean. President Benigno Aquino appealed to citizens to evacuate danger zones. “I am calling for community teamwork and cooperation,” he said on national television and radio. Aquino said 100 coastal areas face the threat of storm surges, bringing waves higher than 5 m to 6 m, and ordered action by local officials to limit damage and loss of lives. Thousands of residents were moved from coastlines, river banks, and mountain slopes to safer spots, while military transport vehicles were put on standby. Strong winds and heavy rain buffeted areas in the path of the storm, as the state weather bureau raised alert levels in more than 20 parts of the central Philippines. The coast guard suspended ferry operations, ordered a halt to fishing and warned deep-sea fishing boats to seek shelter or return to port. Carrier Cebu Pacific announced the suspension of more than 100 local flights. Hospitals were put on alert, with schools and some

communication lines turned off for safety. Officials used bullhorns to urge residents of coastal and upland villages to move to safer areas, as trees were trimmed and boats dragged to shore. The state weather bureau raised storm alert to level 4 on the coconut-growing islands of Samar and Leyte. Officials in 12 more central provinces also began stockpiling food, water and relief supplies. An estimated 10 million people face disruption from typhoon Haiyan, say international relief agencies that are stepping up operations to tackle the storm. “The humanitarian impact of Haiyan threatens to be colossal, not only in areas directly in its path, but also for nearby islands such as Bohol,” said Patrick Fuller of the International Federation of Red cross and Red Crescent Societies. Particularly vulnerable, he added, were thousands of people living in makeshift shelters on Bohol after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake last month that killed more than 200 people and displaced thousands. An average of 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year. In 2011, typhoon Washi killed 1,200 people, displaced 300,000 and destroyed more than 10,000 homes. In September, another category-five storm, typhoon Usagi, with central winds of 205 kph and gusts of up to 240 kph, battered the northern island of Batanes before causing damage in southern China.—Reuters

Nigeria: Cameroon’s help to fight Boko Haram

Iran nuclear talks kick off amid guarded hopes GENEVA —A fresh round of talks between Iran and world powers kicked off with a push for Tehran to freeze its disputed nuclear programme in exchange for some relief from sanctions. Officials have said that a long-awaited deal on curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions may be finally within reach, after years of fruitless talks were given fresh momentum by the election of Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani, seen as a moderate. In their second meeting in Geneva in less than a month, negotiators from the United States and five other global powers sat down with Iranian officials for two

The 1,700 km (1,060 mile) border between Nigeria and Cameroon stretches from the Atlantic coast to Lake Chad. “We really need the collaboration and support of Cameroon to completely put to silence the Boko Haram Islamist sect,” General J.B. Samuel, head of the Nigerian delegation for the CameroonNigeria trans-border security committee, told reporters on Wednesday at a meeting of the committee. A Cameroonian official for the region said that his country had already taken precautionary measures to strengthen security along the Nigerian border, without providing details.—Reuters

Zarif saying this week’s negotiations were expected to be “very difficult”. “We have entered a detailed phase that is still difficult and precise,” Zarif said on his Facebook page. Zarif had sounded an optimistic note earlier this week however, saying he believed it would be “possible” to reach an agreement. The meeting is the second since Rouhani took office in August pledging to resolve the nuclear dispute and lift sanctions by engaging with world powers. Iran is anxious for relief from crippling economic sanctions that have cut oil

revenues in half, caused the value of the rial to plunge and pushed inflation above 40 percent. The West is also keen to seize a rare opportunity to build bridges with Iran after decades of hostility, opening the door to engaging with Tehran on other issues like the conflict in Syria, where Iran has backed President Bashar alAssad against the anti-regime insurgents. Last month’s talks in Geneva held in English for the first time saw Iran reportedly outline a twostage process that would resolve the dispute within a year.—AFP

Maldives moves up runoff vote to avoid deadlock

Congo rebel commander held in Uganda

M ALE —Maldives officials have moved up a possible presidential election runoff for this Sunday, one day after the first round of voting in a bid to avoid a potential constitutional crisis. Maldives failed to hold a presidential election in two attempts since September and it must have an elected president by Nov. 11, when the current presidential term ends. If no clear winner emerges Saturday, and a runoff originally planned for Nov. 16, the country could face a political deadlock. The Maldives Supreme Court annulled a Sept. 7 vote saying the voters’ register was flawed. Police stopped a second attempt because the candidates did not approve the register.—AP

KAMPALA—Uganda is hold- asked not to be named, told higher than most previous

Six Tanzanians die in land clashes

Y AOUNDE —Nigeria said it during four years of rebellion. needed help from Cameroon to police their shared border as it seeks to win a drawnout battle to crush Boko Haram Islamist militants, a Nigerian official said. President Goodluck Jonathan’s military crackdown announced in May has driven Boko Haram fighters back into Nigeria’s north towards the border with Niger and into the remote hills bordering Cameroon to the east. But Boko Haram fighters have proved resilient. At least 70 civilians have been killed in attacks on villages in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state in recent days. Boko Haram has killed thousands

days of talks aimed at hammering out an agreement. The talks began shortly after 1000 GMT and were chaired by Catherine Ashton, the EU diplomatic chief who heads the socalled P5+1 group of Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany. Ashton started the day with a private meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to work out how talks would proceed. Both sides have said recent talks have been the most productive in years but admit that reaching a deal will not be easy, with

A RUSHA —Six people were killed and eight others wounded in days of clashes between farmers and herders in central Tanzania, police said. “It started when a group of farmers took some cows, claiming that they had destroyed their crops,” local police chief Faustine Shilogile said, from the central Morogoro region. “The herders came to take their cattle back by force and clashes broke out... six people were killed.” Conflicts between farmers and herders are common in Tanzania, notably in the region of Morogoro, where the land is particularly fertile. Police had since restored calm to the area, Shilogile added.—AFP

ing the military commander of Congo’s defeated M23 rebel movement after he surrendered, a Ugandan officer said, allaying fears that it could still take up arms again. Sultani Makenga’s whereabouts had been unclear since Tuesday’s declaration by the M23 that it was ending its 20-month-old insurgency in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, worrying some that he could be hiding with plans to regroup. His surrender will be seen as a major achievement for the Congolese army, with the backing of a U.N. force, as it strives to restore calm in a region racked by war for two decades. But analysts have warned against too much optimism for a sustained peace in the east of the vast nation, where the M23 was only one of several armed groups in the mineral-rich region. “I can confirm to you he (Makenga) is with us,” the senior Ugandan officer, who

Reuters. “He surrendered to us yesterday (Wednesday) and we’re holding him somewhere and some other commanders of his,” he said, adding the group of rebels would be held at an undisclosed location until a peace agreement was signed. The Congolese government had no immediate comment. The M23 group declared an end to its military campaign and said it would seek political talks after Congolese troops routed them from their hide-outs with the support of a U.N. force of African troops with a mandate to intervene. “We have roughly about 1,500 M23 combatants who surrendered to us. We have disarmed all of them and we’re in the process of documenting and categorising all their weapons,” said Captain Ronald Kakurungu, army spokesperson for Uganda’s Western region. That number of 1,500 is

estimates of the strength of the M23, which experts had generally believed to have dwindled in recent months to a few hundred. But political analysts said the defeat of the M23 did not mean that a return of order in Congo’s east was assured. “Just because you think you’ve beaten back the M23 rabble rousers in the east, do you really think it can become a stable country? I don’t think so,” said Martyn Davies, chief executive of the Johannesburg-based Frontier Advisory. “This time next year, you’ll be looking at an ‘M24’,” said Davies, whose firm advises on Africa and other emerging markets. The M23, which U.N. experts and Western powers had said was backed by Rwanda, initially launched its campaign when it said a peace deal with another Tutsiled group had not been honoured by the Congolese government.—Reuters

Libya’s teachers on strike over worsening economy TRIPOLI —A Libyan official says a three-day teachers’ strike to protest worsening economy and demand a pay increase has shut down 95 percent of the schools in the capital, Tripoli, and elsewhere in the country. The education ministry

official says the strike is expected to end on Thursday. He provided no details on whether the teachers’ demands had been met. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media. The ministry spokes-

man, Samer Gernaz, says Libya’s more than half a million teachers are among the lowest-paid state employees. Earlier this week, striking teachers in the western city of Zawiya briefly blocked an oil refinery to make their demands heard.—AP

Will Drones target Syria next? JOYCE KARAM

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ITH no political end in sight to the conflict in Syria, and no desire in Washington or the United Na tions to get involved in a serious intervention, drone attacks might make their way into the Syrian skies to combat the rise of al-Qaeda in the heart of the Middle East. It’s a prospect that comes with many challenges but could become a reality given the regional woes and the U.S. policy limitations in addressing the conflict. Back in March, the Los Angeles Times reported that the CIA has stepped up its secret contingency planning on Syria and is “collecting intelligence on extremists for the first time for possible lethal drone strikes.” The effort includes detailed files on militant leaders with “both lethal and nonlethal options” if U.S. President Barack Obama decides to take action. Since the contingency planning for drone attacks has been drafted, the situation in Syria has continuously deteriorated. The state infrastructure is weakened, and extremists groups affiliated with al-Qaeda are on the rise especially in the north, and in the border areas with Iraq and Jordan. According to U.S. officials, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL)- a strong off shoot of al-Qaeda- is now a “transnational threat network,” with a sister group in Syria (ISIS) and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi operating out of Syria. The group has been able to take control of areas captured by the rebels in Syria such as Raqqa and Azzaz, and is establishing training camps and facilities in both Syria and Iraq, according to U.S. officials. It is more lethal than the local al-Nusra Front in terms of attracting foreign fighters, outside funding and fighting the moderate opposition. ISIS sees in the continued death and killing in Syria a new tool for recruitment, and an opportunity to launch a new base for al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda’s rise in Syria is a regional security threat, and has been the topic of discussion in meetings between the Obama administration and regional leaders. It was on the table last week when Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri alMaliki visited Washington, and before that in bilateral meetings between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Jordanian, Qatari, Saudi and Turkish counterparts. In hindsight, al-Qaeda’s surge in Syria might have been prevented if the international community had acted early on through vigorous diplomacy or U.N. action to stop the bloodshed. Almost three years into the conflict, however, and with an estimate of 120,000 dead and almost 8.5 million displaced internally and outside the country, the window for a political solution has narrowed and the sectarian divisions and radicalization are grim reminders of the intensity of the war and Syria’s uncertain future. —Courtesy Alarabiya

Turkey, Europe and the Syrian crisis: Edging towards a new consensus NATHALIE TOCCI Syria risks becoming “Afghanistan on the shores of the Mediterranean”, warned Turkish President Abdullah Gül candidly. The president’s remarks echo a growing Turkish realisation that militant Islamist groups, far from being the unpalatable but necessary bulwark against the al-Assad regime, risks transforming Turkey into a Mediterranean Pakistan. With such realisation comes the prospect of a new international consensus on Syria. At the onset of the Syrian conflict, Turkey, Europe and the United States were all on the same side. They first attempted to nudge Bashar al-Assad to reform. But by the summer of 2011, the three parties concluded that this was a lost cause. The more the spiral of violence spun out of control, the more they, and the Arab Gulf countries, converged on their support for the Syrian opposition. But as the war deepened, the allies parted ways in two fundamental respects. First, Turkey increasingly converged with the Arab Gulf countries - and in particular Qatar - in backing the Brotherhood component of the Syrian opposition. Over time, Turkish intelligence also started turning a blind eye - and at times actively backing - the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra front and other militant Islamist groups. The militant Islamist opposition was not Turkey’s partner of choice. But blinded by the perceived imperative of ousting the Syrian regime, Turkey allowed the safe passage of such groups into Syria, and facilitated their organisation and helped to arm them. Alarm bells in the US and the European Union began ringing. Few were persuaded about the Saudi Arabia-promoted distinction between “good” and “bad” militant Islamist groups Islamist groups. Echoes of Afghanistan rang loud in their ears. Second, Turkey became increasingly adamant about a more muscular international action in Syria. Turkey had long called for more direct military involvement in support of the Syrian opposition. It appealed for a humanitarian corridor, it supported the arming of the rebels, and it repeatedly called for a no-fly zone. When on August 21, a chemical bombardment killed hundreds in Eastern Ghouta, Turkey was quick to jump on the interventionist bandwagon. The EU took a different line. With the sole exception of France, no member state openly backed the idea of an attack without a UN Security Council resolution. Even the UK moved to the sidelines after David Cameron’s government was embarrassingly defeated in the Commons. President Barack Obama took one step forward by calling for an attack, and two steps backward by abdicating his leadership to Congress. As it became increasingly clear that an endorsement of Congress was not forthcoming, both Europeans and Americans sighed in relief when Russia pulled a rabbit out of the hat - which President Assad readily caught - proposing a plan to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international supervision. The plan, and its implementation to date, have shelved the prospects of an intervention. Turkey was left seething. —Courtesy Aljazeera

US, Saudi relations enter crucial phase DR. ABDULAZIZ SAGER

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HE happiness and excitement were genuine and warranted when Barack Obama won the US presidential election in November 2008. The eight years of his predecessor George W. Bush represented for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Arab world, the pinnacle of US irrationality and misguided political decisions. The US policy under Bush was characterized by an unwarranted use of force and unprovoked aggressiveness, especially after the US invasion of

Iraq. As a result, Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies lost trust in President Bush’s policy. The region was eager and impatient to see the day of his departure from office. When Obama assumed office in January 2009, he started out on the right path with promises, which were aimed at correcting the mistakes of the past and restoring credibility in US policy. In the Kingdom, there was the expectation of a rational policy coupled with a more justified and legitimate use of US military power. However, with Obama now well into his second term in office, it can only be stated that those expecta-

tions have been left unfulfilled. Instead of a more balanced US approach that combines the elements of US political and military power, it appears that the Obama administration has chosen to adopt the other extreme position as that of the Bush presidency. The result as seen from Riyadh is a “Paper Tiger President” in the White House. Syria has been the most clear-cut example in this regard. Saudi Arabia did not ask President Obama to punish the Syrian regime over its use of chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war. It was assumed that such a punishment would be a natural product

of US policy and an integral part of its firm stand; adopted by all previous US administrations, against the use of weapons of mass destruction. It was taken for granted that the US would react without hesitation against such a heinous crime. Initially, Obama did not disappoint by declaring his “red lines” on the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime and branding such an act as a “game changer.” The flagrant use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime on Aug. 21, killing hundreds of innocent civilians in the opposition-controlled areas around Damascus, subsequently was the

first crucial test of President Obama’s resolve and of overall US credibility. Unfortunately, the US reaction was a huge disappointment. Instead of taking a decisive stand that underlined the seriousness of the crime and making it clear that the actions by the Syrian regime would not be tolerated, the Obama administration wavered and quickly backed out on its considerations of a military response. What is at stake here is not only the future of the Syrian regime, and the potential devastating consequences a continued Syrian civil war has for the Middle East as a whole but also the role of the US in a future Mideast. With its de-

cision to erase the red lines that it itself had announced, the US has affected its own moral standings and left huge questions marks about its ability and willingness to uphold international order and enforce respect for international law. While it remains the case that US is the only country in the world that can project power effectively anywhere and anytime, the Obama administration’s hands-off approach hasmade US policy look like a set of meaningless and empty promises. Moreover, US Secretary of State John Kerry’s public praise of Bashar Assad for his cooperation with the OPCW in-

spectors, has added insult to injury as its brushes aside the seriousness of the crime while the daily massacres continue unabated. One direct product of the weak US policy in the region is the sudden and recent increase of Russian influence and role in the Middle East. Sooner or later, the US will come to regret this as Russia’s newly discovered strength will surely not be confined to the Syrian crisis but will be used to compete with the US on all other major fronts in the Middle East. Moreover, the region has also observed the Obama administration gradually walking away from the two-state solution on Palestine, bending too far

and too fast to restore relations with Iran, and renewing support for the sectarian government in Iraq. Taken together, this does not bode well for the future security and stability of the Middle East. In this context, it needs to be clearly understood that for the Saudi decision-making circles, the alliance with the US might be irreplaceable, but certainly not indispensable. The differences are not irreconcilable yet, but considering the direction in which the Obama administration is moving, one cannot be very optimistic about the future of USSaudi relations. —Courtesy Arabnews


National integration From Back Page philosopher, Sufi, poet and reformer and we should be grateful to our national heroes— Quaid-i-Azam and Allama Iqbal for their struggle in carving out this great Muslim country in South Asia. A scholar of Iqbaliyat and eminent educationist Dr Ayub Sabir said if we understand and apply the concept of “Milli Yakjehti” or the “Oneness of Ummah” on ourselves we can never be enslaved by others. Through this unique concept Iqbal advises us to rely on our own resources. Pakistan is the realization of Iqbal’s dream therefore it should take pride in the unique sense of brotherhood with other Islamic countries. In the past countries were enslaved by the use of force today, the Capitalist powers are using other tools like grant of aids and bilateral agreements. A nation that relies on aid and does not focus trade ultimately turns into a parasite country. Iqbal has always condemned Feudalism and Capitalism. Dr Ziaul Haq Yousafzai, Professor of Iqbaliyat at Numl said Iqbal never believed in nationalism rather he believed in humanism. For Iqbal Islam is not for one particular age or place it is a universal code of life. Unfortunately, other Islamic countries know more about Iqbal than Pakistanis who claim him to their national poet. For Iqbal love for country is good thing but it should not blind one’s sense of judgement. It is therefore, he repeatedly advocates this concept of “Milli Yakjehti” in his Masterpiece Javed Nama and also in Bang-eDara. Egyptian scholar and Associate Professor Dept of Philosophy, Shariah and Aqeeda at International Islamic University, Dr Nabil Fouly through his interpreter and student Ubaidullah said he accepted the post of teacher at the University only to discover another Iqbal and another Jinnah in the new generation. He said Iqbal’s concept of Tauheed is behind his theory of Milli Yakjehti. This is a concept that keeps our spirits high and binds us in brotherhood with people of other countries. Former Vice Chancellor of FJWU, Dr Ameena Nasir said Iqbal draws his vision of Milli Yakjehti from Quran. In order to understand Iqbal we need to understand his love for Quran. As an encouragement, Zahid Malik gave Rs. 1000 to student Ammara from Government Elementary College of Teaching for her soul-touching Qirrat on the occasion.

Iran From Page 1 framework by Iran,” Araghchi said. Though he described the negotiations as “very difficult,” he said he expected agreement on details by Friday, the last scheduled round of the current talks. International negotiators, representing the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, declined to comment on Araghchi’s statement. In Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned against striking a partial deal “that eases the pressure on Iran for concessions that are not concessions at all.”—AP

Ultimate target of enemy From Back Page despondency and a sense of hopelessness are being created in the country so that people may lose faith in the capacity of the Government to run the affairs of the State,” he warned. Mr. Malik said that time was not far off when international media will show manipulated satellite pictures of some alleged terrorists having come somewhat closer to nuclear establishment of Pakistan justifying demand for “temporarily” transferring of the nuclear assets to the IAEA.

However, he said Pakistani nation and almost all the political parties had displayed remarkable maturity and in spite of its being not so satisfied with the performance of the Government were at its back for the greater good of the State of Pakistan. Mr. Malik said that Pakistan was in a state of undeclared war but expressed the view that Pakistan had all the capacity to face daunting challenges. The Chairman NPC also explained to the audience how

the Council and its Chapters all over were endeavouring to deepen the faith of the people in the State of Pakistan. “NPC believes in the Omnipotent Allah, finality of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and glory of Pakistan,” he said amidst thunderous applause. Mr. Malik advised that Pakistan should in no way launch any Army operation anywhere in Pakistan because that would amount to further spreading the Army and consequential backlash.

Pakistani Taliban reject dialogue was earlier reported killed along with three Taliban commanders in shoot out with the Afghan Talibanin in October 10 2013, but later the news proved incorrect. “Mullah Fazlullah has been appointed as the new head of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan unanimously” announced TTP chief spokesman Shahidullah Shahid who claimed that Mullah Fazlullah, who had gone into hiding inside Afghanistan, was also present in the Shoora meeting. The position of TTP chief had fallen vacant after the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud along with another five commanders in missile attack by the American drones in North Waziristan agency on Friday last thus causing a serious blow to the peace efforts as both Taliban and Pakistani government were very close to sitting on negotiation table to ensure lasting peace in the region. Since then the Taliban Shoora had been holding its marathon sessions at undisclosed location somewhere in Waziristan agencies to finalize the name of TTP new head. The Taliban shoora or the supreme council reportedly consists of 25

From Page 1 members having representation from all factions of Taliban. There were five names under the consideration for the successor of Hakimullah Mehsud who was the third TTP Chief killed by the American CIA operated drones. They included TTP deputy chief and leader of South Waziristan agency Taliban Khan Said alias Sajna, Swat Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, Sheikh Khalid Haqqani from Swabi, Hafiz Saeed, the head of Taliban Aurakzai Agency and Umar Khalid Khurasani who is heading the Mohmand agency chapter of Taliban. However till the announcement of the new Taliban chief, Khan Said alias Sajna topped the list of the aspirants followed by Mullah Fazlullah who eventually managed to earn confidence of all the shoora members as their new head. Mullah Fazlullah, it may be mentioned, used to address the people of Swat and his followers through FM radio in Swat on regular basis and was nick named Mullah Radio. The selfstilled cleric, who appeared occasionally in the public riding on a horse wearing a turban with a sword hanging besides him, was

also known for distributing Heaven visas among the Taliban militants including the suicide bombers. He had also claimed the responsibility of brutal killing of GOC Swat Major General Sana Ullah and his staff officer lieutenant Colonel Tauseef in a road side explosion in Dir Upper near Pak-Afghan border on September 15 and Taliban had released a video showing Fazlullah claiming the responsibility for the attack on Major General Sanaullah’s car in Upper Dir and expressing great happiness over “meeting the target”. The government of Pakistan had announced head money for Mullah Fazlullah alias Mullah Radio before 2009 military operation in Swat and in June 2009 the amount was raised to Rupees fifty million following which Mullah Fazlullah reportedly moved to Nooristan province of Afghanistan where he is residing till date. It was also reported that hardliner Mullah Fazlullah had formed his own group of Taliban militants in Swat after developing differences with the central leadership of Taliban over policy matters.

SC calls for undoing ad-hocism at higher rates. Electricity is going out from national grid. People are ready to provide money to end load shedding CJP remarked “ old plants bear the burden for production of electricity . Azhar Siddique said the electricity which is being purchased at the rate of Rs 9 per unit is being sold out to the consumers at the rate of Rs 18 per unit. Azhar Siddique said federal government appoints chairman of NEPRA while all the four members are appointed at the behest of provinces. Khawaja Naeem is acting chairman at present. CJP remarked the whole country is being run through acting chairman,. Adhoc system should be abolished. There is no room for acting chairman in PTA case. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked “ the matter of acting chairman is involved in PEMRA and now an acing chairman is working in NEPRA as well. This thing will not work as rules and regulations provide no room for it. How he will do major decisions who does not know he will stay there or otherwise on his post in future. NEPRA chairman is also acting chairman. Azhar Siddique said Sargham is relative

From Page 1 of Asif Khawaja and he has appeared in Nandi Pur case too. The court stopped Azhar Siddique to talk more on this matter. CJP remarked “ please go, work out a chart on what has been done in NEPRA from 1997 todate and give it to us. The court has not to do all the jobs. Such matters should not remain in the court. If the courts have to do all the works then what works are left to be done by the government. We ordered for appointing the chairman of PIA to PTA. When will this adhocism come to end? CJP remarked “ culture of like and dislike should come to end so that people may get benefit and government may earn good name. Attorney General (AG) said that 1500 to 2000 applications were received which were put into electronic basket and they were short listed. Then commission has to short list them and later interview are taken. CJP remarked “we had talked of bringing transparency. We had asked for the appointment of transparent people so that nepotism could come to end. The court did not do wrong thing. We wanted competent men. Senior people are sitting outside while the juniors who aligned government were pro-

moted. Full expectations can not be made from the adhoc person as he continues to revolve round like a pendulum. AG said it is the domain of commission to regularize them. CJP remarked “ As the court has given the order,it should be implemented now. Justice Jawwad remarked “ the tradition of nepotism should now come to end in this country. Difficulties will come on the way in the beginning too. AG said certain mistakes will take place in the beginning but the government should be allowed to work. Azhar Siddique said “ if board of directors come on merit in DISCOs then the matters will improve. There are difficulties for the government here to move towards good governance. CJP remarked “ all the institutions here are good and laws are good too but it would have been better if they had been better in implementation of orders. Azhar Siddique said “ loss has swelled with the abolition of WAPDA. CJP remarked “ you should convince the government. What difficulties are being faced in running the government. Democracy is in place in the country. They are violating companies’ ordinance too.—Online

PM: Pak attaches special From Page 1 ister. During the meeting, views on bilateral and regional matters were exchanged. The Prime Minister reaffirmed the importance Pakistan attached to brotherly relations with the UAE. On the bilateral plane, the Prime Minister highlighted the excellent relations between Pakistan and UAE, marked by growing trade as well as close cooperation in the multilateral fora. The Prime Minister said that the UAE hosts a large Pakistani community, which is making positive contribution to the development of UAE and is sending remittances supporting Pakistan’s economy as well. Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah reiterated the commit-

ment of the UAE Government to further strengthen the ties between the two governments and peoples. Meanwhile, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates agreed to enhance bilateral economic cooperation and decided to establish Joint Trade Council to promote trade between the two countries. Addressing a joint news conference along with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan after 11th session of the Joint Ministerial Commission here on Thursday, Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz said the two sides have to enhance their bilateral trade and investment.

FO: BBC story From Page 1 Nato decision maker told me (Mark Urban) that he had seen intelligence reporting that nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery. Last month Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, told a conference in Sweden that if Iran got the bomb, “the Saudis will not wait one month. They already paid for the bomb, they will go to

Pakistan and bring what they need to bring.” “I do think that the Saudis believe that they have some understanding with Pakistan that, in extremis, they would have claim to acquire nuclear weapons from Pakistan.” The story of Saudi Arabia’s project - including the acquisition of missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads over long ranges - goes back decades.—INP

US trashing NA resolution seeks more time for LG polls From Page 1

delimitation of constituencies. Sharing the concerns of the opposition members on the election schedule of Local Bodies‚ Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq said that relaxation in time should be given for the holding of free‚ fair and transparent local bodies elections in the four provinces‚ capital territory and cantonment areas. He said all the provinces want to hold local bodies elections for transparent devolution of power at the grass roots level as per the constitutional requirement but the Election Commission is currently not prepared to hold the elections. He said the Supreme Court should consider the concerns of the elected representatives on the election schedule keeping in view the ground realities. About local bodies elections in cantonment areas‚ the minister said a draft law has been prepared for the conduct of elections in cantonment areas. Earlier during debate in the National Assembly‚ the members From Page 1 from the treasury and opposition Prior to the NA session, Fed- benches said the government eral Interior Minister Chaudhry should move ahead with the diaNisar Ali Khan told media per- logue process with Taliban for sons that intelligence agencies had received information regarding plans of terrorist activities during Muharram and added that the government had prepared a foolproof security plan covering Lawmakers from Awami Naall possible angels. tional Party (ANP), Pakistan Under the Anti-terrorism Peoples Party (PPP), Balochistan (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013, National Party (BNP) Pakistan shoot-on-site powers were given Muslim League-Q (Quaid-eto civil armed forces for main- Azam) and other opposition partenance of peace in the country ties attended the protest session on while providing them a ‘very the road and delivered fiery short’ time for investigation. speeches against Interior MinisElectronic evidences would ter Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. be acceptable whereas the judges, Senator Ahmed Hasan public prosecutors and witnesses chaired the meeting. PPP’s Raza would be given protection ac- Rabbani blamed the federal govcording the proposed law.—INP ernment for its ‘double standards’ over various important security matters, including peace talks with Taliban, and demanded that the facts be made public. Rabbani said that if talks with the Taliban commence “all acts of From Page 1 terrorism should stop.” He added ing gas load-shedding in the that if any agreement is reached during the course of these talks, country. He was informed that prices that agreement should then be ratifor LNG imports are being ne- fied by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa gotiated in a transparent manner and efforts are being made to make cheaper LNG available for local consumers. The meeting was also atFrom Page 1 tended by Secretary Petroleum, Leader of the opposition in Abid Saeed, Secretary Water and Power, Saifullah Chattha the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah has opposed loand other senior officials. cal government elections, saying that preparation of ballot papers from private printing From Page 1 press is unacceptable. AddressPunjab Local Government Act ing the National Assembly 2013 were in violation of the Thursday, Khurshid Shah said Constitution of Pakistan. this process will raise question The petitions making the mark on the credibility of the case for party-based local gov- Election Commission. ernment polls were filed by PaHe said holding local bodkistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf, Pakistan ies elections is a political issue People’s Party, Pakistan Muslim and it should be handled politiLeague–Q and others. A bench cally. Khurshid said the schedof the LHC, headed by Chief ule given by the Election ComJustice Umar Ata Bandial, had mission for Local Bodies elecbeen holding day-to-day hearing tions is not implementable as the of the petitions and had reserved provinces have to undergo deits ruling on the matter on Fri- limitation of constituencies. day. Shah Mahmood Qureshi The petitioners were of the also backed the opposition view that non-party polls would leader, saying that schedule weaken the foundation of politi- given by the Election Commiscal parties in the province, sion for local bodies elections is which would be in the national not implementable as the provinterest. Petitioners had also ar- inces have to undergo delimitagued that the local government tion of constituencies. system was the foundation of all Sharing the concerns of the democratic principles and the opposition members on the structure of democracy was election schedule of local bodbased on this foundation. ies‚ Minister for Railways The Punjab government Khawaja Saad Rafiq said that had, however, stated that the relaxation in time should be nature of LG institutions was given for the holding of free‚ not legislative but administra- fair and transparent local bodtive, therefore, party-based elec- ies elections in the four provtions could not be held. It had inces‚ capital territory and canfurther said that the Constitution tonment areas. allowed party-based polls for He said all the provinces legislative institutions only. want to hold local bodies elections for transparent devolution of power at the grass roots level as per the constitutional requireFrom Page 1 ment but the Election Commis“While quiet and peaceful, sion is currently not prepared to this was an election without a hold the elections. He said the Supreme Court real choice,” said Gerdana Comic, Special Coordinator for should consider the concerns of the OSCE mission, said in a the elected representatives on news conference in Dushanbe. the election schedule keeping in The government has drawn criti- view the ground realities. cism for its crackdown on dissent and its tight grip on the media. The president’s closest rival only took 5 percent of the vote. His more vocal critics were ousted from the race on technical grounds. Rights activist Oinihol Bobonazarova was denied registration after the electoral commission claimed she had failed to gather enough signatures to run. Remaining opposition candidates waged lackluster campaigns and voiced little criticism after the official results were released. “There were some insignificant flaws and shortcomings, but nothing that could have truly influenced the results,” said Olimdzhon Boboyev of the Economic Reform Party, who polled at 3.9 percent.—AP ping containers piled on top of each other in the junkyard. In the last year, the U.S. has turned equipment and vehicles into 387 million pounds (176 million kilograms) of scrap that it sold to Afghans for $46.5 million, according to Mimi Schirmacher, a spokeswoman for the military’s Defense Logistics Agency in Virginia. The scrapped material was too worn out to repair or not worth the expense of carrying it back to the U.S., officials said. Not everything in Afghanistan was destroyed. Coalition forces have handed over $71 million in equipment intact to the Afghans, said Col. Jane Crichton, a public affairs officer for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. She said $64 million of that came from the U.S.

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From Page 1 bringing peace and stability in the country. Speaking on the recent drone attack in North Waziristan Agency‚ they also called upon the Taliban to renounce violence and bloodshed. Initiating the debate in the National Assembly Qari Muhammad Yusuf strongly criticized the US’s regional policy saying it has never fulfilled commitments made to Pakistan. He said certain elements want to create a gulf between the people and the government and we should stand united to foil these designs. He said peace can be restored in the region provided the US stops interfering in the internal matters of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Ayaz Soomro said the government should hold dialogue with the Taliban on the basis of principles and under the constitutional ambit. He said the war against terrorism was imposed on us and collective efforts are required to bring peace and stability in the country. Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch

said the government wants a meaningful dialogue with Taliban for peace in the country. He said our preferable option is dialogue and not the use of force and it was part of this policy that we took on board the entire nation for talks with the Taliban. He made it clear that the government has nothing to do with the drone attacks in tribal areas. The minister rejected the impression that the government delayed the dialogue process saying a lot of homework was required before the initiation of this process. The minister said the government was sincere for the talks but the drone hit North Waziristan when the government delegation was about to take off for the dialogue. He said the present government will not accept any foreign dictation which is against the national interests. Ijazul Haq said the government should convene another all parties’ conference to take consensus decision about NATO supplies. He said we should take decisions keeping in view our national interests‚ honour and dignity.

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From Page 1 (K-P) Assembly and the Parliament. “The government needs to emphasise a regional approach for resolving the current situation which is essentially regional in nature; a solution enjoying the support of all regional countries will be sustainable,” he said, quoting recommendation 13 of the consensus passed at the conclusion of the joint sitting of Parliament on October 22, 2008. He added that the government needs to implement clause four of the same consensus, which reads “Pakistan’s territory shall not be used for any kind of attacks and all foreign fighters, if found on our

soil, shall be expelled.” Rabbani vowed to issue a ‘working paper’ on what he called government’s failure. ANP’s Shahi Syed said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could not find competent team members to run the affairs of Defence and Foreign ministries; therefore he has kept both the portfolios by himself. Senator Saifullah Magsi said “there is no government writ in 19 districts of Balochistan”, adding that people in earthquake-hit Awaran district have refused to accept the government aid. The protest session was adjourned till Friday morning.—Online


Opp to support govt to shoot down US drones: Rehman ISLAMABAD—Former interior

Dengue drive to continue: Mujtaba Staff Reporter LAHORE—Minister Excise & Taxation and Finance Punjab Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said on Thursday that the government is making efforts to eradicate dengue larva and it is a continues various parts of province. “Free treatment facilities are being provided to the dengue patients in public sector hospitals and provincial ministers and elected representatives are monitoring these medical treatment facilities,” he added. He expressed these views while visiting dengue patient’s wards at Mayo Hospital here Thursday.

CNG stations closed for two days KARACHI—Steps have been taken to streamline the Food Department on modern lines and cleanse it of the ‘menace of corruption’. The results of some of the measures have started coming to the fore, informed the Sindh Food Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar while presiding over a meeting in his office here on Thursday. He stated that tender has been refloated to ‘prevent corruption in the auction of the damaged wheat’. The Minister said that the auction rate was determined as Rs two per kg whereas in the re-floated tender this rate has been quoted as Rs 12 per kg. He further stated that any corruption would not be tolerated in the Department. —APP

MQM delegation meets Sindh PPP leaders KARACHI—A Muttahida Qaumi Movement delegation visited Chief Minister House on Thursday to discuss issues related to local government elections. Sources said that the MQM delegation comprising Dr Sagheer Ahmed, Kanwar Naveed Jamil and Adil Siddiqui exchanged views on how to hold peaceful election in the province with a Pakistan People’s Party delegation consisting of Information Minister Sharjeel Memon, Senior Minister Nisar Khuhro and Law Minister Sikandar Menhdero. The sources said that the MQM delegation paid the visit on the invitation of Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.

Suspects confess to involvement Observer Report

P E S H AWA R —Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General Police Nasir Khan Durrani on Thursday said that two suspects involved in Qissa Khawani Bazaar had been arrested. He said that both the Afghan nationals were also involved in several acts of terrorism in Afghanistan and had confessed to their involvement in the Qissa Khawani deadly bombings. The IGP declared Kohat, Peshawar, Hangu, and Dera Ismael Khan as sensitive areas keeping in view Muharram. He said that security arrangements including measures to detect Improvised Explosive Devices have been finalized.

minister Senator Rehman Malik on Thursday said that the opposition would extend full support to the government if it decided to shoot down US drones. Talking to media persons outside the Parliament House, he said the former dictator president Pervez Musharraf got justice from the courts, but Benazir Bhutto was still waiting for justice. Rehman Malik said that the government should end the ongoing deadlock and confrontation between opposition and treasury in Senate and the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should resolve the issue. He said that during May 11 elections campaign, leaders from PTI and PML-N were raising slogans to shoot down the US drones after coming into power but now why the government was feeling hesitant in this Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sarjat Aziz and regard. The senator said that if Foreign Minister of UAE, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan signing minutes of the the government decided to shoot 11th Session of Pakistan-UAE Joint Ministerial Commission in Islamabad. down the drones, all opposition parties including the PPP would support and appreciate it. Rehman Malik said the US drone attacks would not stop if the government stopped Nato supplies because NATO supplies remained suspended in the past but the drone attacks remained continued in the Pakistani territory.—INP ISLAMABAD—Interior Minister would be addressed in a meeting seemed they did not follow the Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan between the government and discipline. Similarly, total numThursday informed the Senate MQM delegation in few days. ber of such groups was 50 to 70 Replying to a question of with 14 to 16 among them active, that around 9,000 criminals had been arrested so far in ongoing Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, the Min- having 100 to 150 activists each, targeted operation in Karachi. ister said that recent surge in the he added. Nisar Ali Khan also Replying to a question during target killing was aimed at start- mentioned attacks on General Question Hour, the Minister as- ing sectarian violence in Karachi, Niazi, Church, Qissa Khawani sured the House that sole objec- ahead of holy month of Bazaar and on the bus of public department. tive of the operation was to re- Muharrmul Haram. STAFF REPORTER He said writ of the govern“But, we continued efforts store peace in Karachi and would not be used as a tool against any ment had already been restored and sent a message that until the KARACHI—Pakistan Customs political party or group. He said in entire city and added plan had killing of innocent people con- (Appriasment Collectorate East the the operation was launched already been prepared to elimi- tinues, dialogue process cannot ) in a statement said it is clarified after evolving consensus of all nate any existing no-go-areas in generate the desired results. Then that the news published on front this port city. In response to a there was a respite and proceed- page of a leading Urdu daily on political parties. Nov 7, 2013 regarding disappearHe said law enforcement Point of Order by Zafar Ali Shah, ings started.” He also appreciated the sup- ance of weapons from containagencies were vigorously chas- the Interior Minister said, he ing those criminal element who came across many ups and port and cooperation of the ers lying at KPT is incorrect and had fled to other parts of the downs and had to face criticism Armed Forces by ‘going extra misleading . The statement, said that Concountry and abroad. Some such but he remained on the course. miles and putting in extra efforts’ He said he worked hard day for the success of the peace pro- signments of arms and ammuniabsconders were arrested from Murree, Lahore and Interior and night for the success of talks cess. Nisar said, the success tion imported in 1992 are kept Sindh and other parts of the coun- with the sole aim to bring peace achieved so far was a result of under safe custody of KPT in the in the country and end the 13- the cooperation and consultation strong room which is not accestry, he added. The Minister said that some year old war. He said “It was the by all political parties in the coun- sible to anyone except authorized of the arrested criminals had breakthrough that a delegation try. “I have been briefing the lead- persons of Karachi Port Trust shown their affiliation with po- was ready for Waziristan to meet ers and sought guidance from (KPT) only. No consignment of litical parties, however, none of Taliban leadership when the US them occasionally. All of them arms and ammunition has been the political party contacted the drone strike killed Hakimullah extended full cooperation as they put in any container lying at KPT. Mahsud.” had done at APC.” It said that those consignauthorities. He said he was facing diffiMinister said, he had also ments of arms and ammunition He appreciated support of all political parties for the operation, culties in initiating the dialogue conveyed a clear message to the cannot be auctioned as per Rule specially Muttahida Qaumi process in North Waziristan as 37 US ambassador by saying, “the 58(3)(i) of SRO 450(I)/2001 Movement (MQM) adding some recognized groups were active US will have to take this govern- dated 5.6.2001 of Federal Government. genuine complaints of MQM under umbrella of Taliban but ment seriously.—APP

Nisar: Targeted operation aimed at restoring peace in Karachi

No weapons were stolen from Port: Customs claim

Ban on govt jobs in KP removed OBSERVER REPORT P ESHAWAR —Chief minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has announced lifting of ban from government jobs in all public sector institutions. The halting of transfer and posting mechanism in education department will be legislated after choices gathered from teachers for their native towns. This he revealed while talking to a delegation of MPAs and elite of District Swabi led by Provincial Minister for ST&IT Shahram Khan Tarakai that called on him at CM Secretariat Peshawar on Thursday. The delegation kept the Chief Minister abreast of the problems relating to district Swabi including Tobacco Board,

Labour Board and Karnal Sher Khan Board, dualization of Swabi-Mardan Road, Construction of Karnal Sher Khan interchange, setting a GPO, enhancing agriculture seeds and availability of wheat and link road of M-45, suspension bridge at main Swabi Mardan road, funds for TMA Swabi and Rajar Tehsils and electrification and extension of gas to certain localities in the district. The Chief Minister responded that his government would not play to the gallery rather it would resolve the long standing problems of the people. He said that decision making for the developmental strategy would be through elected representatives who better knew problems of the locals.

Syria army retakes town near Damascus from rebels D AMASCUS —Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters and other pro-regime militiamen retook a major rebel enclave south of Damascus on Thursday, severing a key opposition supply line. The recapture, reported by a monitoring group and state television, was part of a broader army campaign that has seen a string of towns in the area fall into regime hands. In France, meanwhile, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said there was “fairly recent” proof that four French journalists kidnapped in Syria are alive. And in The Hague, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said inspectors had verified all but one of Syria’s 23 declared chemical weapons sites.

The regime’s recapture of Sbeineh, a key rebel stronghold south of Damascus, comes nine days into campaign aimed at cutting off one of the main rebel supply lines into southern Damascus, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Closer to the capital, government troops have besieged a number of rebel-held suburbs for months, and UN officials have expressed concern over reports of trapped civilians and severe malnutrition. “Sbeineh was one of the most important rebel positions on Damascus’s outskirts,” the Britain-based group’s director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. “Rebels in southern Damascus have now had practically all their supply routes cut off,” he said. State television also reported the takeover.

Turkey seizes 1,200 warheads near Syria border A NKARA—A senior official had been launched but said the says Turkish authorities have searched a truck close to the border with Syria and seized 1,200 rocket heads. Gov. Huseyin Avni Cos said Thursday the weapons were discovered in Adana, 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the Turkish-Syrian border, by officials who stopped and searched the truck as part of an anti-drug smuggling effort. Cos said an investigation

weapons were believed to be “going to some organizations or states” outside of Turkey. He did not name them. Turkey, which shares a 910kilometer border with Syria, is a major hub for rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime. The UN says Syria’s three-year civil war has killed at least 100,000 people and forced millions of Syrians from their homes.—AP

However he made clear that there would be no political interference and there would be no deviation from merit and the laid down criteria in all govt departments. He assured efficient utilization of funds for developmental schemes in all sectors so that people could see a realistic change around themselves. He referred to the agriculture sector and termed it the mainstay of the national economy. “Our province is a food deficient province”, the CM acknowledged and said his government would actively work on increasing the seed production, crops multiplication and bringing maximum areas under cultivation in order to track the province towards food autarky.

Abducted Pakistani child recovered from Afghanistan PESHAWAR—A child kidnapped from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) for a ransom of Rs. 50 million, was recovered from Afghanistan on Thursday. Police officials say that Awais, a minor kid, was abducted from Dalazak Road of Peshawar. The kidnappers had demanded a hefty ransom amounting Rs. 50 million. Later, he was shifted to neighbouring country, Afghanistan, but was located through using latest tracking technology. —INP

Woman throws three daughters in BRB Canal LAHORE—A mentally retarded woman threw her three daughters into canal here on Thursday. Bodies of the two girl were recovered while search for the last one was underway. According to rescue sources, a woman named Razia hailing from Koti Pir near Baidian area of Lahore who is mentally abnormal took her three daughters aged under five years to BRB Canal and threw them into the deep water. The locals found bodies of two girls. The divers and rescue personnel were searching for the last girl. The police upon getting the information reached there and took the mother into custody.—INP

National seminar on ‘Iqbal Aur Milli Yakjehti’

National integration, unity of Ummah are fundamentals of Iqbal’s doctrine Dogmatism, despondency have no place in Pakistani society LIAQAT TOOR/ ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—National cohesion, integration and unity of Ummah are genesis of National Poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal who wanted Muslim Ummah to unite at one platform for safeguarding teachings of Islam and rights of Muslims. This was gist of speeches of intellectuals and educationists at a national seminar on ‘Iqbal Aur Milli Yakjehti’ organised by Nazriya Pakistan Council (Trust) Islamabad at Aiwan-e-Quaid here on Thursday evening. This seminar was part of month-long programmes of NPC on national poet. The seminar presided over NPC Chairman Zahid Malik was attended by a large number of people from different segments of society including

politicians, intellectuals, educa- civil servants and diplomats and Sardar Attiuque Ahmed Azad Kashmir said there is no tionists, businessmen, retired a large number students. Khan, former Prime Minister of place of despondency in Pakistani society as people of Pakistan have resilience and determination to take along their country to new frontiers of development and stability.

Despite heavy odds, Pakistanis have been successfully saved their country during the last sixty six years and they have inner strength and divine support to take it along safely on the path of progress and prosperity in

future also. Allama Iqbal is Pakistan’s brilliant symbol in other countries. There is strong need to spread his message among the new generation. Iqbal was a

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Ultimate target of enemy is Pak nuclear assets: Zahid Malik Pakistan has capacity to face all challenges LIAQAT TOOR

ISLAMABAD: Host Chairman Nazriya Pakistan Council and Editor-in-Chief Pakistan Observer Zahid Malik addressing a national seminar on ‘Iqbal Aur Milli Yakjehti’ organized by NPC at Aiwan-e-Quaid. Dr. Muhammad Tufail, Dr. Najeeb Kholimisri, Dr. Amina Nasir, chief guest former PM AJK Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan, Dr. Zia-ul-Haq and Dr. Ayub Sabir are also sitting on the stage.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

ISLAMABAD—Mr. Zahid Malik, Editor-in-Chief, Pakistan Observer has said that multifarious attempts are being made by the enemy to project the image of Pakistan as a failed State whose nuclear assets, if fallen in the hands of terrorists, could

pose danger to the world peace. Mr. Malik, who is also Chairman of the Nazriya Pakistan Council (Trust) said this in his presidential address at the NPC-organized national seminar “Iqbal Aur Milli Yakjehti” at Aiwan-i-Quaid. He said that Pakistan’s nuclear programme was never digested by the en-

emy and therefore a situation was being created that might ultimately justify a demand by the “civilized world” to dismantle Pakistan’s nuclear assets as they have recently dismantled chemical weapons in Syria. “With the help of media a state of extreme

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More evidence e-cigs may help in quitting tobacco

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LECTRONIC cigarette users followed over a year reduced or quit using tobacco cigarettes in large numbers and were less prone to resume smoking, at least in the short term. Experts continue to debate whether or not “e-cigs” are smoking-cessation tools or just leisure products. The electronic vaporizers use cartridges of liquid nicotine to deliver a flavored nicotine-laced vapor without the byproducts of burning tobacco in traditional cigarettes. “Our results may not be generalizable to all vapers,” Jean-Francois Etter said, using the slang for vaporizer users. “We had a majority of ex-smokers at baseline whereas in the general population, most vapers are current smokers,” he told Reuters Health. Etter led the study at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. The results were published in Addictive Behaviors. A few small studies have found that e-cigarettes seemed to help smokers quit using tobacco or at least to smoke fewer traditional cigarettes. But there have been no long-term studies of how people actually use e-cigarettes, so experts are still unsure. The researchers posted a questionnaire on a French stop-smoking website and asked sites selling e-cigs to link to the questionnaire. Most “vapers” buy their e-cigs online. The e-cig users recruited answered a baseline questionnaire, another one a month later and a third one year later. Questions covered e-cigarette use, to-

bacco use and the date of quitting tobacco, if one applied. Of more than 1000 original recruits, 367 responded to all three surveys. For those who had quit smoking already and were using ecigarettes instead, six percent had relapsed to tobacco after one month. That number was stable after one year. Of those who were smoking and using e-cigarettes when the study began, 22 percent had quit smoking tobacco after a month and 46 percent had quit after a year. That group averaged 11.3 tobacco cigarettes daily at the beginning of the study and six cigarettes per day after one month. This was just an exploratory study and will need confirmation from follow-up studies, Etter said. “This suggests that e-cigs may help them quit, but our results need to be interpreted with caution, because of the dropout rate at follow-up and the fact that our sample is not representative of all vapers,” he said. In the short-term, e-cigs appear not to carry any health risks of their own, he said. But researchers still don’t know the long-term health effects of inhaling the common solvent glycol and food flavoring over many years. E-cigarettes don’t need to be 100 percent safe, he said, they only need to be significantly safer than tobacco cigarettes because they are primarily used by cigarette smokers. Of the three studies that have investigated e-cig users, none of the daily vapers were non-smokers.

Federal Capital received more light rain on Thursday.

Policemen awarded for outstanding performance CITY REPORTER ISLAMABAD—As an encourage-

An attractive view of flowers flourishing and blooming in front of Prime Minister House.

ment for those policemen accomplishing their duties in a responsible manner, IGP Islamabad Sikandar Hayat awarded 12 policemen as an acknowledgement of their outstanding performance. Those who were given cash prizes and certificates included ASP (City) Yasir Afridi, Inspector Ghulam Murtaza (Traffic Division), Inspector Aman Ullah (Special Branch), Sub-Inspector Shafique Ahmed (Logistic Division), Sub-Inspector Muhammad Akmal (ATS), ASI Fareed Khan (Special Branch), ASI Khalid Niazi (Operation Division), Head Constable Muhammad Akhtar, Constable Jameel Ahmed (Security Division), Lady Constable Sameena Khalid (Traffic Division), ASI Muhammad Akram Ranjha and Constable Hammad Khan. IGP Islamabad Sikandar Hayat said encouragement for policemen showing good performance would be ensured and accountability system to be made more effective to monitor performance of the police officials.

Affordable housing units for common people: PM STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said that government was giving priority to solving the housing problem in the country by ensuring affordable and cost-effective housing units to the ordinary citizens. He said that allocation of Rs. 3.5 billion in 2013-14 had been allocated in the federal budget initially.The Prime Minister expressed these views while chairing a high-level meeting on low-in-

come housing schemes at the Prime Minister’s House. The Prime Minister emphasized that the objective was to provide subsidized financing to firsttime house owners and the committee recommended that the Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs), which are Banks and HBFCL, would give financing from PKR 1.5 million to PKR 5 million to the eligible people. The committee apprised the Prime Minister that eligibility criteria for the housing scheme included first-

time house owner for self occupancy, regular cash flows and being in line with SBP Prudential Regulations on Housing Finance and credit policy of Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs). The Prime Minister was further apprised that under the proposed policy, there would be a 25% - 40% growth in available housing units over the coming five years. Minister for Finance Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Information Senator Pervez Rashid, Minister of State for

Housing & Works Usman Ibrahim, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Dr. Mussadaq Malik, Member Cabinet Committee on Energy Shaukat Fayyaz A Tarin and senior officials of the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance and Housing & Works also attended the meeting.

Pakistan believes in peaceful coexistence STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari, , said that Pakistan strongly believes in peaceful coexistence with all the neighbors and is committed to promote regional peace and security

through dialogue. While talking to the Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi INOMATA here at Parliament House, Bokhari observed that Pakistan has offered tremendous sacrifices in war against terrorism and global community must recognize efforts being made

to eliminate the menace of terrorism. We are fighting for global peace and security, the Chairman remarked. The Japanese envoy agreed with the views of Chairman Senate. He said that there is huge scope for mutual cooperation and increasing trade relations.

Algerian National Day

Algerian heroic struggle is golden chapter in history Pakistan extended full support to it; Both states developing multi-dimensional relations: Dr. Ahmed Benflis; Celebrations mark with enthusiasm and brotherly sentiments LIAQAT TOOR

show as a Chief Guest represent- gained momentum when playing of national anthems and ing Pakistan Government. Min- Ghulam Mutaza Jatio, Dr. cutting of cake amidst applause AKISTAN and Algeria are ister Abdul Qadir Baluch also Ahmed Benflis and other guests by the participants. The guests known to each other since participated in the gala which performed the ceremonies of were welcomed and treated with long as heroic struggle waged by Algerians against colonial rulers was supported and abetted by Pakistan wholeheartedly. The long struggle with tremendous sacrifices in men is a golden history of human being. The Algerians and all freedom loving people in the world celebrate this liberation day to remind all those usurpers and suppressive forces to get a lesson from the glorious struggle and its result. As usual, Dr. Ahmed Benflis, Algerian Ambassador to Pakistan was in the forefront to stage a big show to celebrate 59th anniversary of Ist November 1954, day of Glorious Revolution on Tuesday evening in a local hotel inviting people from different segments of Pakistani society to share happiest moments of his country. Politicians, parliamentarians, diplomats stationed in Islamabad, retired generals and ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Industries & Production Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, Amdiplomats, businessmen, bassador of Algeria Dr. Ahmed Benflis, Federal Minister for SAFRON Abdul Qadir Baloch, mediamen and friends of Alge- Ambassador of Argentine Rodolfo Martin Saravia, Ambassador of UAE Eisa Abdullah Al ria thronged the hall of the hotel Basha Al-Nuaimi, Ambassador of Bahrain Mohamed Ebrahim Mohamed and CEO of Roots and Herbs (Pvt) Limited Omar Zahid Malik cutting the cake on the occasion of 59th Annifor colourful celebrations. Ghulam Mutaza Jatio, Min- versary of Launching of armed struggle for restoration of national independence of Algeister for Production joined the ria.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir

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warm hospitality. Pakistani dishes and Algerian delicacies, particularly traditional deserts of Algeria attracted the guests with their peculiar aroma. The guests were shown social and economic life and struggle of Algerian people through two screens installed in the hall. The cozy atmosphere of the hall provided an opportunity the guests to recall history of Algerian struggle and other current topics. In his speech on the occasion, Dr. Ahmed Benflis said we are celebrating our liberation day, but we will never forget to pay homage to our dear Heroes; the People of Algeria who took up arms against the savage, barbaric, cruel French colonial rule which continued for 132 years. During this long struggle, the Algerian paid heavy price of one and a half millions of shuhada, leaving thousands of people homeless, poor and illiterate. But the vigilant people of Algeria supported the National liberation Army to initiate seven years of armed struggle against the French colonialists, that forced them to leave the country giving the Algerian the sigh of relief from the atrocities of the

French colonial rule and ultimately Algerian got long awaited independence on 5th July 1962, he said. Today, the Algerian citizens fully enjoy their independence in a democratic system. We feel proud to mention that Pakistan is among the first few countries which supported the Algerian struggle and recognized the first provisional Government of Algeria on 19th September 1958. We have signed many bilateral agreements in the mutual benefit of our two countries and peoples. We support each other at different forums. We are on the road of developing further economic relations particularly in the field of construction. Negotiations between both countries are underway to help Pakistan in energy sector like LNG etc… We welcome the strong democratic system in Pakistan by the newly elected leadership headed by the Prime Minister Mohammed Nawaz Sharif and his government and I wish them best of luck in their noble mission to serve for the betterment of their people, the Ambassador concluded.


Prof. Riazuddin’s services eulogized

Chairmen of Standing Committees elected

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Ishfaq Ahmad, Chairman Board of Governors NCP said that the 05:40 death of Prof. Riazuddin is an irreparable loss for the scienZohr 01:30 tific community of Pakistan. He said that the late Prof. Riazuddin 04:00 played a pivotal role in establishment of National Centre for Physics (NCP). He was speak07:00 ing at a memorial reference orBrothers in Islam establish ganized by NCP in the memory regular prayers and charity of late Prof. Riazuddin, Director General Emeritus of NCP. At the occasion DG NCP, Dr. Hamid Saleem in his opening remarks said that the vacuum created by the death of Prof. Riazuddin cannot be November 19 filled till decades. His untiring TALENT carnival for stu- contributions and efforts for dents, organised by the the establishment of NCP canstudent Affairs Forum, at not be forgotten. . He devoted the Rawalpindi Arts Coun- his day and night to flourish cil, Cultural Complex, this centre. His globally recognized scientific work and devoShamsabad, Rawalpindi. tion brought international fame to NCP. The memorial reference was attended by a large number of scientists from different R & D organizations like Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, NUST, GIKI, QAU and STAFF REPORTER other notables of the scientific Dr Jamil Ahmad speaking during a memorial reference held for DG Emeritus National I SLAMABAD —Federal Gov- community including students. Islamabad to pay homage to the deceased’s contribution to sciences and Physics. ernment Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) has proposed a housing scheme in sector F-14 to facilitate the low-income federal government employees and bar members. Details said, foundation STAFF REPORTER has also planned to build the flats for government employcluding rise in sea level, glacial warming and is ranked at 135th R AWA L P I N D I —Executive STAFF REPORTER ees in sector I-12 and I-16. retreats, floods, higher average position in carbon dioxide emisSources said, Capital De- ISLAMABAD—3-day interna- temperature and higher fre- sions. The Minister for Science District Officer(EDO) Educavelopment Authority (CDA) tional conference on “Plants, quency of droughts. and Technology ensured the tion Qazi Zahoor ul Haq Thursday issued notices to has signaled positive for the People and Climate” concluded Federal Minister for Sci- participants that the govern- heads of 14 government approval of scheme and will here today with resolve to sup- ence and Technology, Zahid ment will take all necessary also issue the No Objection port programmes and projects Hamid on the occasion,said the steps to implement the mea- schools over lack of cleanliCertificate (NOC) in this re- identified by experts for meet- developing countries are the sures which will be suggested ness arrangements as dengue gard soon. Housing founda- ing the challenges of climate least responsible for climate by the experts during the con- threat is looming in the city and had taken several lives. tion has also pleaded to CDA change through applications of change contributing only 10 ference. Talking to APP, he said to allocate the sector F-14 science and technology. Paki- percent of annual global carbon Secretary Ministry of Scionly for government employ- stan is facing severe climate dioxide emissions but they are ence and Technology Kamran that no leniency would be shown and strict action ees and bar members. changes and has been ranked the ones which are the most Ali Qureshi in his address, would be taken against those 3rd in the list of most vulner- vulnerable to the environmen- stated that the annual rate of who fail in keeping the eduable countries to climate tal, social and economic impacts deforestation in Pakistan cational institutions clean. of climate change. ranges from 4-6 percent while change. The EDO inspected schools He stated that Pakistan be- carbon dioxide emissions are and found three boys high A recent report from World Bank has warned Pakistan of ing a developing country is in increasing annually at the rate schools, four girls high the existence of five major risks a similar situation. It has the of 8-10 percent which is an schools, two government related to climate change in- least contribution to global alarming trend. boys elementary schools and a government girls elemenCITY REPORTER tary school and two boys and girls primary schools littered R AWALPINDI —District Adand likely to breed dengue ministration (Distt Admin) larva. has constituted the Cluster The official suspended Management Committees two Physical Training Incomprising public represenstructors (PTI’s) of Governtatives to take immediate acment girls high school tion against dengue. Details Khabayan-e-Sir Syed and said, following the orders of Government girls school provincial government, comNew Katarian including mittees have been constiIncharge of Govt Girls high tuted to launch immediate school F-block Sattelite action of Anti Dengue EmerTown.—APP gency Campus, established in Rawal town which is most effected area of dengue virus. As per circular issued by District Coordinating Officer (DCO), Pervez Khan has been nominated for the camp No 1 union councils 5,6 and STAFF REPORTER 7. Zed-un-Nisa, Tehseen I SLAMABAD —Prime MinisFarooq and Dr. Jamal Nasir have been appointed on Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator, Kamran Michael, addressing a cer- ter Nawaz Sharif on Thursday appointed former PPP union councils No 8,9 and 10 emony in connection with Dewali celebrations. Senator Anwar Baig as new respectively. Malik Shkeel chairman of Benazir Income Awan, Malik Ghulam Raza Support Program(BISP). and Umer Farooq have been PM spokesman said that nominated on union councils PM approved appointment of 11, 12 and 13. of Anwar Baig as chairman Similarly remaining 3 of BISP. union councils have been Former senator Anwar also given under the superBaigh is a former PPP leader vision other public represenat federal capital. soon from Girls College G- who after developing differSTAFF REPORTER tatives. All public represenSources said that FDE 10/4 . ences with the party leadertatives will be responsible to Earlier FDE had issued ship joined the PML-N. The escalate anti dengue cam- ISLAMABAD —Girls students has issued orders for appaign in their in their respec- and their parents have pointment of professor of orders for appointment of 3 post was vacant since the professors from general elections in May, voiced strong protest zoology Salim Ullah in Girls male tive union council. against the appointment of College G-10/4 Islamabad. Islamabad Model Post 2013. male teachers in Girls Col- He is presently working as Graduate College H-8 Sources said that after professor of zoology in Islamabad including Nadim assuming the post of chairleges of Islamabad. Process of Appointment Islamabad Model Post Ghalib of Psychology, man, Anwar Baigh would diof male teachers has again Graduate College H-8 and Shamoon , professor of rect to investigate alleged irbeen started under the direc- has been appointed on Arabic and Iqrar Habib of regularities and corruption tives of Dr Shahnaz A Riaz of temporary basis in place of Botany department in Girls during the tenure of former Federal Directorate of Educa- professor Nahid Kausar College F-7/2 Islamabad on chairperson of BISP and PPP leader Farzana Raja. R AWALPINDI —Rawalpindi tion (FDE) in Girls colleges who is going to be retried temporary basis. police on Thursday arrested eight outlaws and recovered drugs, weapons, liquor of bottles from their possession. According to police spokesman, Waris Khan police arrested Owais Khan and recovered 650 gram charas R AWALPINDI —The mobile from his possession while and wireless services will be Sadiqabad police arrested kept suspended during reliShabir Ahmed and recovered gious processions and on 200 gram heroin from him. Youm-e-Ashur in different The same police nabbed areas of Rawalpindi. Ashfaq and recovered 800 According to reports, the gram heroin from his possesprovincial and federal govsion. In a crackdown, ernments had sought sugSadiqabad police arrested gestions from the Law EnTahir Jaffari and recovered 300 forcement Agencies about bottles of liquor. Naseerabad the suspension of mobile and police arrested Noor Elahi and wireless services during the recovered a repeater with 12 holy month of Muharram-ulround from his possession. Haram. Cantt police arrested Usman On the recommendations Khan and recovered a mobile of the LEAs, the communiphone from his pocket. Police registered separate cases Director Khana Farhang Iran Muhammad Akbar Akbari, Allama Syed Charaghul-Din cation from those towers will against all of them and started Pir Izhar Bukhari, Mufti Abdul Shakoor Farooqi and others sitting during Shahadat-e- be blocked where big procesImam Hussain (AS) conference at Rawalpindi Press Club. sions will be taken out.—INP investigation.—APP

Housing scheme for govt employees

Int’l conference on ‘plants, people and climate’

14 schools get notice for lack of cleanliness

Committees for dengue elimination constituted

Anwar Baig appointed BISP chairman

Appointment of male teachers in Girls’ Colleges

Police arrest eight outlaws, recover drugs, arms

ISLAMABAD—Chairmen of National Standing Committees of Housing & Constructions (H&C) and National Food Security have been elected in National Assembly (NA). Details said, Members National Assembly (MNA) Haji Akram Ansari has been elected as chairman standing committee for (H&C) while MNA Malik Shakir Bashir as Standing Committee chairman of National Food Security. In the meeting of standing committee for H&C, member APNIC Iqbal Mohammad Ali proposed the name of Haji Akram Ansari as the chairman, while Nawab Mazhar Ali endorsed the candidate and after that members elected him. While in the meeting of standing Committee for Food Security PTI member Shah Mehmood Qureshi proposed the name of Malik Shakir Bashir as the committee chairman and member PPP Abdul Sattar endorsed it. Separate sessions were held for the election of both candidates Centre for Physics Prof Dr Riazuddin at NCP auditorium under the chair of special secretary Syed Munawar Abbas.

Capital traffic police free to challan at will I SLAMABAD —Under an un- misbehavior and the challan to create awareness among announced drive, Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) is continuing to give shocks to the motorists and transporters by unexpectedly challaning the vehicles if the front seat passenger was found without wearing the safety belt. Drivers of some private cars told INP that they were not aware of the program of the capital police when they were stopped on Shifa Hospital Road and other places by the cops. On expressing their lack of info about the decision of police, the sergeants told them that it was not their fault. A number of taxi drivers also protested over the

by the cops. One of the drivers of a car said when he questioned about the challan, he was threatened to impound the vehicle and even take the driver to the police station. On further query, this agency was told that some drivers were taken to the police stations and their vehicles were impounded. In the past, when the capital police made it mandatory for the drivers to wear the safety belt, the drivers were issued warning notices first for a couple of days but were not challaned. There was also lengthy campaign

the people about the decision. Surprisingly the capital police made no effort to launch awareness campaign among the people through print or electronic media or by displaying hoardings at important road crossings. People have requested the Inspector General Police Islamabad to take notice of this highhandedness on the part of the traffic police which was considered as a role model in the beginning but were now losing its credibility and respect among the people who say that the traffic police uses unknown authority to challan at will.—APP

IIUI, NUML sign MoU on cooperation STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and National University of Modern Languages (NUML) have signed an MoU of mutual cooperation in the field of academic and advance research under which both institutions would launch educational projects to learn from experiences of each other. Both the institutions have agreed to set up a road

map of mutual cooperation in a month back meeting of their heads, under which the aforesaid MoU was signed here at IIUI on the occasion of the visit of a eight-member delegation from NUML headed by its Rector Maj. Gen(R) Masood Hassan, which was warmly welcomed by President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al Draiweesh, Director General (AF&P) Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja and Deans and Directors of the university.

Speaking in the MoU signing ceremony, Maj. Gen(R) Masood Hassan said we would have to learn from the experiences of the developed nations, we should confess that we did not give enough to our youth, now; it’s the time to do something constructive and useful for them, let’s be together. “NUML wants extended cooperation with all Islamic countries because strengthening our educational side would be a solution to our problems “he said.

PTC launches book ‘Fields of Fortunes’ STAFF REPORTER I SLAMABAD —Pakistan Tobacco Company (PTC) launched Thursday a book “Fields of Fortunes” here, which consists of narration of 10 successful tobacco farmers. Minister of State for Commerce and Privatization, Engineer Khurrum Dastgir was the chief guest on the occasion. While addressing the book launching ceremony,

Khurrum Dastgir said that farmers are asset of the country and they should be given recognition in response to their hard work. He said that the country is passing through different crisis like energy, terrorism and water but despite all these challenges, the country has high potential to develop. Director of PTC, Shah Manzoor said on the occasion that Fields of Fortune is a nar-

ration of 10 dedicated and spirited tobacco farmers from all over the country who with their unflinching resolve and firm conviction not only turned their personal dreams into realities, but also continue to be beacons of hope for the communities around them. He said Pakistan is the 7th largest tobacco producer in the world which is producing over 100 million kilogram annually out of which 10 million of tobacco is being exported abroad.

Mobile services to be suspended in some areas

Head of Comsats Institute of Information Technology, International Office Dr Arshad Saleem Malik speaks during a press conference.—PO photo by Sultan Bashir


Concern at plight of Kashmiri political detainees

India, Pakistan should address Kashmir as core issue: Mirwaiz I SLAMABAD —Chairman of contradictory statement on “Those days are over when wishes and hopes of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that said that election is a non-issue for the Kashmiris and their focus is on the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Addressing the seminar “Jammu Martyrs-Torch Bearers of Freedom,” at party headquarters in Srinagar, without naming puppet Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Mirwaiz said some people try to befool people and issue

Kashmir has never been part of India: JKLF-R

the Kashmir dispute. “Kashmir is an issue and both Pakistan and India should create a congenial atmosphere to resolve this long-pending issue,” he said, urging the countries to include Kashmiri people in the dialogue process. “Both India and Pakistan should understand that Kashmir is the core issue between them. It is high time for them to resolve this core issue and maintain amicable relationship,” he said.

issues were settled through wars,” added. Terming 2014 as a crucial year, Mirwaiz said, “We want a solution to the Kashmir issue. We want a solution that takes into account the views and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The time has come for India and Pakistan to make a new beginning and formulate a way to resolve the crisis in Kashmir in a friendly and amicable manner, keeping in mind the

people.” The Mirwaiz said Kashmiris have a long history of fighting with Mughals,Pathans, Dogras, Sikhs and now Indian imperialists for their rights. The seminar was convened by APHC Chairman and was attended by dignitaries from all the walks of life. He noted that peace would never return to the region till Kashmir issue is not permanently resolved.—APP

Foolproof security plan devised to ensure peace during Ashura: IGP

MIRPUR —An integrated se- Rangers, Scouts and volun- security has been intensified I SLAMABAD —Chairman of curity plan has been chalked teers in all major cities and across AJK to frustrate any Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-R (JKLF-R), Farooq Ahmad Dar, condemning the recent statement of puppet Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah has said that Kashmir has never been part of India. Farooq Ahmad Dar in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the contradictory statements of Omar Abdullah were proof of his instability of thoughts and perceptions. “Recently during a public rally in Gandarbal, he (Omar) had said that the armed struggle in Kashmir was a movement for a political resolution of Kashmir dispute, he added.—APP

out by AJK police to maintain peace and security during the sanctified month of Muharram Ul Haram across Azad Jammu & Kashmir. This was stated by Inspector General of Police (IGP) AJK Malik Khuda Buksh Awan while talking to a news conference. The plan involve deployment of additional police force and the para-military

towns besides entry and exit points of AJK facing the neighboring Punjab and the KPK provinces. He said that SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for ensuring the security of the sensitive key installations across AJK has also been devised. Ahead of the forthcoming sanctified day of Ashura, the 10th of Muharaam ul Haraam,

impending attempt of subversion and terrorism, the AJK Police chief added. Awan said that 3500 police personnel and Rangers will be posted at over 80 Imam Bargahs across AJK to maintain peace and order during the scheduled 1181 number of Majalisv to mark the sanctified month from 1st day to the 10th of Muharram ul Haram the Youm-e-Ashur.—APP

Solidarity march held in AJK KOTLI—Hundreds of people took out a march in Azad Kashmir to memorise 1947 martyrs of Jammu and to express solidarity with the victims of Indian firing along the Line of Control in AJK. One hundred and fifty kilometre long march was held from Khoi Ratta in Kotli to Hajeera in Poonch alongside the Line of Control. The march was led by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front AJK chapter leader, Rafiq Ahmad. On the occasion, the participants called upon the international community to impress upon India to grant the people of Kashmir their inalienable right to self-determination. They expressed serious concern over the stepped-up Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir and unprovoked firing on Line of Control by Indian forces and said that India through use of brute tactics would not be able to suppress the Kashmiris’ just struggle for freedom.—KMS

2 CRPF men killed in Awantipora PULWAMA—Two Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed on Thursday evening whiling patrolling at Jawbara area of Awantipora in this South Kashmir ’s district of Pulwama. A senior police official while talking to sources said that gunmen at around 5:25 p.m Thursday evening opened heavy fire upon CRPF’s patrolling party of 130 bn near Victor Force army camp at Jobrara area of Awanipora.—Agencies

MUZAFFARABAD: AJK Inspector General Jails briefing minister Jails, Jaan Hussain Sargala about jails matters.

Seminar in Berlin highlights HR violations in Indian held Kashmir B ERLIN —Pakistan’s Am- determination and are be- and Pakistan agreed to fabassador to Germany Abdul Basit on Thursday urged the international community, especially the Western world to extend their moral and diplomatic support to the just cause of Kashmiri people and help resolve the long outstanding issue on the agenda of the United Nations. He was addressing the participants of a seminar organized in Berlin by the German Prussian Society to highlight the human rights violations in the Indian-held Kashmir. “We are living in an age of democracy and freedom but around 13 million Kashmiris are still deprived of their basic right to self-

ing subjected to tyranny and brutal acts of human rights violations by the occupied forces”, the Ambassador remarked. Dr. Gunther Knobe, a veteran journalist and an expert on Asia said the influential countries should look at the plight of the people of Jammu and Kashmir beyond their economic interests and help both India and Pakistan in resolving the dispute in the larger interest of the world peace and regional stability. He said it was unfortunate that the United Nation’s Security Council could not implement its first ever resolution on this kind of conflict wherein both the parties i.e India

cilitate the holding of a Plebiscite. The President of the Prussian Society, Mr Volker Tschapke in his welcome speech thanked the participants and said that gross human rights violations in the Indian-held Kashmir needed to be highlighted at every available forum till the sanity prevails and people of Kashmir get their basic right of self determination. A documentary highlighting the human rights violations by the Indian Forces and struggle of Kashmiri people for their fundamental right of selfdetermination was also screened on this occasion.—APP

Shabbir: Religious harmony good omen for Kashmir cause SRINAGAR—Terming the cor- communities will honour each dial harmony between two major sects of Muslims Shia and Sunni in the territory as a good omen for the freedom movement, senior APHC leader and Chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabbir Ahmad Shah has expressed hope that both the

other’s sentiments in this sacred month of Muharram-ulHaraam. Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement issued in Srinagar urged the both communities to jointly register protest against the tyranny and oppression of India in the territory.

He said when the Kashmiris will rise against the occupation rulers, united and as a single force the freedom will start knocking at their door. He said that the ban on 8-10th Muharram processions was aimed at preventing unity of Muslims against the tyrant and forcible rule.—KMS

JAPAN: Former Prime Minister of AJK barrister Sultan Mehmood Choudhry meeting with Japanese Parliamentarian Atsushi Oshima.

Prominent Saudi launches group to help victims of Kashmir violence

‘Kashmir-EU Week’ to be held at EU parliament B RUSSELS —A week-long Diaspora Alliance at the EU the struggle to achieve the

on Kashmir I SLAMABAD —Abdullah Ali programme would be organised by InterSabiq, a prominent Saudi activist and researcher, has announced the launch of Makkah’s Sons, an organization established in solidarity with the Kashmiri people and their cause. The announcement was made in Jeddah during a seminar held at the residence of Pakistan’s Consul General Aftab Khokher in commemoration of Kashmir Black Day, Arab News reportd Wednesday. Addressing attendees, Sabiq said, “We are aware of the brutal crimes committed in Held Kashmir and the political developments taking place therein.” The activist explained that the organization would seek to provide humanitarian assistance to victims of violence in Held Kashmir. The function was attended by a number of dignitaries, Farah Sadiya, a Kashmiri youth representative, and Ghulam Muhammad Safi, a representative of Kashmiri people, as well as members of the Kashmiri and Pakistani communities in Jeddah. Khokher said that the aim of the gathering is to update the people on the current situation and enhance understanding and knowledge of the issue. “On the occasion of Kashmir Black Day, we call on the international community to paly active role to end the violations and resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people,” he said. Safi highlighted the plight of Kashmiri people, indicating that they have been victims of the international community’s negligence. Safi explained the three dimensions involved in the Kashmiri issue, categorizing them as human rights violations, tensions between two states and ignorance regarding the self-determination of Kashmiri people. Farah Sadiya, an actress and television anchor at PTV and representative of Kashmiri youth, discussed the traumatic turn of events in Held Kashmir, pointing out that more than 100,000 Kashmiris have been killed to date and 121,978 arrested.—APP

national Council for Human Development (ICHD) and Kashmir Council EU at European Parliament building here from Monday (Nov 11). The programme ‘Kashmir EU Week’ would contain a seminar, video casting of a documentary and a photos and handicraft exhibition on Kashmir. Member EU parliament Sajjad Karim would be host of the programme which is being organised by International Council for Human Development (ICHD) with the collaboration of other organisations including Kashmir Council EU and World Kashmir

parliament. Chairman of the Council Ali Raza Syed who is coordinator of the programme said, creating awareness about the large scale human rights violations in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) is main objective of the programme. A number of intellectuals, experts and parliamentarians would attend the opening ceremony of the programme. Chairman Kashmir Council EU Chairman said that the people of Kashmir have offered matchless sacrifices for the resolution of Kashmir dispute and the use of brute force and arrests cannot stop them from continuing

inalienable right to self-determination. He said “we are struggling to find out the ways of peace and prosperity in the South Asia because peace is necessary for the social development of people of the region.” He said, “we appeal to international community specially EU to play their effective role for peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute, so that the issue to be settled according to the wishes of the Kashmiris.” He said, Kashmiris are a peaceful nation and all the independence nations and states should help in peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute.—APP

AJK receives first winter rain & snowfall M IRPUR—Various parts of Azad Jammu Kashmir including Mirpur Thursday received first moderate to heavy rain of the winter besides the snow fall at the upper reaches of the liberated territory. According to Met office forcast weather turned pleasant instantly as various parts of Mirpur including Muzaffarabad, Kotli, Bhimbher, Rawalakot and other areas. The rainfall chilled the weather while people went into the heavy clothing first ever since the winter season started. As the Met Department has predicted the rainfall in plains and snowfall at top mountainous areas of the

AJK during next 24 hours. It was also reported from Indian Held Kashmir that famous health and ski-resort of Gulmarg received fresh snowfall today even as the minimum temperature in other parts of the Kashmir Valley remained several degrees above the freezing point.Gulmarg received a fresh snowfall this morning. The resort registered a minimum temperature of minus 0.7 degrees Celsius as compared to the previous night’s 1.2 degrees Celsius, a MeT Department official said. The south Kashmir tourist and health resort of Pahalgam recorded a temperature of 2.8 degrees Celsius and received a rainfall

of 11.6 mm, the official said. The mercury in Srinagar settled at a temperature of 6.7 degrees Celsius, over three notches above the normal during this part of the season, he said, adding the summer capital of the state received a rainfall of 3.1 mm. The official said rain also lashed other parts of the Valley following which the mercury remained several degrees above the freezing point. Kargil, in Ladakh region, was the coldest recorded place with a minimum temperature of minus 2.0 degrees Celsius, while the mercury settled at a low of minus 1.5 degrees Celsius in the nearby Leh town, he said.—APP

RAWALPINDI: AJK Minister for Food Javed Budhanvi expressing his views in the of office Islamic Relief.

India’s brutalities have turned Kashmir into a living hell GIORGIANA VIOLANTE

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HIS is the first time in weeks I have had ac cess to the internet. I have not been allowed to receive or send text messages for three months. Just like all Kashmiris my telephone has been barred from such contact. The local news channels have been banned. India controls everything here. And then kills it. The situation is horrific. Over these months of food rationing and persistent curfew whereby all is closed and the streets totally deserted in utter silence, suddenly a protest arises and then spreads throughout the whole city in a surge of

frustrated and famished rioters shouting ‘AZADI AZADI AZADI’ (free-dom) until it dissipates suddenly into a cacophony of gunshots and clouds of teargas. I observe all this going on at a safe remove of only one metre by a big thick brick wall interrupted by the Mevlana Rumi gate to Kashmir University, where I am residing. I see through the iron bars hordes upon hordes of protesters being shot at ran-domly, and I stand there repellently incapable of doing anything. An endless cycle of silence and violence. The Indian army own total control and freedom to shoot at will, to shoot to kill, anyone whom they choose to. Last week a seven-

year-old child was beaten to death. You cannot accidentally beat a seven-year-old to death. It is not like a bullet that goes astray. I cannot see how a stone thrown by a seven-year-old child can do sufficient damage to any man to war-rant his being beaten to death. Children in this part of the world are tiny. A sevenyear-old is the size of a threeyear-old westerner. So what kind of person beats a tiny child to death when his stone throw must carry so little force that it barely deserves a shrug? This is such a common occurrence here. The other day I left the university grounds to visit a professor only one minute away. True there is curfew but

his house is in a private road attached to the university so I thought I would risk it. When I returned a roofless sumo vehicle full of ten Indian army thugs laughing and shouting came charging through the street waving their batons and guns. They headed for an old man and tried to hit him and then they knocked a fouryear-old boy off his tricy-cle. For fun. He was only 50 centimetres outside his house’s garden so that hardly counts as disobeying the curfew and yet they charged at him on purpose. They knocked him off the tricycle and then headed for me, which as a western woman I did not expect. I am living here within the

deserted university grounds, alone with the security guards and a few random professors and clerks. The university was evacuated three months ago when the troubles commenced and the students and school children all over the valley have experienced, as they always do, a great void in their education. The Indian army gun down eleven-year-old girls banging on the doors of pharmacists when it is clear that their disobedience of the curfew is purely out of desperation. How can a full grown man gun down and kill an eleven-year-old girl banging on a phar-macy door in an empty street? A woman

kneeling on the pavement covering her face with her hands had her hands beaten to a pulp and they had to be amputated. Two weeks ago, on a Friday, I heard the usual impassioned pleads for freedom hailing from Hazratbal Mosque, which is just outside the univer-sity. For an hour the calls of ‘Azadi’ escalated and escalated until suddenly I heard a spray of gunshots. The shots continued sporadically over the next hour. I later found out that the mosque was raided by the army and people were beaten severely. Some died, of course. The Indian army have the right and the freedom to behave like this, invading

places of worship sim-ply because of impassioned calls for freedom by a people who are being totally crushed and obliter-ated. This sort of thing happens every day. Total abuse of power by the occupying forces. But the people of Kashmir have no right to retaliate. Nor the freedom to even leave their homes. I cannot bear my complete and utter uselessness in this situation. As a rich westerner even I cannot get food. The other day myself and seven boys shared two carrots between us and a handful of rice. So how can these Kashmiris be managing when they have not been able to open their businesses for three months? How can they

even have the money to afford food, even if there WAS food to be had from somewhere? You risk your life in order to get food. How can you get food without leaving home? Yesterday a young boy working as a clerk in the university showed me his mauled arms and the gash in his thigh. His arms were black and purple with crusted blood from last week. His legs were ob-scene. Flesh made hell. ‘I went to get medicine’ he said, ‘and the army caught me’. I smiled and said, ‘Oh you people are always getting caught on the way to get medicine. Rubbish it was medicine. You went to get biscuits.’


Fishing industry to be promoted at int’l level Staff Reporter RAWALPINDI—The Minister for Ports and Shipping Senator Kamran Michael has said that fishing industry would be promted to international level as there is great scope for its flourishment. The minister said, “we have various kinds of fish which differ in taste and variety world over “ adding it would bring big revenue as well. Talking to mediamen at a function held here late Wednesday evening, he said Netherlands has shown interest in developing Gwadar fish harbour, he said an agreement would be signed with Netherlands for developing the fisheries sector. He highlighted the projects his ministry is working on including the MOU to be signed with Sri Lanka. He said that PML-N government is taking bold steps for the promotion of trade. He said the government was planning to expand the existing shipping fleet to enhance the economy. He said that traders would be provided a conducive environment to promote their business and this would create vast job opportunities. He also announced to upgrade the existing Marine Academy in Karachi into a full-fledged university to provide world standard training to officers and new entrants, besides attracting foreign students as well.

Shipping activity at PQ KARACHI—Three ships carrying containers, diesel oil and edible oil were berthed at Qasim International Containers Terminal, FOTCO Terminal and Liquid Cargo Terminal on Wednesday. Meanwhile three more ships carrying containers, gen cargo and chemical also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours. Berth occupancy was 45% at the port on Thursday where total five ships namely CGM Bellini, Visha Vikas, Cardinal, Al Soor II and Malhari are currently occupying berths to load/ offload containers, wheat, urea, diesel oil and edible oil respectively during last 24 hours. A cargo volume of 94375 tonnes comprising 82720 tonnes imports and 11655 tonnes export inclusive of containerized cargo carried in 900 containers (TEUs) was handled at the port during last 24 hours.—APP

Trade, industry rejects revival of Octroi Cess to support LBs AMANULLAH KHAN K ARACHI —The leaders of Trade and Industry have rejected the revival of Octroi Cess by describing it as a sort of extortion from the already over burdened business community. President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), A. Abdullah Zaki warned the government that any consideration to revive Octroi will be opposed/agitated by the Business & Industrial Community and all the segments of the society as it will open the gates of corruption and create hindrances in the smooth flow of goods all over the country raising cost of doing business and will hurt the economy. Referring to a news item appearing in a section of press titled ‘Government considering revival of Octroi to support Local Bodies’, A. Abdullah Zaki said that the business community has already been raising voice against high cost of doing business and this imposition of Octroi will have a devastating impact on every industrialist of the country.

Wapda gets 17,000 acres for Bhasha Dam STAFF REPORTER

According to the report, the federal government is considering a proposal to revive the Octroi duty with a view to boost revenue of the local bodies which are facing financial crunch due to its abolition. In this regard, the Ministry of Finance has prepared a proposal to evaluate the revival of ‘Octroi/Zilla Tax’ to help local bodies and municipalities in getting sufficient funds for overcoming their expenses. Terming it yet another ‘Bhatta’ by the government, Abdullah pointed out that this will only promote corruption in the country and the government will hardly be able to earn 10 percent of the envisaged revenue through this Octroi whereas the remaining 90 percent will end up in the pockets of corrupt officers. Commenting on government’s excuse of utilizing these funds to support Local Bodies, President KCCI said that the business community is already paying heavy taxes and Karachi city solely contributes a massive chunk of more than 68 percent to the na-

National innovation grand challenge AMANULLAH KHAN

LAHORE—The Pakistan Water KARACHI—Indus motor Comand Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas Shah today visited Diamer Basha Dam Project. He was accompanied by the senior officers of WAPDA and the project authorities. Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman said that because of the keen interest taken by the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the concerted efforts put in by the Ministry of Water and Power and WAPDA, about 17000 acres state-owned land has been transferred by the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan to WAPDA for Diamer Basha Dam Project. Terming it a significant development for implementation of the project, he thanked the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan (KAGB) as well as the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan for transferring the state-owned land to WAPDA.

tional exchequer yet the government was unable to ensure funds for local bodies and it is really shocking to note that consideration is being given to revive Octroi, which means that the government wants to go back to stone age taxes system. President KCCI urged all members of the business community and various trade associations across Pakistan to join hand against this unjust Octroi which will intensify the hardships of all businesses regardless of their sizes. Abdullah warned that the government must not revive Octroi, otherwise the Business Community will not tolerate and have no option but to protest and agitate in whatever form possible. The Octroi charges under consideration are levy of Octroi based on the value, weight and length of imports by road (municipal Octroi posts) and by sea (docks wharves). It is pertinent to mention here that Octroi/Zilla tax was abolished by the last PML-N government in late 90s and was replaced by federal grants to the local bodies.

pany and Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF) have joined hand to launch national innovation grand challenge aimed at motivating every one having any idea in build up socio economic uplift of the country. In fact such kind of innovative endeavors to motivate people to do something for the country is the need of the time and the credit certainly goes to the private sector for taking the initiative, While introducing the completition Saad Amanullah, chairman of PIF who is also the CEO OF GILLETTE Pakistan said that a year long open invitation competition aimed at encouraging Pakistani innovators, youth, students, professionals, entrepreneurs and citizens to innovate to solve Pakistan development challenge in four main areas including agriculture, energy, sanitation and manufacturing. The award is worth Rs1000,000 for the best innova-

tion and will be judged by a jury based on specific criteria. the challenge invites creative minds from all over Pakistan to come up with unique and innovative ideas in two critical domains. the first challenge is to develop a replicable scalable and marketable product for process that enhances productivity, reduces energy consumption or reduces industrial waste by at least 33 percent. The second challenge is to develop an innovative product, services or tool that complements or enhances the utility of manufactured products and has a compelling market potential and cost performance profile for rapid commercialisation in Pakistan. Others who also spoke on the occasion include faisal Muneeb Khan senior general manager hr IMC, and DR. Athar Osama founder chief executive Pakistan Innovation Foundation. This program is sponsored by indus motors and the pif is endeavouring to motivate corporate sector to come out and support such program for the cause of the country.

WASHINGTON: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Prof Ahsan Iqbal addressing the Council on Pakistan Relations.

Oil sales up 6.67pc on yearly basis STAFF REPORTER

STAFF REPORTER

K ARACHI —Domestic consumption of oil and petroleum products clocked in at 1.6 million tonnes in October 2013, representing 6.67 percent yearly increase against 1.5 million tonnes in the same month of 2012. On monthly basis, overall oil demand declined by 3.0 percent given a shorter working month due to festive holidays. Meanwhile, in four months of fiscal year 2013-14 (FY14) petroleum products sales went up by 10 percent on yearly basis to 7.1 million tonnes as compared to 6.6 million tonnes in the corresponding period of FY13. The growth in demand was led by 18 percent yearly higher furnace oil (FO) offtake on the back of higher power generation and 5.0 percent higher motor gasoline (Mogas) sales amid higher Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations closures due to gas load shedding. The same more than offset the 4.0 percent yearly decline in high speed diesel (HSD) demand. Overall demand declined by 3.0 percent on monthly basis (led by 6 percent monthly drop in HSD sales) owing to festive holidays in October 2013. Pakistan State Oil (PSO) and Attock Petroleum Limited (APL) shared the spoils in October 2013 sales print, with volumetric sales growth up for each by 11 percent on yearly basis. On monthly basis, sales for PSO and APL declined by 1.0

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NBP counter set up in E&T building STAFF REPORTER

Remember that any buzzword, no matter how clever or attractive, must eventually run through that unpredictable filter known as people. A management concept is meaningless without a shrewd understanding of people. — Mark H McCormack

is a CCP initiates action Pakistan delight for against food firm foreign investors

I SLAMABAD —A special counter of the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) has been set up in the building of Excise and Taxation office here to provide necessary banking facilities to the citizens under one roof. Earlier, the motorists and transporters had to go to NBP branches away from the E&T office to submit fees for vehicle registration, transfer, number plate fee and token tax. The residents have appreciated this step of the E&T departISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan ment and the NBP terming it Abbasi in a meeting with Ambassador of Netherlands, Marcel de Vink. people friendly.

tion Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has concluded an enquiry and issued a show cause notice to Shangrila (Pvt.) Limited for indulging into alleged deceptive marketing practices by making a claim of being ‘No. 1 tomato ketchup in Pakistan’. CCP received a complaint from National Foods Limited alleging that Shangrila has recently launched a marketing campaign through print and outdoor advertising media all across Pakistan for ‘Shangrila Ketchup’ and claimed that their ketchup is ‘No 1 in Pakistan’. It was also alleged in the complaint that the claim of Shangrila is prominently displayed on all of its advertisements and lacks a reasonable basis, related to character, suitability for use, or quality of goods in violation of Section 10 of the Competition Act, and the Marketing campaign is capable of harming the business interest of National Foods. CCP’s Office of Fair Trade (OFT) has initiated an enquiry against the claim made by Shangrila and concluded that the

overall net impression of the marketing campaign/advertisement is that ‘Shangrilla is Pakistan’s No. 1 Tomato Ketchup’, whereas the actual market share of National Foods was higher than Shangrila. National foods holds a major share in the Total Urban Pakistan in the category of Ketchup. It has a market volume share of 49.2 and value share of 50.8 whereas Shangrila ketchup has the market volume share of 20.7 and value share of 20.1 at the time of marketing campaign. It was also noted that Shangrila has made Brand of the Year Award the basis to authenticate its claim of being No.1 in Pakistan. However, upon enquiry, Brands Foundation has clarified that their award never empower the receiver to make a claim of being No.1 in Pakistan. The CCP enquiry concluded that the claim of Shangrilla not only lacks a reasonable basis regarding character, suitability for use, or quality of goods but is also capable of harming the business interest of National Foods in violation of Section 10 of the Competition Act.

SINGAPORE—In an extraordinary fast transforming global environment, Pakistan being the last major untapped market, is a delight for foreign investors. This was stated by Syed Hasan Javed, High Commissioner for Pakistan in Singapore. He was addressing a Seminar on “Construction Opportunities and Doing Business in Pakistan”, jointly organized by Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore and Pakistan High Commission here on 07 November 2013. The event was attended by CEOs and representatives of at least eighty companies, Real Estate developers, Engineering, Logistics and Infrastructure firms from Singapore, China, Pakistan and other countries. Syed Hasan Javed stated that as the world’s 6th largest populated country, a growing middle class, talent pool, natural resource endowments, tourism landscape, maritime wealth, geographic location advantage, English language skills, legal system, social capital and soft power values of resilience, Pakistan is the best blessed and placed country for the future. Pakistan has several Mega projects in Infrastructures and Logistics in pipeline.

WFP contributes kits to PASSCO to cover 58,000 tonnes wheat STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has provided 165 High Density Polyethylene Stack Packages (known as Gunji kits) worth PKR 14.7 million and enabling storage of 58,000 metric tons of wheat to Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO) in a joint effort to reduce post-harvest losses. Previously, WFP supplied 500 kits along with 10 wheat cleaning/grading machines to PASSCO in 2012. During a ceremony organized at PASSCO headquarters in Lahore today, WFP Representative and Country Director, Lola Castro, handed over these kits to the Acting Managing Director, Lt. Col. (Retd.) Muhammad Younis. WFP Punjab’s Chief of Provincial Office, Shahzada Rashid, and senior PASSCO General Managers and officials were also present on the occasion.

According to recent national studies, post-harvest losses in Pakistan are estimated at 10 to 15 percent. About 78 percent of wheat is stacked in the open and the organization has started to gradually improve its storage capacity in order to protect the wheat. “The contribution of kits over the past two years is part of WFP’s co-investment with the Government of Pakistan in achieving enhanced and effective storage of wheat in order to reduce post-harvest losses due to spoilage and infestation and to obtain improved shelf-life and quality of stored wheat. This initiative has the added benefit of improving food security in Pakistan by increasing the amount and quality of wheat available for consumption by the population” said Lola Castro. “The kits provided by WFP will enhance protection of wheat stacked in areas where PASSCO does not have any concrete godowns. Since tarpaulins we

used to cover the grain with are no longer resistant to climatic conditions, these Gunji kits come in very useful and will last for at least two years. We are very pleased to acknowledge the support provided by WFP which will enable PASSCO to further improve its wheat storage capacity and the quality of wheat”, said Lt. Col. Retd. Muhammad Younis, Managing Director, PASSCO. WFP works in close collaboration with the Government of Pakistan and aligns its strategies with national priorities addressing food security and nutrition in the country. WFP’s programme of work aiming to assist 8.3 million people between 2013 and 2015 at a total cost of US$535 million seeks, amongst others, to improve economic opportunities and promote social inclusion in FATA, boost community resilience in disaster-prone areas, and address nutrition and education in the country.

Engro offers most competitive price to import LNG on fast track basis STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD—With the energy crisis that is severely affecting the country, Engro Corporation subsidiary Elengy Terminal Pakistan Limited (ETPL) has bid for the fast track LNG contract to import up to 3MTPA of LNG or 400MMSCFD of RLNG (Natural Gas) for the next fifteen years. Over the last 7 years, Engro’s investments in Pakistan have exceeded the USD 1.8 Billion mark with the Company continuing to make strategic investments in sectors that can help avert the looming energy crisis. The LNG issue – one of the most controversial issues in

Pakistan’s energy space - has been delayed several times, much to the detriment of the progress of the country, where the energy deficit has increased alarmingly, consequently limiting economic growth and power supply to the nation. Gas shortage is estimated to be between 1.5bcfd to 2bcfd and two tenders for LNG import - that could have helped the aggravating energy sector - have already been scrapped this year. Unfortunately, there is incorrect and misleading information in certain sections of the media with regards to the bidding process and the award of the tender. As a background, ISGS had issued a tender on August 15 for the development of LNG Import Infrastructure on

a fast track basis. On October 14, only two bidders had submitted their techno-commercial proposal in a single stage two envelope process, which saw ETPL gaining a technical score above the threshold limit as per vetting of their technical proposal by a third party international consultant, QED (It is pertinent to mention that QED in previous LNG rounds was approved by our competitors who cited no objection.) The other bidder PGPL (Pakistan GasPort Limited) has been disqualified as their technical proposal did not meet the requirements of the RFP. Subsequently, the price proposal of the technically qualified bidder was opened on Wednesday in Islamabad, which in this

case is only ETPL. After its disqualification, PGPL, is now issuing complaints against QED, although they had approved of them previously. The ETPL tolling price for importing LNG is less than $0.70 (usd) per mmbtu which is an extremely low price relative to international benchmarks, and much lower than the the submitted price of US$2.5 per mmbtu by TIP and PGPL consultant Mr. Munawer Baseer. In Indonesia tolling price is $1.8 per mmbtu for handling LNG at a floating terminal and $1.2 per mmbtu for a land terminal. Average tolling price (based on 2010) in North America was $ 0.73 per mmbtu, $0.87 in China, $0.81 in Europe, $0.89 in South Korea and Japan and $ 0.72 in

the Middle East. This cross section analysis shows that ETPL’s price is extremely competitive and reflects ETPL’s focus on ensuring affordable LNG to the nation. It is important to emphasize, that EPTL’s bid is fully compliant with the RFP. In the press, incorrect information has been shared by vested interests with certain sections of the media, highlighting that China Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd. (CHEC) was blacklisted by World Bank. This, however, is not true and the objection is not relevant. The company in focus - China Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd. (CHEC) – has never been blacklisted by World Bank. Infact one of its sister companies, China Road and

Bridge Corporation, was debarred by World Bank for “road and bridge contracts” for the duration of January 2009 to January 2017 (Refer to World Bank website) but not CHEC. In the LNG project, CHEC is associated with ETPL as an EPC contractor only to participate in the Fast Track LNG project at Port Qasim, which is a marine terminal and does not fall in the category of “road and bridge” contracts. Moreover, it is pertinent to mention that the Section 33 of ISGS LSA highlighted in media refers to companies that are the bidders whilst CHEC is not the bidder in this case but rather a joint venture partner or part of the consortium of ETPL. The World Bank sanction is there-

fore not applicable in this case nor is the project financed by World Bank. It is also important to note that, CHEC made a Joint Venture with Pakistan GasPort Limited (PGPL) to participate in the tender of Integrated LNG Terminal project and again qualified without any objection Furthermore it is important to highlight that Engro takes health, safety and environment as an important core value in all our business transactions. Accusations have been made that ETPL’s site is not conducive to importing LNG. However, a quantitative risk assessment was conducted by Lloyd’s Register UK which reviewed hazard identification, navigational simulations and dispersion mod-

eling in 2011. It has not only approved the site in terms of LNG operations and safety, but cites certain operational advantages of it. Moreover ETPL is committed to comply to all safety regulations in PQA and have agreed to third party vendor assessment. Lastly, Engro Corporation will vehemently defend its position from false accusations from third parties and competitors who aim to malign our reputation and create confusion in the public domain. As a Pakistani multinational our commitment is towards making Pakistan an energy sufficient country by religiously following the highest international ethical practices.


Currency

Selling Buying

USA

107.20

107.00

UK

172.43

172.10

EURO

144.95

144.67

Canada

102.86

102.67

Switzerland

117.63

117.41

Australia

101.58

101.39

Denmark ready to help Pakistan in energy sector Vast scope of bilateral coop ASHRAF ANSARI

Sweden

16.50

16.47

ISLAMABAD—Visiting Danish

Japan

1.0872

1.0852

Norway

18.00

17.97

Singapore

86.34

86.18

Denmark

19.43

19.40

Omani Riyal

250.00

249.00

Saudi Arabia

28.58

28.53

Hong Kong

13.83

13.80

Kuwait

378.60

377.89

Malaysia

33.72

33.65

Newzeland

89.61

89.45

Qatar

28.44

29.39

UAE

29.19

29.13

KR WON

0.1011

0.1009

Thailand

3.428

3.422

Minister for development Cooperation Christian Frills Bach says; his country was ready to help Pakistan in boosting its power generation capacity through non-conventional means based on emerging technology. Addressing Pakistani business persons and CEOs of the Danish companies at the residence of Ambassador Jesper Moller Sorensen, he recalled that Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif and his Danish counter recently discussed the energy crises in New York where they were attending the annual session of the UN Gen-

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

47142.00 788.75

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

45430.00 41540.00 770.00 710.00

Tomato becomes a luxury STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Tomato prices in the wholesale and retail markets of the country including Karachi surged beyond the buying power of 90 percent of the consumers. Regarded as one of the essential kitchen items of daily use, its rates had surged to the level of Rs 150 to Rs 160 per kilogramme (kg) with the start of this week but during the last few days improved supply from Sindh interior would help to bring down its rates to Rs 110 to Rs 120 per kg at retail level while wholesale rates at Rs 85 to Rs 90 per kg. During last 15 days the commodity was available in retail at Rs 40-50/kg. However despite decline in its price, the prevailing prices are still beyond the buying capacity of large segment of the population. Some 15 days back, wholesale price of tomato was ranging between Rs 2025 per kg, which rose to Rs 40-50 per kg last week but on Monday the wholesale price was ranging between Rs 100-120 per kg depending on the quality. Retailers are fleecing consumers by charging higher prices for normal quality and size tomato as many of them are demanding far higher rates compared to wholesale rates. Chairman Falahi Anjuman Wholesale Vegetable Market Super Highway Haji Shahjehan termed suspension in supply of tomato from India last week as one of the main reasons. He hoped tomato from new Sindh crop would start reaching the market very soon and currently production of Badin was finding way into the market. He said improved supplies from Sindh crop would cause drop in prices spelling immense relief to consumers in the process. Shahjehan said over 300 trucks carrying Indian tomato were also waiting at the Wagah Border and their release would normalise the rates. Unless government do not ensure establishment of large storage facilities for perishable vegetables in Karachi for catering to the requirement of huge population, their shortage in the event of any religious festival or non-availability of transport facilities would continue pushing rates of all kinds of vegetables and fruits to sky high position posing serious financial hardship to consumers. In the wake of surging rates of tomato, its demand has nose-dived in the retail and wholesale markets as claimed by traders. Owing to inflated rates of tomato, very few customers are daring to make its purchase as the overall sale at the retail level has plunged to more than 60 percent at most of the retail outlets, claimed a retailer at Empress Market.

eral Assembly. The Danish Minister said the prime minister of his country offered Denmark’s cooperation to Pakistan for projects to generate power through windmills and solar gadgets. Bach said Pakistan has profound potential to install windmills and solar gadgets to meet local demand, especially in the far-flung and scattered populations. He said, Pakistan is a land of opportunities and marvelous potential in both material and human resource terms. He was confident that more Danish companies would come to Pakistan to invest and do business. He was happy to note that economic cooperation was increas-

ing between the two countries and the Danish business persons felt quite comfortable doing business in Pakistan. The Danish minister said the present Pakistan government is conscious of the imperatives of socio-economic development that relate to infrastructure and social sector. He believed that Pakistan was rightly focusing on bringing improvements in education and health sectors. He said Pakistan also shares Denmark’s belief that human rights must be upheld to promote democracy and good governance. Christian Frills Bach said Denmark has come to know the real potential and spirit of Pakistan from about 25,000 Paki-

Best practices can improve agri production STAFF REPORT I SLAMABAD —Agricultural production can be increased by improving soil fertility in Pakistan through demonstration and dissemination of best management practices (BMPs) for farmers, said Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad while presiding over inaugural session of Workshop on Soil Fertility.

By focusing on rapid research and development activities of agriculture in the areas of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and FATA we can meet domestic food requirement and alleviate poverty in the country. Agriculture experts acquaint the farmers about the use of new technology to increase their per acre production as well as to address the food security issues. Food security is an issue of both national and global importance. PARC in collaboration with

International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Areas (ICARDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the provincial research and development institutions is going to formulate a subject project with the objectives like, demonstrate and test research and extension plots in Pakistan BMPs concerning the capacity to maintain or build soil organic matter (SOM) and to improve soil health.

stanis settled in Denmark. The have proved that Pakistan is a land of talented, good intentioned and hardworking people. MDs and CEOs of Danish companies doing business in Pakistan told Pakistan Observer that business environment here was quite conducive. That is why more Danish companies would like to come here. Ambassador Jesper Moller Sorensen hosted reception for the visiting Danish minister and ISLAMABAD: Subhan Khalid, President ICCI presenting bouquet to Ms Rana Seerat, Chief his delegation at his residence. Commissioner, Large Taxpayers Unit, FBR. A large number of Pakistani business persons attended it. The ambassador said the visit by the Danish minister would help in strengthening of friendly relations between Pakistan and Denmark. Aslam Farid, Sheikh Javed, cient time is not given to subSTAFF REPORTER Mr. Ammad Naveed and Mr. mit response of tax notices and ISLAMABAD—A steel sector Umer Rafique were in the del- FBR should address such concerns of taxpayers. delegation of local industrial- egation. Shaban Khalid said that Ms. Rana Seerat, Chief ists led by Shaban Khalid, President, Islamabad Chamber steel melting furnaces contrib- Commissioner, LTU, FBR asof Commerce & Industry ute almost 80 percent to the to- sured the delegation members (ICCI) called on Ms. Rana tal steel production in the that issue of 4 percent withSTAFF REPORTER Seerat, Chief Commissioner, country, but withholding tax holding tax on local purchases Large Taxpayers Unit, FBR on local purchase and high will be taken up with Member I SLAMABAD —The Pakistan and asked for withdrawal of 4 electricity tariffs are making IR, FBR. She said FBR is Telecommunication Authority percent withholding tax on them uncompetitive due to committed to develop a fair tax (PTA) and Federal Investigation steel industry’s local purchase which these furnaces could system based on the principals Agency (FIA) jointly conducted as it is badly hurting their pro- inch towards collapse. The of equality and justice. taxation policies should faciliShe appreciated the contria successful raid on one of its duction activities. Long Distance and International The delegation also ap- tate the steel industry instead bution of industrialists for im(LDI) operators, Wise Commu- prised her of the different is- of creating more hurdles in its proving the local economy and said that FBR will look into the nication, located in Satellite sues being faced by the steel growth. He said steel industry is sales tax adjustment issue to reTown Rawalpindi after confirm- industrialists and requested for ing its involvement in illegal remedial measures to facilitate also facing some problems in move the concerns of taxpayinternational call termination in the growth of steel industry. sales tax adjustment due to ers. She said the current Chairaddition to the authorised arMany local steel industri- electricity bills and FBR man FBR is determined to rangement of International alists including Mr. Khalid should make this process bring further improvement in Clearing House (ICH). Javed, Mr. Nasir Khan, Mian easier for them. He said suffi- FBR to facilitate the taxpayers. This activity was carried out after thorough investigation and analysing the traffic pattern terminated on various other operators by the said licensee. A clear irregularity was observed during the investigation which mainly consisted of adding local numKWSB hydrant located in lease quota of water allocated A MANULLAH K HAN bers instead of international Korangi Industrial Area to the to the leather industry. He said numbers. K ARACHI —Karachi Water tune of 0.5 mgd so that the that approval from Chief Minand Sewerage Board (KWSB) wheel of the tanners should ister for the project of R/O will provide 0.5 million gal- keep running during this high plants is awaited as they lons water per day from a des- season. He was apprised by would be installed near Malir ignated hydrant to the indus- the Fawad that KWSB had River in order to provide the STAFF REPORT tries in Tannery Zone, laid a 32 inches pipeline from remaining two mgd quota of in order to provide its water trunk main to the water to the Sector 7-A. K ARACHI —The European Korangi The Chairman PTA Fawad some relief to the water Sector 7-A for supply of three Union’s International Trade starved leather industry. mgd water and the work has Jawed said that despite high Committee has reportedly apThis was decided in a been completed with the spe- season for the tannery indusproved the list of countries ap- meeting with the Managing cial fund of Rs44.5 million try in which bilk of hides and plying for the EU GSP Plus sta- Director KWSB, Qutubuddin allocated and released by the skins collected during Eidul tus including Pakistan. Analysts Shaikh with the Chairman Pa- Governor Sindh, Dr Ishratul Azha are lying with the hunsaid the GSP Plus status for Pa- kistan Tanners Association Ebad Khan to the KWSB but dreds of factories, there is no kistan will result in an increase (PTA) SZ, Fawad Jawed, Vice water is yet to be released into water available for their proin textile exports particularly in President FPCCI, Gulzar the pipelines. cessing. He informed that the the higher value-added segment Firoz and other office bearers. The MD KWSB ex- only source of water to the tanof the textile chain whereby fabThe KWSB chief on in- pressed his unawareness over neries was from the hydrants rics, readymade garments and struction by the Commis- real the situation and said that in the area which have been made-ups will receive duty-free sioner Karachi, Shoib he did not know about the closed down during an operaaccess to the EU market. Siddiqui called on the PTA pipeline has already been in- tion. Gulzar Firoz expressed However, growth in total Chairman the other day said stalled but not connected to his dismay over the non-retextiles exports under the GSP that the export-oriented the WTM. He assured to look lease of water into the newly Plus scheme is capped at 14.5 leather industry to be supplied into the matter and arrange- laid pipeline despite the clear percent per annum. Although water through tankers from a ments would be done to re- cut orders from the high ups. this may limit sector-wide growth in EU export revenues to 14.5 percent from base-case estimates, individual companies that manage to increase their proportional share in exports to STAFF REPORTER the EU should emerge as relative winners. K A R A C H I —Slow buying spirit, grade issue and sufficient backlog of produce by leading buyers pushed spot rate down by Rs 100 per maund to Rs 6,350 per maund, traders at the Karachi Cotton Association (KCA) said. The KCA revised the spot ISLAMABAD: Amir Pasha Head of PR and CSR Ufone had- rate downward in order to proing over the cheque to Munzar Ata, member Board of Trust- vide support to weak stakeholdSTAFF REPORTER ees Air Cdre Rizwanullah Khan Shaheed Memorial Trust. ers of raw grade to ward off ISLAMABAD—HBL, Pakistan minimal price level, said floor ’s largest bank has entered into brokers. a Cash Management and Salary During the trading session, Account relationship with the mills in Sindh and Punjab staForman Christian College . A tions made cautious deals for ceremony marking this event all grades as grade issue was held at FCC on Friday 1st slowed down buying while listed at LSE in the year 1988 sellers offered all grades of lint S TAFF R EPORTER of November 2013. The particiand its total paid up capital is on slightly lower rates at pants included Dr. James A Tebbe, Rector Forman Christian LAHORE —The Lahore Stock Rs. 42.500 million. The Com- around Rs 6,250 per maund to College , Mr. Andrew John, Exchange Limited, after due pany is under violation of Rs 6,275 per maund in order Chief Fiscal Officer Forman consideration of facts and cir- Listing Regulations No. to capitalise maximum returns Christian College , Mr. Faiq cumstances and in exercise of 30(1)(b)(c)(e)(g) of the Ex- on their proceeds, floor broSadiq Head - Payment Services the powers vested in it under change i.e. non-holding of kers said. HBL along with other members Section 9(4) of the Securities AGM, had gone into liquidaBuyers remained cautious of the HBL Team. & Exchange Ordinance, 1969 tion though Court Order, non- in making any big deal as Speaking on the occasion, and Listing Regulations of the payment of annual listing fee they only made deals accordDr. Tebbe expressed his grati- Exchange, has decided to and non induction of ordinary ing to their immediate need tude to HBL for visiting the FCC delist Taxila Engineering shares of the Company into of lint on back of grade issue and offering financial solutions Ltd., from the Ready Board CDS of the Central Deposi- and in anticipation of further which would bring enhanced Quotation of the Exchange tory Company of Pakistan decline in spot rate, they efficiencies in institutional cash w.e.f., November 11, 2013. Ltd. added. Managing Director and flows and add banking conveSpinners in Sindh and After the delisting of nience for employees and stu- Taxila Engineering Limited Chief Executive Officer of Punjab stations purchased all dents. from the Lahore Stock Ex- Lahore Stock Exchange Mr. grades on competitive prices at Mr. Faiq Sadiq said “Edu- change (LSE), the number of Aftab Ahmed Chaudhry high- around Rs 6,500 per maund to cational institutions are the key listed companies will remain lighted the steps taken by the Rs 6,750 per maund while gento our country’s future and in- as 436. Trading in the shares LSE contributing to build a eral buyers made deals for all vestment in this sector is es- of the Company has already mechanism that has produced grades in Punjab and Sindh stasential and should remain a top been suspended w.e.f., August more transparency in the trad- tions at around Rs 6,125 per social responsibility for every 16, 2010 on the order of ing of the shares as well as to maund to Rs 6,225 per maund, Pakistani. Providing banking SECP. Joint official liquida- secure the investment of the traders said. services and bringing financial tors for the Company were ap- investors. Traders in Karachi and other Lahore Stock Exchange is major markets in Sindh focused efficiencies for FCC employ- pointed vide winding-up Orees at an institutional level is der of the Peshawar High a fully electronic and com- on fine grades in particular on a matter of great pride for Court received from SECP pletely automated stock ex- back of shrinking stocks that HBL. Our recent alliance with through letter No. EMD/233/ change of Pakistan that is the caused slower pace of buying only domestic exchange to besides production of these FCC is a stepping stone toward 431/2002-173. cementing our existing workIt may be noted that Taxila have more than one trading grades was also on a slower ing relationship.” pace. Engineering Limited was floors in the region.

ICCI calls for withdrawal of 4pc withholding tax on steel industry

LDI operator found involved in grey traffic

Water to leather industry through tankers

Textile exports all set to boost

Additional IG Sindh Ghulam Haidar Jamali receiving shield from FPCCI officials.

Mobilink Foundation enters second phase of earthquake relief AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—Mobilink Foundation and its Torchbearers (employee volunteers) have initiated a collection drive for non-food items as the second phase of relief operations for Awaraan, Baluchistan. The onset of winter has created an urgent need for warm clothing, blankets and temporary shelter for families who have lost their homes and livelihoods in the disaster. In late October,

Oil sales From Page 13 percent and 2.0 percent, respectively. Zafar maintained his yearly 5.0 percent higher oil sales forecast of 20.6 million tonnes for FY14. He flagged that potential upward revision in marketing margins on white oil products, if announced, is likely to provide earnings upside for the sector, he added. However recent media reports suggest that the plan to revise margins has hit some snags owing to oil and marketing companies (OMCs) inability to provide the relevant data to the agency (PIDE) awarded the study to review margins, said the analyst. In the four month of FY14 period, industry sales of FO increased by 13 percent to 3.3 million tonnes, HSD sales were up by 4.0 percent and motor spirit (MS) consumption jumped by 18 percent on yearly basis when compared to the petroleum sales data of four months period of FY13.

Mobilink Foundation had sent one consignment of waterproof material to Awaraan. Mobilink Torchbearers (employee volunteers) have now set up relief camps at Mobilink offices across Pakistan, that are collecting clothing, bed sheets, blankets, kitchen utensils, curtains and floor mats. Mobilink Foundation has also made arrangements with the Pakistan Army to ensure that the collected material is transported and distributed in the affected regions.

Omar Manzur, Head of Corporate Communications, Mobilink highlighted, “The situation in Baluchistan is grave with the lack of shelter and basic necessities being a serious cause for concern. Mobilink Foundation and its Torchbearers continue to work together to ensure we can help our fellow Pakistanis in their time of need.” Mobilink Foundation was the first from the corporate sector to mobilize relief for earthquake affectees.

PIA introduces fourth flight to Toronto AMANULLAH KHAN KARACHI—PIA has introduced an additional direct flight from Pakistan to Toronto. The airline is now offering four flights a week to Toronto. The new fourth additional flight PK 797 operated by Boeing777 LR took off from Karachi via Lahore for Toronto on Thursday morning. The Passengers of the flight were seen off by PIA officials at Karachi and Lahore airports. Managing Director PIA, Muhammad Junaid Yunus while sharing his views on the additional flight frequency to Toronto said that the airline is planning to increase frequency of its existing flights on profitable routes and introduce new destinations based on passengers demand and commercial

viability. He said that PIA is also increasing frequency of its flight operation to Kuala Lumpur commencing from 26th November 2013. The airline will have four flight frequencies in a week to Kuala Lumpur from Pakistan. MD PIA said that with the induction of newer aircraft in PIA fleet, the airline will be in a better position to offer additional destinations and more flight frequencies. A large number of Pakistanis living in Toronto and other cities of Canada can now avail the fourth direct flight frequency with convenient timings. PIA now offers four direct flights a week for the sector Pakistan-Toronto-Pakistan from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with convenient timings.

Dr James A Tebbe (Rector) signing the contract with Faiq Sadiq Group Head HBL for providing Smart Banking Services to FCC.

Spot rate further eases

FCC, HBL ink contract for Smart Banking Services

LSE delists Taxila Engineering


Batsmen should take classes from Wahab, Sohail: Sarfraz I SLAMABAD —Former Test his wicket away to an out- mark. “Abdur Rehman and Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz Thursday while expressing resentment over the national team’s dismal performance in the third ODI against South Africa said our batsmen should seek batting classes from Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanvir. The Proteas beat Pakistan by 68 runs in the third ODI exposing the weak and low in confidence battingline of the national side consistently failing to achieve the targets. There were two blowers in the top three batting performances by the team with Wahab Raiz being the top scorer with 33 runs on 47 balls and Sohail Tanvir scoring 31 runs on 38 balls. Ahmed Shahzad was the only batsman who looked promising and scored 32 runs on 24 balls, but threw

swinging delivery of Dyle Styne. Talking to APP, Sarfraz Nawaz said our batsmen would never learn from their mistakes no matter how hard you train them. “In an era when cricket has become so fast, especially after the advent of Twenty-20 format where achieving 280 to 300 runs target is easy, it seems the Pakistani batsmen are still following the old fashioned defensive mind set,” he added. He said handling pressure is another thing that the players are still to master which is evident from the fact that a comparative total is posted by the national batsmen while batting first as compared to chasing. Sarfraz further said the team selection for the third ODI was also not up to the

Sohaib Maqsood should have been included in the squad,” he said adding that he had high hopes for Muhammad Hafeez that he would perform better as opener rather than on number 3. “But Hafeez disappointed me as scoring only 15 runs on 31 balls is not enough,” he added. Sarfraz said he was happy to see former wicket-keeper Moin Khan handling the cricket team affairs as a manager but after the team’s dismissal performance in the third ODI, his expectations with Moin were shattered. However the experts feel that lack of temperament and confidence together with poor short selection are some of the major reasons of the poor batting show of the national side.—APP

Imran Nazir hits brisk ton as ZTBL demolish SNGPL I SLAMABAD —Imran Nazir out for 258 in 36 overs. Skip- quick-fire 44-ball 66 with eight slammed a career-best 189 to guide Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) to their second successive win when they demolished Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) by 109 runs in their second round match of the President’s Cup One-day 2013-14 at the National Ground here. The 31-year-old Imran, who has played 79 One-day Internationals, banged 26 fours and nine sixes in his fiery 83-ball feat to enable ZTBL to post a huge total of 367 all out in 41.2 overs. Haris Sohail made 58 off 43 balls, which was studded with nine boundaries. Azhar Ali got 5-66 while Asad Ali captured 3-67. SNGPL were then bowled

per Azhar Ali also excelled with the bat, hitting 106 off 76 balls, that contained 11 fours and two sixes. Left-arm young spinner Zafar Gohar picked 5-56 and Imran Nazir claimed 2-38. Meanwhile, skipper Khurram Manzoor led from the front with a glorious 128 not out to guide Port Qasim Authority (PQA) to an eightwicket victory over Pakistan Television (PTV) at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Port Qasim Authority achieved the 232-run target in 35.3 overs after losing just two wickets. Khurram banged 18 fours and two sixes in his splendid knock. He put on 144 runs for the opening stand with Shahzaib Hasan, who was run out after scoring a

fours and three sixes. After being invited to bat, PTV were restricted to 231-8 in the stipulated 45 overs. Left-handed opener Imran Ali scored 103 off 126 balls, hitting 11 fours. After PTV lost their three wickets for just 35, 30-year-old Imran and Mohammad Sami (70) rescued them by adding 163 runs for the fourth wicket. Sami smashed seven fours and a six in his 88-ball knock. Test pacer Mohammad Sami (2-45) and Kamran Younis (2-30) were prominent bowlers for PQA. Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) recorded their second successive victory when they overwhelmed State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) by 64 runs at the KRL Ground in Rawalpindi.—APP

National deaf cricket championship from Dec 1 L AHORE —National Deaf spective group on league Groups is: (Group A), Lahore, cricket championship will be played here from December 1 with a record number of sixteen teams taking part in the tournament. “It is for the first time in the history of deaf cricket in Pakistan that as many as sixteen teams drawn from all parts of the country will be showcasing their talent in the premier activity”, said Irfan Miraj, Secretary, Pakistan Deaf Cricket Association and manager, Zaheer ud din Babar,while talking to APP here on Thursday. They said all sixteen matches will be played at different grounds of the city and various subcommittees have been formed to review the arrangements. The contesting teams have been placed in eight groups and each team will play three matches in its re-

basis. “We are striving for the cause of deaf cricket in Pakistan and the participation of numerous teams strongly endorses our views that deaf cricket is on the fast track of progress in the country”,. “Under our game development programme we are engaging deaf cricketers in competitive cricket activities, they said. Through such efforts we have been able to widen the base of our cricket for cricketers with impaired hearing.” They said they were organizing the championship from their own resources,adding that so far neither the Pakistan Cricket Board nor any business house has responded to the requests for shouldering the burden of this regular annual activity. The formation of the

Multan, Khairpur , Hafizabad. (B) Muzaffargarh, Gujranwala, Rahim yar Khan Jehlum. (Group C), Sialkot, Okara, Narowal, Sargodha. (Group D), Bahawalpur, Jacobabad, Dadu, Sukkur,(Group E), Rawalpindi, Quetta, Shikarpur, Faisalabad.(Group F), Gujrat, Peshawar, Larkana, Sahiwal. (Group G), Islamabad, Haripur, Hyderabad, Khanewal, (Group H), Karachi, Sheikhupura , Dera Ismail Khan and Kohat. Islamabad is the defending champion and close competition is expected from the contestants. The Association officials expressed their gratitude to various cricket clubs for lending support by organizing matches at their grounds. The final will be played on Dec 7.—APP

Hasan Bacha elected unopposed President Swabi DHA P ESHAWAR —Hassan Bacha Thursday elected unopposed as President District Hockey Association Swabi in a election and scrutiny conducted by Chairman PHF Election Committee Olympian Akhlaq Ahmad at Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed Ground, Swabi. Olympian Akhlaq Ahmad along with Munawar Khan conducted the clubs scrutiny before holding the elections in which office-bearers of the clubs took part. The house in its election committee presided over the Akhlaq Ahamd Olympian elected Hassan Bacha as President, Niaz Muhammad as General Secretary and Syed Bakhat Shah as finance Secretary. Shaheen Khan and Naseem Ul Haq elected as joint secretaries respectively. All the affiliated clubs took part in the election held in a conducive environment.—APP TOKYO: Players struggling to hold on ball between Pakistan, India match during Asian Hockey Champions Trophy .

Ismail excells in 13th All Pakistan Karate Championship

P E S H AWA R — P r o m i s i n g Muhammad Ismail excelled by winning gold medal in 59kg weight category during the recently concluded 13th AllPakistan Karate Championship held at Bahawalpur. President Pakistan Karate Federation Muhammad Jehangir and Chief Referee Nasim Qurashi graced the occasion as chief guest and gave away medals to the winners. This was stated by Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Karate Association Sarfaraz Khan while talking to APP here on Thursday. He said Muhammad Ismail got gold medal in the 50kg weight category. He said earlier, Muhammad Ismail also defeated Pakistan Army players in the same weight in the 22nd National Karate Championship and got gold medal for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. National team coach and former SAF Games gold medalist Khalid Noor also lauded the performance of Muhammad Ismail for winning gold medal.—APP

Lahore win PCB National U-19 women cricket title LAHORE—Lahore region won the PCB National U19, T20 women cricket title defeating Islamabad region by 66 runs in the final at Lahore Country club Muridke on Thursday. Lahore taking first use of the strip, posted 119 and their main contributors were Nimra Imran (35), Kainaat Hafeez (33) and Freeha Mehmood (23). Anoshay Malik and Ghazala Amir took one wicket each from Islamabad. Islamabad were shot out at 53 in 20 overs and Fazila Ikhlaq (21) was their only top scorer as remaining players fell cheaply . Nimra Imran, Kanwal Francis, Kainaat Hafeez and Waheeda Akhtar took 2 wickets apiece.—APP

LARKANA: Chairman of BISE Larkana Prof Daoud Memon giving away trophy to captain of Larkana cricket team during prize distribution ceremony of All Pakistan Inter-Board Girls Cricket Championship-2013 played at PCB Ground organized by Larkana Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education.

Asian Hockey Champions Trophy

Pakistan beat rival India T OKYO —Pakistan beat India 5-4 in the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy on Thursday at Kakamigahara, Japan to reach the final of the event. In a thrilling match the scores were level at 2-2 at half-time but Pakistan managed to score 3 more in the second half where as India could mange just 2. This keenly contested match was Pakistan’s penultimate league match and the green shirts will play their last league match against Japan on Friday. Pakistan has won all its league matches so far. Meanwhile, former Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh lauded the national team for beating arch-rivals India by 5-4 in the Asian Champions Trophy and said it seems no team can stop the greenshirts now from winning the title.

For Pakistan, Abdul Haseem Khan (2nd minute), Mohammad Imran (35th minute), Mohammad Rizwan (36th and 44th minute) and Mohammad Rizwan Junior (53rd minute) were the goalgetters while India scored through Gurjinder Singh (24th minute), Amit Rohidas (30th minute), Manpreet Singh (40th minute) and Malak Singh (49th minute). Talking to APP Shahnaz Sheikh said India had put 13 juniors players in their Champions Trophy squad in order to give them exposure ahead of next month’s FIH Junior World Cup. “Pakistan has played tremendously well in the event but it is the time that we should also include maximum number of youngsters in the team to give them exposure for the Junior World Cup to be held in India this year,” he added.

Shahnaz said Pakistan was the best team in the event as all other participating teams were ranked below the green-shirts. “Malaysia is ranked 13th, India 11th, Japan 16th, China 18th, Oman 36th while Pakistan is on top of all at 8th,” he added. Former Olympian further said winning the event would prove good for Pakistan as it had been long since the green-shirts had won any mega tournament. Speaking about Hockey India’s (HI) decision of not including any Pakistani players in the second edition of the Hockey India League (HIL) to be held in JanuaryFebruary next year, Shahnaz said we should organize our own country’s league as in this way all our national and domestic players will get a chance to improve their skills.—APP

Rafique to face Haroon in KP Junior Snooker final P ESHAWA R —Top seeded and promising Rafique Ahmad will clash against Haroon Khan in the final of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Junior Snooker Championship being played here at Green Snooker Club on Thursday. President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Snooker and Billiard Association Zulfiqar Butt was the chief guest on this occasion. Secretary General Aamir Sabir Advocate, Organizing Secretary K Alliuddin and large number of game spectators were also present and witnessed the semi-finals matches. In the first semi-final Rafique Ahmad, the top seed of the Championship, defeated his strong rival and seeded second Zeeshan Khan in the four frames battle, the score was 60-44, 72-23, 55-62, and 81-12. Zeeshan got the third set in a closely contest but Rafique staged a strong comeback by recording 70 points break in the last frame which he won by 81-12. In the second semi-final Haroon Khan beat Kashif Khan by 4-1. The score was 60-22, 70-20, 80-30, 17-73, 8514. The final will be played on November 10. Talking to APP, Zulfiqar Butt disclosed that the Championship is being played on three different venues. He said players from Peshawar, Hazara and Azad Jammu and Kashmir along with players from other districts are taking part. The aim and objective of the event is to short-list player for the forthcoming National Junior Snooker Championship to be played in January next year at Lahore. He said among all 48 junior players eight top would be short-listed to represent the players. He said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Snooker Championship will commence from Nov 25 in which eight players would be short-listed to for the National Senior Championship. He said this time a motorcycle will be given to the winner.—APP

Abbas nominated Chairman Davis Cup Committee I SLAMABAD —Patron Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) Senator Syed Dilawar Abbas has been nominated as the Chairman of Davis Cup Selection Committee on the request of the PTF president Syed Kaleem Imam. Dilawar Abbas will act as Chairman Davis Cup Selection Committee in the absence of Kh. Saeed Hai who had to leave for Dubai for some personal engagement. Pakistan will play its Davis Cup tie from February 14 to 16, 2014 against Vietnam. For the selection of the Pakistan Davis Cup team the trials are being held here at Pakistan Sports Complex Tennis Courts. And the trails will continue till November 12. The other members of the Davis Cup Selection Committee include Mumtaz Yousaf,Nadir Mumtaz, Mushaf Kishal Zia, Arif Qureshi, Khalil Chughtai and Shahzad Alvi. Top 6 national ranked players are invited along with 4 wild card players one each from four Provinces, whereas Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan are exempted from the trails.—APP

Pakistan batting lacking capacity, fighting qualities: Shoaib Akhtar K ARACHI —Pakistan team’s

HARIPUR: The final of District Schools Basketball Championship in progress.

Katcha Khoh boxers win championship KHANEWAL—Pugilists from a Khanewal, including Farooq rural area Katcha Khoh, Chak 23/10-R, won the inter-club boxing championship by grabbing seven top positions leaving boxers from urban Khanewal and Jehanian behind, sports officials said Thursday. Ghazi boxing club of Katcha Khoh won the championship, Khanewal boxing club was declared runner up while Jahanian boxing club stood third in the contest organized by district sports department in cooperation with district boxing association. Katcha Khoh boxers Ahmad Shahzad (45kg), Faisal Khan (49kg), Farhan Raza (52kg), Allah Rakha (60kg), Shahbaz Waseem (64kg), Azhar (69kg), and Mubashir (73kg) clinched top positions in their respective weight categories. Two boxers from

Javed Kamboh (91kg), and Rizwan Amir (91kg plus) clinched top position in their respective categories while a Jahanian boxer Aftab won top position in 81kg category. Humayun Khan, president petroleum association, divisional president boxing association Multan Zar Daad Khan, district general secretary Pervaiz Paracha and sports officials distributed prizes among the winners. Meanwhile, gymnasts from all over the district will participate in the gymnastic competition to be held on Nov 9, Iqbal Day. The contest is being organized by Khanewal gymnastic club in collaboration with district sports department at Khanewal stadium in line with observance of 136th Iqbal Day to be observed all over the country on Nov 9.—APP

batting is badly lacking capacity, courage and fighting qualities to win matches after losing the toss. “They are lacking confidence, self-belief, courage and clue to handle the situation under pressure,” former test express fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said in his comments Wednesday night after Pakistan’s 66-run loss to South Africa in third ODI. “We failed to understand whats going in the team after they loss the toss.They are not performing while chasing,” he commented. He said he was deeply disappointed with the batting performances of Umar Amin and Muhammad Hafeez. “After such a consistent failures these batsmen must sit out, and face the music,” he remarked. Shoaib Akhtar called upon the captain Misbah to show guts, courage and attacking mindset. “Misbah should assert his complete authority and take some bold decision to put the team on the right path,” he said. He also expressed his disappointment the way Shahid Afridi lost his wicket and the way he batted in hurry despite huge number of his disposal. “Apart from being taking wickets, Hafeez and Afridi should be contributed with the bat,” Shoaib Akhtar said. “Pakistani batting looked in extreme pressure after they loses Misbah’s wicket,” he added. “I feel depressed to see Pakistan crumble after a promising start by Ahmed Shahzad and Hafeez,” he said. “When they will learn to chase the total.This leave a big question mark on future of Pakistan cricket,” he pointed out.—APP


I don’t have an answer, Misbah says as Pakistan slip again ABU D HABI—Pakistan cap- fixture in Dubai. tain Misbah-ul-Haq called on his top order to play their part to prevent South Africa clinching the one-day series after the fourth match on Friday. Pakistan trail 2-1 after South Africa secured a commanding 68-run win in the third match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Chasing a challenging 260-run target, Pakistan were dismissed for 191 with legspinner Imran Tahir taking 453. Pakistan’s top order flopped again and only a 61run partnership for the eighth wicket between Wahab Riaz (33) and Sohail Tanvir (31) gave the total some respectability. The batsmen failed to chase 184 during their onerun defeat in the first match in Sharjah and struggled to put 209 on the board in their 66-run victory in the second

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“It’s the same old story. I think we need to think about our batting if we want to save the series,” said Misbah after Wednesday’s match. “Our batsmen get starts but are not able to convert them into big scores, and we all have to think that 20s and 30s are not going to win matches for us.” Pakistan have played six one-day series against South Africa but never won one. Misbah said he could not explain the consistent batting failures. “I think we got a good start and then there was no excuse, we should have won the match,” he said of the 50run start by Ahmed Shehzad (32) and Mohammad Hafeez (15). Pakistan then lost five wickets in the space of 31 runs, slumping to 116-7 from 86-2. “I don’t have an answer

and as professionals when we get set we must take it further,” said Misbah. He praised Tahir, who conceded 18 runs in his first two overs but went on to dismiss Misbah, Umar Akmal (seven) and Asad Shafiq (11). “When wickets were falling it was good for him and he kept attacking and he gives them an attacking option,” said Misbah of Tahir, who was born and brought up in Pakistan before emigrating to South Africa. South Africa’s captain was also full of praise for the leg-spinner. “Imran is a world-class bowler,” said AB De Villiers. “For me, the main thing is that he brings a lot of intensity to the whole unit and obviously he also has a hell of a lot of skill in all the formats that he plays in.” Tahir took eight wickets in the second Test to help

South Africa level the preceding two-match series 1-1. “He brought that intensity into the team tonight and the whole team was lifted, and it’s great to have him back in the green and gold again,” said De Villiers. He praised the team effort, especially the half-centuries from Faf du Plessis and Jean-Paul Duminy. “I thought we did the basics well, still we could have got to 280, but still all in all the batsmen did well, and that’s what we were talking about leading up to the match and a few guys put up their hands including Faf,” he said. “I am very happy for him under pressure and that tells a lot about his character and also JP.” Friday’s game is in Abu Dhabi and the fifth and final match takes place in Sharjah MOSCOW: A Russian rocket soared into the cosmos Thursday carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and three astroon Monday, before two nauts to the International Space Station. Twenty20s in Dubai on November 13 and 15.— AFP

Chess ace Anand to start defence of World Crown

L ONDON —Barcelona and Atletico Madrid led a Spanish Armada into the Champions League last 16 with home wins and in-form Aaron Ramsey steadied Arsenal’s boat with a battling win against rocky Borussia Dortmund. Barca met seven-times winners AC Milan at the Nou Camp but the stock of the faltering Italians has fallen so much that even an average display from the hosts sealed a 3-1 success in Group H, Lionel Messi scoring a penalty and a cheeky third. La Liga rivals Atletico put on a better display in their 4-0 cruise past Group G whipping boys Austria Vienna to glide into the knockout stages after four wins from four with two matches to spare. Miranda grabbed Atletico’s opener after 11 minutes before Raul Garcia rose athletically to head home the second, with Filipe Luis making it three for this term’s potential surprise packages on halftime. Diego Costa missed a penalty but added a fourth goal on 82 minutes as Diego Simeone’s men made sure of top spot and equalled their biggest Champions League win in reaching the knockout stages for the first time since 2008/09. “We knew it was very important to win today because of the result between Zenit and Porto. The team was great today and we deserved to reach the round of 16,” the forward told reporters. Zenit St Petersburg stayed as favourites to take second place and qualify after Hulk scored the equaliser but also missed a spot kick in a 1-1 home draw with his former side Porto.—AFP

CHENNAI—In a nation where cricket is a religion and retiring superstar Sachin Tendulkar its resident deity, reigning world chess champion Viswanathan Anand holds his own as one of India’s finest sportsmen. Anand, 43, who opens the defence of his fifth world crown against Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen at home in Chennai on Saturday, has dominated the chess scene in India and abroad for almost two decades. Anand’s longevity and perseverance has often been compared with that of Tendulkar, the world’s batting recordholder who ends a brilliant 24year career later this month. “There’s certainly a case to be made for Anand being the greatest sportsperson India has ever produced,” The Hindu newspaper said. “He is as much a national treasure as Tendulkar.” Anand showed remarkable promise at an early age but, unlike many others who give up after their first major

challenge, he persevered and won until there was no one else left to beat. The soft-spoken family man, who lives in Spain with wife Aruna and three-year-old son Akhil, is far removed from his temperamental predecessors like Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky, Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov. While Kasparov has become a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Anand is more at home musing about subjects such as his pride in India’s space programme and his love of Barcelona football club. “There is no feeling better than representing your country,” he wrote on his Twitter account last week in the buildup to the match against Carlsen. “If there is anyone close to perfection in chess, it is him,” said Indian grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly. “He is also one of the nicest human beings to know, a humble man despite his enormous achievements.”

Anand’s game is built on belligerent attack that catches opponents off-guard, but his unflustered approach ensures that he has the right defence in place when the going gets tough. Born in a small town in the southern tip of India, Anand became an international master at 15, was crowned Indian champion at 16, won the world junior title at 17 and became the country’s first grandmaster at 18. The Indian government, taking note of the young man’s rapid rise, conferred on him the country’s fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri, a few months short of his 19th birthday. It is significant that when India’s highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna — was introduced in 1992, Anand was its first recipient ahead of such cricket luminaries as Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev.—AFP

Russia launches rocket carrying three astronauts and Olympic torch

B AIKONUR —Russia

on Thursday launched a rocket carrying Russian, Japanese and US astronauts and an Olympic torch for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi from its Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the mission control said. The Soyuz-FG rocket and Soyuz-TMA capsule, emblazoned with the symbols of the Sochi Games and the Olympic rings, blasted off for the International Space Station (ISS) on time at 8:14 am (0414 GMT), it said. “The Soyuz FG rocket and the Soyuz-TMA capsule launched successfully from Baikonur cosmodrome at 8:14 am Moscow time,” the Russian space agency said in a statement. The rocket decorated with the mainly blue Olympic logo and the words Sochi 2014 blasted off into a clear skies from the Kazakh steppe. NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio earlier climbed the steps into the capsule carrying the Olympic torch, along with his fellow passengers, Russia’s Mikhail Tyurin and Japan’s Koichi Wakata. The astronauts will now take the six-hour trip to the ISS, where they will join six incumbent crew.—AFP

India vs West Indies, 1st Test

Rohit debut ton, Ashwin fifty lift India KOLKATA —In his first Test, Rohit Sharma walked in at the early exit of Sachin Tendulkar, playing his penultimate and 199th Test. Two overs later, 82 for 4 became 83 for 5, with offspinner Shane Shillingford on a roll. Rohit, who five days ago made a double-century in an ODI against Australia, buckled down to become the 14th Indian to make a century on Test debut. He put on 73 first with his captain MS Dhoni, but it was his association with R Ashwin that transformed the game completely. India ended the day with a lead of 120, the unbroken seventh-wicket stand worth 198, and No. 8 Ashwin eight short of his second Test hundred. This was a different version of Rohit from what has been on display over 108 ODIs. There were no cute strokes, there was no hitting his way out of pressure, there was plenty of leaving outside off.

This was sensible batting, respecting the demands of the situation India had landed in against Shillingford. Ashwin, who came in at 156 for 6, matched his specialist batting partner on every count, be it solidity, strokeplay or elegance. The partnership visibly deflated West Indies, who would have rightfully eyed a sizeable lead in the morning. Rohit took 13 deliveries to get his first runs in Test cricket, and they came via a pull to the long-leg boundary off a 145 kph short ball from fellow debutant Sheldon Cottrell. As he grew in confidence, there were glimpses of the touch he possesses. A back-foot drive against the pace of Tino Best, a cover drive against the turn of Shillingford. But what stood out was his back-foot defence against the spinners. The preceding India batsman had found dealing with spin tough, but Rohit had time to adjust.

Shillingford’s doosra, which had claimed Tendulkar and M Vijay, was dealt with calmly from deep in the crease.—AFP

W Indies 1st innings: 234 India 1st innings: S Dhawan b Shillingford 23 M Vijay st Ramdin b Shillingford ................. 26 Pujara b Cottrell ............. 17 Tendulkar lbw b Shillingford ................. 10 V Kohli b Shillingford ..... 3 Sharma not out ............ 127 Dhoni c Ramdin b Best 42 R Ashwin not out .......... 92 Extras: (b4, lb8, w1, nb1)14 Total: (6 wickets) ......... 354 Fall of wickets 1-42, 2-57, 379, 4-82, 5-83, 6-156 Bowling: ........... O-M-R-W TL Best ............... 14-0-53-1 SS Cottrell .......... 15-3-53-1 S Shillingford ... 41-8-130-4 V Permaul ........... 20-1-54-0 DJG Sammy ........ 12-1-52-0

Oslo to bid for 2022 Winter Olympics OSLO—The Norwegian capi-

tal Oslo will bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the Oslo2022 committee said Thursday. “We will confirm our intention to be a candidate for hosting the games before the November 14 deadline,” Ingunn Olsen, a spokeswoman for the committee told AFP a week ahead of the KOLKATA: Sachin Tendulkar was trapped lbw for 10 during India vs West Indies 1st Test. closing date for applications. Already considered one of the favourites to host — not least due to the success of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer — the bid won the support of more than half of the city’s population (55,1 percent) in a recent referendum. Oslo faces tough combeen a popular cricket com- to interact with Mr. BIPIN DANI petition from a long list of dementator to give his feed- Sundaraman, CEO IPL, Mr. OBSERVER clared or expected candiback on the subject. We have Chirayu Amin, Mr. Harsha CORRESPONDENT dates including Beijing, the so many other respected Bhogle, Mr. Ankit Chavan, German city of Munich, Almaty in Kazakhstan, Lviv D UBAI —Harsha Bhogle, people in mind who can help Mr. S. Sreesanth, Mr. in Ukraine and a joint bid from the well-known TV com- us to reveal the truth and ac- Harmeet Singh, Mr. Raj Krakow in Poland and mentator has been invited cordingly they will be re- Kundra and Mr. Vindoo by the Supreme Court ap- quested to be available’, the Dara Singh. neighbouring Slovakia. ‘We are planning to According to Norwegian pointee IPL probe commit- source close to the commitmeet these people during media reports, the newly tee to furnish his views on tee said. The 53-year-old Harsha Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell elected centre-right Minister fixing, it is learnt here. Bhogle has been covering all Test and those busy durAccording to the for Culture, Thorhild Widvey, supports Oslo’s sources, the life-banned Indian Premier League sea- ing match, will be asked to cricketers, S. Sreesanth and sons since 2009 and is an ex- be available after the day’s bid. The host town is ex- Ankeet Chavan have also pert cricket analyst on TV. He play@, the source added. pected to be announced on been asked to appear be- also runs a sport-based com- The BCCI president N. consultancy Srinivasan’s son-in-law, fore the committee which is munication July 31, 2015. Gurunath Mayepan the The 2014 Winter Games again scheduled to meet called Prosearch. The probe Committee will main accused in the betting, take place in Sochi, Russia during Mumbai Test next next meet in Mumbai on the is not invited yet but will and the 2018 event in week. ‘We have invited 15th, 16th and 17th of No- surely be asked to depose Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Champions League group H soccer Pyeongchang, South KoHarsha Bhogle who has vember 2013 when it intends before the committee. rea.—AFP match between FC Barcelona and AC Milan, at the Camp Nou Stadium.

IPL probe committee invites Harsha Bhogle for his views on spot-fixing


More evidence e-cigs may help in quitting tobacco

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LECTRONIC cigarette users followed over a year reduced or quit using tobacco cigarettes in large numbers and were less prone to resume smoking, at least in the short term. Experts continue to debate whether or not “e-cigs” are smoking-cessation tools or just leisure products. The electronic vaporizers use cartridges of liquid nicotine to deliver a flavored nicotine-laced vapor without the byproducts of burning tobacco in traditional cigarettes. “Our results may not be generalizable to all vapers,” Jean-Francois Etter said, using the slang for vaporizer users. “We had a majority of ex-smokers at baseline whereas in the general population, most vapers are current smokers,” he told Reuters Health. Etter led the study at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. The results were published in Addictive Behaviors. A few small studies have found that e-cigarettes seemed to help smokers quit using tobacco or at least to smoke fewer traditional cigarettes. But there have been no long-term studies of how people actually use e-cigarettes, so experts are still unsure. The researchers posted a questionnaire on a French stop-smoking website and asked sites selling e-cigs to link to the questionnaire. Most “vapers” buy their e-cigs online. The e-cig users recruited answered a baseline questionnaire, another one a month later and a third one year later. Questions covered ecigarette use, tobacco use and the date of quit-

ting tobacco, if one applied. Of more than 1000 original recruits, 367 responded to all three surveys. For those who had quit smoking already and were using e-cigarettes instead, six percent had relapsed to tobacco after one month. That number was stable after one year. Of those who were smoking and using e-cigarettes when the study began, 22 percent had quit smoking tobacco after a month and 46 percent had quit after a year. That group averaged 11.3 tobacco cigarettes daily at the beginning of the study and six cigarettes per day after one month. This was just an exploratory study and will need confirmation from follow-up studies, Etter said. “This suggests that e-cigs may help them quit, but our results need to be interpreted with caution, because of the dropout rate at follow-up and the fact that our sample is not representative of all vapers,” he said. In the shortterm, e-cigs appear not to carry any health risks of their own, he said. But researchers still don’t know the long-term health effects of inhaling the common solvent glycol and food flavoring over many years. E-cigarettes don’t need to be 100 percent safe, he said, they only need to be significantly safer than tobacco cigarettes because they are primarily used by cigarette smokers. Of the three studies that have investigated e-cig users, none of the daily vapers were non-smokers. Even though the evidence is still thin, Etter believes smokers should use e-cigarettes as quit-smoking aids, and doctors should recommend them.

People gather outside a building, which caught fire near Tibet Centre in Saddar.

All parties unanimous for lasting peace: Ebad KARACHI—The British Deputy are unanimous that lasting peace ment in the province especially High Commissioner in Karachi, John Tucknott, called on Sindh Governor, Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan, at the Governor House here on Thursday. Talking on the occasion, the Governor said that Karachi is the economic and commercial hub of the country. He said that this very city generates more than 60 per cent of the country’s revenue for the past several decades. Dr. Ishrat said that even if the situation in Karachi becomes bad, the commercial activity in the city is not affected. He pointed out that all the political parties for the first time

in the province and in Karachi is a guarantee for the development in the country and that the federal government has provided resources for the restoration of peaceful conditions in the province of Sindh and the city of Karachi at the earliest. The Governor said that as the security situation improves in the province the confidence of the people is also being restored. He stated that the government is determined for restoration of peaceful conditions in the province on a permanent basis. Dr. Ishrat- ul- Ebad Khan pointed out that the foreign investors have set eyes for invest-

in Karachi. He was of the view that the rising property prices and upbeat stock exchange indicate improvement in the situation in the province of Sindh and in the city of Karachi. John Tucknott said that those British companies that came to Karachi in the previous years have earned heavy profit in a shorter span of time and that is why others are also indicating the desire for investment in Karachi. He praised the recent steps of the government and added that these have enhanced the confidence of the investors.—APP

Rangers and Police joint flag march regarding Muharram-ul-Haram at Shah Faisal Colony.—PO photo Sultan Chaki

SHC seeks record of Marri’s degree STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Sindh High Court (SHC) while expressing discontentment over the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HECP) for failing to present the details of verification of a degree of member national assembly Shazia Ata Marri. Shazia was elected as the MNA in by-elections 2013 and her bachelor degree was challenged in the SHC upon which the SHC had asked the HECP and the University of Karachi to submit the relevant record that could either verify the degree or prove it was fake. However, the HECP had not yet complied to the orders of the SCP. The petitioner Atta Muhammad Chandio had claimed in his petition he had filed in the SCH that the MNA Shazia Mari had miscued a degree issued in name of another Shazia that lived in Karachi.

Govt withdraws orders sacking 12,900 workers STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Sindh government had Thursday withdrawn the order for sacking 12900 employees of local government departments, the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and District Municipal Corp[orations (DMC). Earlier, a large number of employees of the KMC and DMCs had staged a protest demonstration at the KMC Administrator’s office located in

the Civic Centre against government’s decision of sacking them. In this regard, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Enam Memon had said that the decision for sacking 12900 employees of the KMC and DMCs had been withdrawn because the Pakistan People’s Party parliamentarian-led government would continue to providing jobs to the people and would not take any decision that would lead to their

economic genocide. It is pertinent to mention that the Sindh local government department had despatched a summary to the Sindh Chief Minister seeking his approval for sacking those employees that were inducted in violation to rules and regulations. However, the Minister claimed that the CM had rejected the summary while the fact was that orders for retrenchment of 12900 employees was already issues and withdrawn.

Govt ready to hold Local Bodies elections: Qaim

Hearing of Police Chief case adjourned

Government Ali Ahmed Lund, Advocate General Sindh Khalid Javed and other officers attended the meeting. Addressing the meeting the Chief Minister directed the officers concerned to remain in contact with the Election Commission and update themselves about all information/ preparation and also complete the process within due course of time. The Chief Minister while

day and Sunday next and directed the officers and officials concerned to remain on their job and complete the same within time. The Chief Minister also directed the officers that difficulties, if any, due to short time be resolved with mutual understanding with the Election Commission and ensure that all the prerequisite and other requirements of the election are complete.—APP

Hearing of objections on delimitations

STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—The provincial election commission (Sindh) had asked the Sindh provincial government to extend list of 196000 government employees, which would be deployed at polling stations for election duty. The LG polls in the province would be held for more than 1600 union councils and 9 union committees while Pakistan Army troopers would be deployed on all sensitive polling stations. The LG Polls would be held for 15000 seats in 28 districts and the voters lists that were used in General Elections in 29013 would be utelised. The Security Printing Press had been held on alert and would commence printing of 10.1 million ballet papers immeEmpress Market Saddar wears a deserted look during rally of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat diately after it would received on martyrdom day of Hazrat Umar (RA). orders for the same.

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KARACHI—A group of OfficKARACHI—Sindh Chief Minis- Shah, Sindh Chief Secretary, realising that the time was short, ers visited the site of DHA’s upEjaz Chaudhry, Secretary Local has cancelled the leave of Satur-

ter, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, has said that the Sindh Government is ready to hold local bodies elections as per directives of the Supreme Court. This he said while presiding over a meeting regarding preparations for local bodies elections, held at CM House here on Thursday. Provincial ministers, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Sharjeel Enam STAFF REPORTER Memon, Dr Sikandar Mendhro, KARACHI—Sindh High Court Advisor to CM Syed Murad Ali (SHC) had adjourned the hearing on the case pertaining to appointment of additional Inspector general of police, Sindh as the Karachi police Chief. Six deputy IGs had approached the SHC against his appointment through a petition in STAFF REPORTER which they had claimed that Hayat was too junior to be ap- KARACHI—Karachi Commispointed as the ADIG/Karachi sioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui police Chief and that his promo- has said that hearing of 200 obtion was also in contrast to or- jections raised on delimitations ders of the Supreme Court of pertaining to 3 districts of Karachi Pakistan regarding out of turn division including Malir, Central promotions. The petitioners had and South , have been completed prayed to the SHC to pass an or- in peaceful manner and that proder for the revocation of Hayat’s cess will be completed on Nov 9. appointment as the ADIG/ He said that representatives Karachi police Chief. of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian, Muttahida Qaumi

LG polls preparations

Progress on DHA city project

Movement, Jamaat-e Islami, Pakistan Muslim League and other political parties attended the process and showed great passion during the objections process. The Commissioner said that decisions on delimitation are being taken on merit, as per rules and in best interest of public and added that final report would be sent to government after completion of this process on Nov 9. He said that hearing of

objections pertaining to district West will be held on Friday, Nov 8 at 10 am whereas hearing pertaining to district East will be held on the same day in the evening at 4 pm. He said that government is ensuring that all the complainant/ appellant be satisfied regarding their objections. He appreciated the spirit of representatives of political parties and other complainant saying that their attitude was exemplary.

coming residential cum commercial project ‘DHA City Karachi’ (DCK) on Super Highway. DCK area is abuzz with intensive development activities as one can see excavators, graders, bulldozers and tractors working all around. A large number of contractors including FWO and NLC have already mobilized in the area and more than 3000 committed work force is engaged in the ongoing development activities. Project Director DCK, Brig Muhammad Rafique said that DCK is being developed in accordance with a versatile development strategy. He added that projects of Immediate Action Plan including DCK Boundary Wall, Watch Towers, Central Entrance Gate, DCK Directorate, Visitors’ Centre, DCK Central Facility Building and Staff Accommodation are near completion while the sector development works under the Short Term Development Plan have already been initiated to make DCK a livable entity by 2015-16. The work on the construction of road network in the area is being undertaken on priority.

Sindh Govt in dilemma over LG polls schedule IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—On the question of holding the local government elections in Sindh province on Nov 27, all the stakeholders in the province especially the provincial government itself is in a state of dilemma as the Sindh Chief Minister okayed the fixed date for holding of the LG polls while the next to the provincial executive in Sindh cabinet, Sindh senior minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhru had called for extension in the fixed schedule for the LG polls. Sindh information minister expressed his premonitions for a situation that would invite confrontation at the public level while Pakistan Muslim League-

Functional Sindh General Secretary Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh also added his voice to that of Khuhru and called for extension of the fixed date for LG polls. On the other hand, Sindh CM Syed Qaim Ali Shah Thursday said that the Sindh provincial government was ready to hold the LG polls as per the directives of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He expressed these views in a meeting he had preside Thursday, which pertained to discussions about the pros and cons of the coming LG polls in the province. Khuhro, Memon, Sindh Minister for Parliamentary affairs Dr Sikandar Mendhro, Advisor to the CM Syed Murad Ali

Shah, Sindh Chief Secretary Chaudhry Muhammad Aijaz, Sindh Secretary LG Ali Ahmed Lund, Advocate General Sindh Khalid Javed attended. In order to prevent form being alleged of committing the Contempt to Court, the meeting had decided that the LG polls should be held on the given date by the SCP and in that regard, the chief executive of the province, the CM directed that officers concerned to remain in contact with the election commission and update them about all information, preparations and also complete the process within due course of time. The CM was also convinced by the premonitions as were being expressed by the cabinet min-

ister had also expressed the paucity of required time for holding the LG polls in the province, had ordered for cancellation of weekly holidays of Saturday and Sunday from now onward till the LG polls preparations and holding of the LG polls. He asked the officers concerned to meet the requirements within the given time and enuusre that the LG polls would be held on time. However, Sindh information Minister Sharjeel Enam Memon had said that due to holding of the LG polls on Nov 27, there would a chaotic situation in the province and te entire process of the LG polls would la big question mark behind.


More evidence e-cigs may help in quitting tobacco

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LECTRONIC cigarette users followed over a year reduced or quit using tobacco cigarettes in large numbers and were less prone to resume smoking, at least in the short term. Experts continue to debate whether or not “e-cigs” are smoking-cessation tools or just leisure products. The electronic vaporizers use cartridges of liquid nicotine to deliver a flavored nicotine-laced vapor without the byproducts of burning tobacco in traditional cigarettes. “Our results may not be generalizable to all vapers,” Jean-Francois Etter said, using the slang for vaporizer users. “We had a majority of exsmokers at baseline whereas in the general population, most vapers are current smokers,” he told Reuters Health. Etter led the study at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. The results were published in Addictive Behaviors. A few small studies have found that e-cigarettes seemed to help smokers quit using tobacco or at least to smoke fewer traditional cigarettes. But there have been no long-term studies of how people actually use e-cigarettes, so experts are still unsure. The researchers posted a questionnaire on a French stop-smoking website and asked sites selling e-cigs to link to the questionnaire. Most “vapers” buy their e-cigs online. The e-cig users recruited answered a baseline questionnaire, another one a month later and a third one year later. Questions covered ecigarette use, tobacco use and the date of quit-

ting tobacco, if one applied. Of more than 1000 original recruits, 367 responded to all three surveys. For those who had quit smoking already and were using e-cigarettes instead, six percent had relapsed to tobacco after one month. That number was stable after one year. Of those who were smoking and using e-cigarettes when the study began, 22 percent had quit smoking tobacco after a month and 46 percent had quit after a year. That group averaged 11.3 tobacco cigarettes daily at the beginning of the study and six cigarettes per day after one month. This was just an exploratory study and will need confirmation from follow-up studies, Etter said. “This suggests that e-cigs may help them quit, but our results need to be interpreted with caution, because of the dropout rate at follow-up and the fact that our sample is not representative of all vapers,” he said. In the short-term, e-cigs appear not to carry any health risks of their own, he said. But researchers still don’t know the long-term health effects of inhaling the common solvent glycol and food flavoring over many years. E-cigarettes don’t need to be 100 percent safe, he said, they only need to be significantly safer than tobacco cigarettes because they are primarily used by cigarette smokers. Of the three studies that have investigated e-cig users, none of the daily vapers were non-smokers. Even though the evidence is still thin, Etter believes smokers should use e-cigarettes as quit-smoking aids, and doctors should recommend them.

Documents of five hundred megawatt Solar Power Project agreement are being exchanged between representatives of the Punjab Govt and Canadian Solar Company. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is also present.

Dengue drive to continue: Mujtaba STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Minister Excise &

Taxation and Finance Punjab Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said on Thursday that the government is making efforts to eradicate dengue larva and it is a continues various parts of province. “Free treatment facilities are being provided to the dengue patients in public sector hospitals and provincial ministers and elected representatives are monitoring these medical treatment facilities,” he added. He expressed these views while visiting dengue patient’s wards at Mayo Hospital here Thursday. The minister enquired after the health of patients and about the diagnostic as well as treatment procedure from them. Meanwhile, visiting various places at Shadbagh, Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman appealed to shopkeepers and residents that water should not be stagnant at streets and route and directed the town administration to sent spray Provincial Minister for Excise and Taxation Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman is inquiring after the teams so that to eliminate dengue mosquito. health of a dengue patient in Mayo Hospital.

All efforts underway to eradicate dengue STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that all out resources are being utilized for dealing with dengue problem and the concerned departments are fully mobilized. He said that due to collective efforts of the government, elected representatives, government departments and the masses, the situation has considerably improved. The Chief Minister said that had the anti-dengue plan evolved during previous years be fully implemented, dengue would not

have been surfaced. He said that dengue mosquito had been eliminated from the province in 2011 and it will again be defeated. He said that elected representatives should personally distribute pamphlets promoting awareness about preventive measures against dengue mosquito among the people and besides their own constituencies, also visit other areas to review the steps taken for curbing this menace. He was presiding over a high-level meeting to review dengue situation and the measures taken for eradication of this menace, here today. Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah Khan,

Khalil Tahir Sindhu, Bilal Yasin, Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman, Members National and Provincial Assemblies Chief Secretary, Secretaries of concerned departments, experts, heads of development agencies and officials of concerned departments were present. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister directed that antidengue regulations be fully implemented and stern action be taken against hotels, marriage halls and other institutions failing to comply these laws. He said that cleanliness of bus stands, graveyards and other public places be ensured.

Pir Hasnaat calls on Shahbaz OBSERVER REPORT LAHORE—Federal Minister Pir Aminul Hasnaat and assembly members from various districts called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, here today and apprised him of problems of their respective areas. They included Nasir Iqbal Bosal, Aamir Inayat Shahani, Qaiser Sindhu, Maulana Muhammad Rehmatullah and Malik Mohammad Ali Khokhar.

DG Rangers meets Governor

Provincial Govt, Canadian Company sign solar energy agreement STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—An agreement was signed between Punjab government and Canadian Solar Company for investment in solar energy project, here Thursday. Under the agreement, Canadian Solar Company will set up a 500megawatt solar project at Quaidi-Azam Solar Park. In the first phase, a 200megawatt plant would be set up within a year while a 300 megawatt project would be completed during next two years. Canadian Solar Company would invest about 1.75 billion dollars in the 500 megawatt solar project while Punjab government would provide free of cost land. Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Provincial Energy Minister Ch. Sher Ali Khan, Additional Chief Secretary, Secretary Energy Jehanzeb Khan, Senior Vice President Global Head of Utility Solar Project of the Canadian Solar Company Charles Bai and other senior of-

ficials of the company were present at the signing ceremony. Talking to media-men on the occasion, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif welcomed the agreement between Punjab and solar company of Canada for cooperation in energy sector. The Canadian company will make total investment in 500 megawatt solar energy plant. The Chief Minister said that the agreement of cooperation between Canadian Company and Punjab is a step forward. He said that Pakistan is relying on thermal power for electricity production and a sum of Rs.10 billion dollars is being spent annually on import of fuel which a poor country like Pakistan cannot afford. He stressed the need for setting up low-cost energy projects so that electricity could be provided to the people at cheaper rates. He said that Punjab government is making rapid progress in this direction and low-cost power generation projects are

being established in the province. He said that prices of solar power plants are decreasing in the world, therefore, Punjab government is giving priority to solar energy projects. He said that work is being carried out expeditiously on Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in Cholistan area of South Punjab and provision of infrastructure is being given top priority. Shahbaz Sharif said that Quaid Azam Solar Park will achieve great importance in the region and help in overcoming the shortage of electricity. He said that Punjab government is also working speedily on 1000 megawatt solar power project and initially 100 megawatt power project will start production within a few months. The Chief Minister said that during recent visit to China he visited various solar plants and observed that neither a heavy workforce is required for the purpose nor there is any expenditure on gas or fuel.

LHC takes notice of dilapidated record rooms L AHORE—The Lahore High Court on Thursday took notice of a press report regarding pathetic condition of the judicial record rooms of Gujrat and Mandi Bahauddin districts. Member Inspection Team Habib Ullah Amir has directed the districts and sessions judges concerned to report in three days. According to a news item, over a century-old judicial record room of Gujrat is in a shambles and in dire need of urgent attention of the judicial as

well as the authorities concerned as litigants have to suffer a lot in search of their decades-old record of judgments. Officials of the Revenue Department are responsible for taking care of the judicial record of Gujrat and Mandi Bahauddin districts lying in the record room set up in 1868 by the British rulers in a building known as the Gole Adalat (round court) on the premises of the then district courts outside the Gujrat DPO office.

The record room is consisted of six big halls and three rooms where courts from both Gujrat and Mandi Bahauddin districts would send files of the decided cases, but after getting the status of a district a separate judicial record room was established in Mandi Bahauddin in 1994. Therefore, files of the cases decided by the judiciary as well as revenue courts had continued to be dumped in Gujrat’s judicial record room till 1994.—APP

LAHORE —Punjab Governor

Ch Muhammad Sarwar met with Director General Rangers Punjab Major General Khan Tahir Khan at the Governor’s House here on Thursday. Several matters, including Law and order, in the province were discussed in the meeting. The governor stressed upon SALIM AHMED all-out efforts to ensure protection of lives and properties of LAHORE —An International people.—APP Labour Conference will be held in Lahore in mid of March next year under Punjab Labour & Human Resource Department in collaboration with International Labour Organization (ILO). Delegates from all over the STAFF REPORTER world including South Asian Countries, SAARC Chamber of LAHORE—Punjab University Commerce, representatives of Controller Examinations has ex- intentional labour and employee tended the last date for submis- organizations, labour experts, sion of Admission forms of BA/ NGOs will participate in this inBSc Annual Examination, 2014 ternational event. with single fee up to 13-11-2013 This was disclosed by ProCitizens are waiting in a queue for their turn to get National Identity Cards from a mobile while forms can be submitted vincial Minister for Labour & van of NADRA. with double fee till 25-11- 2013.

International Labour Conference in mid March

BA, BSc admission dates

Human Resources Raja Ashfaq Sarwar while presiding a meeting to review the arrangements to conduct this conference. Members Provincial Assembly Saira Iftikhar, Hina Pervaiz Butt, Secretary Labour Capt. Retd. Muhammad Yousaf, Commissioner Social Security Farhan Aziz Khawaja, Vice Commissioner PESSI, Director Labour Headquarter Hasnaat Javed and other officers of concerned departments attended the meeting. While reviewing the arrangements, the Provincial Minister said that the purpose behind this international conference is to share the experiences of South

Asian and other countries regarding problems of labour community, to promote the global welfare-oriented efforts for betterment of labour class, and also to discuss the initiatives being taken by all the stakeholders regarding ensuring international labour standards in this region. The Provincial Minister said that a separate secretariat would be set up by this department to make the event successful and concrete efforts are required by all the departments for achieving cooperation of Federal Labour Ministry, SAARC Chamber of Commerce, ILO and other donor agencies in this regard.

UHS Research Board’s meeting MUZAFFAR ALI LAHORE—The 83rd meeting of Advanced Studies and Research Board of the University of Health Sciences (UHS) was held here on Thursday with Vice Chancellor Maj Gen (R) Prof Muhammad Aslam in the chair The board considered the thesis reports of Dr. Junaid Sarfraz Khan for Ph.D. (Medical Education), Mr. Sajjad Ullah for Ph.D. (Human Genetics & Molecular Biology), Dr. Sadia Wazir Khan for M.Phil (Anatomy), Dr. Neelam Raheel for M.Phil (Community Medicine), Dr. Nadia Iftikhar for M.Phil (Oral Pathology), Dr. Gulmina Saeed Orakzai for M.Phil (Oral Pathology), Dr. Uzma Ather for M.Phil (Physiology), Dr. Abdul Ghaffar Khan for M.Phil (Physiology), Dr. Abdul Waheed for M.S. (Anaesthesiology), Dr. Muhammad Irfan Yousaf for M.S. (Neurosurgery), Dr. Zafar Iqbal for M.S. (Orthopaedics) and Dr. Sidrah Saleem for Ph.D. (Microbiology).

Nutrition awareness camp at UVAS STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore’s Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition organized a one-day Nutrition Awareness Camp for free of cost Nutritional Assessment & Dietary Counselling for the university employees and students. The main areas of activity included Body Mass Index (BMI), Energy Requirements, Ideal Body Weight, Body Composition, Balance Dietary Regime, Healthy Eating Practices and Dietary Counselling according to individual requirements. The camp was aimed to create awareness about nutrition and role of balanced diet in health management.

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